USS Boxer wraps up South China Sea patrol

first_img View post tag: USS Boxer August 10, 2016 View post tag: South China Sea The U.S. Navy said its amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) completed a routine patrol in international waters of the South China Sea on August 6.Another ship from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), completed a similar patrol August 4. The U.S Navy conducts lawful and routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific year-round.“Our routine presence here helps promote the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all countries,” said Capt. Patrick Foege, commander of Amphibious Squadron 1. “The crew of Boxer conducted the transit professionally and without incident, and we were grateful for the opportunity to do our part to ensure these critical waterways remain open to everyone.”The patrol followed Boxer’s port visit to Singapore during which sailors and marines participated in military-to-military subject matter expert exchanges with the Republic of Singapore navy, August 2. The exchanges allowed sailors and marines to share tactics and capabilities with their Singaporean counterparts.USS Boxer (LHD 4), flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18), amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Western Pacific in support of security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.The ship took part in counter-Daesh activities earlier this year when AV-8B Harriers took off from USS Boxer (LHD 4) in the Arabian Gulf to join strike aircraft operating from USS Harry S. Truman on June 16. The Operation Inherent Resolve first naval aviation combat strike mission was the first to be undertaken from two different operational theaters as Harry S. Truman was launching aircraft from the Mediterranean Sea.While in 7th Fleet, the Boxer ARG and 13th MEU are assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa. USS Boxer wraps up South China Sea patrol Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer wraps up South China Sea patrol View post tag: US Navy Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

Captain Green & Firefighter Wasekanes Honored With Valor Awards

first_imgCaptain Gary Green and Firefighter Bill WasekanesThe Ocean City firefighters’ union Local, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4032, was recently named “Local of the Year” by its statewide firefighters’ union. Captain Gary Green and Firefighter Bill Wasekanes are good examples of why the Local received such a prestigious honor.Green, a 32 year veteran of the Department, and Wasekanes, who joined the Department in 2014, received Valor Awards for their efforts which resulted in saving the life of a man at a call in 2015.The awards were presented recently at the annual Valor Awards Dinner of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey held in Eatontown, NJ.In February of 2015, Green and Wasekanes responded to a call reporting a structural fire in the 1500 block of Simpson Avenue. However, there was no fire in the second floor apartment that was the subject of the call.Investigating further, the men moved to the back of the building and spotted smoke stains on the windows of one of the neighboring buildings. Upon opening a rear door, they found a smoky interior and the leg of a man sticking out.  The man had apparently become overcome by the smoke and passed out on the floor, just short of the door.The firefighters pulled the man out and called for an ambulance. Rescue breathing was performed.  Although the victim suffered multiple burns to the head, hands and head, his life was saved.  He was transported to a local hospital and then a trauma unit and eventually recovered.“The alertness and quick reactions of Green and Wasekanes had saved his life,” according to a City release.“It is a good feeling to know that you were able to help somebody at a very trying time in their life, and I know my partner, Bill Wasekanes feels the same way,” Green said. “I went toward the end of my career before I became involved in a rescue like that and Bill had one in his very first year.”Green said the entire incident was over quickly. “The rescue was fast, the fire was put out fast and we were out of there fast. Everyone did their job.”In addition to the individual valor awards, Ocean City’s Local of the Year honors were in recognition of the Department’s exceptional work in both fire service and community service, the release went on to say.“Our local has always been very solid in terms of community service and it’s nice to be recognized,” Green said, citing the department’s involvement with Operation First Response, which aids returning veterans in getting back on their feet financially, Special Olympics, the city youth sports teams, the Junior Firefighters program and camp, among other projects.last_img read more

Notre Dame Women’s Basketball takes a pause due to COVID issues

first_img Google+ Twitter Notre Dame Women’s Basketball takes a pause due to COVID issues Facebook (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame) The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that the Notre Dame at NC State game scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 test results, subsequent quarantining and contact tracing within the Notre Dame women’s basketball program.The program is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, according to next scheduled Notre Dame Women’s Basketball game is Thursday, Feb. 18, at Purcell Pavilion, against Syracuse. Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSports Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 13, 2021 0 273 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCounty City Building to begin reopening to the publicNext articleFour people arrested on drug, weapons charges on U.S. 31 near Rochester Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: G7 foreign ministers’ statement on the Salisbury attack

first_imgWe, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal, using a nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer and numerous civilians were exposed in the attack and required hospital treatment, and the lives of many more innocent British civilians have been threatened. We express our deepest sympathies to them all and our admiration and support for the UK emergency services for their courageous response.The United Kingdom has thoroughly briefed G7 partners. We share, and agree with, the UK’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. We condemn Russia’s continued failure to address legitimate requests from the UK government, which further underlines its responsibility. We call on Russia to urgently address all questions related to the incident in Salisbury. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has now independently confirmed the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury. Russia should provide full and complete disclosure of its previously undeclared Novichok program to the OPCW in line with its international obligations.This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War and is a grave challenge not only to the security of the United Kingdom but to our shared security. It is an assault on UK sovereignty. Any use of chemical weapons by a state party, under any circumstances, is a clear breach of international law and a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It is a threat to us all. Their use is abhorrent, completely unacceptable and must be systematically and rigorously condemned. We, participating states of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, stand together against impunity for those who develop or use these weapons, anywhere, any time, under any circumstances.The G7 is committed to protecting and promoting the rules-based international system. We stand in unqualified solidarity with the United Kingdom. Our concerns are also heightened against the background of a pattern of earlier irresponsible and destabilizing Russian behaviour, including interference in countries’ democratic systems. We call on Russia to live up to its Chemical Weapons Convention obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. In order to bring Russia back into the rules-based international system, we will continue to engage with Russia, as appropriate, on addressing regional crises and global challenges.The G7 will continue to bolster its capabilities to address hybrid threats, including in the areas of cybersecurity, strategic communication and counter-intelligence. We welcome national action taken to constrain Russian hostile-intelligence activity and to enhance our collective security. The G7 will remain closely focused on this issue and its implications. Find out more about how the UK government responded to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.last_img read more

News story: HMRC publishes respect at work review

first_img My report has sought to assess the gap between HMRC’s stated ambitions and the reality on the ground. I’ve identified a range of areas for HMRC to consider taking action, and I know from my conversations with HMRC’s leadership that they are committed to addressing this issue. building on the amazing dedication, pride and commitment our people show in the work they do and the commitment of the HMRC executive committee and others to making HMRC an even better place to work that HMRC tackles ‘low level’ behaviours that would not be acceptable in other environments through setting clear standards of behaviour from the get-go of induction, through to training and policies that policy and processes used across HMRC should be improved to deliver a better experience for everyone using mediation more extensively across the organisation to help address problems before they need to be taken to formal processes enhancing the experience of colleagues with a disability through better reasonable adjustments and raising awareness of mental health conditions improving its data-driven approach to people by investing time and resources into examining how people data is used and collected in the organisation Laura Whyte’s main findings and recommendations include: I take seriously the scale of the challenge that HMRC has. As a result of the report, we will take forward immediate, fast-paced work to reform our policies and processes, make our data systems more robust, and most importantly communicate more clearly what behaviours we expect to see. It is for HMRC leaders to champion and take forward this work and for HR and other specialists to support – but we all have our part to play in responding to the Respect at Work report.center_img And Laura Whyte added: HM Revenue and Customs has welcomed Laura Whyte’s 2019 Respect at Work report, and has accepted all of its recommendations, with immediate effect.We will now undertake a full review of our policies, processes and standards to ensure we provide our employees with a working environment they deserve, and a culture that meets our values.The report found that most people in HMRC have amazing dedication, pride and commitment in the work they do and come to work every day to do a good job, serve customers and support their colleagues. And they expect and deserve to work in a safe, tolerant and supportive environment.Laura Whyte believes this positive approach can be built on to deliver a place of work that brings the HMRC values to life in the everyday experiences of all our people.Sir Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive, HMRC said:last_img read more

Backbone of success

first_imgThe team found that the segmentation clock ticks every five hours in the human cells and every 2.5 hours in the mouse cells. The difference in frequency parallels the difference in gestation time between mice and humans, the authors said.Among the next projects for Pourquié’s lab are investigating what controls the clock’s variable speed and, more ambitiously, what regulates the length of embryonic development in different species.“There are many very interesting problems to pursue,” he said.Another group publishing in the Jan. 8 issue of Nature uncovered new insights into how cells synchronize in the segmentation clock using mouse embryos engineered to incorporate fluorescent proteins.Pourquié is senior author of the HMS-led paper. Postdoctoral researcher Daniel Wagner of HMS is co-first author. Additional authors are affiliated with Kyoto University, RIKEN Center for Brain Science, and Brandeis University.Pourquié has started a company called Anagenesis Biotechnologies based on protocols developed for this study. It uses high-throughput screening to search for cell therapies for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.This work was funded by National Institutes of Health grant 5R01HD085121. More than 20 years ago, the lab of developmental biologist Olivier Pourquié discovered a sort of cellular clock in chicken embryos where each “tick” stimulates the formation of a structure called a somite that ultimately becomes a vertebra.In the ensuing years, Pourquié and others further illuminated the mechanics of this so-called segmentation clock across many organisms, including creation of the first models of the clock in a lab dish using mouse cells.While the work has improved knowledge of normal and abnormal spine development, no one has been able to confirm whether the clock exists in humans — until now.Pourquié led one of two teams that have now created the first lab-dish models of the segmentation clock that use stem cells derived from adult human tissue.The achievements not only provide the first evidence that the segmentation clock ticks in humans but also give the scientific community the first in vitro system enabling the study of very early spine development in humans.“We know virtually nothing about human development of somites, which form between the third and fourth week after fertilization, before most people know they’re pregnant,” said Pourquié, professor of genetics in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and a principal faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. “Our system should be a powerful one to study the underlying regulation of the segmentation clock.”“Our innovative experimental system now allows us to compare mouse and human development side by side,” said Margarete Diaz-Cuadros, a graduate student in the Pourquié lab and co-first author of the HMS-led paper, published Jan. 8 in Nature. “I am excited to unravel what makes human development unique.”,Both models open new doors for understanding developmental conditions of the spine, such as congenital scoliosis, as well as diseases involving tissues that arise from the same region of the embryo, known as the paraxial mesoderm. These include skeletal muscle and brown fat in the entire body, as well as bones, skin, and lining of blood vessels in the trunk and back.Pourquié hopes that researchers will be able to use the new stem cell models to generate differentiated tissue for research and clinical applications, such as skeletal muscle cells to study muscular dystrophy and brown fat cells to study Type 2 diabetes. Such work would provide a foundation for devising new treatments.“If you want to generate systems that are useful for clinical applications, you need to understand the biology first,” said Pourquié, who is also the Harvard Medical School Frank Burr Mallory Professor of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Then you can make muscle tissue and it will work.”Although scientists have derived many kinds of tissue by reprogramming adult cells into pluripotent stem cells and then coaxing them along specific developmental paths, musculoskeletal tissue proved stubborn. In the end, however, Pourquié and colleagues discovered that they could facilitate the transformation by adding just two chemical compounds to the stem cells while they were bathed in a standard growth culture medium.“We can produce paraxial mesoderm tissue with about 90 percent efficiency,” said Pourquié. “It’s a remarkably good start.”His team created a similar model derived from embryonic mouse cells.The HMS researchers were surprised to find that the segmentation clock began ticking in both the mouse and human cell dishes and that the cells didn’t first need to be arranged on a 3D scaffold more closely resembling the body.“It’s pretty spectacular that it worked in a two-dimensional model,” said Pourquié. “It’s a dream system.” Potential treatment for muscular dystrophy Breaking down backbones Related Lab-grown muscle fibers offer new technique for studying muscle diseases Study examines how mammal backbones changed during evolution last_img read more

Habitat builds 20th home

first_imgNotre Dame Habitat for Humanity is committed to building one home every year for a needy family in the South Bend area.This year, the club built a home for James and Janice Plump, their daughter and grandson. Pat Laskowski, senior economics and applied mathematics major and co-president of Notre Dame Habitat for Humanity, said the Plump family has never before owned a home.Laskowski said his favorite part of Habitat is being able to work with the family all year.“After a whole year of working with somebody, you get to know them so well,” Laskowski said. “They are just so overwhelmed with joy and happiness to finally have this home and you’re there to share it with them. That’s an experience I cannot match with anything else.”A unique part of Habitat for Humanity is the involvement of the family, Laskowski said. The family has to put in 300 “sweat hours” working on their own homes and the homes of other Habitat families. The family works alongside twenty volunteers from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross during each build, according to the Habitat website.This year’s home is located in southwest South Bend among several other Habitat houses, Laskowski said.“It’s actually in the neighborhood of Habitat homes which is actually really exciting,” Laskowski said. “You can be there and you can say ‘Oh, I remember that Habitat build and that Habitat build.’ It’s a great community of people who love their homes.”Laskowski said each home costs $60,000 and the club has to finance over half of the money to the St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. To do so, the club spends most of the year fundraising.Laskowski said the club does a “Jail’n’Bail” where you can pay for a friend to get arrested and bailed out of a “jail” on South Quad. Part of the funds from Keenan Hall’s Muddy Sunday event also goes to the club. Their next fundraiser is a pizza eating competition in two weeks.Though the build for last Saturday was cancelled, Pat said the house would still be officially completed May 3rd, when it would be blessed and handed over to the family.Notre Dame Habitat for Humanity is special, Laskowski said. It is unlike any other college Habitat program and he hopes to see that continue for years to come.“We are the longest current running collegiate chapter in the United States,” Laskowski said. “This is our twentieth house in a row, so twenty years, twenty houses. … I’d like to see us continue that and to never see that falter.”Tags: habitat, habitat for humanity, notre habitat for humanitylast_img read more

Georgia warming?

first_imgBy Susan VarlamoffUniversity of GeorgiaWhat does global warming mean to you? State climatologist David Stooksbury, an atmospheric sciences professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, answers questions on climate change in Georgia.How will global warming affect Georgia?We don’t know. The models don’t do a good job of predicting climates on the local scale or predicting extreme climate events.What we do know is that Georgia has cooled down slightly (0.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 100 years. I think this is the result of Georgia’s going from primarily row-crop agriculture in 1900 to forest.Today, 60 percent to 70 percent of Georgia is forested, and we think transpiration of water vapor from the trees has caused a drop in temperature.Can we link high carbon dioxide levels to Earth’s warming?We have the highest carbon dioxide levels in recorded history. Atmospheric scientists have been sending up two weather balloons daily nationwide since 1948, and we see no trends for warming or cooling in the bottom half of the atmosphere.The measurements showing Earth is warming are taken on the surface. We’re just not sure of the feedback loops and what part is human-induced.If sea levels rise globally, will the Georgia coast be flooded?Along the Georgia coast, any change in sea level will have catastrophic impacts because of the shallow nature of our coastal waters. Around the world, we don’t see uniform changes in sea levels.The local sea level is modulated by local geological processes. Two important such processes are local uplift of the earth’s surface and the deposition of soil from the continent.On the global scale, ice melting in the sea doesn’t cause a sea level rise — only ice on land, such as Greenland. We know the North Pole is melting, but the South Pole ice sheet is increasing. These problems are complex.Can we expect hurricanes like Katrina to hit Georgia?Yes! Major hurricanes have struck Georgia in the past and will in the future, regardless of climate change. We hear about hurricanes only when they hit land, so this year we’ve had little news.In the 1800s, Georgia had six category 3 or higher hurricanes. Thousands of people were killed. We’re overdue for a major hurricane. But, as I said, our models can’t predict when.How does burning fossil fuels fit into global warming?It’s very complex. Atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuels has increased since the 1750s and especially since 1945. Global temperatures have increased during the same period.However, there isn’t a simple, one-to-one relationship between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and temperature. We expect most of the warming to be at night, during the winter, in the higher latitudes. We might see very little warming during the summer in Georgia.If we don’t know the impact of fossil fuels, why do anything?We’re polluting our environment from coal-fired power plants and driving cars that produce health-harming pollutants. Our national security and economy depend on imported oil. So to control our own destiny, we need to develop alternative fuels.For Georgia, that means relying much more on solar power. Biofuels from agricultural and forestry waste show outstanding potential here. Along the coast, wind energy can be developed for peak power demands. No single energy source will solve the problem.Do you see any other weather variations caused by people?Yes — population increases and land changes. As soon as we have 2,500 people in a population center, we see warming signals.Atlanta is much warmer than the surrounding suburbs, often by 10 degrees. Downwind from major cities, we see more rain. In Southeastern summers, afternoon temperatures in farm fields are higher than in the surrounding forest.We must plan and design for things we do know, especially in land-use changes.(Susan Varlamoff is a program coordinator for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Southwest ShowCAES

first_imgStudents desiring to attend the University of Georgia or those interested in learning more about the UGA Tifton Campus are invited to attend Southwest ShowCAES 2015, a recruiting event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center.Southwest ShowCAES is designed to introduce high school and college students to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA Tifton Campus. Prospective UGA students will meet with faculty and students from the nine different departments within the college and learn about all the academic programs that are offered. Representatives from financial aid and university admissions will also be available to answer questions.The evening is one of UGA Tifton’s biggest recruiting events each year, attracting approximately 200 people. “I have a personal connection with the event because it was helpful for me,” said Breanna Coursey, admissions counselor on the UGA Tifton Campus and former UGA Tifton student. As a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 2010, Coursey attended Southwest ShowCAES and discovered there was an academic program available for her at the UGA Tifton Campus.“The most memorable part for me was that, after we visited with the different departments and had dinner, they had breakout sessions. There, I learned more about transferring, which is what I was hoping to hear more about. That’s really where I realized I could stay in Tifton and attend the University of Georgia. Up until that point, I thought Athens was my only option,” Coursey said. “I remember the information they gave me being really helpful, especially concerning GPA and credit hours.”After dinner there will be two breakout sessions: one for high school students who plan to attend UGA in Athens, Georgia, and one for current college students considering transferring to a UGA campus.“The exposure we receive from these events is very crucial. There are people in the Tifton community that do not realize they can get an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia here in Tifton,” Coursey said. “It is really exciting to think about the number of people we have the potential to impact.”The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend. However, preregistration is requested to adequately prepare for the dinner. To preregister, go to For more information, contact Coursey at (229) 386-3077 or at [email protected] Sept. 15 event in Tifton is the first of two showCAES events that will be offered in south Georgia. On Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m., a similar event, Southeast ShowCAES, will be held in Statesboro, Georgia, at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture.last_img read more

Christopher Barbieri to be honored as Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Citizen of the Year

first_imgRegistration closes todayDistinguished CitizenAward DinnerOctober 7, 2008ChristopherBarbieriGreen Mountain CouncilBoy Scouts of is external)To attend: Call 802-244-5189The Distinguished Citizen AwardThe Boy Scouts of America has beenfostering the values of citizenship andleadership in Americas youth since1910. In those years, more than 110million young men and women havecounted themselves as Scoutingalumni.There is no better way to foster positivevalues and to highlight the traits thatAmerica stands for then by having positiveand active role models to copy.The Green Mountain Council, BoyScouts of America recognizes and appreciatesthe service, leadership and visionof Christopher Barbieri. The youthof Vermont have a great role model tolook up to in Chris Barbieri.The Green Mountain Council is honoredand proud to present the DistinguishedCitizen Award to ChristopherBarbieri.last_img read more