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USS Halsey Leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

first_imgGuided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Monday, July 7, for a deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Halsey is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities; designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group. While deployed, Halsey will conduct Theater Security Cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations.The mission of Halsey is to conduct sustained combat operations at sea, providing primary protection for the Navy’s aircraft carriers and battle groups, as well as essential escort to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces and auxiliary ships, and independent operations as necessary.“After an exceptionally challenging training cycle and rigorous training exercises in Southern California with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group, the 300 strong, proud Sailors of Halsey are ready to be deployed to the waters that our famous namesake sailed in the past,” said Cmdr. Linda Seymour, commanding officer of Halsey.The ship is assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 (CDS-31), immediate superior in command for all Pearl Harbor-based destroyers in the Western Pacific aligned under Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific leads and manages the overall warfighting capability of the surface combatant force homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. MIDPAC ships support U.S. Pacific Fleet in leading America’s rebalance to the Pacific.[mappress]Press Release, July 08, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: Base Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Halsey Leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Jointcenter_img July 8, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Leaves USS Halsey Leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: USS Halsey Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford shrimp named after Pink Floyd

first_imgDe Grave told Cherwell that the naming was logical, as a “reference to the pink claw,” though he was quick to add that the “the noise it makes… was exaggerated by the media”.On the shrimp’s character, de Grave said: “It’s a pretty small species (1-2 cm), so the snap certainly will not kill or stun a fish.”De Grave has something of a reputation for his out-of-the-box names for the species he helps to discover, once naming a new shrimp after the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger. A new species of shrimp discovered in Oxford has been named after Pink Floyd.The Synalpheus pinkfloydi, named for the band who reached the peak of their fame in the 1970s, was discovered by a team comprising Sammy de Grave of the University’s Natural History Museum, as well as Dr Arthur Anker from UFG, Goais, Brazil, as lead author, and Professor Kristin Hultgren of Seattle University as the contributing geneticist. Asked about the aptness of this name, de Grave said: “The genus [was] characterised by an enlarged male appendix, and we continued the sexual innuendo by naming [it] E.jaggeri, specifically in reference to the Rolling Stones song ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’.”last_img read more

Political Group Takes ‘Robocall’ Law Challenge To SCOTUS

first_imgPolitical Group Takes ‘Robocall’ Law Challenge To SCOTUSDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.“Who is a court to tell us how we have First Amendment rights to communicate with people?” asked Paul Caprio, President of Patriotic Veterans Inc., which is challenging the state law banning political groups from using automatic dialing technology to call Hoosiers.The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Patriotic Veterans and upheld I.C. §24-5-14-5 in January, holding that the state had a legitimate interest in blocking unwanted automatically dialed phone calls. The court wrote, “Preventing automated messages to persons who don’t want their peace and quiet disturbed is a valid time, place, and manner restriction.”Illinois-based Patriotic Veterans staged a news conference Tuesday at the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP to announce the filing of a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take its appeal of the 7th Circuit’s ruling. Patriotic Veterans argues the statute creates a content-based restriction on speech and is a valid time, place and manner restriction.Barnes partner Mark Crandley argues the statute cannot survive strict scrutiny under the Supreme Court ruling in Reed v. Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218, 2227 (2015). That case struck down an Arizona town’s ordinance regulating signs containing political speech as an impermissible content-based regulation.Crandley noted federal courts have struck down state statutes in Arkansas and South Carolina that are similar to Indiana’s robocalling law.“As Judge (Daniel) Manion has said at the 7th Circuit, if you censor based on topic, you’re still censoring,” Crandley said. “… We’ve got a matter of great public concern, First Amendment issues where other courts have decided the matter differently. We think this is a matter that should ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.”Under Indiana’s statute, a caller using automatic-dialing technology must first gain the consent of the recipient of the call using a live person.Caprio said this makes issue advocacy that Patriotic Veterans and other groups engage in more expensive than saturation radio advertising, for instance.The group in a statement said Indiana’s statute “reverses centuries of Supreme Court precedents by elevating commercial speech over First Amendment protected political/issue advocacy speech.”“Our Patriotic Veterans did not fight in the rice paddies of Vietnam or the bone chilling cold of Korea to protect Indiana citizens’ right to be protected from ‘annoyance,’” national chairman Jim Nalepa said in a statement. “They did risk their lives to protect all Americans’ First Amendment rights to political free speech and redress of grievance from the government.”Nalepa said the group has done issue advocacy robocalls in Illinois and Ohio, and Caprio estimated the group has been active in 35 states. He said the group does not solicit contributions through the calls, but connects constituents with lawmakers on issues for which it advocates. “It’s not just focused on the veterans … but rather, delivering that message to the public as a whole,” Nalepa said. “These are issues we believe the general public, the American public, needs to know, and needs to know are important for our veterans.” He said robocalls are an effective and efficient way to deliver that message.Patriotic Veterans leaders took exception to the 7th Circuit ruling that held the state’s ban wasn’t an attack on political speech. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in the court’s ruling that nothing in the statute disfavored political speech. “We don’t get it,” Easterbrook wrote. “The statute as a whole disfavors cold calls (that is, calls to strangers), but if a recipient has authorized robocalls then the nature of the message is irrelevant.”“I’m bothered by the court decision because the First Amendment right of our veterans trumps what they call an annoyance,” Nalepa said. “We did not fight for the First Amendment so we could be called an annoyance.”“For the last seven years in our opinion, the attorney general of Indiana, their office … has been on what we consider to be an unconstitutional wild goose chase at taxpayer expense.” He said because there is a Do-Not-Call List in the state, the prior prohibition against robocalling should be rescinded.The attorney general’s office did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment Tuesday.Caprio said much of the work Patriotic Veterans has done involves calls that ask if the recipient would like to be connected to their lawmaker regarding a particular issue.“Legislators decided they didn’t want to get calls anymore,” he said of the law’s origin. “That’s why you have this law on the books in the state of Indiana, and let me tell you something, if the attorney general says this is not correct, we have the evidence.”Asked what that evidence was, Caprio said, “Conversations with specific groups in the state of Indiana who were there at the time. … I’m not going to name names.”Caprio said the Alexandria, Virginia-based Center for Competitive Politics has helped finance this lawsuit and recruited Barnes & Thornburg.“The grassroots people should have a voice, too,” he said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Nutritionist calls for ban on ‘unhealthy’ foods at checkouts

first_imgA nutritionist has likened the sales of sweets, chocolate and crisps at store checkouts to those of cigarettes and has called for a ban. Mel Wakeman, a senior lecturer in nutrition and applied psychology at Birmingham University, said that if the government has banned cigarettes from being on display at tills, then it was “about time the same principle was applied to unhealthy snacks”. She pointed to the impact poor health and obesity have on NHS services to add weight to her argument.She said: “As a nation we should be reducing much of the added sugar in our diet, but we need help to do this. Being constantly tempted to pick up junk food at the checkout is undermining our efforts to be healthier.“The UK is in a captive junk food market and stores need to have more socially responsible marketing policies that don’t encourage unhealthy impulse buys.”German discounter Aldi banned all confectionery from its checkouts in January this year following a trial of displaying healthier options of fruit and nuts. Wakeman has written to other stores, including Marks & Spencer, Asda, Sainsbury’s Local and WHSmith, urging them to follow suit. All have replied bar Sainsbury’s thus far.“Marks & Spencer’s response was very disappointing, as was WHSmith’s,” Wakeman summarised. “Both stores seem very keen to pass the buck and make huge assumptions about their customers’ requirements and habits. “WHSmith said that it trains its staff to never offer promotions repeatedly to regular customers or to anyone who has made it known they do not wish to be advised about such promotions. Can someone tell me how a WHSmith cashier would keep track of whether a customer is regular and if they have previously requested to not be told about unhealthy till point promotions?“We need the government to better protect the future of the British public and for the facts about obesity to be realised. Children and teenagers are now consuming around 40% more added sugar than the daily recommended allowance and we’re now seeing diabetes, high blood pressure and signs of heart disease in young children.”Should point-of-sale confectionery be made illegal? Take our poll, below.Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.last_img read more

Patisserie Holdings names interim financial officer

first_imgPatisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has appointed Nick Perrin as interim chief financial officer.Perrin takes up the role at the business as it seeks a permanent replacement for Chris Marsh, who resigned his position as finance director after his suspension following the discovery of serious accounting irregularities and the urgent need for a £20m cash injection.Two days after his suspension, Marsh was arrested by police and released on bail.Perrin is described by Patisserie Holdings as an experienced and successful finance director. He most recently worked at AIM-listed veterinary services provider CVS, which saw revenues grow from £110m to £350m during his tenure.”I am pleased to welcome Nick to Patisserie Holdings,” said Patisserie Holdings CEO Steve Francis, who joined the business last month following the resignation of Paul May.“He brings with him the necessary experience to help strengthen the team as the company works tirelessly to put the events of the past months behind it and look forward to the future.”In October, Patisserie Holdings announced serious accounting irregularities and the urgent need for a £20m capital injection to save the business. It resolved its short-term crisis with a share offer that raised £15.7m, while company chairman Luke Johnson has loaned the business £10m under a three-year term on an interest-free/fee-free basis, and a bridging loan of up to £10m, paid back from the share offer.last_img read more

Watch The Rolling Stones Live Debut Little Walter’s “Hate To See You Go”

first_imgThe Rolling Stones are currently in the midst of their European No Filter tour, which will see the group perform thirteen shows at twelve different venues across September and October. Last night, the iconic rock group hit Letzigrund Stadion in Zurich, Switzerland, and during the performance, the band live debuted their cover of Little Walter’s  “Hate To See You Go.”The Rolling Stones Share Psychedelic ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ VideoThe Rolling Stones previously recorded their own rendition of Little Walter’s “Hate To See You Go” on Blue And Lonesome, the twelve-track studio album they released last December, which marked their first studio album in over ten years. Blue And Lonesome is chock full of classic blues standards that inspired the group during the beginning stages of their career, with the album also featuring songs originally written or recorded by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Eddie Taylor. “Hate To See You Go” is the second Little Walter track on the album, joining Blue And Lonesome‘s lead single, a cover of “Just Your Fool.”In addition to the live debut of “Hate To See You Go” last night, the Rolling Stones also played a number of classic favorites including “Sympathy for the Devil”, “Tumbling Dice,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, and an encore of “Gimme Shelter” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” The band also took the time to play another number from Blue & Lonesome with their rendition of Jimmy Reed’s “Ride ‘Em On Down.”You can check out video of the Rolling Stones’ live debut of Little Walter’s “Hate To See You Go” below, in addition to a number of songs from last night’s performance in Switzerland, courtesy of vaddernson livemusic.“Hate To See You Go”“Sympathy For The Devil”“Like A Rolling Stone”[Video: vaddernson livemusic]“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”“Gimme Shelter”“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”[H/T JamBase; Photo: Erik Kabik]last_img read more

STS9 To Finish 20th Anniversary Celebration With Epic New Year’s Run In Denver

first_img2018 has been a standout year for STS9. With the band celebrating its own 20th anniversary, and keeping a rather hectic touring schedule throughout the year, the Santa-Cruz, CA-based electronic quintet also hosted their own, highly successful and much talked about Wave Spell Festival in Belden Town, CA in August. The band will finish out the year with a 3-night run at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (with an intimate Wave Spell performance at Summit Music Hall on 12/30), a city that has without a shred of doubt shown STS9 the love since Day One (purchase tickets here).With a strong support lineup announced, this should make for quite the party to ring in the new year. On Friday, December 28th, STS9 will be supported by Pnuma Live, marking the first time the former Pnuma Trio band members will come together to perform in several years, while also leaving an air of mystery as to who this current lineup will feature. On the 29th, producer TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) get things warmed up early on with her massive song list of high profile collaborations and remixes. Chicago house legend Mark Farina is slated for the New Year’s Eve proper show, and will perform cuts from his famed Mushroom Jazz sessions, which gives the night nothing less than an abundance of potential.STS9 w/ Richard Devine – Wave Spell Improv Set – 8/17/18:[via Live For Live Music]Not only will the New Year’s performance act as the culmination of STS9’s 20th anniversary, but it will also commence The Fillmore’s own 20th anniversary, with Tribe being the first band on stage moving into 2019 to grace the stage of the iconic venue. The group recently made a post that they were in the studio prior to their performances at this year’s Holidaze and Emerald Cup, which leaves even more possibilities on the table for the upcoming run.It has been a milestone year for Hunter Brown, Jeffree Lerner, David Phipps, Zach Velmer, and Alana Rocklin, proving this crew is not only aging ever so gracefully, but also wholly embracing their own evolution as one band, one unit, and one unstoppable force of energy for the universe to put forth unto the masses. What 2019 has in store has yet to be completely imagined, but one thing is for certain….the final shows of 2018 are going to transcend all expectations for what is an entirely realized STS9.Tickets for the run are currently on-sale and can be purchased HERE.Join the Facebook Events pages below:12.28 w/ Pnuma Live – w/ TOKiMONSTA – w/ Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz – read more

Dopapod To Release Entire Catalog On Nugs In Celebration Of Capitol Theatre Comeback

first_imgLast month, Dopapod officially announced their return after a yearlong absence with a headlining show on the historic stage of Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.As the band prepares to get back into the groove of things, today, they announced a new partnership with to bring their 333+ live soundboard recordings to the popular streaming service. Dopapod will be releasing five shows a month on the platform until their return to the stage at The Capitol Theatre, after which they’ll upload the entire catalog.Comprised of guitarist Rob Compa, drummer Neal “Fro” Evans, bassist Chuck Jones, and keyboardist Eli Winderman, Dopapod has a deep history dating back to 2007, with over 1,000 live shows under their belt—so there’s a lot to look forward to!As of today, the first five shows have been released and are currently available to stream, including the following:4/8/17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club8/10/17 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Fest10/31/17 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den12/8/17 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern12/15/17 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman TheaterAs the band also notes in their announcement, Podify members will receive a three-month free trial to as well as a few months to download any shows they may want to archive in their own personal collections. To hear more, click here.You can grab your tickets to Dopapod’s comeback show at The Capitol Theatre on April 27th here.last_img read more

Chilean Authorities Step Up Efforts to Interdict Maritime Drug Trafficking

first_img SANTIAGO — On the night of July 25, the Chilean Navy undertook a pursuit which ended in the seizure of a Peruvian-registered vessel, after its occupants tried to unload 38 kilograms of compressed marijuana in the Vitor inlet near Arica, in northern Chile. According to the official account, the vessel’s occupants ignored a warning flare. Naval authorities then shot at the boat’s motor, sinking the craft. Back on land, four subjects including at least one Chilean were waiting to unload the drugs. “There was an exchange of fire and the drug traffickers fled in a 4×4 van. The vehicle broke down and the traffickers escaped on foot. Packages of drugs turned up during the search,” said Arica’s maritime governor, Juan Carlos Pons. The two Peruvians were identified as Jorge Anahua Mamani and Juan Malache Rugel. One of the men was listed in critical condition at the Iquique Hospital; the other was arrested. Since April 2011, judicial authorities have empowered the Chilean Navy to investigate drug trafficking via maritime routes. Officials in Iquique began a joint investigation with the Navy into the possible smuggling by sea of large quantities of drugs into Chile. “We had clues, but this is the first drug trafficking arrest of a boat by the navy,” Pons said. Guerra, the Tarapaca regional prosecutor, has 90 days to finish the case investigation while attempting to locate the three individuals who dumped the drug shipment before fleeing. Defense Minister Andres Allamand recently explained how smugglers were infiltrating the Pacific coast of northern Chile, and how 150 officers are being used to fight these so-called “aqua-narcos” — traffickers who bring in drugs from various countries through maritime routes. “The naval police are authentic sea commandos. They are personnel who have undergone demanding training,” Allamand told reporters in Santiago. He explained that the incident in question “revealed a way of operating that happens in other countries where vessels are very difficult to detect, and which have high-speed capacity to penetrate Chilean territorial waters.” Vitor seizure was by no means the only incident of its type that week. On July 28, the Anti-narcotics Brigade of the port of San Antonio dismantled an international drug trafficking network run by Colombian citizens. It was determined that the compressed marijuana they were smuggling in suitcases on interurban buses — to avoid suspicions about their contents —was presumably being transferred from Bolivia to Calama, in northern Chile. On July 31, during a routine highway check, uniformed police from Chile’s Lampa district broke up an international drug trafficking gang, and arrested three Bolivians. They found 21 kilos of cocaine base — in solid, rock-like form — in the car heading to Santiago. Allamand called the Vitor confiscation an isolated occurrence, yet the problem persists and is increasingly worrying to Chilean authorities. This is evident by the reinforcements being sent to coastal areas to detect drug trafficking quickly. May 2011, President Sebastián Piñera launched Chile’s National Drugs and Alcohol Strategy 2011-14. That program seeks to reduce the level of drug consumption and alcohol abuse, along with the associated social and health consequences. “We have a fixed goal of reducing marijuana use among schoolchildren by 15 percent,” Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter recently told reporters, adding that marijuana consumption has been increasing in schools. In fact, Chile holds first place among Latin American nations in marijuana and opiate consumption, second place in cocaine consumption and third place in the consumption of amphetamines and their derivatives. However, according to the U.S. report “Strategies for the International Control of Narcotics,” Chile is “not a very important producer of organic or synthetic drugs” — with the exception of marijuana harvested for local use. By Dialogo August 13, 2012last_img read more

US Naval War College Event Held Aboard USS Wasp

first_imgBy Mass Communication Specialist First Class Phillip Pavlovich / USS Wasp Public Affairs / Edited by Diálogo Staff December 17, 2019 Twenty multinational naval officers assigned to the Combined Task Force (CTF) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp participated in the first-ever U.S. Naval War College-hosted classroom education course on humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) planning held October 13–November 5.The maritime CTF included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, and the United States. The course comprised three phases of training designed to create a shared standard operating procedure (SOP) to support foreign humanitarian assistance.“Interoperability has been established over the years and we will reinforce it though shared operating procedures, understanding of the operating environment, and our respective military’s response in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenario,” said U.S. Navy Captain Steven Stacy, who coordinated and facilitated the training. “We are conducting these missions with our partners now and hope that the Combined Task Force will eventually establish a permanent organization which will help us more rapidly and effectively conduct multinational operations within the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.”Participants embarked Wasp during its port visit to Valparaiso, Chile. This engagement is part of Wasp’s transit around South America as her homeport shifts from Sasebo, Japan, to Norfolk, Virginia. after serving nearly two years in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.The first phase of the training covered foreign disaster relief planning with members of the U.S. Naval War College while in Valparaiso.Brazilian Marine officers are given a tour aboard the USS Wasp. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Teagan Fredericks)After departing Valparaiso, the CTF transitioned to its second phase, a tabletop exercise on planning a combined response to a hypothetical disaster caused by a hurricane in Honduras. Each CTF member was responsible for analyzing a case study of a previous humanitarian response.“Each partner nation and U.S. representatives have presented the military and civilian response capability and mechanisms for their respective countries,” said Major Diego Miranda, CTF Intelligence Officer assigned to Marine Corps Forces, South. “This understanding and valuable information has further improved the interoperability and value of the CTF’s training and will lead to a comprehensive shared operating procedure going forward.”During the final portion of the course students planned and executed a mock HADR scenario, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of their interoperability potential. They will develop a draft HADR SOP that can serve as a model for a multinational response to a disaster for the future.“Understanding what is expected of you and what you expect of others in a crisis can mean saving lives and preventing suffering,” said professor Tony Fox, Naval War College deputy director of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program.“The bottom line is that we and our multinational partners intend to provide not only education but also documentation that will allow us to conduct a more rapid and efficient response to humanitarian assistance and crisis response when minutes count.”The multinational training has also been beneficial to the U.S. Navy’s overarching mission. “This transit allows the U.S. Navy to strengthen partnership with several of our strategic partners in the region, provides for increased interoperability and improved regional and component readiness,” said Capt. Stacy. “[It also] serves as the initial step for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and 4th Fleet to take toward establishment of a multinational Combined Task Force.”The transit emphasized the missions of the CTF. “All the nations involved share a respect for human rights and the desire for strong military-to-military relationships,” said Maj. Miranda. “These relationships are key to reducing threats and enhancing collective readiness and capabilities necessary to meet today’s global challenges. The shared awareness gained by the CTF’s mission aboard Wasp will go a long way to meeting these objectives.”The U.S. Naval War College has been educating and developing leaders from all branches of services, U.S. government agencies and departments, and international militaries since its establishment in 1884.last_img read more