USS Houston Sails to Fleet Activities Yokosuka

first_img View post tag: News by topic The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka May 8 for a visit as a part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.With a crew of approximately 140, Houston will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.Houston was originally designed to be a high-speed submarine escort for aircraft carrier strike groups and task forces. As an extremely versatile platform, Houston supports numerous national military objectives. Through rigorous training and exercises, she maintains the ability to carry the fight to potential enemies at sea or on land.Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 8,000 tons when submerged, Houston is one of the largest and stealthiest submarines in the world. Houston is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.[mappress mapid=”15926″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: asia View post tag: Navy USS Houston Sails to Fleet Activities Yokosuka Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Houston Sails to Fleet Activities Yokosuka View post tag: activitiescenter_img View post tag: Naval Authorities May 11, 2015 View post tag: USS Houston View post tag: fleet Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgThe Snooki problemA bill sponsored by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham would establish a new policy limiting the amount of state funds that can be used by a public institution of higher education to pay a commencement speaker, cleared the Assembly and will head to the governor’s desk. ×PROTEST MOVEMENT – Protestors are seeking to eliminate tax breaks for the Kushner family, a family that has become instrumental in the revitalization of areas in the city outside of the waterfront. The target of their protest is Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who has become a close advisor to the president. While Jared Kushner is responsible for some development in Jersey City, none of his properties have received tax abatements from the city. Family members with ties to the Democratic Party, however, have. Cocktail party will benefit autism researchThe sixth annual Blue Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit autism research is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington St., Hoboken. Tickets are $20 pre-sale person, or $25 at the door. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks on behalf of Xavier’s Trailblazers. The bill (S-2355) would prohibit a public institution of higher education from using state funds to pay an individual to deliver guest speaker services for any event, including the commencement address at any graduation ceremony, in excess of $10,000.This legislation was partly inspired by outrage when “Jersey Shore” reality TV star Snooki was paid $32,000 to speak before a commencement ceremony at Rutgers, more than Nobel Laureate Tony Morrison or even film maker Spike Lee – both of whom also earned well in excess of the $10,000.The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the use of state funds to pay these individuals in light of the reduction in state funding to public institutions of higher education and increase in tuition and fees at these institutions in recent years.“Our colleges and universities should not be spending exorbitant amounts of money for a graduation speaker, nor do I believe a speaker should be influenced to speak at a college just because of the amount of money they will be paid,” said Sen. Cunningham (D-Hudson). “This is legislation that will set the appropriate guidelines so schools aren’t spending excessive amounts to secure a graduation or any other kind of speaker. This just makes sense, especially at a time when students are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the cost of a higher education and we are working on various proposals aimed at reform.”A film for our timesThe Jersey City Free Public Library and Friends of the Loew’s will host a joint screening of the film ”1984” on Tues., April 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City. The screening is part of a nationwide event taking place on April 4, with over 180 independent and art house cinemas presenting “1984” in support of the National Endowment for the Arts and other federally funded arts and cultural programs, such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services.Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring local arts and community leaders, who will explore the challenges and possibilities for the arts in the coming years.Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors). The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite ( All proceeds will benefit equally the JCFPL and FOL.NJCU announces cultural events for AprilThe New Jersey City University Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre presents the NJCU Jazz Ensemble with award-winning composer/saxophonist Chris Byars (April 10) and Maurice Duruflé’s masterful Requiem, performed by a 175-member chorus and full orchestra (April 30) .In the NJCU galleries, the group show Self Reimagined (on view through April 26) explores the creative ways artists reflect on their own identity. The BFA Exhibition, held off-site at Kearny Point (April 15 – May 14), features work by the class of 2017 – NJCU’s largest ever crop of art department graduates.Throughout the spring, the NJCU writing community celebrates two decades of memoir writing with a series of events featuring students, alums, faculty, and guest writers.As part of a larger effort to support local arts organizations and artists, and encourage dialogues to shape the cultural landscape of the arts in Jersey City and the region, NJCU and its newly-formed Arts Advisory Board are sponsoring a series of free workshops this spring. “Raising Dollars and Your Social Media Profile” (April 21) will feature presentations by marketing and social media guru Jamie Benson; Doris Cacoilo, founder of Gaia, the women’s art collective, and Maria Gatewood, director of Marketing and Development for the Newark Arts Council. This workshop is free with RSVP, and hosted by &Co in downtown Jersey City.For the full calendar of events and additional information on NJCU performing, visual, and literary arts, or call (201) 200-3426.All events are open to the public, and for most, admission is free.Reservations and advance tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the box office, which opens one hour prior to performances. For group sales and reservations, please contact the box office directly: [email protected] education programTwo nine-month long series of free community diabetes education program events will begin in April, 2017. These classes will be held once each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and a “teachable” dinner will be served at each session. The community of people affected by diabetes is welcome (including Type 1 and Type 2), but registration is mandatory.The event will be held at two locations: Bayonne Medical Center, 29 East 29th St., Classroom 2B, Bayonne, in conjunction with CarePoint Health and Inserra ShopRite. Classes will be held on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Thursday, April 6; and Mary Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, in conjunction with CarePoint Health, Inserra ShopRite, and AngelaCares. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month, beginning Thursday, April 20.Both Bayonne Medical Center and the Mary Bethune Center generously provide giveaways for use by participants, as well as free blood pressure, cholesterol, and A1C blood sugar screenings.Registration is mandatory for the Community Diabetes Education Program and classes fill up quickly. Register by calling the DFI at (201) 444-0037.3 Journal Square to launch leasingLeasing will officially get underway soon for 3 Journal Square, a new 240-unit luxury rental building located just steps from the PATH Station in this resurgent Jersey City neighborhood.In readying for the leasing launch, development partners Hartz Mountain Industries and Panepinto Properties have opened a temporary leasing office adjacent to the building at 1 Journal Square Plaza where prospective renters can preview information and visuals of the building’s residences and amenities, and take advantage of pre-leasing opportunities. The developers have also launched a website at, unveiled exterior and lobby renderings and announced that initial move-ins will start mid-to-late-April.Featuring an ultra-convenient location, a full suite of indoor and outdoor lifestyle amenities and prices starting in the $1,600s for spacious and well-appointed studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments spread throughout 12 floors plus a Penthouse level, 3 Journal Square is aimed toward renters looking for a new modern living experience in a burgeoning neighborhood at prices that are attractive for Jersey City.For more information on 3 Journal Square or to schedule an appointment, call 201-617-5818 or visit for Success fundraiser on April 19The Dress For Success annual fundraiser will be held on April 19 at Liberty House, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person. The event will honor founder Lillian Hernández, Francine LeFrak of Same Sky, and Angela V. McKnight, of AngelaCARES, Inc. PROTEST MOVEMENT – Protestors are seeking to eliminate tax breaks for the Kushner family, a family that has become instrumental in the revitalization of areas in the city outside of the waterfront. The target of their protest is Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who has become a close advisor to the president. While Jared Kushner is responsible for some development in Jersey City, none of his properties have received tax abatements from the city. Family members with ties to the Democratic Party, however, have.last_img read more

Library Director Named “Woman of Wonder”

first_imgOcean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar, shown in a 2019 photo, says the staff is working hard to get ready to once again welcome patrons. By MADDY VITALE Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar already has a long list of accolades bestowed upon her for her work in the library and the community.Now, the Ocean City mother of three can add one more to her list of honors.Mahar, along with two other Cape May County women, were named 2019 “Women of Wonder” by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and Cape May County Women’s Commission.The other recipients are Stormy Freese, of Cape May Court House, and Shirley “Becki” Wilson, of Seaville.In honor of the awards, there will be a celebratory luncheon fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City.Proceeds will support scholarships for students attending Atlantic Cape Community College.“I am honored to say that I am one of three recipients of the 2019 Women of Wonder award,” Mahar said. “I want people to know about the event because that’s how they raise money to be able to send kids to ACCC and help them further their education.”Mahar has a long tenure of dedicated service at the Ocean City Free Public Library.She has been the director of the library since 2015. Prior to that time, she was the senior librarian from 2012 to 2015 and previously served as director from 1993 to 2004.Some of her honors include the 2017 selection as “Working Woman of the Year,” presented by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce at the annual “Salute to Working Women” luncheon.Under Mahar’s leadership, the library staff works closely with the community. The library partners with the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City School District and local businesses.Among her credits, she served as director of the Miss New Jersey Parade under the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation from 2014 to 2018. She is also a member of a host of organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for Literacy Volunteers of America.Throughout her career as library director, Mahar is responsible for all library programs and departments, helps establish and recommend policies to the Library Board of Trustees and prepares and plans the library budget.In addition, she recruits, hires, trains, supervises and evaluates a library staff of over 45 employees.And with all of her accomplishments and hard work ethic, she has earned the respect of her peers.President of the Library Board of Trustees Jennifer Shirk said that she is proud of Mahar and all of her achievements.“The Library Board of Trustees is already fully aware of what a wonderful leader Karen is,” Shirk said. “We could not be more proud that others outside Ocean City recognize her work and the value she brings to our community, particularly in literacy and lifelong learning.”2019 “Women of Wonder” honorees. (Courtesy Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation)Like Mahar, the other two award recipients also have extensive backgrounds, according to information provided by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation.Stormy Freese is a microbiologist at the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control.Freese began her career as a laboratory assistant at the county’s Mosquito Control Commission in May 2014 and became a full-time employee in January 2015.Since she began working at the commission full time, Freese has been involved with promoting STEM careers.She organized a Super Mosquito Scientist class for the Girl Scouts and has attended several career and STEM days at Dennis and Lower Township schools.Shirley “Becki” Wilson has been a commissioner on the Delaware River and Bay Authority Commission since her appointment in 2012.She has also been active in a host of organizations and committees throughout her career.Wilson serves as a member of the Atlantic/Cape May Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Arts and Humanities, Center for Community Arts Board of Directors and is the co-founder of REUNITE.She also worked as a realtor locally from 2013 to 2017, and prior to that, as a Child Study Team case manager for Cape May County from 2005 to 2011.Wilson is also the president and founder of Everything Is Attitude, a New Jersey non-profit corporation providing funding for character education programs.For ticket and sponsorship information, visit or contact Kristin Jackson at (609) 463-3621 or email her at [email protected] City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar, left, with author Lisa Wingate, and Jennifer Shirk, president of the Library Board of Trustees. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Shirk)last_img read more

Press release: Period Poverty Taskforce – Minister announces next steps on Menstrual Hygiene Day

first_img 79% of girls and young women have experienced symptoms linked to their period that concerned them but they haven’t seen a doctor or health professional 27% haven’t seen a doctor or health professional about their concerns because they felt too embarrassed 22% in the UK feel comfortable talking about their period with their teacher One in 10 girls have been asked not to talk about their periods with their mother Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt said:“For too long women and girls in the UK have faced unnecessary adversity around their periods, that is why we have formed this new Taskforce.“Our two new co-Chairs, Plan International UK and Procter & Gamble, have already produced impressive work around the country to improve access to period products and change old-fashioned attitudes to menstruation and break down taboos.“Now, working together on the Period Poverty Taskforce, we can take action to create a strong and viable solution to period poverty in the UK.”Tanya Barron, Chief Executive at Plan International UK, said:“We warmly welcome the chance to co-chair the Government’s new Taskforce committed to tackling period poverty and stigma.“This is a golden opportunity to tackle the root causes of period poverty here in the UK, namely the high-cost of period products, lack of education and the stigma and shame that surrounds periods.“As co-chairs, we’ll be working hard to make sure the voices of UK girls are heard and that any course of action reflects their needs and concerns. Together we can put an end to period poverty and stigma once and for all.”Aimee Goldsmith, Company Communications Director, Procter & Gamble Northern Europe said:“Always aims to champion girls’ confidence through puberty education, access to products and tackling societal barriers. This ambition is in line with the Government’s new Taskforce initiative and we feel privileged to be able to work together to eliminate period poverty in a sustainable way.“We look forward to co-chair the Taskforce and partner with all participants across sectors to build on the breadth of knowledge and experience, in order to empower girls in the UK to unleash their full potential. Without period poverty and taboos holding them back.”The Taskforce will also look at the evidence and data around how period poverty affects different groups in society, as well as considering the role of education, access, costs, communications and role models in shifting social attitudes.Alongside Plan International and Procter & Gamble the Taskforce will include members from grass-root organisations, businesses, public bodies and consult with academics, social enterprises, retailers and manufacturers, using their expertise to drive this vital work.Further information:Research by Plan International found that: 71% of girls reported that they had felt embarrassed when buying period products, 1 in 7 even girls have also admitted that they “didn’t know what was happening” when they started their periods 27% of girls have overused a sanitary product as they couldn’t afford a fresh one Notes to Editors: Taskforce to be co-chaired by Plan International UK, Procter & Gamble and Minister for Women & Equalities, Penny Mordaunt Group to tackle stigma and education around periods, alongside accessibility of period products News comes after recent government announcements on free period products in schools, hospitals and police custody Plan International UK, Procter and Gamble, and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) will work together with charities and businesses across a range of sectors to develop a comprehensive and sustainable response to period poverty in the UK.In recent months the government has announced that period products in schools, hospitals and police custody will be free for women and girls. Taskforce will build on this work, looking at where accessibility is an issue for women and girls, but also seeking to tackle the issue of stigma and education around periods.Research from co-chair of the Taskforce, Plan International UK highlights that tackling stigma and shame around periods is just as important as creating access to related products, the research shows: Announced shortly before International Women’s Day, the Taskforce is the first of its kind in the UK. It will meet for the first time shortly The Taskforce areas are: tackling stigma and shame through education, working on data and evidence, and improving access to period products for all women and girls Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt launched the seed-funding for the Period Poverty Taskforce in March this year. Her speech can be found here in full Plan International data comes from Opinium Research of representative weighted sample of 1,000 girls and young women aged 14-21, carried out online between 22-24 August 2017 and 23 February to 2 March 2018last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Debuts Emerson, Lake & Palmer Song In Honor Of Keith Emerson

first_imgYesterday, music fans everywhere were shocked by the news of Keith Emerson’s unfortunate passing. The keyboardist was a renowned musician, powering the melodies and progressive exploration of the rock trio Emerson Lake & Palmer. Certainly, a band like Umphrey’s McGee, known for a more progressive-leaning rock sound, would have been influenced by ELP’s tremendous works.With that in mind, Umphrey’s debuted a cover of “From The Beginning” in the encore, a song featured on ELP’s 1972 album, Trilogy. The classic tune was dedicated to the memory of Keith Emerson, and executed to perfection. The show featured many highlights, including a cover of Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” with beloved saxophonist Skerik. While we wait for media to emerge from the show, listen to the original version of “From The Beginning” below:You can also enjoy the second set-opening “All In Time” from the show, courtesy of Mark Masterson:  Check out the full setlist below, thanks to All Things Umphrey’s:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA – 3/11/16Set 1: October Rain > Conduit, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Anchor Drops > Resolution > 2×2 > Little Gift > Alex’s HouseSet 2: All In Time > Attachments, Wappy Sprayberry > All In Time, The Crooked One > Mail Package, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking[1]Encore: From the Beginning[2] > In The Kitchen[1] with Skerik on saxophone[2] debut, Emerson, Lake & PalmerNotes: From the Beginning played in remembrance of Keith Emersonlast_img read more

Semitic Museum director wins book prize

first_img“Ashkelon 3: The Seventh Century B.C.,” a publication co-written by Semitic Museum Director Lawrence Stager, has won the Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize, which encourages and rewards high-quality publications, both scholarly and popular, on the archaeology of Israel in relation to the wider context of Near Eastern history and archaeology.last_img

ND students resurrect progressive blog

first_imgWith 247 posts by several regular writers, it was, as Stanton put it, a “liberal voice on campus.” In the next few years, however, the blog declined and became almost inactive, with a total of three posts in 2012, he said. Now, Stanton said Lefty’s, as it is often called, is back with a new staff and an updated design. The site relaunched Sept. 29 with a series of posts about the issues surrounding the recent federal government shutdown. With the reboot, Stanton said the staff hopes to expand the scope of the blog by creating an online forum and posting events and polls as well as regular opinion pieces from a liberal perspective. “We want to make it a resource that progressives across campus can turn to to know what’s going on, to know what’s on people’s minds,” Stanton said.  After interning in Washington D.C., Henry Vasquez, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, started Lefty’s.  It was, Vasquez said, a reflection of the large amount of support for and discussions about progressive ideas at the time.  “During those years, there was a lot going on, not just on the blog,” Vasquez said.  “There were people getting together; there were social parties, tailgates, people getting involved in other activities. The line kind of blurred between other organizations on campus and Lefty’s as a separate entity. It effectively pulled all those together.”  After the first editors graduated in 2010, other staff members took over. However, Stanton, who worked as an editor briefly in 2011, said in the next two years, Lefty’s could not generate enough content to be sustainable.  “The editors that year sort of kept it alive, but they just didn’t get enough new writers and not enough people who could write on a regular basis,” he said.  In September, Stanton and his co-editor decided to revive Lefty’s in order to bring back a voice for liberal students.   “Among the Democrats, there’s definitely the feeling of not being able to speak your views, and so I think in the College [Democrats], there were some discussions about trying to start something like the blog  because it had been such a great avenue for people to speak their voice and make the progressive voice heard,” Stanton said.  After reworking the site’s design and pulling together a new staff, Stanton and his co-editor, along with writers Adam Newman and Tyler Bowen, began posting regularly for the first time in nearly two years.  During its first week, Lefty’s Last Cry posted new content daily.  According to Stanton, the goal is to post at least once every other day as it regains momentum. Several students have already signed up to write for the blog, and according to Bowen, the staff hopes to reach out to more writers, at Notre Dame and beyond.  “It’s not just limited to the Notre Dame community,” Bowen said. “When [the site] gets going, we could reach out to other people in other colleges.”  Contact Emily  McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

Stephen Wight Will Lead McQueen Transfer to London’s West End

first_img View Comments The West End is about to become the height of fashion! McQueen, which as previously reported made its world premiere in May at the St. James Theatre, will transfer to London’s West End, with Stephen Wight as the titular character. The role of Dahlia, which was originated by former Glee star Dianna Agron, will be played by Carly Bawden; Agron has filming commitments. Written by James Phillips and directed by John Caird, the production will play a limited engagement August 13 through November 7 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Opening night is set for August 27.McQueen is a journey into the imagination and dream world of fashion icon Alexander McQueen. Set on a single London night, it steps into the fairy story landscape of McQueen’s mind, the landscape seen in his immortal shows, where with a dress an urchin can become an Amazon, where beauty might just help us survive the night. A girl has watched McQueen’s Mayfair house for eleven consecutive days. Tonight she climbs down from her watching tree and breaks into his house, to steal a dress, to become someone special. He catches her, but, instead of calling the police, they embark together on a journey through London and into his heart.Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees, respectively. Michael Bertenshaw will be joining the cast as Mr Hitchcock. Further casting for the West End transfer will be announced later.The show will feature production design by David Farley, choreography by Christopher Marney, video design by Tim Bird, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by John Leonard and wigs designed by Linda McKnight.last_img read more

Daniel Radcliffe to Headline Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

first_img View Comments Daniel Radcliffe(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuse) Harry Potter star and stage alum Daniel Radcliffe will lead the Old Vic’s 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The five-time Audience Choice Award winner will play Rosencrantz opposite Joshua McGuire as Guildenstern. David Leveaux will direct the U.K. staging, which begins performances on February 25, 2017.The Old Vic also announced the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, a new musical by The Seafarer playwright Conor McPherson and featuring classic Bob Dylan songs. The tuner, set in Minnesota during the Great Depression, will begin on July 12.As previously reported, the theater’s season will also include John Boyega in Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of Woyzeck, as well as the return of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Additional casting for each of these productions will be announced later. The Old Vic’s production of King Lear, featuring Oscar winner Glenda Jackson and Harry Melling, begins performances on October 25.last_img read more

Global investment in wind and solar doubles that in gas, nuclear, and coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Global spending on renewable energy is outpacing investment in electricity from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants, driven by falling costs of producing wind and solar power.More than half of the power-generating capacity added around the world in recent years has been in renewable sources such as wind and solar, according to the International Energy Agency.In 2016, the latest year for which data is available, about $297 billion was spent on renewables—more than twice the $143 billion spent on new nuclear, coal, gas and fuel oil power plants, according to the IEA. The Paris-based organization projects renewables will make up 56% of net generating capacity added through 2025.Once supported overwhelmingly by cash-back incentives, tax credits and other government incentives, wind- and solar-generation costs have fallen consistently for a decade, making renewable-power investment more competitive.Renewable costs have fallen so far in the past few years that “wind and solar now represent the lowest-cost option for generating electricity,” said Francis O’Sullivan, research director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative.Sustained government support in Europe and other developed economies spurred the development of renewable energy. But costs have fallen for other reasons. China invested heavily in a domestic solar-manufacturing industry, creating a glut of inexpensive solar panels. Innovation helped manufacturers build longer wind-turbine blades, creating machines able to generate substantially more power at a lower cost.Renewable-energy plants also face fewer challenges than traditional power plants. Nuclear-power plants have been troubled by mostly technical delays, while plants burning fossil fuels face regulatory uncertainties due to concerns about climate change. And pension funds, seeking long-term stable returns, have invested heavily in wind farms and solar parks, allowing developers to get cheaper financing.“It is just easier to get renewables built,” said Tony Clark, a former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “There is that much less opposition to it.”More ($): Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels Global investment in wind and solar doubles that in gas, nuclear, and coallast_img read more