4 May

Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean Pyotr Veliky, the Russian Northern Fleet’s (NF) nuclear-powered missile cruiser, took over the lead role of a task force in the Mediterranean from yesterday, according to RIA Novosti.Officials report that the HQ’s was transferred to the ship from the Black Sea Fleet’s missile cruiser Moskva, which completed its mission in the Mediterranean on Sunday.Petr Velikiy is a heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser (TARKR), the fourth Kirov class battlecruiser of the Russian Navy.Although the ship is not a battlecruiser by the traditional definition of the type, but a missile cruiser, her size has given her the unofficial designation of a battlecruiser.The Russian standing task force in the Mediterranean counts:• Missile cruiser (Varyag)• Smetlivy Frigate• Several large amphibious landing ships• Two reconnaissance ships.The presence of Russian ships in the Mediterranean Sea is to protect its interests in the region, as explained by Russian defense leaders.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 12, 2013 November 12, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

2 May

Mayor’s Message: Ocean City Plans Warm Welcome for Paralyzed Cross-Country Cyclist

first_imgDear Friends,I want to encourage you all to come out on Saturday afternoon to welcome Jared Fenstermacher to Ocean City. This young man’s story is remarkable, and I’d like to show him our community spirit.Fenstermacher set out from Oregon four years ago on a cross-country bicycle trip to raise money for the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. But that ride ended tragically in Iowa when he was struck by a truck in an accident that left him paralyzed.In a show of perseverance, Fenstermacher is now completing the journey that he began in 2016 by riding the final 1,200 miles on a bicycle propelled by his hands.He is expected to arrive in Ocean City between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Police and fire vehicles will meet him at the Ninth Street Bridge Welcome Center to escort him into town. I’d love to see people cheer him on along his route into town: Down Ninth Street to Atlantic Avenue and up to the Music Pier via Eighth Street.The selflessness of fellow citizens like Fenstermacher is inspirational and his ride is a reminder of the importance of supporting all the families affected by cancer. The bridges on the Ninth Street causeway remain pink this month in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Jared Fenstermacher, right, is completing his cross-country trip to Ocean City using a bicycle propelled by his hands. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce)Our town hall meeting to discuss a preliminary concept and cost for a new public safety building is scheduled for Saturday morning. The concept includes a combined facility for the police and fire departments at the site of the existing fire headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue.The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). All attendees will be asked to wear masks and to maintain social distancing. The Tabernacle auditorium has been sanitized in advance, and windows and doors will remain open to increase air circulation.Free door hangers are now available to identify every home that will put out treats for trick-or-treaters this year. This system will make it easier for trick-or-treaters to find participating homes, and it will limit interactions with homes not participating.The door hangers can be picked up at City Hall (9th Street entrance at 861 Asbury Avenue), the Route 52 Welcome Center, the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) and the Knight Building (115 E. 12th Street). An 8.5-by-11 version can be printed here  and displayed outside any place where trick-or-treaters can see it. Trick-or-treating hours will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

20 Apr

Tuesdays a likely day for gas price to rise or fall

first_img Twitter Twitter By Network Indiana – October 13, 2020 1 209 Facebook (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Gas prices slightly increased last week, but they appear to be heading back down this week, according to GasBuddy.“We did get our price hike last week as anticipated. Prices did shoot up to about $2.19 per gallon. That means that it shouldn’t happen again this week,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Price hikes happen every one to two weeks in autumn. As prices get whittled down, they fall too low and they spike back up. But this week should be a smooth ride.”DeHaan says he can’t guarantee there won’t be an increase later in the week.“We should be inching down to that $2 per gallon mark,” says DeHaan. “If you can wait to fill up, I’d wait a few days.”Talks between Democrat and Republican lawmakers over another coronavirus relief bill have been on-again, off-again. President Trump has called on Congress to pass a limited coronavirus relief bill. If a deal is approved, DeHaan says that could affect gas prices.“The only reason coronavirus relief could push prices higher is because of the optimism of giving Americans hundreds or perhaps even a thousand dollars. That could bode well for the economy and push prices up,” says DeHaan. “If there is a deal sometime this week, you may see a little bit of an uptick in price. If there is no deal, prices at the pump should decline for a good portion of the coming week.”As for the coronavirus itself, DeHaan says the pandemic has forced people to stay home more often which has decreased demand. That decrease in demand has led to much lower prices than usual. DeHaan says demand is about 13% lower than this time last year.If you’re trying to figure out what days are best to fill up your tank, DeHaan has some insight into that.“Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be very popular. Tuesday because prices have been whittled down over the course of the entire weekend and the market opens. If something happens on Monday, then prices go up Tuesday. Thursday is a popular day. It’s because a big government report comes out Wednesday that highlights changes to oil inventories. If that report is bad, wholesale prices spike on Wednesday and that leaves stations to adjust their prices Thursday. We almost never see prices go up over the weekend,” says DeHaan. IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook WhatsApp Tuesdays a likely day for gas price to rise or fall Previous article26 people arrested in Kosciusko County during multi-day drug bust operationNext articleStudy: Indiana ranks low in political engagement Network Indiana Google+ Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

2 Mar

SUNDUB: Your Weekly Island Oasis In The Heart Of The Concrete Jungle

first_imgAt Battery Harris, the tropical-themed Caribbean lounge and watering hole tucked away under highway overpasses in Willamsburg, Brooklyn, two local touring musicians are building something special close to home. Every Thursday, bassist Josh Carter (Hayley Jane and The Primates) and drummer Ben Teters (Cas Haley, Palmslap) populate the Battery Harris stage with a rotating cast of talented musicians from the jam band community, reggae elder statesmen, and whomever else might happen to roll through for a collaborative reggae jam session dubbed SUNDUB. The no-cover weekly reggae sessions are less about the success of each individual performance, and more about creating something lasting that fills specific needs–for Carter and Teters personally, for the venue, and for the Brooklyn live music scene as a whole.Previously, friends and roommates Josh and Ben played together in Blue Mountain Bustdown, along with late keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, formerly of Turkuaz. When that project fizzled out in 2012, both musicians took new gigs in new bands–Josh with singer Hayley Jane and Ben with roots-reggae guitarist Cas Haley. The idea for the residency came about organically from there: Battery Harris was consistently filled with people on weekend nights, but virtually empty from Monday to Thursday; Ben and Josh lived together down the block, and were looking for an outlet to play music together when they weren’t out on the road; Nobody in Brooklyn was performing high-quality reggae on a regular basis–the pieces fit together too nicely not to pursue it. As Carter explains over the restaurant’s fantastic jerk chicken, fish tacos, and relaxing island ambiance at last week’s SUNDUB, “I’m a reggae guy, but really I’m a jam band guy. To be perfectly honest the whole reason I started this was to play music with my homie. That’s why it feels so good.”SUNDUB is comprised of Carter and Teters and a handful of other core members, including Ben’s sister Joanna Teters (vocals), Kareem “The Dream” Thompson (steel pan, K.I.T Caribbean Connection), and Finn Singer (guitar), but extends far beyond to include some of the most talented musicians in the NYC area. With a constantly rotating lineup of accomplished musicians and a free-flowing stream of unannounced special guests, Carter and Teters hope to grow SUNDUB into a sustainable staple of the Brooklyn live music scene for artists and fans alike. Teters’ high hopes for the series are clearly apparent as he explains their vision: packed-out weekly parties where local musicians drop by to join in the island vibes when they’re home from tour; “Musicians milling around everywhere,” he muses, “A collaborative effort. A passion project.”The fun-first, vibe-positive nature of the project has already begun paying dividends musically. In just its second month, word has begun to spread, and last Thursday’s list of musical collaborators extended well beyond the already-solid lineup of billed guests (David “Ruff Scott” Reid and Buford O’Sullivan of Easy Star All-Stars, Eric “The General” Toussaint of Judah Tribe). “The sax player [Jenny Hill of Easy Star]: not on the bill, just sitting in. The other bass player [Julien C Paul of I-NOJAH]: not on the bill, just sitting in. We’re always open to impromptu sit-ins” gushes an excited Carter.The lineups promise to continue improving as the weeks roll by, with accomplished artists like Anant Pradhan of the acclaimed NYC Ska Orchestra, bassist Bakhiti Kumalo (who played on Paul Simon‘s classic album Graceland), Max Creek‘s Bill Carbone, and more slated to perform. This week, Larry McDonald (percussionist for Bob Marley and Taj Mahal) will join the show, along with whatever other local musicians happen to stop by. “And it’s not like these guys are making much money for this–or any money really,” expains Carter, “They just come to be part of it, to collaborate and perform and immerse themselves in this thing we’re all creating together. That’s what it’s all about.”With their growing network of collaborators, a musician-rich Brooklyn scene to pull from, and the band’s enthusiasm and excitement for the project, the road ahead looks bright for SUNDUB–and, consequently, for anyone looking for something fun and different to do on Thursday nights in Williamsburg.You can enjoy island vibes, great reggae music (free of charge), and phenomenal Caribbean food every Thursday at Battery Harris with SUNDUB. For up-to-date information on weekly guest spots, head to the SUNDUB Facebook page.last_img read more

1 Mar

​Revisiting history: Charles Maier reflects on half century at Harvard

first_img Read Full Story Charles Maier ’60, Ph.D. ’67, the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History and resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), recently retired, after 50 years of teaching at Harvard. CES spoke to him about what he’ll do next and what he’ll miss.CES: As you begin retirement, you’re starting another book. Would you tell us about it?Maier: I’m am writing a history of the last 100 years from a different perspective than most historians and journalists have provided. I am seeking to offer a long-term narrative that can accommodate or allow for an unhappy outcome as well as a triumphant ending. I like to say history is characterized by its surprises, but the task of the historian is to make them seem a little less surprising. I have been surprised and dismayed by Trump’s America and the advent of similar populist outcomes throughout the world, especially since many of us believed that liberal democracy had prevailed as of the 1990s. Of course, developments may quickly change again. So how do we conceive of a longer-term history that can make sense of the disappointing events of 2019 as well as those that elated us in 1989?CES: How has Harvard’s involvement or interest in Europe changed?Maier:  Harvard culturally always provided a strong component of literature and social science courses on Europe — and some of the most brilliant and original professors taught these, including CES’s own Stanley Hoffmann. Interest in Europe has shifted, but we’ve always had a fairly lively interest in Europe. The founding of CES has played an important role in anchoring that interest even when the attention of departments has diversified. We have attained the capacity, over the last generation, to send many students to Europe. And more European young people seek their education here. That’s a big change.CES: What do you think you’ll miss in retirement?Maier:  I’ll miss teaching and also participating in thinking about teaching, not being in a department as it thinks about its curriculum and courses. I’ll miss having a voice in that. It was one of the strengths of the Social Studies concentration, which I directed for several years in the 1990s. I’ll miss not having undergraduates. I’ll miss not having the brightest graduates — that I won’t be able to help nurture their thinking.All in all, I feel immensely blessed. We’ve had largely continuous economic prosperity, and we’ve become a much more tolerant country with respect to race and with respect to sexuality. My younger adulthood took place during a great era of confidence in liberal institutions, and an era in which my country’s influence — too often abusive — was often for good. I worry about that all being thrown away. This is what I am concerned with, not with what I’ll miss personally, because I enjoyed a good wave of history. I was surfing on a good wave.last_img read more

18 Jan

Noises Off, Starring Andrea Martin, Sets Broadway Dates

first_img Related Shows Star Files Andrea Martin View Comments Noises Off Noises Off is back on! The previously postponed revival, starring Tony and Emmy winner Andrea Martin, will head to Broadway next year. The Michael Frayn comedy, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will begin performances at a theater to be announced on December 17, 2015. Opening night for the limited engagement is set for January 14, 2016. The Roundabout production was put on hold earlier this year to make way for the Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher-led On the Twentieth Century.Martin, who will play Dotty, is currently reprising her Tony-winning performance as Berthe in the Los Angeles engagement of the Pippin national tour. She also won a Tony for My Favorite Year. Other Broadway credits include Act One, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King, Oklahoma!, Candide and Godspell. Martin earned two Emmy awards for her writing and creation of sketch comedy characters on SCTV. Her additional screen credits include The Simpsons, Anastasia, Nurse Jackie and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Noises Off follows a director and his group of actors just hours before the opening night performance of the farce Nothing On. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling and sardines are flying everywhere. The comedy premiered on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 13, 2016last_img read more

17 Jan

Lazy Plants.

first_imgSome garden plants can become lazy, drooping and lying down on the job. But on”Gardening in Geogia” July 13 and 15, host Walter Reeves shows how to trainthese plants to be upright citizens of the garden.Walter uses brushy trimmings, brown string and bamboo stakes to unobtrusively keepplants standing tall. He shows the simple way to build a raised bed for your garden, too,using pressure-treated lumber. And he shows how scavenged water from your bathtub and sinkcan help your plants.Finally, Walter visits with University of Georgia horticulturist Jim Midcap at theCenter for Applied Nursery Research. Midcap briefly describes the mission of the CANR andshows several varieties of loropetalum that are being tested at the center.Thursdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeveslast_img read more

17 Dec

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Deedee Myers – Why not (#95)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 95 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by Trellance transforming data into actionable insight for credit unions from coast to coast.My guest on this episode is Deedee Myers, Founder, and CEO of DDJ Myers.  We talk about leadership lessons learned, the value of coaching, what it takes to be a good leader. We spend a lot of time making sure that we, as individuals and credit unions, are asking the right questions and the next generation of leaders that will take over when it’s time to pass the baton. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Deedee.Deedee shares her knowledge on keeping her team together during the pandemic and how she has grown as a leader during these challenging times. Deedee believes that current leaders need to make sure the next generation of leaders are ready to step up and tackle some of the challenges credit unions face today and potential obscurities that arise in the future. Deedee talks about what inspired her to start DDJ Myers and how that inspiration has developed and transformed over the years. She speaks transparently about the mistakes she made early in her career, and the mentors that have helped her along the way. When Deedee has a day off and wants to get away, she takes her 1997 Defender Landrover out to enjoy the great outdoors.During the rapid-fire questions, we learned that Deedee got kicked out of high school, and actually wanted to be a journalist when she grew up. Looking back over her various life experiences, Deedee is always proud to say; “Yeah, I did it.” Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Deedee:Deedee Myers, Founder and CEO of DDJ [email protected] | LinkedInShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at Trellance, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Deedee and her team at DDJ Myers are doing here.Deedee has been a long-time contributor to the CUInsight community.You can find more of Deedee’s publications here.Shout-out: Samantha PaxsonShout-out: Coach JenniferShout-out: Life Coach Richard J. LeiderShout-out: Deedee’s kidsShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: CUESSong mentioned: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling StonesSong mentioned: You’re The Inspiration by ChicagoBook mentioned: The Power of Purpose by Richard J. LeiderPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Samantha Paxson, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:39] – Welcome to the show, Deedee![02:23] – Deedee shares some hacks she has learned during the pandemic to keep her team connected.[04:08] – Listen, as Deedee speaks about how she has grown as a leader during this health crisis.[06:54] – Deedee discusses making sure young leaders are ready to take the lead.[08:30] – Deedee shares her definition of genuine conversation.[09:51] – Are there some changes you believe are here to stay?[10:36] – Deedee speaks about what she believes credit unions need to change to stay relevant.[13:10] – Deedee discusses what she will be proudest of that her team has accomplished in the next year and credit unions in general.[15:17] – What inspired you to start DDJ Myers?[17:30] – Deedee shares a story about coaching herself at sixteen.[18:34] – Listen as Deedee shares how the inspiration changed with time on the job.[19:16] – What is evolving? What is possible? Are all things that her team has heard her say multiple times.[20:06] – Deedee speaks about how she learned to make hard decisions.[22:32] – Deedee shares a mistake she learned in her career.[23:22] – Ask more questions about desired expectations is some advice she was given that she still uses today.[24:31] – Deedee discusses how mentors have helped her in her career.[25:17] – Listen as Deedee shares what she does when she has a day off to recharge.[26:58] – Deedee shares that she got kicked out of school when she was in high school.[28:08] – What did you want to be when you grew up?[29:43] – What is the best album of all time?[30:29] – Do you have a book you think everyone should read?[31:55] – Deedee says that when she hears the word success, the first person she thinks of is herself.[33:22] – Deedee shares some final thoughts with the listeners.[34:00] – Thank you for being on the show! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

18 Oct

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Cedric and provides injury updates on David Luiz and Lucas Torreira ahead of Norwich clash

first_imgLuiz suffered an injury to his knee in the Sheffield United clash (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz suffered an injury to his right knee forcing him to be substituted off in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United, and Arteta doesn’t know how serious the problem is yet.‘We don’t know, he was in pain the other day when he had to leave the pitch,’ Arteta said.‘He’s not a player that normally does that so he was uncomfortable. We assessed him yesterday, he was a bit better but we don’t know. He had a scan too this morning [June 30] to see how bad it is.‘He’s very willing, he wants to play, he’s always like that but we will have to see how he is.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLucas Torreira is also back in training after suffering an ankle injury in March, but Arteta admitted he is not quite ready to return to action.‘He’s close. He needs to get another scan before exposing him to the next level [of training],’ he added.MORE: Kieran Trippier admits Thomas Partey would ‘fit in perfectly’ in the Premier League amid Arsenal transfer linksMORE: Michael Owen makes Premier League predictions for Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal & Man City-LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praises Cedric and provides injury updates on David Luiz and Lucas Torreira ahead of Norwich clash Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 1:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisement Cedric could be in line to make his debut against Norwich (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has hailed Arsenal right-back Cedric, who could be in line to make his debut against Norwich City on Wednesday and provided injury updates on David Luiz and Lucas Torreira.The right-back is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners after arriving from Southampton in January with a knee ligament injury.Despite his absence from any match day squads so far, the club confirmed last week that Cedric’s loan move from the Saints has been made permanent and he has signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates.However, the Portugal international has now recovered from his latest facial injury and is available for selection against the Canaries.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking before the Norwich game, Arteta heaped praise on the attacking qualities of the defender.‘It’s a different quality to our other full-backs,’ the Spaniard said.‘He’s a very technical player, he’s probably the best in the final third, he can play in a four and a five that can help us.’last_img read more

29 Sep

Stakeholders agree to limit PostNL obligation to fund pension scheme

first_imgThe €6.3bn pension fund PostNL has hammered out an agreement with its employer and unions on a new pension plan, with limited sponsor obligation for plugging funding gaps and an increase of the retirement age to 67.In return, the pensions accrual will be increased, while the ‘franchise’ – the part of the salary exempt from pensions accrual – will be reduced.Because pension arrangements for the employees of PostNL and parcel delivery company TNT Express – currently implemented by the pension fund PostNL – will “diverge further”, a new pension scheme for TNT Express workers will be set up.As part of the new agreement, the accrual rate will be increased from approximately 1.92% to 2%, while the franchise will be lowered from €15,417 to €13,227. However, the stakeholders pointed out that the new accrual rate could be adjusted upward or downward, depending on the set cap on contributions.The pension fund, employer and unions also agreed to limit the sponsor’s obligation to fill in funding gaps to a yearly maximum of 1.25% of the scheme’s liabilities.The sponsor will make an additional €300m available, but only for the next four years.To prevent a coverage shortfall at the end of this year, PostNL will make another €150m available.Last August, the scheme’s funding was 102.8%, whereas the required minimum at year-end was almost 105%.The new arrangements are still subject to approval by the unions’ rank and file members.Last year, an arbitration board concluded that PostNL had to address the shortfall at its pension fund, irrespective of the scheme’s ability to recover on its own steam.At the time, the pension fund demanded €131.5m from the employer.However, the company preferred to suspend the payments, citing the increasingly large financial risk posed by the pension arrangements.The Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL has approximately 99,000 participants in total.Its indexation in arrears was approximately 4% at the end of 2012.last_img read more