USS Blue Ridge changes command

first_img March 30, 2016 View post tag: US Navy Authorities USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: USS Blue Ridge U.S. Navy ship Blue Ridge changed command during a port visit to Sri Lanka on March 29.Captain Matthew Paradise relieved Captain Kyle P. Higgins as commanding officer of the Command-class ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).Higgins served as commanding officer for over 14 months, leading the ship and crew through two patrol cycles, one including the rescue of five stranded Filipino fisherman and several inspections and awards with the ship being awarded the Battle “E” Efficiency Award for the second year in a row.Blue Ridge commanding officer Matthew Paradise said: “It is obvious that I’m stepping into a terrific command. That is a true testament to the men and women of Blue Ridge, but it’s also a testament to its commanding officer. Thank you for leaving me such a great legacy. I’ll make you proud and build on it.”The ship is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, strengthening and fostering relationships in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.Senior military leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force on May 29 met to discuss operational topics aboard the fleet’s flagship.Sixteen officials from Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force attended the bilateral meeting hosted by 7th Fleet, designed to share knowledge and discuss lessons learned within the Indo-Asia-Pacific.There were also discussions about potential bilateral training between the U.S. and Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership, a joint effort between the United States, foreign militaries, and other organizations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: Sri Lanka Share this articlelast_img read more

Oilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss

first_imgOilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, reported steep losses in the third quarter after writing down the value of two previous acquisitions and its North American shale business by billions of dollars.Schlumberger said it lost $11.4 billion in the three-month period ending in September, compared to a $659 million profit during the same period a year earlier. Third quarter revenues rose to $8.54 billion from $8.5 billion in the third quarter of 2018.The third quarter loss was more than double the combined $5.6 billion of profits that Schlumberger earned during the previous 12 quarters. The company, which is headquartered in Paris but has its principal offices in Houston, blamed the loss on $12.7 billion of pretax charges.More than $8.8 billion of those charges were attributed to write downs in the value of business units formed by the 2010 acquisition of Houston oilfield service company Smith International and 2016 acquisition of Houston offshore service company Cameron International. Executives attributed another $1.6 billion in losses to write downs in value for company’s North American hydraulic fracturing business, which has suffered from weaker demand amid lower crude oil businesses and tightening customer budgets.Despite those write downs, Schlumberger beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and generated $1.7 billion of cash flow from operations during the third quarter, which executives said makes the company look strong moving forward.Bill Herbert, head of energy research for the Houston investment banking firms Simmons Energy, was not as dismissive of the writedowns, calling it a “muddled quarter” for Schlumberger. “The asset write-downs today spoke about the misallocation of capital over the last 10 years,” Herbert said. “Anyone who engaged in acquisitions over the last five to 10 years overpaid. And that’s not just overpaid. They overpaid significantly.”More: Schlumberger’s $11.4 billion loss blamed on two past acquisitions, weakening shale marketlast_img read more

Duke Energy announces methane emissions reductions and green energy targets

first_imgDuke Energy announces methane emissions reductions and green energy targets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Duke Energy on Friday announced plans to bring its gas operations to net-zero methane emissions by 2030, increase its renewable energy output and retire some of its coal plants earlier than planned.The utility plans to double its renewable energy portfolio capacity to 16GW by 2025, at least triple the amount for its regulated subsidiaries by 2030. The company also plans to reach 40GW for its regulated subsidiaries by 2050, along with 11GW of storage across its system by that time. It will also retire all of its coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030 and is “working with stakeholders to accelerate retirement of coal plants in Indiana,” Duke spokesperson Phil Sgro said in an email.To reduce its methane emissions to net-zero by 2030, the utility has replaced all of its cast iron pipes with plastic or steel coated pipes to reduce leakage and add new technologies to help monitor emissions. Pipeline replacement is seen as an effective emissions reduction tool by some observers, but environmentalists say Duke’s plan is a signal that it will continue to rely on gas infrastructure for decades to come.Duke is the latest utility to raise its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction commitments from previous goals. The utility last year set itself on a path to reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century, and halving them by 2030. “Duke’s plan to double down on fracked gas means a deadly explosive will continue to pump through our communities, putting our safety and health at risk. Making these changes will further cement Duke’s dependence on gas, which is a dangerous fossil fuel that is not, and never will be, clean or renewable,” Dave Rogers, Southeast deputy regional campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said in a statement. “Duke should not be praised for a plan that further endangers our climate, health, safety, and economy. Instead it should make a plan to phase gas out and use those savings to meet its own clean energy goals.”Sgro said Sierra Club’s criticisms were “missing the point.”“To argue that having a methane goal signals anything else other than a commitment to a comprehensive climate strategy is missing the point,” he said. “This goal solidifies our role as a leader in our industry in executing an ambitious strategy to deliver a clean energy future for millions of Americans.”[Catherine Morehouse]More: Duke vows to double renewables capacity, reach net-zero methane emissions by 2030last_img read more

Jack Grealish: England midfielder says he ‘loves pressure’ after impressing in Belgium | Football News

first_img Ashley Cole and Jamie Redknapp discuss what Jack Grealish offers England and how he fits into Gareth Southgate’s system England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals were ended as they lost 2-0, but Grealish earned man-of-the-match honours as Gareth Southgate’s side produced an encouraging second-half display.“I absolutely loved it,” Grealish told Sky Sports. Harry Kane said he enjoyed playing alongside Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa man’s first competitive start for England against Belgium on Sunday 4:38 – Advertisement – Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish in England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium “For me, this is what I have been waiting for. These are the games that I dreamed of playing in. This is what I love, the pressure of needing to play well.”Grealish’s initial failure to break into Southgate’s squad – and then into his starting lineup – has been a bone of contention among many onlookers, who are convinced the 25-year-old offers a level of creativity that England are otherwise missing.While Grealish has made a fine start to the Premier League season, scoring four goals and providing six assists in Villa’s opening seven games, it was perhaps only injuries to first-team regulars Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling that saw him given his chance.Asked if Grealish had moved up the pecking order, Southgate told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“I sort of explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September. I think it’s been helpful for him to bed in with the group so that he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him. And today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance.“What I saw that I knew I would see was somebody with the bravery to play. I think he took the ball in tight areas, his techniques were good, he took players out of the game – we knew he would buy a lot of free kicks, which of course he did. I just thought he was outstanding and he should be absolutely delighted with the way he played.” Jack Grealish England Chat Thumbnail England captain Harry Kane provided an additional stamp of approval on Grealish’s display.“Fantastic player, really like him, really like training with him,” Kane told Sky Sports.“It was great to get out there on the pitch with him today. You can see his qualities on the ball, once he gets on it he’s not afraid one-v-one, always looking for that pass forward, which is obviously great for a striker.“So really positive signs, he’s obviously been on great form for his club as well, so he’s just got to keep his head down, keep working hard as he has done and I’m sure he will get plenty of opportunities in an England shirt.”Despite the high praise from coach and captain, Grealish is refusing to get ahead of himself and remains aware of the hard work that will be required to keep his place in the starting lineup. – Advertisement – Jack Grealish was the star of the show even in defeat for England and now his manager Gareth Southgate sees it too, writes Adam Bate.“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood,” wrote George Orwell. This was the night, surely, even in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium that ended England’s Nations League hopes, that Gareth Southgate came to understand Jack Grealish.The touch that will be remembered for some time came in the 79th minute, a delicate caress with the outside of his right boot that deceived Thomas Meunier and allowed Grealish to race free. The pass to Harry Kane that followed proved it was not just for show.There were plenty of them on a night when England lost but Grealish won. The debate about whether he should be in this squad is over. Discussion over whether he has a place in this team should stop too. A more fitting question is whether he is now England’s best player. Jack Grealish impressed on his first competitive start for England 5:51 Jack Grealish says he “loved the pressure” that came with making his first competitive start for England as he starred despite a Nations League defeat to Belgium.The Aston Villa midfielder started last month’s friendly victory over Wales but had lodged just 14 minutes of competitive action – in September’s 0-0 draw in Denmark – before Sunday’s encounter with the world’s top-ranked side in Brussels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Jack Grealish in action for England against BelgiumImage:Jack Grealish produced a brilliant performance for England against Belgium 0:27 “He’s [Southgate] just obviously praised me after the game, which is obviously nice,” Grealish said.“He’s been brilliant with me since I first come here in September. He’s told me what I need to do to get into the side and I’ve gone away and worked on that. At the end of the day that’s what you need to do in football, there’s only one person that you need to impress if you want to get in the team and that’s the manager.“You look around the changing room and there’s unbelievable talent. There’s people that weren’t in this squad, the likes of Marcus and Raheem, there’s even Jadon (Sancho), Phil (Foden), there’s Mason (Mount) – all in my position, who are all world-class players.“Especially the two that aren’t here at the moment, Raheem and Marcus, when they’ve both been here I’ve tried to learn little bits off them and hopefully I can continue to do that because it would obviously be a dream for me to play with them one day.”Grealish genius earns Southgate trustlast_img read more

No. 2 men’s water polo beats No. 1 UCLA

first_imgSaturday will be remembered as the day the Trojans traveled up to Seattle and handed the No. 4 Huskies their first loss of the season. However, four hours earlier and 1,137 miles south, USC pulled off another major upset — in the pool — as the No. 2 men’s water polo ended No. 1 UCLA’s 57-game win streak in an 8-7 thriller at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.Sarah Kim | Daily TrojanIn the clutch · The Trojans triumphed over the top-ranked Bruins on Saturday thanks to junior driver Blake Edward’s late go-ahead score.Junior driver Blake Edwards scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds to play to hand UCLA a surprising defeat and claim the top spot in the MPSF tournament for the Trojans.Saturday’s seesaw affair saw four ties and four lead changes in the second half after USC led 4-3 at halftime. For most of the third quarter, both offensive efforts were thwarted until UCLA tied the game at 4-4. Junior driver Lazar Pasuljevic fired back with a long shot of his own that exploded past UCLA goalkeeper Garrett Danner. Then, the Bruins quickly seized the momentum, scoring two quick goals and entering the pivotal fourth frame riding a 6-5 lead. In need of a spark for his team, head coach Jovan Vavic provided that with an impassioned speech before play resumed in the final quarter.“He just fired us up,” junior goalie McQuin Baron said. “He said this is our home pool, our crosstown rival.”Vavic’s words must have motivated the Men of Troy, because soon after the break, senior diver Nick Bell tied the game up at 6-6 with the assist coming from a nifty no-look pass by Edwards.“I just thought it was something I had to do,” said Bell. “The ball came to me at the right moment, and I knew I had to finish that opportunity and I stuck it.”An intense five minutes of gridlock followed, with keepers Danner and Baron trading save after save. One Bruin shot looked like a sure goal with three minutes left, but Baron shifted to his side at the last second, deflecting on what was his most impressive stop.Finally, Grant Stein put USC ahead 7-6 with just under three minutes to go, but the Bruins’ Chancellor Ramirez managed to find the back of the net with a little over a minute left. With the game even at 7-7 with a minute left, Edwards provided the winner. At the top of the formation, Edwards launched a screamer that landed into the corner of the net. Uytengsu became unglued as Baron made the game’s final save with 15 seconds left.“We finally beat them,” Baron said, reflecting on his immediate thoughts after the win.“It’s gotta be the best feeling ever,” Bell said. “I told the boys, ‘I want this bad.’ Last time UCLA played us, we ended up losing to them by four goals, so beating them today like this was an amazing feeling.”last_img read more

Wellington receives 5.5 inches of snow Saturday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — According to weather reports, Wellington received 5.5 inches of snow. This picture taken this morning confirms it.Those who took the trip to the Kansas State Wrestling Tournament in Salina, noticed on the way home, the farther south you drove the more snow you saw. And Wellington most certainly had the most.According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of snow and sleet before noon but not likely. There may be some fog this morning as well, otherwise cloudy with a high near 31. The chance of precipitation throughout the day is 20 percent.The big question today will be whether Sumner County schools will call off school for Monday. We’ll keep you informed.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 284 weeks ago Although I know K-State was excited to win over KU, storming the court showed just how excited they were. I prefer to take the stance, lets pretend we’ve beat them before and keep yourselves in your seat. Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more