Austal USA opens new San Diego operations office

first_img Photo: Photo: Austal In an effort to expand its business, shipbuilder Austal USA opened a new San Diego operations office on July 17.The company explains that it intends to provide the US Navy with more ships and support the life of vessels.The new facility will employ over 200 workers, dedicated to service work for both Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). This location will serve as a base of operations on the West Coast for Austal USA, the company said.“With nine expeditionary fast transport ships and eight Independence-variant littoral combat ships delivered to the navy, and many more to follow, this expansion increases our ability to support our ships beyond delivery and as they deploy,” Craig Perciavalle, Austal USA President, commented.Austal has delivered two LCS to the US Navy in 2018 while another five are under construction. LCS 18 is preparing for acceptance trials as LCS 20, 22, 24 and LCS 26 are following close behind. Additionally, Austal has two more LCS in a pre-construction phase, LCS 28 and LCS 30.In addition to being in full-rate production for the LCS program, Austal is also the navy’s prime contractor for the expeditionary fast transport (EPF) program. Austal has delivered nine EPF vessels, while an additional three are in various stages of construction.The San Diego opening comes on the heels of the company’s recent acquisition of ElectraWatch, a technology company, and its Singapore office opening in January 2017. View post tag: Austalcenter_img Share this articlelast_img read more

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Time Running Out For Historic Ocean City Home

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEA historic home in Ocean City built when President Teddy Roosevelt was in office may not be around much longer.A large purple sign displayed at the front of the four-story home at 615 Wesley Ave. warns that it has six months from Jan. 30 before it will be demolished.That is unless a buyer comes in and saves the piece of history in the city’s Historic District from being leveled.The Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission denied a demolition permit in September, and the city’s Zoning Board upheld the decision.But the measure is only temporary. The home, built in 1902, would have to be purchased to avoid demolition.Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials have voiced support in saving the home because of its historic significance.The homes in the city’s Historic District go back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The district stretches between Third and Eighth streets and Central and Ocean avenues.“I received a number of emails this week inquiring about the potential demolition of a historic home on the 600 block of Wesley Avenue,” Gillian said in a Feb. 5 statement. “The property is part of our Historic District, which is governed by ordinances designed to preserve the character of the neighborhoods near the Ocean City Tabernacle, where Ocean City was founded and first settled.”A sign attached to the home details the owner’s plans if the property isn’t sold.Gillian continued, “Our Historic Preservation Commission denied an application to demolish the structure, and that triggered a period where the property must be offered for sale to somebody who would want to preserve it. Our commission chair will seek the owner’s appraisals to make sure the property is being listed at fair market value. This is the procedure outlined in our ordinances.”The five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home is on the market for $999,000 and has more than 5,250 square feet of space, according to real estate records. Over the years the home has served as the Genevieve Guest House and the Koo-Koo’s Nest bed and breakfast.The property is deteriorated and the home needs rehabilitation to bring it back to its original splendor. A dilapidated fence, peeling paint and overgrown yard partially conceal the home.However, the mansard roof and other architectural embellishments visible from the street tell a story of a home that once was on par with other historic residences that line Wesley Avenue.Historic Preservation Commission Chairman John Loeper stressed in a prior interview with OCNJDaily.com that it would be a shame to lose the home in the Historic District. He said the structure should and could be restored.“It is capable of being rehabbed and hopefully a new owner will come through and purchase it and do the right thing for the house, rather than demolish it because of neglect,” Loeper said.Back in September, the Historic Preservation Commission denied the property owner’s request for permission to tear down the home to make way for a duplex.The city’s administrative officer also refused a demolition permit in October. The owner then went to the Zoning Board to appeal the decision. In December, the Zoning Board upheld the Historic Preservation Commission’s ruling.Avery Teitler, an attorney for the owner, a group called RJGVB LLC of Shippensburg, Pa., could not be reached for comment.The home is in the heart of Ocean City’s Historic District. This home on Wesley Avenue has just six months to be saved from demolition.last_img read more

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Born & Bread: Wrights Food Group, Stoke-on-Trent

first_imgWith their origins in a terraced house, the popularity of Wrights’ pies has grown continuously, with the company now making multi-million pound investments and launching sub-brands.The Wrights story began in 1926 in a terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent, home of John (Jack) and Elisabeth (Lizzie) Wright. Jack had worked as an engineer in the RAF and, after the war, trained as a butcher.Lizzie was a fine cook who made excellent pies. After a day’s work Jack would visit the market to buy meat and vegetables, using his experience as a butcher to choose the best cuts, and he’d take them home to Lizzie. Jack and Lizzie sold pies to their neighbours and soon customers were queueing outside the front door.As the popularity of the pies grew, Jack decided to dedicate all his time to the business, making enough profit to open the couple’s first shop in Shelton. From then they continued to grow and opened shops in Hanley, Burslem and Tunstall.Lizzie died in 1935 and, though heartbroken, Jack continued to devote himself to the business. He found love again with Lillian (Lilly), and they married three years later.  Lilly took it upon herself to learn the original recipes to ensure the product quality was consistent. When Jack died in 1962, there were six shops and outlets, and Lilly continued to run the business with their sons, Peter and David.Peter’s son, also called Peter, joined the company in 1982, starting as a trainee engineer before moving into the production side of the business and then into sales and marketing, finally becoming the current chairman and chief executive. The time came that the company needed to innovate and diversify, and following extensive research and the introduction of new legislation, Peter decided to introduce frozen, unbaked savoury goods. It was quickly a success and, today, accounts for around three-quarters of the total business.A £6.5 million factory opened in Crewe in 1999, and the old factory became the premises for making frozen confectionery products. This meant that Wrights could produce up to 900,000 donuts a week and 30 million cookies each year, but despite modern machinery, the team continue to hand craft the more intricate cream cakes and eclairs to add a personal touch.In 2014, Wrights commissioned a new 50,000sq ft bakery and invested a further £6m in an automated bakery that was officially opened in 2016, and is capable of producing more than 5 million savoury products every week. The business now supplies its range of products to many of the UK’s restaurant brands, food service distributors and independent bakers, as well as 26 over-seas export markets.Last year the business launched two sub-brands: Sheaf Street Bakery, which was created following Wrights’ acquisition of supplier Premier Catering; and Urban Bistro, which supplies food-to-go in vending machines.Timeline1926: Jack and Lizzie Wright start selling pies from their home. First shop opens in Shelton, Stoke-On-Trent1932: Fourth shop opens in Tunstall, Stoke-On-Trent and Jack buys the first delivery van1982: Current chairman and chief executive Peter Wright joins the business1999: New £6.5m factory opens in Crewe2016: Another £6m bakery opens2017: Wrights launches two sub-brandslast_img read more

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Listen To SunSquabi’s Super Funky New Single, ‘After The Rain’

first_imgAll Good Records continues to spread its brand of soul, funk and groovy Motown vibes with another week chalked full of surprises. SunSquabi leads the charge with ‘After The Rain’, released today as the band’s third single off their forthcoming ‘Odyssey’ EP. The three-piece outfit has experienced nothing short of a musical resurgence since debuting ‘SquabCat’, a fitting choice for past supporters and new listeners alike. SunSquabi followed up with the EP’s title track, which saw All Good Records’ head honcho GRiZ jamming along on the decidedly old-school throwback.Listen to the new groove, “After The Rain,” below:Odyssey is now available for pre-order via iTunes, with the album dropping on April 1st. Early birds who order the album have the chance to check out ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic ahead of its release. In an interview with Inquisitr, SunSquabi shed a bit of extra light on the previously teased collaboration.“Tequila Mockingbird” is the longest song on the album, so we really wanted to send it into space with a big solo in the middle. We’ve known Dom since our first show at Global Dance Red Rocks in 2011. We caught up at The Floozies show last year, it just worked out that we both had time and we had this song completely finished to work on together. He is a hell of a player and a master at telling a story with a solo.”Get funky!last_img read more

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Farley revives fundraiser calendar

first_imgAlthough Notre Dame has no shortage of long-held traditions, Farley Hall intends on renewing one long forgotten. Farley’s Finest are bringing back the Men of ND calendar, a former hall fundraiser, to benefit the Sex Offense Services Rape Crisis Center of St. Joseph County. Kelsie Corriston, Farley Hall secretary, said the idea to reinstitute the calendar came from former rector Sr. Carrine Etheridge in 2011, although organizers were given few details. “We didn’t have any old copies or information to go on initially, so we revamped it ourselves,” she said. “It’s been an awesome learning process.” The search for student-models was an extensive process, Corriston said. “We tried to get the word out as much as possible,” she said. “We created a Facebook event, emailed clubs, talked to hall councils and wrote a letter to The Observer.” Students either applied themselves or were nominated by friends, Corriston said. After reviewing the submissions, 20 men were brought in for interviews. “We chose students based on their involvement on campus and the uniqueness of their stories,” she said. “We tried our best to represent the diversity of Notre Dame given our applicant pool.” Corriston and her co-organizers used the interviews to seek out students from dynamic backgrounds. “From the engineer who spends time modifying toys for disabled children to an Eagle Scout whose dream is to fight hunger … we were really impressed by each man’s engagement in service, dedication to academics and love for the University,” she said. “It was cool to discover so many different experiences that were still quintessentially Notre Dame.” 12 models were selected from the group interviewed, but the decisions did not end there. Corriston said the committee gave thorough consideration to determining which student best represented each month. “We tried to match months to their activities,” she said. “Mr. October is one of the band majors, so we wanted to make sure he was [pictured for] a month during football season.” Initial reactions to the calendar were mixed, but Corriston said the charitable cause swayed many critics. “A lot of people initially think we’re doing something similar to a firemen’s calendar that objectifies men,” she said. “However, once they hear our intentions they think it’s an awesome idea,” she said.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Derek Klena & Taylor Louderman in Magic Mike Workshop & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Derek Klena, Taylor Louderman…& Magic MikeChanning Tatum recently revealed about the Magic Mike musical adaptation that “we’re getting it going,” and now we have photographic evidence a workshop has taken place! Broadway alum and Peter Pan Live! star Taylor Louderman tweeted the below pic on April 17, proving that the previously reported creative team of Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have been hard at work on the show. In the foreground, there’s a score with the song title “What’s Up With Mike?” and in the background it would appear that Kitt is on piano. Louderman also said that former Wicked star Derek Klena has been working with her on the new tuner this week. Looks like Broadway will soon get striptastic and we can’t wait! View Comments Rosie O’Donnell to Take the Stage With Kate MulgrewBroadway alum and Orange Is The New Black star Kate Mulgrew will discuss her new memoir Born With Teeth in a Q&A sit down with honorary Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell. The event will take place at the Vineyard Theatre on May 3. The book details Mulgrew’s upbringing in a large, eccentric Irish family, of the daughter she gave up for adoption at 22 and went looking for 20 years later, and the behind-the-scenes details of her career.The Road of Promise to Make U.S. PremiereKurt Weill’s The Road of Promise will receive its U.S. Premiere on May 6 and May 7 at Carnegie Hall as the conclusion of The Collegiate Chorale’s 2014-15 season. The new concert adaptation combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament, and will be led by conductor/director Ted Sperling.Pitch Perfect 2’s Aca-Amazing New TrailerAlmost time to get pitch slapped! The latest trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has just been released and we cannot wait to see Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt and more hit the big screen on May 15. Check out the new sneak peek below.last_img read more

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In light of COVID-19 pandemic, Appalachian Trail thru-hikers urged to leave trail

first_imgIf hikers decide to embark on their thru-hike anyway, the ATC is asking that they avoid starting their hike at the southern portion of the trail. Georgia is the most popular launching-off point, and its popularity will make it hard for hikers to maintain a safe distance from each other.  The ATC has asked hikers to self-isolate if they feel ill and to keep in mind that many services along the trail, such as shuttles, hostels, outfitters and libraries may be closed. Hikers are also encouraged to plan for the fact that grocery stores may be running low on inventory when they stop to resupply. The ATC reminds hikers that, should they need medical attention, communities along the trail may have an overburdened healthcare system that is low on resources.  Appalachian Trail signpost in Shenandoah National Park, USA – Photo from Getty Images On Wednesday, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), a non-profit that protects and maintains the Appalachian Trail, announced that they have sent a letter to all registered multi-day Appalachian Trail hikers asking them to postpone their section or thru-hikes. “We do not make this request lightly,” the ATC said in the letter. “We manage and protect the A.T. because it is meant to be hiked. However, the practices necessary to support a section or thru-hike may make A.T. hikers vectors to spread COVID-19—whether congregating at shelters or around picnic tables, traveling to trailheads in shuttle vans, or lodging at the various hostels up and down the Trail.” center_img In addition to encouraging hikers to postpone their thru-hikes, the ATC has also closed all visitor centers until further notice and withdrawn all ridgerunners and caretakers from the trail for the next two weeks. To stay up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting the Appalachian Trail visit https://wildeast.appalachiantrail.org/explore/plan-and-prepare/hiking-basics/health/covid19/.last_img read more

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2 quick ways to improve your credit union’s social presence

first_imgBusiness leaders have been trying to determine the ROI of social media since it blew up in 2007. That’s understandable. Time is short and it’s important to make sure you’re focused on the right activities as a marketer.So let’s start with some data and research.A while back, Gallup mentioned that only 10% of customers used Facebook or Twitter to interact with their financial institution in the last six months.That led Onovative to conduct our own research around the topic and we found that only 7% of respondents under the age of 35 were interested in following their credit union through social media.And to pile on the bad news just a bit more, earlier this year CUGrow analyzed the penetration of financial institutions within social channels to further show that account holders just aren’t fanning and following their financial institutions on social channels.Not looking good for the argument to build a big social presence, right?That’s ok.The key takeaway from all of this research is giving people a reason to want to engage with their financial institution on social channels. Looking through that lens, here are two things you can do to beef up your social presence.BUILD TARGETED ADSThis is a great option to supplement any outbound campaign. Now that almost every social channel allows you to build a custom audience based on email addresses, you should consider building custom audiences with targeted offers.That’s great, but what is a custom audience?The high level overview is that sites like Facebook and Twitter will allow you to upload a list of email addresses into their ad platforms. If your member used that email address to sign up to the social network, the social network can match it to your member’s social profile and ensure that your member sees your ad.This gives you a great deal of precision in targeting ads toward individual segments of people.Imagine being able to pull a report from your core banking system based on specific criteria, like an auto loan, and having those members see targeted ads on Facebook. .For extra credit, now imagine sending this same list of people print and email offers for the same campaign, while they’re seeing your ad on Facebook.This is something you can do today.In fact, I’m personally so excited about this opportunity that I put together a Credit Union Marketer’s Guide to Cross-Selling on Facebook that will walk you through setting up your first custom audience on Facebook..GET OUT OF THE BUILDINGIf engagement on your social channels is what you’re after, then you’re going to need to promote what other people are doing. It may be counter-intuitive, but the fastest way to get people talking about you is to talk about them.And a great place to start is your own business customers.Run a report to take an inventory of all of your business clients and be sure to grab their physical address in the report.From here you can create a custom Google My Map and import the physical addresses of all of your business accounts. Google’s My Maps is a powerful mapping engine, yet easy to use. Once all of your business accounts are in a map, you can get creative and change the color of the map markers based on industry (e.g. retail, food & beverage, etc.)Add a list of what each color means in the key and you’ll have a quick way to identify each of your business customers.Next, pick an industry, like retail or food and beverage and come up with some basic, “getting to know you” interview questions. Once you have some questions, set up some time with these member business owners for a promotional interview.Don’t just tell your business accounts that you value their business, show them. Reach out and let them know that you want to highlight them on your social channels. Think they’ll say no thanks?Even if they decline, you’ve just differentiated your financial institution as an organization that truly cares and spread a great deal of goodwill, just by asking the question.When it’s time to conduct the interview, Google’s My Maps even makes route building easy. You can build a route on your map between places of business and access it from the mobile app for turn-by-turn directions. Easy as pie, right?Since you’re likely already walking around with a “studio in your pocket,” during the interview remember to use your phone to capture audio, video and pictures. This is the content that you can push out directly onto your social channels and make blog posts.When the post goes out, be sure to share it with that business’ social accounts. They’ll almost always share the post with their fans, which gets you in front of their customers.Win-win. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Hall Chris Hall is very fond of the Internet and enjoys all aspects of digital marketing. He leads the inbound marketing and customer development efforts at Onovative, a company that believes … Web: www.onovativebanking.com Detailslast_img read more

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Broome County equipped to handle severe weather on top of COVID-19

first_imgPonticiello said Buckler and his team were preparing Monday in case they were needed, as well as checking in on the readiness of local agencies. This preparation included keeping in touch with the National Weather Service, NYSEG, deputy coordinators handling different areas, and watching the skies to see how they effect the community. “In this case, it isn’t, they’re two very dissimilar events, so although we’re using an enormous amount of resources on the pandemic, they’re not the same resources we would be using to manage a wind and storm event, that is also coming,” said Ponticiello. (WBNG) — As Monday brought severe weather to the Southern Tier, the Broome County Emergency Operations Center doubled down to handle both the coronavirus pandemic on top of storm threats. Ponticiello said if any non-coronavirus issues arise where local police and fire agencies need help, Broome County Fire Coordinator Jeff Buckler would step in.center_img When asked if this was an overwhelming situation, Ponticiello said it’s one his team has covered. Director of the Broome County Office of Emergency Services Michael Ponticiello explained his team at the center has a plan in place for this kind of situation, and it all revolves around delegating resources. As for what he said you should be doing at home during this kind of double-impact; keep up with social distancing and staying home, while also watching the weather, staying away from downed power lines or trees, and calling NYSEG or 9-1-1 when needed.last_img read more

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Mohamed Elneny tips Mesut Ozil to ditch Arsenal for Fenerbahce

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Feb 2020 6:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link255Shares Advertisement Mohamed Elneny tips Mesut Ozil to ditch Arsenal for Fenerbahce Ozil joined the north London club in 2013 (Picture: Getty Images).Mohamed Elneny claims Arsenal star Mesut Ozil ‘loves’ Fenerbahce and admits he could see the German joining the Turkish club in the future.The German flirted with a move to his childhood team in January, but has seemingly settled under new boss Mikel Arteta.Nevertheless, Ozil has just 18 months left on his current £350,000-a-week deal at the Emirates and Elneny, who is on a season-long loan at Besiktas from the Gunners, thinks Ozil might be tempted to move to Turkey.The 27-year-old Egyptian told beIN SPORTS Turkey: ‘Mesut really loves Fenerbahce. He’s always speaking about the club and the fans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If you ask me, I think he could come to Fenerbahce. He’s always trying to annoy me by singing Fenerbahce chants.’ Advertisement Elneny will rejoin the north London club in the summer from Besiktas (Picture: Getty Images)Ozil, 31,  has made it clear in the past that it is his dream to play for Fenerbahce, the club he grew up supporting.Rumours of a mass exodus in the summer for the Gunners have surfaced with Alexander Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ozil facing exits in north London.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut the creative midfielder could yet be convinced to extend his current Gunners contract, which is due to expire in June 2022.After previously being frozen out by former boss Unai Emery, Ozil has started every league game since Mikel Arteta joined in December.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Alastair Cook tips Rory Burns to have ‘big future’ for England and defends captain Joe Root Commentlast_img read more

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