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Inaugural AUSINDEX15 Wraps Up

first_img September 21, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Inaugural AUSINDEX15 Wraps Up View post tag: Indian Navy Share this article Inaugural AUSINDEX15 Wraps Up Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Australian Navy The inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia, AUSINDEX15, has concluded September 19, in Visakhapatnam, India.The activity brought together ships and aircraft from both countries to strengthen defence co-operation under the Framework for Security Cooperation announced in 2014 by the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers, Abbott and Modi.Head Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, was on location in India for part of the exercise and said the relationship between the two militaries was strategically significant.Three Royal Australian Navy vessels and a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C made the passage to India for the inaugural biennial exercise. HMA Ships Sirius and Arunta and Submarine Sheean successfully trained with Indian Navy Ships Shivalik, Ranvijayi and Shakti, along with P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft during the week-long activity.The exercise started with briefings and practical demonstrations ashore, before progressing to sea for surface and anti-submarine warfare and coordinated anti-submarine exercises.AUSINDEX15 is expected to be held every two years.[mappress mapid=”16963″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Visakhapatnam View post tag: AUSINDEX15last_img read more

Humane Society of Ocean City Pets Ready for Forever Homes

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleScott Aragno and his children Maddie, 7, and Scottie, 3, of Ocean City, stopped down at the Humane Society of Ocean City, 1 Shelter Road, Friday afternoon to check out some of the animals in need of a home.“We are thinking about adopting. We come by every so often,” Aragno said.The family visited the cat room. Cats and kittens of all ages, colors and sizes, filled a large room, where the felines were able to roam free and play with toys and hop into cat houses.“I think it is great here,” Aragno said. “There is so much for the animals here. It is a very friendly animal environment.”The Aragnos like cats, but they may adopt a dog in the future, Aragno said.Like the Aragnos, two other families entered the shelter Friday, to see if maybe they would find a cat or dog to adopt. A shelter volunteer stopped in just to visit some of the cats. There are six dogs at the shelter with three available for adoption and about 50 adoptable cats out of the 100 housed there.Phil Bellucci, operational support manager, said that the main goal of the shelter is to not only feed and care for the animals, but prepare them for their new lives in a permanent home. That means the dogs get exercise, attention, training and handling from experienced dog trainers at the shelter and the cats get a lot of play time, care and affection.“We try to eliminate some of the reasons dogs and cats come into the shelter. The biggest thing we do is prepare the animal for a life in a home,” Bellucci said. “Because we are a no-kill shelter, they are safe while they are here. It wasn’t their fault that they ended up here and we want to find them loving homes.”Dusty is a sighthound who came from the Arabian Peninsula. He loves to play.All of the unwanted animals who end up at the shelter have stories. Some, like Dusty, found their way to the HSOC shelter from the other side of the world.He was born in the Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula. He is about two years old and is a “Wadi,” which is generally mixed breeds of Arabian and English sighthounds. He was feral, separated from his pack, ended up at a rescue there and chosen for transfer to the United States in 2016. He came to the HSOC shelter Dec. 24, 2016.Dusty is playful, but not suitable for children, and may need to be the only pet. He would do best with an experienced handler, according to the Humane Society of Ocean City newsletter.“He is a wonderful dog,” George Muller, assistant shelter manager and dog trainer said. “He is super friendly, handsome and he is a lot of fun.”For Dusty to be adopted, like all of the other animals who need forever homes at HSOC, experienced staff do their best to make sure that the families and the animals mesh. There is an interview process and the potential adopter gets to spend time with the animals.Assistant Shelter Manager and dog trainer George Muller works with Olive, a whippet rat-terrier mix.Some of the animals are adopted out shortly after they arrive at the shelter. While others have more complicated stories.Muller has a special bond with Olive, who is about 10 years old. He began working at the shelter in 2006. Olive arrived in 2009. He hopes that one day the whippet and rat terrier mix, will find a loving home. Like Dusty, Olive arrived at the shelter from far away – St. Croix.“She has lived most of her life at the shelter. Because she is older and doesn’t get along with other animals, a lot of people just pass her by,” Muller said. “It makes me sad. I absolutely love her. I want her to know some comfort and consistently in her life, for her last years.”Olive is playful and loves people.Olive would do best as the only animal in the house and needs an experienced dog owner who knows her specific breeds, Muller said.Then there is Riley, who was surrendered by his owner. He is a shar-pei, pit bull mix. He is very energetic and likes to play.“Riley is sweet, loving and affectionate,” Muller said. “He is also good with children and other dogs.”For more information call the shelter at (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.orgThe Humane Society, founded in 1964, has been at its current location on Shelter Road near the city’s airport since the 1980s. There are many cats to choose from at the HSOC.last_img read more

Taste Of Randolph Street Announces 2019 Lineup: Cory Wong, Billy Strings, George Porter Jr., Aqueous, 30db, More

first_imgTaste of Randolph Street, the iconic Chicago street festival, will return for its 23rd year on June 14th, 15th, and 16th. Presented by Star Events and the West Loop Community Organization, the 2019 edition of Taste of Randolph Street will feature a number of exciting performers.In addition to the music lineup, Taste of Randolph Street will bring together the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 16 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors. StarEvents has curated a list of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming bands and musicians, as well as the biggest names in Chicago house music, performing on two stages and a DJ stage, to entertain guests on their culinary adventure.The East Stage will see performances by Holy Ghost, Cory Wong, Billy Strings, Rac, Paris Monster, Aqueous, George Porter Jr. Trio, Carlile, Steady Flow, Frequilibruim, 30db (featuring Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin), Ryan Montbleau Band, Upstate, and Pino Farina Band.The West Stage will see performances from Dennis Lloyd, Anderson East, Real Estate, Abir, Cyn, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sun Stereo, Jared Rabin, Magnolia Boulevard, Cults, Petal, Soft Speaker, 8Bit Creeps, and Mike Maimone Band.Entrance to the festival is free, with a suggested $10 donation. Taste of Randolph benefits the West Loop Community Organization, which has been advocating for the West Loop neighborhood since 1991, supporting local businesses and economic development.You can watch the official recap video from 2018’s Taste of Randolph Street below:Taste of Randolph Street 2018 Recap VideoFor more information on Taste of Randolph Street 2019, head here.last_img read more

EPL: Rashford, Martial boost Man U top four hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both scored their 17th goals of the season as Manchester United kept up the pressure on fourth-placed Leicester City with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.Rashford struck in first-half stoppage time, sitting down Patrick van Aanholt with a brilliant turn before slotting into the net. Palace thought they had equalised early in the second half when Jordan Ayew found the net after Wilfried Zaha’s pass, but Video Assistant Referee overturned the effort for offside.Rashford then set up Martial to double the lead on 78 minutes, with the efforts of Van Aanholt to stop the Frenchman resulting in the left-back being taken off with an unfortunate injury.The win leaves Manchester United in fifth on 62 points, behind Leicester by a goal difference of three.Palace’s sixth successive defeat leaves them 14th on 42 points.Tags: ANthony MartialCrystal PalaceLeicester CityMarcus RashfordPatrick van Aanholtlast_img read more

Skating on thinner ice

first_img“While we all appreciate the break from freezing cold temperatures, it throws a monkey wrench into things for trying to get things up and running,” Romines said. “People still want to come out, but if you let them out, you skate it up and really muck it. Then you’re trying to close rinks and put Humpty Dumpty back together when it gets cold again.”Thankfully, that process of trying to put everything back together this year came at an opportune time for the ice crews this year, bolstered by sub-zero temperatures for a two-week period to start the new year.Although data from Lake Mendota does not directly relate to the ice at Madison’s parks like Tenney and Vilas, weather in recent years, outside of last winter, has shortened skating seasons on several occasions. That included the winter of 2011-12 where Romines said there were maybe four truly skateable days the entire winter.For now, it’s cold enough outside and the ice is in good condition. It’s hard enough to forecast two weeks out, much less the next few months, Martin said. The weather can turn on a dime and there’s no saying what it might be like next month, next winter or several winters down the road.Organized game and practice aside, as long as it’s cold, pond hockey will survive the looming threat of warmer weather.“There’s nothing better than full moon, stars, fresh set of ice, a bucket of pucks and a couple of nets,” Johnson said. As long as the wind isn’t howling, 10 degrees below zero doesn’t feel too bad. At least that’s the case in the eyes of Mark Johnson.However, the all-time leading goal-scorer in University of Wisconsin men’s hockey history and the current head coach of the UW women’s hockey program has a little bit of experience in weathering the elements.Johnson spent the first eight years of his life in Minneapolis and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his dad, Bob Johnson, coached Colorado College for three years. But the bulk of his childhood was spent in Madison, much of which was on the ice.The hockey landscape in Madison was much different in the late 1960s and early 70s than it is now, and Johnson, like most others, played a good deal of his hockey outdoors. City and state tournaments were held outside in his peewee and bantam years, and even in high school at Madison Memorial, Johnson and his teammates would practice outdoors at Hill Farms Park in Madison.It wasn’t necessarily a matter of choice, it was just that a bulk of the opportunity for hockey presented itself outside.“They had Hartmeyer [park] and then in the early 70s [Madison Ice Arena] was built, but there weren’t a lot of indoor rinks. Whether it was Hill Farms, whether it was Vilas, Tenney, some of the outdoor rinks that still exist — we not only practiced there, we used to play games there,” Johnson said. “But that was just because we didn’t have enough [indoor rinks]. So if you wanted to skate, you had some indoor ice, but you had a better chance of skating outside than inside.”Since then, the number of indoor facilities has dramatically increased in Madison, with nearly every outlying community around it supporting its own indoor ice arena. The indoor ice sheets can provide more than enough ice time for the organized game of hockey, taking the outdoor rinks once relied upon for practices and games essentially out of the equation.In the last decade, the City of Madison has maintained approximately a half-dozen of outdoor rinks at parks, four of which remain popular, according to Parks Operation Manager Charlie Romines.The frigid weather throughout much of last winter, which led to superb ice maintenance conditions for the city’s crews, certainly helped contribute to the popularity, Romines said.“Last winter was as close as you’re going to get here,” Romines said of the near-perfect situation last year’s prolonged winter provided. “When you’re getting weeks and weeks and weeks where it never gets above freezing, we had ice really tight last winter. We just had a lot of time to groom ice. I might work here 20 more years and never have as good of conditions as we had last year.”Those weeks below freezing last winter, which resulted in the pristine ice conditions, meant Vilas Park near the south side of the UW campus, or Tenney Park just northeast of campus on East Johnson Street, played home to some form of a hockey game. Unlike one of Johnson’s practices with Madison Memorial in the early 1970s, the hockey being played might not be the most organized. But it’s still hockey.Without a lot of the distractions, the game is arguably a little purer, closer to its original roots, Johnson said.“The game becomes shinny hockey,” Johnson said. “When you don’t have referees and you don’t have parents watching, you can just have fun and enjoy the game.”The only parental or referee-like figure getting in the way of playing time during an outdoor pick-up game is the the weather.After a nearly seamless winter season a year ago, the beginning of the season this year looked to be right on par, if not better, at the start of December. But nearly two weeks of straight of above freezing temperatures and rain halted any progress and ultimately put the ice maintenance crews behind schedule. Instead of opening the rinks to the public around Christmas Day, typically the goal every year, some of the crew members resorted to pulling seaweed out of the ice instead.It’s tough to tell if global climate change has had an effect on the winters recently, but Romines believes it’s simply the sporadic nature of the weather.“I don’t think from our standpoint in parks that we would say we’ve noticed a dramatic difference one way or the other. They weather varies and the last two [winters] have been long and cold,” Romines said of the winters of 2012-13 and 2013-14. “The one before that was warm and short.”However, as UW atmospheric and oceanic professor Jonathon Martin explained, the global climate change may not always manifest itself in warmer temperatures, which allows for winters like last year despite a general warming trend.The last two winters and their excess of colder weather have benefitted from the weather phenomenon known as the polar vortex. According to Martin, this relatively random event involves parts of the cold air that typically circulate around the North Pole to relocate south over parts of the Northern Hemisphere.Luckily for the city of Madison and the ice rinks, that cold air found its way over south central Wisconsin during last winter and for parts of this year’s.But the warmer weather might become more the norm.“I would say quite confidently that the winter 50 years from now in Madison will not look the same as the winter does now, given that there will be year-to-year variability in that depiction,” Martin said. “It will be shorter and warmer.”According to data from the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department on the ice duration on Lake Mendota, from 1855 until 1950, there were only six years where the ice was on the lake for less than 90 days. Since 2000, there have already been seven years where the ice duration has fallen below 90 days, including a low of 21 days in 2001-02.Although warmer temperatures can be tolerated for the ice-making process to a certain degree, when the thermometer climbs too high or for too long, the end product can be affected drastically.last_img read more

Steelers now in role of spoilers

first_imgMiami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) shakes hands with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin before an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Miami won 34-28. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)After being eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs with a loss to the Miami Dolphins, 34-28 last weekend, the Steelers, 5-8, will now play the role of spoilers for the remainder of the season having to play the AFC North division leading Cincinnati Bengals, 9-4, this weekend.After the big game against the Bengals they will close out against the Green Bay Packers, 6-6-1 and the Cleveland Browns, 3-9. If they win out they could still break even with an 8-8 record, but it’s not likely they will defeat both the Bengals and Packers.The Bengals are still looking to move up into the number two slot if the New England Patriots continue to play the way they have been playing in the first half and finally slip up and lose to someone. The Packers are still in the NFC North race especially if the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, 7-6 continue to be inconsistent.Right now the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins are tied for the final AFC playoff spot with three games to go, with several teams at 6-7. The Ravens have a monster schedule facing three division leaders in their final three games. They play the Detroit Lions, 7-6; the Patriots, 10-3 and the Bengals, 9-4. While the Dolphins play the Pats, then the Buffalo Bills,4-9 and the New York Jets, 6-7.last_img read more

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