View post tag: USS Donald Cook March 14, 2018 The US Navy’s froward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) got underway from Spain, to start a patrol in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.The destroyer’s seventh patrol started on March 12, as the ship and crew departed Naval Station Rota.Donald Cook will be conducting routine operations in the US 6th Fleet and is scheduled to participate in multiple exercises while on patrol.“I am extremely proud of our in-port accomplishments and maintaining operational readiness. We are grateful for the constant support from our maintenance and support teams,” said Donald Cook commanding officer Cmdr. Matthew Powel. “Most importantly, we are thankful for the time we had with our family and friends. Donald Cook is ready to respond to any and all fleet and national tasking.”Donald Cook is one of four destroyers forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, which form a centerpiece of NATO’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) in addition to performing maritime security operations, training exercises and participation in the Standing NATO Maritime Groups. Back to overview,Home naval-today Forward-deployed US destroyer USS Donald Cook starts US 6th Fleet patrol View post tag: US 6th Fleet View post tag: US Navy Forward-deployed US destroyer USS Donald Cook starts US 6th Fleet patrol Share this article
Green Templeton College must be breathing a sigh of relief: no longer will it have the distinction of being Oxford’s newest college. Instead that honour will be held by a new college, the first since the merger of Green and Templeton Colleges in 2008, and the first built since Kellogg College was constructed in 1990.The new college, to be named ‘Wartshog’ is projected to cost nearly £1b over the course of its construction. Though most of this, about £600m, will come from the coffers of the University and its constuent colleges, much of the rest will be donated by Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling, perhaps better known by her penname ‘JK Rowling.’Worcester Professor Josephine Quinn, a Buildings and Estates Subcommittee member, told Cherwell that Rowling was highly involved in the project’s conception and committed to building a college explicitly for the ‘gifted.’“Her idea was fully fleshed out,” Quinn said. “And I must say it was brilliant – flew past the committee without a modification. Despite being new, the college will be built in the style of outdated architecture – Rowling showed us photos of an old Scottish castle – and open only to those who deserve to be there by dint of birth.”Quinn explained that Wartshog College will take a revolutionary approach to determining admissions. Rather than requiring the ‘talented’ apply, it will send out postcards – to be returned by July 31 – to those whom the college deems to have just the right attributes for study at the University. Those students will be offered a one-of-a-kind education, all the while cloistered off away from the prying eyes of the masses.The University said in a statement, “We view the creation of Wartshog as a way to truly begin moving forward into the 21st century. Oxford is continuously in the process of modernisation and advancement in order to stay truly competitive as the world continues to globalise. Accordingly, we are in full agreement with Ms Rowling’s plans to build a college where you will be able to graduate without having spent anytime interacting with anyone who is not in some way fundamentally similar to you.”Students have lauded the University’s announcement. David Lawton, a second year at St Hilda’s told Cherwell, “I am shocked and impressed by the foresight of the University. In announcing that the new college would be built exactly in the model of pre-twentieth century architecture, they subvert our understanding of what modern truly is. And the decision to only accept those with certain ‘abilities’ means that Oxford will continue to maintain its firm hold at the top of whatever university rankings are next scheduled to come out.”When asked whether he thought it was problematic that most of those who would attend Wartshog came from families that also attended Oxford, Lawton said, “Well, that’s only most, right? Every year I’m sure there will be at least a few who come from families in which neither parent attended a similarly presitigious institution.”When contacted, Rowling told Cherwell, “I have always found Oxford a beautiful, magical place, perfect for nurturing ‘special skills.’ Not just that, but the University is the ideal mingling ground for bright young people and I’m sure that the relationships they form here will continue to shape their personal and professional lives for decades to come.”In addressing the fears that students from atypical backgrounds could face discrimination and mudslinging, Rowling said, “It’s possible – but I think the education Wartshog will provide will be more than commensurate for any such problems. After all, they could always choose not to attend, couldn’t they?”At press time, the University was announcing plans to identify potential applicants to Wartshog and other colleges as early as birth and make sure to accept them when they were old enough for admission.
Keeping your shore house cool? Homeowners will feel the heat of the the Freon deadline this summer.Your air conditioner’s refrigerant may become obsolete by 2020.Freon, also known as R-22, is being officially phased out due to its ozone-depleting properties. Unfortunately, here at the South Jersey shore, the majority of the AC units we service use Freon. If your air conditioning unit was built before 2010, there’s a good chance yours does too.R-22 refrigerant costs will keep rising as coolant is officially phased outAbout 25 years ago, environmental concerns about R-22 refrigerant led to a nationally-mandated phase out plan from the Environmental Protection Agency. As of 2010, manufacturers ceased production on AC units charged with R-22. In 2020, production of this chemical will stop completely. So why should you care? Because decrease in supply leads to steep increase in price, and this ban will have a major effect on air-conditioning costs.Freon is now far from freeDoes this story sound familiar? Your air conditioner stopped blowing cold air, and you called to have it serviced. Your HVAC rep detected a small leak in the line and realized it needed more refrigerant. A simple Freon top-off at a very low service charge and you were back in business. Maybe you’ve extended the life of your AC unit for years this way. Well prepare yourself for some serous sticker shock.“This year the cost of R-22 will reach its highest point yet,” said Brian Broadley of Broadley’s Energy Solutions. “The minimum to charge a unit will be over $500, and that’s just for the gas alone. Homeowners trying to maintain a leaky R-22 air conditioner may end up paying more than it would cost to purchase an entirely new cooling system.”Now through June 1, 2017, Broadley’s will give you a $500 credit toward new AC unitFor homeowners with an older unit (2010 or prior), it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new AC system. Upgrading from your old R-22 unit not only reduces your impact on the environment, but a high-efficiency system will greatly reduce your energy costs, putting money back in your pocket. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may see significant energy saving by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Longer warranty periods, quieter operation and unlimited supplies of coolant, will further add to your peace of mind.Extended financing plans are available and Broadley’s is offering you $500 off the cost of your replacement unit through June 1, 2017. This is a limited time offer, so act now by calling 609-390-3907 or visiting broadleys.net. Not sure if your unit uses Freon? We can find that out for you, too!