USS New York Commemorates September 11th

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS New York Commemorates September 11th Training & Education View post tag: Navy USS New York (LPD 21) Sailors and Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) held a remembrance ceremony honoring the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks while on the ship’s maiden deployment, Sept. 11.Commanding Officer Capt. Jon Kreitz addressed the crew with his remarks about the significance of the events and America’s response to such tragedies.“Sept. 11 was a day that changed each of us and our lives forever,” said Kreitz. “In the heroism shown that day, we were reminded that we are a great nation, one where ordinary Americans performed extraordinary acts in the face of evil and enemies.”Other events included a choral rendition of the national anthem, a rifle salute and a reenlistment ceremony. Damage Controlman 2nd Class David Dubis chose the day to continue his military service while honoring the fallen New York firefighters of Department 343. He said the oath of enlistment dressed out in a firefighting ensemble while breathing air from a self-contained breathing apparatus. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-enlist on a ship built with steel from the Twin Towers, and on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,” said Dubis. “It’s an honor to keep protecting my country against terrorism, and to remember people who gave their lives doing the same job I do.”The occasion was especially significant for the Sailors and Marines who hail from the state of New York. Staff Sgt. Dela Tsawo of Brooklyn, N.Y., conveyed his appreciation of the significance of New York and her crew’s mission. “Sept. 11 was a tragedy, but at the same time it was an experience that unfortunately will never be forgotten,” said Tsawo. “Being part of [USS] New York’s history and maiden deployment has been a great honor.”New York is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th MEU. New York is currently on her maiden deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The USS New York is the sixth ship named for the state of New York, and the fifth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio Class. Her motto is “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 12, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: York USS New York Commemorates September 11th View post tag: New Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: September View post tag: Naval September 12, 2012 View post tag: USS View post tag: 11th View post tag: Commemorateslast_img read more

Doing the right thing

first_imgJOSEPH BRODERICK To the Editor: Hello, my name is Joseph Broderick (6I), and I am running for re-election on the Bayonne Board of Education. Doing the right thing is not always the easiest or the most popular option; however, it is a practice that I have always adhered to. I have served the Bayonne Board of Education to the best of my ability for the past 38 years. My positions include: Director of the Federal Home School Links program, Assistant Director of Community Education, Director of the Physical and Community Education Center (Ice Rink), Athletic Director, Vice Principal, and finally for the last three years I’ve had the privilege to be the President of the Board of Education.Throughout my time on the board, there have been both setbacks and accomplishments; yet, I’ve always adhered to my core philosophy of doing the right thing. Alongside members of the board like Ava Finnerty (7I), Charles Ryan (8I), Mikel Lawandy (19I), and other hardworking board members, we have accomplished significant milestones in bettering the education for both children and adults in the city of Bayonne. Most notable was the stabilization of a financial crisis inherited from the previous appointed board.Other accomplishments include but are not limited to: being designated a high performing district by the N.J. Department of Education for the first time since 2012, decentralizing administration, which brings control back to the community schools, adopting a Zero-Based Budget Policy, which allows for more accountability in terms of spending, settling on a four-year contract for both teachers and secretaries for the first time in 16 years, and establishing a contract for our custodial staff and administrators. Based on the potential we believe each student has, we have raised the bar in terms of academic excellence and expectations. We have put in place a multitiered system for grades K-2 to ensure they are receiving a sound foundation and are beginning their educational careers on the right foot. For grades 4-8, promotion requirements have been adjusted, and recovery summer classes have been arranged, to ensure success. Finally, the passing grade was raised from a 65 to a 70 district-wide. We also revamped the hiring protocol to include committees and demonstration lessons to increase confidence that hirees are fit for the job, we extended a meal program that provides meals on weekends and holidays for our needs-based students, and we received a nearly $800,000 grant to provide free Pre-Kindergarten education, via a lottery system, that is currently serving approximately 60 Pre-K students.In terms of security, we’ve added armed security guards, equipped every school with metal detectors, and require that all administrators, teachers, and teacher assistants be trained with the Safe School Program.Bayonne High School students are now equipped with Chrome Books that they keep until graduation. But our assistance to the citizens of Bayonne no longer stops at graduation. We have now held two job fairs and have extended our guidance department to serve alumni who need assistance finding jobs and/or furthering their educations.My vision for the future of Bayonne is to be a community. There’s an old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I firmly believe this to be true. I want our students to leave our education system with not just a diploma, but a plan. I want them to be equipped with proper skills and knowledge that will allow them to be confident in their next steps after they walk off the stage at graduation. Whether their path leads them toward a vocational, military, or college career, I want them to be the most prepared they can be. If re-elected, I will continue to advocate for steps to be taken that will ensure that our students leave high school with more than just a piece of paper, but that they leave with a purpose. last_img read more

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Student wins Kenwood crown

first_imgFrancesa Tomkins, a Level 2 Bakery Student from the Birmingham College of Food, has been crowned winner of the recent Kenwood ’Let Them Eat Cake’ competition.Regional heats took place at cookery schools across the UK, where students were challenged to bake and decorate a special commemorative cake. Each regional finalist then recreated their cake at the national final, held at Mosimann’s Aca-demy in London.Mark Mosimann, one of the judges said: “Francesca produced a cake that was not only delicious in taste and texture but was also technically perfect.”The competition was organised by machinery supplier Kenwood to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year.last_img

Report shows young less keen to use freezers

first_imgHalf of 18-34s (51%) tend to store frozen-bought food rather than homemade leftovers in the freezer, similar to over-35s (54%). A new survey has found that freezers are ‘neglected’ and have been dubbed ‘graveyards’ by younger consumers. The study by IGDShopperVista found that 18- to 34-year-olds are twice as likely to not like eating food that is stored in the freezer than over-35s (18% versus 8%). The survey also found many simply use freezers as a space to save meat that is soon to go past its use-by date or to store unwanted food gifts from relatives.The study was undertaken as part of research and training charity IGD’s new ‘Working on Waste’ campaign. Working in collaboration with WRAP, the campaign aims to help the food and grocery industry – which employs 3.6m people – educate employees on how to minimise food waste at home. Employees are being offered advice on portion planning, making the most of leftover food, utilising their freezer, education on best-before and use-by dates and the myth that food can go off before its use-by date.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “A lot of progress has been made already by companies across the industry to help consumers reduce household food waste. However, seven million tonnes of food and drink is still being thrown away by UK homes every year, costing consumers £12.5bn – so there’s more work to be done.“As an industry, we employ 3.6m people and it is these employees that will form the bedrock of our campaign, taking learnings from their company into their households. In its first year, Working on Waste will reach around 650,000 employees in one month through meal planning advice, top tips, what to do with leftovers and much more. And if we can inspire each of these employees to inform their friends and family on how to reduce food waste, the campaign’s impact will be felt far beyond this number.”The study also found that:One in seven (14% of) 18- to 34-year-olds complain about a lack of fridge storage space against just 9% of over-35s, while a quarter (26%) of 18-34s feel they have insufficient room in the freezer compared to 14% of over-35s18-34s are much more likely to store new food and drink at the front of fridge than over-35s (41% against 23%)Fewer 18-34s rate themselves as good at organising their fridge or cupboards than over-35s (55% against 63%) Some of the 18-34s surveyed did show an interest in using their freezer more effectively, either by buying a larger one, changing their usage or cooking meals specifically to store in it.last_img read more

Nuclear threats, then and now

first_imgIn 1985, researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School published a book called “Hawks, Doves, and Owls,” and gave it an ambitious subtitle: “An Agenda for Avoiding Nuclear War.”Those scholars gathered again at the School on Monday (May 16) for a seminar on the current challenges in avoiding nuclear war — and to marvel at just how drastically the nuclear threat has morphed in the two decades since the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union collapsed.The bottom line is that the Avoiding Nuclear War Project got a lot right, not least in recognizing that the real danger of igniting a nuclear war lies not in calculated military judgments but in misperceptions, irrational acts, and human mistakes. The group’s recommendations to take steps to “lengthen the nuclear fuse” and reduce the risks of accidental war remain core elements of U.S. nuclear policy.But the four nuclear policy veterans on the panel — Graham Allison, Joseph S. Nye Jr., Ashton B. Carter, and Albert Carnesale — also acknowledged many unanticipated changes in the nuclear landscape. Nye said that few experts in the mid-1980s imagined a world without a Soviet Union within a decade, and the consequent danger of loosely guarded nuclear materials. Nor did they anticipate that terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda would declare their intention to obtain and use nuclear bombs.Nye, the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, said, “If any of us thought that within a decade, there would be no Soviet Union, none of us got that. … We social scientists pat ourselves on the back, but what we know is fairly limited.”The seminar was part of a two-day tribute to Nye organized by former students and fellows, some of whom took part in the ’80s project and are now respected academics and government officials.The panel took its title, “Avoiding Nuclear War: Hawks, Doves, and Owls, Then and Now,” from the first book published by the project, which was co-edited by Allison, Carnesale, and Nye.Seeking to move beyond the traditional showdown between hawks and doves, the authors devised a third policy caricature, involving owls. In contrast to hawks who seek military dominance to deter war by “peace through strength,” and doves who view the arms race as provocatively aggressive, owls see irrational behavior and loss of control as unintended triggers of conflict. Owls focus on reducing those risks as the key to avoiding war.Allison, who like Nye is a former Kennedy School dean and now is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the School, noted: “Owls eat hawks as well as doves.”Carter took a leave from the Belfer Center to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics in the Obama administration. Carter sketched a clear intellectual path from the ’80s work of the Avoiding Nuclear War Project to the current U.S. struggle against terrorists seeking weapons of mass destruction (WMD).Carter said one breakthrough idea in the ’85 agenda lay in thinking not only about nuclear arsenals but also about the “wiring of the arsenals,” and the organizational and psychological factors underlying the nuclear command and control systems.“If you look at nuclear terrorism and the thinking about WMD, you can see that the focus on the materials is complemented by thinking about the people and the networks of terrorism,” Carter said. “That series of steps you can trace right back to hawks, doves, and owls.”Carnesale, who also was a Harvard Kennedy School dean and went on to become Harvard University provost and then chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, recalled that the 1985 book declared: “We see no certain way to escape some reliance on nuclear deterrence.” He said that conclusion “holds up pretty well today.”Nye pointed out that the ’85 study, and another publication by the project three years later called “Fateful Visions,” did not call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. He noted that there was disagreement then, as there is now, about whether getting to zero should be the overarching goal.Nye said the more important objective in the mid-’80s was to get nuclear powers to back away from the hair-trigger ability to launch thousands of weapons of immense destructive power within minutes. “We thought of it as a timeline: How far could you back away from those bombs on the front line? But there was always some disagreement among us about whether as you got down to lower numbers — let’s say five, or one — whether the premium for cheating and for a crisis of instability would grow enormously.“So if you could get away from bombs at the front line, and avoid proliferation, the question of whether you could get to zero, we never quite solved,” Nye said.That debate remains very much alive, especially with several former secretaries of state and defense now advocating dismantling all nuclear weapons.Nye said that should remain an aspirational goal, if not an operational one, in part because political climates can change in unexpected ways that make détente suddenly realistic. He recalled traveling to Argentina and Brazil in the ’70s as a State Department official and urging the two military dictatorships to forgo their nascent nuclear weapons programs. They scoffed at him then, but soon the military rulers gave way to elected successors, and the two nations did abandon their nuclear weapons plans. South Africa later made a similar leap.Carter said the Obama administration had helped break through “a very loud disagreement between left and right” on nuclear policy because President Barack Obama “was able to distinguish between having zero and having less while retaining a credible deterrent for the United States.”David Welch, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada who was a doctoral fellow with Nye and who co-organized the gathering, said the Avoiding Nuclear War Project had a powerful direct impact. He said former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s cautious nuclear policy was heavily influenced by the thinking of adviser Georgi Arbatov, who had been involved in a number of project initiatives.last_img read more

Hospitality Degree

first_imgThe Board of Regents has approved the University of Georgia to offer a new degree program that will fuel the workforce of the state’s growing hospitality industry. The new major in hospitality and food industry management will prepare students for jobs in the hospitality and food industry across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in Georgia and beyond.“Georgia’s hospitality and tourism industry has been strong for many years, and it’s continuing to grow,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “In fact, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statistics indicate that hospitality is a $60 billion industry that already supports more than 450,000 total jobs in Georgia,” Pardue said.  Of that number, close to 15,000 are hospitality management positions that require a four-year degree, with 370 job openings every year, according to the Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Outlooks.  “Universities are currently graduating only 120 students with those qualifications each year statewide,” Pardue said. “Our college is in the perfect position to provide a unique degree that connects food and agriculture to hospitality in a market brimming with opportunity.” “To take advantage of the top jobs in the hospitality sector, students will need a tailored degree in the field,” said Octavio Ramirez, department head for CAES Agricultural and Applied Economics, where the new major will be housed.  Graduates of this program will be prepared for myriad job opportunities including hotel, lodging, restaurant and event management, agritourism and other related fields.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers students the unique opportunity to understand the foundational elements of the food and hospitality industry. Students will gain a well-rounded education in hospitality economics and business, finance, management, and marketing, coupled with experiential learning opportunities to produce career-ready, industry-desired graduates.Students can also choose from a wide array of classroom and internship options, including food production and supply chain, entomology, food science and food safety, food product development and turfgrass management to make them stronger candidates for hiring and more effective contributors to the workforce. An on-campus partnership with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel offers students access to extensive, fully equipped facilities that are engaged in the hotel, restaurant, beverage, and conference service businesses. These facilities are a teaching and experiential learning laboratory for students. The added food industry management component of this new major would open employment opportunities for graduates in other venues such as supermarkets and other food suppliers and retailers.In addition, students can benefit from food safety training needed for the hospitality industry. The UGA Center for Food Safety is one of the leading food safety research centers in the nation, and the Center’s faculty are known around the world as leaders in innovation development in the field. In addition to on-campus experiences, students can take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities the college offers, including viticulture and enology in the Mediterranean region, food security issues service-learning in Scotland, and a coffee program in Costa Rica. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program is being developed for an anticipated spring 2019 launch for freshmen and fall 2019 launch for transfer students.“We are excited about this new opportunity for UGA students and look forward to building new partnerships across the hospitality and food management industry,” Pardue said.For more information about the new major, visit read more

Douglas names office staff

first_imgp{ margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px}body{ font-family: “Arial”, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal}Governor-elect James Douglas announced at a press conference Thursday afternoon(November 14) that Tim Hayward would become his chief of staff. Hayward worked inthe first Snelling Administration and has been the executive director of the VermontBankers Association for 18 years. Hayward is also the head of Douglas’ transition team.Douglas also announced that lobbyist Betsy Bishopwill be his deputy chief of staff, campaign manager Neale Lunderville will become secretary of Civil and MilitaryAffairs, former Fletcher Allen public relations staffer Jason Gibbs will be his press secretary, Susanne Young, currently the deputy treasurer under Douglas, will be his legalcounsel, and Jim Barnett, deputy campaign manager, will be the governor’s special assistant.At the press conference, held in the governor’s ceremonial office on the second floor ofthe State House, Douglas said that choosing agency secretaries would be the nextorder of business for the transition staff. He said all political appointees, which includeagency heads and their deputies, department commissioners and their deputies, aswell as all others in the Dean Administration, will be asked to submit their resignations.Douglas said that some may be retained in their current positions or moved to otheroffices, but, “most of the positions will see new faces.” He expects the process couldtake a couple of months.Of the few policy items Douglas mentioned, he said he would urge the Public ServiceBoard not to increase funding for the Energy Efficiency Agency. It works to decreaseelectric energy consumption through the use of conservation and technologicalefficiencies. It is funded by electric bill surcharges. A proposal before the board wouldincrease its budget from its current $12 million to as much as $16 million. Douglas said he wants to keep it at $12 million. He said he supports the program, butwith the economy soft, and electric rates already high in Vermont, the extra chargewould act like a tax increase and discourage economic development.On that note, as he said he stated during the campaign, it will be very hard to increaseeconomic development through tax cuts. He said there are clear needs in the Agency ofHuman Services, which includes the welfare department (the Department of Prevention,Assistance, Transition & Health Access) and the Department of Corrections.Douglas said policy changes that will lead to economic growth must come first, beforetax cuts can be made.One revenue enhancement that Douglas said he would support, however, is Powerball,the national lottery. Most states, most notably New Hampshire, are part of Powerball.Douglas said that Vermonters are crossing the Connecticut River to buy Powerballtickets, and while they’re there, they also do other shopping.“They’re clearly buying them (Powerball tickets),” Douglas said, “I’d just as soon havethem buying them in Vermont.” Governor Dean has been a strong opponent of Powerball, believing that the stateshould not increase its obligation to gambling for state revenues. Douglas said he didnot know how much that lottery would bring the state, but acknowledged that estimatesrun from $1 million to $8 million. Whatever the revenues, he said they would help offsetthe property tax.Douglas said he would like to somehow get the Pownal race track back in action. Hesaid the former horse racing facility in Bennington County once employed upwards of1,000 people. Otherwise, he didn’t expect to have any other gambling initiatives, “I’mnot a great fan of gambling.”He also will try and maintain the Rainy Day Fund. The fund is the principal reason whyVermont enjoys the highest bond rating in New England. If the state actually used thefund to shore up slumping tax revenues, the rating would go down, Douglas said, eventhough that’s what it’s there for.In the sunny, formal setting, Douglas was his usual casual, self-effacing self, not shyabout interjecting corny jokes, some directed at himself. He’s still the state treasureruntil January 7, when he will be sworn in as governor.- 30 –last_img read more

The Human Shuttle

first_imgI spend a lot of time towing my kids around. Literally. I fashion a variety of sleds and actually tow my kids around through the forest, snow, water. It started when they were babies and the jogging stroller became my one and only workout. I got to run and my wife got an hour of sanity in the middle of the day. The babies cried, mostly. When they got older, I created a harness system and sled, so I could cross country ski them deep into the High Country during our too infrequent snow storms. During warmer months, it was the bike trailer. All of a sudden, taking a simple trip to the post office or the park became a workout thanks to the 75 pounds of children I was towing. It might look like an ideal picture of fatherhood, me toting my children into the woods or up a mountainous road (quality time!), but it’s totally selfish. I spend all day with my kids. The only way I’m going for a run, ride or ski is if I take my kids with me. I don’t want to stop doing awesome stuff, and I want my kids to enjoy the same awesome stuff, so my garage is full of various dad-powered, sled-like contraptions. They’re getting older and less content to sit idle while I toil under their extra weight, so the bike trailer is getting rusty from lack of use. They want to ride their own bikes now. The stroller is long gone (we maxed out the weight limit on that thing), donated to another family. And they’re rapidly becoming little rippers on the ski hill, so I don’t have to tow them around in the snow anymore. It’s as if they don’t need me at all anymore. Is this what empty nest syndrome feels like? Luckily, there’s the French Broad River. I’ve started tying a small raft to the back of my paddleboard and trudging upriver for as far as I can go, before setting them free to tube downriver under my helicopter-parent/watchful eye. It’s a brutal workout (the drag that an inflatable raft filled with 100 pounds of kid creates is significant) and the kids love being on the river. Maybe more important, I feel useful again. They need me, out there on the river. Both as a shuttle to move them upriver and as a guide as they float downstream.  And it’s a new way to look at this river for me. Usually, I’m towing a cooler full of beer, ambling downstream without expending much energy. I even developed a paddleboard-specific Koozie that hangs around my neck, so I can paddle and occasionally take a sip. But towing the kids upstream, the river is now a gym. It’s no longer a lazy class I float, it’s a formidable opponent. Something to conquer. I do miss the beer, though.last_img read more