Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HII to Hold Keel Laying for John F. Kennedy View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval View post tag: John F. Kennedy HII to Hold Keel Laying for John F. Kennedy View post tag: Navy August 19, 2015 View post tag: Keel-Laying Share this article Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that it will host a keel-laying ceremony for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).The event will be held at the Company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division alongside Dry Dock 12 on Saturday, August 22.The ship’s sponsor and daughter of the ship’s namesake, Caroline Kennedy, will participate via video.Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first new design for an aircraft carrier since Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship will be equipped with two newly-designed reactors and has 250 percent more electrical capacity than previous carriers. The improvements will allow the ship to load weapons and launch aircraft faster than ever before.[mappress mapid=”16702″]Naval Today Staff, Image: HII View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HII
Special Report: Trump To Nominate Notre Dame Professor To 7th CircuitIL for www.theindianalawyer.comPresident Donald Trump reportedly plans to nominate Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.Barrett would take the Indiana seat on the Chicago-based appellate court left vacant by the retirement of former Circuit Judge John Tinder in February 2015. Trump’s plans to nominate Barrett were reported by news services and legal websites, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and ABA Journal.Barrett has been a professor at Notre Dame since 2002. Prior, she worked in private practice and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.Former President Barack Obama nominated Myra Selby to the seat, but Selby, an Ice Miller LLP partner and former Indiana Supreme Court justice, never received a hearing from the Senate Judiciary Committee.Barrett and Notre Dame Law School officials could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. Republican Sen. Todd Young said in a statement, “I could not be more pleased with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the federal bench. During the vetting process, I had the chance to interview Mrs. Barrett and expressed to the White House my belief that she would be a home run pick. I’m glad the President views her with as much regard as I do. With this selection, President Trump continues to demonstrate a knack for nominating individuals to the federal bench who will faithfully interpret the Constitution of the United States. Mrs. Barrett’s qualifications should make for a swift, bipartisan confirmation process.”Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office is waiting for the announcement by Trump before commenting.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Former Hoboken council president sentenced to 30 months in prisonEx-Council President Christopher Campos was sentenced to 30 months of prison on Friday Dec. 8.Campos was convicted last summer of bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud for a cab leasing scheme.The $7 million scheme involved roughly 20 buyers who borrowed money to buy about 200 new cars they could not afford, claiming the cars would be for personal use, but they were in fact leased out to other people in New York as livery cabs.“Christopher Campos, an attorney and former Hoboken City Council president, defrauded lenders out of millions of dollars,” said Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim in a press release. “He put up straw buyers to obtain loans for ‘personal use’ cars that in fact comprised a fleet of over 200 vehicles leased to livery drivers. Campos has now received the significant sentence his crimes merit.”Campos served on the Hoboken City Council from 2001 to 2007.In 2014 he served as a $35,000-$40,000-per-year full-time aide to former Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.Hoboken inauguration ceremony location announcedThe City of Hoboken’s inauguration ceremony for Mayor-Elect Ravinder S. Bhalla, Councilman James Doyle, Councilwoman-Elect Vanessa Falco, and Councilwoman-Elect Emily Jabbour will be held on Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. at Hoboken High School auditorium at 800 Clinton St.The public may attend but seating is limited.Free tickets must be reserved by visiting http://hoboken.booktix.com starting on Monday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m.There is a limit of four tickets per person. Large bags and backpacks will not be permitted inside the venue.You better watch out, you better not cry – Hoboken SantaCon is SaturdayOn Saturday, Dec. 16, Hoboken will be flooded with men and women dressed as Santa and his elves for SantaCon. The annual holiday bar crawl lasts all day and begins at 11 a.m. this year.“Picture thousands of Santas running wild through the streets of Hoboken and having access to some of the best bars you can imagine – that’s exactly what you’ll get with this great event,” states the Eventbrite page for the bar crawl, where those who wish to attend can register and buy tickets to the various participating bars.According to the webpage, “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kidz1st, Inc along with other local community charities.”According to an NJ Transit press release beverages will not be permitted on any NJ Transit vehicles during SantaCon. All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.To see which venues are participating, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-hoboken-santacon-crawl-2017-tickets-37350133254.Ferry owner addresses NJ Transit board members about Hoboken landThe battle between the city of Hoboken and NY Waterway over use of the Union Dry Dock property intensified on Wednesday, Dec. 13.According to a press release from NY Waterway, company president and founder Arthur Imperatore addressed the NJ Transit Board of Directors during their meeting on Dec. 13 about the company’s newly-purchased land on Hoboken’s waterfront.The company has faced a backlash from residents and town officials who have spoken out against the former Union Dry Dock site becoming a ferry repair and maintenance facility. They would rather see the property turned into parkland.NJ Transit has stated that they may purchase the land then lease it back to NY Waterway, which would still use the land as planned.The city has authorized condemnation proceedings to acquire the property but ownership by a state agency would nullify the city’s ability to do so.According to the press release Imperatore said, “The UDD location had long been viewed by us and various leaders of NJT as the only logical, ideally positioned geographic location that is available to us. There are no other alternatives possible between Nyack, NY, and Bayonne, NJ. Boat maintenance, dispatch, crew control, fueling and all aspects of seamanship must be from a central location and the UDD location is in the center of our operating map, equidistant to the north and south areas which we serve.”He added, “Efficiency and control are essential for orderly dispatch on daily assignments. Moving boats into position for service can be very costly, time-consuming and disruptive to the quality of our service, hence, we strive to create the most efficient conditions possible. UDD will afford us the opportunity to create a paradigm of a ferry maintenance base for decades to come. Should ownership change by reason of the takeover of the property by NJT and the state of NJ, this will always serve as the most ideal and logical base between the Weehawken ferry terminal and the Hoboken train station. This location will protect the long-term interests of the public, regardless of who the ferry operator is, thereby protecting the enormous public investment already having been made in those two trans-Hudson locations and the future of the trans-Hudson system.”He said that he believes the transit system will potentially be disrupted in the near future due to renovations and rehabilitations of rail lines and railroad tunnels. “Ferries are the only alternative to provide a safety valve and this factor has been recognized by NJT for many years, along with the [Port Authority].”“At this time, we are strongly confirmed as a regional public asset, essential to the public interest, supplementing the public mass transit systems in place presently and as they may be later expanded,” Imperatore said. “We have a team of perfectionists that come to work daily to do their best to uphold the highest traditions of customer service and safety and our record so speaks. UDD is essential to its continuance.”Track repairs scheduledAccording to reports Hoboken’s terminal will undergo track repairs in 2019.The terminal handles roughly 30,000 people per day and it is unknown what interruptions it may cause to service.The Hoboken terminal was damaged by saltwater when Superstorm Sandy hit Hoboken in 2012. Happy birthday to a Hoboken idolHoboken celebrated the 102nd birthday of Frank Sinatra on Tuesday, Dec. 12.To commemorate the special day, City Clerk James Farina, a big fan on the Hoboken-born crooner, hosted the annual City Hall birthday party for the singer.At the birthday celebration in the clerk’s office, Farina displayed his personal Sinatra memorabilia including magazine covers, Frank Sinatra books, and Sinatra’s key to the city from 1947.Local comedian Artie Lange arrestedAccording to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department led by Sheriff Armando Fontoura Hoboken resident and former Howard Stern regular Artie Lange was arrested on Tuesday Dec. 13 at 6:45 p.m. for failing to appear in Essex County Superior Court.The court date was related to a May 12 arrest in which Lange was charged with possession heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.This follows a Saturday, Dec. 9 house call by police after the Hoboken Police Department received a call that something might be wrong, although when police arrived they found he was fine.The call seemed to stem from the comedian’s early morning Twitter post in which Lange wrote, “Hey I got a quick message for u Ang. U ain’t the man. U run for the man. I fear nothing,” accompanied by a disheveled selfie.Lange apologized later that morning on Twitter, stating, “Everything isn’t funny as the Great Hoboken Police just explained to me,” he tweeted shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. “I’m so sorry I made those guys deal with unimportant crap. I’m fine. In a related issue how do u delete a tweet?”He later tweeted “Hey guys I just got myself a shower & some quick cardio. Then I had to take another shower. But I’m back to bein Artie. That lucky kid from Jersey! As u can see I’m ok!”Lange was arrested in March in the parking garage at his Hoboken condo complex for alleged possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia. Police said he allegedly had drugs both in his car and on his person.The comedian has written about drug use before and was hospitalized in 2010 after apparently attempting to commit suicide in his condo at the Shipyard complex in Hoboken.PSE&G to inspect gas meters in Hudson CountyPublic Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be inspecting natural gas meters in Hoboken, Weehawken and West New York to ensure the continued safety and reliability of gas services.“Customer safety is our number one priority,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “It’s important for us to conduct safety inspections like these so that we can check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require attention or repair.”If a customer’s meter is inside, someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technicians access to the meter for a visual inspection. Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on your property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.Important information about the inspection process:• The inspection is free and will take about 10 minutes.• Customers do not need to make an appointment at this time.• Unless a meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.• Service will not be turned off during this inspection due to billing status.PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If a customer is concerned in any way, they should call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of an employee.Toy drive announcedThe Hoboken Police Department’s Unions and Hoboken Fire Department’s Unions will host their Annual Toy Drive on Wednesday Dec. 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fire House at 1313 Washington St.They will be collecting new unwrapped toys that will be distributed to local charities.There is also a drop of box for toys at police headquarters and the fire house at 1313 Washington St. Menorah lighting at City Hall is Dec. 17Join the community and elected officials for a public display of unity as they light the grand Menorah at Hoboken City Hall this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm. Hot latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, and Menorah kits will be distributed.This event is open and free to everyone.Prior to the lighting, at 4 p.m. there will be a children’s program inside City Hall. Ventriloquist, pizza, raffle, crafts. Tickets are $10 per child in advance; $15 at door.For more info. about this program or future events, please visit www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222.
Espresso machine manufacturer, Rancilio has added a new 1-group machine to its existing Classe 6 range. The new machine, along with the rest of the line, is imported from the Milan-based firm by The Coffee Machine Company, based in London. It is aimed at smaller outlets with a “modest demand” for coffee.The 1-group is manufactured in stainless steel and is 360mm wide. It comes in three different models – the E1 fully automatic plumbed-in version; the S1 semi-automatic plumbed model and the ST1, which is a tank-top machine.List price – E1 £2,525; S1 £2025; ST1 £1,625www.coffeemachinecompany. co.uk
Pieminister saw sales increase by 28% to reach £8.3m, for the financial year to 31 March 2012, up from £6.5m in 2011.Reported in the company’s accounts, recently published on Companies House, the Bristol pie firm achieved underlying profit before tax of £385k, up from £269k in 2011.The firm put its growth down to increasing customer penetration, and the opening of new retail outlets, particularly in London. Pieminister said its expansion had not been limited to the UK, with its operations in Ireland performing well. It also opened its first outlet in Continental Europe, in Amsterdam, Holland.The business, which manufactures, distributes and retails its pies through selected retailers, markets and festivals, also launched its first recipe book, called A pie for all seasons, during the financial year.Going forwards the company said it would continue to develop its brand presence in both retail and foodservice sectors.Pieminister’s earlier plans to relocate from Bristol to Llantrisant in Wales had to be scrapped due to “circumstances beyond its control”, with the company incurring non-recurring costs, associated with the proposed move of £110k. It also made the decision to acquire the current facilites in Bristol, which led to further non-recurring costs of £341k.Pieminister’s employee numbers rose from 103 to 153 over the year.
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By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe number of irrigated cropland acres in Georgia is growing, but at a much slower pace than three decades ago, according to a University of Georgia farm survey.About 1.49 million irrigated acres of cropland are in Georgia, according to the UGA Extension Service 2004 Irrigation Survey. This is about 33,000 acres more than in 2000, the last year the survey was conducted.Corn, cotton and peanuts account for 76 percent of the total irrigated acres. Turf acres under irrigation have more than doubled over the past decade to about 38,500 acres.Accounting for 49 percent, electric-powered irrigation systems outnumber diesel-powered systems for the first time.This can be attributed to higher fuel costs, said Kerry Harrison, a UGA Extension Service irrigation expert. Smaller systems, too, are being put into smaller fields. These systems are more easily powered by electric motors.Georgia had only 145,000 irrigated acres in 1970, the first year of the survey. The largest increase since then was between 1977 and 1980. Land under irrigation grew from 592,000 acres to nearly 1 million during this time.Between 1995 and 1998, irrigated acres grew by about 70,000. It grew by the same amount between 1995 and 1998.Georgia has 3.5 million to 4 million acres of cropland, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. Not all of this land is good for irrigation. Most suitable large fields now have irrigation, Harrison said.In 1998, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division placed a moratorium in coastal Georgia on the well permits farmers need to put in a new irrigation system. EPD placed a moratorium on permits in the Flint River Basin in southwest Georgia in 1999. This has slowed the increase in irrigated acres.Farmers will probably keep putting in new irrigation, Harrison said, but not at the rate seen in the 1970s and ’80s.Improved technology over the past few decades has allowed farmers to produce more per acre, Harrison said.”The last potentially limiting factor a farmer has each year as far as production is concerned is water,” he said. “Irrigation for now is one of the cheapest ways to ensure crops get enough water.”How much water farmers put on crops varies across the state and even within a county, Harrison said. It depends on how much a farmer wants to spend compared to the potential benefit.”Irrigation is just another tool farmers use to stabilize their production,” he said. “And how a farmer uses that tool depends on the farmer’s economic situation and management practices.”The UGA Extension Service survey is based on information from UGA Extension Service agents in agricultural counties. Other estimates differ from the survey’s findings.EPD estimates 2.1 million acres, based on the number of acres farmers write on applications when applying for well permits. GASS figures Georgia has 750,000 irrigated acres, based on farmer surveys.
Layoffs – Budget Cuts – Downsizing. Every day there seems to be another news story covering the fallout from the current economic downturn. Today’s economy has created an increasingly challenging environment for human resource administrators. If you are the person responsible for the HR functions of your organization, you may know that there are federal and state employment laws that can help you maneuver through these difficult times – but how familiar are you with them?The Workforce Development Center at Champlain College, in collaboration with HRSentry, is offering a series of online workshops that can answer your questions and give you the skills needed to successfully handle the human resources issues you face every day.Workshops are delivered 100% online, giving you access to the resources and knowledge you need 24/7, on a schedule that works for you.The first workshop, “What You Need to Know about Equal Opportunity in Employment Under the Law”, provides human resource administrators with a perfect overview of current HR laws and regulations, on both the federal and state levels.For a workshop series brochure Click HereKeep your organization safe. Register Now for “What You Need to Know about Equal Opportunity in Employment Under the Law” by Clicking HereHRSentry is HRMade Simple
At 4:30 a.m. on June 8, a crowd of bleary eyed runners gathered in a parking lot next to the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. They downed last-minute cups of coffee and nibbled on bagels while synchronizing their GPS watches. In the first dim light of dawn, the race director said a prayer, started his watch, and the runners were off on an all-day slog through the woods, headlamps bobbing into the darkness.This year was the 34th running of the Laurel Highlands Ultra Race, a grueling 70.5 mile trail run on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.“There will be bears and snakes,” Laurel Highlands Ultra Race director Tim Hewitt had told the runners at the pre-race pasta dinner. “You’ll probably fall down. And you’ll be paying so much attention to your feet that you’ll take a wrong turn and get lost.”The Laurel Highlands trail is hard – full of rooted, rocky PA single-track with steep, gnarly climbs. In some years, nearly half the field drops out.“The first section has a few big climbs, but I like to say the next 50 miles is downhill with a tailwind,” Hewitt said.A few racers laughed at the under-exaggeration. Running 70.5 miles through the woods is just a morning jog for a guy like Hewitt. A vivacious 57-year-old lawyer from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he’s finished the 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational from Knik, Alaska to Nome seven times – more than anyone else, ever (one year he completed the race on a broken leg). Hewitt holds the course record of 20 days, 7 hours, and 17 minutes. In February this year, he decided the Iditarod wasn’t hard enough, so he walked to Nome totally unsupported, dragging a 100-lb. gear sled behind him. Since he didn’t even carry a tent, he had no shelter for 27 long Alaskan days. Even though Hewitt says he “kind of hit a wall at mile 700,” he still managed to set a record for the longest self-supported trek in history. His wife Loreen finished her first 350-mile Iditarod this year as well.Ironically, when the Hewitts took over as directors for the Laurel Highlands Ultra in 2000, they added more aid stations to the course and increased the cut-off time from 18 to 22 hours. (Most runners complete the course in 19 hours.) They also added a 50-kilometer option and two team relays to accommodate more tentative trail runners. This year they had to set a limit on the number of race entries; 130 runners signed up for the 70.5 mile run.“Ultra running used to just be for the old, slow guys like me,” Hewitt joked, “but now I think more people are realizing who much they like running on trails. Younger people and cross country teams are running trails. It’s great!” The race results show it; a team from St. Vincent College’s cross country program has swept the 70.5-mile relay race for the past three years.Most of the runners are locals from the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountain area–tough, patient runners who know how to slip over slimy glacial rocks and grind up steep, technical climbs. But the Laurel Highlands Ultra also attracts runners from abroad, like seasoned Swiss ultra-runner Beat Jegerlehner.“The Laurel Highlands Race is hard in a different way than most ultras,” said Jegerlehner, who’s competed in 34 100-mile races and a plethora of other ultra distances. “The course is totally runnable. So it’s easy to go too hard and burn out.” Did he think he had a bid for first place this year? “Definitely not,” he admitted with a grin.This year Pennsylvanians dominated the 70.5-mile open race. Devon Olson, 25, won the men’s race in 12:05:27 and Karey Elliott, 39, was the first woman across the line at 14:55:37.More information about the Laurel Highlands race can be found on their website, laurelultra.com.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A lawsuit in North Dakota federal district court could provide an early test of the reach of a federal appeals court decision that confronted what the judges called the “massive, unchecked power” of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.In June, the CFPB sued payment processor Intercept Corp., alleging the company and two of its executives allowed clients to make unauthorized and illegal withdrawals from consumers’ accounts. The CFPB’s complaint in U.S. District Court for North Dakota alleged Intercept ignored red flags—such as warnings from banks and complaints from consumers—and “knew or consciously avoided knowing that many of the transactions initiated by those companies were fraudulent or illegal.”Lawyers for Intercept seized on a Washington federal appeals court ruling last week that struck down as unconstitutional the structure of the CFPB. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that too much power was vested in the CFPB’s director, Richard Cordray, whom Judge Brett Kavanaugh described as “the single most powerful official in the entire U.S. government, other than the president.” continue reading »