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HMAS Stuart Returns Home after Six-Month Mission

first_img View post tag: Six-month Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Stuart Returns Home after Six-Month Mission View post tag: News by topic Excited family members welcomed home the crew of the Australian Warship HMAS Stuart today as she returned to Sydney after a successful six-month mission in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).The Anzac Class Frigate was also met on the wharf by Defence Minister Stephen Smith, New South Wales Governor Professor Marie Bashir, and other Federal, State and Local Government officials, as she berthed alongside at Garden Island.The crew of the vessel, which is affectionately known as the Tartan Terror, presented loved ones with red roses as they were reunited on the wharf.Stuart set sail for the MEAO in December to play a vital role in Operation Slipper: Australia’s military contribution to the international counter terrorism campaign in the Middle East, and counter piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden.Her 191 crew members served with distinction during the deployment which featured 300 vessel queries, more than 19 boardings, and a search and rescue operation.The Fast Helicopter Frigate (FFH) also rendered assistance to several vessels that needed medical and mechanical assistance.Her most notable achievements included rescuing three Yemeni fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa; and disabling an unoccupied pirate skiff by live fire using her 12.7mm Mini-Typhoon.Defence Minister Stephen Smith praised the crew’s dedication to the mission.“These operations are very important in maintaining and developing maritime security and stability and prosperity in the Middle East area.’‘Stuart and her crew lived up to the ships motto ‘Always Prepared’ and lived up to her core values of readiness and vigilance,” he said.Over the course of the 184 day deployment Stuart travelled 70,000 kilometres, and her embarked helicopter completed over 113 sorties, amassing more than 330 hours in the air.The ships company exchanged more than 4,000kg of mail to keep in touch with friends and family back home in Australia.They also raised $11,000 for the Queensland Flood Appeal and $3,000 for the Red Kite Children’s Charity through auctions, donations, and fund-raising events held onboard.The Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore thanked the families of the ships company for their sacrifice.“Our men and women cannot deploy without the support of their families and friends.’‘I know from personal experience the challenges and difficulties in seeing loved ones deploy to a tense and sometimes hostile environment. Your sacrifices are not forgotten,” he said.The West Australian based frigate HMAS Toowoomba departed Australia for the MEAO in May to take over Operation Slipper duties and enable Stuart to return home.Stuart’s return to Sydney marks the end of the twenty-fifth rotation of Royal Australian Navy ships to the Middle East since September 2001.[mappress]Source: navy, June  30, 2011 View post tag: Stuart Share this article View post tag: home HMAS Stuart Returns Home after Six-Month Mission View post tag: Mission View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Returns View post tag: Navy June 30, 2011 View post tag: HMASlast_img read more

US 7th Fleet Takes Part in LIMA 2015

first_img View post tag: Malaysia US 7th Fleet Takes Part in LIMA 2015 View post tag: asia View post tag: LIMA Sailors, aircraft and a ship from U.S. 7th Fleet arrived at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), March 15-16.Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) with an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) squadron 51, Det. 4, comprise the U.S. Navy delegation at LIMA 15.Through participation in air shows and other regional events, the United States Navy demonstrates its commitment to maritime security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, promotes standardization and interoperability of equipment, and displays capabilities critical to the success of current and future naval operations.The airshow provides an opportunity for Navy Sailors to interact with their counterparts from partner nations, as well as industry representatives.U.S. Navy participation in LIMA and similar events provide an opportunity to advance and strengthen alliances and partnerships, which allow the region to contend with common challenges.[mappress mapid=”15409″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy March 17, 2015 View post tag: 2015 View post tag: fleet View post tag: 7th View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US 7th Fleet Takes Part in LIMA 2015 View post tag: Takes Part Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

German special forces return to HNLMS Karel Doorman

first_img View post tag: HNLMS Karel Doorman German special forces have returned to training aboard the biggest ship in the Royal Netherlands Navy’s fleet after it spent almost a year undergoing engine repairs.HNLMS Karel Doorman returned to sea in April this year after completing repairs at the Den Helder base.The ship’s engine issues caused a pause in the maritime collaboration between Germany and the Netherlands whose defense ministers in February 2016 signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) which allowed the German Navy to use the HLNMS Karel Doorman for operations.The German Navy needed a ship like Karel Doorman as it does not have significant amphibious capabilities on its own. Another aspect of the maritime cooperation is the integration of the Seebataillon (marines) of the German navy in the Dutch Royal Navy. The Seebataillon consists of several hundred soldiers constituted by divers, amphibious reconnaissance and mine experts. This German unit will come under Dutch command.With the HNLMS Karel Doormen back at sea, German special forces returned to the ship conducting anti-terror drill during the last three weeks.The Germans also hired a civillian “target vessel” for a hostage-release scenario. During the exercise, Dutch and German commandos deployed fast boats and helicopters towards the target vessel from the HNLMS Karel Doorman using it as a command ship.HNLMS Karel Doorman was built by Damen in Galati, Romania. The 204-meter ship was launched in October 2012 and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2015. German special forces return to Dutch amphibious ship HNLMS Karel Doorman Back to overview,Home naval-today German special forces return to Dutch amphibious ship HNLMS Karel Doorman Authorities July 17, 2017 View post tag: Dutch Navy View post tag: German Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Pearl Jam Reflects On Prince’s Legacy, Ends Show With ‘Purple Rain’ Refrain Last Night

first_imgPearl Jam resumed their tour with a stop at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC last night, performing another sold out show along their 25th anniversary celebration. The mood in the venue was understandably gloomy, as music fans everywhere mourned the loss of Prince. The uber talented musicians lost his life earlier in the day, prompting many artists to pay tribute to the late great Purple One. His influence in music knew no bounds.Eddie Vedder spoke about Prince, saying “You know, that guy loved music so damn much. He never stopped playing never stopped writing, never stopped recording, never stopped creating.” He then reflects on meeting Prince and Vedder’s shock upon learning about his passing. He concludes the speech by saying, “Prince was probably the greatest guitar player…” before the crowd erupts in applause.After the speech, the band broke into a version of “Light Years.” Watch it go down below:[Via saveyouckufer]Later on in the night, the band played some bars from “Purple Rain” before segueing into “Chloe Dancer”/”Crown Of Thorns.” Watch below:They also ended their show with the song “Yellow Ledbetter,” which featured a breakdown section that again quoted from “Purple Rain.” What a way to close the show! Watch the tribute below:[Via Josh Daniel]Check out the full setlist below:Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlistslast_img read more

Phil Lesh To Headline Upcoming NorCal Cannabis Cup

first_imgHigh Times has announced that founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will headline the upcoming NorCal Cannabis Cup, set to take place June 2nd and 3rd at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA. For his performance on the first night, June 2nd, Phil Lesh’s set will be billed as Phil Lesh & Friends, with his collaborators yet to be announced. Phil Lesh joins Blues Traveler and Arrested Development on the music lineup for the 2018 NorCal edition of High Times’ long-running regional marijuana industry trade show.The booking is a perfect fit for this event, as Lesh is a notable son of Northern California himself and, in his capacity as a member of psychedelic pioneers, the Grateful Dead, has always been closely associated with the love of marijuana.As High Times notes,In addition to the incredible musical lineup, there will be tons of other entertainment—live art murals, a Ferris wheel, amazing food pop-ups and much more. … Vendors will be selling the hottest, most innovative products, visual artists from Black Light. Visuals will be doing trippy body painting, and, of course, tons of freebies and swag will be raining from the stage.You can grab your single-day and two-day tickets to see Phil Lesh & Friends, Blues Traveler, and more at the NorCal Cannabis Cup here.[H/T Relix]last_img read more

How to Setup Two Monitors for Better Productivity

first_imgIn many things, two is better than one. So it’s no surprise that 91 percent of study participants in the IDC InfoBrief Improving Productivity with Dual Monitors said they were more satisfied with two displays than a single one.Many of them said that dual monitors were more efficient when that research was release last year, and based on my personal experience, I agree. It doesn’t take a technical wiz to set up multiple monitors, either.With Windows 10, when you connect an additional monitor to your Dell computer, Windows will automatically detect it and display your computer’s desktop. You can then choose how you want your desktop to appear and customize the settings.Don’t let terms like Thunderbolt, display port, digital video interface, video graphics array or high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) scare you away from less eye strain and reduced effort to catch and fix errors.There are many helpful resources on; and on Twitter, our @DellCares team is here to help individual customers, and @DellCaresPro is available to assist businesses. And there are webcasts and videos that can also help.YouTube VideosAnd if you like video assistance, our @DellCares team has created many helpful videos that are available on the TechSupportDell YouTube channel. For instance, this one tells you what to do if your monitor screen is flickering.Additional videos there can help you fix a pixelated monitor, determine the best screen resolution and change it if needed, show you how to setup the frames per second (FPS) counter for games and set up a dual monitor stand.Webcast SessionsOur @DellCaresPro team member Shawn Burton is here to coach you through the different ways to configure multiple monitors in a free webcast. There are also some troubleshooting hints and tips throughout the session.This is just one of the many helpful webcasts our @DellCaresPro team regularly offers for free. You can find a list of their upcoming sessions, as well as an archive of past ones like this in our TechCenter community.But if you’re still not sure you’re ready to set up multiple monitors, or you just don’t want to devote the desktop real estate it, there is another option for multi-tasking – our Dell 43 Multi-Client Monitor.last_img read more

The Vermont History Expo will not be held next year

first_imgThe Vermont History Expo will be suspended for June 2009BARRE, VT (12/4/08) — The Board of Trustees of the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) met on Friday, November 21st. At that meeting the decision was made to suspend the Vermont History Expo for this upcoming year (’09).Tess Taylor, VHS Director of Education and Public Programs, explained, “The Expo has had a nine-year run at the historic Tunbridge Fairgrounds for one weekend in June each of those years. Thousands of Vermonters, and “Vermonters at Heart” old and young have been treated to two days of exhibitions by local historical societies, for whom this event was created, plus offerings by history museums, cultural heritage organizations and associations, performers, history presenters, traditional trades people. It is often referred to as ‘Vermont’s Family Reunion.'”Like most non-profit organizations in Vermont, VHS is looking at a shortfall in its budget due to factors beyond its control: cuts to our state appropriation and the economic downturn that has reduced the likelihood that some donors will be able to maintain their level of giving, plus VHS endowment investments have been compromised.Expo has had a broader and more positive impact than anyone anticipated when it was first conceived. It has become a VHS “brand” and is a signature event in Tunbridge. This year of suspended activity will afford planners the opportunity to create a plan for keeping the Expo experience fresh and responsive to our audiences.Taylor said: “This was a difficult decision. Everyone is fond of Expo. We understand how it increases recognition of local historical societies and fosters interest in Vermont History like no other event or program has. However, Expo has a big budget that utilizes a large amount of staff time; this decision will help us to keep the rest of VHS on-going programs on track. Other factors we considered are that it will be more difficult to secure donors at this time and higher costs to the local historical societies will probably mean that fewer will attend. Lastly, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration is enjoying major support and attention. This seems like a good year to step back and assess.”Planning is now in progress for alternative programming for 2009 and a fresh look for Expo in 2010.The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization with offices in Barre and Montpelier, engaging both Vermonters and “Vermonters at heart” in the exploration of our state’s rich heritage. Its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. For more information call 802-479-8500. Visit the Society’s web site at is external).last_img read more

‘Historic Transformation’ Looms for U.S. Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Suzanne Goldenberg for The Guardian:With Don Blankenship headed to prison, the entire US coal industry appears headed for a historic transformation – forced mainly by cheap natural gas produced by fracking.The US energy information administration last month released estimates showing coal production declining across the country by 29% in the first 10 weeks of 2016 compared with the same period last year.The agency said it anticipates natural gas will overtake coal as the country’s biggest source of electricity this year – a projection that is expected to result in hundreds more layoffs in the coming months.On the same day, Arch Coal announced it would stop pursuing the Otter Creek project in Montana, which would have been one of the biggest surface mines in the country, blaming capital costs and weakness in the coal markets.The Obama administration has also squeezed off prospects for future coal projects, overhauling the system of fossil fuel leases on public lands. In his final State of the Union address, Obama said he would push for changes to the leasing of public lands for oil, coal and gas leases at cut-rate prices, saying: “Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future.”Meanwhile, the US coal industry’s efforts to find new markets in Asia and Europe have run into troubles. China is moving away from coal, and it is getting harder to get coal to the other big potential market in India. On 1 April, the company behind the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal suspended the $700m project until the courts can rule on a challenge from the Lummi tribe.Full article: The death of US coal: industry on a steep decline as cheap natural gas rises ‘Historic Transformation’ Looms for U.S. Coallast_img read more

Nassau Police Body Camera Pilot Program Advances

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thirty one Nassau County police officers will this summer begin testing body-mounted cameras as a part of a new pilot program that may later be expanded to the rest of the department.Starting on Aug. 1, select officers in the First, Third and Fifth precincts will use three different camera models for three months at a time to help the department evaluate which ones are best, officials announced Monday.“This pilot program will benefit members of the community and as well as our officers,” Acting Nassau County Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said.Police departments nationwide are increasingly using the technology to improve the gathering of evidence used in investigations and prosecutions as well as increasing transparency in officers’ interactions with the public.Nassau will be the second police department to begin using body cams on Long Island. The Freeport village police department recently launched the first such initiative on LI.The communities that the testing Nassau officers patrol include Baldwin, Elmont, Great Neck, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury.At the conclusion of the $150,000 test, the Nassau police will use the experience to issue its recommendations to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the county legislature.Nassau police announced their plans to launch the pilot program in June 2014 hours after Democrats in the county legislature’s minority proposed legislation mandating that officers use such devices.The proposal came a month after two officers were allegedly caught on camera beating a Westbury man during a traffic stop. One of those officers was later charged with and pleaded not guilty to assault charges.“Transparency is the cornerstone to building public trust,” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport). “Bringing body camera technology to Nassau is about protecting the police officers that risk their lives to protect us while fostering confidence in all our relations with each and every community.”The police department launched the pilot program in collaboration with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit the agency hired last year to address ethical issues after a string of recent scandals.On eastern LI, Suffolk County police said they currently have no plans to follow Nassau’s lead.“We recognize that other departments may start using them,” Suffolk police said in a statement. “We will be looking at how these departments handle a number of issues when it comes to body cameras including, legal, logistical, procedural and financial issues.”last_img read more

Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Condemned by Parents & Advocates

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island transgender advocates condemned as “deplorable” President Trump’s decision to rollback federal guidelines protecting the rights of transgender students in the nation’s public schools.The Trump administration’s new order rescinds a directive laid out last year by the Obama administration, which warned that preventing students from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity could potentially make schools vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits under Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law. Parents and supporters of transgender youth on Thursday expressed dismay at the rollback of the Obama-era guidelines, which they characterized as a dangerous assault on human rights. “All students deserve the dignity and right of being free from harassment and discrimination, including use of the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity,” David Kilmnick, CEO of The LGBT Network, said during a press conference Thursday with transgender Long Islanders and parents. “Refusing to protect our most vulnerable youth is both deplorable and dangerous.” The Departments of Justice and Education on Wednesday published a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” to the nation’s public schools revoking Obama’s guidance measures from a year ago. The administration argued that the previous administration’s directive created confusion, led to a rise in litigation and was ill-advised because it lacked “extensive legal analysis.” The letter also makes clear that the new administration believes that decisions regarding education policy should fall on individual states and local school districts—a notion long championed by Republicans. Transgender advocates bristled at the suggestion that protection for trans youth fall under education policy instead of more broad federal anti-discrimination laws. “They covertly use the words like safety, privacy, state rights and choice to justify their actions when in fact they are working against the values Americans hold most dear: freedom, equality, and justice,” Kilmnick said. LGBT advocates acknowledged that students in New York State are protected under a similar guidance directive issued by the state Department of Education in 2015 and more broadly, under the Dignity for All Students Act, which was signed into law in 2010. Regardless of state law, Kilmnick said falling complacent is dangerous because the protection groups currently enjoy at the state level could eventually be eroded depending on the ever-changing political winds. “We have to be vigilant, we have to resist, we have to stand together and not let this administration keep stripping away civil rights and liberties from all these different groups,” Kilmnick said. Those most affected expressed consternation at the president’s latest decision. “Yesterday really hit home because I am a parent of a transgender youth,” said Lauren Bocketti of Massapequa. Turning to her son Zach Mahmud, she said, “He is my hero, he is the greatest person that I know.” Mahmud, who is 10, transitioned at the age of 4. He was only 2 when he went to his mother and said: “Why did God make me a girl?” Despite the challenges, Mahmud has been “treated fairly” at his elementary school, Bocketti said, adding that her son’s principal often reaches out to report on how he’s doing. “This cannot be allowed to go on,” she said of the attacks on transgender people. Madeline Bruni, 18, began her transition in middle school, she said. She owed her ability to persevere to her family, who supported her through the process. “If you’re going to take away something it has to be a privilege, using the bathroom of your choice is not a privilege, it’s a human right,” Bruni said.Bruni said she’s been mocked, had the police called on her at a local restaurant after entering a bathroom, and was told to use the nurse’s bathroom at school following complaints from other parents. “It almost made me feel like I was some kind of deviant,” she said. Ethan Diaz of Hempstead said he personally had never been confronted but has heard troubling stories from friends about their bathroom odysseys. “Just knowing my friends, my community, had problems and can’t even bring themselves to use the bathroom they feel they’re assigned to—not even assigned—deserve to use,” he said. “They can’t feel comfortable enough, so they go to the restroom that makes them uncomfortable, gives them anxiety, makes them feel scared even more.” New York State in 2015 issued its own guidance to school districts stipulating that students should be allowed to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. On Thursday, state officials reminded schools of their responsibility and said they’d stand up for students’ rights. “In New York, whether you are gay, straight or transgender, Muslim, Jewish or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people–and we will continue to enforce our laws and stand united against those who seek to drive us apart,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Transgender youth are valued members of our schools and communities across New York State, yet statistics show that more than half of them will attempt suicide at least once by their 20th birthday,” said state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “So we must do everything in our power to create learning environments that are safe and welcoming for all. The guidance we have developed with Attorney General [Eric] Schneiderman and our partners underscores the value we place on respecting all students and indeed all people.”Schniederman, one of Trump’s most staunch critics, said schools are mandated to protect the rights of all students, including transgender youth. “The Trump Administration’s decision to rescind this guidance sends a dangerous and divisive message and threatens some of our most vulnerable young people,” he said. “But in New York State, the law remains the law—and school districts have independent duties to protect transgender students from discrimination and harassment when they go to school.” What’s most egregious, Klimnick of LGBT Network said, is how fear among transgender kids has become normalized in society. “That is not something that we should accept,” he said.last_img read more