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USS Gravely, USS Ramage Assist Distressed Persons at Sea

first_img View post tag: Assist View post tag: Defence View post tag: sea October 29, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gravely, USS Ramage Assist Distressed Persons at Sea View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Distressedcenter_img View post tag: Naval USS Gravely, USS Ramage Assist Distressed Persons at Sea View post tag: Ramage View post tag: Persons View post tag: Gravely View post tag: Defense At the request of the Greek government, USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Ramage (DDG 61) are making best speed in an effort to render assistance to distressed persons at sea in the central Mediterranean.Gravely was just over 75 nautical miles away, and Ramage 200 nautical miles, when tasked to provide assistance.[mappress]Press Release, October 29, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Joint Johns Hopkins/Army Research Lab Postdoctoral Fellowship

first_imgThe Shields Uncertainty Research Group (SURG) in the Dept. of CivilEngineering at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the Computationaland Information Sciences Directorate of the U.S. Army ResearchLaboratory (ARL) are seeking applications for the position ofPostdoctoral Fellow. The postdoc will work on a collaborativeeffort to build novel stochastic simulation-based methodologies foradvanced computational uncertainty quantification in hierarchicalmaterials modeling. Particular areas of interest includereduced-order modeling, surrogate modeling, active learning,multi-scale and multi-fidelity modeling. Candidates must possess aPh.D. in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, AppliedMathematics, Computational Science and Engineering or a relatedfield. The candidate must further possess a strong workingknowledge of probability theory and experience with numericalmodeling of physical (preferably, but not necessarily materials)systems. Strong preference will be given to candidates withprevious experience in stochastic simulation-based uncertaintyquantification using, for example, advanced Monte Carlosimulations, polynomial chaos expansions, sparse-grid stochasticcollocation, stochastic reduced-order models, stochastic surrogatemodels, or related concepts. Programming in Python will berequired. Candidates should send a CV, brief (1 page) statement ofresearch experience/interests, and contact information for 2-3references to Prof. Michael Shields at [email protected] will be given to applications received before August 1,2018 although the position will remain open until filled.The postdoc will be appointed through the Hopkins Extreme MaterialsInstitute (www.hemi.jhu.edu) with an expectation that time will beshared between JHU and ARL to foster strong collaboration betweenthe groups. JHU is located in the city of Baltimore, MD and ARL islocated at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD. The twosites are approximately 45 mins apart. Regular travel between thetwo sites will be required.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

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50 Rides Inspected Ahead Of State Fair Opening Day

first_imgIndiana codes include making sure stop buttons work, that there is proper padding where needed and that welded metals are secure.Tom Hendricks, chief inspector of amusement rides for IDHS, said many aspects of a ride are looked at, including brakes.One way they’re tested? They ride them. Thursday – after the initial inspections and riderless run-throughs of the amusements — IDHS staff members were trying out the Bullet Train roller coaster and other thrills to make sure they weren’t unintentionally too thrilling..Most of the rides had already had the one yearly inspection that is required. The checks Thursday by the IDHS are just extra precautions to ensure the safety of the visitors.The 23 inspectors out on the midway check each ride, one by one, for issues. If an issue is minor, they typically fix it on sight. Other larger issues might take days to fix. So far, no rides inspected this year have had any issues.In 2011, the State Fair received nationwide publicity after a stage collapsed during a Sugarland concert, killing seven people, during a storm. It was later found that the stage did not meet certain safety requirements. Hendricks said, however, the department’s building safety inspectors, and not the elevator and amusement ride safety inspectors, are in charge of inspecting stages.While a ride may be deemed safe, it still can be shut down in case of bad weather. For example, the Ferris Wheel cannot operate if the winds are over 35 miles per hour. INDIANAPOLIS- As Hoosiers and visitors walk under the archway of the Midway at the Indiana State Fair, games, fair food and rides are expected.What isn’t expected is an unsafe, un-inspected fair ride.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) oversees inspection of all of the fair’s rides, making sure they are safe for eager visitors. The IDHS doesn’t have a hand in assembling the rides, but instead inspects them to ensure safety requirements are met.“Safety is our highest priority,” Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said Thursday standing in front of the Tilt-A-Whirl at the fairgrounds. “We look at those rides to make sure they are meeting the manufacturers’ parameters.” The Midway, with around 50 rides, takes about two-and-a-half days to inspect. The staff started inspections Wednesday morning and expects to have them finished when the Midway opens to fairgoers at noon Friday.At that point, fairgoers can express their own safety concerns. Each ride has a sticker with the phone number of the IDHS. If at any point a spectator feels that a ride is unsafe, he or she can call the number and the IDHS will come and do further checks.Matthew Cronley, IDHS amusement rides section chief, said, though, that fairgoers can relax and just have fun.“I can confidently say you can bring your family, your friends, your kids, your grandchildren out here to the State Fair, and you’ll have a fun experience,” Cronley said.Footnote: Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img TheStatehouseFile.comlast_img read more

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Gambling Expansion Bill Heading To Governor

first_imgPrint Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Gambling Expansion Bill Heading To GovernorApril 24, 2019, By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — The controversial gambling expansion bill is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb after it passed through both chambers only hours before the General Assembly wrapped up the 2019 legislative session.Ultimately, the decision was less partisan and more geographical as the bill’s numerous provisions – from an inland casino in Gary to a new casino in Terre Haute – directly impacts many lawmakers’ home districts. It passed the House in votes because the issue covers a number of items and gambling directly impacts lawmakers’ communities and brings out personal beliefs.House Bill 1015 passed first in the Senate, 37-12. Nine Democrats joined 28 Republicans in supporting it, with 12 Republicans voting no.The House approved it 59-36, with 22 Democrats and 37 Republicans voting yes, and 27 Republicans and nine Democrats in opposition.Among the ‘no’ votes: Rep. Todd Huston, the Fishers Republican who authored the measure, surprising some of his colleagues as he pushed the red button moments after presenting the bill to his colleagues. Rep. Ed Clere, a New Albany Republican who sits next to Huston in the House chamber, asked: “Did you mean to do that?”Huston nodded yes.As lawmakers filed out of the Statehouse, Huston told reporters said he hadn’t told anyone of his decision to vote no but had felt it was his responsibility to negotiate a final version and present a bill most of his caucus backed.Overall, HB 1015 allows two Gary casinos to move inland from where they currently sit in Buffington Harbor to a new site near Interstate 94. It also approves a new casino for Terre Haute and legalizes sports betting for ages 21 and up, including via mobile devices rso long as they register with one of the state’s casinos.With this expansion, Indiana will add one new casino to the 11 existing casinos and two racinos. The racinos, in Anderson Shelbyville, will have live dealers in 2020, rather than 2021 as current law states, making them full casinos. The bill also boosts the number of licenses casino operators can own from two to six.The owner of the Gary casinos, Spectacle Entertainment, will have to pay a $20 million fee over five years to move the casinos inland, and also relinquish its second casino license. For the sacrifice of the second license, Spectacle will still receive tax benefits as if they still own two casinos until 2025. This could potentially give the company $40 million to $50 million in tax credit,s said. Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, who was against the tax break the company gets.“I think it’s bad policy to do that,” Smaltz said.Smaltz also opposed mobile sports betting and had originally removed it earlier this session when the bill was in a committee he chaired. But the provision was restored when the House and Senate negotiated a final version.This makes every community a gambling community, he warned.“I’m not excited about having sports wagering anywhere in my community,” Smaltz said.Other provisions that were added back in were the so-called “hold harmless” agreements to give payments to the communities where casinos in northern and southern Indiana who might lose revenue from the new Gary and Terre Haute casinos. Those include East Chicago, Michigan City, Hammond, Evansville, and French Lick. Huston later singled out that provision as contributing to his “no” vote.“I don’t have a crystal ball. We don’t have a forecast (of how revenues will be affected),” Huston said. “…That’s my struggle. We’re making a presumption. I just don’t know what that presumption is.’Lawmakers whose hometowns were helped by provisions in the gambling bill urged support. Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, has a racino in her area that has brought “a thousand jobs in my community. Some of them have actually saved families from financial ruin.”“Some folks just don’t like gaming, period,” she said. “But this bill has a lot of promise for our state.”Democrat Sen. Eddie Melton said the casino expansion in his hometown of Gary will help rebuild the city, which they have been trying to do for 50 years.“I don’t see this as a gaming bill,” Melton said. “I see this as an economic catalyst.”But Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, raised a concern about the other communities in Southeast Indiana not receiving the same benefits. The casinos in Rising Sun and Lawrenceburg are not getting the “hold harmless” protections that the other casinos are. He said some parts of the bill were good but said some elements were thrown together at the last minute and needed to be thought out.“We’re going to build this on the backs of the poorest people in our state,” Frye said.The bill now heads to Holcomb for his signature. Recent questions were raised about Holcomb’s paid-for plane trip with the owner of Spectacle in 2018. Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, tried to prevent this from happening by amending the gaming bill in the House to require meetings between the governor and casino bosses to be public, but the provision was removed in the final version.“Why wouldn’t the governor want to have some sort of open sunshine if he’s under some suspicion?” Bauer said.So far, Holcomb has not committed to signing the bill though he has not been publicly critical of it either.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.last_img read more

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British sugar dispute still impacts RGFC sales

first_imgBakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) reveals sales are still being impacted by ‘anti-competitive’ behaviour by British Sugar, part of Associated British Foods (ABF).Napier Brown’s parent company, RGFC, said that the ongoing dispute was overshadowing its final results, released today.The company saw revenue rise from £265.7M to £272.5M for the period ending March 31, however pre-tax profit tumbled from £10.4M to £3.3M.Pieter Totté, RGFC’s chairman, said this shadowed other significant retail and wholesale contracts, which were driving Whitworths brand growth. The results also pointed out Renshaw and Haydens sales were up 4.7% and 7.6% respectively.’Hopeful’ Totté said: “It would be easy to focus on the impact on our results caused by what we believe to be anti-competitive behaviour by British Sugar, but we have previously disclosed the background to this matter in our 21stFebruary Trading Statement.”The reduction in Group EBITDA to £3.3 million hides significant progress in a number of operating divisions. In particular, the Renshaw result was very encouraging, while at Haydens it is clear that the new business model is beginning to deliver.”We remain in close dialogue with the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) and are hopeful that the regulator will take the necessary steps to ensure that competition law is enforced. However, as we indicated in our recent updates, the current sugar contract year does not end until 30th September, coinciding with our half year so despite continued strong trading at Renshaw and Haydens, our first half performance will still be materially affected. Beyond that, negotiations for the new sugar contract year are progressing and we are working on a number of strategic sourcing initiatives on the back of our investment in the Stallingborough Sugar Hub which will bring long term benefits.”In its third quarter trading update in February, the company said that Associated British Foods (ABF) could face a significant fine if its British Sugar subsidiary is “once again found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the supply of sugar to Napier Brown”.ChallengesIt warned that instability in the sugar market was giving it short term challenges, with the lowering of prices in the sugar market affecting profitability at Napier Brown.As the company looks forward, it says it will act on the conclusion of the CMA in regards to its complaint, but is working on a necessary contingency plan. It says it is developing managing structures and transforming operating companies into stand-alone businesses.last_img read more

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Vulfpeck Releases New Song Featuring Prince Drummer Michael Bland [Video/Stream]

first_imgIn the wake of their announcement of their seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line, Ann Arbor-bred low-volume funk crusaders Vulfpeck have released another brand new single, with a new video to accompany it. Following the beloved releases of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” and “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together“, the quartet shares a third, guest-filled new track “Hero Town” from the upcoming record–due out November 7, 2017. Perhaps a play on 2016’s “Dean Town”, the new track is highlighted by guest drummer Michael Bland (Prince, The New Power Generation), along with frequent collaborators Cory Wong on guitar and Joey Dosik on saxophone. In typical Vulf fashion, the band seamlessly delivers the composition in one full take, as you can see in the featured video. Sharing the final sentiments of Sir Wong on guitar, “Michael, DUDE! That’s SICK!”, is all we have to say.Mr. Finish Line is promised to include “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State. Featured guests on the album include: frequent vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, Game Winner keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones, vocalist Theo Katzman, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik, and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong.Pulling from their old school sound with a new school vibe, enjoy quintessential Vulfpeck in “Hero Town” below:You can pre-order your own copy of Mr. Finish Line today.last_img read more

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Led Zeppelin To Reunite As Replacement For The Rolling Stones At Jazz Fest

first_imgDISCLAIMER [4/2/19]: We had some fun on April Fool’s day. Led Zeppelin is not, in fact, playing at Jazz Fest.UPDATE [4/4/19]: Fleetwood Mac will fill in for The Rolling Stones at Jazz Fest. Head here for details.UPDATE [4/8/19]: Fleetwood Mac has canceled their Jazz Fest appearance along with the rest of their upcoming tour dates as Stevie Nicks recovers from the flu. Widespread Panic has been added to the Jazz Fest lineup as their replacement. Head here for details.Over the weekend, news broke that The Rolling Stones postponed their upcoming U.S./Canada tour because Mick Jagger “needs medical treatment.” Doctors have advised Mick that he is “expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.”Perhaps the biggest fallout from the Stones’ postponed tour is the cancelation of their highly-anticipated performance at the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2nd. The festival even made changes to its long-running format to accommodate The Rolling Stones’ performance, adding an additional day with a separate, more expensive ticket which quickly sold out. In the wake of the cancellation, fans have been left to wonder who might fill the headlining vacancy—and whether or not a passable substitute for one of the greatest bands in history even exists, particularly on such short notice.Today, the festival’s organizers announced their solution, and it surely does not disappoint: Led Zeppelin will reunite to headline on Thursday, May 2nd at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Led Zeppelin’s Jazz Fest performance will mark the band’s first official performance since the December 10, 2007 show at London’s 02 Arena, immortalized by the lauded 2012 concert film/live album Celebration Day. Much like the Celebration Day reunion, Led Zeppelin’s Jazz Fest performance will feature surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of late original drummer John Bonham.The reunion comes as a shock to Led Zeppelin fans everywhere. Until now, the band seemingly had no interest in reuniting. Their 50th anniversary in 2018 came and went without a live reunion, though they did mark the milestone with a variety of promotional releases including an illustrated book, various apparel ventures, a special re-issue of The Song Remains The Same, and more.Led Zeppelin reportedly had no plans to play together again, but when the Stones had to cancel, it created a unique opportunity for the band to play a proper 50th-anniversary show. In the (paraphrased) words of Mick Jagger, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find you get Led Zeppelin.’”Get well soon, Mick!April Fools!last_img read more

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Panamanian Police Seize Half Ton of Heroin

first_img The police found 639 packages of the drug inside the vehicle, according to anti-drug prosecutor Javier Caraballo, speaking at a press conference. Some of the packages weighed more than a kilogram. The vehicle with the drugs was found on 30 July in the remote Caribbean coastal locality of Gobea, in the province of Colón, 90 kilometers from Panama City. The authorities estimated that the seized drugs were worth around $70 million. By Dialogo August 04, 2011 The Panamanian authorities confiscated more than half a ton of heroin hidden in an abandoned car, that country’s police announced. center_img Three people were arrested during the operation, indicated Caraballo, who did not reveal the names of those detained.last_img read more

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‘Koko’ faces complaint over quarantine breach

first_imgMANILA – A lawyer has filed a complaint against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III for allegedly violating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine protocols. “He blatantly violated laws, which put the lives and health of frontliners and even ordinary citizens at grave risk. I hope the DOJ will swiftly act and pursue legal actions against Senator Koko Pimentel,” he said. “As a lawyer and advocate of the rule of law, I cannot in good conscience allow the reckless actions of Senator Koko Pimentel to be brushed aside so easily,” the lawyer added. Pimentel, who was tested positive for COVID-19,  earned flak for visiting the Makati Medical Center on March 24 to accompany his wife Kathryna who was about to give birth. Pimentel was supposed to be under strict home quarantine after his exposure to positive cases. Aside from his hospital visit, it was revealed that Pimentel also went to S&R supermarket during his quarantine./PN Prohibited acts under this law are punishable by a fine of P20,000 to P50,000 and/or one to six months of imprisonment. “We are one with the Filipino people in condemning negligent and reckless acts which expose the public, especially our health workers to unnecessary risks,” Quicho said in a Facebook post. Former University of Makati law dean Rico Quicho 9 (right) is accusing Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III of ‘blatantly’ violating laws and putting Filipinos’ lives in danger. ABS-CBN NEWS Lawyer Rico Quicho said he emailed a letter of complaint to the Department of Justice against Pimentel on Monday “detailing the clear facts and circumstances that establish his direct violation of RA No. 11332 and its implementing rules and other DOH regulations.” Republic Act 11332 prohibits the “non-cooperation of persons or entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern,” and the “non-cooperation of persons who have been identified as having the notifiable disease, or those affected by the health event of public concern.” Quicho, who is a former University of Makati law dean, added that the petition on change.org seeking to charge Pimentel and remove him from the Senate has garnered 200,000 online signatures.last_img read more

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Means hopes to improve Title IX office

first_imgGretchen Means began her tenure Tuesday as USC’s newly appointed Title IX Coordinator and executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, where she said she is striving to develop an impartial system that will accommodate all students.“I’d like to breed some due process and to create a system and a process in which everyone feels like they’re being fairly treated and fairly vetted and fairly heard,” Means said.Before coming to USC, Means formerly served as the sexual assault and complex litigation highly qualified expert for the western branch of the U.S. Marine Corps Legal Services Support Section. There, she worked with law enforcement and prosecutors in the region to investigate cases and bring them through the military justice process. She also developed sexual assault training and protocol for the Corps.“I saw there was a pretty distinct similarity between what had been happening with the Marine Corps or the DOD [Department of Defense], all the military — the scrutiny that had been placed on them by the public and by Congress and by their constituencies — and felt there were a lot of parallels with colleges and what was happening in higher education,” Means said. “I felt that I could lend what I had learned and my particular expertise to the emergent challenges in the field.”Means earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1999, graduating cum laude. She worked in the San Diego District Attorney’s Office for 13 years, starting in 2000, before being recruited to work with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013.For seven and a half years of her time in the District Attorney’s office, she prosecuted sexual assault, human trafficking and sex-based homicides as part of the Sex Crimes Unit. She also established new methods of prosecuting gang pimping and participated in federal and state task forces to combat criminal sexual exploitation.Means described how she plans to bring her experience with sexual assault prosecution to practice at USC when dealing with a wide spectrum of sexual assault and harassment cases, as well as when working with protected classes.“I hope to be able to lend my expertise into negotiating those types of cases and the evidentiary cases, as well as building a system that works for all parties, for all students, whether they come here as a respondent or with a complaint,” Means said.last_img read more

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