View post tag: Collision View post tag: Strait of Malacca Following a collision with merchant vessel Alnic MC east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on August 21, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore, under her own power, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet said.The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time.The navy said significant damage to the hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding.None of the 10 sailors previously reported missing have been found and search efforts are still underway.Four of five injured sailors were medically evacuated by a Singapore Armed Forces helicopter to a hospital in Singapore for non-life threatening injuries. The fifth does not require further medical attention.US Navy photo of USS John S. McCain at Changi Naval Base Singapore View post tag: US Navy UPDATE: USS John S. McCain arrives in Singapore after collision Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities. The Republic of Singapore Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), and Singaporean Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are in the area rendering assistance.Additionally, MH-60S helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys from the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) are in the area providing search and rescue assistance.Alnic MC is a Liberian-flagged 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), no crew member of the tanker was injured.The navy said the incident will be investigated. August 21, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today UPDATE: USS John S. McCain arrives in Singapore after collision View post tag: USS John S. McCain Authorities Share this article
A lion’s roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away By Andrew DeCredicoIn the past four decades Cape May County’s Zoo has grown from a small idea with just a few animals, to a world class zoo that has been one of only 10% of zoos in the country to obtain an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation. The Cape May County Zoo obtained its AZA accreditation in 1989 and has been accredited every year since.The AZA has strict parameters on the care and wellbeing of all animals kept in captivity for a zoo to achieve their accreditation. The Cape May County Zoo has met and exceeded these standards time and time again, which is why TripAdvisor named it the 13thbest zoo in the world.Zookeepers are a huge part of the animals lives, often treating them like family members.Saturday June 9thmarked the Zoo’s 40thAnniversary. Many members of the community were in attendance to celebrate this monumental anniversary. The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce awarded the zoo a resolution and Senator Jeff Van Drew was in attendance to congratulate the zoo as well as all the members of the staff on their job well done. Also, Secretary of State Tahesha Way paid a visit to commemorate the zoo’s 40thanniversary.Secretary of State Tahesha Way praised the zoo and all its staff of a job well done.In 1978, the zoo’s early days, the list on animals was small, consisting of one African lion, a couple of spider monkeys, and a few barnyard animals. Within the first few years the zoo decided that they needed to expand, and began working on enclosures for more animals. Every enclosure was build by zoo personnel and by 1986 the zoo had welcomed more exotic animals into their facility. The new additions included black bears, bison, antelope, primates, and several species of birds.Lions are similar to house cats, often sleeping for almost the whole day and only getting up to eat or drink.In 1986 the zoo continued to expand and many exhibits that are still seen today were constructed. These new exhibits included lions, tigers, cougars, giraffes and camels, a reptile house, and the very important construction of a medical building and diet preparation building. The 1990’s brought even more improvement, including renovations, and additional new exhibits. Included in these improvements were the plans for an entire African savannah. This 57 acre plot of land would be home to many of the zoo’s most friendly faces, including zebras, antelopes, ostriches and giraffes. In 1998 original reptile house was destroyed by a fire, but soon rebuilt as the building we know today.Giraffes have tongues that reach lengths of up to 18″. this helps them reach and grab on to branches and leaves.Although the zoo has grown exponentially, the staff has kept their focus on providing a wonderful life for their animals. The Cape May County Zoo is proud to be a part of the Species Survival Plan Programs (SSP). With the help of Zoos and aquariums around country, the SSP Programs oversee the population management of select species within the AZA institutions, and work to enhance conservation of species in the wild. Each institution that is a part of the SSP Programs coordinates with other member institutions through a variety of research, husbandry, species conservation, management, and educational programs. Each zoo works with the other institutions to promote awareness about these species, with an eventual goal of helping these species thrive and flourish in the wild.At the end of the day The Cape May County Zoo announced the name of its 7 month old male giraffe. His name is Kifeda and he has been a happy playful boy since birth. His mother (Roz) still looks after him and makes sure no harm comes to him. Unfortunately the father has passed since his birth.Baby Kifeda looks short when standing next to an adult, but still towers over most humans.If you would like to visit baby Kifeda or any of the other animals mentioned in this article take a stop by The Cape May County Zoo. Admission is free however any donations help to provide the zoo the funds they need to continue providing the wonderful care that they have provided for the past 40 years, and enjoyment for all who visit.
In the realm of righteously rockin’ funk music, there are only three words that Atlanta, Georgia needed to know on Friday, March 4th: The Main Squeeze.Returning to the city after for their first show since New Year’s Eve 2015, the hard touring band took the stage at one of the city’s mainstay venues, Terminal West, for an epic show that left smiles from ear to ear by the time that they were done with the place.Put succinctly, Squeeze shows are a thing of beauty. The band can flat out play, and it’s as simple as that. Ask anyone who’s witnessed one of their incendiary sets; they’re bound to tell you the exact same thing.Kicking off the night with “Mama Told Me” from 2012’s eponymous album, the tightly-coiled funk machine gave a blazing preview for the funky mayhem that was about to ensue.Following through with the early Squeeze classic, “Dr. Funk,” Terminal West’s dance party hit critical mass, exactly where it stayed for the rest of the glorious evening. Truly hitting their stride with the slow building face-melter, “#WWC”, the quintet rolled through a funk-jam rollercoaster that picked up steam with every successive tune.Dropping into another tasty throwback, “Ebeneezer”, Ben “Smiley” Silverstein took the reins and headed a jam with one of the more massive keyboard solos that one’s likely to find anywhere on this big blue planet. Leaving more than a few jaws on the ground, The Main Squeeze had more up their sleeve for the crowd that night.Known to bust out choice covers that have included classics that range from the Grateful Dead to Outkast (they dropped into a few verses of the ATL stalwarts’ “Roses” earlier in the night), it was time to pay tribute to one of the greats with a showstopping rendition of the Derek and the Dominoes classic, “Layla.”Digging deep into the funk grab bag, another standout was a rousing rendition of “In A Funk” that was followed up with the band’s perennial showstopper, “I’ll Take Another.”If pure energy is what drives audiences, then “I’ll Take Another” offers a sonic buffet with which to feast. Experiencing the song live is one of those moments that words won’t do justice; one has to experience it to truly tap into the feeling.Taking a short hiatus, The Squeeze returned for a final hurrah that shredded its way into the crowd’s hearts and minds and left everyone begging for one more. As always, the band delivered, and with flying colors at that.They killed it, tore it down, took no prisoners – whatever you’re idiom of choice, they did it. Moral of the story? Catch these guys live as soon as you can; your ears will thank you.Setlist: The Main Squeeze at Terminal West, Atlanta, GA – 3/4/16Mama Told Me > Afterlife Jam > Dr. Funk, #WWC, Two Steps, Ebaneezer, Shot > Sweat Jam, Layla, Tank X-ing > Drums, In a Funk, I’ll Take AnotherEncore: Where Do We Go?Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Phierce Photography: Load remaining images
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Joshua Wortzel busied himself in his basement lab as a boy, becoming a kind of scientific matchmaker to a group of mice, breeding them in an effort to alter their fur.He was in the sixth grade and was inspired by a classmate’s experiment that taught mice how to navigate a maze. Wortzel, now a graduating Harvard College senior, recalled that her efforts were cool. But what would be even cooler, he thought, would be mice with “crazy coat colors.” His fuzzy critters ended up with “some really cool coat patterns.”Then some of them escaped.“In retrospect, my mom was completely right in asking me to end the experiment,” he said, “and so I moved to guppies for a couple of years.”Wortzel’s longtime fascination with cell manipulation and genetics — he saved his birthday money over the years to get his DNA sequenced at age 10 — attracted him to the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.“It’s unique. It essentially doesn’t exist anywhere else,” said the Lowell House resident and human developmental and regenerative biology concentrator. “Being able to take classes with these stem cell scientists — needless to say, Harvard is an amazing place.”For the past four years, Wortzel has worked closely on the regenerative side of his concentration exploring how to re-create damaged or diseased tissue. At Harvard, he spent much of his time in the cardioregenerative lab of Professor Richard T. Lee, where he helped to develop a protein to protect cancer patients’ hearts when they are exposed to cardiotoxic chemotherapeutics. His thesis work, which examined the regeneration of blood vessels, has implications for diabetic patients, who often suffer with sores that won’t heal and can face the loss of a limb.“It would be really cool to be able to regenerate blood vessels in the skin for these patients, which would allow us to successfully put new skin grafts on their wounds so they don’t end up with amputations.”A year at the University of Cambridge in England is the next stop for the Pennsylvania native, who, thanks to a Harvard Herchel Smith postgraduate fellowship, will pursue a master’s degree in translational medicine and therapeutics before heading to the Stanford University School of Medicine. His long-term plan is to be “involved in an institute for translational medicine … where you work with basic scientists to help make drugs to regenerate patient tissues.”The far-reaching implications of such work, Wortzel said, might include helping patients to regrow tissues removed due to cancer, assisting a transplant patient’s immune system in accepting a donor organ, or even fighting heart disease.“Twenty-five percent of deaths in the U.S. each year are due to heart muscle cell death, so if there is any way that you could try to regenerate the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart or replace heart tissue itself, you could just help so many people.”Like many undergraduates, Wortzel arrived on campus with a range of other interests, including a love for gardening inherited from his grandfather, and a passion for music and theater, which were passed on to him by his parents.At the Harvard Community Garden, you can see the fruits of his green labors, like the vegetable beds and, in the fall, his famous bearded scarecrow. He is the garden’s “official scarecrow maker.”“There is nothing more wholesome than watering something and having it blossom into something green that gives you oxygen and tastes good. And gardening also allows you to grow closer to other people in the process,” he said.In addition, if you happened to catch this year’s Lowell House opera production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” you would have seen Wortzel in the plum role of Puck.Eventually, Wortzel hopes to combine his passions, bringing new technology to the world, but also bringing theater and song, and maybe even a garden or two, to the hospitals where he will work.“I hope to try to continue,” he said, “to keep a lot of my passions alive.”
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Eric Kuzmack and I recently joined Dell as an Architect in the Data Center Solutions group. I came to Dell after 15 years at Gannett, the USA’s largest newspaper company and the publisher of USA TODAY along with more than 1000 other publications, television stations, and other ventures. I spent much of my time at Gannett working on large scale Identity Management, Server, and Storage architectures.I just returned from Storage Network World in Dallas hoping to hear about what’s going on with storage infrastructure in the cloud. I’m not talking about what services are being offered by companies such as Amazon, Mozy, or Nirvanix, but what’s new on the infrastructure side to allow companies such as these to offer new and unique storage services to customers. With all the talk about cloud storage opportunities, what surprised me was how little there actually was at the show aimed at that space.An interesting tidbit: I attended an IDC presentation where they mentioned that they expect cloud computing spend to grow from $16B in 2008 to $42B in 2012. In 2008, storage is 5% of the spend, but in 2012, it’s 18%. Combining that potential along with the financial meltdown that many expect will hasten the adoption of cloud based services, I would have expected the show to be packed full of cloud storage goodness.Are we going to see a radical change from what’s worked for years or are we just going to see incremental changes along the way?I suspect that many of the traditional players in the storage space aren’t quite sure how to deal with the cloud within their existing product portfolio. Monolithic storage solutions become too expensive to deploy in the hyper-scale environment. A new way of thinking needs to come from the vendors. For example, at DCS, we have what I think is an interesting storage chassis. We call it the J23 – JBOD with 23 drives. What makes it cool is that it holds 23 3.5” SAS/SATA hot plug drives in just 2U of rack space. We mount drives in both the front (12) and rear (11) of the chassis but still use front-to-back cooling.Much of the cloud architecture that my colleague Jimmy talks about here focuses (rightly so) on the services end of the cloud. But there seems to be a lack of discussion in the blogosphere about the underlying infrastructure.Stay Tuned…
Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), Stand Up to Cancer and Campus Ministry co-sponsored the dedication of two trees Tuesday evening in the Student Center Atrium to provide support for those affected by sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence and cancer.Connie Adams, director of BAVO, said the idea for the tree dedication originally came from a student. She said the two goals of the service aligned with core tenants of BAVO’s mission of awareness and healing.“[One goal is] to raise awareness of the issues of violence and abuse and their prevalence in our communities,” Adams said. “[The second] is to provide a space for healing for those who have been impacted to know that they aren’t alone and to break the silence which often surrounds these issues.”Adams said the dedication of the two trees held important symbolism, as each tree represents different struggles. One is for victims of sexual violence, stalking and relationship violence, and the other is for victims of cancer, she said.“Trees are a symbol of life and hope, both important aspects to an individual’s healing journey as well as our community’s commitment to prevent violence from happening,” Adams said.Director of Campus Ministry Judy Fean said the trees would provide a visual sign of support for students.“In the Student Center Atrium, they are in front of Mary, with the sign of living water to show there is hope and prayer in community,” Fean said.Adams said the tree dedication combined different areas of campus life, BAVO, Stand Up to Cancer and Campus Ministry but united them in faith.“While there are significant differences when understanding cancer and violence, hope and healing are common themes,” Adams said. “It is also common for individuals directly and indirectly impacted by cancer and violence to use their faith as a means of strength.”The Student Center Atrium is an important location for the placement of the trees, Adams said.“The placement of the trees in a prominent area on campus will increase visibility and allow more community members and visitors to participate,” Adams said.Fean said the dedication service Tuesday night included three readings that highlighted the importance of peace and support.“We gather in prayer to recognize God’s unconditional love and His healing power for all people,” Fean said. “The service [provided] a sense of peace and openness to be changed by God’s love.”During the service, students were invited to tie ribbons onto the branches in remembrance of loved ones affected by sexual violence, stalking, relationship violence and cancer, Fean said.Anyone who was unable to attend the service is still able to participate by tying a ribbon on either tree at his or her convenience, Adams said.“I encourage students, faculty, staff and alumnae unable to attend the dedication [Tuesday] evening to visit this space and tie a ribbon on the respective tree for someone impacted by violence and/or cancer,” Adams said.Tags: BAVO, Campus Ministry, cancer, saint mary’s, sexual violence, Stand Up to Cancer
Saint Mary’s will host a service fair in the Student Center Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., which will feature different organizations offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for students.The director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) Erika Buhring said she started the Service Fair in the fall of 2014 to provide “an environment for students and community agencies to connect with one another.”“The primary reason a service fair was started was to draw volunteer-minded students, staff, and faculty together in order to connect them with organizations that were in need of their assistance,” she said.Janice Chung | The Observer According to Buhring, organizations that will be present at the fair include Hannah and Friends, St. Margaret’s House, She’s the First, Students Supporting Autism, the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Take Ten, the American Red Cross and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps among others.“Integrated within the mission of the OCSE is the notion of developing a bridge for the Saint Mary’s community to connect with the Michiana area while also fostering a sense of social responsibility towards others as they participate in civic engagement,” she said. “The Service Fair certainly promotes these ideals.” Buhring said the Service Fair differs substantially from the Involvement Fair, which was held earlier this year by the Office of Student Involvement. For one thing, she said the Service Fair is held the second week of school as opposed to the first week so that students have a chance to become familiar with their schedules before signing up for volunteer opportunities. Additionally, Buhring said the Service Fair focuses on bringing outside agencies to campus instead of exclusively promoting on-campus groups.However, she said together the Service and Involvement Fairs serve to help students become involved on campus.“The OCSE sees that the Service Fair and the Involvement Fair are complementary towards one another. By having both, individuals have the opportunity to learn about so many different types of activities and volunteer work available to them.”Buhring said the Service Fair also encourages faculty and staff as well as students to participate and find opportunities to volunteer.“This fair constructs the space for fostering conversations that in turn allow each participant to learn more about opportunities that might be a solid fit for them,” she said. “Volunteer placement success rates are increased due to interactions at the Service Fair.”Saint Mary’s stresses the importance of service and provides students with opportunities to get involved, Buhring said. She said through the Service Fair, students can conveniently learn and follow through on making connections with the community and with post-graduate organizations.“The design of the fair is to assist students in making a strong match to an opportunity that they might otherwise not be aware of,” Buhring said. “The size of the fair allows for students to be able to talk individually to the representatives from the organization, but also allows them to see the breadth of choices available to them.”Tags: saint mary’s, service, service fair
“The state introduced a current-use taxation program for qualified properties, called ‘Conservation Use Valuation,’ in 1992,” said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service economist in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.CUV was created, Dangerfield said, in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”It also provides tax relief for broad classes of qualified agricultural and forest landowners,” he said. “Under CUV, a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Residential TransitionalUnique to the CUV program, he said, is “residential transitional” property. It gives relief to anyone whose home is in an area changing from single-family, owner-occupied homes to agricultural, commercial, industrial, office-institutional, multifamily or utility use, or a combination of those uses.Eligible RT property is a single family’s home and no more than 5 acres around it. The bottom line is that people who want to keep the property for a home should have it assessed on its use as a home and not on its development potential.Evidence of ChangeEvidence of a change in use, Dangerfield said, may be recent zoning changes, purchase by a developer, affidavits of intent, or being close to property that has changed from single-family residential use.To qualify as RT property, the tax valuation must reflect a change in value that can be attributed to being in or close to a transitional area.Application for CUVApplications for current-use assessment, including RT property, must be filed with your county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns, usually Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.To learn more about the CUV or RV tax breaks, call the Georgia Department of Revenue Property Tax Division at (404) 656-4240. Property Tax Facts People are always talking about property tax relief. But since 1992, a little-known program has already been offering tax breaks for many Georgians.
NOTICE Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on January 28, 2005, the Board of Governors approved the following positions of The Florida Bar:12. Supports increases in state judicial salaries consistent with the 2005 recommendations of the Florida Conferences of District Court of Appeal, Circuit Court, and County Court judges. First Circuit YLD board seat open The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its board of governors representing the First Judicial Circuit.The successful candidate will fill a two-year term beginning June 24.Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to this seat should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to Austin Newberry, YLD administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, no later than March 1. Wakefield petitions for Florida Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Stanley Craig Wakefield has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Wakefield was suspended for six months pursuant to a February 19, 2002, court order for various trust account violations and failing to properly supervise his nonlawyer staff.Anyone having knowledge bearing on Wakefield’s fitness or qualification to resume the practice of law should contact Kenneth Bryk, Bar Counsel, 1200 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 32804-6314, (407) 425-5424. Manslaughter instruction amendments At the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases has submitted to the court a report proposing a comment to be added to Florida Standard Jury Instruction (Criminal) 7.7, Manslaughter. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposal, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before March 17, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Judge Dedee S. Costello, Bay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 1089, Panama City 32402-1089, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Please label envelope to avoid erasure. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA STANDARD JURY INSTRUCTIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES – INSTRUCTION IN MANSLAUGHTER CASES, CASE NO. SC04-2488 PROPOSED COMMENT 7.7 MANSLAUGHTER § 782.07, Fla. Stat. To prove the crime of Manslaughter, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. (Victim) is dead. Give 2a, 2b, or 2c depending upon allegations and proof 2. a. (Defendant) intentionally caused the death of (victim) . b. (Defendant) intentionally procured the death of (victim) . c. The death of (victim) was caused by the culpable negligence of (defendant) . However, the defendant cannot be guilty of manslaughter if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide as I have previously explained those terms. Give only if 2b alleged and proved To “procure” means to persuade, induce, prevail upon or cause a person to do something. Give only if 2c alleged and proved I will now define “culpable negligence” for you. Each of us has a duty to act reasonably toward others. If there is a violation of that duty, without any conscious intention to harm, that violation is negligence. But culpable negligence is more than a failure to use ordinary care toward others. In order for negligence to be culpable, it must be gross and flagrant. Culpable negligence is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard of human life, or of the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of a conscious indifference to consequences, or which shows wantonness or recklessness, or a grossly careless disregard for the safety and welfare of the public, or such an indifference to the rights of others as is equivalent to an intentional violation of such rights. The negligent act or omission must have been committed with an utter disregard for the safety of others. Culpable negligence is consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury. Give only if 2(a) alleged and proved, and manslaughter is being defined as a lesser included offense of first degree premeditated murder In order to convict of manslaughter by intentional act, it is not necessary for the State to prove that the defendant had a premeditated intent to cause death. Trial judges should carefully study Eversley v. State, 748 So. 2d 963 (Fla. 1999) in any manslaughter case in which causation is an issue. February 15, 2005 Regular News Notice
Also starting Saturday, employees will resume bagging groceries for shoppers without reusable bags. The company says it brought plastic bags back because paper bags were growing scarce. They report some customers felt safer from the virus using disposable bags. (WBNG) — All Price Chopper and Market 32 stores in New York are resuming the ban on plastic bags Saturday. The chain removed plastic bags from its stories when New York’s law went into effect on March 1. Price Chopper Vice President says that was halted to protect employees and customers from coronavirus.