USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar View post tag: Transits USS Philippine Sea Transits Straits of Gibraltar USS PHILIPPINE SEA CG 58The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG2), transited safely through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea in the early morning of Feb. 27. View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: Straits View post tag: Gibraltar For many Sailors aboard this was their first time crossing the Atlantic Ocean and seeing another continent. Two continents actually, The Straits of Gibraltar is a narrow transit which separates Europe and Africa by seven miles at its most narrow point.“It’s pretty exciting, I’ve never seen Europe before,” said Naval Aircrewman (Tacitical Helicopter) 2nd Class Gage Hoogveldt a search and rescue swimmer for the Spartans of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, which is attached to the ship. “I can’t wait for all the port visits we get to make on this deployment, and hopefully earning my 3rd warfare pin.”Fire Controlmen 3rd Class Brittany Mehlberg, a ship’s computer technician has only been in a handful of states up to this point in her life.“To wake up, go outside, and see Spain to my left and Morocco on my right was a surreal experience,” said Muhlberg. “I’m looking forward to taking my time to appreciate other cultures while I have the chance. I’m not somebody who wants to just fast forward to the end of the deployment.”The Philippine Sea is underway as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG). The GHWBCSG is on a scheduled deployment en route to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibly. With CVN 77 as the flag ship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 and ships USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).[mappress]Press Release, March 3, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS March 3, 2014 View post tag: Philippine Share this articlelast_img read more

USC, UCLA student leaders respond to admissions scandal

first_imgStone suggested penning the letter after giving Watson a tour of the USC campus. The two student body presidents then reached out to Yale and Stanford’s student body presidents to collaborate. The op-ed, titled “Operation Varsity Blues doesn’t end unfair college admissions policies,” was co-authored by Stone; Robert Blake Watson, president of UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council; Erica Scott, president of Stanford University’s Associated Students of Stanford; and Kahlil Greene, president of Yale University’s Yale College Council. “The conspiracy received global attention — particularly because of the celebrities involved — and prompted widespread disdain … as some internal campus investigations come to a close and guilty pleas pile up, it’s easy to think that the legal process has addressed the problem. Wrong,” the op-ed read. The letter came five months after the release of an FBI investigation that found that 33 wealthy parents used a back-door admissions scheme that included bribes and fake athletic profiles to secure their children’s spots at universities like USC, UCLA, Yale and Stanford. The Los Angeles Times published an editorial Aug. 7 penned by student government leaders at several universities involved in the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scandal uncovered in March. He said he looks forward to working with Stone and other student government leaders throughout the year to share ideas and initiatives. One of the formal meetings is a shared governance symposium between student government leaders at universities in Southern California, which UCLA will host this fall. “We’ve really had a lot of great, collaborative discussions surrounding what we’re doing at our campuses because our campuses are more similar than not in a lot of ways,” Watson said. “I think we’ve learned quite a bit from each other just in terms of how we’re handling these discussions, how we’re handling these practices at both of our schools.” USC Undergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone co-authored the piece, which focused on the inequalities within the college admissions process. Undergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone and student leaders from UCLA, Yale and Stanford wrote a Los Angeles Times editorial on inequality in college admissions following the college admissions bribery scheme that was uncovered by an FBI investigation in March. (Daily Trojan file photo)center_img While colleges responded to the scandal, Watson said he and the other student leaders wanted to create a conversation on the role wealth plays in the college admissions process. Student leaders from the four schools wrote about economic inequalities within the college admissions process, such as access to preparatory classes for standardized tests and traveling for campus visits. They encouraged college administrators to address these issues alongside the problems on each campus that allowed the bribery scheme to go on. At UCLA, Watson said he has worked on various projects to help all students perform well, including distributing free blue books and scantrons to all students. He has spoken with some administrative officials since the scandal broke in March to discuss how income inequality affects students both in the admissions process and throughout their time on campus. “There is discussion on all of our campuses about the deeper issues, more than just the celebrities that were involved,” Stone told the Daily Trojan. “But, I think [the op-ed was] about bringing a student perspective to a larger national issue.” On top of having at least two students admitted through the scheme, UCLA also made national headlines when an L.A. Times investigation found the school broke University of California rules by allowing a student athlete in 2014 to be admitted as a track athlete in exchange for a $100,000 donation. While the university investigated the situation and said it punished the coaches involved, the report did not lead to a systematic change in athletic admissions, according to the Times. Stone said he hopes for more collaboration between the USC student body and University administration to begin addressing wealth inequality in the admissions process and at USC. “We have had some response from our own administration and it’s definitely been brought up in a couple of my meetings and emails,” he said. “But the main purpose was to create a larger national discussion about the issue from a student perspective.”last_img read more

Juventus 2-2 Napoli AET (5-6 on pens): Benitez’s men seal Supercoppa after epic shootout

first_imgNapoli won the Supercoppa Italiana after triumphing in the penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw withJuventus on Monday.Rafael saved Giorgio Chiellini and Simone Padoin’s efforts from 12 yards at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha to give Napoli their first win in the competition since 1990 and deny Massimiliano Allegri his maiden piece of silverware at Juve.Two Argentina internationals had battled for the headlines before that, with Carlos Tevez netting twice for the Serie A champions and Gonzalo Higuain responding with a double for the Coppa Italia winners.A defensive mistake gifted Tevez the opening goal of the game – his 14th of the season in all competitions – after five minutes, the striker taking full advantage with a composed finish.Higuain levelled things up seven minutes after the hour, Tevez’s compatriot heading home his first goal in seven games.That forced extra time, where Tevez looked to have secured a seventh Supercoppa Italiana crown for Juve early in the second period, but Higuain had other ideas with a last-gasp strike to force penalties. In the shooutout, Tevez missed Juve’s first kick, but it was Padoin’s failure that gave Napoli victory – Rafael diving to his right to palm the ball away despite some earlier heroics from Gianluigi Buffon.The two sides now begin their mid-season break, but will face each other again in their second games back in January at San Paolo.Napoli made a shocking start to the match as some calamitous defending handed Tevez the breakthrough.Raul Albiol and Kalidou Koulibaly challenged each other for a header 20 yards from goal, the loose ball dropped to Tevez and he advanced before coolly slotting under Rafael.Napoli refused to let such a soft goal get to them and, after Jose Callejon had blazed over, Marek Hamsik was denied by the post. The Napoli captain brought the ball down well and unleashed a low shot that deflected off Giorgio Chiellini but, with Gianluigi Buffon beaten, struck the upright.Callejon should have brought his side level after 54 minutes following a pinpoint pass from Hamsik, the Spaniard controlling the ball perfectly only to drag his effort agonisingly wide.Napoli continued to enjoy the better of things and deservedly drew level after 67 minutes as Higuain guided home De Guzman’s left-wing cross.Neither side was able to find a winning goal inside the 90 minutes, but Tevez appeared to have earned the win in the 106th minute, collecting a pass from Paul Pogba and firing into the bottom corner.However, Higuain took the match to penalties with a poacher’s finish, the 27-year-old reacting fastest to poke Dries Mertens’ blocked shot beyond Buffon with two minutes remaining. Both sides missed their opening efforts but Juve fluffed their lines three times with the scores at 5-5, with Padoin’s miss proving decisive after Koulibaly had netted to make it 6-5.last_img read more