USA: VCNO Outlines Priorities at Senate Hearing View post tag: usa View post tag: Senate Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: VCNO Outlines Priorities at Senate Hearing View post tag: VCNO View post tag: Navy July 29, 2011 View post tag: Outlines President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next Chief of Naval Operations outlined his priorities during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing July 28.Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert will be the 30th officer to serve in the Navy’s top uniformed post, succeeding retiring Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, if the Senate confirms his nomination.“If confirmed, my priorities will be to remain ready to meet the current challenges today, to build a relevant and capable future force, to continue to take care of our sailors, our civilians and their families, and institute a manning strategy that recruits and nurtures a motivated, a relevant and a diverse future force,” Greenert said.Meeting those priorities in the current budget environment will not be easy, he acknowledged. “We must be clear-eyed in communicating what we will and what we won’t be able to provide the nation in the future,” he said.Half of the Navy’s ships are underway, and 43 percent are deployed, he said, while 12,000 sailors are on the ground supporting U.S. Central Command and another 10,000 are serving as individual augmentees to current operations.“Your Navy remains ready. It is agile, and it’s global, and it’s relentlessly been busy,” Greenert said. “Operating tempo has been high, [and] our missions have evolved.”The Navy’s key mission, he said, is to “assure the security and freedom of the seas, in all the domains, so that the economies of the world can flourish.” To accomplish that mission, the Navy must be forward deployed, able to influence events, assist allies and provide the United States an offshore option, the admiral added.Large cuts in the defense budget would create a conundrum that will require a strategic approach to resolve, he said.“Our options are limited; we can’t hollow the force,” he said. “If we reduce force structure, that would exacerbate the problem we already have. And if we reduce modernization — that is, go to the shipbuilding and aircraft accounts — I’m concerned about the industrial base.”Greenert said that as vice chief of naval operations, he has provided data for the Defense Department strategic review, but is not currently involved in major deliberations.“We have been told we would be part of any final … decision process in this comprehensive review,” he said.Committee members asked Greenert for his views on China’s expanding naval capabilities, noting that Chinese military officials said in June they are refurbishing a never-completed Soviet-era carrier.“I believe it’s clearly … a prototype for what they ultimately want to have, which is a better aircraft carrier, indigenously built and tailored to their needs,” the admiral said.An aircraft carrier is typically an offensive capability, made to project power, Greenert noted. “The Chinese say they built it for defensive measures,” he said. “It’s hard to gauge their intent.”The admiral said China’s recent growth in maritime capabilities shows that nation is “interested in expanding its operations to blue water” — open-ocean depths — and thereby expanding its influence.Greenert’s career as a submariner includes assignments aboard the USS Flying Fish, USS Tautog, Submarine NR-1 and USS Michigan and as commander of USS Honolulu. He also served as commander of Submarine Squadron 11, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific and U.S. Fleet Forces Command before he assumed the Navy’s No. 2 uniformed post in August 2009.[mappress]Source: navy, July 29, 2011 View post tag: hearing Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Priorities Share this article
View post tag: Help View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: Mines Back to overview,Home naval-today GTRI’s Sonar to Help US Navy Find Sea Mines New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water.The underlying technology, known as synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), uses advanced computing and signal processing power to create fine-resolution images of the seafloor based on reflected sound waves. Thanks to the long-term vision and a series of focused efforts funded by the Office of Naval Research spanning back to the 1970s, SAS has become a truly robust technology. When it transitions to the fleet, the SAS will dramatically improve the Navy’s ability to carry out the mine countermeasures mission.“The Navy wants to find sea mines,” said Daniel Cook, a GTRI senior research engineer. “There are systems that do this now, but compared to SAS, the existing technology is crude.”The SAS research is funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research, and is conducted in collaboration with the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. In the past year, the group has made strides in improving the ability to predict and understand sonar image quality and has published and presented their work at conferences.Sonar systems emit sound waves and collect data on the echoes to gather information on underwater objects.The Navy uses torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to map swaths of the seafloor with sonar sensors. Perhaps the most well-known example is the Bluefin 21 used to search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.The AUVs zigzag back and forth in a “mowing the lawn pattern,” Cook said.These AUVs can map at a range of depths, from 100 to 6,000 meters.SAS is a form of side scanning sonar, which sends pings to the port and starboard sides of the AUV and records the echoes. After canvassing the entire area, data accumulated by SAS is processed into a mosaic that gives a complete picture of that area of the seafloor.SAS has better resolution than real aperture sonar (RAS), which is currently the most widespread form of side scan sonar in use. RAS transmits pings, receives echoes and then paints a strip of pixels on a computer screen. RAS repeats this pattern until it has an image of the seafloor. This technology is readily available, and relatively cheap, but its resolution over long ranges is not good enough to suit the Navy’s mine hunting needs.RAS sensors emit acoustic frequencies that are relatively high and are therefore quickly absorbed by the seawater. SAS uses lower frequency acoustics, which can travel farther underwater. Upgrading to SAS improves the range at which fine resolution pictures can be produced.“RAS can give you a great looking picture but it can only see out 30 to 50 meters,” Cook said. “For the same resolution, SAS can see out to 300 meters.”[mappress]Press Release, June 24, 2014; Image: Georgia Tech Research Institute Share this article Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. June 24, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: research View post tag: sea View post tag: Sonar View post tag: find GTRI’s Sonar to Help US Navy Find Sea Mines View post tag: GTRI
A new delay has pushed back the anticipated restart of the south end beach replenishment project by another three or four days.Work is now tentatively scheduled to resume Sunday or Monday (Aug. 9 or 10), Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Richard Pearsall said on Thursday morning.The hopper dredge Liberty Island — a ship that carries new sand to Ocean City from an underwater “borrow area” offshore — is in port in Norfolk, Va., for repairs. It had been scheduled to return to Ocean City today (Thursday, Aug. 6).The repair and testing of a gearbox is taking longer than originally anticipated. Pearsall said more detailed information could come from a work meeting with the contractor scheduled for today.The engine on the Liberty Island died on May 30 and the ship had been in port for seven weeks as it was replaced. It returned to Ocean City on July 20 for what was expected to be the restart of work. But the dredge broke again on its first test pump.A reduction gearbox had to be repaired, and the Liberty Island returned to port in Norfolk.Work to rebuild eroded beaches between 37th and 59th streets in Ocean City began April 20 and was expected to be complete by mid-July.Two blocks of beach at a time are typically closed when work is in progress, and the delays have kept all Ocean City beaches open through the heart of the summer vacation seasonThe project is now expected to be complete at the end of September.__________Sign up for free OCNJ Daily news updates by email.__________The hopper dredge is a ship that pumps sand into its hold from an offshore borrow area, then travels closer to Ocean City to hook up with a pipeline that feeds the new sand onto the beach.Crews from the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois have completed work between 37th Street and 47th Street. The current phase of the project started at 55th Street and was moving toward 47th Street when the dredge died at 52nd Street.When the dredge returns on Aug. 9 or 10, work will resume at 51st Street and move north toward 47th Street.The final phase of the project will start at 55th Street and move southward to 59th Street. It appears that much of that work could now happen after Labor Day.When it’s done, Ocean City will have received approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.5 miles of beach from 37th Street to 59thStreet. The $57 million project includes Strathmere and Sea Isle City, and is funded entirely by the federal government.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook A calm and empty ocean on Thursday morning (Aug. 6), a scene that would include a dredge ship on the horizon if beach replenishment project were in progress.
The Great Outdoors Jam, to be hosted at the Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, FL this June 30 – July 3, has announced its first wave of artists spearheaded by Baltimore psychedelic funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Buffalo jam band Aqeuous and jamtronica stars Broccoli Samurai.Additional first wave artists include Come Back Alice, Holey Miss Moley, Aliver Hall, Displace, The Juanjamon Band, Copious Jones, Ajeva, Tweed, Russ Bowers Isn’t Dead Yet, Voodoo Visionary, Este Loves, Justino And The Difference, Boxcar Hollow, and Lucidea, with more artists announcements to come.Super Early Bird tickets will go on sale Monday, March 14 at the Great Outdoors Jam’s festival website page, found here.
Ben Platt in ‘Dear Evan Hansen'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Broadway.com has confirmed that the much-buzzed about Main Stem transfer of Dear Evan Hansen will now land at the Music Box Theatre; it had been scheduled for the Belasco. Directed by Michael Greif and starring Ben Platt in the titular role, the tuner is still set to begin previews on November 14 and officially open on December 4.With a book by Steven Levenson and score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere at Arena Stage, Washington D.C., last year and recently concluded its New York debut at off-Broadway’s Second Stage.The show follows outsider Evan Hansen, who feels invisible to his peers, his crush and his own mother. A letter he writes leads to an incident with a classmate, a series of lies and an entire community movement that catapults Evan into the spotlight. As the momentum builds and stakes rise, he struggles to hold onto his secret without jeopardizing his relationship with the ones he holds close.Platt will be joined by his Second Stage co-stars Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe, Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia, Mike Faist as Connor, Will Roland as Jared and Kristolyn Lloyd as Alana. Emmy winner Michael Park, who originated the role of Larry Murphy at Arena Stage, returns for the Broadway production.Broadway.com customers impacted by the switch will be contacted in regards to their tickets. from $89.00 Dear Evan Hansen Related Shows View Comments
It’s planting season for Georgia canola growers. This year, the seeds have been planted for a better market for the emerging crop. “We haven’t had commodity canola production in Georgia for two years,” said Paul Raymer, an agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Griffin, Ga. “All the canola grown in Georgia has been grown on contract,” Raymer said. “But this year two crushers have shown interest in seeing commodity canola revived so they would have an oilseed commodity they could buy. They see a market here for it.” GRIFFIN DAILY NEWS/BOB FREITAG NEW MARKETS will allow Georgia canola farmers to sell their crop in-state. Crushing facilities in Vienna and Dawson, Ga. offer close to world prices for Georgia-grown canola. University of Georgia agronomist Paul Raymer, pictured above, said he and other UGA scientists are working to learn more about the crop to help Georgia famers who want to include this oilseed in their crop rotation. Request the high-res image. Farmers grow grain crops mostly as openly marketed commodities. Companies with special needs, though, sometimes offer contracts for farmers to grow a certain amount of a specific type of grain. When Calgene, the major contractor for canola in the state, offered no new contracts to Georgia farmers, the crop’s future here looked bleak. Most canola is grown in Canada. The crop is struggling to catch on in the Southeast, where it is grown mainly in the coastal plain from Alabama to South Carolina. “Previously, we had a buyer for the commodity canola crop,” Raymer said. “But in most years, the price offered was below the world price.” Harvested canola is delivered to a processing plant, where the oil is extracted from the seed in a crushing process. The result is two products, oil and meal. The meal is used in livestock rations. One of the new canola crushers in the state is Mid-Georgia Processing in Vienna, Ga. “They were built about three years ago as a cotton crushing plant,” Raymer said. “In recent months, they’ve seen the need to diversify and crush other products like canola.” The other new crusher is Cargill Peanut in Dawson, Ga. “They’ve been doing some limited crushing of canola for the past six years,” Raymer said. “They’re planning to expand that now.” The two firms’ commitment to canola pumps fresh hope into the crop, which Raymer believes has great potential as a money-maker for Georgia farmers. “Having these two new crushers gives us a viable market,” he said. “In the past, we’ve had to rely on a market based largely on the expectation that the crop would be shipped to Canada for crushing,” he said. “Prices were discounted to compensate for that low volume and the need to ship it long distance for crushing.” The crushers are finding Southeastern markets for the oil and meal. “We import large amounts of oil and meal in the Southeast, the meal primarily for use in the poultry industry. They will try to market the product here,” Raymer said. It’s a modest beginning that could make the future as bright as the crop’s dramatic fields of yellow flowers. “In the long term, it means we finally have markets we can start to grow an industry around,” Raymer said. “If you don’t have someone to buy it (at a good price), it’s hard to develop an industry. This puts us on equal footing with other canola-producing regions of the world.” Raymer and other UGA scientists have been developing canola varieties and growing techniques to make the crop work in Georgia. “We’ve had a strong research and extension effort for the past eight years,” he said. “We just released the first variety from our breeding program this year. It’s available to growers on a very limited basis now.” UGA scientists at the Griffin and Tifton, Ga., experiment stations have been developing a Southeastern production system for canola. “We’ve had a strong collaborative effort with industry to develop this new crop for the Southeast,” Raymer said. “We’ve conducted research to determine the proper planting dates, planting and harvest methods and fertility requirements,” he said. “And we’ve developed ways to control insects and diseases.”
Mangano said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that public works employees began treating roadways at 5 a.m. in a preemptive strike to prevent black ice. He said more than 200 employees will be battling the storm, adding that the county had more than 100 assets, including plows and spreaders, out in the streets. The county also has on hand more than 13,000 tons of salt.Suffolk officials said the county had a fleet of more than 300 vehicles working on snow removal and spreading salt across county roads. The county has in stock between 16,000 to 18,000 tons of salt and sand, a county spokeswoman said.“The roads can be treacherous due to the snow accumulations as well as the freezing conditions,” she said. “We want people to be very careful as they’re traveling on the roads.”The county also announced that its bus system, Suffolk County Transit, will cease operations at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will start up again at 8 a.m. Wednesday.The cold is also expected to be a factor because of an arctic air mass that moved into the region. The arctic air mass, which breaks off and travels south, should send temperatures plunging into the teens. Forecasters also warned that strong sustained winds and gusts topping 35 mph could produce a wind chill of 10 degrees below zero.Tell us on Facebook: Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm barreling toward Long Island will drop up to 14 inches of snow on the region, the National Weather Service said. (Photo: Satellite image/National Weather Service)Get home early and stay indoors.That was the message relayed from both government and transportation officials to Long Islanders as a strong winter storm barreled into the area early Tuesday afternoon, wreaking havoc on major roadways and snarling traffic across the Island.As the storm was fast approaching, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a state of emergency and urged drivers to stay off the roads.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano asked residents to heed warnings from forecasters who were predicting “near blizzard like conditions” throughout the afternoon and evening.“This will make the evening commute treacherous,” Mangano said. “So we urge residents that can leave work a little early to do so and those that are already home to stay home.”New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Nassau and Suffolk and warned of a “one-two punch” of snow and bone-chilling cold. “I urge all those in the affected regions to exercise caution, and avoid travel if possible,” Cuomo said. “State resources are deployed to clear snow and help those impacted by the storm, but above all it is important that New Yorkers remain safe both during and after the storm.”A winter storm warning remains in effect for both counties until 6 a.m. Wednesday.The Upton-based National Weather Service at 4 p.m. Tuesday dropped its projected snowfall totals from 10 to 14 inches to 8 to 12.Forecasters also warned that the worst is yet to come.Tim Morrin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the coastal storm will be at its “absolute worst” between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.Light snowfall began falling Tuesday morning, but wasn’t a major factor during the morning commute.Things quickly changed around lunch time.The Long Island Rail Road, which was reporting minor weather-related delays on four of its branches, urged riders to leave work early because the storm arrived earlier than expected.Traffic on major roads moved at a snails pace due to snow quickly accumulating on roadways.The storm also forced Long Island MacArthur Airport to cancel all flights after 3:15 p.m.
As a speaker and trainer and radio show host one of my most important tools I have is my voice. When laryngitis set in and was followed by its cousin bronchitis I began to wonder how and if I would ever have my voice back again. It started me thinking about how we start our lives having our voices and for some reason we lose it. Why does that happen and how can we find our voice whether it’s speaking or writing or on social media. Having a voice is what you say to the world and in this fast moving easily connected platform, you have to make sure what you say is important and worth hearing.So the question is why does anyone want to hear what you have to say? Your words are what makes others take notice. They should be authentic and valuable and make others think. They should share your passion and your purpose and should make you think as well. Your word is your bond and your voice shares that with the world. Pretty powerful isn’t it?But it’s more than just the spoken word. It’s watching a person and seeing and feeling their excitement. It’s what they share with others. It’s what makes them stand out in a crowd of millions of others. It’s realizing what is important to you and really owning it. It’s about being authentic and intentional…something we talk about pretty often. It gives you the time and the reason to do what you love, for the reason you love with the people you love.Let’s steer this conversation towards women in leadership positions. What can you do as a leader to find this voice that is so crucial to have? You see your business voice is you brand and how you communicate it is what brings you more “listeners” in the form of clients, team members and peers. Ready to get started but don’t know what that looks like? Here are just a few ideas:Do you know what your voice is? How do others hear you and how do your core values fit in? Your voice is your brand and it lets others know what you stand for and what you offer to others so be clear. Do you know what or who inspires you? Think about those that draw you in and determine what it is and why it is. Do you have those same qualities and are you using them in the same way? If they inspire you, you want to do the same for others.Do you have the experience to share? Every step in your journey has given you lessons learned…both positive and negative. That’s what makes you who you are and that’s what you can share with others. Use your voice in a way that let’s others know you’ve been there and done that and are here to share the results. Once you are able to answer these questions, it’s time to think about what makes you unique in the business world. Remember those millions of others in your space? Let’s help you stand out. You have to combine your story, the reason why you do what you do and what kind of experience you want your clients to feel and walk away with. Let’s begin with the first step:Put Yourself in Their Shoes-More than anything, your clients and your team want to know that you understand them and their challenges. Asking them questions that give you their struggles in their words is like winning the lottery. Using this information you can provide them with the solutions that they need and want in their own words. Can you see how powerful this can be?Be present-Whether you are speaking, writing, blogging or any other way to get your voice heard, make sure you are present. When you ask a question, check and see if there are responses and then it’s your turn to continue the conversation. If you are meeting someone in person, don’t have your phone on or look around to see what else is going on. Being present shows you are interested and that continues a great experience. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Don’t compare yourself to others. Your purpose is to provide the experience…your experience, not someone else’s. As the saying goes “It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.” If you provide someone else’s experience, why wouldn’t your clients just work with them? It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being authentic and that is your voice.Finally, you are more than enough. This word seems to be the common thread in many of our conversations. Enough is enough with being enough. Letting your clients into your world of being you is what they really want. Getting a peek behind the curtain is giving them a first-row seat to hear your voice. Not everyone is for everyone and that’s ok. People work with those they know, like and trust and they chose you. Your voice is the one they want to hear to help them change their life and share you with their friends. Don’t let that negative chatter disguise the voice you were meant to share.It’s not about finding your voice. It’s about giving yourself permission to use it. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently. Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Details
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned on Tuesday the city could not afford further “chaos” as it marked the first anniversary of the start of rolling mass pro-democracy protests.More than a million people flooded the streets a year ago to protest a bill by Lam’s government that would have allowed people to be extradited to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, for trial.Lam later withdrew the bill but the legislation triggered widespread concern that the central government in Beijing was stifling freedoms in the global financial hub, sparking months of anti-government protests. “All of us can see the difficulty we have been through in the past year, and due to such serious situations we have more problems to deal with,” Lam said during her weekly media conference, which coincided with the anniversary.”We need to learn from mistakes, I wish all lawmakers can learn from mistakes – that Hong Kong cannot bear such chaos.”After a relative lull in protests during the coronavirus pandemic, demonstrators have returned to the streets in recent weeks and more rallies are expected.Activists have called for people to gather at lunchtime and later on Thursday to mark the anniversary of last year’s mass rally. They have also announced plans to hold a referendum on Sunday about whether to launch a city-wide strike against national security laws proposed last month. Topics : That legislation, which authorities insist will focus on “troublemakers” who pose a threat to national security, has ratcheted tensions higher. Lam cautioned against the activists’ plans to hold a strike referendum.”Over the past year, Hong Kongers and the world have been bearing witness to the deteriorating situation in Hong Kong, with Beijing tightening its grip over the city’s liberties, democracy activist Joshua Wong said in a Twitter feed.On Monday, a Chinese official suggested that the degree of autonomy that Hong Kong would have when the post-colonial agreement on its status runs out in 2047 could depend on how the city behaves until then.
Coral BarryMonday 22 Jul 2019 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Arsenal transfer chief Raul Sanllehi flies back to London to complete double deal Sanllehi is back in the UK (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi has flown back from America to London in a bid to get two transfer deals over the line, according to reports.The transfer chief was in America with the rest of the Arsenal squad, where Unai Emery and his players are preparing for the new campaign on a pre-season tour.The Mirror claim Sanllehi has returned to the UK with Arsenal closing in on a double signing.Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba are poised to join the club, and Arsenal will push ahead with plans to land Kieran Tierney.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal are closing in on signing Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Ceballos is expected to arrive on a loan deal, while Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne for the coming campaign once he becomes a Gunner.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe double signing will be a boost for Arsenal, as Emery has struggled to land his top targets.Emery has been handed just £45million to spend and Arsenal has struggled to meet the asking prices for players. Arsenal also want to sign Celtic defender Tierney (Picture: Getty)Asked about potential incomings, Emery played down fears the modest budget was hindering Arsenal’s progress this summer.‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution. Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players,’ he said.‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.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 Advertisement Arsenal are working with a modest transfer budget this summer (Picture: Getty)‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family.‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible.‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement