View post tag: Bollinger View post tag: Navy View post tag: united September 14, 2012 View post tag: delivers View post tag: Guard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard View post tag: states Share this article View post tag: FRC Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the WILLIAM FLORES, the third Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the WILLIAM FLORES, to USCG Sector Miami. We look forward to the vessel’s commissioning, honoring William “Billy” Flores.”The 154 foot patrol craft WILLIAM FLORES is the third vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.The Coast Guard took delivery August 15, 2012 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Tampa, Fla. on November 3, 2012.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero, Seaman Apprentice William Ray “Billy” Flores, who gave his life to save his shipmates after a collision between the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and the 605-ft. oil tanker Capricorn in 1980. He was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for heroism.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 14, 2012; Image: Bollinger Shipyards View post tag: coast
Having returned fr om the Mediterranean deployment, Black Sea Fleet (BSF) landing ships Saratov and Novocherkassk called at…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, December 13, 2012; Image: Flot Back to overview,Home naval-today BSF Ships Not Violated Russian-Ukrainian Treaties View post tag: not View post tag: Navy View post tag: BSF View post tag: ships BSF Ships Not Violated Russian-Ukrainian Treaties View post tag: Naval View post tag: Russian-Ukrainian View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Treaties December 13, 2012 View post tag: Violated Training & Education Share this article
A sophisticated new examination of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils shows that modern humans are slower than our ancestors to reach full maturity. The finding suggests that our slow development and long childhood are recent and unique to our own species, and may have given early humans an evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals.The research, led by scientists at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI-EVA), and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), is detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Teeth are remarkable time recorders, capturing each day of growth much like rings in trees reveal yearly progress,” says Tanya M. Smith, assistant professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard. “Even more impressive is the fact that our first molars contain a tiny ‘birth certificate,’ and finding this birth line allows scientists to calculate exactly how old a juvenile was when it died.”Compared with even early humans, other primates have shorter gestation, faster childhood maturation, younger age at first reproduction, and a shorter overall lifespan. It’s been unclear exactly when, in the 6 million to 7 million years since our evolutionary split from nonhuman primates, the life course shifted.Smith and her colleagues found that young Neanderthals’ teeth growth — a proxy for overall development — was significantly faster than in our own species, including some of the earliest groups of modern humans to leave Africa some 90,000 to 100,000 years ago. This indicates that a longer childhood has been a relatively recent development.Such studies add to the growing body of evidence that subtle developmental differences exist between us and our Neanderthal cousins. The recent sequencing of the Neanderthal genome has provided tantalizing genetic clues pointing to differences in cranial and skeletal development between Neanderthals and modern humans.The current study involves some of the most famous Neanderthal children ever discovered, including the first hominin fossil, discovered in Belgium in the winter of 1829-30. This individual was previously thought, based on comparisons with modern humans, to have been 4 to 5 years old at the time of death. Now, powerful synchrotron X-rays and biological rhythms inside teeth have revealed the child was only 3 years old.While counting lines in teeth isn’t a new method, Smith says, doing it “virtually” using synchrotron microcomputed tomography is.“These new methods present a unique opportunity to assess the origins of a fundamentally human condition: the costly yet advantageous shift from a primitive ‘live fast and die young’ strategy to the ‘live slow and grow old’ strategy that has helped to make humans one of the most successful organisms on the planet,” Smith says. Humans’ extended maturation may have facilitated additional learning and complex cognition, possibly giving early Homo sapiens an advantage over their Neanderthal cousins.Smith’s co-authors are Paul Tafforeau of ESRF; Donald J. Reid of Newcastle University; Joane Pouech of MPI-EVA and ESRF; Vincent Lazzari of MPI-EVA, ESRF, and the International Institute of Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology; John P. Zermeno of Harvard; Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg of Ohio State University; Anthony J. Olejniczak of MPI-EVA and the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana; Almut Hoffman of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte; Jakov Radovčić of the Croatian Natural History Museum; Masrour Makaremi of University Bordeaux II; Michel Toussaint of Service Publique de Wallonie; Chris Stringer of the British Natural History Museum; and Jean-Jacques Hublin of MPI-EVA.The work was funded by the Max Planck Society, ESRF, and Harvard.
“I think every game is a test for us. Our idea is that going forwards we are going to be in a position where we can challenge consistently at that level next year. Traditionally for many years Liverpool has been the top team in the city, no question about that. “Obviously last year Everton finished above ourselves but for us it is very important to finish as high as we possibly can. We had a difficult start and didn’t win a game until the end of September but the players and staff have worked very hard. “We just have to maintain the standards we have set in the second half of the season. Last week (a 6-0 win at Newcastle) we had that and for us the idea is to maintain that standard. Whether we win 6-0 or 1-0 the objective will be to win the game. “We have three games left and we want to win every game.” It will be Rodgers’ first experience of an Anfield derby, having seen his side concede a 2-0 lead at Goodison Park earlier in the season. “I am really looking forward to feeling the atmosphere at Anfield. I think all derby matches have an intensity to them,” he said. “As a manager every game is important, derby games in particular, but the concentration has to be controlled. “These games are always intense and there is passion but they are not always the best games. But you have two teams who will be fierce and competitive but who will want to play the game in the right way.” A win for the Toffees – who have not been victorious at Anfield since 1999 – would ensure they finished above their near-neighbours for the second successive season. That would also be the first time that has happened since the Reds returned to the top flight in 1962, but Rodgers dismissed suggestions the match symbolised a power shift on Merseyside. “It is not a benchmark, it is another game to show we have the qualities to compete,” he said. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Sunday’s 220th Merseyside derby does not represent a significant landmark in the fortunes of both clubs.