Turkish mine warfare drill Nusret 2018 gets underway

first_img Share this article View post tag: Nusret View post tag: Turkish Navy Photo: Photo: Turkish Navy The Turkey-hosted international mine warfare exercise Nusret 2018 got underway in the Gulf of Izmir on October 16.Turkish minehunters are joined by ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasure Group 2 for ten days of exercises. Nusret 2018 will also welcome autonomous underwater systems and ordnance disposal specialists from Romania and Greece for evolutions.According to the Turkish Navy, observers and naval personnel from Qatar, Kuwait, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the US will also be present.According to photos of naval vessels assembled in the port of Izmir ahead of the exercise, Turkey’s new landing ship TCG Bayraktar will be playing a role in the drills.Nusret is an annual invitation exercise hosted by Turkey with the aim of improving interoperability between navies in planning and executing mine warfare.The exercise is named after the Turkish Navy’s WWI minelayer ship ‘Nusret’ which was responsible for mining the Canakkale channel during the Battle of Gallipoli. View post tag: SNMCMG2 View post tag: MCMlast_img read more

Watch Tame Impala Bring The Grooves On ‘Later… With Jools Holland’

first_imgAustralian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala stopped by the famed British music showcase Later…With Jools Holland while on their ongoing World Tour. They played “Let It Happen”, “The Less I Know The Better”, and “The Moment”, all three tracks from 2015’s synth-heavy Currents. The energy in their playing is truly impressive, and with a special upcoming late night set at Bonnaroo, looming headlining sets at Firefly and U.K. mega-fest Glastonbury, and a slew of sold out high-profile shows coming up, Tame Impala fans will surely be excited to see the band firing on all cylinders!Check out the video below of Tame Impala on Later…With Jools Holland below:last_img read more

“Weird Al” Yankovic Announces 2019 ‘Strings Attached’ Tour With Full Symphony Orchestra

first_imgToday, singer-songwriter, comedian, and parody artist extraordinaire “Weird Al” Yankovic has announced his upcoming 2019 North American String Attached tour, which will include performances with a full symphony orchestra from the respective cities he visits. Yankovic’s band will consist of longtime bandmates Jim West (guitar), Steve Young (bass), Ruben Valtierra (keys), and Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz (drums). Yankovic also notes that he will be joined by female background singers for the first time ever including Lisa Popeil, Monique Donnelly, and Scottie Haskell, who have appeared on many of his studio efforts.Weezer Welcomes Weird Al Yankovic For Toto’s “Africa” At Los Angeles Performance [Video]Although tour dates do not drop until Monday, November 12th, Yankovic notes that the upcoming Strings Attached tour will consist of a three-month summer tour, with stops in Vancouver, Las Vegas, and “the entire state of Florida.”Tickets go on sale Friday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m. (EST). For more information on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s upcoming tour and ticketing information, head to his website here.Read “Weird Al” Yankovic’s full announcement below:Two weeks from today – Monday, Nov. 12 – we’ll be announcing the dates for my 2019 tour, which we’re calling Strings Attached. We’re going directly from my most scaled-down, low-key show ever (this year’s Ridiculously Ill-Advised Vanity Tour) to my most full-blown, over-the-top extravaganza ever. Not only are we bringing back the costumes and the props and the big video screen, but also… every single night we’ll be performing with a FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. For real. No, we’re not cramming an orchestra on our bus – it’ll be a different orchestra in every city. Sometimes it will be a “branded” local orchestra (like, say, the Colorado Symphony), and other times we’ll basically just be putting together our own orchestra with local musicians. And yes, we’re back to PLAYING THE HITS… but we’ll also throw in a few deeps cuts too (including a couple songs that we’ve never played before – not even on the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour!) Of course it’ll be the same amazing band as always – Jim, Steve, Ruben and Bermuda – plus, for the first time ever we’ll be touring with female background singers (Lisa Popeil, Monique Donnelly and Scottie Haskell – incredible vocalists who have appeared on many of my studio recordings). I think it’s really going to be a special show, and I can’t wait to get started! I’m not allowed to say much else about it before the 12th, but I will say that it’s basically a 3-month summer tour, and yes, we’ll be playing a bunch of places that we didn’t get around to on the last one (hello, Vancouver, Las Vegas, and the entire state of Florida!) But sadly, I’m afraid that, once again, it’s just a North American tour – hopefully we’ll hit Australia, Europe, and other parts of the world some other time. Anyway, tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 AM Eastern… all dates and info will be on weirdal.com. Hope to see you on the road next year!last_img read more

Q&A with Shawwaf Visiting Professor Moneera Al-Ghadeer

first_imgMoneera Al-Ghadeer is the Fall 2014 Shawwaf Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.CMES: You’re teaching two Arabic literature courses this fall, one of which is taught in Arabic: “Invisible Societies in the Contemporary Arabic Novel.” Who are those invisible societies?AL-GHADEER: Usually they are marked by race, sometimes sexuality, gender: in one of the novels, by the Lebanese writer Huda Barakat, we have a Kurdish woman character who is given a very generous space in the narrative, and she actually narrates her story. Sometimes it’s the question of disability, and we see how these authors problematize those with disability and how they are perceived in society.This class is also reading not only the literature, but also a number of theorists, not only from the West but also from the Arab world. For this class I also experimented with social media: after getting the agreement of the students we created a hashtag for the course, أدب_هارفارد#, and they are required to post two tweets per week in Arabic, using this hashtag, about the texts that we read. Social media creates this amazing platform to reach out to different communities—some of the authors we are reading follow the critics who retweeted us, so they know what we are reading. I’ve also had some of the authors in Skype conversations with the students, and they enjoyed speaking to them and asking questions about their novels.last_img read more

Hand to God’s Michael Oberholtzer on Wanting to Be MacGyver & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Hand to God Related Shows Age: “Older than my character.”Hometown: Fort Wayne, INCurrent Role: A gut-busting Broadway debut as Timothy, a sullen high schooler who bullies the shy and puppet-possessed Jason in Hand to God.Stage & Screen Cred: Oberholtzer has been involved with Hand to God since its off-Broadway incarnation and was featured in Second Stage Theatre’s The Talls. He has appeared on screen in Delivery Man, The Americans and Law & Order.“Growing up, I was the class clown. I was somebody who liked to perform and had a big personality. I can’t remember what my senior superlative was, but it was something like ‘Most Likely to Have a Good Time.’”“I wanted to be MacGyver when I grew up. I wanted to work for the Phoenix Foundation, travel the world and be a scientist. That’s what I wanted to do, and when I found out he was an actor, I was like, ‘Dammit. I guess I’ll be an actor.”“My first paid acting job was with Young Playwrights Inc., and I framed my first check. It was only for like $150 but it was such a big deal for me. I sent it to my parents and was like, ‘Look! I’m doing this. I’m making money here.’”“There was a bit of disappointment at first when Sarah Stiles, Marc Kudisch and I joined the cast [of Hand to God] off-Broadway. For whatever reason, they decided to recast those roles. It felt like a family was broken up, but we all love this play and feel committed to it.”“Working with Vince Vaughn on Delivery Man was incredible. I hadn’t booked a job that entire year until that one. I really considered throwing in the towel. Then I get this part, I get to do a lot of improv with Vince—who couldn’t have been better—and work on that level. It was a dream come true.”“The thing that anchors me to Timothy is I understand the anger in this kid over being abandoned, and I can relate to the armor he puts on. But I wasn’t a dickhead in high school [laughs]. I was like an ambassador for everybody.” View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway’s Brightest Shine Together for Orlando!

first_img View Comments Following the horrific tragedy that transpired in Orlando on June 12, the Broadway community has banded together to make a beautiful benefit single of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Available to download via Broadway Records, 100% of the proceeds will go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. This evening on Maya & Marty, Broadway’s brightest will shine together to perform the touching tune.Stage faves, including Roger Bart, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Kevin Chamberlin, Josh Colley, Lilla Crawford, Carmen Cusack, Darius de Haas, Carole Demas, Fran Drescher, Cynthia Erivo, Brian G Gallagher, Victor Garber, Frankie Grande, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Christopher Scott Icenogle, Bill Irwin, Julie James, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Lorna Luft, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debra Monk, Jessie Mueller, Lacretta Nicole, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Laura Osnes, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Rachel Tucker, Jonah Verdon, Max Von Essen, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Tony Yazbeck, snapped a pic to celebrate the community coming together during such a trying time. Catch the performance tonight on NBC’s Maya & Marty at 10 pm!Squinting to find your faves? Let’s zoom in, shall we? The performers for ‘Broadway for Orlando.’ Also pictured are ‘Maya & Marty’ stars Maya Rudolph, Martin Short & Kenan Thompson.(Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)last_img read more

Peabody Bankruptcy Draws Attention to Coal Reclamation Responsibilities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mead Gruver for the Associated Press:The bankruptcy of yet another major coal company helps draws attention to plans for financially troubled coal companies to cover the potentially huge costs of filling and restoring to a natural state mines that sooner or later might permanently close amid the industry’s downturn.St. Louis-based Peabody filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday. Peabody’s mines include the top-producing coal mine in the U.S., the huge North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.The mine produced 118 million tons in 2014, some 12 percent of production nationwide. So far, recent coal-mine closures have beset the industry in the east, not out west.Bankruptcy reorganization doesn’t change Peabody’s commitment to ongoing reclamation as a routine part of surface mining or to ongoing talks with states and the federal government about long-term bonding obligations, spokeswoman Beth Sutton said.“We see our land restoration as an essential part of the mining process, take great pride in the work that we do and have been routinely recognized for these programs,” Sutton said by email.Advocacy groups, however, warn the recent bankruptcy of several companies including St. Louis-based Arch Coal and Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources could leave taxpayers responsible for billions in reclamation costs should a wave of coal-mine closures come to pass.“Bankruptcy should never be used as a haven for a huge corporation to escape its obligations to clean up its mines,” Bob LeResche, chairman of the Powder River Basin Resource Council said in a statement.A key issue is a practice called self-bonding. Self-bonding allows coal companies to open their books to regulators and promise to pay for mine cleanup in lieu of posting bond for mine reclamation up front.Peabody alone has more than $1 billion in self-bonding obligations in Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and New Mexico. Almost three-quarters of that amount, $728 million, would cover Peabody’s three mines in Wyoming. Coal mine self-bonding among the top 12 coal-producing states tops $3 billion.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has reached bankruptcy-court agreements with Alpha Natural Resources and Arch that would ensure the state would get priority access to funds to cover those companies’ self-bonding obligations. The agreements would help Wyoming secure about 15 percent of Alpha Natural Resources’ $411 million and Arch Coal’s $486 million in self-bonding in the state.Such agreements help ensure the companies remain on adequate footing to keep their mines open and continue routine reclamation work that’s far below the need for total reclamation, Wyoming officials say.“We are reviewing the filing and will be having communication with the company,” Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Keith Guille said Wednesday. “Wyoming residents have not had to pay for reclamation to date.”The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, meanwhile, has been reviewing coal self-bonding in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Indiana and Illinois in recent months.Peabody Chapter 11, helps draw attention to coal reclamation Peabody Bankruptcy Draws Attention to Coal Reclamation Responsibilitieslast_img read more

Antitoxin for infant botulism slashes hospital stays

first_img BIG-IV is made from blood plasma donated by CDHS laboratory workers and colleagues who were previously immunized with botulinum toxoid because they work with the toxin. The product contains antibodies against botulinum toxin types A and B, which cause almost all cases of infant botulism in the United States, according to the report. Subsequent use of the drug to treat several hundred babies in an open-label study saved more than 20 patient-years of hospitalization and $34 million in hospital charges, according to the report in the Feb 2 New England Journal of Medicine. The study was authored by Stephen S. Arnon and colleagues, of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of California, Berkeley. Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A human-derived antitoxin for babies with botulism shortened their hospital stays by an average of more than 3 weeks and reduced average hospital bills by about $88,000 in a randomized trial, according to a recent report. The authors write that because botulism is now classified as a category A biological weapon, a larger supply of human antitoxin than can be derived from blood plasma is needed, and a recombinant antitoxin is in development. The randomized trial included 122 infants who were hospitalized in California with botulism over a 5-year period from 1992 to 1997. (All infants hospitalized with suspected botulism were potential participants, but only those with laboratory-confirmed cases were included in the results.) Fifty-nine patients received BIG-IV; 63 received a placebo. The authors calculated that the open-label study saved a total of 20.3 years of hospitalization time and $34.2 million in hospital charges. In the open-label study, BIG-IV was offered in cases of infant botulism, first in California and later in other states, between the end of the randomized trial and licensing of the drug in October 2003. For the 366 patients who were treated within 7 days of hospital admission, the mean hospital stay was 2.2 weeks and the average hospital bill was $57,900. The average hospital stay for patients treated within the first 3 days after admission was 2.0 weeks, significantly shorter than the 2.9 weeks for those treated between 4 and 7 days after admission. The treatment group had an average hospital stay of 2.6 weeks and average hospital charges of $74,800, versus 5.7 weeks and $163,400 for the placebo group (P<.001 for both results). The treatment group also required significantly shorter periods of intensive care, mechanical ventilation, and tube or intravenous feeding. The benefits were significant regardless of whether patients had type A or type B illness.center_img See also: “We conclude that BIG-IV . . . is a safe and effective treatment for infant botulism type A and type B,” the article states. “Treatment should be given as soon as possible after hospital admission and should not be delayed for confirmatory testing of feces or enema.” Arnon SS, Schechter R, Maslanka SE, et al. Human botulism immune globulin for the treatment of infant botulism. N Engl J Med 2006;354(5):462-71 [Abstract] A botulism antitoxin derived from vaccinated horses is available for adults in the United States, but serious side effects deter its use in infants. To fill this gap, the California Department of Health Services developed the human-derived antitoxin, called Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), or BIG-IV. The Food and Drug Administration licensed the drug as BabyBIG in 2003. Between 80 and 110 cases of infant botulism are reported each year in the United States, making it an orphan disease, the report says. The illness usually occurs when babies swallow Clostridium botulinum spores, which grow in the large intestine and produce botulinum toxin. The toxin enters the bloodstream and binds to nerves at neuromuscular junctions, leading to paralysis. California Department of Health Services’ Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Programhttp://infantbotulism.org/last_img read more

‘Night fell’: Hong Kong’s first month under China security law

first_img‘A second handover’ Despite assurances that the law would only target an “extreme minority”, certain peaceful political views became illegal overnight and the precedent-setting headlines have come at a near-daily rate.”The overnight change was so dramatic and so severe, it felt as momentous as a second handover,” Antony Dapiran, a Hong Kong lawyer who has written books about the city’s politics, told AFP.”I don’t think anyone expected it would be as broad-reaching as it proved to be, nor that it would be immediately wielded in such a draconian way as to render a whole range of previously acceptable behavior suddenly illegal.”The law itself was new territory. It bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature — its contents kept secret until the moment it was enacted — and toppled the firewall between the mainland and Hong Kong’s vaunted independent judiciary.China claimed jurisdiction for some serious cases and enabled its security agents to operate openly in the city for the first time, moving into a requisitioned luxury hotel.Officially the law targets subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces. But much like similar laws on the mainland used to crush dissent, the definitions were broad.Inciting hatred of the government, supporting foreign sanctions and disrupting the operation of Hong Kong’s government all count as national security crimes, and Beijing claimed the right to prosecute anyone in the world.Hong Kongers did not have to wait long to see how the letter of the law might be applied.The first arrests came on 1 July, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, mainly against people possessing banners or other objects carrying pro-independence slogans.One man who allegedly drove a motorbike into police while flying an independence flag was the first to be charged — with terrorism and secession.The law was felt in many other ways.Schools and libraries pulled books deemed to breach the new law. Protest murals disappeared from streets and restaurants. Teachers were ordered to keep politics out of classrooms. Local police were handed wide surveillance tools — without the need for court approval — and were given powers to order internet takedowns.On Monday Jimmy Lai — a local media mogul and one of the city’s most vocal Beijing critics — was arrested under the new law along with six other people, accused of colluding with foreign forces. Chung describes the law in stark terms.”I think night just fell on Hong Kong,” the 19-year-old told AFP after his release on bail, the investigation ongoing.A political earthquake has coursed through the former British colony since the national security law came into effect on 30 June.Under the handover deal with London, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong keep certain freedoms and autonomy until 2047, helping its transformation into a world-class financial center. Teenager Tony Chung said he was walking outside a shopping mall when police officers from Hong Kong’s new national security unit swooped, bundled him into a nearby stairwell and tried to scan his face to unlock his phone.Chung’s alleged crime was to write comments on social media that endangered national security, one of four students — including a 16-year-old girl — detained for the same offence that day.The arrests were made under a sweeping new law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in late June, radically changing the once-freewheeling business hub. Topics :center_img Political crackdownThe roll-out combined with a renewed crackdown on pro-democracy politicians.In July, authorities announced 12 prospective candidates, including four sitting legislators, were banned from standing in upcoming local elections.They were struck off for having unacceptable political views, such as campaigning to block legislation by winning a majority, or criticizing the national security law.City leader Lam later postponed the election by a year, citing a sudden rise in coronavirus cases. Three prominent academics and government critics lost their university jobs. Media started having visa issues including The New York Times, which announced it would move some of its Asia newsroom to South Korea.Gwyneth Ho, one of the disqualified election candidates, described the security law’s suppression of freedoms as “obvious and quick”.”We are now in uncharted territory,” she told AFP.Nonetheless, Ho remained optimistic.”The people’s fighting spirit is still there, waiting for a moment to erupt,” she said.”Hong Kong people have not surrendered.” The security law — a response to last year’s huge and often-violent pro-democracy protests — upended that promise. Last week the United States placed sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including city leader Carrie Lam.last_img read more

A landmark home, which sits at the highest point in Teneriffe has sold under the hammer

first_img32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.“It has a grandeur yet as soon as you enter the door you feel welcomed. It’s been a very welcoming and gracious home to live in.” 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.In all seven bidders lined up to secure the house with bidding starting at $3 million before quickly increasing to $4 million before selling under the hammer. Megan Ward at her Teneriffe home which sold at auction. Picture: AAP/ Ric FrearsonA LANDMARK home, which sits at the highest point in Teneriffe has sold under the hammer for $4.405 million, one of the highest prices achieved in the suburb for a non-riverfront property in more than a decade. 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.The home, which dates back to the 1900s is on a corner block opposite Teneriffe Park, has city views and overlooks the Brisbane River.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoOwner Megan Ward, bought the house at 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe, 11 years ago.She said anyone who walked past wanted to see inside it. 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, colonial is within walking distances of the Brisbane River, James Street and Gasworks.It was marketed through Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents.last_img read more

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