USS Blue Ridge back in the water

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge back in the water View post tag: USS Blue Ridge February 16, 2016 Share this article View post tag: US 7th Fleetcenter_img Authorities USS Blue Ridge back in the water U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan to conduct sea trials after spending six months dry-docked in the harbor.During sea trials, Blue Ridge will execute a series of exercises, testing every aspect of the ship and crew, from full power runs and boilers flexes to seamanship training including man overboard and abandon ship drills.Blue Ridge spent the last six months in selected restricted availability (SRA), making repairs and improvements throughout the ship, ranging from major systems upgrades in information systems department and engineering department to habitability upgrades.Blue Ridge Operations Officer, Lt. Daniel Kohlbeck: “Sea trials is an opportunity to test the crew in all areas of the ship. We just spent the last six months tied to the pier for renovations and repairs and now, we need to switch our mindset to being at sea.”“Sea trials will give us the opportunity to adjust to the high-tempo daily routine that being underway demands.”Blue Ridge chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Hartley, added: “Sea trials is our opportunity to fully test the ship in a safe environment. Throughout dock trials and since the light off assessment, the engineers are already fully engaged and ready to deploy. We will be doing a full power run to check that all of our systems work in tandem.”“The crew’s focus will be key in determining if there are any outstanding issues that need to be addressed prior to our deployment in support of 7th Fleet operations.”Blue Ridge, a U.S. Navy command ship which has been commissioned in November 1970, has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, for 36 years.[mappress mapid=”17708″]last_img read more

Laser focus your IT strategy

first_imgPlanning an IT strategy for any organization is challenging, but credit unions face additional complexities from regulatory and security requirements. And because CUs typically have limited IT staff to address desktop support, server hardware, applications, physical connectivity and other technical requirements, managers must search for new ways to address business needs while still being efficient and within budget. How can you balance your internal IT staff resources with the technical and business requirements of your financial institution?To be successful, your IT strategy must be laser focused. With the plethora of technologies that exist and the additional ones that are released each day, it is easy for an IT organization to get engrossed with the tactical aspects of technology before defining business requirements. Especially when limited resources and budget constraints exist, expending time and effort on extraneous projects cannot be afforded. While some define their focus for the coming year based on available technology, successful financial institutions align the technical strategy based on their predefined business strategy. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Billy Hamilton

first_imgThe Reds have apparently parted ways with center fielder Billy Hamilton.  They did not offer him a contract for 2019.  Hamilton has been a candidate for a Golden Glove as a center fielder the last 5 years as a Cincinnati Red.There is no secret to why the Reds are willing to part with Hamilton.  He obliviously never learned how to get on base.  His speed was great as a center fielder, but in stolen bases he never reached his potential because he could only get on base approximately 30% of the time.  With who the Reds have available for next year, Hamilton was expendable.  He would have commanded a 4+million dollar contract, and I agree with the Reds that he was not worth it.I don’t know if it is Hamilton or the Reds who are responsible for Billy’s hitting woes, but he never really improved.  He has a loop in his batting style and this led to many pop ups and fly balls which became simple outs. I like Hamilton, but if you can’t hit, you can’t play major league baseball.last_img read more

First period update: Wisconsin down 2-1 against No.1 Minnesota

first_imgAfter one period of play in LaBahn Arena, No.1 Minnesota leads No. 8 Wisconsin 2-1.The Golden Gophers struck first Sunday just seven minutes into the game on an unassisted goal by senior forward Becky Kortum.11 minutes into the first period, UM was called for interference giving UW their second power play of the game.Wisconsin was able convert their power play with a goal by junior forward Madison Packer on an assist by senior defenseman Saige Pacholok tying the game at 1-1 and giving the Badgers their first goal of the series.With just over three minutes left in the first, Minnesota was able to regain the lead on a goal by freshman forward Hannah Brandt giving her 25 goals on the season and her second of the series.After one period of play UM outshot UW 11-9 and Minnesota racked up two penalties while Wisconsin was booked for one.last_img read more

“I am more interested in Strasbourg’s victories, not my goals”- Majeed Waris

first_imgGhana forward, Abdul Majeed Waris, says the success of Strasbourg in this season’s French Ligue 1 campaign means more to him than getting loads of goals on an individual basis.The former Right To Dream player got his second goal for Strasbourg on Sunday in their 3-0 home win against Reims. He scored the second of the three goals in the 82nd minute from a Ludovic Ajorque assist.The strike was his first at home for them since he joined on loan from FC Porto in January.Speaking to journalists after the match, Waris was pleased with his output but he stressed that he was more eager to see the team do well in the league.“It was a very good victory for us and the atmosphere at the stadium was good. I am more concerned about the three points and so, getting it was good for the club and the supporters. It was a very good victory.I am happy that I got my first goal at home. The atmosphere was good and I want to score a lot of goals for this club but I do not want to only score. I want to win matches here too.We have a good team here and we can climb even higher on the table. I believe we will work harder and win a lot more games.For me, it is not only about the goals. I care more about the team’s victories but then, scoring is important. Before I came here, there were a number of teams who looked at me but refused to sign me because they felt that I had not played football for 6 months.But I work hard all the time. Not playing was never an excuse for me not to train and now that I am here, everyone can see that, it is the same Waris they have always known.”Waris got his first Ligue 1 goal for Strasbourg on February 5 in their 1-0 win at Toulouse and after making it two, fans of the club will expect to see more goals from the Ghanaian player.Strasbourg’s next match in the French League is at Lyon on February before they take on Amiens, Montpellier, and PSG.last_img read more