Friends, Family Embark USS Mount Whitney

first_imgMore than 400 friends and family members arrived on board the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) for a one-day Tiger Cruise in Gaeta, Italy, Aug. 5.Participants in the event, also known as ‘tigers’, received a welcome aboard package upon arrival which included a welcome aboard letter, a schedule of events and general information about life aboard the ship.Prior to getting underway, Capt. Craig Clapperton, Mount Whitney’s commanding officer addressed the crew over the ship’s announcing system. “I would like to thank all the family and friends for joining the crew of the world’s finest flagship Mount Whitney today,” said Clapperton. “It is a privilege for us to share with you what we do every day.”Shortly after getting underway, Tiger Cruise participants were briefed on general safety and security procedures for the ship and received a basic overview of the mission and history of Mount Whitney.After the briefs concluded, friends and family members were taken on a tour of Mount Whitney and were shown many static displays ranging from weapon systems to damage control equipment.One of the kinetic events guests were treated to was an aerial demonstration by an MH-60S helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28. Along with deck landing qualification practice, the tigers were also shown the search and rescue capabilities of the helicopter.“I thought the helicopter was cool” said Melania di Bonito. “It was amazing to see the Sailors in action and to see the search and rescue exercise.”The tigers also had the chance to enjoy a steel beach picnic on Mount Whitney’s main deck, put on by the ship’s supply department.“The picnic was great and the food was amazing,” said Erin Kleefisch, spouse of a Mount Whitney Sailor. “I appreciate the crew of Mount Whitney putting on this spread for us and it was fantastic having the 6th Fleet band perform for us throughout the day.”Mount Whitney wrapped up the Tiger Cruise with a few remarks by Clapperton prior to returning to Gaeta.Mount Whitney serves as the flagship for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe. Pandolfe also serves as commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; Joint Force Maritime Component commander, Naples; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.[mappress]Press Release, August 7, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Family August 7, 2013 View post tag: Navy Friends, Family Embark USS Mount Whitney Back to overview,Home naval-today Friends, Family Embark USS Mount Whitney View post tag: Defence View post tag: Friends View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mount Training & Education View post tag: Whitney View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Embark Share this articlelast_img read more

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St. Mary’s Pee Wee results Week 7

first_imgGirlsThe Hoyas defeated the Pirates 16-14. Kylie Skowronski scored 10 points, Katie Mulcahy 4 points and Kylie Galano 2 points for the Hoyas. Gracey Iszczyk scored 6 points, Tatyana Watson 4 points, Cara Hall and Megan Beebe each scored 2 points for the Pirates.The Blue Devils defeated the Lakers 22-12. Julia Hester scored 10 points, Shelia O’Neill 6 points, Gia Logan 4 points and Jada Stovall 2 points for the Blue Devils. Alexis Kamrowski scored 8 points, Lucia Rama and Ella Janeczko each 2 points for the Lakers. BoysThe Blue Devils defeated the Pirates 32-27. Savun Raparelli led all scorers with 20 points and Nolan Raparelli and Ian Geisler each added 6 points for the Blue Devils. TJ Santos scored 12 points, Anthony Novello 10 points, Sean Gasoirowski 3 points and Brandon Drago 2 points for the Pirates.The Knicks (won by forfeit) defeated the Hornets in a scrimmage 16-6. Justin Perez and Brayden O’Connor each had 6 points and Ryan O’ Connor and Tony Olacio each added 2 points for the Knicks. Angelo Squiteri had 4 points and James Riccio 2 points for the Hornets,The Lakers defeated the Hoyas 27-14. David Kobryn had 14 points, Agostino Petrillo 6 pints, Christian Szyskowski 5 points and Traysten Korpi 2 points for the Lakers. Jack Kelly scored 8 points and Luke Wilkins Eckert 6 points for the Hoyas.last_img read more

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One Whale of a Problem in Sea Isle, Avalon

first_imgThe humpback whale carcass is stuck in sediment in between Sea Isle City and Avalon in Townsends Inlet. (Photos courtesy of Marine Mammal Stranding Center) By MADDY VITALEA dead and decaying 30-foot, two-ton humpback whale stuck in the mud between Sea Isle City and Avalon in Townsends Inlet isn’t moving anywhere anytime soon, but eventually the removal of the carcass will be someone or some city’s rather large problem.A tracking device placed on the carcass was removed since the whale is not able to be pulled from the sediment.“The tracker is not necessary because the animal stopped floating. It is on a sandbar. It is two-plus tons of dead weight,” explained Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. “The only way it will likely move is with a full moon, which won’t happen again until the end of the month.”He emphasized that if a storm blows through, the carcass will drift closer to the beach area rather than out to sea as it “lightens its load with decay.”Shark bites are proof that an apex predator has been feeding on it. However, no one has called the Marine Mammal Stranding Center to say they have witnessed that, Schoelkopf said.Each year, about 12 dead whales either wash ashore or are discovered in the region’s waters. Tracking devices prove helpful in locating the mammals. However, Schoelkopf said he does not anticipate the dead humpback whale, an endangered species, will move anytime soon.The tracker, owned by the federal government, costs about $10,000 and looks a bit like a popcorn machine, Schoelkopf and other experts at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said. There was some concern that a kayaker or fisherman might take the tracker, hence a reason for its removal.It was placed on the whale by the U.S. Coast Guard shortly after the carcass was reported Thursday floating in Townsends Inlet, a channel separating Sea Isle and Avalon. Not much has changed since its discovery.“One of our volunteers was surf fishing and called us right up,” Schoelkopf said. “Unfortunately, it parked itself in the shallows of the inlet. We could have brought it in earlier when the waters were navigable, but they aren’t now.”The whale carcass is in shallow waters in Townsends Inlet near the bridge.On Thursday, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Mammal Stranding Center went out to view the whale.Schoelkopf said the team at the stranding center couldn’t move the carcass prior to it becoming stuck in the sediment because they needed agreement from either Sea Isle or Avalon to be able to bury it on the beach, where they would also do a necropsy.At this juncture, he said, there would be little learned about how the animal died due to decomposition.He added that if it does come ashore, it would be the responsibility of the town to pay for the costs of burying it. “If it moves and goes on someone’s beach, that would be in the hands of the (town),” Schoelkopf noted.He added that a necropsy at this time would not likely yield pertinent information on how the animal died. However, the condition of the bones could offer some insight into if it may have been struck by a boat.Marine experts are investigating a disease that might be affecting whales. In September, a humpback whale was found dead in the water near Brigantine after becoming entangled in fishing gear.Humpback whales are in the area’s waters year-round. To donate to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center visit www.mmsc.org.The remains of the 30-foot, two-ton whale are expected to eventually wash up on the beach.last_img read more

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FOB urges government to continue international trade

first_imgThe Federation of Bakers (FOB) is among trade bodies to have urged the government to ensure the continuation of critical imports and exports during the Covid-19 crisis.A letter co-signed by FOB chief executive Gordon Polson, as well as representatives from other trade associations including the Food & Drink Federation, UK Hospitality and the Food and Drink Exporters Association, said “Covid-19 is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades”.As such, they called on the government to allow trade to “flow freely and without restriction”.“Now, more than ever, it is critical that we keep imports and exports of food and drink flowing. Essential movements of ingredients and raw materials must continue, so that we can supply consumers across the UK,” the letter stated.It added that the continuation of trading through open markets would be “absolutely vital” to help aid global economic recovery, as would the essential movements of ingredients and raw materials.“We have seen some countries introduce trade restrictions that may have the unfortunate consequence of impeding the flow of goods between nations. While it is understandable that some may place temporary selective restrictions on exports where there is a direct threat posed to the ability of their communities to access affordable food and drink, it is incumbent on the UK and other developed nations to lead the way and reject moves towards protectionism.”The letter went on to highlight the UK food and drink industry’s “international success story” which included the export of £23bn-worth of products each year. These, it stated, were essential to ensure UK businesses had access to working capital.“Our industry cannot operate in isolation if we are to continue providing world-leading quality, choice and value for money.“Our farmers rely on imported feed and need access to other markets to sell their products, especially where demand in the UK is insufficient. Our manufacturers rely on exports to grow their businesses and imports to complement their use of domestically produced ingredients and raw materials. Our restaurants and retailers need access to a full range of goods all year round to balance seasonality and meet consumer demand.”last_img read more

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Fleetwood Mac Announces Re-Scheduled Dates, Adds Extra Show For North American Tour

first_imgFleetwood Mac has officially announce rescheduled dates after postponing their North American tour due to vocalist Stevie Nicks‘ recovery from the flu.The band’s tour kicked off last fall and has traveled to more than 50 cities in North America. After European and Australian shows, the final North American dates are rescheduled to take place in fall of 2019. They’ve also added an extra show in Quebec City at the Centre Videotron on October 30th.The band was currently at the tail end of a lengthy North American tour and had just been added to the May 2nd lineup for the 50th-anniversary edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when they were forced to postpone several shows. The band’s addition to the Jazz Fest lineup came as a replacement for The Rolling Stones, whose headlining set was also canceled along with the postponement of the band’s entire U.S. tour due to a health issue affecting Mick Jagger. Last week, Jagger underwent heart valve surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Reports have indicated that The Rolling Stones’ postponed U.S. tour could be rescheduled to begin as early as July. Widespread Panic will take Fleetwood Mac’s place as the Jazz Fest headliner on 5/2. Head here for details.All previously held tickets will be honored on these new rescheduled dates, along with new tickets which will be made available for these shows. Tickets for Quebec City will go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10 a.m. local time. For further information, visit the band’s website.FLEETWOOD MAC TOUR DATES*All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.October 28, 2019 Boston, MA TD GardenOctober 30, 2019 Quebec City, QC Centre VideotronNovember 1, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank ArenaNovember 3, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterNovember 7, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS PlaceNovember 10, 2019 Calgary, AB Scotiabank SaddledomeNovember 12, 2019 Edmonton, AB Rogers PlaceView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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How Does Violet Star Sutton Foster Prep For B’way? By Riding the Bus!

first_img Violet Sutton Foster is doing some serious research for her new role in Broadway’s Violet—no, she’s not dyeing her hair purple. She’s riding the New York City bus! The Tony winner knows a thing or two about prepping for Broadway roles, and she’s taking her newest gig very seriously. Foster hit the road to study up on her new character, a young woman who journeys by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in hopes that a televangelist will heal the scar on her face. Foster posted this adorable photo of her bus-riding adventures on her Instagram—what happened next, Sutton? Did you make it to your destination safe and sound? Check out this Hot Shot of Foster prepping for the stage, then see her in Violet, beginning March 28 at the American Airlines Theatre! Sutton Foster Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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Behind the Scenes: Where Nassau’s Winners & Losers Partied on Election Night

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Spencer Rumsey and Rashed Mian[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the clock struck 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Democratic Party faithful at glitzy Garden City Hotel let out an exuberant cheer.“It’s 0-0!” one Democrat supporter yelled to a group of people seated at his table, as if the hotly contested race for Nassau District Attorney, the top-of-the-ticket contest, resembled the first inning of a World Series match-up. If Mets fans were in attendance, they were surely wishing for a more favorable outcome.The extravagant hotel had opened its ballroom doors to partiers at 8 p.m. but it wasn’t until an hour later that a couple hundred blue-blooded Democrats streamed inside. While the entire county-wide Democratic ticket attended the election night party, most of their supporters were there to see acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas—the novice campaigner and Kathleen Rice apprentice. Singas had stumped hard to formally get elected to the position she assumed in January following Rice’s ascension to Congress last year. But standing in her way was GOP powerhouse Kate Murray, who had served as Hempstead Town Supervisor for more than a decade and was a key cog in the mighty Republican machine that dominates Nassau politics.Polls released throughout the campaign signaled that Singas would be the underdog going into Election Day, but you wouldn’t know it at the Garden City Hotel. Drinks were flowing—martinis appeared to be the preferred conversation lubricant of the evening—and most staunch supporters were in good spirits, aside for a select few who sat glued to News12 Long Island coverage beamed from a large screen at the corner of the room.At one point, Cablevision’s news channel aired footage of Singas, prompting boisterous applause.A few minutes later, the entire crowd was awarded a better view.At about 9:15 p.m., the career prosecutor walked inside the opulent banquet hall. She wore a confident smile that belied how grueling her months-long campaign had been—a campaign, she’d admit later, that cost her precious time with her young children.If Singas was battling any nerves, her emotions did not betray her. She worked the room like a seasoned politician would, zigzagging through the crowd, embracing friends and family with appreciative hugs, graciously shaking hands with fellow Democrats, and posing for dozens of photos as the ubiquitous gaze of smartphone cameras followed her every move. She stuck around for more than a half-hour. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” echoed through the ballroom moments before her exit.Standing by risers meant for news crews documenting the election was Nassau Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs. He said he “felt good” about Singas’ chances. Maybe Democrats knew something no one else did.As reporters struggled to review election results on Nassau’s Board of Election’s archaic website, cheers rang out amid reports that Singas had a seemingly insurmountable lead.With the ballroom teeming with excitement, Singas emerged once more shortly after 11 p.m. This time she headed straight for the stage to declare herself the winner.“What a great victory!” she smiled, her family standing beside her.Throughout the campaign, Singas had touted her prosecutorial experience. Democrats criticized Murray for never prosecuting a criminal case, suggesting she was unfit to oversee such an important office.Singas repeated the theme.“I said it many times before that this election would come down to a choice,” Singas said from the podium. “Would they choose someone with the expertise and the experience, a prosecutor who could root out corruption, a prosecutor who could end the heroin scourge in our community, a prosecutor who can end violence on our streets? And today the voters responded with an overwhelming ‘yes.’”Democrat Madeline Singas won a decisive victory over Kate Murray Tuesday.Singas, who defeated Murray 58 to 42 percent, thanked her volunteers, congratulated Murray on a hard-fought campaign and pledged to root out corruption and tackle the heroin scourge. She also thanked Islanders fans, a vengeful bunch who primarily blame Murray for the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn.As she declared victory, Singas, who has been investigating Nassau’s contract process but did not mention the probe, promised to “follow the evidence without fear or favor.”“No one is above the law,” she said.Singas’ resounding victory would not be the only surprise of the evening. Shortly before midnight, Jacobs climbed back on stage and told those still on hand that he was comfortable declaring John Mangelli the victor over nine-term Republican Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, despite 68 votes separating the two. Democrats looked at one another with shock. Mangelli was equally speechless.“I didn’t prepare a speech,” he admitted, barely able to contain his excitement.For the Nassau Republicans the election night had begun quite differently after the polls had closed.Inside Mirelle’s Restaurant on Post Avenue in Westbury, half a dozen couples were doing the tango in the Cinderella Room near the street entrance, while crowds of Republican supporters, reporters and a few elected officials were gathering in the catering hall in the back where they faced a large white board running almost the length of the stage behind the podium that showed the names of all the candidates on the Nassau ballot. Every now and then three young women dressed in black, Republican volunteers wielding magic markers, came up to write in the latest results.As the evening wore on, the mood felt like being in a big casino where time has stopped and everybody still clings to the hope they’re about to win it big. The figures for the district attorney’s race stayed stuck at 85,248 for Singas and 64,463 for Murray. The totals for Oyster Bay showed Republican Supervisor John Venditto with 5,523 votes and his Democratic challenger John Mangelli with 5,807. No figures mentioned how many precincts had been counted. Those numbers were never updated.In the packed hall, there wasn’t a TV or computer monitor in sight, just the hot lights for the News12 cameras. When word started to get out at 11:30 p.m. that Singas had already given her victory speech in Garden City, it was hard to believe based on the lack of reaction among those milling around. Asked about the latest development in the DA race, New York State Assemb. David McDonough (R-Merrick) said with a sigh, “Somebody just told me that.”Almost another 45 minutes went by before Nassau Republican Chair Joe Mondello took the stage with his procession of candidates. Conspicuously absent were GOP stalwarts such as former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’amato and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. It was understandable that state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) was a no-show because he’s under federal indictment.“Thank you all for being here tonight,” Mondello told the packed hall. “It’s not as good as I would have liked it to be but we have a helluva lot of winners and I’m happy to announce them.”After he got through congratulating the victorious judges, Mondello praised Supervisor John Venditto as “a hardworking, tough guy who’s been around for a while, and he’s very, very good for the people of Oyster Bay.” Then he referred to Venditto’s race, whose numbers on the tally board still showed the incumbent trailing.“We’ve got a terrible campaign, in the sense that they’ve come at us pretty good,” Mondello said. “Not the Democrats. We don’t worry about them. We worry about Newsday because they’re the ones that came at us.” There were boos heard from the crowd as a man’s voice rang out, “You’re going to win, chairman!”Mondello expressed confidence that once the paper ballots had been counted, “they’re going to show that he’s won again.” There were cheers, but no sign of the Oyster Bay supervisor so the chairman moved on to Hempstead Town.“I can’t call him my executive assistant anymore,” he beamed. “Let’s hear it for Tony Santino!” The crowd chanted “Tony! Tony!” as the two men embraced behind the podium.Tony Santion was elected the next Hempstead Town Supervisor. (Long Island Press)Santino thanked the chairman for “giving me this great opportunity to serve the people of the biggest and the best township in America!” He praised his predecessor, who stood on stage with a smile on her face.“And let me thank a woman who made my job on the campaign trail very easy this year because she did such an outstanding job for 12 years as our town supervisor,” Santino continued. “She left this town in outstanding fiscal shape, the best services. She, from the very first day, set the gold standard for what municipal leadership is all about, and ladies and gentlemen, we ran this year on Kate Murray’s record and we won big because of that.”Next up was not Murray, but Venditto.“As crazy as it sounds, I couldn’t be happier, and you know why?” Venditto asked the audience. “Good Republican government built the town of Oyster Bay and good Republican government to this day protects and preserves the wonderful quality of life that we enjoy in the Town of Oyster Bay.”Five of his running mates had won “by very solid margins,” he explained, “so good Republican government will lead the town of Oyster Bay into the future… As far as my race is concerned, I like the action!” he said to laughter from the crowd. “We’ll see what happens. It is waaay too close to call.”Now the chairman was ready for the main event.“We were blessed with a wonderful top of the ticket,” he said. “Although I can’t be up here to tell you that she was successful in her endeavor tonight, she worked hard, and it’s hard work that helped the entire rest of the ticket that was successful tonight.”To cheers and applause so loud that it drowned out her opening lines, Murray thanked her supporters.“I will never regret this campaign, ladies and gentlemen, because of all the people that I got to know,” she said. “When you’re in a tight race, you see who your friends are, and my goodness, I never knew I had so many friends.”Standing near the podium, a middle-aged man holding a drink shouted, “We love you, Kate!” The crowd cheered and clapped.Murray started to leave but the chairman touched her sleeve so she turned around and gave him a hug. Then he took the microphone at the podium again and said, “Kate Murray, ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for her!”Next on his agenda, he referred to the Nassau County Legislature, where every seat was up for election.“I think it’s a Mexican stand-off,” Mondello said, “in that we kept all the seats that we had.”Then he introduced the legislature’s presiding officer, the feisty Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow).“This has been a campaign fought on many battlefronts,” Gonsalves said. “First it was Newsday, then social media, then Facebook, you name it, it was out there.” Despite the opposition, she reminded the crowd that “we’re still in control of the legislature.”And then she issued a warning.“We’re going to watch the DA. The so-called DA. We’re going to watch very carefully,” she said. “The next time, I’m telling you right now, they pull out all the stops, we’re going to do the same thing.”Judging from the audience response, it wasn’t clear if they matched her enthusiasm for the next round. To be fair, it was nearing 1 a.m.It was time for the chairman’s curtain call.“By and large, we had a great night,” said Mondello. “Unfortunately, we were not successful at the top of the ticket, and I want to send my congratulations to Madeline Singas on her victory. I want to congratulate Jay Jacobs on what he has accomplished with top of the ticket but the rest of it was ours!”Surprisingly, the mention of the Nassau Democratic chairman’s name drew no boos, no jeers, no cat-calls.As the party was winding down and the crowd was thinning out, one very proud parent was still on hand. U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) was beaming because his daughter, Erin King-Sweeney, had won her first election to Hempstead town council. Asked what tip the veteran campaigner had given his offspring, King grinned and said, “‘Stay away from me!’ That’s all! I would call her 20 times a day but she ran the whole campaign.”Nassau GOP boss (left) Joe Mondello and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (right) are all smiles despite early results showing the longtime supervisor losing his race. (Long Island Press)He was disappointed that Murray hadn’t carried the top of the ticket but he expressed satisfaction with the overall results—his daughter’s success included.“First of all, it showed that the Republican Party is still very strong,” he said. “Obviously, there were certain issues raised. The fact is that we’ve got corruption we have to address, but it didn’t work its way down to retire the Republican Party.”If it had, he observed, then there would have been wholesale rejection of GOP candidates, from judgeships to townships.“If anything, the voters were sending a message that they want to be Republican—they support Republican principles—but we’ve got to straighten some stuff out,” he said. He thought that in this election cycle, “Kate got caught up in all this. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Without mentioning the ongoing federal corruption charges facing Skelos—whose trial is about to begin—the Congressman alluded to “all the allegations out there, whether they’re valid or not, they’re out there, and a Republican running for DA, that was hard. The issue was: Can a candidate investigate their own? And I have no doubt she could.” On the other hand, he said, “The voters probably had to take it out on somebody, for whatever reason, and Kate was the one. I still think she ran a very good race.”In the closing weeks of the campaign, Murray was endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, himself a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where his successor, Preet Bharara, launched corruption probes against Skelos and state Assemb. Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), the former Assembly speaker, whose trial started on Election Day. Giuliani had drawn the ire of the New York Daily News editorial board for supporting the Republican candidate for Staten Island, Joan Illuzzi, because she had prosecutorial experience compared to her Democratic challenger, former Rep. Michael McMahon, who had none (he ultimately won), and reversing himself in Nassau by supporting Murray, who’s never been a prosecutor, while Singas has been one for 24 years.“Rudy definitely felt that Kate had the better philosophy towards fighting crime,” King explained.Earlier in the evening, Chairman Mondello had told the Press that Murray had benefited from having Giuliani’s endorsement, which he’d helped bring about. Back when he was state GOP chairman and Giuliani was running for president, they’d traveled together through New York and become “pretty close.”“I couldn’t tell you the amount of points, but it’s without question that he helped Kate,” Mondello said. “I felt that the tide had to be stemmed… His coming out here and his commercial that he made with Kate stemmed the tide.”Talking about Murray, he said, “I’ve known her since she was a little girl. Her father and I were very close.” Picking her to run for district attorney was easy, he said. “She’s bright as hell…she connects with people. People like her. She started this campaign very gently, if you recall. Then she got attacked pretty good. I told her that you have to fight fire with fire in this world. It didn’t take right away…but she understood that it had to be done.”Later on stage, after it was clear to all that Murray had lost, Mondello told the assembled throng, “All I can say is that it hurts that she’s not going to be the district attorney but she’s got a great future with the Republican Party, and don’t you ever forget it!”,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

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China cozies up to EU as US tensions high

first_imgHuman rights and Hong Kong But there are clear pitfalls for Wang’s stated aim to “consolidate relations” between China and Europe as the top diplomat travels on to the Netherlands, France, Germany and Norway.Just as the trade deals were being signed, visiting Hong Kong activist Nathan Law urged Italy to condemn China for human rights abuses.Law met with an Italian foreign affairs delegation and told reporters Di Maio should “address Hong Kong’s problems and the human rights violations by China”.Italy should “severely condemn” Beijing’s human rights record, added Law, who recently fled Hong Kong to London after Beijing imposed a controversial security law on the territory in June.Law called for a “strong alliance” against Beijing, including “sanctioning” Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations against China’s Uighur population in the northwestern Xinjiang province, and in Hong Kong. Wang said China had passed its law “to fill the gaps that had existed in Hong Kong for years.” “It is a law to combat the violent acts found everywhere and to hinder certain actions of pro-independence Hong Kong people,” Wang said. Di Maio said he had told his Chinese counterpart that Hong Kong’s “stability and prosperity are essential.” “It is essential to preserve the high autonomy of the city and the protection of the fundamental rights of its inhabitants,” he added. US trade talks Even as Wang looked to bolster ties with Europe, China is in the midst of trade talks with an increasingly prickly US.The trans-Pacific atmosphere is far frostier since an initial trade agreement was signed in January.Tensions have mounted over Trump’s charge Chinese leaders allowed the coronavirus to run out of control after it emerged in Wuhan, and the president again dubbed it the “China virus” in a video played during the Republican convention Monday.The two superpowers are also at odds over technology and China’s human rights record. Topics : China’s foreign minister on Tuesday kicked off a tour of a Europe still reeling from coronavirus, as he seeks to shore up economic and diplomatic relations in light of tensions with the US.Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up anti-China rhetoric in the run-up to the US presidential election on November 3, despite ongoing trade talks.On his first European stop in Rome, Wang Yi shied away from naming Washington explicitly, but lamented “provocation and damage from external forces” hitting the EU — a second favorite punching-bag of Trump’s.center_img “A united, stable and prosperous Europe is important for the whole of the world,” Wang added.Italy was the first G7 country to sign on to China’s ambitious “Belt and Road” trade and infrastructure investment plan, and Wang on Tuesday inked two new trade deals with Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.Rome was criticized for last year breaking ranks with other European countries over the investment scheme.Allies have worried that China’s “Silk Road” will destabilize smaller countries by overloading them with debt, boost China’s power, and allow key technologies and trade secrets to slip into Beijing’s hands.    But Italian leaders now hope boosted export opportunities for the country’s main industries — from agricultural products to machinery — can help haul it out of a devastating economic crisis brought about by an over two-month lockdown.Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Rome in March 2019, signing billions of euros in trade deals.Di Maio said the latest agreements covered natural gas from Snam, Europe’s biggest pipelines operator, and the export of “Made in Italy” food products to China, as well as “important partnerships in the energy and transport sector”.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgTowers Watson – Edouard Stucki is to leave the Swiss arm of the global consultancy after more than a decade as a senior investment consultant. Stucki said he was planning to move onto new challenges, in what would be a “new phase” in his career. In other news, Jo Kite has been appointed as the firm’s head of pensions and benefits for its Scotland practice. Kite joins from Scottish insurer Standard Life, where she was director of workplace proposition, and brings further experience from Aviva and Delta Lloyd.La Française – Guillaume Dhamelincourt is to join the French asset manager as head of sales for Asia, moving to the position from minor subsidiary firm JK Capital Management. Dhamelincourt joined JK Capital Management in 2011 and will step into his new role based from its offices in Hong Kong. He comes with experience as investment director at InfraRed Capital Partners in London.Hermes Fund Managers – Jennifer Stillman has been appointed director of consultant relations. She joins from Nightscape Capital, where she was head of business development.  She has also previously held roles with Caliburn Capital, Man Investments, PanAgora Asset Management and Clay Finlay. Investec Asset Management – Investec has further expanded its European Client Group with the opening of an Italian office, following the hire of Marco Orsi as Italian sales director. Orsi joins Sarah Pastore, Italian sales manager, in focusing on the Italian market.AMP Capital – AMP has made a number of senior appointments to its global infrastructure debt team in London. Emma Haight joins the team as director from NIBC Bank, where she was vice-president in the Project Finance division. James Fox is joining at the end of April as associate director. He previously worked in the finance team at British Land. PMT, bfinance, USS, Pensions Regulator, Towers Watson, La Française, Hermes Fund Managers, Investec Asset Management, AMP CapitalPMT – The €48bn metal scheme PMT has appointed Joep Schouten and John Spruit on its board as pensioner representatives. Schouten had been nominated by the association of pensioners. He is a veteran in the pensions industry, having worked 37 years for the pensions provider for the building sector (the Sociaal Fonds voor de Bouwnijverheid, renamed Cordares), 13 years of which he served as chief executive. Spruit represents the unions. He has been a pensions specialist at provider Syntrus Achmea between 2000 and 2007 and has been a board member at six other pension funds since then.bfinance – The investment consultancy has Emily Porter-Lynch as a director in the Investment Advisory. Prior to joining bfinance, she was a senior investment manager at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), where she helped oversee a multi-billion dollar allocation to hedge fund strategies. Prior to joining USS, she was an investment director at Key Asset Management.Pensions Regulator (TPR) – The UK government has named the new chairman of the Pensions Regulator, appointing a former banker as successor to Michael O’Higgins. Mark Boyle will assume the role from April. The incoming chairman is currently independent non-executive chairman of the UK Land Registry and has worked at Lloyds Bank and Kleinwort Benson.last_img read more

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Opposition Leader wants the government to ‘speed up repairs’ to damaged bridge in Layou Valley

first_imgHon. Hector John. (file photo)Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John is calling on the government of Dominica to ‘speed up repairs’ to the Clark Hall Estate Bridge in the village of Layou as he says it is affecting farmers in the area.The Matthieu Dam formerly known as ‘Miracle Lake’ collapsed on July 27th of this year causing severe damage to farms, businesses, the Layou River and the Clark Hall Estate Bridge.At a site visit to the affected area on July 28th, 2011 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reported to media workers that it would cost an estimated Nine (9) million Eastern Caribbean dollars to repair the Clark Hall Estate Bridge. Mr Skerrit, at a ground breaking ceremony for the new Dominica State College grounds on October 25th, announced that the Chinese Government had given an undertaking to assist the government with the repairs of the bridge.In an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News Mr John however noted that the government should double their efforts at repairing the bridge as the farmers are suffering and losing their crops.“I think that what the government should do is to speed up the repairs of the bridge and make the road motorable. I know they are working on it but they should push it even further because there are a lot of farmers in the Layou Valley area who are losing their crops.”Damaged Clark Hall Estate bridgeJohn also noted that the damage to the Clark Hall Estate Bridge is affecting the entire island and not only the farmers.“The bridge in Layou not only affects farmers, it affects the entire island because that bridge is a very crucial bridge in the centre of the island. Anybody wanting to connect to the East, the North, the South as well you have to use the Layou Valley Road but the farmers farming in the Layou Park area are being affected by that bridge.”John explained that the farmers have suffered a further set back as they would receive transportation to their farms from Louisman Caster but due to vehicle repairs is unable to assist.According to John, farmers are faced with increased transportation costs when they are not able to transport their produce to be sold.Mr John also explained that although the government awarded compensation to the farmers, the amount cannot be compared to what they would have made if the bridge was accessible“Even though you give them five hundred dollars it cannot meet what they would have been making from the sales of their dasheens, their bananas, their plantain and other crops that they have on their farms which are wasting right now because they cannot get it out. They do not have the vehicle or capacity to take out all the crop,” he said. He concluded that it is “very frustrating for the farmers who are not only from Layou; they are farmers from Layou, St. Joseph, Salisbury, Mahaut and Massacre” and it is also “affecting everybody in the area even the tourist trade”.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Opposition Leader wants the government to ‘speed up repairs’ to damaged bridge in Layou Valley by: – November 17, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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