Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Island View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: to View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy View post tag: Navy An elite U.S. Coast Guard unit joined the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team on amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) to conduct counter-piracy and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden.Members of a maritime safety and security team, based out of Seattle, Wash., and an advanced interdiction team from San Diego, Calif., came together in February, forming the eight-man team.“Our team specializes in boardings,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Holt, officer in charge of the Coast Guard team. “Back home, our focus is mainly on counter-drug operations, but it’s fairly easy for us to put our training to use for counter-piracy missions.”Prior to joining Whidbey Island, Holt’s team attended three weeks of additional training to prepare them for the unique overseas environment.“It’s a very similar mission, but out here we’re not just enforcing U.S. laws, and of course the threat level is inherently higher,” said Holt.The Coast Guard team provides training, experience, and the perspective of full-time boarding team experts.“For our team, VBSS is a collateral duty that’s incorporated when our schedule permits,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Gil Hurtado, Whidbey Island assistant boarding team officer. “The Coast Guard team is rated and billeted for this mission, making them a more fluid unit. Combining the two forces will sharpen our team’s movements and enhance their tactics.”The Coast Guard unit trains with the ship’s VBSS team twice a week. They cover topics such as mission planning, team integration, boarding fundamentals and detainee processing.“The teams work well together, and we definitely benefit from the merger,” said Hurtado.“This is a unique opportunity, and one of the best Navy ships I’ve been on,” said Holt. “Everyone has been very welcoming, hospitable, and gone out of their way to help us out any time we’ve needed anything.”Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, September 13, 2011; View post tag: fight View post tag: Guardcenter_img View post tag: coast View post tag: piracy Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: up View post tag: team September 13, 2011 Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracylast_img read more

HMS Tyne escorts Russian frigate through the Channel

first_imgRoyal Navy’s previously-retired offshore patrol vessel HMS Tyne monitored a Russian frigate as it passed through the English Channel last week.The Portsmouth-based warship escorted the Yaroslav Mudry, a Russian Neustrashimy-class frigate.Tyne was paid off in May this year, but issues with the first of a new generation of offshore patrol vessels forced the Royal Navy to reactivate HMS Tyne.Tyne is the latest patrol vessel to be activated this year to monitor the activity of Russian surface ships sailing in or close to the UK’s area of interest.The latest tasking came after a busy few months at sea for HMS Tyne. Tyne spent two weeks in the Western Isles under the instruction of Flag Officer Sea Training before returning to duties and since August has been busy across a wide range of tasks.“Escorting foreign warships is not only a clear statement of our nation’s determination to protect our area of interest but is also a great opportunity for our people,”Lieutenant Peter Cowan, HMS Tyne’s executive officer, said. “It challenges the ship’s company by asking them to prepare and deliver a dynamic tasking and use their expert knowledge and experience to lead us to a successful mission.” Photo: HMS Tyne with Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the background. Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: HMS Tyne View post tag: Yaroslav Mudrylast_img read more

Ocean City Free Public Library and Community Center Offers Family Fun At Holiday Festival…

first_imgOcean City Free Public Library From stilt walkers to trolley tours, the Ocean City Free Public Library and Community Center will host a variety of festive activities at its annual Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 3. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the Festival at 1:00 pm in the Community Center Atrium, along with live music from The White Walls Band, refreshments, and special guests.“The holidays are such a special time in Ocean City, and each year, we look forward to inviting the entire community to kick off the season with us,” said Karen Mahar, Director of the Ocean City Free Public Library. “We love to provide our patrons with a chance to celebrate before the responsibilities of shopping, wrapping, and entertaining get in the way.”The Ocean City Free Public Library offers family-friendly entertainment, including a balloon sculptor, stilt walker, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, and crafts, until 4:00 pm. Santa Claus will join the festivities, and the first 200 guests will receive special gifts. All Library activities are free and open to the public.At the Ocean City Historical Museum, guests can browse in Mrs. Claus’ market and enjoy a Christmas carol-filled Trolley History Tour of Downtown Ocean City and the Lifesaving Station. The trolley tours run at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 16 are free with an accompanying adult.At the gift shop at the Ocean City Art Center, guests can find unique holiday gifts, including pottery created by Art Center students.The Ocean City Community Center is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City, New Jersey. For more information, call (609) 399-2434.last_img read more

Press release: Inaugural regional roundtable held to promote court reporting

first_img This was the first of a number of regional events and proved to be very productive and positive. The importance of open justice cannot be overstated particularly in these times of a fragmenting media landscape. meeting jointly hosted by HMCTS & Society of Editors part of wider effort to promote media access to courts first in series of meetings to be held across UK Mr Murray said: The HMCTS media working group was established to help promote media access to courts and draft new guidance issued to HMCTS staff on dealing with the media. The group is also helping to ensure the media’s views are heard in the development of HMCTS £1bn court and tribunal reform programme.Today’s roundtable was attended by representatives from organisations across the South West. These included: the Bristol Post, Gloucestershire Live, Somerset Live the Press Association and Heart Radio.center_img Open justice is a fundamental part of our legal system and media reporting of court proceedings remains the primary means by which the wider public has access to the vital work of our courts and tribunals. We are delighted to be working with the Society to engage representatives of the regional media to understand how we can better facilitate and support the work of the media as part of our effort to build and maintain confidence in the justice system. Jointly hosted by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Society of Editors, the Bristol event was organised as part of a wider effort to promote open justice and media access to court proceedings. It was jointly chaired by HMCTS CEO Susan Acland-Hood and Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Ian Murray.Further meetings are planned for the coming months across other parts of England and Wales and follows the creation of the national HMCTS media working group in 2018.HMCTS Chief Executive, Susan Acland-Hood, said:last_img read more

Bonnie Tyler Performs “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” During The Solar Eclipse

first_imgWatch the original music video below:[H/T Rolling Stone] Most of America watched today’s solar eclipse, whether from a state in the path of totality or from the comfort of their own live stream. The song choices have been on point across the board, with nods to “Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Moonage Daydream,” and so many more. Of course, the karaoke favorite “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has been thrown into the mix, and was even performed live by the original artist Bonnie Tyler and DNCE on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise.Hilariously, the 1983 classic was performed in two minutes and 40 seconds, the exact length of the 2017 solar eclipse. Now that the moon has officially passed across the sun, it’s a better time than ever to get down to the 2017 “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”last_img read more

Early Action returns

first_imgEarly Action has returned to Harvard College after a four-year absence.  A total of 4,245 students have applied, and this year’s applicant pool is considerably more diverse ethnically and socioeconomically than that of any previous Early Action cycle. Compared with the Class of 2011, when 4,010 applied early, African-Americans now comprise 9.1 percent of the pool, a 61 percent increase; Latinos comprise 9.1 percent, a 31 percent increase; Native Americans make up 1.1 percent, a 29 percent increase; and financial aid applicants are nearly 72 percent of the pool, a 9.4 percent increase.“We are delighted to have such a diverse applicant pool,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.  “One of our major concerns about Early Action in the past was a lack of diversity.  The additional travel we conducted in nearly 20 cities with Princeton and the University of Virginia may have played a part in changing that.  We look forward to sustaining that outreach in the future even though all three of us have returned to early admission.  All three institutions have also emphasized the public policy benefits of inclusionary admissions and financial aid policies in other recruitment, particularly important in these challenging economic times,” he said.Harvard’s Nov. 1 application deadline for Early Action was extended to Nov. 4 in response to the storm that affected the eastern part of the nation.  Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decisions on Dec. 15.  Early Action at Harvard is nonbinding for admitted students, who are free to apply to other institutions and need only reply to Harvard by May 1, the National Common Notification Date.Admitted financial aid applicants will be informed of their financial aid awards as soon as they complete their financial aid forms.  All applicants to Harvard, Early or Regular (Jan. 1 application deadline for March 29 notification) have access to Harvard’s new Net Price Calculator, a simple, one-page application available on Harvard’s website that provides an estimate of a family’s eligibility under Harvard’s generous need-based financial aid program.Families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less and normal assets are no longer required to contribute to their children’s educational expenses.  Those with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 pay on a sliding scale up to 10 percent of annual income, and there is also need-based aid available to families with incomes greater than $150,000.  Home equity and retirement funds are not considered in the calculations, and students are no longer required to take out loans.  More than 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid and receive grants averaging more than $40,000.last_img read more

The Village Bike Starts Preview Performances Off-Broadway

first_img The Village Bike In addition to Gerwig and Harner, the cast of The Village Bike features Max Baker, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour and Scott Shepherd. The Village Bike follows Becky (Gerwig), a pregnant woman who can’t seem to get the attention of her husband while preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. Becky takes the matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go. View Comments Related Shows Hop on! The American premiere of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike begins performances on May 22. Under the direction of Sam Gold, the MCC production stars Greta Gerwig and Jason Butler Harner. The play, which is set to open on June 10, will run through June 28 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims spike, continue to climb

first_imgThere were 1,653 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 398 from the week before. Altogether 12,253 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 303 from a week ago and 1,636 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,008 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 861 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 5 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See storyHERE.last_img read more

Inside Marketing: Appealing to younger members

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The average age of a credit union member worldwide is mid-to-late 40s: In Canada, the median age is 53; in Australia, the United Kingdom and U.S., it’s 47.But with 70 million millennials (born between 1981–1996) and 86 million post-millennials (Gen Z and beyond, born after 1996), it is safe to say that these younger generations will comprise the majority of future credit union memberships in the near future.Unfortunately, 71% of U.S. non-members ages 18-24 are “not at all familiar” or “not very familiar” with credit unions, according to a recent World Council of Credit Unions guide. This demographic will become your base membership in 2042.Millennials were forced to deal with the reality of adulthood during or shortly after the 2008 financial crisis. Both generations grew up with the internet and smartphones. They have diverse opinions on culture, race and politics but common needs when it comes to money and technology.last_img read more

Aberdeen Asset Management acquires SWIP in £550m deal

first_imgMartin Gilbert, chief executive at Aberdeen AM, said the firm was “confident” the transaction would deliver considerable additional value to the company’s shareholders and client base.“This transaction is significant for the long-term prospects of Aberdeen in a number of ways,” he said. “It strengthens our investment capabilities and adds new distribution channels; the acquisition of SWIP adds scale to our business across a range of asset classes; and it also introduces a strategic relationship with Lloyds Banking Group.”Lloyds has agreed to hold all of the new 131.8m shares issued by Aberdeen AM for 12 months and is committed to retaining two-thirds of its stake for two years.Three years after the deal has finalised, it will be allowed to sell down all but one-third of its total stake.Aberdeen added that the acquisition of SWIP’s private equity and infrastructure businesses would be independent of the remainder of the deal, and that failure of them to complete would see a reduction in the £550m consideration.As part of the agreement, Lloyds and Aberdeen have agreed to a “comprehensive strategic relationship” that will see the businesses work together with Lloyds Wealth, Insurance and both commercial and retail banking businesses. Aberdeen Asset Management is to acquire Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) in a £550m (€657m) deal that will also see it partner with one of the UK’s largest banking groups’ wealth businesses.The agreement, subject to regulatory approval, will see Aberdeen AM’s assets under management grow by more than £130bn, the company said, highlighting that SWIP’s acquisition would enhance its fixed income and property divisions.Lloyds Banking Group will take a 9.9% stake in Aberdeen AM as part of the deal, accounting for the £550m cost based on the latter’s share price of £4.20 – below the £4.27 closing price last Friday.The asset manager’s shares opened at £4.79 on the London Stock Exchange on Monday morning, rising to £4.91 by mid-day local time.last_img read more