HMS Chiddingfold Engages in NATO Ex Breeze

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMS Chiddingfold is one of four NATO ships that took part in Exercise Breeze 2014 off the Bulgarian coast. The ships are all part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2), one of four fleets that operate on a rotating basis.The formation was headed by an Italian Navy frigate, ITS Aviere, accompanied by the ITS Rimini as well as the Turkish vessel, TCG Akcay and the Royal Navy’s HMS Chiddingfold.The aim of Ex Breeze was to improve operational and tactical partnerships between participating units and commands. It was also an opportunity for NATO to exercise many of its component navies.During the exercise SNMCMG2 engaged with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy as well as air and naval units from Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the United States.Chiddingfold, a Hunt Class minehunter, rejoined the Royal Navy’s frontline fleet earlier this year after a maintenance period that saw her capabilities upgraded.Her commanding officer, Lt Cdr Richard Rees, said: “Exercises of this nature allow sailors from an assortment of navies to come together and engage in realistic and challenging maritime training. They foster a common understanding and allow for greater participation and learning while strengthening regional partnerships.”[mappress]Press Release, July 17, 2014; Image: UK Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Chiddingfold Engages in NATO Ex Breeze Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: Defence View post tag: Engages Share this articlecenter_img HMS Chiddingfold Engages in NATO Ex Breeze Royal UK Navy minehunter HMS Chiddingfold has been taking part in an annual NATO workout in the Black Sea. View post tag: Ex Breeze View post tag: Naval July 17, 2014 View post tag: NATO View post tag: HMS Chiddingfoldlast_img read more

Hero Walk is Today on the Ocean City Boardwalk

first_imgDate: Sunday, October 2, 2016Where: Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, New JerseyCost: Adults $25 ($30 day of event), Students $15 ($20 day of event)Parking: Municipal Lot located at 5th and the BoardwalkCheck-in Time & Location: 9:00 am Registration | 10:30 am Opening Ceremony | 11:00 am Walk at the Civic Center located at 6th and the BoardwalkWalk Begins: 11:00 amIt takes approximately 1 hour to complete the 5k Walklast_img

A Dozen OCHS Athletes Commit to Colleges

first_imgOcean City High School seniors pose for photos during college commitment day. By Maddy VitaleTwelve Ocean City High School senior athletes signed commitments to attend colleges to play lacrosse, baseball, field hockey, softball and soccer during a ceremony Monday morning.Faculty, family and friends filled the community room at the high school to celebrate the student-athletes’ achievements.Athletic Director Vince Leavey said the very fact a dozen students signed so early in the year is a testament to the top athletes and students at the high school.“I think it is evident that we have a very talented athletic population here,” Leavey said before the event began. “This fall, every team that could make the playoffs did. To see 12 students commit to colleges shows how there is talent across the sports.”Parents Scott and Heather with Reese Bloomstead and brother Logan wear their Monmouth University shirts.Reese Bloomstead, 17, who was honored as top fall athlete this year, is heading off to Monmouth University, where she will play field hockey and major in teaching. “I’m really excited,” Reese said after the ceremony. “I wouldn’t be here today without my family, my teammates and my coaches. I am really happy.”She said she is looking forward to going to Monmouth because it has an excellent teaching program and field hockey team.Her mother, Heather Bloomstead, noted it also doesn’t hurt that Monmouth is close to home.“We could go to all of her games,” she said, looking at her husband, Scott Bloomstead.Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor stops in for a photo and to give congratulations to the teams. Here she is with some of the field hockey players.Field hockey goalie Madison Khan will be heading off to Lehigh University next fall. Her mother, Cindy Khan, her aunt and grandparents showed support as they sat together holding a bouquet of flowers for the star athlete.“She is one of the leading goalies,” Cindy Khan said. “It’s good to see all of the sacrifices and hard work coming to fruition.”From left, Madison Khan’s grandmother, Carmela Petrowsky, mother, Cindy Kahn, aunt, Alice Cosice, and grandmother, Jonne Kahn, say they are excited for Madison’s future at Lehigh University.The seniors who committed to go off to college were as follows:Billy Kroeger – Lacrosse – New Jersey Institute of TechnologyBrandon Lashley – Baseball – Stony Brook UniversityDanielle Donoghue – Lacrosse – Mount St. Mary’s UniversityMadison Kahn – Field Hockey – Lehigh UniversityReese Bloomstead – Field Hockey – Monmouth UniversityAJ Campbell – Baseball – Frostburg State University Alexandra Vitola – Softball – Flagler College Jaclyn Charbonneau – Field Hockey – West Chester University Anna Devlin – Lacrosse – The College of New Jersey Brandyn Pokrass – Baseball – Lesley University Shannon DeCosta – Field Hockey – The College of New Jersey Tori Rolls – Soccer – Montclair State UniversityAthletic Director Vince Leavey talks to the crowd of students and their families and friends at the start of the signing event.last_img read more

Steely Dan Will Perform With An Orchestra For The First Time Ever

first_imgSteely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!last_img read more

The Russ Liquid Test Recruits Exmag For NYC Debut

first_imgAs we inch closer to The Russ Liquid Test‘s New York City debut on February 18th, the NOLA trio has announced that LowTemp favorites Exmag will join the bill as special guests for the American Beauty NYC performance.Russ Liquid & Andrew Block Dig Deep Into The Debut Russ Liquid Test EP [Interview/Stream]With the recent release of the 80’s-infused electro/funk album 1984 back in October, The Russ Liquid Test continued their voyage of exploration into modern dance music, all the while retaining a touch of that laid back New Orleans vibe. Along with guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair, Russell Scott (a.k.a. Russ Liquid, producer and accomplished brass player) delivers a groove-oriented sound that evokes classic funk/soul/R&B sounds with a futuristic spin that compliments the evolution of those styles in creative and tasteful ways.Exmag, the Brooklyn-based downtempo electronic and soul and funk trio made up of Eric Mendelson, Tyler Dondero, and Branx, has been wowing audiences nationwide since garnering critical acclaim within the electronic scene for their debut single “Creep Steady (Pt. 1)” in late 2013. Since then, the group has released their full-length debut (2014’s Proportions) and toured extensively behind it. Exmag recently opened for Break Science Live Band at Brooklyn Bowl.Purchase tickets here, or enter to win them below.last_img read more

Yes to testing children

first_imgSixty percent of parents, whether they smoke or not, said they would like to have their children tested for tobacco smoke exposure during pediatric visits, according to a new study released online on Monday (March 21).The study, led by researchers at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), is the first one nationally to assess whether testing children for such smoke as part of a regular primary care visit is acceptable to parents. It will appear in print in the April issue of Pediatrics.“The surprising result here is that parents who smoke want their own children tested for tobacco smoke exposure,” said Jonathan Winickoff of MGHfC, who is an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study. “This may signal the general recognition among parents, even among those who smoke, that there is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure, and their desire to know whether their child is exposed.”Other research from this group has recently shown that children who live in multiunit housing have a high probability of being exposed to tobacco smoke even when no one smokes in their unit.Tests to measure children’s exposure to tobacco smoke are available but are not currently done as part of routine pediatric health care. One potential barrier to testing children for such exposure has been the belief that parents who smoke would not want their child tested.In this national random-dialed telephone survey of U.S. households, conducted from September to November 2006, out of 2,070 eligible respondents contacted, 1,803 (87.1 percent) completed the surveys. Among 477 parents in the sample, 60.1 percent thought that children should be tested for tobacco smoke exposure at their child’s doctor visit. Among the parental smokers sampled, 62 percent thought that children should be tested.“When parents and child clinicians see the actual exposure data, they will be better equipped to advocate for clean air in homes and cars, to encourage landlords to establish smoke-free multiunit housing, and to help parents get the assistance they need to quit smoking,” said Winickoff.The study was made possible by grants from the Office of Rural Health Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute, and the NCI/National Institute on Drug Abuse/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Co-authors of the study included Susanne E. Tanski of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Robert C. McMillen of the Richmond Center and the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University; Kaile M. Ross of MGHfC and the Richmond Center; Ellen A. Lipstein of MGHfC and the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Bethany J. Hipple of MGHfC; Joan Friebely of MGHfC; and Jonathan D. Klein of the Richmond Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester.last_img read more

Gloria Estefan’s Get On Your Feet May Be Broadway Bound

first_img On Your Feet tells the tale of Estefan’s early years in Miami and how she recovered from a broken back after almost dying in an accident in 1990. The pop icon admitted: “It’s going to be daunting, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we are going to be able to do it and so much fun to be a part of the processes.” Looks like Gloria Estefan’s rhythm is finally going to get to the Great White Way. Her long-in-the-works bilingual musical On Your Feet will likely debut in 2015. According to the New York Daily News, the main character of the tuner, based on Estefan herself, will be cast by a reality TV show. There will be three Glorias to play the Cuban-American superstar at various ages. Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan were both born in Cuba and together became musical hitmakers in Spanish and English, winning Grammy Awards and fans across the world with hits like “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Words Get in the Way,” “1, 2, 3″ and the Oscar-nominated “Music Of My Heart.” They’ve also helped shape the careers of other artists including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. On Your Feet! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Michigan’s Presque Isle Coal Plant to Close in 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Mining Journal:The Presque Isle Power Plant is on track to close in 2020, officials say. The closing date of the coal-fired plant was confirmed at the Upper Peninsula Energy Summit Wednesday at Northern Michigan University.The facility will be replaced by two new natural gas-fueled power plants in Marquette and Baraga counties to be owned and operated by Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. The plants were approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission in October. The $275 million project will be capable of generating a combined 183 megawatts of power and both plants are expected to be completed by the middle of 2019.MPSC Chairwoman Sally Talberg said three new natural gas pipelines were also approved in the Upper Peninsula. Two of the pipelines will feed the new UMERC generation facilities, Talberg said, with a third project consisting of a 43-mile natural gas pipeline, to be operated by Semco Energy Gas Company, between Wells Township and Marquette, which was approved by the MPSC in August.She said the pipelines, because they would be looped — which means two or more pipelines running parallel to each other — would also address vulnerabilities in natural gas service in the U.P. and could also encourage economic development.More: Energy Summit: Officials Talk Plans and Improvements Michigan’s Presque Isle Coal Plant to Close in 2020last_img read more

Customs Agent from Farmingdale Smuggled Cocaine at JFK, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A rookie U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent from Farmingdale has been accused of trying to help drug smugglers get more than 100 pounds of cocaine passed security at John F. Kennedy International Airport.A federal grand jury indicted Fernando Marte on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and importation of cocaine. He was arrested shortly after the incident in February—a month after he was hired—and was released on $1 million bail following his initial court appearance in Brooklyn federal court.“Law enforcement officers who use their official positions to commit crimes pose a particularly grave threat to our communities by not only facilitating crime but by undermining respect for law enforcement,” said Bridget Rohde, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 28-year-old federal agent was on duty at JFK when he escorted two people that had just stepped off a flight from the Domincan Republican to the baggage claim and then walked them through an inspection terminal, where 45 brick-shaped kilograms of coke were found in their two suitcases on Feb. 7.Forty-five kilos of blow have an estimated street value of $1.5 million.Investigators later learned that Marte previously escorted at least one other drug smuggler from the same Caribbean island nation through an inspection area at JFK.The suspect’s employment status was not immediately clear. Marte faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and up to life imprisonment, if convicted.last_img read more

China foreign minister slams US ‘reckless provocation’ after consulate closures

first_img‘Ghost of McCarthyism’ Chinese officials took over the premises of the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, while the last Chinese diplomats left the consulate in Houston on Friday, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security, in the latest tit-for-tat blows exchanged by the rivals.Trump’s administration has ramped up pressure on China on a wide range of issues, imposing sanctions over policies in Tibet and Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are believed to have been rounded up and held in re-education camps. The United States has also downgraded relations with Hong Kong after China implemented a new security law which Washington says is in violation of Beijing’s promises of autonomy for the territory.Disputes between the two sides over a host of other issues ranging from blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to state-run media have resulted in the expulsions of journalists from both countries as well as sanctions against top officials. The US has also in recent weeks declared China’s geopolitical claims in the South China Sea fundamentally illegal, and sent two aircraft carriers to that region to underscore the point.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Thursday for the “free world” to triumph over what he said was a “new tyranny” from China, implying that former US President Richard Nixon’s move to normalize relations with China in the 1970s was a mistake.Wang in turn said on Tuesday that the US had become “the biggest perpetrator to destroy the current international order,” and called Pompeo’s remarks a sign of “the ghost of McCarthyism coming back from the ashes.” China’s foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the US for “reckless provocation of confrontation” after both sides ordered tit-for-tat closures of each other’s consulates, but called for “rational communication” between the two powers.Wang Yi warned in a call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian that China-US relations could “fall into the abyss of confrontation”, according to a transcript published by the Chinese foreign ministry.He also called for the international community to resist “any unilateral or hegemonic act”, it said. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks in an intensifying standoff between Washington and Beijing, with the US mission in Chengdu ordered to shut on Monday in retaliation for the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.”The US reckless provocation of confrontation and division is so out of touch with the reality that the interests of China and the United States are deeply integrated,” Wang said.But the two sides should “engage in rational communication” and “never allow a few anti-China elements to overturn decades of successful exchanges and cooperation”, he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more