BAE Systems gets $33m contract for USS Lassen dry-dock refit

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems gets $33m contract for USS Lassen dry-docking refit August 2, 2017 View post tag: USS Lassen View post tag: US Navy The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport a $33.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for work on the Dry-dock Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) repairs of guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).According to a U.S. Department of Defense announcement, the work will consist of structural and tank repairs, propulsion systems repairs, ventilations and auxiliary systems repairs, temporary services habitability preservations, structural preservations, ship alterations, and miscellaneous repairs.BAE will perform the DSRA in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to complete it by March 2018.USS Lassen is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer which arrived to its new homeport in Florida after spending the previous ten years forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. BAE Systems gets $33m contract for USS Lassen dry-docking refit Authorities View post tag: BAe Systems Share this articlelast_img read more

Trying to get pregnant? Eat more fish

first_img Read Full Story Couples who ate more fish were more likely to conceive, and had more frequent sexual intercourse, than those who ate less, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Researchers tracked outcomes over the course of a year from 501 couples in Michigan and Texas trying to get pregnant. The couples who ate four-ounce servings of fish twice a week or more had sexual intercourse roughly 22 percent more frequently than those who ate less, the study found. And 92 percent of the couples who ate the most fish were pregnant after a year, compared with 79 percent of the couples who ate less.“Seafood may help in semen quality, ovulation and other markers,” said Audrey Gaskins, research associate at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study, in a May 23, 2018 New York Times article.Senior author of the study was Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School.Read the New York Times article: Is Fish the Food of Love, and Babies?Read a UPI article: More fish in the diet could boost sex lives and fertilitylast_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Teaches How To Patch Holes In Sheetrock

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsThere are various reasons why the Sheetrock in your home can end up with a big, unsightly hole: a stubborn nail that once balanced a picture took out a decent chunk when it collapsed; clumsy movers bumped a dresser into the wall while attempting to transport it to your bedroom; the doorknob to your bathroom struck it one too many times. Here Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, demonstrates that once again he’s got us covered when it comes to home repairs that can be handled easily and speedily. In this recent installment of Alure Home Improvement’s “60 Second Fix,” he demonstrates how to fix a hole in Sheetrock.“I’m going to show you a very quick and very inexpensive way to do it, especially if you have a few pieces of leftover Sheetrock lying around,” says Cornwell.In this example, the offensive orifice is about the size of a doorknob, or, tellingly, a baseball.“It could be anything that went through the Sheetrock,” Cornwell observes.We’ll never know the culprit in this example but that’s not important because the solution is readily at hand.First, he says you want to square the space around the cavity. You don’t want to leave it as it is. He takes a box-cutter utility and makes a rectangular incision that encompasses the hole. Then he takes the handle of the knife and gently taps the Sheetrock square loose so the unwanted material can be removed. Sometimes you may have to trim the edges in case any uneven layers remain.Next, you take the replacement Sheetrock from your leftover supply. He says that it doesn’t even have to be the same thickness since Sheetrock panels can vary in width. “This is one instance where size doesn’t matter!” he says.“You want to make a cut that’s going to leave about two inches overlap on each side,” Cornwell says. “Make your first line. Then turn it over, snap it and cut it.”Rotate the patch 90 degrees and measure the perpendicular edge so you have the proper overlap margin. Make a line with your knife, score the line, cut it and snap it.“It doesn’t have to be perfect,” he says. But he emphasizes that the edges should look even.You do that for each edge of the patch. You’ll use tape and joint compound to make the patch match smoothly.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsThat’s phase one for the front side of the patch. The next step is to trim the back side so you can get it to fit right into the hole.Cornwell shows how you line up each side of the patch, score the line with the knife, and then rotate the patch 90 degrees so you can repeat the same procedure. What he emphasizes is to make the back side of the patch slightly less than the dimensions of the hole you previously squared so the new patch will fit into the hole comfortably.You work on the back side of the Sheetrock patch so that you can carefully peel the gypsum material away without tearing the front paper layer. The front surface of the patch is intended to be larger than the squared hole’s edges so you can apply the joint compound around the hole to glue it in place, as he shows you. When the patch is ready to go into the hole, spread the joint compound around the margins of the squared hole so the paper will stick to it. Once you’ve smoothed it out, you can apply Spackle over the edges to hide the seams.“All you’re trying to do is flush up the front surfaces,” Cornwell advises. “Once you get the knack of it, it goes pretty quick.”You’re on your way to becoming an expert Sheetrocker!last_img read more

MPA Singapore Turning to Drones for Ship Survey

first_imgThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is developing the acceptance criteria for the usage of aerial drones for ship survey on board Singapore-registered ships.The acceptance criteria will be ready by first quarter next year, according to the port authority.The move was prompted by increasing usage of drones armed with cameras and ship inspecting robots for ship surveys, and several trials using drones to survey cargo ships.Such methods of remote inspection have been described as safer and time and cost saving for ship-owners as they eliminate the need for the traditional method of survey such as erecting staging in the cargo tanks.Marine surveyors also do not have to risk their lives by having to climb high places or be exposed to adverse conditions to check for defects.Furthermore, starting this month the MPA will be introducing several service enhancements for over 4,600 ships flying the Singapore flag.These will include a 24/7 hotline for urgent assistance relating to crewing, registry and ship’s technical matters. In addition, by the end of this year, in addition to E-Certs issued by recognized organizations, MPA will also issue e-certificates directly to Singapore-registered ships. Singapore-incorporated maritime companies will also receive assistance in the form of training on sustainability reporting, MPA informed. “IoT, digitalization and new technologies such as blockchain and smart drones are changing the way we work. To stay ahead, the Singapore Registry of Ships needs to embrace these technologies to offer value-added services to its customer. As a responsible flag administration, we will continue to find new ways to promote clean, efficient and sustainable shipping,” Chief Executive of MPA, Andrew Tan, said.last_img read more

Tyus Battle’s 34 points lead Syracuse past Wake Forest, 78-70

first_img Published on February 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The third dunk made up for the first one he blew, because Tyus Battle thundered it down and the thousands of fans packed into the Carrier Dome stood up.He had outraced a Wake Forest defender, snatched the ball away by his fingertips and risen up to jam. The roar from Battle himself, who flexed after he landed back to the court, and the crowd carried the same cathartic weight. After 39 minutes of struggling to push Wake Forest away, of the Demon Deacons snapping the net from 3-point land six straight times, of watching his head coach, Jim Boeheim, tear through his stages of furor from de-jacketing to reach chair-shaking, Battle had closed the door. The last bucket in his game-high 34 points was the loudest, and it helped Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) survive a late upset bid by Wake Forest (9-16, 2-11) and win, 78-70, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Battle entered the contest averaging a team-high 20 points per game in February.“When they made their run,” Boeheim said, “we had a little cushion, and then Tyus just made big plays, and Frank (Howard) made a big play to Paschal (Chukwu) at the end. That was the difference.”Battle started cooking early. He hit a short jumper, then finished a layup in traffic. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust more than three minutes in, the sophomore guard found himself on the right wing against Bryant Crawford, the Demon Deacons’ best scorer who shadowed Battle for most of the afternoon. Crawford had been the one who hit three-straight corner 3s to deal the Orange its first-ever loss to Wake Forest on Jan. 3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Battle sized up Crawford, then jabbed right and appeared to drive that same way. Crawford reacted. But, too late, he realized it was a fake. Crawford tried to stop his own momentum and reposition himself in front of Battle, but none of that happened. The Wake Forest guard crumpled to the floor.The Carrier Dome student section lost it. Above the “Ohhhhhhhhh!” the only words audible were: “He better have ankle insurance!” Battle drilled the 3.“Yeah, (that’s the dream),” Battle said of making an ankle-breaking move. “That’s happened a few times throughout my short basketball career, so…” He paused. “I didn’t think he was going to fall, but he went down and I had a wide-open 3. So, I had to take it.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBattle finished with 10 first-half points, but he popped off even more in the second half. On Syracuse’s second possession, the ball got knocked away from Battle out of bounds and he turned to one referee and stared at him, like, “Where’s the foul?” After the in-bounds, Battle beat his man and the seas parted to the hoop. When he missed, Chukwu grabbed the offensive rebound and dunked. Then, just as determined, Battle drove and drew a foul. His relentless aggressiveness set the tone and helped Syracuse keep attacking.When Battle was asked if he felt like he has had to carry the team this season, he shrugged it off as he does any question that puts attention on himself.“I never feel like that,” he said, and then he added Howard carried the team on multiple occasions, with his big steal late to stop Wake Forest from being close the gap even more, after WFU cut the lead from 14 to single-digits with 3s. Then, Battle added: “I should’ve done better in the first half so I wouldn’t have had to have 24 in the second half.”After Chukwu’s dunk, Battle scored 12 of Syracuse’s next 13 points and piloted the Orange through the challenges faced by the Demon Deacons heating up from the field.  “(Wake Forest) did a good job making some shots,” said associate head coach Adrian Autry, “but Tyus was hot. We rode his hot hand. It’s one of those games.” Commentslast_img read more

Adnan Ćatić about Doping: I will ask for B Sample Test

first_imgAfter being accused of taking dope, the world boxing champion Adnan Ćatić, who fights under the name Felix Sturm, said he is not worried at all and that he will request the test of B sample.During the regular testing, athletes provide two samples of blood or urin, one bottle is used as the A sample and the other one as the B sample. According to the information by the Anty-Doping Agency, Ćatić’s A sample was positive for an illicit substance stanozolol. Ćatić said that everything that has been going on is strange.“The test is usually done 10 to14 days after the fight, not eight weeks after. My attorney is working on this case and I am not worried at all. The substance that I have allegedly been taking increases the muscle mass, and I did not need that at all,Ćatić said.Ćatić added that he will exercise his right and demand for a B sample test.“Of course, we will resort to that right. Besides, the Association of Professional German Boxers is not notified about this. Only my fitness coach and I were notified. This is all very strange, concluded Ćatić, who is currently spending a vacation in BiH.In February this year Ćatić defeated Fedor Chudinov and became the world boxing champion by WBA version in middleweight division for the fifth time.If it turns out that he had been using an illicit substance, in addition to the revocation of the title he will also face a two-year suspension.(Source: read more