Navy Would Lose Carrier Air Wing under FY17 Request

first_imgThe Navy would cut an aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., along with its five associated squadrons, under its $165 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 released earlier this week.The proposal would reduce the number of aircraft carrier air wings in the Navy from 10 to nine.“This proposal will allow the Navy to match the number of air wings to the number of deployable aircraft carriers,” Rear Adm. William Lescher told reporters during a budget briefing Tuesday. “It reflects the practice of having one carrier in refueling and complex overhaul, and one carrier in an extended maintenance availability at any time,” said Lescher, the service’s deputy assistant secretary for budget.The aircraft would be allocated among the remaining squadrons and would boost readiness among the squadrons by reducing the dwell time between deployments, he said. Deployments can last for up to four years for wings attached to carriers undergoing refueling and a complex overhaul, reported Navy Times.The plan already has been attacked by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas.) told reporters the Navy’s proposal was “a little disturbing,” but said would study it more closely before offering an official position. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the request likely was a non-starter.Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower Subcommittee, pointed to the plan as simply the latest attempt by the Obama administration to shrink the Navy, reported Politico. “So far, we’ve been pretty successful in putting all that back,” he said. “When you look right now and we have gaps with our carriers currently, and they’re going to take out an air wing? I mean, it really doesn’t make good military sense,” Forbes said.The budget request also calls for the Navy to eliminate 6,300 sailor slots, shrinking the service from 329,200 billets to 322,900 billets. The proposal includes the cruiser modernization program, which the service first broached two years ago. It would dock up to half of the fleet’s 22 cruisers to reduce staffing needs and extend the ships’ service lives.“This is an approach that leverages the saving of over $3 billion over [the next five years] in operating costs and maintains the best overall force balance,” Lescher said. “It retains the air-defense commander capable platforms in the force into the 2040s and allows us to reallocate personnel elsewhere in the fleet.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for November 2 Homeless Man Arrested Drone Leads To Argument

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, November 2, 2018:A vehicle struck a pole on Burlington Avenue. Pole snapped in half with wires hanging. Police notified Fire Department and RMLD. (6:04am)A Brentwood Avenue caller reported a neighbor was flying a drone over their yard and an argument ensued. (12:59pm)Police euthanized a woodchuck that was struck by a vehicle on Columbia Street. (5:08pm)Jonathan Tyler (32, Homeless) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense); Uninsured Motor Vehicle; Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration; No Or Expired Inspection Sticker; & Registration Not In Possession. Tyler was living out of his vehicle. He was pulled over at Federal Street and Concord Street. (5:09pm)Police sent a group of juveniles on their way who were loitering in the High School’s student parking lot. (9:37pm)A juvenile who was reported missing from Milestone Group Home on High Street returned to the program. (11:02pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Kit Doyle Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne Williamson center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes several elections, restorations at Notre Dame Cathedral and more.A couple performs morning rituals in the River Ganges on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri on the outskirts of Prayagraj, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 6, 2019. Navaratri, or the festival of nine nights, consists of three days each devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of valor, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)The statue of St. Andrew is lowered from atop Notre Dame Cathedral on April 11, 2019, in Paris, France. Sixteen greenish-gray copper statues, representing the twelve apostles and four evangelists, came down to earth for the first time in over a century as part of restorations at the famous Parisian cathedral. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, and other celebrants releases birds to mark the Russian Orthodox holiday of the Annunciation at the Annunciation Cathedral on Cathedral Square in Moscow, Russia, on April 7, 2019, . (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)A Muslim woman lifts her veil to identity herself to a polling agent before casting her vote in Shahpur, a village near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Faithful kneel on the newly restored Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), which by Roman Catholic Church tradition are the stairs Jesus Christ climbed on his way to his trial in Jerusalem, at a special opening, in Rome, on April 11, 2019. The marble steps will be accessible until June 9, 2019, the Feast of the Pentecost, after which their walnut wood covering, ordered by Pope Innocent XIII in 1723 to protect them, will be reinstalled. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man votes in Israel’s parliamentary election at a polling station in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)A girl at a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, holds a candle beside paper crosses bearing the names of the dead from Negros Oriental province, on April 8, 2019. Philippine police recently said that 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids last March 30 in Negros Oriental, but rights groups countered that the men were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Nazi concentration camp survivor Petro Mishuk, of Ukraine, passes the camp entrance with the slogan ‘To Each His Own’ (Jedem das Seine) prior to a minute of silence in memory of the victims at commemoration ceremonies for the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, on April 11, 2019. On April 11, 1945, units of the 3rd US Army reached Ettersberg Hill. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Members of the BYU combined choir raise their hands during a sustaining vote at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference on April 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)An exiled Tibetan woman prays as she prostrates in front of a portrait of her spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharmsala, India, on April 10, 2019. The Dalai Lama was briefly hospitalized in the Indian capital with a chest infection. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire By: Kit Doyle Share This! Catholicismlast_img read more

TMO Demands Extension Of Deadline For Harvey Victims To Sign Up For

first_img Al OrtizReverend Simon Bautista, of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral and a member of TMO, speaks at a press conference the group held to demand the extension of the deadline to sign up for D-SNAPMembers of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) demanded Friday that the state of Texas requests to extend the deadline for Harvey victims to sign up for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program, also known as D-SNAP, which provides funds to buy food.The deadline to sign up is this Friday, October 6th, and TMO, which is a multi-faith group, says the Texas Department of Health and Human Services should request from the federal government an extension of at least one week.TMO argues that many individuals and families from greater Houston have not had enough time to sign up because the lines at the facilities designated to do it were too long.On Friday morning, there were about 8,000 people waiting in line to sign up for D-SNAP at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston.“It is nothing short of a travesty,” said Deacon Sam Dunning, director of the Office of Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and a TMO member, during a press conference held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, near downtown Houston.The Convention Center is scheduled to close its doors at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 6th.According to preliminary data, more than 200,000 people have received D-SNAP funds so far in Harris County, the Houston Chronicle reported. Listen 00:00 /00:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

Switzerland grants final special stripper visas

first_imgMore than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said today.Switzerland began awarding eight-month permits in 1995 to women from outside the European Union who wanted to come to the country to work as strippers and cabaret dancers.The programme was meant to protect people who may have otherwise been vulnerable to sex traffickers, and dancers from Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand were among the top recipients.But following a prolonged investigation, Swiss authorities in 2014 announced that the programme was no longer serving a protective role, with some permit holders subjected to forced prostitution after arrival in the country.Migration office spokeswoman Lea Wertheimer confirmed that the programme will formally be cancelled as of the new year.last_img read more

Tamana and FDCI harness the power of inclusion

first_imgTamana along with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised its annual fashion show on September 15, titled ‘Unity in Diversity’. The event was co-hosted by Hyatt Regency Delhi.The event commenced with a live heart warming performance by Diwakar of Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs and Kenji Hiramatsu. Ambassador of Japan to India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.The show began with an inclusion walk where Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of Kenji Hiramatsu, Harinder Singh Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia and Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner of New Zealand to India walked the ramp. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children of Tamana exuded confidence while walking along with the models wearing ensembles created by FDCI designers – 11.11 CellDsgn, Alpana Neeraj, Amit Aggarwal, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Payal Pratap Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rimzim Dadu, along with other designers – Asha Gautam by Gautam Gupta and Asha Rani Gupta, Ridhi Arora and Namita Bansal.What made this years’ event extra special is that for the first time the ensembles designed and manufactured by the differently-abled at the sublimation unit at Tamana’s Skill Development Centre debuted on the catwalk.The evening concludedwith Tamana Chona, dressed in Amit Aggarwal, expressing her gratitude to the distinguished audience at the show along with actress Soundarya Sharma in Alpana Neeraj ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Shayama Chona, Founder and President, Tamana said,”The fascinating fashion show promoting ‘We are One’ irrespective of intellectual and physical differences is wonderfully put by Tamana, FDCI and Hyatt. According to me, these kids are born with a mission to remind us that we may have everything, but they are much greater in their purity of heart.”Entitled as the Crusader of Inclusion by Tamana, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “I am delighted to be a part of an event that celebrates inclusion in the most graceful manner, driving home the point that all humans are equal. Dr.Shayama Chona has done wonders with Tamana, an organisation that works selflessly for the specially-abled.”last_img read more