USS McCampbell Docks in India

first_img USS McCampbell Docks in India Back to overview,Home naval-today USS McCampbell Docks in India Training & Education Share this articlecenter_img The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived in India Nov. 3 for a port visit.“McCampbell’s crew is very excited for the port visit to Chennai,” said Cmdr. Sharif Calfee, McCampbell’s commanding officer. “For nearly the entire crew this will be their first port visit to India. Many of the crew have expressed interest in participating in tours of culturally significant places in Chennai.”Chennai, on the eastern coast of India, is steeped in history. Many of today’s major religious sects can trace their history back centuries to the surrounding area.Greeks, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, British, French, and Dutch frequented the area for trade and travel. It was founded about 350 years ago as the first of the British Empire’s trading and military ports in South East Asia.While ashore, McCampbell Sailors will explore a new culture and country, enjoy Indian cuisine, and participate in India’s most popular sport- cricket.“I saw cricket on the list of activities and I wanted to sign up right away,” said Ensign Austin Fleming, who played cricket in the U.S. with his local church group in Southern California. “My pastor was from India, and we would play every so often. I think it will be a lot of fun.”Sailors will also participate in a variety of community relations events where they will visit schools and community organizations to read, teach, play, and interact with children and local community members.“Helping children is a passion of mine,” said Ensign Hannah Yun. “I love to see them grow, and I love to be a role model for those children who don’t have one.”McCampbell is a part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operation providing security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.“This is a valuable opportunity to further interoperability and forge greater levels of understanding and mutual cooperation between the navies of the world’s two largest democracies,” said Capt. Paul Lyons, Commander, DESRON 15, embarked on board McCampbell. “Our presence here in India is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to shared values, shared interests, and furthering relationships with our Indian naval counterparts.”[mappress]Press Release, November 04, 2013; Image: US Navy November 4, 2013last_img read more

Speech: Alun Cairns’ St David’s Day Reception Speech

first_imgThank you all for joining us here at No 10 to celebrate St David’s Day and to the Prime Minister for kindly hosting us for the third year in a row.This is a significant occasion for the UK Government to celebrate and mark the relevance of – what I would say – is the most important nation of the UK – Wales! The rugby on Saturday only confirms that!Some of you over the last three years will be aware that I have always sought to highlight key facts about Wales, underlining the great contribution we make to the whole of the UK.I think I have said on each and every occasion that Wales has more castles per square mile than any other nation in the world!So this year I‘ve got some new facts:We are home to the world’s steepest road – Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, Snowdonia.Mount Everest is named after Sir George Everest, a Welshman for surveying the Meridian Arc over 35 years.The equals sign was invented by Welsh Physician and Mathematician Robert Recorde from Tenby – so anyone who has had some problems with algebra, knows who to blame.And the World’s first ever radio message was transmitted by Marconi in 1897, from Larvernock Point, on the edge of my constituency to Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel – a grand distance of three miles.And the message was: “Are you ready?”Well, we may be a small nation but we are definitely ready to underline, mark and celebrate our unique history, language and culture that adds so much to the diversity of the UK and beyond.And as a government, we are ready to continue to support Welsh innovations, culture, academia and excellence in the public and private sectors to provide for the next generation of rightly proud Welsh men and women.Welsh is one of Europe’s oldest living languages, having stemmed from the 6th century. Far older than English!And it is delight to see that 30% of the Welsh population now speaks at least some Welsh, with a quarter of children taught purely through the medium of Welsh.Our great culture is about to be amply demonstrated by the choir and we are grateful for their presence here and to the exhibitors for highlighting the great food offerings we have and their importance to the UK’s export drive.The Prime Minister is a true champion of every part of the UK but I can speak from personal experience, I know Wales holds a very special place in the Prime Minister’s outlook. From promoting Welsh businesses like Aston Martin, who I can now say are a Welsh business, to international trade to driving exports. The Prime Minister always has Wales in her sights.In August the PM and I took more Welsh businesses than any other part of the UK to Africa to promote Welsh excellence in supporting the developing world.And over the last year, with the Prime Minister’s support, I have had the privilege of seeing our scientists at CERN in Geneva, our semi-conductor cluster – the largest in the world- has wowed international audiences and in three weeks time, I will present the first ever catalogue of Welsh projects to an international audience at the MIPIM conference in Cannes.Our City and Growth Deals demonstrate our joint work with the Welsh Government. And earlier this week – for the first time ever, both governments jointly hosted an Ambassador’s event at the Foreign Office as part of Wales Week in London.In this room we have some of Wales’ most talented people from businesses to culture and sport and I’d like to pay tribute to you for what you do to promote Welsh interests at home and overseas.Let me end by bringing you the words of St. David which I hope can inspire us all:“Byddwch lawen a gwnewch y pethau bychain.”Or “Be cheerful, keep your faith and do the little things.”So Prime Minister – as well as the big things across government that you do on an ongoing basis, I know these words will be important to you because your attention to detail on the things that really matter epitomises your approach.So, I am sure we will all agree that you are following the path and the advice of St David, the greatest Welshman to ever exist.Thank you very much.last_img read more

The Motet Announces Fall Tour With Mungion, Keller Williams, & More

first_imgColorado funk mainstays The Motet have announced a new batch of fall 2018 tour dates which will surround their previously announced four-night Halloween run.The tour will kick off on September 24th in Chico, CA before heading to the Midwest for shows in Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Chicago, IL; and Covington, KY alongside Chicago-based jam quartet, Mungion. From there, the band heads south for an “evening with” performance in Asheville, NC and a show at Athens, GA’s Georgia Theatre with Keller Williams.After a two-week break, The Motet will return to the road with their four-night, four-city Halloween run, featuring an All Hallows Eve late-night show at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas after Phish‘s performance at the MGM Grand followed by shows in Los Angeles, CA, Solana Beach, CA, and Phoenix, AZ with Seattle-based seven-piece, The Dip, over the next three nights.The following weekend, The Motet will head to the east coast for a two-night run at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl alongside Kat Wright on night one and Funky Dawgz Brass Band on night two. The weekend after that, they’ll return home to the Rockies for their “Hometown Hustle” featuring two nights at The Ogden Theatre supported by Escort and Cory Wong, respectively. Finally, the tour will wrap up with two more Mungion-assisted shows in Milwaukee, WI, and Minneapolis, MN.On July 27th and 28th, The Motet will mount their first-ever festival, Motet on the Mesa, at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership in Taos, New Mexico. You can read drummer Dave Watts and vocalist Lyle Divinsky‘s thoughts on the upcoming event, their recent Red Rocks show, and more here.See below for a list of The Motet’s 2018 fall tour dates. For more information, or for a full list of upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.The Motet Fall 2018 Tour Dates*with Mungion^with The Dip9/24 – Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewery10/3 – Detroit, MI – El Club *10/4 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection *10/5 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall *10/6 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *10/12 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station10/13 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre w/ Keller Williams10/31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl (Late Night)11/1 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom ^11/2 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up ^11/3 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom ^11/9 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl w/ Kat Wright11/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl w/ Funky Dawgz Brass Band11/16 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre w/ Escort11/17 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre w/ Cory Wong11/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall *11/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *View Fall Tour Dateslast_img read more

Speaker highlights the importance of affordable housing

first_imgAnthony Jowid, COO and a Principal of Allied Argenta, spoke Friday on the future of affordable housing in the U.S., in the final installment of the Ten Years Hence speaker series sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program.Jowid said Allied Argenta, a real estate development company which acquires, renovates and manages apartments throughout the western United States, works to address the lack of affordable housing in the country.“There is one affordable and available unit for every 100 households that need that unit,” Jowid said. “There’s about 11.5 million households that need this and about 100,000 available units. That’s a very huge gap.”While the company is focused on improving the living standards for its low income housing tenants, it also adheres to a triple bottom line policy, which promotes social and environmental development while maintaining profitability.“You can think of it as people, planet, profit, the three pillars of sustainability,” he said. “So although we are mission driven, we also are a for-profit company, so we are interested in making money.”Jowid said in the affordable housing industry, the developer-owners undertake all aspects of the project.“The developer-owners take all the risks,” Jowid said. “We actually do the construction, we build the project, and we asset manage the project and are responsible to ensure that the place is a good place and sustainable.”Jowid said the quality of affordable housing has improved since the government handed over development projects to the private, public and non-profit sectors.“Before, you had the government taking out taxpayer dollars and using that money to build and to manage affordable housing,” Jowid said. “They’ve realized that the private sectors are better at this than they are.”In addition to being run by the private sector, affordable housing is now funded by a tax credit-based program known as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Jowid said.“These tax credits are awarded to states by the government, and these tax credits are used as the equity,” he said. “Basically what the government has allowed investors to do is lower their tax liability by investing in these companies.”Jowid said Allied Argenta invests millions of dollars per housing development to ensure that the buildings not only meet basic standards but are also energy efficient.“In our homes, we install energy efficient windows, doors, HVACs, water systems, roofs — all the things that allow there to be greater energy efficiency and sustainability,” Jowid said. “Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for the tenants living in the apartments.”Jowid said high quality affordable housing provides social programs for tenants to build a strong sense of community.“There are service coordinators onsite providing opportunities for financial planning, after-school and athletic programs, to ensure that they are happy and healthy environment,” Jowid said.The common misconception is affordable housing recipients do not contribute to the economy, but Jowid said the majority of tenants have jobs.“Most of these tenants do work,” he said. “They are earning income. They are paying for their housing units. But because they make a small amount of money, they’re paying a lower amount for their rent.”Jowid said governmental reform to the current housing system will provide homes to those who have traditionally struggled to secure housing, including victims of domestic abuse.“There are housing reforms that are taking place to protect the people who are living in these communities, to ensure that these people can have access to these communities and can remain in them,” he said.Tags: affordable housing, Allied Argenta, Anthony Jowid, O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program, Ten Years Hencelast_img read more

Serbia’s first utility-scale wind farm to open in October

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Belgian renewable energy firm Elicio NV said on Friday its 42 megawatt (MW) Alibunar wind farm in northern Serbia will start operating in October and help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The wind farm, which has 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is the first large-scale farm to connect on Serbia’s grid. Elicio NV already operates the 8 MW Malibunar wind farm in Serbia.The Alibunar farm, was built at a cost of 80 million euros ($93.60 million), financed mainly through a syndicated loan provided by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a number of commercial banks, a spokeswoman for Elicio’s Serbian branch told Reuters.The project will help reduce Serbia’s carbon emissions by more than 120,000 tonnes per year.She said the company has earned a status of a temporary privileged electricity producer and signed a power purchase agreement with the state-run power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) for 12 years.Serbia, which produces 70 percent of its energy from coal and the rest from hydropower, aims to generate 27 percent of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020. The country’s energy minister said this week it will have 500 MW of installed wind power capacity by 2020.More: Serbia’s first large-scale wind farm to start in October Serbia’s first utility-scale wind farm to open in Octoberlast_img read more

How credit unions can market multiple digital wallets

first_imgAs more consumers express interest in digital wallet options, financial institutions (FIs) should evaluate their own approaches to these offerings. Recent research predicts more than 100 million people around the world will use a mobile device to make a purchase this year, suggesting forward-thinking FIs should tap into this audience. Many of these consumers have different devices, however, which may require offering several wallet options.FIs choosing to provide consumers with more than one digital wallet option face a challenge when determining the best ways to market them. Each digital wallet has different features, capabilities and nuances. Before diving into a full-scale marketing effort, FIs should consider the following best practices for digital wallet marketing:Use simple, direct language. Make sure to include terms and phrases consumers will understand such as “paying with your phone.” Technical jargon, like “tokenization,” “NFC” and “Host Card Emulation,” may confuse consumers. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Happy Diva to defend Cheltenham crown | Racing News

first_imgShe added: “I only train around 20 horses, and to be on the biggest stage in the biggest handicap pre-Christmas is very special.“We are rubbing shoulders with the likes of Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson – what she has done for my career so far is phenomenal, and hopefully we can create more memories at Cheltenham later this month.”The Venetia Williams-trained Aso heads the weights on 11st 12lb for the £130,000 contest, while Nicholls’ seven entries this year include the sponsor’s 6-1 joint-favourite Saint Sonnet (11st 1lb), who has not raced since finishing seventh behind Samcro in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Festival.A strong team for Nicholls also features Haldon Gold Cup victor Greaneteen (11st 5lb ex 5lb penalty), recent Chepstow scorer Grand Sancy (11st 3lb) and last year’s runner-up Brelan D’As (10st 11lb).Imperial Aura (Kim Bailey) shares favouritism and will shoulder a minimum of 11st 11lb following a comeback success in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle on Sunday.The prolific seven-year-old ran three times at Cheltenham last season and ended the campaign with victory in the Listed Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase at the big meeting in the spring.Nigel Twiston-Davies is the most successful current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with four wins. The Gloucestershire handler’s three entries include second-season chasers Al Dancer (11st 8lb) and Good Boy Bobby (11st), who have been in winning action this season at Newton Abbot and Bangor respectively.Harry Whittington’s Simply The Betts (11st 11lb) could face Happy Diva again – with other names to note including Mister Fisher (11st 9lb), one of four entries for Nicky Henderson, and Kauto Star Novices’ Chase victor Slate House (Colin Tizzard, 11st 6lb). Happy Diva is ready to defend her crown in next week’s Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.The Kerry Lee-trained mare proved a neck too strong for Brelan D’As 12 months ago, and later went close to a famous Cheltenham double when second to Simply The Betts in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase in March.- Advertisement – The nine-year-old was fifth on her return to action in a Listed handicap chase at Wetherby last week.Bradbury Star was the last back-to-back winner of the feature race at Cheltenham’s November meeting, back in 1993 and 1994, but Lee reports her stable star – who has been allotted 11st 5lb – in good order.She said: “Happy Diva has come out of Wetherby in fine fettle. She will come on plenty for that run, and the Paddy Power Gold Cup is once again the aim.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We were delighted with Wetherby, because she showed every inch of her usual zest and enthusiasm for the game.“She is a fantastic horse, and we are lucky to have her. She is so consistent and professional – she is just a pleasure to have in the yard.“It was very special to see her win the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and hopefully she can go close again.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Terminal 5 to boost market

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