Former Perry frigate USS Ford sunk in live-fire exercise

first_imgFormer US Navy vessels used in SINKEXs, referred to as hulks, are prepared in strict compliance with regulations prescribed and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency under a general permit the US Navy holds pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act.Each SINKEX is required to sink the hulk in at least 1,000 fathoms (6,000 feet) of water and at least 50 nautical miles from land. Surveys are conducted to ensure that people and marine mammals are not in an area where they could be harmed during the event.Towed to waters near Guam from Washington State, the former USS Ford was decommissioned in 2013 after more than 28 years of service. The ship was named for Gunner’s Mate Patrick O. Ford, who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism as a patrol river boatman in the Vietnam War.Following the sinking of ex-USS Ford, less than ten decommissioned OHP frigates remain on hold for future sinking exercises or dismantling. Ex-USS Ford (FFG 54), one of the few Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates still around, was sunk by live fire from ships and aircraft taking part in exercise Pacific Griffin 2019.The decommissioned ship was sunk on October 1, approximately 170 nautical miles off the coast of Guam.Units from the US and Republic of Singapore Navy participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which provided them the opportunity to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea.Along with USS Gabrielle Giffords, several other units participated in the SINKEX, including missiles launched from maritime patrol aircraft from Patrol Squadrons VP-1, VP-5 and VP-47; bombs released from B-52 bombers from US Air Forces’ Expeditionary 69th Bomb Squadron; and surface-to-surface Harpoon missiles launched from the Republic of Singapore multi-role stealth frigates RSS Formidable (FFS 68) and RSS Intrepid (FFS 69).“This exercise provided important opportunities for realistic at-sea training with live ordnance, conditions that cannot be duplicated otherwise,” said Capt. Matthew Jerbi, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 and co-commander of the Task Group for the exercise. “Training alongside our Singapore partners in a complex exercise like this is invaluable.”An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter fires an AGM-114 Hellfire missile at the former USS Ford (FFG 54). Photo: US Navy Photo: Aerial image of the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the decommissioned former USS Ford (FFG 54) during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019. Photo: US Navy Share this article View post tag: USS Ford View post tag: US Navy View post tag: SINKEXlast_img read more

$50 million in federal funding approved for South Shore improvements

first_img Facebook (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) People who live in South Bend will be able to travel to Chicago in a quicker amount of time.The South Bend Tribune reports a new project that would add a second set of train tracks just received $50 million in funding from the government, which could help the project begin as early as Summer 2021.The new tracks would be placed between Michigan City and Gary, reducing travel time by train by about 45 minutes. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – September 11, 2020 1 328 $50 million in federal funding approved for South Shore improvements WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter Google+ Google+ Previous articleSeven people hurt after a house explosion in PorterNext articleAnother warning for parents to beware of the Benadryl challenge Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterestlast_img read more

November is Military Family Appreciation Month

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest By Jnn13 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons In the month where Thanksgiving is being celebrated, Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young says it is fitting that November is also Military Family Appreciation Month.“Our military families don’t always get the credit they deserve, but they bear a very special and unique burden on behalf of our country that, frankly, most of us cannot fully understand,” said Young on the Senate floor Wednesday. “They sacrifice their peace of mind, their well-being on behalf of their neighbors, their communities, and their fellow Americans. People they’ve never met. What could be more beautiful than that? Because they believe in this nation. They believe in this country and the values that undergird it.”Young said even though we can’t begin to repay them for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, we can honor them and we can express our gratitude.“So this Thanksgiving season, this time for counting our blessings and celebrating how many of them we enjoy even amidst this global pandemic. May we remember all that we are thankful for, every bit of it. And who were thankful for as well,” said Young.Indiana has more than 400,000 veterans. Young says he is thankful for every one of them.“Our country simply would not be the same without them. It arguably wouldn’t exist without families like this prepared to sacrifice so much,” said Young.Young served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1995-2000. He was honorably discharged as a U.S. Marine Captain in 2000. Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 22, 2020 0 181 November is Military Family Appreciation Month Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana’s unemployment rate continues to fallNext articleExpect shorter lines at airports this Thanksgiving holiday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewslast_img read more

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band At SweetWater 420 Festival [Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday, SweetWater 420 Festival kicked into high gear following Friday’s opening day on 4/20, which saw performances by String Cheese Incident, Stick Figure, Spafford, Sturgill Simpson, The Motet, and others. One of the major highlights of Friday’s robust musical schedule was the String Cheese Incident’s headlining sets, during which the jam scene’s young guitar prodigy, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, came and joined the Colorado-based jam band for a few tunes.On Saturday, after performances by Anders Osborne, Marco Benevento, Soja, The Infamous Stringduster, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Ghostland Observatory, the beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band took the main stage for their headlining performance. After opening with a number of original tunes, including “Laugh About It” and “Made Up Mind”, the twelve-piece band launched into a number of fan-favorite covers including John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” and Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree”. However, the biggest moment of the band’s highly anticipated set was during Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, when Brandon “Taz” Niederauer joined the festival’s headlining act for the second night in a row.Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is an incredible guitarist as a standalone player, regardless of age, and watching the reverent young performer play alongside a hero of his, Derek Trucks, was heartwarming, to say the least. Furthermore, Taz got his start as a mentee of Col. Bruce Hampton, meaning that he was quickly welcomed into the extended Allman Brothers Band family, including by those in Tedeschi Trucks Band. Taz, Derek, and Susan Tedeschi have a history, and watching the shared love on the stage during “Statesboro Blues” was truly a sight to behold. However, Taz’s guest appearances didn’t stop there—the young guitarist joined the band for their encore of a medley of Sly & The Family Stone covers including “Sing A Simple Song” and “I Want To Take You Higher”.You can check out a gallery from SweetWater 420 Festival below, courtesy of Christian Stewart.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | SweetWater 420 Festival | Centennial Olympic Park | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/2018Set: Laugh About It, Made Up Mind, Don’t Know What It Means, Part Of Me, Midnight in Harlem, Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover), Angel From Montgomery (John Prine cover) > Sugaree (Jerry Garcia cover), Get What You Deserve (The Derek Trucks Band cover), How Blue Can You Get? (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover), Shame, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor cover), Statesboro Blues* (Blind Willie McTell cover), I Want More (with Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” outro)Encore: Sing a Simple Song* (Sly & The Family Stone cover), I Want to Take You Higher* (Sly & The Family Stone cover)* with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer“Statesboro Blues” with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer[Video: stynger] Photos: SweetWater 420 Music Festival | Centennial Olympic Park | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/2018 | Credit: Christian Stewartlast_img read more

Myanmar restaurant in Bangkok promotes anti-coup activity

first_imgBANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — As expatriates from Myanmar around the world react to the military’s lightning takeover of their homeland, one restaurant in neighboring Thailand is working a diner at a time to help support members of Bangkok’s Myanmar community who want take action against Monday’s coup. Instead of paying for their meals, customers at Mandalay Food House in Bangkok are asked to donate to a fund to support Myanmar activists in Thailand who are protesting the power seizure from the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi. They are considering campaigning online, distributing petitions and anything else they can do lawfully. Many of the patrons also attended several small rallies in Bangkok outside the Myanmar Embassy and in front of the United Nations’ regional office.last_img read more

East Farmingdale House Fire Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire in East Farmingdale that left a man dead on Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Police officers and firefighters responded to a passing motorist’s 911 call reporting smoke and fire coming from the Melville Road home at 3:18 p.m., authorities said.Before extinguishing the blaze, firefighters entered the home and pulled out a man, who was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he was pronounced dead.The man was the only person in the home at the time of the fire, police said. His body was taken to the Nassau County’s Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his identity.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing their investigation.last_img read more

Coronavirus: No timeline for fans’ return to football stadiums | Football News

first_imgHowever, the former chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins MP, said that the Government “did not ask Netflix to bail out the arts”.Huddleston said: “(Julian Knight, MP for Solihull) said he believed it would be absurd for taxpayers money to be used to bail out or support elite football. I have to say I largely agree with him,” said Huddleston.“It is absolutely vital, and I have said this from the beginning, that football should look after itself – we mean at the elite levels.“The honourable member said there is enough money in football but it is poorly distributed. I’m afraid we are seeing that at this moment in time.“The idea that we should be using public money, our constituents’ money, to bail them out is just not acceptable. I appeal to them to come to a compromise as soon as possible.“I appeal to the EFL and Premier League to continue the very important conversations they are having.” Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston has stated that it is the Government’s intention to see fans return to football stadiums “as soon as possible”.However, at a debate attended by ministers at Westminster Hall on Monday, Huddleston laid out no timeline for pilot events to resume or a date for a lifting of restrictions.- Advertisement – Jonathan Gullis, the Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, called the debate and stated: “As of December 2 I will be expecting to see an announcement that fans are coming back into football stadiums.”- Advertisement – Pressure is growing on the Government to allow supporters to return to football stadiums after coronavirus lockdown restrictions lift on December 2.Ministers debated the issue of supporters returning to grounds at all levels – which was intended to happen in October before Covid-19 cases began to rise once more – after a petition backed by the Premier League and Football League garnered nearly 200,000 signatures. “The Government does understand the financial implications of not allowing fans back into stadia from October 1 and we have worked tirelessly to get sports back up and running over the past few months, albeit behind closed doors. Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiumsImage:Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiums 2,500 fans watched Brighton's pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29Image:2,500 fans watched Brighton’s pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29 “Pilots were pivotal and have been very successful, they have been excellent learning points and learning opportunities. And that work has not been wasted as it is helping inform the decision-making process and we want to get pilots back and get fans back in stadia as soon as possible.“We have had a plan from very, very early on in the first lockdown and it has been explicitly stated and is out there, but what we have had to do on a couple of occasions, unfortunately, is press the pause button. But we want to get back to the plan as quickly as we can.“A big challenge we are facing, however, is how spectators travel to and from venues and how that might impact on transmission rates.“But we are committed to getting spectators back as soon as possible and we are working with the STIG (Sports Technology Innovation Group) group to analyse new technologies which might support the return of spectators.”Huddleston added that, when it came to financial support at the elite level, “football should be expected to look after itself”. – Advertisement – Huddleston replied that the Government are working “tirelessly” to try to achieve that but while conceding that transmission rates were low inside grounds due to them being open air, he said there remained issues around fans arriving at and gathering around stadia.“I am fully aware of the importance of getting fans back in stadia, not just for football but for all elite sports,” said Huddleston.“The point made by several members today that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be appropriate, and we are paying attention to what is happening in other countries.- Advertisement – Nigel Huddleston believes the Premier League can offer help to EFL clubs, amid the coronavirus pandemicImage:Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston didn’t provide a timeline for the return of fanslast_img read more

Canada reports its 11th BSE case

first_imgDec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials today reported the country’s 11th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, but said it will not affect Canada’s BSE risk status as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The disease was found in a 13-year-old beef cow from Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. “The animal’s carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems,” the agency said in a news release. The latest BSE case is Canada’s third this year. The disease was found in a 6-year-old bull from an Alberta farm in February and in a 5-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia in May. In recognition of Canada’s BSE surveillance and control measures, the OIE classified the country as a “controlled risk” country for BSE in May of this year. “This case will not affect Canada’s risk status,” the CFIA said. Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “US to end BSE-related ban on older Canadian cattle” “The CFIA expects to detect a small number of [BSE] cases over the next 10 years as Canada progresses towards its goal of eliminating the disease from the national cattle herd,” the CFIA stated. The United States has had three BSE cases so far: one in Washington state in 2003, one in Texas in 2005, and one in Alabama in 2006. The Washington case was in a Canadian-born cow. Canada’s latest BSE precaution was to ban the use of cattle-derived “specified risk materials,” such as the brain and spinal cord, from animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizers. The ban took effect Jul 12. US officials have been considering a similar step for more than 2 years. Both countries banned specified risk materials from human food previously. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) banned the importation of Canadian cattle and beef when Canada’s first BSE case surfaced in May 2003. The ban on meat from young (less than 30 months) cattle was lifted soon afterward, but the ban on live cattle continued until July 2005, when young cattle were again admitted. The USDA lifted the ban on older live cattle on Nov 19. The cow’s age means it was born before Canada and the United States banned the use of ruminant animal protein in cattle feed in 1997. Cattle are believed to contract BSE by eating feed containing material from infected animals. People who eat meat from BSE-infected cattle may run a risk of contracting the human equivalent of the brain-wasting disease—variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. See also: The latest case was detected by the national BSE surveillance program, which has discovered all of Canada’s cases so far, the agency said. Targeting cattle deemed to have an increased risk of BSE, the program has tested about 190,000 since 2003, when the first case was found. Canadian officials are working to find the infected cow’s herd mates at the time of birth and to determine how it might have been infected, the CFIA said. Jul 13 CIDRAP News story “Canada widens BSE-related feed ban; US still pondering” Revised USDA rule allowing importation of older Canadian cattle effective Nov 19, 2007last_img read more

Eight English LGPS lead effort to create £35bn asset pool

first_imgEight English local authority funds have agreed to pool £35bn (€47.7bn) worth of pension assets, creating the largest asset pool confirmed to date.The partnership, announced by the largest participating local government pension scheme (LGPS), the £11.5bn West Midlands Pension Fund, will aim to set up a multi-asset pool by April 2018, according to a statement.“The collaboration,” the statement adds, “will aim to deliver cost savings and to build on the individual participating funds’ strong investment performance by providing scale, increased resilience, knowledge sharing and robust governance and decision-making arrangements.”Five of the eight participants – the Cheshire Pension Fund, the Nottinghamshire Pension Fund, the Shropshire County Pension Fund, the Staffordshire Pension Fund and the Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund – were last month part of a joint procurement exercise that saw seven schemes award Legal & General Investment Management £6.5bn in mandates. The Derbyshire County Council Pension Fund and the fund for employees of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority will also join the asset pool.The joint statement said individual funds would retain their separate identities, in line with the other pooling proposals announced to date, and that it would give each fund access to internal and external investment managers.The West Midlands Pension Fund already runs more than 40% of its assets internally.In its most recent annual report, it estimated that its current in-house team led to savings of nearly £25m a year, and said a new internal active global equity mandate would be in place by the end of the 2015-16 financial year.At the end of March 2015, West Midlands had equity holdings worth £6.7bn, of which the passive UK and overseas holdings were managed internally.The Midlands asset pool is the largest announced to date, followed by the London CIV.Nine funds in the South West of England are also planning an asset pool worth more than £20bn, but only the Midlands venture and the London CIV so far comply with the £25bn target for pooling set by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of its attempt to create scale among the 90 LGPS in England and Wales.last_img read more

Indiana sends troops for hurricane relief

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — About 100 men and women from the Indiana National Guard 38th Infantry Division and the 181st Intelligence Wing are in Florida assisting with hurricane response efforts.“The National Guard stands trained and prepared to assist authorities protect lives and property,” said Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. “This is a core competency of this organization and we focus on being ready when called.”The group is posting updates on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IndianaGuardsmanlast_img read more