USS Abraham Lincoln Reaches RCOH Milestone

first_img Authorities Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: reaches View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln Reaches RCOH Milestone View post tag: RCOH August 22, 2014 The overhaul and installation of the rudders is considered a huge success for Lincoln’s refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) because the job was not initially planned.“Conducting an inspection early in the dry dock period revealed problems that needed to be corrected,” said Cmdr. Vincent Janowiak, Lincoln’s chief engineer. “The work was very intrusive to the ship and getting this kind of work done prior to undocking the ship on its original schedule was a huge undertaking for the shipyard.”The removal process of the rudders started in August 2013. Once the rudders were removed they were sent to the NNS machine shop for checks and then to X10 division for structural repairs.The installation of the rudders took five days and was made possible by the use of cranes and the outstanding teamwork of shipyard workers from M53, O38, 043, X10, X11, X18, X31, X32, X33, X36, X42, X43 and X70 divisions.“We used 50 ton chain falls in the dry dock to rig the rudder into place while a crane lowered the rudder stock from the flight deck through the ship to the fourth deck,” said Mike Bridges, X70 lead. “We then lined the rudder stock up with the rudder and began the install process.”According to Bridges, the rudder installation was one of the biggest growth work jobs during the undocking period.Lincoln is undergoing RCOH at NNS, a division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation’s defense.[mappress]Press Release, August 22, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Abraham Lincoln Thirteen divisions of Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) successfully re-installed the port and starboard rudder aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), June 24. View post tag: milestone USS Abraham Lincoln Reaches RCOH Milestonelast_img read more

L.C.’s Coming-out.

first_imgIn Athens, Ga., scientists and a crowd of reporters had a big coming-out party for L.C. the calf and her seven sisters June 26. But, why would anyone, besides maybe a cattleman, have an interest in eight cute, healthy, playful calves?You may be interested yourself when you go to your grocery meat counter in two to four years and find cheaper beef.Less Expensive Production”We believe the cloning process will make it less expensive to produce the animals, and the industry will pass it on to the consumer,” says Steve Stice of the University of Georgia’s animal and dairy science department, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.As it is now, you might buy just the tasty beef you want, but find it’s not quite as good as the same cut was the last time you bought it. But cloned cows could help make sure you get the same quality meat purchase after purchase.Passing along good qualities from one cow to another is iffy at best. But two and a half years ago, Stice and a group of 20 scientists thought they saw a new way to clone a really good cow that produced a lot of calves but had come at the end of her reproductive life.Mama Cow’s SkinThe scientists took microscopic pieces of the old mama cow’s skin, removed its genetic code and stored it. Later, they took eggs from other cows, removed those genetic codes and replaced them with the DNA codes from the old cow.The modified eggs were placed in individual cows for nine months. There have been other cloned animals, but it’s how Stice and the scientists prepared the cells from the old cow that rate as a scientific breakthrough.Their vision of cloned cows became real when the first two healthy calves were born last February. In the next four months, another six came along.What Next?What happens to the calves?”They will be producing offspring that will go to the meat case,” Stice said.They’ll provide more than uniform quality beef, too.L.C. and her sisters, all genetically alike, will keep alive, one calf at a time, the genetic ancestry their mother would have taken to the grave. Photo: Brad Haire Along with her seven genetically identical sisters, this nosy calf had a big coming-out party in Athens, Ga., June 26. She and the other clones may pave the way to cheaper, better beef for shoppers.last_img read more

Nicaraguan and Honduran Presidents to Strengthen Security and Trade

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2012 On February 23 in Managua, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, agreed to strengthen trade and security cooperation in order to confront the organized crime that has made Honduras one of the most violent countries in the world. Following a meeting lasting almost four hours, the presidents agreed to carry out coordinated actions “in response to the serious threat” of organized crime and drug trafficking, which uses Central America as a transit corridor for drugs moving from South America to the United States. Honduras has a homicide rate of 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most violent countries in the world, while Nicaragua, together with Costa Rica, is among the Central American countries least affected by organized crime, although the figures are on the increase. The presidents also decided to strengthen trade and implement joint programs that can make it possible to combat extreme poverty in border towns, according to a joint statement read by Ortega. In addition, they decided to reopen discussion on cooperation agreements for development in the Gulf of Fonseca, on the Pacific Ocean, which they also share with El Salvador, for which reason they want to meet with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes in the near future. Lobo arrived in Managua with Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, Social Development Minister Hilda Hernández, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Melvin Redondo. Honduras and Nicaragua are two of the poorest countries in the Americas, after Haiti, and “we have to support one another mutually,” Ortega indicated.last_img read more

Colombian Army supports ‘Voice of the Sikuani’ radio program to help indigenous population

first_img The radio program is one of the ways Colombian security forces are combatting recruiting efforts by the terrorist group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). FARC operatives recruit minors by force in schools, at football fields, and even at parties. Sometimes the FARC and other organized crime groups try to entice juveniles to join their ranks by giving them electronic gadgets, such as cell phones, according to the Ministry of Defense. At other times, the FARC and other criminal groups recruit juveniles by intimidation and force. In addition to working to prevent the recruitment of juveniles, the National Army has rescued dozens of teenagers who were forced to work for the FARC. Army soldiers have transferred these teenagers to the Colombian Institute for Family Wellbeing (ICBF) to protect, rehabilitate and prevent them from going back to the criminal organizations. “Minors are recruited either out of their will or by force,” said Catalina Niño of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation in Colombia (FESCOL). Protecting young people By Dialogo August 14, 2014 Military and civilian leaders recently gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the Voice of the Sikuani program. On behalf of the Colombian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Jairo Granados, commander of BAEEV 15, spoke of the importance of cooperation and trust in working with indigenous communities to improve security. Two Army sergeants, Ricardo Betancur and Nelson Gálvez, advisors in ethnic affairs for the Fourth Division and Seventh Brigade respectively, spoke about their mission, which involves working in indigenous communities. Several civilian authorities helped celebrate the anniversary. Among them was Ángela María Moreno, the mayor of Puerto Gaitán. The mayor has launched various local policies to improve the quality of life for indigenous communities. Martha Hernández, spokeswoman for the Family Commissioner of Puerto Gaitan, spoke of the importance of helping indigenous communities and providing legal assistance when necessary. Pedro Santiago Posada, Director of Indigenous Affairs and Minorities for the Ministry of Interior, explained the regulatory framework governing indigenous communities under Colombian law. Civilians who participated in the anniversary celebration spoke primarily about the history and ancestry of indigenous communities, the rights and duties of indigenous peoples, and the role of women and children. Authorities also gave 75 portable radios to leaders of the Sikuani community. Colombians throughout the country heard the voice of the indigenous Sikuani people courtesy of the 6th Brigade of the 4th Army Division, which helped produce the radio program “The Voice of the Sikuani.” In cooperation with nine governors and several indigenous leaders, the Colombian Army helped produce a five-hour program in which Sikuanis spoke in theire native language and in Spanish. The Sikuanis spoke about the importance of cooperating with Colombian authorities to ensure public safety and fight organized crime and terrorism. An important outreach effort center_img The first edition of The Voice of the Sikuani was broadcast on June 22, 2013. Benjamín Hunda, ethnic affairs advisor to the mayor of Puerto Gaitán, played a key role in organizing the inaugural program. The Fourth Division of the Army of Colombia and radion station Colombia Estéreo immediately supported the program. The radio show is a way of reaching out to the indigenous population, Army authorities said. “Since its inception, this important radio program has served as a bridge between indigenous communities in the region and the local government, who have listened attentively to the requests and deepest protests of these natives,” the Army of Colombia stated in a press release. The program is broadcast every Sunday morning in the urban and rural areas of the municipality of Puerto Gaitán. Various indigenous people have appeared on the program, including shamans, masters, women, and youths. The radio show is a platform which allows the Sikuani to discuss their cultural traditions. The program is broadcast on the 110 affiliate radio stations which are part of Colombia Estéreo 94.7 FM. The Sikuani are also known as Guahibo or Guajibo or Jivi or Jiwi. The Sikuani are an indigenous people living in Los Llanos del Orinoco between the Guaviare, Meta and Arauca rivers in the Colombian departments of Vichada, Meta (Puerto Gaitán and Mapiripán), Arauca, Guaviare and Guainía. There are about 23,000 Sikuani people in Colombia. Voice of the Sikuani The radio program is an important part of the Army’s outreach to indigenous communities, which is part of a broad strategy of promoting cooperation with the community to fight terrorism and crime, according to Raúl Benítez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico City. “It’s a good idea the Colombian Army is making radio programs available to raise awareness among the indigenous population of the risk linked to criminal activities,” Benítez Manaut said. . “This type of program is filling a communication gap with rural populations, the participation of the Armed Forces in this regard is relevant.” Cooperation between the civilian population and security forces is crucial in the fight against terrorism and crime, Benítez Manaut said. “For years, the Armed Forces of Colombia have been carrying out civic activities on prevention, health and education throughout the country,” the security analyst said. “The Army is very good at this type of civic action. The Army continues to work on establishing direct ties with the population to work together on safety and prevention. Sending out messages warning people of recruitment by these terrorist groups is important; it is a tremendous communication campaign.” The outreach program could be effective with other communities, the security analyst said. “This type of program can be part of support activities for Army intelligence because the population can inform them of criminal activities in the most sensitive areas with criminal gangs, drug traffickers, arms dealers, and recruitment,” Benítez Manaut said. Anniversary celebration last_img read more