HII to Build Seventh Legend-Class Security Cutter for USCG

first_imgHuntington Ingalls Industries announced yesterday that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter (WMSL 756). Industry news View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seventh HII to Build Seventh Legend-Class Security Cutter for USCG April 1, 2014 View post tag: National View post tag: build View post tag: Security View post tag: HIIcenter_img View post tag: Cutter “We have a hot production line with this class of ships, and we continue to get better—a tangible result demonstrating the value of serial production,” said Ingalls NSC Program Manager Jim French. “Each ship is built more effectively and more affordably than the one before it, and this is due to the hard work of our shipbuilders who are implementing efficient build plans and bringing our learning curve down as each ship is delivered. We look forward to starting construction on this ship in January 2015.”Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs and has three more under construction. Hamilton (WMSL 753) is 81 percent complete and will deliver in the third quarter of 2014; James (WMSL 754) is 52 percent complete and will launch in April, and the sixth NSC (WMSL 755) began construction late last year and is scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship, WMSL 756, is scheduled for delivery in 2018.Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service during the 1960s, they are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.NSCs are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. The Legend class is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. NSCs play an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 1, 2014; Image: HII View post tag: Legend-Class View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HII to Build Seventh Legend-Class Security Cutter for USCG View post tag: Naval View post tag: USCG Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: Launch of Great British High Street competition 2018

first_imgThe Great British High Street awards are back and bigger and better than ever Winners will receive a share of £25,000 and dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts High streets in Northern Ireland to battle it out to be the United Kingdom’s best for the first time The Great British High Street Awards acknowledge how vital high streets are to our nation. They are crucial in creating jobs, nurturing small businesses and driving local and regional economies. We want to celebrate the best examples of high streets, as well as those individual businessmen and women playing a leading role. The government is committed to ensuring high streets continue to thrive and I’m delighted to support this brilliant competition. If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG The Great British High Streets competition this year will celebrate the creativity of the many businesses in the UK which are providing the shops and services so vital to our economy. The previous awards were hugely successful, proving the Great British public really cares about the centres of their cities, towns and villages. I’d urge everyone to get involved in this important competition. The 26 shortlisted entries in the Champion High Street category and 12 Rising Stars will be announced in October. They will then go through to a public vote and be visited by a judging panel made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business.Britain’s best high street will be announced in November, with the winner receiving a £10,000 cash prize for a local community project. Winners from each of the remaining nations will receive a £5,000 contribution to a street party or community project.The competition was last held in 2016. Blackburn in Lancashire was crowned the Great British High Street overall winner that year thanks to the determination of the community and local businesses who worked together to overcome the challenges their high street was facing.The government is committed to helping local business communities and has introduced over £9 billion worth of business rate support so that many small businesses now pay no rates. This sits alongside a reduction in annual rises, worth a further £4 billion, and helping shops and restaurants across the country.Through the Future High Streets Forum, the government is also working closely with retail leaders and industry experts to support high streets and town centres to adapt and compete in the face of changing consumer and social trends.Further information Email [email protected] Office address and general enquiries Contact form https://forms.communit… There will be 26 short-listed entries in the Champion High Street category, 13 for England, 6 for Scotland, 4 for Wales and 3 for Northern Ireland. There will be 12 short-listed entries for the Rising Star category.High Streets are changing, and the government is committed to helping communities adapt. By delivering on our commitment to give councils more control over the business rates they raise locally, they have never had a better reason to support their shops and restaurants.We have introduced over £9 billion worth of business rate support so that many small businesses now pay no rates and we are reducing annual rises which is worth a further £4 billion, helping shops and restaurants across the country.In 2017, we launched a £300 million discretionary relief scheme over the next 4 years, which local authorities can use to grant relief to businesses.With our Future High Streets Forum, we are working closely with retail leaders and industry experts so we can develop new solutions to the current challenges we are facingWe are reviewing the wider taxation of the digital economy, including ensuring international corporate tax rules deliver fair results across different businesses and that sellers operating through online marketplaces pay the right amount of VAT. Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGBHighSt Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheGBHighSt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheGBHighStcenter_img General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 The awards, first held in 2014, have been simplified for 2018 with winning high streets to be named in England, Scotland, Wales and for the first time, Northern Ireland – across 2 categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street.High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said: Communities across the UK are being urged to back their local high streets by entering them into the Great British High Street Awards 2018.The awards, run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and sponsored by Visa, recognise and celebrate local achievements on our high streets, supporting the communities they serve.The Great British High Street awards will not only celebrate the best high streets across the nation, but will also champion ‘Rising Stars’ – the most ambitious high streets which are taking a lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.By shining a light on great examples of how high streets can meet the challenges of changing consumer behaviour and a changing retail environment, the awards will provide all communities with top tips for success.Speaking ahead of the competition launch on Lower Marsh, Waterloo, a former finalist, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg The deadline for entries is 22 August 2018 Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Media enquiries Nominations for the Great British High Street Awards are now open. To find out more, visit Great British High Street and follow on social media #myhighstreet.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Finally Sits In With ZZ Top On Tour

first_imgEdit this setlist | More ZZ Top setlists[Photo via Gov’t Mule FB Page] Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top have been touring together for the last few days, with fans wondering just when a sit-in will occur. It finally happened last night, when the two bands brought their wares to the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO.After an opening set of Gov’t Mule classics, ZZ Top put together a hit parade setlist with a number of their rocking tunes. Guitarist Warren Haynes made his curtain call during ZZ Top’s encore, adding some firepower to the Elvis Presley classic, “Jailhouse Rock.”You can see Haynes with Billy Gibbons in the image below, and check out both bands’ full setlists below. Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlistslast_img read more

George Clinton Announces His Retirement From Touring

first_imgYesterday, George Clinton announced that he is going to retire from touring in May 2019. The Parliament/Funkadelic frontman, who turns 77 in July, has more than 50 dates scheduled between now and Near Year’s, including shows in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.“This has been coming a long time,” Clinton told Billboard. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less.”The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently underwent pacemaker surgery, however, Clinton emphasized that the surgery had no direct influence on his decision.“Truth be told…It’s never really been about me. It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”In January, Clinton revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dog, the forthcoming record is a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation. With its slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles. You can listen to the album’s debut single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me” below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Head to George Clinton’s website for a list of upcoming tour dates.last_img read more

Customers Want Dell EMC VMAX 950F for Enterprise Storage

first_imgThis month, CRN announced their 2017 Products of the Year, with the judging being done by those who work directly with the offerings to solve customers’ problems – the IT channel.  At Dell EMC we are always first and foremost focused on the customer, which is why we are especially excited to share that Dell EMC’s newest flagship All-Flash enterprise storage array, the VMAX 950F, is the winner in Enterprise Storage for customer demand.Dell EMC has set the industry’s benchmark for enterprise storage for years and continued this tradition with the release of the VMAX 950F earlier this year, which delivers up to 4x faster performance than the nearest competitor1.  This All-Flash array offers up to 4 PB of effective capacity, up to 6.7M IOPS – 68% faster than the previous generation, 150 GB/s of sustained bandwidth2 and response times of 350 microseconds for OLTP databases – 30% better than the previous generation3.  It is the ultimate platform to consolidate with confidence – ideal for mixed workloads, it supports mixing mainframe and open systems and offers a 25% smaller footprint than its predecessor.  Plus, customers gain greater levels of security, reliability and data protection with the latest version of the HYPERMAX operating system.It is no wonder that customers are demanding VMAX 950F for their enterprise storage. A recent Total Economic Impact study done by Forrester found that the customers interviewed using Dell EMC All-Flash storage experienced key benefits such as increased IT productivity, increased end user productivity, storage hardware and management savings, and a reduction in power and cooling costs resulting in $4.2M of benefits and an ROI of 126% over a three year period4.Home Furnishings retailer RC Wiley chose VMAX All Flash for its entire virtualized VMware environment as well as for its business-critical database because of its six-nines availability and proven track record.  “We have a high amount of confidence in the VMAX line of arrays…They’re absolutely rock solid” said Richard Sheridan, IT Manager at RC Wiley.Plus, the VMAX 950F is now part of Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program providing customers additional peace of mind through investment protection with no hidden costs. The Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program for VMAX consists of the following benefits: 3 Year Satisfaction Guarantee, 4:1 All Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee, Never Worry Data Migrations, Hardware Investment Protection, All-Inclusive Software and Clear Price Maintenance. Just another reason why VMAX All Flash gives customers the best value for their investment.At Dell EMC, our customers are our highest priority and it’s a great testament that our channel partners have chosen VMAX 950F as the leader in customer demand for enterprise storage.______________________________________________________________________1March 2017 Dell EMC internal testing compared to competitive array for OLTP with compression and encryption.2 Based on Dell EMC internal testing compared to VMAX 850F, March 2017. Actual performance may vary.3 Based on Dell EMC internal testing compared to VMAX 850F, March 2017. Actual performance may vary.4Source: Forrester Research, The Total Economic Impact of the Dell EMC All-Flash Storage Portfolio, September 2017last_img read more

SMC to host French-themed dinner celebrating Moreau

first_imgSaint Mary’s will host a French-themed dinner Wednesday to honor Fr. Basil Moreau, the founding father of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The sisters of the Holy Cross founded Saint Mary’s in 1844.Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, said Moreau is important because he emerged at a time in French society when there was a lot of turmoil and a breakdown of French society structures.“[Moreau] wanted to provide a way for faithful people to address the issues of their time and be educated and be able to address those as people of faith,” Wilson said. “I think that is important because it sounds like the time that we’re in. There’s a lot of challenge to the ways that people have known our life as people in the United States, and some of those ways are being broken down and challenged.”Moreau was born shortly after the French Revolution in 1799, and Wilson said he experienced the demise of education and the diminishment of faith in the public education system through his experiences in the seminary and living post-French Revolution.“He wanted to gather people around him to share in the work he wanted to do,” she said. “His idea was to gather women and men together to do the work of educating and sharing the faith. Eventually the sisters and brothers had to have separate constitutions, but his original vision was for shared ministry and shared life together. That was what eventually became the family of Holy Cross.”She said Moreau’s vision for what it means to live a Christian life is unique and life-giving.“[His vision] has helped a lot of people go out into the world and live with meaning and to establish these great institutions we are a part of — hospitals, grade schools, nursing homes — and especially educational institutions,” Wilson said.Wilson said she attended a Holy Cross college but never heard of Moreau or talked about him until later in her career. She said the importance of Moreau emerged with his beatification in 2007.“It’s really exciting to be in this time because everyone is discovering it together. … All people of Holy Cross can discover something about their heritage together and in a way dialogue and share what it means to them and shape the legacy of that for the future,” Wilson said.A Mass was held Sunday in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall, Wilson said.“His feast day is on Wednesday, and so for a feast to be transferred to a Sunday, because usually Sunday takes precedent, we have to have permission from the bishop of the Archdiocese,” she said.Sodexo will provide the French-themed meal Wednesday. The Saint Mary’s community, including off-campus students, faculty and staff can celebrate Moreau together from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Family Dining Hall.Tags: Basil Moreau, blessed basil moreaulast_img read more

Meghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSave

first_imgMeghan Mathon Named General Manager of EnSaveEnSave Energy Performance, Inc. announces the appointment of Meghan Mathon as its new General Manager. Ms. Mathon assumed the responsibilities of retired EnSave co-founder and General Manager, Paul Ohlson.EnSave is an energy services company that works exclusively in the agricultural sector helping farmers save energy. EnSave works with public benefits corporations, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and state and federal organizations to design and implement energy conservation programs for farmers across the United States.Ms. Mathon will lead EnSaves growth according to a 5-year Master Plan developed with EnSaves Board of Directors. She will build and maintain budgets and cash flow projections, oversee program development and implementation, and supervise all staff.Ms. Mathon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and taught middle school for five years before joining the EnSave team in the fall of 2000. During her tenure at EnSave, Ms. Mathon has mastered the accountabilities of every position held with the company including Project Administrator and Director of Special Projects.Ms. Mathon lives with her husband, Jake, and two daughters in Williston, Vermont.last_img read more

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride

first_imgVirginia residents are up in arms after Dominion Power Company—one of the nation’s largest energy producers—proposed plans to build a 550-mile, 42-inch natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.According to the Friends of Nelson County, “Dominion will have to seize private property through eminent domain, uproot farms and families, and disrupt businesses and lives in their attempt to complete the project.”Opposition to Dominion’s proposed pipe line project has been building since August of 2014. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has expressed his support for the project, but on April 16, Virginia 5th District Representative Robert Hurt contacted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to request more time for public comment.Starting this weekend, students from the University of Virginia will be cycling along the route of ACP in an effort to show support for residents and land owners within the proposed pipeline’s path and draw attention to climate change.11069372_934535756596973_4955324676179316542_n“This is a way for us to voice our opposition to this disastrous project,” said Hannah Beaman, one of the primary organizers of the resistance ride. “We are not property owners, but we do have a vested interest in seeing this sacred portion of Virginia preserved, and we’ll do everything we can to stop the ACP.”The ride will begin today and continue through May 19th.Beaman is hopeful that the resistance ride will have a positive impact, but she realizes the power that Domion wields in the state of Virginia.“Dominion is an incredibly powerful entity, and they contribute a lot of money to both political parties in our state,” she said. “But people are rising up against their plan to seize private property through eminent domain. No one stands to benefit here except for Dominion and its shareholders.”Beaman says she and numerous other students will gather the stories of those within the pipeline’s path during their ride and take them to an annual Dominion shareholder’s party in Richmond.“At the culmination of our trip we will be stopping in Richmond at Dominion’s annual shareholder’s party and letting them know exactly how this pipeline is going to effect the Virginia residents in its path,” she said. “We’ll also be pointing out the devastating effects that this project will have on Virginia’s wildlife species and forest habitat.”For more information about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride visit their blog or check them out on Facebook. You can also support the project here.last_img read more

Chamomile and Whiskey Releases New Song, “Never Live Up”

first_imgChamomile and Whiskey get candidly introspective in the new song “Never Live Up,” a first look at the Virginia-based group’s upcoming album Red Clay Heart. The follow-up to the 2017 full-length effort Sweet Afton is expected to arrive in late spring or early summer this year.  While the band’s expansive alt-country sound often blends expressive fiddle lines with dusty, jangly electric riffs, “Never Live Up” is a sparse, porch-style ballad. The group’s main singer-songwriter Koda Kerl strums an acoustic and with his husky voice accepts love lost in the pensive lines, “Even if I could go back/would it do any good?/I’ll never live up to what you deserve/but I don’t think anyone could.” “I wrote this song just before we started making the record,” Kerl said in a statement. “I guess it’s one of those heart-broken-in-love, looking out the window kind of tunes. We arranged and recorded it on the fly in the studio and it became one of our favorites.” center_img Chamomile and Whiskey will start a spring tour on March 14 at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Va. Additional dates include stops at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, N.C., on April 2 and the Muddy Creek Café and Music Hall in Sparta, N.C., on April 3. The band is also on the bill at Roosterwalk, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Va. Footage of the live take on “Never Live Up” was filmed at Cartoon Moon Studio in Nashville, where the band made their new album with producer Ken Coomer (formerly of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo). Kerl said other songs on the new effort aren’t so subdued: “This record is a little more raw and a bit heavier than our last couple and almost feels ‘Southern Gothic’ to me.”last_img read more

WHO experts favor single-dose H1N1 vaccine regimen

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An expert committee that advises the World Health Organization (WHO) today updated its guidance on pandemic H1N1 vaccines, recommending a single dose for most age-groups and advising that any of the forms are safe for pregnant women.At a media briefing today, Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the agency’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said this week’s 3-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunizations marked the group’s first discussion of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine since mid July, when it took up the vaccine priority question and addressed concerns about low yields with the first vaccine seed strains.”The level of evidence in October is much higher than July, and the recommendations are much more precise than July,” she said.After examining clinical trial data for all versions of the vaccine, the group recommended a single dose for everyone aged 10 and older, as long as such use in line with national regulatory authorities. Though the group said immunogenicity data are more limited for young children, it also recommended that countries that have children as a high-priority group administer one dose so that as many children can be vaccinated as possible.The United States has prioritized children to receive the pandemic vaccine has recommended that those under age 10 receive two doses. Also, Europe’s drug regulatory agency on Sep 23 announced it would stick to its initial recommendation that the three vaccines it approved be given in two doses, because data were insufficient to merit a one-dose recommendation. However, it added that one dose may be enough in adults.At a separate press briefing today, reporters asked Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the difference between the SAGE recommendation and the CDC’s guidance. He said preliminary vaccine data on children have not shown the desired immune response in children that would warrant a single-dose recommendation. Though the CDC is anticipating new data soon from the National Institutes of Health, “for the time being, we’re sticking with what the ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] has recommended,” Frieden said.Kieny said the WHO group advised that more studies are needed to guide a recommended vaccine dose for immunocompromised patients.Fourteen countries have now launched pandemic H1N1 vaccination programs, she said. In its review of early vaccine monitoring data for the pandemic, SAGE found no indication of unusual reactions, and it found that the events reported so far are well within the range of those seen with seasonal flu vaccines.Given concerns about vaccinating pregnant women, the WHO panel looked at animal studies of all forms of the vaccine and found no evidence of direct or indirect harm to fertility, pregnancy, embryonic or fetal development, birthing, or postnatal development. Given the high risk of flu complications in pregnant women, the group said any licensed vaccine can be used in pregnant women, unless specific contraindications have been outlined by national regulatory bodies.The United States is among countries where authorities have recommended that pregnant women not receive the intranasal, live attenuated H1N1 vaccine (LAIV). Public health officials were in a difficult position when the first pandemic vaccine doses were delivered, because nearly all of them were the LAIV version, though pregnant women are at the front of the line to be vaccinated. However, US officials have recently said the injectable version that pregnant women and other high-risk groups can receive makes up half of the increasing supply.The group also took up the issue of whether seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccines can be given at the same time. In a statement today, the WHO panel said clinical trials on coadministration of the vaccines are ongoing, but it endorsed the CDC recommendation that the intranasal versions of the seasonal and pandemic vaccines should not be given together. The group said the seasonal and pandemic vaccines can be given at the same time provided both are inactivated (injectable) or one is inactivated and the other is LAIV.Regarding options for the Southern Hemisphere’s 2009-2010 seasonal flu vaccine, SAGE weighed whether a trivalent vaccine (pandemic H1N1 plus seasonal H3N2 and B) or a bivalent vaccine (seasonal H3N2 and B) plus a separate pandemic H1N1 vaccine would be best. They concluded that both formulation options should be available, depending on national needs.See also:Oct 30 WHO statement on SAGE recommendationshttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/briefing_20091030/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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