View post tag: News by topic View post tag: five View post tag: Navy View post tag: Midshipmen View post tag: Serve View post tag: USS Five Midshipmen from Colleges Serve Aboard USS Ronald Reagan Five midshipmen from colleges across the United States arrived aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) summer cruise program, June 21.The midshipmen will be aboard for more than a month and will rotate through several departments during their traditional “summer cruise”, learning about shipboard operations and life as U.S. naval officers at sea.“Having them on the ship is like a practical classroom experience,” said Lt. Justin Wilson, Reagan’s midshipmen program coordinator. “They learn about the Navy from books, but they don’t really know what it’s like until they show up to a ‘real’ ship and start doing the ‘real’ thing.” Since arriving, they received training in a variety of job specialties throughout the ship including the bridge, Combat Direction Center (CDC), Damage Control Central, Air department, and Security department.They have also stood bridge watches including junior officer of the watch, helmsman and lookout, as well as assisted the air defense weapons coordinator in the CDC.“The transition from the classroom to the ship has been a very interesting road,” said Midshipman 1st Class Marissa Jimenez, a senior at Prairie View A&M University. “I am somewhat accustomed to ship life due to my previous midshipmen cruises, but neither of them can compare to coming aboard the Reagan. Being on this carrier has been an exhilarating experience.”“This is my first time on an aircraft carrier,” said Midshipman 2nd Class Forbes Dever, a junior at Miami University of Ohio. “There is always something going on. The next door or hatch always leads to something different.” To help ease the transition, midshipmen are assigned “running mates”, either junior officers or petty officers, to help them get accustomed to the ship and become an active part of the Ronald Reagan crew.This arrangement helps second class midshipmen learn about the enlisted side of the Navy, which is knowledge they will need to properly manage a division when they become officers. First class midshipmen are mentored by junior officers on how to be effective officers.“Being a running mate is an awesome experience,” said Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Jason Friel, a Reagan running mate. “We serve as mentors and we try to show them how to get involved with the division for when they become division officers.” “It’s interesting to see the things we learn in school,” Dever said. “It has been exciting seeing all the navigation charts and systems being used firsthand after studying it in a navigation class last semester.” The midshipmen are assigned a personnel qualification standard (PQS) to complete while aboard to ensure they work in a variety of departments and stand watches throughout the ship. The PQS gives a brief, but comprehensive framework for exposure to aircraft carrier life.When their time aboard Ronald Reagan is done, midshipmen will take the lessons learned and return to college with a better understanding of life at sea aboard a deployed warship. This will also better prepare them for their future commission. “The Ronald Reagan gives them the perfect opportunity to learn,” Wilson said. “What better place is there to learn firsthand than a ship at sea? You can’t get any better than that.”Ronald Reagan CSG is comprised of Ronald Reagan, guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, which includes guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). Embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 includes the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, the “Argonauts” of VFA-147, the “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the “Black Eagles” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Cougars” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139, the “Providers” of Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 and the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4.[mappress]Source: navy, June 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Five Midshipmen from Colleges Serve Aboard USS Ronald Reagan View post tag: Reagan View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Colleges June 22, 2011 View post tag: Ronald Share this article
The strategy also sets out how we will work with media outlets to improve public access to the air quality forecast and help individuals and organisations reduce their contribution to air pollution; showing how this can help them protect their families, colleagues and neighbours.The importance of raising awareness of the dangers of air pollution is evident in a research report, also published today, which shows just 1 in 5 respondents felt they knew a lot about its effects. The report also showed a lack of awareness of the wide range of sources of air pollution with most naming transport as the main cause. But transport emissions are only one part of the problem. From farming to cleaning solvents there are a large range of other day to day practices, processes and products that produce harmful emissions.Of particular concern is burning wood and coal to heat a home which contributes 38% of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat. In future only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale.Mr Gove added: Our goal that by 2025, we will halve the number of people living in locations where concentrations of particulate matter are above the WHO guideline limit of 10 ug/m3. We will introduce new primary legislation, which will give local government new powers to improve air quality. We will legislate to ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year. For the first time the government will take concerted action to tackle ammonia from farming – which is responsible for 88% of ammonia emissions – by requiring farmers to invest in the infrastructure and equipment that will reduce emissions. Farmers will be supported to achieve this through our new system of public money for public goods. We will work with international partners to research and develop new standards for tyres and brakes to enable us to address toxic non-exhaust emissions of micro plastics from vehicles which can pollute air and water. We will provide a personal air quality messaging system to inform the public, particularly those who are vulnerable to air pollution, about the air quality forecast, providing clearer information on air pollution episodes and accessible health advice. We will put new investment into scientific research and innovation strengthening the UK’s position as a world leader in clean technology and secure further emissions reductions. Also announced today, by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, was a new tool for local authorities developed for Public Health England by Imperial College and the UK Health Forum which will enable local authorities to estimate the economic impact of air pollution in their area. The tool takes account of the cumulative cost for diseases where there is a strong association with air pollution: coronary heart disease; stroke; lung cancer; and child asthma.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt said: You can find more information on air pollution and how it affects us all at our new air pollution explainer page. Today the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has published a Clean Air Strategy which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation.Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease and the new government strategy sets out how we will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution. These proposals are in addition to the government’s £3.5 billion plan to reduce air pollution from road transport and diesel vehicles, set out in July last year.It is estimated that the action set out will reduce the costs of air pollution to society by an estimated £1 billion every year by 2020, rising to £2.5 billion every year from 2030.The new strategy, which is now out for consultation, is a key part of our 25 Year Plan to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. It sets out: Government cannot act alone in tackling air pollution. Our strategy sets out how we will work with businesses, farmers, industry and households to develop innovative new solutions to reduce emissions. It also highlights how we can all take action and play an important role in cleaning up our air. Air quality has improved significantly since 2010 but sixty years on from the historic Clean Air Act a clear truth remains – air pollution is making people ill, shortening lives and damaging our economy and environment. This is why today we are launching this clean air strategy, backed up with new primary legislation. It sets out the comprehensive action required across all parts of government to improve air quality. Air Pollution is contributing to a national health crisis. If we fail to take decisive action, we risk more of our children suffering from asthma, and patients needlessly ending up in hospital. Our health service can only go so far in treating the conditions that dirty air can contribute to, and we have a responsibility to stop this issue at source. Today’s Clean Air Strategy and Air Pollution Tool do just that, taking a giant step towards cleaning up our air for good. During a visit to meet air quality researchers at Imperial College, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
Isaac Raymond defends against Osman Doorow during a friendly soccer game at Farmington’s Hippach Field. (All photos by Devin Lachapelle)By Devin LachapelleAs the days grow shorter and the temperature continues to drop, UMF students, UMF alumni and other area residents alike come together for friendly games of pick-up soccer at Farmington’s Hippach Field on Sunday evenings.Isaac Raymond, a transplant from Presque Isle and a self-described Farmington “townie” is involved in the organization of games each week. Raymond said that the soccer group is casual and always open to new participants.“This is total pick-up, we like to have anyone we can get,” he said. “I just grab people from in town. If I see that they have any interest in soccer I ask them if they want to come play with us.”Raymond said that although quite a few students from UMF play each week, he is hoping to recruit even more. “On Sundays we have a lot of UMF students here,” he said. “It would be great if there was some way we could get connected with the University, to tell students where to go if they want to come play.”Kesuma Laizer, a second-year student at UMF and a member of the UMF men’s soccer team, described pick-up soccer games as a great way both to stay active and to meet new people even though Sunday is the only day he doesn’t have varsity practice or games.“It’s a good time to do warm-ups and get more touches on the ball,” Laizer said. “You make relationships and make friends, which is way better than just sitting.”Laizer said that while the atmosphere can be competitive at times, players work together to make the experience enjoyable for everyone, regardless of experience level. “There are players that are really good, but then at the same time you don’t want to really go hard because there are people who are trying to have fun,” he said. “It’s kind of challenging but it’s good to learn something from others.”Raymond said while there are no officials at games, players are generally very honest. He stressed that while the group rarely worries about following specific soccer rules, one in particular is always enforced. “There are no rules, except no kicks to the groin,” he said, laughing.Members of Farmington’s pick-up soccer group pose for a photo after a Sunday night game under the lights.Ritter Bopp, a 30-year-old Farmington resident and former UMF student, said that although the pick-up soccer group has been around for at least a decade, the number of participants has only begun to increase in the past few years.“I’ve been playing pick-up in Farmington just about every year since I was in high school,” Bopp said. “It’s always been such a tight group and the one thing we’ve experienced recently is the diversity of players that are showing up. It’s making for some really fun soccer games.”Bopp said that the group provides an excellent way to build connections, and that having soccer games each week makes Farmington a better place to live. “We develop good friendships with each other, and when we see each other in town we always say ‘hey.’ Many of us participate in different leagues and maintain good dialog among the group as a whole, and I think that definitely helps to boost the value of a community like Farmington.”Sebastien Dumont, a 2015 graduate of UMF, said that the Farmington pick-up soccer games provide a valuable opportunity for adults to play soccer long after they’ve left school. “It’s really great that we’re able to play as adults still,” he said, “because I think a lot of people, especially in rural Maine, don’t get a chance to play sports after high school.”Dumont said he enjoys playing with students from UMF, as it makes games more competitive and more fun. “I think it’s great having UMF soccer players here,” he said. “They get that it’s just pick-up, that it’s not too serious. It just ups the level of play a lot.”Dumont, who recently moved to the state of Washington, said that he’ll miss the competitive, but still good-natured, environment provided by the pick-up soccer games. “I’ll for sure miss playing here,” he said. “This is just too easy since I live in town. I can just drive three minutes and play.”Bopp said that the group will continue to play on Sunday evenings at around 5:30 p.m. at Hippach Field until the temperature becomes too cold. Raymond and Bopp mentioned that anyone interested in participating in upcoming pick-up games should search for the “Farmington Adult Pick-Up Soccer” group on Facebook.UMF soccer player Yussuf Adow takes a corner kick during a Sunday evening pick-up game.
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PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron says France will only give the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people under age 65. The government’s health advisory body on Tuesday cited a lack of sufficient data about the vaccine’s effectiveness in older people. The decision could shake up France’s vaccination strategy because the country has prioritized nursing home residents and people over 75, and also had counted on the AstraZeneca vaccine for a large part of its upcoming vaccinations. Macron said France still aims to offer the vaccine to anyone who wants it by the end of the summer. The French guidance differs from that given by the European Medicines Agency, which authorized AstraZeneca’s vaccine for use in all adults.
IDEA Week 2020, which was scheduled for April 18-25, has been canceled due to concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an announcement on the event’s website.Anyone who purchased tickets for Trevor Noah, OneRepublic or other IDEA Week events will receive a full refund automatically. Although it may take some time to refund all of the tickets, the website said people should expect full refunds by April 30.The McCloskey New Venture Competition will not be canceled and will be conducted virtually.While more than 20,000 people from over 30 states were expected to attend, the IDEA Week team said in a press release that the events will not be rescheduled.“Though it’s true that our 2020 event will no longer take place, the mission of IDEA Week — promoting the community-transforming benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation — will continue the rest of this year and in 2021 and beyond,” Bryan Ritchie, vice president and Cathy and John Martin associate provost for innovation at Notre Dame, said in the release.For more information, reach out to [email protected] or visit the IDEA Week FAQ Cancellation page.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Idea Week, OneRepublic, Trevor Noah
Pixabay Stock Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel says he hopes to use a recent appointment to an FCC committee to help foster more and better broadband in rural counties.Wendel, is a newly federally appointed member of Chairman Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).County Executive Wendel was nominated for the position by Johann Clendenin, who as Commissioner for the USVI Public Services Commission, was Chairman of the IAC’s TeleHealth Working Group last year.Wendel provided support and insight into the needs of rural America for needed TeleHealth services while he served on the Chautauqua County Legislature. The FCC TeleHealh Report was published in September and is used extensively as our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission sought candidates with expertise relevant to broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption, particularly those with knowledge and experience specific to Tribal and rural communities, “Smart City” and infrastructure-related initiatives, state and local government consumer complaints processes and data trends, and public safety and homeland security matters. Clendenin, who is a graduate of SUNY College at Fredonia and served on the College Foundation Board for more than a decade, congratulated Wendel saying: “Well Done “P.J.,” your demonstrated commitment to rural infrastructure and to the County will continue to be appreciated during your national service. You join a special group of public officials who lead the way for our future!”The mission of the IAC is to provide advice to the Commission on the many telecommunications issues affecting local, state and Tribal governments that are within the jurisdiction of the FCC.These issues can range from major FCC policy priorities such as broadband adoption and deployment, especially in unserved and underserved rural areas and Tribal lands, to strengthening public safety communications infrastructure and emergency response capabilities, streamlining facilities siting while respecting public rights of way, monitoring the transition from “legacy” telecommunications services to emerging wireline networks and wireless networks, and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the universal service programs.Because this committee consists of only Federal, state, local or Tribal governmental elected officials (or their designated employees), the IAC is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“FACA”). Share: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)
A small group of local, veteran business leaders has launched Bristol Works! LLC and recently closed on the purchase of approximately 6 acres and 55,000 square feet of commercial buildings in the heart of the Bristol village. The partners have begun the transformation of the former Autumn Harp manufacturing site into a new, mixed-use redevelopment project that will focus on health and wellness, educational services, light-manufacturing and housing.‘We care deeply about this community, and want to keep working families in Bristol,’ says Kevin Harper, founder of Autumn Harp. Harper was the Managing Partner of the Mountain Greens Market redevelopment project, is currently the lead partner of the Bristol Bakery and CafÃ©, and now manages Bristol Works! LLC. ‘We want to use our resources and skills to re-purpose this site to be a focal point for the creation of livable wage jobs, and to enhance the health, well-being, and economic security of the region.’The Bristol Works! PartnersThe project hopes to infuse the neighborhood, the town, and the region with the innovation and energy that accompanies projects undertaken by Harper and some of his Bristol Works! partners.Robert Fuller is a well-known, regional restaurateur. Fuller is the owner of Leunig’s Bistro, the founder of Bristol’s popular Bobcat CafÃ©, and was the lead partner in the redevelopment of Cubbers and Snaps restaurants, two of Bristol’s well-known eateries.David Blittersdorf is the founder of Hinesburg-based NRG Systems, a global leader in the development and manufacture of wind measurement devices. He is also the founder and President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, a company in Williston that designs and manufactures grid-connected solar tracking devices and residential-scale wind power systems.Bristol Works! has engaged the services of Bristol architect Tommie Thompson, of Twenty4D Architects, to transform the series of steel and pre-cast concrete buildings into a mixed use campus that will be home to some of the areas most promising job-creating sectors: health care/wellness, recreation, value-add food products manufacturing and green products manufacturing.Thompson says: ‘The Bristol Works! project reflects a true commitment to the scale, character and uses that define Bristol’s historic village environment. We will utilize the imagery of a renovated mill complex to unite the town’s rich manufacturing past with the present. By employing design elements that pay homage to the town’s working past, we embrace a new vision of living and working within the village.’ What’s ComingThe first phase of the project will include a complete renovation of one 10,000 square foot building on the south end of the campus. This will serve as the office complex for two non-profit service providers.The second phase of the project is planned to include the start-up of multiple value-add agriculture manufacturing enterprises and a mix of alternative energy businesses that will utilize the 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space.In the third phase, construction is planned to begin on a limited number of mixed income, multi-generational housing units. Harper is confident that there will be a demand for cottage style, super-efficient homes of compact size and scale. Back in the early 1900’s, many of the homes surrounding the industrial site were constructed as affordable homes for workers at the Vermont Box Company and the Drake Smith Company. ‘We would like to reclaim that legacy for those citizens who value living near the place where they work,’ says Harper. He thinks that this type of housing will appeal to working people and to empty-nest baby boomers alike.Phase One to focus on Health and Education servicesNancy Marnellos, Chair of the Board of the Five-Town Health Alliance, Inc. (5THA), has been working closely with Harper’s team to locate a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Bristol Works! complex. The FQHC model offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, and preventive healthcare services to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.‘We are very excited about locating our health center in the Bristol Works! complex,’ says Marnellos. ‘The objectives of the project and our health center are to support and encourage the health and well-being of our community’our goals are totally complementary.’Harper and Architect Thompson have also been working with Evelyn Howard, Superintendent of the North East Supervisory Union, to relocate the NESU to a smaller, more efficient space on the Bristol Works! campus. The NESU Board recently approved the move from the current Lover’s Lane location as soon as the new facility is ready, presumably early summer, 2011.The Bristol Works! team has met with adjoining neighbors, the Planning Commission and the Select Board. Renovations are expected to begin later this winter.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The first major solar energy plant in the nation’s top coal-mining state cleared a significant regulatory hurdle Tuesday when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management determined it will cause no environmental harm. As a result, the Sweetwater Solar LLC plant could begin producing electricity by the end of the year on BLM land outside Green River in western Wyoming.BLM officials made the determination after completing a study required by federal law. The BLM did not return a call seeking information on when construction might begin on the plant expected to generate 80 megawatts of electricity, enough for about 17,000 homes.Wyoming gets plenty of sunshine but has no large commercial solar facilities.Around 40 percent of coal mined in the U.S. comes from Wyoming and 85 percent of all electricity generated in Wyoming comes from coal-fired power plants.Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, has agreed to buy the new solar plant’s electricity. The utility chooses its power sources based on affordability for customers, said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen.Sweetwater Solar is a subsidiary of Irvine, California-based 174 Power Global. The company has told Rocky Mountain Power the plant will be online by the end of 2018, Eskelsen said.More: Solar plant proposed for Wyoming clears major hurdle First large-scale Wyoming solar project clears approval hurdle
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The NYPD has confirmed for the first time that it has deployed a controversial military-style cell phone-tracking device more than 1,000 times since 2008 to purportedly track down suspects—potentially exposing thousands of New Yorkers to unwarranted surveillance. The devices, commonly known as “Stingrays,” were utilized by the police department 1,016 times between 2008 and May 2015, the NYPD said. The disclosure was in response to a freedom of information lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union last year. The documents also reveal that the NYPD has no written policy with regards to Stingrays and only obtains low-level court orders known as “pen registration orders” to legally utilize the technology. Such orders are not as protective of privacy as a warrant, the NYCLU said.“If carrying a cell phone means being exposed to military grade surveillance equipment, then the privacy of nearly all New Yorkers is at risk,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU, in a statement. “Considering the NYPD’s troubling history of surveilling innocent people, it must at the very least establish strict privacy policies and obtain warrants prior to using intrusive equipment like Stingrays that can track people’s cell phones.”Lieberman was referring to Stingrays’ ability to not only track down a suspect’s cell phone by mimicking cell towers but also potentially invasive dragnet surveillance of innocent bystanders caught in its crosshairs.The device is so powerful it can collect phone numbers, and in some cases, vacuum up the actual content of communications, civil liberties groups say. The American Civil Liberties Union has confirmed that Stingrays are being used by 59 different agencies across 23 states. The latest disclosure brings to three the number of known local law enforcement agencies operating the device in New York State: NYPD, New York State Police, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.Stingrays were first developed for the military but have become popular among federal agencies and local police departments. Last September, the Department of Justice unveiled new guidelines for the use of Stingrays as to “enhance transparency and accountability…and increase privacy protections.”“Cell-site simulator technology has been instrumental in aiding law enforcement in a broad array of investigations, including kidnappings, fugitive investigations, and complicated narcotics cases,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said at the time. Under the DOJ’s new guidelines, authorities must obtain a search warrant before using Stingrays.It’s very likely that the number of agencies using the technology is higher than the 59 the public is aware of. Simply getting police departments to admit ownership of Stingrays has been a tall order. Even when freedom of information requests are made, agencies may refuse to release information because of a non-disclosure agreement they sign with the FBI upon purchasing the equipment. Also, police departments may skirt legislative approval or public disclosure by applying for federal grants to purchase the devices instead of reaching into department budgets.It’s that veil of secrecy that civil liberties groups have been seeking to lift and expose to sunlight. Through its lawsuit, the NYCLU learned that the NYPD only has to establish that information is “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation” to obtain a pen register order. But the process “does not adequately protect the privacy of New Yorkers from these sophisticated surveillance devices,” the NYCLU warned. “New Yorkers have very real concerns about the NYPD’s adoption of intrusive surveillance technology,” NYCLU Senior Staff Attorney Mariko Hirose said in a statement. “The NYPD should at minimum obtain warrants before using Stingrays to protect the privacy of innocent people.”Stingrays are the subject of a powerful docu-series narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal which premiered on Pivot last month, called “Truth and Power.”