Ships of the US Navy’s Harry S. Truman carrier strike group (HSTCSG) returned to Naval Station (NS) Norfolk on July 21 after a shortened three-month deployment.Some 6,500 sailors from aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and strike group ships USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) operated in the US 5th and 6th fleets areas of responsibility during the three months.US Navy aircraft carrier deployments usually span seven months at a time but Harry S. Truman carrier strike group units returned home under a new dynamic force employment concept which will allow the US Navy to be operationally unpredictable while remaining strategically predictable.“I couldn’t be more proud of this strike group team’s performance over more than three months of operating in a highly-dynamic environment across two theaters,” said HSTCSG Commander Rear Adm. Gene Black. “We carried out the full spectrum of missions from sustained combat flight operations to training and integration with NATO allies and regional partners.”Black also emphasized that the strike group remains ready to surge forward or redeploy when called upon.“Our strike group’s missions have demonstrated we are inherently maneuverable and flexible while remaining operational unpredictable to any potential adversary,” said Black. “This epitomizes the Navy’s dynamic force employment concept and shows this strike group is ready and capable of accomplishing any mission, at any time, as our nation directs.”While in Norfolk, the strike group will not only conduct routine maintenance on ships, aircraft and equipment, but Sailors will also be able to continue advanced training, maintain warfighting certifications, as well as spend time with family and friends.While deployed, the strike group participated in a variety of partnership and interoperability exercises, as well as maritime and theater security operations. Strike group units participated in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) from the Adriatic Sea and exercise Lightning Handshake with the Moroccan Navy and Air Force. View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: US Navy Photo: Capt. Nick Dienna, CO of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), speaks to media on the pier after Truman’s return from deployment. Photo: US Navy Share this article
Today (14 February 2018) Tax-Free Childcare opens to all remaining eligible families: parents whose youngest child is under 12. The new scheme helps working parents with the cost of childcare.It’s quick and easy to apply, and parents could save thousands of pounds each year. For every £8 parents pay into their childcare account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year. HM Revenue and Customs has been gradually rolling out Tax-Free Childcare since April 2017.The money can go towards a whole range of regulated childcare, including nurseries, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs.Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax-Free Childcare by visiting Childcare Choices. Parents can also access the government’s childcare calculator through Childcare Choices, which helps parents to choose which government support is best for them.Nicole, a mum of twins from Greater London, who uses Tax-Free Childcare, said:“I was concerned about the cost of childcare, because I don’t get any other support, and I’m a single mum with 15-month-old twins. Tax-Free Childcare has taken a big burden off my shoulders“It’s massively helped me: the extra money makes a huge difference, and I find the system really easy to use. It allows me to comfortably work full time, knowing that my children are being well looked after.”Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:“Tax-Free Childcare will cut thousands of pounds from childcare bills and is good news for working parents.“More parents will be able to work if they want to and this demonstrates our commitment to helping families with the cost of living.“All eligible parents with children under 12 can now apply through Childcare Choices and should take advantage of the available support.”Since opening the service, through which parents can apply for both Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, more than 340,000 families have successfully applied. Of these, more than 190,000 have a Tax-Free Childcare account.The childcare service builds on the childcare support already available to thousands of families, including: 15 hours free childcare for families in England enhanced childcare support through Universal Credit tax credits for childcare The benefits of signing up for Tax-Free Childcare
The North Sea Jazz Fest hosted D’Angelo for one of his last performances with The Soultronics, right before he took a 14-year musical hiatus. With an unbelievable band to back him up, including Questlove on drums, the late “Spanky” on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, and so many more legendary soul musicians, D’Angelo’s undeniable passion and energy is evident through these incredible videos. Though it was apparently that night that he “felt something that was like, whoa,” he told FunkIt, ultimately leading him to call it quits for well over a decade.The full band included D’angelo (vocals, keyboards), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), Frankie “Knuckles” Walker (percussion), Pino Palladino (bass), James Poyser or sometimes June Bervine (keyboards), C. Edward “Spanky” Alford & Samuel “Norris” Jones (guitars), Anthony Hamilton, Shelby Johnson & Jack King (background vocals), Jacques “Brother Jacques” Schwarz-Bart (tenor saxophone), Russell Gunn or sometimes Roy Hargrove (trumpet), and Frank “Root” Lacy (trombone & trumpet). Seriously, does it get any better?The set, divided into four videos, includes upgraded audio that kicks in at about the 1:30 mark. Stop in the name of love, and enjoy these funk-heavy, soul-satisfying, groove-demanding tunes from D’Angelo & The Soultronics’ 7/16/2000 festival performance in The Hague, Netherlands:Devil’s Pie > Funk Jam > Send It OnFeel Like Makin Love > Chicken GreaseShit, Damn, Motherfucker, Brown Sugar Interlude > Untitled (How Does It Feel?)Lady > Funk Jam > Jonz In My Bonz > Funk Jam – At around the 4:40 mark of this video, D’Angelo breaks it down all the way to the ground and humps the stage for a solid minute.Most musicians and music lovers alike would agree, this is one band at the top of the list to go back in time and see. We are all grateful to have the Black Messiah back![Videos/Audio Courtesy of FunkItBlog]
Women on the Verge played its final performance at the Belasco Theatre on January 2, 2011. It officially opened on November 4, 2010 with a cast filled with Broadway heavyweights including Tony Award winners Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Laura Benanti, as well as Danny Burstein and Justin Guarini. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is set in 1980s Madrid and tells the story of the intertwining lives of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion and passion. The musical features a book by Lane, with music and lyrics by Yazbek. Greig will star as Pepa. She won the Olivier for Much Ado About Nothing and received an Olivier nod for The Little Dog Laughed. Other stage credits include Jumpy, The God of Carnage and King John. Her screen credits include Green Wing, Black Books, Episodes, Shaun of the Dead, White Heat, The Guilty and Emma. View Comments Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which closed early on Broadway in 2011, is set to open in London. The tuner, based on the Spanish movie of the same name by Pedro Almodovar, will star Olivier winner Tamsin Greig and begin previews on December 20. Opening night is scheduled for January 12, 2015 at The Playhouse Theatre. Bartlett Sher, who directed the Great White Way incarnation, will helm the reworked, scaled down, U.K. production.
Ne-Yo as Tin Man Shanice Williams as Dorothy Mary J. Blige as Evillene Uzo Aduba as Glinda Queen Latifah as The Wiz Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow View Comments Scooter as Toto If you’re like us, you’re still singing “Ease on Down the Road” on the subway every morning. Yes, we are still all hopped up from the smashing The Wiz Live!, which aired on NBC on December 3. It looks like you are too, because many of you had a ball choosing your favorite performances from the night on ranking site Culturalist. The results are in! Take a look below. Amber Riley as Addaperle Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em David Alan Grier as Cowardly Lion
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Los Angeles Times:Exxon Mobil made a bit of a splash Tuesday when it announced a $1-million, two-year donation to the Republican-led Americans for Carbon Dividends, an organization pushing for a national tax to help curtail emissions of atmosphere-warming carbon. A carbon tax is aimed at making the burning of fossil fuels — which releases carbon — more expensive, and thus directing consumer behavior away from carbon-spewing energy and driving investment toward carbon-free alternatives. It’s a sound approach, one this page endorsed more than a decade ago, and better than the related cap-and-trade plans, which California has used since 2012.But the plan that Exxon Mobil is throwing its money at — pocket change, really, for a corporation that made nearly $20 billion last year — is less than it seems. Called the Baker-Schultz plan after two of its authors, former Republican secretaries of State James A. Baker III and George P. Schultz, the plan calls for gradually increasing the per-ton carbon tax to reduce the risk of market shock, and for returning the proceeds to consumers on a per-capita basis through the Social Security Administration. Everyone gets the same amount of cash, but those who use less carbon-emitting energy will pay less tax — giving them a powerful incentive to conserve. So far, all good. And a set rate helps companies better anticipate their costs; businesses like stability and predictability.But there’s always a but, it seems. The Baker-Schultz plan also includes a waiver that would let oil companies and other emitters off the hook for past acts contributing to global warming, preempting the many lawsuits filed against them. And it would undo the Clean Power Plan and other federal regulations covering carbon dioxide emissions. That makes this sound less like a smart plan to reduce carbon than a toxic quid pro quo — “OK, we’ll go for a carbon tax if these lawsuits go away and we get sharper deregulation.” Another plan, pushed by the Citizens Climate Lobby and other groups, would similarly escalate the per-ton tax over time and return the proceeds in a per-capita dividend, without the corporate giveaways. That’s a better option.Los Angeles Times: A carbon tax is a good idea — so long as it doesn’t come with industry handouts Editorial: The case for a sensible carbon tax
Buchanan is situated halfway between Lexington and Roanoke, Virginia. This small town sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 4 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 90.9). While Buchanan is known for civil war history, its location makes it a prime stopover for outdoor enthusiasts. With the James River close to downtown, the Jefferson National Forest at its back door and the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Peaks of Otter just a stones throw away, there’s plenty of adventure to be had in, and around, Buchanan. Day OneYou can’t come to Buchanan without experiencing the James River and the best way to do this is by canoe, kayak or a slow drift in a tube. If you’re bringing your own canoe there are five boat launches close by to access the river. Buchanan’s downtown launch provides an information kiosk with a map of the river and access points. They also provide loaner life jackets near the kiosk.Twin River OutfittersTwin River Outfitters offers a large fleet of canoe, kayak, and tube rentals for river trips along the Upper James. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the river as it meanders its way through the Appalachian Mountains. They offer day trips and multi-day trips with stopovers at riverfront campgrounds. Add your fishing gear and take advantage of some great small mouth bass fishing. Pick up all your fishing supplies and live bait, just up the street at H and H Outdoors. Twin River Outfitters is located riverfront in downtown Buchanan. Reservations are required and can be made at their website, canoevirginia.net. The business operates from April until October.Fly Fishing – Arcadia Arcadia is located on the outskirts of town, in the Jefferson National Forest. Three mountain streams make up this area; Jennings Creek, Middle Creek and North Creek. There are daily creel limits and bait restrictions for all three creeks.Peace and solitude sum up a day of fly fishing in these pristine trout waters. Add the Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout stocked throughout the year and you’ve got some of the best trout waters in the state. There’s also a special regulation area further up North Creek, offering some good wild Brook and Rainbow trout opportunities (catch and release only). This and more information can be found on the information kiosk, located just ¼ mile past the sign marking the entrance to the Jefferson National Forest. License Requirements: State Fresh Water License, Trout License (only needed Oct 15 – June 15), and a National Forest PermitDay TwoHike Apple Orchard FallsStrap up your boots for this scenic hike through the Jefferson National Forest. This 5.6 mile loop trail will take you along cold mountain streams and across rocky mountain paths to a beautiful waterfall. The hike has a difficulty rating of moderate. If you want to vamp it up a bit, continue a couple miles past the falls, to the Blue Ridge Parkway and change the rating to hard. There are lots of places to stop for a break to enjoy the water and eat. Camping is also permitted if you wanted to make this a multi-day excursion. More informationApple Orchard Fall courtesy CrozetRunning.comHike Virginia’s Triple CrownNeed more of a challenge? Hike along the Appalachian Trail for what is known as the Triple Crown; Tinker Cliffs, McAfee Knob and Dragon’s Tooth. Each section can be completed separately or in one multi-day hike. This can also be turned into a 40 mile loop hike for those seeking a real challenge. Each hike has its own amazing features. All three include magnificent vistas and great photo opportunities. Camping isn’t permitted at the summits, however there are four primitive camping shelters along the trails that are available; Campbell, Catawba Mountain, Johns Spring and Lamberts Meadow. Check out this site for more information, Triple Crown. What to EatBuchanan Fountain & Grille: Step back in time in this 50’s style soda fountain right on Main Street Buchanan. You can’t go wrong with a burger and a milk shake from Ransoms Grill. More infoSwinging Bridge Café: In the mood for a taco salad, pizza or ice cream? Try the Swinging Bridge Café on Main Street. More info Brink of the James Bistro: Looking for a place to grab a beer after a long day of hiking? Check out the Brink of the James Bistro on Main Street. More infoFoot of the Mountain Cafe: Enjoy good food as you enjoy the mountain views. This quaint restaurant is located just outside of Buchanan near the Jefferson National Forest. More infoWhere to StayThe Railcar Inn: Railcar Inn boasts, “A vintage 1934 Hiawatha Dining Car houses this one of a kind inn. The car is richly appointed with fine furnishings and inlaid woods shined to a soft patina and harkens to the era when a journey was more than just a means to get from place to place, but an event to be savored by those fortunate enough to travel in first class luxury.” More infoWattstull Inn: Enjoy amazing mountain views from your room at Wattstull Inn. They also offer kayak rentals and float and stay packages. More infoThe James River House: Located on Main Street, the James River House puts you within walking distance to the river, antique stores and dining. More infoCampingMiddle Creek Campground: A privately owned campground just on the outskirts of Buchanan that offers electric and water hook ups, camp store and a swimming pool. More infoNorth Creek Campground: This small primitive campground is located on North Creek in the Jefferson National Forest. It’s operated by the forestry department and reservations can be made at reservations.gov. More info
January 15, 2003 Errata Errata I t has been brought to the News’ attention that in The Florida Bar Foundation 2001/2002 Annual Report, which was inserted into the December 15 News, there was an unintentional error on the Fellows Program page. Irving Cypen was listed as deceased when in fact he is alive and well and practicing in Miami Beach. The Foundation offered its “most sincere apologies” for this mistake.
Equinor-operated Visund Nord improved oil recovery (IOR) project came on stream two months ahead of schedule.The project has further been delivered with no serious HSE incidents and well below budget, Equinor noted.“It took 21 months from the licence partners chose the concept until production started. This is a new fast-track record for Equinor,” says Torger Rød, senior vice president for project development in Equinor.Visund Nord IOR is a subsea development with two new wells in a new subsea template, which is tied back to an existing template on Visund. The oil is piped via the existing template to the Visund platform.The project provides 13.3 million new barrels of oil to the Visund field, 6% more than originally estimated. When the investment decision was made the costs were estimated at NOK 1.5 billion. During the execution phase they were reduced to NOK 1.3 billion.“We are delivering well within the downward adjusted budget. The project has a competitive break-even price and will be profitable even with an oil price well below the current level,” says project director Tone Kristin Børslid.Visund Nord IOR is a fast-track development focusing on simplification, standardisation and continous improvement throughout the project phase:“We are utilising the existing infrastructure effectively as we are routing the oil via the Visund C template which is located 70 metres away. The new template is a copy of this template. We have achieved synergies with other projects and we have even had good weather during the installations, ” she says.She further underlines that they have never compromised on safety, which is confirmed by the HSE statistics.TechnipFMC, who also delivered Visund C, has been responsible for everything on the seabed through the EPCI contract, implying that the company has been in charge of engineering, procurement, construction and installation. The two wells were drilled by Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig.The project has now been handed over to the operations unit, providing 13.3 million new barrels of oil that will be produced via a field that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year:“Contributing strongly to the Visund field production, Visund Nord IOR is an example of the type of projects that will be more common on the Norwegian continental shelf in the future: Smaller developments tied back to existing infrastructure. This will allow us to develop new discoveries at a lower cost, ensuring both longer field life and jobs on existing fields,” says Gunnar Nakken, senior vice president for operations west in Equinor.The Visund licence partners are: Equinor Energy A/S (operator) 53.2%, Petoro A/S 30%, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS 9.1% and Repsol Norge A/S 7.7%.