USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East

first_img View post tag: USS Hopper October 2, 2017 Authorities US Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) got underway from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on September 28 for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East.While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked through a sustainment cycle, the ship’s commanding officer is confident in his ship’s performance.“The crew has worked hard sustaining all of the ship’s certifications since returning from deployment seven months ago,” said Cmdr. Jeff Tamulevich, commanding officer of Hopper. “I am proud of the resiliency of these sailors and all they have accomplished to maintain Hopper’s readiness. We look forward to operating with our allies and partners from around the world again.”Hopper has a crew of nearly 330 officers and enlisted sailors and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named after Rear Adm. Grace Hopper who is best known for her accomplishments as a pioneering computer scientist. The ship was last deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific and Indian Ocean from August 2016 to February 2017. View post tag: US Navycenter_img Share this article USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hopper deploys to Western Pacific and Middle East last_img read more

Working wheat

first_imgOn a sunny day in the first week in August, British Baker went to visit a farm in West Sussex, one of the many to supply Warburtons with wheat, to find out more about the seed-to-crumb process.Bignor Farm is tucked away in a picturesque setting at the foot of the South Downs, and grows a range of arable crops, including 200ha of the winter wheat varieties Hereward and Solstice, which it supplies to the plant bread manufacturer.As well as supplying UK markets, the family-owned business, run by Tom and William Tupper, also exports from Shoreham and Southampton, and Tom Tupper welcomes the sight of greater availability of Warburtons’ products in the south of England, since the opening of the Bristol plant operational since December 2008.Tupper, who is also West Sussex County chairman of the National Farmers’ Union, has been working with Warburtons for around nine years. The farm is part of OpenField, a farmer-owned business and the UK’s largest grain exporter. Its aim is to maximise value for all in the supply chain by securing long-term business stability for UK farmers and customers alike, through marketing and logistical innovation.Warburtons works with around 320 farmers that all grow Hereward and Solstice wheat to a unique specification, explains Warburtons’ purchasing director Bob Beard. He adds that the founding fathers of the bakery business had a relationship with UK growers a trend which has seen the firm sourcing more and more wheat from the UK over recent years.”We work with OpenField for security of supply, quality and provenance, but the wheat is all grown in the Warburtons way. It’s about balancing what we do in the UK with our supplies from Canada,” says Beard. “We’ve got new wheat varieties that we’re looking at, which we hope will outperform Hereward and Solstice, and we’ve got a plan with Tom for the next 10 years.”Taking us to a field of Hereward itself, Tupper explains the process the wheat goes through before it ends up in a loaf of bread. “The sure-fire sign of when the wheat is ready to be harvested is when the ears of the wheat have tipped over,” he says.The bottom grains at the stock end tend to be the least ripe and he needs to know the moisture content before harvesting. It is then combine-harvested at 24% moisture and dried twice. Warburtons’ target protein level is 12-13%, with a minimum Hagberg falling number of 250.Tupper explains that key factors in terms of establishing the quality of the wheat, are the level of protein and the Hagberg number, because if the wheat gets too damp, it germinates and becomes nothing better than low-grade feed wheat. Hereward is a premium milling wheat, but doesn’t hold on to its Hagberg falling number “it’s the most delicate wheat we grow,” says Tupper whereas Solstice, a slightly thinner crop, but with bigger ears of wheat than Hereward, holds on to it for longer.There are approximately three-and-a-half tonnes of wheat per acre and, at harvest time, the farm’s single combine is capable of harvesting 110 acres a day. Last year, the farm supplied over 600 tonnes of wheat and, this year, is contracted to supply around 455 tonnes, which Beard says is enough to keep one of the machines at the factory going for only 24 hours straight, such is the level of production at the site.”Hereward is the best UK bread-making wheat available,” says Beard. “But we’re always looking to find other wheats that perform ever better. To bakers, the most important thing is consistency.”last_img read more

Steve Ishmael named ACC Receiver of the Week

first_img Published on November 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael on Monday was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Receiver of the Week for his performance against Florida State on Saturday.Ishmael, who ranks fourth in the country with 986 receiving yards, caught 12 passes for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown in SU’s (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 27-24 loss at FSU. He grabbed a 34-yard touchdown to cut the FSU lead to seven in the first half. In the second, he had a nine-yard catch at the sideline with 11 seconds on the clock. It set up a potential tying field goal attempt, which senior kicker Cole Murphy missed.Last month, Ishmael was named to the Associated Press’ midseason All-America Second Team. He caught the final touchdown of Syracuse’s upset over then-No. 2 Clemson.On Oct. 21 against Miami, the Miami native played in front of his parents for the first time since his senior year of high school. He ranks second on the ACC’s active receiving yardage list and, through nine games this season, already has more catches and receiving yards than he has had in any of the previous three.“Steve, I think he’s hands-down the best receiver in the nation,” Syracuse junior quarterback Eric Dungey said after the Clemson win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange, two wins away from ensuring bowl eligibility with three games left on the schedule, hosts Wake Forest (5-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more