USFF Shares His Vision

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USFF Shares His Vision USFF Shares His Vision View post tag: Navy Authorities October 10, 2012 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) held a second all-hands call with his staff Oct. 9 to discuss the command’s mission, his vision, and the guiding principles that provide focus and direction.As Adm. Bill Gortney described, the USFF mission has not changed with his arrival. USFF will continue to man, train, certify, and provide combat-ready Navy forces to combatant commanders around the globe. Those forces must be ready to conduct prompt, sustained, joint, and combined operations in support of U.S. national interests.However, with always challenging operating environments: decreasing resources, increasing operational demands, evolving capabilities, and emerging threats, Gortney said USFF must develop an integrated approach to executing the command’s mission. “We can no longer afford to limit ourselves to working with the resources and staffs traditionally aligned under USFF control. We must broaden our scope to ensure our policies, resources, and products are what we need to execute the Chief of Naval Operation’s Sailing Directions and the Fleet Response Training Plan.”As a first step in the process, Gortney, who took command in mid-September, categorized the Fleet Force’s mission into five “lines of operation:” joint and fleet operations; warfighting and readiness; global force management; Sailors, civilians and families; and safety.He realigned USFF staff structure and established an enhanced battle rhythm that allows unprecedented collaboration between the USFF staff, the type commanders, system commanders, the fleets and the Navy staff in support of the lines of operation.To successfully manage these supported and supporting relationships requires more than just communication and coordination, explained Gortney. It requires the full integration of schedules, priorities, and staffs to achieve a common end. The USFF is now composed of two elements – a maritime headquarters and a maritime operations center – operating on a single, integrated battle rhythm. “Our common end is the mission of providing ready and capable naval forces,” said Gortney. “We must deploy the best-trained, most capable Sailors with the best equipment. We can only accomplish this through an integrated process that we call ‘The Readiness Kill Chain (RKC).”The RKC is all about ‘ends, ways, and means.’ The means include personnel, equipment, supplies, training, ordnance, installations and networks. Understanding how the means will be used must take into consideration training, procurement and acquisition. These are the ‘ways.’ When the Navy’s ways and means are properly organized and synchronized across the entire Navy, the ends can be achieved more efficiently and effectively. “Using this integrated approach we can standardize readiness processes, drive costs down, increase readiness effectiveness, harness the power of properly trained and aligned staffs and synchronize actions and messages to produce successful results,” said Gortney.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 10, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USFF Sharescenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: His View post tag: Naval View post tag: VISION Share this articlelast_img read more

Mayor’s Update 11-23:

first_imgCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts. Dear Friends,I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Please take the time to enjoy the holiday with your family, neighbors and friends. We always have much to be thankful for in Ocean City, a place so many people hold so dear to their hearts.Our Christmas in the Downtown celebration takes place on Friday after Thanksgiving. Downtown businesses are open all day and Asbury Avenue is decorated for the holidays. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with a special visit from Santa Claus himself at 5 p.m. He will be escorted off the roof of City Hall by the Ocean City Fire Department!  I hope you can join us to welcome Santa and officially light the Christmas tree. I ask everyone to shop locally this holiday season and support our special downtown. Many shops will be open until 8 p.m.Our online beach tag store is now open at Seasonal beach tags can make great stocking stuffers, and they’ll be available at a discounted $20 through May 31. You also can purchase them at City Hall, the Route 52 Welcome Center, the Knight Building at 12thand Haven or at the Aquatics and Fitness Center.First Night is not far away, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to take advantage of a $5 discount.  Through Dec. 14, you can order your buttons for $15 online at  or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ.  Buttons also can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center and the Route 52 Welcome Center. The price goes up to $20 on Dec. 15.One final reminder, if your trash and recycling pickup is scheduled for Thursday or Friday this week, it will be pushed back by one day, due to the holiday. The schedule returns to normal next week.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Elkhart man shot in back on 16th Street in Goshen

first_img WhatsApp (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A 22-year-old man was shot in the back in Goshen.Police officers were called to Goshen General Hospital around 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug, 22, on the report of a person suffering a gunshot wound.It was later learned the shooting happened in the 1400 block S 16th St, Goshen.The Elkhart man’s injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening and the victim was treated and released.The suspect is not known, though it is believed there is no threat to the neighborhood, according to Goshen Police. Pinterest Elkhart man shot in back on 16th Street in Goshen Twitter Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest Previous articleStart of IU brings tightened rules on public gatherings in BloomingtonNext articleMan stabbed near Notre Dame Ave. and Miner Street in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ By Jon Zimney – August 23, 2020 0 438 Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Butt Foods takes Baked Earth naan breads into retail

first_imgSource: Butt FoodsL to r: managing director Dan Butt, founder Mazhar Butt and operations director Taz ButtNaan and flatbread specialist Butt Foods is taking its Baked Earth brand into the retail sector for the first time.The Nottingham-based company has signed a deal with five major retailers, which have around 2,100 stores in total, and secured an export deal with a company that has more than 600 stores in mainland Europe.The products available as of next month will be plain naans and garlic & coriander naans, both in large and small varieties.Baked Earth was traditionally a foodservice brand served in pubs, bars, restaurants, casual dining outlets and other venues, Butt Foods noted. It had planned to take the brand into retail, but the company’s plans were accelerated by Covid-19. Source: Butt Foods“This sector was badly hit during lockdown but fortunately for Butt Foods we had begun to diversify into the retail sector just before the pandemic started – a process which we accelerated during lockdown, and which has been very successful. We saw the opportunities and were able to quickly adapt our business to supply to retail, as well as foodservice,” said managing director Dan Butt.“We’re delighted to now announce that we have secured deals to supply our Baked Earth Naan Bread to five major retailers, including a key export deal which will see the Baked Earth brand sold on mainland Europe.”As part of this, Baked Earth has been given a new look for the retail sector, which includes a black and white family photo of founder Mazhar Butt taken in the early days of the business.The company is marking its 30th anniversary this year having started after a customer failed to pick up a large order of naan breads from the family’s curry house in Nottingham.last_img read more

Phish Lyricist Tom Marshall Visits The Rhombus With High Times Editor Jen Bernstein In New Videos

first_imgYou can also listen to the full episode below. Enjoy! Late last year, Phish lyricist and frequent Trey Anastasio collaborator Tom Marshall launched his new podcast, Under The Scales, to dive into various aspects of the culture surrounding Phish from his inside perspective. For Episode 009 of the series, Marshall brought High Times editor Jen Bernstein to his hometown of Princeton, NJ to talk songwriting, weed, and more, as well as take a trip to “The Rhombus,” a site of historical importance in the Phish canon.The episode is one of the most entertaining yet, as the two get into various playful weed-related topics (i.e., regarding “Blaze On” being an unintentional marijuana anthem, Tom remarks that “It should be called “Vape On” because no one really blazes anymore.”).You can watch some videos of Tom and Jen’s field trip below, via Jen’s YouTube channel (@nycjamgal):last_img read more

From impostors to chocolate

first_imgWhen it comes to their January plans, most graduate students have similar items on their to-do lists: Put in time in the labs, work on the research or writing of their dissertations, and maybe catch up on sleep.For hundreds of students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, however, January included more than a few items — like financial-planning seminars, classes about the history and politics of chocolate, and workshops on answering tough questions in job interviews — that fell outside the intersession box.The events were part of the third annual January @ GSAS, a series of more than 80 classes, seminars, and workshops designed to give students an opportunity for professional development and social interaction, and a chance to explore interests that fall outside their areas of study.For second-year public health student Allegra Gordon, who took part in the “Chocolate, Culture and the Politics of Food” class, the session was a valuable chance to interact with students she might otherwise never have met.“It’s very special because I go to school across the river, so I don’t have that many opportunities to come here,” she said. “Here, in this class, I am having conversations with people on topics that are interesting to me, and that are related to what I do, but we are coming at it from so many different perspectives. It’s exciting to me. I wish we could have classes like this throughout the year.Led by Carla Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of African and African American Studies, the class explored the chocolate-making process, from how and where cacao is grown to how it is made into chocolate, as well as the continuing labor rights abuses associated with the industry.The sessions also included an opportunity for students to taste-test a variety of the sweet stuff, from traditional candy-store chocolate to artisanal bars made by local chocolatiers.“There is a dark side to the industry, and the farmers who are growing a lot of the cacao we eat are often in the most fragile position,” said Martin. “That understanding has definitely driven the choices I make. I now mostly eat chocolate that is fair trade, which is today largely associated with high quality.”The classes also covered a host of professional development topics — from how to write fellowship proposals to how to answer difficult questions during job interviews — while others helped to reinforce students’ research skills, with workshops on quantitative analysis techniques and reference tools.With as many as 300 students attending, the workshop dubbed “The Impostor Syndrome: How to Feel as Smart and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are” was the largest, and helped students deal with a fear — remarkably common among high-achieving people — that they don’t measure up against their peers.Another 100 students and postdocs attended a workshop on business applications of the Ph.D. The workshop, which focused on applications in the natural and social sciences, was run by two Harvard alumna, Karen Hladik, Ph.D. ’84, and Mia A.M. de Kuijper, M.P.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’83, who have long track records in the financial industry and in corporate leadership.Other classes, such as the personal finance session sponsored by the Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU), were focused on giving graduate students the practical skills they would need throughout life.“My goal is to help you understand what is important to you, and what your approach to money is,” said Thomas Murphy, HUECU’s director of student services. “Understanding that is 90 percent of setting a financial plan.”In addition to discussions of how to make and stick to a budget, the workshop included information about how to use credit and debit cards, understanding credit scores, and the importance of reviewing credit reports. It also offered students some broad guidelines for investing.“It may be difficult to do, but these financial plans are really a plan for how to get where you want to be,” Murphy told students. “Living without a budget is like operating a car without a steering wheel. You’ll get someplace, but it’s not going to be where you want to be.”Students also could attend professional development classes and workshops, including one led by Merce Crosas, director of product development at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), and former graduate students on how to create and manage online identities.“One of the first things an employer or collaborator will do when you contact them is Google you,” Crosas said. “You want to make sure that the most relevant information about you shows up in those results.”For the students who took part in the classes, the January term was a welcome break from their usual routines, as well as a stimulating opportunity to study subjects they might otherwise not have had the time to explore.“If I wasn’t here, I would be in my office, working,” said Andrew Littlejohn, a first-year Ph.D. candidate studying social anthropology, during a break in the class on chocolate. “I think this is a great opportunity to do something that’s really interesting. It’s a break in one sense, but it isn’t a break where you just veg out in front of the TV. It’s a break where you learn something.”last_img read more

Washington state wins another round in battle to stop Millennium coal export terminal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Washington state and environmental groups scored a win in their fight against a West Coast coal export terminal April 1 when a federal district judge dismissed a foreign affairs doctrine claim brought by BNSF Railway Co.Lighthouse Resources Inc. subsidiary Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC was denied a water quality certificate from the state of Washington in September 2017 based on environmental concerns and other potential impacts of the project. BNSF planned to provide rail service to the proposed terminal and maintained that Washington’s denial of the state’s water quality certificate is preempted by the foreign affairs doctrine. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed those claims in an April 1 order in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, granting summary judgment to Washington and environmental groups including the Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club.BNSF’s claim was denied, the judge explained, because the railroad company failed to point to an express executive policy which is in conflict with the state’s denial of the permit. A National Security Strategy Report, an executive order and the general remarks of the president and the administration in favor of the coal, the judge wrote, do not suffice as evidence for the foreign affairs doctrine claim.Bryan dismissed other claims brought by backers of the project in late 2018.Lighthouse originally appealed the state’s denial to Washington’s Pollution Control Hearings Board, but the decision was upheld in August 2018. The board’s decision was appealed and is currently pending in the Cowlitz County Superior Court.The Millennium project was being built primarily to move Powder River Basin and Uinta Basin coal to Asian markets. The proposed terminal was expected to have a capacity for exporting 44 million tonnes per year.More ($): Federal judge dismisses coal export backers’ claim against Washington state Washington state wins another round in battle to stop Millennium coal export terminallast_img read more

The Goods: Fly Fishing Gear

first_imgThe best fall fly fishing gear for 2013:1. Sage Bass II Smallmouth Fly RodWarm water abounds in the Southeast and when you are targeting bucketmouths, bronzebacks, toothies, or old pajamas, you need to wield a big stick with a stiff backbone to show them who’s boss. These rods are engineered specifically for different types of bass, from bluegill to peacock, and they have the power to huck big streamers and poppers all day while still being accurate enough to cast into deep cover.  If you are into bass fishing, the Sage Bass II is a must-have for your quiver.$550; 2. Cheeky Ambush 375 ReelThe latest, and definitely boldest, entry into the high-end reel market is Cheeky Reels. Founded by four anglers who quit their lucrative day jobs to pursue their obsession for fly fishing, that passion is reflected in their products: the flashy colors belie the top-notch quality of these reels. The Ambush 375 ranges from 5-7 weight, making it the perfect reel for everything from Blue Ridge trout streams to big water bass fishing. The sealed disk drag will stop any fish in its tracks and the MAX arbor will bring them to net faster. Don’t let the price scare you off, this reel will last a lifetime.$360; cheekyflyfishing.com3. Costa Prop ShadesCosta makes sunglasses for fishing, it’s their specialty and they are very good at it. New for 2013 is the Prop, an homage to the 1950s with retro styling in a medium fit. These shades are lightweight so you can wear them all day, and feature a no-slip nose pad to keep them on your face as you cast. Cut even more weight with the 580p scratch- and impact-resistant plastic lenses.$150; costadelmar.com4. Simms Down Under Zip TopDuring the fall, temps can drop in a hurry at the golden hour, that time right before sunset when fish go into a feeding frenzy. Then you still have to hike back to the car. Carry the Down Under mid-layer for extra warmth; the wool will still keep you toasty even when wet and provides an outstanding weight to warmth ratio. Plus, it fights off body stench so you can fish in it all day, then rock it to the bar. Only your fish stories will turn people off.$99; simmsfishing.com5. Umpqua Ledges 650 Waist PackUmpqua Feather Merchants jumped into the pack market with both feet in 2013, producing a product line that garnered rave reviews, and the Ledges 650 may be the cream of the crop. This hip pack has enough room to store any fly you will ever need, and is packed with innovative features like a high wear tool sheath and weather proof pocket to hold your camera for that “grip and grin” shot. This pack also features a suspended back panel to keep you comfortably fishing all day.$129; umpqua.com6. Patagonia Ultra light Wade BootsOne of the most challenging aspects of fishing in the Blue Ridge is getting to that secret spot. Whether you are trekking high into the mountains for brook trout or walking down the tracks to your favorite smallmouth shoal, doing it in waders can be a bear. At just over two pounds, these wade boots are lighter than anything on the market and are comfortable enough for the long slog up the trail, because you know what they say: less people, more fish.$179; patagonia.com7. E-Case Protective CaseThese days, it’s almost impossible to leave the cell phone in the car. A smartphone is now a fish finder, camera, life line, and map all in one, but can cost a pretty penny if you drop it in the drink trying to get the hero shot. E-Case allows you to store your phone or tablet in a waterproof sleeve, while also allowing you to swipe, talk, and take photos without exposing your device to the elements.$25; e-case.com8. Loon Streamside KitWhether you are just starting out or looking to upgrade your gear, having the right tool for the job is essential, especially on the river. Loon provides you with everything you need in their Streamside Kit. Whether you are trying to keep a fly afloat, make it sink, see it better, cut it off, or keep it close, this kit has you covered. It even includes UV wader repair in case something comes out of the water to burst your waterproof bubble.$70; loonoutdoors.comlast_img read more

Presented project that will arrange and upgrade part of the port of Cres

first_imgToday, the County Port Authority of Cres presented the project “Reconstruction and upgrades of the western part of the port of Cres” whose work officially begins in the first days of September. The project “Reconstruction and upgrade of the western part of the port of Cres” is worth almost 40 million kuna, of which almost 30 million kuna was co-financed through the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. In addition, adequate mooring and mooring security will be provided for liner ships in year-round liner shipping, better access to the place of embarkation for persons with reduced mobility will be arranged and ensured, bus and sea terminals will be connected, and the passenger terminal will be more accessible to vehicles. delivery and emergency services, as well as quality and safer pedestrian access. “The new western port of Cres will create a completely new view of our city and, with the realization of the project, we will get a better entrance to the port that will meet the needs of our fellow citizens and visitors in the future. The County Port Authority has made a valuable step forward in achieving this goal and is creating a port that meets 21st century standards. As the mayor of the city where this valuable project will be implemented, I am proud that the integration of the island of Cres and the islets of the Cres archipelago into the wider transport network will be strengthened, which directly affects the improvement of education and access to medical care.”, Said the Mayor of the City of Cres Kristijan Jurjako. The project worth 40 million kuna is a continuation of the arrangement of the Cres waterfront, which will directly contribute to increasing the quality of life of the inhabitants of the island of Cres and the surrounding islets It is a project that will build an external breakwater to accommodate liner passenger ships and arrange the mainland part of the port, which consists of a narrow coastal strip and shallow coastal sea that stretches along the Cres coastal road – a valuable urban space, important in creating the image and identity of Cres. The project is one of the most significant since the establishment of ZLU Cres and one of the largest investments in the maritime domain in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. center_img Photo: PR “Never before has investments been made in port infrastructure. We have to thank especially the European funds, the port authorities that prepare these projects, but also the Ministry that helps them in the application process. As recently as three years ago, when I took on the role of minister, I insisted on starting the construction of port infrastructure. Today, investments in transport infrastructure amount to around 20 billion kuna and, I repeat, I am especially proud of the fact that we are building ports. Such projects are of great importance for the development of the Croatian coast and Croatian islands”, Emphasized the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković. The project will build an external breakwater with a total length of about 185 meters and a width of about 6 meters, and arrange the land part of the port with a length of about 280 meters. Completion of the project is planned by the end of 2021, and it will ensure the necessary protection of the waters within the port area of ​​the port of Cres, ie protection of the bay from waves and wind, which directly affects the preservation of property (vessels) of Cres residents during storms. “I am proud that the Cres County Port Authority has started this important investment project which will significantly improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens. First of all, the project will create the basis for the development and increase of the number of year-round lines to the county center, archipelago islands, as well as economic centers in the area, and most importantly, improve the connection with medical and educational centers. A quality port and a quality line are a prerequisite for preserving life on the islands and the basis for further development of the local economy and tourism, which is why I am glad that Cres is part of the story of connecting Croatian islands.”, Said the director of the County Port Authority of Cres Anton Opatić and added that the implementation of the project will reduce congestion and congestion in the port, which are very common during the summer season.last_img read more

Second Phase of MGT Expansion Includes Dredging

first_imgInternational Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has initiated the second phase expansion of its Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), located 92 miles upstream on the left bank of the Congo River, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The Phase 2 expansion will more than double MGT’s existing annual throughput capacity to 400,000TEU/yr.“The expansion of MGT is aligned with actual and projected container growth rates for the DRC,” said Hans Ole Madsen, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, ICTSI.“Studies suggest that Congo will achieve emerging market country status within the next 10-years and as such we are very confident that this nearly $100 million expansion plan anticipates the DRC’s requirements over this period and will deliver unrivaled efficiencies,” added Hans Ole Madsen.One of the main features of this scheme is the dredging of the Congo River initially to a depth of 10 meters and subsequently to 12.5 meters.Implementation of this project will commence in 2020 and will promote lower marine freight rates further enhancing Matadi’s natural competitiveness.last_img read more