USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment

first_img View post tag: Departs USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: IKE CSG Departs for Deployment View post tag: Naval June 21, 2012 Share this article Training & Educationcenter_img View post tag: IKE View post tag: News by topic View post tag: For Nearly 6,000 Sailors operating on ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group Eight departed June 20 for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and build on maritime partnerships.They are deploying to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibilities, as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.“This is a flexible, agile, and ready strike group,” said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG 8 commander. “I’m extremely proud of every Sailor in this strike group. They have contributed to the readiness so that we can meet all tasks set out for us by the fleet commanders under which we will operate. We look forward to playing a part in keeping international waterways safe and building relationships with our partners.”CSG 8’s flagship, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE), with the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked, departed Naval Station Norfolk, along with the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109).The Mayport, Fla.-based guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) and the guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) left their homeport in Mayport, Fla., as well, and will join Eisenhower as the strike group transits the Atlantic Ocean.Carrier Strike Group Eight has spent the last few months successfully completing a series of complex training events and certifications.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 21, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: CSG View post tag: Deploymentlast_img read more

Asda pilots RSPB farm scheme on in-store bread

first_imgAsda is piloting a partnership scheme between its in-store bakeries, a group of North Yorkshire farmers and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).Wholemeal 400g in-store baked loaves, sold in the supermarket’s English stores, now use wheat grown on farms endorsed by the RSPB. And the scheme is likely to be rolled out to other lines if the pilot is successful.Each farmer taking part in the initiative has introduced at least 10 different bird-friendly measures to encourage wildlife back onto their farmland. These measures, designed to help wildlife flourish, include producing an environmental plan of the farm; growing a minimum of 15 hectares of spring crops; cutting ditches once every two years; installing feeding stations – where waste grain and seed is left to provide food for seed-eating birds; leaving a one-metre grass strip between the outer edge of the hedge and the crop edge; and good hedgerow management.Asda agriculture strategy manager Chris Brown, said: “This project has taken two years in the making, so it’s great to see the fruits of our labour.”last_img read more

Keeping adults in the game

first_imgThe benefits of staying active as we age are striking. In addition to keeping the body strong, regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers, experts say. It can even improve cognitive function.But if keeping the body moving is so good for us, why do so many adults who played sports when they were young stop doing so? The reasons, according to a new study, include a lack of time, interest, or access, in addition to health issues. The study also found a clear gender and income gap.A panel of experts gathered at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) on Thursday to discuss the findings and explore ways to keep adults in the game.The new poll, conducted by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard Chan School, interviewed 2,506 adults over the age of 18. It found that the majority of those who had played sports when they were younger no longer did, with a significant drop-off coming after age 26. (The poll did find that about half of those surveyed said they exercised regularly, including by walking or weightlifting.)Graphic by Georgia BellasThe study revealed that while 40 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds, and 41 percent of 22- to 25-year-olds, play sports, only 26 percent of 26- to 49-year-olds do so, and just 20 percent of adults 50 and over.Somewhat surprisingly, their own lack of participation did little to quell parents’ enthusiasm for their children’s engagement with sports. In the poll, 89 percent of parents with a middle or high school-aged child said their child benefitted greatly from playing sports, which improves mental and physical health, discipline, dedication, and social skills.“The poll sums up the question: Is there some way to bridge a gap between the enthusiasm of the power of [sports] for health and other reasons for children, [and getting adults] to carry on after age 26?” said Robert Blendon, the Richard L. Menschel Professor at HSPH and a lead author on the report.Blendon said about half of the adults surveyed indicated they no longer play sports because of a health problem, a lack of interest, or inconvenience. “So we’ve switched from all the advantages [for] kids,” said Blendon, “to all the disadvantages for me.”,For panelist Caitlin Cahow ’08, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, one way forward is to help young people understand that lessons learned on the field or in the ice rink can offer “tools and skills necessary to succeed in life” beyond the pitch or hockey arena. Encouraging children to embrace a healthy lifestyle, one that includes sports participation and good nutrition as a norm, sets the stage for them to pursue those practices later in life, she said.“I believe that I truly benefitted from the physical, social, and emotional self-confidence that you get through playing sports,” she said, “and personally I’ve found that to be an incredible advantage as I’ve moved on to face other challenges in my life beyond sports.”Three factors help explain the report’s findings that men are more than twice as likely as women to say they play sports, according to Elizabeth Matzkin, surgical director of women’s musculoskeletal health and an orthopedic surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital: many older women didn’t have the same access to the range of sports that girls do today; women tend to “put themselves at the bottom of the list” behind the needs of their jobs, their spouses, and their children; and the rising number of overuse injuries in younger and younger children.“About 3.5 million youths are presented to a physician or an emergency department due to a sports-related injury per year. … Even though we are very good at getting people back to playing, those injuries can lead to problems down the road,” said Matzkin.Graphic by Georgia BellasShe cited tears of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, an injury that is eight times more common in female athletes. A 13-year-old who suffers such a tear, said Matzkin, will likely have arthritis in that knee by the time she hits her 30s.Educating parents and coaches about the dangers of having a child specialize too early in one sport year-round is an important part of curbing overuse injuries, said Matzkin, and hopefully will lead to women playing sports longer.“Youth bodies are not meant to specialize at a young age.”Access to free and safe sports teams and facilities is also important in getting and keeping people of every age involved in sports, said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, soccer’s charitable arm in this country.Foster-Simeon argued that one reason for the income disparity reported in the poll — which found that lower-wage earners were less than half as likely to play sports than adults with higher incomes — is the lack of free programs and safe places to play in many low-income communities.Millions of children, he added, “don’t have the opportunity to play.”He urged the adoption of initiatives like his foundation’s Soccer for Success, a free after-school program in which coaches use small-sided soccer games to help promote healthy lifestyles.“Coaches are among the most influential people whom children encounter,” he said, and “leveraging that engagement is an opportunity. It’s more than just fun and games.”last_img read more

MASS winner at Grandview earns half a grand

first_imgBy Erika Palmai WagnerBECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – This Saturday, Oct. 14, the Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will make its way for the final time this season to the high-banked Grandview Speedway.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be one of three divisions competing during the Thunder on the Hill Triple Thunder Thriller special.Unlike past years, where this event was invitation only to drivers in the top 25 in points, all teams are eligible to compete.Freiberger Excavating, title sponsor of the second heat race at each MASS event, has upped the main event another $750, making it $500 to win and $165 to start. Second through fifth place will be awarded with $325, $280, $250, and $220 respectively, with an increase in payout throughout the rest of the field as well.“I love racing, everything about it. I have been a part of racing since I was 15 years old and even though I am not behind the wheel any more, I still have to be a part of it in some way,” said Pat Freiberger, owner/operator of Freiberger Excavating, a former competitor and team owner and current sponsor of Stefanie Palmai Carberry, who drives the Palmco Motorsports no. 99. “I love this sport and I want to support a series that has a great concept of keeping Sprint Car racing afforda­ble and fun for the Saturday night driver.”Among the drivers looking forward to pocketing the $500 prize this Saturday are last year’s Spooktacu­lar Thunder on the Hill winner Tommy Carberry, newly-crowned 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series champion Eddie Wagner, Dave Brown, Tim Tanner Jr., Jeff Geiges, Austin Bishop, Brendon Poff, Stefanie Palmai Carberry, Samantha Lieberman and hometown defenders Dave Graber and David Bonner.last_img read more

Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in admissions case

first_img“I don’t think it is ever fair to assume that because one defendant pleads guilty, then everyone else will as well,” Levenson said. “Hypothetically and theoretically, if you haven’t … talked to all the witnesses, she may be saying, ‘I did not intend or realize that we would be cheating. We came to understand that this is a procedure that is sometimes used by people and I never had an intent to defraud…’ If that’s convincing, then she would have a defensible crime.” “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli filed a not guilty plea in the U.S. District Court on  Monday, following indictments alleging the parents paid $500,000 to bribe their daughters’ way into USC. Loughlin and Giannulli entered not guilty pleas to charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and waived their rights to appear in court for arraignment. Loughlin: OK. Loughlin: [inaudible] Loughlin and Giannulli are among 13 USC parents indicted in the scheme — the most of any University named in the FBI affidavit. So far, 13 other parents, including “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, have pled guilty to the charges. Fifteen, however, did not plead guilty. According to court records, The Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit college counseling business founded by William “Rick” Singer, is accused of running the student-athlete recruitment scam. Parents across all eight universities named in the charges — including USC, UCLA and Stanford, Georgetown and Yale — allegedly paid Singer nearly $25 million to unfairly admit students. Singer — who came to serve as a cooperating witness in the FBI investigation in September — pleaded guilty to money laundering, obstruction, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States March 12. Giannulli: Uh, perfect. Levenson said Singer’s guilty plea could be used as leverage to have Singer testify as a witness against parents going to trial. Giannulli: Yeah. Singer: If you ever — ever were to say anything. According to court documents, Singer and Giannulli discussed how the payments would work in a recorded phone call Oct. 25: Singer: Your donation [is] helping the girls get into USC to do — “The people who pled guilty [may end up] testifying against her,” Levenson said. “If everyone testifies against her, it will be her word against many.”center_img Singer: — crew even though they didn’t do crew. So nothing like that has been ever mentioned. Singer: And that your $400,000 was paid to our foundation to help underserved kids. Loughlin: So we — so we just — have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story. Singer: So I just want to make sure our stories our the same, because — Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters into USC. (Photo from Hallmark Channel) During a similarly audited phone call on Nov. 29, Loughlin confirmed her payments to Heinel and Singer: Singer: That is correct. Loughlin: Okay. In addition to Singer and the 13 parents who pleaded guilty, Mark Riddell, a Harvard University graduate at the center of the test-taking aspect of the scam, also pleaded guilty Friday to charges of mail fraud and money laundering. “There are several factors going on here — the evidence may not be as strong against this individual as it was against those who pled guilty,” said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Marymount University. “They might think they actually have a defense and certainly wouldn’t want to plead guilty [and] they might feel like they are not getting as much of the benefit by pleading guilty.” Singer: OK? I just wanted to make sure that we’re on the same page in case — An FBI investigation in March revealed the parents paid senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel to create false athletic recruitment profiles for daughters Olivia Jade, a freshman majoring in psychology who maintains a large online following, and Isabella Giannulli, a sophomore majoring in communication. According to court documents, the two were both labeled as rowing recruits, despite having no experience with the sport. Both daughters are still officially enrolled at the University.last_img read more

Zambia refuse to fly into Ghana after being told they can’t land in Kumasi

first_imgZambia preparations for Friday’s crucial FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana suffered a setback yesterday after allegedly being denied clearance to land in the Kumasi.After winding up their intensive training in South Africa, the Chipolopolo flew into Lusaka and were scheduled to depart for Ghana at 13:00 hours but only boarded the plane an hour later.The squad, which had a morning work-out at Nkoloma Stadium, was made to endure two more hours on a stationary plane before disembarking and heading back to the hotel.The 80-member Zambian delegation was led by Sports Deputy Minister, Stephen Masumba and also included Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president, Kalusha Bwalya.FAZ communications manager, Erick Mwanza, who was also on the plane, accused Ghanaian authorities of not being cooperative, saying they were refusing the Zambian delegation to land in Kumasi but insisted on Accra.Mwanza said the team’s plane was ready to leave and make a stop-over for refuelling in Kinshasa, DR Congo before connecting to Ghana but authorities there stood their ground. “Ghanaian authorities are still refusing to allow us to land in Kumasi. We have disembarked and won’t fly tonight. Efforts continue to secure permission in Kumasi and not Accra. Our plane is ready and we will stop over for fuel in Congo Kinshasa. We are all clear with that but Ghana authorities are not being cooperative,” he said.The Chipolopolo, who need win from this crunch Group D tie to progress to the final knock-out round, will leave this morning.Mwanza said despite the setback, the squad had remained resolute on the mission ahead and would not allow mind games distract their focus.However, investigations by the Times revealed that the airport in Kumasi was undergoing some rehabilitation and that only small domestic flights were allowed to land.last_img read more