The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS), Jan. 1, 2014.While on deployment, Spearhead is scheduled to visit and interact with more than 20 nations and sail more than 15,000 miles, highlighting U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet’s commitment and emphasis to partnerships and operating forward.Cmdr. Matthew Flemming, Africa Partnership Station Mission Commander, said:This deployment represents an important opportunity for the U.S. Navy to work with our African and European partners to enhance capabilities that will lead to increased maritime security in the region. We have a robust complement of maritime professionals embarked in Spearhead, who are excited to train with and learn from our counterparts in Africa.Spearhead will serve under the international capacity building program APS, working with African partner nations to enhance maritime security off the coast of West Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea.As part of APS, Spearhead will participate in U.S. Naval Forces Africa-facilitated maritime exercises Obangame Express and Saharan Express, which take place in the Gulf of Guinea and off West Africa, respectively.[mappress mapid=”14832″]Press release, Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Enters US 6th Fleet January 5, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: africa View post tag: 6th View post tag: USNS Spearhead View post tag: americas View post tag: enters Share this article Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US View post tag: fleet USNS Spearhead Enters US 6th Fleet
UK to Support Anti-Smuggling Efforts in the Med Authorities In an effort to help stop the smuggling activities in the Mediterranean, Britain has offered to send its warship HMS Richmond to assist in the EU’s mission.HMS Richmond, carrying a surveillance drone, a helicopter and 200 marines and sailors onboard will be used against smugglers who operate in the waters between North Africa and Europe. It will most likely be stationed off the Libyan coast where it will be operating. The ship is going to be part of a naval operation which will see European units boarding, seizing and diverting boats in the Mediterranean, reports The Guardian.Britain already has one vessel operating in the Mediterranean, HMS Enterprise, which has been involved in the first phase of operations.HMS Enterprise was sent to replace HMS Bulwark, which rescued 3,000 people from small boats operated by the gangs between North Africa and Europe in July this year.HMS Enterprise has been essential in the efforts to move the mission to its next stage. Richmond will support the operational commander in the next phase which aims to conduct operations to board and seize vessels in the southern Mediterranean, states the Ministry of Defense.[mappress mapid=”16941″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Richmond View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today UK to Support Anti-Smuggling Efforts in the Med September 17, 2015 View post tag: UK Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Mediterranean
General Dynamics Electric Boat announced it would christen the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788) at its shipyard on Saturday, December 3.Annie Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will be the ship’s sponsor while Secretary Mabus will be the event’s principal speaker.USS Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class submarine and the fifth of overall eight Block III submarines.Block III submarines incorporate two tubes with twelve missiles instead of twelve separate missile tubes their sister ships had. This is a feature borrowed from the Ohio-class SSGNs.Block III submarines from boat eleven onward will also feature a revised bow and a number of other changes.Electric Boat and its partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, share construction of the submarines under a teaming agreement. A total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have been delivered, are under construction or under contract. General Dynamics to christen 15th Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado December 2, 2016 View post tag: USS Colorado View post tag: GDEB View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics to christen 15th Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado View post tag: Virginia-Class Authorities Share this article
The UK’s third-biggest coffee shop chain Caffè Nero has shrugged off pressures from the economy by ploughing on with its growth plans for 2011.The 475-outlet chain, which grew by 75 stores in 2010, said it plans to open another 50 in 2011, despite pressures such as the 5% VAT increase and high unemployment. “There will be pressures on us, but at the same time growth continues,” head of food and beverage Neville Moon told BB. “We’re looking to open 45-50 new stores this year. The strategy has been to up the game in food and coffee.” Business development director Paul Ettinger also revealed plans to extend its overseas operations. “We are hoping to open in at least one more country this year – hopefully more than that. We see some real opportunities around the world.”
Jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee will hit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this weekend, spending July 2nd and 3rd at the famed venue over the holiday weekend. With support from a host of great artists, including Dweezil Zappa and Sinkane on night one and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on night two, fans are in for two incredible nights of music.For those who can’t make it out to Red Rocks, UM has you covered. The band is teaming with TourGigs to present live streams for both nights, offering single show and two-show bundles here. There will also be looping playbacks for each stream, so you can get your UM fill for hours after each show, as well as On Demand viewings for 14 days after the shows.“We like to pull out the stops in Colorado,” writes Umphrey’s in a statement, “and these two nights will be no different.” We can’t wait.
Seattle-area firmVentec Life Systems developed the first and only Multi-Function Ventilator – VOCSN – which combines a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into one unified respiratory system. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Ventec knew it had to increase production. The company was used to producing approximately 150-200 VOCSN critical care ventilators per month. However, increasing that number five times still wouldn’t be enough to meet demand. With PCs and servers from Dell Technologies and financing from Dell Financial Services, Ventec teamed with General Motors to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators at a GM facility in Indiana, employing about 1,000 people and taking giant steps toward filling the federal order of 30,000 VOCSN critical care ventilators, with additional ventilators to be manufactured after that order is complete. Learn more about how Dell Technologies’ Design Solutions is enabling customers and partners to redesign their business models and transform their production lines. Hamilton Bonaduz AG’s laboratory customers depend on the Switzerland-based firm for a variety of life-saving technologies, including equipment that automates testing for COVID-19, vaccine development and ventilators. COVID-19 prompted a surge in demand for Hamilton equipment from customers like global health care suppliers. Because of a close and longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies Design Solutions, Hamilton was able to upgrade its technology and lean on Dell Technologies consulting, custom imaging and support services. The result was successful fast-tracking of delivery, prioritizing COVID-19 and shipping Hamilton equipment within five days. Auto racing giant McLaren, a long-time Dell Technologies customer, is part of a group of UK-based Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms committed to producing ventilators for the UK. The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium has been working hard to answer the UK Government’s calls for additional ventilators in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in 10 weeks the consortium produced the number of ventilators that would have been produced in 10 years. The consortium is focused on two models of ventilators based on existing technologies and ability to be assembled with parts currently in production. Together, Dell Technologies and McLaren are providing consulting services to the consortium. Dell Technologies has also provided equipment for the ventilator assembly sites, including conferencing equipment, workstations, interactive monitors for production line monitoring and laptops to enable remote working for team members. Manufacturers of medical equipment knew that as COVID-19 spread, they’d have to increase production at unprecedented rates. Still, it was impossible to anticipate the scale of the need, which would force some companies to find new ways to manufacture equipment. It required others to fast-track the development of critical products focused on test automation and vaccine development. No matter the path, manufacturers would lean heavily on technology to get more equipment out the door and meet rapidly increasing demand.“From ventilators to liquid handling equipment and robotics, manufacturers depend on technology to produce the equipment and materials the world is counting on to fight COVID-19,” said Bryan Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Design Solutions, Dell Technologies. “These companies have seen huge increases in demand and are pushing to complete projects on extremely short timelines. I’ve been inspired by how so many manufacturers are looking at this situation in innovative ways, thinking about what’s possible rather than all the obstacles they have to overcome, with the ultimate goal of treating patients and saving lives. We, at Dell Technologies, are proud to work alongside them.”Dell Technologies has partnered with manufacturers around the world to get more life-saving equipment out the door faster. Here are just a few examples:In addition to meeting urgent demand from large customers, industrial giant Honeywell decided to convert some of its U.S. factories to produce N95 masks and hand sanitizer when COVID-19 hit. The company had to deliver on its commitments while enabling most non-manufacturing employees to work from home. On top of all this, Honeywell faced potential manufacturing delays because of plant closures in India and Mexico; a tornado that damaged a warehouse in Nashville, Tenn.; and delivery complications caused by closed borders. To support manufacturing production in new and challenging environments, Honeywell worked closely with Dell Technologies to have its office employees working from home within eight days by establishing VPNs, remote access and encryption for 30,000 desktops. Dell Technologies also fast-tracked the configuration and deployment of more than 3,000 laptops, as well as hundreds of workstations and desktops. In addition, Dell Technologies Design Solutions met aggressive timeframes for delivery of hundreds of workstations and servers globally to support remote work. Now, the companies are discussing continuous improvements to enhance the overall work from home experience for all employees.
Lesli Margherita Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patti LuPone Talk Justin BieberTony-winning grande dame Patti LuPone recently belted out “Give My Regards to Broadway,” for Hamilton’s #Ham4Ham, and now we can see what went on behind the scenes! Take a look at Entrances, Exits, & Everything in Between with Patti LuPone as she tours the Richard Rodgers Theatre with Lin-Manuel Miranda discussing cellphones, Justin Bieber and so much more. LuPone begins in the War Paint in Chicago on June 28. Lesli Margherita Hamilton Gets the VoicePlay TreatmentMore Hamilton! VoicePlay are young, scrappy and hungry…The group has teamed up with REBL HQ for a cover of “My Shot” from the hit tuner; watch the acapella music video below. View Comments P.S. Congratulations to Marilyn McCormick, drama teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, who who has been awarded this year’s Tony for Excellence in Theatre Education. Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed today. Lesli Margherita’s a Film Star!We have our first sneak peek of new comedy-musical Opening Night, starring Taye Diggs and Topher Grace, along with Olivier winner and former Broadway.com Vlogger Lesli Margherita. Check out the clip below, where Queen Lesli is being as demure as always (her words). The movie, which had previously been titled One Shot, will receive its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 3. Gloria Estefan Says 1-2-3 CryThe rhythm is currently getting everyone who goes to see Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre, and the pop icon stopped by Live with Kelly (and Anderson Cooper)! on June 1 to chat about the show. What is she enjoying most about the bio-musical’s success? “Making people cry,” said Gloria. However, as we know, there’s no need to worry about bringing tissues to the tuner; we’re sure the Estefans still have a supply! Star Files
Vermont Business Magazine May 7, 2010 _ Central Vermont Public Service today reported consolidated earnings of $4.2 million, or 35 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the first three months of 2010, compared to $6.9 million, or 58 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2009.– First-quarter earnings of $4.2 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, 23 cents lower than 2009 — $0.3 million increase in operating revenue — $4.6 million increase in other operating expenses, primarily due to major storm in February 2010 — $1.0 million increase in equity in earnings of affiliates– Earnings for 2010 are forecasted to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share.”Much of the change was due to a major storm in February,” President Bob Young said. “Despite the storm, we’re making great progress. I was particularly pleased by our recent inclusion in Forbes’ list of the 100 most trustworthy companies in America. This listing highlights the success we have had instilling key, core values within the company, and working to be open, transparent and complete in our financial communications, accounting and corporate governance.”Going forward, we have several investment opportunities that will benefit customers and shareholders alike. We plan to invest more than $43 million in the transmission system and $38 million in our core distribution system over the course of this year,” Young said. “We will also begin significant investments in CVPS SmartPower™, our smart-grid program, which will require more than $60 million over the next few years, about half that money coming from federal stimulus funds.”We will also invest in new service territory and new hydro operations through the purchase of the assets of Vermont Marble Power Division, for approximately $33 million,” Young said.First quarter 2010 results compared to 2009First quarter operating revenues increased $0.3 million, including a $2 million increase in retail revenues, a $0.8 million increase in other operating revenues, partially offset by a $2.6 million decrease in resale revenue. The increase in retail revenues primarily resulted from a 5.58 percent base rate increase, effective January 1, 2010 and $0.9 million from ESAM revenue to recover 2008 major storm costs, partially offset by lower residential and commercial customer usage, due to warmer weather in 2010. The provision for rate refund is related to deferrals and refunds of over-collection of power, production and transmission costs as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan. This included a $0.6 million refund of over-collections from the third quarter of 2009, refunded to customers during the first quarter of 2010, partially offset by a $0.5 million over-collection of power costs during the first quarter of 2010 that will be returned to retail customers in the third quarter of 2010. Other operating revenues increased primarily due to higher levels of mutual aid for other utilities in 2010 and the sale of renewable energy credits. Resale revenues decreased due to lower average market prices despite an increase in volumes sold.Purchased power expense increased $0.1 million, due to a $0.4 million increase in purchases from Independent Power Producers, partially offset by a decrease in other power costs of $0.3 million. The decrease in other power costs was due to lower volume and capacity costs from Hydro-Quebec, reduced by higher output at the Vermont Yankee plant in 2010 and higher capacity costs. Other operating expenses increased $4.6 million, due to a $3.2 million increase in service restoration costs from a major storm in February 2010, and a $0.4 million increase in transmission expenses driven by higher rates from ISO-NE, and reduced by lower VTA billings due to higher NOATT reimbursements. We also had higher regulatory amortizations of $0.8 million from the recovery of 2008 major storm costs, and higher property taxes of $0.5 million, partially offset by lower production costs of $0.3 million, due to lower Vermont Yankee outage insurance premiums. Operating income tax expense decreased $1 million as a result of a lower level of earnings and partially offset by an unfavorable charge of $0.7 million required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as modified by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1 million, principally due to the $20.8 million investment that we made in Transco in December 2009.2010 Financial GuidanceCV anticipates annual 2010 earnings to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share. As part of the alternative regulation plan base rate filing approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, the company’s allowed rate of return for 2010 will be 9.59 percent, down from 9.77 percent for 2009.WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on May 7, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. At that time, CV President and CEO Robert Young and CV Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company’s long-term strategy.Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “CVPS Qtr 1 2010 Earnings Call” link on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website atwww.cvps.com(link is external). An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 347698.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Form 10-QOn Thursday, May 6, 2010, the company filed its quarterly 2010 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on our web site, www.cvps.com(link is external), under the “Investor Relations” section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share 2010 vs. 2009 ————-2009 Earnings per diluted share $ 0.58Year-over-Year Effects on Earnings: Higher equity in earnings of affiliates 0.05 Higher operating revenues 0.01 Higher maintenance expense (major storm in February 2010) (0.16) Higher other operating expenses (0.06) Health Care Reform/Medicare Part D – Income tax impact (0.06) Higher transmission expense (0.02) Higher purchased power expense (0.01) Other 0.02 ————-2010 Earnings per diluted share $ 0.35 =============Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Central Vermont Public Service Corporation – Consolidated Earnings Release (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended March 31Condensed income statement 2010 2009 ———– ———–Operating revenues: Retail sales $ 76,062 $ 74,083 Resale sales 11,339 13,933 Provision for rate refund 125 0 Other 3,481 2,711 ———– ———–Total operating revenues 91,007 90,727 ———– ———–Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 41,718 41,610 Other operating expenses 44,196 39,618 Income tax expense 1,838 2,876 ———– ———–Total operating expense 87,752 84,104 ———– ———–Utility operating income 3,255 6,623 ———– ———–Other income: Equity in earnings of affiliates 5,395 4,445 Other, net 36 113 Income tax expense (1,589) (1,433) ———– ———– Total other income 3,842 3,125 ———– ———–Interest expense 2,895 2,876 ———– ———–Net income 4,202 6,872Dividends declared on preferred stock 92 92 ———– ———–Earnings available for common stock $ 4,110 $ 6,780 =========== ===========Per common share dataEarnings per share of common stock – basic $ 0.35 $ 0.58Earnings per share of common stock – diluted $ 0.35 $ 0.58Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic 11,725,484 11,602,354Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 11,756,303 11,655,175Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.46 $ 0.46Dividends paid per share of common stock $ 0.23 $ 0.23Supplemental financial statement dataBalance sheet Investments in affiliates $ 132,439 $ 104,158 Total assets $ 627,692 $ 627,496 Notes Payable (reclassified to long-term debt) $ 0 $ 10,827 Common stock equity $ 230,513 $ 221,647 Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $ 188,233 $ 167,500Cash Flows Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 2,069 $ 6,722 Cash provided by operating activities 24,942 15,128 Cash used for investing activities (6,007) (5,937) Cash provided by financing activities (15,866) (2,369) ———– ———– Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 5,138 $ 13,544 =========== =========== Refer to our first-quarter 2010 Form 10-Q for additional informationSource: RUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 05/07/10 — Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV)
Free Fallin’, BASE jumpers highlight Bridge Day in the Gorge.In October of 1980, something incredible happened in West Virginia. Five men donning parachutes walked to the edge of the newly constructed 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge. With policemen, Park Service, and safety professionals looking on in approval, they stepped into oblivion.From these humble beginnings, Bridge Day has grown to over 800 jumps per year and 100,000+ spectators who all come to participate in a celebration of the sport, spectacular fall scenery, and the local community. Although originally started as a way for the general public to walk on the bridge, BASE jumping has taken center stage.Jumpers plunge from diving boards and platforms on the side of the bridge and land in the Fayette Station river access area far below. Safety boats patrol the waters, and spectators can view the whole show from the bridge itself, trails along the rim, or the National Park observation deck at the New River Gorge Visitor Center. It remains one of the most popular legal options for BASE jumping in the U.S., and it shines as an example of how fringe sport enthusiasts and authorities can work together towards a mutually beneficial solution.Summersville local jumper Marcus Ellison has witnessed the spectacle many times since he was a child. There was something about watching people submit to the forces of gravity that resonated with him. At the age of 23, Ellison began skydiving with the intention of moving to the BASE side of the sport. Before he knew it, Bridge Day 2008 had arrived, and he was standing on a platform looking over the chasm with friends and family watching. It was his turn to jump.“It’s a moment of clarity and relaxation,” Ellison explains. “When your feet disconnect from what you are on, there is an unbelievable feeling of release and freedom. That is what I’m after: that instant when you disconnect.”Marcus has disconnected across the country, and has over 300 skydives and nearly 200 BASE jumps to his name. He is drawn to the sport for many reasons, but in no small part because of the dramatic places that it brings him to. His favorite jumps are in massive alpine environments, and are sometimes combined with skiing. This focus on the beauty of the surroundings makes BASE jumping a soulful sport that is more similar to other outdoors pursuits than many think. It doesn’t require the manpower, airline fuel, and permits that skydiving does, and it is almost always a quiet, under-the-radar activity with just a friend or two. Due to the infancy of the sport, the rules of BASE are still being written.Bridge Day is hardly a normal day for these jumpers. In spite of the fanfare, lines, and spectators, it is often the only opportunity every year to reconnect with friends from across the planet. It’s a perfect chance for first-time jumpers to meet and learn from the legends of the sport. Personalities like Red Bull athlete Miles Daisher, oil rig lifestyler Chris McDougall, and wildman Jeb Corliss can be seen in the lineup, and are quick to give high fives and trade stories with aspiring young athletes.Jason Bell, BASE Coordinator for Bridge Day, says that it is without a doubt the best day for skydivers to make their first BASE jump. “We have over 100 first-timers every year, and due to setting, the system that we have developed, and the safety measures in place, it is a perfect way to get into the sport.”Rookies feel confident at Bridge Day for several reasons. First of all, it is the third tallest bridge in the U.S., and the more time that jumpers have to deal with the unexpected, the better. Jumping from a bridge also eliminates the danger of colliding with a cliff or other standing structures should the jumper spin and open the chute the wrong way. The primary landing area is a deep river, and rescue boats are constantly fishing jumpers out of the water. Finally, there are ambulances and other safety personnel and technology at the bottom, ready to deal with injury. On the logistical side, Bell and his team vet applicants through interview questions, and there are two gear checks for all jumpers before they are allowed to queue up for freefall.While it’s appealing to beginners, advanced athletes can also get excited about Bridge Day 2012, and its newest creation: The Human Catapult. A mechanical engineer by trade, Bell envisioned and designed a mechanism that is capable of launching jumpers 20 feet vertically and 50 feet horizontally over the edge of the bridge during Bridge Day. This addition will augment the already classic launch platform and diving board options for jumpers, and will be mixed in to the other two as participants jump on 20-25 second intervals.BASE jumpers often struggle with being labeled as adrenaline junkies and daredevils. Just like any sport, there are those who take it to its limits, but the vast majority are there for the experience and the camaraderie. “BASE jumping is what you want it to be,” says Ellison. “It can be the craziest, scariest, most sketchball thing you could ever do, or it can be the foundation for some of the most joyful moments of your life.”Jason describes his personal fascination with the sport, and touches on the fact that it is still an incredible and vivid experience, even after over 500 jumps. “From the powerful acceleration of the jump, to the peacefulness of flying the chute, and finally the satisfaction of landing back on earth, there is nothing else like it. You realize that it is an experience that very few people will have, and it’s almost as if you are privy to a secret.” •DateOCTOBER 20, 2012Hours9:00 AM – 3:00 PMLocationNew River Gorge Bridge,Fayetteville, W.Va.Website [email protected]/TjhUfiOther ActivitiesRappelling, highlining, car show, music, chili/cornbread cookoff
Population: 1,619Public lands: Rich Mountain Trail, Ridgeway Recreation Area/Bike Trail, Mountaintown Creek Trail, Amicalola Falls, Coosawattee River, Talking Rock Creek, Cartecay RiverOutdoor Highlights: Mountain biking, fly fishing, Appalachian Foothills Parkway, apple picking