HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Frigate Authorities View post tag: Deployment June 14, 2013 View post tag: class View post tag: Minister HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed home today from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).The homecoming ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence, the Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia, Senator the Honourable David Johnston, Senior Officer Commodore Peter Lockwood DSC, CSC, RAN, RTD, Commander Surface Force, Commodore Jonathan Mead AM RAN, and the family and friends of Toowoomba personnel.Minister Smith greeted the crew at her homeport Fleet Base West (HMAS Stirling), Rockingham, Western Australia and availed of the opportunity to congratulate the ship’s company on a challenging but successful operation.HMAS Toowoomba is an ANZAC Class Frigate with a crew of 191 men and women. As part of Operation SLIPPER, she provided essential naval support to International Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf.While deployed, HMAS Toowoomba participated in counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea, and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin.Toowoomba was replaced on station by HMAS Newcastle, which took over in late May. This marked the end of Toowoomba’s fourth rotation to the MEAO.This was the fifty-fourth rotation of a RAN ship to the MEAO since the commencement of the first Gulf War in 1990.The deployment made a significant contribution to maritime security and continued the longstanding tradition maintaining Australia’s high standing as a maritime security partner in the Middle East.[mappress]Press Release, June 14, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Returns View post tag: Anzac View post tag: Middle View post tag: Naval View post tag: Smith View post tag: Toowoomba View post tag: Australia HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Stephen View post tag: East View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Mayor’s Update: Aug. 31

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,Following the publication of a recent news article, I received a few calls regarding the city’s proposed purchase price on a former car dealership lot to protect it from development. As everybody knows, I like to stick to the facts. The city has an opportunity to acquire the majority of a city block for $9 million. This price is based on fair market value as determined by independent appraisers. By law, our tax assessors had valued the property based on its prior use as a car dealership, and obviously this is much less.I’d like to thank the Klause family for working with the city to preserve this important property for public use. We all know they could have sold the property to developers. I hope the remaining families follow suit and allow us to acquire the rest of the block. This block is the final piece to create a continuous public corridor between 15th Street and 20th Street, which will enhance our educational and public facilities.I want to be sure you know our bayside dredging program will begin shortly after Labor Day. The city has issued a contract to Southwind Construction to conduct our hydraulic dredge program for Ocean City Channel, Bluefish/Clubhouse Lagoon, Carnival Bayou, Venetian Bayou and Waterview. Trident Marine was awarded a mechanical dredging contract for Snug Harbor, Bay Bridge and Sunny Harbor.Southwind will start its work in the vicinity of Clubhouse and Bluefish lagoons with work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Some work will take place at the disposal facility starting at 9 a.m. Sundays. Please know that both submerged and floating pipeline will be present during all dredging operations. Boaters should use extreme caution while slowly navigating within these areas. Trident will begin its work in the area of the Ninth Street Bridge and Snug Harbor with its barges crossing the channel to off-load material at the disposal facility along the Route 52 causeway.Once the city dredging contracts are complete, owners will have an opportunity to work with the approved contractors to have their private slips dredged. More information on this process will be provided shortly. The city is making good progress in dredging the bay side, and we all look forward to continuing to enjoy our beautiful back bay.Finally, I’d like to remind everybody that the once-a-week trash and recycling pickup schedule resumes on Monday, Sept. 10. More information on the schedule and locations is here.I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.As always, I urge our residents and guests to swim only at guarded beaches, and you can see an updated list at Be sure to check out our list of special events at .Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Commodity costs push up food inflation figure

first_imgSurges in the price of key bakery commodities, such as wheat and sugar, helped push annual food inflation to nearly 6% last month more than double the average shop price inflation.According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), overall shop price inflation stood at just 2.3% last month, while food inflation hit 5.7%, due to huge increases in commodities. Cattle, lean pork, wheat and sugar prices have all increased by 21-25% year on year, while Robusta coffee is up 42%.High inflation is leading to unprecedented levels of promotions and discounts to drive sales and increase market share, said the BRC, with AC Nielsen data showing promotions now represent 39% of all food sales, compared with 34% last year.Data from Assosia showed that supermarkets ran 791 promotions on wrapped bread in the year to the end of May 2011, compared to 563 promotions the year before a rise of 40%.BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Overall shop price inflation is being driven by surging world commodity prices, the effect of the weak pound on import costs and higher VAT.”The BRC said it expected tight supplies and rising costs to continue exerting pressure on food prices over the coming months.last_img read more

Presidential primaries, vaccination referendum to be held Tuesday

first_imgPolling places will be open across the state Tuesday, as Maine holds its first Presidential Primary in years and a state referendum on required immunizations for public school students.Presidential PrimaryThe 129th Maine Legislature enacted LD 1626 last year – An Act To Implement a Presidential Primary System in Maine – with Governor Janet Mills signing it into law on June 20, 2019. The state previously utilized caucuses to select delegates for the past 20 years.For the Republican party, the only candidate on the ballot will be President Donald Trump. There is no declared write-in candidate, so any write-in votes will be counted as blank.For the Democratic party, a dozen candidates submitted petitions to the state’s Secretary of State by the Dec. 23, 2019 deadline and will therefore appear on the ballot. However, several of those candidates have since dropped out, leaving Democratic party voters with six options as of Monday morning: Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. There is once again no declared write-in candidates, and write-in votes will be counted as blanks.Only enrolled members of both parties will be allowed to cast a vote in the Presidential Primary Tuesday. Unenrolled or unregistered voters may register as a member of a political party and vote but those currently enrolled with a party cannot switch party registration on March 3 and vote in the primary.The Presidential Primary is separate from Maine’s general primary, scheduled for June 9. Candidates for U.S. or state legislature, as well as local races, will take part in that primary.Question 1Any registered voter may vote on Question 1, a People’s Veto brought forward via a citizen’s petition. This is how the question will appear on the ballot:Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities? The state legislature enacted An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements earlier this year, removing religious or philosophical objections as a basis to avoid immunization requirements for certain categories of people.Per the Office of Attorney General, proof of immunity is required for students in public or private elementary and secondary schools; students who attend any post-secondary school in Maine, including colleges, universities, community colleges, and schools for the health professions; employees of nursery schools (but not day care facilities); and employees of designated health care facilities, which include hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, multi-level health care facilities, intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities and home health agencies. The specific diseases that the law applies to are listed in rules adopted by the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Service: diphtheria, chickenpox, measles, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, meningococcal meningitis and tetanus.Individuals in those categories are exempt from the requirement if they submit a written statement from a physician. That exemption is not impacted by either the new law or the proposed veto.Prior to the enactment of the new law, individuals falling in some of those categories – including students, nursery school staff members and health care employees – could be exempted from the requirement if they had a religious or philosophical objection. Those exemptions were eliminated by last year’s change, which will take effect on Sept. 21, 2021 if the veto is unsuccessful.A ‘yes’ vote means that the voter supports the veto and maintaining the religious and philosophical immunization requirement exemptions. A ‘no’ vote means that the voter rejects the veto, approving of the new law and the removal of those exemptions.Poll locations and timesAvon – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Avon Municipal BuildingCarrabassett Valley – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeCarthage – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeChesterville – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town HallCoplin Plantation (and Wyman) – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeDallas Plantation – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – TownhouseEustis – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeFarmington – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Community CenterIndustry – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town HallJay – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Community BuildingKingfield – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Webster HallNew Sharon – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Masonic Lodge No. 123New Vineyard – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Smith Memorial HallPhillips (and Madrid) – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeRangeley – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeRangeley Plantation – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – School HouseSandy River Plantation – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town OfficeStarks – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Starks Town OfficeStrong (and Freeman) – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Forster BuildingTemple – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town HallVienna – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Community BuildingWeld – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town Office Multi-Purpose RoomWilton (and Washington Plt.) – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Town Officelast_img read more

Leftover Salmon’s Fish Out Of Water Festival Taps Dumpstaphunk & More

first_imgToday, Leftover Salmon has announced the second-annual Fish Out Of Water Festival, which will return to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on August 10th and 11th. The two-day music festival in Taos, New Mexico, will see two nights of performances by the host band, Leftover Salmon, in addition to sets by Dumpstaphunk, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman (formerly of Cracker), Trout Steak Revival, Poor Man’s Whiskey performing “Dark Side of the Moonshine”, Gasoline Lollypops, Last To Know, Liver Down The River, Sweet Lillies, Ry Taylor & Friends, and The Noseeums and more TBA.Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located right next to Hotel Luna Mystica, a vintage trailer hotel, making for the perfect location for a fully immersive and intimate musical weekend. Furthermore, the festival is situated at the gateway of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument near the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, with its prime location offering attendees access to whitewater boating, hiking, biking and hot springs. Given the festival’s awe-inspiring location, it only makes sense that the festival will also serve as a benefit for the Rio Grande Watershed.Leftover Salmon’s second-annual Fish Out Of Water Festival will take place at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on August 10th and 11th, with performances by Leftover, Dumpstaphunk, and so many other great acts. Discounted early-bird tickets go on sale today, with the general on-sale beginning on Friday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. You can snag tickets here, and follow Fish Out Of Water Festival on Facebook here for more information and updates.last_img read more

Tech Predictions for 2014: Bringing Hadoop to Your Big Data

first_imgBig Data is continuing to bring big challenges to CIOs and other IT professionals.  At EMC Isilon, we have thousands of customers of various sizes, representing a wide spectrum of industries. However, when I speak with our customers, I’m often struck by the similarities in the challenges they are facing.A few weeks ago, I met with one of our Fortune 100 customers and asked what they thought was their biggest IT challenge today.  The answer was: “Now that I have all this business-critical data, how do I extract value from it?”I hear this all the time. This customer’s response cut straight to the heart of what will be one of the biggest Scale-Out NAS trends in 2014.I foresee IT organizations stepping up their efforts to identify ways to leverage Hadoop so they can transform their data into actionable information even quicker and more efficiently.This challenge is what led Isilon to become the first industry player to offer native HDFS integration. By using a single scalable storage platform that’s HDFS enabled, organizations eliminate the need to duplicate and transport large quantities of data around their networks. Customers are now able to bring Hadoop to their Big Data, rather than having to take the data to Hadoop.Earlier this year, we also launched a Hadoop Starter Kit that significantly reduces the time and cost of Hadoop deployment. We’ll keep investing in this area in 2014.—More Tech Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupIT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly by Vic Bhagat, Chief Information OfficerAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, Global Serviceslast_img read more

Back to School

first_imgWhile Georgia’s school kids are just getting into the swing of summer break, specialists with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Georgia 4-H and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) are preparing for August.On July 5, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) news team will share their collection of stories for the 2019 back-to-school season. Newspapers and websites across Georgia and the Southeast are welcome to use this free, research-based content throughout July and early August.The CAES news team also has a selection of large-format, free stock photography to accompany back-to-school stories, as well as connections to UGA experts who can help reporters and journalists develop their own stories.Please contact us if you or your staff writers need help finding the right source for stories about student health and development, nutrition or other back-to-school topics.  Stories covered in this year’s back to school package include:Teaching kids to fight germs — Every school year, it’s great to have a refresher on the importance of handwashing. UGA Extension FACS agent Roxie Price shares her tactics for helping kids to develop good handwashing habits.Ways to keep kids active — From homework to extracurricular activities, some kids are running out of time to play outside. Here are some tips for keeping kids active despite hectic schedules during the school year.College prep begins in middle school — Most middle school students don’t know what they want their career to be, but those middle-school years are a good time to start thinking about it. College recruiters from UGA share some “real talk” on what students need to start thinking about between their sixth- and eighth-grade years.Warren County farm-to-school — Warren County only has 562 students, but the school system is getting accolades from across the state for their robust farm-to-school program, which involves UGA Extension, 4-H and the school system. In the year since winning a Golden Radish award from Georgia Organics, the tiny school system has expanded their program, adding local beef and an orchard.Pollinator gardens as STEAM classrooms — CAES pollinator and school garden expert Becky Griffin discusses ways teachers can use pollinator gardens as a STEAM education resource.UGA Radon Education Program announces annual Radon Poster Contest — Household radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families. UGA Extension is raising awareness by asking students to make posters.Great Georgia Pollinator Census — Between August 23-24, UGA Extension will coordinate the state’s first pollinator census. Teachers, students and parents are all invited to take part in this statewide citizen science project. UGA Extension pollinator expert Becky Griffin gives helpful tips and guidance for those who want to get involved.Bedtimes can make a difference in children’s mood and ability at school — Between after-school activities, homework and other obligations, kids have a lot of competition for the time they should devote to sleep. Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-age kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers.Helping kids prepare emotionally to go back — Getting ready to go back to school means more than getting some new shoes and a book bag. Human development expert Diane Bales offers tips for parents who want to help their kids build an emotional tool kit for coping with the pressures of heading back to class. Communication routines — UGA FACS human development expert Diane Bales and Georgia 4-H’s Courtney Jackson talk about building routines that foster communication between children and parents. For more news from UGA Extension and CAES, visit read more

United States Donates Armored Vehicles to Costa Rica

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo February 14, 2018 Three new armored vehicles are set to bolster high-profile missions in the Central American country.last_img

Homebuilder confidence in November shatters previous month’s record

first_img– Advertisement – “Historically low mortgage rates, favorable demographics and an ongoing suburban shift for home buyer preferences have spurred demand and increased new home sales by nearly 17% in 2020 on a year-to-date basis,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom homebuilder from Tampa, Florida. “Though builders continue to sign sales contracts at a solid pace, lot and material availability is holding back some building activity. Looking ahead to next year, regulatory policy risk will be a key concern given these supply-side constraints.”Of the index’s three components, current sales conditions rose 6 points to 96. Sales expectations in the next six months increased 1 point to 89 and buyer traffic rose 3 points to 77.The NAHB noted that 69% of the responses for the November survey were received before the election for president was called by the media on Nov. 7. The election results, therefore, and their impact on builder sentiment, will be reflected more fully in December’s HMI report.- Advertisement – The nation’s homebuilders have been benefiting from a very low supply of existing homes for sale, as well as a newfound consumer desire to live out in the suburbs. The stay-at-home culture of the pandemic means buyers want not just more space, but specific spaces for working, schooling and exercising at home. They also want more outdoor space. The unexpected surge in demand caught builders off guard early on, and they are now dealing with supply chain issues that are increasing costs.“Another record high for the HMI reflects that housing is a bright spot for the economy,” said the NAHB’s chief economist, Robert Dietz. “However, affordability remains an ongoing concern, as construction costs continue to rise and interest rates are expected to move higher as more positive news emerges on the coronavirus vaccine front.”Regionally, on a three-month moving average, homebuilder sentiment in the Northeast increased 2 points to 83. In the Midwest it jumped 6 points to 80. In the South it rose 4 points to 86, and in the West it climbed 4 points to 94. A contractor carries wood studs while building a home in Park City, Utah, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.George Frey | Bloomberg | Getty Imagescenter_img – Advertisement – The nation’s homebuilders have never been this happy.In November, builder confidence in the construction market for single-family homes soared to its third record high in as many months.Overall builder sentiment hit 90 on the monthly National Association of Home Builders’ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Anything above 50 is considered positive. Last November, the index stood at 71. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in April, builder confidence plummeted to 30. Buyer demand has been incredibly and unexpectedly strong since then.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ivana Matušan, TZ Rab: Investments of 110 million kuna this year will be a real boost to the destination

first_imgThe tourist pre-season traditionally begins with the celebration of Easter, and Rab can boast of about 2000 nights after the holidays, which is a very good result since only one hotel has been opened in the town of Rab, while the other two in the inner city are being renovated.”During the month of May, other city hotels will open their doors and it is to be expected that the city of Rab will achieve excellent results this pre-season as well. Hotel Padova, which was opened, was completely filled with an overbooking situation, and private renters are also satisfied. This Easter (Friday – Monday), there were about 2000 overnight stays, and the most numerous Rab tourists were Germans, Croats, Austrians, Italians and Hungarians. Overall, it can be said that the organization of the Easter program of the Rab Tourist Board, POU Rab and the City of Rab succeeded, and the event “Easter on Rab” will certainly become a tradition.”, Points out the director of the Tourist Board of the city of Rab, Ivana Matušan.After the holidays, guests of Rab can expect various entertainment programs from April to October, many of which attract more and more domestic and foreign tourists of all profiles and interests. Last year, Rab recorded another record season with 1.315.314 overnight stays from January 1 to September 15 (6% more than the year before), while the most famous events such as Kantun and Rab Fair gathered more than 30 thousand visitors.This year’s post-Easter events start on April 12, when the second stage of the Mitas 4 Islands bike race begins on the island of Rab. The Second Rab Rose Festival follows, followed by a festival of flowers and flower performances from April 24 to 27. We traditionally ride the humanitarian bike race “Rab the bike and ride for Pinocchio”, and we end the month with the final asparagus festival on April 28. Gourmets will be attracted to the Island Lamb Festival in May, especially its finale on May 25, where lamb delicacies in cauldrons will be prepared under the watchful eye of the famous chef Tomislav Špiček. The peak of the season is reserved for popular cultural and entertainment events such as Kantun, the tournament of the Association of Rab Crossbowmen, the Rab Jazz Festival and the inevitable Rab Fair. “This year, in addition to the already well-known and well-attended events, we will offer our guests some new events such as the bike race “BIG 4″, and we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the charter of friendship with the castle of San Marino. The City of Rab and the Tourist Board in cooperation with local hotel companies every year invest in raising the quantity and quality of island events, trying to offer guests the best of Rab not only in the height of the tourist season, but also in other months.”, Concludes Ivana Matušan.With investments of almost 110 million kuna, Rab is preparing for the new seasonWith infrastructure investments of almost 110 million kuna, Rab is entering a new tourist season. Hotels and public areas are being arranged, and work is being done on a better connection with the mainland.In the pre- and post-season, Rab is an ideal weekend destination for many, and for good statistics of the greenest island of Kvarner, the connection with the mainland is certainly significant. The new ferry, aptly named “Four Bell Towers”, which, in addition to being a valuable investment for Rab Shipping, is also of great importance for the island of Rab, will further contribute to this. The investment worth more than 58 million kuna will significantly affect the quality of life on Rab as well as the development of the destination. The people of Rab and guests will enter the new tourist season with the renovated Donja Street. This is an investment worth about four million kuna, which covers funds from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the budget of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Rab.In order to further increase the number of accommodation capacities, improve the quality of accommodation and the tourist offer in general, works are underway on the expansion and repositioning of two Rab hotels. The Arbiana tourist facility will thus completely renovate the existing accommodation units and form new ones in order for the entire facility to achieve maximum energy efficiency. The Grand Hotel Imperial is also being renovated and will be reserved for adults after the new investment, with a larger number of accommodation units and new facilities for guests. “Rab is a quality destination that is in progress with all newspapers, but does not follow them blindly, but only implements what it needs and in accordance with the existing ones. As an increasingly popular destination, Rab needed a new ferry with a larger capacity as well as additional accommodation units. I am sure that this investment will be a real boost to the destination”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Rab, Ivana Matušan.Also, perhaps the biggest news is the arrival of Valamar on the island of Rab, which recently took over the largest hotel on Rab, Imperial DD, and whose resources will certainly raise the entire destination, both by raising the quality of accommodation, and thus destinations, by generating new content , know-how and through promotion through its strong network and presence in the European market.Related news: VALAMAR’S OFFER FOR TAKING OVER THE IMPERIAL RAB ACCEPTED!</p>
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