USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong View post tag: Ridge View post tag: News by topic USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit March 15.The visit gives the crew the opportunity to experience Hong Kong’s unique culture. During their off-duty time, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to visit several landmarks, amusement parks and restaurants.Blue Ridge’s administration department leading chief petty officer, Senior Chief Yeoman Steven Borba, said the crew is looking forward to visiting Hong Kong.“Hong Kong is a city-state steeped in 7th Fleet’s history,” said Borba. “Our Sailors and Marines have been enjoying this port for many decades. They look forward to experiencing the richness and diversity of the culture here. It is also my favorite city in the world.”In addition to touring Hong Kong on their own, several Sailors and Marines will participate in the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Meals In the Home events. Meals In the Home (known in other countries as Adopt A Sailor) is a program offering hospitality and support for U.S. service members visiting Hong Kong.“The American Women’s Association supports large ship visits with the Fenwick Pier volunteers,” said Jennifer Cox, American Women’s Association of Hong Kong president.“Fenwick Pier volunteers staff a desk at the pier to assists Sailors and Marines find their way around Hong Kong. We also staff a free library at the pier, allowing service members to take donated books, DVDs and magazines with them. They may also donate their own.”“Hong Kong is a favorite port of many Sailors,” said Blue Ridge’s administrative officer, Lt. Jason Kaplan. “During this port visit, our crew will enjoy the warm hospitality and vibrant city landscapes this international city proudly embraces. New and lasting friendships will be made here while our crew participates in Meals In the Home and on liberty.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 16, 2012; View post tag: Hong Share this article View post tag: blue Training & Education March 16, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Kong View post tag: Arriveslast_img read more

Rich to open new factory for toppings

first_imgRich Products has announced it is to spend over £1m on a new toppings and icings factory in the UK, marking a “significant investment” for the firm.Rich UK has just had plans approved for the new site, which will produce toppings and icings for the UK and Europe, said marketing manager Gail Lindsay. “It shows our commitment to that product category, as well as to the baking industry in the UK,” explained Lindsay, who added the company was keen to maintain its position as a British manufacturer.Whereas before, the firm sourced its toppings and icings from Rich Products’ base in the US, national retail account controller Vicki Banks said this investment would enable the firm to develop products that were bespoke for the UK market.”It gives us the opportunity to service our customers more effectively, with greater flexibility to meet their needs,” added Ted Rich, managing director of Rich UK/Europe.The company is planning for the new factory to be opened in October this year.last_img read more

BB Open Letter: Wheat prices

first_imgThe report in British Baker (4 June) highlights concerns over the possibility of increased wheat prices, due to currency fluctuation and the increased use of wheat for biofuel production.The possible effect of these concerns is that wheat and subsequently flour prices will rise after a new crop, even though the estimates are optimistic in terms of both volume and quality for the 2010 crop on a global scale.The current LIFFE price for July 2010 is an unchanged figure of £97/tonne, with the level increasing to £100.85 for November 2010. Obviously, the cost of bread flour will depend on premiums for bread wheat over feed wheat and the action taken by wheat buyers to cover flour contracts.There are other factors to be taken into account. Although there is to be an increased demand for feed wheat for biofuels, can this not be supplied from material that would previously have been exported? After all, from an average cereal crop of 15 million tonnes plus, approximately three million tonnes of milling wheat is obtained, leaving a significant surplus. Presumably, the additional demand for biofuel can also be met at least partially by using land for growing not currently used for wheat.In addition, what action is being taken by wheat buyers to protect prices by taking ’options’ on future purchases? This involves paying a premium to secure wheat at a specific price. The option system offers a degree of flexibility, presenting the buyer with a variety of strategies when covering wheat purchases.There has been considerable publicity about the use by millers of 100% UK wheats in the manufacture of bread-making flour. This reduces the need for imported material, which, in addition to providing useful promotional opportunities, generates cost savings.Do farmers have enough incentives to become interested in taking advantage of the development in seed technology to grow increased levels of bread-making wheat varieties? A realistic premium negotiated through the miller and merchant can be made to offer farmers a more satisfactory return for growing milling wheat, making this raw material as attractive as crops such as rape.The craft baker continues to be under serious market pressure and every opportunity must be explored to secure consistent raw material prices. As much factual information as possible is key as this avoids unwelcome speculation as to levels of future prices.Stephen Bartlett, Morpethlast_img read more

Credit union raising funds to support university food pantries

first_imgORONO – For a second consecutive year, University Credit Union’s Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine campaign is rallying support for the growing number of food pantries on Maine’s university campuses, as the nation contends with an epidemic of food insecurity among students.According to a first-of-its-kind survey by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab released last year, as many as half of Americans experienced food insecurity while pursuing a college degree. While the total need in Maine is not definitively known, Maine is the most food insecure state in New England and the seventh-most insecure in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Student-organized and campus-sanctioned food pantries have become an increasingly popular way to provide direct support to students in need, but insufficient funding continues to be the most common challenge faced by campus food pantries, according to a recent report from The Hope Center at Temple University.Through Dec. 31, UCU will match donations to the campaign dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $25,000. Anyone can donate online through UCU’s website, or by stopping by or mailing a check to any UCU branch. Donors may elect to specify a campus food pantry of their choosing; any donations not designated as such will be distributed to the eight pantries. For more information, visit“I’m heartened by the progress that’s been made in just the past year to bring attention to student food insecurity and to do something about it,” said Matthew Walsh, President and CEO of University Credit Union. “Every dollar raised will help ensure Maine students never have to choose between their education and food.”UCU created the Ending Hunger on Campus in Maine campaign in 2017 to bring attention to student food insecurity in Maine and to recognize student food pantries for tackling the problem head-on. New this year, UCU has added three new campus food pantries to the Campaign, bringing the total number to eight pantries serving each University of Maine System campus.The Black Bear Exchange at the University of Maine in Orono; assists 20 people per weekThrifty Beaver Co-op at the University of Maine at Farmington; assists 15 people per weekBengal’s Outreach Food Pantry at the University of Maine at Fort Kent; assists 25 people per monthUMPI Emergency Food Pantry at the University of Maine at Presque Isle; assists 30 per weekThe Well at the University of Southern Maine; assists 20 people per dayUMA Community Cupboard at University of Maine at Augusta; assists 15-20 people per weekFood for Thought at UMA Bangor; assists 20 people per weekUMM F.O.O.D Club at University of Maine at Machias; assists 30-75 people per weekEstablished on the University of Maine campus in 1967, UCU is a full-service financial institution with a mission to actively advance the financial well-being of members. UCU has eight retail locations across the state serving the University of Maine System students, employees, and alumni and their families primarily. For more information visit read more

Del & Dawg, Pres Hall, Ed Sharpe And More Added To Newport Folk Festival

first_imgOver the last couple of weeks, the Newport Folk Festival has been rolling out all sorts of exciting acts to the already-sold-out 2016 installment. Of the latest is Del & Dawg, better known as bluegrass/newgrass professionals Del McCoury and David Grisman, as well as New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The July 22-24 event is occupying Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island for a weekend of folk-inspired musical bliss.Watch Roger Waters’ Unbelievable Newport Folk Festival Set With My Morning JacketThe lineup thus far is seriously impressive, including the triumphant return of Flight Of The Conchords, alongside national acts like Father John Misty, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Norah Jones, as well as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne, Raury, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and plenty of others. There are still announcements for all three days yet to be made, so stay tuned on the return of another great Newport Folk Festival!More information on the festival’s website. Newport Folk Festival 2016 LineupFriday, July 22Flight Of The Conchords, Ray LaMontagne, case/lang/veirs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Staves, Fruit Bats, RaurySaturday, July 23Norah Jones, Father John Misty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Del & Dawg, Dave Simonett & Dave Carroll, Amy Helm, Songhoy Blues, Rayland Baxter, Ruby AmanfuSunday, July 24Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Glen Hansard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Oh Hellos, Villagers, Son Little, Julien Baker, Joan Shelley[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Greek students, teachers defy weeklong ban on protests

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of students and teachers in Greece have held demonstrations in Athens and second-largest city Thessaloniki against proposed education reforms, defying a weeklong ban on protests imposed as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. About 4,000 people, wearing masks to protect against the virus, marched through the streets of Athens on Thursday. Another roughly 1,500 protesters demonstrated in Thessaloniki. Students and teachers oppose education reforms that include plans to set up a state security division at university campuses.last_img

Idris Elba Wants to ‘Do a Musical’ and Promises He’ll Captivate the West End

first_img Elba said, “I have [done the stage] in the past sporadically throughout my career. In the future, I’d like to do it. The problem with theater is that I have a short attention span so I can’t do it for six months or whatever.” That’s perfect! He can do a limited engagement and be off to his next project in less than six months.  We just have our fingers crossed he also makes his way across the pond to the Great White Way! Now, before you start dreaming about what musicals you’d like to see Elba in, check out one of his official music videos below to see his singing chops on display! Idris Elba in The Wire: The Musical?? Sadly although that project isn’t actually in the works, apparently we’re not too far off! After recently receiving a Golden Globe nomination for taking on one of the most pivotal roles of his career as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: The Road to Freedom, the London based film and TV star told London’s Evening Standard that he hopes the next stop on his journey is the West End. (So do we!) He told the Standard, “In future, I want to do a musical. I want to do things that challenge me. I’ve got a keen eye on music and would like to do something that marries my world of acting and music. I am not sure if I can sing very well but I will be good — I promise! I will be captivating.”center_img View Comments We’ve seen him on screen playing everything from a hardcore drug lord on The Wire to playing a soft-hearted, but determined Mandela and a police detective on Luther. But he also has stage and music experience, training at the National Youth Music Theatre before going on to success with various R&B projects, including work with Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes.last_img read more

Dirty Bird Swoops Back Into Hawksnest with Challenging New Downhill Bike Course This Weekend

first_imgThe Dirty Bird Downhill Race series returns to Hawksnest Resort this Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, for round two of the three-part race series.For round two, race organizers have constructed two new tracks: one for the pro racers, and another for the amateur categories. The brand new, highly anticipated downhill courses will be unveiled for the first time during this Saturday morning’s practice round and will give registered riders and spectators a chance to see the wide variety of new challenges the recently designed course offers.According to race organizers Will Washam, Michael Thomas, Andrew Mueller and Steven Trottier, the new tracks that have been under construction since late last year are their best yet. The course designers believe that the new track should prove to be a step up in difficulty from the first track of this year, the original Dirty Bird course—a screaming fast descent through the hardwood forest over boulderfields and across jumps that proved to be full of thrills and excitement for both riders and spectators during last year’s events. The latest design from the Dirty Bird Crew offers a longer, more difficult boulderfield, faster berms,and a variety of different lines to choose from as the riders rip through many of the technical sections of the course.“It’s a completely new challenge, compared to the original track,” Washam said. “It’s rougher and it’s definitely steeper.”Andrew Mueller PhotoAnother mainstay of the new track at Hawksnest is the ability of the racers to choose a variety of different lines through certain sections of the course, opening up a wider range of different possibilities that, as Washam said, leaves the track up for interpretation by the riders, which, in the end, makes for a more exciting race format.“When you have a wider course that has multiple line options in every section, it really lets the racers separate themselves from each other, and that makes for good racing because there are certain sections where the riders can find the fastest line for their riding style and it really gives people places to individually separate themselves from the crowd,” Washam explained.Andrew Mueller PhotoIf the excitement that recently released photos and videos of the new course is generating on the internet is any indication, there should be no shortage of riders making a special trip to the High Country to race the new track this weekend.“I think they’re going to be extremely stoked on the pro course,” Washam said. “It’s really going to allow all of the extremely talented pro racers of the Southeast to open up their skill set on some of the most challenging terrain that has been raced on in years,” Washam continued. “By having these three full downhill runs it has opened up a huge opportunity for downhill mountain biking, and it really solidifies Hawksnest as the premier gravity riding spot in the High Country.”The event will offer cash prizes to the pro categories and will offer merchandise prizes for the other categories from a variety of different suppliers. Sledgehammer Charlie’s will offer catered food for the riders and spectators while D.J. Trill Will provides fresh music and running commentary on the races. Spectators are encouraged to come out to both the practice rounds and the official races, which will take place this Sunday, August 22.For more information about the Dirty Bird Downhill Race series, click to information on Hawksnest Resort found at Basecamp, read more

Notices: Proposed Board of Governors actions

first_img April 15, 2002 Regular News Notices: Proposed Board of Governors actions Proposed Board of Governors actionsPursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes notice of intent to consider or take final action at its May 22-24, 2002, meeting on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802 — please reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 1 General Subchapter 1-3 Membership 1. 1-3.8 Right to Inventory Summary: Within subdivision (a), broadens the applicability of the rule to include the use of court-appointed inventory attorneys in cases involving “involuntary leave of absence due to military service, catastrophic illness or injury”. Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline Subchapter 3-7 Procedures 2. 3-7.5 Procedures Before The Board of Governors Summary: Clarifies that the designated reviewer may ask the grievance committee to reconsider an action or may forward the matter to the board of governors by way of the disciplinary review committee; expands the time for review by a designated reviewer from 21 to 30 days; specifies what the disciplinary review committee may recommend and what action the board of governors may take on review of the recommendations. 3. 3-7.11 General Rule of Procedure; Contempt Summary: Within subdivision (f), provides that a respondent may be cited for contempt by way of a petition for contempt petition filed with the court rather than a petition for order to show cause; revises subtitles accordingly; clarifies that appellate review of such matters is governed by Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and that any record on appeal shall be forwarded to the Supreme Court of Florida. Chapter 4 Rules of Professional Conduct Subchapter 4-1 Client-Lawyer Relationship 4. 4-1.7 Conflict of Interest; General Rule Summary: Creates new subdivision (c) and commentary, to address the ethical duty of an attorney defending an insured at the expense of an insurer to establish, at the inception of undertaking the representation, a clear mutual understanding as to whether the lawyer will be representing both the insured and insurer as clients, or only the insured — and to inform both as to the scope of the representation; confirms that other conflict rules within Rules Regulating The Florida Bar otherwise apply in such situations. Subchapter 4-3 Advocate 5. 4-3.3 Candor Toward the Tribunal Summary: Amends commentary to conform with current rule text regarding remedial measures when false evidence has been given to the court, eliminating outmoded references to a lawyer’s duty to disclose to “the other party” evidence of the client’s deception.Subchapter 4-7 Information about Legal Services 6. 4-7.10 Firm Names and Letterhead Summary: Creates new subdivision (g) and commentary, setting forth terms and conditions under which insurance defense staff attorneys may practice under a firm name other than the name of the insurer without constituting a material misrepresentation; reiterates that attorneys who practice under firm names are additionally required to comply with other applicable requirements of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-3 Florida Certification Plan 7. 6-3.10 Right of Appeal Summary: Adds reference to rule 9.100, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure to specify applicable procedures in any judicial review by the Supreme Court of Florida of an appeal of a BLSE ruling or determination.Subchapter 6-16 Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer 8. 6-16.4 Recertification Summary: Creates new subdivision (e) to allow certification committee to waive compliance, for good cause shown, with any portion of the recertification criteria for an applicant who is an officer of any judicial system and who performs (or has performed) judicial functions on a full-time basis during a substantial portion of the period since the last date of certification. 9. PROCEDURES FOR RULING ON QUESTIONS OF ETHICS Summary: Adds procedures for board of governors to adopt advisory ethics and advertising opinions on the board’s own initiative. The full text of the amendments is printed elsewhere in this publication in legislative format from the procedures that were adopted by the board at its meeting of February 1, 2002. BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION POLICIES (BLSE) 200 Series – Florida Certification Plan Summary: Reorders and renumbers selected policies within current series, with other edits as noted. 10. 2.04 Applications for Certification – renumbered as new 2.05. 11. 2.05 Annual Cycle – renumbered as new 2.14 12. 2.06 Exam Administration – retitled “Exam Preparation and Administration” and renumbered as new 2.11; adds new subdivision (a) to clarify BLSE’s position on certification exam preparation and/or review courses, to prohibit BLSE members and all certification committee members from participating in such courses in any capacity, and to require review course sponsors to inform attendees that neither the BLSE nor certification committee members have contributed to the development of such review courses, and that course organizers were not privy to any information other than that provided to examinees; revises remaining subdivision entries appropriately; includes other subdivisions transferred from current policy 2.13(a),(b),(c)&(i) re Examinations. 13. 2.07 Professional Ethics & Competence – renumbered as new 2.06. 14. 2.08 Malpractice – renumbered as new 2.07. 15. 2.09 Peer Review – renumbered as new 2.08; deletes subdivision (b)’s requirement of publication of certification applicants’ names in The Florida Bar News for public input; revises remaining subdivision entries appropriately. 16. 2.10 Certification Fees – renumbered as new 2.04. 17. 2.11 Substantial Involvement – renumbered as new 2.09. 18. 2.12 Approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – renumbered as new 2.10; adds current policy 2.18 re CLE Overlap as new subdivision (c). 19. 2.13 Examinations – retitled as “Grading, Review, and Petition Process” and renumbered as new 2.12; subdivisions (a),(b),(c)&(i) transferred to new 2.11; remaining subdivisions revised appropriately. 20. 2.14 Review Process for Applicant Denial of Certification or Recertification – retitled as “Applicant Review Process for Certification or Recertification” and renumbered as new 2.13; significant editorial revision of procedures that allow applicants to respond, in writing or by appearance, to a recommendation that certification or recertification be denied or to a notice that such recommendation is under consideration. 21. 2.18 CLE Overlap – transferred to new 2.11(c)last_img read more

NAFCU announces new 2020-2021 board

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU yesterday announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors following its Annual Business Meeting at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, Va.Debra Schwartz, president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union (San Diego, Calif.), has been elected as NAFCU’s board chair.“I am honored to be elected as NAFCU Board Chair and to continue serving the best interests of the industry in this new capacity,” said Schwartz, who has served on NAFCU’s board since 2012. “As credit unions work to help our nation recover from recent crises and all Americans become stronger financially, know that NAFCU and our Board of Directors stand by your side fighting to achieve a healthy regulatory environment and providing the tools, resources, and strategies needed to thrive.”NAFCU officers for 2020-2021 are:center_img NAFCUlast_img read more