UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln

first_img View post tag: UFC View post tag: USS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln April 20, 2012 View post tag: Fighters View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Visit UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: News by topic Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), April 17. Rich “Ace” Franklin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar toured the ship, visited with Sailors, signed autographs for fans and gave a grappling demonstration in the ship’s hangar bay.“It was awesome,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Recruit Chris Spires. “I’ve watched these guys since I was little, and they inspired me to start training in mixed martial arts (MMA). My buddies would never believe I actually got to meet these guys.”Shortly after flying aboard, the fighters met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. After a quick briefing, the fighters visited crew members throughout the ship.“We were more than happy to visit Lincoln, especially because the UFC has always had strong support from service members,” said Franklin.“It’s great coming out here to the ships because everybody has been serving and working hard for so long,” added Franklin. “If coming out here helps boost the morale, then it’s the least I can do.”Though the fighters were only on board for a few hours, they managed to make a lasting impression on a few Lincoln Sailors. Airman Richard Gunther said he was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of his heroes.“The sport is so cool,” said Gunther. “Everyone back home will be very excited when they see the pictures. This is one of the coolest experiences of my time in the Navy.”Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is the co-creator of the Keep It in the Ring Foundation, a group that advocates nonviolence and character building for American youth. Jardine is a light heavyweight known for victories over Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Bonnar, also a light heavyweight, works as a personal trainer.Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Navallast_img read more

USS George H.W. Bush rocked by three suicides in one week

first_img Photo: GHWB is currently in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for its Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy Three US Navy sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush committed suicide last week, the ship’s commanding officer Capt. Sean Bailey confirmed in a post on the ship’s official Facebook page.The deaths came in the wake of a push by the US Navy to address the rising number of suicides in the service.While appearing to be unrelated so far, the CO said the last week’s deaths were the third, fourth, and fifth crew member suicides in the last two years.“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm the loss of three Sailors last week in separate, unrelated incidents from apparent suicide,” Bailey said.“Now is the time to come together as a crew and as a family to grieve, to support each other, and to care for those in need.”The CO has also called for suggestions and ideas on how to prevent another suicide.No enlisted or commissioned leaders have been relieved in the wake of the suicides, but authorities are investigating the deaths.It is worth noting that no suicides occurred on the aircraft carrier which is currently docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a 28-month overhaul that started in February this year. View post tag: USS George H. W. Bush Share this articlelast_img read more

Fresh Artisan Bread Co opens first retail site in Newcastle

first_imgNorth Tyneside-based Fresh Artisan Bread Co (FAB) has switched its focus from wholesale to retail because of the coronavirus outbreak.Like many bakery businesses, FAB experienced a drop in wholesale orders after the Covid-19 lockdown was announced.This prompted baker and owner Shynara Bakisheva to open a pop-up retail shop in Fenham that proved an instant hit with local shoppers. The bakery serves sourdough bread, baguettes and rye bread, although cinnamon buns are its most popular product.The site has been operating on a pre-order basis, with customers placing orders online. Social distancing measures were put in place for collection, with only two customers in the shop at any one time, and a two-metre distance in the queue.The bakery has now started moving away from pre-orders as it increases its opening hours to four days a week.Bakisheva, who was born in Kazakhstan and moved to Newcastle 15 years ago, said she hoped FAB Bakery Fenham would become a “community hub for all”.“The response has been overwhelming. People are so excited to have a bakery in Fenham. A customer said to us last week that the bakery has ‘been lockdown for us – it’s kept us going’, which is wonderful to hear,” said Bakisheva.“The community we have created is a positive which has come out of lockdown, and we really hope to maintain it once restrictions are lifted,” she added.Bakisheva has previously worked at Fenwick’s of Newcastle and Vallum Farm in Northumberland, and established FAB in 2017 in Wallsend, North Tyneside.last_img read more

Hopi Tribe, Peabody File Suit to Keep Navajo Plant Running

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The Hopi Tribe and coal mining groups on Tuesday sued the operator of an Arizona aqueduct system to try and keep a coal-fired power plant running beyond 2019.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the tribe, the United Mine Workers of America and Peabody Energy contends the Central Arizona Water Conservation District is obligated under federal law to buy power from Navajo Generating Station near Page. The 2,250-megawatt plant is set to close next year and the prospects of new ownership depend on finding someone to purchase the electricity.The conservation district, under the Central Arizona Project, has been one of the primary customers over the years, using the power to send Colorado River water through canals to cities, tribes and farmers in central and southern Arizona. Like the power plant’s owners, it is turning to sources that are cheaper than coal-fired power.Coal is abundant on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northeastern Arizona. Both rely heavily on revenues to fund their governments and provide services to tribal members. They’ve been asking for help from federal officials to keep the plant open and preserve hundreds of jobs for tribal members.DeEtte Person, a spokeswoman for the conservation district, said in an email that officials are reviewing the lawsuit and considering its impact. She previously said the district is not required to take power from the plant and has other resources to pay a federal debt of more than $1 billion for construction of the canal system. The district is a public entity “with a responsibility to deliver a reliable water supply at the lowest reasonable cost,” she said.More:  Hopi Tribe, Others Sue Over Power Purchases For Coal Plant Hopi Tribe, Peabody File Suit to Keep Navajo Plant Runninglast_img read more


first_imgIn an age of meetings and email, you’d think information flow and understanding inside an organization would be in a constant state of improvement.OK, you can stop laughing now. But there’s something in that statement that should bother every manager. Because even with all of our communication tools, many of our colleagues do not know the game plan.A recent study by Harris Interactive had 64% of respondents agreeing with the following statement:“I’m confused. Who’s doing what?”The confusion, or lack of clarity, is really a form of conflict.Conflicting prioritiesLack of communicationLack of understanding about what is urgentAmazingly, personality conflicts only popped up 3% of the time as a problem, hugely dwarfed by the three bulleted items above.And what does conflict lead to?Lost productivityLow moraleHigh turnoverLow confidence in the organizationNot a nice list, eh.So, for 2015, the solution may not be a fancy consultant or piece of software. It may simply be some clarity.What’s the plan?Who does what in the plan?What is urgent? What are the priorities?And the great thing (or sad thing) is that, in theory, the clarity should be easy to find – each organization should be clear on what it is doing and why.Now, we both know that organizational clarity is extremely difficult to produce.Well, then put that to the side and do this.Be as clear as you can be moving forward.The next message you send, send it with crystal clear clarity.Deadlines. Responsibilities. Expectations.Banish the fog.Good things should happen. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Witness Says Senator Threatened Developers For Campaign Donations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A lawyer said New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Skelos’ son, Adam, badgered him to get Adam work while the senator negotiated legislation that the lawyer’s boss wanted passed.The lawyer, Charles Durego, general counsel and vice president at New Hyde Park-based developers Glenwood Management Corp., described how the senator reiterated his request every time they met to discuss bills pending in the state Senate that the company considered critical to their survival—and threatened to “F” real estate industry officials unless they donated money to the Republican state senator’s re-election campaign.“I thought that it was inappropriate,” Durego said of Skelos’ requests to find Adam work as the company was lobbying the senator and was donating money to his campaign. “I was feeling an awful lot of pressure to make something happen for [Adam] at the same time we are conducting all of this government business and it made me uncomfortable.”Glenwood is one of three companies that the senator allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of “no-show” jobs that Adam was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Durego said that after his hope that the requests would stop didn’t come true, he set Adam up with a job at AbTech Technologies, a company that Glenwood’s owners invested in, as a way to put some distance between the developer and the senator’s son. But the AbTech job didn’t materialize quickly enough for the senator, who continued to pressure Durego for something more immediate, preferably involving Adam’s title insurance business, Durego testified.Skelos first asked Durego and his boss, billionaire Leonard Litwin, owner of Glenwood—which donates the most to political campaigns statewide—after Glenwood donated heavily to help restore the GOP majority in the state Senate in 2010 following two years of Democratic control. That’s because in 2011, key pieces of legislation regulating the real estate industry were up for renewal, as they are every four years: one involving rent control, the other involving the so-called 421a program that Durego described as providing crucial tax breaks, without which constructing new buildings doesn’t make “economic sense.”Republicans were more likely than Democrats to renew the legislation without any major changes that would be unfavorable to landlords and developers, Durego said. Democrats have an insurmountable majority in the state Assembly, the other state legislative chamber. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also a Democrat.“It was very important to Mr. Litwin to have a Republican state Senate,” Durego testified. “[Litwin] felt that these pieces of legislation were critical to his business.”Later during his testimony, Durego said that Skelos lost his temper with officials affiliated with the Real Estate Board of New York, a business group that the senator felt wasn’t appreciative enough of Skelos’ legislative efforts. Durego said Skelos told the men that he would “F” them if they didn’t “pony up” and donate to keep the Republicans in control of the state Senate.U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood denied prosecutors’ request to have Durego explain if Skelos meant he would “F” the men “physically or some other way.”Direct examination of Durego, which began Wednesday afternoon and continued all day Thursday, resumes Friday.last_img read more

Material gains

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Australia ‘losing $2.5 bn a week’ in virus shutdown

first_imgAustralia’s economy is losing Aus$4 billion (US$2.5 billion) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced Tuesday.The country has enjoyed success in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with new daily cases slowing to single digits or zero across most regions.But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the restrictions on movement and gatherings designed to stop the spread of the disease were dealing a heavy blow to the economy. The ABS also reported that 31 percent of households nationwide had seen their finances worsen.Frydenberg said the figures showed Australia “must get people back into jobs, and we must get people back at work” but the country had only met 11 of the 15 health conditions for lifting restrictions — though work was ongoing to fast-track the remaining four.Among those is a greater take-up of the government’s contact tracing app, COVIDSafe, which to date has been downloaded by almost five million smartphone users.Australia has recorded more than 6,800 cases of COVID-19 and 96 deaths. Despite progress in some parts of the country, large clusters of cases have emerged at a Melbourne abattoir and Sydney care home.Australia’s states and territories have begun gradually easing some of the restrictions imposed to curb the epidemic and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said further steps could be announced later this week.  “For every extra week that the current restrictions remain in place, the Treasury estimates that close to $4 billion will be reduced in economic activity, from a combination of a reduced workforce participation, reduced productivity, and reduced consumption,” he said in a speech in Canberra.It came as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported a 7.5 percent drop in jobs — equivalent to nearly one million workers out of an active workforce of some 13 million — in the five weeks to April 18.A third of workers lost their jobs in the worst-affected hotel and hospitality industries, along with 27 percent of people in the arts and recreation sectors.The Treasury has previously estimated the unemployment rate will double to 10 percent by the middle of the year because of the coronavirus shutdowns, leaving about 1.4 million people out of work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe says Arsenal’s players need to ‘rectify’ their current situation (BPI/REX)Nicolas Pepe has defended Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City and claims the Swede is not at fault for the team’s poor performances.The Gunners were comfortably beaten by the Premier League champions on Sunday as Kevin De Bruyne’s double and Raheem Sterling’s goal sealed a 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 matches in all competitions but Pepe believes criticism should be directed towards the players as opposed to Ljungberg.‘It is us, the players, who need to rectify this,’ Pepe told RMC Sport after the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘With Freddie or someone else, it would be the same.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Freddie Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to made a quick decision over their new manager (BPI/REX)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think it needs clearing up to make a decision so that everybody knows.‘That’s something I’ve said. It’s totally up to the club.‘I’m very honoured and trying to do things as well as I can, but I think that it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Nicolas Pepe struggled to make an impact in Arsenal’s defeat to Man City (Getty Images)Ljungberg, meanwhile, has urged Arsenal’s hierarchy to speed up their process of finding a new manager following the decision to sack Unai Emery 17 days ago.‘I think, as I’ve said to the club, it’s a great, great honour to do this,’ Ljungberg said after the defeat to City.‘Of course Per [Mertesacker] is the academy manager and he’s doing two jobs in one go. Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Advertisementlast_img read more

The Brisbane unit market is showing glimmers of recovery

first_imgHaesley Cush at auction under the stars.Given the previous period of uncertainty in the apartment market it was great to see buyers back out fighting in this segment of the market.Now to represent that the unit market is back, would be entirely misleading and a gross misread of the events.What we saw was the green shoots of a market in recovery. Units in the inner city currently represent awesome value and it looks like buyers have realised that those prices won’t last forever.Brisbane has a very healthy outlook with the Queens Wharf infrastructure supporting employment until completion and then the Casino and hospitality precinct providing even more jobs thereafter. And where will those people live? Likely, for the most part, in apartments within the ring of the city.The rest of the night saw house sales from $620,000 up to above $3 million. With nearly $15 million worth of sales concluded by the end of the auctions. 27/4 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley sold under the hammer for $537,000. Picture: realestate.com.auON Wednesday night I called our Biannual ‘Under the Stars’ auctions. I always get excited for these big events.The weather, as it usually is, was perfect and more than 300 people, a mixture of buyers, sellers and locals turned up to take their read on the Brisbane market.Heading out to centre stage to call 28 auctions is a thrilling feeling. But I also carry a certain amount curiosity in my back pocket.I’m as keen as anyone to see what unfolds during the auctions. The property market can be highly unpredictable, due largely to the emotional attachment people have to their current or future homes.As an auctioneer I have a game plan for how the night should run, but as one of the great auctioneers Phil Parker used to tell me “The best thing to expect is the unexpected”.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoWednesday certainly dished up some unexpected results. The big news out of the night was that half of the properties that sold were units.last_img read more