American Hospital Ship to Support Philippines

first_img November 14, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today American Hospital Ship to Support Philippines American Hospital Ship to Support Philippines Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, directed the activation of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Nov. 13 to be ready to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.Berthed in San Diego, USNS Mercy has been in a reduced operating status, which is normal for a hospital ship. Harris’ activation order accelerates Mercy’s ability to attain full operating status to include moving necessary personnel and equipment to the ship.If ordered to deploy, Mercy would get underway in the next several days and could arrive in the Philippines sometime in December, joining other U.S. Pacific Fleet units already supporting Operation Damayan.On Nov. 11 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and her escort ships to depart early from a liberty port in Hong Kong and make best possible speed for the Philippines. George Washington, USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USNS Yukon (T-AO-202) will arrive off the coast of the Philippines the evening of Nov. 14 local time.U.S. Pacific Fleet ships already operating in the Western Pacific were also immediately diverted. USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), and USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) are now on station and coordinating with the Philippine government. The U.S. Navy also has P-3 maritime aircraft already supporting the disaster relief effort led by the Government of the Philippines.The amphibious ships USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) are departing Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 14 local time. After picking up Marines, equipment and relief supplies in Okinawa, the two ships will arrive at the Philippines in approximately one week. USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) are also heading to the Philippines.This collection of ships and their complement of aircraft, to include much-needed helicopters, will provide food and water, the capability to move relief supplies to isolated areas, and to help move the badly injured for medical care.The U.S. Navy persistently trains with numerous Pacific nations and military units, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to prepare for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. In 2012, Mercy participated in the annual Pacific Partnership mission, which included working with Philippine authorities in the vicinity of Tacloban, the area hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Because of the long-standing partnership between the two nations, the U.S., working through the Philippine government, is able to rapidly respond with critically needed capabilities and supplies in times of crisis.The role of U.S. military forces during any foreign humanitarian assistance event is to rapidly respond to host nations’ requests for support to help mitigate human suffering, prevent further loss of life and mitigate property damage. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team has a particularly successful history of working with international relief organizations and host nations to respond to natural disasters.Operation Damayan is part of the broader U.S. Government effort to support the Government of the Philippines’s request for humanitarian assistance. This joint team effort includes coordination by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, in constant consultation with Philippine authorities. To date, Philippine and U.S. personnel have transported more than 107,000 pounds of relief supplies.[mappress]Press Release, November 14, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Kinky Boots Star Jeanna de Waal on Wicked Tattoos & Prom Shoes

first_img Related Shows Jeanna de Waal photographed for at TO Dey by Caitlin McNaney. View Comments Kinky Bootscenter_img Age: 25Hometown: Solihull, Birmingham, UKCurrent Role: A hilarious turn as Lauren, a kooky factory girl who has bad luck with guys in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots.Stage Cred: Broadway debut as Heather in American Idiot, Glinda in the national tour of Wicked, Chris in off-Broadway’s Carrie.“The kinkiest shoes I own are these amazing white stilettos with a gold lighting bolt on the heel—they were my high school prom shoes. They’re so uncomfortable!”“Wicked fans have given me Tiffany jewelry and some beautiful handmade things…but the craziest was when someone got my signature tattooed on their arm.”“I catered for Prince Harry once. My job was to make sure his drinks were topped off, but he and his girlfriend kept disappearing. Wait, I don’t know if I should share that, I don’t want to be executed.”“One night in Wicked, Fiyero was an understudy and in the train scene, he didn’t show up. Elphaba and I adlibbed for two minutes like, ‘Let’s go get some tea while we wait for the train!’ The audience loves when things go wrong.”“My first musical was in high school, this show about the ugly duckling hatching. I had to stand behind the guy who played the lead—his voice kept breaking and I had to sing for him.“I’m single. Yeah, put that out there. Here, take my e-mail address, for anyone who’s single. [Laughs.] I’m joking!” Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

Pelosi: A voting and ethics measure is ‘first on the agenda’ of the new Congress.

first_imgSpeaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday signaled that in the opening days of the new Congress, House Democrats would revisit their ambitious legislation to toughen ethics and lobbying restrictions, undo barriers to voting and reduce the influence of money in politics.That legislation — denoted H.R. 1 in a sign of its importance to the Democratic caucus — cleared the House on a party-line vote in the opening days of the 116th Congress, but was not given a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Its prospects next year were unclear, as the Democrats’ hopes to win control of the Senate were dimming.- Advertisement – “He’s so wonderful in that way,” Ms. Pelosi said, calling him a “beautiful, appropriate person.”Ms. Pelosi’s news conference came less than 24 hours after Democrats traded blame during a caucus meeting held by telephone over losing some House seats in this week’s elections. On Thursday, she defended the Democratic’s Party’s efforts to make gains in the House and Senate on the first caucus conversation since Election Day.“We did not win every battle, but we did win the war,” Ms. Pelosi said. – Advertisement – With tens of millions of people still suffering from the ongoing toll of the pandemic and the federal government set to run out of money on Dec. 11 without congressional action, Ms. Pelosi insisted that she wanted to see another relief package and an omnibus spending package become law before Christmas and the end of the current Congress.“We want the Republicans to come back to the table,” Ms. Pelosi said of the coronavirus relief negotiations, which stalled again in the days leading up to the election. But she dismissed Republicans’ renewed push for a scaled-down package, saying, “It doesn’t appeal to me at all because they still have not agreed to crush the virus.”The House speaker also said she had not spoken to Joseph R. Biden Jr., who by Friday was leading in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and had nearly doubled his lead in Nevada. She suggested the two were unlikely to speak about the traditional transition steps before a winner was declared.- Advertisement –center_img “We have a responsibility to find our common ground,” Ms. Pelosi said.- Advertisement – Ms. Pelosi said the legislation “will be the first on the agenda,” speaking at her weekly news conference, but acknowledged the political realities of a likely divided government.She also raised infrastructure legislation as one of the instances where the two parties could find a compromise and successfully pass laws in divided government.last_img read more

Formula One ‘halo’ is a mistake, says Lauda

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Formula One’s decision to introduce a ‘halo’ cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda.The Austrian, who is non-executive chairman of world champions Mercedes, told Germany’s Auto, Motor und Sport yesterday that he recognised safety had to be improved where possible.However, a convincing solution had yet to be found to protect drivers’ heads from debris.“We tested the Halo, the Red Bull Aeroscreen and Ferrari’s Shield as a cockpit protection. None has convinced 100 percent. You have to make the right decision in such a situation. The halo is the wrong one,” he said.Lauda, a triple world champion who retired from racing in 1985 after a near-fatal fiery crash in 1976, said the halo destroyed the “DNA of a Formula One car”.“The FIA has made Formula One as safe as it gets. Also the danger of flying wheels is largely eliminated, because the wheels are always more firmly attached. The risk to the drivers has become minimal.“We are just trying hard to get new fans for the sport with fast cars and getting closer to the spectators, and now this is destroyed by an overreaction.”The governing FIA announced on Wednesday that the halo would be introduced for 2018 rather than the transparent ‘shield’ tested at Silverstone last week.The halo, which is fixed to the car at three points including a central pillar in front of the driver that supports a protective loop above his head, has been widely criticised on aesthetic grounds.Some have compared its appearance to the toe strap of a flip-flop. Former Dutch F1 racer Giedo van der Garde posted a photograph on Twitter of himself holding a sandal to his head as an example.Commentator and former racer Martin Brundle said it was ‘plain ugly’.“I expect F1 Halo will cause as many problems as it fixes and further hides the gladiators away,” he added on Twitter.Austrian Alex Wurz, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), agreed the halo was not good looking but defended the decision.“On the positive, please consider that safer cars mean we can race much faster and harder in the future,” he said.last_img read more