USS Iwo Jima tied to port after propulsion issues

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Mechanical issue delays USS Iwo Jima’s departure for storm relief Share this article Authorities October 9, 2017 US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was prevented from sailing out for potential storm Nate relief operations after a mechanical issue tied it to port.The ship was expected to get underway on October 7, together with amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), but was delayed due to a mechanical issue with the ship’s propulsion system.The navy said disaster assistance equipment, assets, and personnel assigned to the ship are re-located to be in best position to provide assistance, as required.USS New York (LPD 21) departed Mayport, Florida, October 7, and headed to the Gulf of Mexico.The ship is in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following hurricane Nate, which made landfall as a hurricane twice.Iwo Jima and New York steamed to the Florida Keys in early September to provide immediate assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. While on station, sailors and marines worked along the Lower Keys, from Marathon to Key West, clearing debris from roadway, distributing food, water, tarps and blankets, and repairing generators and other critical infrastructure, such as water-pumping stations. The ships returned to Mayport September 19. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS New York Mechanical issue delays USS Iwo Jima’s departure for storm relief View post tag: USS Iwo Jimalast_img read more

Gardening Conference

first_imgThe Georgia Master Gardener Association (GMGA) Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Building on Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.For the first time, the conference is open to the general public as well as to GMGA members. This year’s conference is titled “Plants and Planes: Our Heritage, Our Future.”Conference speakers include University of Georgia Professor Emeritus Michael Dirr, a globally recognized woody plants expert, and UGA Professor Kim Coder, a world-renowned expert on urban trees. Mary Lynne Beckley, executive director of the Georgia Tree Council, will present Georgia Landmark and Historic Trees. Matt and Tim Nichols, owners of Mr. Maple Nursery, will speak on Japanese maple selections and their travels in Japan. Mark Maher of Southern Living will share new plant introductions.Master Gardeners and industry professionals can receive educational credits in the following categories: three credits for Forestry Category 23; three credits for Ornamental/Turf Category 24; and two credits for private pesticide.The conference garden market will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Available for purchase will be Japanese maples from Mr. Maple Nursery; native trees, shrubs and plants from Ernest Koone, owner of Lazy K Nursery (the largest grower of native azaleas in the U.S.); camellias from Massee Lane Gardens; daylilies from Bell’s Daylily Garden; and other plant materials from Vincent Gardens and Flat Creek Native Nursery. Linda Fraser, renowned native plant artist, will show and sell native plant art and prints.Registration is $115 for GMGA members and $125 for non-members. Register online at www.georgiamastergardeners.org/annual-conference.On Friday, Oct. 18, the day before the conference, a free tour of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences Native Plant Garden will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden received the Native Landscape Award at the South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium. The museum is located at 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia.Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, including Master Gardeners from Bibb, Houston, Twiggs, and Crawford counties, worked tirelessly to lay out, label and map the garden beds, provide informative signage and address the natural landscape challenges to prepare the tour, according to Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program Coordinator Sheri Dorn. A Friday reception, set for 5 to 7 p.m. at The Farmhouse in Warner Robins, is included in the conference registration.The day after the conference, Sunday, Oct. 20, conference attendees will receive free admission to Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia. A designated International Camellia Society’s Garden of Excellence, Massee Lane will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The gardens are located at 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Georgia.Mary Royal, owner of Royal Gardens in Elko, Georgia, invites all conference attendees to tour the gardens at no cost on Sunday. She will be on hand to answer questions about the gardens during self-guided tours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Royal Gardens is located at 2541 Elko Rd. in Elko, Georgia.last_img read more

Smith struggles in 40-yard dash, other events at NFL Scouting Combine

first_img Published on February 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Jerome Smith predicted that NFL evaluators would be surprised.He said that even though his projected 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine was around a 4.6, that his actual number would be different.And it was. Smith posted an official time of 4.84 seconds, which ranked 30th of the 33 running backs that ran in the combine.The former SU standout finished the 2013 season with a team-high 12 touchdowns while collecting 200 yards on the ground. He announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft and forgo his final season of college eligibility on Dec. 20, just a week before the Orange beat Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.CBS Sports has him projected to be drafted in the seventh round, or be signed as an undrafted free agent. His chances of the former took a hit this weekend with a weak showing at the Combine.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDri Archer from Kent State posted a near-combine record with his 4.26-second 40-yard dash time.Ryan Hewitt (4.87) from Stanford and J.C. Copeland (4.95) from LSU were the only backs to finish behind Smith.Andre Williams from Boston College, who led Division I in rushing yards, posted a time of 4.56 seconds.Smith’s performance on the 225-pound bench wasn’t much better. He muscled just 14 reps, good for 24th out of 26 running backs. He posted a 118-inch broad jump, which placed him 21st out of 33 backs.His best event was his 36-inch vertical jump, where he found himself just outside the top five for backs.Overall, though, Smith wasn’t at his best. And it might cost him.He didn’t return a call for comment on Sunday night.Smith will have a chance for some redemption before the NFL Draft in May when he participates in SU’s pro day on March 26 at Manley Field House.Jay Bromley, the only other SU football player at the Combine, will start his evaluation on Monday morning at 9 a.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New USC program provides support to elderly

first_imgThe USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the nonprofit Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s launched YouthCare on Tuesday, in an effort to provide resources to patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.According to the press release, this partnership is intended to help those in need and to change the lives of caregivers, students and patients. “Our mission statement is to unite generations toward a common cause of fighting dementia and Alzheimer’s’ disease to ultimately not only spread awareness, but also look for care solutions and the burden of caregiving,” said Jay Gopal, the director of caregiving programs at YouthCare.The program pairs undergraduate and graduate students from USC to work with and provide care to older adults with early-stage dementia. These students will work three-hour shifts once or twice a week, Gopal said.According to the press release, the time the students spend with the patients will create a better sense of community and foster close relationships. The program has recruited over 20 USC students to serve as caregivers. “YouthCare is an accessible way for students to interact one-on-one with older adults to understand the reality to put a face to Alzheimer’s and to work towards a solution,” said Sarah Wong, the president of the USC Student Gerontology Association. “The timely solution right now is to systematically treat the symptoms and that the future in caregiving will help as well.”YouthCare founder Nihal Satyadev and Gopal, both UCLA alumni, began a similar program at UCLA in 2015 called TimeOut @ UCLA, which also focused on respite care and support for older adults.Satyadev said that dementia caregivers in the United States face the problem of being unable to work for service providers that offer positions less than 10 hours per week. YouthCare offers the option to work three or six hours a week at a low rate per hour, giving a reassuring opportunity for those caregivers who are still seeking employment. “For caregivers, it’s really important for them to take a break from their stressful life in taking care of family members who have the disease,” Satyadev said. “Forty percent of caregivers who work with family members with dimensions are diagnosed with depression. We believe that this is a key mental health solution to decrease the rates of depression.”Being involved with YouthCare allows students to develop a geriatric service skill set by having real-life interactions and relationships with Alzheimer’s patients, Wong said. According to the press release, for the first time in history, about 20 percent of Americans will be in the age group over 65 in 2030. The number of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to drastically increase from 5.5 million to 11 million in 12 years.last_img read more