September 4, 2012 View post tag: port Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Brazilian Navy Patrol Vessel Arrives in Nigerian Port View post tag: Nigerian Brazilian Navy Patrol Vessel Arrives in Nigerian Port Barely a week after a United States Naval ship, HSV 2 SWIFT visited its Nigerian counterpart for a joint training, the Brazilian Navy offshore patrol vessel – AMAZONS P120 is billed to arrive in the country on a four-day port call to the Nigerian Navy.A statement by the Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Lt. Commander, Jerry Omodara, said the ship will berth at the Apapa Port by noon. It will leave on September 7. He said in the course of the visit, the ship’s company will be involved in professional training with the Nigerian Navy.“The Brazilian ship while transiting to Lagos from Cotonou, Benin Republic, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Nwamba and Shaldag boat of the Nigerian Navy will join her at the seas and conduct a joint maritime exercise today.“The Commanding Officer will pay a courtesy call on the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, tomorrow, while an anti-piracy training demonstration for selected Nigerian Navy personnel will take place onboard the visiting ship on Thursday,” he said.Omodara noted that there will be other ceremonial activities on September 7, to mark the Brazilian National Day.[mappress]Press Release, Septembar 4, 2012 View post tag: Arrives View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessel View post tag: Brazilian View post tag: Patrol Share this article
View post tag: services Alaska Sea Services Scholarships Now Available View post tag: Navy Training & Education The Navy League and Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Oct. 10, eligibility requirements for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship for academic year 2014-2015.The program awards up to six $1000 scholarships annually for undergraduate education to dependent children and spouses of U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel (active duty, Reserve or retired), including those who were serving at their time of death or missing-in-action status. Service members must also be legal residents of Alaska. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be ranked according to academic proficiency, character, leadership ability, community involvement and financial need.“Any scholarship is beneficial for offsetting the costs associated with an undergraduate education,” said Alaska Commissioner of Education and Early Development Mike Hanley. “We strongly encourage all qualified Alaskans to apply for and take advantage of this great opportunity in order to make college education more affordable for the dependents of our sea service members.”The scholarships are made possible by funds raised as a war bond by Alaska citizens as a gift to honor the Sailors of the USS Juneau (CL 52) during World War II. After the war, the Governor of the Territory of Alaska and the Secretary of the Navy agreed that the bond would be left on deposit until an appropriate use for the fund could be found. In 1986, the Navy established the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship Fund.Applicants must show acceptance at an accredited college or university for full-time undergraduate study toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. No more than two scholarship awards may be given to any individual during pursuit of the four-year degree.Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2013 through March 1, 2014. The FY-14 selection board convenes in April 2014.A selection board will be held by the Navy League Foundation, and the nominee packages with the highest rankings will be forwarded to NETC for final approval. Selectees will then be notified and scholarship funds disbursed to the appropriate academic institution.“The Navy League Foundation encourages all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard family members to seize this wonderful opportunity while financial assistance is available. All qualified Alaska residents should apply for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship and also look into their eligibility for any of the other 25 endowed scholarships available to them,” said James H. Offutt, Navy League of the United States national president.[mappress]Press Release, October 16, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: sea October 16, 2013 View post tag: now Back to overview,Home naval-today Alaska Sea Services Scholarships Now Available View post tag: Alaska View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Scholarships View post tag: Defence View post tag: available Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy holds 2017 Ceremonial Divisions Share this article Authorities December 15, 2017 HMAS Canberra, one of the two biggest ships in the Royal Australian Navy, on Friday hosted a grand ceremony which saw 1,500 officers and sailors take part in the Australian Fleet’s 2017 Ceremonial Divisions.Sydney Harbour provided the backdrop as personnel from East based ships and shore establishments gathered in their summer uniform.The divisions were reviewed by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer who said the occasion marked a successful – and significant – year.“This year we have reintroduced the destroyer to the Australian fleet with the commissioning of HMAS Hobart,” he said.“We have deployed maritime task groups in complex multinational exercises such as Talisman Sabre and used them to excellent effect in the inaugural Joint Maritime Task Group deployment Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.“We have continued our important work in the Middle East region; in maritime border protection and responded to regional disasters speedily and effectively to protect life and support neighbours and friends.”The divisions included units from HMA Ships Canberra, Adelaide, Choules, Success, Hobart, Melbourne, Anzac, Parramatta and Farncomb, and shore establishments HMA Ships Kuttabul, Watson, Waterhen and Penguin.“Whether you have served in submarines, ships, boats, aircraft or the specialist teams we deploy, or in the engineering and sustainment activities on which we depend, you have brought great credit to Navy through your professionalism, competence and sense of duty,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.“You have met these challenges head on and excelled, well done.”The divisions included the presentation of Fleet Awards, with the announcement of the Gloucester Cup award going to Hydrographic Survey ship Blue Crew based in Cairns.The Gloucester Cup is presented to the unit, crew, squadron, clearance dive team or establishment that has excelled in all aspects of operations, safety, reliability and unit level training.Parades are a long established military tradition dating back to feudal England and beyond.Command Ceremonial Navy – Coordinator, Chief Petty Officer Felipe Caceres said the ceremony was underpinned by contemporary navy values.“It’s a demonstration of our commitment to team work, discipline, professionalism and pride in ourselves, our uniform and each other,” he said. View post tag: Ceremonial Divisions Australian Navy holds 2017 Ceremonial Divisions View post tag: Royal Australian Navy
An elaborate model train display on the stage of the Ocean City Music Pier captures the attention of Tom Eddis, of West Berlin, N.J. By Donald WittkowskiFor one brief moment Saturday, 84-year-old Tom Eddis was a kid again.The model trains that chugged around the railroad tracks on the stage of the Ocean City Music Pier rekindled fond memories of the Christmases of his youth.He recalled that his now-deceased older brothers, Joe and Bill, had a train set that was taken out of storage just once a year.“The only time it was put out was under the Christmas tree. It fascinated me,” Eddis said.Eddis found himself captivated again on Saturday by the elaborate model railroad displays, many featuring holiday themes, at the Ocean City Train Show at the Music Pier.He smiled as the toy locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars went round and round on tracks that passed through a beguiling fantasy town of tiny people, quaint homes and streets lined with miniature snow-covered Christmas trees.“This really takes me back to when I was young,” said Eddis, a resident of West Berlin, N.J.The Music Pier’s exhibit floor was packed with model train accessories and memorabilia.The train show has been an Ocean City holiday tradition for more than 20 years, equally popular with adults and children. It continues on Sunday at the Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Al Schmidt, show director for the South Jersey Garden Railway Society, said model trains appeal to people of all ages because they are timeless.“I think that regardless of your age, you can have fun with them,” said Schmidt, 74, of Haddonfield, N.J.Over the years, model trains have become symbolic of the joy of Christmas. The custom of putting toy trains under the Christmas tree dates to the 1880s, historians say. Schmidt noted that he had a model train under his Christmas tree when he was young.Al Schmidt, show director for the South Jersey Garden Railway Society, makes some adjustments to one of the model trains.Tom Ayers, 75, a South Jersey Garden Railway Society member, recalled seeing his first model train when he was about 5 years old. Owned by Ayers’ grandfather, it was a toy military train inspired by World War II.“To see that military train with tanks on it inspired me to no end,” said Ayers, who lives in Berlin, N.J.As a boy, Ayers began collecting his own model trains, starting with a Lionel set when he was 11 or 12 years old. His love of trains continues today, well into his 70s.“There are so many people who like the model train industry,” Ayres said.One of the train buffs at Saturday’s show was 7-year-old Jimmy Ulrich, a second-grader from Mount Laurel, N.J. He was accompanied by his grandparents, Connie and Jim Ulrich, of Egg Harbor Township.The younger Ulrich marveled at the nonstop action created by multiple train sets running simultaneously on the show’s sprawling, centerpiece display on the Music Pier’s stage.“My personal favorite is the Baltimore & Ohio engine,” he said.Model railroad buff Jimmy Ulrich, 7, of Mount Laurel, N.J., hopes he will get new trains this Christmas.Ulrich described the joy of receiving his first model trains on Christmas morning about four or five years ago.“I started unwrapping a couple of gifts, and there they were,” he said. “I really wanted them. It was a New Jersey Transit set.”Since then, he has added Conrail, Southern, CSX and Amtrak model trains. He is hoping Santa Claus will bring him more trains this Christmas.“I love how they run and how they look. I just love trains,” he said.
Congressman Jeff Van Drew, center, is the featured speaker at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting. By MADDY VITALENewly minted Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew opened up at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday about why he switched parties, voted against the impeachment of President Trump and wants South Jersey residents to know he is on their side.“There are good Republicans and bad Republicans. We are all in this together,” Van Drew said of changing parties as he addressed more than 100 business leaders and officials at the monthly Chamber meeting. “This is why I made the decision I did.”Van Drew, formerly a Democrat, told the crowd at the Flanders Hotel that when he was asked to speak at the meeting, he thought hard about whether he should address the issues of parties and impeachment.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said in an interview that Van Drew has always been “a good friend of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City.”Among issues Van Drew has helped with are sick leave and new minimum wage requirements and small businessowner issues, Gillian said.“He understands the issues of the small businesses and how they are important for a strong community.”Van Drew said he had to make his view and reasoning clear.“I didn’t vote for the impeachment,” Van Drew said. “I thought it would get us further down the rabbit hole. I thought it would split us even more … that it would make people angrier rather than bring us together.”President Trump will be arriving in Wildwood on Jan. 28 for a rally to support Van Drew, a former state assemblyman and senator who will be seeking the Republican nomination for Congress.The push by the Democratic Party for impeachment of the president was something that sent him over the political line, Van Drew noted.“A congressman is supposed to bring people together and in no way did I see this,” he said of voting to impeach the president.He said how a person votes in the 2020 election could change the political tide.“America is a great place. This is a flashpoint — compassionate capitalists or the socialists route,” he said of the political climate.Congressman Jeff Van Drew gives remarks as dignitaries look on.Van Drew said that when he changed parties he met with the president and they spoke for 90 minutes.He said they had a good talk, and pledged that he completely supports the president.The congressman also told the president about what he has seen in Trenton and now in Washington, D.C.“I said South Jersey gets the short end of the stick,” he said.He explained that he felt compelled to switch parties because of what was going on in the Democratic Party.“A change has occurred. To some people, the change may be good. As time went on and I was in Congress, I said Nancy Pelosi’s time is up (as speaker of the House). I voted no. I said I would not vote for her,” Van Drew explained.After voting against Pelosi and hearing Democrats speak about impeaching the president, he decided to change parties.Impeachment, he said, hurts the country, makes the United States look bad to the rest of the world and that the crime must be egregious to rise to the level of impeachment.“The founders were so afraid of impeachment,” he said, adding that it causes a diminishment of the country.“We have hurt our vision around the world and hurt the president. None of this is good,” Van Drew said.For information about the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce visit www.oceancityvacation.comFrom left, Chamber President David Allegretto, Mayor Jay Gillian, Congressman Jeff Van Drew and Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian.
On Saturday morning, the nation woke up to some truly tragic news out of Oakland, CA. Late Friday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse party. As the fire engulfed more and more of the building, dozens of patrons were trapped inside, perishing in the flames or asphyxiating on the thick black smoke.Emergency workers said they arrived to find the building filled with heavy smoke and flames. According to Chief Teresa Deloach Reed of the Oakland Fire Department on Saturday, bodies were found on the second floor of the building. “In my career of 30 years,” she said, “I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.” Even without a full accounting, the fire was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years.On Saturday morning, the event’s Facebook page said admission to the show was $10 for those who arrived before 11 p.m. and $15 after that. By the end of the day, the pricing had disappeared and the page had turned into an emergency message board, as dozens of friends and family members posted about missing loved ones. People have distributed a spreadsheet listingidentifying information — age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos — and contact numbers for many of those who are still unaccounted for.The tragedy brings to light an underlying fear for many in the underground music scene, where this sort of warehouse party is commonplace. The building, known as the Ghost Ship, in the Fruitvale neighborhood, was the site of an event featuring a variety of experimental electronic music, performed by a synth musician drawing from the “black, queer diaspora” and others, as well as a visual installation. The makeshift, two-story venue, described by one attendee as “a dim and cluttered area with a maze of furniture, canvas paintings on the walls and papier-mâché hanging from the ceilings”, had only two exits and no ventilation.Diego Aguilar-Canabal, 24, a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Berkeley and plays guitar in a band called the Noriegas, explained to the New York Times that he had been to three dozen house and warehouse parties over the past two years. “The basic idea is people want to do loud things late at night, and industrial space is really good for that because there aren’t many neighbors to complain,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety about income inequality and class warfare, and a lot of these artists are trying to do the best they can to have a community.”As of the time of publication, the death toll has been reported at 24, though the search for bodies is ongoing and will likely take several days to complete. If you are from the San Francisco/Oakland area, be sure to contact your loved ones and let them know you’re OK, as we wait with heavy hearts for responders to complete their search. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.[Photo via @Oaklandfirelive]
University President Fr. John Jenkins voiced his concerns in a letter marked Saturday regarding proposed changes to a federal policy which would make it more difficult for international students to enroll in schools in the United States.The letter was addressed to Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The policy intends to limit international and exchange students’ time in the U.S. to a fixed period of two to four years. Students would be able to apply for an extension in this time.Currently, student visas allow students to remain in the U.S. as long as they continue to be enrolled in school.With the proposed policy, students who are citizens of countries with high rates of visa overstay — above 10% — along with other designations of students would only be able to apply for two-year visas with the possibility of renewal.While reports have detailed concerns regarding overinflated data regarding overstays, Jenkins also expressed concerns over the DHS identification of these countries.“Typically, these are impoverished countries from which few international students manage to enroll in the United States,” Jenkins said. “Among them are Haiti and the Philippines, where the University of Notre Dame has special relationships among the poor. While DHS reports that students from each country are more likely to overstay their visas, Notre Dame has not found that to be the case.”Jenkins went on to reference the University’s own data on compliance of international students in the 2019-2020 academic year and urged Wolf to examine the records of other U.S. universities as well. Out of the 1,546 international students Notre Dame enrolled last year, Jenkins said only one student failed to return to campus as expected in the spring semester and did not have a record of departure in the government’s reporting system.“Examining our track records is a fairer and surer way for your department to protect the national security interests of the United States,” Jenkins said. “Notre Dame fully recognizes your obligations in this regard and stands ready to assist you in having international students adhere to their obligations under existing visa requirements.”Instead of limiting international students’ stays in the U.S., Jenkins suggested the DHS find other ways to resolve the increase of students abroad requesting education at U.S. universities.“I recognize that your department is responsible for screening these increasing numbers of foreign students,” Jenkins said. “However, DHS funding should be increased to meet the demand rather than restrict wholesale admission of desirable foreign students to our institutions of higher learning.”The University is expected to submit a formal statement in opposition to the expected changes in the coming days, according to a Tuesday press release.Tags: Department of Homeland Security, Fr. John Jenkins, International students
Put on your gloves and your shiny satin shorts, because Andy Karl, Terrence Archie and the stars of of Rocky are ready to rumble! World Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and legendary boxing announcer (who also coined the famous phrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble”) Michael Buffer stopped by the Winter Garden Theatre to catch the boxing musical live on July 23. Golovkin, who is prepping for his fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on July 26, couldn’t resist paying a visit to see Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. After watching the adaptation of the hit movie unfold onstage, the pair jumped into the ring to take photos with the stars—and lucky for Karl and Archie, Golovkin brought along a few of his championship belts! Check out these Hot Shots of the Rocky stars meeting real-life boxing royalty, then see the knockout musical at the Winter Garden Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments Star Files Rocky Related Shows Andy Karl
View Comments We’re happy to meet him! Nicholas Rodriguez will take over the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Rodriguez will begin performances in the Jack O’Brien-directed touring production on March 21 at the Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA.Rodriguez appeared on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. His additional stage credits include Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Hair, Carousel, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and The Light in the Piazza, Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, South Pacific and The King and I. Rodriguez’ film and TV credits include Sex in the City II, Madam Secretary and One Life to Live.“Rarely, but once in a blue moon the planets align in such a way to make both a director happy and his audiences even more so,” said O’Brien, in a statement. “Nicholas Rodriguez assumes the crucial role of Captain von Trapp in our wonderful The Sound of Music, bringing me not only pride that one of my own friends has turned up in the perfect role, but with the assurance that our audiences are about to hear this great music sung as beautifully as can be imagined. Nicholas’s voice is one of the major theatrical gifts I’ve known, and any production lucky enough to snag him will glow with melodic pride! We welcome him, and envy those about to experience this remarkable evening!”Rodriguez joins a cast that includes Charlotte Maltby as Maria Rainer, Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess, Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Austin Colby as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children are played by Elliot Weaver (Friedrich), Stephanie DiFiore (Louisa), James Bernard (Kurt), Dakota Riley Quackenbush (Brigitta), Taylor Coleman (Marta) and Anika Lore Hatch (Gretl).The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien, choreographed by Danny Mefford and music supervision by Andy Einhorn.The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. Nicholas Rodriguez
Learn about native azaleas, pest-resistant roses and lawn irrigation on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 29 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.Lawns grow better if they are watered correctly. Reeves and Michael Dukes, a University of Florida Extension irrigation specialist, will demonstrate how to adjust irrigation spray heads to deliver water uniformly. Horticulturist Hank Bruno will give a list of his favorite native azaleas. Reeves will show how to divide and plant aspidistra (cast iron plant). Then UF horticulturist David Clark will reveal genetic research results on putting the fragrance back into pest-resistant roses. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries.