USS Jason Dunham Hosts Navy Chaplain

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Jason Dunham Hosts Navy Chaplain USS Jason Dunham Hosts Navy Chaplain February 19, 2013 Share this article A Navy chaplain visited guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) on Ash Wednesday to provide religious services and visit crew members.Lt. Peter Ott, a chaplain assigned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), commenced observance of the 40-day season of Lent by offering religious services and counseling as part of a U.S. 5th Fleet effort to ensure all ships operating in the area have access to religious services.“The Navy cares about Sailors’ well-being and their right and ability to exercise their religious beliefs,” Ott said. “I’m here to help facilitate that the best I can.”U.S. guided-missile destroyers often do not have chaplains permanently stationed on board and rely on command lay leaders to perform worship services. Lay leaders are volunteers appointed by the commanding officer who are trained by chaplains to serve the needs of a particular religious faith group. Lay leaders may conduct religious services, but may not exercise specific activities usually reserved for ordained clergy.Ott said lay leaders are often prohibited from performing sacraments or offering counseling to crewmembers but still do a terrific service for their command. “There’s not much difference between a chaplain and a lay leader, spiritually speaking,” said Ott. “The main thing I bring to the table that a lay leader cannot is confidentiality. A Sailor can walk into my office, talk about personal issues without it becoming a command issue and leave with a weight lifted off their shoulders.”Quartermaster 2nd Class Johnathan Restrepo, USS Jason Dunham’s Protestant lay leader, said the Chaplain brings a lot more than counseling abilities and confidentiality. “Chaplains have different personalities and backgrounds they bring with them,” Restrepo said. “I think the crew gets used to the way the lay leader does things, but having a chaplain on board can make worship a little more exciting and feel like you’re going to church back home.”Restrepo also thinks having a chaplain on board boosts morale by creating an atmosphere of trust and comfort. “Even non-religious crewmembers go to him for advice or just to talk,” said Restrepo. “Just knowing he is there and his door is always open makes a big difference.”USS Jason Dunham is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 19, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Chaplain View post tag: Naval View post tag: hostscenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Jason View post tag: USS View post tag: Dunhamlast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia $53 millones para brindar apoyo adicional a proveedores de cuidado infantil

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Español,  Human Services,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf visitó el centro de cuidado infantil en la sede de PSECU en Harrisburg para anunciar que se destinarán $53 millones para brindar apoyo financiero adicional a los proveedores de cuidado infantil que han sufrido durante la pandemia de COVID-19.“Estos fondos ayudarán a los proveedores de cuidado infantil a cerrar la brecha hasta que la clientela regrese”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “También los ayudará a afrontar los costos crecientes que han tenido debido a la pandemia, como la limpieza y la desinfección, lo que ayudará a mantener seguros a los 386,000 niños que asisten a nuestros centros de cuidado infantil habilitados, así como a los trabajadores que hacen tanto para cuidarlos”.Teresa Miller, Secretaria del Departamento de Servicios Humanos; George Rudolph, Presidente y CEO de PSECU; y Tonya Bastinelli, Directora del centro de cuidado infantil Bright Horizons en PSECU se unieron al Gobernador para realizar el anuncio.En junio, la Administración Wolf distribuyó $51 millones en Fondos de Desarrollo de Cuidado Infantil de la Ley CARES a proveedores de cuidado infantil que reunían los requisitos. Los $53 millones que se anunciaron hoy también provienen de fondos de la Ley CARES y se distribuirán este mes. En los próximos meses, se distribuirán otros $116 millones de la Ley 24, lo que elevará la suma total de apoyo financiero a $220 millones.Los fondos se distribuyen a través de la Oficina de Desarrollo Infantil y Aprendizaje Temprano (OCDEL, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Servicios Humanos (DHS), que otorga licencias a proveedores de cuidado infantil en el estado y trabaja con el Instituto de Asuntos Estatales y Regionales de Penn State Harrisburg en un estudio de impacto para comprender los retos que los proveedores de cuidado infantil tienen a la hora de reabrir y reanudar las operaciones en medio de la COVID-19.La OCDEL tiene 7,017 proveedores de cuidado infantil habilitados al 24 de junio y 65 han cerrado permanentemente con respecto a la lista de licencias de febrero de 2020. Según la participación en la distribución de la Ley CARES de junio, un poco más de 100 proveedores adicionales han rechazado los fondos, indicando que tienen la intención de permanecer cerrados.El estudio de Penn State destaca las diversas consecuencias operativas y financieras que los proveedores de cuidado infantil han sufrido y continuarán sufriendo durante la pandemia de COVID-19.Según las conclusiones preliminares del estudio, la distribución de fondos de estímulo en julio es crucial para garantizar que se disponga de una capacidad adecuada en el futuro. Los datos recopilados mediante este estudio se utilizarán para ayudar a determinar la asignación de los $116 millones restantes.“Si bien no sabemos cómo estará la pandemia en una semana, un mes o un año, sabemos que un sistema de cuidado infantil saludable y sólido será fundamental para sobrellevar la recuperación económica que nos espera”, dijo la Secretaria Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Teresa Miller. “Este estudio reflejará las experiencias y los retos que los proveedores de cuidado infantil han sufrido desde que surgió la pandemia de COVID-19 en Pennsylvania y nos permitirá asignar fondos adicionales en base a la manera y el lugar en que nuestros proveedores de cuidado infantil los necesitan más. Esta industria es vital tanto para una economía saludable como para el futuro de nuestros hijos, y no abandonaremos a nuestros proveedores de cuidado infantil que dedican sus vidas a nuestros residentes de Pennsylvania más pequeños, a menudo con bajos salarios y ahora, poniendo en riesgo su salud. Estaremos con ustedes durante los retos que puedan venir”.“Afortunadamente, hemos podido mantener nuestro centro de cuidado infantil abierto durante toda la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo George Rudolph, Presidente y CEO de PSECU. “Es muy importante porque muchos de los padres que usan este servicio son trabajadores esenciales. Al mantener las puertas abiertas, hemos podido brindar un servicio valioso a nuestros héroes locales y les ha permitido seguir trabajando. Para PSECU, este centro de cuidado infantil representa una de las muchas maneras en que podemos contribuir con la fortaleza y el bienestar de nuestros miembros y la comunidad local”.“El cuidado infantil estable, económico y de alta calidad es una pieza importante de nuestro desarrollo de la fuerza laboral”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “De hecho, mi Centro de Comando de Desarrollo Económico y Fuerza Laboral de Keystone lo identificó como uno de los mayores obstáculos para lograr que más residentes de Pennsylvania ingresen a la fuerza laboral. A medida que continuamos recuperándonos económicamente de esta pandemia, necesitaremos disponer de cuidado infantil para que los padres puedan volver a trabajar o para que puedan asistir a programas de capacitación o entrevistas de trabajo. Y, por supuesto, es crucial continuar brindando atención de alta calidad durante los primeros años de vida de los niños que son tan importantes ya que aprenden rápidamente”.View this information in English. 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Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias emerging as serviceable back-end rotation option

first_imgThe Dodgers’ rotation was in trouble.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu started the season on the disabled list and has been slow to recover from a shoulder injury.Right-hander Brandon McCarthy was lost for the season with an elbow injury just two weeks into the season.Internal options were not obvious and a series of in-house auditions were held to find a stopgap replacement. “He’s throwing the ball well and he’s not doing anything that says that he can’t be that guy for us,” Mattingly said. “His stuff has always been there. As his mix grows and he learns how to take a little off here and there, he’s going to get better and better.”His low-90s fastball jumps. His slider has some bite. And his changeup can come and go but has the potential to be a dangerous pitch.Slowly the confidence has been building up in the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder.“I feel comfortable every time they give me an opportunity to pitch,” Frias said. “I just want to take the ball and help the team win every time out. The difference has been consistency.”And with that consistency comes more trust from the Dodgers’ brass, although at a sometimes begrudging pace.After all, they remember that debacle in Colorado last season in which Frias allowed eight runs and 10 hits in two-thirds of an inning.Frias had been fairly effective out of the Dodger bullpen before that and in two spot starts. Frias went 1-1 overall with a 6.13 ERA, most of the damage coming in the disastrous outing at Colorado. He recorded 29 strikeouts and allowed seven walks last season.Mattingly said it was important to see that Frias made the most of his time last season.“The biggest difference is his confidence. He seems like he’s much more assured of himself,” Mattingly said. “Once guys come up and have some success like he did last season, they can take it into the winter. “You can’t overestimate how good that is for you. You can take it into your offseason work. You come into spring training and it’s a whole different animal. You feel like you’re there to fight for a spot. In your mind, you know you can pitch at this level.”Frias started the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, then was brought up to the Dodgers and totaled 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two appearances, earning a relief victory April 27 against the Giants.Frias made his first start May 1 against Arizona and delivered 5 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 2-0. Frias followed that up by allowing three runs in five innings in a lopsided win over Milwaukee on May 7 for a 3-0 record.In his last start against Miami on May 13, Frias recorded his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs in six innings.Frias has 16 strikeouts and just four walks in 18 2/3 innings, showing more control than his minor-league strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.3 strikeouts and 3.4 walks per nine innings suggests.“I was working hard in the offseason,” Frias said. “All the hard work has been about consistency. That’s what it takes to succeed at this level.“It’s all coming together. I wanted to be physically and mentally prepared. Hopefully, I’ll keep getting better.” It did not take long for hard-throwing Dominican right-hander Carlos Frias to emerge as a serviceable back-end rotation option.“So far, it’s been talent,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “He’s winning games just by having talent. Once he can put the ball where he wants it and get guys out, the abilities will come. But there’s no doubt he has been doing well.” Frias is scheduled to start Tuesday’s opener against the rival San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park against Tim Hudson. And Frias will continue to try to give the Dodgers a chance to win as he has done in his first three starts, compiling a 3-0 record with a 2.89 ERA, even if he has been unable to go deep into games.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflects on Carlos Frias’ early-season performancecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more