USS Bonhomme Richard Transits Coral Sea

first_img July 5, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard Transits Coral Sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) transited the Coral Sea, the site of one of World War II’s most famous naval battles, July 4.The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought between Japan and Allied forces from the United States and Australia, May 4-8, 1942.It is now considered by many Australians as the battle that saved Australia, as the Imperial Japanese Navy was pressing to invade and occupy Port Moresby in New Guinea. The battle was also the first engagement in Naval history in which the participating ships never sighted or fired directly at each other. Instead, manned aircraft were used as offensive artillery.The Battle of the Coral Sea arrested the Japanese advance and kept supply and communication lines open between the U.S. and Australia, which led to a strategic victory for the Allied forces by reducing the number of Imperial aircraft carriers and aircraft available for the Japanese invasion of Midway Island. For the first time in history an Imperial Japanese naval invasion force was turned away without completing its objective, greatly increasing morale among the Allies after six months of defeats by the Japanese in the Pacific Theater.For Lt. Nicholas Inns, Staff Judge Advocate for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, transiting the Coral Sea brought the opportunity to reflect on the past in a variety of ways.“This area and this ship remind me of the tradition of honor, excellence, and sacrifice that I am a part of,” said Inns. “The name USS Bonhomme Richard has been an integral part of the U.S. Navy for more than two hundred years. To be aboard a ship so firmly rooted in naval history in an area where nearly every sea or island was the site of a past battle is an honor and a privilege.”While Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines celebrated the nation’s birthday with a Steel Beach picnic on the ship’s flight deck, eight warships and two aircraft carriers, sunk during the Battle of Coral Sea, lay beneath them on the ocean floor. Now, more than 70 years later, the oral history of that battle, and many others that took place during World War II, is seldom spoken of any longer.“It is easy to forget things that happened a long time ago,” said Inns. “It is even easier to forget things that happened a long time ago in a distant place far-removed from the sight of average Americans. The Battle of the Coral Sea occurred in a place few Americans could place on a map and even fewer will ever travel to. We have the privilege to pass near that place, and we have a duty to remember and honor the sacrifice those Sailors made.”The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently operating in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility and reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Coral USS Bonhomme Richard Transits Coral Sea View post tag: Bonhomme View post tag: Transits View post tag: Richard Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: sea Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Awards Photonics Mast Deal

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas L-3 Communications’ electro-optics business, L-3 KEO, was awarded a $48.7 million, competitively bid contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to develop and build a new, slimmer version of its photonics mast for the Block 4 Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM) program for use on Virginia-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, L-3 KEO will perform engineering and design work for the lower-profile mast during the first year, with options to produce up to 29 photonics masts over a subsequent four-year period, as well as engineering services and provisioning item orders with a contract maximum ceiling value of $157 million.The non hull-penetrating LPPM provides a sleek profile that significantly reduces the signature of the periscope, making it less identifiable as a U.S. Navy submarine because it appears similar to existing periscopes.Image: US Navy View post tag: deal Authorities May 26, 2015 View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Awards Photonics Mast Deal US Navy Awards Photonics Mast Deal View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Photonics Mast View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

EDA supports European patrol corvette project

first_imgItaly, which leads a group of four Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) participating countries — France, Spain and Greece — involved in EPC, had requested the agency’s support for moving this ambitious project forward.  Photo: EDA/Fincantieri The ship will be based on an open plug-and-play architecture which will facilitate the versatility of response in the framework of EU CSDP operations and will provide a quick reaction capability, applicable to a broad range of scenarios.  EDA will also support the governance body of the EPC project. With its expertise in project management and harmonisation of capability requirements, EDA said it will be able to provide valuable assistance in these domains. Industry is not participating directly in this EDA project, but may be consulted, if deemed necessary by the contributing Member States.   EDA tasks  View post tag: PESCO As informed, the agency’s new project will support the EPC PESCO project implementation through the development and adoption of common staff target (CST), common staff requirements (CSR) and a business case (BC). The objective of these documents is to shape the common core part and identify specifications and requirements that would be compatible with the modularity concept of the military ship.  Photo: EDA/Fincantieri The European Defence Agency (EDA) recently approved the launch of a project that will contribute to the development of a European patrol corvette.  Specifically, the EPC is envisaged as a common platform, a shared baseline, which can be customised as needed by participating Member States according to their national needs and specifications. The overall displacement is expected to be no more than 3,000 tonnes, which will allow the ship to operate from minor harbours (draft less than 5.5 meters). The length of the ship, to be equipped with diesel and/or electrical engines, should not exceed 110 meters.   View post tag: European patrol corvette View post tag: European Defence Agency “The EPC will be characterized by a multi-purpose and modular approach by design that will also allow to perform dual-use missions, such as anti-pollution activities, humanitarian assistance operations and interventions in support of populations in case of natural disasters.” View post tag: Corvette “The project of the European Patrol Corvette is aimed at developing a new class of military ships in order to accomplish, with a flexible approach, a large number of tasks and missions aimed to Homeland Security and protection of European waters. More in details, the EPC will carry out Maritime Security Operations and Police of the High Seas functions, playing a key role in preserving Freedom of Navigation (FoN) and fighting against terrorism and illegal trafficking at sea,” Gen. Giovanni Iannucci, Italy’s Capability Director, said. “EDA is delighted to support this ambitious and innovative PESCO project…The European Patrol Corvette project responds directly to an existing gap in Europe’s capability landscape acknowledged by Member States during the revision of the Capability Development Plan (CDP) in 2018, namely that of naval manoeuvrability and the need for improved maritime situational awareness, surface superiority and power projection. The future EPC will provide participating Member States with those missing capabilities, thereby further strengthening the Europe of Defence,” Jiří Šedivý, EDA’s Chief Executive, commented. Part of the third batch of PESCO projects approved in November 2019, the project aims at designing and developing a new class of military ship, named EPC, which will host several systems and payloads able to accomplish a large number of tasks and missions in a modular and flexible way. The EPC will provide valuable capabilities in the areas of maritime situational awareness, surface superiority and power projection, according to EDA. The participating Member States aim to produce their first corvette prototype in 2026-2027.  Share this articlelast_img read more

Elkhart man arrested after leading police on two separate pursuits

first_img Google+ Previous articleMom’s The WordNext articleIndiana Second Amendment rights attorney’s take on gun control executive actions Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Elkhart man arrested after leading police on two separate pursuits Pinterest Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A suspect was arrested on after leading police in Goshen on two separate pursuits.Officers spotted a stolen vehicle on Wednesday, April 7, and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver led them on a pursuit through the city and got away.Then, Thursday morning, officers spotted the same vehicle and a second pursuit began.The suspect driver, Dillion Scholl, 22, of Elkhart, led officers on a chase into New Paris where investigators say he tried to hide at an acquaintance’s home.Police surrounded the home and Scholl eventually was arrested.Scholl faces meth and gun charges, as well as resisting and reckless driving charges. Twitter Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – April 9, 2021 0 130 Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: Government agrees joint work on international crime

first_img Synthetic opioids like fentanyl pose a huge threat. Suppliers attempt to develop new formulations of similar drugs to try and keep a step ahead of law enforcement and legislation. The UK government has changed the law to stay on the front foot against criminals and invested in cutting-edge technology to detect drugs and other illegal goods at the border. But tackling synthetic drugs is an international challenge, with suppliers able to produce and ship their drugs around the world. That is why we agree with the US government that it is vital that all countries should implement tougher domestic controls on drug production. The Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump today committed to tackle the global threat posed by transnational criminal organisations – including illegal opioid traffickers.A high-level group chaired by Home Secretary Sajid Javid and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will work to reduce the significant harm caused by these organisations, such as by improving our ability to pursue ‘high-value’ targets and their interests.Understanding the threatsThe group will also find opportunities for partnerships with industry to improve our understanding of threats and work with other countries on the socio-economic factors which perpetuate transnational organised crime.Other measures include: a joint UK-US ministerial taskforce on synthetic opioids, led by a Home Office minister, focused on sharing expertise in detection and tracking, specialist law enforcement intelligence capabilities, and prevention and treatment a joint UK-US strategic dialogue on illicit finance, led by senior officials to tackle shared threats and work with other countries to maintain and strengthen implementation of global standards, scheduled to meet for the first time in September 2018 an informal, ad-hoc dialogue between law enforcement officials which will assess the work of current initiatives and groups, such as the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group Fentanyl and its analogues – substances with similar but slightly altered chemical structures – are a group of powerful synthetic opioids. They have similar effects to other opioids such as morphine and heroin but are significantly more potent.Although to date fentanyl seizures in the UK can be measured in small quantities, this equates to many millions of lethal doses. The joint taskforce on synthetic opioids will build on major pieces of work carried out by the UK government in recent years. The Forensic Early Warning System identifies harmful drugs before they gain a foothold and the landmark Psychoactive Substances Act put a blanket ban on harmful substances.During his first visit to the US in May, the Home Secretary met US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. During both meetings, the opioids threat was raised and both parties agreed to continue cooperation.International challengeHome Secretary Sajid Javid said:last_img read more

Press release: Grant to support disabled people in the workplace increases to almost £60,000

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‘Your Medical Mind’ explored

first_imgTake this scenario: A patient has discovered a lump on her thyroid but three biopsies have failed to determine if it is cancerous or not. Trying to sort out the confusing choices, she, as many patients do, asks her physician, “What would you do?”The answer may seem to add to the confusion, but it reflects a new paradigm proposed by Harvard doctors and best-selling authors Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, a couple who believes that understanding your medical mindset — and that of your doctor — will help guide your decisions.“If it were me, I would watch and wait. If it were my husband, he would have had surgery yesterday,” said Hartzband.That’s because Hartzband and Groopman, while both distinguished doctors, have different “medical minds,” or different approaches for wading through the myriad of conflicting advice from medical experts and drug and insurance companies.The pair expounded on that concept, the subject of their 2011 book, to a packed audience at the main branch of the Boston Public Library on Monday, for the third event in the John Harvard Book Celebration series. The series, which is part of Harvard’s 375th anniversary, is bringing Harvard faculty speakers and programs to all 34 branches of Boston and Cambridge public libraries from January through May.Groopman and Hartzband, who both teach at Harvard Medical School, discussed both their research and their personal approaches in the talk, titled “Your Medical Mind: How to Decide When Experts Disagree.” The rapt audience was led through a provocative “thought experiment” as the pair explained with simple yet compelling examples how patients can approach tough decisions.First, it’s OK to be confused, even the experts are, Hartzband noted. She showed conflicting recommendations about everything from mammograms, to PSA testing, to vitamin D doses. Groopman explained the various formulas that have been taken from game theory and applied in the past to medical decisions. But, he contends, such formulas are flawed; medical conditions are rarely static, and people adapt to limitations.After interviewing a large sample of patients, the pair developed the concept  of the “medical mind.” Believers, for example, tend to trust doctors. Doubters exercise skepticism. Maximalists opt for aggressive action in health; minimalists prefer to do the least possible.Take the case of “Susan,” a healthy woman in her 40s diagnosed with a high cholesterol level. She is told she needs medication; this decreases her risk of a heart attack by 30 percent. But she is a minimalist and a doubter and explored the question, “What is my risk of a certain outcome without any treatment?”  Turns out because she is active, a nonsmoker, eats a healthy diet, and has neither diabetes nor high blood pressure, she has a 1 in 100 chance of a heart attack in 10 years, or 1 percent. Thus, her risk was actually 30 percent of 1 percent, “which is clearly much different in its impact on her thinking than what she had originally heard,” Groopman said.Susan also had a friend who had a major side effect from the medication and found that the possibility of this effect ranges from 1 percent to 20 percent. But framing the information in the opposite way, 80 to 99 of people will not have the side effect, Hartzband said. “This sounds a lot better although the information is exactly the same.”So, “It’s important to ‘flip’ the frame,” that is, look at the statistics from the positive and the negative, she said.Patients should also understand the medical mind of their doctors and how it affects their advice. Said Groopman, “My medical mind was formed to be that of a believer and a maximalist with a technical orientation.” Said Hartzband, “I’m a minimalist and a doubter.” They have maintained these mindsets even through advanced medical training.Thus, the goal is “shared medical decision making” as patients determine their own mindset and that of their physician.  “This helps each person on different sides of table explain their thinking to each other,” Groopman said.The pair had stern words about the impact of massive amounts of direct-to-consumer drug advertising, noting that studies find that as a result viewers tend to believe a drug is 10 times more powerful than it really is. Take those happy, vibrant images played out at the ad’s end. “This is a deliberate attempt to distract you while the voiceover gives you the side effects,” Hartzband said. Groopman singled out insurance company ads that claim they crunch the numbers to give you the best outcome. “This is a false promise. It is impossible that any surgery or medication can be guaranteed to work 100 percent of the time with no risk of side effect or complications,” he said.It didn’t take long for a difficult question to emerge during the Q-and-A period. Larry C. Kerpelman, an author and editor based in Acton, spoke of how he was faced to make decisions “overnight” about his wife’s brain injury. (He has written a book about his experience.) Groopman and Hartzband immediately noted that Kerpelman raised two challenges: What to do when decisions have to be made quickly and when they involve another person.  If possible, decisions should be “in concert with the values” of the other person, but, Groopman added, “There is never a pure answer. It is always gray.What was clear was how much the public longs for medical information, asking the pair where, for example, they could find good information on the Web (sites from the government and medical centers like the Mayo Clinic are reliable sources, Hartzband said) and could the pair’s books be translated into Spanish. Said social worker Caroline Osterman, “The more people who are educated, the better it will be for all of us.”Christine Schonhart, the BPL director of branch libraries, voiced a similar sentiment, saying, “We’re dedicated to the advancement of learning here at the Boston Public Library. This partnership with Harvard University and the associated lectures bring learning to life for library users.”After the lecture, Leigh Curtin-Wilding, a Boston health and wellness consultant, called the event valuable, saying, “It was actually comforting to know that the experts themselves are confused.”The next John Harvard Book Celebration series event will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 276 Meridian St., East Boston.  John McDonough, professor of the practice of the public health and the director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health, will speak on “The Future of National Health Reform.”last_img read more

Nuclear physicists awarded grant for research

first_imgA research team of nuclear physicists headed by Notre Dame faculty members is looking to the cosmos for the answers to questions about the origins of Earth’s most influential elements. The team, comprised of researchers from several American universities, was awarded a one-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the first U.S.-based underground accelerator laboratory, enabling them to progress towards a more complete understanding of the formation of the elements. Physics professor and principal investigator Michael Wiescher said the grant money will be used to fund testing of underground sites that could serve as locations for the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics (DIANA). The key site in question is the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, Wiescher said. “The grant basically covers the first test experiments going on right now, like the engineering studies that will allow us to stabilize the abandoned underground mines,” Wiescher said. “We also have graduate students who are measuring underground radiation and determining how feasible the site is for our purposes.” Wiescher said the goal of his nuclear astrophysics research is to understand the origin of the Earth’s elements and their formation process. The answers to these questions can help scientists  discover what happens in the center of our sun, he said.  “Nuclear astrophysics is mainly concerned with the origin of all the elements in the universe at the time the universe formed, about 30 billion years ago with the Big Bang,” Wiescher said. “The heavier elements, like uranium, gold and silver, are formed through the nuclear fusion processes that made in stars or supernova explosions,” he said. “[These explosions] need to be explored in more detail so we can determine how strong and how fast these reactions occur.” The great distance between Earth and the stars observed from Earth means the measurable energy from these nuclear reactions is minimal, Wiescher said, so the laboratory must be located underground in order to maintain the integrity of the reaction result. “Because these reactions are so weak, we need to go deep underground to be free of the cosmic radiation from the sun that alters our measurements,” he said. Wiescher said he hopes his team’s research will facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the formation of the Earth, from the visible components to the more abstract. “All of the elements in your body have been made in stars, so you are the product of several star generations,” Wiescher said. “All stars are powered by nuclear fusion reactions that create elements. The light you see when you look at the stars is released from these nuclear fusion reactions.”last_img read more

Students bid to dine with campus celebrities

first_imgMore than 25 Notre Dame celebrities are on the menu tonight at Breen-Phillips Hall’s 29th annual Meal Auction, where students can place bids for a chance to dine with illustrious campus figures such as Irish football coach Brian Kelly or basketball coach Mike Brey, among others. One of the hall’s signature events, the live and silent auctions will benefit Meals on Wheels, a charity with which Breen-Phillips has had a long relationship, hall president Allison Behrndt and auction coordinator Jaclyn Winkel said. “In [Breen-Phillips], we’re always talking about community and fostering that sense in our dorm,” Winkel said. “Meals on Wheels reaches out to community members who might otherwise be forgotten, so that same sense is there.” Winkel said a wide array of prominent campus figures will participate as auction prizes, including student body president-elect and vice president-elect Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce, finance professor Carl Ackermann and psychology professor Anre Venter, as well as members of the Notre Dame men’s basketball and track and field teams. “Basically, we’ve contacted a bunch of campus celebrities and cool professors, and they agreed to have a meal with the highest bidder,” Winkel said. “People can come and bid per plate, and if you win you get to go out to dinner or have a home-cooked meal with the person.” Breen-Phillips president Allison Behrndt said bidders can expect great experiences with all the “menu items” but recommended that Irish athletic fans consider the offers from Kelly and Brey. “Coach Kelly always does a meal with the football staff, and he usually gives the people who win a bunch of issue gear and autographed items,” Behrndt said. “Brey also sets up a meal, and that’s always popular.” Winkel said the dinner with Kelly typically raises the most money of all the individual auction items. “Sometimes, people pay upwards of $100 for Kelly,” she said. “He usually takes about two or three people, and last year he gave them a tour of the locker room, too.” With far more bidders than prizes, students bid per plate so groups can share the cost of a ticket item, Winkel said, and auction participants may choose how many people they will take and where they will eat. “A few guys from the baseball team said they’d take people to Brothers [Bar and Grill], and some basketball players are doing a meal at McAlister’s [Deli],” Winkel said. “Professor Venter is taking six to eight people for a home-cooked South African dinner at his house, so there are a lot of different choices.” Behrndt said the event is a great way for students to connect with high-profile campus figures in a relaxed, personal setting. “I think the best aspect [of the auction] is giving people the opportunity to interact with people they normally wouldn’t be able to meet, like the coaches,” Behrndt said. “It’s great that students can share a more intimate meal with their professors, which they probably wouldn’t have the chance to do otherwise.” The auction committee decided to host the event in the Burger King lounge to attract more traffic from passersby and increase student awareness of the cause it supports, Winkel and Behrndt said. “We made a few changes to the menu and location basically to encourage greater audience participation and to make it more of a campus-wide event,” Behrndt said. Winkel said students are encouraged to drop by and bid spontaneously on the people that pique their interest. Gift baskets and restaurant gift cards will be offered during the silent auction in the Sorin Room of LaFortune Student Center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The live auction will occupy the Burger King lounge in LaFortune tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Student senate hears SafeBouND presentation from NDSP

first_imgIn a continuation of the campus conversation about SafeBouND, Senate welcomed Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Capt. Tracy Skibins to their meeting Wednesday.Skibins, along with student supervisor senior Michael Pohl, spoke about some of the continuing concerns regarding the campus safety program, while also encouraging students to send feedback straight to NDSP. “We have not had a single complaint given to us yet,” Skibins said. “We want the comments so we can keep improving and changing to fit the students.” The pair also reported some recent changes, including an extension of the 2:30 a.m. closing time on Thursday through Saturday to 3 a.m.“It’s something that you guys suggested that was easy to do,” Skibins said.These recent changes also included better identification for students working with SafeBouND, including reflective vests, a mandatory NDSP ID and amber lights for the golf carts and minivan that are in operation during the week. Skibins said shamrock decorations may even be added to make the vehicles more recognizable. Other potential changes designed to decrease wait times for students were presented as works-in-progress and included reintroducing the use of golf carts during the weekends, but only along the edges of campus. Pohl added that the use of walkers would reduce waiting time no matter what.“The highest wait time [last year] was 88 minutes,” Pohl said. “We wanted to bring that number down.”Additionally, Skibins said such changes would not be implemented until later in the year, once the service is more widely known and steadily used.She also drew attention to the history of safety programs such as this on campus.“The original ‘SafeWalk’ was created 25 years ago, strictly as a walking program,” Skibins said.Originally a student’s idea, the program remained a walking service until the introduction of O’SNAP in 2014, which incorporated golf carts into the program. Skibins said O’SNAP at first was unknown and slow to take hold as a popular service, and that by looking at the original records and statistics of the first few weeks of O’SNAP, NDSP hopes to get a better sense of how the new program is taking hold in comparison.“In the past 15 days, 115 rides have been provided by SafeBouND,” Skibins said.Although she does not yet have the data on SafeBouND, Skibins said she is confident that use will pick up as the year goes on, as more efforts to promote the program are being developed.After being asked if there was any way to cater the program to people who felt unsafe as well as those interested in the program’s use as a “party shuttle,” in order to appease disgruntled students on campus, Skibins said it would not be in the spirit of the original creation of the service. “We have to remember the purpose of this program, and that it is a safety service, not as a convenience,” she said. Tags: NDSP, SafeBouND, student senate, Tracy Skibinslast_img read more