USS George Washington Nails AMI

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Nails AMI USS George Washington Nails AMI View post tag: AMI October 17, 2014 The USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) earned a perfect score on their Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI), Oct. 9-11.The Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team (AMMT) evaluated AIMD’s maintenance programs, drill performance, training programs, support equipment and material condition.“We were out of the stratosphere with this inspection,” said Master Chief Avionics Technician Gerald Williams, AIMD’s maintenance master chief petty officer. “I have participated in four AMI’s in my Navy career, but this was by far the best one.”The AMMT evaluated 41 applicable programs and all were graded as “On-Track”. They also conducted contingency response drills and practical examinations. All six drills and 55 practical examinations were given perfect scores.Cmdr. Jose Montes, George Washington’s AIMD maintenance officer, said: “During the inspection, AMI members would pick people at random and throw them in a situation to perform procedures that included salvaging equipment during an emergency, hazardous material spill response and proper tool control.”According to Williams, this particular AMI team has been inspecting for more than two years and described the inspection as a ‘no hitter.’AIMD Sailors have been preparing for the AMMT for months. They had a pre-evaluation June 20-25 that gave them a list of items to improve upon.George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Image: US Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: USS George Washingtoncenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Nails View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Reform of OUSU election debates

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThis week, OUSU have voted to introduce a new format for presidential elections.The proposals, which are to be adopted from Friday of 5th week, will introduce alternative hustings consisting of a three-minute speech from all candidates, followed by questions from each other and the floor.Lewis Iwu, current OUSU president, said that he “wholeheartedly supported” the rule change. He said, “When I ran for president, candidates would either use questions posed to them to either have a dig at other candidates, or not answer the question at all. Some candidates even planted questions in the audience.”last_img read more

Asda suffers largest quarterly sales decline in history

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSupermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.Walmart International CEO David Cheesewright singled out Asda’s eight consecutive quarterly decline as “very disappointing” and reiterated a poor performance throughout June.This coincided with supermarket sales dropping below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continued in the UK grocery sector.Walmart Stores CEO Doug McMillon commented: “Our strategy to turn things around is focused on improving the retail basics. We are simplifying and strengthening our offering through improved availability and assortment discipline, reducing costs and driving sales through strategic price investments.”He added: “While our turnaround will take time, I’m confident in the new leadership team there and want to assure you we’re addressing this with urgency.”Cheesewright had suggested a move to “shift the balance from protecting profit to protecting share” that could have triggered the start of the price war, but the company made no mention of a change in strategy.In July, bosses from Sainsbury’s suggested that starting a price war would not be a logical step for rival retailer Asda.last_img read more

Looking In At The Super Groups And Tributes At This Year’s Catskill Chill Festival

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgWe are so excited for this year’s Catskill Chill!With a new venue (take a virtual tour here) and a stacked lineup, 2016 has all the makings of a banner year for The Chill. Mike Gordon will be on site to headline, along with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, and Lettuce. While the headliners are sure to deliver some power-packed jam, Chill’s unique collaborations and tribute sets are what sets them apart. The Chill goes above and beyond to make sure that Chillfam have a weekend that’s jam-packed with music that everyone loves, and this year is no exception.With that in mind, we put together a list of the best collaborations, jams, and tributes set up for this year’s festival. Catskill Chill is coming up in just a few short weeks, from September 23-25 (tickets available here), so don’t miss out!1. Bitches Bloom: tribute to Miles Davis’ legendary album “Bitches Brew” with Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce). Featuring: Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band)This set is truly a dream. Eric “Benny” Bloom joined Lettuce in 2011, and since then he has taken the improvisational music scene by storm. Constantly featured as a highlight at Lettuce shows, Bloom and his battery mate Ryan Zoidis have also played with a long list of established players, constantly adding a funky element to any stage they grace. After participating in the past several super jams at Bonnaroo, Bloom will be sure bring the thunder as he pays tribute to one of his idols, the legendary Miles Davis, and possibly the most influential Jazz record of all time: Bitches Brew. This is the album where Davis introduced Jimi Hendrix-esque psychedelic guitar playing to the jazz scene, acting as a forefather for jazz fusion, so Deitch, Nigel, Shmeeans, Jesus, and Borham should feel right at home paying homage to one of their icons. Do not miss Bitches Bloom, as it’s sure to be the highlight of a weekend filled with them!2. Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven – Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green), Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), and Clay Welch.This collection of musicians is about to take the world by storm. Reed Mathis, formerly of Tea Leaf Green and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, has been working on this project for years, pulling together some of the biggest musicians in the improvisational music scene to contribute to this “Classical Dance Music” record. Finally, Mathis is taking the project on the road, and he’s bringing Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Cochrane McMillan, and Clay Welch along for the ride with him. Electric Beethoven will be making their East Coast debut at the Chill, and we can’t wait to see what they’re all about and which special guests might be waiting in the wings to join them.Electric Beethoven will also be appearing at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive festival this October 22nd, check out more info on the festival by clicking here.Watch a sneak peak of Electric Beethoven from their first ever performance on August 3rd at Terrapin Crossroads3. Dopapod + Turkuaz are… Dopakuaz!Funk yeah! The power duo of Dopapod and Turkuaz can’t seem to get enough of each other, so they’re bringing their Dopakuaz act back for another tribute set at this year’s Catskill Chill. After last year’s Studio 54 theme, the super group will focus on Yacht Rock, so get ready for all of your favorite hits from Hall & Oates, Toto, Kenny Loggins and more. We can’t wait to sing along to “Africa” with all of our friends at The Chill during Dopkuaz’s huge set!Listen to Dopakuaz crush it at last year’s Catskill Chill below.4. Elise Testone’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Ryan Dempsey (Twiddle), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), and Matt Chase.Get ready for a whole lotta love when Elise Testone takes the stage to lead this Led Zeppelin tribute at Catskill Chill. Testone has been killing it over the past year, bringing her show-stopping vocals on the road with shows like her highly regarded tribute to Amy Winehouse. After crushing that tour, Testone prepares to tackle a whole new beast, taking over the Robert Plant role in Zeppelin, while Dempsey, Carubba, Mayer, Gould, and Chase will add some serious power to their already powerful catalog.Watch Elise Testone absolutely crush “Whole Lotta Love” from her time on American Idol below, courtesy of YouTube user sol loein.5. Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu are… Pink Talking Fu: Prince BowieThis should be awesome! Pink Talking Fish have been taking the scene by storm with their incredible hybrid tribute fusion sets, whipping from one band to another with ease while creating a fun, cohesive set for all in attendance. Kung Fu is one of the tightest, funkiest rock bands on the scene, and Tim Palmieri can seriously shred on the guitar. Combine the two, and expect musical fireworks. Add the deep catalogs of Prince and David Bowie to the mix, and we are already lining up for a spot on the rail to see this unique collaboration in action. “Heroes” into “Kiss”, anyone?Listen to Pink Talking Fish’s cover of “1999” from Nectar’s in Burlington, VT below, and imagine Tim Palmieri up there shredding with them.6. Particle + The Werks are… PartiWerksGet ready to get down with PartiWerks. Steve Molitz and co. will join forces with The Werks to form a funky electronic dance party that we can’t wait to witness in person. Both bands are versatile, can swing from one genre to another with ease, and play incredible and fun covers, so it’ll be a sight to behold when they collaborate at Catskill Chill this September.Watch Particle cover Beck’s “E-Pro” at Bell’s Back Room in 2014 below.7. Chillfam All Stars Play Michael Jackson – Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), Steve Molitz (Particle), Elise Testone, Adrian Tramontano, Rob Somerville (Kung Fu), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), and Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz)Chillfam, get ready for your All Stars! The festival has put together an excellent group of musicians to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, with Eric Gould of Pink Talking Fish, Steve Molitz of Particle, and Elise Testone all on the bill, as well as Danny Mayer of Eric Krasno Band and both Adrian Tramontano and Rob Somerville from Kung Fu holding down the rhythm section. Add in the fiery vocals of Shira Elias and horn playing from Rob Volo and Chis Brouwers, and you’ve got a great show in the works. With Jackson’s deep catalog to play with, the sky is the limit for this one-time-only performance.7. Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down – Roosevelt Collier, Eli Winderman and Rob Compa (Dopapod) + Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell (Turkuaz).This set has all the makings of a classic Catskill Chill set. Chillfam legends Eli and Rob from Dopapod and Michelangelo and Taylor Shell from Turkuaz will join forces to form the ultimate backing band for the incredible Roosevelt Collier. Collier is an absolute force on the lap pedal steel guitar, and his prowess is sure to be a perfect fit for this super funky tribute to New York.9. ShwizZ and FiKus return as… ShwiKus: Tribute to the BeatlesChillfam know that it’s not a true Catskill Chill without a wild collaboration between festival favorites ShwizZ and FiKus teaming up for a unique collaboration. his year, they’ll be paying homage to the Beatles, and expectations couldn’t be higher for ShwiKus’ annual team-up at The Chill. ShiwiKus is the Walrus! Goo goo g’joob.10. Michelangelo Carubba’s Sunday Sauce – Nicky Cassarino (The Nth Power), Roosevelt Collier, Steve Molitz (Particle), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)This set will be a true barnburner in the VIP tent. Michaelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz will be leading the way, and he recruited Nicky and Nate from The Nth Power, Roosevelt Coolier, and Steve Molitz for one of the most unique offerings at the festival. “Sunday Sauce” doesn’t give us too much knowledge on what they’ll be playing, but, if Michelangelo’s annual birthday party at The Hall At MP was any indication, fun covers, obscure funk tracks and a whole lot of smiles as Carubba leads the band through a set of fun material.11. The Heavy Pets’ Tribute To The 80sThe Heavy Pets performed this tribute to the 80’s at AURA Music Festival back in March, and it absolutely crushed. Opening with “Electric Avenue”, the band moved through several 80’s tracks like “1999”, “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”, “I Ran”, and “Rock The Casbah”. This set of fun covers should be an excellent fit for Chill’s vibe, and we can’t wait for The Heavy Pets to bring their tribute up north for what’s sure to be a top musical moment of the weekend.Listen to The Heavy Pets Tribute to the 80s from AURA Festival below.We can’t wait for this year’s Catskill Chill! Head here for tickets, and check out the full lineup posted below.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s organizations host Fair Trade Holiday Fair

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgEthical purchasing is at the center of a new initiative at Saint Mary’s. Sponsored by the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassador team and the department of justice studies, the Fair Trade Holiday Fair takes place this week in the atrium of the Student Center.Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said the fair is occurring in order to “raise awareness that consumption, which we all participate in as individuals, can be done in ways that are conscientious,” as well as, “to promote some of our local organizations that promote fair trade.”The idea that became the Fair Trade Holiday Fair began at a charity event, DeLine said.“I got to talking with the manager of Ten Thousand Villages, and she said she would love to bring the store to campus,” she said. “I said, ‘I can help make that happen.’”Ten Thousand Villages is a national nonprofit fair trade organization with a location in Mishawaka. DeLine said the event was originally planned to just include Ten Thousand Villages, but it grew into a larger affair with the help of the CRS Ambassador program on campus.“One of the things [CRS] focuses on is ethical consumption,” DeLine said. “We built the fair around both the CRS desire to promote the idea of ethical trade and conscientious consumption and the fact that Ten Thousand Villages was coming.”According to first-year CRS Ambassador Clare Souder, Saint Mary’s is trying to become a certified fair trade campus.“There are multiple steps before we are officially fair trade, but at this point, we’re still on the ground trying to assemble a team and figure out what steps we need to take in order to get to our fair trade campaign resolution,” she said.In addition to vendors, the CRS Ambassador team has a table at the fair with informational resources about the fair trade movement.“A big theme with fair trade is ‘Think global. Buy local,’ which shows how supporting the small local businesses helps the greater good when looking at the environment and the people working,” junior CRS Ambassador Sydney McAllister said in an email.This theme was of great importance in the planning of the event, DeLine said.“The CRS Ambassadors really helped in terms of identifying vendors to bring,” she said. “The Local Cup organized their entire involvement, but a student leader organized the shifts and supplies.”DeLine said four students who serve their federal work-study at the organizations of The Local Cup and Unity Gardens have been instrumental in the fair.“They have been helping staff the tables so we’re not pulling the staff away from those organizations to be here all day,” she said.Other organizations participating in the Fair Trade Holiday Fair in addition to Ten Thousand Villages include Aahaa Chai and J’Monet Customs. With the exception of Ten Thousand Villages, which is a national organization, all of these are local and regional.“By shopping at and supporting these businesses, students and community members gain a sense of awareness and comfort that the goods they are buying have not only been ethically sourced, but the hands and the people that were involved in the process of making these goods have received fair wages and are not forced into making them,” McAllister said.The Fair Trade Holiday Fair opened Tuesday and continues Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.Tags: catholic relief services, ethical consumption, fair trade, Justice Studies, Office of Civic and Social Engagementlast_img read more

The kindest cut

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who has sold a home knows a manicured landscape will sellyour property faster and for a higher price. Pruning trees andshrubs adds value to any home landscape.Proper punning produces landscapes with trees and shrubs thatlook natural and accentuate architectural designs. Mosthomeowners are primarily interested in getting the most flowersand maintaining the size and shape of their trees and shrubs. Butthisrequires a basic understanding of how plants grow and flower.For example, forsythias and azaleas set flowers during theprevious summer, so prune them after they flower. If you prunenow, you’re removing flowers or buds waiting to open.The proper pruning technique for these plants, after theybloom, is called thinning. Thinning will encourage a balancegrowth that allows light to penetrate and air to move inside theplant canopy. Plants with open canopies have more flowers andfewer diseases.Crape myrtlesCrape myrtles, like most plants that flower in the summer, setflowers on the current season’s growth. Prune these plants inlate winter to early spring.Assuming there are no more frosts left this winter and youhaven’t already done it, now would be the best time to prunecrape myrtles.Roses seem to like to be pruned. Look for buds with five leafletspointing toward the outside of the canopy — at the axis of thiscompound leaf is the flower bud. So, the more often you prune,the more flowers you’ll have.In the home orchard, pruning will help you establish and maintainproductive trees. One commercial muscadine grower told me that inthe year after she put some pruning coaching to work on hermuscadines, she had “tons of grapes.” Proper pruning can make ahuge difference in yields.Fruit plantsMuscadines can be pruned anytime they’re dormant. Vines pruned inlate winter to early spring are less likely to be damaged bycold. If you let grape vines go unpruned, they tend to produceheavily every other year, but the grapes will be inferior.Fruit tress must be trained in the early years to develop aproductive scaffold. Once the trees mature, prune to increaseproduction and to keep the overall tree vigorous.Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Proper pruning willassure that the trees will stay healthy while they produce plentyof fruit.To learn more about pruning fruit and landscape plants, contactthe county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service.last_img read more

NAFCU talks CECL issues, implementation today

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU today will participate in a discussion on the upcoming implementation and current issues regarding credit unions’ compliance with the current expected credit loss (CECL) accounting standard with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Of note, today’s meeting, with the AICPA’s Depository Institutions Expert Panel, will cover the recently clarified CECL effective date for non-public business entities, which includes credit unions.NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long and Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev will attend today’s meeting.In August, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a request for feedback on its proposed update to the current CECL effective date for non-public business entities, making clear that the implementation of the standard is only required for fiscal years after Dec. 15, 2021. The FASB’s proposal would also clarify that operating lease receivables are not covered within the scope of CECL – a clarification welcomed by NAFCU.last_img read more

Polyclinic Bagatin again nominated for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEvery year they organize a conference that brings together representatives of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions. Also, every year they nominate and at the end of the conference award the best clinics in as many as 19 categories. This is not the first time, nor is the Bagatin Polyclinic the only one of our clinics and health institutions that has been nominated and has already received world-class awards. Various certificates, quality systems, and especially recognitions are extremely important because it provides proof of concept at the highest level, the trust of clients coming from abroad and positions Croatia as a top destination for health tourism. No matter what we think, Croatia is still not sufficiently positioned on a global level, especially in the context of health tourism, where it is a special trust of patients because it is a “knife”, ie because it is about health services. This year, the Bagatin Polyclinic also opened a clinic in Split, as part of the Diocletian Hotel & Residence. And that is why every success and recognition should be praised and supported, because being the best on the European or world scene (the nomination itself is already a huge success), and especially in health tourism where there is no playing with nominations, is for every praise and step closer to the success of our health. tourism. For the third year in a row, the Bagatin Polyclinic has found itself in the prestigious society of the best polyclinics in the world according to the IMTJ, and this time they have been nominated in two categories. center_img “We have been nominated in several categories in the previous two years, and in 2017 we won awards for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery and the best marketing initiative. This year they were nominated again in our ‘winning’ categories – for the best international clinic for cosmetic surgery and for the best marketing initiative and we hope that this will again be a winning combination for us. ” stand out from the Bagatin Polyclinic. One of the world’s most prestigious organizations for the promotion of medical tourism is IMTJ – International Medical Travel Journal, an independent organization whose main goal is the protection and satisfaction of patients, which is achieved by maintaining quality services and patient safety. Photo: Polyclinic Bagatinlast_img read more

Who funds Cuomo’s Puerto Rico trips?

October 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHere are some questions for the taxpayers and legislators of New York state. What do you think is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motives are for all these trips to Puerto Rico? Is he allowed to use New York states’ resources, including money, manpower and air transportation, without questions as to who funded these trips? Is there no ethics committee with any guts to question his spending taxpayers’ funds without authorization or file charges against him? Finally, could it be that New York state has a large Puerto Rican population in our state and Cuomo’s using our resources to further his political ambitions? Either way, there must be checks and balances and accountability even for the self-appointed king of New York. Question is, where is it?Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Italy suffers setback to hopes its coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHopes that Italy’s coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat suffered a setback on Thursday when data showed that both the number of new cases and deaths had ticked higher, underscoring how hard it is to halt the disease.Officials said 712 people died of the illness in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,215, well over double that seen in anywhere else in the world, while new infections rose by 6,153 to 80,539.The number of cases is nudging close to the more than 81,000 infections recorded in China where the pandemic began. The relentless rise in Italy is despite stringent lockdown measures introduced progressively since Feb. 23 to try to stop the spread, which authorities had hoped would be having more of an effect by now.There had been slight declines in both new cases and deaths earlier this week, but the northern region of Lombardy, the epicenter of the outbreak, saw its numbers climb on Thursday.”I do not know if we have hit the peak or if we have missed something … all I can say is that I am worried,” Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana told reporters, adding that the situation would soon become clearer.”I think that in two or three days we will understand if the measures we have taken are working,” he said. However, he warned that when new cases finally receded, the government would not necessarily be able to relax the lockdown, which is due to be lifted on April 3.”Even if the number of cases declines, I think we will have to carry on with (the restrictions) until we are quite certain that this contagion has been stopped.”The situation appeared particularly worrying in Lombardy’s capital Milan, which is also Italy’s financial hub, where new infections jumped by more than 800 to almost 7,000.Only the neighboring provinces of Bergamo and Brescia have a higher number of cases.Highlighting the scale of the drama, Bergamo said that over the last 10 years it had recorded on average 45 deaths a week. This ticked up to 64 at the end of February and then soared, hitting a peak of 313 deaths between March 15-21.Anxiety in the south The disease has also taken a heavy toll amongst medical workers, with the national federation of doctors and surgeons saying on Thursday that 40 doctors had so far died, many of them general practitioners in northern towns and cities.Italy’s less developed south is growing increasingly anxious as it sees its own numbers push up, with several regions reporting growth rates in new cases that are above the national average.In an open letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the head of the Campania region, which is centered on Naples, warned of impending disaster.”At this point there is the real prospect that Lombardy’s tragedy is about to become the south’s tragedy,” Vincenzo De Luca wrote. “We are on the cusp of a major expansion of infections that we might not be able to manage.” center_img Topics :last_img read more