Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Announces FY12 Flight Hour Verification for Officers View post tag: US View post tag: Officers US Navy Announces FY12 Flight Hour Verification for Officers View post tag: Flight View post tag: FY12 October 2, 2012 The Navy announced the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Flight Hour Verification Process for Conditional Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP) and Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP) for flying programs, Oct. 1.The program enables the Navy to accurately compensate officers for frequent and regular performance of operational flying duty.This verification is intended to certify that FY12 minimum flight hour requirements were met by all flying recipients eligible for conditional ACIP and HDIP, according to NAVADMIN 293/12.Conditional ACIP may be paid to eligible aeronautically designated officers in the following categories:– Aeromedical officers;– Aviation officers not meeting the required months of flying (MOF) at the 12-year or 18-yeargate and not having a SECNAV-approved waiver;– Aviation officers in grades O6 and below with more than 25 years of aviation service.In order to be eligible conditional ACIP, officers must be under orders to duty in a flying status involving operational or training flights (DIFOPS) or reported into a billet designated XXX1 or XXX2, and flying the minimum prescribed hours.HDIP for flying may be paid to non-aeronautically designated officers and aeronautically designated flag officers meeting criteria in the NAVADMIN.HDIP for flying eligibility requires a non-aeronautically designated officer to be under orders to duty in a flying status as a technical observer (DIFTECH). HDIP for flying eligibility requires an aeronautically designated flag officer to be under DIFOPS orders.In order to receive and keep an entitlement, individuals are required to verify their flight hours after the end of the fiscal year. Regardless of their current status, anyone who received Conditional ACIP/HDIP during the fiscal year must submit verification.Commanding officers are required to track and report flight hours for conditional ACIP and HDIP for flying recipients.Eligible members must submit their flight hour verification and command endorsement letter to Navy Personnel Command (NPC) by Dec. 31, 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 2, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Verification Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hour View post tag: Navy View post tag: Announces Share this article
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The US Navy is set to christen its 11th Freedom-variant littoral combat ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) in a June 15 ceremony in Marinette, Wisconsin.“The christening of the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul marks an important step toward this great ship’s entry into the fleet,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.The future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the second ship named in honor of Minnesota’s twin cities. The first was a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine that served from 1984 to 2008. Two US Navy ships have been named for Minneapolis and two for St. Paul.The first Minneapolis was a cruiser commissioned from 1894 until 1921. The second Minneapolis was a New Orleans-class cruiser commissioned in 1934, earning 16 battle stars for World War II service by 1946, when it was decommissioned. The first St. Paul, a passenger liner chartered by the Navy, served in the Spanish-American War and in World War I. The second St. Paul was a Baltimore-class cruiser commissioned in 1945, earned one battle star for World War II service, eight battle stars for Korean service, and eight battle stars for Vietnam service by the time it was decommissioned in 1971LCS 21 will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls). View post tag: Freedom-variant View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration. Lockheed Martin photo of a Freedom-variant littoral combat ship View post tag: LCS View post tag: Lockheed Martin Share this article
John Murphy, president of FMBA Local 27. helped bring the Sandy Ground Project to Ocean City.A small army of volunteers gathered at 29th Street and West Avenue on Thursday to build a new playground.By the end of the day, a new facility honoring 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was essentially complete.The work was part of the Sandy Ground Project, an effort to rebuild playgrounds that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and to pay tribute to the 26 teachers and children killed in December 2012 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.Ocean City Firefighters FMBA Local 27 and the Ocean City gift shops Old Salt and Sting Ray helped to bring the project to Ocean City. Bill Lavin and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association started Sandy Ground and partnered with businesses, volunteer and non-profit organizations to help fund and construct a playground in memory of each Sandy Hook victim.Bill Lavin, founder of the Sandy Ground Project gives his foreman, Nate Wheeler, a work belt.Ocean City’s is the 22nd of 26 planned playgrounds and is named for Wheeler, a first-grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.The Wheeler family was in town for the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday morning.“What you’re doing is part of what helps us get up in the morning,” Benjamin’s father, David Wheeler, said in the ceremony.He described a typical 6-year-old boy who was constantly moving, running, shouting and who “never knew what the world could be.”But Wheeler said his family takes great comfort in knowing that young Benjamin never saw the dark side of the world, and the family is proud that his name will be part of “a place that is safe and sacred and secure.”Wheeler’s other son, Nate, served as honorary foreman of the job. His wife, Francine, was also part of the ceremony.Lavin thanked the local Feriozzi Concrete Company, Action Supply, A.E. Stone Inc. and Bricklayers and Stone Masons Local No. 2 for contributions that helped build a concrete slab for the new playground facility.By the time of the 10 a.m. “groundbreaking” ceremony, the “Angel’s Army” — named for the projects Where Angels Play Foundation — had installed the base structure of most equipment. Volunteers from the Ocean City community helped complete the construction project in a single day. Another layer of a soft surface over the concrete slab likely will be installed on Saturday.A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 18, and the public is invited.The entire cost of the project (including an estimated $70,000 to $75,000 of material) is a paid for by the Sandy Ground Foundation.A fundraiser for other Sandy Ground Project playgrounds is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at DiOrio’s Cafe in Somers Point. The event includes a buffet and beverages. Call 609-525-9182 for more information.
These proposals will ensure we have the appropriate safeguards to protect our national security whilst ensuring our economy remains unashamedly pro-business and open to high levels of foreign investment in the future. confirmation to proceed approval subject to conditions and – in the rare circumstances where it is the only available course of action – blocking or unwinding a deal, where this has already taken place Britain is recognised the world over as one of the best places to do business, attracting investment that benefits communities and workers across the country. To retain this hard-won reputation our merger and takeovers rules need to be responsive to technological, economic and national security changes. The government believes that the proposed package of reforms published today strikes the right balance between maintaining the openness and attractiveness of the UK as a destination for inward investment, while also providing the government with modernised powers it needs to protect the country.Notes to editors The proposals are consistent with many of our major partners and allies around the world, including countries such as Australia, Japan, Germany, and the U.S, who have and are similarly looking to upgrade their powers. The proposals also reflect feedback from businesses and investors and will ensure the UK remains a leading open and liberal trading nation whilst protecting our national security.Under the White Paper proposals, the government will encourage businesses and investors to notify it ahead of transactions that might give rise to national security risks. The majority of transactions raise no national security concerns and the government expects to quickly rule out national security risks in most cases, allowing parties to proceed with certainty.The White Paper proposes how the government would be able to “call in” transactions that may give rise to national security risks to assess them more fully. This “call-in” power would be economy-wide, reflecting the need for flexibility to address national security risks wherever they arise. Measures will also ensure that hostile parties or groups cannot circumvent our rules by acquiring an asset that has national security implications, such as intellectual property, rather than acquiring the business itself.The remedies proposed by the government include: Strengthened powers will upgrade UK national security merger rules whilst maintaining openness to international investment proposals build on the UK’s robust merger and takeover regime and ensures it keeps pace with new technologies and innovation measures include new powers to scrutinise the purchase of assets such as intellectual property if they raise national security concerns The UK has a proud and hard-won reputation as one of the most open economies in the world. A large part of our economic success stems from our belief in open international trade and our support for foreign direct investment, with international investment creating 76,000 jobs last year.An open approach to international investment must include appropriate safeguards to protect our national security – particularly in a world where the threats faced by global economies are evolving – and in a small minority of investments there are national security considerations which should be scrutinised.The National Security and Investment White Paper, announced today (Tuesday 24 July) by the Business Secretary Greg Clark, sets out how the government will upgrade its powers to scrutinise investments and address the risks that can arise from hostile parties acquiring ownership of, or control over, businesses or other entities and assets that have national security implications.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: In June 2018, Parliament enacted secondary legislation to amend the thresholds in the Enterprise Act 2002 for 3 specific areas of the economy, military/dual-use, computing hardware and quantum technology, enabling the government to intervene in more mergers that may raise national security concerns. The government keeps all its powers under review and will not hesitate to take further action if it judges this necessary to protect national security to provide maximum certainty and clarity to business and investors, the government will publish a statement of policy intent, setting out how the “call-in” power is expected to be used. A draft of this document is available on the White Paper consultation page the White Paper delivers on the Prime Minister’s commitment to bring forward proposals to consolidate and strengthen government’s powers to protect national security
I am really pleased at the pace the work has developed and the Institute will continue to build on the work of DfE. Technical Education offers a real and exciting alternative to A Levels for young people, with T Levels now sitting alongside apprenticeships. We remain committed to the pace of the roll out and look forward to working with these suppliers as they develop the first T Level qualifications. More than 200 businesses, including Fujitsu, Skanska, and GlaxoSmithKline as well as many small and medium sized firms, have helped design the course content so far to make sure young people taking T Levels are equipped with the knowledge and skills that employer’s value. On 31 January, the Institute assumed responsibility for approving the content and procurement for T Levels and will continue to work with industry and the Awarding Organisations as the T Level roll out continues.Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO of the Institute, said: My panel recommended the single provider model for two reasons. Firstly, greater clarity. There are currently more than 3,000 Level 3 qualifications eligible for public funding for 16 to 18-year-olds, spread across more than 100 different awarding organisations. We cannot expect every employer in the land to know which of these qualifications are any good and actually deliver the knowledge and skills they are looking for in new recruits. Secondly, we wanted to remove any possibility of a race-to-the-bottom on quality, where awarding organisations are incentivised to compete for market share on the basis not of rigour but instead on which qualifications are easiest to pass. I am delighted that we have reached this milestone in the roll-out of the T Levels programme. With the first schools and colleges to offer T Levels in 2020 well advanced in their preparations, and now confirmation of these initial awarding organisations, I am confident that we remain on track to deliver the transformation to technical education that this country so desperately needs. Welcoming this announcement, Lord Sainsbury, Chair of the Independent Panel on Technical Education, said: Stewart Foster, Managing Director, NCFE Awarding said: A major milestone was reached today (13 February) as contracts to develop, deliver and award the first three T Levels have been awarded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute).T Levels will be the technical equivalent to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement. Following a competitive bidding process, Awarding Organisation NCFE has been awarded a contract to deliver the Education and Childcare T Level, and Pearson has been awarded contracts to deliver T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning as well Digital Production, Design and Development. Around 50 further education and post-16 providers will teach these T Level programmes from September 2020.To protect the gold standard of T Levels and ensure they are a valued qualification recognisable by employers, one awarding body will have exclusive rights to deliver each T Level subject. This was a key recommendation made by Lord Sainsbury in his independent review of technical education in 2016.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: At NCFE, we are committed to creating opportunities for learners to progress and succeed and we are therefore excited to be at the forefront of the implementation of T Levels. T Levels mark a revolution in technical education and the CACHE developed Technical Qualification will help ensure that learners entering the education and childcare workplace have been trained to the highest of standards. We would like to thank the sector for the huge amount of support offered to us throughout this process and look forward to continuing to work together. In December 2018, the government announced the next 7 T Levels to be taught from 2021 as: Health; Healthcare Science; Science; Onsite Construction; Building Services Engineering; Digital Support and Services; and Digital Business Services. The procurement to deliver this next wave is expected to be launched in spring 2019.To support the further education sector to deliver the new T Level programmes, the government will provide an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out. The government is also investing £20 million to help prepare the sector for the introduction of T Levels. This includes the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme, which aims to attract more industry experts to work in the sector, and the £8 million T Level Professional Development offer to help teachers and staff prepare for the roll-out of the new qualifications.On Thursday 30 January 2019, eligible further education providers that will teach the first T Levels from 2020 were invited to bid for funding to refurbish their existing buildings or to build new spaces.The T Level Capital Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget. It is designed to make sure young people taking the new technical courses have access to industry standard equipment and high quality facilities so they gain the skills and knowledge employers demand. The fund will be delivered in two parts, with funding for specialist equipment such as digital and audio visual kit, allocated to all providers in spring 2020. This is a major step forward in our work to upgrade technical education in this country. T Levels are a once in a generation opportunity to create high-quality technical education courses on a par with the best in the world, so that young people gain the skills and experience they need to secure a good job, an apprenticeship or progress into further training. We have made significant progress to implement these vital reforms which are on track for delivery from 2020. Working alongside the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education the Awarding Organisations will play a vital role ensuring T Levels are high-quality and deliver the skilled workforce employers need. Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: We are delighted to be delivering the first wave of T Level qualifications in Construction and Digital. The award of these licenses recognises our longstanding collaboration and partnership with employers of all sizes to design, develop and deliver world class qualifications in these industries. T Levels represent a significant opportunity to strengthen the recognition and value of technical education in England. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government, employers, and providers to ensure their successful implementation, and to support learners as they begin their programmes of study from next September.
The String Cheese Incident waste no time sharing their core concept on Believe. After a 9 year gap between their previous studio releases, they are back just two short years after A Song In My Head with a very pointed and positive message for the world.You can stream the entire album and read along with our thoughts and insights below. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.“Believe”A terrifically punchy bass line from Keith Mosely launches the title track in an infectious style. Michael Kang gets some fun backing vocal help as he examines the difference between wanting and needing. “Believe” is very musically dense, with subsections and timing changes that are built for the stage. With a riotous break down and a rock solid truism about the importance of self-worth, the String Cheese Incident have crafted a near perfect example of their sound.“Sweet Spot”There is a mindset, a feeling to falling in love. Beyond that, though, is a less lyrically mined territory that is, honestly more important…keeping love alive. The intersection of connection and commitment is well mined on “Sweet Spot.” A Cheese topic staple, the song manages to be familiar without slipping into repetitive territory. Sure…organ runs ascend to the heavens, choral sections surge, and arching solos fall into boogie breakdown like Cheese tracks past.“My One And Only”This track’s acoustic intro brings the pace down and the band back to their roots with beautiful piano counterpoints alongside lush bowed violin and organ chords. Complete with brave confessional tone, the drums rev up the pace without disrupting the airy acoustic feel of the track. Again, the song seems built for live settings“Down A River”Cheese eases off the throttle on the third song of Believe with a languidly paced ode to going with the flow of life. An acapella introduction showcases how perfectly the voices of Kang, Nershi and the band blend, plaintive and expansive. The song, like the subject matter, isn’t in any hurry to get to where it is going. Utilizing an inspired mirroring of subject matter, tone, and tempo causes a resonance that would be impossible to achieve in any other medium. Not only do they have something important to say about taking life as it comes, they manage to say it in a remarkably artful way.“Get Down”The simple joys of summer and the urge to get out and “Get Down” are perfect spring topics. As adept as the String Cheese Incident is at crafting complex pieces of music, their simpler works seem less imposing in comparison. That doesn’t mean that “Get Down” is a throwaway song. The earnest lyrical point and the level of musicianship elevate this far beyond simple filler. Even the Nershi version of a rap breakdown at the center is pure Cheese-y innovation. When the song fades like a warm summer night, listeners will find themselves wistful to see the song go.“Stop Drop Roll”Sometimes people just want to dance. Cheese knows this well and on “Stop Drop Roll,” they make sure to cover that base. A welcome percussion blast at the very start lets you know that it is time to get the funk down. When String Cheese gives their version of boogie music, the versatility of the band is best revealed. When a band is equally comfortable laying down fat grooves as they are hushed acoustic melodies, you never know what to expect. Cheese fans, however, do know for a fact that whatever the band does, it will bring a smile to their face.“Flying”Billy Nershi steps up to the plate on “Flying” to address the feeling of helplessness and the daunting nature of the tasks ahead of us in the way only he can. Snippets of dialogue that are reminiscent of the jabbering of news anchors attempt to derail the tunes flow. This serves to simulate the way the 24/7 news cycle is intruding on our lives. Nershi’s lyrical reminder to tune out the distractions by rising above them is a welcome light in the encircling darkness. We all LIVE amid the evils of the world, but the evils of the world don’t have to live inside us.“So Much Fun”The futility of stress is raised and debunked with the very first words of “So Much Fun. Kyle Hollingsworth gently reminds listeners of the fate of our best laid plans. A line “My favorite song is always on” speaks volumes to the underlying theme of the album itself, perspective. Musically, “So Much Fun” is the most straight forward of Believe that gives the conceit at the heart of the track the much needed room to breathe.“Beautiful”“Beautiful” is the most intricate and engrossing of this collection. Hann and Travis create some wonderful Latin flavored percussion to get the blood pumping, while the track is littered with arching solos, popping bass, and twinkling keyboard fills to add style to the substantive message that perfectly summarizes all the work that has gone before. Kang and Nershi trade vocal leads and unite for the chorus. “Beautiful” builds on a looping reassurance to the listener to not only see but to accept their inner beauty.Unrelenting positivity in the face a climate of negativity is Cheese’s gift to their fans and the world. It would be easy to forgive a band for changing their tone in times of societal upheaval. Luckily, that is not the way of the String Cheese Incident. The intersection of music and love has always been their home and they aren’t about to leave.Cheese gamely reminds us that without joy life isn’t worth living. Harsh truths can cut through our personal reveries.Believe is a response to the doom and gloom of the moment. The central point of the String Cheese Incident’s newest release is that some truths are fleeting but one is eternal: only hope can defeat despair and only love can conquer hate.
WNY News Now Staff Image.JAMESTOWN – AAA is partnering with the New York State Police to remind drivers of important safety tips and precautions ahead of Tuesday’s winter snowstorm.Motorists traveling in areas heavily impacted by snow are recommended to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. The groups say take into consideration snow accumulation, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility.Additionally, they say to stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast before leaving.Once at the car, drivers should clean and fully remove any snow and ice before getting behind the wheel. They also say it is important to keep a full tank of gas in case you get stuck in traffic. Drivers should also keep winter clothing like gloves in their vehicle. Furthermore, a shovel, ice scraper and tow chain could also come in handy if the vehicle gets stuck.When on the roads, be sure to brake early in order to give enough time to stop if the vehicle begins to slide. Police also say look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.If you are involved in a crash, police say to stay in your vehicle and call 911. Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.Overall, they agencies say use your best judgment to determine if it is safe to hit the roads. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Related Shows Josh Groban Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Josh Groban Star Files View Comments Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’s set and cast sparkles and shines as brightly as the holiday decorations in New York City! One of the brightest of all: Rockefeller Center’s big, beautiful Christmas tree. Naturally, Great Comet star Josh Groban performed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the annual tree lighting on November 30. We’re so glad we get to have his powerful pipes on Broadway eight times a week. Take a look at the festive performance to help get you into the holiday spirit, and be sure to catch The Great Comet at the Imperial Theatre! Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Hazel Wetzstein holds a tiny Georgia plume plant, she’s not just tending a future shrub. She’s keeping a native species from becoming extinct.“Georgia plume is one of the rarest native shrubs or small trees in Georgia,” said Wetzstein, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s currently known to exist only in about three dozen locations in 19 counties.” Many of these plants are growing on unprotected property, she said. What makes the shrub even more rare is the fact that Georgia is the only place in the world where the plant can be found. First discovered by William Bartram in 1773, the plant is so rare in nature that no wild populations were known from about 1875 until it was rediscovered in 1901. Today, Georgia plume faces the added challenges of habitat loss due to forest cutting, agricultural land conversion and urbanization. But those are just some of its issues. It also “appears to suffer from reproductive problems,” Wetzstein said. “Seed set is low or nonexistent. Seedlings have not been found in the wild, indicating serious consequences in the future.”Georgia plume doesn’t propagate well using conventional cutting methods. To date, Wetzstein has produced 400 new plants using the tissue culture method.“Using tissue culture, we grow small pieces of plant tissues in culture media under sterile conditions,” she said. “By incorporating hormones, vitamins and nutrients into the media, we can induce the development of new plant shoots.”In the summer, Georgia plume is topped with white plume-like flower clusters that give it its name. Each year, the flowers become harder to find as plant numbers decline, at least outdoors. But now that UGA researchers have successfully grown the plant in greenhouses, they’re testing the Georgia plume in the fresh air of its native habitat.This fall, Wetzstein, her lab staff, Master Gardeners, college students and collaborators Martha Joiner and Carolyn Altman at the Georgia Southern Botanical Garden and Gail Lutowski at the Warnell Forest Education Center planted tissue-culture-regenerated Georgia plume plants in Statesboro and Effingham County.They used different types of treatments such as organic matter and fertilizer on the plants. And they outlined the plots with rebar and draped netting to keep the deer out. They’re trying to see what methods work the best for maximum survival and growth. In a few months, they’ll return to southeast Georgia for a spring planting.Besides trying to reestablish Georgia plume in the wild, Wetzstein is also gathering samples from plume populations in the state to establish in culture in her laboratory. If the Georgia plume plant becomes extinct, the genetic material will be preserved in Wetzstein’s laboratory in Athens. “We’re using this as a safeguarding method,” she said.
How many times have we put off, shortened or cancelled our daily runs due to poor weather? I know I have waited and waited for the weather to improve only to give up on Mother Nature and head out the door. I have spent many pre-runs worrying about being wet and cold.I guess it is human nature to want to be as comfortable as possible while still wanting to be active and fit. Sometimes you just can’t have both and there are days when running is simply pretty miserable. I know for me it takes some extra focus and willpower to get out the door and get it done on days when the weather is awful. Usually once I’m out on the trail it is not as bad as I had originally feared.I’ve run in all sorts of miserable and epic weather over the years. It still amazes me to this day how I can sit and worry about going out for a run in poor weather. I’m guessing the transition from comfort to misery in a matter of seconds is what creates that anxiety. Sometimes this feeling is maximized by knowing I have the wrong clothes or shoes to wear. I can’t remember how many times I have used an extra pair of socks for the gloves that I left at home. One really cold day I actually considered wearing my underwear on my head because I forgot my hat. I eventually came to my senses and just let my ears go numb.Like I said, once I’m out the door I usually realize that my fears were ill-founded and I actually enjoy the run. Now there are times when all the positive thinking in the world won’t change the outcome but I try to look at the long term picture. I think to myself, is my competition out on a day like today? They probably are but I choose to think that it is just me and the elements. If you can get out there on the really bad days it can also make you mentally stronger. It is rewarding and valuable for me to get the crappy weather running days in the bank, so that on race day I won’t have to learn to cope if the weather is far from perfect.So when it is 40 degrees and pouring rain, try to look ahead to that post-run euphoria knowing that you braved the elements. Chances are your competition chose not to get ‘r done.