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Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training View post tag: Australia View post tag: Naval September 5, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: At-Sea View post tag: Collaborative View post tag: Zealand Training & Education View post tag: Trainingcenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Reinvigorate Reinvigoration of collaborative at-sea training as part of Exercise ANZAC 2013 is underway with HMNZS Te Mana conducting a Unit Readiness Work Up with an integrated Australian and New Zealand assessment team.Sea Training Unit – Major Fleet Units (STU-MFU) personnel embarked Te Mana to conduct a Force Integration Training phase of her work up with about 20 of their RNZN equivalent, Maritime Operational Evaluation Team (MOET). This was followed by a Work Up Progress Evaluation on 29 August in company with HMAS Tobruk, providing protection to amphibious operations occurring inside Jervis Bay.Te Mana will be joined by HMAS Stuart for a reciprocal combined team to progress her toward Unit Readiness, as part of the ANZAC Collective Training Cooperation Initiative. Whilst Tobruk’s work up was not a formal element of Exercise ANZAC 13, the concurrent activities formed an excellent opportunity for STU–MFU and MOET to combine forces and establish a ‘superteam’.Commander Jonathon Ley, Commander Sea Training–MFU said that both the common Anzac Class platform and the concurrent nature of Te Mana and Stuart’s work ups provided an ideal opportunity to host the RNZN in the Eastern Australian Exercise Areas and trial the concept.“Whilst there are some differences in the operating procedures, Exercise ANZAC 13 aims to establish the depth and breadth of similarities between the two navies and formalise collaborative training processes for implementation in future,” CMDR Ley said.“Working with the Royal New Zealand Navy is a good fit – we have common and shared values, we’re geographically close and our military traditions, ethos and antipodean spirit are similar. Our Navies operate together further afield such as the Middle East so training together makes it easier to integrate off station.”CMDR Ley said the opportunity to work with a neighbouring Navy with so much in common not only makes sense but provides a key opportunity for our ships to be exposed to operating in company.“Operational tempo and scheduling can make it difficult to have other ships available to support a ship conducting workups and evaluations but task group operations are very much a part of future Naval operations.“It remains a Sea Training Group aspiration that every unit will have a consort and operate in company during the training period. The Task Group concept is something that everyone’s got to be in step with. Ships need to get used to working in company as the concept of Task Group operations approaches in line with our future capabilities.”Partnered training between the two Navies has been reduced to minimal levels in recent years due to operational commitments and emerging capabilities, but was revived following talks between Commodore Training CDRE Michael Noonan, RAN and the RNZN Maritime Component Commander, Commodore John Martin, RNZN in February this year.A working group was established to identify mutually beneficial training opportunities and over the period 12-16 August personnel met at Training Force Headquarters to finalise a combined training program that achieved all requirements.Commander Keith Robb, RNZN, Commander MOET, and working alongside Commander STU–MFU, said there were benefits to both Navies in working together over the six week period. Both groups will observe each others procedures, integrate and value add across the full spectrum of areas.“After a hiatus of many years where we haven’t had the level of engagement we have enjoyed in the past including training, both nations are keen to reengage and reinvigorate.”“Both Navies have resourcing issues, be it personnel or assets, so there is a real advantage in pooling resources to maximise the effect and allow more flexibility. The working group meeting enabled us to brief each other on our organisations, our philosophies and operating procedures. It reconfirmed we’re not that diverse.”“We’ll observe each others ways across all disciplines and departments and over the course of the training period we’ll become more integrated.”[mappress]Press Release, September 5, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: New View post tag: Navy Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training Share this articlelast_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Plane Crash near Pablo Bay

first_img View post tag: Guard View post tag: Bay View post tag: News by topic U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Plane Crash near Pablo Bay View post tag: Pablo Share this article View post tag: coast View post tag: Plane At approximately 4 p.m., the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call about a small Cessna and a WWII-era aircraft that had collided. The Coast Guard launched four rescue boat crews and one rescue helicopter crew and established a temporary safety zone in the water while the Federal Aviation Administration has established a temporary flight-restriction zone in the area.Debris has been located in the water, but there are no signs of the downed pilot at this time.The incident is under investigation.Mariners in the area are being asked to contact their nearest Coast Guard station if they find any debris in the water.[mappress]Press Release, April 28, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: U.S.center_img U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near San Pablo Bay after two planes collided in mid-air above the Bay Sunday. View post tag: Navy April 28, 2014 View post tag: near Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Plane Crash near Pablo Bay View post tag: Responds View post tag: Crash View post tag: Navallast_img read more

O.C. Historical Museum to Sell Holiday Gifts

first_imgBy Tim KellyFor those who wish to get an early start on holiday shopping, the Ocean City Historical Museum has you covered.The museum will host its first Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Friday, Nov. 30, from 1 to 7 p.m. The event, which takes place in the atrium outside the museum entrance, will also serve as an open house for the museum and the kick-off for Mrs. Claus’ Market.During the month of December, the museum’s gift shop is expanded to include holiday gifts, museum-related items, local wares and one-of-a-kind antiques. During these weeks, the shop takes on its new identity as Mrs. Claus’ Market.“This is an opportunity for people to pick up a unique hostess gift for those holiday parties, or to find something local for people who love Ocean City and do not live in the area,” said Jeff McGranahan, the museum’s executive director. “Many of the gifts are already boxed and wrapped and ready to go. We’ll even assist with shipping the item.” Local favorites, such as Windy Acres Sea Salt, Jalma Farms jams and Busy Bees’ locally produced honey, will be among the choices. The items are arranged in gift boxes and baskets for easy one-stop shopping and gift-giving.In addition to saving time and being convenient, purchasing these gifts has the additional benefit of helping the Historical Museum continue with its good work preserving and telling the many stories of Ocean City’s past. “We rely on events such as these in order to survive,” said Beth Bowman, a member of the museum’s Board of Trustees. “I hope people will take time to attend and to shop with us.”“Mrs. Claus” shows off some of the products that will be for sale in December at Mrs. Claus’ Market at the Ocean City Historical Museum.The vision of the museum, according to its website, is to be “an inviting, informative and innovative community resource that is recognized and respected as the place for exploring and celebrating the rich history and heritage of Ocean City, NJ.”The museum has certainly achieved that vision and then some.Among other exhibits and features, visitors may peruse artifacts, stories and recovered cargo from the Sindia, Ocean City’s most famous shipwreck.Another exhibit is devoted to Ocean City’s adopted daughter, Grace Kelly, a Philadelphia native who summered in the resort for many years and went on to become an Oscar-winning actress and later the Princess of Monaco.There are also sections of the museum featuring the Ocean City Beach Patrol, Ocean City High School, and the city’s famous beach and Boardwalk, among many other highlights.Now, McGranahan hopes Ocean City residents and visitors will also think of the museum as a one-stop shopping center. “People should shop early (for the best selection of items),” McGranahan added.He noted that one vendor, Gring Antiques of Atlantic City, will have a selection of vintage antique Christmas decorations, but supplies are limited.“For people in the market for these types of decorations, this will be a good opportunity,” McGranahan said. For more information on the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and Mrs. Claus’ Market, visit the Ocean City Historical Museum website at or call 609-399-1801. The museum is located inside the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Mary Ann Gring, of Gring’s Antiques, sets up an assortment of Christmas decorations and other antiques for sale to benefit the Ocean City Historical Museum. (Photos courtesy of the Ocean City Historical Museum)last_img read more

Guidance: Coronavirus Act 2020: status

first_imgThis table sets out the status of provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020.It shows which provisions in Part 1 of the Act have since came into force.It also shows, as per Part 2 of the Act, which provisions that were in force have since been suspended and reviewed.last_img

Listen To Ween’s Totally Brown Thursday Set From LOCKN’ [Full-Set Audio]

first_imgLOCKN’ is off to a steamy start, with sets from Vulfpeck, Umphrey’s McGee, Ween, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead locking in the foundation for a stellar weekend of jam band festival heaven. With Dean and Gene Ween on site, festival-goers were anxious to see the recently reunited rockers. With part of the audience being newly introduced to the band, and others being die hard fans, the 26-song performance received mixed reviews – some describing it as “too weird” and “noisy” with others understanding the specialty of Ween’s strange material.Ween fans would describe the set as particularly “brown”, with “A Tear For Eddie”, “Poopship Destroyer”, “Zoloft”, and other drowning melodies taking the energy to a devastatingly satisfying benchmark of awesome. While some fans just didn’t get it, others walked away totally satisfied as the Boognish prevailed. Thanks to Youtube user Boognish Monster, you can listen to the full set below:Tonight, Ween returns to the stage for round two, promising that last night’s performance was just a “warm up” for tonight. They hit the stage at 6pm, with Phish playing two sets afterwards. It’s a very exciting time to be alive, my friends. Ween @ LOCKN’ Music Festival 8/24/16 :Transdermal Celebration, The Grobe, Mister Richard Smoker, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Happy Colored Marbles, How High Can You Fly?, Beacon Light, A Tear For Eddie, Baby Bitch, Boy’s Club, Up on the Hill, Nan, I’m in the Mood to Move, Pumpin’ 4 the Man, Puerto Rican Power, Fat Lenny, Japanese Cowboy, Fluffy, Push th’ Little Daisies, I Play It Off Legit, Someday, Sorry Charlie, Ocean Man, Poopship Destroyer, Zoloft, Pandy Facklerlast_img read more

A bipartisan roadmap for mobilizing the economy

first_img Read Full Story This week, a bipartisan group of experts in economics, public health, technology, and ethics from across the country released the nation’s first comprehensive operational roadmap for mobilizing and reopening the U.S. economy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.“Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience,” a report released by Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, lays out how a massive scale-up of testing, paired with contact tracing and supported isolation, can rebuild trust in the public’s personal safety and re-mobilize the U.S. economy.“This is the first plan to show operationally how we can scale up COVID-19 testing sufficiently to safely reopen the economy and keep it open — while safeguarding fundamental American democratic principles of protecting civil rights and liberties,” said Danielle Allen, director of the Center for Ethics. “This Roadmap will move us from can’t-do America, to a new era of can-do America.”Among the report’s top recommendations is the need to deliver at least 5 million tests per day by early June to help ensure a safe social opening. This number will need to increase to 20 million tests per day by mid-summer to fully re-mobilize the economy and keep it open.“The unique value of this approach is that it will prevent cycles of opening up and shutting down,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America. “It allows us to mobilize and progressively re-open the parts of the economy that have been shut down, protect our front-line workers, and contain the virus to levels where it can be effectively managed and treated until we can find a vaccine.”Allen added: “This Roadmap is the only approach to BOTH contain the virus and ramp back up to vibrant economic life. And, in the long term, it allows us to build an infrastructure of pandemic resilience that will serve us well when the next health crisis or disaster hits, while improving community health.”The full report and additional in-depth papers are published on and Additional key findings include:The level of testing and supported isolation needed depends on how effectively contacts can be traced; warn those contacts about their exposure and need for a test; then test them; and support isolation for those who are COVID-positive.To succeed, isolation must be supported with job protection, resource support — including care packages, grocery and food deliveries — and necessary health care services.Testing and public health response — in programs established by states and administered by local health authorities — can and should be fully aligned with civil liberties, due process, data and health privacy protections, health ethics and non-discrimination.last_img read more

Brown Wins Brooks.

first_imgUniversity of Georgia professor Steve L. Brown will be awardedthe prestigious D. W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Servicefor extension Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga.Brown, a professor and extension specialist in the Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology,is a widely recognized expert in integrated management of pestsin peanuts and stored products.His work is centered in two distinctly different program areas.He has been instrumental in finding a solution to tomato spottedwilt virus, one of Georgia peanut producers’ most damaging diseases.By 1995 the virus had become the greatest yield-limiting factorfor the billion-dollar Georgia peanut industry and had a severeimpact on other Georgia-grown crops, including tobacco, tomatoesand peppers.Tomato Spotted Wilt VirusBrown played a key role on a team of scientists that developedpractical programs and solutions to TSWV. He developed the UGASpotted Wilt Risk Index, a planning tool that assesses the riskof producer practices. Using hundreds of on-farm observations,the index is refined each year.While TSWV continues to be a threat to the Georgia peanut industry,the risk index has proven to be an accurate predictor of TSWV.It allows growers to avoid the devastating losses of previousyears.The risk index has yielded greater net returns for Georgiapeanut producers. Economic analysis of the risk index shows thatfor each percent decrease in risk index value, the net returnper acre increased by more than $11 in 1998. This resulted inan increase of $133 to $280 per acre.Besides his work with TSWV, Brown is a leading expert in theSoutheast for insect control in stored grains, peanuts and cottonseedand for postharvest entomology. Brown oversees the South’s onlydemonstration grain treatment and storage facility, which provideshands-on training for county Extension agents and growers.Other WinnersThe annual Brooks awards are presented to UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research,extension and international agriculture. The awards include aframed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.Other honorees this year were: Eddie McGriff, county extensionprogramming; Michael Dirr, teaching; John Ruter, research; andManjeet Chinnan, international agriculture.Before the awards ceremony, William F. Kirk, vice presidentof DuPont Biosolutions Enterprise, will deliver the D.W. BrooksLecture: “The 21st Century — An Agribusiness Odyssey.”The lecture and awards are named for the late D.W. Brooks,founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., and founderof Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. Brooks was an advisoron agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. Steve L. Brownlast_img read more

FAWL lobbies the legislature

first_img FAWL lobbies the legislature FAWL lobbies the legislature April 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Association for Women Lawyers members from across the state gathered in Tallahassee recently to walk the halls of the Capitol, rub shoulders with legislators, lobbyists, and other public officials, learn grassroots lobbying techniques at a free CLE, and network with other women’s groups as part of its annual lobby days event.FAWL also held a four-hour legislative CLE on the morning of March 13. Florida Bar President Alan Bookman briefed attendees on the Bar’s legislative agenda and Deputy Secretary of Health Nancy Humbert discussed information about women’s health issues. Former Justice Stephen Grimes, Susan Kelsey, and Damien Filer talked about citizen initiatives to amend the constitution on a panel moderated by Chasity O’Steen. FAWL lobbyist Yolanda Cash Jackson also taught “Lobbying 101” and reviewed tips for effective grass roots lobbying.FAWL joined other women’s organizations at an ERA press conference and rally outside the Senate chambers. FAWL President June McKinney Bartelle spoke in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, as did Senate sponsor Gwen Margolis, D-Bay Harbor Island, and House co-sponsors Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee.At an evening reception, FAWL honored Senate Majority Leader Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, with its 2006 “Friend of FAWL Award,”given in recognition of his continued support of judicial independence, his efforts to ratify the ERA, and his championship for separation of powers.The next day’s activities began with a legislative breakfast co-hosted by FAWL and several other women’s organizations, including the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Florida Commission on the Status of Women, Florida Women’s Consortium, Women’s Law Symposium of Florida State University Law School, and the Tallahassee Women Lawyers. FAWL’s lobbyist Jackson briefed attendees about pending bills in preparation for the day of lobbying activities. FAWL members then fanned out to visit legislators and their staff.Sandwiched within these activities was a FAWL board meeting at the Governor’s Club, during which FAWL adopted its legislative agenda. FAWL members also attended the Senate Committee on Children and Families, where President Bartelle testified, voicing FAWL’s support in favor of SB 1800, which provides a public record exemption for records of state employees who are victims of domestic violence. The bill passed out of the committee. FAWL ended its two-day lobbying activities, chaired by Kendra Davis, by celebrating women with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women as three women were inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.last_img read more

American Legion Post 1645 raises money for Twin Tiers Honor Flight

first_imgWhile the Twin Tiers Honor Flight will not be holding any trips in 2020 due to COVID-19, they hope to resume their travels in 2021. “It’s a really nice thing to do,” said Post 1645’s Sons Commander Ted Armbrust. “They turn them around and get a profit for the honor flight which is a great program for them it takes the veterans down to Washington to see the monuments and stuff.” The event not only included a chicken barbecue fundraiser for the Legion, but also a shoe drive to benefit the Honor Flight. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — American Legion Post 1645 teamed up with Twin Tiers Honor Flight Saturday to benefit local veterans hoping to make the trip to Washington, D.C. Organizers collected unwanted shoes which will be recycled through an organization called Funds2Orgs, with the proceeds going toward bringing veterans to see the national war memorials in Washington. last_img read more

Install Lock 7 gates to alleviate flooding

first_imgIs Lock 7 dam the cause of Stockade flooding?I attended part of the March 23 Watershed Symposium at Union College and learned that the Lock 7 dam in Niskayuna lacks release-gates and thus causes most of the flooding we experience in the historic Stockade. The canal dams upstream are liftable, either partially or fully, giving them the ability to release excess water and also reduce the threat of ice-jamming. It is this “pooling of water” at Lock 7 that causes most of our flooding. Can New York state own this engineering mistake and move toward correcting it?Susan DuFourSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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