Commander US 5th Fleet Visits Amphibious Assault Ship USS Makin Island

first_img View post tag: US View post tag: 5th View post tag: USS View post tag: ship Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet met with Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during an overnight visit to the ship, Jan. 14-15.Vice Adm. Mark Fox embarked the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, observed flightdeck and well deck operations and met with the ship’s crew and embarked Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during the visit.“It’s great to be here,” Fox told Sailors and Marines during an “all hands” call in the ship’s hangar bay. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and focused discipline to get where you are.”Fox spoke about the important role the Navy plays in maritime security operations and ensuring that the world’s sea lanes remain open in the 5th fleet area of responsibility.“You are the 9-1-1 force,” said Fox. “An amphibious ready group is an extremely flexible force, and I am confident that the Makin Island ARG (Amphibious Ready Group) will excel in any mission that you are called upon to execute.”Fox also spoke about his first deployment as a young naval officer and the many challenges faced by military families.“I understand the sacrifices it takes to serve,” said Fox. “Thank you for your service.”During the all hands call, Fox also recognized the Makin Island Senior Sailor, Sailor, Junior Sailor and Bluejacket of the Quarter award recipients from the 4th quarter of 2011. He also presented Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals to two Marines from the 11th MEU.“We are extremely proud Vice Adm. Fox took time out of his busy schedule to see how we operate,” said Capt. Jim Landers, Makin Island’s commanding officer. “This was an opportunity to show off the capabilities and professionalism of our Navy and Marine Corps team.”Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects over the course of the ship’s lifecycle, to see fuel savings of more than $250 million, proving the Navy’s commitment to energy awareness and conservation.This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps that will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve the secretary of the Navy’s energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island ARG, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 24, 2012; Image: navy Commander US 5th Fleet Visits Amphibious Assault Ship USS Makin Island View post tag: visits View post tag: fleet Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander US 5th Fleet Visits Amphibious Assault Ship USS Makin Island View post tag: Island January 24, 2012 View post tag: Assault View post tag: Commander View post tag: Makin View post tag: Amphibious Share this articlelast_img read more

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DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: GLENFIN V MAC CUMHAILLS

first_imgFrank McGlynn will be back in club action this weekend when Glenfin host Mac Cumhaills in the Donegal SFC.Glenfin host local rivals Mac Cumhaills in a mouth-watering clash in the Donegal SFC on Saturday evening.Matches between the two are always closely fought due to the fierce rivalry that exists between the two clubs.Both sides play in Division Two and have enjoyed fairly decent seasons thus far. There’s not much to choose between the sides and it should be a very close game on Saturday.With the game being a senior championship fixture the game takes on added pressure for both.Mac Cumhaills will look to Darren O’Leary and Marty Reilly to fire them to success over Glenfin.O’Leary is a handful on the edge of the square and is a big presence for Mac Cumhaills, he’ll have to be closely monitored by the Glenfin rearguard. While O’Reilly a member of the Donegal senior panel this season offers a menacing threat with his runs from deep.Glenfin will look to Frank McGlynn for inspiration and he will drive on his side from centre-half back.Former county star Stephen McDermott will also be a pivotal player alongside Kevin McGlynn for Glenfin on Saturday evening.It’s going to be a very close match and it’s difficult to pick a winner between either.VERDICT – DRAW DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: GLENFIN V MAC CUMHAILLS was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFC PreviewGAAglenfinMac CumhaillsnewsSportlast_img read more

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Sharks’ first coach receives honor in native country

first_imgGeorge Kingston, the first head coach in Sharks history, was selected Wednesday to receive the Order of Hockey in Canada for his contributions to the game in his native country.Kingston, 79, coached at the University of Calgary for parts of two decades and was involved with Canadian hockey at the international level in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1994, he was Team Canada’s general manager for the Winter Olympics. The Canadians won silver.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Kingst …last_img read more

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Unemployed to tackle potholes, bridges

first_img27 January 2011South Africa’s Department of Public Works has set aside R210-million to hire and train unemployed people to fix potholes, build low bridges and maintain public garden spaces following the recent floods across the country.Addressing journalists following a meeting with all nine provincial MECs in Pretoria on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the three projects, which would create more than 600 000 job opportunities, would commence in February.The minister said that projects had been necessitated after the floods left roads impassable and washed away bridges in various parts of the country.A high-tech process would be used to ensure that potholes were permanently fixed.“There are some areas in South Africa that are not accessible because of the bad state of the roads,” Mahlangu-Nkabinde said, adding that they would also make sure that children were able to go to school.R150-million had been allocated to fixing potholes, while R30-million would go towards building 10 bridges each in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and North West provinces. The rest would go towards public garden maintenance.According to the minister, the money allocated for the projects could increase depending on the contributions the provinces made.Mahlangu-Nkabinde said contractors would be encouraged to employ local people, especially unemployed youngsters, who would earn about R60 a day while acquiring skills and experience.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Team SA scoops four more golds in Glasgow

first_img29 July 2014South Africa added four more golds to the country’s medals tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday as lawn bowls delivered a third title – and the country’s first black bowls medallist in an international competition.The first of the gold medals came from the men’s trips team, lifting South Africa’s haul to three golds in lawn bowls. With a further bronze medal, the country’s bowlers have already improved on their performance in Delhi in 2010 and once again top the bowls medal standings.On Monday, Bobby Donnelly, Prince Neluonde and Petros Breitenbach combined to defeat Northern Ireland 19-10 in the gold medal match to keep the title in South African hands. They had previously defeated New Zealand 19-17 and Australia 18- 14.The win was especially important because of the role played by Neluonde. The first black person to represent South Africa at bowls, he is now the country’s first black bowls medallist in an international competition.Formerly a green keeper at the Bryanston Sports Club in Johannesburg, Neluonde started playing the sport just four years ago.Breaststroke goldIn the pool, Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh was pushed all the way by young Englishman Adam Peaty in the 50 metres breaststroke final. It took a Commonwealth Games record of 26.76 seconds, not far off Van der Burgh’s world record of 26.67, to win the title, just two-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Peaty.Afterwards, Van der Burgh told the BCC the emergence of Peaty had invigorated him. “He’s giving the old man a chase for his money. I remember the days when I was young and he’s fired me up. I’ve been complacent in the last two years,” the South African star said.Butterfly dominanceMeanwhile, Olympic champion Chad le Clos confirmed his dominance of the butterfly when he added the 100 metres title to the 200 metres title he had already bagged.He touched the wall in 51.29 seconds, comfortably ahead of second placed Joseph Schooling of Singapore.“On the blocks, I thought ‘what would [Michael] Phelps think?’. But in the end all I try to do is win my races. This was the fastest time in the world this year,” Le Clos told Sascoc’s Gary Lemke afterwards.The 22-year-old’s victory means he is the current Commonwealth Games title holder in both butterfly events, the current world champion in both events, and the Olympic champion in the 200 metres. He placed second in the 100 metres in the 2012 London Olympics.50m freestyle final qualifiersBoth Roland Schoeman and Brad Tandy qualified for the final of the 50 metre freestyle. Schoeman placed third in his semi-final heat in a time of 22.36 seconds, while Tandy was fourth in 22.34.Myles Brown booked his place in the final of the 1 500 metres freestyle, stopping the clock in 15:10.87 to qualify fifth fastest, while Darren Murray just missed the final of the 200 metres backstroke by one place.Track successOn the track, Paralympian Fanie van der Merwe was a winner in para-competition in athletics, capturing gold in the T37 100 metres in 11.65 seconds, with Charl du Toit taking the silver medal.“What an awesome honour to compete here with my SA mates and in front of such a great crowd,” Van der Merwe told Mark Etheridge of Sascoc.“I had a great start, but then a little bit of a stumble as I got close to the line, but it was still an amazing experience, my first time at the Commonwealth Games.”Missed outSub-10 second man Simon Magakwe struggled to seventh place in the semi-finals of the 100 metres, while Akani Simbine finished fourth in his semi-final. Neither advanced to the final.Orazio Cremona narrowly missed out on a medal in the shot put, placing fourth with a best distance of 20.13.Sadly, Willem Coertzen, who was in the running for a medal in the decathlon, pulled out of the high jump in the evening because of an ankle injury.Lean Simon, contesting the discus final in the F42/33 category, placed fifth with an African record throw of 46.39 metres.Shooting successIn shooting, Esmari van Reenan added a silver medal to the South African medal haul when she finished second to New Zealand’s Sally Johnston in the women’s 50 metre rifle prone competition.HockeyIn hockey competition, world champions Australia overwhelmed the South African men’s team, winning 6-0.The South African women pushed highly regarded New Zealand – ranked fourth in the world, seven places above South Africa – all the way before going down 1-2.last_img read more

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See Something. Say Something.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Seeing something and not saying something is condoning that behavior.I learned a great deal from the CEO for whom I worked for many years. If she walked into the lobby and it wasn’t impeccably clean, she would immediately move people to clean it up and improve the appearance. It mattered how we appeared to the outside world, and it made a statement about who we are.If a client had an issue that required a call she would insist that the call be made immediately, and the issue resolved as quickly as possible. This set a standard for how things were done. It became part of the culture. If there was a problem, we addressed it.You can take a long time to recognize that, as a leader, when you see something that isn’t right, allowing it to continue without saying something is condoning that behavior. This is true even when you don’t condone the behavior and you want it to be otherwise. In this case, silence is consent.You may want to believe that there is only so much bandwidth for correcting everything you see that’s not being done to the standard you set. You may want to believe that you need to keep some powder dry for the bigger issues. But this is more of a broken-windows sort of issue. By setting the standard on small things, you make it easier to set the standard on big things. There is no reason to keep your powder dry, and by refusing to consent to letting the small things go, you are raising the standard and making it easier not to let the big things go.As the leader you set the pace. You set the standard. You get to decide who you and your team are, what you stand for, and what you won’t stand for. If you don’t want to stand for a low standard, you cannot allow your silence to be consent. You cannot ignore an issue and allow people to believe you condone the behavior.last_img read more

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a month agoMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton win

first_imgMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling was relieved to score their third in victory over Everton having missed a chance not long before.The England forward bagged his eight goal of the campaign – and the 100th of his career – with a shot that struck the underside of the crossbar, sealing the points for the champions.“It was a really good moment, especially at 2-1 to make it 3-1- it was a really nice feeling,” said Sterling.“I had chance earlier on and didn’t know was onside until I dragged it wide – you just have to stay focused.“I was running into the box, but thinking Riyad couldn’t make that pass, but it went through the defender’s leg, I took it early and I didn’t get enough on it.“I knew another chance would come. I was waiting for an opportunity and it eventually came.“But you have to finish chances like that off because in the Premier League you can be punished.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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PO Ferries LarneCairnryan Q3 Volumes Highest since 2011

first_imgzoom UK-based ferry operator P&O Ferries saw the strongest freight numbers between Larne and Cairnryan in the third quarter of this year than it has in any Q3 since 2011.The company carried 53,305 lorries and trailers on its ships in the months of July, August and September. This figure represents a 3.3 percent increase on the same quarter last year, P&O Ferries said.“Our port at Larne is fast becoming the gateway of choice for anyone exporting to or from Ireland. It has outstanding connections via rail and road, especially after the upgrading of the A8 dual carriageway, and is nine miles closer to Scotland than the port at Belfast,” Neal Mernock, P&O Ferries Sector Director on the Irish Sea, commented.P&O Ferries operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan using two 21,000 ton sister vessels, European Causeway and European Highlander. The regular daily service provides a bridge for goods being transported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Britain, and also to the continent via its connecting services from Dover, Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.The company operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.last_img read more

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Fort St John breaks another snowfall record

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John set a new snowfall record for March 22, beating a record set in 1940.On Thursday, 18.9 cm of snow fell bring the total from the current snowstorm to 31 cm.  On average Fort St. John receives 26.6 cm of snow in March. This March has been a little different, we’ve received as of March 23, 58.3 cm.Lisa West with Environment Canada says there will be more snow this week. “There will be a little bit of warming up. The arctic air is going to retreat.  The long-range forecast as we get into next week, we are seeing highs into the positives.”According to West, it isn’t uncommon for the B.C. Peace to receive snow in March and typically its the same amount of snow as December and January.Fort Nelson could be next to receive the heavy snow.  The system that moved out the North Peace is moving towards Fort Nelson.  That area could see 10 to 15 cm before the storm ends on Saturday.last_img read more

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All eyes on VIP LS seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, focus will not only be on the performance of political parties but also on the VIPs seats, including those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The poll results of the state, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, can make or mar the prospects of any political party at the Centre. There will be many seats in the state which will be keenly watched by political observers as any setback there might have great political repercussions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “UP is the most politically crucial state and it’s results set the tone and tenor of national politics. All eyes will be here, especially on VIP seats where prominent leaders are in fray,” senior journalist JP Shukla said. “Whether the state is going to give the next prime minister or not is the answer everyone will be looking for with the performance of political parties,” he said. While the outcome of the prime minister’s Varanasi seat will be watched globally, other seats like Amethi and Raebareli of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively will be of equal interest to the people. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi’s slogan that “I have not come here…Mother Ganga has called me” struck an emotional chord with the people, who elected him as their representative. During his recent visit, Modi invoked Lord Vishwanath, saying, “I might have been called here to fulfil his dream to see the city developed.” In Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani will challenge Rahul Gandhi. She has been spending a lot of time with the voters there, making the BJP workers feel that she will make the Congress chief uncomfortable this time. Sonia Gandhi has been representing Rae Bareli since 1999, while Rahul Gandhi has been an MP from Amethi since 2004. The seats of Kannauj, held by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Badaun, held by Dharmendra Yadav (SP), and Azamgarh, from where SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav won in 2014, will also be crucial. While Dimple Yadav and Dharmendra will contest from their traditional seats, Mulayam Singh, this time, will be contesting from the Mainpuri seat. Akhilesh Yadav has decided to contest from Azamgarh after a formal request from the district unit. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is once again in the fray from the Lucknow seat, a BJP stronghold. Bollywood star Hema Malini is contesting again from Mathura, while the Ghaziabad seat held by Union minister Gen VK Singh (retd) will be also be on the list of constituencies to watch. Another important seat will be of BJP leader Varun Gandhi, who is likely to leave the Sultanpur seat and contest from Pilibhit, represented by his mother and Union minister Maneka Gandhi. While these polls will be a litmus test for the SP-BSP alliance, it would be a challenge for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance of winning 73 seats, including two of Apna Dal. The prestige of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will be at stake on seats like Gorakhpur and Phulpur, won by them in 2014 but subsequently frittered away to opposition in the bypolls last year. Charisma of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be tested in these polls and she is trying to woo voters by reaching them. Prestige of Congress state chief Rajbabbar, who is contesting from Fatehpur Sikri will also be at stake.last_img read more

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