US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City mine warfare In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) and a team of mine warfare experts recently modernized two mine sweepers within a four-month window to enable a homeport change. USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14), two Avenger class minesweepers were assigned a homeport change from San Diego to Sasebo, Japan, in February but needed critical upgrades before their scheduled departure from San Diego in May.“We modernized two minesweepers in four months because that’s all the time they had and that is what we do,” said Mike Bobroski, SQQ-32 ISEA project engineer, NSWC Panama City. “Our objective was to support modernization initiatives in Seventh Fleet at the earliest opportunity and provide our shipmates with the tools and capabilities to effectively execute missions and maintain a safe posture.”To enable their forward deployed missions, the ships both needed an upgrade to the latest mine hunting sonar, the High Frequency Wide Band (HFWB) sonar set, also called the AN/SQQ-32(V)4. The AN/SQQ-32 sonar system is critical to minesweepers as it detects, classifies and localizes moored mines from a stand-off distance.Modernizations require extensive coordination between NSWC Panama City response teams and the ship’s crew, as it is more than simply swapping out parts. It requires shipboard integration and testing to ensure the equipment will perform as intended when operated by the Sailors in a threat environment. It also includes training the Sailors on how to use the updated equipment properly.NSWC Panama City’s mine warfare response teams are comprised of civilian, military and contracted specialists. And for this project, two teams, the Conditional Assessment Repair Evaluation (CARE) and Alteration Installation Teams (AIT) were integral to the modernization success.[mappress]Press Release, August 15, 2014; Image: US Navy US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: experts Authorities View post tag: Sweepers August 15, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy View post tag: upgrade View post tag: two View post tag: Minelast_img read more

Idina Menzel on Why President Obama Should Star in Wicked

first_img View Comments Idina Menzel & President Barack Obama(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Star Files January 19 marks President Barack Obama’s last day in office, but Idina Menzel’s got an idea for his next gig. She stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss her forthcoming tour, Lifetime’s Beaches remake (set for January 21) and performing for President Barack Obama during his time in office. Menzel recounted an instance where President Obama sang a snippet of the national anthem and commented on his voice, to which late night king Colbert said, “Maybe he could go into Wicked when he leaves office.” That’d be one way to teach us how to say goodbye. Watch the full interview below! Idina Menzellast_img read more

Brisbane home sells for $13m despite coronavirus concerns

first_img Palmer wants special pontoon permission This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, has sold for more than $13m.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire, who negotiated the sale with his colleague Hamish Bowman, said the property sold to a local property developer with a young family.Mr Lancashire said the home attracted interest from interstate, as well as expat buyers in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, plus some Australia farmers.“The land size alone was very attractive because it’s more than an acre of land — one of the largest parcels in the area,” he said. The pool at the property at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.“I have a database of every buyer who has ever inquired with me on any property worth more than $5 million, so I have a database of 1660 prestige buyers. There are some serious buyers looking.“We had serious buyers (for Windermere), but in fact the winning buyers weren’t actively looking. They were passive buyers, because they have a beautiful home already, but they wanted a statement home and they fell in love with it.” Mr Lancashire said he was also in the process of finalising another “market leading” sale. The former owners installed a new kitchen in the home at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.While the auction market remained strong at the weekend, there are concerns this resilience may not last.There are reports that buyers are opting for virtual tours of homes through real estate agents via social media, and more sellers are getting cold feet about listing their properties. Mr Lancashire said he had been prepared for the worst at the weekend, but was surprised by how many buyers were out — undeterred by the circumstances. The house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, has beautiful wide verandas. Picture: Ray White.“We were deeply concerned going into Saturday,” he said. “We were nervous that we would see low turnouts at opens and auctions, but the opposite happened. “We had, in some cases, more than 40 groups through some open for inspections. So the message is that we are open for business and committed, determined buyers are still very active in this market.” One of the courtyards at the property has a fountain and a pizza oven. Picture: Ray White.According to CoreLogic data, auction markets remain strong despite coronavirus concerns, returning a preliminary clearance rate of 70.6 per cent across 2,220 homes up for sale by auction over the past week.The property research company’s weekend market update showed there was “some downside concern” that housing activity would reduce in the coming weeks as confidence was affected by the coronavirus.“However, based on the early auction results this week, the housing market has proven to be relatively resilient so far.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago The previous sale price record for Ascot was set by this house at 27 Sutherland Ave. Picture supplied.The previous record for Ascot was set by Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij when he sold 27 Sutherland Avenue for $11 million in 2018. Chris Miers, who paid $10.2 million for 14 Sutherland Avenue in 2014, said the sale of his home was a sign of confidence in the prestige market. The Miers are downsizing to live on the river at Teneriffe with a possible international move on the horizon. MORE: Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, has sold for more than $13m. Image: CoreLogic.BIG money is still changing hands at the top end of Brisbane’s housing market despite concerns the rapidly spreading coronavirus might spook buyers and sellers.One of the city’s oldest and grandest estates has just sold for more than $13 million after less than three weeks on the market, setting a sale price record for the blue-chip suburb of Ascot.Built in 1886 Windermere on 14 Sutherland Avenue is a six-bedroom, four-bathroom heritage Queenslander on a 4660sqm parcel of land. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property features a championship-sized tennis court, pool and spa, and lush gardens landscaped by the designer Paul Bangay.The former owners gave the house a minor renovation, including installing a new kitchen.A guest wing in the home features a second kitchen and access to a wine cellar, sauna and media room.There are two courtyards — one with a pizza oven and fountain, and the other with a barbecue, shed and cubby house.Traditional features include wide verandas, 3.8m-high ceilings and marble fireplaces. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK An aerial shot of the property at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot. Image: CoreLogic.last_img read more

Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Novak Djokovic’s has been fined an additional $10,000 (£7,600) for “unsportsmanlike behaviour” following his dramatic disqualification from the US Open on Sunday night.Djokovic, who has already been stripped of his $250,000 (£190,000) in prize money for reaching the last-16, was given a further punishment by tournament organisers for his actions on court against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. He could yet face a further fine for his decision to skip media duties following his default.The world No 1 was broken for 5-6 in the opening set and petulantly swiped a ball away that struck a female line judge, Laura Clark, in the throat.Djokovic pleaded his case for leniency to tournament officials but referee Soeren Friemel, who was summoned onto court inside the deserted Arthur Ashe Stadium by umpire Aurelie Tourte, told Djokovic, after plenty of debate, that there was no option but to disqualify him.After Djokovic left the Flushing Meadows facility and refused to take part in his press commitments, the United States Tennis Association released a statement on his default.“In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open,” it began. “Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident.”Djokovic eventually went on to address the matter himself with a statement on his social media.He wrote: “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok.“I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy. As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being.“I apologise to the US Open tournament and everyone associated for my behaviour. I’m very grateful to my team and family for being my rock support, and my fans for always being there with me. Thank you and I’m so sorry.” Tags: Disciplinary ActionFineNovak DjokovicUS Openlast_img read more