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USS Bataan Welcomes Aboard Friends, Family for Three-Day Tiger Cruise

first_img View post tag: Aboard View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bataan Welcomes Aboard Friends, Family for Three-Day Tiger Cruise View post tag: Naval February 8, 2012 View post tag: Tiger USS Bataan Welcomes Aboard Friends, Family for Three-Day Tiger Cruise View post tag: USS Sailors and Marines aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) welcomed aboard friends and family for a three-day Tiger Cruise Feb. 5-7.Bataan’s “Tigers” – a term describing the friends and family members of the crew – were transported via bus from Norfolk, Va., to Morehead City, N.C., to meet the ship as it prepared to return from a 10 1/2 month deployment in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibility.Riding the ship for the 327 mile journey home to Norfolk offered more than 500 Tigers aboard the chance to experience daily shipboard life. For many, this marks their first experience on a U.S. Navy ship underway.“I’ve been on ships in port before, but this is my first Tiger Cruise,” said Zach Pierce, a high school senior from Chesapeake, Va. “The people have been friendly. I like how the ship is organized and I’m excited to see it all.”Pierce, a freestyle sprinter and captain of his school’s swim team, said he is interested in the Navy’s special warfare combatant craft (SWCC) program, but is keeping all post-high school options open.“Having Tigers on board is a great way to thank our families and loved ones for the exceptional support they’ve given us these past several months,” said Capt. George Vassilakis, Bataan’s executive officer. “We’re delighted to show them what it is we do.”The ship planned several events to make the Tiger Cruise experience special. Bataan service members had the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl XLVI with their loved ones and enjoy football fare such as fried chicken, potato chips and fresh vegetables. The ship also hosted an ice-cream social.Shortly after getting underway from Morehead City Feb. 6, Tigers were treated to a special fly-by demonstration from two F/A-18 Hornets assigned to the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Five (VFA 105).“That fly-by just made me proud,” said Joanne Kohnen, from Leslie, Mo. “I’ve been looking forward to this Tiger Cruise from the moment my son wrote they were having one. When I think of the sacrifices and the hard work you do to keep us safe, all I can say is ‘thank you’.”Her son, Engineman Fireman Recruit Benjamin Kohnen, said that he was proud to show his mom the equipment he operates and give her a tour of the engineering work spaces.“It means a lot that she came out here,” said Kohnen, finishing his first deployment. “She’s supportive of what I’ve chosen and she’s interested in what I do. She sent care packages throughout deployment, not just for me but for the 50-plus people in my division. It meant a lot to me and to them.”While this is the first underway experience for some Tigers, other Tigers are former Sailors.“I came here to support [my daughter] and show her we appreciate what she’s doing,” said John Collandra, from Jacksonville, Fla., who spent 20 years in the Navy as an aviation ordnanceman. “I’m proud of her, and I’m proud of all the Sailors.”“It’s nice sharing this experience with [my dad],” said Ens. Hillary Collandra. “He’s been in the Navy and he knows what deployments are like. Having my dad and brother out here is like a long distance race where someone meets you near the end and helps you push to the finish line.”Bataan deployed March 23, 2011 three months ahead of schedule as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in support of NATO-lead Operation Unified Protector. The BATARG’s deployment is the longest in 40 years.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 08, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Cruisecenter_img View post tag: Family Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Friends View post tag: Three-Day View post tag: Bataan View post tag: welcomes Share this articlelast_img read more

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Dillon ‘disappointed’ over TTCB move but confident of holding onto job

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Mervyn Dillon, says it was “disappointing” he was not formally notified that his job was being advertised by the T&T Cricket Board, but believes he still has an excellent chance of retaining the post.The former West Indies fast bowler’s contract expires at the end of April but earlier last week, the TTCB posted an advertisement for the position.“I am quite confident. I think I am probably in a better position than anybody else to retain the job,” he told the NewsDay here.“Funny enough I heard about it (advertisement) after one of the [media] guys called me [last Thursday] morning. That’s when I found out about it, which was kind of disappointing because even if it is being advertised I would think I would be one of the first people to be notified.”He added: “I spoke to the president (Azim Bassarath) and Mr (Dudnath) Ramkissoon (cricket operations officer). The president insisted that I was told that the job was going to be advertised, but I don’t think I am losing my memory.“That was not the case as far as I am concerned. I did not have that conversation.”In response, Ramkissoon conceded while Dillon had not been informed when the position was being advertised, he should have known based on the terms of his contract renewal last November.“The executive met recently and decided to send out the ad. He is correct, we did not tell him it was going out,” explained Ramkissoon.“But in November he knew because the letter he got advising him that his contract was extended until the end of April clearly stated at the end of one of the paragraphs ‘while your tenure will end in April you are free to apply for the job of head coach of the Red Force’.”The move to advertise the post comes on the heels of T&T Red Force’s best ever finish in the six-year professional era of the first championship, when they ended second behind champions Barbados Pride.With a single win after the first five rounds of the competition, Red Force rebounded to win two of the last three matches, before the tournament was abandoned following the eighth round due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Red Force finished on 94.6 points from three wins, two defeats and three draws but were adrift of perennial bitter rivals Pride by a whopping 40 points, and only marginally ahead of joint third place finishers Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions on 91.8.Dillon, who took over mid-season in the 2018-19 campaign, led Red Force to a fourth place finish then before guiding them to a semi-final spot in the Super50 Cup later that year.But tensions between Dillon and former West Indies and Red Force captain, Denesh Ramdin, boiled over during the just concluded season, leading to a public spat between the two.Ramdin, dropped after just two matches, accused Dillon of not wanting him around and disrespecting senior players, while revealing they hardly communicated with each other.Dillon, who played 38 Tests for West Indies between 1998 and 2004, responded by accusing Ramdin of telling “blatant lies”.Ramkissoon, who said the TTCB hoped to close the hiring process by next month, also made it clear Dillon would have to apply in order to be considered.“Once he applies [he is in contention]. I don’t know how many other people will apply, but you want the process to be transparent and fair.”last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball storylines to watch this season

first_img Published on November 10, 2016 at 9:18 am Syracuse’s season kicks off its season on Friday at 7 p.m. against Colgate. The Orange, coming off a Final Four run, has a lot to replace from last year’s team and stocked up with three transfers eligible to play this season.Here are three key storylines to watch throughout the season.Is Tyler Lydon an elite player in the ACC and even nationally?Bovada gave Lydon the sixth-best odds to win AP Player of the Year. That seems a bit steep for the sophomore, but still expect Lydon to build off his breakout freshman season with a second year where everyone expects him to be a prominent figure from the start. As we know, his ability to step outside and hit shots from the elbow and outside the arc puts him in the upper tier of players in the ACC. But until Lydon becomes a premier low-post threat, his name rests slightly outside the conversation for best players in the country.Will Tyus Battle be the next Malachi Richardson or even better?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBattle was ranked as the No. 35 recruit in the country by ESPN and will have a chance to step in and contribute as a freshman this season. The Orange must fill the hole left by Malachi Richardson, who bolted for the NBA after just one collegiate season. In Syracuse’s first exhibition against Indiana (Pennsylvania), Battle scored a game-high 16 points and flashed the scoring ability from the wing that has fans salivating. Whether Battle emerges as the threat Richardson was remains to be seen but the potential of another dynamic freshman certainly exists for SU.Will Jim Boeheim lean on different styles of play this year?It took only one exhibition for the 41-year veteran head coach to reach into his bags of tricks. Syracuse deployed man-to-man defense from the opening tipoff, and quickly doubled down by pressing shortly thereafter. SU certainly has the depth this year to be more unorthodox, and don’t be surprised to see Boeheim substitute liberally as his team is on the cusp of pressing, for example. The Orange will largely operate like it always has under Boeheim’s watch. But an apparent wealth of bench players will allow for some experimentation, especially before conference play begins.Check out our 2016 Basketball Guide, here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Nenagh, Templederry & Borrisoleigh into North Senior hurling semi-finals

first_imgNenagh, Templederry and Borrisoleigh have all progressed to the North Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals.Either Kilruane McDonagh’s or Kiladangan will join them – that game is down for decision this evening at half 7 in Dolla.The results of those games so far are: Nenagh 0-20 Roscrea 2-11Burgess 1-11 Templederry 2-13Toomevara 0-12 Borrisoleigh 0-20last_img

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All-day news for SA viewers

first_imgHi-tech touch screens similar to those atinternational news channel CNN will also beused in the eNews Channel newsroomTamara O’ReillySouth African independent television channel e.tv is taking a step forward in news broadcasting with the launch of a 24-hour news channel – the first of its kind in Africa – in June.Joining the ranks of international news channels like CNN and Sky News which broadcast news around the clock, eNews Channel will offer viewers South African, regional and international news, sport reports, financial information, weather, entertainment and investigative reports. Some of the country’s popular TV personalities like Jeremy Maggs and Redi Direko will anchor the eNews Channel’s bulletins.e.tv is one of two terrestrial free-to-air television networks in the country, the other being the state-owned SABC which runs three channels. As an independently run station, e.tv is known for its probing investigative reports, and viewers of the 24-hour news channel can expect similarly independent news reporting.The channel will be broadcast on DSTV, the country’s multi-channel digital satellite TV service which has more than 1.5 million paying subscribers.“This is an historic moment for the broadcasting industry in South Africa,” says Marcel Golding, Chief Executive Officer of e.sat the sister business to e.tv. “In a developing country with so many challenges and issues, a 24-hour news channel will contribute to keeping society abreast of what is happening and can play a critical role in informed debate and discussion. We believe the eNews Channel will become an important voice in South Africa’s democracy.”Multichoice South Africa Chief Executive Nono Letele says, “We are very excited to add the eNews channel to our DST platform. We believe the channel will enhance our news offering by bringing high quality insightful and independent reporting alongside our other successful news channels.”Although the free-to-air channel has several news programmes, 24-hour news is new to South African broadcasters. The 24-hour news channel has been two years in the making, during which time management visited newsrooms that run similar operations, like ABC, BBC and Sky News.According to reports in the Sunday Times, special attention has been paid to equipment and the layout of the newsroom. Some of the innovative equipment includes touch-screen plasma screens – similar to those used by CNN in their coverage of the US primary elections – on which presenters can highlight information.South Africa has a largely independent press with several independent newspapers, magazines, websites and alternative media like community newsletters in many of the 11 official languages. In last year’s Press Freedom index published by Reporter Sans Frontieres, South Africa ranked 43 out of 169 countries surveyed, beating media heavyweights like the US.Although South Africa was one of the last countries to receive television, and colour broadcasts only began in 1975, it has developed the largest media network in Africa and viewers have access to a wide spectrum of local and international drama, comedy, sports and news.Useful linksDSTVETV 2007 Press Freedom Indexlast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal hero Pires keen to see Henry in the Premier League

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Pires keen to see Henry in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Robert Pires would like to see Thierry Henry in the Premier League.Pires believes former Arsenal teammate Henry deserves a second crack at management in the Premier League, despite his nightmare spell in charge of Monaco.“I saw Thierry a few weeks ago for the game against Tottenham at the Emirates and he is waiting,” said the Frenchman.“He is waiting for something, for the new challenge.“Some people say ‘Yeah, but he was a mistake with Monaco’. I say no.“When you start like this, like Thierry, if you have only three months it’s so difficult to prove something. And especially at this moment. Monaco were so bad, it was so difficult, they had a lot of injuries.“He told me it was a good experience with Monaco. Unfortunately only three months. But he’s ready. He’s ready for the new job and he’s waiting for something.“I think he deserves to have a second chance, maybe in the Premier League.” last_img read more

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Microbrew beer flap settled Quebec to sell 150thanniversary suds

first_imgMONTREAL – After seemingly being frosty to the idea, Quebec liquor stores will carry a special cross-country craft beer pack that celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.A dozen breweries from Canada’s 10 provinces, Yukon and the Northwest Territories announced earlier this year they were banding together to create the unique 12-pack.Owners of the Trou du diable brewery, the microbrewery behind Quebec’s contribution, said on social media last week the province was balking at selling the collection of brews because the presence of the Quebec beer was not guaranteed in all the packs.That caused an uproar among beer connoisseurs, although it appears miscommunication was at the root of the decision to not sell it in Quebec.The beers are being sold in three different ways: the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack including beers from every jurisdiction, and two different six-packs specifically for Ontario, where craft beers can’t be sold by the dozen.A spokesman for Quebec’s liquor corporation said discussions took place over several days with the distributor and he confirmed an order was placed Tuesday for the 12-pack, which includes the Quebec beer.“For us initially, we wanted to make sure the cases we were selling in Quebec contained the Quebec beer,” said Renaud Dugas.“There were some logistical issues with the distributor at that level, but we’ve managed to overcome those and the good news for Quebec clients is the beer will be available.”Dugas conceded that perhaps there was some misunderstanding in discussions around the smaller packs, a view that was shared by Daryn Medwin, vice-president of sales at Central City Brewers and Distillers, the British Columbia-based brewery behind the initiative.“Basically, the intent on this package was to be a 12-pack, so every province and territory was represented,” said Medwin.“The fact that we still had the 12-pack available to them was lost in translation. Every once in a while, you get a broken telephone.”As part of a cross-country tasting tour, an event at Le Trou du diable is scheduled for June 29 in Shawinigan, Que.last_img read more

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Regulation amendment clarifies new ICBC benefits and timelines

first_imgpeople who are injured in motor vehicle accidents on or after April 1, 2019, are eligible for increased limits in disability benefits, funeral expenses and death benefits;people can also receive increased medical and rehabilitation benefits starting April 1, 2019, even if their injuries were sustained before that date, and they can recover costs for necessary medication.The amendments establish a 60-day time limit for people to submit receipts for medical care or rehabilitation expenses to ICBC.Previously, people had up to two years to submit their expenses to ICBC.The auto insurer says the long limitation period made it difficult for them to determine if expenses were reasonable and necessary when they were incurred. This left people at risk of spending significant amounts of money on expenses that could be ineligible for reimbursement.According to ICBC, the new limit gives people a reasonable amount of time to submit their receipts while ensuring ICBC receives the information it needs to accurately assess the severity of claims, provide additional supports to injured people as needed and better forecast future costs.Exceptions may be allowed in cases where people cannot meet the deadline due to the nature of their injuries or other factors. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Attorney General is making amendments to the Insurance Vehicle Regulation to clarify changes to ICBC benefits and processes that come into effect on April 1, 2019.According to ICBC, these changes will better protect those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.The amended regulation states:last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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