Serbian Forces Take Over EU Navfor Vessel Protection Duties

first_img Serbian Forces Take Over EU Navfor Vessel Protection Duties Back to overview,Home naval-today Serbian Forces Take Over EU Navfor Vessel Protection Duties On Saturday 1 December, an EU Naval Force Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) handover ceremony was held in Djibouti between Lithuanian and Serbian Forces in Djibouti.Members of the Lithuanian Forces have spent the past four months embarked in the World Food Programme (WFP) aid ship, MV Caroline Scan, providing protection from pirate attack as the ship sailed close to the Somali coast.Members of the Serbian Forces will now be embarked in MV Caroline Scan for four months.Since the European Union Naval Force began providing protection to WFP ships, none have been attacked by pirates and over 730,000 metric tonnes of much-needed food aid has been safely delivered to the Somali people.The AVPD handover ceremony was attended by Brigidier General Vilmantas Tamosaitis (Lithuanian Forces), Brigadier General Ilija Todorov (Serbian Forces) and WFP representative, Mr Jacques Higgins.[mappress]Press Release, December 04, 2013; Image: EU Navfor December 4, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Gustin rewrites record book in topping Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour

first_imgGustin now owns 13 career tour wins. His share of the 2019 booty, courtesy of Arnold’s, includes a Traeger pellet grill. Richie Gustin rewrote the record book in racing to the Arnold Motor Supply IMCA Modified Dirt Knights Tour championship. (Photo by Jim Steffens) Richie Gustin opened the IMCA Modified tour campaign with three straight feature wins and ended with a single-season record five victories. Gustin helped young Nevada speedster Kollin Hibdon learn the racing ropes. Scott Fitzpatrick helped with getting race cars to the track so Gustin could drive his personal vehicle from work. “Holding court at Marshalltown, which is my home track, was a big one,” Gustin said. “Park Jefferson was probably the coolest. My wife and daughter and I made the trip with the camper. Taylor was excited because she’d never been to South Dakota before and got to cross that off her list.” “It’s a cool deal. I enjoy the tour and going to different tracks,” he said. “I enjoyed the format and be­ing able to get three races in the   same week. That was definitely the cool way to do it.”                      His final two tour wins of the season came at Kossuth County Speedway and in the finale at Benton County Speedway. “Benton County has always been good to me. We went into the night feeling pretty good,” Gustin said. “That was another night when my wife and daughter were there. That meant a lot to me.”center_img HIS CREW: Wife Holly, daughter Taylor, Chris McDonald and Rick Hurst.  Rain moved opening night to Marshalltown Speedway, however, and Gustin clicked off wins there and the next two events, at Park Jefferson Speedway and at Hancock County Speedway. GILMAN, Iowa – The winningest driver in the 10-year history of the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour became its 10th different  champion. “There were a lot of things that worked out for us this year. We weren’t planning to run for the tour championship,” said Gustin, from Gilman, Iowa. “It had been scheduled to open in Fort Dodge and I didn’t know if I’d have been able to make it there that night because of work.” Starts 9                    Wins 7                         Additional Top Five’s 2 HIS SPONSORS:  Scott Fitzpatrick and S & J Motorsports of Wheatland; Halabuilt Competition Engines of Dysart; John Emerson and Emerson Crane of Waterloo; Motorsports Warehouse of Boone; and Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.last_img read more

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Restaurant Redesign To Bring New Look To Broad Street

first_imgRED BANK — After a lengthy vacancy, the site formerly occupied by Ashes restaurant will re-open as restaurant and bar.The site has been vacant since July of 2010.The new operation won approval at the borough planning board meeting Monday night.Developers plan to establish a primary food business and bar on the first two floors of the three-story location, utilizing about 7,118 square feet of the site on the two floors, according to information submitted to the borough planning and zoning office.Owned by the Good Fork Restaurant Group, LLC, Raritan, it has brothers Matteo and Luciano Ingrao as its owners.The two own and operate another location, their first Char, located in Raritan, and this week Matteo said he had been planning another location for some time and considered Red Bank or Livingston as possible locations.“It was calling for us to open and expand,” Ingrao said on Wednesday.Ingrao previously owned a restaurant in Freehold, and was familiar with Red Bank’s downtown. Ironically, in the early 2000s, he was approached to join a partnership with one of the then owners of Ashes, ultimately passing on the offer. “I always liked the location,” he said, noting when the spot became available he entered into negotiations with the property owner.The property owner is listed as 29 Broad Street Realty, LLC, with a Red Bank post office box as an address, and John B. Anderson II listed as manager.The restaurant’s designer, Jeff Cahill, Tinton Falls, who designed the Raritan location, said of this spot, “This one we took a more contemporary approach.” By that, he meant, “It still has very warm colors, a lot of wood,” the traditional trimmings of a steakhouse. But the Broad Street spot will have “a lot of modern accents to it,” Cahill explained.“It’s just fun and more energetic and kind of drawn for a younger demographic than your traditional steakhouse,” he explained.As part of that more modern design, one wall would lose its four windows and be replaced by two large glass ones that would reach from floor to the second floor, creating a mezzanine-style area where the building had a sort of atrium area. This, according to Mayor Pasquale Menna, was a bit of a sticking point for the borough’s historic preservation commission.Edward Zipprich, who sits on the board, borough council and the historic commission, said he was concerned about making that change. “It changes the look of the historic building, makes it even more modern,” in what is the borough’s historic district, Zipprich said. Zipprich, however, did vote on Monday to approve the plans.But Menna on Wednesday dismissed those concerns believing what Cahill and Ingrao were doing “will enhance the appearance of the old building.”“It’s going to give new definition to that whole block,” Menna said.And the look of that block has been an issue since Ashes closed nearly two summers ago. With that large building dark for as long as it has been, “It definitely had a negative impact on the businesses, both retail and restaurants, on the north side of Broad Street,” said Nancy Adams, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy organization for the borough’s business special improvement district.Given the site takes up so much space on the corner of Broad and Mechanic Street, probably as much as what three stores would use, “”It’s very noticeable when there’s nothing in there,” Adams observed.“It has been a bleak and dark spot,” Menna acknowledged. “This is essentially a half-a-block that’s been closed for two years.”What had been there previously, had been a problem, too, officials had conceded. Menna called Ashes “a troubled and problematic night club that was in litigation all the time.” And indeed it had its share of legal battles, with state tax and alcohol officials, and among its various partners. Those battles eventually led to the business being put into receivership and eventually closing the doors.“To replace it with a sit-down restaurant, that already has a track record that is well received and is busy and popular,” is what Menna called “a no-brainer.”“We’re not looking to be a nightclub,” Ingrao said. “But on the other hand, if we have a full bar, we’re certainly not going to close, tell people to leave.”The Raritan Char does about $6 million a year in business, according to Cahill. And the owners are looking to spend approximately $2 million renovating this site. “That’s a big commitment in the restaurant industry,” especially given they don’t own the building, Cahill said.The construction, Cahill explained, is expected to commence in pretty short order and should take roughly five months to complete, with the restaurant ready for opening in the latter part of the summer.“It’s a little bit more than a paint job,” Ingrao observed.For Menna the project appears to be a boon for the borough. “Let’s focus on what’s important,” he said, indicating there will be 25-30 jobs associated with the new business and renovation of an aging structure. “You have people who want to invest a lot of money in the town and bring people into town,” he said.last_img read more

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Leafs rock Rockets to snap skid; Rebels move into share of Murdoch lead

first_imgNelson, making the road trip with only 15 players, completes the two-game trek through the Eddie Mountain Division with a game Saturday in Invermere against the Columbia Valley Rockies.The game will be a home coming of sort for Nelson, who came to the Leafs last week from Columbia Valley.Nelson travels to Castlegar Wednesday and Kimberley Friday before returning home to face Columbia Valley, Saturday, December 5 at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.Rebels pull into tie for Murdoch Division leadThe Castlegar Rebels won while the Beaver Valley Nitehawks lost pulling the Sunflower City squad into a tie for the lead in the Murdoch Division — each team has 37 points.The Rebels outlasted Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-1 while the injury-riddled Hawks were hammered 10-2 by the Thunder Cats Friday in Creston.Tayden Woods scored two of the three power play goals by the Rebels in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and power Castlegar to the victory.Castlegar out shot the Bruins 16-4 in the third period, and 37-20 in the game making Grand Forks netminder Anthony Galliart a busy goalie.Mike Bhatoa and Chris Breese also scored for the Rebels.Chad Grambo scored the only goal for the Bruins.In Creston, the Cats outscored the Hawks 9-1 in the final 40 minutes to win the in a walk.Ten different Thunder Cats shared in the scoring. What’s the best way to put an end to a five-game losing streak?Put the last place team in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League on the schedule.The Nelson Leafs took care of business, and at the same time halted a five-game slide, but posting a 5-0 shutout of the hometown Rockets Friday night in Golden.The Leafs put the game out of reach with a four-goal second period against the 2-22-1-0-2 Rockets.Tyler Garcia, Kolten Nelson, Sam Webber and Eamonn Miller, on the power power play, scored during an eight-minute span to lead the Leafs.Jordan Davie rounded out the scoring in the third period for the Leafs, which leapfrogged into sole possession of third spot in the Murdoch Division standings past the Grand Forks Border Bruins.Garcia finished the game with three points while Nelson, Nick Novin, Miller and Davie each had two points.Patrick Ostermann was solid between the pipes for the Leafs, blocking all 23 shots in posting the shutout.Nelson out shot the Rockets 29-23 in the contest.last_img read more

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Giants recall reliever, and what that may mean for Dereck Rodriguez

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Another day, another recall of a player eager to make his major league debut after years in the minor leagues.Before Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants brought up right-hander reliever Sam Coonrod, 26, from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned starter Andrew Suarez.One day after bringing up Mike Yastrzemski, who had spent seven years in the minor leagues before he made his major league debut Saturday, the Giants, in need of bullpen reinforcements, …last_img read more

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SA’s women’s rights to advance

first_imgWith South Africa’s gender equality status before the UN, women’s rights in the country will receive new impetus. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Women’s rights in South Africa will take a great stride forward when a national alliance of women’s organisations presents the country’s first shadow report in 12 years on the status of women in the country. On Friday 21 January, four representatives, led by the East London-based Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, will stand before the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) committee.Here they’ll present research they conducted regarding the progress of women’s rights since the presentation of the first report at Cedaw’s 19th session in 1998. Gender equality is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.Each Cedaw party state is required to report to the committee every four years. South Africa will therefore be submitting its second, third and fourth reports.Cedaw will review the report and present recommendations to the government on which steps to take to improve the situation.Identifying achievements and obstaclesAccording to Masimanyane’s executive director Lesley Ann Foster, the alliance that conducted research last year consisted of women’s groups across seven provinces.“We have worked with other organisations and have collected information on how women’s rights have been enforced by government,” she said.The study asked women to identify the achievements towards gender equality, and also considered ways in which obstacles faced by women and girls on a daily basis could be overcome. However, judging from the research, Foster said the country has not made enough advances in the right direction.In a statement delivered to Cedaw on 17 January, she acknowledged that the South African government has made significant efforts to address these gender equality issues through the ratification of the Cedaw convention and its Optional Protocol, which was introduced in 1999.“Despite these efforts, the lived realities of women, their quality of life, and their status within society has not seen a significant change,” she added.Foster and her colleague Thabisa Bobo, also of Masimanyane, discussed three main issues, namely discriminatory laws, violence against women, and challenges to young women – specifically those from rural areas – with the Cedaw committee.South Africa’s shadow report may be downloaded from the Masimanyane website.Kenya, Israel and Liechtenstein will present their reports around the same time as South Africa.Forming the allianceSouth Africa started to catch up with Cedaw reports in October last year when 22 women’s rights activists from around the country gathered in East London for a Cedaw seminar.This was a drive by Masimanyane to form a national alliance of women’s rights organisations from each province. They would then contribute to a report on the progress of gender equality in the last ten years.It was here that South African activists learnt how to use Cedaw as a tool for advocacy and lobbying. To guide them through the process were activists Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation, and Shireen Huq of the Nariphokko organisation in Bangladesh.According to Josiah, the activists educated South Africans on the Cedaw policies, explaining how they could be used as a useful instrument.  “I showed women how this is a tool to analyse and solve problems.”Josiah believes the tool is an international principle that holds governments accountable. “There is this power called government that is duty-bound to make sure women are safe.”Foster added that Cedaw is a primary standard setting document that guides all UN member states which have ratified the policy as to how they should treat women and girls within their countries.The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and is often referred to as an international bill of rights for women.last_img read more

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Tsonga upsets Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup in Toronto

first_imgJo-Wilfried Tsonga with the Rogers Cup trophy after beating Roger Federer in the mens final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament. (Photo:Reuters)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent.The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.Tsonga improved to 5-11 against Federer. Federer dropped to 2-5 in finals this season, with his victories coming in Dubai and Halle.The Swiss star made several uncharacteristic errors and had a hard time with Tsonga’s powerful serve and ground strokes. The first set was a rather choppy affair.Both players made some unforced errors over the first few games, but each held serve. Tsonga struggled with his first serve midway through the set, though his spin-heavy second serve was effective.The quality of the match picked up late in the set.With Tsonga serving at 5-5, Federer showed his skills at the net with a deft drop shot that a Tsonga could not retrieve.The Frenchman held to put the pressure back on Federeer.Roger Federer in action against Tsonga. Photo: Reuters.Federer struggled in the final game, spraying two shots long to fall behind 30-15. He pulled even with a winner, but was wide with a groundstroke that was unsuccessfully challenged, setting up the first break point opportunity of the set.Federer launched a ball well long to give Tsonga the opening set in 44 minutes.advertisementTsonga kept the pressure on in the second set and had a break point chance with a 3-2 lead. Federer answered with an ace and fought back for the hold.Tsonga then had a great chance with a 4-3 lead in the second set and a double-break point. However, Federer answered with two straight points to get to deuce. Tsonga had two more break point chances later in the game, but Federer saved them both and then held with an ace.In the tiebreaker, Tsonga picked up a mini-break at 4-3 and took the next three points for the victory.In the doubles final, Bruno Soares Alexander Peya topped Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Meloof 6-4, 6-3.last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka ready and looking forward to Australian Open

first_imgThe Australian Open organisers got a huge boost on Tuesday after quite a few superstars pulled out of the season opening Grand Slam.Former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka have not only confirmed their participation but also stated that they are looking forward to the tournament starting next week.Women’s singles defending champion Serena Williams announced last week that she won’t be making a comeback to tennis at Melbourne Park as her preparations had fallen just short of what she needed to be competitive.Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori have also pulled out of the tournament with respective injuries while Novak Djokovic is also fighting to be fit before the first major of the season starts on January 15.However, 2014 champion Wawrinka, who has been battling a knee injury and has not played since he was knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon last year, said he is happy to be back on tour once again.”I’m really, really happy to be back on the Tour and seeing the sun,” Wawrinka told reporters after an event with the tournament’s ball kids at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.”For me, the first thing is to play a match, to play a tennis match again. It’s been many months out of the tour. It’s not always the best when you are an athlete so I’m looking forward to it, enjoying the crowd.The Swiss was one of the major question marks heading into the Australian Open.”Still a lot to do but I’m feeling really positive so looking forward to starting,” added the three-times grand slam winner.2009 champion Nadal on the other hand, has also been battling a knee injury and had not played since the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London.advertisementHe withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi and last week’s Brisbane International and had been concerned with his match fitness.”It was a good test for me and good practice,” the 16-times grand slam winner told reporters after his 6-4 7-5 loss in which he appeared to be moving freely, if not a little rusty in his shotmaking.”I’m good and I am here so that’s good news and my idea is just to keep practising the next couple of days to be ready for the beginning of the Australian Open,” Nadal added.last_img read more

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Boyce blasts PNP Reminds of Freedom of Choice

first_img Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 15, 2016 – Former PNP government Minister Lillian Boyce caused quite a stir yesterday when she issued a video statement through SunTV, slamming the Progressive National Party for maliciously attacking her because she has changed her mind about the governing party and decided to re-join the PDM with her support behind its leader, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson.Boyce, known to be a firebrand politician denied that her endorsement and change of heart came from any promise for position and said PNP members and supporters need to respect the freedom of choice.You can listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqiKGf4HaE Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Election Observer Mission reports to Presscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections Recommended for youlast_img read more

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