USS Topeka Visits Yokosuka

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Topeka Visits Yokosuka Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka March 20.This is the submarine’s first port visit as part of its western Pacific deployment.With a crew of approximately 140, Topeka will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.“My crew and I are excited about deploying to the western Pacific,” said Cmdr. Jim Belz, Topeka’s commanding officer. “We have trained extensively in order to support our mission here in the Seventh Fleet. In preparation for this deployment, my crew’s hard work over the past year has been truly amazing and I am very proud of their efforts,” said Belz.Topeka is capable of supporting a variety of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and mine warfare“We have had a challenging schedule and our crew has performed in a highly professional manner in all aspects of submarine operations,” said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Glenn Hurdle, chief of the boat. “I am proud of each man and this deployment is another opportunity to display our strong work ethic and commitment.”For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Japan.“I am looking forward to all the great Japanese food, and experiencing some of the unique culture in Japan,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd class Lonnie Laoretti.Topeka is homeported at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, Calif.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 21, 2012; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS USS Topeka Visits Yokosuka Training & Education March 21, 2012 View post tag: Topeka View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: visitslast_img read more

October 2018: Top Adventure Towns

first_imgThe October 2018 Issue Is Live!In this issue, we’re proud to announce the winners of the Top Adventure Town competition, hike along the Southern Appalachian Loop Trail, meet Daniel White, debate the Backpack Tax, and much more! Be sure to grab your copy on stands today and check out the articles from this issue below. last_img

Dubrovnik continues to record record tourist results

first_imgAccording to the E-visitor tourist check-in and check-out system, Dubrovnik achieved record tourist results in the first six months of this year.From January 1 to June 30, 2017, 441 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 044% more than in the same period in 20, and 2016 overnight stays were realized, or 1% more than last year. . In the first six months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Finland and South Korea.From January 1 to June 30 this year, 279 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 821% compared to last year, and 8 overnight stays were realized, 861% more than last year. The most numerous guests in hotel accommodation in the first half of the year are from the following countries: United Kingdom, USA, France, Germany, Croatia, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Finland, South Korea.In the first six months of this year, 118 arrivals were made in private accommodation, ie 245% more than in the same period last year, and 42 overnight stays, which is 399% more than in 483. The most numerous tourists in private accommodation were from the countries: United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Spain.Photo: Dubrovnik Tourist BoardThis June is the best tourist June in DubrovnikIn June 2017 alone, there were 165 arrivals, which is 390% more than in the same month last year, and 21 overnight stays, which is 560% more than in 465. The first place in June was visited by tourists from the United Kingdom, followed by tourists from the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, Finland, Spain, Ireland and Croatia.Currently, 19 tourists are staying in Dubrovnik, which is at the level of the number of tourists on the same date last year, and most guests are from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Australia, France, Finland, Spain and Ireland.Dubrovnik-Neretva County is also growing by 20 percent In June 2017, there were 266.012 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 20% more than in June 2016 and 1.095.106 overnight stays, which is 18% more than in June 2016.In the first six months of 2017 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 639.618 arrivals were registered with 2.338.310 overnight stays. Compared to 2016, overnight stays increased by 21%. The largest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, Croatia, Germany, the United States of America, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.last_img read more

Day of reckoning will follow expansive monetary policy, ATP CEO warns

first_imgThe correlation of returns across asset classes has also continued to be a concern, he said.“We are a very broad investor, using a risk-parity approach, but if you have a situation where diversification of returns is being suspended, this gives you cause to wonder what will happen on the way down,” Stendevad said.Quite when the day of reckoning would come was uncertain, he said.“We have different scenarios for that, but we have seen central banks pushing it further and further out,” he said.Because these consequences would eventually transpire, he said, it remained important for ATP’s investment portfolio to retain its hedge against long-term inflation, even though this was not something that was clearly needed in the short-term.“But it is very important for us strategically, to protect the fund against an outcome that would be very painful for our membership,” he said.Even though ATP’s portfolio of long-term hedging strategies against inflation increases, which consists of swaptions, made a loss of DKK3.5bn in the first half — the investment portfolio’s biggest loss in the period — these instruments would be kept, he said.“We’re very calm about it because this particular exposure is very different — it’s a strategic decision to have this insurance,” he said.Stendevad said ATP was very pleased with its overall performance in its return-seeking investment portfolio in the first half, as well as the fact that the pension fund’s administration costs have kept coming down.“In our hedging portfolio, we had a massive return, and that was offset by our rise in liabilities,” he said.ATP’s assets are divided between an investment portfolio, which consists of its bonus potential and amounted to DKK96.9bn at the end of June, and a much larger hedging portfolio consisting of long-term fixed-income instruments which was worth DKK703.2bn.ATP as a whole made a net loss on its activities in the first half of DKK4.3bn because of the DKK9.9bn provision it set aside for an estimated increase in life expectancy among its membership.The hedging portfolio alone made an overall loss of DKK700m despite its investment instruments generating DKK92.5bn, since this was less than the increase in provisions for the guaranteed pensions of DKK93bn.ATP said it had been continuing to work on lowering administration costs, and now expected them to dip to DKK52 per member for the full 2016 year, down 9% from 2015, and 24% lower than they were in 2012.“It is basically about process improvements, IT systems, making them more efficient and in our development costs, keeping them very, very focused,” Stendevad said.Commenting on the new risk-factor approach ATP adopted for its investment portfolio at the beginning of this year, as opposed to the system of risk classes it had used for several years before than, Stendevad said the approach was now completely integrated and working very nicely.Asked whether Brexit had affected ATP’s investment environment, the pension fund chief said that since the referendum result, which came shortly before the end of the first half for reporting purposes, the investment portfolio had in fact performed very strongly.“If you had asked before Brexit, we would have expected a negative impact on our portfolio, but the opposite has been true with both stocks and bonds performing better than expected,” he explained. ATP, Denmark’s DKK800bn (€107bn) statutory pension fund, remains concerned about the negative fallout bound to follow the current period of quantitative easing and historically low interest rates, even though it is has revamped its investment portfolio in part to prepare for the consequences, according to chief executive Carsten Stendevad.In an interview conducted after the pension fund published its first half results but before Stendevad announced his resignation, the chief executive told IPE: “We still have the same core concern that monetary policy has driven up all prices and the day of reckoning will come.”ATP’s main argument behind its current investment approach is that the very expansionary monetary policy adopted by central banks has affected not just the bond markets, but all markets and driven up valuations, he said.“That’s a good thing, but we always try to make a profit from fundamentals rather than assistance from the central bank,” he said.last_img read more

Hammers announce Valencia deal

first_img Press Association Valencia, 25, scored all three of Ecuador’s goals in the 2014 World Cup, attracting attention from throughout Europe as a result. But it is West Ham who have won the race for his signature, with the Hammers announcing the signing on Thursday morning ahead of their pre-season tour of New Zealand. “West Ham United are delighted to announce that exciting Ecuador international forward Enner Valencia will become the Club’s fifth summer signing, subject to a successful work permit hearing,” a statement on their official website read. “Valencia, who impressed hugely in scoring three goals for his country at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, will join West Ham on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.” center_img West Ham have announced the signing of Pachuca striker Enner Valencia on a five-year contract, with the Ecuador international awaiting a work permit to complete the deal.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over France

first_imgFriday’s quarterfinal was the most anticipated match of the tournament up until this point, and there might not be another match quite like it for the rest of the tournament. Both the United States and France entered the tournament as favorites — Les Bleues were a close second behind the defending champion Americans.Both nations easily advanced through the group stage and on paper, the matchup itself seemed more fitting for the finals rather than the quarterfinals. Entering Friday’s showdown, the nations ranked first and second in goals, expected goals and expected goals against in the tournament. The Americans came out strong and scored in just the fifth minute. They now have three of the six fastest goals in the tournament and have scored in the opening 12 minutes of every game in France. After barely escaping Spain with a win in the round of 16, the U.S. looked very different Friday and was more effective overall. The U.S. kept carrying the ball close to France’s penalty area, so the French players had to defend down low, making it a dangerous game filled with high intensity. France couldn’t stop Megan RapinoePlain and simple: Megan Rapinoe couldn’t be stopped. The Americans played played with a much quicker tempo than they had against Spain and it was difficult for Les Bleues to break up their attack, especially on the left side where Rapinoe was playing. Rapinoe was  responsible for the USWNT’s first goal to make the score 1-0 and then delivered again in the 65th minute to give the Americans a more comfortable lead.DREAM START FOR THE USA!Megan Rapinoe scores from a free kick to give them a 1-0 lead on France early.— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 28, 2019It’s the second game in a row that Rapinoe contributed back-to-back goals for the U.S. She scored the Americans’ only two goals in the round of 16 against Spain off penalty kicks, making her the first player in U.S. history to score four straight goals and the first in tournament history to net two back-to-back braces.A second consecutive brace for @mPinoe? Yes, please.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 28, 2019If anything’s certain in this tournament, it’s that the Jill Ellis-led team will continue to rely on the veteran in the semifinals. Is there something wrong with Alex Morgan? The U.S. women’s national team held on for a 2-1 win against France on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Americans played with a quick attacking style to get the ball up the field as fast as they could, creating more scoring opportunities. They held off France throughout the first half, but their defense broke down in the second half. The U.S. allowed France to score in the 81st minute, but managed to hold on long enough to avoid elimination.  Who will win Women’s World Cup 2019? Updated odds entering quarterfinals Alex Morgan had one of the best games of her career against Thailand in the United State’s opening game of group stage, but she hasn’t contributed much since then. She’s taken several big hits and left the game against Sweden at halftime. Morgan insists she’s not hurt, but it’s pretty clear based on the way she’s playing that she’s not 100% healthy. She hit the turf and came off the field for a little bit in Friday’s match, but she appeared to be OK as she went back into the game. She played all 90 minutes, but wasn’t nearly as effective as she was against Thailand. Her health will continue to be a question as the Americans advance further in the tournament.center_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match The U.S. advances to take on England in the semifinals Tuesday. Here are three takeaways from the USWNT’s win:It felt more like the finals than the quarterfinals Related Newslast_img read more

Charles City man charged with vehicular homicide

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Charles City man is facing vehicular homicide charges after an October crash that killed a child and injured three. Authorities say 30-year-old Jesse Blade failed to stop at the intersection of Rudd Park Road and Glass Avenue on the morning of October 26th of last year, crashing into a vehicle driven by Ronald Fisher of Mason City. The crash killed nine-year-old Royce Fisher and injured Ronald Fisher, Sara Fisher and 11-year-old Aidyn Kline. A police report says Blade was driving 53 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone when he went through a stop sign and caused the crash. Authorities say his blood alcohol level was measured at .137, well over the legal limit of .08. Charges were filed earlier this week with Blade being arrested on Thursday on one count of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated, one count of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, three counts of serious injury by vehicle, and one count of OWI second offense. Blade is due in court for his preliminary hearing on April 6th. If convicted of all the charges, he’d face over 50 years in prison.last_img read more

Sue Whittaker, past EWGA chairman, passes away

first_img15 Mar 2014 Sue Whittaker, past EWGA chairman, passes away Sue Whittaker, who was the first management board chairman of the English Women’s Golf Association and who played a key role in the merger which formed England Golf, has passed away. Sue, who lived in Northumberland and was a member at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, had been suffering from cancer for almost a year. She was a lifelong golfer and, when she joined the EWGA in 2008, she spoke of her enthusiasm about the opportunity to develop women’s golf in England. “Being involved with the development of women’s golf – getting more women to play and developing their potential to the fullest possible extent – is a very exciting prospect,” she said. During her three-year term of office Sue was closely involved in the merger process which brought together the EWGA and the English Golf Union to form England Golf, the governing body which today represents all amateur golf in the country. She brought a wealth of experience to her role, having been a journalist and holding a host of public appointments, both local and national. Among them, she was chair of two NHS trusts, a non-executive director of the Public Guardian Board, a disciplinary panel chairman for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and had been a magistrate, chairing sittings of the Berwick-upon-Tweed bench. Her work in public office and on boards included lobbying Government ministers, taking part in trade delegations and developing an expertise in human resources, governance and financial matters. Sue’s husband, Derek Webster, was Lord Mayor of Newcastle Upon Tyne and, as Lady Mayoress, she took part in visits and trade delegations to countries including China, Kenya and the USA. Sue is survived by her husband and their son, Lex. The funeral will take place at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle Upon Tyne, on Thursday, March 20 at 1.30pmlast_img read more

Emily doubles up the Yorkshire golf drive

first_img4 Sep 2015 Emily doubles up the Yorkshire golf drive England Golf is doubling up on its efforts to grow the sport in Yorkshire with the appointment of a second development officer to support the work of clubs and driving ranges. Emily Cheshire will team up with Tom Freeland with a brief to attract more players, increase membership and develop stronger clubs across the region. The county’s golf facilities are already backing England Golf’s strategic plan to create a brighter future for the sport. ‘Raising our Game’ includes supporting clubs to introduce newcomers to the sport through coaching for beginners and providing a positive pathway into club membership. The work going on in the county sees the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Yorkshire County Ladies’ Golf Association working closely with the area’s PGA professionals, while England Golf is now providing additional resource with the appointment of a second county development officer. They are all part of the of the new Yorkshire Golf Development Group, which will focus attention on attracting people to the sport and into club membership, and on providing the right support for clubs as it builds on the work of the previous County Golf Partnership. Emily, 21, will be working alongside Tom Freeland and England Golf Senior Regional Manager, Richard Brown, to develop and deliver national initiatives and programmes to make golf more accessible to people of all ages and abilities.  This includes supporting clubs with two initiatives – the Get into golf campaign and the achievement of the GolfMark standard.  Both promote a more inclusive and friendly approach towards newcomers, ensuring they can play golf regularly. The two CDOs will also support clubs in areas such as the retention of existing members. Emily has recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Sport Business Management from Leeds Beckett University, where she also played for the University golf team.  She says: “I first started playing golf aged six, with junior group coaching at the club where my mum and dad played. I gained my first handicap aged 11 and my game developed and improved over the years with help and support from the club and county structure. “At university I studied various modules including sports marketing and organisational change, while completing my own major independent study (dissertation) entitled Golf and Gender. My research gave me a greater understanding of equality issues within the sport and I learnt from other female golfers about how golf clubs can change for a more inclusive future. “The role of Yorkshire CDO couldn’t be better suited to my skills and personality. Golf has developed my life skills and I can’t wait to engage with clubs to make golf more accessible within the county, to be played and enjoyed by all.” Emily and Tom have divided the territory between them, based on the Inter District Unions. Emily will support clubs in East Riding; Huddersfield & Halifax; Sheffield and York. Tom will support clubs in Bradford; Harrogate; Leeds and Teesside. Richard Brown, England Golf Senior Regional Manager, says: “The additional capacity shows the commitment of England Golf to ensure a healthy future for the sport and will enable us to support more clubs across Yorkshire, driving the More Players, More Members and Stronger Club elements of the Strategic Plan. “The Golf Development Group will also begin to create a County Plan for Golf, which will benefit the sport across the area. “This is an exciting development and will see the new group build on the foundations laid down by the County Golf Partnership to make it even easier for people to give golf a go in Yorkshire and to enjoy the many health and social benefits the sport can bring, particularly as a member of a club.”last_img read more

CBA Crew to Host March 16 Fundraiser

first_imgLINCROFT – An evening of Irish-themed libation, food, and fun is planned in support of new boats and training equipment for the nationally ranked Christian Brothers Academy Crew team on March 16 at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck.Just eight years old, the now 70 strong, nationally ranked team and 2011 Scho­lastic National Light­weight 4+ Champ­ion seeks to improve its competitive position amongst the almost 600 other high school rowing programs nationally by adding $130,000 in new training equipment and boats to their young but highly successful rowing program.In order to add to the ranks of the more than 500 young men who have benefited from the camaraderie, hard work, discipline and competitive spirit engendered by the sport of rowing and Coach Scott Belford’s tutelage, the fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight at the golf club.The ticket price is set at $125 and includes passed appetizers, buffet, open bar, specialty drinks, and entertainment provided by The Pat Roddy Band. There also will be a 50/50 raffle and live and silent auctions that will include such items as a trip to Napa Valley, a one-week vacation in the Cayman Islands, a golf package at Trump National Golf Club, and the use of a 100-foot yacht. Local celebrity radio host Big Joe Henry from NJ 101.5 will serve as the master of ceremonies.Donations will be gratefully accepted and sponsorships are available.Tickets are available by contacting Kim O. Clauss at [email protected] or by calling her at 732-706-3430.last_img read more