USS Nimitz welcomes Vice Chief of Naval Operations aboard

first_img USS Nimitz welcomes Vice Chief of Naval Operations aboard Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz welcomes Vice Chief of Naval Operations aboard Training & Education View post tag: USS Nimitz View post tag: US Navycenter_img Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran visited aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and held an all-hands call, July 25.He spoke to Sailors aboard about Nimitz’s extended planned incremental maintenance availability (EPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and took a tour of the ship to see how Nimitz is coming along in its maintenance as the ship gets closer to getting out to sea for the first time since January 2015.“The maintenance availability was supposed to last 16 months and is going to end up lasting around 20 months,” said Moran. “I know you guys want to get out of here. Nimitz has been running hard and we need her last nine years to run as well as her first nine years, so let’s make sure we are getting the work done that we need to.” Following the tour Moran presented four Sailors with Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals on the flight deck.This was the first time Moran visited the ship since being appointed VCNO in May.Moran previously served as chief of naval personnel for nearly three years, where he was responsible for planning and programming Navy manpower, training and education.Nimitz began EPIA January 2015 to receive major upgrades during a period of deep maintenance and modernization coordinated using the efforts of the ship’s work force and the technical expertise of civilian workers. July 27, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Fortnum & Mason enjoys busiest year in store history

first_imgLuxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has seen a 14% increase in overall sales for the year up to July 2014, compared to last year.The figures have been coined as the biggest success in the store’s 307-year existence.The store also saw a profit increase of more than double the previous year, from £1.8m in 2013 to £3.8m this year. It said hamper sales increased by 18% and tea sales were up 13% on the previous year.In November 2013 Fortnum opened its first new store in more than 300 years at St Pancras International station.Last week it opened another new 1,000 sq ft standalone store at Heathrow Terminal 5.Commenting on the financial results, Fortnum’s chief executive Ewan Venters said: “We are thrilled with the figures. The last financial year was a landmark one for us and the new stores at St Pancras, and in Dubai, have both been big success stories. Piccadilly has gone from strength to strength too, and it’s all down to the management and wider staff teams. We have an exceptionally talented group driving the business forward.”Financial highs and pudding lowsThe results come after a Which? expert blind taste-testing ranked Morrisons’ own-brand Christmas pudding top of the festive puddings, trouncing luxury brands Harrods and Fortnum & Mason’s offering.The independent consumer rating organisation gathered a panel of judges, including last year’s Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn.The panel blind-tasted each pudding, giving a mark out of 10 for appearance, aroma, taste and texture. Fortnum & Mason’s £10 St James pudding, was described as having an “artificial flavour” and compared the taste to a citrus bathroom cleaner.Despite this, Venters remained upbeat about the Christmas period. “We’re very excited about Christmas, naturally, and all the signs suggest we are going to have our best festive season on record too. Looking to the future, we know we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We’ll continue to invest in the business to provide our customers with the best possible experience, in-store and online, and we’re all set to launch a number of extremely exciting initiatives in 2015 that will, hopefully, see us deliver another set of record-breaking results next year.”last_img read more

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Bakery associations warn government food prices will rise without EU workers

first_imgA number of bakery associations are among a list of 30 food representatives that have signed an open letter calling on the government to reassure EU workers about their right to work in the UK.James Smith, president of the Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers, George Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers and Alex Waugh, director of the National Association of British and Irish Millers all backed the open letter.They argued that a significant element in the industry’s ability to deliver affordable and high-quality food is the part played by workers from the European Union, with some of these people already leaving the UK in the wake of the referendum result and the devaluation of the pound.The bakery associations called on the government to offer “unambiguous reassurance” about their right to remain.“Workers from the EU, some of whom are already leaving the UK, play a significant role in delivering affordable and high-quality food and drink,” the letter said.“For the longer term, it is important to recognise that these workers are highly flexible and provide an essential reservoir of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour.”The letter also outlined that nearly four million people in the UK are employed in everything from harvesting to production to selling food and drink. In food manufacturing just under a third of workers are from the EU.last_img read more

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Old Crow Medicine Show Announces Summer Tour Dates

first_imgOld Crow Medicine Show will embark on a lengthy tour this summer when they hit the road in support of their first album in four years, Volunteer. Slated for release on Friday, April 20th, the record was produced by Dave Cobb, the in-demand Nashville producer behind recent albums from Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlisle, and Jason Isbell.Old Crow Medicine Show will kick off their summer run on May 25th with a show at the Banjo BQ Music Festival in Evans, GA. The group will then swing through much of the South, Midwest, and Northeast over the course of the next two months before heading to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 17th. The upcoming summer tour includes a number of a festival appearance, including stops at Bonnaroo, DelFest, FloydFest, and four editions of Willie Nelson’s touring Outlaw Music Festival.Additionally, Old Crow Medicine Show just put out “Whirlwind”, the second single from Volunteer. The tune debuted on Rolling Stone Country earlier today, along with a new feature on the forthcoming album.Old Crow Medicine Show – “Whirlwind”autoplay=&#8221;0&#8243;<br />autostart=&#8221;0&#8243;<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show’s summer tour dates are now on sale.Old Crow Medicine Show Tour Dates:April 20         Nashville, TN – Grand Ole OpryApril 21         Nashville, TN – Grand Ole OpryApril 23         Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel (Sold Out)April 24         Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelApril 25         Charleston, WV – Municipal AuditoriumApril 26         Charlottesville, VA – Sprint PavilionApril 28         Washington DC – The AnthemMay 3             New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 4             Meridian, MS – MSU Riley Center For The Performing ArtsMay 5             Jacksonville, FL – Moran TheaterMay 6             St Petersburg, FL – Jannus LiveMay 25          Evans, GA – Banjo BQ Music FestivalMay 26          Charlotte, NC – Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music PavilionMay 27          Cumberland, MD – DelfestJune 7            Little Rock, AR – Clinton Presidential ParkJune 8            Robbinsville, MS – Horseshoe Casino’s BluesvilleJune 9            Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts FestivalJune 22         Cincinnati, OH – Outlaw Music Festival at Riverbend Music CenterJune 23         Noblesville, IN – Outlaw Music Festival at Ruoff Mortgage Music CenterJune 24         Detroit, MI – Outlaw Music Festival at DTE Energy Music CenterJune 27         Chicago, IL – Thalia HallJune 28         Chicago, IL – Thalia HallJuly 13           Cleveland, OH – House Of BluesJuly 14           Cooperstown, NY – Brewery OmmegangJuly 15           Greenfield, MA – Green River FestivalJuly 17           New Haven, CT – College Street Music HallJuly 19           Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino BallroomJuly 20           Providence, RI – The StrandJuly 22           Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne MuseumJuly 24           Philadelphia, PA – The Electric FactoryJuly 27           Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & CorkJuly 29           Floyd, VA – FloydfestAug 15           Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The MidlandAug 16           Salina, KS – Stiefel TheatreAug 17           Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheaterView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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John Prine & Bill Murray Team Up For ‘Up Close And Personal’ Session In Nashville

first_imgRecent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominee John Prine and legendary comedian Bill Murray sat down recently to discuss comedy, music, and their early days in Chicago. With Murray growing up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston and Prine growing up in nearby Maywood, the two entertainers have a lot in common, as both of their careers blossomed in the 1970s in the Windy City.The pair sat down for a special Up Close And Personal session with the Recording Academy’s Nashville Chapter, diving into a multitude of different topics. Murray discusses how his career evolved through Chicago’s premier comedy club, Second City, before landing a spot on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1970s. Notes Murray, “I was so bad back then, I just walked out of the door, and kept walking to the South Side. I was a cake eater from the North who had no business aimlessly walking down there”.The pair then digs into seminal musicians such as Steve Goodman, Leo Kottke, Kris Kristofferson, and more, with Prine stating, “There’s no one I would’ve rather been playing my songs for than Kris (Kristofferson). Him and Steve Goodman were probably two of the most unselfish people I’ve ever met.” Along with Prine doing some singing and picking, the two also discuss comedians John Belushi, Harold Ramis, and more.Watch John Prine and Bill Murray’s Up Close And Personal discussion below, as well as John Prine playing through his original, “Linda Goes To Mars”:John Prince & Bill Murray – ‘Up Close And Personal’ Discussion (2018)[Video: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs]Earlier this week, John Prine was nominated for a potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of nominees also includes Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and the Zombies.The final decision on which of the nominees will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 will be decided by a body of 1,000 voting members worldwide, but fans can make their opinions heard by going to the Hall of Fame website and voting for the nominees they support. Fans can cast one vote per day from today, October 9th, through December 9th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also cast a vote in person at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The top five artists chosen in the fan vote will be counted as the “fans’ ballot,” which will be incorporated into the final voting tally.For more information on the nominees, or to cast your vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class now at the Rock Hall’s website here.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

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Serving up Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Customer Choice

first_imgDell EMC recently announced the integration of PowerEdge servers with its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio.  In a recent interview with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman on theCUBE at Dell EMC World, Chad Sakac, President of Converged Platforms & Solutions at Dell EMC, shares why this announcement is so meaningful to the industry and  to Dell EMC customers as well as the benefits to ordering infrastructure “off a menu” as opposed to building it from scratch.last_img

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Pecan prices

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia pecan farmers are seeing some high prices for their crop this year. But they don’t have much crop to sell, due to untimely tropical storms this fall. Shoppers can expect to pay more for pecans this holiday season.Depending on the pecan variety, Georgia farmers are seeing prices ranging from $1.20 to $2.15 per pound, said Greg Fonsah, an economist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. That’s an average of about $1.67 per pound, the highest ever.”We’re certainly looking at some historically high prices for pecans at the farm level right now,” Fonsah said.Farmers haven’t seen prices in this range since 1992. Prices averaged about $1.50 per pound that year. The crop totaled about 30 million pounds, extremely low for Georgia, traditionally the biggest producing state. A large 1991 crop and unfavorable weather caused the ’92 crop to be so poor.Good to badThe weather this summer treated Georgia’s pecan crop well, said Darrell Sparks, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.But hurricanes and tropical storms in September pounded the crop that was nearing maturity. Strong winds knocked limbs and nuts to the ground, Sparks said. Many trees were blown completely over.Georgia pecan farmers lost an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of this year’s crop due to bad weather. They’re expected to harvest about 40 million pounds this year. That’s about half what they harvested last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. Production hasn’t been this low since the drought of 1998.The United States is expected to produce about 189 million pounds of pecans this year, about 33 percent less than last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.More than half of Georgia’s crop is in poor to very poor condition, according to the GASS. About 20 percent of it has been harvested. The harvest will run through December.”Some growers say they will only harvest once because there’s not enough out there to make it worth harvesting a second time,” said Lenny Wells, a Dougherty County Extension Service agent. With about 15,000 acres of orchards, Dougherty County is considered the hub of Georgia pecan production.Alabama’s pecan crop was also heavily damaged by tropical storms. As much as 80 percent of the crop was reportedly lost there due to Hurricane Ivan.Consumer pricesThis year’s early-season pecan halves are selling for between $7 and $8 per pound in grocery stores in south Georgia.Pecan halves last year averaged between $4.50 and $5.50 per pound, according to Jose Pena, an economist with the Texas Cooperate Extension Service. Prices are expected to come down as the harvest progresses.This year, Texas is expected to produce about 50 million pounds of pecans, pushing past Georgia for the top producing state for the second year in a row.Total U.S. tree nut production is expected to be about 2.3 billion pounds, the highest on record, according to the USDA.last_img read more

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Credit unions struggle with rising healthcare costs

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Small CUs in particular find it difficult to provide group insurance.by: Craig SauerRising health-care costs are taking a toll on the ability of some credit unions—particularly smaller organizations—to provide group health insurance, CUNA’s E-Scan reports.The overall prevalence of some other major benefits also declined slightly, according to CUNA’s 2014-2015 Staff Benefits Report.“Generally speaking, modest declines for various benefits are more apt to be found among credit unions with less than $100 million in assets than among their larger counterparts,” the report says.Here’s a breakdown of the benefits credit unions overall offer their employees:• Wellness: 15% offer programs to encourage good health practices.• Health care: 79% offer some form of group health insurance.• Retirement: 87% offer some form of retirement plan.• Paid leave: 97% offer paid leave. continue reading »last_img read more

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Sweden’s AP7 cuts six companies from investment universe

first_imgAP7 has now blacklisted a total of 14 companies in 2017, it said. These include a number of firms linked to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in the US.Two companies, alternative investments manager Brookfield Asset Management and Australian agriculture group Wesfarmers, have been reintroduced into AP7’s investment universe.As of 15 June, AP7 excluded 67 companies.The Ethical Council for Sweden’s AP funds system, which advises the six funds on ethical issues, said in its annual report for 2016 that engagement was a more sustainable and effective strategy than simply divesting from stocks.Peter Lundkvist, senior strategist and head of corporate governance at AP3 as well chairman of the Ethical Council, said in an interview with IPE earlier this year: “The Ethical Council has during the past 10 years worked with engagement as a means to solve problems and incidents that occur in business operations of investee companies. It is a sustainable strategy instead of selling the companies.”Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, reported in March that excluding companies by blacklisting them had cost it 1.1% of performance in 11 years. AP7 has followed through on plans to blacklist several companies on climate change grounds.Sweden’s SEK343bn (€35bn) national default fund announced yesterday it had dropped six companies from its investment universe, including oil giant Exxon and Russian gas company Gazprom.It has also blacklisted North American companies Entergy, Southern Corp, Transcanada Corp, and Westar. AP7 said the companies were all in breach of the Paris Agreement on climate change.In December, the pension fund said it was reviewing its stakes in the six companies, worth a collective €300m.last_img read more

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Chart inks LNG MoU with Energy Capital Vietnam

first_imgImage courtesy of Chart IndustriesChart Industries and Energy Capital Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the distribution of liquefied natural gas within Vietnam.Under the agreement, Chart will be supplying the downstream equipment into ECV’s terminal projects.Energy Capital Vietnam is a Vietnam-focused project development and asset management company that works with Vietnam’s office of the prime minister and the ministry of industry and trade, the key authoritative body that oversees the energy sector.With a population of nearly 100 million, Vietnam benefits from both federal and provincial government commitment to cleaner sources of energy.  The country’s total LNG demand is estimated to reach 10 million tons per year by 2030 and much is expected to be imported from the United States.The MOU between Chart and ECV further supports ECV’s collaboration with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) for the development of a privately-funded LNG regasification terminal, storage, gas supply system and 3,200 MW gas-fired power project near Mui Ke Ga, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam.last_img read more

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