Royal Navy tanker refuels French warship off Ivory Coast

first_img View post tag: Op Corymbe October 31, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: FS Dixmude Authorities Royal Navy tanker RFA Gold Rover recently refueled French helicopter carrier FS Dixmude and joined it for a piracy patrol off the Ivory Coast.Joined by Ivory Coast patrol boat Sekongo, the ships patrolled 200 miles of coastline and waters off shore, stretching from the Ivory Coast’s principal port – and largest city – Abidjan to San Pedro, close to the western frontier with Liberia.When the Ivory Coast patrol boat broke away for a specific mission, Gold Rover stayed with the Dixmude for a refueling at sea.While all this was going on, French Navy riflemen hopped across to Gold Rover to carry out some training… and the tanker’s Royal Marines detachment joined the Dixmude to demonstrate how they disarm suspects and clear a ship of criminal elements.“The French provided us with the finest French hospitality and allowed our team to conduct live firing on board the Dixmude using their FAMAS rifle and general service pistol,” said Lt Hector Bevan, in charge of the RFA’s commando detachment.After more than four decades in service, this is likely to be Gold Rover’s final deployment, providing fuel to any RN vessel in South Atlantic waters.Before knuckling down to operation Corymbe, Gold Rover hosted Abidjan school children, the Ivory Coast Navy and UK Embassy Staff. All were treated to full ships tours and capability demonstrations including fire fighting and damage control techniques by ships staff and weapon demonstrations provided by the Royal Marines detachment. View post tag: French Navycenter_img Royal Navy tanker refuels French helicopter carrier on counter piracy mission Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy tanker refuels French helicopter carrier on counter piracy mission View post tag: RFA Gold Rover View post tag: Ivory Coast Share this articlelast_img read more

Maurice Brown To Play Free Show At Intimate NYC Performance

first_imgMaurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but the Grammy-Award-winning trumpet virtuoso has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, he’s dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.On Thursday, May 5, he’ll be bringing the band to Bric House for a very special night of music, showcasing his original music including several new tunes off his upcoming album, The Mood, which is due out in June.Maurice Brown Performs Two Tracks From Upcoming Hip-Hop/Jazz Album [Watch]The full band includes Brown on trumpet and vocals, Chelsea Bartaz on tenor sax and vocals, Antoine Katz on bass, James Francies on keys, and Jeremy “Bean” Clemmons on drums. More information about the free-show can be found here.You can also find Maurice “Mobetta” Brown performing the music of Prince alongside Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus),  Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert), and Hayley Jane, with fellow horn players James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) this Friday at The Hall at MP. More information can be found here.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball teams up with RecSports to raise money, awareness

first_imgThe Notre Dame women’s basketball team is partnering with RecSports to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by hosting the Pink Zone Fitness Party at Rolf’s Sports Center on Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.The Fitness Party format is an adjustment from the Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon that RecSports has hosted in the past. Fitness and instructional program coordinator for RecSports Tabbitha Ashford said this change came about in response to a desire to make the event more accessible for everyone.“This year, it’ll be five hours on Friday evening, with each hour being a different fitness class ranging from Zumba to yoga to boot camp — something for everybody, hopefully,” she said. “I think it was just kind of going back to the basics of what we offer through our regular programming, and seeing the numbers and realizing that you can’t have a party without Zumba — that’s the essence of any fitness party.”Sharla Lewis, special events coordinator for women’s basketball, said the idea was partially inspired by an offer from Beyond Zen Yoga Studio to contribute to the Pink Zone’s cause — something it will do by hosting a “Zenathon” on Saturday.“They’re going from 8 a.m. and their last class stops at about 5 p.m.,” she said. “They have two classes going on at the same time and [University president Fr. John Jenkins] is going to end it with a prayer service at 6 p.m.”The Fitness Party will also feature classes suited to various experience levels, including high-intensity training and a boot camp class, in addition to Zumba, RecSports assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities Jennifer Phillips said.“The whole point of this … is for people to come and have fun,” she said. “You don’t have to be a great Zumba dancer, but if I see people out there having fun with their friends and doing something different on a Friday night, then it’s totally worth everything that we’re doing to bring them out there.”In addition to the fun the event offers, however, Phillips said she hopes those who attend keep the underlying cause in mind.“One of the messages we’ve tried to get across in the events in the past is that while you’re out there and you are having fun — you’re out there because your body is working, and it’s working right,” she said. “While you’re out there and you’re doing that, remember that part of why you’re doing that is for people’s bodies that aren’t working right, right now. By you being out there — if you can donate five bucks, great, if you can donate more, great — that’s helping somebody whose body is struggling.”In addition to paying the $5 per class at the Fitness Party, people can contribute to the cause by bidding in a silent auction at the women’s basketball pink game against Georgia Tech on Sunday, by pledging money for each three-point shot made by the team or simply by volunteering at the event, Lewis said.“People have their own way that they want to help and support — we just want to have an avenue where there’s different ways that you can do that,” she said. “Even if you don’t have the money, maybe you can volunteer. [We’re] just trying to find ways for people to give back.”Sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale said she appreciates the opportunity the pink game offers for her to contribute to “a big cause.”“I’m glad we do this and a lot of people participate,” she said. “We have great fans who really want to give back, so I’m just really excited that a game of sports can bring awareness and bring money to a cause like this.”In particular, Ogunbowale said she loves knowing she has not only contributed to her team’s success, but also to this cause when she makes a 3-point shot.“It’s great that something as easy as shooting a 3-pointer can help this cause,” she said. “We’re a pretty good shooting team, so we’re raising a lot of money, and I’m just really happy that by easily just playing the game I love, I am able to bring money and awareness to this cause.”Lewis said she encourages community members to attend the pink game on Sunday in addition to the Fitness Party to experience the game’s traditional halftime tribute to breast cancer survivors.“This year we have members of the football team that will take part in just giving out a little treat to those survivors or those that are affected by cancer,” she said. “They’re going to partner with us this year and help us out. Halftime is always exciting for me. I love it.”Tags: Arike Ogunbowale, breast cancer awareness, Pink Zone, RecSports, women’s basketballlast_img read more

South Carolina co-ops concerned about state’s high-cost coal power

first_imgSouth Carolina co-ops concerned about state’s high-cost coal power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Post and Courier:South Carolina’s electric cooperatives want Santee Cooper to study if coal is the cheapest way to provide electricity to customers, questioning whether the state-run utility should cease operating some of its aging coal-fired power plants.Officials with Central Electric Power, the group that negotiates power prices for all 20 co-ops, pressured utility Santee Cooper on Monday into reviewing whether to shutter one coal boiler at Cross Station on the banks of Lake Moultrie. And they proposed studying the future of four other coal-fired units at Winyah Station near Georgetown.“Because of economics — I won’t even say environmental — most organizations are having to take a hard look at what they are going to do about coal,” said Robert Hochstelter, Central Electric’s chief executive. “If we can’t work together and figure out how we can save money, then we have problems,” Hochstelter added.Hochstetler’s pitch was made in front of a 12-member board made up of six representatives from Santee Cooper and six representatives from the state’s electric cooperatives. The gathering agreed to analyze the Cross Station’s Unit 2, which came online in 1983. But Santee Cooper’s representatives balked at the idea of studying the viability of the entire Winyah Station, which has produced power since 1975.The official request from the cooperatives — Santee Cooper’s largest customers — comes at a time when utilities across the country continue to ditch coal power for more efficient natural gas turbines and solar arrays. More than 23,400 megawatts of coal-fired power were shuttered nationwide in the past two years, according to an analysis by Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration sought to cut regulations for the industry.More: Santee Cooper asked to reconsider coal-fired power plants by largest customerslast_img read more

Long Island Man Charged With Sexually Exploiting Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Long Island man was arrested for allegedly coercing a girl into engaging in sexual acts with the suspect, who also had her send him pornographic images of herself, authorities said.Hassan Khan was charged Thursday at Manhattan federal court with coercing and enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a minor outside of the United States and receipt of child pornography.“As this terrifying ordeal comes to an end, the nightmare continues for the victim and her family,” said Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office. “Innocence, once stolen, is not easily restored.”Federal prosecutors and the FBI said that Kahn met the victim online in 2007 when she was 11, when he began grooming her to perform the alleged acts later.If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. The investigation is continuing. The FBI asks anyone with information on this case to call them at 212-384-1000.last_img read more

Automating processes to improve your work and your life

first_imgI wish I had more time. We’ve all shared this sentiment at some point. Maybe on vacation we wished we had more time to spend at the beach. More time to spend with our families. Or maybe it’s Sunday night and we wish the weekend was a day longer.The good news is, no matter what you wish you had more time to do, automating processes can give you that time to do what you want, improving your work and life as a result.The Harvard Business Review, which I follow like a little kid watching his favorite television show, recently published a video – The Upside of Automating Part of Your Job – which showcases a study estimating 30 percent of activities could be automated, which would save about 1.5 days each week.Personally speaking, finding an extra 12 hours a week would help me focus on the few projects that would add significant value to my role, not to mention relieve the stress of finding time to finish those projects.And with reduced stress, I feel better. It’s a win-win. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why your credit union should be more fired up about inbound marketing!

first_imgThere’s a variety of topics that get me fired up pretty quickly, and thankfully I get to actually work with two of these subjects every single day! So here’s what we believe about Credit Unions and Inbound Marketing…First, we believe that there is a better place for people’s money… and that place is in a Credit Union. And clearly YOU believe that too!Second, we believe that there is also a better way to get THIS message to the right people at the right time… and THAT better way is through Inbound Marketing & Sales.So let me break this down for you a bit more.Credit Union Marketing & Sales MUST change in order to be effective. So here’s what your CU marketing efforts SHOULD look like:Marketing shouldn’t interrupt people.It shouldn’t waste their time or your resources. Your message shouldn’t fall on deaf ears. These marketing efforts should bring new CU members TO you rather than you having to search them out. It should provide benefits to potential new members BEFORE trying to sell them a single product or service. Your marketing and sales should set Credit Unions apart from more traditional financial institutions like banks, where consumers are just numbers on a page.Now this kind of marketing approach might sound like it was made for Credit Unions, and the reason is because Inbound Marketing and CUs fit PERFECTLY together. Community banks are authentic businesses that were created to benefit their member-owners. CUs do not have to pretend to care… They really DO CARE! So what you have to say will resonate with your target audience.You just have to get the right message in front of the right person, at the right time!Having spent most of my life surrounded by Credit Union people (both parents work for CUs), I have seen and continue to see the industry struggling with strategic marketing and sales best practice. Credit Union budgets and know-how just aren’t keeping up with big banks.It’s time for CU’s approach to marketing and sales to evolve with the changing times. Are you with me? 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Detailslast_img read more

Smithtown Doc Swapped Sex for Rx, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A doctor from Smithtown has been arrested for allegedly prescribing painkillers to drug addicts, in some cases in exchange for sexual favors from female patients over a four-year span, federal authorities said.Dr. Mitchel Fagin was charged Friday with illegally distributing controlled substances to patients without a legitimate medical need.“Dr. Fagin’s house was a medicine chest for opioid addicts to fuel their addiction,” said James Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York office.Authorities said the 63-year-old pain-management doctor wrote prescriptions for highly addictive drugs such as oxycodone, methodone and alprazalom, giving the drugs to substance abusers from May 2010 to September 2014.He is scheduled to be arraigned at Central Islip federal court before Judge Joanna Seybert.If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.last_img read more

Even in its twilight days, Trump regime is still sticking climate science deniers in sensitive posts

first_imgSaid Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and head of NOAA under President Barack Obama: “He’s not just in left field—he’s not even near the ballpark.” And Michael Mann, climate scientist at State University, emailed to National Public Radio to say that Legates has, throughout his career “misrepresented the science of climate change, serving as an advocate for polluting interests as he dismisses and downplays the impacts of climate change.”- Advertisement – “I think [Legates] can make messes that the Biden people are going to have to clean up, especially with respect to personnel appointments and author nominations and assignments,” said a former scientist with the research program, who stressed that new leadership could reverse any changes implemented by Legates. The fifth such assessment is now in the works. The two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment were released in 2017 and 2018. As I reported then, the assessment noted that climate change isn’t some far-in-the-future problem, but is already happening, inflicting “substantial damages” on communities, and it’s going to get worse. Denier-in-Chief Trump didn’t like the assessment, and claimed he didn’t believe it. The only surprise is that he didn’t move sooner to screw things up with the next assessment. The Post notes: The move [to appoint Legates] has rattled rank-and-file scientists at NOAA, the lead agency working on the climate assessment, according to people inside and outside the organization. For much of Trump’s tenure, there has been little political interference at NOAA, the notable exception being Trump’s hand-drawn alteration of an official hurricane forecast, an incident known as “Sharpiegate.”center_img Legates has signed the Oregon Petition, which caught a lot of well-deserved flak for trying to pretend it was something it was not—a peer-reviewed study. The petition states:“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”In testimony to Congress last year, Legates said, “Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. No efforts to stabilize the climate can possibly be successful. […] The current emphasis on climate change abatement will do far more harm than good.”Legates is one of the many Trump appointments who ought to be out the door before the sun goes down Jan. 20. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on Potential Impact of American Health Care Act

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on Potential Impact of American Health Care Act Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Washington, D.C. – Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified today before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on the potential impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Commissioner Miller joined health care industry stakeholders and consumers to discuss the implications of the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.Commissioner Miller expressed serious hesitations regarding the AHCA.“As we begin to talk about the many impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with the AHCA would have in Pennsylvania, we should first recognize the impact that the ACA itself has had on Pennsylvanians,” said Commissioner Miller. “Since the ACA’s passage, the national uninsured rate has fallen to 8.6 percent and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to 6.4 percent – the lowest it’s ever been. More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have accessed coverage only available because of the ACA, and that coverage is much more comprehensive than what was previously available.”Millions of Pennsylvanians have benefited from the ACA’s ban on annual and lifetime limits and expanded access to free preventive care services, and the 5.4 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions – half of Pennsylvanians under age 65 – can no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to their medical history. Additionally, more than 175,000 Pennsylvanians can now access substance use disorder treatment services through their exchange and Medicaid expansion coverage, which is critical to helping individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.Last month, Commissioner Miller co-signed, with executives representing each of the five health insurers selling on Pennsylvania’s exchange, a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that echoed the need for stability and predictability to continue the progress the market has made.“Our hope is that Washington keeps the needs of consumers at the forefront of their minds as deliberations continue, and that the Senate will take a more thorough and deliberative approach than the House did in evaluating significant changes to our health care system and the potentially devastating impact of those changes on the people that rely on it every day,” said Commissioner Miller. “This is about Americans accessing and affording care that is vital to their health and well-being. We cannot return to a place where people are forced to accept less coverage at an increased cost, and make tough choices between their finances or their health.”A video of the hearing is available here.center_img May 10, 2017last_img read more