Newly re-established 2nd Fleet to lead Baltic Sea drill

first_img Share this article View post tag: 2nd Fleet View post tag: US Navy The US 2nd Fleet (C2F) is scheduled to lead the major Baltic Sea exercise BALTOPS 2019, seven months after the command was re-established at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.The US 2nd Fleet, which falls under operational control of the US Fleet Forces Command, was set up again after previously being disestablished in 2011.Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 is in its 47th iteration and is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region.Taking place in the Baltic Sea mid-June 2019, the evolution will mark the fleet’s first time operating in the European theater since reestablishment.Commander, C2F, Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, will lead the exercise on behalf of US Naval Forces Europe. He addressed more than 200 planners at the BALTOPS final planning conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 2.“As you all are aware, US 2nd Fleet will be leading the exercise, but make no mistake, it will be founded on NATO and partner principles,” said Lewis. “Through BALTOPS 2019 and exercises like it, we strengthen our relationships and improve overall coordination and interoperability between allies and partners during both peace and times of conflict.”BALTOPS will include air, maritime, and ground assets from 18 nations is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise.center_img View post tag: BALTOPS Photo: Thirty maritime units from 12 nations maneuver during a photo exercise as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 in the Baltic Sea. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

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Personal Fireworks Banned in City Of Lacey

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey reminds residents and visitors that the sale and discharge of consumer (personal) fireworks, including sparklers, are not allowed inside the city limits. Novelty devices such as snakes, glowworms, and party poppers are permitted.The City encourages residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely and invites them to their 51st Annual Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert on Monday, July 3, from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Rainier Vista Community Park, 5475 45th Ave SE. The free, family event is sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union, South Sound Center, City of Lacey, and Lacey South Sound Chamber.Families can bring their own picnics or purchase food from a variety of vendors including savory barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, sweets, and more. Kid-friendly activities will be available in the KidzZone, including an inflatable slide, bounce house, obstacle course and more. Live entertainment starts at 5:00 p.m. with Joy in Mudville playing heartfelt Americana music, followed by high-energy SWAY, covering the latest hits, at 8:00 p.m. The event ends with the Fireworks Spectacular at 10:00 p.m.Limited on-site parking opens at 3:00 p.m. however, RVs and trailers are not allowed. Additional parking is available at nearby businesses and schools including Aspire Middle School, Timberline High School, Lakes Elementary, and Komachin Middle School. Bikes, strollers, and wagons can be checked into a secure “bike corral” at the park.Event details, including traffic detours and parking information can be found at the City of Lacey website.last_img read more

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Santo Pezzutti Turns 90, Full Speed Ahead

first_imgBy Art PetrosemoloSanto Pezzutti is a well-known, respected, local artist listed in the prestigious Who’s Who in American Art. He has had three major shows in the past two years while also working as a free-lance art director. And somehow Pezzutti finds time for his other passion, sailing. He has been the Sanderling fleet champion at the Monmouth Boat Club for more than a decade and always a fierce competitor on the water.The eye-opener, however, is he is doing this at 90 when most people are happily retired or happy to get out of bed every day. Pezzutti shows no sign of slowing down as he approaches his milestone birthday June 2. He is one busy nonagenarian.Pezzutti was born in Italy in a family of five children; he has a sister, 83, and a brother, 65. Pezzutti came to the United States just before turning 6, settling with his family in Passaic. His dad, a stonemason, moved the family after World War I, looking for work and opportunities for his children.When asked about his artistic ability and when he began to enjoy art, Pezzutti laughs. “Because I was still learning the English language in kindergarten,” he says, “I spent an extra year there before moving on to first grade. One of the things the teachers did to keep me busy was provide me an easel and paint. It both kept me busy and got me started.”Today, Pezzutti paints several times each week and has three or four projects under way at any one time. He paints in all mediums on all surfaces. Although he is best knows for his semi-impressionistic portraits, Pezzutti says that recently he is painting what he wants to paint and has been focusing on boats and nautical scenes.“Great painters never retire,” says his daughter Carol, herself a respected portrait artist. “What would they retire to?” she says with a smile.Santo Pezzutti, an artist and a sailor, with one of his paintings.Critics comment that Pezzutti brings to his paintings the joy of the outdoors with a clarity and freshness that depicts his enthusiasm for the world around him. They say his bold contrasts of unique color combinations express intense emotion.Pezzutti, many times, uses thinned down paint, which can be partly transparent, like watercolor, to capture his subjects and the drama of the moment. He describes his work as a “stream of consciousness ” method, never striving for photographic realism.Pezzutti’s formal training came during and after high school at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. He spent time in the U.S. Army during World War II and then returned to art school in 1945, before taking his first job as an illustrator at Charles Dallas Reach, a Newark advertising agency. His career progressed to New York City where he worked for years as an art director for Paris & Pert and handled the packaging line for Jane Parker products.Pezzutti married (the late) Gertrude Doherty in 1952, a fellow artist he met in art school. They were married for 59 years and had four children, three who are in art-related fields including portrait artist Carol; Diane, an art director in Atlanta; and Paul, a New York architect.While he was working in New York City, Pezzutti had a summer home in Monmouth Beach. The family decided they wanted to live permanently in Monmouth County so he built a home in Rumson and continued to work as a free-lance art director for such accounts as Smart Balance foods, a company he actually named for its developer Bob Harris. Harris, an octogenarian, is still a close friend and entrepreneur. He continues to work closely with Pezzutti in developing concepts and marketing approaches for new products.Pezzutti’s busy schedule still allows time for sailing. Living now on the Navesink’s north shore, he has a perfect view of the Monmouth Boat Club where he has been a member for 52 years and is one of the club’s oldest, but none-the-less most active, racing sailors.For many years, Pezzutti sailed in the small, one-design Albacore Class with his son Paul as crew. At age 61, Pezzutti realized the small, tender Albacore was for younger skippers. “It was just too tippy,” he says. Pezzutti switched to the Sanderling class – a larger catboat rigged boat – where he has been more than competitive, almost impossible to beat, for the past decade.Son Paul continues to crew for his dad and says Pezzutti, as would be expected, sails like an artist “always looking for the most wind on the water to achieve the closest tacking angle to get to the turning marks and finish line.”Pezzutti has outlasted the entire Sanderling Fleet as the number of boats sailing in the class has decreased for the past several years providing him with only about a dozen bridge and bay races to show his skills each season. Pezzutti’s Sanderling (No. 25) is 45 years old and – with a talented skipper – is still the boat to beat in the fleet. In its heyday, the bay race attracted nearly 20 Sanderling and cruising boats from Monmouth Boat Club and Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club and Pezzutti took top honors or top three finishes nearly every time it was sailed.Pezzutti won Sanderling class honors from 2000-2009 and the trophy detailing those accomplishments has been retired; his record never to be equaled.As he looks forward to the years ahead, he has no plans to slow down. He will continue to work as an art director, paint, exhibit and sail. Pezzutti’s family and friends will honor his 90th birthday at a special party at the Monmouth Boat Club June 2. All fully expect Pezzutti to be art directing, sailing, and painting when they gather to celebrate his 100th birthday in 2022.last_img read more

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Government extra-cautious in selecting the next CVC

first_imgThe CVC Thomas affair seems to have pushed the government to be extra-cautious in selecting the next Central Vigilance Commissioner.To avoid a repeat of the extremely embarrassing situation the government faced when the Supreme Court struck as invalid P.J. Thomas’s appointment as CVC, the government has hand-picked a staggering number of 28 “highly-regarded” IAS officers and other public servants.Usually, the panel of candidates is restricted to three- four or, at the most, five names. The unprecedented list is clearly to widen the choice before the selection panel.The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent this mammoth list for consideration of the three members of the high- level panel – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj. The panel is expected to meet either on June 19 or June 20 to decide on who is to be India’s next CVC. The need for such a mammoth panel of candidates has arisen because of the controversy over the selection of P. J. Thomas as CVC. The government appointed him despite objections raised by the leader of the Opposition in a meeting convened on September 3, 2010.Swaraj had pointed out to the PM and the home minister that there was a case pertaining to the Palmolein oil scandal pending against Thomas, who was one of the three officers recommended for the post.At that time, the government overruled her objection only to have the entire process invalidated by the Supreme Court. The apex court declared Thomas’s appointment as invalid necessitating another round of selection for the post of the top vigilance officer.advertisementAccordingly, the DoPT has finalised the list of candidates for the post and sent it to the high- powered selection panel.Foremost among the officers recommended by the DoPT is outgoing home secretary G. K. Pillai. Pillai is to retire on June 30. Former DoPT secretary Shantanu Kansal, an officer with a formidable reputation, who was also secretary to the PM- appointed V. K. Shunglu committee to probe the Commonwealth Games scam, is too a part of the list. Former finance secretary Ashok Chawla too finds a mention as does Bijoy Chatterjee, secretary, chemicals and fertilizers whose name had figured in the panel suggested last time when Thomas was chosen by the government. The present DoPT secretary Alka Sirohi too finds a mention in the list.Former secretary, legislative affairs V. K. Bhasin too is part of the panel recommended by the DoPT, as is Vijaylakshmi Gupta, secretary, defence finance. Former urban development secretary M. Ramachandran who was also one of the frontrunners for the cabinet secretary’s post, also features in the panel.The list has been duly prepared by a secretary- level officer, as per the Supreme Court directions on the basis of rational criteria reflected by recording of reasons and noting akin to reasons by the empanelling authority. As there was confusion about whether the high- level selection panel was aware of the chargesheet against P. J. Thomas despite the leader of the Opposition mentioning this fact during the selection panel’s meeting, the parameters for selection, as well as the service files of the officers, are expected to be sent to the panel members this time.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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10 months agoMcGrath slams Man Utd players: I’ll go to grave knowing I gave my all

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McGrath slams Man Utd players: I’ll go to grave knowing I gave my allby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath says it’s time for the players to start playing for the fans.McGrath wrote for the Irish Independent: “Now the Manchester United players have to step up to the plate. And that’s from someone who knows what he is talking about.”You are reading here the words of a man who had a row with a Manchester United manager, someone he didn’t get on with.”But every time Alex Ferguson picked me to play in that famous red shirt, I went out and gave it my all. I will go to my grave certain of that.”And I played as hard as I could for three reasons.”Firstly, it was a matter of pure professional pride for me.”Secondly, because I wanted to show I was a half decent footballer.”And thirdly, and above all, because I was doing it for the supporters, those people who put their hands into their pockets for their hard-earned cash to watch the team and thus pay my wages.”That’s what I thought of when I was a Manchester United man, not that the manager wanted me out of the dressing-room.”There were Manchester United players who did not do those three things over the last few weeks and months.” last_img read more

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9 days agoEverton could lose Djibril Sidibe to AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton could lose Djibril Sidibe to AC Milanby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton could lose Djibril Sidibe back to parent club AS Monaco in January.The Frenchman is currently on a season-long loan at Goodison Park, but is reportedly attracting interest from AC Milan.Fox Sports Italia says if Milan place a substantial bid for the defender this winter then Monaco would look to recall Sidibe so they call sell him to the Serie A giants.Sidibe is set to start against West Ham this weekend in place of the suspended Seamus Coleman. last_img read more

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2 days agoZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to sign

first_imgZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to signby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille chief Andoni Zubizarreta admits a past deal for Nicolas Pepe was close.Pepe eventually left Lille for Arsenal in a club record €80m deal this summer.But Zubizarreta revealed: “Nicolas Pépé was on our list, he came to Marseille and we almost agreed. “It could have been done, but it was finally Dimitri Payet who arrived because it was the right moment and we needed experienced players. “These are choices that are made at a specific time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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HapagLloyd CEO Market Is Still Challenging

first_imgzoomRolf Habben Jansen; Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd managed to shrink its net loss in the first quarter of this year, however, market headwinds persist, the company warns.The company’s net loss for the period stood at EUR 34.3 million (USD 41 million), almost halved when compared to the last year’s loss of EUR 58.1 million.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached EUR 219.4 million, also up from last year’s EUR 135.3 million.However, as the figures for the quarter include the contribution from the United Arab Shipping Company Ltd. (UASC), which merged with Hapag-Lloyd last year, the comparison of the figures can be made on a limited basis, the company stressed.“We have had a solid start into the current year, but the market environment is challenging. Freight rates have been under pressure, bunker costs and trucking cost in some important markets were up and we faced a weaker US Dollar, whereas higher transport volumes and synergies supported the result. We expect a gradual improvement of the market throughout 2018 – but most of that will only hit the books in the second half of the year,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.Jansen’s mandate as the company’s CEO has been extended for additional five years.The company’s executive board said that earnings for the period were below expectations, primarily as a result of the significant increase in bunker prices and a changed cost structure due to the new service network.  Volatile freight rates and stiff competition are not making things easier moving forward.Growth has been reported in revenues and transport volume, with revenues increasing from EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 2.6 billion. Transport volume rose by 47.9 pct in the first three months of the year, particularly due to UASC, the company said.The average freight rate of 1,029 USD/TEU in the first quarter 2018 was in line with the last year’s freight rate of 1,056 USD/TEU, reflecting the competitive market environment.“Assuming that the general recovery of freight rates continues, Hapag-Lloyd’s average freight rate in 2018 is likely to be around the same as in the previous year,” the company said, adding that a clear rise in the average bunker consumption price is expected in 2018.“Provided that the expected freight rate is achieved and a significant portion of the synergies from the merger with UASC are realized, along with the expected improvement in the quality of earnings and the anticipated growth in volumes, Hapag-Lloyd is forecasting a clear year-on-year increase in its EBITDA and EBIT in 2018.”This also takes into account the one-off expenses of around USD 10 million resulting from the merger and integration.last_img read more

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RCMP confirm photo on social media not suspects in Northern BC homicides

first_imgWINNIPEG, M.B. – The Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the photo floating around on social media of a man posing with a copy of the Winnipeg Sun, is not one of the suspects in three northern B.C. homicides.In a post on Facebook early Friday, the RCMP confirmed the photo that shows a man posing with the front page of Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun is not Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky.The RCMP also said they are still searching for the suspects and will release updates as they have concrete and confirmed information to share.  The post goes onto say, “We understand many people are experiencing fear & uncertainty over this incident but spreading online rumours doesn’t help.”RCMP have been searching near Gillam Manitoba since Monday for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.  There have been two confirmed sightings of the suspects near the community. The vehicle they had been driving was found near the community.last_img read more

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