Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 19 Indian Fishermen

first_img View post tag: Sri View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Fishermen Naval patrol craft attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested 19 Indian fishermen and 5 Indian fishing boats engaged in illegal fishing in the Northern Seas of Sri Lanka on 18th September 2013.The arrested fishermen and trawlers were handed over to Kayts Police for legal action.[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 19 Indian Fishermen September 19, 2013 View post tag: Defensecenter_img View post tag: Indian View post tag: Arrests View post tag: Defence View post tag: 19 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 19 Indian Fishermen View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Submarine USS Greenville Leaves Pearl-Harbor

first_imgGreeneville’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Martin Muckian, said the submarine and her crew are excited to get underway. “We had a very successful and rewarding deployment in 2012,” said Muckian. “That makes our experienced Sailors eager to go out there and deploy again. I think our new Sailors are excited to experience their first deployment and see the world, which is one of the reasons many of them, including myself, joined the Navy in the first place.”Muckian said Greeneville will be working with 7th Fleet in support of national security objectives, as well as fostering closer ties with allies in the region while on their six-month deployment to the Pacific region. Greeneville’s goal is to support the operational commander and accomplish the mission, whether that is conducting at-sea operations or in port showing the flag. Muckian said deployment is a great seasoning experience for the crew and they plan to use every opportunity to advance the qualifications and experience level of the Sailors. “The new Sailors on this deployment are going to be the ‘old salts’ for the next deployment and it is important we give them as much responsibility and experience as they can handle,” said Muckian.Muckian added that the crew will also have the opportunity to experience enjoyable times at sea and exciting foreign ports of call.Greeneville recently won the Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle “E”, for sustaining superior performance in an operational environment within a command. Humbled at the accomplishment, Muckian hopes the strong performance of Greeneville’s crew that showed all year long in 2013 will have laid the foundation for a great performance on this deployment. But at the same time, Muckian says he does not want the crew to be complacent and forget how challenging deployment can be.“I have told the crew that you should be justifiably proud of what you have accomplished and enjoy the moment, but don’t rest on your laurels,” maintained Muckian. “Deployment is a very challenging time and we need to be our own worst critics if we are to keep sharp and stay ahead of those challenges.”Greeneville deploys with 140 Sailors, many of them on their first deployment.For Electronics Technician 3rd Class Gabriel Coronado, a first-time deployment brings feelings of anticipation and expectation.“I expect little to no sleep,” said Coronado. “I’ll probably have some personal growth. I want to be reactor operator qualified and submarine qualified before we return.”Despite the challenges that await the crew of Greeneville, Muckian said he is amazed at the work the Sailors do and that success is due to the result of the whole crew doing it right, day in and day out. “I am honored to lead this crew out on deployment a second time,” said Muckian.Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Commissioned in 1996, Greeneville is the first ship to be named after the small town in eastern Tennessee. Los Angeles-class submarines are ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and special forces missions. This stealth, when combined with the submarine’s Tomahawk cruise missiles, mines and torpedoes, provide the operational commander with an unseen force multiplier.[mappress]Press Release, February 19, 2014; Image: US Navy February 19, 2014 Training & Education View post tag: Pearl-Harbor View post tag: Naval USS GREENVILLE (SSN-772)Family and friends said their farewells to the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) as she departed Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam for a deployment to the Western Pacific region, Feb. 15. View post tag: USS Submarine USS Greenville Leaves Pearl-Harbor View post tag: submarine Back to overview,Home naval-today Submarine USS Greenville Leaves Pearl-Harbor View post tag: Greenville View post tag: Leaves View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Keel laid for USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams

first_img Authorities General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, the U.S. Navy’s second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) currently under construction at the company’s San Diego shipyard.USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the Navy’s second ESB ship. The 784-foot-long ship will serve as a flexible platform to support a variety of missions, including air mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security and humanitarian missions.The ship’s namesake, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, spoke at the ceremony, and his two daughters, Travie Ross and Tracie Ross, welded their initials onto the keel of the ship. Williams, a retired U. S. Marine, received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He is the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from that battle.“The story of Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams is remarkable. It’s a story of valiant devotion, extraordinary courage and American heroism,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager for General Dynamics NASSCO. “We have the distinct honor of constructing a ship that will reflect the strength and fearlessness of its namesake and will provide global, advanced capabilities for future generations of Marines and sailors to come.”Three Medal of Honor recipients at the ceremony: Colonel Robert Modrzejewski, USMC (Ret); CWO-04 Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC (Ret); and Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward Byers, Jr. Photo: General Dynamics View post tag: USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Back to overview,Home naval-today Keel laid for second U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams View post tag: GD USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams will provide for accommodations for up to 250 personnel, a 52,000-square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, and will also support MH-53 and MH-60 helicopters with an option to support MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. The ship is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered three ships in the class to the Navy: USNS Montford Point (ESD 1), USNS John Glenn (ESD 2) and USNS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 1). USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the fourth ship to be constructed by NASSCO shipbuilders under the program and a fifth ship is currently under contract for advanced procurement. August 3, 2016 View post tag: ESB View post tag: US Navy Keel laid for second U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Navy frigate visits world’s remotest island

first_img January 19, 2017 Authorities View post tag: HMS Portland Royal Navy frigate visits world’s remotest island Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy frigate visits world’s remotest island center_img Photo: Royal NavyDays after setting sail from South Georgia, Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland reached what is officially known as the most remote populated island on the planet.The South Atlantic island is called Tristan da Cunha and houses the 6,765ft volcano Queen Mary’s Peak.At 38 square miles, the size of Coventry but with a population of just 265, the island rises out of the South Atlantic 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited land: Saint Helena, another distant British territory.South Africa lies 1,500 miles to the east and South America 2,200 miles to the west. There’s no airport, just a small harbour (too small for HMS Portland, but not her boats).The islanders, almost all concentrated in the ‘capital’, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, are British citizens, drive on the left-hand side of the few roads and spend the pound in shops.HMS Portland carried out a fishery protection patrol of Tristan’s waters – the sea is rich with crawfish, one of the island’s main sources of income – before dropping anchor for 24 hours in company with tanker RFA Gold Rover.Keen to dust of their clubs after the passage from South Georgia were Portland’s golfers who fancied a crack at the world’s most isolated – and challenging – links course.Able Seaman ‘Smudge’ Smith broke the course record with a below-par round of just 34 (over nine holes).“It’s a really tough course but great fun; I’ve never played on a volcano before I was on good form today and I am really proud to have broken the Tristan course record,” he said.The rest of the ship’s company used their time to explore Tristan. One group was led on a hike to the summit of Queen Mary’s Peak, the volcano which dominates the island.Back in 1961 the volcano, less than a mile away from the main settlement, erupted and the Royal Navy was called into evacuate the islanders.Portland weighed anchor late in the evening to continue her South Atlantic patrol. She’s now slowly edging her way northwards ahead of a return to Plymouth in the spring. View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Hilda’s forced to abandon Ball theme

first_imgControversy has engulfed the Balliol and St Hilda’s balls, forcing St Hilda’s to change their theme at the last minute.The issue arose after Balliol’s team revealed that they were planning a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme for their ball, the same theme as St Hilda’s.But whilst Balliol have gone ahead with their “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme, Hilda’s have had to change their theme to “Temptations.”The college’s Ball Committee President, Joy Tuffield, said her team had had no option but to “rework many of the details of the ball.”She said she was giving Balliol the benefit of the doubt in assuming that the overlap had been accidental, although she felt that it was unlikely to have been a complete coincidence.She said, “the only plausible explanation I can think of is that someone heard the theme in passing, had not committed it to memory, and once it came to brainstorming for themes it came creeping back from deep in their subconscious. Or at least I sincerely hope that was the case.”Tuffield said that there were “no hard feelings” about and that the last-minute shock had “injected a bit of excitement in the whole process.”Tuffield’s counterpart at Balliol, Ball Committee co-President Sasha Roupell, denied that the incident had been in any way intentional, saying “I can’t see how that would work to our advantage. If there had been any connection between the teams this wouldn’t have happened.”She said she believed that the co-incidence could be explained by a general trend. “All of the themes this year do seem to be sort of fairytale based – Alice in Wonderland, Midsummer Night’s Dream and so on.”sRoupell said she knew that St Hilda’s had changed their plans for the ball, and that Balliol intended to stick with the theme.Some students seemed reluctant to believe that the identical themes could have been chosen by pure chance. One St Hilda’s student said “I’m not suggesting they stole our idea but maybe they heard from somewhere. Balliol should have checked round before they started printing stuff.”last_img read more

Pride week begins in Hoboken with events; new LGBTQ community liaison…

first_img× HOBOKEN– On Monday, Aug 6 the city kicked off its inaugural Hoboken Pride Week with a flag raising ceremony.At the ceremony, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a new volunteer LGBTQ Community Liaison to the city, Laura Knittel.Knittel will act as a point person with the mayor’s ear who will be able to bring concerns from the LGBTQ to the city and advocate for them on their behalf.Also at the ceremony, Hudson Pride Center CEO Michael Billy presented Mayor Ravi Bhalla with the organization’s Evolution Award.“Our understanding of gender and sexuality are ever evolving, and as we evolve, so must our society and so must our policies and laws,” said Billy. “In a few short months, Bhalla has set the bar high in New Jersey by protecting the dignity of trans and non-binary individuals with his gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Beyond that, our community is intersectional, and his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, working parents, and the homeless help lift us all up.”Bhalla is the only elected official to have received this award.Bhalla said he was humbled by the award and said he is just “trying to do my part to make life more equitable for members of traditionally marginalized groups.”He said the award is not the end goal. “This award is a motivator. It tells me that we here in Hoboken are on the right track in bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”Hoboken Pride Week is part of the first-ever Hudson Pride Month, with events happening across Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne throughout the month of August.Pride events Hoboken events are scheduled throughout the week.On Tuesday Aug 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hoboken University Medical Center will host an Every Woman Wellness Event where members of the lesbian, bisexual, cis, and trans community can get free yearly medical exams, safe sex resources, and more.On Thursday there will be a LGBTQ networking mixer from 7 to 9 p.m. at Giannone Wine & Liquor a $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going to Hudson Pride Center.On Saturday there will be a Foam N’Glow Dance Party at Sinatra Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.the dance party will feature live music and foam cannons with a live performance by Felipe Rose one of the founding members of the village people.Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.For more information, see this coming weekend’s story in the Jersey City Reporter ( or visit read more


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DOL proposal further delays fiduciary rule effective date

first_imgThe Department of Labor (DOL) has released its much anticipated proposal to further delay full compliance with the fiduciary rule. The DOL is proposing to delay full implementation of the best interest contract (BIC) exemption and other prohibited transaction exemptions from January 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019. Prior to this proposal, a transition period has been in place that began June 9, 2017, and was scheduled to end January 1, 2018. It requires compliance with some—but not all—of the provisions of the final rule. With the transition period now extended, investment fiduciaries are required to only meet the regulations’ Impartial Conduct Standards, which require that they receive only reasonable compensation, make no misleading statements, and act in their clients’ best interest. This is significant news for credit unions, as the DOL has previously clarified that IRAs—along with Archer medical savings accounts (MSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and Coverdell education savings accounts (ESAs)—are included in the scope of the final rule. It also represents the latest delay to a rule that has been nearly seven years in the making.The DOL first issued proposed regulations in October 2010, but withdrew them in 2011 in the face of heated opposition from the industry and members of Congress, only to re-propose them in 2015. After holding four days of public hearings on the proposed regulations, hearing from more than 70 witnesses, and receiving thousands of comment letters, the DOL issued the final rule in April 2016. The final rule was effective June 7, 2016, 60 days after it was published in the Federal Register. But the implementation date was extended so that brokers and advisers were not governed by the conduct and disclosure rules until April 10, 2017. A transition period for compliance with the BIC exemption was put in place from that date until January 1, 2018, if certain conditions were met. Full compliance with the exemption was required as of January 1, 2018.Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election raised the hopes of the rule’s opponents that the rule would either be repealed or watered-down. That has not happened. Instead, the DOL in March announced a 60-day delay of the fiduciary rule implementation date from April 10, 2017, to June 9, 2017.The DOL also announced in Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2017-02 that during the initial compliance phase of the rule, enforcement policy would focus on good faith efforts to comply rather than strict adherence to the rule. While the rule’s Impartial Conduct Standards will apply during the initial compliance phase from June 9, 2017, through January 1, 2018, which is now extended, the DOL made clear in FAB 2017-02 that it “…will not pursue claims against fiduciaries who are working diligently and in good faith to comply with the fiduciary rule and exemptions, or treat those fiduciaries as being in violation of the fiduciary rule and exemptions.”The DOL also announced in FAB 2017-03 that it will not enforce the rule’s prohibition on investment advice contracts requiring clients to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits resulting from fiduciary breaches. The final fiduciary rule prohibits certain arbitration provisions in investment advice contracts and clauses that require participants to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits.Critics of the DOL’s fiduciary rule—including the Investment Company Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—urged the DOL to delay full implementation of the final rule. The credit union trade associations have also expressed concerns with the DOL’s fiduciary rule. In a comment letter earlier this year, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) urged the DOL to revoke the rule or exempt credit unions from it. NAFCU wrote that the rule’s complex requirements would discourage investment recommendations and restrict consumer choice. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has publicly stated that it supports the underlying intent of the fiduciary rule to protect investors, but is concerned that the new requirements could curtail credit unions and credit union service organizations from offering members retirement and investment products that would benefit them. CUNA submitted a comment letter in late June requesting that the DOL clarify that credit unions are exempt from the fiduciary rule.In releasing its proposal to delay full compliance with the fiduciary rule, the DOL noted that the purpose of the delay is “to give the Department of Labor the time necessary to consider possible changes and alternatives…” to the previously issued guidance. The DOL is accepting public comment during a 15-day comment period that ends September 15, 2017. While procrastinators and opponents of the rule may be pleased with the delay, many are left wondering how to proceed. Major financial firms have spent millions of dollars to comply with the rule. And many firms have overhauled their entire business model to move away from commission-based retirement accounts, and built marketing campaigns to demonstrate that they are acting in their clients’ best interest. If the rule is repealed, would these firms reverse course and go back to commission-based retirement accounts? If the rule is substantially changed, what will it cost to come into compliance with the changed rule? Credit unions would be well-advised to carefully monitor the evolving timelines for compliance with the DOL’s fiduciary rule and any changes to the final rule in order to ensure compliance. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. 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‘Orphans’ at Conklin Barn: A Deeply Moving, Dark Drama

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Playwright Lyle Kessler’s dark drama, “Orphans,” which has broken box office records around the world, opened at Huntington’s Conklin Barn to a sold-out house on Aug. 20.Directed with finesse by Jim Bonney, the play explores the primal fear of abandonment and its power over our behavior. Two brothers, Treat (Aaron Dalla Villa) and Phillip (Jay William Thomas), have been dealt a cruel blow by fate. Orphaned as young children by their father’s desertion and the death of their mother, they live hand-to-mouth in a rundown North Philly row house.Older brother Treat, interpreting the role of a father, supports the pair through petty thievery. To ward off any further abandonment, Treat has instilled Phillip with an intense fear of going outside and limits his access to any kind of knowledge that might empower him. A shut-in who spends most of his time watching The Price is Right, Phillip’s world has eclipsed into a few tiny rooms yet he harbors secrets that would make Treat angry. Hidden under the sofa are books and a painful remnant from the past—one of his mother’s shoes.The dynamics unexpectedly shift when Treat brings home Harold (Sean King), an inebriated businessman. Although Treat ties Harold up when he goes out to gather information about his ‘kidnap’ victim, Harold easily eludes these restraints and begins to assume the upper hand, both physically and psychologically.It turns out that Harold himself grew up in a Chicago orphanage. A man with a shady past whose enemies have followed him to Philly, the idea of hiding out while taking these two young men under his wing appeals to him. Harold wants to give these new age “dead end kids” the father figure he never had. Despite his best intentions, will it be easy to usurp the paternal role from Treat?Harold patiently encourages Phillip to slowly abandon his timeworn routines, delight in new discoveries and venture out into the world. At the same time, he is training Treat to be his emissary in a world in which he no longer feels safe. Treat has never known trust and does not do well when it comes to following rules and handling responsibility. When he feels that this interloper is trespassing on his relationship with his brother, a power struggle ensues.Audiences will find that the role of Harold, who has unexpectedly found his calling, provides King with the perfect vehicle for doing what he does best: turning the tables to his advantage and waxing nostalgic. His touching soliloquy about his days as an orphan paperboy in Chicago paints an eloquent picture which brings the audience to that windy night that cost his friend his life. It’s a stand-out.Dalla Villa shines as Treat, the older brother who has been jaded by life, having borne the weight of protector and breadwinner for far too long. Beneath the easy charm and cocky confidence of a streetwise con artist is a seething anger that threatens to boil over at any minute. And erupt it does. Dalla Villa deftly juggles these disparate emotions while maintaining the intensity that the role calls for throughout his performance.Thomas excels as the otherworldly Phillip, the wide-eyed innocent man-child who delights in Harold’s simple gift of a map of North Philadelphia and views the nightly illumination of the streetlamps as miraculous. He envisions beauty in simple things that Treat can no longer see. Phillip personifies hope.The ending wields an unexpected blow. What audiences come away with is that none of us are so different from these orphans. Love or any form of emotional attachment is inevitably coupled with risk and the pain of loss. What makes Bonney and King’s production of ‘Orphans’ so extraordinarily moving is that it touches those vulnerable places in the heart that reside in all of us.The Conklin Barn is located at 2 High Street off New York Ave. in Huntington. The show runs through Sept. 5. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at On Sept. 4, theatergoers can meet the playwright, Lyle Kessler, who will engage in a Q&A session after the performance.last_img read more

Five Britons contract coronavirus in French ski resort

first_imgFive British nationals including a child have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus at a French mountain village, and health officials said they were checking who else might have been exposed, including at local schools.In total, 11 people, including the five who tested positive, have been hospitalized in southeastern France and were being examined, the French health ministry said on Saturday, adding that none were in serious condition.The group of Britons included holidaymakers and a family currently residing in the Alpine village and ski resort, Les Contamines-Montjoie. They shared neighboring apartments in a chalet and temporarily hosted a British man believed to have contracted the virus at a business congress in Singapore before his short visit to France in late January, the ministry added.Two schools would be shut next week for checks, regional health official Jean-Yves Grall said, after it emerged that the nine-year-old who tested positive had attended lessons and French classes in different establishments.Two other children were also part of the group of 11 now in hospital in the cities of Lyon, Saint-Etienne and Grenoble, and they had been schooled in the area too, according to Etienne Jacquet, mayor of Les Contamines-Montjoie.Some parents in the village, nestled in the mountains close to the Mont Blanc peak and the Swiss city of Geneva, said on Saturday they had received little information so far and were being cautious. “Our children were meant to go to a concert tonight, we took the decision not to take them to not expose other people,” said Beatrice Louvier, adding that her 10-year-old daughter was in the same classroom as one of the three British children.The cases coincide with one of the busiest periods of the ski season for area resorts, as schools in the Paris region begin mid-term holidays. British schools are also on half-term break later this month.Health officials said they were trying to determine who had come into prolonged and close contact with the British group.Several tourists who had just arrived in Les Contamines-Montjoui brushed off the risks and said they would see through their holidays.”The percentage chance of getting infected is not really high,” said Frenchman Stanislas Des Courtis, who was visiting with his two teenage sons. “The ski area is big, and there are not so many places where (people) can gather here all together.”But local resident Catherine Davout, who helps manage flat rentals in the area, said she had already had several cancellations.The new cases emerged after authorities began to retrace the travels of a British man who has been confirmed by Britain to have contracted the virus, French health officials said.They had formed “a cluster, a grouping around one original case”, according to Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, who identified the person as a Briton who had returned from Singapore and stayed in France between Jan. 24 and 28.The French government said Singaporean authorities were looking into a business congress that took place in a hotel there on Jan. 20-23 and was attended by 94 foreigners, including the British man at the center of the Alpine cases.As of Saturday, Singapore had 40 cases of the virus.Of the 11 total cases in France, earlier ones include an 80-year-old Chinese man in a serious condition, while the others have shown signs of improvement, according to medical officials.The epidemic began in Wuhan in China and the vast majority of cases have been in China. center_img Topics :last_img read more