USNS Mercy concludes Pacific Partnership stop in Indonesia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USNS Mercy concludes Pacific Partnership stop in Indonesia USNS Mercy concludes Pacific Partnership stop in Indonesia View post tag: USNS Mercy April 12, 2018 Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Pacific Partnership US Navy’s Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Bengkulu on April 10 concluding their Pacific Partnership stop in Indonesia.“I’d like to thank the residents of Bengkulu for their hospitality. I have found that they are some of the most engaging and friendly people I have ever met,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander.“It was very exciting to finally be at our first mission stop and I want to express my gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication shown by our service members and partner nations.”While in Bengkulu, service members and partner nations aboard Mercy, Indonesian military members, and civilians participated in a series of community relations events interacting with the local community at eight different events, with the US Pacific Fleet Band conducting 12 concerts at locations such as local elementary and junior high schools, universities, and receptions.The engineering line of effort constructed a new school building and a community hall, while the medical and dental lines of effort participated in a total of 25 cooperative health engagements and 24 different subject matter expert exchange discussions.They also provided two veterinary information exchanges with local veterinarians and animal control.Additionally, service members and local government officials exchanged experiences, ideas, and advice during a Women’s Peace and Security international engagement conference. The three-day conference was held in Bengkulu and aboard Mercy. The conference sparked productive discussions about ways to enhance disaster preparedness and response. It also highlighted the importance of women and children being active participants when it comes to conflict prevention, building peace, and post-conflict resolution.During PP18, Mercy and Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6), U.S. ships participating in PP18, are conducting visits to different Indo-Pacific nations, increasing the reach and scope of PP18 participants and host nation counterparts to conduct technical expertise exchanges in medical, engineering, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. PP18’s objective is to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. Authoritieslast_img read more

This Week at USI: Art Exhibitions Abound On Campus And In New Harmony

first_imgBelow is a list of events and activities happening in and around the USI community in the coming weeks:10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 5USI Board of Trustees to meet in regular sessionThe University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees will meet in regular session at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 5 in the Griffin Center on campus. Documents related to the meeting can be found on the USI website at through Friday, September 6; Reception at 2 p.m. Friday, September 6Visiting art professors Amanda Smith and Tonja Torgerson showcase their paintings and prints at USIThe University of Southern Indiana Art and Design department presents the exhibition Converters: Work by Amanda Smith and Tonja Torgerson, on display through Friday, September 6 at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries on the USI campus. Amanda Smith is a painter and assistant professor of art at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Tonja Torgerson is a printmaker and visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. The public is invited to the free reception for the exhibit from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. Read MoreOn display through Friday, October 4New Harmony Gallery hosts Docey Lewis exhibition Threading My WayAn exhibition of work by Docey Lewis titled Threading My Way that incorporates her very successful commercial design career with her new ventures into the fine arts realm will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art through Friday, October 4. This activity is made possible, in part, with support from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Read MoreSTUDENT EVENTSA collection of events on campus and in the community sponsored by USI student organizations can be found on the USI events calendar by clicking here. SAVE THE DATERegistration closes Tuesday, October 15; Race is Saturday, November 2Registration now open for the 18th annual Norwegian Foot MarchThe 18th annual Norwegian Foot March, an intense mental and physical challenge, will take participants 18.6 miles through the rolling hills of Evansville’s west side. Carrying a 25-pound rucksack, participants will begin and end on the USI campus, working to make it back to the finish line generally in under four and a half hours depending on age and gender. ROTC cadets, soldiers and veterans, as well as civilians, may register individually or as part of a four-member team. Registration can be completed online or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989. Early registration is recommended, as the event sells out quickly. ROTC cadets from any school can register for $25 and all other participants can register for $45. Registration will close on October 15 or when the event is full at 500 participants. More InformationFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was held June 11 at Our Lady of Grace Church for Audrey Jones Calligy, 90, of Hoboken. She died June 6. Born in Union City, Audrey spent 87 years living in Hoboken. In 1953, she married Thomas P. Calligy and by 1970, they were the parents of 10 children. Audrey graduated from Seton Hall University and received her Master’s Degree from St. Peter’s College. In 1975, just as her youngest child was starting kindergarten, Audrey was called in as a short-term substitute teacher in Our Lady of Grace School. However, she continued teaching there for the next 20 years. Despite the demands of raising a large family, Audrey always found time to volunteer. Her many contributions to the Hoboken community and Our Lady of Grace Church include teaching CCD classes, collecting baby items for layette donations, distributing food baskets at Thanksgiving, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteering at bingo games, serving as a member and president of the Mothers’ Guild and working with the National Council of Catholic Women, where she also served as president.Audrey is survived by her ten children: John, Mary, Jane, Nancy, Gerard, Carol, Eileen, Brian, Cathleen, Pat and spouses OckKyung Lee, Gregory Stewart, Lisa DeMarco, Richard Carbonaro, Thomas Foley, Catherine Calligy, Jerard Gonzalez, and Elaine Calligy. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Geraldine Calligy. Audrey was the proud grandmother of 22 and great-grandmother of 5. A special thank you to Aurelia for her extraordinary care and kindness. Audrey was predeceased by Thomas P. Calligy, her husband of 60 years, her parents, Annabelle and John Jones, her brother John Jones, Jr., and her sister Jacquelyn as well as her sons-in-law Donald Carrie and Roger Schechter. at 10:45am. Interment to follow at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City.Services arranged by the the Earl F. Bosworth Funeral Home, Hoboken.last_img read more

McCambridge hits out at ’unreasonable’ Inter Link

first_imgA public row has broken out between cake supplier Inter Link and suitor and rival cake company McCambridge.Inter Link said on Monday that it remained in discussions with McCambridge, although progress had been restricted as a confidentiality agreement, required to safeguard its stakeholders’ interests, had not been signed.Then on Tuesday, McCambridge posted a statement saying that it had come up against “an unreasonable stance by the board of Inter Link regarding access to Inter Link’s bankers”.McCambridge, which has a 10% stake in Inter Link, said it was considering whether it should withdraw its approach until Inter Link was prepared to allow it direct access to its lenders.Inter Link’ stance was “surprising due to its high debt level and the contents of its most recent trading statement,” it said.Inter Link responded that a confidentiality agreement was essential because McCambridge was a competitor or potential competitor. It would not allow access to its bankers until McCambridge accepted this.Dublin-based McCambridge already owns Husseys bakery, Queen of Hearts and West of England Bakeries in the UK.last_img read more

moe. Brings Fire And Fireworks To Backwoods Music Festival

first_imgmoe. showed the strength of their stylistic flexibility when they delivered a high energy set of music to a crowd of enthusiastic electronic music fans at the Backwoods Music Festival last weekend. When the producers of the EDM-centric event decided they wanted a little rock and roll to bring some sonic diversity to their party, they wisely reached out to New York’s legendary jam kings for ninety minutes of pure electricity. The band answered the call with a wise nod to the overall feel of the festival, reaching into their diverse catalog of tunes and selecting a mix of highly dance-able grooves and crowd favorite classics.Opening with an extended, deep groove take on the instrumental “McBain” before launching into the vast and expansive reaches of the live only classic “George,” moe. plugged right into the prevailing vibe of the day. Mixing pulsing guitar riffs with a heart rate increasing back beat the band a mixture of ecstatic howls and head down trance dancing that swirled in the wash of stellar light work. Percussionist Jim Loughlin continued his emergence as a front-line melodic force with stellar, rapid fire runs on his xylophones and vibraphones that dazzled and dismayed onlookers who had spent the day seeing music generated by the pressing of buttons and turning of knobs.After the two song jam finished, guitarist Al Schnier addressed the crowd, warning fans still cheering from the lengthy intro jam to not be afraid, and that what they were playing were, indeed, instruments. As the laughter ros,e he promised that “We’ve be doing this for a while, we know what we’re doing” before the well known opening bass lines to “Buster” throbbed from the speakers. The sing-a-long intro got the crowd in the spirit and the combination of fantastical lyrical imagery and razor sharp musicianship converted any remaining doubters to the inclusion of the band on the bill.Using the closing chords of the final notes of “Buster” as a launching point for the band’s rendition of the Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II),” the band struck a primal chord in the audience. With its familiar lyrics and intoxicating chorus, the festival lifted its voice as one, decrying the need for education loudly and proudly. Loughlin showed yet another dimension to his skills, singing lead vocals on the Floyd classic before igniting the crowd with his dope mic skills on the 90’s era House Of Pain hit “Jump Around.”His call to the crowd to “Jump up, jump up, jump around” was answered by his onstage partners, matching his intensity with an enthusiasm that is as infectious as it is fun to witness. The smiles exchanged between band members are more than genuine, they’re gleeful. That camaraderie built by decades of sharing close quarters is reflected in the music, infusing an emotional core to even the lightest of melodies. “Bullet,” a showcase for guitarist Chuck Garvey’s searing leads and impassioned vocals resonated deeply with the rapt audience.To finish their set in style, moe. whipped out one of their earliest, and still greatest jams, “Brent Black.” Unfamiliar festival goers were caught off guard by the dexterous nature of the tune, as the sections and solos flowed effortlessly from member to member, before the stage was cleared by drummer Vinnie Amico. With all four limbs locked into a precision of force and economy of movement, Amico connected with the crowd on the most base of human levels and was rewarded for his effort with a thunderous roar matched only by the plaintive howls of returning-to-the-stage bassist Rob Derhak’s much abused bass guitar.As the last notes sounded, a different kind of thunder split the night, as the sharp reports of fireworks sounded, signalling the end to moe.’s Oklahoma adventure. Pleased that they had been able to make such an impact, the band thanked the cheering throngs and wished them well on the rest of their weekend’s festivities. As the crowd went racing off into the night, moe. and crew loaded out with the same smiles they wore while they played, a testament to a tribe living the life they love, and rocking the world while doing it.Setlist: moe. at Backwoods Music Festival, Stroud, OK – 9/3/16Set: McBain > George, Buster > Happiest Days > Another Brick In The Wall > Jump Around > Bullet > Brent Black Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Speeding up biomolecular evolution

first_imgScientists at Harvard University have harnessed the prowess of fast-replicating bacterial viruses, also known as phages, to accelerate the evolution of biomolecules in the laboratory. The work, reported in the journal Nature, could ultimately allow the tailoring of custom pharmaceuticals and research tools from lab-grown proteins, nucleic acids, and other such compounds.The researchers, led by Professor David R. Liu, say that their approach — dubbed “phage-assisted continuous evolution,” or PACE — is roughly 100 times faster than conventional laboratory evolution, and far less labor-intensive for scientists.“Most modern drugs are based on small organic molecules, but biological macromolecules may be better suited as pharmaceuticals in some cases,” said Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “Our work provides a new solution to one of the key challenges in the use of macromolecules as research tools or human therapeutics: how to rapidly generate proteins or nucleic acids with desired properties.”Liu and Harvard co-authors Kevin M. Esvelt and Jacob C. Carlson achieved up to 60 rounds of protein evolution every 24 hours by linking laboratory evolution to the life cycle of a virus that infects bacteria. This phage’s life cycle of just 10 minutes is among the fastest known. Because this generation time is so brief, the phage makes a perfect vehicle for accelerated protein evolution. The PACE system uses E. coli host cells to produce the resulting proteins, to serve as factories for phage production, and to perform the key selection step that allows phage-carrying genes encoding desired molecules to flourish.In three protein evolution experiments, PACE was able to generate an enzyme with a new target activity within a week, achieving up to 200 rounds of protein evolution during that time. Conventional laboratory evolution methods, Liu said, would require years to complete this many rounds of evolution.Evolution of biomolecules is also a natural process, of course. But during biological evolution, generation times tend to be long, and researchers have no control over the outcomes. Laboratory evolution (also called directed evolution) has been practiced for decades to generate biomolecules with tailor-made properties, but it typically proceeds at a rate of about one round of evolution every few days and requires frequent sample manipulation by scientists or technicians during that time.In addition to not requiring human intervention during the evolutionary process, Liu’s new approach uses readily available components and is designed to be resistant to “cheater” molecules that bypass the desired selection process. Researchers can control PACE’s “selection stringency” as well as its mutation rate.“Laboratory evolution has generated many biomolecules with desired properties, but a single round of mutation, gene expression, screening or selection, and replication typically requires days or longer with frequent human intervention,” Liu, Esvelt, and Carlson wrote in Nature. “Since evolutionary success is dependent on the total number of rounds performed, a means of performing laboratory evolution continuously and rapidly could dramatically enhance its effectiveness.”The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Hertz Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Harvard Chemical Biology Graduate Program.last_img read more

Dealing with parents’ mistrust of vaccines

first_imgAs the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to make headlines and fuel public debate, health professionals seek more effective ways to convince parents who mistrust vaccines to get their children vaccinated, according to Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Bloom, an infectious disease expert, discussed the measles outbreak, along with Boston Children’s Hospital’s Richard Malley, on the Greater Bostontelevision program, “Vaccine Controversy: Myths and Facts,” which aired on February 11, 2015. Nationwide, he said, the good news is about 92% of all children that should be vaccinated get some vaccines—but not necessarily all of them. Sometimes children don’t get all the doses, or parents delay having their child vaccinated.There are two main reasons parents don’t vaccinate their children, according to Bloom. “People are poor and don’t know that the federal government has a children’s vaccine program that could cover it,” he said. Then there are parents who don’t want their kids to get the vaccine. “Some are worried about toxins; some prefer things to be natural and vaccines are not as natural as getting sick from the real disease. Some is opposition and skepticism of science, distrust of government and distrust of industry,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Zooming to the ocean floor

first_imgLife is better under the sea. Take it from a group of Harvard undergraduates who in late October were among the first to glimpse life on the ocean floor about 10 miles off the coast of Santa Lucia, Calif.As part of their deep-sea biology course, OEB 119, more than 40 students were patched in via livestream and a satellite call to a team of researchers leading an exploration mission by the marine research vessel Nautilus. The students were able to see first-hand how deep-sea exploration happens, and even ask questions of the team controlling the vessel’s remote operated vehicle (ROV), Hercules, as it dove 3,000 meters into sea. They saw the sea urchins, red shrimp, deep-sea eel, and watched as the pilot of the ROV took a sample of a sea star.“Our class had the site up in one window and a Zoom with the class open in another,” said Max Christopher ’23. “The ROV pilots were able to tell us about how they navigate the seafloor with only a small line of sight in the darkness and the researchers helped explain what they were looking for on the bottom.”Kemi Ashing-Giwa ’22, added: “We learned not only about the many different species that inhabit the area, but also about how deep-sea exploration works on a logistical level. The whole experience was fantastic.”The virtual deep-sea adventure was set up by Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Peter R. Girguis, who is the course’s instructor and also an adjunct oceanographer in applied ocean physics and engineering at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Girguis has led multiple cruises as a chief scientist with on the research vessel Nautilus, as well as onboard the Schmidt Ocean’s research vessel Falkor. He reached out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and colleagues at the NOAA funded Ocean Exploration Trust, which operates the Nautilus, to connect with about having his students sit in on a mission.“A lot of it is really introducing students to the largest habitat on Earth,” Girguis said. “It was a way of having a shared experience on Zoom that felt more connected to one another than just a typical class.”last_img read more

Green Industry Updates

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaBulldogs and Gators tend to tangle on the football field. But theuniversities of Georgia and Florida have been teaming up foryears to provide one-day updates for nursery, greenhouse andlandscape professionals.The 2004 Green Industry Updates will be Oct. 12 in Kingsland,Ga., Oct. 13 in Quincy, Fla., and Oct. 14 in Cairo, Ga.Participants will learn about new technologies, products andenvironmental issues while earning pesticide recertificationcredits.The Oct. 12 and 13 updates are mainly for landscape pros. Theyoffer such topics as troubleshooting tree problems, managingcitrus in urban settings, pest-resistant plants and seasonalcolor beds.The Oct. 14 session is mostly for nursery and greenhouseprofessionals. It will cover new weed control methods andproducts, nursery runoff management and pest-scouting techniques.Each all-day program combines classroom lectures with outdoor,hands-on activities. Georgia participants earn 3 hours ofpesticide recertification credit at the Kingsland program and 4hours at Quincy or Cairo. Fees are $40 for each or $45 after Oct.1.To learn more about any of the updates, call the UGA TiftonCampus Conference Center at (229) 386-3416. Or print off thecomplete agenda and register on-line at the TCCC Web site ( read more

How your sales revenue can benefit from an updated coaching strategy

first_img continue reading » LeBron James, Serena Williams, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey: These individuals are some of the most successful of our time. What’s the common denominator? The easy answer is talent, but talent alone isn’t what led these luminaries to where they are today. The true key to their great success is coaching. They each have coaches, mentors, and colleagues that help them develop their natural abilities into something more.Proper leadership and support is vital to the success of your team. Like any athlete or business professional, access tostrong, dedicated leaders is at the core of success for these employees and thus your organization.Help your sales managers become confident and effective leaders by arming them with the proper knowledge and resources. With the right strategies in place, your leadership will:Spot and foster talent and potential in peopleHold staff accountable to high performance and productivity ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more