HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water

first_img March 22, 2013 View post tag: from View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water HMAS Childers and the crew of Ardent Six (Lieutenant Commander Chris Brough) have been instrumental in recovering 77 survivors from wreckage 60 nautical miles north of Ashmore Island.Responding to a request from the Rescue Coordination Centre Australia via Joint Task Force (JTF) 639, the Armidale Class Patrol Boat recovered all survivors from the broken up vessel in little more than an hour after arriving on scene on 13 March.Commander Northern Command and Deputy Commander, JTF639, Air Commodore Ken Watson said it was a remarkable effort by the patrol boat crew.“The speed and efficiency in which Childers and her crew operated was impressive to say the least and they should feel justifiably proud of their efforts,” he said.“It’s indicative of the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by all patrol boat crews in the conduct of maritime border security operations.”At approximately 3pm AEDT on Wednesday, 13 March 2013, a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 aircraft was conducting routine air surveillance in the area when it sighted what appeared to be a broken up vessel with a number of people adrift in the vicinity.The Rescue Coordination Centre Australia tasked HMAS Childers to provide assistance, and three aircraft and three merchant vessels were also diverted to the scene to assist.A short time later, the crew of HMAS Childers reported to have recovered 77 people from the water.An Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Dornier aircraft continued to conduct an aerial search and confirmed no other people were in the water.Following interviews with survivors, the crew of HMAS Childers were assured all persons had been recovered from the water.Headquarters Northern Command is home to JTF639 and is responsible for coordinating the ADF contribution to Australia’s whole of government maritime border security operation, Operation RESOLUTE. HMAS Childers is home ported at patrol boat base HMAS Cairns.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Survivors HMAS Childers Recovers Survivors from Water View post tag: Childerscenter_img View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Recovers View post tag: Naval View post tag: water Share this articlelast_img read more



South Shore Line suspends service due to protests, riots

first_img (953 MNC/Tommie Lee) The South Shore Line temporarily suspended service on Monday, June 1, in response to the protests and riots.The South Shore Line issued the following statement:In consultation with Metra officials, who suspended its Monday train service, the SSL will not operate passenger trains in an abundance of caution for the safety of our employees and passengers.Please be advised that SSL positive train control test trains will be operating throughout Monday, although no passenger service will be available.We will continue to monitor events as Monday progresses, and updates regarding SSL Tuesday service will be sent as more information becomes available. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – June 1, 2020 0 286 South Shore Line suspends service due to protests, riots Pinterest Previous articleGov. Holcomb signs executive orders in the wake of violence, death following protestsNext articlePolice converge on University Park Mall, stop person armed with an ax 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Man sentenced after pleading guilty to Fulton County school shooting plot

first_img Twitter Man sentenced after pleading guilty to Fulton County school shooting plot By Network Indiana – March 10, 2021 0 307 Facebook WhatsApp Pictured: (l-r) John Schultz IV, Donald Robin Jr. (Photo supplied) One of the men who planned a mass shooting at a Fulton County high school has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.Donald Robin, Jr. will spend 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.Robin will also have to testify against co-conspirator John Schultz IV, whose trial is scheduled for June.Police got a tip in July 2020 that Schultz and Robin were planning a mass shooting at Rochester High School, according to court documents.Robin could be out of prison in six years with good behavior. Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMishawaka school community mourning loss of teacher, coach Gregg SmithNext articleElkhart house fire sends one to hospital Tuesday Network Indianalast_img read more

David Byrne Plays Talking Heads Tunes With Arcade Fire House Band For Haiti

first_img“Road To Nowhere” Last night marked the return of Arcade Fire to the stage, as core members Régine Chassagne, Win Butler, and Richard Reed Parry served as the house band for a one-of-a-kind charity benefit for Haiti, supporting Chassagne’s charity KANPE that supports families in need. The trio were joined by a number of performers throughout the night, including Saul Williams, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the legendary David Byrne.While details about the event are still coming in, the band did perform at least two Talking Heads songs. Watch clips of “Naive Melody” and “Road To Nowhere” below:“Naive Melody”last_img

Watch Full Show Footage Of Phish’s Instrument-Swapping SPAC Opener

first_imgLast night marked Phish’s return to the beloved Saratoga Performing Arts Center, returning to the famed Saratoga Springs, NY venue for July 4th weekend. After missing their July 4th festivities in 2015 (a certain guitarist had other plans…), the opening night felt like something of a homecoming for the band’s loyal Northeast fanbase.The show featured a number of great moments, including the debut of a great new song called “Let’s Go,” a 20+ minute instrument-swapping jam session on “Chalk Dust Torture,” covers of classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and Rolling Stones’ “Shine A Light,” and so much more.Thanks to DrFunkenstein, we can share full show video of this great SPAC opener. Check it out below!You can see a full gallery of Andrew Blackstein’s photos, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Egyptians face civil unrest, political change

first_imgCrowds lined the streets of Cairo on Monday to cast their votes in Egypt’s first parliamentary election since the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office in February. Political science professor Asher Kaufman said the election in an important step for the Egyptian people almost one year after the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring. “This is the first time since the early 1950s that they’ve been able to vote. There have been elections [in the past,] but they have been predetermined,” Kaufman said. “The party in power would expect seats in parliament and presidents could win most of the vote. The question now is: what will be the outcome?” The week leading up to the first day of the election was not without violence in Tahrir Square. Kaufman said skirmishes between police and protestors killed more than 40 people. “There were less causalities than in spring, but this has also stopped because we’ve arrived at the climax of election day,” Kaufman said. “Those who oppose the military council say the military will curtail the new parliament, but it’s impossible to know what will happen.” While the polls functioned Monday, Kaufman said the lack of voting infrastructure forced some to wait in line for up to six hours. “The military council promised to give power to a civilian government, but there are skeptics who believe otherwise,” Kaufman said. Tension between demonstrators and the military government has led to a disjointed Egypt, Kaufman said. “Unlike a year ago, there is no unified front,” Kaufman said. “Not all parties that demonstrated last year participated again, so the unity that defined the movement a year ago is no longer there. There are disagreements, so there are reasons for a possible continuation of violence. There is a cause to be worried.” While the Muslim Brotherhood was active in the spring protests, Kaufman said the group was not a major player in the streets. Instead, he said the party was organized in its campaign and is expected to win a dominant role in Parliament. “The polls have not been closed yet,” Kaufman said. “But there are signs that the Muslim Brotherhood envisions a major victory. If they win, we will see an entirely new political landscape in Egypt. However, it is not certain what would be the official policy of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially in a secular democratic branch of the government.” Despite civil turbulence and an uncertain future, Kaufman said Egypt has entered a new era. “Democratic processes are bringing down rulers,” Kaufman said. “The Western world welcomed the Arab Spring and the downfall of Mubarak. So long as it continues with little interruption, this could be a positive evolution. Still, there are too many question marks to be sure yet.”last_img read more

Fall Armyworms

first_img ARMYWORMS marching through Georgia lawns can weaken turf and allow diseases to invade. “This year is the worst for caterpillars of all kinds that I’ve seen in 20 years,” said Will Hudson, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Birds eat the caterpillars, but when hundreds are present, homeowners need to treat to kill the worms. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Left click to download the 4.2M file, right-click to download the .gif North Georgia lawns are under attack. Fall armyworms are chewing their way throughturf, leaving destruction in their wake. And University ofGeorgia scientists say they’ve only just begun to bite.”This year is the worst for caterpillars of all kinds that I’ve seen in 20years,” said Will Hudson, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”If you haven’t yet seen fall armyworms on your turf this fall, it’s very likelyyou will, and soon,” said UGA horticulturist WalterReeves.Fall armyworms are the caterpillar stage of a nondescript, small gray moth whichoverwinters in Florida and the tropics. Each year, storms bring the adult moths north. Thefemales lay masses of up to 700 eggs on just about everything.In a recent test, Hudson put 15 small flags on a turf plot. Just 24 hours later, eachflag had at least one egg mass. Some had more than a dozen.”The eggs are cream-colored at first, but turn darker as the tiny caterpillars getready to hatch,” Hudson said. “They’re covered with gray fuzz from the female’sbody.”The first sign that enemy armyworms are near might be birds clustered on your lawn.”Although birds eat caterpillars, they’re no match for hundreds of them on onelawn,” Reeves said. “Look closer at the grass, and you may see severalcaterpillars munching on turf blades.”center_img Young armyworms are one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch long. Mature ones are oneand a half inches. They are dark, with several light stripes down the length of the body.The head or “face” has an inverted Y on it.The first battalion of females lays eggs in south Georgia. Succeeding generations marchup the state, traveling on weather fronts and storms.The caterpillars hatch from eggs in two to four days, depending on the temperature.Eggs develop to fully grown larvae in two to four weeks. The larvae burrow into the soiland form pupae. Moths emerge in about 14 days.Fall armyworms can’t overwinter in north Georgia. They may survive a mild winter inFlorida and extreme south Georgia.”They rarely kill grass,” Reeves said. “But some plots may be severelyweakened. Feeding damage, coupled with damage from the recent drought, may justifyapplying insecticides.”In turf or pastures, finding five caterpillars per square foot is a signal to starttreating for fall armyworms.If you suspect your turf is being infiltrated but can’t find the caterpillars on thegrass, use a soap flush to bring them to the surface.Carbaryl (Sevin), chlorpyrifos (Dursban), acephate (Orthene), sinosyn (Conserve) andother insecticides are effective caterpillar killers.Products containing Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) are effective only on little(a half-inch or smaller) worms. Irrigate before treating, to move the caterpillars out ofthe thatch. Treat in late afternoon, when the caterpillars are likely to begin feeding. Ifpossible, mow before you treat, and then don’t mow for three days after the treatment.For help in identifying armyworms, or for more information on treating them, contactthe local Extension Service office.last_img read more

US Navy Carries Out Freedom of Navigation Operations

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 24, 2020 The U.S. Navy routinely conducts Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) throughout the world.FONOPs are operations by U.S. naval and air forces that strengthen internationally recognized rights and freedoms by challenging excessive maritime claims, which according to the U.S. Department of Defense are attempts by coastal nations to unlawfully claim territorial waters and restrict the navigational freedoms and movements of ships.One notable example is in the South China Sea where the Chinese government has claimed 90 percent of the sea since 2015 by building military installations on several island chains. The U.S. has continued to challenge those claims by sending their ships on patrol routinely.Under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, territorial waters are considered to extend 12 nautical miles from a country’s shore.In January of this year the littoral combat ship USS Detroit conducted a FONOP off the coast of Venezuela. U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, head of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), said during a U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee testimony in January that the USS Detroit had been involved in counternarcotic and law enforcement operations.The USS Detroit “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in international waters, outside of the lawful limits of Venezuela’s territorial sea,” SOUTHCOM said in a statement at that time, after a Venezuelan patrol boat trailed the naval ship for a short period. “All of our operations are designed to be conducted in accordance with maritime laws and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” the statement added.last_img read more

Another virtual event: Binghamton University 2020 Homecoming

first_imgInstead, it’s hosting digital, interactive events like a 5K, campus tours, trivia games, and an award ceremony over a week-long period. The Alumni Association felt like it couldn’t cancel homecoming all together. But like many other 2020 events, this year, it’s going virtual. For a full schedule of events or to register for homecoming, click here. “People have screen fatigue, so we didn’t want to do it over three days and have six videos, you say nobody will sit and watch it, it’s really too much,” said Seepersaud. VESTAL (WBNG) — Each fall, Binghamton University welcomes its alumni back on to campus for homecoming. “You can be on a computer, you can be on a smart device, you can participate from anywhere,” said Seepersaud. “When you look at the people who come to homecoming, you get a lot of new faces and a lot that come back year after year. But the one thing in common is they all come from a driving radius of about three to five hours.” “That may be a great way to pull them in, and then more importantly, what do we do with them after? You keep them connected,” said Seepersaud. “I think that had we canceled and said, ‘Let’s wait until 2021,’ it would have been an opportunity lost for us but also for those who look forward to having that sense of wanting to connect back to us,” said Seepersaud. It’s an opportunity to engage more alum in the long-term, too. A virtual homecoming has its perks. It’s able to reach more alumni than just those who would have traveled to campus. So when homecoming does return to campus, the turnout may be better than ever. “We wanted to build pride and bring people together and celebrate all the great things going on at Binghamton, and we know that alumni pride doesn’t go away during a pandemic, thank goodness,” said Binghamton University Advancement Communications Manager Steve Seepersaud.last_img read more