GD NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for USNS John Glenn

first_img GD NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for USNS John Glenn December 6, 2012 Industry news View post tag: John View post tag: KEEL View post tag: Naval View post tag: LAYING View post tag: NASSCO View post tag: Glenn Back to overview,Home naval-today GD NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for USNS John Glenn center_img View post tag: holds View post tag: GD View post tag: News by topic General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), Dec. 4, in San Diego, Calif.MLP 2 is the second ship in the Mobile Landing Platform program that will provide the Navy with the capability to transfer vehicles and equipment at sea and to interface with surface connectors to deliver the vehicles and equipment ashore.The ship’s name honors the Hon. John Glenn, a decorated Marine Corps pilot, who was in attendance for the ceremony. A distinguished astronaut, the first American to orbit the Earth and a former U.S. Senator from Ohio, Glenn flew 59 combat missions during his service with the Marine Corps in World War II, and a combined 90 missions over the course of two tours in the Korean War.“It is fitting that this ship is named in honor of a transformative figure like Senator John Glenn,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic Sealift and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. “MLP will be the centerpiece of the Navy’s seabasing capability and transform how the Navy and Marine Corps team operates from the sea.”Keel laying recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, keel laying represents the formal beginning of a ship. The keel was co-authenticated by Lyn Glenn, ship’s sponsor, and Helen Toolan, spouse of Lieutenant General John A. Toolan, Jr., USMC, Commanding General I Marine Expeditionary Force.Acting as a mobile seabase, MLP will be part of the critical access infrastructure that supports the deployment of forces and supplies to provide prepositioned equipment and supplies with flexible distribution. MLPs are based on an existing commercial NASSCO design, the Alaska-class crude oil carrier, ensuring design stability and lower development costs. MLP will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and range of 9500 nautical miles. At 837 feet long, MLP displaces over 80,000 tons when loaded. The ship with its modular core capability set includes a 25,000 sq. ft. raised vehicle deck, side-port ramp, large mooring fenders, and berths for up to three Landing Craft Air Cushioned vessels (LCAC).These ships serve as a highly flexible, modular platform that may be used across a broad range of military operations, including humanitarian support and sustainment of traditional military missions. They will operate within Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadrons to The ability to establish support facilities at sea assures U.S. military forces access to areas previously denied.The USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), lead ship of the class, launched Nov. 13. MLP 2 is expected to launch and be christened in Fall 2013. The contract for the third ship, the future USNS Lewis Puller, was awarded to NASSCO in February 2012.As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 6, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: USNS View post tag: Ceremonylast_img read more

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HMS Chiddingfold Finds Live Depth Charge during Drills

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Chiddingfold Finds Live Depth Charge during Drills A mine-hunting exercise in the Gulf turned up the real thing when Royal Navy ship HMS Chiddingfold found a live depth charge.The ship’s clearance divers were dispatched to dispose of the explosive during the incident in the Persian Gulf.The real-life scenario came as Royal Navy minehunters, based in Bahrain, were put through their paces in an exercise with the US Navy.Her Majesty’s Ships Atherstone, Chiddingfold and Shoreham met up with the US Navy Avenger-class mine countermeasures vessels USS Dextrous and Devastator for a week of testing scenarios.The task force, supported by Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Cardigan Bay, searched for mines before tasking their divers or Seafox Unmanned Underwater Vehicle to dispose of them.The final phase of the exercise saw the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mitscher arrive to provide protection for the smaller ships that simulated being under attack.This also gave sailors from both navies the chance to briefly spend time embarked in the opposite nation’s warships.During the exercise all five minehunters conducted replenishment at sea with RFA Cardigan Bay.[mappress mapid=”15086″]Image: Royal Navy Authorities HMS Chiddingfold Finds Live Depth Charge during Drills View post tag: Naval View post tag: finds View post tag: Live View post tag: Navy View post tag: middle eastcenter_img View post tag: Depth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS Chiddingfold February 10, 2015 View post tag: Charge View post tag: Persian Gulf Share this articlelast_img read more

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Ocean City Welcomes Back Visitors as Summer Season Kicks Off

first_imgBeach & Boardwalk View from Gardens Plaza The Memorial Day weekend, Ocean City’s traditional opening of the summer season, got off to a rousing start on Friday and swung into high gear on Saturday.Buoyed by encouraging weather reports, many seasonal visitors and second homeowners got the jump on traffic Thursday night and Friday morning. Some made it to OC in time for the Business Person’s Plunge. A zany event dreamed up by PR guru Mark Soifer, the Plunge saw city officials “unlock” the ocean and dozens of business suit-clad men and women march into the surf.By Saturday morning, cars were streaming into town and swelling the 12,000 year-round population close to the 115,000-130,000 estimated summer maximum. Cars, bikes, runners and walkers jammed the streets and somehow coexisted.The Memorial Beach Challenge, a race featuring military-style obstacles, drew more than 800 participants and hundreds of spectators.A line formed at the Music Pier at 9 a.m. as people took their earliest opportunity to buy tickets for the popular Monday Night Concert series, and hundreds more purchased beach tags to beat the $5 price increase that kicks in on June 1.America’s Best Beach, as voted by the readers of Coastal Living Magazine began attracting sun-worshippers mid-morning and was looking like a mid-summer crowd by noon. Ocean City lifeguards were on duty for their first weekend, watching over thousands who braved the chilly water.The in-bound traffic continued unabated throughout the afternoon. Atlantic City Expressway officials said more than 285,000 vehicles were expected to use the highway over the course of the weekend.On Saturday evening the Music Pier hosted “Sinatra at the Shore” featuring the Jersey Shore Pops orchestra, and the room was about three-quarters full to hear Chicago-based Frank Sinatra tribute artist Peter Oprisco. The Boardwalk was jammed with revelers and long lines formed for the more popular rides at Wonderland and Playland’s Castaway Cove.Irene Dickey, a year-round resident who lives in the Gardens, said she was happy to see the town come alive. “I love the off-season,” she said, “but there is something special about this town when we hit the summer season.”For all the fun activities, many visitors and residents sported patriotic t-shirts and hats, mindful of the reason for the holiday. On Monday, the City will host its official observation and pay tribute to our veterans who made the supreme sacrifice.last_img read more

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Del McCoury Keeps It All In The Family For Fall Tour Closer In Denver

first_imgOn Friday, December 8th, The Del McCoury Band kicked off their tour-closing two-night run at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. The energy in the room was especially amplified considering this tour marked Del’s longest in almost twenty years.Local act Meadow Mountain kicked off the night with rowdy boot-stomping originals played with the traditional bluegrass lineup of mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass. The Denver boys invited incredibly talented vocalist Grace Clark to join them for a number of their songs including “Careless Heart”, with her added vocals tying the band’s sound together beautifully. Banjo player Sam Armstrong humbly expressed how “uncomfortably excited” he was to be opening for the legendary Del McCoury, and Meadow Mountain proved themselves to be deserving of such an honor.The Del McCoury Band took the stage promptly at 10 pm in front of a packed house, opening their set with a crowd-pleasing new original as they often do. Next up was “Count Me Out”, a tale of love gone awry from 2007’s Del And The Boys, which featured Del, mandolin player Ronnie McCoury, and fiddle player Jason Carter harmonizing around the center mic. Del then graciously thanked the enthusiastic audience, expressing how happy he and his band were to be finishing their tour in Denver. A fiery instrumental followed, with the five musicians trading off runs, before Ronnie took lead vocals on the next number, slowing things down a bit with a sweet love song, while Del left the stage to change a broken string.In classic good humor, Del returned with a joke about that D-string having been on his guitar since the 1930s before launching into another rousing instrumental. Staple “Nashville Cats” featured the quintet all harmonizing around the center mic in classic bluegrass form, inspiring a whole crowd singalong which prompted Del to remark that the crowd “was in tune and everything!” Del then opened the show up to requests, saying that while they had lots of good murder ballads to sing, they were slacking on love songs. The band then played the influential Del original “Beauty of My Dreams” and a quick and lively “Ashville Turnaround”, which gave bassist Alan Bartram a chance to showcase his skills.After briefly scanning the crowd for requests, Del dedicated “Hey, Hey Bartender” to the Cervantes’ bar staff and played an incredible rendition that had Del impressively hitting the upper register of his voice. Jason Carter then debuted an original of his own before slowing things down with the old song “Learnin’ the Blues”. Appropriately for this point in the evening, the band launched into “Don’t Stop the Music”, which flowed into a roaring instrumental before again slowing the set down with “Blue Darlin’”.A major highlight of the night was Del introducing his grandson and Ronnie’s son Evan McCoury, who sat in on guitar for the remainder of the set, making for a heartwarming multigenerational bluegrass performance. Jerry Lee Lewis original “What Made Milwaukee Famous” flowed into a ripping instrumental with Ronnie and Evan trading off blisteringly quick solos. With time for one more number, Del beckoned the crowd to sing along, strumming the opening chord and giving the crowd the lyrics to the chorus as he closed his set with “I Need More Time”. With that, Del concluded his ninety-minute set giving the stage to his band, The Travelin’ McCourys, who kept the bluegrass going late into the evening.Setlist: Del McCoury Band | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 12/8/2017Set: New Song, Count Me Out, Instrumental, New Song, Instrumental, Nashville Cats, Beauty of My Dreams, Ashville Turnaround, Hey Hey Bartender, New Song, Learnin’ the Blues, Don’t Stop the Music, Blue Darlin’, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Instrumental, I Need More Timelast_img read more

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Watch SAG Winner Bradley Cooper Remind the World About his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award

first_imgOscar nominee Bradley Cooper totally has his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award sitting in a well-lit glass case for all to see in his living room! After winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for American Hustle, the soon-to-be Broadway bound Cooper said the only other award he’s won is a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award. Woo! He picked up the honor for his role opposite Julia Roberts for Three Days of Rain back in 2006. And we don’t have long to wait to see if he’ll win another as he’s heading back to the Main Stem in The Elephant Man. He also made it known that he got his SAG card from a Spanish telecommunications commercial…so now we have to imagine Bradley Cooper, hottest man alive, speaking Spanish, looking beautiful and try not to cry from happiness. Congrats Bradley on your SAG award, and break a leg on Broadway! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Bradley Cooperlast_img read more

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Time to bring back financial privacy

first_imgThe arrest of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on charges of violating the Bank Secrecy Act and lying to the FBI about it is the latest example of how financial privacy is an oxymoron. Simply put, since it originally passed the Bank Secrecy Act in 1970, Congress has gone too far in opening up your members’ accounts to the investigative eyes of the government. Recently Congress scaled back the power of the government to engage in the bulk collection of phone metadata, concluding that the threat to our civil liberties outweighed the security benefits of warehousing this information. I hope that similar changes will one day be made to bank regulations in general, and the BSA in particular. Congress and regulators have gone too far in authorizing fishing expeditions into the financial dealings of Americans.The former speaker is charged with purposefully structuring cash transactions to avoid the $10,000 Currency Transaction Reporting requirement. There is no suggestion that the cash was dirty money derived from criminal activity. Instead it is alleged that he wanted to hide payments being made to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student. Why this bothers me was summed up nicely by this quote by Barry Pollak, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer at the law firm Miller & Chevalier, in the National Law Journal:“In most cases, the government alleges that the reason the defendant engaged in structuring was to hide criminal conduct. What is extraordinary in this case is that the premise may be that what Speaker Hastert was trying to hide was that he was the victim of extortion.”According to the article, structuring charges are on the rise.Prosecutors and regulators have seized so much authority to examine account activity in the name of ferreting out potentially criminal conduct that it is increasingly common for financial institutions to face greater scrutiny than the criminals whose misconduct they are allegedly facilitating. For example, New York pressured banks and credit unions not to facilitate lawful ACH transactions to third party financial institutions providing pay day loans in localities where such loans are legal. And the Justice Department’s “Operation Chokepoint” is based on—in the words of the Department’s blog—“a recognition that choking off access to consumers’ bank accounts could stop numerous fraud schemes at one time and protect more people from being victimized.” Considering that an estimated 90 percent of the currency in U.S. cities contains traces of cocaine, this is a mandate without limit.The scope of these account oversight powers is all the more daunting when one considers that only a handful of the largest banks have the deep pockets and hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to contest regulatory and criminal investigations. As a result, regulators act as judge and jury while the largest BSA transgressors carry on with impunity. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network thought it was appropriate to issue a report scrutinizing the activity of credit unions, apparently without even giving NCUA board Chairman Debbie Matz a heads-up. Now that this secret report has been front page news, these credit unions are essentially guilty until proven innocent. In contrast, if a similar report was produced about the nation’s largest banks, 50 lobbyists and lawyers would have commented on its earliest drafts.Despite their enormous power, regulators face few constraints investigating financial activities. For example, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may request information otherwise subject to the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product protection. When the Bureau wanted to know the order in which financial institutions honor checks, it simply demanded the information from their payment processors..There is a time and a place for Suspicious Activity Reports, regulatory fines and criminal investigations, but the original intent of the BSA and its regulations has been torn from its moorings. When the enforcement of regulations becomes uncoupled from the criminal activity they were designed to deter, something is seriously wrong. Eliot Spitzer’s arrogance made him a convenient target of ridicule, but does the government need a SAR to investigate if someone paid for a prostitute?Of course consumers want to be protected against terrorists, but they also want to live their lives free of prying eyes. How many consumers really know that their financial institution is essentially required to spy on them?The country would be a better place if:The scope of the BSA and its regulations were limited to specific crimes, such as facilitating terrorist financing. Once it was determined that a SAR was not related to any of these specified crimes, it would be destroyed and any evidence gathered as a result of the SAR investigation would not be admissible in a criminal prosecution.Members were told when they have been subject to a SAR. This would put them and other members on notice that their bank privacy has limits and would foster an honest debate about how much financial privacy Americans expect versus how much they actually have.Prosecutors had to prove that structuring was done to facilitate criminal activity. Structuring itself shouldn’t be a crime unless it is being done to cover-up criminal activity.Attorney client privileges for credit unions and banks were extended to regulatory inquiries. All businesses need a zone of privacy in which they can assess their practices.Would these changes make it more difficult to investigate certain crimes? Yes. But prosecutors could still subpoena individual accounts whenever they have evidence of wrongdoing.Would these changes make us less safe? No, because they would allow regulators and law enforcement officials to concentrate on the type of large scale crimes that truly need systemic investigations.Would they reduce the regulatory burden? Maybe.Would they make us a freer country? Absolutely. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Detailslast_img read more

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LSCU members approve merger with Georgia’s League

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Florida and Alabama credit union members of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions overwhelmingly voted in favor of merging with the Georgia Credit Union League during LSCU’s annual business meeting in Orlando on Thursday.The final vote count was 60 in favor, one against, LSCU President/CEO Patrick LaPine said.To comply with the state’s non-profit laws and regulations, the final vote count of Georgia’s credit unions could not be publicly released during a Thursday press conference, but GCUL President/CEO Mike Mercer said he feels “very confident” that the merger vote will pass by a wide margin as well.“We encountered, what I would call, very constructive support from credit unions everywhere, that this (merger) represented a good approach for the future, a way to generate additional value for credit unions,” Mercer said. continue reading »last_img read more

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Cybersecurity is an industry responsibility

first_imgWe are happy to speak with any of the CUInsight community if you have any questions. There’s no commitment or charge. Protecting the CU ecosystem is critical for all of us. Let’s work together to raise our security posture and not let our members be impacted. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tim Foley Tim’s role is to design and deliver creative alliances, marketing & sales strategies to find the organizations that know technology is driving them and are ready to transform. Web: www.thinkstack.co Details Ransomware has dominated recent headlines.Many government systems, businesses and schools have been affected.As a company based in Baltimore who serves the CU industry, we are all too familiar with the impact Ransomware has had on Baltimore City and now reports are saying CUNA has been a victim of an attack. What we have learned, is that ransomware can be crippling. Ransomware can shut down operations, it can be used to exfiltrate data but the biggest impact can be felt in the loss of business control and reputation.Our team has been deployed during ransomware events and we have first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to live through it.In a word…. Helpless.Imagine walking to your building tomorrow and finding the doors locked, then imagine that you can’t open them unless you pay, then you have no idea if the door will open, what they may have done to your office when inside or even if they are gone for good after you clean up!It’s not good and many organizations never recover.Another disturbing trend we have seen, is that the hackers will target industries strategically. If the reports we are seeing proved to be correct, hitting CUNA could signal the beginning of a targeted approach. This will not include just CU’s but all of our industry’s partners – the whole ecosystem.What can you do?Here is the good news about ransomware – It is one of the more avoidable threats, if you can do the fundamentals well, you can put protections in place.There are many advanced defense strategies and tools but make sure you are doing the basics first, here is a quick list that you can use to make sure your CU is protected:Patching and updating. Most of the recent ransomware threats have leveraged Microsoft OS vulnerabilities. This highlights the criticality of consistent updating of your network systems. This includes all operating systems, third party software, and network devices. This should happen daily or weekly and you should have reports that prove the updates were applied correctly. Use monthly vulnerability scanning as a check and balance.Network architecture. The specific architecture for each network will vary, but some principles you should look for include: network segmentation and least privileged access and resiliency. Ask your team how well provisioned those principles are in your network.Security tools. While some advanced tools exist, at a minimum make sure you have next generation antivirus, anti-malware, UTM firewalls, behavior analytics and SEIM in place.Backup and recovery. This is the best way to combat ransomware. Ensure that your backups are sent offsite, off network and make sure you have a recovery solution that can launch and run your business operations quickly.Managed detection and response. Have a team or vendor who is providing 24/7 monitoring and detection of your systems. Threats come in many different flavors and no one tool can protect you from everything. Looking for anomalies will help you identify and quarantine potential threats.Vendor management. Understand the scope of your vendors’ cyber programs. Not just to keep your systems and member data safe, but also to ensure they are protected. Imagine if a critical vendor were hit by Ransomware and their systems were down. While it may not impact your systems, it will certainly impact your members.Mapping. Understand what data you have, how you get it, where it’s stored and how it’s used. You can’t govern and protect what you don’t understand. Creating visuals of these business processes and data flows can aid your understanding.Training and testing. Users are still your greatest threat, make sure your users and members are trained what to look for. Then test your systems and people frequently. A cyber event will happen. It’s not preventable, so be prepared to respond.last_img read more

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Aurora Cannabis, other pot stocks surge as marijuana legalization spreads in the US

first_imgEmployees tend to marijuana plants at the Aurora Cannabis Inc. facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.Jason Franson  | Bloomberg | Getty Images Five states legalized some form of marijuana use on Tuesday, including Arizona, New Jersey and Mississippi, according to NBC News. Voters in Oregon also chose to remove jail time as a punishment for small possession of some other drugs, including cocaine.- Advertisement – Traders may also be betting that Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who took the lead in Pennsylvania on Friday even as the presidential election remained uncalled by NBC News, would be more willing to legalize marijuana on a federal level. Biden said during the campaign that he supported decriminalization but did not endorse full legalization.The spike for pot stocks follows a dramatic decline for much of the year. Even with Friday’s jump, Aurora shares have lost roughly 60% of their value this year. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Cannabis stocks continued their post-election rally on Friday after American voters in several states approved expanded use of marijuana.Aurora Cannabis led the way with a furious climb of more than 68% on Friday, bringing the stock’s gain since Election Day to over 115%. Tilray and Canopy Growth surged by roughly 33% and 13%, respectively, on Friday.last_img read more

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Call for action on family violence

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 16 July 2012Government agencies are failing those who need help most, a children’s advocate says.  Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who is based in the Western Bay, believes “at risk” families can not access the support they need, resulting in violence in the home.  The call comes in response to a Bay of Plenty Times Weekend story about convicted child abuser Reuben Anthony Major. Major pleaded guilty to five representative counts of assault on a child aged under 14, in the Tauranga District Court on Friday.  “I think there’s a huge lack of access to support for parents and too often the response is after-the-fact,” Mr McCoskrie said. “We’ve stretched our resources so far, CYFs are overloaded and they’re not able to deal with cases like this that deserve more attention, and they go under the radar.”http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/call-for-action-on-family-violence/1454274/Man guilty of unspeakable abuseBay of Plenty TimesA Bay man repeatedly beat five children in his home – including kicking them with steel-capped boots and using a plastic pipe – in a reign of terror lasting two years. …He described a home environment involving violence, drug use, drunkenness and verbal abuse.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/man-guilty-of-unspeakable-abuse/1454296/last_img read more

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