USS George H.W. Bush Returns to Norfolk View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Bush View post tag: Navy July 17, 2013 View post tag: George View post tag: Returns View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George H.W. Bush Returns to Norfolk The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to its homeport of Norfolk after a successful completion of yet another historic underway, July 16.During the underway, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) made its first carrier-based arrested landing on board the ship’s flight deck.“I am extremely pleased about how this underway went,” said Capt. Andrew J. Loiselle, CVN 77’s commanding officer. “This ship met all objectives and did everything asked of them and the distinguished visitors for the UCAS-D were handled with unbelievable precision.”This monumental event happened just two months after the UCAS-D’s successful carrier-based catapult and touch-and-go operations on board CVN 77’s flight deck.“Seeing the UCAS-D accomplish all these historic things was exciting and a key stepping stone to our military’s future,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Williams. “It was pretty cool to be on the ship during this and part of our nation’s history.”Also during the weeklong underway, the ship completed three general quarters drills, including one chemical, biological, radiological attack drill and Sailors were given the opportunity to take part in the American Diversity Heritage Observance Committee (ADHOC) celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month.“I think it is important for us to understand a little bit about where everyone comes from and a little bit about their background,” said Lt. Lisseth Calvio, the ship’s ADHOC chair. “I think being able to learn about that can really help us to become a better and stronger crew.”USS George H.W. Bush is in port conducting training operations in preparation for the upcoming Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Phase.[mappress]Press Release, July 17, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: H.W. Training & Education View post tag: Norfolk
Cattle rancher-turned-Internet freedom pioneer, John Perry Barlow teamed up with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir to write some of the famous jam band’s most beloved songs during their partnership over the years. Those songs will fill the air at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl next month as part of an all-star benefit concert announced on Wednesday.The one-night event is being branded as “The Songs of Barlow & Weir” and will take place on February 7th, marking a more celebratory spin on the one-year anniversary of Barlow’s death in early 2018. The show will include performances from members of the Terrapin Family Band (and many more) including Jason Crosby, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy, Talking Heads‘ Jerry Harrison (and his daughter Aishlin), Josh Kaufman, Elliott Peck, and Rachel Ana Dobken, just to name a few. The benefit concert will also look to raise money in support of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit which Barlow co-founded back in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press.Some of the fan-favorite Grateful Dead and Weir solo tunes which Barlow co-wrote during the two’s nearly career-spanning partnership included “Estimated Prophet”, “Cassidy”, “Looks Like Rain”, and “The Music Never Stopped”. There’s been no mention as to whether or not Weir will make a surprise appearance at the event, but ya never know when it comes to the magic of the Grateful Dead. Fans can turn on and tune in to the video below for a look back at a similar fundraising event at Brooklyn Bowl which took place back in December 2016.The Songs of Barlow Concert – Brooklyn Bowl – 12/14/2016[Video: Relix]Speaking of Weir, the guitarist was in Hawaii recently to ring in the New Year alongside some of his Dead comrades with their Rising Up To Paradise two-night NYE events. He’ll rejoin his Dead & Company bandmates in a few weeks for their annual Playing In The Sand destination event down in Mexico starting on January 17th.Tickets for the Barlow tribute show at Brooklyn Bowl next month are on sale now via the venue’s website.[H/T Relix]
Bibby Line’s troubled bulk carrier MV Cheshire was cleared to enter the Spanish Port of Motril on September 13, where it could soon start cargo discharging operations.The bulker, which experienced elevated temperatures in its cargo holds on August 12, arrived outside Puerto Motril, South Spain, at 9 am local time. Following an inspection by the port authorities, the ship was allowed to enter the port at 1 pm.Bibby Line said it hopes to begin discharge of the cargo from the 56,597 dwt vessel “in the coming days.”“Any plans for the repair to the vessel will wait until the cargo has been discharged and a more thorough inspection can take place,” the company informed.MV Cheshire, which was loaded with a full cargo of fertiliser, was on passage from Norway to Thailand to discharge when it experienced issues.The vessel was scheduled to stop in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to take on bunkers, however, it was rerouted due to the lack of suitable facilities. MV Cheshire has been under tow by tug Red Sea Fos since September 3.
By now I am sure you have heard of PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs). The recent suspension of approximately 20 major leaguers were all tied to this category. Performance Enhancing Drugs cover such things as testosterone, certain steroids, blood enhancers, etc. The list is too long to try to name all of them. If something is put in your body for any reason other than to cure some known ailment, it is probably performance enhancing. Even some things like asthma aids can be on this list. Players try to use ignorance, but they are all informed on what these materials are. The reward of a huge contract for performing above your competitors outweighs the risk of being caught. If I can get a $100,000,000 contract, I will take a chance on being caught because right now the suspension is short enough that I can afford it and my chances of getting caught have been low. This time some of these players passed their test, but the suspicion of using the substance was strong enough that they were suspended anyway. To fight the charges usually opens up more probing and the likelihood of finding more violations. Until the risk outweighs the reward, players will keep putting stuff in their bodies to get bigger, stronger, and less likely to get hurt. Keep the fight up, Commissioner Selig!
LONDON, 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.