Luerssen takes over German naval specialist Blohm+Voss

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Luerssen takes over German naval specialist Blohm+Voss Share this article View post tag: Blohm+Voss German shipbuilder Luerssen is taking over the Hamburg-based former ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems subsidiary Blohm+Voss, Luerssen announced on September 28.The two companies agreed that the price Luersen had to pay for the takeover would not be disclosed.With this acquisition, Luersen wants to round off its repair and refit capabilities but also to use the experience and know-how of Blohm+Voss workers in the field of complex naval shipbuilding.Blohm+Voss is the proprietor of the MEKO design family of warships in service with a number of world’s navies. MEKO stands for “Mehrzweck-Kombination” which translates to multi-purpose-combination.Lürssen and Blohm+Voss have a history of cooperation on naval projects and have worked together on the lead ship of the German Navy’s newest and largest class of frigates, the F 125.Luerssen said the contract, signed with Star Capital Partners, the British private equity investor who bought Blohm+Voss from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in 2011, was subject to approval from the German Fair Trade Commission (Bundeskartellamt).Pending approval from the commission, Luerssen said it would combine six specialised shipyards with approximately 2800 employees in Northern Germany.“Based on the long-term and trusted cooperation on all levels between the two shipyards – we are currently working together on the construction of the new German Navy Frigate Type F125 – we are confident that we already have a good basis on which to continue this relationship and to move forwards with the companies under one roof,” said Dr. Klaus Borgschulte, Technical Director at Luerssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG.Blohm+Voss CEO Fred van Beers said: “With Luerssen we are gaining a long-term strategic owner who wants to jointly develop our company and expand our core business services.” Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Luerssen September 28, 2016 Luerssen takes over German naval specialist Blohm+Vosslast_img read more

SKULL & ROSES 2 To Celebrate Spirit Of The Dead With Gratefully-Inspired Lineup

first_imgWhat is Dead may never die! The saying is not only a Game of Thrones Iron Islander catch-phrase, but also an apt explanation for the music and communal scene that the Grateful Dead has created over the last 50+ years. Even after the passing of their leader, Jerry Garcia, back on August 9th, 1995, the remaining members of the band pushed on in various formations over these last two decades with continued success. Beyond the surviving band members, many musicians have taken up the cause of the Grateful Dead in their own way, re-creating and paying tribute to the band that has left an indelible mark on so many lives. The upcoming SKULL & ROSES 2, set to take place April 6th-8th at Ventura County Fairgrounds, will do just that, celebrating the spirit, energy, and community that the Dead have created. [You can purchase 20% Discounted Tickets Here].The lineup consists of 20+ Dead-inspired outfits including Golden Gate Wingmen, Circles Around the Sun, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Melvin Seals & JGB, Shred Is Dead, Moonalice, David Gans, Cubensis, Roosevelt Collier, Alligator, and more. Throw in two stages with no overlapping sets, a vibrant campground scene where bands not on the bill are able to set up for their own impromptu jams, and a location that has some fairly deep Grateful Dead history of its own (the group played 11 shows there from ’82-’87), Skull & Roses is going into its second year with plenty of inspiration to move the masses brightly…Circles Around The SunWhen Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal was asked to create the set break music for the Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows, he thought it was a one-time thing, never imagining the massive response that the project would elicit. Now officially dubbed Circles Around the Sun, the band has taken on a life of its own, and rightfully so. Thematically, you can hear flourishes of various Dead songs that were used as inspiration in creating the music, but what Casal, Adam MacDougall, Mark Levy, and Dan Horn are playing is very much their own psychedelic rock journey.EXCLUSIVE: Neal Casal Talks CRB, LSD, & The Future Of Circles Around The SunSkull & Roses founder Chris Mitrovich explains the need for Circles to be on the bill, “I was watching the Fare Thee Well live streams, listening to the set break music, and was blown away by what I was hearing. I had no clue what it was, but very much wanted to know. After learning the backstory, and seeing them eventually go on to play some shows, I knew that these guys had to be a part of this celebration.”Circles Around The Sun – “Kasey’s Bones” – Terrapin Crossroads – 7/28/17:[via nowiknowuryder]Golden Gate WingmenThe Golden Gate Wingmen have a rather impressive collective resume, with each member coming from Grateful Dead side-projects such as Dead & Company, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, and Billy & The Kids. The quartet of John Kadlecik (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keys), Jay Lane (drums), and Reed Mathis (bass) are as an accomplished outfit to play the Dead catalog as you’re going to get today outside of the actual guys that wrote the songs. These guys know the music inside and out, making their set something that is sure to take attendees on a deep and exploratory journey.Golden Gate Wingmen – “Ramble On Rose” – Ardmore Music Hall – 3/27/16:[via LiquidSilverStream]Stu Allen & Mars HotelStu Allen & Mars Hotel has been a staple of the Berkeley scene since 2011 with their weekly Grateful Dead Night residency at Ashkenaz. Joined by an ever-rotating cast of incredible musicians, Allen himself has played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Billy Kreutzmann over the years, including fronting Melvin Seals & JGB from 2004-2011. He is as committed to keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive as any other musicians in the scene.Phil Lesh & Friends ft. Stu Allen “He’s Gone” – Terrapin Crossroads – 9/14/17[via Andy Logan]Melvin Seals & JGBMelvin Seals & Jerry Garcia Band remembers Garcia’s most important project outside of the Dead–and the one that allowed him to freely explore his diverse musical tastes. Led by Seals, the only remaining member from the original band, JGB has entered into a new phase of their evolution, with the recent announcement of two new female powerhouse singers in Lady Chi and Sunshine Becker. Seals & JGB are sure to offer up the goods, including some rare song selections that Jerry Garcia Band played only a handful of times.Melvin Seals & JGB – “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” – Jerry Jam[via Jerry Jam]While chatting about the Skull & Roses lineup, festival founder Chris Mitrovich, whose first show was the “comeback” show after Jerry fell into a coma right before the band was set to play Ventura in ’86, argues, “These aren’t just ‘tribute’ bands, these are bands interpreting the music in their own way. To call any of these acts a tribute does a disservice to the hard work and dedication these musicians have put into creating their own vision of the Dead catalog while paying honors to it at the same time. The word ‘tribute’ doesn’t do the music being created justice. A band such as Cubensis has been rocking the SoCal Dead scene for 30+ years and has a rabid following of their own. They are much more than some average tribute band.”David Gans, for example, is a living Grateful Dead encyclopedia. Along with playing with various members of the Dead himself, he also wrote the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead and co-hosts the SiriusXM program Tales from the Golden Road with Gary Lambert. Then you have a newer group such as Shred Is Dead led by guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Grammy Award-winning drummer Raul Pineda, percussionist/vocalist Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa), bassist Eli Marcus (Steve Vai), and keyboardist Aaron Provisor (Abe Laboriel Jr.), that has put a progressive and high-energy spin to the music.“I want the music separated from the artist. How does this message go on independent of the messenger in exploring these interpretations? We’re challenging these bands to do their own thing,” Mitrovich explains. “Come in and jam for Jerry. Do your thing. That’s what I am trying to create here. There are so many acts out there, all across the country, paying honors to the music, I figured I’d try and get them together. Let’s poke around the various scenes and see what we could put together.”Tickets for Skull & Roses 2 are currently on-sale with a 20% discount and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook page. Enter To Win A Pair Of Weekend Passes:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Experts discuss elections

first_imgPanelists at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics discussed the predicted results of Tuesday’s midterm elections and urged both political parties to use the watershed change of power as an opportunity for compromise.   Dan Schnur, the chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and the director of the Unruh Institute, led the panel discussion with Roberto Suro, faculty fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.They were joined by Hillary Levi. a senior majoring in cinema-television production, and Tessa Madden, a senior majoring in political science.Break it down · Dan Schnur, chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, spoke on a panel at Annenberg on Tuesday night. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan They deliberated on the anticipated Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, wins by the Democratic party in California and the nature of this year’s electoral turnout.   “It appears that Republicans have regained control of the House,” Schnur said. “For those of you on the other side of the aisle, it appears Democrats will maintain control of the Senate.” Suro speculated as to the causes of the nation’s recent electoral volatility.“It could also be a result of the way the media age is developing. It allows for very rapid mobilization around ideas like we’ve never seen before,” Suro said.Utilization of social and digital media by the Obama administration was a key factor in his win, but the panelists were unsure how it factored in this election.“Democrats spent more in this election than Republicans,” Suro said. “And if you look at the demographics of Tea Party voters, they aren’t necessarily the kind of voters you’d reach with digital media.”Levi discussed the idea of a conflict between traditional Republicans and new members.   “What we’re seeing is the changing face of Republican politics, where you have traditionalists who bring a moderate, solutions-oriented attitude to the Hill and those younger, more excited members, like those in the Tea Party, who are dead-set on seeing their message and idea of change come into play,” Levi said.Zach Lindberg, a junior majoring in business administration and political science who identified as Republican, said he was happy with the results of the elections.“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “And I think people will be surprised, because I expect the Republicans will work closely with the president on education and foreign policy issues, but I also think, in terms of the economy, they’ll hold true to their core ideals.”Jafet Santiago, a senior majoring in political science who also identified as Republican, was disappointed with the party’s results in California.“Yeah, I was disappointed,” he said. “I think if you followed the polling, it was always pretty clear that California was going to remain a Democratic stronghold.”Correction: 11/7/10: A previous version of this story identified Hillary Levi as a political science major. Levi is actually a cinema-television production major. This version of the story has been corrected to reflect the change. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Miller: Crystal ball says Dodgers will sweep Cubs in NLCS

first_img Back injury might keep Corey Seager out of Dodgers’ Game 1 lineup Dodgers’ Austin Barnes in position for more starts after stellar NLDS performance Related Articles I present this most-impressive foundation so that you’ll respect my obvious ability to see into the future and fully grasp the significance of what I’m projecting today:The Dodgers not only will beat the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, they’ll sweep the reigning kings of baseball!Yup, four straight victories to return this proud franchise to the World Series for the first time since 1988.I make this proclamation with unyielding confidence and as loudly as possible, in hopes of drowning out the fact I also thought the 2017 NL Cy Young Award winner would be Madison Bumgarner.Inexplicably, I failed to anticipate Bumgarner destroying his shoulder in a dirt bike accident in mid-April, my harebrained reasoning being that, once the season began, Bumgarner would be more focused on, you know, baseball. I am, however, absolutely convinced the Dodgers will sweep the Cubs, in part because what fun is it to pick either team in a long series and how better to tweak the knowledgeable fans in Chicago, no matter how misguided the fools are?Forecasting a four-game landslide is much more titillating. Anyone can predict a six- or seven-game series, and everyone will.But not here.The Dodgers clearly are better equipped and positioned to face the Cubs than they were a year ago, when they had a 2-1 NLCS lead before losing three in a row, unleashing upon the Midwest a Budweiser tsunami.“It does help when you’re the winningest team from this year and we’ve showed how good we can be when we play our brand of baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re a confident group.”This time, the Dodgers are well rested and have their starting pitching properly aligned, while the Cubs are coming off a draining division series triumph, not clinched until they won a Game 5 that lasted long enough to require an oil change.It took 4 hours, 37 minutes for the Cubs to shake the Nationals, the big inning coming when they scored four times in a rally to which Washington contributed an error, a passed ball, a hit batsman and catcher’s interference.Afterward, Cubs manager Joe Maddon called the stretch “bizarro world,” and he wasn’t even referring to the fact that all the outs in the decisive inning were made by his two best hitters, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.So, given how they reached this NLCS, maybe the Cubs are destined for more magic?I don’t think so, particularly seeing how much destiny the franchise had to burn through last season to overcome a century-plus worth of failure. It doesn’t come without a price, after all, burying the curse of a goat.Not to suggest the Cubs will need to play another 108 years before winning again, of course. But it sure seems like they should have to wait more than 365 days.Quite simply, L.A. is the better team in this matchup, the gap never to be more glaring than in Game 1, when the settled Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw and the scrambling Cubs turn to Jose Quintana or John Lackey or maybe a little of both.Maddon, in the past, has made a point to refer to him as “Mr. Kershaw” in a display of reverence, the sort of reverence no one among the Dodgers has, at this point, for what’s left of Mr. Lackey.In emphatically dismissing Arizona in the previous round, the Dodgers scored four runs in the first inning of Game 1 and pretty much never relinquished command of the series.I envision something similar happening Saturday and in the way, six months ago, I envisioned Judge, not Bumgarner.These teams have been barreling toward one another and the NLCS since at least late May, when the Cubs most recently visited Dodger Stadium and were – in a brilliant stroke of foreshadowing – swept.Even back then, Roberts talked like a manager who knew his team was superior despite the Dodgers not yet knowing who they would become.“Last year, I felt they were the best team, and that’s the way it played out,” Roberts said of the Cubs. “But, this year, I feel we’re a better team.”Better? At that time, Yasiel Puig was a .230 hitter and Yu Darvish a Texas Ranger, Adrian Gonzalez was starting and so was Kenta Maeda. Cody Bellinger had limited experience and Justin Turner had one home run.The Dodgers were the better team then, and – with so many positives developing through the summer – they’re the best team now.In this series, they’ll prove it and do so in the most convincing manner possible – by gaining their sweep revenge. Right stuff: Kenta Maeda has become ‘real weapon’ in relief role for Dodgers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Joe Maddon’s bulletin-board material didn’t resonate with Dodgers center_img Has history changed sides for Dodgers-Cubs NLCS rematch? Whicker: Cubs hope to shake off their long, strange trip Cody Bellinger’s success as Dodgers rookie was a lifetime in the making Whicker: Dodgers in World Series: If not now, when? Dodgers vs. Cubs: NLCS scouting report, prediction Not to brag or anything, but, way back in the spring, I correctly forecast each of baseball’s division winners.No, seriously. I really did. A perfect 6 for 6. A 1.000 batting average in a sport supposedly built upon failure.In our annual preview section published April 2, I also predicted the American League Rookie of the Year would be Aaron Judge.All rise, indeed.last_img read more