USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Dwight USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) completed sea trials June 15, marking another milestone in the warship’s long and storied career. During the sea trials, the aircraft carrier engaged in high-speed turns and various other tests. Along with testing the ship and its equipment, Sailors participated in drills ranging from man overboard to general quarters, as well as various other evolutions.As the crew took their ship out to sea, it was proven that IKE can withstand the rigors of at-sea operations following a nine-month pierside shipyard availability period.“At this stage, I could not be happier to see the way the crew and this ship have responded,” said Commander Paul A. Beckley, IKE’s operations officer. “[The maintenance period] was critically important to the longterm maintenance of IKE, and the shipyard did an outstanding job.”IKE’s crew accomplished nearly three hundred Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) items in three days.“Whatever needed to be done was done at the end of the day,” said Quartermaster 3rd Class Taquia Stokes from IKE’s navigation department.“I’m looking forward to getting to do the job I joined the Navy to do,” Stokes added.The sea trials tested IKE materially and physically, said Beckley. “It is a testament to the crew that we were able to do this safely and with pride,” he added.Eisenhower’s crew enhanced many of the communication systems, ship’s radio systems, telephone systems and combat systems suites. Basic maintenance and habitability upkeep, tiling, lagging and painting were done as well.During the availability, more than 260,000 man days of work were completed and major jobs such as refitting the reactor training spaces, main coolant check valve replacement and a brand new media center.“We came out of the shipyard in better shape than when we entered it,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Tommy Hernandez, of IKE’s deck department.The crew’s extensive training during the availability, was key in preparing themselves for the arduous task of getting IKE underway after a long layoff.Sailors’ training during the planned incremental availability (PIA) prepared them to get the ship back to the fleet and transition to being operational “mainly by preparing for AIRLANT-directed training evaluations and conducting general quarters drills, reviewing all watchbills, and performing additional medical, navigation, and air drills,” said LCDR Brock Miller, IKE’s training officer.Now that IKE has successfully completed the PIA, she has commenced at-sea operations, working toward becoming surge ready. Her next major milestone will be flight deck certification. Those evolutions, along with on-loading ammunition and preparing for INSURV, will allow IKE to increase its combat readiness.[mappress]Source: navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: sea View post tag: News by topic USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials View post tag: Navy View post tag: trials View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials June 16, 2011 View post tag: completes Share this articlelast_img read more

Rich colleges enjoy more academic success

first_imgThese huge disparities in wealth have lead some students to suggest that poorer colleges are unable to spend the money needed to attract the very brightest students. Adrian Hogan, a second year Geography student at Christ Church, said, “I guess some colleges have more of a reputation for academic performance, so consistently get hard working students applying to them. It becomes self reinforcing.” Brasenose College JCR President, Paul Gladwell, also agreed that brighter students would be attracted to colleges who could spend more money on admissions.Magdalen College came top in the 2010 Norrington table, and has an endowment of almost £140 million. Andy James, a third year Law student at the College, claimed that the college’s wealth filtered through into many aspects of college life. “It certainly helps having a 120 000 book library and the beautiful surroundings of Magdalen.” “However, we work very hard, and I don’t think our academic success should be attributed to the college’s wealth.” Worcester College, which is the most academically successful given its wealth, averaged 16th on the Norrington table, despite having the third smallest endowment.Julien Anai-Isaac, Worcester College JCR President, said, “I think that there is a good working ethos which is fostered by the community feel. This allows the College to do as well as it does. Worcester provides accommodation for almost all of its undergraduates which only adds to this. ” Anai-Isaac also claimed that a good college environment can count for more in terms of academic achievement, than wealth.The study revealed that neither a 24 hour library nor a generous book grant has any apparent impact on a college’s Norrington Score. The amount taken off battels for academic scholarships or the cost of accommodation per term do not either. Jonathan Hinder, JCR President for Merton, suggested that the emphasis should be on the link between academic success and welfare provision, rather that overall wealth. He said, “I am not in a position to comment on any link between wealth and performance, but I believe welfare provision and academic excellence to be very much related.” “I don’t think it is any coincidence that two of the best-performing colleges over recent years, Merton and St John’s, have two of the best welfare systems in Oxford.”Students have expressed their concern that the disparities in colleges’ wealth could create a two tier system. Kirsten Macfarlane, an English student at Lincoln said, “It worries me that the richest colleges are continually out-performing the poorest colleges.” “At Lincoln we receive a grant of up to £80 for books, which for an English student isn’t a lot, whereas at St John’s all students are given over £200.” When asked about why wealthier colleges outperformed their poorer peers academically the University declined to comment. Students at richer Oxford colleges are more likely to succeed academically than those at poorer colleges, Cherwell can reveal this week. Cherwell’s findings show that there is a positive correlation between college wealth and academic success, as measured by the Norrington table. The top four places in the Norrington table are taken by colleges which each have an endowment of over £100 million while the bottom three have endowments of under £30 million. St John’s is Oxford’s richest College and has an endowment of £331,575,000 and ranks an average of 3rd in the Norrington Table.Marta Szczerba, a third year student from St John’s, explained why she thought St John’s wealth translated into academic success. Szczerba said, “The correlation between academic performance and wealth of the college can be explained in two ways. Firstly, higher-ability students are attracted to St John’s College, as they know of the extensive college financial support and wonderful facilities. Secondly, the grants, new gym, subsidised hall and generous JCR provisions ensure that students are happier, translating into less welfare problems and higher academic attainment.”The College gives £270 in book grants to each undergraduate student every year and offers a ‘College Society Asia Travel Scholarship’ that pays for a month-long all expenses paid trip around Asia to one student per year. Faise McClelland, this year’s Asia Travel Scholar, reported that, “College paid for me to travel to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and arranged for me to stay with high profile alumni.” “I feel it really helped me engage with some of the issues I’d addressed whilst studying economics.”Another student added, “John’s wealth allows it to employ a high number of fellows and tutors that promote a strong academic environment. It also allows it to support students through a generous academic grant.” “There is already a scheme whereby some of the richer college pay into a fund which gets redistributed. John’s pay a large amount into this scheme.”Regent’s Park, a Permament Private Hall without an endowment, does not appear on the Norrington Table. JCR President, James Fox, disagreed that college wealth was a cause of academic success. He said, “Regent’s teaching does not suffer at all (from a lack of endowment)£ If it does have an impact, it is merely on such luxuries as book and travel grants, but never to the detriment of core tutorial teaching.”last_img read more

International activity

first_imgSara Lee Corporation announced last week that its international bakery sales were up 7.8% and its North American retail bakery sales were up 6.8% for the 12-month period ending 30 June, 2007.The company revealed in a statement that North American retail bakery performed well, due to increased prices, procurement and other improvements in savings, despite higher commodity and labour costs. Sara Lee Bakery makes products such as bread, bagels, chilled desserts, muffins and pies.The company said the Sara Lee brand maintained its position as the number one fresh bakery brand in America, with a 7.9% share according to IRI share data (12 weeks ending July 1, 2007). “We achieved higher sales in every business segment and improved the overall profitability of the company during the year,” said Brenda Barnes, chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation.Its international bakery sector saw sales increase 11.2% to $205 million in the fourth quarter of the 12-month period ending 30 June. For example, the Bimbo brand belongs to the Sara Lee Corporation and is a market leader in the Spanish bakery market for bread, buns and pastisserie products.Growth in the Spanish fresh bakery business and the European refrigerated dough business was partially offset by declines in the fourth quarter in the Australian business, according to the company. Favourable foreign currency exchange rates, higher unit volumes and price increases were offset by increases in commodity and other input costs.last_img read more

News story: Civil news: funding for victims of modern slavery and trafficking

first_imgVictims of modern slavery and human trafficking in immigration cases continue to be entitled to legal aid funding.A court declaration, agreed with the LAA, clarified the scope of funding for immigration services available to victims of trafficking or modern slavery.This funding is available irrespective of whether: a formal application is made for leave to remain, or this is automatically considered under the modern slavery victims’ discretionary leave policycenter_img The court declaration confirms the basis on which legal aid is available under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).Where can I find out more?The full text of the declaration and an explanation of how LASPO is applied in these circumstances is available for download on GOV.UK.Further informationWork out who qualifies for civil legal aid – to download ‘clarification of funding in trafficking cases’last_img read more

Detailed guide: Child death review data collection: submitting data

first_img non-eCDOP users only need to enter the notification details National Child Mortality Database’s roleThe NCMD team will check the data to confirm that each CDOP has: You can add the details for the reporting and analysis forms later as these cases progress.After 31 March 2020Between 1 April and 30 April 2020, CDOPs will be able to: close cases they have reviewed up to 31 March 2020 enter any notifications for children that died before 1 April 2020 but were not notified to the CDOP until after that date entered and finalised all the cases they have reviewed entered a notification for all their open casescenter_img eCDOP software users should ensure that the notification form is marked as complete Collection processThe process changed in April 2019.The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) will now complete the LSCB1 return on behalf of child death overview panels (CDOPs). This means that CDOPs are no longer required to manually complete and submit the LSCB1 spreadsheet.However, all CDOPs must submit their data for the 2019 to 2020 collection year to the NCMD by 31 March 2020.How to submit dataFor CDOPs that use eCDOP software, data is submitted to the NCMD automatically.CDOPs that do not use eCDOP software must enter their data using the NCMD portal.When to submit dataData can be submitted throughout the year.CDOPs should keep up to date with entering their data to avoid a larger task at the end of the financial year (31 March 2020).All submissions must be completed by 31 March 2020.Data to submit by 31 March 20201. Completed casesBy 31 March 2020, you must enter information about all the deaths that your CDOP has reviewed between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 onto the NCMD portal or through the use of eCDOP.All of these cases will need to be marked as complete and finalised so the NCMD team know that these cases have been reviewed by the appropriate CDOP.You should mark cases as complete as soon as possible after being reviewed by the CDOP.2. Open casesOpen cases must also be entered on to the system by 31 March 2020.Open cases are those that have not yet been reviewed by the CDOP. This includes all children who have died at any time who have not yet been reviewed by the CDOP.For open cases: Where there is missing or incomplete data, the NCMD team will contact the CDOP.The LSCB1 statistical return data will be produced and published in the NCMD annual report.Changes to the data collectedTable 17 (factors which contributed to the child’s death) has been withdrawn from the LSCB1 data collection process.This information was collected in previous returns, but it was not published due to concerns about data quality and completeness.New fields have been added to the analysis form to capture this information more consistently. The NCMD team will now be able to report on this.Table 9 (children subject to a statutory order) has also been withdrawn from the data collection process. This question is no longer asked in the reporting form.Contact the National Child Mortality Database teamFor more information please contact [email protected]last_img read more

Manning elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_img Read Full Story John F. Manning ’85, the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard and an expert in administrative law, statutory interpretation, separation of powers law and the federal courts, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.“John’s vital and meticulous scholarship, superb expertise in practice and theory of public law, and leadership in the academy and beyond are rivaled only by his excellence as a teacher and colleague,” said Dean Martha Minow. “This selection reflects the high regard in which he is held around the country and it an honor so well deserved.”This year, 198 individuals were selected to join the AAAS, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, whose ranks include scholars, scientists, writers, artists, politicians, and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders. Other Harvard Law School alumni who were elected to the 2013 Class are: Glenn Hutchins ’83, a co-founder and CEO of Silver Lake, a private equity firm; Yale Law Professor and former Harvard Law School Professor Christine Jolls ’93; Dan M. Kahan ’89, a Yale Law Professor who also taught at HLS as a visiting professor; John G. Levi ’72, LL.M. ’73, a partner at Sidley Austin, in Chicago, and chairman of the Legal Services board of directors; and U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York Jed Rakoff ’69.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Paul Alexander Nolan Departs Daddy Long Legs

first_imgSwitcheroos going on off-Broadway. Paul Alexander Nolan has departed new musical Daddy Long Legs to appear in the Broadway-bound Bright Star. Will Reynolds is currently playing Jervis in his place and will do so through November 19, at which point Adam Halpin (Glory Days) is scheduled to step in. Halpin just so happens to be the hubby of the production’s leading lady, Megan McGinnis.Daddy Long Legs tells the tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Reynolds) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her—who is is Daddy Long Legs?Directed by John Caird, the tuner, based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by Caird. The show officially opened on September 28 at the Davenport Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2016 View Comments Star Files Related Shows Daddy Long Legs Paul Alexander Nolanlast_img read more

London Odds & Ends: Gypsy Pushes Back B’way Bow & More

first_imgImelda Staunton in ‘Gypsy'(Photo: Photo: Johan Persson) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today from London. Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy Pushes Back Broadway BowImelda Staunton may still have her turn on the Great White Way, but it will no longer be next year. The acclaimed U.K. revival of Gypsy, which ended its West End engagement on November 28, 2015, is now aiming to land on Broadway in 2018, the Daily Mail reports. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the classic tuner was most recently seen on Broadway in 2008 with Patti LuPone and in 2003 starring Bernadette Peters. In the meantime, Staunton may headline Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? in London.John Hurt Withdraws from Branagh’s The EntertainerJohn Hurt has had to pull out from John Osborne’s The Entertainer on the advice of his doctors; the stage and screen vet had been set to take on the role of Billy Rice in the Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production. “I have recently been in hospital with an intestinal complaint and although I am much improved and on the road to a full recovery, my doctors have advised that it is too soon for me to undertake a lengthy and arduous stage role,” said Hurt in a statement. Replacement casting will be announced later; The Entertainer begins previews on August 20 at the Garrick Theatre.Amanda Holden Boards CinderellaWish granted! British TV favorite Amanda Holden is set to take on the role of The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the London Palladium this Christmas. Still no word yet on who will be playing the titular role—at one point Britney Spears was apparently eyeing it. The pantomime is scheduled to run December 9 through January 15, 2017, officially opening on December 14.Gemma Arterton Tapped for Donmar’s Fall SeasonThe prestigious Donmar Warehouse has announced its upcoming fall season. Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) is set to headline Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, under the direction of Josie Rourke, while Kwame Kwei-Armah will helm the U.K. premiere of Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami…, with a cast including David Ajala as Jim Brown, Francois Battiste as Malcolm X, Sope Dirisu as Cassius Clay and Arinze Kene as Sam Cooke. This side of the pond, the Donmar will soon be bringing us the previously announced Daniel Radcliffe-led Privacy at the Public and Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway.P.S. And just because it’s the Friday of July 4 weekend, check out the British Staunton performing the American classic at the Olivier Awards below!last_img read more

Peanut potential

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia was expected to have a record-size peanut crop this year. But hot, dry September weather and disease have taken a toll on the crop, lowering expectations, says a University of Georgia expert.In early September, Georgia was expected to produce 2.3 billion pounds of peanuts, 97 million pounds more than the record set in 1991, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The record production potential was spurred by an increase to 760,000 planted acres, 140,000 more than last year. Georgia grows about half of all U.S. peanuts.Georgia farmers were set to average 3,100 pounds per acre. But this number will likely go down by the time harvest ends later in November, says John Beasley, a UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.”The major reason for the significant drop-off in yield potential is the hot, dry weather over the past few weeks,” Beasley said.Rainfall in September has been scarce to nonexistent across south Georgia, where most peanuts are grown. The area usually gets 3 to 4 inches in September, barring any tropical storms, according to the UGA Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.Farmers started harvesting a few weeks ago, Beasley said. But much of the crop is still maturing in fields.”A significant number of our acres were planted late,” he said. “Those acres still need several weeks to mature. Weather conditions over the next few weeks will dictate the yield potential of those acres.”Dry weather has hurt peanut quality, too, he said. It has kept part of the crop from maturing and gaining weight normally.”But we expect the grades to improve as the season progresses,” Beasley said.About half of Georgia’s peanut acres are irrigated, he said. But farmers haven’t had to use it much this summer. Most of the peanut-growing counties had above-average rainfall in June, July and August.”Many producers were able to park their irrigation systems during the season because of the rainfall amounts,” he said. “Those producers with irrigation have run it more over the past few weeks than all season combined.”Tomato spotted wilt virus, a deadly and yield-reducing peanut disease, has hit the crop hard this year, he said, along with other diseases.”TSWV is the worse it has been since the late 1990s,” he said. About 12 percent of the crop in 1997 was infected with TSWV, costing $45 million in losses.last_img read more

DEW Construction applauded for Workplace Safety and Health efforts

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor’s Project WorkSAFE Program is pleased to announce that DEW Construction of Williston has met and successfully completed the requirements of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for the Jay Peak Ski Area Hotel Expansion Project.DEW Construction and Project WorkSAFE, Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, began working on the certification process more than four months ago.“We applaud the employees and management of DEW in this accomplishment.” said Scott Meyer, Manager of Project WorkSAFE. “To be conducting this type of work while maintaining a safe workplace speaks very well to the caliber and commitment of staff at DEW and all its sub contractors’ on this site. They have a lot to be proud of and we hope that other Vermont employers will follow in their lead.”Employees of DEW and their sub-contractors on this project are the main focal point of the recognition which will be attended by Governor James Douglas, Labor Department Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden, representatives from DEW Construction, the Jay Peak Ski Area, and Parker Riehle President of the Vermont Ski Area Association.The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by several states under Federal OSHA.  The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses which have exemplary safety and health programs. Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid.DEW will be Vermont’s fifth company to receive this award. Other SHARP-designated companies in Vermont include Ryegate Associates, a wood-fired electric generating facility, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Electric Power Company, and STO Corporation in Rutland. Currently, there are 1000 firms in the United States and 70 in New England with the SHARP certification.The award will be presented at the Jay Peak Ski Area expansion project at 2:30 p.m, April 10, 2009.For further information about the SHARP program or Project WorkSAFE, please visit the Vermont Department of Labor’s website: www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external)last_img read more