Naval War College’s Command Cutter Purchased by Local BoaterStory and Photos by Art PetrosemoloA piece of U.S. Naval history is docked at Oceanport Landing Marina. And it’s being lovingly restored by Joe Ruffini of Red Bank.What the Navy refers to as a “command cutter” or “admiral’s barge” is far from a barge. The craft from Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island is 50 feet long, handcrafted in 1956 by workers at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and even today Ruffini, owner of Red Bank Roofing, pinches himself to be sure he isn’t dreaming but is actually the owner.Joe Ruffini’s Admiral Barge.The story started last fall when Ruffini was surfing government auction sites – as he has done in the past to purchase work trucks – and came across the craft, used as a ceremonial platform for entertaining guests, in the boat listings. He looked closely at the description and photos and thought it might be a nice boat to own but would probably sell way above his price threshold. Ruffini already owned a Sea Ray cruiser and had sunk a lot of money into upgrades, but the historic Navy command cutter just would not leave his mind.“On the last day of the auction, with just a few hours remaining, and the bid at $30,000, I placed my first bid,” Ruffini said. The bid was quickly surpassed by someone who added just $20, Ruffini explains. And for several rounds he would up the bid by a few hundred dollars only to be topped by someone adding $20. “I got upset,” he smiled, “and added $3,000 on the next round as the time to the auction’s conclusion approached.” It worked. The second bidder dropped out and suddenly Ruffini owned a 50-foot historic, wooden boat for $42,000.Traditional ship’s bell, refinished by the ownerRuffini did not know if he should smile, laugh or cry as he realized he had purchased a piece of history and might be spending the rest of his life on upkeep. With the help of members of his Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 014-02-03, he moved the Ed Monk-designed craft from Newport, Rhode Island, to Oceanport in 18 hours with a crew of six averaging 10 knots down Long Island Sound, through the East River across Raritan Bay.“An hour didn’t pass on the trip when a boat wouldn’t come up close and salute us and shout encouragement,” Ruffini beams.With the warm fall weather in New Jersey, Ruffini, not afraid of hard labor, got all the loose varnish sanded from the cabin exterior and applied two coats of high-end marine varnish. With a heater in the wheelhouse during the winter, he spent more time than he would care to estimate puttering, fixing and upgrading.Taking care of a 20-ton, 50-foot long, 14-foot wide wooden boat is a commitment. “It was a commitment for the Navy,” Ruffini says, “and that’s probably why they sold it. For an individual, “it is becoming a way of life.”The Naval War College’s Admiral’s Two Star insignia.The command cutter has a double-planked yellow Alaskan cedar sides over an oak frame. The house/cabin is mahogany. The Navy rebuilt the boat in the 1960s and again at Bend Boat Basin in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1982. But by the second decade of the 21st century, it just was too much to maintain, even for the Navy.When Ruffini first saw the barge, the day after he won the auction, the Navy Chief who showed him around said, “So, are you going to scrap it?” Ruffini said he didn’t understand. “I answered no, why do you ask?” He explained. Many of the people who toured the boat when it was open for inspection before the auction all planned to dismember her for parts including the two, large Cummins diesels.Command cutters or barges were used as ceremonial boats by the Navy to entertain VIPs on day or evening cruises and Ruffini’s craft was used in Narragansett Bay. According to the ship’s log, distinguished guests had included Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy as well as US Secretaries of Defense, State, Naval and visiting dignitaries.Ruffini’s plans? “Well it’s a work in progress,” he says. “There is daily, ongoing maintenance and upkeep.” Although the boat has a head, the shower was removed for more storage and Ruffini plans to rebuild it to make the barge more comfortable for overnight cruising with his two daughters and girlfriend.The boat was scheduled to be part of the Coast Guard presence in New York Harbor for the America’s Cup event in early May, but the heavy winds during the Sunday races prevented the barge from making the trip from Oceanport to New York Harbor.Ruffini indicates the boat will make it to New York Harbor for the Navy’s Fleet Week activities at the end of the month and he hopes to be able to lead the flotilla of Navy warships up the river to their anchorages.
Edwin Allen claimed their third successive Girls Championship title and their fourth overall after tallying 329.5 points, finishing well clear of Hydel High (263) and St Jago High (241.5) at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium last week. Their head coach, Michael Clarke, revealed that the reason for this trend is because they have developed a habit of winning and work for nothing less each year. “It (winning) has become a part of us and they say winning will become a habit and it is pretty much a habit for us at this point in time. I think it would have been very devastating had we lost the championship because the girls have worked very hard, along with the coaching staff, management, everybody. We put our all into it and we’ve got the just rewards,” Dyke said. He also disclosed that their initiation to the Edwin Allen culture starts from the moment they walk through the gates of the Frankfield-based institution and even though they won by 66 points, Dyke thought it was a far from perfect championship for them. “As they get into the programme we teach them the sort of discipline we instil in the girls, so they pretty much learn from the seniors very quickly and knowing that we are a winning team, a champion team, as they enter their blood becomes blue and they are ready to start the role,” he continued. “We had disappointments throughout the championship, but in the end we are very happy. It doesn’t matter the margin (of victory), what is important is that we are still the champions, we are the 2016 champions. We did very well in the sprints and middle distances, but our throws were not what we anticipated. But we were able to pull it off, so it’s for us to look at where our strength and weaknesses lies and build on our weaknesses going forward,” he said. With the winning mentality and culture firmly laid at the Clarendon school, Dyke is confident they can go for a four-peat in 2017. “We take it in stride year by year. I am not going to put my head on the block, but we will be working hard to retain our title next year,” he added.
Illegal plOfficers of the Joint Services at the siteane at YupukariAs local investigations continue into the illegal aircraft found at Yupukari, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), the joint services are now scoping the area for any possible linkage to the find.This newspaper was told that the joint service is of the belief that other such airstrips may be in close proximity to the one where the aircraft was found.A source told Guyana Times that nothing of substance was found on the aircraft but based on reports from residents, sounds of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) were heard traversing the locations.The source further stated that checks were made and ATV tracks were seen; however as it is presently, the aircraft cannot move and the possibility exists that it might be destroyed.Only recently, residents in the area claimed that the aircraft was seen circling days prior to the discovery and were not even aware that an airstrip was in the area.Based on reports from the Guyana Defence Force, the discovery was made following information received by a Joint Services patrol which included the Guyana Police Force, on September 13.The following day, the GDF and GPF visited the area and conducted a search, during which the twin-engine Cessna aircraft was discovered.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to conduct investigations.It was reported that the aircraft had a leakage in the fuel tank and that could have been the reason for it being abandoned.The aircraft bore US registration N-767-Z, however when checks were made with US authorities to determine the owner of the aircraft, it was revealed that the registration was bogus.The Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) is of the belief the plane is associated with the underworld.
In a council meeting today, the tender for a new bi-weekly residential garbage and recycling collection schedule was approved.The term of this tender is three years – from 2015 to 2018 – with two additional optional years possible.New 360 litre, blue recycling roll cart will be sent to residents near the end of September. Delivery of these new carts should be completed by mid-October to each address that currently has a cart for garbage.- Advertisement -Residents will be able to use the recycling cart for the following materials:plastics numbers 1 through 5,aluminum, steel and tin cans,corrugated cardboard and box board,paper excluding tissues and paper towel,and empty aerosol cans.Glass has to be recycled at a local depot; it is not allowed in the carts.The city will be mailing out information packages to address these changes within the coming weeks, as well, information will be mailed out to each residence in the October utilities bill.Advertisement The current contract price is $6/monthly per residence. This new plan will be of no additional cost to residents.For households that feel one bin collected bi-weekly is not enough, more bins can be bought from the city for $75.The city still has to confirm what the cost of service for an additional bin would be under this plan, where it was previously $120.Because the funding for the purchase of the new carts is through the gas tax funds that the City receives annually, there is no other extra cost to home owners.Advertisement
0Shares0000Man of the moment: Bayern midfielder Corentin Tolisso is congratulated for his stunning 30-metre goal © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBERLIN, Germany, Mar 4 – A superb strike from Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich cruise to a 4-0 victory over Freiburg on Sunday and a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga.In the build-up to the game, Freiburg coach Christian Streich had emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Jupp Heynckes at Bayern at the end of the season. But Streich was no match for Heynckes on Sunday as Bayern cruised to victory and moved one step closer to the Bundesliga title.“It is not just a great result, I think we played brilliantly today,” Heynckes told Sky. “It was one of our best performances of the season.”Freiburg started brightly, and could have taken the lead on 12 minutes when Lucas Hoeler broke free of the defence and forced a smart save from Sven Ulreich.Bayern, though, took the lead on 25 minutes when Thomas Mueller’s awkward prod bounced off goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.Their second came just three minutes later, Tolisso picking out the top corner with a brilliant strike from around 30 metres.Sandro Wagner bundled the ball in from close range in the 55th minute, before Mueller made it four on 69 minutes, heading in a Joshua Kimmich corner at the near post.At the other end of the table, goalkeeper Timo Horn was left blushing as his mistake helped Stuttgart to a 3-2 victory over Cologne.Having scored early on, Cologne failed to hold a lead which would have lifted them off the bottom of the table for the first time since August.Claudio Pizarro put Cologne ahead after just six minutes. Having won the ball in the final third, Yuya Osako set up the Peruvian, who swept the ball into the far corner.It was the 39-year-old’s first goal since joining Cologne in September and extended his streak of scoring at least once in the Bundesliga in every calendar year since 1999.Cologne, though, would go into half-time a goal down after two strikes in quick succession from Mario Gomez.The veteran striker fired in an equaliser in the 45th minute, and was gifted a second moments later when Horn allowed a low shot to slip out of his hands and bounce over him into the net.“I should have saved it, I am unbelievably sorry,” Horn told Sky. “It’s even more frustrating because the first half was the best 45 minutes we have played all season.”Things got worse for Cologne on 57 minutes, when Andreas Beck squeezed a low shot past Horn to give Stuttgart a third.Milos Jojic pulled a goal back with a fine free-kick three minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for Cologne.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / WANG ZHAOROME, Italy, Jul 26 – Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at troubled Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday with all eyes on where the superstar attacker, signed for 100 million euros from European champions Real Madrid earlier this month, would begin what he called “a new adventure”. Juventus are strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the Portuguese international’s arrival, with the league’s other big hitters in a transition period.Napoli, who finished four points behind Juve last year, will be a different prospect from the free-flowing purists of recent years after replacing new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner with the Premier League club in 2010.Ancelotti begins his new job with a tough away trip to Lazio, who were top scorers last season with 89 goals and only missed out on Champions League football on the final day after a dramatic defeat by Inter Milan.Three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti follows that up with the visit of AC Milan, themselves hoping to rebuild after being taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management earlier this month.Juventus will host Lazio in the second week of the season on August 26, the first proper test for the reigning champions and 33-year-old Ronaldo in what should be his home debut.Roma, who begin at Torino, have already brought in 11 new players after finishing third and reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season, but doubts remain after they sold fan favourite Radja Nainggolan to Inter and goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool for a record-busting 72.5 million euros ($84.4 million).Boosted by their qualification for Europe’s top competition and the signing of Nainggolan, Inter are nonetheless not expected to trouble all-conquering Juve’s charge for the title.However Massimiliano Allegri’s side are unlikely to have it all their own way, after a draw that gives them trips to both Luciano Spalletti’s Inter and Roma in the final five weeks of the season.Juve’s opening-day opponents Chievo were let off from being deducted points from last season and relegated after a legal technicality meant charges that they deliberately inflated the figures of transfer dealings with now-bankrupt Serie B club Cesena were thrown out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Australia fullback Israel Folau has sparked uproar with homophobic comments on social media. © AFP/File / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Apr 15 – Israel Folau’s career was hanging by a thread Monday as the star Wallabies fullback was given 48 hours to respond to a code of conduct breach notice or be sacked over anti-gay comments.The deeply religious 30-year-old sparked uproar last week for a social media post saying “Hell awaits” homosexuals, with national team sponsor Qantas among those complaining. He was embroiled in a similar row last year, but has stood by his comments and said he was prepared to choose his faith over rugby.Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle moved to sack him, saying he had been repeatedly warned about his social media use but ignored the overtures and refused to apologise at a meeting on Friday.As such, his actions were considered “a high-level breach” of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct which she said warranted termination of his employment contract.He has 48 hours to either accept the sanction or have the matter referred to a hearing. Folau has indicated he plans to fight to save his career.“At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer’s policies and procedures and adhere to their employer’s values,” said Castle.“Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.“It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.”If Folau opts for a code of conduct hearing, an independent three-person tribunal would hear the case and determine whether he has made a breach and, if so, what punishment is appropriate.Folau posted a banner on Instagram last week that read: “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators — Hell awaits you.”It remains online and has attracted almost 40,000 likes.– Folau ‘disrespectful’ –Meanwhile, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Folau’s actions were “disrespectful” and made it unlikely he could add to his 73 Wallabies caps.“We had a discussion after the last time and made it pretty clear about his right to believe and our support in that, if that’s what he wants, to be part of the team,” Cheika told reporters.“But getting it out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team is about.“When you play in the gold jersey we represent everyone in Australia, everyone. Everyone that is out there supporting us, we don’t pick and choose.”When asked whether he would select Folau again, Cheika, who fronted the media alongside Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson, said it was highly unlikely.“I think as it stands right now… you wouldn’t be able,” Cheika said.Neither Cheika nor Gibson have spoken to Folau, but Hooper said he had exchanged a brief text message with his Waratahs and Wallabies team-mate.Asked if he would still be comfortable taking the field alongside him, Hooper replied: “Like was said before, in this current state and being here and talking about this as a rugby player, it makes it hard, it makes it difficult.”“It’s hard being here, we’re rugby players for sure, we are trying to create the best team environment we possibly can and at national level,” he added.On Sunday Folau, Super Rugby’s record try-scorer, told the Sydney Morning Herald he was ready for life without rugby, saying, “I live for God now”.“Whatever His will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do,” Folau said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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11 January 2006South Africans spent R514-million shopping online in 2005, 20% more than in 2004, according to a new report by technology researchers World Wide Worx.The report, released in Johannesburg on Tuesday, predicts a further 20% increase in 2006.These figures exclude the sale of air tickets online, which dwarf the numbers for online retail.According to World Wide Worx, the four South African airlines selling tickets online – kulula.com, FlySAA.com, 1Time and Nationwide – together accounted for R1.8-billion in e-commerce in 2005, more than doubling the 2004 figure of R850-million, and more than three times the size of conventional online retail.“Kulula.com has in fact been the single biggest success story of e-commerce in South Africa, and is the first South African consumer website to reach R1-billion in online sales in a single year,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck.“It is abundantly clear that online ticketing of air travel will continue to dominate consumer e-commerce in South Africa for at least the next five to 10 years, given present growth trends in conventional online retail.”‘A year of positioning’Not counting the sale of air tickets online, the 20% growth in online retail in SA was down from the 25% growth rate of 2004 – a decrease attributed by World Wide Worx to the high cost of broadband internet access in the country.“The biggest obstacle to growth identified by all the executives we interviewed continued to be speed of internet access, and more specifically lack of affordable access to broadband,” Goldstuck said.“But there is a growing realisation that the growing experience levels of users will also make a significant impact. We call it the experience curve, and we believe that is the key to online retail in South Africa.”Media consultant Stephen Whitford, who conducted executive interviews with leading online retailers for the survey, described 2005 as a year of positioning.“For most of the main online retailers interviewed this year, 2005 has been about re-strategising, implementing new systems, improving business processes and expanding product ranges,” Whitford said.Auctions, gifts, apparelThe number of online retail sites in SA has grown substantially, from 719 at the end of 2003 to 826 at the end of 2005. This growth has come despite 210 sites – more than a quarter of those online at the end of 2004 – closing down during 2004 and 2005. No less than 311 new sites came online during this time.World Wide Worx identified the fastest growing major categories, in terms of number of sites, as auctions (230% increase in sites), gifts (50%) and apparel (32%). Gifts were identified as representing “significant opportunity”, but also as one of the areas of greatest competition in online retail.“The market can expect to see fallout in this sector, as well as in auction sites, which seem to have been fired up by the huge success of eBay, without having the market and structural benefits enjoyed by eBay,” Goldstuck said. “However, this sector is also dominated by a few large players, mainly Aucor and Bid-or-Buy, and many of the latecomers will disappear.”10 sites dominateThe South African market is dominated by 10 online retail sites, which between them account for most online retail sales in South Africa.They are the two major malls, M-Web ShopZone and Digital Mall; the two largest online grocers, Pick ‘n Pay Home Shopping and Woolworths; the two largest online book retailers, Kalahari.net and Exclusive Books; the largest online florist, NetFlorist; the largest online wine retailer, Cybercellar; the largest online electronics store, Digital Planet; and the largest online health and beauty store, Ascot Direct.Kalahari.net also dominated several other categories, including music, where Look ‘n Listen and Musica are expected to offer serious competition, and movies, where it has almost no competition.SouthAfrica.info reporter