“You have worked together time and time again to achieve and exceed our command goals under challenging conditions,” said Jenkins. “You have all proven yourselves as great professionals who continue to perform at a top level.”During Jenkins’s tenure, the amphibious assault ship completed a historic 20-month Dry-Dock Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA). The “Iron Gator” received more than $230 million worth of DPMA-related repairs and upgrades including complete overhauls on the flight deck, boilers, communication systems and the hull.After two years of dry-dock and pier side maintenance, Essex executed an on-time underway to conduct sea trials in April 2014. Essex also received an aviation certification in May 2014 by showing proficiency in the launching, landing and refueling of various helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys on the flight deck.“As a crew you have answered a higher call to make Essex better and have made the lives of those around us better,” said Jenkins. “I’m honored for the privilege to have lead and worked with you for an excellent command tour.”Mantz, a native of Hampton Roads,Va., received his commission in 1990 from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Virginia Military Academy (VM1) in Lexington, Va. He came to Essex as the Executive officer after serving as the Chief of Staff for the J-9 Directorate at U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.“I look forward to commanding our ship and to working toward our goal of being prepared and ready for deployment,” said Mantz. “Our ship’s motto “Take Notice” is synonymous to me with action and relevance as a United States Navy warship and I look forward to continuing the great legacy Captain Jenkins has built here.”Mantz’s tours of duty include USS Constellation (CV 64), HC-6, USS George Washington (CVN 73), U.S. Joint Forces Command, and served as the commanding officer of HSC-28.Essex is currently in a cycle of pre-deployment training exercises to prepare the ship and crew for a deployment in 2015.[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2014 View post tag: USS Essex USS Essex Holds Change of Command May 30, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Share this article View post tag: holds Authorities View post tag: Command Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Essex Holds Change of Command View post tag: News by topic View post tag: change A change of command ceremony was held aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), May 28 where Capt. Peter M. Mantz relieved Capt. Joker L. Jenkins as Essex’s commanding officer.
Russian Navy Soon to Lay Its New Generation Vessel View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard View post tag: Mine-Countermeasures Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy Soon to Lay Its New Generation Vessel View post tag: generation Share this article Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard will hold a ceremonial laying of the Russian Navy’s new generation mine countermeasures vessel on April 24.The vessel, which will carry the name Georgiy Kurbatov, will have a displacement of about 900 tons, a length of 61 meters, and a width of 10 meters.It will be able to reach a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and carry a crew of 44 people. The ship has a high maneuverability due to the use of effective combination of various thrusters and enhanced comfort conditions for the crew.The lead ship of the project 12700 Obukhov was launched in June 2014 and is currently being tested.Naval Today Staff, Image: SNSZ April 22, 2015 Authorities View post tag: vessel View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe
Macphie (Glenbervie, Scotland) says its American Cake Muffin and Mississipi Muffin mixes and concentrates eliminate the time and inconsistencies associated with making muffins from scratch. Available in plain, chocolate and toffee flavours, they can be combined with a variety of ingredients, such as pistachio nuts (right), to create signature, flavoured muffins.Bakers can add visual appeal using Macphie fillings and finishings, the firm says, including its range of 5th Avenue Icings, Bake stable fillings and the Mactop range of cream alternatives.The 5th Avenue Icings are fast drying, will not crack or become brittle, and are freeze-thaw stable, says the company. They are available in white, chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, strawberry and coffee flavours.Bake-stable fillings are also supplied by Macphie in toffee, chocolate, orange, lemon and cinammon flavours.The company’s Sensations cake mixes are also suitable for making muffins and are available in six flavours.
Greggs has released a strong set of sales figures for the half-year to June.The bakery retailer’s group sales for the 24 weeks to 14 June 2008 were up by 7.7% to £276m (2007: £256m).Pre-tax profit rose 32% to £22.2m. However, pre-tax profit excluding property and exceptional gains dipped by 4.3% to £14.1m.The results are the last to be presented by Greggs’ outgoing managing director Sir Michael Darrington, who’s held the role since 1984.Darrington said the past 12 months had “become more challenging” for business. He added: “For the last two months I have been working alongside our new chief executive Ken McMeikan. This period of collaboration has worked extremely well and, as I hand over my executive responsibilities to him, I feel confident that he will add considerable value through the experience he brings from outside the group. This will complement our established expertise to help build an even stronger business for the future.”Greggs chairman Derek Netherton said: “I would like to record the board’s appreciation of [Darrington’s] truly outstanding contribution to the business over these years. Thanks to his strong leadership and clear vision, the group has grown to become the UK’s leading bakery retailer and has delivered real value to shareholders, employees and the wider community.”
Earlier in the year, we reported that comedic musical duo, Flight of the Conchords, would be shooting an hour-long comedy special, but few details were revealed in January during the initial reports. Earlier this week, New Zealand natives Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement—better known as Flight of the Conchords—revealed that they’ll be releasing an hour-long special featuring both old and new material on October 6th at 10 p.m. (ET), which will air on HBO.Flight of the Conchords developed a worldwide cult following after their BBC radio series was turned into a TV show on HBO in 2007, showcasing their unassuming yet hilarious blend of music and comedy. The series (also called Flight of the Conchords) ran for two seasons and was nominated for several Emmys in both songwriting and overall comedic categories. After a relatively quiet few years, the group returned in 2016, announcing an extensive summer tour that marked their first U.S. shows since 2013.In March, Flight of the Conchords embarked on their first U.K. tour in seven years, with stops in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and more, which was kicked off with two nights at London’s Eventim Apollo. The new special, Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo, is compiled material from the opening-run of their most recent tour.Watch a trailer for the upcoming HBO special below:
Photo: Dave DeCrescente Load remaining images Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their seven-date March tour on Friday night with a performance at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York.The five-piece used their two-set show to deliver unique interpretations of fan-favorite Grateful Dead covers, including the tenth-ever version of “Box Of Rain” and “Dupree’s Diamond Blues”, which was only played once previously at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on 3/8/18. In typical JRAD fashion, the band wove in surprise teases of John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more throughout their performance. For the encore slot, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered up their fifth-ever version of Warren Zevon‘s “Werewolves of London”.Watch the second-set opener below, courtesy of nugs.tv, and listen to the full show below.“Black Throated Wind”[Video: nugsnet]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Full Show Audio – 3/1/19[Audio: robclarke]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will perform at Portland, ME’s State Theatre tonight and tomorrow, before continuing on to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Ohio. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, head to JRAD’s official website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 3/1/2019Set One (8:15PM – 9:27PM)CassidyJack A Roe >Box Of RainThe Other One -> Drums -> The Other One Reprise @Shakedown St #Set Two (10:00PM – 11:43PM)Jam ->Black Throated Wind ->Bertha Jam ## -> Dupree’s Diamond Blues $Playing In The Band ->So Many Roads % ->Estimated Prophet >St Stephen ^ -> Bertha &ENC:Marco Solo ->Werewolves Of London *! – Not Played by Almost Dead Since 2018-02-15 War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN, a gap of 43 shows+ – Not Played by Almost Dead Since 2018-02-17 The Pageant, St Louis, MO, a gap of 42 [email protected] – With a Duo Jam, first Almost Dead version of “Other One Reprise”# – With a “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane) Tease (TH) and a Jam that included elements of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) and “Serpentine Fire” (Earth Wind & Fire)## – First Time Played in this manner by Almost Dead$ – Not Played by Almost Dead Since 2018–03-08 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 39 shows% – With a “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan) Tease (TH) Tommy actually quoted the Guns N Roses version. Not Played by Almost Dead Since 2018-03-16 The Palace Theatre, a gap of 35 shows Albany, NY^ – Unfinished& – With a “Reveille” (Traditional) Tease (SM) and a “Rock And Roll” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (JR)* – With a “Sweet Home Alabama” (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Tease (MB)
When Claire Reardon was growing up in Rhode Island, she regularly reviewed the family’s shopping lists to make sure her father avoided buying shampoo brands that had been tested on animals. Now she is a Northwest Building lab manager, working to ensure that one of Harvard’s most energy-intensive activities is as green as possible.Before enrolling at Harvard Business School (HBS), Carol Choy was a member of her company’s green team, encouraging colleagues to tend the environment even as they tended to business. Now Choy is a student green-living representative at HBS, similarly raising environmental awareness among fellow students by encouraging recycling and using resources wisely.On the eve of Earth Day (April 22), all across Harvard, in ways big and small, people increasingly are pitching in to help the University reach its lofty conservation goals that will soften its environmental impact and could make it a national model on the uncharted path to sustainability.While effective policies are critical in helping Harvard to meet its exacting conservation targets, another key to progress is behavior change — that holy grail of myriad activists who tout goals ranging from healthy eating to regular exercise to the environmental credo of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”Though proper exercise and eating remain elusive goals, when it comes to the environment, the evidence at Harvard is mounting that people generally understand that change is needed and that they must shift their daily work habits and alter their assumptions about what it means to be part of the University community.Heather Henriksen, director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS), said that meeting the University’s major greenhouse gas reduction goal — a whopping 30 percent cut from 2006 levels by 2016 — will prove impossible without community engagement. That means behavior change is key to Harvard becoming truly sustainable.Harvard as a model for community changeTurning sustainability into something that people don’t just do but that they expect to do could propel the University into becoming a working example of change far beyond its boundaries. When students graduate and leave Cambridge, those who have internalized the message that sustainability is the norm will spread that belief.“The most lasting effect we have is on the students we send into the world, so they make decisions in their company or nonprofit that have the biggest impact,” Henriksen said.Harvard’s eventual impact on sustainability could prove broad. With 26 million square feet, the University is the size of a small city, with buildings ranging from classrooms to residences to businesses to athletic facilities. Other institutions are likely to adopt programs that succeed here.“What Harvard does have is unbelievable faculty, bright students, and smart, engaged staff members. What we’re trying to do is make our campus a living model about how you drop energy use in an economically viable way,” Henriksen said. “Behavior change is not just one thing you do over here on the side. It has to be top down, bottom up.”The greenhouse gas reduction goal was set in 2008 after President Drew Faust accepted the recommendations of the Harvard Greenhouse Gas Task Force. Faust acknowledged then that it was an ambitious goal that would require sweeping participation to succeed. “Every person at Harvard — student, faculty, staff — can contribute to the effort to avert the dire outcomes that scientists are predicting,” Faust said that year. “We are all teachers, and we are all learners in this endeavor. We must do it together.”Wise use of resources is pivotal to sustainability. Schools and departments have begun a series of programs to encourage people to change their everyday behavior. Recycling bins are now in every office, and their use is rising, driving University recycling rates from 5 percent 20 years ago to 55 percent today.Recycling and reuse programs do more than encourage people to dispose of paper in big blue bins. For Valentine’s Day, Leverett House undergraduate green rep Gracie Brown helped to gather unwanted cosmetics and donated them to a shelter for battered women. Brown, a senior, said she works four to six hours a week on her official sustainability duties. Each rep works on a program like the cosmetics drive, as well as an ongoing campaign.Elsewhere, University composting programs ensure that food waste and compostable paper are returned to the soil. A Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) program has reduced 67 tons of biodegradable waste to usable compost and returned it to the earth at a Saugus farm. Sustainability programs are flowering not only in Cambridge, but also at the Harvard Medical School and HSPH campuses in Boston. HSPH’s Take the Stairs Campaign hopes to trim usage of the School’s elevators while improving health. A School-wide contest will see which team of five can log the most stair-climbing before April 22.Many approaches that add up to energy savingsSustainability programs, organizations, contests, and other activities rely on the Harvard community to be effective. Increasingly, people are stepping in to help. Green-minded supporters have pawed through mounds of trash during waste audits to understand better what people throw away and how they might toss less. Student groups have weatherized the Phillips Brooks House and the freshman dean’s office. People have put stickers on lab equipment reminding users to turn off the power when they have finished working. HBS even garners a bit of clean power in the gym, through special stationary bikes hooked up to the electric grid.OFS programs to grow green offices, dorms, and labs are buttressed by teams of staffers and green-living student reps. Henriksen said the OFS role is to offer support, encouragement, and even celebration — such as the April 11 Green Carpet Awards, which acknowledged the contributions of individuals and groups in making Harvard more sustainable.Henriksen takes a broad view of behavior change, one that counts as critical the actions not just of workers, students, and faculty, but also of managers who seek ways to save, and institutional leaders who signal Harvard’s commitment and point in a direction that others can follow. Without those people on board and pushing to make sustainability a priority, the effort would fail, Henriksen said.That’s because many conservation programs couple an institutional aspect with behavior change. At HBS, for example, thermostats are set a few degrees cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer to save energy and money. Schoolwide guidelines on when to ready a space for daily occupancy have changed, from turning on heating or cooling two hours before people arrive, to doing so just 30 minutes beforehand. Because the School allows individuals to override the guidelines, the program’s success depends on the cooperation of those using the buildings.Andy O’Brien, HBS’s chief of operations, said he has gotten few complaints from the occupants since the program began. People bring in sweaters during winter and dress more lightly in summer.Several years ago, HBS bought new “chillers” for central cooling. The machines are large and efficient, and can be switched on or off as needed. The flexibility provided by the equipment and the adaptive HBS community has allowed the School to ride out demand peaks at warmer temperatures — 73 degrees rather than 70, for example, saving money and energy, O’Brien said.“In the past, it was the Wild West,” O’Brien said. “If someone wanted to turn the temperature up, they did. It’s about having agreement across the University about what’s acceptable. You bring a sweater in the winter. Those small things make quite a difference when spread across the 1.3 million square feet that I have to manage.”Reminders that help alter behaviorA Harvard Law School (HLS) program shows another way to save energy. Over winter break, custodians go into every space at the School and check for equipment left on, thermostats not turned back, and other missed opportunities for savings, according to HLS sustainability coordinator Kate Cosgrove. When the custodians find equipment that was left on, they leave a note reminding the owners how to save energy.Such reminders are working. In just one year, there has been a significant increase in people turning off equipment and lowering temperatures over the winter break. In 2009-’10, only 54 percent of offices turned off electronics, and 67 percent set back thermostats. A year later, 80 percent turned off electronics, and 78 percent set back thermostats, Cosgrove said.“We have seen really great results there,” Cosgrove said.Several people involved with Harvard’s efforts to go green said it’s important to create a culture where sustainability is simply expected. Henriksen and OFS assistant director Jaclyn Olsen said they have added sustainability presentations to freshman orientation sessions so students hear the messages from the moment they set foot on campus.Cosgrove and Jenny Lee, a third-year law student and green living rep who has helped to expand the composting program into dormitories, said an important aspect of the HLS program is creating the expectation of sustainable living. This emphasis on creating social norms is carried out by publicizing successes, such as the energy walk-through program, and by making everyday actions such as recycling and composting expected.“People seem even more willing to engage because every facet of their behavior reinforces the other,” Lee said.A hope for zero waste by 2020While much has been done, much remains to be done. Harvard’s self-imposed deadline of a 30 percent cut in greenhouse gases is just a few years away. Advocates of recycling, heady that they’ve zoomed past the 50 percent mark, are eyeing a goal of zero waste by 2020.While such goals may seem daunting, those in the thick of the changes say that even though it might seem that all the easy improvements already have been made, they find more each year.“Five years ago, I would have told you we’d gotten all the low-hanging fruit and can’t get any more,” O’Brien said. “But [each] year, we still have more.”
Perfect Nonsense, the West End play following P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic comedy duo Jeeves and Wooster, has extended its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The comedy, directed by Sean Foley, will now run through January 17, 2015. As previously reported, John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance will step in for Robert Webb and Mark Heap as Jeeves and Wooster, respectively, from June 30 through September 20. View Comments Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense, brings to life the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves in this new comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Following their West End run, Sinclair and Lance will embark on a U.K. tour. Casting will be announced later for their West End replacement.
Mention the word “ascot” and you probably think about a silky, men’s tie most likely worn by the upper crust of European society. Then there is the Royal Ascot horse race, where the word is associated with royalty and high society. Today, however, I want you to associate the word with ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ an evergreen, perennial euphorbia that is capturing the imagination of the gardening world.Botanically speaking, ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is known as “Euphorbia x martinii.” It is native to Australia, where the name “Ascot” is associated with an old, wealthy suburb of Brisbane. In truth, it is known as a spurge, which we most often associate with a host of terrible weeds. ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ however, is worthy of garden royalty.First, know that the plants are perennial in zones 5 to 9, which means much of the country can enjoy the incredible texture this plant offers the landscape border. They reach 20 inches tall, with an equal spread. I am plant-lusting them now in mixed containers where they have been partnered with other cool-season flowers like pansies, violas, kale and snapdragons. There is just something about the plant that holds my attention.The foliage is deep green, with golden margins in the cool season. This drop in temperature also fires them up with shades of red, pink and even orange. In spring and summer, the bloom is among the most unique as it features a cup of lime-colored bracts with red centers.The ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is drought tolerant, and boasts another trait that will thrill gardeners everywhere – they are rabbit and deer resistant. As you would probably think, a drought-tolerant euphorbia from Australia needs good drainage and thrives in full to partial sun.In a way, I think of them as evergreen perennials, but it helps in design if you consider them more as dwarf shrubs. Plant them in a cluster of three with ornamental grasses and perennials like purple coneflowers, rudbeckias and blue salvias. They fit this type of border, perfectly adding a great deal of interest from both leaf texture and bloom.If you are the lucky gardener with rocks or a slope, then let ‘Ascot Rainbow’ dazzle all of your visitors as you combine it with other drought-tolerant, tough-as-nails flowers. But as I have stated, you will treasure them as the thriller plant in cool-season mixed containers. They naturally form a rounded ball, and with a layer of pansies, including some trailing in front, they are most picturesque. If your container is large enough, then your options are limitless as you can use them with tall snapdragons, and dianthus and blue-leafed kale, which contrasts with the golden variegation of ‘Ascot Rainbows.’ You are the artist and simply using it will make your neighbors think, “Look who took a special gardening class!”Maintenance is easy. Remove old bloom stalks all the way to the ground in late summer or fall. Like other spurges, we grow this one not to be eaten, but to be enjoyed for the beauty and texture it offers your garden.Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/.
Third Generation of Family Ownership Assumes Reins Waitsfield, VT A new generation takes the reins at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom this week with the promotion of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Gregg Haskin to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer. After 50 years of managing the family owned company, Dana and Eleanor Haskin will step down from daily operations, but will remain active on the Board of Directors.The legacy left by my parents and grandparents will guide me into this exciting new chapter of my life, said Gregg Haskin. I grew up around this very unique business, witnessing it flourish tremendously. Im confident that the group of hard-working staff weve assembled over the years includes the exact balance of skills needed to head into the technically demanding future our business faces. The commitment to our customers remains at the center of all we do, how we operate, and what were all about. I look forward to working with everyone to guide the Company along this challenging path, doing whatever it takes to meet our customers needs. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I intend to make the most of it.Owning and operating a rural Independent telephone company has been such a wonderful experience for my family. Its a bittersweet moment, I am happy to have watched Gregg grow into the position, noted Eleanor Haskin. As Dana and I have grown older, we have realized that its time to step aside and let the next generation lead the Company into the future. We have assembled a strong Leadership Team and a very talented employee base to work side-by- side with Gregg and guide this Company through the next one hundred years. This strategy will ensure the goal of continued family ownership for the future.Gregg has been with the Company part-time since 1980, and full-time since 1986 working in the accounting department where he has served as manager and Vice President, taking over as the Companys CFO since 1999. Gregg will immediately assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer. The Haskins other children are also active in the Company. Eric Haskin works as a Field Engineer and sits on the Companys Senior Leadership Team. Scott works as an Installation and Maintenance Technician. Their daughter Susan served as Customer Service Manager until her passing in July 2003, after a long struggle with breast cancer.Eleanor was born into the telephone industry, and at an early age she helped her mother and father repair the lines. Her father Alton Farr ran the Company in its infancy in 1907, and her mother Eunice Farr took over after his untimely death in 1940. Dana and Eleanor took over management of the Company in 1958. During her career, Eleanors involvement in the industry reached far beyond Vermont. She served three terms as President of the Telephone Association of New England (TANE) and 12 years as a Director. She was the first female President of both TANE and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). She also served on the Board of Directors for the Rural Telephone Bank, and served six years on the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carriers Association, and was on the U.S Intelco Board of Directors. Eleanor graduated from the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York. Eleanor was President of WCVT from 1998 2005 and will assume the role of Board Chairman immediately.Dana Haskin was an officer in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He served in the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) as a navigator and radar intercept offer flying F-89s. He remained with VTANG until 1984, retiring at rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dana attended the University of Vermont school of Engineering on the GI Bill. Throughout his career, Dana was also active in the telephone industry holding a variety of positions including serving as President of the Telephone Association of New England. He served as WCVT President from 1965-1998 and remains Chairman Emeritus of the Companys Board of Directors.Source: WCVT