USS Columbus returns home

first_img View post tag: USS Columbus USS Columbus returns home Training & Education The crew of Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762) was welcomed home by friends and family awaiting their return at the historic submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sept. 1.Columbus successfully completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment while conducting operations in support of national security.“I cannot express in mere words, how proud I am of my crew,” said Cmdr. Albert A Alarcon, a native of Lancaster, California, and Columbus commanding officer. “Their commitment to each other and to our success across every forward-deployed submarine mission area was beyond exemplary.”While on deployment, 40 submariners earned the right to wear the submarine warfare insignia, also known as “dolphins.”About 70 percent of the crew rotated out of the Columbus following her last deployment, but that didn’t stop the crew from coming together to complete the mission said Machinist Mate (Weapons) Master Chief (SS) Leonard Anderson, a native of Oakland, California and Columbus chief of the boat.“The real reward for came as the crew bonded and conducted a wide spectrum of submarine operations in challenging environments,” said Anderson. “For many of the crew, this was their first deployment, so this completed deployment is a testament to the crew’s hard work and perseverance.”During the six-month deployment, Columbus performed three national tasking periods, two theater operation periods, and a multinational exercise. Columbus also enjoyed four port visits, including Singapore and Guam.“The amount of buy-in the crew exhibited was outstanding,” said Anderson. “Every man did his part to accomplish qualifications and ultimately meet all tasking.”While on deployment Columbus traveled over 34,000 nautical miles crossing the equator twice making 135 Columbus crew members new shellbacks.After all the Columbus accomplished on deployment, the crew was happy to be home and reflected on what made the deployment successful.Columbus is one of the most advanced undersea vessels in the world, and its missions include deployment of special forces, minelaying, precision land attack, or anti-submarine or surface warfare while remaining undetected. Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Columbus returns home View post tag: US Navy September 4, 2017last_img read more

Staying power

first_imgUK eating habits are ever-changing due to tightening purse strings and hectic schedules, with consumers driven more towards convenience food. Popular trends such as red velvet cupcakes and French macarons, have also affected what customers purchase.Despite this, the muffin has taken its place as a popular and profit-making snack in the past year. In April, Dawn Foods discovered in a consumer survey that the muffin was the nation’s favourite treat, with more than half favouring double chocolate or chocolate chip varieties, and 25% voting for blueberry flavours. The snack beat off stiff competition from cakes (20%), flapjacks (3%) and shortbread (1%).Jacqui Passmore, the bakery manufacturer’s marketing manager, says the muffin’s appeal has grown over the years as a popular tea break accompaniment. “Coffee and a muffin is the perfect combination and the poll illustrates just how popular this is. It’s also interesting to see how mainstream muffins and cookies have become, in comparison with more traditional treats.”Research over the past two years indicates that muffin sales are on the up, with overall spend much higher than cupcakes. Kantar Worldpanel found in 2009 (52 w/e 1 Nov 2009) that consumers spent almost £64.4m on the baked goods, increasing to £71.9m in 2011 (52 w/e 30 Oct 2011). The cupcake boom appears not to have affected the muffin market, with sales figures reported for the on-trend baked treat much lower, at around £28.3m this year.The food retail market currently reigns supreme in value and volume when it comes to muffins, with an increase of 15% compared to out-of-home consumption, which fell 12.7% in 2010 (Kantar and NPD Group).BakeriesIncorporating new varieties into a bakery’s offering is what Gary Reid, joint managing director of Reids of Caithness, says works remarkably well alongside its traditional Scottish fair such as shortbread. “We feel that muffins are a high-end and indulgent product, and customers are looking for something a bit different. Bakers should, however, be developing interesting flavours that are not over-complicated.”Muffins are a treat definitely a product that’s quite filling and a bit of fun. But we must think outside the box and create something new and fresh for customers, while keeping to our traditional roots. That’s why we think our Banoffee variety is very popular.”Reid adds that producing new muffins should not cost the earth: “We’ve got to look at what we already have, in terms of equipment and ingredients. Muffins have a similar shelf-life to loaf cakes, so it’s not all that difficult to produce a range.”SupermarketsMuffins continue to face stiff competition in supermarkets from other baked goods, while the growth of the in-store bakery, producing fresh food on-site, means existing product ranges on the shelves need to stand out and be more appealing than ever.Gary Frank, managing director of The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, explains the key to ensuring muffins remain an important part of its offering lies in meeting the latest customer demands. “Consumers and buyers constantly tell us they want more variety, so we have introduced new flavour variants to the range throughout 2011 including blueberry, sticky toffee and lemon & white chocolate,” says Frank. “Alongside our original flavours, chocolate chip and double chocolate, we continue to develop flavours for our muffin line.”Its activity has yielded success this year.Frank adds: “We have seen a definite increase in muffin sales this year, due to launching a number of new flavour variants. Although cupcakes make up 50% of our business, muffins still account for a significant portion (40%).Food to goThe constant revival of the muffin as a convenient yet indulgent snack is the reason why Isabelle Davis, brand communications manager for Delice de France, feels the company and overall food-to-go market has been so successful in selling the product. “Muffins are still a very strong part of the offering in foodservice, with 33% of all food bought in cafés being muffins (source: Kantar 52 w/e 10 July 2011). This sector has seen a lot of product innovation, with premium filled muffins and also tulip-shaped cases, which give added interest and appeal for consumers.”Delice de France’s approach of following consumer trends has brought success. Its triple chocolate and blueberry muffins, as part of its new Wrapped to Go range, are now the brand’s top-selling flavours.The growth of the muffins market has been put down to its convenience as a snack and its ongoing popularity in the food-to-go sector. Stephen Clifford, marketing controller for Country Choice, says bakeries and retailers should make the most of product placement opportunities. “Sales of traditional bakery snacks like muffins have been driven largely by promotional activity. They also tend to be an impulse-driven purchase appealing to the desire for comfort food, especially during the cold weather. Siting the impulse display unit in the right place is vital.”Ingredients manufacturersWhether it is working with fashionable flavours, such as red velvet and salted caramel, or producing flavours with a British twist, such as strawberries and cream, Jania Boyd, category marketing manager at Macphie, explains why it is important to look at key trends to draw in the sales. “The popularity of TV shows such as MasterChef means that consumers know more about flavours, combinations and techniques, than they ever did. So their food choices have become more sophisticated and adventurous.”Working with existing flavours and tweaking them with toppings and filling is a quick and cost-effective way of giving muffins an innovative twist. “Giving established favourites a contemporary makeover is a popular trend,” adds Boyd. “The more indulgent muffins are, the more impulse sales will rise. It’s not uncommon to see double and triple chocolate, lemon or toffee muffins, which are iced or topped with a swirl of frosting and a surprise filling in the centre. These deliver an extremely satisfying eating experience.”Kristen Girard, principal food scientist at the Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group, believes targeting the health-conscious market is an ideal avenue for 2012: “As the trend for ’better-for-you’ foods continues, manufacturers are turning to so-called ’skinny muffins’ to offer consumers treat options with reduced sugar, fat or calorie content. This is where fruit ingredients come to the fore, replacing chocolate chips and adding an exotic touch to well-established muffin flavours.”The firm has developed a BerryFusions Fruits inclusions range to target this area of the market, available in blueberry, strawberry, pomegranate, orange and cherry varieties.The 2012 muffin marketThe muffin market has a lot to offer bakers and food retailers in 2012. Boyd adds: “One emerging trend is to take inspiration from one category and apply it to another for example, dessert-inspired muffins such as lemon meringue, sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble and cheesecake varieties.”The vast appeal of the muffin means it has the ability to work in numerous markets. Its versatility means it can be positioned as an indulgent treat, grab-and-go snack or healthy option. But listening to the consumer remains key to making a healthy profit.last_img read more

St. Joseph County Police investigating two dead horses on the roadside

first_img Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 12, 2020 0 275 St. Joseph County Police investigating two dead horses on the roadside Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDemocrats encouraged by record-setting Michigan turnoutNext articleVisitation has been suspended as of Thursday at all Indiana Department of corrections facilities Tommie Lee Twitter Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police Department) St. Joseph County Police were called to the intersection of Dragoon Trail and Basswood road early Thursday morning, where they discovered a pair of dead horses and some automobile parts.The call came in around 4 a.m. and the auto parts were found with the horses in the eastbound lane.The pieces were collected to assist with the investigation.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Detective Bureau at 574-235-9569. Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

High Street footfall reaches new low

first_imgThe British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported a 12.6% decrease in the number of town centre shoppers in the three months to April – the worst drop in footfall since November 2009.Over the three months, footfall was 2% lower than a year ago, down from a 1.8% increase in the previous three months. In contrast, indoor shopping centres, where shoppers could escape the adverse weather, recorded a small increase in footfall of 0.4% for April.Scottish retailers fared worst, with shopper numbers down 12.6% in February-April, followed by an 8.9% decline in the East and 8.2% in Greater London. Wales was the only region to show increased footfall, with a rise of 0.6%.Shop vacancies in town centres across the UK remained stable at 11.1% in April 2012.last_img read more

Remembering The Life Of James Cotton, The Pioneering Blues Harmonica Player

first_imgJames Cotton, the prolific Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica player, died yesterday of pneumonia at the age of 81. Affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Superharp,” Cotton was a pioneering force for the blues, with his career starting as a teenager in the early 1950s with the release of his first single, “Straighten Up Baby.” Over the next six decades, Cotton’s fame grew, playing and recording with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, as well as taking on the role of Muddy Waters’ sideman for a time.Cotton was a decorated and celebrated musician who was close to the pulse of the ever-evolving blues scene throughout his life. In addition to the Grammies he won for Hard Again in 1977 and Deep In The Blues in 1997 and the nomination for 2013’s Cotton Mouth Man, the harmonica virtuoso also received ten Blues Music Awards, six Living Blues Awards, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s prestigious B.B. King Award for his contributions as an artist.You can check out a few of our favorite live performances featuring James Cotton below as a tribute to the life and work of this truly incredible man.[Cover photo courtesy of AP / Dave Martin]Grateful Dead with James Cotton and Steve Miller – “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” 6/25/1992[Video courtesy of Gratefulvideo]James Cotton and Eric Clapton – “Key To The Highway,” 2/24/2012[Video courtesy of Michael Matza]James Cotton Blues Band’s performance at Winterland, 6/15/1973[Video courtesy of Blues / R&B on MV]Muddy Waters and the James Cotton Blues Band at The Forum, 6/28/1972[Video courtesy of EXPORT1876]Keith Richards and James Cotton rehearsing “Little Red Rooster”[Video courtesy of Keith Richards]James Cotton Blues Band – “The Creeper”[Video courtesy of Diabluz]last_img read more

Syracuse Jazz Fest Cancelled For 2018

first_imgThe Syracuse Jazz Fest will not take place for the first time since its launch in 1982. Frank Malfitano, founder and organizer of the festival, announced on Thursday that event only raised $250,000—short of its goal of $400,000.The lack of funding for this year’s festival is mainly due to the loss of longtime sponsor M&T Bank. Sponsors like the bank are necessary to put on the Syracuse Jazz Fest, which has historically been free and open to the public.The Syracuse Jazz Fest celebrated its 35th anniversary last year with sets from Todd Rundgren, Rebirth Brass Band, Ramsey Lewis, The Mavericks, Marc Broussard and Asleep At The Wheel. During its 35 year history, the event has featured performances from legendary acts like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Boz Scaggs, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.The festival hopes to return in 2019.last_img read more

AA benefits vary between sexes

first_imgA new study finds differences in the ways that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) helps men and women maintain sobriety. Two Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators found that while many factors were helpful to all AA participants, some had stronger effects in men and some in women.For example, avoidance of companions who encourage drinking and social situations in which drinking is common had more powerful benefits for men, while increased confidence in the ability to avoid drinking while feeling sad, depressed, or anxious appeared to be more important for women. The report will appear in Drug and Alcohol Dependence and has been released online.“Men and women benefit equally from participation in AA, but some of the ways in which they benefit differ in nature and in magnitude,” said John F. Kelly, Harvard Medical School (HMS) associate professor of psychology and the associate director of the MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine. “These differences may reflect differing recovery challenges related to gender-based social roles and the contexts in which drinking is likely to occur.”Kelly and his co-author, Assistant Professor of Psychology Bettina B. Hoeppner, note that, while AA was founded by men, one-third of its members today are women.  Studies have found that women benefit at least as much as men from participation, and many women become deeply involved in the AA program. The researchers carried out some of the first studies identifying the behavioral changes behind the success of AA participation, and this report is the first to examine whether the benefits differ between men and women.Kelly and Hoeppner analyzed data from more than 1,700 participants, 24 percent of whom were women, enrolled in a federally funded trial called Project MATCH, which compared three approaches to alcohol addiction treatment. Participants in the trial were free to attend AA meetings along with the specific treatment program to which they were assigned.  At several follow-up sessions, participants reported their success in maintaining sobriety, whether or not they were attending AA meetings, and completed specialized assessments of factors such as their confidence in their ability to stay sober in particular situations and whether their social contacts supported or discouraged their efforts to maintain abstinence.In September 2011, Kelly, Hoeppner, and colleagues reported in the journal Addiction that increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations and increased time spent with people who supported abstinence were the behavioral changes most strongly associated with successful recovery among Project MATCH participants attending AA meetings.  The current study reanalyzed some of the data used in the Addiction study to see if there were differences between men and women in the impact of factors included in the assessments.For both men and women, participation in AA increased confidence in the ability to cope with high-risk drinking situations and increased the number of social contacts who supported recovery efforts. But the effect of both of those changes on the ability to abstain from alcohol was about twice as strong for men as for women. In contrast, women benefited much more than men from improved confidence in their ability to abstain during times when they were sad or depressed. “It is striking that this effect was virtually absent in men while it was a major contributor to women’s ability to remain abstinent and to limit the number of drinks they consumed when they did drink,” says Hoeppner. Several factors that helped to reduce the intensity of drinking in men — such as less depression and fewer friends who encouraged drinking — did not appear to be as important for helping women.Kelly says, “AA helps both men and women stay sober following treatment by enhancing sober social networks and boosting confidence in coping with high-risk social situations. In terms of alcoholism recovery more generally, we found the ability to handle negative moods and emotions was important for women but not for men. Conversely, coping with high-risk social situations — which could be attending sports or other events where people are likely to drink — was important for men but not women.  These differences suggests that, for women, finding alternative ways to cope with negative emotions may yield recovery benefits, while among men, a greater focus on coping with social occasions that feature drinking may enhance recovery.“In terms of drinking intensity — the number of drinks consumed on days when someone does drink — because the variables we studied explained only about half of the effects of AA for women, there must be other factors involved that were not captured in our analysis,” he adds.  “More work is required to fully capture the biopsychosocial effects of AA participation for enhancing alcohol addiction recovery, particularly among women.”The study was funded by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.last_img read more

Pennsylvania’s Governor Calls For Legal Adult Cannabis Use

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageHARRISBURG – Saying generated tax revenues would strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the state legislature to legalize taxable adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The state and federal mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue, Wolf said. Wolf stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Yes, it is a natural plant. Alcohol has to be made and look what crimes happen when alcohol is in the picture. LEGALIZE ITlast_img read more

American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano Is Broadway.com’s Latest Vlogger

first_imgJennifer Damiano Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img American Psycho American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano is next in line to vlog for Brooadway.com! Stay on guard for Killing Time: Backstage at American Psycho with Jennifer Damiano.Damiano, who plays Jean (played by Chloë Sevigny in the 2000 film), will capture the excitement of the new musical behind the scenes and beyond at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Expect plenty of appearances from her castmates, including Benjamin Walker, former Next to Normal co-star Alice Ripley, Heléne Yorke, Drew Moerlein and more.After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Spring Awakening, Damiano received a Tony nod for her performance as Natalie in Next to Normal and went on to originate the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.Look out for Killing Time beginning March 17; it will run every Thursday for eight weeks.last_img read more

Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC member

first_img February 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC member Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC membercenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Gov. Jeb Bush has no plans to suspend or remove 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission member Rev. O’Neal Dozier in the wake of published reports alleging he asked inappropriate and offensive questions to those applying for judgeships, according to Raquel Rodriguez, the governor’s general counsel.“The governor is not going to suspend Rev. Dozier based on a newspaper article,” Rodriguez told those attending the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee meeting at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, where the alleged conduct was discussed. Rodriquez also noted that no formal complaint had been filed against Dozier.The Daily Business Review, a South Florida newspaper that covers commercial and legal issues, reported that Dozier asked a woman candidate how she would balance motherhood with her judicial duties and other candidates if they were “God fearing.” The Review’s stories also allege other 17th Circuit JNC commissioners regularly ask candidates about recent court decisions, such as the courthouse Ten Commandments case in Alabama and the Texas sodomy case, that some think are akin to a political or religious litmus test.Rodriguez said interviewing potential judges is “an art, not a science” and noted the JNC application itself asked very personal questions, such as marital status, how many children the applicants have, about previous marriages, if the candidate has ever been punished at work, and questions dealing with pedophilia, voyeurism, kleptomania, and other psychiatric disorders.“We are not just hiring employees. The appointment of a judge is a constitutional function and a judge has a constitutional role and once that judge is on the bench it is not like a normal employee that you can just fire like that,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez said while she personally would not ask specific types of questions in a certain way, “you do want to know about the person who is being appointed, you do want to know their life experiences.”Rodriguez said she did speak with Dozier, who told her he no longer asks the “God-fearing” question after receiving earlier complaints about it. She also said she has determined that other parts of the Review story were taken “completely out of context and inaccurate.”The allegations made in the Review articles don’t “even come close” to meeting the “specific constitutional criteria” needed to remove a JNC member, who is a constitutional officer, Rodriquez said.Georgina Rodriguez Pozzuoli, chair of the 17th Circuit JNC, also said some of the comments in the Review article were taken out of context and the questions regarding family were asked of both men and women.“They were not asked to solicit a right or wrong answer; they were just to get to know the particular candidate, their background, their well roundedness, what they have to juggle in their lives, time commitments,” Pozzuoli said. “They are not intended in any way to put somebody on the spot.”As for questions about court rulings, Pozzuoli said, “They are contemporary legal issues, they are fair game. We want to know if an applicant is up on current affairs, what their judicial reasoning is, how they interpret cases. It is not about a right or wrong answer.”“At the end of the day you have to be able to ask the applicant, regardless of what your personal beliefs are, would you be able to follow the law, and if the answer is ‘yes’ it does not matter what they think,” Rodriguez said. “If the answer is ‘no,’ they should not be a judge because judges are there to follow the law, not to impose their personal views.”Rodriguez said, “Most questions are probably fair game,” but said more training would be appropriate “to make sure people are sensitive in the way they ask the questions.“Certainly you don’t want to offend people and give the impression that you are looking for a particular type of person,” Rodriguez said, noting the 17th JNC has a history of sending the governor a diverse set of candidates for appointment. “The governor can’t imagine that JNC has any litmus tests.”JNPC member Morgan Rood said if the questions asked a candidate seem to be to determine a personal feeling and not whether they would follow the law, then they are wrong.“And I don’t think we need to get too intellectual about it to read the question to know it is wrong,” Rood said.Rood said asking a women candidate if she would be able to balance her judicial duties as a single mother of twins is inappropriate.“Everybody in this room knows that is wrong,” Rood said, noting the commissioners could elicit the same information by using the sample questions in the JNC training manual that asks, “Is there any difficulty in your personal life that would impair you physically, mentally, emotionally etc., from fulfilling your judicial responsibilities? We told people how to ask the question.”Rodriguez said the governor’s only “litmus test” is whether the candidates “share his judicial philosophy that judges ought to be interpreting the law, not being a self-appointed legislator.”In 2001, the legislature amended the procedure by which people are appointed to the JNCs, greatly reducing the Bar’s role in the appointment process. The governor now makes all JNC appointments and the Bar has no role in investigating or disciplining JNC members.last_img read more