Navy Commissions USS San Diego

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Navy Commissions USS San Diego View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic May 22, 2012 Navy Commissions USS San Diego View post tag: San View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Diego View post tag: commissions View post tag: Naval The U.S. Navy commissioned the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) during a ceremony in San Diego, May 19.The ship is named for the city of San Diego, principal homeport of the Pacific fleet, and honors the people of “America’s Finest City” and its leaders for their continuous support of the military.The ship will be homeported here. It is the only ship in the Navy homeported in its namesake city. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders presented the commanding officer of San Diego, Cmdr. Kevin P. Meyers, with the key to the city, saying it was, “in honor of welcoming America’s finest ship to America’s Finest City.”Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, delivered the ceremony’s principal address. He said that San Diego and her crew are coming into the Navy at an important time.“Our expectations for this ship are very high,” said Ferguson. “It arrives at a time when nearly half of our ships are underway on a given day; when we are surging forces to the Middle East to deter the threat of aggression; when we are rebalancing our forces to the Pacific; and when we face increasingly complex, and global, security challenges in an uncertain fiscal environment. “Take a good look at this ship because she will be very busy,” said Ferguson. “Her time will be consumed fulfilling the tenets of our Navy. She will focus on war fighting, she will operate forward and she will spend her time being ready. This is our charge to the fleet, and the expectation of our nation that our Navy be ready to answer the call to defend freedom on the seas.”Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander Naval Surface Forces, said he admired the work the crew put into making this ship a reality.“Thank you for the dedication, professionalism and perseverance you have displayed over the years as you brought this ship to commissioning,” Hunt said. “USS San Diego … always keep warfighting first. I promise that you will operate forward. I charge you to always be ready. It is demanded by the surface warfare profession and a mandate for a ship with this incredible capability.”The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Linda Winter, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, gave the order to the ship’s approximately 377 officers and enlisted personnel to, “man our ship and bring her to life.” With that order, the crew began a spirited charge up the brow to take responsibility for the Navy’s newest warship. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., soon joined the Sailors to man the rails of the ship, as a show of the Navy/Marine Corps team that will serve aboard.After his ship was manned and brought to life, Meyers told the audience that the San Diego memorabilia donated to the ship by the city, including street signs, was proof that, “the city has open its heart to us and we are truly, truly appreciative.”Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Joshua Cuevas said he was proud to be part of the ship’s first crew, traditionally known as a “plankowner” because they were present as the ship was being built. “It took a lot of hard work in building this ship so to be a plankowner is an overwhelming achievement,” he said Cuevas, a Miami native.Cuevas added that having a ship named for San Diego is fitting.“The city has always supports the Navy and having a ship named for the city of San Diego in San Diego is a way of giving back,” he said.Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss., San Diego is 684 feet in length, has an overall beam of 105 feet, a navigational draft of 23 feet, displaces about 24,900 tons and is capable of embarking a landing force of about 800 Marines. Four turbo-charged diesel engines power the ship to sustained speeds in excess of 22 knots.San Diego is the sixth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class and the fourth ship to carry the name. Her principal mission is to deploy combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. With the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion or conventional landing craft and augmented by helicopters or MV-22 vertical take-off and landing aircraft, these ships support amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions. The ship will provide improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift capability, increased vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity, and advanced ship survivability features.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 22, 2012; Image: US Navy Industry newslast_img read more

Earliest Known Footage of Joe Russo Resurfaces With Fat Mama In 1996

first_imgDrummer extraordinaire Sir Joe Russo and a choice assembly of musicians will congregate to re-imagine the music of Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’s seminal 1971 album Hooteroll at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, NY this weekend. The April 7 engagement is being billed as “Hooteroll? + Plus”. Russo reached back to his legendary, original Boulder, CO band Fat Mama for members Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), and Kevin Kendrick (vibraphone/percussion) to make the core of the group. Russo also recruited Darkside’s Dave Harrington (bass), Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie (reeds/flute), and Jordan McLean (trumpet) to perform Garcia and Wales’ revered jazz-jam record. In addition to unveiling their version of the LP in full, the initial event announcement teased of “other like-minded compositions.” Photo: Michael Weintrob I remember when, as a senior in high school in Cherry Hill, NJ, my older pal Ross Kaufman brought Fat Mama’s debut CD Mammatus back from CU Boulder, over a holiday break. Within a few spins, our squad was transfixed! Much as we found Grant Green by way of The Greyboy Allstars, I would navigate my way to Agharta, On the Corner, and Sextant through Fat Mama. Mammatus was our introduction to the band and the man himself, Sir Joe Russo. The fearless conglomerate evolved over time, from a Herbie Hancock-influenced style to a very textural, shoegaze electro-rage that incorporated much of what was to come, from contemporary behemoths like Radiohead, to the most niche, indie, avant-garde artists imaginable. Their musical fabric was sewn with exploratory sonic adventuring from Kendrick’s then-revolutionary turntablism, vibes and electronics, amid Miles-esque brass leads from the duo of Brett Joseph (tenor saxophone) and Jon Gray (trumpet and trombone). The focused team told mystical and melodic tales atop Russo’s lyrical, jazzy, breakbeat drumming and freewheeling bass gymnastics. For five years, Fat Mama redefined what was possible for our burgeoning scene, purveyors and surveyors on the never-ending search for new land.Former Relix Magazine Assistant Editor Wayan Zoey, who went to high school in Potomac, MD with Deutsch and bassist Jonti Siman, had this to say in reflection of the mighty Fat Mama:“Despite the Herbie Hancock reference in their name, Fat Mama was really the Miles Davis of the jamband universe. While clearly drawing from the jazz tradition, they managed to incorporate elements of nearly every other style of music that exists in the world, spinning them out in wholly original masterpieces of structured improvisation. Their decades-old recordings would still be considered ahead of their time if they came out today.”Read the ALLMusic Fat Mama band bio from the legendary Jesse Jarnow hereWith the approaching Hooteroll event, I found myself going on a Russo rabbit-hole all over the Internet. Beyond the usual mining of rare Benevento/Russo Duo recordings, I unearthed the above video, a barely-viewed Boulder performance from Fat Mama in 1996, clipped from Fat Mama: The Movie, directed by Goldberger’s brother Julian Goldberger. This is apparently the earliest known footage of Sir Joe Russo that circulates.We reached out to keyboardist Deutsch for some clarification: “It’s a medley… ‘Love the Life You Love’ by Kool and the Gang into ‘Camel Job’ by Jonathan Goldberger.”For good measure, because Live For Live Music loves you, bows at the throne of Sir Joe Russo, and mostly to illustrate just how far and wide Fat Mama’s sound and steez would extrapolate over the years, here’s “Knucklehead” from their 1999 live album Loadstar 8.1, and then their unique take on “Upon This Rock,” (a Joe Farrell song sampled by Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Pete Rock, RASCO, Common and more) from their 9/11/11 Brooklyn Bowl reunion.center_img Words: B.Getzlast_img read more

Tech Prediction for 2014: IT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly

first_imgThe era of instant gratification is upon us with the proliferation of cloud computing and software-as-a-service, Big Data and the latest analytical tools, and anywhere, anytime access to information on our mobile devices.Our true test as IT professionals will be our ability to evolve quickly to create contemporary and innovative solutions and apps that enable our users to be more productive, to analyze Big Data for real-time information, and to make decisions that unlock value for the business.At EMC, we are partnering even closer with our business users to better understand their needs, and embrace a “fail fast, learn quick” mantra to provide cloud solutions that are elastic, on-demand and flexible. We are also in the midst of offering the same flexible and “social” experience they have in their personal lives through tools for mobile devices, Syncplicity and other unified communications, which enable users to more seamlessly connect and collaborate via phone, email, IM and video.This is much easier said than done, and it involves honestly assessing where we are today, determining the quick wins and highest priorities, putting the right people and skills in place, and doing it quickly because we need to be competitively agile. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is truly transforming and contemporizing how we make IT happen.—More Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, EMC IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Global Serviceslast_img read more

Deer Hunting: Dangerous in the Suburbs?

first_imgSycamore Ave resident organizes protestStory by John BurtonSHREWSBURY — The increasing deer population in suburban areas is creating hazards on the roads and damage to landscaping.Fall is mating season for deer – and from September to February, it’s also hunting season here in the two rivers. While the practice is seen as an effective means of controlling the deer population, it’s upsetting to many who live in heavily settled areas where deer hunting appears to pose dangers for humans as well.One individual who is upset about deer hunting in her hometown is Shrewsbury resident Dolores (Dee Dee) Lichtig, who conducted a protest outside her Sycamore Avenue home last Sunday. “This is happening right next door to my home,” she said, explaining how her immediate neighbor has permitted bowhunters to come on to his property to hunt deer, which Lichtig said is having an impact on her quality of life and is creating a public safety issue.“This certainly has changed the character of our neighborhood,” she said. Earlier this year the Borough Council voted to endorse a plan that is permitted under state law, allowing the hunting of deer on private property. The council approved the plan following a lengthy public hearing last October when those on both sides of the issue weighed in.The borough plan adheres to state statute, approved in summer 2010, allowing hunting on private property as long as it is done at least 150 feet from a structure (a previous statute permitted hunting if it occurred within 450 feet of a structure), that the hunting is done only by bow and arrow, and that the hunter is in a tree stand. A representative from the state’s Fish, Game and Wildlife told the council that deer hunting is a state regulated sport permitted on private property, indicating that the borough might have difficulty trying to prohibit it.Several months later, the council agreed to allow hunting on private property as a means of trying to control the growing deer population in town. The increase has contributed to deer-vehicle collisions and property damage as well as creating health concerns, Police Lieutenant Louis G. Ferraro said.Lichtig’s protest isn’t about “saving deer,” she explained “This is about hunting in the suburbs.”“It’s not safe,” she said, adding that the razor-sharp, tipped arrows favored by hunters can travel considerably farther than 150 feet. Lichtig said she witnessed a hunter out on Halloween, as children were traveling the neighborhood trick-or-treating. There is a financial consideration, as well, she said, as having hunting taking place next door could impact her property value.“Were I to sell my home, it would be up to me, by law, to disclose to the purchaser that there is six months of hunting going on in the yard next door,” she said. “Who’s going to buy my home?” Lichtig had 20 people outside her home on Sunday offering their support in opposition to hunting and is considering what other options may be available to get their message out. Borough officials dispute the safety argument, including Ferraro, who said this week since it started there have been no reports of injuries or issues related to deer hunting, “other than Ms. Lichtig.”Mayor Donald Burden on Wednesday explained this issue had been the subject of a number of council meetings and it was deemed to be the appropriate action, “for health and safety reasons.” “As a result we’ve had many citizens in town thanking us for the decision that we made,” Burden continued, concluding that the number of local residents who joined Lichtig’s protest was small and the majority of protestors were, “many outsiders from around the state and county who are sympathetic to non-hunting and that seems to be where we’re getting the voice of resistance.”Susan Predl, principal biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife said this week that the state’s deer population isn’t really growing. But what is happening is that as property development continues, “it squeezes (the deer) into smaller and smaller areas. If not open space then to backyards and golf courses and places where you don’t normally see deer.”Deer tend to remain in a radius of about one-mile from where they were born, so as deer populate in nontraditional areas they aren’t likely to leave of their own accord, Predl explained. Their proliferation does contribute to property damage and motor vehicle accidents. And, like other warm-blooded animals, they can acquire ticks that carry Lyme disease. Predl said she believes hunting is the most effective means of controlling the deer population. “Where hunters have access to the deer they’ve done a really good job in reducing the number,” she said. Other methods, such as trapping and tranquilizing deer, injecting them with contraceptives and then releasing have not worked nearly as well.Susan Russell, a Fair Haven resident and a wild life policy specialist for Humane Voters of New Jersey, an animal rights advocacy group, joined Lichtig on Sunday, and offered her opinion on the state’s position. Russell alleged that the bill that allowed for increased hunting was promoted by legislators who are supportive—and supported by—hunting business interests and hunting advocacy groups looking to promote the sport which has been on the decline in the state and country (with state agencies offering their support, too, which benefit from the sale of hunting licenses among other things). “Don’t forget this is a business,” she said. Russell also disputes that hunting reduces the population. Hunters, she charged, seek out bucks because they want the trophy, leaving does, who are continually impregnated by the remaining bucks during rutting season. “They skew the sex ratio beyond recognition,” she said.Russell’s agenda is to work to repeal the 2010 legislation. But in the meantime hunting will continue, as it does in Monmouth County parks. Karen Livingstone, park system public information officer, said the county allowed hunting in 15 parks out of the county’s 38 sites, including Hartshone Woods, Holmdel, Tatum and Thompson parks in the two river area.The motivation was to preserve the forests’ understory—the young plants—favored by deer, but which its destruction would endanger the nature areas. “We had to maintain forest so the deer could be there as well as the other wildlife,” she said. “We’re trying to strike a balance.”(The park system allows bowhunting for the season as well as with shotguns and muzzleloading rifles but just for six days a season, but the parks are closed to other visitors when there are guns.)Last year hunters killed 480 deer in county parks. And as far as human injury, “There have been none in the seven years we have been running the hunt,” Livingstone said.last_img read more

Community Offers Support To West End Fire Victims

first_imgNeighbors and friends of those who lost their homes and businesses as a result of last week’s devastating fire on Brighton Avenue in the West End section of Long Branch gathered in West End Park on Saturday night to offer their prayers and support. More than 30 people were left homeless by the fire.LONG BRANCH — Friends, neighbors and community members gathered in West End Park on Saturday to offer their support to those who lost their homes and businesses as a result of a devastating fire on Monday, Feb. 13. As the sun went down in the city’s West End section about 50 people, joined by Mayor Adam Schneider and City Councilman John Pallone and some area clergy members, gathered at the park to express some emotions and hold a candlelight vigil in recognition of the loss of property, and in one case, the loss of pets, suffered in the Feb. 13 fire.“The idea is to restore hope, that everyone will rebuild their lives and Brighton Avenue,” Krista-Lynn Landolfi, one of the organizers and an area resident, explained a little earlier in the day.Landolfi had gotten to the park a couple of hours earlier, setting up tables with notepads and pens. The purpose, she explained, was to allow the public to offer notes of sympathy for those impacted by the fire—“letters of hope” she called them–and notes of thanks to the area firefighters.“There is a lot of hurt in the neighborhood,” Landolfi said.“Everyone is pitching in to do what they can,” observed Lois Chick, Highlands. Chick, who works for the Long Branch Board of Education, and is a former city resident, said four local teachers were living in the apartments that were destroyed and there are a number of events planned to help them and the others. “All along Brighton things are going on,” including a fundraiser that was happening at the same time at Jack’s Rib and Ale House, 149 Brighton Ave.Three buildings, containing businesses and 14 apartments succumbed to the fire, having to be leveled, being a safety risk, last week said City Fire Marshal Kevin Hayes Sr.More than 100 firefighters were at the scene, with one member suffering a superficial injury, Hayes said.Investigators believed the fire originated in the West End Dance Academy, 63 Brighton, Hayes said, though the cause is still under investigation.Nicole Ceballos, who owned the dance studio, said she received a call from one her students telling her about the fire. “It’s terrible,” she said, adding, “Compared to people who lost their homes, we were lucky.”The local chamber of commerce is assisting Ceballos in finding a new location. But, as she is about to give birth to her second child in April, “We might hold off until the baby is born,” Ceballos said.“I know a lot of owners here. It’s very sad,” said Valerie Garcia, a city resident for most of her life.Martin Grubman owned 57-61 Brighton since 1985. The building held 12 apartments and commercial space. “That was my baby,” he said, explaining he did a considerable amount of renovations to it. “I tried to make it beautiful,” he said.Residents of the buildings formed their own community, where “everybody knows everybody in this goofy little building.” His heart goes out to the residents, who lost everything, he said. Only one had renters’ insurance. “It’s really terrible 12 families are without homes,” he said.The buildings were about 100 years old, Schneider estimated. And Grubman said he hopes to rebuild.There are other events planned to assist the families and small businesses, Landolfi said. Schneider said city officials would assist Grubman and others as much as possible.“Sometimes it takes something like this to bring everybody together,” Garcia observed.last_img read more

What’s Inside the Christ Church Belfry?

first_imgBy Rick GeffkenSHREWSBURY – What’s inside the landmark Christ Church belfry at the Four Corners? Well, there could be bats; certainly spiders; the occasional squirrel; improbably ghosts; a 1-ton bell; and most assuredly, a whole lot of history. The last is because the belfry, or clock tower, of the venerable Shrewsbury landmark is now 144 years-old.The 64-foot tower was built onto the front of the then 100 year-old Episcopal Church in 1874. Both the melodious tolling of its bell, and the simple, yet elegant black clock faces have marked the time, the lives, and the passings of Shrewsbury residents for a century and a half.The weather vane and gilded “orb” sitting atop the church spire have their own special history. During the Revolutionary War militia stationed at the Allen House are said to have taken target practice at this symbol of the British monarch, George III. Christ Church occasionally displays the original damaged orb with what certainly look like musket-ball holes.For the last 70 years, repairs to the clock tower were funded primarily out of church funds. A Monmouth County Historical Commission grant helped with some repair costs about 10 years ago. Since the primary mission of the Christ Church has always been the spiritual care of its parishioners, expensive repairs to the venerable clock tower were incidental concerns.Now, Christ Church is asking the general public to help it complete overdue repairs to the clock tower. Buying a $5 raffle ticket could get you a guided tour of this historic clock tower. Three winners, each with up to two guests, will see four levels of the tower from the inside – the clock’s pendulum, the winding mechanism for the clock and the bell, the shafts that drive the tree clock faces, and the huge bell itself. The raffle is co-sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society and Christ Church. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the repair and maintenance of the clock.Winners will be drawn at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The bells at Christ Church will be ringing just as they did in 1776 to honor the signing of the Declaration.The Christ Church Community was founded in 1702 by Lewis Morris and William Leeds. Morris went on to become the first Royal Colonial Governor of New Jersey. Leeds bequeathed his huge farm in Middletown to the church. Brookdale Community College was built on part of the Leeds estate.Christ Church itself was actually built with raffle money. The Rev. Samuel Cooke held several lotteries, starting in 1758, to finance a new building. Because New Jersey law banned lotteries, the drawing was held on a Delaware River island. Current Christ Church Historian, Robert Kelly Jr., assures that the 2016 raffle follows all New Jersey State and local legal requirements.The $5 raffle tickets are on sale now at the Christ Church Parish Office. Call 732-741-2220 for more information.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C10: Price, specs and everything else known so far

first_imgSamsung is into serious business this year. The company is leaving no stone unturned to change its stars that were little blurry last year after the unfortunate Note 7 mishap. The South Korean giant is now gearing up to launch the Note 7’s successor – Galaxy Note 8. But that is not all. There are fresh rumours that suggest that the company is also working on a new device, allegedly called Galaxy C10.The device is expected to launch in Q3 2017. Photos of the Galaxy C10 have leaked online which point towards it being the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual camera setup at the back . A fresh report by Asia Business Daily has also released the pricing and specs of the phone.Iamge source: OnLeaks & PricebabaThough the phone has not much been hyped or talked-about, we try to sum up all the Galaxy C10 rumours to help you get an idea of what the smartphone is set to bring to the table. The most important feature rumoured so far is the dual camera set up with dual LED flash. After iPhone 7, OnePlus, Xiaomi and now Samsung may also join the bandwagon of smartphone companies making dual-camera smartphones. If true, then Galaxy C10 will be the first smartphone made by Samsung to come with dual camera set. A leaked image also shows a dual camera at the back.Second big rumour surrounding the Galaxy C10 is a dedicated physical button which so far can only been seen in Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Notably, a textured Bixby button is a premium feature in Samsung phones and is only limited to flagship devices. The feature will trickle down to C series of phones if this rumour is true and later may also be seen in other Samsung phones also.According to Asia Business Daily reports, price of the Galaxy C10 will start at $515 which is approximately Rs 33,000 for the 64GB storage variant. Also the phone may launch in Q3 2017. Apparently, it will be available in two storage variants.There are rumours that the alleged Galaxy C10 will be powered by Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB RAM.So far Rosegold and Black colour options have been seen but it is expected that Samsung may introduce few more colour options for the Galaxy C10.The rumoured Galaxy C10 is expected to sport a 6-inch display with full HD resolution and may run Android Nougat. Further the device is purported to be backed by a 4000mAh non-removable battery.The leaked images of Galaxy S10 hint that the device will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a connectivity option that is rumoured to be ditched by many companies in their upcoming flagships.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonadvertisementlast_img read more

Policy Holders of liquidated BAFSL collecting 25cents on the dollar for some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jul 2015 – Payments to British Atlantic Financial Services policy holders started last week and one report to Magnetic Media is that the customer in question received 25% of the cash value of their life insurance plan.It means the liquidation process is done and that, the forecast that the losses would be huge, by the Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission, Kevin Higgins was on point. BAFSL gave a vigorous fight in order to salvage the company, but Higgins told media: “Unfortunately because US interest rates went down so low the company was not able to meet the guaranteed interest rate given to policy holders.” It was said BAFSL was 6.2 million dollars in the red and at one point the PNP Administration had weighed in; asking for some leniency and proposing to bail out the indigenous company which was owned by the Methodist Church. Notices went out on Monday and policy holders have been streaming in to collect what is left of their savings after a liquidation process by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. We expect to have more on this in another newscast. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Related Items:bafsl, fiancial services commission, liquidate, policy holders, pricewaterhousecooperscenter_img Surplus but no savior in PNP Administration for BAFSL Recommended for youlast_img read more