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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today MCPON Releases Independence Day Message (USA) MCPON Releases Independence Day Message (USA) View post tag: Naval View post tag: day View post tag: MCPON View post tag: Message June 29, 2012 View post tag: Independence View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Independence Day message to the fleet June 28.“Shipmates and Navy families,As we take time to celebrate 236 years of independence, let us not forget those who sacrificed to secure our nation’s liberty and freedom as well as those of us who continue to pursue the ‘truths’ that Thomas Jefferson wrote about so profoundly when he authored the Declaration of Independence.‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’The Declaration of Independence is a document that stands the test of time and is revered as one of the most beautiful and powerful testaments to liberty and equality in world history. If you have not seen this document in person, I encourage you to do so, but if you can’t make it to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., you can see and read it by visiting: many of us will enjoy some time off to celebrate the Fourth of July, please remember the thousands of Sailors who are deployed around the world protecting our freedoms. Also, think safety … whether on the road, the water or in your backyard, keep safety in mind. If you decide to drink, don’t drive and have a plan to get home.I am very proud of each and every one of you for the sacrifices you and your families make for our great Navy and nation.Stay focused; stay alert; stay safe; and happy Independence Day!HOOYAH!Very Respectfully,MCPON”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 29, 2012; Image: U.S.Navy Share this article View post tag: releases View post tag: usa Authoritieslast_img read more

first_imgOxford RAG has been given 250,000 bottles of milkshake by Yazoo’s Belgian manufacturer, FreislandCampina to distribute around Oxford. The milkshakes are set to go out of date in two weeks’ time.RAG itself is taking two pallets of milkshakes, with the number of bottles totalling around 3,500. One pallet will be taken to Radcliffe Square on Thursday, where the milkshakes will be distributed to students between 12 and 5pm.The milkshakes will be handed out to students in return for registering with RAG, signing up to the Jailbreak mailing list, or making a small donation.RAG are distributing the remaining bottles to food banks, charities in Reading and Oxford, as well as to local hospitals.Bridge, the bar and club popular with students on Thursday evenings, is also set to receive two pallets. Milkshakes will be handed out to those waiting in the queue. Any leftovers will reportedly be given to college JCRs, where they will be given to students suffering from hangovers.Asked why FreislandCampina had chosen Oxford to receive its surplus of Yazoos, Chris Williams, RAG President, told Cherwell, “To be honest I have absolutely no idea.”He added, “Yazoo rang the Student Union, and the receptionist said that RAG was down for it. Things have just escalated from there. It’s been a busy few days.”The RAG Secretary, Harry Bush, also expressed RAG’s bemusement. He explained that RAG are “still not exactly sure why the company ended up with so much milkshake spare,” adding, “but we’re hardly complaining.”A representative from Yazoo told Cherwell, “We’ve been busy handing out a few donations of Yazoo Milk Drinks to different charities across the UK this Christmas, supporting events such as Santa Dashes with local hospices, supporting disadvantaged children and pay as you feel cafes throughout England, as well as providing stock to food banks.“Oxford RAG was offered the donation as Yazoo Milk Drinks have high appeal with young adults, so it’s the perfect combination of supporting the student union and reaching our target audience.”last_img read more

first_img2018 voice winners (top row from left and their schools): Zachary Taglioli, Hammonton, Grace Mozitis, Mainland Regional, Alan Rendzak, Middle Township, and Hannah Rose Zoltowski, Middle Township.2018 instrumental winners (bottom row from left and their schools): Aiden Seals, saxophone, Mainland Regional, Dennis Xu, piano, Mainland Regional, Hans Derek Yu, piano, Egg Harbor Township, and Quine Mei, piano, Egg Harbor Township. The Friends of the Ocean City Pops will sponsor its ninth annual Esther Weil Music Competition for local high school students at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Ocean City Music Pier, on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The event is free and open to the public.The contest will feature three categories this year: vocal, instrumental and piano.Cash prizes will be given to the top three winners in each category of $1,000, $500 and $250. Judges for the competition will be Bill Scheible, conductor emeritus, Angel Garland, retired choral director, and Greg DiBona, graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a degree in piano performance.Students must be living in or attending high school in Cape May County or Atlantic County to enter the competition.Local retired school superintendent Stephen Gring will be master of ceremony for this event. Accompanying the musicians on piano will be Scott Breiner.last_img read more

first_imgLooking, sniffing…must be here somewhere, right? (Joe Hall)Marshes still freezing over despite warmer sunny days. And, we have March and April to go. Oh well! (Jane Knox)The winter sun still casting long long shadows. (Jane Knox)But the sunset is reflected in the melted pools at day. (Jane Knox)Tree in the snow. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)Foothills in the distance. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)A snow igloo, left by a ruffed grouse I woke up while snowshoeing. They dive into the deep snow to sleep there at night. Never knew that before! (Bernadette Harvell)Evening sky after the big snowstorm on Wednesday. (Bernadette Harvell)Stuck in the middle of winter! A pink sunrise lays a blanket of pink around an old timer…in Wilton. (Jim Knox)They sure are thick this winter, Weld. (Jim Knox)Sometimes dawn is the best part of the day. Wilton. (Jim Knox)Alright…is it spring yet? (Jim Knox)A deer picking it’s way down a crusty trail. (Dennis York)An otter running on the ice. (Dennis York)(Audrey Brown)(Audrey Brown)(Audrey Brown)last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.LOUDONVILLE – A new poll finds that over 60 percent of New Yorkers say recent police killings are “part of a broader patter of excessive police violence toward Black people,” and are not isolated instances.Released by Siena College on Tuesday, the poll found that 81% of people believe that systemic racism in the country is a very (51%) or somewhat (30%) serious problem, while 18% say it’s not very (10%) or not at all (8%) a serious problem.Around 80% of those polled say recent new New York laws to improve policing will be good for the state.However, a majority of New Yorkers oppose reducing police funding and strongly oppose defunding the police, while a plurality supports demilitarizing the police. Some other findings include:More than 80% support: national police misconduct database, federal ban on chokeholds & mental health professionals riding with police on certain callsStrong support for recent demonstrations across the nation, 60-36%When seeing a police officer, 51% of white New Yorkers feel more secure & 13% less Secure; However, 46% of Black New Yorkers feel less secure & 13% more secureEliminating qualified immunity (63-26% support) has strong support from Democrats and independents and small plurality support from Republicans.Viewers can read the full report below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

first_imgWhen Brooke Boretski graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in food science, her future was knocking at the door. Just one week after graduation, she had a job interview. The next week, she started her new job as a lab coordinator at Thermo Pac, a flexible food packaging firm. “I had several opportunities,” Boretski said. “It all was very fast.” Boretski, like most students graduating with science and marketing skills, found the job market ripe with positions for her picking.Companies Seeking Science Students Students with science and marketing skills will continue to be the most sought-after by employers in 2005. That’s the finding of a report by the Office of Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. “We’re expecting slightly more job opportunities than there will be students to fill those jobs,” said Allan Goecker, associate director of academic programs in the Purdue University School of Agriculture. He is the principal author of Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the Food and Agriculture Sciences, 2000-2005.Georgia Students Wanted At the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the nation’s oldest agricultural college, the scene is no different. “We have maintained a high level of activity from employers seeking to recruit our students,” said David Knauft, associate dean for academic affairs. “We have far more opportunities than we have graduates to fill them.” Annual job openings for U.S. food and agricultural sciences graduates are projected to be around 58,000. The number of graduates will be about 57,000. Of the job openings, 32 percent will be in science, engineering and related specialties. Jobs in marketing, merchandising and sales will make up another 28 percent. Food scientists, engineers, landscape horticulturists, plant geneticists and outdoor recreation specialists are expected to be in greatest demand. Those who provide services to farmers and ranchers will find weaker offerings. Hiring will be down, too, in farm and forest production, veterinary medicine (general practices) and some government agencies.UGA Looking For Science Students While the job market in food and environmental technology continues to grow, CAES enrollment has declined yearly since a peak in 1995. The college is moving to get the message to Georgia high school students that the future of the job market in farm-related science fields is booming. “Although overall enrollment in the college dropped slightly this year, those departments with aggressive recruitment efforts have more students than before,” Knauft said. The most popular majors in the college are biological and agricultural engineering, animal science, environmental health and horticulture. “That makes us consistent with what the study says the job market is moving toward,” he said. The college is trying to show high school students there’s more to an agricultural college than traditionally comes to mind, and there’s a wealth of opportunities awaiting graduates, especially in urban areas. “About 40 percent of our students come from the metro Athens and Atlanta areas,” Knauft said. “The largest number come from Clarke County, followed by Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Oconee and Madison counties.” The attraction for many urban students is the environmental focus of some of the degrees. Others find the small-college atmosphere appealing. “There is a combination of benefits in our college,” Knauft said. “Students find a range of disciplines in which they can apply science to solve problems. They can do that kind of study in our small college atmosphere with a faculty that takes an active interest in the students’ success.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Wind Journal:By early 2019, Siemens Gamesa will have an ‘Asia Pacific’ version of its new SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and should be ready to install the modified unit from 2020 onwards.Siemens Gamesa is modifying the turbine to fit local conditions in Taiwan and other Asia Pacific markets while accommodating local codes and standards regarding typhoon certification, seismic activity, 60 hertz operation and high and low ambient temperatures. For the time being, the new variant is aimed primarily at the fast-growing Taiwanese offshore wind market but it can be adapted to market needs in other countries.The SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine has a rated capacity of 8.0 MW and a rotor with a diameter of 167 m. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2 and utilises the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 m. By the time of its introduction, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally. The modifications will ensure the turbine meets IEC Typhoon Class (T-Class) type certification by 2020, which will see it certified to handle elevated extreme wind speeds in typhoon conditions.Siemens Gamesa is working closely with local authorities and the certifying body to ensure all applicable standards are considered. The ability to operate in high and low ambient temperatures reduces thermal limitation, thus increasing annual energy production while preserving turbine lifetime.More: Siemens Gamesa tailors turbine for Taiwan and Asia Pacific market Siemens developing typhoon-certified turbine for Asia offshore marketlast_img read more

first_imgAlternately,take a shuttle to Whitetop Station in Jefferson National Forest, to bike the“upper” section.   Then enjoy an easy 17-mile coast/pedal downthe mountain to Damascus, VA. One of 47 trestle bridges on The Virginia Creeper Trail. Forty-seventrestle bridges provide scenic views of the region’s creeks, farmland, and mountainforests. While technically considered a mountain biking trail, the VirginiaCreeper is well-maintained and consists mostly of crushed stone, so it can beeasily navigated on a hybrid or road bike. After the trail, round out your trip with a stop at Wolf Hills Brewing in Abingdon, or make it a long weekend with a show at Barter Theatre, and live music at Bonefire Smoke House and Musictorium. Abingdon is a foodie destination, recently named Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today Travel.  The 34-mile multi-use trail begins in Abingdon, a popular access pointat Mile Marker 0, and then carries on through rolling farmland to Damascus atMile 15.5. From there, the Virginia Creeper winds up to its highest point atWhitetop Station, winding through Appalachian hardwoods and alongside coldmountain streams filled with native brook trout.  Visit several restored train stations along the trail, including Alvarado Station. Abingdon is Mile Marker Zero for The Virginia Creeper Trail. Start in downtown Abingdon, VA, for a leisurely ride through rolling farmland. Along this section of the trail, it’s not uncommon to see grazing horses and cows. Some might even come right up to the fence to say hello!  The “lower” section also features the most stunning trestle bridges, and easy access to Abingdon Vineyards, a farm winery located along the South Holston River. Don’t feel like biking back to Abingdon? Schedule a shuttle pick up at any of several points along the way. center_img Following the route of an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail is named for the steam engine that once chugged along it and for the Virginia Creeper vine that populates the area. With the abandonment of many railroads in the 1970s, a national movement gained momentum to convert train tracks into trails. A coalition of local citizens, government and the US Forest Service banded together to acquire the old railroad right-of-way, and thus the Creeper Trail was born in 1987. Stop in at Abingdon Vineyards, accessible from the trail, or by car or kayak. The trail winds 34.3 miles through mountain scenery. Bike shops in Abingdon and Damascus make accessing the trail easy. This ridetakes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your pace. Stops along the wayinclude the old railroad station at Green Cove, operated by the US ForestService; check out the high trestle at Creek Junction, where the trail runsbeside some of the best trout fishing in Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the most accessible trails you’ll find, with plenty of outfitters, lodging and dining nearby. It’s equally popular with beginners and advanced riders; multiple entry points mean that you can enjoy an easy 2-hour ride, or challenge yourself with an all-day, 68-mile round trip. Although biking is popular with visitors, don’t forget that hiking and horseback riding are also permitted.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 Speaking at the opening of a meeting of Latin American police in the port of Cartagena, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said that states have the “juridical imperative” to cooperate against crime. “International cooperation against criminality is not a political option; it’s not the object of a discretionary decision by states and governments. It’s an ethical imperative; it’s a juridical imperative,” Uribe asserted upon opening the “Latin American and Caribbean Police Summit.” Uribe, who will end his second term in office on 7 August, thanked the United States for its cooperation, first with Plan Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal armed groups and now with “the signing of the security agreement.” Through Plan Colombia, Washington has dedicated more than six billion dollars to military aid. In addition, in October the two countries signed a treaty permitting U.S. soldiers to use Colombian bases for operations in the fight against drug trafficking. At the same time, the Colombian defense minister, Gabriel Silva, explained that the meeting in Cartagena (1,090 km north of Bogotá) seeks to strengthen international cooperation and find new ways to combat drug trafficking and terrorism. “Without international cooperation, it’s impossible to defeat transnational crime. Borders cannot separate countries in the duty, in the legal and ethical obligation to confront criminals,” he noted. Delegates from police forces from twenty-four countries in the region are attending the meeting. Panelists at the meeting, which will last until Friday, include delegates from the United Nations (UN), the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).last_img read more

first_imgMore forces had been deployed at mosques in the area for the weekly Friday prayers, the government said. There had been no new violence since Wednesday morning, it said in a statement late on Thursday.The violence began over a citizenship law that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government introduced in December providing a path to Indian citizenship for six religious groups from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.Critics say the law is discriminatory and comes on top of other measures such as withdrawal of autonomy for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir that has deepened disquiet about the future of India’s 200 million Muslims.Critics of the government however blamed this week’s violence on members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was trounced in local Delhi elections at the beginning of the month. The BJP has denied the allegations. Indian police have arrested 514 people for deadly Hindu-Muslim violence that broke out in the capital, the government said, as it faced mounting international criticism for failing to protect minority Muslims.Police said the toll from days of blood-letting stood at 35, but local media, citing unnamed sources, said it was likely to be more than 40 as the full extent of the violence that began on Sunday in a densely-packed locality in northeastern Delhi becomes clear.Police are still searching drains and homes that were burnt down for bodies, officers said. Ultimately, the violence morphed into street battles between Hindu and Muslim groups with the police largely ineffective in controlling the situation.The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) has condemned the violence against Muslims in India and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties.The OIC said authorities need to bring the instigators and perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence to justice and ensure the safety and security of all its Muslim citizens and the Islamic holy places across the country.U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights after he refused to be drawn into criticising New Delhi for its handling of riots in the capital. Trump was on a state visit to India when the violence broke out. Topics :last_img read more