USA: Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Completes Cobra Gold 2013

first_img USA: Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Completes Cobra Gold 2013 February 25, 2013 View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Completes Cobra Gold 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Bonhomme View post tag: Gold Training & Education View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: 2013 View post tag: completes View post tag: Group View post tag: Richard View post tag: Ready View post tag: Cobra View post tag: Navy Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed the multinational, joint exercise Cobra Gold 2013 (CG 13), Feb. 22.Cobra Gold 2013 is in its 32nd iteration and was designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multilateral force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.Participants from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps totaling more than 9,500 personnel worked together with service members from the Kingdom of Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia during the exercise.“During CG 13, we conducted training vital to maintaining the readiness and cooperation of the U.S. and our allies,” said Lt. Emily Royse, operations officer, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) ELEVEN. “The ability to work hand-in-hand with our partner nations is paramount to ensure effective response to regional crises, should they occur.”Cobra Gold was a multi-faceted exercise, which included a staff exercise bringing together a multinational force planning team to plan the response to a complex problem.Other events included a senior leader seminar and a senior enlisted team building event allowing information sharing and relationship building between key leaders from partner nations. In addition, six humanitarian and civil assistance projects, including engineering civic action programs, cooperative health engagement events and a medical symposium were also included.The 31st MEU participated alongside joint and multinational service members in a variety of field training exercises that included an amphibious assault, a small boat raid, a helicopter raid, a non-combatant evacuation operation and a combined arms live-fire exercise in addition to numerous other unit level training.“The training that we have both received and shared with our counterparts strengthens our understanding of each others’ unique tactics and techniques,” said Capt. Ben Van Zytveld, 31st MEU lead Cobra Gold planner. “Our working relationship with partner nations during CG 13 and its previous iterations will go a long way in ensuring that we are well prepared to assist our allies in the region when needed.”Bonhomme Richard ARG, comprised of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), and forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ships USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) worked alongside Naval Beach Unit 7 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 to provide sea and air support to the troops on land.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Statoil Sees Growth Potential in Offshore Wind

first_imgStatoil Sees Growth Potential in Offshore Wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:LONDON/OSLO—Statoil is working with its partner SSE to develop the Dogger Bank offshore wind project so it can take part in Britain’s renewable energy subsidy auction in 2019, the company said on Friday.The planned 4.8-gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank project, which has approval from the British authorities, is set to become the world’s largest offshore wind park and could deliver more than five percent of Britain’s electricity needs, Statoil Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff said in London.Statoil has a 50 percent stake in the partnership developing 3.6 GW of the approved capacity at Dogger Bank. “The strategic importance of that project to the UK and Statoil can not be overestimated,” Rummelhoff said.The Norwegian oil and gas firm says it plans to spend up to 15-20 percent of capital spending on “new energy solutions” by 2030, as part of its effort to become a “broad energy” company.Last year, Statoil built the world’s first floating offshore wind park off Scotland, using in-house technology. Its plans also include developing a 1.5-GW offshore wind park in the United States outside New York. “We see growing potential for floating (wind projects),” Rummelhoff said. “We expect about 13 GW floating offshore wind to be installed by 2030. On a global basis, we hope to take a fair share of that.”More: Statoil Eyes Britain’s 2019 Renewable Subsidy Auction For Dogger Banklast_img read more

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WATCH: Swedish Man Charged by Eurasian Bear

first_img Photo Courtesy of Gregory “Slobirdr” SmithWhat would you do if confronted by a charging bear? There are all kinds of thoughts and theories about how to behave in this situation, and if you’re lucky, they will remain thoughts and theories and never actually materialize in real life. In the unfortunate and unlikely event that you do encounter a charging bear, however, you might be well served to react in the manner of Ralph Perrson.Ralph appears to have taken his strategy straight from the trusty old textbook, Stand Your Ground and Scream Like a Banshee. Ok, it’s not really a book, but it did work for Ralph, and it is a method advocated by wilderness-savvy people everywhere. Luckily, this encounter—a fleeting ordeal in which a charging Eurasion bear takes one look at a screaming and flailing Perrson and decides to scurry back into the dark forest from which it came—was all captured on film.Take a lesson from this bear-screaming Swede by watching the videos below. One was captured by Perrson himself with a body camera, while the other was shot by his wife who was standing nearby. It is unclear whether Perrson provoked the bear by trying to capture it on film before the actual charging took place. This, of is course, would be an unwise and ill-advised move on his part. Either way, he is lucky to have escaped with his life.last_img read more

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Guests from the cruise will be transported by low-floor buses to Pila

first_imgAt the end of last year, Dubrovnik took the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and agreed with cruise companies that a maximum of two cruisers would sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors. The plan to introduce the so-called cruise fees were presented to the new president of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Adam Goldstein, and his associates at a working meeting in Berlin during the ITB trade fair in early March. “They expressed full understanding for the introduction of the fee and thanked us for informing them of this intention in a timely manner. I would like to point out that CLIA are our true partners in our project “Respect the City” because they, like us in the city administration, want the best destination experience for their guests, or we want satisfied guests regardless of arrival, but also satisfied citizens. Only through balance and through cooperation can we achieve this”Says Franković. One of the measures and novelties is the introduction of cruise guest transport to Pila and back by low-floor articulated buses. This will take over the shuttle transport from JGP Libertas, which will significantly reduce congestion on city roads. As the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mate Franković, points out, these measures will establish full control and organization of berthing of vessels on cruises, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided. “We are pleased that in cooperation with the Association of Cities we managed to get the possibility of collecting the sojourn tax from one-day guests included in the proposal of the new law and that the Ministry accepted it. It was agreed that the payment still goes by ship, and talking to our partners from the CLIA, they also agreed that this is the best model. ” points out Mate Franković, the mayor of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik has recently harmonized the rules with the representatives of shipping companies and the CLIA association for season 2020. which will include additional improvements in terms of the number of guests visiting the City at the same time, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided for guests and citizen satisfaction. Also, at the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik, the Ministry of Tourism, when amending the Law on Tourist Tax, introduced the collection of tourist tax for passengers on cruises. center_img Its introduction will be decided by the destinations themselves, ie local self-government units, and will be implemented at the beginning of 2021. In Dubrovnik, a sojourn tax per ship will be introduced from 2021 onwards, although the first considerations were that a sojourn tax be charged for each guest on a cruise ship. From 2021, tourist tax for cruisers as well Finally, Franković points out that the additional income from the sojourn tax for cruisers will be spent on improving the city’s communal infrastructure. “The funds will be spent on investment maintenance of roads and transport / communal infrastructure in order to increase the overall communal standard, the development of which, unfortunately, in recent decades has not followed the development of tourism and it is up to this city administration to change that.” Thus, throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, a maximum of two cruisers a day stay in Dubrovnik. This year, there was only one problem with the blockade of the entrance to the City, due to the mooring of the MSC Sinfonie in Gruž earlier than planned. As the MSC reacted in a statement, the omission occurred as a result of unfortunate and unplanned circumstances. “Due to the earlier arrival of the ship in Dubrovnik, the unfavorable weather conditions at sea were the main reason for it, due to which Sinfonia missed the berth in Mykonos on the way from Venice and headed directly to Dubrovnik.”Stressed from MSC Cruises apologizing that this event was an exception caused by external factors.last_img read more

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Promoting Love for the River By Inviting the Public to Set…

first_imgNMHA member Gayle Horvath, who is skipper of the Sea Scouts, a coed seafaring branch of the Boy Scouts of America, took on the task of checking people in and taking care of details with the help of her Scouts. Monmouth Boat Club, which began as a rowing club in 1879, provides sailing lessons, social events and other boating activities throughout the summer. The Clearwater group has offered weekly environmental sails to the public from the Oyster Point Marina for many years, said Michael Humphreys, secretary and trustee of NMHA. This year, the two organizations, which have several members in common, sought to make the Navesink more accessible and appeal to a wider audience by hosting three summer sails in Marine Park. NJFC and NMHA reached out to Charlie Hoffman, Red Bank Parks and Recreation director, a few months ago to propose sailing the garvey from Marine Park. Hoffman responded enthusiastically, noting that the borough has long been interested in finding ways for more residents to enjoy the river. Plans quickly fell into place and the borough graciously provided the needed slip for Pete’s Banjo to occupy in Marine Park. NMHA promotes knowledge and appreciation for maritime history on the Navesink and offers educational opportunities for children and adults who want to learn about, enjoy and protect the river. Despite all those efforts, however, Mother Nature had other plans and the sail set for Aug. 14 had to be canceled due to an iffy weather forecast. Sail organizers are hoping to bring more sailing opportunities to the public next year. “The question is, ‘Did lots of people sign up because it was a free ride, or is there a pent-up desire to get onto the water in boats?’ ” said Humphreys. NJFC is an environmental advocacy organization founded in Monmouth County by musician and environmentalist Bob Killian in 1974. It was inspired by the efforts of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who launched an initiative to clean up the Hudson River in 1966 by building and sailing the replica Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to ports along the Hudson, inspiring environmental action. “It just kind of synced up,” Hoffman said. “We want to get more folks out on the river.” While some people are particularly interested in sailing on the garvey, others simply want to enjoy being out on the water, Hoffman said. “People who have done it have enjoyed it.” Members of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) and Monmouth Boat Club are joining together to present this Saturday sail from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. The sail will depart from the small marina at Marine Park in Red Bank. All three organizations have a long history of encouraging appreciation and concern for local waterways. NJFC took up that cause for local waters, holding an annual music and environmental festival and hosting sails on its own historic replica, the garvey Adam Hyler, for many years. Two River residents will soon have another chance to take a free ride on the Navesink aboard the wooden sailing garvey Pete’s Banjo. Fortunately, NJFC, NMHA and the Monmouth Boat Club will try again Sept. 14, and they hope to take as many people as possible out for a late summer ride on the river. The new vessel, Pete’s Banjo, set sail on the Navesink in 2015. The flagship vessel of NJFC’s environmental sailing program, the garvey can comfortably hold eight or nine people. By Eileen Moon But so many people signed up for the sails from Marine Park that Humphreys reached out to the commodore of the Monmouth Boat Club, Bob Markoff, to ask if they could help. “He was eager to join the party with their pontoon boat and several skippers/owners of sail boats,” Humphreys said. After the Hyler’s retirement to the Tuckerton Seaport Museum several years ago, members of NJFC and NMHA decided to contribute their boat-building skills to construct a new garvey. The 26-foot flat-bottomed boat is a replica of the Tuckerton Sailing garveys that once traveled the state’s rivers and bays, harvesting clams and oysters, carrying produce and other cargo when the river was the road that linked communities near and far. For information on the Sept. 14 sail, visit navesinkmaritime.org or contact Red Bank Parks and Recreation at redbanknj.org.last_img read more

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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO PRESENT INAUGURAL TURF FESTIVAL APRIL 14- MAY 1TURF FESTIVAL TO FEATURE INCREASED PURSES, FREE SHIPPING AND GUARANTEED LATE PICK 4 POOLS

first_imgALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for 3-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for 3-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weights and two allowance races for California-breds on the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 and will be conducted April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day.Jon ForbesPublicity Manager, Golden Gate FieldsE-mail: [email protected]: (510) 559-7411Cell: (669) 244-1985last_img read more

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Donegal school awarded €23,700 grant

first_imgSt Crona’s National School in Dungloe is set to benefit from a grant for new upgrade works, it was announced this evening.The Department of Education has approved a grant  €23,700 for the provision of a canopy/ shelter at the entrance to the school.The announcement was welcomed by Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle, who said: “It will be most beneficial for students which are dropped off from buses or those awaiting pickup – particularly during inclement weather conditions.” Tenders will be invited at an early date.Pay the Cope added his congratulations to school authorities for a very comprehensive submission which was approved for funding.Donegal school awarded €23,700 grant was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watch Marshawn Lynch go full Beast Mode to kick off Gruden Era 2.0

first_imgThe Raiders took the opening kick off and sliced and diced the Rams’ vaunted defense deep into the red zone.That’s when Beast Mode broke out right in front of the Black Hole.Beast mode back. pic.twitter.com/hQ2bKkOvpG— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) September 11, 2018 You have to admire the Rams’ Aquib Talib for his commitment to getting this ball ripped from the mitts of Lynch. But Beast Mode wasn’t having it.Marshawn Lynch is taking you all with him. pic.twitter.com/AbCJOUJ …last_img read more

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson a game-time decision vs. Lakers

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers (5:30 pm PT, ABC) because of an unspecified illness that also sidelined him during Thursday’s loss against Philadelphia.“Klay was not here today,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the team’s optional day. “He’s still sick. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”Thompson was in the Warriors’ locker room before Thursday’s game, but then reported feeling sick. The Warriors then …last_img read more

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Southwest goes international

first_imgU.S. low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is set to launch international service to the nearby Caribbean under its own colors July 1.That’s when the US’s largest domestic airline in terms of origin and destination passengers takes over seven sun-n-fun routes now operated by AirTran. Southwest merged with the smaller airline, in the process getting AirTran’s fleet of Boeing 737-700s.Southwest will use AirTran 737s – but now in Southwest colors and interiors – on the following routes:–       Atlanta – Aruba–       Atlanta – Montego Bay–       Baltimore/Washington – Aruba–       Baltimore/Washington – Nassau–       Baltimore/Washington – Montego Bay–       Orlando – Aruba–       Orlando – Montego BayThe last two runs are Saturday-only affairs.The former AirTran 737-700s that will be used on the routes are already fitted with Federal Aviation Administration-mandated overwater safety gear, notably life rafts. In preparation for further expansion of Southwest’s over-ocean forays company spokeswoman Melanie Jones says the safety gear is being installed on “a number of Southwest aircraft as well.”Southwest is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 737s.Southwest calls the July 1 moves “The first phase of the company’s international conversion plans.” In addition to the new Soutwest runs, AirTran will continue operating flights between Atlanta and Nassau as well between Chicago Midway and Montego Bay. For the time being AirTran will continue to provide the merged airline’s lift to Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City and Punta Cana. By the end of this year Southwest plans to launch flights to the remaining quartet of international destinations on its 96-airport route map that – between Southwest and AirTran – now encompasses a half-dozen countries.To put things in perspective, when Southwest first took-off back in 1971 the then purely intra-state carrier connected a mere trio of airports in Texas: Dallas Love Field. Houston Hobby and San Antonio International.From personal observation by this Dallas native (I used to ride my bicycle to Love Field to watch the planes) few gave what they considered an upstart airline much of a chance to make it.The rest is history. Southwest went on to exert a gravitational pull that fundamentally changed the way Americans and the rest of the world flies.The “Southwest model” of one aircraft type and basic service is the basis of every low cost airline in the world. Low cost airlines have brought travel to billions who could never afford to take to the skies.last_img read more

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