Support Services Deal for LCS Program Awarded

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: LCS View post tag: Support March 5, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Support Services Deal for LCS Program Awarded View post tag: Awarded View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: deal Support Services Deal for LCS Program Awarded View post tag: News by topic Computer Sciences Corp is being awarded an $8,3 million modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for professional services in support of the Littoral Combat Ship program. This contract is for professional support services in the areas of test and evaluation, lifecycle engineering and support, logistics and operational readiness, program management, business and financial management, systems engineering, production planning and production engineering, manning, personnel and training, human systems integration analysis and engineering, data management engineering, and combat systems development.Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia, and is expected to be completed by June 2015.The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.Image: US Navy View post tag: program View post tag: services Share this articlelast_img read more


first_img83, of Bayonne, passed away on October 27 at the Bayonne Medical Center. Mildred was a school teacher at P.S. #13 Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Elizabeth for many years before retiring. She was the wife to the late Dominick De Angelo, the mother to Donald De Angelo, and to Lori Shindell and a grandmother to David De Angelo and Reed Shindell. Mildred is survived by her sisters Mary Jane Acito and Carole Dachowicz and a host of other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to The Humane Society of NJ; envelopes will be provided at the funeral home or online a link can be found on Mildred’s obituary page at Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

Ocean City Theatre Company to hold auditions for STUDENTS IN 6th – 12th Grades

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will hold auditions at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 20th or 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 25.   Auditions will be held at the 8th Street Recreation Center on the corner of 8th Street and Haven Avenue.  Students in 6th – 12th grades will have the opportunity to audition for a special fall production that is entitled THE LIVING DRAGON.  This original play explores South Jersey’s most famous urban legend: the Jersey Devil. The story goes that Mother Leed’s 13th child was cursed and shortly after birth, transformed into a creature possessing the features of a horse, bat, and reptile that now haunts the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This family friendly show will capture the spooky season as a talented troupe of student performers takes audience members on a journey to uncover the truth about the Jersey Devil.This production is not a musical and will be a unique acting challenge for the students involved. Performances will be held on October 29 and 30 at the Ocean City Senior Center.  More information and audition requirements can be found on the education registration page at Questions can be sent to [email protected] or you may call 609-398-1118.last_img read more

Speech: “The Russian State was responsible for the attempted murder…and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury.”

first_imgThank you Mr President.And thank you for arranging this urgent meeting of the of the Security Council today to give the UK the opportunity to update Council colleagues on our investigation into a nerve agent attack in Salisbury.On Sunday 4 March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in the town centre slipping out of consciousness on a public bench and were taken to hospital by our emergency services, where they remain in a very serious condition.UN Security Council update on the Salisbury incidentInvestigations by world-leading experts at the Defence, Science and Technology laboratory at Porton Down, accredited by the OPCW, discovered that they had been exposed to a nerve agent. British Police Officer Nick Bailey, was also exposed and remains in hospital in a serious condition. Hundreds of British citizens have been potentially exposed to this nerve agent in what was an indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom. We have deployed our military to secure and decontaminate numerous sites. The police continue an exhaustive, wide-scale investigation. Through those investigations, we have concluded that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a “Novichok”, a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.It is not a weapon which can be manufactured by non-state actors. It is so dangerous that it requires the highest-grade state laboratories and expertise. Based on the knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and combined with Russia’s record of conducting state sponsored assassinations – including against former intelligence officers whom they regard as legitimate targets – the UK Government concluded that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for this reckless act.We saw only two plausible explanations: either it was a direct attack by Russia on my country; or Russia had lost control of a military-grade nerve agent which they had developed. We requested the Russian Government provide an explanation by the end of Tuesday 13 March on how this Russian-produced nerve agent could have been deployed in Salisbury. They provided no credible explanation which could suggest they lost control of their nerve agent.Mr President, we therefore have no alternative but to conclude that the Russian State was responsible for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and Police Officer Nick Bailey, and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury.Mr President, this was no common crime. It was an unlawful use of force – a violation of article two of the United Nations charter, the basis of the international legal order.Mr President, the UK is proud to have been one of the states who played an integral role in drafting the Chemical Weapons Convention, a landmark piece of international law. We are therefore dismayed that Russia suggested that our response fails to meet the requirements of the convention. Article 7 of the Convention calls on the State Parties to implement the convention under their own legislation. The United Kingdom has enacted the Chemical Weapons Act in order to fully comply with this obligation. That legislation, together with relevant criminal law, is now guiding our investigation into this incident, as the convention was designed.This was an attack on UK soil. Under the convention, we have the right to lead our response, engaging the OPCW and others as appropriate. On 8 March the UK formally notified the OPCW Technical Secretariat that a chemical attack had taken place on UK soil. The Russian Federation has complained that we are not using article 9 of the Convention. On the contrary, on 12 March, once it became clear to us that the United Kingdom had been attacked, my Foreign Secretary summoned the Russian Ambassador and sought an explanation from his government, as article 9 is clear we have the right to do. We have received no meaningful response. It is therefore Russia which is failing to comply with the provisions of the convention and this Council should not fall for their attempts to muddy the waters. In addition the UK has welcomed the offer of technical assistance from the Director General of the OPCW and we have invited the Technical Secretariat to independently verify our analysis. We are making every effort to expedite this process.Mr President, let us now turn to the part of the Chemical Weapons convention which Russia is not talking about. The part which requires State Parties to declare chemical weapons stockpiles and facilities which have been used at any time since 1946 to produce chemical weapons. Chemical weapons were to be verifiably destroyed and production facilities destroyed or converted subject to approval, within ten years of entry into force of the Convention. Russia completed destruction of its declared stockpile in September 2017 – ten years later than required by the Convention and five years beyond the single five year extension period.Russia did not declare Novichok agents or production facilities associated with them as it was required to do under the Convention. No development facilities were declared. Yet we know from testimony by the Russian scientist Vil Mirzanayov that Novichoks were developed as part of the Soviet Union’s offensive chemical warfare programme and inherited by the Russian Federation. Such facilities associated with that programme should have been declared under the CWC. Even today, a Russian politician has said that Russia has destroyed the Novichok nerve gas.Mr President, from all of this we can conclude that Russia is in serious breach of the Chemical Weapons convention through its failure to declare the Novichok programme. This fact alone means you should discount any arguments you hear from them about the possibility of other countries having inherited this technology. Had Russia declared and destroyed their own programme, there might have been some truth to this.Mr President, on 4 March a weapon so horrific that it is banned from use in war was used in a peaceful city in my country. This was a reckless act carried out by people who disregard the sanctity of human life, who are indifferent to whether innocents are caught up in their attacks. They either did not care that the weapon used would be traced back to them, or mistakenly believed that they could cover their traces. Russian officials and media channels have repeatedly threatened those they consider traitors, even after the 4 March attacks.Russia has a history of state-sponsored assassinations, including that of Alexander Litvinienko, poisoned by radioactive materials in my country a decade ago.Russia has a history of interfering in other countries, whether the botched coup in Montenegro, repeated cyber-attacks on other states or seeking to influence others’ democratic processes.Russia has a history of flouting international law, most egregiously in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Georgia.Russia shows disregard for civilian life, we all remember flight MH17 shot down by Russian proxies, supplied with Russian weapons.And Russia has shown in its repeated protection of Asad’s chemical weapons use that it has different standards when it comes to the use of these terrible substances.We have not jumped to conclusions. We have carried out a thorough, careful investigation, which continues. We are asking the OPCW to independently verify the nerve agent used. We have offered Russia the chance to explain. But Russia has refused.We have therefore concluded that the Russian state was involved and we have taken certain measures in response. In taking these measures we have been clear that we have no disagreement with the people of Russia who have been responsible for so many great achievements throughout history. It is the reckless acts of their Government which we oppose.Mr President, we are grateful for the support of so many countries around the world. We will come back to the Council as the investigations make more progress and continue to keep you informed.We have already heard the attacks and threats Russia has made over the past few days. We know that there will be more to come. This is how Russia has acted in every other case where it has been caught flouting international law: denial, distraction and threats. It is what Russia does.But we will not let such threats deter us. We will not weaken our resolve. We will stand firm, confident in our democracy, our rule of law and the freedom of our people. We will stand by the values which are shared by the overwhelming majority of those in this Council, in this United Nations. And we ask you today to stand by us.Thank you. Find out more about the UK government response to the Salisbury attack.last_img read more

Sneakers, flip-flops, stilettos

first_imgInside Holden Chapel, dozens of salsa beginners face one another, feet shifting slightly on the hardwood, waiting. Then Drago Guggiana-Nilo calls out “five, six, seven, eight,” and the class bursts into action, sashaying toward embrace.The event was just one of the many classes offered by Harvard Ballroom, a nonprofit, student-run dance organization that offers social dance classes throughout the year. This summer, dance students learned how to swing, tango, salsa, and waltz, culminating in an open social dance event at the end of the session.A graduate student in biophysics, Guggiana-Nilo joined the Harvard Ballroom team in 2011. “I went to one of the social dances, saw a couple of performances, and I immediately knew: I wanted to do this.”  He has taught beginning salsa for Harvard Ballroom for two years running.The other instructor for the class, Cristina Foyo Cardenas, is completing an English as a second language (ESL) program at the Extension School. Like Guggiana-Nilo, she learned about Harvard Ballroom through a social dance event.“Dancing has helped me to be more confident,” she said. “Everyone is so welcoming, and you can meet people from all over the world in the same room.”While women slightly outnumber men, instructors have devised a creative solution. Female dancers stand in an inner circle facing out, and are surrounded by an outer circle of male dancers, who rotate to a new partner every few minutes. As a result, no one goes without a dance partner for longer than a round. The approach also heightens the “social” aspect of dancing, with individuals meeting a new partner every few minutes.One of the advantages for international students, Foyo Cardenas said, is that dancing is such a universal language. “You learn how to communicate through touch, to be sensitive, to pay closer attention,” she said. “And before you know it, you’re dancing.”Salsa student Gil Alterovitz, assistant professor of pediatrics and research associate in biomedical informatics, said that in addition to introducing him to a diverse group of fellow dancers, the classes have influenced his research.“It’s given me a new perspective,” he said. “In one project, my group has conveyed the language of gene expression as well as connectivity through use of music and 3-D modeling of movement — so it’s led to some interesting avenues.”Violet Li ’14, president of Harvard Ballroom, has been dancing ever since she arrived on campus. She said that the decision to open social dance classes beyond Harvard affiliates and students helps create a stronger community of dancers.“It replicates the social dance environment outside of Harvard, because we encourage our students to go to clubs and actually try the moves they’ve learned in class,” she said. “And because we open our classes to everyone, we learn how to be better teachers as well.”For Foyo Cardenas, dancing is more than just good exercise and a dynamic way to meet new people.“When you’re listening to music and dancing, everything else falls away,” Foyo Cardenas said. “When you see everyone else dancing with you, enjoying themselves … it’s a space where you can just feel good.”last_img read more

Hasty Pudding names Milo Ventimiglia Man of the Year

first_imgMilo Ventimiglia has been named the 2019 Man of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S.The 41-year-old actor gained international recognition for his role as Jess Mariano on the television series “Gilmore Girls” from 2002 to 2006. He also played Rocky Balboa’s son, Rocky Jr., in the sixth and eighth installments of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” series. Ventimiglia is currently starring as as Jack Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us.”Hasty Pudding announced Tuesday that Bryce Dallas Howard was selected as its Woman of the Year. She will receive her pudding pot following a parade and roast on Thursday.Established in 1963, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year award is presented each year to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions in entertainment. Past recipients have included Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Chris Pratt, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds, and most recently Paul Rudd.Ventimiglia will receive his traditional pudding pot at a celebratory roast at Farkas Hall on Feb. 8. A press conference that will be live streamed will follow the roast at 8:40 p.m. Afterward, Ventimigliawill attend the premiere of the Pudding’s 171st production, “France France Revolution.”To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 171st production, “France France Revolution,” contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205 or order online at The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. from Feb. 8-March 10. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 15 and 16. Call 212-772-4448 for tickets. They will perform March 20-22 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda. As Hasty’s 68th recipient, she will lead the parade and attend roast to earn her pudding pot Bryce Dallas Howard named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Yearcenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

Piggy Bank Contest

first_imgIt’s best to develop money-saving habits when you’re young, so Georgia Saves is reaching out to Georgia students with its inaugural Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest.Georgia Saves, part of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America and sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, wants students to design their own unique piggy banks to help inspire their peers – and their parents – to start saving.The contest is open to students from first to 12th grade, and the entry deadline is March 15. “Spending takes no special talents or abilities; anyone can do it,” said Michael Rupured, a financial management specialist with UGA Extension and the contest’s co-organizer. “Saving, however, is a habit that needs to be developed, practiced and encouraged. Developing the saving habit at a young age pays off big over the course of a lifetime. Piggy banks are an important tool for developing the saving habit and shifting the conversation from spending money to saving it.”Students must make a piggy bank that allows money to be put in and taken out without destroying the bank. They also have to demonstrate how their bank works in a short video posted on Instagram. This less-than-60-second video should show the materials used and allow the student to showcase their banks in the best light.Winners in elementary, middle and high school age brackets will receive $50, $100 and $200 gift cards, respectively. Banks will be judged on originality, creativity, functionality, visual appeal, overall impression, and the video presentation and its popularity on Instagram.The piggy banks and the accompanying videos will be used to promote the Georgia Saves pledge, which encourages saving toward a specific goal in order to help kick-start new saving habits. Those who take the pledge receive regular reminders to save via text message as well as money-saving tips. Visit to take the pledge.For more information and requirements about the Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest, contact your local UGA Extension office or visit Individual students as well as class groups are encouraged to enter the contest.last_img read more

Protein Impacts

first_imgA study by the Environmental Working Group assessed the climate impacts of 20 popular types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins and concluded that beef has more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times more than chicken and more than 13 times as much as vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils and tofu. Photo cred: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: We’ve been hearing for years how producing red meat is bad for the environment while consuming it is bad for our health. How do other types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins stack up in terms of environmental and health impacts?     –– Julia Saperstein, via e-mailNot all forms of protein are created equal as to the environmental and health implications of raising and consuming them. A 2011 assessment by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that “different meats and different production systems have varying health, climate and other environmental impacts.”The quantity of chemical fertilizers, fuel and other “production inputs” used, the differences in soil conditions and production systems and the extent to which best practices such as cover cropping, intensive grazing or manure management are implemented all affect the amount of greenhouse gas emissions a meat product is responsible for generating. To wit, lamb, beef, cheese, pork and farmed salmon raised “conventionally” (e.g. with inputs including hormones and antibiotics and feed derived from crops grown with chemical pesticides and fertilizers) were determined by EWG to generate the most greenhouse gases.EWG partnered with the environmental analysis firm CleanMetrics to assess the climate impacts via lifecycle assessments of 20 popular types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins. EWG’s assessment calculated the full “cradle-to-grave” carbon footprint of each food item based on the greenhouse gas emissions generated before and after it left the farm—from the pesticides and fertilizer used to grow animal feed all the way through the grazing, animal raising, processing, transportation, cooking and even disposal of unused food (since some 20 percent of edible meat gets thrown away by Americans).According to EWG, conventionally raised lamb, beef, cheese and pork also generate more polluting waste, pound for pound. Of these, lamb has the greatest impact, followed by beef and then by cheese—so vegetarians who eat dairy aren’t off the hook. “Beef has more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times more than chicken and more than 13 times as much as vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils and tofu,” summarizes EWG.On the health front, EWG reports that “eating too much of these greenhouse gas-intensive meats boosts exposure to toxins and increases the risk of a wide variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers, obesity and, in some studies, diabetes.”Besides cutting out animal-derived proteins altogether, the best thing we can do for our health and the environment is to cut down on our meat consumption and choose only organic, humane and/or grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy. “Overall, these products are the least harmful, most ethical choices,” says EWG, adding that grass-fed and pasture-raised products are typically more nutritious and carry less risk of bacterial contamination. “While best management practices can demonstrably reduce overall emissions and environmental harm, the most effective and efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts from livestock is simply to eat, waste and produce less meat and dairy.” For more information, check out EWG’s free online “Meat Eater’s Guide.”CONTACTS: EWG Meat Eater’s Guide,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

Is your leadership going off the rails?

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… There is a lot going on in the world and at our organizations. In crisis mode, it can be easy to take up bad habits as we push to get things done and survive. But no matter what challenges and distractions we’re facing, executives must stay committed to leading the right way.While each of us have unique traits that make us the right fit for our organizations, there are some guiding principles that make great leaders. In a recent blog post, leadership strategist John Thurlbeck outlines questions for leaders to utilize when considering whether they have gone off the rails.Are you leading with humility? We worked hard to get to this point in our careers, but don’t let your ego interfere with your leadership during these challenging times. Remember, there’s a difference between confidence and arrogance. It’s important to acknowledge that you can’t do everything yourself. Great leaders seek out advice and feedback from their peers and teams to address problems, and trust that employees have the skills and knowledge to get things done. Here are a few ways to ensure you’re practicing humility.Are you leading with your character? I’m a firm believer in practicing servant leadership. This style of leadership emphasizes doing right by your employees. You do that by building trust – and keeping it – leading with integrity, showing empathy and understanding during difficult times, and motivating them to reach greater heights. Employees who feel valued will be more engaged and committed to your mission.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cadiz mayor seeks ‘fast release’ of COVID-19 test results

first_img“We are struggling on how to contain LSIs and repatriated overseas workers,” Escalante explained. According to the city mayor, the longer these repatriates stay at quarantine facilities, the more expense it will be for the city government. He pointed out that locally stranded individuals (LSIs) cannot be released from the city’s quarantine facilities without getting first their COVID-19 test results. “This will decongest the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital and we will invite neighboring provinces to have their swab samples tested at the proposed laboratory,” Escalante said./PN In a related development, Escalante revealed that the city intends to establish its own molecular laboratory in partnership with a private company. Cadiz City has 11 COVID-19 positive cases as of Friday.center_img “The city is providing their food, security detail, manpower and utilities,” Escalante said. BACOLOD City – Mayor Salvador Escalante of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental emphasized the importance of releasing the test results for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a fast manner – so as not to delay the needed response in controlling the viral illness. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA “The release of swab test results is still slow running up 12 to 25 days at Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City,” Escalante lamented.last_img read more