USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State


first_img Training & Education USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State View post tag: Navy USS New Mexico (SSN 779) commanding officer and chief of the boat visited the Virginia-class attack submarine’s namesake state, Jan. 29-31, in honor of the ship’s commissioning nearly three years ago.Cmdr. George Perez, commanding officer, USS New Mexico and his chief of the boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Steven Fritzler met New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM), members of the USS New Mexico Committee and the New Mexico Navy League members.“As USS New Mexico prepares to depart on her maiden deployment, it is important for us to personally convey to our namesake state and the New Mexico Committee just how much the crew appreciates their support,” said Perez.Dick Brown, chairman, USS New Mexico Committee coordinated the visit as a way to continue forging the strong bonds between the state and their namesake submarine.“Scheduling a meeting between our governor while the State Legislature is in session and the commanding officer of a submarine is quite a challenge,” said Brown. “But it’s all part of our committee’s work in helping to maintain strong ties between the submarine and its namesake state.”Brown and his committee vice chairman, retired Lt. Cmdr. Damon Runyan, have been spearheading other collaboration opportunities with the boat and the state to include a letter-writing initiative between an Albuquerque-based elementary school. Forty-five students attending the North Star Elementary School sent letters to the crew of the Virginia-class submarine in 2012, to which Sailors have since responded.“We just received 45 letters back from individual crew members addressed to the kids,” said Brown. “What a wonderful opportunity for a pen-pal exchange.”New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and was the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned. There are currently 127 officers and enlisted Sailors assigned to New Mexico.New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and was the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned. There are currently 127 officers and enlisted Sailors assigned to New Mexico.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: State View post tag: Namesake View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS View post tag: New View post tag: Mexico View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit February 1, 2013last_img read more

News story: Improving wifi in our criminal courts


first_imgGood and reliable wifi is important in our courts and tribunals to ensure court visitors and legal professionals can work effectively in our buildings. We currently see over 46,000 active users a week using our wifi networks, 30,000 in criminal courts and 16,000 in civil and family courts and tribunals, exchanging 66TB of data, equivalent to over 29 million typewritten pages, over 106,000 CDs or over 14,000 DVDs. That is why we have started work to put the infrastructure in place to deliver better wifi in our criminal courts.Our new full-building GovWifi allows more people to use the enhanced wifi network from a single logon – meaning easier access to online systems, less paper and improved ways of working for people who need to work out of multiple courts.Wifi is already available in all courts and tribunals. All civil and family courts and tribunals have already got enhanced full-building wifi coverage We are currently six months into a three-year programme to deliver faster wifi in all criminal courts by 2021. This new full-building wifi network will be in addition to the existing PCU wifi network already available in courts and tribunals.Feedback has been positive and the earlier than previously planned roll-out of GovWifi to all courts, even where wifi has not yet been upgraded to full-building coverage, has already benefited local authority advocates, youth offender teams, presenting officers, UK visas and immigration in the Home Office, CAFCASS, and legal professionals visiting our court and tribunal buildings. We recognise that where wifi has not yet been upgraded, the bandwidth is not yet sufficient for downloading large case files and video clips but this will be improved as the infrastructure programme is delivered.The following list shows where we now have full building coverage, improved bandwidth, and a resilient design in 31 criminal courts. We have prioritised Crown and Combined courts: Court visitors and professional users can text “GO” to 07537 417417 to set up a GovWifi account. Once an account has been set up it can be used at any GovWifi-enabled location. If a location you are visiting is using GovWifi it will appear as an available network to connect to on your device, and if your device is set up to connect automatically it will do so.Advice to legal professionals is to connect to the wifi ahead of going into court.If you have problems setting up the GovWifi account or connecting to the network please contact the helpdesk on 0845 600 6909.This upgrade is another important step in the ongoing modernisation of the courts and tribunals system as part of the reform programme, bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system. Birmingham Crown Court Bradford Law Courts – Crown Bristol Crown Court Cardiff Crown Court Chelmsford Crown Court Coventry Combined Court Croydon Crown Court Derby Combined Court Inner London Sessions House Crown Court Isleworth Crown Court Kingston upon Thames Crown Court Leeds Combined Court Leicester Crown Court Lewes Combined Court Liverpool Crown Court Luton Crown Court Maidstone Combined Court Manchester Crown Court – Crown Square Newcastle Combined Court Norwich Combined Court Portsmouth Combined Court Preston Combined Court Reading Crown Court Salisbury Combined Court Sheffield Crown Court Snaresbrook Crown Court Southwark Crown Court Teesside Combined Court Wood Green Crown Court Woolwich Crown Court Wolverhampton Combined Courtlast_img read more

Starbucks tax backlash continues


first_imgCoffee chain Starbucks was left on the back foot yesterday – after a growing internet campaign called on consumers to boycott the company over its tax dealings in the UK.The company hit the headlines after it was revealed it had paid just £8.6m in tax in the 13 years it has been in the UK.Now, an MP has called for an inquiry into the situation – despite Starbucks having done nothing illegal.Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and an MP for the Labour Party, said Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the tax authority, should look into Starbucks’ affairs. Hodge, who has the authority to instigate an inquiry, said the head of HMRC would be testifying to the PAC next month and that she expected questions about Starbucks to be raised.Meanwhile, Starbucks said: “We make sure that multinationals pay the right tax to the UK in accordance with UK tax law.” It declined to say if it was considering any changes to its accounting practices but said it was “totally committed to the UK”.Yesterday, social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook were awash with anti-Starbucks rhetoric. Examples included:• @A_HOWDZ When you get your #StarBucks coffee today & they ask your name, scream at the top of your voice TAX MAN!!!• @smokejack Govt creating initiatives for small business start-ups. So folk wanting to open coffee shop might want to ask for same tax band as Starbucks• @ClaireMcBelfast Starbucks has paid NO tax in the UK in 3 years despite sales of £1.2bn. Think about that the nxt time you fancy a cuppa & support local cafés• ‏@kevinmckeever Shocking that @StarbucksUK have paid no tax in the UK since 2009. I think I’ll be getting my coffee elsewhere.last_img read more

Dead & Company Delivers Seamless Second Set, All Tour Debuts In Cincinnati [Videos]


first_imgOn Monday night, Dead & Company continued their 2018 summer tour with a stop at Cincinnati, OH’s Riverbend Music Center. Coming off a weather cancelation in the middle of their second set on night two in Camden, the band took the stage at Riverbend with a well-worn Grateful Dead mindset: “Just keep truckin’.”The band took their time before sliding into “Truckin’” in earnest to start the show. Bob Weir struggled early on the vocals, coughing and chuckling as he tried to soothe his dry throat. Eventually, a red cup filled with water appeared on the amp behind Weir, and with his whistle wetted, his trademark howl was back, albeit with a little more growl in it than usual.Dead & Company – “Truckin’” [Pro-Shot][Video: Dead & Company]Weir powered through, taking lead vocals on an upbeat rendition of Johnny Cash‘s “Big River”. John Mayer stepped to the mic next to lead the band through “They Love Each Other”, one of the tunes he’s most naturally made his own in the Dead & Co arena. Another such song followed in “Friend of the Devil”, as Mayer and Weir (on acoustic guitar) shared vocals and Jeff Chimenti took a beautiful piano solo on the American Beauty classic.Next, Oteil Burbridge took to the mic for a tender, bluesy reading of “If I Had The World To Give”. “Sugaree” came next, and the band grooved through multiple swinging blues jam portions, with Mayer and Chimenti playing off each other to great effect. Burbridge and the Rhythm Devils, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, anchored the band firmly in the pocket before pushing Chimenti and Mayer toward a white-light peak. Finally, the band took one more stab at first set blues with “New Speedway Boogie” to bring their first set to a close.Dead & Company came out of the gates hot for set two, opening with a “Deal” that felt somewhat faster than the band’s usually tepid pace on the Jerry Garcia classic. The band made the most of the approach, pushing the song into some interesting, sparse space before building it up to a satisfying climax.Dead & Company – “Deal” [Pro-Shot][Video: Dead & Company]Without skipping a beat, the band settled into a slow and steady “He’s Gone”, Weir and Mayer smile, smile, smiling as they shared lead vocals. The song’s outro jam, in particular, saw the band members play off each other impeccably, producing some of the most engaging improv of the night. The meat of the second set followed with a red-hot run through “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing, with the band’s emotional accents hitting all their customary marks throughout the classic pairing.Pulsing percussion plumed out of “Rider”, signaling the start of Mickey and Billy’s “Drums/Space” fun time. The band returned to the stage to craft a dissonant, jazzy atmosphere deep into “Space”, emerging on the other side in Bob Dylan classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”. Bobby’s early vocal struggles were a distant memory as he emoted an elegant reading of the tune.Dead & Company kicked the energy back up a few notches with the “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” that followed, with Weir, Burbridge, and Mayer all taking a turn singing lead. Finally, after a straight-through set with nary a measure’s break, the band flowed into “U.S. Blues” to bring it to a close. Another Dylan favorite, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, served as the encore to cap the evening.Of note, in addition to playing a seamless second set, every song the band played throughout the night (aside from the ever-present “Drums/Space”) was a tour debut—as has been the case in each of the tour’s 4 (3.75?) shows. While the repeats will inevitably begin sooner rather than later, it’s ensuring to see them making a concerted effort to utilize the Dead’s expansive catalog, much of which remains unexplored by this latter-day incarnation of the band. After a hiccup in Camden, Dead & Co’s Cincinnati performance saw them get their footing once again, delivering a fun early-tour show that shows promise for what’s to come as their summer run trucks on.You can listen to full audio of the show via nugs.net. Next up for the band is a show at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, IN tomorrow, June 6th. For a full list of Dead & Company’s upcoming shows, head to their website.Setlist: Dead & Company | Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, OH | 6/4/18Set One: Truckin’ > Big River, They Love Each Other, Friend of the Devil*, If I Had The World To Give, Sugaree, New Speedway BoogieSet Two: Deal > He’s Gone > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums/Space > A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > U.S. BluesEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorNotes: All songs were tour debuts*Bob Weir on acoustic guitarlast_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Stephen Sondheim Greatest Musicals


first_imgFollies (Photo: Matthew Murphy & Joan Marcus) Assassins Merrily We Roll Along Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention puh-lease? Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim is currently ruling the New York stage: Sunday in the Park with George just celebrated a super-starry opening. Sweeney Todd is poised to open off-Broadway on March 1. As announced, Assassins will kick off Encores’ Off-Center season. All three of those Sondheim musicals made this week’s top 10. It’s a wonderful time to catch Sondheim’s beloved works live, whether you’re seeing them for the first time or have been eager to see your favorite Sondheim story get retold. But which Sondheim musical is the greatest of all? Take a look at your top 10 to find out! A Little Night Music A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Sweeney Todd Passion View Comments Company Into the Woods Sunday in the Park with Georgelast_img read more

Obsessing over Herbs


first_imgNor does the herbal obsession stop with growing the plants. Books begin to appear. “The history and lore of herbs are the history of mankind,” McLaurin says. “MarcoPolo opened China for these little plants. The search for herbs and spices led theSpaniards across the ocean and helped build the Dutch and English empires. Gardening used to be so simple: plant, water, eat. But Wayne McLaurin says herbsdemand more of you. Much more. “Two pots rapidly become four. Four become eight. And these spill over into thelandscape,” McLaurin says. Herbs will eventually invade the privacy of your bedroom and bath. Potpourris andpomanders will change the air you breathe, McLaurin says, while herbal baths hold youcaptive. If you’re willing to risk obsessing over herbs, call your county Extension Service. Findout how to grow them and use them in your cooking. “Beware of herbs,” says McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. “Herbs are not only attractive, aromatic and often tasty. They areobsessive.” With ordinary plants, a container or two on the patio may satisfy your creative drive.Not so with herbs.center_img “Modern medicine has its roots in ancient herb gardens,” he says, “and the mythologyof Greece and Rome is colorful with the origins of herbs.” But adding to the collection within a species is not the major cause of herbal spread, hesays. There’s the music and myth factor. Anyone growing parsley and sage must, ofcourse, add rosemary and thyme. “Once you begin to flavor meats and soups with your own plants,” he says, “all othercooking becomes bland. Vegetables, breads, drinks — even desserts — demand theheightened character brought about by herbs.” “The difference between a chef and a cook is the judicious use of herbs,” McLaurinlikes to say. “The kitchen is the heart of the herbal stronghold. Herbs will assault other areas of your life, too. You may find yourself dyeing yarn withplants from your garden when you don’t even know how to weave. Or concoctingbrews of herbal teas to delight your friends. “In the most advanced stage of obsession, you may even find yourself scenting yoursoaps or molding candles with herbal essences,” he says.last_img read more

Self-Bonding Leading to Environmental Hazards As Coal Company Bankruptcies Mount


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Mead Gruver in the Seattle Times: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters.The question is not if, but when, where and how many more coal mines will close as the industry declines, analysts say. Many mines already operate at a loss, and there’s not enough money in the fuel anymore to enable their owners to keep their promises to clean up the land.“It’s sort of a situation where nobody, really, is going to end up looking good,” said James Stevenson, director of North American coal for analyst firm IHS. “The states have I think a significant risk — the federal government does as well.”This reclamation crisis looms because of a practice called self-bonding, which allows coal companies to promise to eventually cover the cost of cleaning up abandoned mines without first setting aside the necessary money.Because of self-bonding, billions of dollars in legally required reclamation funding exist only as IOUs, without dedicated assets or bonds backed by third-party investors.Nationwide, self-bonding in the coal-mining industry tops $3.3 billion. That includes $2.3 billion in IOUs that the three biggest bankrupt coal companies — Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody — owe in five states, according to an Associated Press analysis of bonding obligations in the top 16 coal-mining states.The dilemma for state and federal regulators got even bleaker when the nation’s largest coal producer, Peabody, filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors in April. Peabody alone holds more than $1.1 billion in self-bonding obligations for mines in Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Wyoming, where its North Antelope Rochelle mine produces almost 12 percent of the nation’s coal.With several major U.S. coal producers filing for Chapter 11 over the last two years, the issue will play an important part in shaping coal’s future. Mines in Appalachia are particularly likely to close as the industry consolidates around a smaller number of still-profitable mines out West, Stevenson said.Full article:  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/mine-environmental-risk-grows-with-bankruptcies-in-big-coal/ Self-Bonding Leading to Environmental Hazards As Coal Company Bankruptcies Mountlast_img read more

A super selection of self-care resources


first_imgSelf-care is any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook in our day-to-day lives.Not too surprisingly, in times of crisis—like responding to something as big and overwhelming as the COVID-19 pandemic—self-care often takes a backseat.“The ability to care for oneself is predicated on the ability to consistently go inward and listen to what is there with open, compassionate ears,” says Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, a clinical director at The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, Michigan in this article.However, during stressful periods, we tend to focus outward, the article’s author explains. We diminish or disregard our inner life, ignoring our needs and limits. And yet, it’s during hectic or difficult times when we need to care for ourselves the most. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Freeport Murder Suspect Identified


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have identified a suspect wanted for allegedly gunning down a 21-year-old man outside of the victim’s Freeport home last weekend.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Autrey “Pluto” Watson repeatedly fired a semi-automatic pistol into a crowd, striking Lyreek Crawley in the head during a house party at on Colonial Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 28. The gun has not been recovered, authorities said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors told the Press that the dispute may have been gang-related, but police did not confirm that. Police did say that a house in Freeport was shot at on Tuesday night, but it was not clear if it was the same residence.The murder suspect may have fled the scene in a champagne-colored Toyota Camry that was last seen heading westbound on Colonial Avenue toward Main Street, according to investigators.Watson is described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with short hair. His last known address was 117 Debevoise Ave., Roosevelt.Nassau County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of this suspect, or with any information about this crime, to call them at 516-573-7788 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

Report: Dean Skelos Could Be Arrested Monday


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the highest ranking senator in the state, and his son, Adam Skelos, may face corruption charges as early as next week, according to The New York Times.Skelos, the powerful senate majority leader, and his son are expected to be arrested next week on charges that may include conspiracy, extortion and solicitation of bribes, the Times reported, citing anonymous sources.The potential charges stem from an ongoing federal probe into corruption in Albany. The investigation is being led by Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for Manhattan, who has been steadfast in his pursuit to clean up the state capital.The announcement also comes three months after Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly running a bribery and kick-back scheme that netted him nearly $5 million, prosecutors said.The expected charges could cause major upheaval in Albany, which for years was run by Skelos, Silver and Gov. Andrew Cuomo—a trio that has come to be known as “the three men in the room.”The Skelos’ probe centers around Adam’s business relationship with AbTech Industries, an Arizona-based company that was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Nassau County despite it not being the lowest bidder, the Times reported.“The company, AbTech Industries, had hired Adam Skelos as a consultant,” the Times reported. “Prosecutors, some of the people said, have also focused on a $20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, made to Adam Skelos, even though he never worked for the company.”“I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry,” Skelos said in a statement in mid-April. Several months earlier he criticized an NBC New York story that revealed Skelos was the subject of a federal investigation, calling it “thinly sourced” and “irresponsible.”The federal probe sparked an investigation by Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose Public Corruption Bureau is scrutinizing the county’s contracting practices.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was one of several local officials to testify before the grand jury in the Skelos case.“The County Executive and the County have been notified that they are not targets of the investigation,” Mangano’s spokesman Brian Nevin said at the time, “and will continue to assist law enforcement officials in the event they require additional information regarding the methodology of this public procurement process and the specifics of how the award determination was made.”Neither the US Attorney’s office or Skelos’ lawyer could be reached for comment.last_img read more