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USA: NAVFAC Announces Sea, Shore SOY

first_img Authorities View post tag: Navy February 23, 2012 View post tag: Announces View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the selection of its 2011 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year Feb. 21.NAVFAC Commander Rear Adm. Christopher J. Mossey announced Utilitiesman 1st Class (SCW) Patrick Cunningham from Naval Support Unit, State Department was named as the Sea Sailor of the Year, and Utilitiesman 1st Class (SCW) Minoru Underhill from NAVFAC Far East was named the Shore Sailor of the Year.“The actions, motivational leadership and dedicated efforts of Petty Officer Cunningham and Petty Officer Underhill make them most deserving of selection as the Naval Facilities Engineering Command 2011 Sailors of the Year,” said Mossey. “Well done.”The NAVFAC Sailor of the Year program recognizes Sailors who best represent superior dedicated service in a particular type of duty. The Sailor of the Year epitomizes Navy core values and is typified by a history of sustained superior performance, including significant positive command impact, outstanding mission contribution, and proven leadership ability.Cunningham distinguished himself as leading petty officer and shop supervisor while assigned to U.S. embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, Africa, where he planned and implemented the maintenance of all technical security equipment in the Horn of Africa.“I am extremely proud to represent NSU and NAVFAC as Sailor of the Year,” said Cunningham. “In the past, I have worked mostly construction, but also was a tactical communications instructor for three years. Technical security may be different in many ways, but the technical aspect of my past experiences has greatly helped me succeed in my current job.”Cunningham’s provided more than 100 days of support to four U.S. embassies in the Horn of Africa. Additionally, his completion of 230 work orders allowed a 98 percent critical equipment uptime with zero safety or security mishaps.Working for NAVFAC Far East, Underhill distinguished himself as operations chief and leading petty officer of the Public Works Construction Branch, Naval Air Forces, Atsugi, Japan, where he managed the planning and execution of 10 facilities and quality of life improvement projects.“I’m very proud of the overall accomplishments of my team and how that helped me get to where I am today,” said Underhill of his selection. “All I did was do my job to the fullest, take care of my troops to the best of my abilities, tackle obstacles head-on and make mission success my focus.”Additionally, his supervision of the Public Works emergency trouble desk resulted in the reduction of more than 450 back-logged work orders, minimized the use of master labor contractors’ overtime, and improved response times for his branch.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 23, 2012 View post tag: NAVFACcenter_img View post tag: SOY View post tag: sea USA: NAVFAC Announces Sea, Shore SOY View post tag: Shore Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NAVFAC Announces Sea, Shore SOY Share this articlelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andrea Martin Lands Tina Fey Project & More

first_imgAndrea Martin(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Star Files Andrea Martin Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Andrea Martin’s Tina Fey ProjectTwo-time Tony winner Andrea Martin, who is currently appearing in Noises Off on Broadway, has been tapped as one of two leads in an NBC comedy pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Deadline reports that Tracey Wigfield will pen the untitled project, where a mom (Martin) becomes an intern at her daughter’s workplace. If door-slamming is involved, which sounds like a distinct possibility, we can vouch from what’s been going on recently at the American Airlines Theatre that Martin is an expert…James Norton & Kate Fleetwood Set for BugWe need to take a trip across the pond! James Norton (Prince Andrei in War and Peace) and Tony nominee Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth) will star in Tracy Letts’ Bug. Directed by Simon Evans, the tense and blackly comic piece is scheduled to play London’s Found 111, a new pop-up theater space, March 24 through May 7. Opening night is set for March 29.The Countess of Storyville Aims for B’wayThere’s a new musical eyeing the Great White Way! The Countess of Storyville is set to make its world premiere at the University of Alabama Theatre & Dance’s Marian Gallaway Theatre, playing a limited engagement February 16 through February 20. The show follows a wealthy and beautiful woman of color who returns from Paris to operate a legally-sanctioned brothel in Storyville, the red light district of 1910 New Orleans. Jazz and Ragtime were born in those 10 blocks of “sin.” Directed by Mark Waldrop, the production will feature music by Martin Silvestri, lyrics by Joel Higgins, a book by R.M. Cohen and choreography by Denis Jones.Get Up Close & Personal With Kate Baldwin & FriendsWe’d like to RSVP “yes” to this, please! Welcome to My Party: Kate Baldwin and Friends Sing Michael John LaChiusa will take place on February 28 at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theatre. LaChiusa is known for his musicals such as The Wild Party, Hello Again and Queen of the Mist; Baldwin starred in his off-Broadway musical Giant in 2012. She’ll bring his music to life along with the vocal talents of Alexander Gemignani, Katie Thompson and Allison Blackwell. Directed by Erin Ortman, the concert will feature musical direction and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Buy tickets here!Have a happy holiday weekend! View Commentslast_img read more

Military’s Duty to Protect Human Rights Discussed at SOUTHCOM

first_img This story includes extracts from the U. S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office press release. Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 Western Hemisphere nations met at the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Aug. 26-28 to discuss the military’s duty to protect human rights in the region. “If you are in this room, and if you are in uniform, you [generally speaking] understand human rights better than most people,” said United States Southern Command Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly when he addressed the participants on the second day of the event. The conference, titled “The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Officers’ Workshop,” included the participation of defense, government, academic, and non-governmental organization representatives from Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, the United States and Uruguay. “The countries were extremely willing to participate, in particular the ones that are participating actively in the human rights initiative. They are eager to show everybody else what they are doing,” explained Leana Bresnahan, Chief of the Human Rights Office at U.S. Southern Command, department responsible for organizing the conference. A common topic discussed among the participants was a possible punishment for those who are a part of any military branch in the region that violate human rights. Most countries have mechanisms to guarantee the individual will see some form of repercussions for their acts. Colonel Juan Perez Richiez, Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate from the Graduate School of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights of the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, explained that in his country, “The Attorney General of the Armed Forces transfer what are consider to be the common offences to the civil jurisdiction. Everything that is outside the military jurisdiction, if required by the civil justice, this person in uniform is put at the disposal of civil justice and the process takes its normal course.” During his presentation, the Lieutenant Coronel Juan Carlos Méndez Menjívar, Advisor to the director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the National Defense for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights in El Salvador introduced the CETAC software, developed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the local Government and, according to him, it is only in the Central American and Caribbean region, “CETAC software was designed to carry out exercises of international humanitarian law and we are always updating it with facts and occurrences that may breach human rights.” HRI is a program initiated by SOUTHCOM in 1997 that seeks to bring together representatives of military, security forces, civilian government and civil society to develop a model human rights program for military forces focusing on four areas: doctrine, education and training, internal control systems, and cooperation with civilian authorities. SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office supports, or has supported in the past, the efforts of 10 countries-Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay, and one regional organization, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). All of which have made a formal commitment to implement HRI within their armed forces. The discussion regarding human rights which was promoted at SOUTHCOM´s headquarters establishes a magnificent event for the Americas. Undoubtedly, it is an iniciative that should be done in other regions, once Africa and Asia are embarassing examples where the Armed Forces lack doutrinary education and a more humanly training to perceive, understand and attend the social needs of poverty-stricken populations. I congratulate Admiral John F. Kelly for the opportunity and success of the meeting which stregthens the friendship among the Americas defense forces. Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Vice-Deputy of the War College Graduates Association (Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra) – São Paulo, Brazil I do agree that these countries should comply with everything agreed upon, particularly Colombia, because I am a victim of the National Police in the Department of Sucre, in a matter of extortion and threats against my person. It is very interestingcenter_img By Dialogo August 29, 2014last_img read more

Fulham v Stoke line-ups: Whites debuts, Potters duo out, Sidwell starts

first_imgOn-loan goalkeeper Joe Lewis is handed his Fulham debut for the League Cup third-round tie against Stoke City at Craven Cottage.As expected, Whites boss Kit Symons has made changes for the game, leaving out the likes of Jamie O’Hara and Tom Cairney. Summer signing Sakari Mattila makes his full debut, while Cauley Woodrow comes in for Moussa Dembele.Stoke, meanwhile, are without Mame Biram Diouf, who has a hamstring problem.Bojan, who returned to action at the weekend following a knee injury, is also absent.Ex-Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell starts against his former club.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Christensen, Mattila, Kacaniklic, Pringle, McCormack, Woodrow.Subs: Lonergan, Kavanagh, Evans, Hyndman, Bodurov, Tunnicliffe, Dembele.Stoke: Given; Bardsley, Wilson, Wollscheid, Pieters; Sidwell, Cameron; Odemwingie, Ireland, Afellay; Crouch.Subs: Haugaard; Muniesa, Johnson, Arnautovic, Joselu, Van Ginkel, Shaqiri.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photos: Ex-Cal coach now with Cleveland Cavaliers sells Oakland mansion

first_imgFormer UC Berkeley women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who now works as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has sold her Glenview home in Oakland for $1.9 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Gottlieb made history this year as the first women’s collegiate head coach hired by an NBA team.She’s sold her 4,210-square-foot, six-bedroom, four-bath Mediterranean style home with in-law unit. It features two outdoor decks, a roomy backyard and many other …last_img

South African inventions

first_imgSouth Africa lay claim to some of the world’s firsts. The list includes the CAT scan, the first heart transplant and the speed gun.Dolosse are structures designed to break up wave action and protect harbour walls and coastal installations. It is a South African invention. (Image: Hannelie Coetzee, Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterWhere would you expect to find the inventor of the CAT scan, the makers of the “speed gun” used in cricket ovals the world over, or the world’s first oil-from-coal refinery?For some of the material in this article, our thanks go to Mike Bruton, ‘Great South African Inventions’ (Cambridge University Press, Indigenous Knowledge Library series, ISBN 978 0 521 74663 2).There’s a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial activity in South Africa, backed up by a number of organisations (see box down right) that provide support for budding inventors and innovators. Some of the world’s firsts South Africa can lay claim to are the following:CAT scanThe computed axial tomography scan, or the CAT scan. (Image: Wikipedia)The computed axial tomography scan, or CAT scan, was developed at Tufts University in the UK by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories. Their achievement secured them the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Cormack’s interest in the problem of X-ray imaging of soft tissues or layers of tissue of differing densities was first aroused when he took up the part-time position of physicist for a hospital radiology department.The two-dimensional representations of conventional X-ray plates were often unable to distinguish between such tissues. More information could be gained if X-rays of the body were taken from several different directions, but conventional X-ray techniques made this procedure problematic.In the early 1960s, Cormack showed how details of a flat section of soft tissues could be calculated from measurements of the attenuation of X-rays passing through it from many different angles.He thus provided the mathematical technique for the CAT scan, in which an X-ray source and electronic detectors are rotated about the body and the resulting data is analysed by a computer to produce a sharp map of the tissues within a cross-section of the body.Oil from coalSasol is the world’s first – and largest – oil-from-coal refinery. It is situated in Sasolburg in South Africa and provides 40% of the country’s fuel.The history of Sasol began in 1927 when a White Paper was tabled in Parliament to investigate the establishment of a South African oil-from-coal industry.It was realised then that, because South Africa did not have crude oil reserves, the country’s balance of payments had to be protected against increasing crude oil imports. After many years of research and international negotiations, the South African Coal Oil and Gas Corporation was formed in 1950.Major milestones include the first automotive fuel (1955), the construction of the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (1967) and the establishment in 1990 of its first international marketing company, Sasol Chemicals Europe.Sasol has developed world-leading technology for the conversion of low-grade coal into value-added synfuels and chemicals.Heart transplantDr. Christiaan Barnard is the South African surgeon who performed the world’s first human heart transplant in 1967. Barnard died in 2001. (Image: Academy of Achievement)The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Chris Barnard in Cape Town on 3 December 1967.Barnard was born in the town of Beaufort West in 1922. The seeds of his future career were sown when one of his patients delivered a baby boy with a heart defect which could not be remedied. The baby died, causing him to think deeply about the need for remedial surgery and the replacement of heart valves.A turning point came when Barnard was offered a chance to work in Minneapolis in the US under Professor Wagensteen, a great teacher of experimental surgery. The heart-lung machine was perfected, and this turned out to be the gateway to cardiac surgery.The idea of transplanting occurred to Barnard. If it was possible with kidneys, why not the heart? After more years of study in the US, he returned to South Africa with a parting gift from Prof Wagensteen – a heart-lung machine.Groote Schuur hospital was waiting his return in 1958 to start the first heart unit to perform a cardiac bypass operation.After performing the first successful kidney transplant on Edith Black, in October 1967 Barnard informed Professor Val Schrire, who had built up the cardiac clinic: “Everything is ready for a heart transplant. We have the team and we know how to do it.”In November 1967, Schrire called Barnard and told him that there was a suitable patient for a heart transplant. Louis Washkansky was suffering from heart failure and was prepared to take the chance. The rest is history.Barnard passed away in Cyprus, Greece on 2 September 2001 from an acute asthma attack.Speed gunThe South African-made speed gun, developed by Somerset West inventor Henri Johnson, was formally launched at The Oval in England during the 1999 Cricket World Cup.In 1992 Johnson invented the Speedball which was manufactured by South African firm Electronic Development House. The device accurately measures the speed and angles of speeding objects such as cricket and tennis balls.Generally referred to as a “speed gun”, Johnson’s gizmo is sold in cricketing countries and in the US and Europe.Kreepy KraulyThe swimming pool vacuum cleaner was invented by Ferdinand Chauvier, a hydraulics engineer who came to South Africa from the Belgian Congo in 1951.Chauvier quickly realised that there was a huge market for taking the hassle out of cleaning swimming pools, and went about inventing a machine that would do the job automatically, efficiently powered by the ordinary operation of the pool’s filter.But it wasn’t until 1974 that the first Kreepy Krauly was born in Chauvier’s Springs home.He died in 1985, but Kreepy Kraulys continue to keep thousands of pools clean in South Africa and the world over.Pratley PuttyPratley’s glue is the only South African invention that went to the moon. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together. (Image: Makro)Pratley’s famous glue is the only South African invention that has been to the moon. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together.Krugersdorp engineer George Pratley invented his famous sticky stuff in the 1960s while looking for a glue that would hold components in an electrical box.Pratley died in 1983 and today the company is run by his son, Kim. Hundreds of tons of Pratley putty have been exported all over the world, and the company has diversified into other products.DolosseDolosse are large, unusually shaped concrete blocks weighing up to 20 tons. The structures are designed to break up wave action and protect harbour walls and coastal installations.Designed by Eric Merrifield and first installed in East London harbour, they are now used all over the world.The Coega Project, comprising an industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth, made history with the casting of the biggest dolosse on the African continent: 26 500 30-ton dolosse are used on the two breakwaters for the deep-water harbour of Ngqura.Sources:Mike Bruton, ‘Great South African Inventions’ (Cambridge University Press, Indigenous Knowledge Library series, ISBN 978 0 521 74663 2)Britannica.comWestern Cape governmentSasolPratleyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

What fall field work to do and not do

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With one of the driest falls in recent memory and a rapid wrap up to harvest, many farmers are finding some extra time to take care of some fall field work ahead of schedule. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Jonah Johnson says there are some good options of fall field work and some that may be more harm than good.last_img