Overhauled HMS Westminster receives her embarked Merlin Mk2

first_img June 14, 2017 View post tag: HMS Westminster Share this article Authorities After completing two-year overhaul in Portsmouth, Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster has trained with a number of Merlin Mk2 helicopters during her preparations to return to the fleet.The Type 23 frigate now has her own embarked Merlin, however, named Gatekeeper – for guardian to underworld from Ghostbusters, as the Royal Navy said.The submarine-hunting helicopter, from 829 Naval Air Squadron in Culdrose, brings what has been described as a ‘second operations room’ to the hunt, with the helicopter’s observer and aircrewman using sonobuoys (expendable buoys which are dropped to listen for the presence of a boat) or dipping her sonar to locate and track the underwater foe, before launching Stingray torpedoes to neutralise any threat.Embarking Gatekeeper is not as simple as landing on the flight deck – if landing a 15-tonne helicopter in all-weather conditions on an area three quarters the size of a tennis court that pitches and rolls with waves up to 20ft high could be considered simple.The aircrew, engineers and over 15 tonnes of tools and stores need to be integrated into an already-full ship.“It is good to be welcomed back on board Westminster and to be able to see all the improvements that were made during her refit,” said CPO John Court, flight maintenance coordinator, and a Westminster veteran as he was aboard on her final pre-refit deployment to the Gulf.“The next few weeks will be a busy time for us, but we are looking forward to getting fully integrated with the ship and bringing her up to her full capability.”As well as the emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, the Merlin will practise counter-piracy and interdiction roles, ferrying troops/sailors around, transferring stores and performing rescues if required while attached to the frigate. Overhauled Royal Navy frigate receives her embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopter View post tag: Merlin MK2 Back to overview,Home naval-today Overhauled Royal Navy frigate receives her embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopter View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Confirms Ghosts Of The Forest Album Release Date

first_imgFor a full list of Ghosts of the Forests upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Trey’s website.Ghosts of the Forest 2019 Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek TheatreView Tour Dates In December, Trey Anastasio announced an April tour with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest. The band features Anastasio, his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Now, in a snippet entitled “Trey Anastasio’s Emotional Rescue,” Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle reports that Ghosts of the Forest will release their debut album on Friday, April 12th.Last January, Trey Anastasio lost one of his oldest and closest friends, Chris Cottrell, also known as C-Cott. The two of them attended Taft boarding school together in Connecticut, and heavily influenced each other’s musical tastes. Cottrell lost his battle to adrenal cancer on January 27th, 2018. Ghosts of the Forest’s new album was inspired by Trey’s lifelong friendship with Cottrell according to the initial report.Read the full blurb from Rolling Stone below:From his teenage years to the ups and downs of his time with Phish, Trey Anastasio had one constant friend in his life: Chris Cottrell, who he camped, hiked and checked in with for decades. “He was my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened,” says Anastasio. Cottrell died of cancer last year. After sitting with him for his final days, Anastasio made an album of songs he thinks his friend would have loved: psychedelic guitar liftoffs, ambitious arrangements and extremely personal lyrics. ‘I went through a period of deep self-doubt after recording it,’ Anastasio says. ‘I didn’t want to put it out. Maybe I was scared.’ The album will now come out April 12th, and Anastasio will take it on the road with his new band, Ghosts of the Forest, featuring Phish drummer Jon Fishman and a crew of jam-world all-stars. Despite no released music, the band’s tour still sold out; Anastasio has been working with production designer Abigail Holmes, whose work includes Stop Making Sense. Anastasio considers himself fortunate his fans allow him to take these risks: ‘The amount of trust that they’re exhibiting in me just makes me want to cry.’[Screengrab via Reddit]Ghosts of the Forest will open up their inaugural tour with a performance at Portland, ME’s State Theatre on Thursday, April 4th.last_img read more

5 bold takeaways from THINK 20 Virtual for thriving beyond COVID-19

first_imgOn Thursday, May 7th, CO-OP hosted the first-ever THINK 20 Virtual – an all-digital conference that brought together over 2,000 credit union professionals for six hours of intelligence sharing and strategy building. With keynotes and discussions that covered a variety of topics – from the new consumer financial wellness landscape to effective pandemic response planning and digital transformation – THINK Virtual allowed credit unions to hit pause and ideate on ways to strengthen their business in the wake of COVID-19. As CO-OP Chief Experience Officer, Samantha Paxson, emphatically declared in the conference’s opening keynote: “This is a time for bold action.”In case you missed it, you can view the event on-demand with registration, here. If you need a shorter overview, we’ve summarized the five boldest takeaways that came out of THINK 20 Virtual:Credit Unions ARE the Compassionate Banking AlternativeCredit unions are truly rising to the challenge in this time of uncertainty. In an audience poll asking what credit unions are doing in response to COVID-19, the majority (42 percent) answered “Offering cardholder payment relief solutions to members.” In her financial wellness keynote, THINK Virtual host Jean Chatzky cataloged numerous examples of credit unions extending real help to their financial distressed members in the form of: low or 0% interest loans, emergency loans, fee waivers on online transfers, car loans that direct the first few payments toward savings and emails that directed members to useful resources. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger skipping four-ball as Thomas, Fowler team up

first_imgThe final four-ball match on Saturday will see Adam Scott and Byeong Hun An, winners on Thursday, face Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.Following two straight losses, USA star Dustin Johnson will miss the four-ball matches.Saturday’s four-ball matches (Internationals vs. USA)Li Haotong-Marc Leishman vs. Rickie Fowler-Justin ThomasAbraham Ancer-Im Sung-jae vs. Patrick Cantlay-Xander SchauffeleC.T. Pan-Hideki Matsuyama vs. Webb Simpson-Patrick ReedByeong Hun An-Adam Scott vs. Tony Finau-Matt Kuchar Tiger Woods is skipping Saturday’s four-ball matches at the Presidents Cup as the United States named Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler to team up.The USA trail the Internationals 6.5-3.5 heading into the third day at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Woods and Thomas have collected two of the USA’s points, but the 15-time major champion will not be in action in Saturday’s early matches.Thomas will play with Fowler against Marc Leishman and Li Haotong, who is featuring for the first time in Melbourne.What a comeback by the U.S. Team.The International Team leads 6.5-3.5. pic.twitter.com/lxXrTBW6En— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele will team up for the third straight day after a win and a loss to start the Presidents Cup, facing Im Sung-jae and Abraham Ancer.Despite two losses, Woods is sticking with Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, who will take on Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan again in the four-ball format. The International duo won Thursday’s contest 1 up.last_img read more

Growth of 3.7 % in Construction Industry

first_img Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector. Story Highlights Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector.Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities.Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica.“Improved performance was recorded within the services industries, with the exception of electricity and water supply, which declined by 0.3 per cent. Growth was recorded for wholesale and retail trade, repairs, installation of machinery and equipment, 1.6 per cent; hotels and restaurants, 2.8 per cent; transport, storage and communication, 1.9 per cent; finance and insurance services, 0.8 per cent; real estate, renting and business activities, 0.7 per cent and other services, 0.8 per cent,” she noted.Ms. Coy said that, overall, preliminary estimates for the calendar year 2018 indicate that the economy grew by 1.9 per cent. “This was due to a five per cent growth in the goods-producing industries and a 0.8 per cent increase in the services industries,” she said.last_img read more

A lot riding on Whitehorse hearings for Inquiry says NWAC President

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National NewsThe inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women came under fire against today in Ottawa.For weeks, families have been complaining that there has been a lack of communications from the top commissioners.On Friday, head Commissioner Marion Buller promised to do better.She said if the Inquiry’s timeline was no longer achievable, it may need more time and money.But her efforts may not be enough for some very upset and frustrated family [email protected]last_img read more