US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps Authorities View post tag: US View post tag: Naval View post tag: Investigates View post tag: Helicopter The Navy recently experienced two unrelated operational mishaps with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.There were no injuries to personnel and no damage to other aircraft.An MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) March 30 was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime surveillance mission in support of Africa Partnership Station. The air vehicle was unable to achieve UAS Common Automated Recovery System (UCARS) lock on, a requirement for landing aboard a ship at sea. After multiple approaches and exhaustive troubleshooting by operators, the aircraft was positioned a safe distance from Simpson and the flight was terminated. Subsequently, Simpson crew performed a nighttime recovery of the aircraft.The second incident occurred April 6 when an MQ-8B operating in northern Afghanistan crashed while conducting a routine surveillance mission in support of Regional Command North. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.The Navy is conducting a thorough investigation of both incidents.Since 2006, the MQ-8B Fire Scout has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours with more than 3,000 flight hours tallied during operational deployments. Fire Scout has played a significant role in multiple operations including three counter-piracy actions, a search-and-seizure operation, support of successful transits of the Strait of Hormuz; completion of a special operations proof of concept; and use as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset for Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya. In Afghanistan alone, Fire Scout has provided significant support to ground commanders by enhanced situational awareness to joint forces closely engaged against enemy combatants.In light of the recent mishaps, the Navy has temporarily suspended Fire Scout flight operations for 14 air vehicles in inventory while system performance and operational procedures are reviewed.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 11, 2012; Image: navycenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mishaps April 11, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Unmanned Share this articlelast_img read more

Kentucky-Based Manufacturer Picks Indiana for New Production Facility

first_imgKentucky-Based Manufacturer Picks Indiana for New Production FacilityCharlestown – Ohio Valley Precast, a manufacturer of precast concrete products, announced plans today to establish operations in Clark County. With its growth, the company plans to create up to 80 high-wage jobs to support increased production of precast concrete components in the industrial, commercial and civil construction sectors.“Ohio Valley Precast’s decision to establish operations in Indiana continues a trend of growth as businesses across the country are choosing to locate in a state that works,” said Governor Mike Pence. “We have worked diligently to create a low-tax, pro-growth business climate, which is ranked among the top five in the nation, and we are proud to be home to millions of hardworking Hoosiers. This company could create jobs anywhere, but they chose Indiana because we offer the tools needed for success both now and in the future.”The company, a subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Bristol Group, will invest $12 million to construct and equip a new facility at 15000 Rocket Plan Road, which will serve as Bristol Group’s first Indiana operation. The company will build an initial 35,000-square-foot facility, which will be complete by the second quarter of 2017, and plans to nearly double that footprint over the next five years. The new facility will allow the company to increase its production capacity to 3 million square feet of precast concrete components annually and more efficiently serve its regional customers.“Ohio Valley Precast is excited to make this investment in southern Indiana. With this new operation, our company will be able to capitalize on a strong existing demand in the region, while also taking advantage of Indiana’s best-in-class business climate,” said Todd Ball, president of Ohio Valley Precast. “With changing building codes and a tight construction labor market, our insulated precast wall panels bring an unmatched value to owners, developers and contractors. We are looking forward to starting construction and hiring Hoosiers as soon as possible.”Bristol Group currently employs more than 100 associates as part of its Lexington, Kentucky-based operations. Ohio Valley Precast plans to begin hiring for supervisors, engineers and production operators in 2017. Positions are expected to offer average salaries more than 30 percent higher than the county’s average wage. Interested applicants may inquire by emailing [email protected] in 1997, Bristol Group specializes in civil, industrial, commercial design and construction services. In 2003, the company began offering precast structural and architectural concrete systems to meet a variety of quality and time sensitive construction projects such as segmented holding tanks, highway sound barrier walls, mid-rise hotels and distribution facilities. Bristol Group offers design and engineering services for customers throughout the Ohio Valley and the Southeast, which include Hitachi Automotive, DHL, North American Stainless, Marriott, Hyatt, United Parcel Service and the U.S. General Services Administration.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Ohio Valley Precast LLC up to $625,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Clark County Council approved additional tax incentives at the request of One Southern Indiana.“The attraction of high-paying jobs for Southern Indiana residents is extremely important to Clark County, and we stand ready to help Ohio Valley Precast in any way we can,” said Barbara Hollis, president of the Clark County Council.One in five Hoosiers work in the manufacturing industry and roughly 8,500 manufacturing businesses operate in the state. Since 2013, Indiana has added 161,800 new jobs, with more Hoosiers working today than ever before in the state’s 200-year history.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

VOZZELLA, SANDRA (nee: Blanchard)

first_img72, of Bayonne, passed away on December 7, 2016. Wife of the late Fred Vozzella and the late Gregory Talalai. Mother of Kelleen Mitchell-Haughney & her husband Leroy, Sean Haughney & his wife Jennifer Banacki, and Gregory Talalai & his wife Gina. Grandmother of Owen, Mason, Gillian, Gregory and Giuliana. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Mrs. Vozzella was a member of the Bayonne Feral Cat Association and Hudson County Animal League. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bayonne Feral Cat Association, PO Box 4111, Bayonne NJ 07002 or Hudson County Animal League, PO Box 4332, Bayonne NJ 07002. Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img read more

Letter to Editor: School Choice Decision Balances Needs of Students, District, Taxpayers

first_imgOcean City High SchoolDecember 30, 2015To The Editor:The Ocean City Board of Education (OCBOE) has been proud to participate in the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Choice Program. This legislation allowed students access to a thorough and efficient education, while aiding districts with funding. The OCBOE believes that our School Choice Program has brought added value to our district.Due to the School Choice Program unexpected popularity across the state, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) voiced concerns about the program’s long-term funding ability. Without this assurance, the OCBOE formed an ad-hoc school choice committee to review this complicated matter with representation from our district, a School Choice family and the Upper Township Board of Education.After careful and deliberate consideration over the course of many months, the ad-hoc committee recommended limiting Ocean City’s participation in the NJDOE School Choice Program to ninth grade students only who meet a rigorous academic criteria set by the OCBOE and approved by the NJDOE. This limitation also lessens the financial impact to the District, if the NJDOE lowers program funding in the future.The NJDOE determined that there are two tiers of School Choice applicants. Tier 1 applicants are public school students who currently attend schools in their home districts. Tier 2 applicants are either non-public school students or school choice students who attend a public school outside their home district.The ad-hoc committee determined that with this limitation then a new, expanded and long-term commitment could not be made to Tier 2 school choice applicants from a K-8 sending district. The committee offered to work with the K-8 Upper Township District to change the NJDOE status of their choice students to Tier 1 to meet the OCBOE standards.Deciding to limit our participation in the School Choice Program has not been taken lightly. Balancing our educational program at a cost that our taxpayers can support is a complex matter. As stewards of the Ocean City School District, we will continue to make the tough decisions in the best interest of our students, our school system and our community.Joseph S. Clark, Jr. President, Ocean City School Board of Educationlast_img read more

Tunnock’s succeeds in factory extension

first_imgBiscuit company Tunnock’s has been granted permission by council chiefs to build a multi-million-pound extension to its Lanarkshire factory in Uddingston, Glasgow.Tunnock’s submitted plans for the extension back in July, and South Lanarkshire Council has now approved the three-storey build.Despite the biscuit giant being given the green light for the extension, people living near the plant were distraught with the decision due to traffic concerns.The extension will create 30 new roles to Tunnock’s current workforce of more than 500 employees.It will create 1,900sq m additional space over two floors to accommodate new production equipment and increased production of existing product ranges.”Receiving planning permission is very positive and part of our ongoing commitment to Uddingston and the business, Tunnock’s told British Baker”This proposal will future-proof the present factory to accommodate increased worldwide demand for Tunnock’s products. This additional investment of several million pounds into the existing bakery premises will additionally safeguard current employment on the site.”Tunnock’s is a family-run bakery that was formed by Thomas Tunnock in 1890. The company produces teacakes and caramel wafer biscuits.last_img read more

When is the price right?

first_imgWhat happens when utility companies guess wrong when forecasting prices in a newly emerging government regulatory regime? And what can be done to reduce those forecasting errors? Those are two of the questions that Cuicui Chen, Ph.D. ’18, set out to answer when she launched her doctoral research project at Harvard Kennedy School.Chen, who came to HKS after earning an undergraduate degree in engineering at Tsinghua University in her native China and a master’s degree in technology and policy at M.I.T., began asking questions like these as she grew more curious about the intersection of engineering, technology, and policy. She applied to the Ph.D. in Public Policy (PPOL) Program at Harvard, she says, in hopes of delving deeply into these issues.Chen’s dissertation consisted of three separate papers, one of which (referred to as the “job market paper”) focused on the world’s first large-scale cap-and-trade program, the Acid Rain Program, which began in the mid-1990s following passage of the 1990 Clean Air Act.The Clean Air Act paved the way for the formation of a unique emissions permit trading regime, creating an incentive for polluters to adopt cleaner technologies by allowing them to buy and sell pollution permits on the open market. The new regime, while visionary in scope, was also fraught with challenges as utility companies and other polluters began developing strategies based on forecasts of future market conditions at a time when the market itself was nascent and relatively volatile. Chen says when the program started, the industrial forecast for the future pollution permit price was quite high — up near $800 — but for the first 10 years the actual price never exceeded $250. “There are always opportunities to learn. There are always opportunities to improve. Even if you fail at something doesn’t mean you will fail at more things later.” — Cuicui Chen, Ph.D. ’18 “Firms at the time were not taking full account of the decline in the price of subbituminous coal, the kind of coal with very low sulfur content, which they could have observed,” Chen says. “So that was an expectation error.“Initially they got things wrong, but over time they were able to shift their management practices,” she says. “They were able to hire more people from the financial sector and improve their calculations about future market conditions in order to make better decisions on this regulatory program.”Chen says her research underscores the importance of drawing upon accurate beliefs when making market-based decisions.“In many cap-and-trade programs, you see companies not being very market sensitive to begin with … and you would expect them to make a lot of mistakes in the beginning in particular,” she says. “Those miscalculations are very costly to the firms, and in turn, to consumers.”Chen argues that it is up to the government to deploy policy options that set upper and lower limits on permit prices, thereby reducing the volatility of the pricing scheme, and improving predictability. She also argues for better coordination among critical stakeholders like policymakers, electric utilities, and brokers.“I think it is very important to make this information very transparent, to make this scale very transferable across different players,” she says.Chen is transferring her own skills right now: In the fall, she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where her faculty advisers will be Associate Professor Joseph Aldy, and Henry Lee, senior lecturer in public policy. In spring 2019, she will begin a faculty appointment at the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany.Chen credits her six years at the Kennedy School for giving her insight into her own potential.“In China, I was taught to be in a fixed mindset — in believing that either I’m smart or not,” she says. “But here, I have gone through a transformative period where I discovered that the mindset is not fixed. There are always opportunities to learn. There are always opportunities to improve. Even if you fail at something doesn’t mean you will fail at more things later.”This article was originally published on Harvard Kennedy School’s Student Life webpage in May. It has been lightly edited.last_img read more

Carolee Carmello Will Fly Back to Finding Neverland

first_img After Tuck Everlasting’s sadly short stint on Broadway, Carolee Carmello is returning to Finding Neverland on the Great White Way. The three-time Tony nominee will take over for Sally Ann Triplett as Madame du Maurier on July 5; the Audience Choice Award-winning musical is set to shutter at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on August 21.Carmello earned Tony nominations for her performances in Parade, Lestat and Scandalous.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast currently also includes Tony Yazbeck as J.M. Barrie, Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Paul Slade Smith as Charles Frohman and Dana Costello as Mary Barrie. Related Shows Finding Neverland Star Files View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Carolee Carmello Carolee Carmello(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

Vietgone Scribe Qui Nguyen on Why His Plays Include Kung Fu Fighting & More

first_imgQui Nguyen(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, fight choreographer, co-founder of the theater company Vampire Cowboys and self-professed geek. A Los Angeles-based writer for Marvel Studios, Nguyen won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the animated pre-school program Peg+Cat and has a slew of accolades and awards for his writing. His works for the stage include She Kills Monsters, Soul Samurai, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G., Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel and Living Dead in Denmark. His play Vietgone is currently being produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and will run at City Center through December 4. Nguyen took time out of his busy schedule to hang out with at New Dramatists, which he considers his home away from home.Was there a specific incident that inspired Vietgone?I’ve always wanted to write a play about my parents. It took a while to do it, though. I went to The University of California, Irvine to do some research on Vietnamese refugees. They had these files of pictures from different refugee camps, and I saw one of those files was for Fort Chaffee, where my parents were. I just got obsessed with looking through that file in hopes I would see a picture of them somewhere. I didn’t, but that’s what made me decide to write about it. I was obsessed with that thought: Who were they in 1975 when they were new in America?  What percentage of this play really happened?I can’t give you a percentage, but I can tell you most of the events are real. Like how they escaped Vietnam, my dad did have a wife and two kids, my mom had a boyfriend—all those things were real. They don’t speak like 2016 teenagers, and they also don’t rap, so that’s totally fake. It’s my parents love story, which is about two refugees who lost their families and loved ones in Vietnam and how they had to rebuild their lives in a refugee camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas in 1975. Which writers have inspired you?What time of day do you get your best work done?The morning. It’s shifted throughout my life. When I was in my 20s, I was a night owl. I wrote from like midnight to five in the morning. Now that I have kids that seems stupid, so I write during the day. I have a day job where I write, so it’s definitely as soon as I get my first cup of coffee in me. I’m good to go from nine to at least one. At that point, I start to edit. My creative brain starts to go away and then my editorial brain starts to show up.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? If it’s a piece that is in progress, I tend to look over what I’ve written already to get the momentum of where I was going to go next. If it’s a brand new piece and I haven’t written anything, then I go to my white board. I actually pull out my dry-erase marker and kernel. I write images and ideas and create graphs; I’m a very visual writer. I like to know the world—who’s related to who—stuff that may not ever show up in the play or the screenplay. I like to have it all mapped out in a nice visual way because then I can look up at that board anytime I get lost. I’m definitely a person who like finds newspaper clippings or pictures and pin them onto my cork board. I look at those and get inspired. I’m a really regimented writer. I outline everything from top to bottom. I do all my beats and stuff like that. I’ve always thought of my plays as Hollywood popcorn movies. If you ever watch one of my plays, you can almost take out a clock and every seven minutes some big theatrical event will happen. Vietgone’s a prime example of it—seven minutes, a musical piece; seven minutes, a kung fu fight; seven minutes, a big movement sequence. I think of those big movie places, and how to get to them. What do you geek out over? I geek out over a lot. I am, after all, a self-professed geek. I’m a big cinephile: I love old flicks. I’m also a big comic book fan. I also just geek out over fellow writers; I love all the writers I’ve become friends with throughout the years through New Dramatist and May-Yi Theater Company.I just love seeing their work, and I’m more inspired by living playwrights than by dead ones. I love seeing what my peers are doing and watching their work. I’ve never felt like I was a theater geek—my wife can tell you all about the history of Broadway and her favorite musicals; I couldn’t tell you any of that stuff, but I can tell you what all our friends are doing and how they’ve evolved and what I can steal and use in my own work and things like that. That’s what I really geek out over, the craft of writing.What play changed your life?What obsesses you as a writer?It feels like the themes have changed throughout the years, I think right now because of the political climate that we’re in, I really want to show the humanity behind people who end up becoming political tropes. The Vietnamese are definitely a political trope—a prop for speeches and things. I always want to find the humanity in that. Right now, it’s Syria and the Middle East. These are people with loves, passions, desires. They’re not just an easy carbon copy picture that politicians want to put out there to win an argument. How does being a fight choreographer inform your work as a writer? I think that’s why I think of my play in set pieces—that’s how it all started. Because I’m such a fan of kung fu movies , and [in them] fights happen every few minutes. You watch kung fu movies to watch people fight and not for the intricate plots. I try to I keep that momentum and excitement—to get the audience pumped up watching my plays and to always have that kind of visceral connection. It also just allowed me to do the fights I’ve always wanted to see on stage. When you’re being hired to do fights for theater, it’s Shakespeare most of the time or very realistic—like the people get slapped or pushed off a couch or something. You rarely get to use crazy Eastern swords and weapons. You don’t just see that in the middle of a Sam Shepard play. What’s the hard work of being a playwright no one ever told you? Time management. I think I was prepped for all the romanticism of being a playwright, including being a starving artist. I was prepped for staying up late, getting rejected,doing readings, grubby bars—all those things. I was excited for all of that. What I was not prepped for was the time management. As my career’s progressed, I’m getting pulled in five different directions and yet I also need to be home because I have a family and kids. To be able to make time for all of those things is the hardest thing for me. I feel like it’s heartbreaking on every level. I want to be here in New York working on my play, but I also want to be in L.A. working on the TV shows or movies I’m working on, and I also just want to be home to play with my kids on the weekend. Since I’m flung all over the place, I never get to dive into any one thing anymore. That’s something I didn’t expect to see in my career, and it’s probably the hardest thing. I’ve missed a lot of birthdays and weddings and funerals because of it. I miss some important events.What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring playwrights?Be you. That’s as short as I can get it: Be you. What’s your favorite line in Vietgone? View Commentslast_img read more

Oil-Rich Nigeria Looks to Renewables to Meet Massive Electricity Needs

first_imgOil-Rich Nigeria Looks to Renewables to Meet Massive Electricity Needs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Faced with a population boom that has sent carbon emissions soaring and stretched power supplies to breaking point, oil-rich Nigeria is turning to renewable energy in a big way.Africa’s most populous country needs more than 10 times its current electricity output to guarantee supply for its 198 million people—nearly half of whom have no access at all, according to power minister Babatunde Fashola. Nigeria has set a target of expanding electricity access to 75 percent of the population by 2020 and 90 percent by 2030.It aims to generate 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources by 2030, Fashola said in a recent speech in London, a major commitment for an economy that depends heavily on fossil fuels. Oil and gas production account for around 35 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product and about 90 percent of total exports revenue, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).Over the past year, the country has invested more than $20 billion in solar power projects, seeking to boost the capacity of the national grid and reduce reliance on it by building mini-grids in rural areas without mains electricity. [For example,] a $350 million World Bank loan will be used to build 10,000 solar-powered mini-grids by 2023 in rural areas, bringing power to hospitals, schools and households, said Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency.The government [also] is investing in hydropower, with several projects close to completion. The largest is the Mambilla Power Station in central Nigeria, a $5.79 billion project due to be completed in 2024 with most of the financing coming from Chinese lenders. It will be able to generate 3,050 MW of renewable energy in the rural region, and is scheduled to be completed in 2024.More: Oil-Rich Nigeria Turns To Renewable Energy As Population Boomslast_img read more

Credit Union Effect: Credit unions answer need with student loan consolidations

first_imgStudent loan debt presents a challenge for the millennial generation. Forty million borrowers owe $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, with an average balance of $29,000, according to Federal Reserve statistics.True to their original mission, credit unions are helping their members meet this challenge through student loan refinancing and consolidation loans. Consolidation loans combine multiple federal and private education loans into one loan with a single monthly payment, typically at a lower overall cost with a variable interest rate.Aspire FCU, Clark, N.J., offers student both in-school student loans and refinance loans through LendKey, a CUNA Strategic Services strategic alliance provider that offers an online lending platform for credit unions and community banks.Thomas O’Shea, Aspire FCU president/CEO, said the credit union has been offering in-school student loans since 2009, and began offering consolidation loans because it was losing the loans when students graduated. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more