Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Jacksonville Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Pacific View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Jacksonville Departs for Western Pacific Deployment View post tag: Angeles-Class View post tag: Jacksonville View post tag: Naval View post tag: Deployment View post tag: Los Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 5, for a scheduled six-month deployment in the Western Pacific region.Jacksonville’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Nate Sukols, said of the 115 enlisted and 16 officers aboard, this is the first deployment for more than 50 percent of the crew.“They are anxious to go out there and do what submarines do at the pointy end of the spear,” said Sukols.Sukols said the submarine’s goals are to have a safe deployment while performing missions vital to national security.“I’m a little nervous because this is my first deployment, but I have a good division. They support me, and it’s one big family,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Blouch.Commissioned in May 1981, Jacksonville is named for Jacksonville, Fla. Nicknamed “The Bold One,” she is a nuclear attack submarine that is 360-feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. She can be fitted with Mk-48 torpedoes and harpoon missiles.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 7, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Fast-Attack View post tag: Departs View post tag: Navy November 7, 2012 View post tag: Western View post tag: submarine View post tag: USS Los Angeles-Class Fast-Attack Submarine USS Jacksonville Departs for Western Pacific Deployment Share this articlelast_img read more

Students recount service experience in Uganda

first_imgSix Saint Mary’s students presented their experiences in Uganda this past summer yesterday evening. Three education majors and three nursing majors traveled to Uganda for seven weeks to teach in the school and work in the Ugandan clinic.Senior nursing major Kelly Wilson said the experience taught her to be more effective with communication and more respective of other cultures.“The program is one of the greatest because it fully immerses you into the Ugandan culture,” Wilson said. “You aren’t living in a hotel, you aren’t checking your phone because you don’t have access to that so you’re really getting to know the world around you and most importantly the people around you.”Wilson said the workers in the clinic were friendly, but she faced a language barrier.“Our first day, a nurse took us aside and kind of took it upon himself to make us comfortable and teach us a bit about their language,” Wilson said. “One of the challenges was that in the clinic the workers spoke a fair amount of English, but the patients of the clinic did not speak English. It was up to us to really dive into the culture and make sure we could communicate with the patients.”Senior education major Francine Rizzo said she came to the same presentation last year and thought the girls’ account of their experience in Uganda was exaggerated.“Last year when I came to this presentation, one of the girls spoke about how Uganda was God’s best kept secret and I thought to myself, ‘Oh she’s doing a presentation so maybe that’s a little corny and she’s just trying to get us to go,’” Rizzo said. “But as I was thinking about what I wanted to say to you guys to represent my time there I kept thinking back to her words and how Uganda really is God’s best kept secret.”Rizzo said the people’s humble and joyful attitudes were contagious.“It brought into my mind to see how other cultures live when we have so much over here and half the people don’t appreciate it,” Rizzo said. “And just to see what you can really do with your resources when you push the limits.”Janice Heffernan, a senior nursing major, said one word summarized her experience in Uganda — grateful. The spirit of the Ugandan people under difficult circumstances and willingness to accept the Saint Mary’s students into the community was amazing, she said.“From the neighborhood children who welcomed us into their village to the workers at the lab who let us learn new skills, I was always astonished by the generosity of the community,” Heffernan said. “On our last day in the clinic I was overwhelmed by the gifts of fruits and cards from the students and clinic staff. When you are offered so much from people with so little it’s impossible not to reflect on your lifestyle at home.”Bridgette Minnema, a senior education major, said she, like other study abroad students, entered the program without the slightest idea of how the experience would ultimately affect her. From the moment she landed on Ugandan soil, she knew she was in for one incredible journey, Minnema said.“I didn’t expect to fall in love with a country as much as I did or enjoy the simplicity of their lifestyle,” Minnema said. “The truth is that Uganda took me by surprise in more ways than one. It restored my faith in humanity and taught me what is truly important in life. Surprisingly enough I found the hardest part of my adventure wasn’t adjusting to life in a developing country but being back home and trying to describe to others how astounding my adventure was.”Brehl said she remembers feeling so welcomed by the Sisters that live in Uganda when first arriving and automatically feeling at home.“We were living somewhere new, somewhere I had no idea what to expect,” Brehl said. “When I first arrived I remember on our doors was our name and a welcome sign … It really made me feel so welcome in a place I felt like an intruder. A place that I felt really far from home … but I just felt like this was home.”Gianna Ventrella, a senior education major, said she was in a second-grade classroom. On one of the first days of school there were 55 second graders looking up at her and they were learning math.“There was this little boy and he was having trouble counting so the special education teacher in me just wanted to sit down and work with him,” Ventrella said. “I remember the teacher came up to me and said that he was stupid and that he would never be able to understand math. Well, I took it upon myself for the rest of the time to make sure that he caught up in math. By the end of the time, we were dividing.”Ventrella she wants to return to Uganda.“All I know is that I need to go back. I need to see my people, I need to go back home.”Tags: Ugandalast_img read more

Boating in Botetourt Giveaway

first_imgEnter our Boating in Botetourt Giveaway to win a boating trip on the Upper James River Water Trail in Botetourt County, Virginia plus more!The Grand Prize package includes:Kayak trip for four guests on the Upper James River and a river tubing trip for four in BuchananDry Bag Gear Package from Outdoor Trails in BotetourtOne night stay for up to four people at The Cottage at Springwood.THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on July 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Botetourt County, Outdoor Trails, The Cottage Inn, and Twin River Outfitters reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before July 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Train Your Brain

first_imgWe’re sharp and on point when things are going our way, but what happens when you hit a dark spell, things aren’t going as planned, or you’re in circumstances less than ideal? Can you hang in there mentally? You train yourself physically by running, core workouts, foam rolling, and yoga, but do you do any mental training? Can you train your brain to embrace the pain and not give in to the thoughts of quitting? I hear so many quotes like “Sport is 99% mental” and “It’s mind over matter.” It’s not automatic, so how do we get there? The following are my observations and what has worked for me. Personal ExperienceI’m going to start with a story of a recent run I took. What better way to train the brain than under the circumstances that will create the very stimulus I’m trying to combat. Every aspect of this run was under conditions I detest. Temperatures were in the low 40s and a constant rain. To add to this, I planned on running 26ish miles and gaining over 6000’ of vert on a single solitary ¾ mile climb. That’s right uphill ¾ mile. Downhill ¾ of a mile and repeat eighteen times. All circumstances combined to try and break me mentally. I knew I could stop at any point, but I wanted to train myself to know that quitting would not be acceptable.Let me interject here by talking about an audiobook I was listening to at the time. “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins is a wealth of awesome bits about mental tools we can use and how to unlock your maximum physical potential by not being governed by your mind. Goggins states that you have to get to a point mentally, where if you quit it will bother you so much that you want to get back out there and complete or even redo what you didn’t finish. That’s the mental state I had for this run. I had eighteen climbs to completion.When you start something like this, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. I’ve toed the line for multiple 100-mile races. If I were to think “Only 100 miles to go”, whew, I don’t think I would make it very far. Instead, I stay in the moment and think about what does my body and my mind need at that moment. How long since I had a sip of fluids? When was the last time I ate? My stomach feels funny, why? How can I fix that? As the race goes on, it turns into problem-solving. Travis Macy’s book “The Ultra Mindset” talks about asking questions correctly. Don’t allow for negative questions, as these will lead to negative thoughts. For instance, never ask yourself “Why am I out here?” You should have established this long before you got to this point, especially in a race! Your “why” is a whole different article, but an essential to any true race or tough effort. So instead of asking “why am I out here?”, change that to “what do I need to do to turn this around? “Ask yourself questions that will help lead to bettering your mindset and hopefully your physical state.Aside from asking the right questions, another tool I use is breaking the runs up into segments. For this run, I told myself every climb I would take a drink at the top and every third climb I would eat some food. I focused on smaller increments of distance. It’s the same in a race. I focus on the distance to the next Aid Station, and what I need to do in between to get there. With this mindset, I didn’t look at my watch until I was on my 13th climb. I began to struggle but relied on prior experience to get me through. My brain was sending messages to my body that I was tired. So, I began to eat food more frequently which helped my brain back off and allowed me to keep running. Your brain will tell you you’re tired and you should take a break. You have to fight that temptation and keep those legs moving. Break through those mental barriers by doing whatever you have to do. Problem solve and figure out what will keep you moving.It’s amazing what happens when your brain knows it’s at the end of an effort or a race. Suddenly you feel as fresh as you did when you started. I had been on my feet for over five hours and gained over 6500’, but that last climb, knowing that I was almost done, I had to contain myself (I had 17 miles of running and trail work to do the next day). That said, where was this energy a few climbs ago? It was there, my brain just limited me because I still had miles and multiple climbs to go. Again, overcome those moments and you’ll break through. Your mind will not put up those barriers in the future. You’ll be stronger mentally and able to run longer and feel stronger.So, train that brain of yours! Put yourself in circumstances that will test you mentally and physically. Find discomfort and seek ways to work yourself out of those situations. Build your mental toolbox and find what will help you cross that finish line. If our sport truly is 99% mental, we better find a way to use 100% of that capacity.Aaron Saft is an elite runner and owner of FootRx in Asheville and is training for UTMB in 2019. He is also a member of the I HEART PISGAH Adventure Team.last_img read more

Authorities clash with NTT indigenous community over disputed land

first_imgLocal authorities allegedly clashed with members of an indigenous community in Pubabu-Basipae village in South Central Timor regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), on Wednesday following the community’s continued rejection of a provincial agricultural program on disputed land.A video uploaded to Instagram by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an NGO, shows what appears to be a group of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers and several other uniformed people kicking and hitting members of the Besipae indigenous community. They had reportedly refused to give up their customary land in Pubabu forest, which the administration had sought to claim. “We condemn the NTT administration’s attack on the indigenous people of Pubabu Besipae,” Akhmad said in a written statement on Thursday.Similar violence in the multiple year dispute occurred in August when security personnel allegedly verbally and physically abused members of the indigenous community during a forced eviction where 37 families were removed from their homes.In February and March, security personnel also reportedly forcibly evicted residents from the area.Akhmad called on the administration to explain the issuance of usage certification rights for land the indigenous community had claimed. He said the certificate only covered Mio village and not other villages, such as Linamnutu, Pollo and Eno Neten.“However, the administration claims other locations under the investment project, including 29 demolished houses in Linamnutu village,” he added.The conflict emerged in 2013 when the term of an agreement between members of the community and the NTT administration regarding the use of the forest came to end.In 1987, the Besipae community, which had inhabited the forest for generations, gave authorities permission to use the land as a cattle farm in a collaboration with the Australian government. The agreement was supposed to end in 2012.Two years before the end date, however, local authorities proposed an extension, which the community rejected.In 2013, the administration issued a right-of-use certificate for a 3,780 hectare area of the forest, which eventually triggered a conflict with the community. Akhmad asserted that authorities had intimidated the community and had forced them to leave the land.In response to the viral video, East Nusa Tenggara Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Cornelis Wadu and East Nusa Tenggara Regional Revenue and Asset Agency acting head Welly Rohi Mone claimed the officials had been victims.”My subordinate was actually the victim. [The clash] caused a bruise on the back of his head,” Welly said, as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Welly said the authorities had come to Pubabu forest to carry out the provincial administration’s agricultural program for corn plantation and cow farming in the area.However, the residents opposed their arrival. Welly claimed some villagers and Satpol PP personnel began tugging a hose as residents sought to prevent authorities from filling a water tank. He said a local woman slipped and fell while pulling the hose.“A woman slipped, but we got beaten instead when we were about to help her get up,” he added.Welly said he had reported the incident to the South Amanuban Police for alleged abuse.Topics :center_img Akhmad Bumi, a lawyer representing the community, said their rejection of the authorities had elicited a repressive attack. He said at least five women and children were injured in the clash. Among them was Demaris Tefa, 48, who in the video is slammed to the ground and appears to pass out. She reportedly suffered a neck injury.last_img read more

Bayside living is proving popular with developments nearing sellout

first_imgVilla World is reporting strong buyer demand in Thornlands.SELLOUT is expected to be only weeks away at Villa World’s two Thornlands projects in Brisbane’s bayside with local buyers driving the sales.Affinity and Waterline are two developments among five undertaken by Villa World in the area with sales being buoyed by sought-after views of the Moreton foreshore.Villa World development manager Peter Johnson said there had been consistenly strong sales at Waterline with only 11 lots remaining.“We are selling on average eight properties per month,” Mr Johnson said. “With the Waterline demographic largely comprising Redland Bay locals who are looking to downsize to an area close to shops and transport.”Set to be home to around 230 families, Villa World is expecting Waterline to sell out by the end of March or early April at the latest.The residential community offers house and land packages as well as land-only options.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoEstates in Thornlands are in high demand.Affinity is also nearing sellout with only 20 lots remaining of its 118 up for grabs.Affinity development manager Andrew Ashwood said the development offered elevated lots in a natural bushland setting.“We are into the final stage of this development which is in a highly sought-after location with limited availability,” Mr Ashwood said.“Affinity offers prestigious, elevated land, giving buyers great options to build their dream home.” Young families local to the area have been snapping up the majority of sales at Affinity with lot sizes ranging from 300sq m to 697sq m with a starting price of $299,000.The developer’s latest project in the Bayside region is Seascape at Redland Bay, where townhomes just 650 metres from the water’s edge, are now selling from $445,000.last_img read more

Emir Kujović: I expect to play for Sweden

first_imgEdin Kujović is the king of strikers and a hero of the golden match against the double champions of Sweden and the only Scandinavian team in the Champions League – Malmö.It was clear who should be painted in gold by Spotrbladet.“I saw pictures when others won gold. It’s cool”, Emir Kujović said.Kujović arrived in Norrköping injured from the professional adventure in Turkey. However, as soon as he recovered from the injuries, he exploded! This 27-year-old player scored 31 goals in the last 44 matches of the Swedish league.“I’ve shown what I can do”, Emir said.When he scored the goal of the season, 1:0 against Malmö in the first half time, Emir led his team towards gold.“That is my favourite position when I come from that side. If you’ve seen my goals, there are several such goals”.Nine of 21 goals scored by Emir this year, making him the king of strikers in Sweden, were decisive.“That’s not bad. I’m that type, I love these kinds of matches where everything has to be decided on, and I love to be the one who is deciding. That is who I am”.When the title was secured, Kujović cried at the stadium.Kujović said he would love to play in the shirt of the national football team of Sweden in the playoffs against Denmark, but that everything is up to the coach.(Source: akos.ba)last_img read more