The fake news about unemployment

first_imgFew workers are cheering the Labor Department’s report that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April.Why should they? While the jobless rate now matches the level of May 2007 — just before the latest capitalist economic crisis — it still leaves 7.1 million people “officially” unemployed.Even the Labor Department admits that 5.3 million people who are counted as employed are forced to work part-time, even though they want and need full-time jobs. Another 1.5 million people “were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Many people with disabilities are not included among the jobless. The 2.2 million members of the working class who are incarcerated are not even considered. Neither are the thousands who collect cans and bottles for a small deposit fee in New York and a few other states.While the latest jobless rate for whites is 3.8 percent, the figure for Black workers is more than double that, at 7.9 percent. ”Last hired, first fired” is still the racist standard for African Americans.At the height of capitalist “prosperity,” Black workers and their families are still stuck in a recession. It’s a depression for Black teenagers, whose latest jobless rate is 29.3 percent.Usually a drop in unemployment is accompanied by a rise in wages. Workers feel more confident in taking better-paying jobs or demanding raises.Not this time. The average wage increase of 2.5 percent over the past 12 months was almost wiped out by inflation, which rose by 2.4 percent. For workers being paid the miserable federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, inflation meant a pay cut.All the union-busting attacks, including those against public workers, have had their effect. Over the last 40 years, thousands of union strongholds have been shut down by capitalists taking advantage of automation.Having millions of unemployed people is a necessity for capitalist profits. Frederick Engels, the co-worker of Karl Marx, called the jobless an “industrial reserve army.”Capitalists know this well. Samuel Insull — whose Enron-like Midwest utilities empire collapsed during the Great Depression — bragged that “the greatest aid to the efficiency of labor is a long line of men waiting at the gate.” That means women and men desperately seeking a job.Workers put up with so much abuse because they know the boss can usually hire someone else to replace them.While millions need a job, millions of employed are forced to work two or more jobs in order to pay the rent. “The condemnation of one part of the working class to enforced idleness by the overwork of the other part, and the converse, becomes a means of enriching the individual capitalists,” wrote Marx in “Capital.”The labor movement needs to fight for a 30-hour workweek with no cut in pay.The Soviet Union’s first five-year plan abolished unemployment by 1930. Socialist economic planning made holding a job a right of all Soviet workers.We need to fight for a socialist revolution that will abolish unemployment and poverty forever.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pre-elections indicate defeat for pro-imperialist Macri

first_imgIt is rare that primary elections hit the news cycle like a thunderclap. Yet political observers across Latin America see the Aug. 11 primary in Argentina as indicating a continental shift, reversing the right-wing wave in that region. Some even call it a setback for Donald Trump.Mauricio Macri had won the 2015 elections in the second round by a narrow margin against the opposition, a continuation of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner government but moving rightward. Its candidate, Daniel Scioli, aroused no enthusiasm among the left.Macri’s regime has been lined up internationally with U.S. President Donald Trump, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Colombia’s Iván Duque against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba. He turned the Argentine economy over to the International Monetary Fund. In turn, the IMF tried to guarantee Macri’s reelection, with a $57 billion loan that it hoped would avoid a default on Argentina’s debt. Under Macri’s government during the last three years, the number of people living in poverty has expanded, jumping to 35 percent in the last few months, while the purchasing power of workers has plunged. His regime has closed schools, cut health services and allowed homeless people to freeze.This year Macri’s main opponent, The Front for All, is running Alberto Fernández for president and Kirchner, who was president from 2007 to 2015, for vice president.Because most parties had only one set of candidates for the upcoming presidential elections in October, the Aug. 11 primary took the form of a popular poll of the parties. Observers expected Macri’s party, Together for Change, to come in a close second to the moderate opposition party, the Front for All, maybe losing by 4 points but still in a position to contend. Vote crushes MacriInstead, the opposition trounced Macri’s party by 48 percent to 32 percent (percentages were rounded off). While nothing is guaranteed, the 16-point spread indicates an electoral victory for the opposition in the first round, even if most of the remaining 20 percent were to shift to Macri. A more left-wing, pro-working class and anti-imperialist coalition called the Left and Workers’ Front got 3 percent of the vote, enough to play a political role.Analyzing this election, Argentine Marxist Claudio Katz wrote, “Macri promoted resentment against the poor, but triggered massive rejection of the ruling elite. He tried to rebuke the past decade [of Kirchnerism] and consolidated the people’s indignation with the overwhelming current role of his administration.” (, Aug. 19)Macri’s own reaction to the vote indicates a certain panic. Macri said on Aug. 14 that he will cut income taxes for workers and increase subsidies for social services. Given the turmoil in the economy, this is too little, too late. Brazil’s ultra-rightist Bolsonaro,  in his usual exaggeration, also warned of massive Argentine migration to Brazil should Kirchner’s party win, calling her a Bolivarian — a form of red-baiting.A mere electoral change is insufficient to bring a real reversal of right-wing policies as long as imperialist and capitalist wealth controls the economy. However, such a change can encourage mass actions in Argentina, especially in the period between now and the Oct. 27 election. A day of protest is set for Aug. 22, which will give an indication of the struggle’s direction.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Corn Stover Study Based on Unrealistic Assumptions

first_img Previous articleTPP Negotiations UpdateNext articleMeat Myths, Fact or Fiction Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Stover Study Based on Unrealistic Assumptions AFBF disputes stover studyA team of researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led by Adam Liska, recently released a study that suggests using corn residue to produce renewable fuels generates more greenhouse gases than gasoline. American Farm Bureau has several concerns about the study. It concludes cellulosic biofuels relying on corn stover would produce 7 percent higher greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline due to carbon removal from the land. American Farm Bureau economist Matthew Erickson says there’s a tremendous disconnect in the study’s assumptions from real world stover to fuel practices.“This study implied that all farmers would willingly, and consistently, remove 60 to 75 percent of the corn residue from their fields. And it didn’t take into consideration anything that a farmer conducts within their normal operation.”Best practices recommended for residue removal are that no more than 40 to 50 percent of residue is removed for no-till systems, 20 to 30 percent for conservation tillage practices, and zero to 10 percent for conventional tillage. But Erickson says farmers removing stover from the field are only removing 10 to 25 percent.“The high majority of farmers would be hesitant to take off the 60 to 75 percent of stover because they’re going to need this residue to put back onto the field to nourish and to replenish the soil for next year’s crop.”Erickson says there are numerous other studies from reliable sources, such as USDA, that show how biofuels benefit the environment beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“One benefit from biofuels is it’s environmentally cleaner, and air emissions from vehicles using biofuels are cleaner than gasoline, which reduces smog.”Source: AFBF Facebook Twitter SHARE Corn Stover Study Based on Unrealistic Assumptions By Andy Eubank – Apr 27, 2014 last_img read more

Men’s golf opens season in familiar territory

first_imgTCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Facebook Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas Sam Fristachi Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss Facebook Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Sam Fristachi Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Sam Fristachi Previous articleWomen’s tennis signs one new playerNext articleFootball signs Tomlinson’s nephew on National Signing Day Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Senior, Triston Fisher walks the course after Big 12 Play. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fristachi Sam Fristachi + posts ReddIt Twitter Linkedin printAfter finishing its fall season in the Georgia Collegiate tournament, the Horned Frogs will head to warmer weather to compete in the Amer Ari Invitation.The team will travel to Waikoloa, Hawaii from Feb. 7-9 to compete against University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Colorado and others. “Our goal for Hawaii is to go win it,” said coach Bill Montigel. “We have played over there for about 25 years in a row and most of the guys on the team now have played there before, so we know the course very well.”The last time the Frogs competed in this tournament they placed fifth. Current senior Stefano Mazzoli finished sixth, shooting a career-best 7-under 65.In the 2017-2018 season, the Frogs placed sixth out of 23 teams in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate tournament and Triston Fisher, who competed as an individual, shot a career-best 4-under 68. The team will return to Palm Desert, California at the end of February to compete in the tournament.Triston Fisher at the 2018 Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Tournament. Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.comThe Frogs will compete in the Southern Highlands Collegiate tournament, Lake Charles Invitational, the Hayt Invitational, and the Tiger Invitational before heading to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to compete in the Big 12 Championship.“Our conference is one of the toughest in the country, but I think that is an advantage because our ultimate goal is to win the NCAA,” Montigel said. “By playing in such tough conference it gets you ready for later in the year because you have competed with some of the best. If you can compete with the teams in our conference, you can compete with anyone.”Last year, the Frogs placed eighth in the conference. Oklahoma placed first and took over the Big 12 title from the University of Texas at Austin, who held the title from 2012-2017.The Horned Frogs currently have the nation’s toughest schedule according to“Our goal is to make it back to the NCAA tournament and we are going to have to play well this spring to do that, but I think we have to do that,” Montigel said.After the spring season, the team will be losing six key players. Triston Fisher, Turner Maclean, Pierre Mazier, Stefano Mazzoli, David Ravetto and Hayden Springer are all graduating from TCU. The team signed five players in November to fill the spots of the graduating seniors: Chris Berzina, Caden Christopherson, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Gustav Frimodt and Aymeric Laussot.“We have a lot of high hopes for the incoming freshmen,” said Montigel. “Even though they are going to all be young next year, we feel like they have a lot of talent and our goals are incredibly high with those guys and what we would like to do is win the NCAA.”Three veterans return to the team next year: first-years Alejandro Aguilera and Justin Gums and sophomore Trevor Brown. “We really want those three guys to set a good example for the new guys coming in and work hard and kind of tell them how it is,” Montigel said.The Frogs hope to end the season by competing in the NCAA regional tournament for the 30th consecutive season.Turner Maclean at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Tournament. Photo Courtesy of Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Twitter Linkedin Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylorlast_img read more

Bloggers demonised and persecuted

first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Follow the news on Iran In addition to the political trials and arrests of hundreds of government opponents, repression in Iran is concentrating on Internet users. Reporters Without Borders has learned of the arrest last night of Ali Pirhasanlou, one of the first journalists to start blogging in Iran.Pirhasanlou, who used to write for several, now closed, pro-reform newspapers and who blogs under the name of Alpar, was arrested together with his wife, Fatemeh Sotoudeh, at their home after it was searched by plain-clothes intelligence ministry agents. They are accused of “activity against national security.”Other journalists and activists were arrested or were summoned for questioning by the intelligence services today, on the eve of more opposition demonstrations in Tehran.“The Internet and its users have become the new targets for repression by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters in the past two weeks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After suspending newspapers, the authorities are attacking one of the easy ways to access information about arrests and protests in Iran.”The press freedom organisation added: “All of Iran’s news websites are now threatened with termination. Some sites are the targets of organised hacking. Demonised by the public prosecutor during the ongoing Tehran political trials, the Internet continues to be a vehicle of mobilisation which the government is now trying to suppress.”Noorooz (the site of the opposition Islamic Iran Participation Front), Parlemannews (the site of the pro-reform parliamentarians), Tagheer (a news website) and the feminist websites FeministSchool and We-Change have all suffered access blockages. We-Change’s blocking is the 20th since it was launched. Provincial news websites such as ( have also been blocked.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about Mohammad Pour Abdoullah, the editor of the blog Pishro (Avant-Garde), who was arrested on 12 January 2009 for writing about a crackdown on the student movement, prison conditions and the interrogation methods used by intelligence ministry agents. He was kept in solitary confinement and subjected to constant pressure for 23 days after his arrest. As he refused to admit to the charges brought against him, he is still awaiting trial. An initial hearing was to have been held on 21 February, but the judge adjourned it indefinitely, without explanation. Thereafter, Abdoullah was moved to an individual cell and then to Ghezel Hessar, a prison for non-political detainees.Abdoullah was arrested for the first time on 24 January 2008 and was freed 41 days later on payment of 800 million toman (720,000 euros) in bail. After this spell in prison for participating in a student demonstration, he wrote about the situation of imprisoned students in his articles. His family is worried about him and his lawyers do not understand why he has been singled out. June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts September 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloggers demonised and persecuted News February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal

first_img to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Vietnam RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the rulings that courts issued today in the cases of three bloggers – Nguyen Van Hai (also known as Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (also known as Anhbasaigon) – and yesterday in the case of Nguyen Van Khuong, an investigative journalist also known as Hoang Khuong. The organization also condemns yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and activist Le Quoc Quan and calls for his immediate release.“Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and Anhbasaigon did nothing to deserve these sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By confirming long jail terms for these bloggers, the Vietnamese authorities are displaying their contempt for basic freedoms and freedom of expression in particular.“We are very worried by the possible outcome of the trial on 8 January of nine young Catholic bloggers including Paulus Le Son and yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and human rights activist Le Quoc Quan.“We urge the European Union, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to put pressure on the Vietnamese government to end its relentless crackdown on dissidents in general and news providers in particular.”The long jail terms that two of the three bloggers received on 24 September were upheld today on appeal. The activist Dieu Cay and the former police officer Ta Phong Tan remain sentenced to 12 and 10 years in prison, respectively, followed by five years of house arrest.The blogger Anhbasaigon, the only one of the three to plead guilty, had his sentenced reduced from four to three years in prison followed by three years of house arrest.The months that the three bloggers have spent in detention since their arrest have been difficult. When Dieu Cay was allowed a closely-monitored visit by his son, Nguyen Tri Dung, for just a few minutes on 7 November, he complained of being held in Chi Hoa prison’s AB section, which is normally reserved for those sentenced to death.Ta Phong Tan, creator of the “Justice and Truth” blog, has paid a particularly high price for her commitment. Her mother took her own life last July by setting fire to herself outside the headquarters of the People’s Committee in Bac Lieu.Anhbasaigon’s wife, Nguyen Thi Lien, told Reporters Without Borders in a phone call that he was suffering from frequent headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure, and that he was completely crushed by the length of his sentence.An appeal court yesterday upheld the four-year jail sentence that Hoang Khuong, a journalist with the daily Tuoi Tre, received for arranging for a police officer to be offered a bribe in the course of investigating a corruption story. Detained since January, Khuong specialized in covering corruption cases.“What Khuong did in order to obtain irrefutable proof of Vietnamese police corruption, which he reported in his article, cannot be treated as attempted corruption,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the justice system to reverse its rejection of his appeal request and to release him on the grounds that his work was in the general interest.”“Corruption” and “tax fraud” charges are often brought against Vietnamese journalists and bloggers. It was allegations of tax fraud that were used to arrest the blogger Le Quoc Quan and, in April 2008, Dieu Cay.Several bloggers were arrested during today’s appeal hearing and Tan’s sister, Ta Minh Tu, was not allowed into the court.Vietnam has long been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and now it is the world’s third biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China and Iran. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prisonlast_img read more

Green Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s Park

first_imgLimerickNewsGreen Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s ParkBy Alan Jacques – July 30, 2019 314 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleConcerns raised over Punches Cross student developmentNext articleO’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSGreen FlaglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilPeople’s Park Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Green Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s Park. It was raised by Mayor of Limerick City and County, Michael Sheahan and Michael Sheehan, Park Superintendent Limerick City and County.Picture: Keith WisemanA Green Flag now flies proudly over the People’s Park after the park was chosen as one of the latest recipients of the internationally recognised Green Flag Awards.The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.It aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways and encourages high environmental performance and good management. Parks and green spaces are judged against eight key criteria.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The People’s Park in Limerick city and the Páirc Cois Féile in Abbeyfeale have received the Green Flag Award.This year participating countries included Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Wales.The 2019 awards were available to public town parks, country parks, gardens, cemeteries, and green spaces from across the whole country.They are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against the strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.This international award is a recognition that the People’s Park meets the highest possible environmental standards.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “This award is a huge honour for all who work in the Parks Section of the Council. The People’s Park plays an integral part in making Limerick city an attractive place to live and people strongly identify with it. City parks improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighbourhoods more attractive places to live and work.”“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in our city for people to enjoy. I would encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the parks and green spaces that we have on our doorstep in Limerick City and County.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Hopes for improved Mungret bus service

first_imgWhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TAGSLimerick City and Countynational transport associationNewsNTApoliticsTransport TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Linkedin Email Cllr Dan McSweeney, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMUNGRET, Ballybrown and Clarina and could soon be benefitting from an improved public bus service.This follows a motion from Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney at a recent meeting of the Limerick City and County Council’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee where he asked the council to engage with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to secure improved bus services for the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City West representative was informed that the local authority is actively engaging with the NTA in the development of the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.“Baseline studies and projected growth for population centres in Ballybrown, Clarina and Patrickswell will form the basis for consultation between Bus Éireann and NTA for appropriate bus services to meet the demand,” a Council spokesperson explained.Cllr McSweeney told the committee that there are currently four services connecting Clarina to Limerick City Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.15pm. The service is reduced to two times a day on Saturdays and one on Sundays.“Upon your return from Limerick City you have four bus services commencing at 1.35pm with last service at 5.40pm and similarly these services reduce to two on a Saturday and one on a Sunday.“One of the major issues surrounding the return bus route is timing. Many students travelling to secondary schools, completing after school study and those working in Limerick City centre are unable to use public transport due to there being no later bus service,” Cllr McSweeney explained.He also pointed out that Mungret has been promised an extended bus service for a number of years and is still waiting for it.“Mungret has grown significantly over the last number of years with additional housing and new schools and these public transport plans have still not materialised. The improvement of the Clarina bus service will be able to work hand in hand with the provision of improved bus services for Mungret,” he concluded.center_img Previous articleLimerick woman to lead hotel industry through challenging timesNext articleStorm Jorge brings Orange Weather Warning this weekend Alan Jacques NewsPoliticsTransportHopes for improved Mungret bus serviceBy Alan Jacques – February 27, 2020 579 Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 10/4

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Soccer2-A SouthPAROWAN, Utah-McKenna Murphy netted a hat trick and the Parowan Rams blanked Beaver 9-0 in 2-A South girls soccer action Thursday.Region 14NEPHI, Utah-Alexa Walker, Brinley Bender, Marissa Hall, Paige Hanson and Reggie Myers each scored as the Juab Wasps routed Carbon 5-1 Thursday in Region 14 girls soccer action.VolleyballRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps swept Maeser 3-0 Thursday in Region 14 girls volleyball action. The Wasps used wins of 25-8, 25-17 and 25-20 to prevail easily against the Lions.Region 18KANAB, Utah-Kanab prevailed 3-1 in Region 18 girls volleyball action Thursday. Kanab used wins of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-12 to win easily against the Beavers. The Beavers netted a 27-25 win in the third set.SALINA, Utah-The Enterprise Wolves amassed a 3-0 win Thursday over North Sevier in Region 18 action. Enterprise prevailed 25-14, 25-21 and 25-18 in the easy victory.FILLMORE, Utah-The Gunnison Bulldogs outlasted the Millard Eagles 3-2 in Region 18 volleyball action Thursday. The Bulldogs used wins of 25-20, 25-21 and 15-9 in the clincher to pull out the victory. Millard netted wins of 25-23 and 25-10.Region 21MILFORD, Utah-The Milford Tigers dismantled Tintic 3-0 in Region 21 volleyball action Thursday. The Tigers used 25-10, 25-17 and 25-15 wins to make quick work of the Miners in the region tilt. Brad James October 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/4 Written by Tags: Alexa Walker/Brinley Bender/Marissa Hall/McKenna Murphy/Paige Hanson/Reggie Myerslast_img read more

USA: Austal Completes Launch of Second 127-Metre Independence-Variant LCS

first_img Industry news View post tag: News by topic January 12, 2012 View post tag: Independence-Variant View post tag: Austal On January 10, 2012, Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard completed the launch of the second 127-metre Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship, “Coronado” (LCS 4).The roll-out marked Austal’s second use of an innovative self-propelled modular transporter system to transfer the ship from the yard’s final assembly bay onto a drydock for launch. This system was first used a few months ago, in September 2011, to successfully launch USNS “Spearhead” (JHSV 1). Austal and the US Navy collaborated in the design of a new set of keel stands to support the ship during construction and facilitate the transition from the assembly bay. Austal’s own self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) supplemented those of Berard Transportation of New Iberia, LA, to provide a total of 3,800 tons lift capacity, on some 104 axle lines.In a three-step process, SPMTs lifted the entire ship and keel stands lifted the Coronado almost three feet and moved the Littoral Combat Ship into the moored dry dock. Supporting close to 2,000 tons, the SPMT operators; aided by tug captains; the dock master and the Austal launch master manoeuvred “Coronado” aboard the dry dock in an incident-free operation.A major improvement in safety and efficiency, the new roll-out method has shaved hours off the transfer process, and serves as a capstone in Austal’s effort to reduce cost and time required in future LCS deliveries.The LCS and dry dock were then transported down river by tug to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard, Mobile, where the ship was ultimately floated free of the keel stands, and was manoeuvred from the drydock. The vessel was then towed back upriver to Austal’s facility, where it will undergo final outfitting and activation before sea trials and delivery to the US Navy.The 127-metre Austal trimaran seaframe is the platform for the LCS’s mission and weapon systems. This seaframe provides superior seakeeping and aviation as a result of its long, slender central hull and smaller side hulls (“amahs”). The trimaran hullform provides a large internal mission deck with a high payload carrying capacity. Located above the mission bay is the enormous flight deck capable of conducting dual H-60 helicopter operations. The vertical location of the flight deck on the trimaran hull form provides the highest flight deck elevation on a combatant ship other than a major amphibious vessel or aircraft carrier.The launch of “Coronado” (LCS 4) closely follows the christening of the 103-metre USNS “Spearhead” (JHSV 1) and the celebration of the keel laying ceremony for “Choctaw County” (JHSV 2). Modular construction has also begun on JHSV 3 and “Jackson” (LCS 6) – the first of the 10-ship US Navy contract awarded to Austal, as the prime contractor, a year ago – in Austal’s 65,000 square metre Module Manufacturing Facility (MMF). Austal also has “Montgomery” (LCS 8) and JHSV 3 through JHSV 7 under contract.For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal is working in a partnership with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. As the ship systems integrator, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s electronic systems including the combat system, networks, and seaframe control. General Dynamics’ proven open architecture approach provides affordable capabilities to the fleet quickly and efficiently.Austal employs over 2,100 highly qualified shipbuilders, engineers and support staff in the United States and is steadily growing towards 4,000 employees.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 12, 2012; Image: austal Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Austal Completes Launch of Second 127-Metre Independence-Variant LCS USA: Austal Completes Launch of Second 127-Metre Independence-Variant LCS View post tag: Second View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Littoral View post tag: Combat View post tag: completes View post tag: launch View post tag: Naval View post tag: ship View post tag: usa Share this articlelast_img read more