View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Classes Sailors Aboard USS Momsen Take College Classes April 9, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Aboard USS Momsen Take College Classes Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Momsen View post tag: Naval View post tag: College View post tag: Aboard View post tag: sailors View post tag: take Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) are pursuing their education while underway through the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).The NCPACE program offers Sailors academic skills, developmental and college-level courses, both undergraduate and graduate, from regionally accredited institutions.“Before I joined the Navy, I dropped out of high school and got my GED [General Education Diploma],” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class James Anthony Covert, an NCPACE-enrolled student majoring in electrical engineering. “I definitely never thought I’d go to college, and here I am.”Covert, who has been taking distance learning courses while the ship has been deployed, said that ultimately, his goal is to earn a master’s degree.Distance learning classes are self-paced and are administered on CDs, which do not require internet access, and books, which include lessons and quizzes.Currently, nine Momsen Sailors are enrolled in distance learning classes.“For deployment, NCPACE is the way to go because it is not subject to internet restrictions,” said Ensign Andrew McCarthy, Momsen’s education services officer. “You have all your materials already with you.”Tuition for NCPACE courses is free for students who decide to take classes on board. Participants are only required to pay for textbooks and other course-related materials.Sailors, who balance studying as well as performing their duties underway, have three months to complete each course. When using tuition assistance, the Navy allows them to seek as many as 16 credits per year.“The Navy pays for the course,” said Covert. “I just pay for the books.”Obtaining a college degree enables enlisted Sailors to earn promotion points and will also aid those who intend to apply for officer or limited duty officer programs.“This is the perfect time to do it, while we’re at sea,” said Covert. “I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to take advantage in the first place.”McCarthy said NCPACE also helps Sailors to advance in pay grade and can prepare those Sailors who intend to separate from the Navy or join the Navy Reserve.“You will have those credits in your pocket, and it opens up your options in whatever career path you choose,” McCarthy said. “There are so many benefits. I just wish more people would take advantage of them.”Momsen and USS Sterett (DDG 104) are deployed with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ALCSG). ALCSG, which also includes the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.NCPACE supports the personal and professional growth of Sailors helping them earn degrees which help make them invaluable assets to the Navy. It’s an important part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 09, 2012; Share this article
The problem with having a cold is that people don’t generally feel sorry for you. In fact, they tend to feel rather annoyed. Your anti-social symptoms don’t help matters – snivelling in the library or coughing through lectures are never going to win friends, but your depressed demeanour and tendency to whinge about your illness will probably make things worse. However, if you are unlucky enough to have a genuinely bad cold, it can make you feel really washed out. As a true object of our sympathy therefore, Cherwell 24 presents you with a guide to some of the alternative remedies available. Instead you can always go for the traditional honey and lemon. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a mug along with some hot water and two teaspoons of honey. The honey actually works not only to sweeten the drink, but also to draw water out of the inflamed tissue in the throat, which reduces the swelling. And you can add a glug or two of brandy or whisky, which will have a mildly numbing effect on your throat. This week however, I branched out and tried ginger tea. Very tasty and very simple. Grate about ½ a teaspoon of ginger into a mug and pour in some hot water. Voila. Add honey too if you want it sweet, although to be honest, once the ginger has been in a while it gets quite sweet anyway. This seemed to work quite well for me and apparently there is science behind it – I’m told that ginger contains things called ‘gingernols’ which are natural cough suppressants. If in doubt though, there are three basic maxims which are worth sticking to. Firstly: “Make sure you drink plenty of fluids”. This is what my mum always says and she’s a nurse, so she should know. The next one is a piece of general folk-wisdom which says “feed the cold, starve the fever”. So eat more when you have a cold. And the last one is “a little bit of what you fancy does you good”. That is from my great-grandma. A wise woman indeed. My absolute hands-down favourite cure for a sore throat is blackberry vinegar. It’s acidic yet sweet and though it sounds disgusting, it’s actually divine. A perfect winter warmer, it sooths your throat and tastes surprisingly good. I think of it as a grown-up’s version of hot Ribena. However, it’s not that easy to get hold of. My mum conjures it up using some ancient recipe she has, but I’ve yet to find any in Oxford. My favourite suggestion was to use a hair-dryer to kill the cold virus. The idea is to point the hair-dryer at your face, turn it to a medium setting and inhale the warm air for about 5 minutes to allow the heated air to get up your nose and kill the virus. I tried it, felt a bit silly, and stopped. Maybe other people will have greater success. I’ve always found that putting a few drops of olbas oil on my pillow or on a handkerchief works quite well to ease a congested nose, but it’s no use for a runny nose. Alas, I have yet to find a better remedy for that than the simple tissue. However, there are other exciting suggestions to help ease your nasal problems. Anything with a bit of a kick in it should help – so try adding Tabasco or chilli flakes to your food, and apparently wearing damp socks to bed with warm woolly ones over the top works wonders. I wasn’t convinced by this one. I stuck to the warm woolly ones.
Indiana State Board Approves, Then Quickly Reverses ‘Nuclear’ Change In A-F School GradesBY EMMA KATE FITTESfor Chalkbeaat IndianaIndiana’s State Board of Education on Wednesday passed a major change to how it grades schools — and then, at the very same meeting, voted to reverse its own decision.In an effort to rein in how the state rewards student improvement on its standardized exam, the board initially approved a cap on so-called growth scores, which measure year-over-year performance.Every year Indiana gives each school an A-F grade, meant to evenly weigh student growth and passing rates on state tests. But a board member, David Freitas, said the grading system skews unfairly toward growth. That’s because students could earn more than 100 points on growth but could get a maximum of 100 points for answering every test question correctly.It’s not clear how drastically the cap the board passed, and which Freitas initially favored, would have affected school grades. But an Indiana Department of Education spokesperson, Adam Baker, said in an email Wednesday it would have negatively impacted school grades overall.The board voted to reverse course when Board Chair B.J. Watts asked that his colleagues reconsider the decision before making a “huge change.”“The vote that we took was a nuclear option,” said Watts, who at first was the only board member to vote against the cap. “It changes accountability on a level that I want to make sure that we all understood what we did.”Indiana’s education department, which calculates schools’ growth scores, did not recommend the growth score cap. State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick, who heads the department, sits on the 11-member state board but was not at Wednesday’s meeting.Ready or Not Ultimately, Freitas, along with all board members but one, voted to undo the decision.Proponents of growth scores say they are a more fair measure of what a child has learned than whether or not they pass a high-stakes test. For example, a student who did not pass the ILEARN exam can still score well if they improve more than their peers did on average. The measure is particularly important at low-performing schools, where school leaders want to see significant year-over-year growth as they work to improve passing rates.But on Wednesday Freitas argued that the ultimate goal of schools is to get every child learning at or above grade level. Such a metric places more value on whether or not they can pass the test.This discussion comes at a time when schools’ A-F grades are already expected to be low statewide. That’s because nearly two-thirds of Indiana students didn’t pass both math and English portions of ILEARN, Indiana’s new standardized test.Although the education department is still working to calculate school grades, it could be months before they are made public. The state board already voted to hold their release until state lawmakers could consider a one-year reprieve, which would shield teachers and schools from any negative consequences of declining scores. Without such a reprieve, state grades could negatively impact teacher evaluations and trigger state intervention at chronically struggling schools. Chalkbeat reporters in Detroit and Newark are examining whether students from struggling schools are prepared for college — and whether colleges are prepared for them. Join in! By Emma Kate Fittes [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail According to library officials, approximately 275 children and their guardians were able to experience Drag Queen Story Hour over multiple sessions. It is also estimated that more than 150 children and their guardians were turned away due to capacity.Drag Queen Florintine Dawn read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Goodnight Moon. In addition, children danced to “The Hokey Pokey,” Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and “Freeze Dance.” In anticipation of a large gathering, EVPL North Park had several activities, books, and crafts ready in the Children’s Tower for before and after the program and for those who were not able to attend the event.“I’m definitely happy to be here today,” Dawn said. “I’m excited. When the kids come into the room … I’m full of life right now. Reading to kids means a lot to everyone. The public library has definitely done a fantastic job.”Outside, several hundred people gathered in support and opposition of the event.“I’m just here to show support for Drag Queen Story Hour and the LGBTQ people in our community,” said Gena Garrett. “I think the messages that kids hear are important and I think if a kid is gay or queer or questioning, it’s really important they hear love and they hear that they matter and are accepted.”Jude Grer is bisexual and was on hand to support kids because she did not get much support when she was growing up.“Kids that are going to grow up … on the hateful side, the Christian side that doesn’t approve of this, and they’re going to be gay,” said Grer. “It’s going to hurt to know their parents were against something so, loving and historic.”Many people were on hand holding signs condemning the library board’s decision to host the story hour.“We’re here to protest this library board allowing the drag queens to perform for the children,” said Randy Cain. “I think it’s terrible to put the children involved with this. This is awful.“I can’t believe that our Evansville council, the mayor, the commissioners, and the library board all allowed this to happen.”Pat O’Brien is a military veteran and says he supports the rights of those in favor of the drag queen story hour, but as a Christian, he believes he is standing up for what is right.“The first thing the Lord says is, ‘What is our greatest commandment? It is to love one another as I love you.’” said O’Brien. “I love this opposing group. I love all diversity. I love all people. I also love the Word.“I believe they have the right, but I believe, as a Christian, I also have the right to state my view. I also have a right for the majority of the people and what their views are.”EVPL CEO Cyndee Landrum applauds all sides of the issue and believes the civil protest is good for the community.“It’s actually good we have people who are here that are for and people who maybe have a different opinion,” said Landrum. “This is an act in civic engagement and civic engagement is very important.”Jennifer Yaser is running for City Council 5th Ward and was on hand to show her support for the reading program.“This, at its core is the children’s literacy program,” said Yaser. “I am all for diverse and inclusive literacy programs. I really don’t understand all the controversy surrounding it because I believe it’s more fearful to see the children see this hateful rhetoric and the protesting, as opposed to going in there and seeing someone dressed up reading.”Christopher Brown brought his 11-year old daughter and nine-year-old son to the library and says he wants his kids to learn that hate has no place in the world.“This is definitely a great way to think out of the box,” said Brown. “I definitely applaud the public library system and the people over it that put this together.“It puts out a good public image for this community, for the LGBT. I have a couple siblings that are in that and it provides a sense of openness … and I definitely appreciate and applaud that.”Evansville Police were on hand with 26 officers keeping the peace. No arrests were reported but a number of times officers had to remind each side to respect the other’s space.“Whenever you have two different factions that are very passionate about their sides, you have to make sure that you put adequate number of personnel to address a potential problem,” said Captain Andy Chandler. “That’s what we did. We wanted to make sure that we had a good showing here.“We have had to ask some of the people to maintain some distance between the groups. We’ve got two different groups with a lot of passion and strong personalities.”According to Landrum, there are no current plans to hold any further Drag Queen Story Hours, but noted it would be something they would consider.“It’s always a possibility,” she said. “We don’t have anything on the calendar at this point. I know at last count there were 156 people that couldn’t get in and we’ll take all that into consideration when we do a program evaluation and see what happens next.” FEBRUARY 23RD, 2019 PAUL WILCOXE EVANSVILLE, INDIANAA larger crowd than expected was on hand Saturday at the North Park Library for Drag Queen Story Hour.
IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – September 23, 2020 0 310 Pinterest Twitter Google+ By Eccekevin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The University of Notre Dame has announced their plan for the upcoming Spring Semester.The school says their spring 2021 classes will begin on February 3 and run through May 11. That’s a start three weeks later than planned, with a finish two weeks later.There will be no spring break during the term. Notre Dame President The Reverend John Jenkins made that announcement Wednesday in a letter to students, staff and faculty. Final exams will be held May 14 through the 19, with commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 22 and 23.There will be no classes on Good Friday April 2. Facebook Google+ Twitter Notre Dame announces schedule for spring semester Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleNiles vet facing charges after dead animals found in trailerNext articleMichigan early voting begins Thursday Tommie Lee
[Audio: Todd Moore][Photo: Sam Watson] On Friday night, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their two-night run at The Fillmore Detroit with a fiery first show despite the generally shitty and snowy weather that’s overtaken the Midwest. Appropriately, the progressive bluegrass five-piece opened the show with a “Worried About The Weather” sandwich, which contained the Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower” (which also contained nods to its classic partner, “I Know You Rider”, and saw the band joined by Guido Batista and a gorilla mask-clad Luke Milanese) and “Burn Them” off 2014’s If Sorrows Swim. Without pause, the group took “Worried About The Weather” into a take on “Miss September” before landing in a final rendition of “Burn Them” to close out the non-stop six-song opening sprint. After “In Control” and “Can’t Stop Now”, the group ended out the first set on a high note by inviting out Mike Lynch for the group’s covers of the traditional gospel tune “I’m Working On A Building” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”.Keeping up the vibe from the first set’s Bob Marley set closer, Greensky Bluegrass returned for set two with an opening reggae jam of “For Sure, Uh Huh”. This song marked a major highlight of the night given the hilarious banter during the tune. After Paul Hoffman laid out the first Chewbacca call of the tune—elicitting Anders Beck to note, “It’s like Chewbacca playing the trumpet?”—Anders, after quipping with Paul to “shut the hell up”, asked the audience which member of the band they thought had the best Chewbacca impression (spoiler: it was the band’s banjo player, Michael Arlen Bont, and it was amazing). From there, the band embarked on their high-energy second set, which featured a combination of “All Four” into “The Four” and takes on the group’s relatively new cover of Cris Jacobs’ “Bone Digger” off 2016’s Dust To Gold as well as The Stanley Brothers’ “Pig In A Pen”. The group closed set-two with a stellar rendition of Norton Buffalo’s “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” (largely made famous by Jerry Garcia Band), which featured teases of Prince’s “1999” and the classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Fillmore | Detroit, MI | 2/9/2018Set One: Worried About the Weather > China Cat Sunflower > Burn Them > Miss September > Burn Them, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Working on a Building* > Could You Be Love*Set Two: For Sure Uh Huh > All Four > The Four > Help Me Hang On, Bone Digger, Better Off, Reverend > Pig in a Pen, Ain’t No Bread in the BreadboxEncore: Tied Down*w/ Mike Lynch
Today, Athens, Georgia road warriors Widespread Panic officially announced the details for the 2019 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event. The 8th installation of Panic En La Playa will take place January 25th through 29th, 2019, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico.As always, Panic En La Playa will feature four full Widespread Panic shows. The late-night schedule for the Cloud 9 Adventures-produced event includes sets by North Mississippi Allstars and Bonerama in addition to two performance by the Playa Allstars—this year comprised of Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Terrence Higgins, Cheme Gastelum, Mark Mullins, and Leslie Mendelson. Bloodkin will also perform a pair of sunset shows, in addition to one by Kalu and the Electric Joint.The event allows fans to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a tropical setting without ever pulling out their wallets, as all drinks, food, concerts, and activities/excursions are included in the ticket price. Those who have attended Panic En La Playa in past years will get the first crack at tickets for the 2019 event when loyalty pre-sale begins on Wednesday, June 27th. Public on-sale opens at 12 pm (ET) the following day, Thursday, June 28th. For more information on Panic En La Playa Ocho, head to the event website.
Texas-native trio Khruangbin has announced their debut performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, set to go down on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019.Known for their laid-back, instrumental brand of world music, Khruangbin has slowly built up a fervent fanbase over the past six years. The group released its debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in 2015 to much critical acclaim, and followed that up with Con Todo El Mundo, released in January 2018.Laura Lee, Mark Speer, and Donald “DJ” Johnson shared their excitement for their upcoming debut at The Cap via their Facebook. They explain,PORT CHESTER, NY! We’ve heard so much about you and we’re coming to get down at The Capitol Theatre. Khruangbin is set to appear at Coachella this weekend, followed by stops at Pomona, CA’s Fox Theater (4/18); Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre in support of Ghosts of the Forest (4/20); and Fort Worth, TX’s Fortress Festival (4/28).Tickets for Khruangbin’s show at The Capitol Theatre go on this Friday, April 19th, at 12 p.m. (EST) here.For a full list of Khruangbin’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:New Jersey has opened the application window for [the] state’s second solicitation of offshore wind capacity. This second solicitation seeks to award between 1,200 MW and 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy, potentially tripling the state’s committed capacity from 1,100 MW to 3,500 MW.The application window opened on 10 September and will close on 10 December 10, 2020. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) anticipates awarding the resulting offshore wind projects in June 2021.“Developing New Jersey’s offshore wind industry will bring thousands of good-paying jobs and millions of dollars in economic development to our state to aid our economic recovery from COVID-19,” said New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy. “This second solicitation not only reinforces our commitment to fighting climate change and achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but it secures New Jersey’s foothold as a national leader in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry.”In addition to the solicitation, NJBPU approved the final New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, the State’s roadmap for achieving 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035. The plan was developed by Ramboll U.S. Corporation through a public stakeholder process.In 2019, NJBPU made an award from its first offshore wind solicitation to Ørsted’s 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project, the largest single-project award in the country. The project, which will be built 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City and is expected to commence operations in 2024, will generate an estimated USD 1.17 billion in economic benefits for New Jersey and create 15,000 jobs over the 20-year life of the project.On track with Governor Murphy’s proposed solicitation schedule, NJBPU will vote in 2022 to open a third solicitation for offshore wind of at least 1,200 MW. Solicitations will open every two years until 2028.[Adnan Durakovic]More: New Jersey opens 2.4 GW offshore wind solicitation New Jersey opens bidding for up to 2,400MW of additional offshore wind capacity
By Dialogo August 19, 2011 During the meeting, Salvadoran Justice and Defense Minister Manuel Melgar and Costa Rican Interior, Police, and Public Safety Minister Mario Zamora declared the importance of international cooperation in the fight against crime. At a meeting in the Costa Rican capital, the Costa Rican and Salvadoran security ministers committed to coordinating their actions against criminal gangs operating in Central America. “This is a problem that we should address in a comprehensive way, and we should do so as a region,” Melgar said. “We know that this problem affects all our countries one way or another, some more and others less.” Both Zamora and Melgar agreed that the two countries should work together to prevent criminals from continuing to operate in Central America. An example of this activity is believed to be the murder of Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, alleged to have been planned by Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez González. Jiménez González is not only alleged to be responsible for the murder, but is also alleged to lead an organized-crime syndicate that coordinates a money-laundering operation in Central America. Three people linked to the murder have been arrested in Guatemala, but the authorities are seeking Jiménez González in Panama, where he is believed to be hiding. Hato Hasbún, the secretary for strategic affairs of the Salvadoran president’s office, also attended the event, hosted by the Inter-American Human Rights Institute (IIDH). Governance institutions in Central America should be reinforced, if the aim is to win the fight against crime, Melgar added. “The experience obtained in the fight against crime in El Salvador tells us that if we have prosecutors and judges who are not susceptible to corruption, we’ll have won a good part of the battle,” Melgar maintained.