Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife

first_img View post tag: Irish Navy View post tag: Naval Authorities February 2, 2015 View post tag: Navy View post tag: LÉ Aoife View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife The Irish Navy’s has decommissioned one of its Offshore Patrol Vessels after 35 years of service.LÉ Aoife (P22) was retired by the Irish Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe in Waterford, Ireland. This longest serving vessel in the Naval Service fleet traveled more than 600,000 nautical miles during its service, its crews boarded over 4,700 vessels at sea and detained over 440 fishing vessels, as reported by The Irish Times.The vessel engaged in many successful operations; she played a role of the fishery protection vessel and took part in search and rescue operations.As a part of the decommissioning ceremony, Minister Kehoe spoke about Ireland’s Ship Replacement Programme. The first vessel from the programme was delivered in April 2014, and the vessel that will replace LÉ Aoife is expected to be delivered in the coming months. According to RTE News, last year the department ordered a third Offshore Patrol Vessel which is expected to enter service in 2016.[mappress mapid=”15012″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Flickrcenter_img View post tag: Decommissions View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ireland View post tag: its Irish Navy Decommissions Its OPV LÉ Aoife View post tag: OPV Share this articlelast_img read more

Forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan wraps up patrol

first_img The US Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), concluded a three-month patrol of Indo-Asia- Pacific returning to its base at Yokosuka, Japan, on August 9.During the patrol, Ronald Reagan participated in exercise Talisman Saber 2017, designed to enhance U.S.-Australian military interoperability through a variety of maritime, land and air operations scenarios.The ship also conducted dual-carrier operations with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Strike Group 1.“The crew of Ronald Reagan, as well as the carrier strike group, had the opportunity to accomplish a lot this patrol,” said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Any opportunity we have to exercise with our allies enhances our interoperability and makes us more effective overall in maintaining the security and stability in this region.”Ronald Reagan departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 16, to kickoff the 2017 Indo-Asia- Pacific patrol. The ship’s major exercise during the summer patrol was Talisman Saber 2017, which took place in waters off the coast of Australia. Talisman Saber included more than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel and featured 21ships, including the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, and more than 200 joint aircraft.Along with Talisman Saber 2017, Ronald Reagan joined the long line of aircraft carriers to conduct dual-carrier operations in the Western Pacific, when it participated in dual-carrier operations with Carl Vinson, June 1.During the patrol, Ronald Reagan promoted 259 sailors from the advancement exam and another 40 through the Meritorious Advancement Program.The ship also honored the late Julius “Harry” Frey, a Battle of Coral Sea and USS Lexington survivor, by spreading his ashes in the waters where Lexington sank during WWII.More than 60 midshipmen embarked on Ronald Reagan during the summer patrol. The midshipmen were aboard in two groups, one for 30 days and another for two weeks, as part of their “summer cruise,” designed to give them the experience of living aboard a ship as an enlisted sailor or officer before they commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Back to overview,Home naval-today Forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan wraps up three-month patrol Authorities Forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan wraps up three-month patrol August 9, 2017 View post tag: USS Ronald Reagan View post tag: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Fleet Activities Yokosukalast_img read more

Warsaw Man Facing Intimidation Charge After Alleged Threats

first_img By Times-Union – December 29, 2020 0 337 Facebook Pinterest Facebook Previous articleMan accused of armed break-in at former workplace near MiddleburyNext articleMetro Homicide invesigators asking for Central Park shooting witnesses to come forward Times-Union (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) A man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to burn down a business and the employees’ homes after a dispute over an impounded vehicle.Matthew Gene Rhines, 30, of 1621 W. Briaridge Road, Warsaw, and also showing an address of 3898 S. Viking Drive, Mentone, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 6:28 p.m. Dec. 22 and faces a Level 6 felony intimidation charge.According to the probable cause affidavit filed Sept. 29 in Kosciusko Superior Court II, on Sept. 5 Warsaw police were called by the owner of Crouse Body Shop about threats being made by Rhines.Upon arrival, police learned that Crouse’s had been dealing with Rhines for several months over an impounded vehicle and items left in the vehicle.On June 6, Claypool police requested that Crouse tow a Cadillac due to suspended driver and false or fictitious registration. After 30 days, Crouse Body Shop filed for the title paperwork to obtain ownership of the car due to no one claiming the vehicle, according to the affidavit.After the title was approved, Rhines contacted Crouse’s and wanted the tires off the car that he had purchased. Employees allegedly told Rhines that since he didn’t have any proof of ownership, he could come and exchange the tires for $250.Rhines then allegedly called the business several times about the tires but never came to exchange them until after the car had already been sent away to be scrapped, according to court papers.Crouse’s was able to get the car back from the scrapyard so Rhines could exchange the tires, and he did, court papers state.Following the tire exchange, an unknown person called Crouse’s and asked if there were golf clubs left in the vehicle. Employees told the caller the car had been cleaned out and scrapped and there were no golf clubs.On Sept. 5, Rhines phoned the business and was extremely upset, according to court papers, and asked directly about the golf clubs. When Rhines too was told there were no golf clubs, Rhines allegedly threatened to burn down Crouse Body Shop and all of the employees’ homes as well.Rhines further went on to trash the business online and threaten anyone who may have his golf clubs, according to the affidavit, by writing that someone employed by the business stole his property and “a message for all of you that were involved in … the theft of my personal belongings, see you soon!”Rhines’ bond was set at $5,250. Pinterest Warsaw Man Facing Intimidation Charge After Alleged Threats IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+last_img read more

Press release: UK Trade Secretary visits WTO to push support for free trade

first_imgInternational Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will travel to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva today (Thursday, 21 June) to call on the organisation to re-focus on its free trade agenda.While there, Dr Fox will meet with a number of WTO Ambassadors. He will lead a panel discussion on global trade leadership alongside the head of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and an Executive Director at the International Trade Centre, which works to spread the benefits of free trade to developing economies.In both of these forums Dr Fox will discuss recent global trade disputes and call for WTO members to work together more effectively in order to tackle these issues and support free trade and the multilateral trading system globally.This follows a speech he made earlier this week at the Centre for Policy Studies where he called on China to open its markets and ensure compliance with global trade rules, as well as better global enforcement of intellectual property rules.He will also reiterate the importance of reforming global trade rules for the modern age, focusing on e-commerce to make it easier to trade online, ensuring that the WTO is not left behind by businesses and consumers and that trade continues to grow.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: The visit comes after the WTO forecast global trade growth of 4.4% this year, and the UK itself saw exports increase 7.4% to £625.4 billion to the end of April 2018 compared to the same time last year.The meetings also come as the UK prepares to take its independent seat at the WTO, outside the EU, and so Dr Fox will use this opportunity to reassure WTO trade ambassador’s that the UK is committed to maintain existing trade arrangements immediately after leaving the EU in order to avoid disruption.But, long-term, once the UK leaves the EU we will be able to negotiate and sign new trade agreements, join existing agreements around the world, and more freely access fast-growing markets beyond the EU.Dr Fox will look to explore the opportunities that this future could unlock, meeting with ambassadors from the US, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. With free trade and multilateralism under threat, the UK will stand as a leading supporter of its benefits and as the head of Britain’s international economic department I’ll be in Geneva making that case to other countries today.center_img Organisations like the WTO and WIPO are at the heart of the global trade system that has helped lift millions out of abject poverty and supports countless jobs in the UK and around the world.last_img read more

Electric crews converge on Windham and Windsor counties

first_imgCrews converge on Windham and Windsor countiesTree damage in Wilmington area is worst many workers have ever seenRUTLAND (December 15, 2008)– After more than 90 hours of restoration work since the first customer went out last Friday, line and tree crews have restored service to 30,100 of the 35,000 CVPS customers who lost power after last week’s ice storm. CVPS has acquired 10 line crews from Hydro One in Canada. They will arrive on CVPS property late tonight to assist in the restoration effort tomorrow.Most customers in Windsor County will be back on by late Tuesday evening, but single customer outages and areas with extreme damage – especially the Wilmington, Readsboro, Wardsboro, Dover, Guilford area — will carry later into the week.More than 100 line crews and 50 tree crews are now working in Windham and Windsor counties. Ten tree crews from Ohio will also join the restoration effort today. Crews continue to make slow progress, as most repairs are off-road in isolated pockets.”In many cases, we have four to six crews working to clear dozens of trees from one line serving no more than 10 customers at a time,” said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Crews are putting in hours upon hours of work only to restore a few customers. We have tree crews that are spending an entire day cutting away ice and limbs on one section of line. Each repair is only going to turn on small numbers of customers. We may restore a large three-phase line, but then all the side taps off that line to customers’ homes are also down.”Crews reported some areas with more than an inch of ice accumulation in the Wilmington area. Many roads in area are still impassible or reduced to one lane due to downed and hanging trees and limbs. Some of lower elevations saw some unloading of ice Sunday, but the higher elevations, particularly above 1,100 feet in southern Vermont are still covered. Ice-laden trees broke over 50 poles – more than 40 of those in Windham County – and brought down hundreds of line, damaging or demolishing cross arms and line equipment.Estimates put the cost of the restoration effort around at least $3 million, ranking it just behind the April 2007 Nor’icane.”This is our second most costly storm, but it’s also a storm that has continued to strengthen state and local collaboration during emergency situations,” said Joe Kraus, CVPS’s vice president for engineering, operations and customer service. “State and local government, utilities and contractors have all focused on a safe, efficient restoration effort. That cooperation has speeded the restoration. We’ll do whatever it takes to bring back every customer.”Check with an electricianCVPS also reminded customers that while service lines or overhead wires that run from a pole to a house or business are the utility’s responsibility, the service cable that runs along the side of the house is the customer’s responsibility.If those service cables are damaged, customers should contact an electrician. The service bracket that attaches the service line to the house is generally maintained by CVPS. However, the weather head, attached to the service cable, which prevents water damage to the wiring, is maintained by the customer’s electrician.SAFETY FIRSTCVPS urges customers to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety in the wake of the storm. The company offered the following tips for safely coping with the outages:* Treat any downed line as if it is live. Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.* If you waiting out the storm at your home without power, stay in contact with your neighbors. If you live alone, are HOMEBOUND, have LIFE-SUPPORT equipment, or live in a secluded area, stay in contact with a friend, relative or close neighbor.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* Turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.last_img read more

US Mounting First Test of Cyber-Blitz Response Plan

first_imgBy Dialogo September 30, 2010 The United States is launching its first test of a new plan for responding to an enemy cyber-blitz, including any attack aimed at vital services such as power, water and banks. Thousands of cyber-security personnel from across the government and industry are taking part in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Storm III, a three- to four-day drill which started on September 28. The goals are to boost preparedness; examine incident response and enhance information-sharing among federal, state, international and private-sector partners. “At its core, the exercise is about resiliency — testing the nation’s ability to cope with the loss or damage to basic aspects of modern life,” said a release made available at DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington. The simulation tests the newly developed National Cyber Incident Response Plan, a coordinated framework ordered by President Barack Obama. The plan is designed to be flexible and adaptable enough to mesh responders’ efforts across jurisdictional lines. Refinements may be made after the exercise, DHS officials said. The test involves 11 states, 12 foreign countries 60 private companies. Cyber Storm III takes place amid mounting signs that bits and bytes of malicious computer code could soon be as central to 21st-century conflict as bullets and bombs. “There is a real probability that in the future, this country will get hit with a destructive attack and we need to be ready for it,” U.S. Army General Keith Alexander, the head of a new military cyber-warfare unit, told reporters last week, referring to computer-launched operations. Cyber Storm III involves simulated harm only, not real impact on any network, said Brett Lambo, the exercise director. In the drill, mock foes hijack Web security infrastructure used by businesses, government and consumers to verify and authenticate online transactions. In so doing, they upend Internet reliability and relationships before launching major attacks against the government, certain critical infrastructure, public sector enterprises and international counterparts. Officials did not spell out the scenario’s details to preserve the surprise of exercise play.last_img read more

Young couple splash cash on luxury pad with “best views”

first_img PIECE OF JACKIE CHAN MOVIE HISTORY HITS MARKET 9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral.A four-level non-riverfront luxury home at Balmoral has smashed a new Brisbane sales record for a property sub 405sq m.A young professional couple paid $3,500,000 for 9 Ryan Ave, which is atop Balmoral Hill.Surrounded by multimillion-dollar properties, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom architectural masterpiece was developed by Aurelien Berson Construction. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: 9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral.Belle Property – Bulimba selling agent Tony O’Doherty said the standout property had the “best views I’ve seen”.“The functionality of the home is great. The kitchen, living and dining areas are on top,” Mr O’Doherty said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago 9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral has sold to a young couple.According to CoreLogic data, a “comparable top recent sale” in 2019 was 23 Right St, Balmoral which sold on January 22 for $1,750,000 million.In terms of a similar lot size to 9 Ryan Ave, the data showed 23 Wright St, Balmoral sold for $1,750,000 million also in January this year.In September 2018, 3/46 Main Ave, Balmoral sold for $3,350,000 million. PROPERTY COMES WITH 100K WORTH OF CRYSTALS The views from 9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral are next level. FAMILY SPLURGE ON LUXURY HOLIDAY HOME The spacious dining area at 9 Ryan Avenue, Balmoral.Other standout features of the home include an infinity pool, wine cellar, home cinema and lift.Mr O’Doherty said Brisbane’s middle to high-end market was performing well.“There’s plenty of people with plenty of money,” he said.“I don’t have enough properties to meet buyer demand.“I sold this property twice – I had a backup contract on it.”He said in the last few weeks he had sold two properties totalling $10 million in off-market transactions.He said the recent sale was credit to the developer who had another project underway at Bulimba.last_img read more

Miss Zimbabwe’s crown in jeopardy over Nude photos

first_imgEmily Kachote Zimbabwe’s miss world Miss Zimbabwe Trust or organisers have threatened to take action on Miss Zimbabwe beauty queen 25 year old Emily Kachote if it turns out that she posed nude for pictures that were posted on the internet.The trust which manages Miss Zimbabwe, has said that it will not be taken advantage of anymore however it remained tight lipped on weather the beauty queen will be sued for miss-representation.It has been investigating the allegations against the beauty queen since last year after the nude pictures allegations emerged only two weeks into her reign as miss World Zimbabwe.The Herald reports that the organisers have remained tight lipped on their latest findings as they prepare to hold a press conference on their findings later on today.Organizers of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant said they are investigating 25-year-old Emily Kachote two weeks into her reign after photos that allegedly show her nude appeared on the internet.”Kachote, who would represent Zimbabwe at the Miss World finals later this year, will be dethroned if the photos are authentic,” pageant spokesperson Tendai Chirau is quoted by several news sources as saying.The contestants of the beauty pageant signed contracts declaring they had never posed nude before the pageant and that, in the event of winning the crown, they would not pose naked during the year long tenure as Miss Zimbabwe.Kachote told H Metro, a Zimbabwean tabloid newspaper, that she suspected “these pictures” would emerge but “it happened a long time ago.”last_img read more

Nature Isle Toastmasters Club Encourages You to Prepare for the Future

first_img Share 64 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LettersLifestyleReader Bites Nature Isle Toastmasters Club Encourages You to Prepare for the Future  by: – June 18, 2020 Tweet As the novel Corona-Virus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19) continues to affect us all, it has created a new opportunity for us to explore working and operating in a virtual environment both at individual and organizational levels.With the spread of the virus, our club has taken to online meetings, which have so far proven to be a convenient way to continue on our mission to empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.The harsh reality is that, even when this pandemic is over nothing will be the same, things will not magically return to what we knew as normal, in fact I believe there will be a new normal.  NITC urges you to be ready for that phase which will come.  James Hume said “The art of communication is the language of leadership”.  NITC is here to help you improve your public speaking and communication skills and assist you in building your leadership skills.The Nature Isle Toastmasters Club has a special gift at this time for our current, past and prospective members.  This is in the form of a whooping reduction in dues payable for the upcoming Toastmasters half year.Dues payable is reduced to EC$150.00. This will cover the registration fee and fees for the next Toastmasters quarter (July, August and September 2020) for new and returning members and half year (July to December 2020) for existing members.  I encourage businesses and other organizations to take advantage of this offer to ensure that their staff or members continue to strive toward professional development amid this Covid-19 pandemic. You are free to share this offer with your co-workers and across your professional and personal networks, so they can take advantage of this valuable offer.We take pride and comfort in knowing NITC is here for you and your organizations during these challenging times. You do not have to put your professional aspirations on hold.  Kermecia Matthew-HarrisPresidentNature Isle Toastmasters Club – read more