USS Abraham Lincoln Participates in Damage Control Olympics

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln Participates in Damage Control Olympics USS Abraham Lincoln Participates in Damage Control Olympics View post tag: News by topic Training & Education Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participated in a Damage Control (DC) Olympics while the ship was underway, May 25.The DC Olympics is a practical training competition pitting the ship’s 10 repair lockers against each other in a host of contests to test their DC knowledge and their physical skills.“The DC Olympics gives Sailors the opportunity to handle damage control situations under pressure and to actually hold a 150 psi hose in their hand and see how tired they can get quickly,” said Cmdr. Kenneth Belkofer, Lincoln’s damage control assistant. “It also puts them under a stressful situation where they have to put on a firefighting ensemble and experience how long it can take to put that gear on.”Belkofer said the event allowed Sailors to demonstrate their knowledge of general damage control equipment and several fire extinguishing systems, from aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) to other fixed firefighting systems. The Olympics also provided Sailors with opportunities to work in teams.The competition consisted of multiple relay races, such as advanced protective chemical gear dress out, fire fighting ensemble dress out, hose handling on the flight deck and AFFF stations.The Reactor division team representing Repair Locker 5 won the overall shipboard competition. For their efforts, the victorious locker received a plaque along with head of the line passes for chow, the ship’s store and the liberty brow for the ship’s next port visit.“It’s fun and it’s good training for the overall crew,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Anthony Castille. “It helps us have more fun doing the training evolutions rather than just looking at it as work. It helps keep people more active, and it will get other people to try different things rather than being restricted to one task.”Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Bryant Guest said the event reinforced mission readiness, preparation, fun and a feeling of purpose in the participants.“I had a great time,” said Guest. “We train to make sure, should an actual casualty occur, that our shipmates are prepared, that they know what to do and that they are going to have each other’s backs.”Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 30, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: control View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Damage View post tag: Olympics View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Participates May 30, 2012 View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Wendy Sherman appointed professor and director at HKS

first_imgAmbassador Wendy R. Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, will join Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in January as professor of the practice of public leadership and the director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership, HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced today.As director of the Center for Public Leadership, Sherman will succeed David Gergen, its leader since its founding in 2000. She will teach courses and advise students about public service and leadership development. She will also continue her affiliation with the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she is currently a senior fellow.“Ambassador Sherman has a stellar track record in the public sector and is known for her deep commitment to principled and effective public leadership. We are very fortunate that she has agreed to lead our Center for Public Leadership at this crucial time in U.S. and global history,” Elmendorf said.“I also want to extend my profound gratitude to David Gergen for his exceptional leadership as director of the Center for Public Leadership for the past 18 years. His commitment to the future of public leadership — and to the crucial role that the Kennedy School can, and should, play in creating that future — have transformed the center and the Kennedy School in very important ways.”Elmendorf noted that Gergen will continue to serve as professor of public service and as an active member of the Center for Public Leadership community.Sherman was undersecretary of state for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2011‒2015. In this global role, she oversaw the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and international organizations. She also led the U.S. negotiating team and was a central player in concluding the Iran nuclear agreement. In recognition of her diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.Earlier, she was the state of Maryland’s first director of child welfare, chief of staff to then-Congresswoman Barbara A. Mikulski and later campaign manager for Mikulski’s first successful Senate campaign, executive director of EMILY’s List, chairman of the board of Oxfam America, and an international business consultant.She is currently senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm that she helped found.“Effective public leadership is essential for ensuring security, freedom, and prosperity for all people,” said Sherman. “The Kennedy School is a pre-eminent training ground for public leaders from the U.S. and around the world. I look forward to directing the Center for Public Leadership and to preparing our students to exercise leadership in a world that faces an array of social, political, and economic challenges.”As director of the Center for Public Leadership, Sherman will set the center’s strategy, building relationships with public leaders, collaborating with faculty and staff across the Kennedy School, interacting with students, and managing the roughly 40-person team.“From being the first director of child welfare for the State of Maryland to leading the U.S. team in negotiating the nuclear agreement with Iran, Wendy has been a highly distinguished, wide-ranging, and passionate public leader,” said Gergen. “Her appointment will help lift the Center for Public Leadership to a new level of impact by supporting our faculty and preparing a new generation of leaders. She will find a community here that is enthusiastic about working with her.”Sherman attended Smith College and earned her B.A. cum laude from Boston University and master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland. Her book “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence” will be published by PublicAffairs on Sept. 4.last_img read more

When We Were Young and Unafraid Begins Off-Broadway

first_img When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter, forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she’s been trying to help. When We Were Young and Unafraid Star Files In addition to Jones, the cast of When We Were Young and Unafraid includes Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 The world premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid starts preview performances on May 21 at New York City Center—Stage 1, starring Tony winner Cherry Jones. The Manhattan Theatre Club production is directed by Pam McKinnon and will open officially on June 17. Related Shows Cherry Joneslast_img read more

School of Rock’s Isabella Russo on Moonwalking, Being a Goofball & More

first_imgIsabella Russo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019center_img Age: 12Hometown: “New Jersey, but I’ve been to every state except Alaska!”Current Role: Isabella Russo plays Summer, a prim teacher’s pet who brings her perfectionist A-game as the pint-sized band manager in School of Rock.Stage Cred: School of Rock marks Russo’s Broadway debut. Her powerful pipes have landed her concert spots as an opener for Broadway fave Shoshana Bean as well as a BC/EFA benefit concert with the Wicked national tour. Related Showslast_img read more

Economists see some hope in state’s economic future

first_imgAs the new administration takes office, Governor Shumlin and his team of economic advisers are dealing with upwards of a $150 million budget deficit. Twice a year, a panel known as the Emergency Board, comprised of the governor and key lawmakers, is notified about the state’s tax revenue projections. In recent years, Vermont tax collections and state finances have been affected by a troubled economy, but economists say there may be signs of improvement.Both Jeff Carr, for the administration, and Tom Kavet, for the Legisalture, said last Thursday that modest gains can be seen in economic indicators, including in tax receipts. However, these gains will have only a slight positive effect on the state’s deficit in the near future.Meanwhile, Vermont Economy Newsletter held its annual meeting Friday. Economist Richard Heaps held a similar view, saying that a slow recovery was occurring in Vermont. He said he could envision little gain in the troubled construction and real estate industries, but that business services should see growth. He added that the unemployment rate would likely continue to lower as the jobs picture improved.Vermont has the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the country, but more than 14,000 jobs have been lost in the state since 2007.According to state economists, the performance of state revenue streams over the next six months will help them better predict where the economy is heading.Based on the possibility of a stronger economic future, Carr and Kavet recommended small increases in the net General Fund revenues anticipated during the next eighteen months. Shumlin and the heads of the Legislature’s four money committees adopted the economists’ recommendations for this fund and for revenues for the Transportation and Education Funds.last_img read more

JTF-Bravo Donates COVID-19 Supplies for Municipalities in La Paz, Comayagua in Honduras

first_imgBy Maria Pinel/Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs August 24, 2020 Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) donated personal protective equipment and medications, through U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program to support the municipalities of Villa de San Antonio, La Paz, Ajuterique, and Lejamani in Honduras.The donation includes KN95 masks, gloves, gowns, booties, head covers, disinfecting supplies, and medication to benefit the health care providers of the Roberto Suazo Córdova Hospital, a regional hospital that receives patients from both Comayagua and La Paz. Donations were also provided to the Emergency Committees in the municipalities of Villa de San Antonio in the department of La Paz, and Ajuterique and Lejamani in the department of Comayagua to be distributed through local health care clinics. The total donation is valued at more than $52,000.JTF-Bravo continuously works to build partnerships to foster security, stability, and prosperity for Honduran citizens through a variety of missions, currently including personal protective equipment donations in response to COVID-19 throughout the country.U.S. Army Colonel John Litchfield, new JTF-Bravo commander, personally delivered the donations and met with local mayors, healthcare leaders, and authorities, further reiterating JTF-Bravo’s commitment to supporting its partners and hosts in this time of need.“We are committed to supporting your efforts in the fight against COVID-19. We are part of this community and we are in this together. Your success is our success and I look forward to continuing strengthening our partnership,” said Col. Litchfield. “We are together in this fight and we are committed to supporting you as friends and neighbors.”last_img read more

NY Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Beats GOP Rival

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Voters re-elected New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, to his second full term Tuesday, signaling confidence in the fiscal watchdog who beat Republican challenger Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.The 60-year-old Great Neck Plaza resident won 56-percent of the vote over Antonacci, 49, who came home with 34 percent, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.The incumbent also ran on the Working Families, Womens Equality and Independence party lines while Antonacci additionally secured the Conservative and Stop Common Core party lines.DiNapoli, a former state Assemblyman who began his political career when he was elected as a trustee to the Mineola Board of Education at the age of 18, became state comptroller in 2007 after being appointed to serve out the term of Alan Hevesi, who resigned and pleaded guilty to corruption charges. The job entails analyzing and reporting on the state’s $140 billion budget, overseeing the state’s $177 billion public pension fund and routine audits of local municipalities such as school districts and fire departments around the state.Antonacci, an attorney and certified public accountant who has been the comptroller of Onondaga County since 2007, Antonacci said the state comptroller should also be auditing the state Legislature and the executive chamber. He had proposed a five-point plan that he says would ensure the state’s pension fund remains viable by restructuring its management, reducing operational costs and reducing costs to local governments.He was the lone participant in the state’s publicly financed campaign pilot program, but didn’t raise enough campaign cash to qualify for matching funds. DiNapoli is a longtime supporter of publicly financed campaigns, but he opted out of state Legislature’s experiment this year on the grounds that the version was flawed. The pilot program was launched in the middle of campaign season and only applied to the state comptroller’s race.last_img read more

Indonesian worker in Hong Kong sentenced to jail for stealing face masks

first_imgA migrant worker from Indonesia has been sentenced to jail for stealing face masks in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.A statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong revealed that an Indonesian worker identified as Masriki had stolen face masks and resold them to others.Masriki was sentenced to four weeks in jail. The court also ordered him to return the HK$12,000 (US$1,540) he had earned from selling the face masks.  “The Indonesian Consulate General is observing this case closely and [will] make sure that the defendant receives a translator and legal advisors throughout the trial process,” Consul General Ricky Suhendar said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. “Based on our observation, the defendant has admitted to his action and received a fair punishment.”With the Hong Kong penitentiary closed down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indonesian Consulate General has yet to visit the worker in jail.The Consulate General gave assurances that Indonesian workers in Hong Kong would not experience a face mask shortage because it was constantly supplying them with face masks. The Consulate General has thus far provided 150,000 face masks for free to Indonesian workers in Hong Kong.Topics :last_img read more

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Marriage

first_imgThe redefinition of marriage has been one of the most significant political issues of our time. A politician’s position on this issue exposes his or her worldview and gives a clear indication of how he or she understands the role of family in civil society. In 2013, Parliament chose to reject the traditional and natural union of one man and one woman as the basis for marriage, thereby side-lining its cultural and traditional significance and its fundamental role in the care of children. Marriage has been redefined principally as a contractual partnership. It is not an exaggeration to claim that, with no clear public mandate, politicians were, and remain guilty of ‘cultural vandalism’. The ‘equality’ cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Marriage ‘equality’ was never about equality because there are people who are still not able to marry. It’s hardly surprising there are now attempts to extend the definition of marriage to allow for polygamy and group marriage, and to punish people who hold to the traditional definition of marriage. The redefinition of marriage has deconstructed and weakened the meaning and purpose of marriage as a specific cultural and historical institution. In 2004, the government introduced Civil Unions and changed over 150 pieces of legislation to provide legal recognition and protection for other forms of relationships. The State should not have presumed to re-engineer a natural human institution.READ MORE: www.ProtectMarriage.nzlast_img read more

Nigerians await the first results of elections

first_imgEuropean Union observers missionNigeria’s electoral commission  says it will announce the results of the just concluded elections in the coming days.CCTV’s Claire Munyana who is in Abuja says Commission officers are currently facing  criticism from Nigerians due to  delays in announcing the results.Initially INEC had hoped to release the official results within 48hrs after completion of the voting process. This did not work out due to failure of the registration process which saw voting spill over into the next day in some states.The body  says it expects to announce the first results  of the tightly contested presidential poll on Tuesday.Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a stiff challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.Voting over the weekend was marred by technical hitches, protests and violence linked to Boko Haram.President Jonathan was among those whose registration to vote was delayed by the technology, which was introduced to prevent fraud.His Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had opposed the card readers, called it a “huge national embarrassment”.Election commission chief Attahiru Jega said only a fraction of the 150,000 card readers being used nationwide had failed.The presidential and parliamentary elections had been delayed by six weeks because of the insurgency by Boko Haram militants.The INEC has called upon citizens to be careful on the kind of information they receive from social media and has warned that they are the only network to release the official results.The EU chief observer, Santiago Fisas, has called on candidates, parties and citizens to respond peacefully to the announcement of the results.The European Union Election Observation Mission has commended  Nigerians for their commitment to the largely peaceful and orderly elections.This is despite the frustrations and challenges that occasioned the  late opening of the poll stations, failure of the PVC,s card readers and violent incidents in some states the process was transparent.last_img read more