USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Time

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Boxer For a second consecutive year, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was named winner of the Retention Excellence Award for outstanding Sailor retention for 2012.The Retention Excellence Award, also known as “Golden Anchor Award,” is awarded annually to commands that meet or exceed the retention criteria set forth by the Chief of Naval Operations. Commands must also score a minimum of 85 on their annual command career information program review to qualify for the award. “The award is a significant accomplishment for the crew and validates the commitment our leaders have to the Sailors onboard,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Derek Reynolds from Boxer’s career counselor office. Chief Navy Counselor (AW/SW) Jayne Epaloose, Boxer’s command career counselor, agreed that the award represents a total shipboard effort to have more Boxer Sailors stay Navy. “This award means Boxer leadership cares about its Sailors,” said Epaloose.As a trophy for winning the award, the command will be allowed to keep the ship’s anchors painted gold for another year. “Our anchors are gold and that tells the fleet what Boxer is all about,” added Epaloose.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013 View post tag: Second View post tag: Naval View post tag: receives February 11, 2013 View post tag: Excellence Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Time View post tag: award View post tag: Retention View post tag: time Share this article View post tag: USS USS Boxer Receives Retention Excellence Award for Second Timelast_img read more

Compostable products company settles deceptive packaging claims

first_imgAttorney General, September 27, 2011 Penley Corporation, based in West Paris, Maine, has agreed to settle claims by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the availability of local composting options for its Full Circle line of ‘compostable’ cutlery. The settlement requires Penley to pay $10,000 to the State of Vermont in penalties and costs, and another $10,000 to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) to support its Harvest Health Coupon Program.Commenting on the settlement, Attorney General Sorrell said that Vermonters care about responsible disposal, including the compostability, of consumer products, and need to be able to rely on sellers’ claims about how those products may be disposed of. ‘If most Vermonters can’t compost an item in the state, then advertising the item as ‘compostable’ is deceptive,’ he said.Starting in June 2007, Penley marketed a ‘Full Circle’ line of cutlery that was capable of being composted in a professionally managed municipal or commercial facility. The Full Circle packaging bore prominent references to compostability, including the term ‘compostable!’ in sizable red type in two places, and a boxed Biodegradable Plastics Institute/US Composting Council logo next to a third, capitalized, ‘COMPOSTABLE.’In fact, there are few municipal or commercial facilities in Vermont that accept compostable cutlery, and most Vermonters have not had, and do not have, practical access to such facilities. And while the Full Circle cutlery packaging did state that municipal or commercial composting facilities ‘may not exist in your community. Check to see if they do.,’ this disclosure was printed in an almost unreadably small five-point typeface on the back of the package.It is estimated that retail sales of Full Circle cutlery in Vermont totaled between 7,920 and 13,776 boxes, for which local consumers paid a total of between $10,216 and $17,771. Penley’s settlement with the Attorney General’s Office prohibits the company from representing to the public, directly or by implication, the compostability of any products sold in or into Vermont unless (a) there are municipal or commercial facilities reasonably and practically available to a substantial majority of Vermont consumers, which facilities accept those products for composting; or (b) there is a prominent disclosure on the product packaging of the absence of such facilities that is proximate to the compostability claim and is no smaller or less visible than the claim itself.Penley’s payment to NOFA Vermont will support a program that offers matching coupons as an incentive to 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamp) recipients to buy healthy, farm-fresh foods at over 30 local farmers’ markets. last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Righting the ship

first_imgTwo weeks ago I penned a column lamenting the fact that in spite of the Pirates committing to the African American Heritage weekend, the overall Black turnout for the Pirates vs. Royals series which included a full blown concert featuring ‘Boyz to Men’ was abysmal; to say the least. Oh by the way, I definitely received a response; maybe not the reaction that I was expecting but a response nonetheless.During the seventh inning stretch of the final contest of the three game series between the Pirates and the Detroit Tigers played last weekend, I exited the press box to go grab a hot pretzel. On my way back upstairs I was passing a wing joint (no free plugs here) and I met a reader who introduced herself as Joann.I will change her name to Joann in order to protect the guilty. “Mr. Bruce, Mr. Aubrey Bruce me and my husband read you every week. Wow! You have a lot more gray hair than in the picture in your column. Maybe you should tell them to update the photo,” she said. At this point I was really sort of pissed off at this woman who had suddenly appointed and anointed herself as the new photo editor of the NPC.“Hey Jean, did you say your name was Jean,” I said and before she was able to respond I continued on in a very semi-toxic and condescending tone, “I have no control nor do I desire any over who makes the decisions in regards to what photos are used. As a matter of fact, they are not required to use a photo at all; they may just want to attach my face to my madness.” She looked at me quizzically and asked me a question. “Mr. Bruce did you ever think that maybe one of the primary reasons that a lot of Blacks did not attend the games was because they just didn’t have the money? I saw a report on CNN that said that the net worth in Black households is $4995.00 and the net worth of White households is $110,729.00. That means White households are worth more than twenty times that of Black households,” she said. I checked her assertions and the numbers that she alluded to were correct. She continued by saying, “We just don’t have the resources to spend on entertainment.” I said, “Yeah, Jean that thought crossed my mind for a nano-second or less that our families don’t have the loot to go to a lot of events but wait; I work out of an office on Fourth Avenue Downtown. There are several nail salons in the immediate area and every time I go out for lunch, they are packed, even in the midst of this wretched economy.” She interrupted me by saying, “Mr. Bruce you know women, they are always trying to be beautiful and your nails are one of the first things that people look at.” I said, “Okay, I’ll give you that but if I agree with you that the net worth and the incomes in Black homes don’t permit a lot of hangin’ out at the ballpark, then how can they spend millions per year, hangin’ out in hair and nail salons?” Before she had a chance to respond I kept it rollin’. “Also, aren’t they going to be cautious about doing housework and other domestic related activities for fear of ruining that brand new nails job,” I asked. All of a sudden it dawned on me gray hair and all that I had a game to cover. “Well Joan, I have to get back, it was nice arguing with you oops, I meant talking with you,” I said. She smiled and shook my hand and said, “Thanks for listening Mr. Bruce.”As I made my way back to the “box” I smiled but behind my smile was concern because through it all I was thinking that we have to shut down the “excuses” factory. Yes, the majority of Blacks have less money, are less educated, and have lesser paying jobs that demand far more work than the pay that is generated. However, that just means we have to be better stewards of the money that we do have.I’d like to finish talking about the Pirates. For the three game series played last weekend between Pittsburgh and Detroit the total attendance was 111, 878. Attendance for the series finale was 35,179. The fans that attended did so without having to be promised or motivated by fireworks, concerts, honorariums or any other exterior events put in place to spur temporary attendance. These fans came to see Prince Fielder and Andrew McCutchen, two of the most exciting players in MLB who just happen to be Black. We cannot exhume Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell or any other Negro Leagues standout from the past to get out on the diamond and play now! See I look at it this way. When all you have to look forward to is the past, then your future will surely be doomed.Our ship is sinking slowly. We can have all of the Negro League celebrations that we want but these events will not make the youth of today, stay in school and get better grades, stop drive by’s or drug selling and drug usage. Talking and reminiscing about the Homestead Gray’s will not prevent a teen girl from becoming a teen mom. Let’s all quit the chatter and do the things that matter, peace.(Aubrey Bruce can be contacted at [email protected]­pittsburgh­ or 412-583-6741.) For the past seventeen years I have been catching grief about my predictions concerning the Pittsburgh Pirates. Folks have laughed at me in private and some have even ridiculed me in public in regards to my positive “prognostications.”last_img read more

Bantam Reps sweep series from Spokane

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsColton Dachwitz had three points to lead the short-handed Nelson Bantam Reps to a 6-1 victory over Spokane during minor hockey action Friday at the Civic Centre Arena.Nelson made it two straight Saturday over the visiting Lilac City squad posting a 6-3 win.Friday, Nelson led 2-1 after one frame before exploding for three goals in the second period.Brandon Sookro, with two goals and Sawyer Hunt, converting a penalty shot, also scored for the Reps.”We had two Bantam affiliate players, Liam Butterfield and Cole Sutherland, play with us in light of the fact that we had several sick or injured players,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt, pleased with the play of the two call ups.Saturday, Sookro led the Nelson charge with a pair of goals. Nelson once again broke open a close game with a three-goal explosion in the third period.Dashwitz and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson.
Adam Maida was outstanding between the pipes, registering wins in both games. Brayden Pompu, Nelson’s other goalie, missed the weekend due to injury.The Reps are back on the ice this weekend with a pair of games, Friday, 6 p.m. at the NDCC Arena, and Saturday 11 a.m. in the Civic Centre, against rival [email protected]last_img read more