The US Coast Guard has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division a $97 million fixed-price contract to purchase long-lead materials for an 11th National Security Cutter (NSC).The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 11, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.“Every National Security Cutter built at Ingalls Shipbuilding is an immediate and important defender of America’s shores when it joins the fleet,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias. “This long-lead material award is critical to the efficient production of these platforms and to the health of our 422 suppliers in 40 states.”Ingalls has delivered seven NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service in the 1960s.NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater. Share this article View post tag: NSC Photo: The fifth Ingalls-built US Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754), sailed the Gulf of Mexico in March 2015 for her successful builder’s sea trials. Photo: Lance Davis/HII View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: HII
SARA FLOUNDERS To the Editor:The bigoted, offensive actions at the Bayonne Zoning Board Hearings should be denounced, not sugar coated as an issue of parking spaces. This hypocritically masks the real issue of anti-Muslim bigotry.There are 45 churches in Bayonne. None have parking spaces for all who attend Sunday services. There are over 100 restaurants in Bayonne and hundreds of other establishments. Most don’t have parking for everyone who comes in the door. This exposes the bias and the double standard.The conduct of the Zoning Board Chair Mark Urban was flagrantly one-sided in all 3 hearings. Although the hearing was public, held at a public school, and the Bill of Rights is still in force, at Urban’s directive, even small paper signs of support and welcome to the Islamic Center were confiscated from the audience.Mayor Jimmy Davis declared that he “is glad that religion and race did not appear to be part of the board’s decision.” Actions speak louder than empty hopes. Mayor Davis is responsible for appointing this unrepresentative, unelected Zoning Board. Change the Board! Let’s show solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers who are under attack.
Ryan Lowney Joe Cubias, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that sales associate Ryan Lowney with the Hoboken office was recognized for outstanding sales performance in July.Lowney led the Weichert sales region for dollar volume during the month. The region is comprised of offices throughout Hudson County and parts of Bergen County. Invite this talented neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services offered by Weichert, Realtors. Lowney can be reached in Weichert’s Hoboken office at 1 Newark Street, or call (201) 653-8488 for more information. ×Ryan Lowney
A minute’s silence will be held on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 12noon in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were affected by the Finsbury Park attack, one year ago.The silence will be marked at UK government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.
Ween Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:7/24 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH7/25 Express Live – Columbus, OH7/27 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA7/28 Art Park – Buffalo, NY7/29 Waterfront Park – Burlington, VT8/17 McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, OR8/18 McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, OR10/13 The Fillmore – Miami, FL10/14 St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, FL10/19 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA10/20 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GAView All Tour Dates Ween will return to the Southeast when they swing through Georgia and Florida this fall for their appropriately named Florida Georgia Line Tour. The group will get started at The Fillmore in Miami on October 13th before heading to the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, Florida, on October 14th. Finally, they’ll wrap up the run with two nights at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on October 19th and 20th.The upcoming tour will mark Ween’s first non-festival stops in Florida since the band—singer Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo, drummer Claude Coleman Jr., bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and keyboardist Glenn McClelland—performed in Fort Lauderdale in 2008 (though they played Suwannee Hulaween last year). Ween’s last non-festival appearance in Georgia took place at Athens’ 40 Watt Club in 2011.Tickets for the newly-announced tour dates will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 22nd. Presale tickets will be available on Wednesday, June 20th.
Music fans across the country will get the chance to tune into the Live from Here concert/variety show taking place at New York City’s Town Hall this Saturday night (December 8th). The one-night event is part of a live performance series hosted by Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers musician and radio personality, Chris Thile, with the overall goal of exposing emerging, up-and-coming talent who all share the stage in hopes of creating a fun concert experience for fans. Scheduled performers for this Saturday’s Live from Here event include Vulfpeck, rising indie pop singer Maggie Rogers, I’m With Her mandolinist Sarah Jorosz, progressive bluegrass banjo player Noam Pikelny, and comedian/Broad City actor, Chris Gethard.Live from Here initially developed as a result of A Prairie Home Companion, a program hosted by Garrison Keillor, which aired through public radio starting back in March 1974. Thile ended up taking over the hosting responsibilities beginning in 2016, having been a lifelong fan of the show, which initially ran until its hiatus back in 1987. Live from Here now continues its former tradition of being broadcasted via public radio, in addition to being streamed online and in some cases, YouTube.Live from Here With Chris Thile – 12/8/2018 Promo[Video: Live from Here]Vulfpeck and Maggie Rogers are two of the most immediately recognizable names from Saturday’s schedule of performers. Vulfpeck is gearing up to release their eighth studio album tomorrow, Hill Climber. Rogers on the other hand is still more of an emerging name, but has quickly built a fanbase over the last 18 months thanks to her viral breakout single, “Alaska”, earning her supporting spots on big international tours for artists like Haim and now Mumford & Sons.Fans can tune into the free webcast when it goes live this Saturday beginning at 5:45 p.m. EST on Live From Here’s YouTube channel.[H/T JamBase]
Ten years after the attacks, life for most Americans “steps almost straight.” Meanwhile, poetry can help. After all, as Dickinson writes in the same poem, when darkness falls even “The Bravest — grope a little.”A series of outdoor poem pillars, dedicated to the Harvard alumni who perished in the 9/11 attacks, has been erected in the Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerSuch succoring poems are painted on pale green steel pillars that are now fixtures on the Cambridge campus. Each pillar has a poem or part of one on it. Painted around the top of each pillar are the names of the 10 Harvard alumni who lost their lives in the attacks.Dickinson offers her unwitting wisdom on a pillar in front of Widener Library. Closer to Emerson Hall, Louise Glück has a fragment from “October,” a poem more explicitly about 9/11 and the sense of loss it brought. It begins, “Summer after summer has ended.”For those still impassioned, there is Frank Bidart’s “Curse,” on a pillar at the rear of Weld Hall. It begins with an image of 110 floors collapsing onto the architects of the violence. Then it says:“May what you have made descend upon you.May the listening ears of your victims their eyes theirbreathenter you, and eat like acidthe bubble of rectitude that allowed you breath. Finding meaning in the senselessOne of the abiding lessons of the 9/11 attacks — for cultures, governments, and religions trying to make sense of them — is the importance of a simple imperative: Let’s talk.The lesson was not lost on the Harvard chaplains, a group of more than 35 practitioners affiliated with the Memorial Church, who represent 25 religious traditions. The related Harvard Interfaith Collaborative sponsored a Sunday afternoon of interfaith conversations in Boylston Hall called “Where Were You? Where Are We Going?”The answers turn out to be that where people found themselves on Sept. 11, 2001, was unforgettable, that the attacks changed America forever, and that we have to be careful where we are going.In the decade after 9/11, there was both more light and more darkness, said panelist Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and Harvard’s Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society.On one hand, “The power of interfaith energies has really grown since 9/11,” she said. But on the other hand, “The political uses of 9/11 have become much more dangerous.” Eck recommended reading “Fear Inc.,” a recent Center for American Progress report on the roots of America’s “Islamophobia” network.The dark view of where people might go 10 years after 9/11 was shared by Christian minister Samir Selmanovic, the event’s keynote speaker and the founder of Faith House Manhattan. He witnessed what happened in New York a decade ago, experiencing the grim horror of the scene but also the thrill of still being alive. “There was dust all over, and there was a sense of burning flesh in the air,” he said.On the other hand, “that was then,” said Selmanovic, who grew up in Soviet-era Yugoslavia with a Muslim father, a Christian mother, and an atheistic school system. “But we live now now. We live 10 years later.” He said it may be time to let 9/11 go as a way of explaining inexplicable wars, as a reason for taking other lives, and as a tool for “political, economic, and religious purposes.”Selmanovic said his daughters, 16 and 14, are already moving past 9/11 and living in a world more empathetic to diverse cultures. “The new generation is coming,” he said, with its flexible and accepting children. “Life wins.”Panelist Reshma Lutfeali ’13, a Pakistani-American Ismaili Muslim raised in California, is already moving on, but is also aware that the attacks cast a wide shadow over her faith.“Being a Muslim in America no longer meant what it meant before,” said Lutfeali, who was in fifth grade on 9/11. A Sikh friend stopped wearing his turban, and she was warned at mosque to wear “American clothes.” But today, said Lutfeali, “our world has gotten to the point that we can’t avoid people who are different.”Kazemde George ’12 performs at “The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words, Music, and Dance” at Sanders Theatre. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerClarity and comfort, in song and dance In the afternoon, a crowd of all ages and races packed Sanders Theatre for “The Art of Survival: A 10th Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words, Music, and Dance,” a meditation sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Office of the President.The performances — including a potpourri of readings culled from the poetry of Jorie Graham and W.H. Auden, transcripts of interviews with World Trade Center rescue workers, and letters from American soldiers in Iraq, among other sources — were meant to provoke the feeling of “profound existential and spiritual bafflement” that Americans felt in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, said coordinator Homi Bhabha.“Ordinary life is one of the most extraordinary aspects of the well-being of society,” said Homi Bhabha. On 9/11, America lost its claim to the ordinary, he added. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“Ordinary life is one of the most extraordinary aspects of the well-being of society,” said Bhabha, director of the Humanities Center and Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities. On 9/11, America lost its claim to the ordinary, as Harvard students and other community members recalled through song, dance, words, and musical performances.The program concluded with an original performance by Jill Johnson, Harvard’s new director of dance, accompanied by students dispersed across the stage and through the audience. To the strains of “Stabat Mater: XII,” by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johnson contorted her body into shapes recalling rebirth and the passage of time: an hourglass, a bird in flight, an outstretched hand. When the dancers finished, there were no final words or applause.“I think it was extremely moving,” said President Drew Faust, who attended. The humanities, the arts, and the University itself play a role in helping people to process events like 9/11, she added.“We have much to contribute through learning, through asking questions, through making meaning and understanding,” Faust said. “That’s a lot of what the life of the mind is about, and I think that’s a very important part of these commemorations.”The performances included a potpourri of readings culled from the poetry of Jorie Graham and W.H. Auden, transcripts of interviews with World Trade Center rescue workers, and letters from American soldiers in Iraq. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer For those interested in wistful footnotes to the World Trade Center attacks, there is Martin Espada’s “Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100” just a few feet away. It is dedicated to the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100 who perished in Windows on the World on the top floors of the north tower. (“Alabanza” is Spanish for “praise.”)Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven headand a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye,a blue-eyed Puerto Rican with people from Fajardo,the harbor of pirates centuries ago. Espada calls the unsung workers “a chant of nations,” including immigrants from Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Yemen, Ghana, and Bangladesh.“Alabanza I say, even if God has no face.” Recalling victims and heroes alikeOn the day of the 9/11 terror attacks, Harvard lost 10 members of its alumni family. Included were three graduates of Harvard College and three from Harvard Business School.On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Harvard students, faculty, and staff joined in remembering that tragic day and the darkness it brought — and the light it may someday bring. They created an eclectic set of events and installations to remember these Harvard graduates and the other victims of terror and the heroes responding to it worldwide in the past decade.In doing so, Harvard added its own grace notes to many 9/11 remembrances spanning the globe. At the start of the day was an early-morning memorial run; at the end of the day were candlelight vigils that lit up the dark. In between came music, dance, and centering discussion.Artifacts of the 9/11 remembrance at Harvard remain: a series of outdoor poem pillars dedicated to the Harvard dead. “Violence has changed me,” reads one in part, an excerpt from Louise Glück’s “October.” But then later, “Tell me this is the future,” she writes. “I won’t believe you.”Harvard students, faculty, staff, and visitors filled the pews of Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerA morning run in tributeOn most Sundays at 6:30 in the morning not much is happening on Cambridge Common, the public green across Massachusetts Avenue from Harvard Yard. This Sunday was no different, until Maj. Stephen Flanagan, M.Ed. ’11, parked his car on a side street and unloaded two cartons of T-shirts and an American flag. As if by magic, crowds of fit runners within minutes appeared from every direction and gathered near Flanagan just off Garden Street. It was the very spot where in 1775 George Washington had assembled the first Continental Army.Flanagan, a mid-career Army officer and now an M.P.A. student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), had helped to organize a 9/11 Memorial Run to the Boston Common, one of many runs sponsored nationwide — and in Afghanistan — by Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit coalition of athletes, veterans, and athletes that helps to reintegrate wounded veterans into society.The run is a tribute to the fallen from the 9/11 attacks, said Flanagan, and “for the heroes who have died fighting since.” Co-organizing the run was Capt. Charles Lewis, also a mid-career student at HKS, where he is president of the 70-member Armed Forces Committee, a veterans’ club. He did two tours in Iraq as an artillery officer. Tall and strong, Lewis looks like he could jog to Boston with a howitzer on his back.For Flanagan, lithe and fit, the five-mile run ahead was hardly the toughest thing he has ever done. During 10 years and two months in the service, he was deployed with the Army Special Forces three times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan. On the day of the 9/11 attacks, he heard his commanding officer say, “You’re going to war because of this.”By 7 a.m., 150 runners had donned red event T-shirts and assembled around Flanagan. He praised the heroes and victims of the 9/11 attacks and the wars that came after, finishing with, “Let us now carry Old Glory over to Boston.” He unfurled the flag and started jogging. He held the flag upright and flying. Behind him a column of runners flowed like an undulant red wave through Harvard Square.A ‘way out of this dark wood’Ten years ago, nearly 5,000 people gathered on the steps of the Memorial Church in an impromptu outpouring of grief, healing, and spiritual togetherness.For anyone who questioned whether in modern times “Harvard should continue to have this church at the center of this yard,” the gathering “sent a resounding affirmation,” said David Gergen, the Public Service Professor of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Center for Public Leadership, who gave today’s 11 a.m. sermon.“The nature of the threat we face has changed, so that what is required of us as a people of faith has changed too,” said David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership, who spoke at this morning’s service at the Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe crowd at the church this Sept. 11 was considerably smaller than on that day, but the anniversary still inspired deep introspection.The absence of the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the church’s Pusey Minister who died in February from complications of a stroke, loomed over the service. In his talk, Gergen explored Gomes’ central messages in the wake of 9/11: not to assume God offers special protection to the United States; not to fear that God will disappear in tough times; to know that inner strength in adversity comes through walking with God and sustaining “lives of compassion.”The terror attacks ushered in “an extremely difficult and disappointing decade for this country,” Gergen told the congregation. The intervening years have been marked by war, natural disasters, political fracturing, and moral uncertainty about the nation’s response to crisis.“The nature of the threat we face has changed, so that what is required of us as a people of faith has changed too,” he continued. “Then, we were frightened by what bad people were doing to us. Today, the larger threat comes from what we are allowing to happen to each other.”The suffering wrought by the financial crisis that began in 2008 is as devastating as the effects of 9/11, but in a different way, he continued.“We dare not live in a society in which a small number of us live in sunshine, but a great multitude are stuck in a dark wood,” Gergen said, as the late-morning sun shone behind him through the windows of Appleton Chapel. “We must find our way out of this dark wood, but the debate rages on.”Richard Matthews, a retired member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, listened as the Memorial Church bells were rung in remembrance. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFour times, the bells echo lossesTragedies that ripple worldwide and change history are remembered with horrible exactitude. So it was with the 9/11 attacks. Terrorists deployed four jetliners as weapons, three of them successfully. Each impact is engraved in time: 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 10:03 a.m.On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, these exact times were marked by the tolling bells at the Memorial Church at Harvard and at Lowell House. The first bells chimed in counterpoint, 10 years to the moment when a hijacked Boeing 767 slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.Outside the Memorial Church, the tolling had other counterpoints: the off-key chatter of birds in the treetops, and the sounds of an infant, oblivious to any ceremony. There was a mild breeze, and the sun filtered through the tree canopy. Among the 90 observers standing silently, at least some had to be thinking: We survived. The Earth — with its birds and sunlight and babies — will abide.Ivan Bochkov ’12 (right) holds the clapper of “Mother Earth,” the name of the largest bell in the Lowell House bell tower. Ilya Leskov (left), resident tutor at Lowell House, marked the moment by feeling the bell’s reverberations. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBefore and after the tolling, the silence of Tercentenary Theatre was solemn and deep. “Peace be with you,” said the Rev. Robert J. Mark, breaking the silence. The Presbyterian minister, a McDonald Fellow at the Memorial Church, guided a brief ceremony. Rabannit Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, a Harvard chaplain, read a prayer in Hebrew. Zoroastrian chaplain Daryush Mehta filled the silence with “Méditation,” adapted for solo clarinet from the opera “Thaïs.” Afterward, he said he had learned the piece for a wedding.Mohammed Sheehan Rahman ’14, an Adams House sophomore who grew up in Manhattan, sang an Islamic devotional in Urdu. It was tremulous and haunting, like a Muslim call to prayer. It was also resonant of tragedy and renewal, and spoke for all faiths. “I am bowing at your feet, have fallen, and recovered,” the song goes in part. “Improve my fortune, my destiny, oh Lord.”At the end, Mark prayed, “Let us together paint the portrait of a global family.”Before and after the tolling, the silence of Tercentenary Theatre was solemn and deep. “Peace be with you,” said the Rev. Robert J. Mark, breaking the silence. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAfter a decade, ‘Life steps almost straight’There’s no knowing what 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson would have made of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but she did know tragedy and how to cope with it. In “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” (circa 1862), she wrote of those times in life “When light is put away.”In the end, though:Either the Darkness alters —Or something in the sightAdjusts itself to Midnight —And Life steps almost straight.
The complex ecosystem of the American city provides a rich source of both study and inspiration. That fact could not have been clearer than at “The City as Subject,” a Radcliffe on the Road event held in January at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. The lunchtime event brought together two social scientists and an artist to talk about how the city has affected their work.In her introductory remarks, Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen pointed out that the day’s program could be considered a tale of two cities, Boston and Chicago, given that two of the presenters had spent significant time in both. Read Full Story
Student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell asked the Student Senate for ideas on how to better relations between Notre Dame and the South Bend community and for feedback on the beND campaign. The beND campaign is designed to “unify all our University relations and off-campus efforts,” Soler said. The campaign will focus on campus safety, good neighbor relations and community engagement, Soler said. “At the forefront of our community relations and our efforts with law enforcement, we are up front about the fact that this is in no way an attempt to make underage drinking legal,” Soler said. “As student leaders, we try to improve things that are going to be productive in the long run.” “People want specifics about what their rights are when they are dealing with police,” Breen-Phillips senator Erin Burke said. “They want to know what the truth is.” Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott suggested voter registration efforts on campus through the Center for Social Concerns should branch out to off campus students to promote responsible citizenship. “I did read the Good Neighbor Guide recently and thought it was really well put together,” Carroll Hall senator John Sanders said. “But the alcohol section that seems to be so important right now was just a few paragraphs so maybe it needs an addendum.” More prominent information about Transpo will also educate students about their options off campus and how to safely travel through South Bend, Off Campus Concerns Committee chair Emily LeStrange said. The offcampus.nd.edu website also presents students living both on and off campus with resources about the South Bend community, LeStrange said. Committee chairs in the Senate meeting also reported brief plans for their projects outside of beND during the upcoming year. “Our goal for social concerns this year is to clarify service opportunities on campus for students,” Social Concerns chair Patrick McCormick said. Service opportunities abound for students at Notre Dame but many students have complained they do not know where to find clear information about these needs, he said. McCormick said the Social Concerns Committee will collaborate with web design students to create serve.nd.edu, a “clearing house” for all possible service opportunities on campus. Multicultural commissioner Brigitte Githinji said her plans for the year include the creation of a diversity certificate to prompt students to choose courses intended to broaden their worldview. “We are also working on a possible lecture series to show the importance of diversity for years after Notre Dame and especially in the workplace,” Githinji said. Pangborn senator Tierney Roche said members of her dorm thought security in student parking lots needed more attention after several girls experienced car break-ins. The University Affairs Committee would investigate this problem further, committee chair Chase Riddle said. Soler and Bell encouraged the senate to represent the concerns of students as “the elected voice” of their dorms and continue to bring forward campus concerns as the meetings progressed.
Major Component Provider Sees U.S. Solar Growth Continuing in the Face of Trump Tariff FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:SMA Solar (S92G.DE), Germany’s largest solar group, expects the industry to take a just a small hit from import tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump this week, sending its shares to an 11-week high.Trump on Monday approved a 30 percent tariff on solar cell and module imports, dropping to 15 percent within four years. Up to 2.5 gigawatts of unassembled solar cells can be imported tariff-free in each year.Although the move was intended to help American manufacturers, some in the sector said it could slow U.S. investment in solar power and cost thousands of U.S. jobs.However, SMA Solar, the world’s largest maker of solar inverters, said it expected the impact to be small, forecasting industry growth in the Americas region would average about 18 percent per year until 2020, more than the 10 percent expected globally.“SMA’s market outlook includes a slightly negative impact from the import tariff,” SMA said on slides published during its capital market day, giving no further details on the impact.Shares in SMA Solar, which generated 46 percent of its sales in the Americas in 2016, were up 4 percent by 1000 GMT, having touched their highest level since Nov. 8. They had slipped after news of the tariff plan this week.The company also this week reported preliminary 2017 results and predicted growing sales this year.More: SMA Solar sees U.S. duties making only small dent in market