GD NASSCO to perform USS Gonzalez dry-docking overhaul

first_img View post tag: GD-NASSCO View post tag: US Navy Authorities General Dynamics to perform USS Gonzalez dry-docking overhaul The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics’ division NASSCO-Norfolk a $21 million contract to carry out extended dry-docking selected restricted availability on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66).This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. This is a “long-term” availability and was competed on a coast-wide (East and Gulf) basis without limiting the place of performance to the vessel’s homeport.Under the contract, NASSCO will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernization for USS Gonzalez.The contract also has options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $48.2 million. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 2017. Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics to perform USS Gonzalez dry-docking overhaul September 15, 2016 View post tag: USS Gonzalez Share this articlelast_img read more

DOE official: White House still reviewing coal bailout plan

first_imgDOE official: White House still reviewing coal bailout plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The White House is still reviewing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy on how to avoid further premature retirements of coal-fired and nuclear power plants, a DOE official told lawmakers Sept. 27.Karen Evans, assistant secretary of the DOE’s newly formed Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, testified Sept. 27 before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. During the hearing, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., asked Evans about the status of recent DOE proposals and requests from industry for emergency action to prevent financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear plants from closing. Based on comments Energy Secretary Rick Perry made Sept. 26, Evans said he “does not have anything new to update at this time” and “this is still a policy that is being reviewed by the White House.”The DOE in a draft memo leaked in late May was contemplating requiring grid operators to buy power or capacity for two years from certain “fuel-secure” nuclear and coal-fired power plants while the federal government determines which energy resources may be critical to national security and defense. The proposal was not final, and neither the DOE nor White House has provided updates on the draft plan, which would involve using authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 and Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.During the Sept. 27 hearing, McKinley raised concerns about New England importing…power from Canada and receiving LNG shipments from Russia this past winter to meet its electricity demand. The region’s reliance on foreign energy sources highlights the need for supporting U.S. coal-fired and nuclear plants, he said.“That’s why I think it’s so important that the White House and others move on this 202(c) or Defense [Production] Act,” McKinley said. Evans responded that she would “elevate” McKinley’s concerns with DOE leadership “to make sure it will feed into the policy process.”Coal and nuclear proponents say regulatory and market pressures are forcing the closure of plants that are needed for reliability and resilience. But critics say subsidies to support those plants will raise costs for consumers and disadvantage other forms of energy without any added reliability benefits.More ($): DOE official: White House still mulling policy to halt early plant closureslast_img read more

Mountain Mama: How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

first_imgDear Mountain Mama:I’m writing to you about fear. A week before kayaking I make plans and am excited. Then the doubts set in. My mind thinks of all the holes, undercuts, and hazards on a river and magnifies them. I visualize my head thrashing around, banging against rocks and my roll failing.All of a sudden the stack of laundry becomes pressing, and I think about how much I need to get some cardio in or go for a ride. “You’re too tired to kayak well.” My stomach churns on the way to the river, and I silently rehearse excuses for running shuttle instead of paddling.I fought fear. I ignored it. Nothing worked, so eventually I stopped paddling. But I missed the intoxication of nailing a perfect line and chatting with other paddlers in eddies.So I’ve started kayaking again. All that nervous chatter has resumed. How can I make all that noise stop?Yours, Anxious PaddlerDear Anxious Paddler:I had the privilege to attend Elizabeth Gilbert’s reading of her book Eat, Pray, Love and she spoke about her acceptance of fear.She compared the start of every new creative endeavor to a road trip and recognized that fear comes along. But she lay downs the law. “Oh I know, fear, you won’t shut your mouth. Talk all you want, but you’re not going to have a say in anything. You’re not going to touch the radio dial. You’re not even going to pick any of the snacks.”Fear comes along on my paddling trips too. And fear is like my toddler — the more I try to ignore it, the louder and more insistent fear becomes.So I decided to test out Elizabeth Gilbert’s tactic of acknowledging fear and creating healthy boundaries about the role it was going to play when I went to this year’s Boater Chic Fest.I’d been telling myself paddling and working and parenting were too much to balance. I’d stepped back my paddling, and like you, I missed getting out on the river. I signed up for the Cheoah clinic despite fear and his cousin, doubt, whispering in both ears. That night I had difficulty sleeping, imagining the water cascading over Bear Creek Falls.The next day I met dozens of friendly women, and we spent the ride to the put-in telling stories and laughing. Several paddlers volunteered to lead less experienced paddlers down. They clapped and whistled for us when we styled a boof. Their smiling faces greeted us at the end of every rapid.The biggest lesson I learned at this year’s festival had nothing to do with paddle strokes or boat handling. On the way to the put-in we talked about books we read and yoga studios, rivers we wanted to paddle and the brownie cookies we’d brought to snack on at the take-out. As we paddled we pointed out turtles, butterflies, herons, dragonflies, and, snakes. On the drive back to camp, we looked up their animal meanings and joked about which animal we most closely resembled.Between swapping stories and laughing with new friends, I was reminded that if fear is going to be a passenger on my paddling road trips, that I should make an extra effort to invite some other more positive voices too. And this year’s Boater Chic Fest introduced me to lots of great women who love to boat. There are few weekends where I return home and immediately mark off my calendar for the event the following year. Boater Chic Fest is one of them!Fear is always going to be part of your boating equation. Anxious Paddler, lessen fear’s input by surrounding yourself with fun paddling partners and find some other subjects to chat about on the way to the river.Paddle On!Mountain Mamakayaking-group-womenlast_img read more

Colombia Captures Woman Rebel Close to FARC Chief

first_imgBy Dialogo October 20, 2010 The comrades of the FARC should start thinking about a negotiated settlement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, since their luck will bring death in fighting. Better a negotiated solution to participate openly in politics, even if they fail to recognize that in Colombia the ones demobilizing without prior agreement, will be murdered. However, the possibility of living and participating in legal political actions is always better especially when the avenues for conquest of power by force are denied outright. So I think the path is negotiated demobilization, releasing the hostages and also demanding the release of imprisoned guerrillas. Colombian authorities have captured two senior rebel leaders, including a woman who was part of the security detail of the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), police said on 18 October. Police Colonel Flavio Mesa said high-ranking FARC members Margot Silva and Toribio Saavedra were picked up in operations in the towns of Hobo and Pitalito, in the southern department of Huila. Silva, alias ‘Daniela’, and Saavedra were considered important members of the Central Joint Command of Colombia’s main insurgency, with 8,000 fighters at arms, Mesa added. ‘Daniela’ was a radio operator for the column that protects FARC leader Alfonso Cano, who took over the guerrilla leadership after the death of Manuel Marulanda (‘Tirofijo’). Soldiers and police backed by military air power have been combing rural and mountainous areas for months searching for Cano in Huila, Cauca and Tolima. President Juan Manuel Santos’ government has been waging a multi-front offensive against the FARC. Last month, FARC military leader and number two Victor Julio Suarez, alias ‘Mono Jojoy’, and other ranking rebels were killed in a raid.last_img read more

3 steps to take when a valued employee suddenly resigns

first_img 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details It’s tough any time an employee quits. Even if the employee was awful, there’s going to be an adjustment period. If the employee was one of your “stars” it can be extremely frustrating to see them seeking greener pastures. If this happens in your office, here are 3 steps you can take to start recovering.Don’t freak outYou may be tempted to immediately freak out when a key employee quits, but you shouldn’t. Maybe you feel they’re irreplaceable, but the truth is you’re going to be okay. The first resume you look at may not solve all your problems, but you’ll figure it out. You might have to spread some responsibilities around, but the job will get done. Obviously losing a valued employee will be tough in the beginning, but with help from your team, you should bounce back quickly.Meet with your teamWhen a key employee quits, it affects everyone. Make sure the team is informed about what happened and then make a plan to cover all the essential job responsibilities that you’ll be missing. Give your team some time to adjust and think, and then have a group discussion, brainstorm and come up with ideas for moving on.Keep an eye on your finely tuned machineYour team was running to perfection before your star employee quit. Now, you have different people doing different things and your machine may not be running quite like it used to. That’s ok. Unlike an actual machine, you can’t just replace a part and have your machine go back to working exactly like it did before. There will be some adjustment. Keep an eye on things and make sure things aren’t falling apart, but have faith in your team. Just because they can’t stand back up and hit the ground running, doesn’t mean they won’t be running again shortly.last_img read more

Purposeful Talent Development: Connecting culture to your values

first_img“What are your personal values?” I’ve asked this question of new leaders, long-time leaders and individual contributors. Often, I’m met with a pause and sometimes a blank stare, as many have never really thought about how to articulate their values.Have you ever sat down and really thought about your own personal values? What drives you? What motivates you? What is most important to you? Being able to identify your values helps to guide your actions, behaviors and decisions so you can be the person you want to be.Sidebar: If you’ve never thought about your own values, I recommend you do so. Take a few minutes and think through what is important to you. Here are 418 values to help get you started.While personal values reflect who you are and what you stand for, organizational values serve the same purpose. Organizational values become a road map that individual employees can use to navigate situations and make decisions in line with the organization. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cesc Fabregas reveals Patrick Vieira’s joke about Arsenal exit during reunion

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Cesc Fabregas reveals Patrick Vieira’s joke about Arsenal exit during reunion The two players’ careers briefly overlapped before Vieira moved to Juventus (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has revealed that former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira jokingly referred to him as the ‘kid’ that forced him out of the club when they met up recently.The French midfielder left north London in 2005 for Juventus, with Fabregas – then just a teenager – taking over from Vieira in the heart of midfield and even becoming the club’s youngest ever captain.Fabregas left Chelsea for Monaco in January and faced off against Vieira’s Nice earlier this season, and the 42-year-old couldn’t resist making a joke about his departure form Arsenal. Commentcenter_img Fabregas has helped Monaco move clear of the relegation zone (Picture: Getty)‘I saw Patrick Vieira when we played against Nice with Monaco and it was very funny,’ Fabregas told Nice-Matin.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I met him in the locker room, before the match, and he was with the president of Nice and he said to him while looking at me: “President, this is the kid who forced me to leave Arsenal”.’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 CityMonaco were mired in a relegation fight under axed boss Thierry Henry when Fabregas moved to the south of France.However, since Leonardo Jardim returned to the dugout the team’s form has improved enormously, moving up to 16th in the table after a seven game unbeaten run, and Fabregas says he was sure he would rise to the challenge of a relegation dog fight. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Mar 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link365Shares Vieira’s Nice side are in ninth place in the Ligue 1 table (Picture: Getty)‘I am a competitor first and foremost, I will be able to say at the end of my career that I have experienced all the situations in a club, the top and the fight.‘I was sat at leading London and the Premier League, it represents 10 years of my life, but also very excited to discover a new challenge, probably the hardest of my career. I have never been afraid of challenges.’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 Arsenallast_img read more

Crawford County on schedule for April 4 Deery Series opener

first_imgDENISON, Iowa (Jan. 23) – The 2015 Deery Brothers Summer Series will take its first green flag at Crawford County Speedway. After inclement weather washed out numerous attempts to bring the series back to Denison last spring, the upcoming IMCA Late Model tour travels to Crawford County for open­ing night action on Saturday, April 4.In all, the 29th annual series currently has 16 dates. The first 15 of those events pay $3,000 to win and a mini­mum of $300 to start. Additional tour dates are still pending. “It’s nice to have our highest paying race as the series finale at the Yan­kee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “That feature pays $7,500 to win so it should make for an exciting conclusion to the series.” The one previous Deery race at Denison was held in 1994. Kossuth County Speedway in Algona has also hosted just one tour event, in 2008, and brings the series back for a July 2 show. “If we get all our races in, this year’s schedule is geographically balanced within our Late Model area,” Yoder noted. “That should give more drivers in central and western Iowa the chance to follow the series.”Four events are on the initial series schedule before the start of the weekly IMCA Late Model point season: April 4 at Denison, April 11 at West Liberty Raceway, April 17 at Farley and April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.The series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on May 3 and at Boone Speedway for the traditional Memorial Day show on May 25. Marshalltown Speedway hosts the June 2 race. After visiting Algona, the series is at West Liberty Race­way July 7, Independence Motor Speedway on July 8, Dubuque Speedway on July 12 and back at Quad City on July 22. Liberty 100 shows are qualifying on Sept. 4 and two $3,000 to win features on Sept. 5. The Sept. 7 Labor Day feature during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s brings the tour back to Boone with that even­ing’s winner earning a bonus based on their number of sanctioned weekly starts during the season and a possible $4,500 payday. Farley’s Sept. 18 and 19 Yankee Dirt Track Classic brings the series to a close.Non-qualifier pay at each of the first 15 races is $100. Sunoco Race Fuel feature qualifier draw­ings for $250 in cash will be held each night and drivers with perfect attendance earn shares of $2,000 in cash after the series season is complete. Casey’s General Store is also back on board as title sponsor of the redraw and will give $100 gift cards to all drivers with perfect attendance throughout the series.“There are no changes in race night procedures and most sponsorship programs are back in place,” Yoder said. “We have a very good series again in 2015. We always sharpen the pencil and look for ways to make it better every year.” The Deery Brothers Automotive Group returns as title sponsor of the series. The champion will earn $5,000, with point fund shares to the top 10 and pro-rated for drivers not competing at all events. Drivers finishing outside the top 10 in points but with perfect attendance are guaranteed $500.Defending champion is Justin Kay of Wheatland. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has perfect attend­ance through the series’ first 434 events.last_img read more

Illusions

first_imgWhen Tomlin was asked about the off the field off season disruptions of his starting QB, he said, “I don’t care about the disruption, quite frankly, when it comes to his performance. He’s a professional. His job is to play and lead us, and he’s done that. He’ll continue to do that and we’ll deal with all the other things that we have to deal with in the appropriate manner.” Wouldn’t be nice if that much discretion was afforded to all of his players?Take a look at the sterling silver-type evaluation that Tomlin gave Big Ben after his first performance of the 2010 season. “First time out, I thought he did some nice things. He moved us. It was a good start.” Yeah, Hoorah. He completed 6-8 passes and as is customary threw his signature “pick.”Meanwhile, Ike Taylor, the Steelers most complete defensive back, got into a punching match with Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks after the fourth play of the game and both were ejected. Nicks blamed the incident on Taylor. Tomlin seemed to echo those sentiments, well at least in part. “I was blocking downfield and trying to finish my block, and the next thing I knew, he was throwing punches, so I tried to defend myself,” Nicks said. Tomlin was not happy about Taylor’s reaction, characterizing Taylor’s actions as “dumb.”Here we go again, glib and baseless one liners from Tomlin. The two-headed dragon of double standards rears its ugly head again. Tomlin could have just as easily defended Ike Taylor as opposed to berating and parading him before the world and the media with an ill-advised reactionary and negative tongue lashing.The Steelers Nation had better hope that there will not be a concerted campaign to devalue the talent of Taylor in 2010 because it seems that the powers-that-be have decided that if his value is diluted they might have a decent shot at signing him, if he decides to stay.In a 2004 game against the Browns, espn.com reported, “Talking trash wasn’t enough. The Browns and Steelers decided to trade punches. Less than an hour before Sunday’s game, Browns RB William Green and Steelers LB Joey Porter squared off and wildly swung at each other near midfield. The altercation resulted in both being ejected and added another chapter to the NFL’s nastiest rivalry, which had lost some of its snarl the past few years.”Even Roethlisberger issued a quote that in hindsight seems a bit ironic. “I was 20 yards away. I picked up my helmet and went over. As a leader I want to help, but I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” Well, far be it for Big Ben for “not wanting to do anything stupid.”It is not even remotely stupid to defend yourself in the heat of battle. What was Taylor supposed to do, give Nicks a mint julep and a bouquet of flowers as he was being pushed around on the gridiron?One of the constants about this team is the defense. The “D” will ultimately dictate whether this team will excel and advance into the post season. When Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon throws an ill-advised pick or fumbles after being sacked or stripped of the ball, it will be the defense that will be charged with turning a negative into a positive.When the “Turk” as former head coach Chuck Noll called the bearer of the “pink slip” stands outside Tomlin’s door, his quotes and media savvy verbal assaults will be of no use.The Steelers beat the Giants 24-17 at the New Meadowlands. This was for all intents and purposes a meaningless contest that could only serve as a personnel evaluator. Coach Tomlin was again given the opportunity to redeem himself and establish himself as a “man for all players” but chose again to align himself with the chosen few. He keeps making “dumb” mistakes disconnecting with certain players for no apparent reason almost as if he is navigating through the Steelers locker room with blinders on. Well, maybe not blinders but with a pair of very thick and dark sunglasses on. You are only given so many chances to win a battle. Don’t continue to look a gift horse in the mouth, unless of course you are a veterinarian.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) As I watched the much ballyhooed 2010 preseason “debut” of one Ben Roethlisberger I was suddenly encouraged and discouraged. It was a lackluster performance by the $100 Million Dollar Man because his effort only led to three points. Now one would normally consider that a decent effort for a little over two minutes work. However, Roethlisberger is no ordinary quarterback, remember? In spite of all the continued attention to his off the field antics, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appears to be indifferent. When it comes to Big Ben. Mr. Tomlin seems to take it all in stride, whether Big Ben throws a nasty pick or is accused of hanging out with a “nasty” girl.last_img read more

Hometown Hero: Sanju Samson donates his India A match fees to groundsmen

first_imgImage Courtesy: India TVAdvertisement 6bn0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecek( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k9sWould you ever consider trying this?😱49mtCan your students do this? 🌚te09ztRoller skating! Powered by Firework In an act of generosity, Sanju Samson opted to donate his entire match fees to the groundsmen of the Green Field International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram for their efforts throughout the rain-marred series.Advertisement Image Courtesy: India TVIndia A faced South Africa A in a five-match bilateral series which were held in the capital city of Kerala. The groundsmen had a tough time with the constant rains which forced the matches to be cut short including the fourth encounter which had to be continued on the reserve day.The final fixture brought the hometown boy Sanju Samson into the spotlight who responded with a scintillating 48-ball 91. Upon the culmination of the series, Samson stated that he would be donating the match fees he obtained for the two games, to the groundsmen of the stadium. He said:Advertisement “We have to give credit to the groundsmen. Because of them, we were able to play. If there was some wetness here or there, then the match officials would not have allowed matches to happen. We really have to thank them. So I have decided to give my match fees to the groundsmen,”Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan also showed appreciation for the hard work by spending time with the groundsmen and clicking pictures with them.Advertisement Read Also:Cricket: Indian cricketing fraternity unites to mourn the death of Abdul QadirShane Warne has his say on who the better batsmen is between Smith and Kohli Advertisementlast_img read more