UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys

first_img View post tag: Defence UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy May 28, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Lancastercenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Deploys Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Lancaster Deploys Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster left Portsmouth today (Tuesday 28 May) for a six month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.The Atlantic Patrol will provide a challenging deployment for the ship, where she is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the region in support of British interests. Her tasking will focus on the reassurance and security of the British Overseas territories, the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season and counter narcotic operations with partner nations.During the six-month deployment Lancaster, affectionately nicknamed the Queen’s Frigate after her sponsor Her Majesty the Queen, will visit all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean countries in order to conduct regional defence engagement. These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies as well as demonstrate the Royal Navy’s continued commitment to the region.In between visits, Lancaster will be conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard but will remain at high readiness throughout the deployment to provide support and life-saving assistance in the wake of a hurricane or other natural disaster.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said:“I am extremely proud of my ship’s company who have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months regenerating Lancaster from refit and preparing her for this demanding deployment. After months of rigorous training, Lancaster is ready to take her place on the front line of naval operations. Although working primarily in the Caribbean region with a wide range of island partners and South and Central American nations, we will, in the best traditions of the Royal Navy, be ready to respond to whatever challenges may arise over the next six months.”Able Seaman Henry Bowyer said: “I am looking forward to deployment, particularly because this is my first taste of overseas operations and a chance to do my job to its full potential. In addition I am looking forward to exploring new places and experiencing new cultures especially the ones in the sunshine!”The deployment is Lancaster’s first since an extensive refit in 2011/12. Upgrades included the latest version of the Seawolf missile defence system as well as a new flight deck. Following this the ship undertook an extensive build-up to deployment, where she was thoroughly trained and assessed for every eventuality by the world’s premier naval training organisation, Flag Officer Sea Training.[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic Training & Educationlast_img read more

Two Years Later, Sandy Leaves a High Price to Pay in Ocean City

first_imgA total of $7.5 million has been disbursed to these 105 homeowners to reimburse them for eligible construction costs already incurred and/or to fund remaining construction costs, which include everything from pulling permits and repairing damage to elevating structures and obtaining temporary and final certificates of occupancy.(Source: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Of the 218 eligible homeowners who applied, 176 have been preliminarily approved for funding in RREM. Of these, 105 have signed grant awards with RREM Program, with the state obligating a total of $14.25 million to their rebuilding, elevation and mitigation efforts. Jack Ball’s home is being elevated at 10th Street and the bay. Photo credit: John BallBy Tim Zatzariny Jr.For OCNJ DailyJack Ball bought his house at 10th Street and the bay one week before Superstorm Sandy made landfall just north of Ocean City on Oct. 29, 2012.He and his wife had not even moved in before the storm hit.10th Street and the bay during Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012. Photo credit: Sam Lavner“To be honest, I didn’t expect this to still be standing here,” Ball said in a recent interview on his property.Living on the bay in the shadow of the Route 52 causeway provides Ball with a dock for his boat and a serene view of the water. But calling a flood-prone area home isn’t without its lingering problems.Although it suffered only minor roof damage during the storm, Ball’s house didn’t escape Sandy’s lasting impact. Two years after Sandy struck the island, Ball is one of many Ocean City residents still dealing with the storm’s aftermath. They’re now asked to navigate a swirl of grant programs, applications, shifting regulations, surveys and contractors.Ball is raising his 1,800-square-foot, gray-brick veneer home by six feet. The work is being done as the city plans to raise 10th Street near the bay to mitigate flooding. Ball is also raising the portion of the bulkhead that runs along his property to eight feet, to match what the city’s doing with the public portion of the bulkhead.“It has to bee a cooperative effort to hold the water back, or it’s all for nothing,” Ball said.Jack Ball inspects the work at his home, which is being elevated at 10th Street and the bay. Photo credit: Tim Zatzariny Jr.Many homeowners affected by Sandy find themselves in a morass: Raise their homes to meet new elevation standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Administration or see their flood-insurance premiums potentially skyrocket (read more). The standard is known as base flood elevation, and it represents the hypothetical level floodwater could reach during a 100-year storm. A local ordinance requires another two feet to be added to base flood elevation.Neither Ocean City nor the state forces homeowners to elevate their homes unless the building is newly constructed or is substantially reconstructed (with project costs exceeding 50 percent of a structure’s assessed value).Elevating a home is complex and expensive process, even for an experienced builder and real estate agent like Ball. To get the project started, he had to fill out a mountain of paperwork, plus hire an engineer and an attorney to help him navigate the process.“For the normal homeowner, the process is very complicated,” said Ball, 59. I can’t imagine people who don’t know how to do this process getting through it.”In summer 2013, Ball applied for a $30,000 elevation grant through New Jersey’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program, which provides federal funding to help homeowners repair or rebuild homes affected by Sandy. He didn’t receive approval for the grant until May of this year, and started the elevation project in October. He hopes to be back in the home next month, with the project completed early next year.At least a half dozen other homeowners in Ball’s neighborhood are raising their homes. This is a sign of things to come not just in Ocean City, but also all along the Jersey coast, he said.“I believe that at some point, we’re all going to have to raise these houses, or pay through the nose through flood insurance,” said Ball, who is chairman of the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission. “If you don’t raise them, they’re going to make flood insurance unaffordable, and you won’t be able to sell the home down the road.Ball estimated he’ll spend $100,000 to elevate his home, but said that price is on the low end. J. Ball General Contractors of Egg Harbor Township, a company owned by Ball’s son, John, is doing the elevation work on the home.“If I had (an outside) contractor doing this, it would be $150,000 to $175,000,” Jack Ball said.Through the RREM program, New Jersey has distributed a total of $7.5 million so far to 105 homeowners in Ocean City for repairing and rebuilding homes affected by Sandy, said Lisa Ryan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Affairs, which oversees the program. The agency does not track the number of elevation grants separately from grants for other types of recovery work, she said.Once the elevation on his home is complete, Ball will see his annual flood-insurance premium drop from $620 per year to about $200 annually. While the savings are negligible, raising his home will allow Ball to add to it something he felt was lacking: a multi-car garage.Elevating a house goes something like this: Workers dig holes around a home’s perimeter, then push steel beams underneath. A hydraulic system using  jacks raises the beams in unison, lifting the house at its floor joists, 12 inches at a time. Then, the workers build “cribs” (wooden structures that look like stacked pallets) around the jacks, adding more blocks with each lift. The cribs provide resistance for the jacks as they raise the house into the air.Jack Ball’s home will eventually be lowered onto its elevated foundation.When he’s done raising his father’s home, John Ball will do the same for a bungalow across the street.“After Sandy, we ran around six days a week doing repair work, and most of it was knee-jerk,” he said. “But people are starting to realize things are going to have to change, or the same things are just going to happen again.”John Ball, 30, saw first-hand the havoc a major storm can wreak in a coastal town. Two Laura’s Fudge Shop locations owned by him and his sister, Katie, in Ocean City were seriously damaged by floodwater during Superstorm Sandy.“Before the storm, everybody took hurricane warnings in stride,” John Ball said. “I think Sandy caught a lot of people off guard.”——OCEAN CITY RECOVERY BY THE NUMBERS To date, 218 eligible Ocean City homeowners have submitted applications for assistance through the RREM Program. (the RREM Program provides grants for rehabbing, reconstructing, elevating and mitigating homes affected by Sandy.)last_img read more

Chinese club gives Ighalo conditions for continued Man U stay

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Shanghai Shenhua is reportedly happy to allow Odion Ighalo to remain at Manchester United until January, but only if he signs a new two-year deal with them.Ighalo arrived at Old Trafford on a short-term loan deal in January, and despite the season not yet finishing due to the coronavirus, his contract is due to expire on Sunday. Talks are ongoing over whether he will remain in England or leave to head back to China, but Sky Sports are reporting that his parent club have come up with a solution.It has been reported that Shanghai Shenhua will allow Ighalo’s loan deal to be extended as far as January, but only if the player ties down his future in China until 2024 in a deal worth £400,000 a week.The striker is currently under contract until 2022 in Shanghai but the club are desperate to top his deal up with a further two years before they allow him to stay – and potentially impress – in the Premier League.Ighalo has only started three games for United – making a further five appearances off the bench – but already has four goals to his name.With his contract currently ending this weekend, there is some confusion over where he goes next, with reports earlier in the week claiming he would be unable to return to China until October. It was stated that travel restrictions on foreigners returning to China – which includes around a third of Chinese Super League footballers – could remain in place for months to come, despite the new season starting in June.Shanghai Shenhua is believed to be ready to bring in a short-term replacement for Ighalo should he not be able to return, giving Manchester United a boost in their attacking department for the coming months.Tags: ChinaManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld Traffordlast_img read more

Wellington Golf Association Stroke Play results from Aug. 17-18.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The following is the Wellington Golf Association Stroke Play results from Aug. 17-18. Gross Division1st  $175                    67-68=135 – Myles Miller2nd $150                   68-71=139 – Derek Harrison3rd $135                   69-73=142 – Scott Templeton4th $125                    70-76=146 – Josh Troutman5th $100                   76-73=149 – Duane FreeNet Division1st  $175                    65-68=133 – Harry Ricke2nd $150                   67-69=136 – Buddy Robertson3rd $135                   70-67=137 – Drew Hodson4th Tie $105            70-69=139 – Scott Saunders4th Tie $105            72-67=139 – Brad Stocking4th Tie $105            66-73=139 – Richard Orton7th Tie $75  69-71=140 – Richard Lara7th Tie $75  66-74=140 – Mark Erickson9th Tie $50  73-68=141 – Dave Klein9th Tie $50  72-69=141 – Doug Norris9th Tie $50  70-71=141 – Jason Blasi12th Tie $5   74-68=142 – Chaney Stallbaumer12th Tie $5   73-69=142 – Bill Butts12th Tie $5   69-73=142 – Jeff McGovern12th Tie $5   70-72=142 – Kerry Schnecklast_img read more