HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Birthday View post tag: HMAS July 29, 2014 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West. It was a busy time for the ship’s crew as they were preparing Ballarat to enter the Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade program, whilst simultaneously bringing Ballarat’s sister ship, HMAS Anzac, back into service after completing the upgrade.As Ballarat was being readied for the upgrade that will see a major increase in her capabilitiies, the ship’s company took time out to celebrate the significant milestone marking a decade of service to the Navy.To celebrate the event, the members of Ballarat’s crew mustered in the hangar to wish her a happy birthday including cutting a cake made by her own Chefs. The cake was cut by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Matt Doornbos, assisted by crew members Seaman Rylan Painter (the ship’s youngest crew member) and Chief Petty Officer Tony ‘Angry’ Anderson, a member of Ballarat’s commissioning crew.“It is a very proud moment to see the ‘Ole Girl’ turn 10, and I wish her all the best through the Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.“I trust that future crews enjoy as many good times as I have in my postings to Ballarat,” Chief Petty Officer Anderson said.HMAS Ballarat is the second RAN ship to bear the name and is the eighth Anzac Class Guided Missile Frigate to be built by the then Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown, Australia.She was laid down in August 2000, launched in May 2002 and commissioned on 26 June 2004.Over the past ten years Ballarat has steamed in excess of 27,000 hours for a distance greater than of 324,000 nautical miles.[mappress]Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Naval View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Navy HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Ballarat Training & Education View post tag: Tenth Share this articlelast_img read more

SMC Alumna starts dance company in South Bend

first_imgAfter graduation, Saint Mary’s alumna Hannah Fischer started her own dance company in South Bend and is now choreographing dances for the upcoming play “Lucky, Liar, Loser,” to be performed at Saint Mary’s Moreau Center for the Arts.Fischer said she wanted to major in women’s studies and dance before there were programs at Saint Mary’s, so she combined them in a self-designed major along with a major in humanistic studies.“I did a self-design major at Saint Mary’s in digital media, women’s studies, and art,” she said.This liberal arts education at Saint Mary’s prepared Fischer for all of her jobs she held after graduation“It’s demonstrative of the education I got at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “And people ask me what I do at my job … I have been [a] jack of all trades.”Part of Fischer’s job in Saint Louis was working with incarcerated youth through dance and theatre.“That work really centered around 13 to 18-year-old young women incarcerated,” she said. “I did that for three years and would love to do that again.”When she came back to South Bend, Fischer said she wanted to start using dance as a means by which to have a conversation.“I just found the dancers I knew in town and found some [other people] that weren’t dancers, but wanted to have conversations that use movement to have the conversation,” Fischer said. “Not everyone I work with is a classically trained ballet dancer.”Fischer got involved with Saint Mary’s upcoming show when one of the dance professors asked her to help. This lead to Fischer and playwright Casey Whitaker exchanging information about the show, she said.“Once I read the description [of the show] I was really interested in being part of the process,” Fischer said. “So when I read about the topic … I was like ‘that is very right up my alley of what I am interested in,’ which is interdisciplinary work that is not just theater for theater sake, or dance for dance sake, but is going to push a conversation along … and to bring people in to the conversation.”Whitaker said she wrote the play to be a “dramedy.”“It’s this hard, serious topic, but it’s also very comedic,” she said. “It’s a multimedia project, so there’s dance and sketch comedy and we’re using this projector to do shadow puppetry.”Fischer said she wants to have dialogues with hard topics in her work.“At the end of the day, I am an artist and I want to have conversations … especially the tough conversations … [those that are] not going to beat around the bush,” Fischer said.Fischer said that she thinks the new show will be groundbreaking for the community.“I think Saint Mary’s has never seen a show like this and South Bend has never seen a show like this,” she said.“Lucky, Liar, Loser” will be performed from April 27 through 30 at the Moreau Center for the Arts at Saint Mary’s.Tags: Lucky Liar Loser, Moreau Center for the Arts, Second Citylast_img read more

Climbing Legend Royal Robbins Dies at 82

first_imgRoyal Robbins, a renowned rock climber, environmental activist, and all around adventure pioneer, has passed away at the age of 82 according to the apparel company that bears his name.“We are deeply saddened to report that our founder and legendary rock climber Royal Robbins passed away Tuesday, March 14 after a long illness,” the brand noted on its website and Facebook page.“Royal was a leading figure in the Golden Age of Yosemite Valley climbing and was one of the first and most vocal proponents of clean climbing. In 1967, Royal and (wife) Liz Robbins made the first ascent of Nutcracker in the Yosemite Valley using only removable nuts for protection. It was the first climb of its kind in the United States and it started a clean climbing revolution.”Robbins, who was born in West Virginia, ushered in the age of Big Rock Climbing with numerous first ascents inlcuding El Capitan’s Salathe Wall and North American Wall in Yosemite and the first free ascent of the Open Book in Tahquitz, California.When a bout with arthritis ended his wildly successful climbing career, Robbins set his sights on the world of extreme whitewater kayaking, completing multiple first descents and bagging kayaking’s famed Triple Crown alongside fellow adventure pioneers Doug Tompkins and Yvonne Chouinard.The Triple Crown includes the Middle Fork of the Kings River, the San Joaquin Gorge, and the 55-mile Kern Trench, all in California.Robbins also wrote two influential rock climbing books, Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft, effectively steering the culture of the sport in a more ethical, “Leave No Trace” direction.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Slippery Rock

first_imgWolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Slippery Rock SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 04, 2018center_img Press Release Slippery Rock, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by community members for a Cabinet in Your Community event at Slippery Rock University.“The Cabinet in Your Community series has been hosted across the commonwealth to ensure that my administration has the best opportunity to have valuable dialogue with all Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I look forward to hearing concerns from the Slippery Rock community after today’s event, as the feedback we receive from community members is vital to the success of state government.”Featuring Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Rick Flinn, Department of Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, the department heads provided region-specific updates on major projects, accomplishments, and answered impromptu questions from the audience.The Cabinet in Your Community initiative is a series of townhall-like events in which members of the community are given the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about the issues important to their region.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for June 8 in Harrisburg at the Penn State Harrisburg Campus with cabinet secretaries from the departments of Labor & Industry, Human Services, Aging, and Insurance.last_img read more

FIFA confirms 2022 World Cup final date in Qatar

first_imgThe much-maligned winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be staged between November 21 to December 18, according to media reports.FIFA president Sepp Blatter was set to hold a press conference at the Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, but the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.The world governing body had already signed off a date change to winter avoid the heat in Qatar in June and July, while the tournament length was also reduced to 28 days instead of the usual 32.A FIFA task force, led by Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, had recommended the tournament should be held in November and December as a clash with the Winter Olympics in the following January, would also be undesirable.Around 170 media had been accredited for the news conference in Zurich and were only told of the press conference cancellation five minutes before it was due to start.It followed a FIFA executive committee on Friday morning where a number of decisions were taken. These included moving the venue of the next meeting from Japan to Zurich – almost certainly because Japan has an extradition treaty with the United States and Blatter and several other officials are fearful of possible arrest. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne dies aged 85

first_imgTributes are pouring in following the passing of Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, who has died today at the age of 85.Gay died peacefully in his home in Dublin following a long illness.He was one of Ireland’s most-loved media personalities and hosted RTÉ’s The Late Late Show for almost four decades. He also presented the ‘Gay Byrne Show’ on RTE Radio 1 for almost three decades. Gay had a keen fondness for Co. Donegal, where he and his wife Kathleen bought a holiday home near Dungloe more than 40 years ago. He was a popular ambassador for Donegal tourism and helped launch the Go Visit Donegal brochure in 2015.His death was announced by RTE this afternoon.In a statement, his family said: “It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.“We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay’s illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society”. Tributes have been paid by President Michael D Higgins, who described Gay as “a man of great charisma, Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. This was combined with an innate gentleness as a person, professionalism and humour.The President continued: “Through his work in radio and on television he challenged Irish society, and shone a light not only on the bright but also the dark sides of Irish life.“In doing so, he became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of our times, helping shape our conscience, our self-image, and our idea of who we might be. Beyond compassion, which he had in abundance, he had a sense of what was just.”Ryan Tubridy, the current host of The Late Late Show, said: “It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne.“He was the master, a once off and the likes of which we will never see again.” Gay Byrne, a great friend, colleague and broadcasting legend. pic.twitter.com/WPUUN6NnSC— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) November 4, 2019Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne dies aged 85 was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD Motoring: Memories of Manus live on at Tribute night

first_imgDD Motoring Columnist Brian McDaid counted Manus Kelly as a friend. He was at the Mount Errigal Hotel last weekend for what was an amazing tribute to a man many still find it difficult to believe is gone.Manus Kelly selects first on his sequential gearbox with his left hand as he leaves the finishing ramp after an interview.Putting his fist out through the hole in the square sliding perspex driver’s window Kelly punches the air as a very young Charlie, his son, sitting on his knee, managed to get his fist out that square window as well to punch the air, much to the enjoyment of the spectators that lined the barriers in the car park that June summers evening. Advertisement A closer look at that photo and under that “Mandy Smile” there was a gritty determination that said, ‘I will be back’ and true to the determination on his face that evening, he was.Firstly to win the National and then in the International in the following years as he made this spot the finish ramp his own on the weekend of the Donegal rally.Manus Kelly’s sitting at the front door of the Mt EErrigal Hotel on Saturday Night. Photo Brian McDaid.That photo was taken in 2012, and in as many feet as there are years away to 2019 his winning Subaru and Escort were sitting parked the other side of the wall at the Mt.Errigal Hotel for his tribute night.On Saturday night Just after 8pm the last of the crowd that gathered in the reception of the Mt. Errigal Hotel to honour Manus Kelly made their way into The Glendowan and Glencar Function Rooms for their meal. Advertisement Then all of a sudden the reception room was quiet. And as I headed home the automatic doors of the Mt. Errigal reception opened, there in perfect silence sat Manus Kelly’s Subaru. In the time it took me to turn off the flash and turn down the shutter on the camera to try and capture the image of the car in the dark winters night, Mandy’s career flashed through my mind. It would possibly be the last time I would capture an image of this iconic car in the TFS colours.Manus Kelly was narrowly defeated by Declan Boyle in his old Limelight Mk 2 Escort and took his defeat gracefully that year in that red escort Just feet away from where cars were sitting tonight, on the Rally Ramp back in 2012. Over the years he had his ups and downs. As the image of the Subaru appear in the frame the offices of Manus Kelly business TFS makes the perfect backdrop. But things are far from perfect tonight as the biggest gathering of friends rallied around these last few difficult months since the passing of Manus Kelly to pack out the function rooms for a tribute night to a local hero. Family friends and fans put a brave face on for emotional journey down memory lane.Before Mandy’s Tribute that night across in The Great Hall Function Room in another part of the Mt Errigal Hotel, the proceeds of Donegal Déjà vu was presented to the Donegal Hospice by Beatty Crawford and Plum Tyndall, listening to Plum and his unmistakable voice, it felt more like the old Ballyraine Hotel.As the cheque presentation of €25,000 were made and the photos were taken. One of the guests at the function that evening was none other than Cathal Curley who not alone won the 1st ever Donegal Rally but also like Manus Kelly went on to win the event three years in a row in the seventies. Back in those early days, the finish ramp was the actual front door of the old Ballyraine Hotel not unlike where Mandy’s old rally cars were parked tonight.I’m too young to have witnessed Cathal Curley in his prime in the early 1970s in Donegal but I’m a massive fan of the folklore he created in promoting what it meant to win the Donegal Rally. Curley drove a flat-six boxer engined Porsche to victory back then AUI 1500 now a collector’s item, and Manus Kelly also drove a flat-four boxer Subaru to victory for his hat-trick also making his car one of the most famous in rallying history. In the early days of the Donegal rally when the Parc Ferme for the event was a field behind the old Ballyraine Hotel, Carrie Harvey who was at the hospice presentation on Saturday night told the story of her late husband Eamon.A smile for a hero Manus Kelly at the celebration of his 1st outright win of the Donegal International Rally. Photo Brian McDaidLike all the other drivers he was surrounded by young fans with notebooks getting autographs, and was enjoying the notoriety until Seamus McGettigan who was one of the co-drivers came up to the door with a rally cap pulled down covering his face and got an autograph of Eamonn before he released it was McGettigan taking a hand out of him.The days of autographs have now become as faded as the ink they were once scribbled down those signatures with. Now it’s “the selfie” a photographic copy of a memory in time we once enjoyed pictured with a local hero like that the late Manus Kelly was.He took us on amazing journey which ended far too soon, and Saturday, night thanks to his close friends and family and his team we were back in the memories for a memorable night. The first winner of the Donegal Rally Cathal Curley with Beatty Crawford, Plum Tyndall and Rory Kennedy at the Deja Vu presentations to the Donegal Hospice on Saturday Night. Photo Brian McDaid.DD Motoring: Memories of Manus live on at Tribute night was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaidManus Kellytribute nightlast_img read more

Warriors trading Andre Iguodala to Memphis Grizzlies

first_imgIn an effort to clear salary in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors traded veteran Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies along with a 2024 protected first-round pick (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 (unprotected).Iguodala is on the final year of his contract that would have paid him $17.2 million. The Grizzlies did not trade anything in return since the Warriors were looking to dump … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

Home Affairs speeds up services

first_img11 June 2008The Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy is on track, marking a change in the way the department does business and delivers services to citizens and residents.Delivering her budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said that this could only bode well for the customers who visited Home Affairs offices.She said that her department had achieved the goals set out in the first phase of the turnaround strategy, with the department being able to issue a new identity document within two-and-a-half months – down from the initial waiting period of up to six months.“We are well on our way to our aim of two months by the end of the year,” she added.The department has also acquired a new e-passport production system, to be installed in the government printing works by August this year, with staff already having begun training on the new system.“The main benefit of the new system will be the reduction in the passport production turnaround time due to the printing systems ability to print higher volumes,” she said. “The implementation of online fingerprint verification and subsequent interface with the passport completion processes will further enhance the turnaround times and issuance within 10 days.”Constitutional obligationMapisa-Nqakula said the department had a constitutional obligation to provide every South African with an identity document, which serves as a key for access to rights and services in the country.“By introducing an operational management system as part of the roll out of the new process, we are eliminating blockages in the production process,” she said. “This means that we will be able to offer our clients reasonable and reliable time frames within which they can expect their documents.”She said that the Track and Trace system, which enables the department to track the progress of customers’ ID applications, had transformed the way in which the department handled customer enquiries about the progress of their applications.“We can report that the system is now fully operational in all our permanent offices nationwide,” she said. “We are receiving positive feedback both externally and internally. The system has clearly worked as a management and a service tool.”In addition, temporary Identification Certificates are now being issued immediately.Fingerprint identificationThe department also started with the roll out of online fingerprint verification systems, which enable it to verify fingerprints electronically at local offices even before applications are sent to the head office in Pretoria, in 40 offices during March this year.The online verification makes it possible for counter staff to conduct real-time fingerprint comparison of citizens whose fingerprints were previously registered on the automated fingerprint identification system.This has lead to further improved turnaround times in respect of issuing ID documents, temporary identity certificates, emergency and temporary passports. Previously centralised manual fingerprint verification took an average of seven days to process.Smart ID cardsMapisa-Nqqkula told members of Parliament that a pilot project for smart ID cards – the only outstanding element of the Home affairs National Identification System – would commence in December this year, after the Cabinet approved the model and roll out plan for the card and the replacement of the current green bar-coded ID book.This will streamline the production process, reduce turn around times for the ID document and ensure the integrity of the identification system, she said, adding that the roll-out would go hand-in-hand with the national population register clean up.The department has set aside a total of R114-million for the 2008/09 financial year, with the amount rising to R335-million in the 2009/10 financial year as the volumes of the roll out increase.“In order to properly manage the roll out, we will issue a limited number of these cards to identified vulnerable groups and continue with a staggered roll out in the following years,” she said. “Discussions will be held with the [Independent Electoral Commission] regarding the use of these cards during the 2009 general elections.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all bugged

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all buggedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says everyone is bugged after responding to their hacking scandal.In 2013, City’s online scouting network had been hacked by a rival Premier League club who accessed their database of player targets.The Scout 7 system was password protected – but City believe their network was illegally accessed.It’s emerged in The Times that Liverpool are believed to have made City a £1million payment in a confidential settlement of the data breach.Guardiola said: “Today there are not secrets any more. Look what happened in the big governments in the states and Russia and everywhere everyone knows it.“No secrets anymore. You want to keep a secret? Don’t tell to a friend, on devices or mobile phone, today anything can happen.” last_img read more