France to start with a clean slate

first_imgFrance coach Marc LièvremontFrance coach Marc Lièvremont says France need to learn the lessons from their roller coaster year, but start the Six Nations with a clean slate, writes Bea Asprey. Les Bleus started the year by winning a Grand Slam in last year’s Six Nations, but lost to South Africa and Argentina in the summer, and were humiliated 59-16 to Australia in November, and now Lièvremont is keen to learn focus on the task ahead of them, namely, Scotland at home on Saturday week.“We can’t forget November, and we must strike a balance between the good, and June and Australia of 2010,” said Lièvremont. “We need to learn from November, but it’s important to focus now on our first match.”France’s opening match against Scotland is at home, and they will be favourites to win that match, but Lièvremont is keen not to get carried away with public expectation. “Starting at home is a way to start comfortably, but we must respect Scotland,” said Lièvremont. “Scotland played very well last year against Wales and England, and they beat Argentina away in the summer, so we know what they are capable of. We know we are under pressure to start well, and we’ve seen from Wales, Ireland and ourselves what happens when you win your opening game.”Lièvremont was as cool as ever at today’s RBS 6 Nations launch despite coming under fire in recent weeks and he continued: “The Stade de France is becoming our new play pen. We’ve had some fantastic wins there as well as some cruel defeats, and now it’s just a question of getting the confidence of our spectators back.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Rugby World TV: Six Nations Round 3 analysis

first_imgEngland v FranceScotland v Ireland AFTER A brief sojourn from the RBS 6 Nations, we were rewarded with three fascinating Six Nations duels in Round 3. England are now the only side capable winning a Grand Slam, but Wales and Scotland are still in the running for the title. We’ve picked our Lions contenders based on this weekend’s performance, but do you think we’ve got it right? Join the discussion on Facebook Rugby World Magazine and Twitter @rugbyworldmag.Thanks to Tom Macleod and We Are Iris.Italy v Wales LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Bestor Architecture Area Area of this architecture project United States Pacific Empire Builders Products used in this ProjectFaucetsAXORBathroom Collection – AXOR UnoBranding/Logo:Bestor ArchitectureStructural Engineer:Nishkian ChamberlainM/E/P Engineer:Shamim EngineeringClient:LocalConstructCity:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Iwan BaanText description provided by the architects. Blackbirds is a cluster of 18 homes nestled in the bohemian hills of Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood designed by Bestor Architecture. The multi-house development is a progressive design solution for high quality dense housing in a city with little available land. The houses are 1,930 square feet or less, are a mix of two and three bedrooms, and are built around a living street: a central courtyard that comprises both landscape and parking areas, as well as serving as the stage for larger community functions and play. Save this picture!AxonometricThe placement of the houses in the hills mimics the early 20th century craftsman cabins of the area, and deploys a strategy of “stealth density”, combining several houses into a single house shaped volume. For instance two free-standing houses are connected by flashing and the roofline creates the illusion of one house mass. Three houses, whose separation is masked has the illusion of being two houses. This conceals the actual density of units by maintaining the neighborhood shape and landscape context across the .82 acre site. The 18 houses are situated in a drought tolerant landscape with mature trees that is woven into the surrounding neighborhood fabric. The community is a thoughtful blend of private, semi-private and public space, and promotes connections with neighbors and the community by encouraging interaction and exchange. The emphasis of the design is on a higher quality of life within an urban context by promoting interactions between neighbors, links between units with native landscaping, and medium density with sensitive scale and massing.Save this picture!© Iwan BaanSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Laure JolietSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Iwan BaanThe homes feature expansive windows with city and mountain views that bring in abundant natural light and ventilation in a city with a temperate climate. The shared “street” is slightly sloped so rain water can be collected and filtered for watering the site.Save this picture!© Iwan BaanProject gallerySee allShow less30 Projects Shortlisted for 2016 Young Talent Architecture AwardArchitecture NewsLearn About the History of the RIBA Stirling Prize and See Inside the 2016 FinalistsVideosProject locationAddress:Los Angeles, CA, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs Products translation missing: Manufacturers: AXOR, C.R. Laurence, Hansgrohe, Owens Corning, Benjamin Moore, Brendan Ravenhill, Daltile, James Hardie, Kohler, Lithonia Lighting, Nevamar, Rohl, Toto, Acor, American Universal, Arcadia Custom, Cal – Royal, Nest, Solar Industries, Titan Metal Fabricators, +1Titan Sheet Metal-1 Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture Landscape Architect: Save this picture!© Iwan Baan+ 23 Share ArchDaily Year:  Blackbirds / Bestor ArchitectureSave this projectSaveBlackbirds / Bestor Architecturecenter_img Projects “COPY” Housing CRC Enterprises 2015 Mia Lehrer + Associates General Contractor: CopyHousing•Los Angeles, United States Area:  1930 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Iwan Baan , Laure Joliet Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBestor ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on October 06, 2016Cite: “Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture” 06 Oct 2016. 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10-year legacy research reveals need to normalise giving to sustain income growth

first_img Tagged with: legacies legacy fundraising Remember a Charity Melanie May | 4 April 2019 | News 10-year legacy research reveals need to normalise giving to sustain income growth  342 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 Key statistics About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 Ten-year research into the legacy fundraising market released today (4 April) shows Welsh and Scottish charities are seeing the fastest legacy income growth, with new and smaller charities increasingly benefiting from legacies, and overseas aid, environmental and services charities gaining ground in the market.The UK Legacy Fundraising Market 2019 report by Remember A Charity, unveiled at the launch of the consortium’s new three-year strategy, shows increasing numbers of charities benefiting from legacies and reveals a number of insights into income growth, based on the analysis of legacy income to over 1,100 UK fundraising charities, with annual legacy income of £2.23 billion.In terms of legacy income growth, it shows that Welsh and Scottish charities are outperforming charities in England and those with a UK-wide remit, despite the Welsh and Scottish legacy markets constituting a collective total of just 4% of the UK’s legacy income. Charities saw real terms legacy income growth from 2007-2017 of 35% in Wales and 23% in Scotland, against a UK average growth rate of 10%. The research also reveals a 24% rise in the number of top 5,000 fundraising charities reporting legacy income over the decade, and changing public preferences in terms of the types of organisations people are naming in their Wills. While the biggest UK-wide charities and health causes still have the largest legacy income share, at 81% for UK-wide charities and 42% for health causes, the market is changing as new and smaller charities benefit. Favoured causes are also changing, with religious charities and social care losing ground and greater inclusion of overseas aid, environmental and services charities. Dr Catherine Walker, Director of The Researchery, who conducted the research with Cathy Pharoah, Visiting Professor of Charity Funding, Cass Business School, said: “This new research on long-term trends in UK fundraising charities’ legacy income demonstrates the resilience of this form of planned giving as a way to support the causes the public cares about. Legacies made a strong recovery from the impact of recession as market values picked up again, with donors responding to new opportunities and appeals to make charitable bequests.”However, with more charities competing for funds, the report also highlights the need for greater collaboration within the sector to help normalise legacy giving and to continue donor market growth over the long-term.Commenting on the findings, Remember A Charity Director Rob Cope said: Advertisement “Today’s legacy market is proving more accessible than ever, with many new and smaller charities fundraising for legacies and changing the overarching shape of the market. Our challenge now is to increase the pace of growth of the donor marketplace and ensure that there is greater scope for every fundraising charity to benefit from gifts in Wills.“The donor market is clearly growing but with rapid expansion in the legacy fundraising marketplace and more charities at the table, the question is whether charities will start to feel the squeeze. With the future impact of Brexit as yet unknown and economic instability predicted for some time yet, this reinforces the need for the sector to work collaboratively to grow the donor market, providing a more stable basis for this vital income stream for the years ahead.”  341 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

La Nina Fueling Western Drought

first_img More than half of the United States is experiencing a drought as La Nina favors warmer and drier weather across much of the country.The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the drought west of the Mississippi River and extends into Illinois and Indiana, as well as the Northeast.Drought conditions cover 91 percent of the 11 states in the West as determined by the Drought Monitor, with extreme drought conditions covering 40 percent of the region. That drought area expands into west Texas and the Plains states.Drought conditions cover 98 percent of the High Plains states, and 35 percent of the Midwest. The southeast, including Louisiana, are largely spared from drought conditions, but at the cost of an active hurricane season.Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the ongoing La Nina is expected to expand and intensify drought across the southern and central Plains, eastern Gulf Coast, and in California during the months ahead. Home Indiana Agriculture News La Nina Fueling Western Drought Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE La Nina Fueling Western Drought Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Oct 29, 2020 Previous articleEPA Considering E15 Label Changes at Gas PumpsNext articleNew Dicamba Label has New Rules NAFB News Servicelast_img read more


first_imgNews Americas Organisation October 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americas RSF_en News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more The United States rose twelve places to 36th position. The release of Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj after six years in the Guantanamo Bay military base contributed to this improvement. Although the absence of a federal “shield law” means the confidentiality of sources is still threatened by federal courts, the number of journalists being subpoenaed or forced to reveal their sources has declined in recent months and none has been sent to prison. But the August 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in Oakland, California, is still unpunished a year later. The way the investigation into his murder has become enmeshed in local conflicts of interest and the lack of federal judicial intervention also help to explain why the United States did not get a higher ranking. Account was also taken of the many arrests of journalists during the Democratic and Republican conventions.The index’s most spectacular fall is Bolivia (115th), which plummeted 47 places. Its institutional and political crisis has exacerbated the polarisation between state and privately-owned media and exposed journalists to violence because of their presumed links with the government or opposition. One state media employee was killed. Unlike Hugo Chávez’s government in Venezuela (113rd), Evo Morales’ government has tried to defuse the media war by repeatedly offering to talk with the opposition.Peru (108th) still leads the way as regards the number of physical attacks on journalists, but the level of violence continues to be greater in Colombia (126th) and Mexico (140th), where armed groups and drug traffickers threaten the media’s survival in some areas. While the number of journalists killed in these two countries has fallen, more are fleeing into exile. There have been signs of opening by Raúl Castro’s government in Cuba (last in the Americas at 169th), but they have not changed the human rights situation. Twenty-three dissident journalists are still in prison and press freedom is still non-existent.Jamaica (21st) and Trinidad and Tobago (27th) are joined in the top 30 this year by Surinam (26th), which has been included in the index for the first time, as has Guyana (88th). The latter’s low position is due to tension between President Bharrat Jagdeo’s government and the press, and to the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting. Haiti (73rd) continues to rise slowly and Argentina (68th) has also improved, but Brazil (82nd) has barely shifted because of several serious cases of violence against the press. June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News Americas Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Americas June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting”

first_imgNews Domain fronting lets Internet users disguise the site they are visiting, allowing them to view blocked sites. App developers discovered that the latest Google App Engine update had eliminated this possibility in April. It was just a technical change for Google but it is blow to the freedom to inform in countries such as China and Russia. “Google has opted for a quick and definitive solution without considering the impact on independent media trying to survive in countries where news and information are closely controlled” said Elodie Vialle, the head of the Journalism and Technology Desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Though domain fronting can sometimes be misused for malicious purposes, the technique is mostly used by those who need access to information which has been censored under repressive regimes. Google should find a way to allow this technique to be used by those who have a legitimate need because of the censorship to which they are subjected.” Domain fronting is effective because its existence forces press freedom predators to block all traffic to Google if they want to prevent media outlets from using it. Google’s decision to eliminate this technique sends a negative signal to the other large Internet companies. Amazon has also already initiated blocking domain fronting on its web services. RSF has been taking advantage of the existence of domain fronting in its Operation Collateral Freedom, in which it unblocks access to online media that are blocked by censors in their own countries. This year, a total of 24 websites were unblocked by this operation. An update to Google’s app engine has put a stop to “domain fronting,” a practice that allowed Google app users to circumvent censorship. This is major setback for journalists working in countries where news and information are under tight control, and sends the wrong signal to the world’s other leading Internet firms. Organisation May 2, 2018 RSF urges Google to keep “domain fronting” Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Google ends “domain fronting”. Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionInternet last_img read more

RSF and JED call for investigation into violence against journalists covering protests

first_imgNews RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression to go further Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression February 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Please find below JED’s communiqué:“Journalists attacked during unrest in Kinshasa In a letter on 22 September to Evariste Boshab, the deputy prime minister responsible for internal affairs and national security, Journalist in Danger (JED) has called on him to launch an urgent investigation to identify and punish those responsible for abuses against journalists during the violence that swept Kinshasa on 19 and 20 September. In this letter (copies of which were sent to the president, the prime minister, the prosecutor-general and the armed forces auditor-general), JED points out that, in his toll of the clashes between opposition protesters and police, the deputy prime minister referred to persons killed, public buildings and schools set on fire, political party headquarters torched, and homes ransacked, but at no point mentioned the many journalists and media workers who were the victims of violence by the security forces although they were just doing their job. According to our information, some ten journalists and media workers were roughed up, physically attacked or arrested by the various components of the security forces on both the first and second day of the demonstrations in Kinshasa. JED condemns this gratuitous wave of violence against Congolese and foreign journalists who were just doing their job, violence that is a flagrant violation of the law guaranteeing media freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The letter provides the deputy prime minister responsible for internal affairs and national security with the details of the following cases as examples of this violence, in case his omission was not deliberate: 1) Radio France Internationale’s DRC correspondent Sonia Rolley, Agence France-Presse reporter and photographer Eduardo Soteras and TV 5 journalists Dady Songhozo and John Kinkendu were arrested by Military Police (PM) on the morning of 19 September on Boulevard Triomphal, far from where the demonstrations were taking place. They were then manhandled and taken to Kokolo camp, where they were held for several hours and were stripped of all their belongings, their reporting material, money and mobile phones. 2) Dosta Lutula, a journalist with Kinshasa-based Canal Congo Télévision (CCTV), was arrested by otherwise-unidentified police while covering an opposition demonstration on 19 September. He was bundled into a police jeep and was taken to Tshatshi military camp, where he was given a prolonged beating. At around 1 a.m., he was taken to Kokolo camp, where he was roughed up again and was undressed. He was finally released the next day at around 6 p.m. after his camera and cassette tapes had been confiscated. 3) Kevin Inana, a journalist with the daily La Prospérité, was arrested near the Huileries traffic circle by a group of uniformed riot police who were firing shots and using teargas to disperse demonstrators. After chasing him, the police asked him to identify himself. As he displayed his press card, they beat over the head with their batons and threw him to the ground. He was left with a broken arm. 4) Eliezer Thambwe, a reporter and presenter of “Tokomi Wapi,” a magazine programme broadcast by several Kinshasa-based TV channels, and his cameraman, Dieumerci Makesela, were arrested separately by police while covering the same demonstration on 19 September. Thambwe was arrested at the Victoire traffic circle and was released shortly thereafter. Makesela was arrested on Avenue des Poids-Lourds and was taken to a police special services detention centre where he was held for 72 hours. His camera was confiscated prior to his release. Media worker associations organized a round-table in July about safety for journalists with the aim of avoiding any recurrence of this kind of violence at a time of widespread concern about an upsurge in political unrest in the DRC. At the end of the round-table, the media workers proposed consultation with the authorities responsible for public safety with a view to prevent dangers to journalists during this period of tension.”The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Organisation center_img Credit : EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED) in urging the government to investigate and identify those responsible for the violence and abuses against journalists during street demonstrations on 19 and 20 September in Kinshasa. 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Alarm over massive spying provisions in new military programming law

first_img Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the extensive provisions for electronic snooping in the Military Programming Law that was passed by the French Senate on 10 December after previously being approved by the National Assembly.A proposed amendment would have suppressed article 13 allowing government agencies to obtain personal data and spy on phone and Internet communications in real time. But the amendment was not adopted and article has been retained in the final version of the law, now as article 20.Reporters Without Borders regards this article as a grave violation of fundamental civil rights, including the rights to privacy, freedom of information and the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.Like the National Digital Council (CNN), Reporters Without Borders regrets that there was no consultation with all the sectors concerned, and that the CNN and the National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) were not asked to make recommendations. This dereliction of the government’s democratic obligations came just days after the international community reiterated its commitment to stop this kind of snooping in the form of a UN General Assembly resolution on “The right to privacy in the digital age,” adopted on 20 November.The resolution said: “Unlawful or arbitrary surveillance and/or interception of communications, as well as unlawful or arbitrary collection of personal data, as highly intrusive acts, violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression and may contradict the tenets of a democratic society.”As regards legal interception of communications, Reporters Without Borders reiterates the need for an international treaty espousing the “International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance” recommended by around 100 civil society organizations.Reporters Without Borders has three main areas of concern about the Military Programming Law, mostly related to article 20.1 – Judge’s permission not requiredRequests for permission to obtain personal data and conduct real-time surveillance can be made by officials in the ministries responsible for internal security, defence, economy and budget. Permission is given by the prime minister’s office, that is to say, a part of the administration that is at the very centre of the executive.There is no provision for any independent supervision, because the National Commission for the Supervision of Security Interception (CNIS), which can assemble a panel to rule on the legality of a real-time surveillance initiative, does not have the power to stop any telecommunications interception.The lack of any judicial supervision in the process of authorizing access to personal data poses a serious threat to fundamental rights. The prime minister’s office has no legitimacy as regards ruling on the necessary balance between respect for privacy and the importance of the administration’s need for information. The need for judicial supervision was stressed by UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue in his June 2013 report on surveillance.2 – Overly broad grounds for surveillanceUnder this law, the goal of requests for permission to obtain personal data and carry out surveillance must be “intelligence that concerns national security, the protection of the essential elements of France’s economic potential, or the prevention of terrorism, criminality and organized crime and the reconstitution or maintenance of disbanded groups.”The extent of the range of objectives covered by this provision is very disturbing, especially as regards how “national security” and “prevention” are interpreted. In the absence of judicial supervision, this provision is doubly dangerous as it does not allow for any independent assessment as to whether the proposed measures are proportionate and consistent with the objectives set by the law.3- Overly broad range of data gatheredArticle 20 allows the authorities to gather a very large amount of information. It does not just include a target’s metadata and the geolocation of the equipment he or she is using. The government is also be able to request an individual’s “content and files” from Internet Service providers, telephone service operators and companies that provide online services including email and e-commerce. The government could obtain everything they have on someone within hours.Finally, when “real-time” surveillance is carried out, the government will have access to “a subscriber’s communications,” which suggests that it will be able to listen to telephone and VoIP calls. Receive email alerts News News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation December 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm over massive spying provisions in new military programming lawcenter_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Navy’s newest destroyer named after Medal of Honor recipient and former Navy SEAL

first_imgU.S. Navy(SAN DIEGO) — The Navy will commission its newest destroyer on Saturday, named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor.The Navy SEAL was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush in 2008 for his actions in Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. The USS Michael Monsoor, the Navy’s second Zumwalt-class destroyer, will be commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, where the ship will be based. With its distinct angular shape designed to give it stealth capabilities at sea, the Zumwalt-class is the Navy’s most technologically advanced and expensive destroyer ever built. In attendance on Saturday will be Monsoor’s mother, Sally Monsoor, who will also serve as the ship’s sponsor and give the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life,” the Navy said in a press release.Monsoor enlisted in the Navy in 2001, becoming a SEAL in 2004. On the day he was killed in Ramadi, he was part of a “sniper overwatch security position” with two other Navy SEALs and four Iraqi Army soldiers when an insurgent threw a grenade at the team, according to a Navy narrative of events.“Positioned next to the single exit, Monsoor was the only one who could have escaped harm,” according to the Navy description. “Instead he dropped onto the grenade, smothering it to protect his teammates. The grenade detonated as he came down on top of it, inflicting a mortal wound. Monsoor’s actions saved the lives of his two teammates and the accompanying Iraqi soldiers.” At his Medal of Honor ceremony, Bush quoted one of the survivors of that day, who said, “Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, ‘You cannot take my brothers. I will go in their stead.’”The citation on his medal reads: “By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” Lt. Cmdr. Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL task unit commander, in an interview with the Navy prior to the ship’s commissioning, said, “There is no way a steel and iron ship can ever replace the flesh and blood that was Michael Monsoor. But it seems there can be no more fitting memorial to him than a warship — a warship that proudly bears his name.“And in this ship and in its crew, Mike’s spirit will live on. Through this ship, Michael Monsoor will still represent the very best this country has to offer. He will inspire the crew just as he inspired his teammates.”The third ship of its kind — the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson — is expected to be christened in the spring of 2019, according to the Navy.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more