Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Celebrates Christmas at Sea

first_img View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: Navy Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Carl View post tag: Carrier View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Nimitz-Class View post tag: sea View post tag: celebratescenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Christmas December 28, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Celebrates Christmas at Sea View post tag: Vinson Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Celebrates Christmas at Sea View post tag: USS Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 celebrated the holiday at sea with a Christmas dinner Dec. 25.More than 4,000 Sailors gathered to feast on 6,000 pounds of food, ranging from roast pig and poached shrimp to mashed potatoes and stuffing.“What we do is a morale booster for the crew,” said Master Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Wilfred Cheong, Supply Department’s S-2 Division leading chief petty officer. “I hope for all who celebrate Christmas, it will bring back memories of home.”The enlisted mess decks were adorned with red and green table cloths, Christmas trees and lights. Chief petty officers donned aprons and greeted each Sailor as they helped the galley crew serve the meal.Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 Command Master Chief (CMDCM) (SW/AW) William Goforth, volunteered his time to help in the scullery, collecting and washing dishes and utensils.“I did my mess duty 29 years ago,” he said. “I remember the scullery being a hard spot to work in so I took on the challenge of helping in one of the hardest jobs in the galley for Christmas. It shows we do know how tough it is, and it’s a good way to say Happy Holidays.”As the crew satisfied their hunger with honey glazed ham and candied yams, holiday greetings from family members and friends back home played over the ship’s internal television system. For many Vinson Sailors this was their second consecutive Christmas deployed.“Despite being away from my family, this Christmas turned out really well,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Clive Lindsay, assigned to Reactor Department’s Damage Control Division. “I spent time with my friends doing holiday arts and crafts, and we made a point to have Christmas dinner together.”Carl Vinson and CVW 17 are currently underway on a Western Pacific deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 28, 2011; Image: navylast_img read more

News story: Ministry of Defence expands counter-poaching training into two new parks in Malawi

first_img We are really pleased that the British Army will be returning to Malawi to work in partnership with the Malawian authorities and African Parks on counter-poaching activities. This will build on the success of their previous deployment and ensure that life becomes increasingly difficult for those intent on wildlife crime in Malawi. Under the guidance of British Army troops, African Parks rangers will learn tracking, infantry skills, bushcraft and information analysis to improve the interception of poachers.The long-term goals of training park rangers in Malawi are for them to effectively police their parks and respond appropriately to the threat of poaching, which is worth approximately £7bn to £17bn year.Training in the two new parks has been funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.Liwonde Park Manager, Craig Reid, said: The MOD deployment to Liwonde in 2017 was very beneficial to the African Parks effort in securing the integrity of this park which was once overrun with poaching. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today that deployments to Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves will begin in May, following a successful pilot scheme in Liwonde National Park alongside the conservation non-profit African Parks, doubling the number of rangers mentored by British soldiers to 120.A conservation crisis occurring around the globe is causing the loss of countless species, and one of the main factors behind this is the illegal wildlife trade, which drives the decline of many of Africa’s animals, including elephants, rhinos and lions.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The soldiers helped mentor the Rangers as part of the long-term project aimed at ensuring a sustainable law enforcement effort. We are very appreciative of the ongoing support rendered to our team on the ground. Poaching is a horrific and cruel trade that is putting the very existence of this planet’s most majestic wildlife in jeopardy. Our brave Armed Forces are the best in the world and are playing their part in putting an end to this sickening and illegal industry, to protect these magnificent mammals. By providing training and mentoring to the park rangers, they will form a skilled network to ensure that the world’s precious species are here for generations to come. All three parks, Nkhotakota, Majete and Liwonde, are managed by African Parks in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife.Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of National Parks and Wildlife, said:last_img read more

All for love

first_imgIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the Gazette partnered with the Woodberry Poetry Room in selecting a fitting poem for the holiday devoted to love.Poet and onetime Harvard student Robert Creeley wrote “For Love” for his second wife. Now, more than 50 years after its publication in his 1962 book of the same name, “For Love” gets new life with this reading by three Harvard faculty members: Stephen Greenblatt, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities; Virginie Greene, professor of Romance languages and literatures; and Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program.Paired with both quirky and earnest vintage valentines from the Harvard University Archives and the Schlesinger Library, the poem reminds us that the pursuit of love and our struggle to understand it endure.Send your own vintage valentine from the Harvard Library collection.— Sarah Sweeney, Harvard Staff Writerlast_img read more

EPL: David Luiz header sends Arsenal third place

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have climbed up to third in the Premier League table after securing a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in a tense game at the Emirates Stadium.David Luiz bagged his first goal as a Gunners player – his ninth-minute header turning out to be all that separated the two sides.Unai Emery’s men had chances to extend their lead with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe going close.However, they nearly failed to hold onto the three points with Callum Wilson, Jack Stacey and Josh King giving the Arsenal defence things to think about.But Arsenal claimed a deserved three points and go into the international break with only Manchester City and Liverpool above them.But their thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday lifted spirits slightly and Arsenal started this game very confidently.They could have taken the lead on six minutes but Aubameyang’s curling effort from the left whistled just past the post.Arsenal didn’t have to wait long to get their goal though when Luiz met Pepe’s corner from the right and glanced the ball into the net – the ball taking a telling deflection off Josh King before bouncing in.Pepe almost doubled their lead shortly afterwards but his effort sailed slightly over the bar, while Aubameyang had an effort cleared off the line by Philip Billing.The visitors were much more potent in attack in the second half and were nearly level when Wilson rounded Bernd Leno from a tight angle but his ball across was cleared away.Jack Stacey’s cross-cum-shot forced Leno into making a smart save, while Matteo Guendouzi made a vital block to deny King a certain goal on 89 minutes.Aubameyang should have scored when he hit the post on the stretch from six yards out in stoppage-time, although the striker was offside when the low cross came in.But none of that mattered in the end for the home side as they held on for the win. Tags: ArsenalCallum WilsonDavid LuizPierre Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Trapattoni backs spirit over flair

first_img Trapattoni is backing his side to deliver as he sends them into a crucial World Cup qualifier in Sweden tonight. Despite only being the fourth game of the Group C campaign, defeat in freezing Stockholm would leave the Irish facing an uphill struggle to catch Germany and Sweden at the top of the standings. Trapattoni said: “We are not great individual players like (Lionel) Messi or, with Sweden, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic. But we are a good team with good balance, good attitude.” Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is convinced his team’s strong spirit makes up for their lack of individual flair. He added: “We have no creative (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi, or other stars, but we are a good team. I am confident for this. “Every day when I see the team in training I am happy for my side. We play quick and with confidence.” Trapattoni’s major team selection decision has seen him opt for the solidity of Leeds midfielder Paul Green – despite a lack of popularity with fans and pundits – in the centre alongside Glenn Whelan. Wigan’s James McCarthy misses out but Trapattoni feels Green’s presence will offer the best balance as he implores full-backs Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson, as well as wingers Robbie Brady and James McClean, to attack. Trapattoni, who compared Green to Gennaro Gattuso and Nobby Stiles, said: “We have to think about the balance. I can also change after I see how the game develops.” Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark will partner John O’Shea in central defence despite the return of Sean St Ledger to the squad after injury. Millwall goalkeeper David Forde will make his competitive debut while Shane Long will start up front alongside captain and record goalscorer Robbie Keane, whose role will be slightly withdrawn. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Flattop 5K Road Race draws massive turnout

first_imgLAMOINE — Saturday marked the unofficial start of road race season as runners from throughout the state traveled to Lamoine Consolidated School for this year’s Flattop 5K.A total of 171 runners attended the race, the 14th in the event’s history. The Flattop began as an annual event in 2005 in honor of former Lamoine Harbormaster Bill Pinkham and his renowned hairstyle.Richard Sukiennek of Bangor ran away with first place overall with a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds. His finish was 1:29 ahead of the second-place finisher, Lubec’s Peter Williams.Eleven-year-old Teanne Ewings of Houlton was the top female finisher with a time of 18:50 and an overall place of fourth. Ewings rounded out the top five along with third-place finisher Charlie Collins over Winterport and fifth-place finisher Buster Brown of Lamoine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther top local finishers included Bob Ciano of Castine (ninth place), Halley Facciolo of Ellsworth (11th place), Tim Wakeland of Dedham (12th), John Peckham of Orland (22nd), Michael Wade of Ellsworth (23rd), Charlie Dalton of Lamoine (24th), Alex Johnson of Mount Desert (25th) and Robert Jordan of Ellsworth (28th).Below is a list of the race’s top-100 finishers.Richard Sukiennik, 16 minutes, 39 secondsPeter Williams, 18:08Charlie Collins, 18:39Teanne Ewings, 18:50Buster Brown, 19:03Bryant Perkins, 19:19Tim Pearson, 19:25Erik Knickerbocker, 19:33Bob Ciano, 19:39Evan Merchant, 19:45Halley Facciolo, 20:02Tim Wakeland, 20:12Rick Reardon, 20:16Joe Roberts, 20:18Scott Heidemann, 20:27John Mills, 20:36Peter Lodge, 20:41Dara Knapp, 20:50Aaron Hoovler, 21:10Katherine Collins, 21:16Tom Dowling, 21:46John Peckham, 22:01Michael Wade, 22:05Charlie Dalton, 22:05Alex Johnson, 22:08Ava Dowling, 22:20Ian Bauersfeld, 22:35Robert Jordan, 22:47Jonathan Rice, 22:53Toni Bridges, 23:01Bailey Bishoff, 23:03Michael Westphal, 23:06Mike Zboray, 23:07Ellis Columber, 23:22Peter Hall, 23:27Jared Drake, 23:48Joyce Reardon, 23:52Austin Townsend Jr., 24:02Lisa Kingsbury, 24:05Kassie Strout, 24:06Timmy Collins, 24:08Rick Maser, 24:08Lisa Tweedie, 24:17Christopher Heel, 24:28Jay Haney, 24:36Ivy Wallace, 24:44Marc Dupuy, 24:56Mary Stubbs, 25:07Bret Hanson, 25:08Veronica Davila, 25:20Amy Houghton, 25:32Tony Santiago, 25:33Chris Day, 25:41Jim Newett, 25:43Thomas Murphy, 25:50Christopher Light, 25:52Angela Ewings, 26:13Michael Madell, 26:31Robin Clarke, 26:42Lauren Weinbrown, 26:49 Joshua Morse, 26:51Chris Almy, 26:52Geoffrey Dapice, 37:05Debbie Hall, 27:05Robert Tapley, 27:18Steve Strout, 27:25Kally Havlin, 27:37Susan Bean, 27:47Rebecca Marckoon, 27:48Sam Ingram, 27:54Jennifer Brodie, 27:55Lisa Kearns, 27:58Andrew Somes, 27:58Kyle Snow, 28:05Betta Cahn, 28:15Maggie Fowler, 28:19Nancy Patterson, 28:19Robert Garnett Jr., 28:19Rick Houghton, 28:20Elizabeth Williams, 28:30Lloyd Harmon, 28:30Dave Samuelian, 28:31Matt Haney, 28:56Glen Merchant, 28:57Jeanne Butterfield, 28:59Tamera Murphy, 29:06Cole Lessard, 29:27Stephen Fay, 29:35Susie Fay, 29:38Diana Thomas, 29:43Jessica Marks, 29:54Katherine Dow, 30:02John Tjepkema, 30:10Susan Raven, 30:11Susan Hanson, 30:14Alexandra Collins, 30:22Europah Hagarman, 30:44Alison King, 30:53Rob Laskey, 30:59Robert Jones, 31:22last_img read more

USC Eats connects diners with campus food options

first_imgOne semester. That’s the time it took for six students to develop USC Eats, an iOS app that displays menu options for the day at the residential dining hall locations EVK, Parkside and Café 84.The six students — Brian Anglin, Neel Bhoopalam, Jesse Chand, Arush Shankar, Riley Testut and Eric Wang — are members of “Blackbird,” a Spark SC committee formed at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester for the sake of building internal tools for Spark.According to Wang, a senior majoring in business administration and computer science,  the committee members felt limited by the scope of building internal tools only for Spark.“Though doing this would help our friends throughout the organization, it wasn’t going to have the same visibility and impact that we wanted,” Wang said. “We wanted to build products that would impact the USC student body and beyond.”The idea for USC Eats developed because of the availability of open data provided by USC. The team then developed the app with a “two-prong attack,” according to Shankar, a junior majoring in computer science.Shankar worked with sophomore Brian Anglin on back-end development. Together, they formatted the data from USC before giving it to the iOS developers.The iOS developers, Jesse Chand and Riley Testut, then designed the front-end of the app — the part of the app that users interact with.“We’re partnering with USC so that the app stays up-to-date with relevant and useful information,” Shankar said. “There is also a mutual understanding that you can look online or use the app.”The team was originally composed of all programmers. However, according to Wang, it “organically evolved” to become more of an interdisciplinary team, including designers and project managers as well.USC Eats is the first project that the team did together. They, overcame obstacles associated with being a new team due to their common will to learn and make a big contribution, according to Anglin.“My favorite part about working with the team is that I get to be surrounded by really smart people,” Shankar said. “There’s so much knowledge to go around that I’m always challenged to work harder.”After the end of the fall semester, when the team came up with the idea and built the app, it was submitted to the Apple App Store for review.“I’m really excited that we were able to create a solid product in the end,” Anglin said.After the app launches, they will release an update which will include more features such as a favorites button. Users can favorite a dish they like and a push notification will appear on their phone the next time the dish appears in a dining hall.In the future, the team hopes to build more apps that benefit the USC community.“The next steps for our team are to identify projects that are really cool and start building these projects out,” Shankar said. “One of them has been a platform called ‘Tech LA’, which is a platform for finding internships in the L.A. area. We’re redesigning the whole thing and rebuilding it from scratch, so that the users can have a better experience.”For now, Blackbird hopes they have set an example for others.“This menu app is just one example of what USC students can do,” Wang said. “By building this app, we hope other people will be motivated and inspired to build their own projects on top of this data that USC makes readily available.”last_img read more