RFA Lyme Bay to Assist Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_img View post tag: Naval Royal Navy’s RFA Lyme Bay has been rerouted to assist humanitarian relief efforts in the Commonwealth country of Dominica following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.The British ship is carrying a range of disaster relief stores, as well as a Lynx Mk 8 helicopter.Tropical Storm Erika hit Dominica on 27 August, resulting in severe flooding, landslides and wide spread infrastructure damage across the island.RFA Lyme Bay is stationed in the Caribbean and as part of its primary tasking acts as a first responder in the event of a disaster in the region.[mappress mapid=”16801″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Relief Efforts RFA Lyme Bay to Assist Relief Efforts in Dominica Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today RFA Lyme Bay to Assist Relief Efforts in Dominica September 1, 2015 View post tag: RFA Lyme Bay View post tag: Navy View post tag: Dominica Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

A vote of confidence for Kevin Kuhl

first_imgTo the Editor:As a former social studies teacher at Marist High School, I am gratified to see that Kevin Kuhl, one of my best students in my teaching career, is running for Bayonne City Council. I was close to his entire family, especially after his older brother, Charlie, died so young. Since then, I was privileged to preside at the funerals of his parents.Kevin learned from his parents the values of running a small business and to be involved in the community at the same time. It’s not just about profit but also giving back to the people who sustain you. Through the decades, Kevin has sponsored many charitable events. His family business is a mainstay in Bayonne and has hosted countless family events and parties.Kevin has firsthand witnessed the changes that have affected Bayonne and has a good perspective on what is needed to give Bayonne a bright future. The best way to effect change is to put yourself on the line as an elected official. I hope that is one of the lessons Kevin took from Social Studies at Marist. He had my vote of confidence as his teacher and I only wish I was living in his ward so I could support him once again. Kevin is a good, smart, successful and charitable man. I wish him well. FR. ALEXANDER M. SANTORAlast_img read more

Airport Festival – Free this Saturday at the Ocean City Municipal Airport

first_imgThe OCEAN CITY AIRPORT FESTIVAL, the annual free festival at Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The event features a ground display of unusual airplanes, including a B-25J Mitchell Bomber and TBM Torpedo Avenger. The festival also features the N.J. Pine Barons Radio Controlled Model Airplane Show, a banner pick-up demonstration, a children’s paper airplane contest, an antique car and truck show, “Bubble Mania,” children’s bounce activity, food and more. Helicopter and model airplane rides are available for purchase. Additional parking at Shelter Road with FREE shuttle service provided. For more information, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call (609) 399-6111.11:00 am: Children’s Paper Airplane Contest12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Banner Pick-Up Demonstration, Coast Guard Demo, and NJ Pine Barons Radio Controlled Aircraft Show2:00 pm: Awards Presentation4:00 pm: B-25J Mitchell Bomber Departs4:00 pm: TBM Torpedo Bomber Avenger DepartsAll-day activities include:Antique Car and Truck ShowFace Painting with Special GuestsNJ Pine Barons Radio Controlled Airplane DisplayPaperclip SculptingBubble ManiaMusic, Food & VendorsHelicopter and Airplane Rides available for purchaseThe Ocean City Free Public Library Bookmobile will be on site all daylast_img read more

Virus variant accounts for 6% of cases in Germany, rising

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Officials say a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first detected in Britain now accounts for almost 6% of all cases in Germany. The head of Germany’s disease control agency said labs examined the genome of the virus in more than 30,000 positive samples last week to assess the spread of the variant and two others first found in South Africa and Brazil. He says there are indications that the variant first seen in Britain and now observed in 13 of Germany’s 16 states can lead to more serious illnesses. Germany’s health minister said Friday that despite concerns about the new variants, there are good signs that existing lockdown restrictions are slowing the country’s outbreak.last_img

Historian traces history of depictions of Holy Family

first_imgIn this year’s final lecture of the Saturday with the Saints series, organized through the Institute for Church Life (ICL), art historian Dianne Phillips discussed the changing artistic portrayals of the Holy Family throughout Church history.Phillips said artistic depictions of the Holy Family have theological implications, and a certain “theological subtlety and complexity … underlies many of these pictures despite their superficial veneer of simplicity.”Emily McConville | The Observer She said artistic representation of the Holy Family did not emerge until late in the first millennium when the Church began to discuss the theology of the Holy Family.“The imagery of the Holy Family and its development depends on the development of the cult of St. Joseph, and very little attention was paid to him in the early Church because its intellectual energies were focused on refining theological doctrines of the trinity and the incarnation,” Phillips said. “Joseph, since he’s not the biological father of Jesus, is not really relevant to those concerns.”In the first depictions of the Holy Family, she said, artists often portrayed Joseph as old and weak to emphasize that he could not have been Jesus’ biological father.“The reality was that by viewers, medieval no less than modern, he came to be seen as a pathetic figure and even comic,” she said.  “His figure presents a challenge to the representation of the Holy Family.”Phillips said the depiction of Joseph underwent a positive change in 12th century Bologna when Bernard of Clairvaux delivered a series of sermons emphasizing Joseph’s importance in the life of the Holy Family and his close and affectionate relationship with Jesus. She said Josep’s representation in religious art took on a new identity as a just and dignified man.Portrayals of the Holy Family continued to evolve, Phillips said, and during the European Renaissance the “high style of Renaissance art” often prominently displayed the Christ Child’s body.“The Eucharistic meaning is obvious in the display of the body of Christ,” she said.Then in the 17th century, artists again redefined Joseph’s role in the Holy Family, she said.“By the 17th century, there develops a genre of pictures where St. Joseph takes the lead,” she said. “Literally, instead of Madonna and child, it’s St. Joseph and child.”However, Mary continued to be represented in a very positive light, Phillips said. A body of works accompanying the 1854 Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, in which Mary and child had white, luminous skin that indicated their purity and holiness, she said.Phillips said depictions of the Holy Family today are more abstract than previous religious artwork owing to “the impact of the huge stylistic changes in art throughout the 20th century.”Still, she said, there are definite allusions to earlier representations of the Holy Family in present-day artwork. A painting of the Holy Family unveiled in September for next year’s World Meeting of Families mirrors the high art of the Renaissance, Phillips said.She said images of the Holy Family are so dynamic, due to theological and scriptural influences, but the common goal of displaying the Holy Family as a model of virtue unites the vastly different works.“Artists in each period … have tried to create images that would move people to immerse themselves in the loving communion of the Holy Family and desire to emulate that in their own lives,” Phillips said.Tags: Church history, Dianne Phillips, Holy Family, Saturday with the Saintslast_img read more

Seven-Year-Old Girl Dies In Motor Vehicle Accident

first_imgImage by New York State Police. UPDATE: Police Identify Seven-Year-Old Killed In Route 60 CrashPOMFRET – An eight-year-old girl died following a multi-vehicle accident on Route 60 Monday, according to the New York State Police.Image by New York State Police.Police say a red four-door sedan was traveling north on Route 60 when it stopped to make a left turn into the Privaterias parking lot.A four-door Chrysler reportedly rear-ended the sedan, pushing it into oncoming trafficking, before it was hit by a semi traveling southbound.Police say the girl was ejected from the sedan. She reportedly sustained trauma to her head and jawline. The girl was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital. Authorities haven’t released the name of the involved parties. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weed worries

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTo stay one step ahead of problems in their fields, farmers use many tools to work with and against nature. But relying too heavily on one effective tool now could give nature the upper-hand in the future.Farmers battle weeds that want to steal valuable nutrients and water from their crops. In the old days this meant long hours digging weeds up with a plow between rows.But these days farmers rely heavily on herbicides to control weeds, says Stanley Culpepper, a weed agronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.“It’s becoming rare to put a plow in a field,” he said.Weeds are a major concern for cotton farmers. They can hurt yields and make it difficult or impossible to harvest the cotton lint. Georgia cotton farmers spend over $55 million every year just to control weeds.Roundup reliantIn recent years, cotton farmers have become increasingly reliant on one mode of attack on these weeds: glyphosate-based herbicides. The herbicide Roundup is the most commonly known of these.But Roundup can kill cotton plants along with the weeds. New technology over the last decade changed this. Cotton varieties were developed that can stay healthy when sprayed with Roundup. It can be sprayed over the tops of cotton fields killing the weeds, but not the cotton.It was an economical blessing and a versatile, time-saving, environmentally-benign tool that farmers gladly embraced, said Culpepper. Roundup-resistant cotton varieties account for about 80 percent of the cotton grown in Georgia this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.But just as man can engineer a cotton variety that doesn’t die when sprayed with Roundup, nature can engineer a weed that doesn’t mind glyphosate.It happensSo could a weed become resistant to a herbicide like Roundup?“Sure, it could happen,” says Culpepper.It’s already happened. Roundup-resistant horseweed is being reported in several states, including Tennessee, he said. And other Roundup-resistant weeds have popped up around the world.Weeds becoming resistant to any means of control has always been a concern to farmers and scientists, Culpepper said. But the risk of resistant weeds increases when farmers become too dependant on one means of control, like their dependance on Roundup.Georgia has had no reports of Roundup-resistant weeds.Scary thoughtsBut there’s one weed that strikes a little fear in cotton farmers and weed scientists, he said. And that’s Palmer amaranth. It can grow like lightening to about 10 feet high with a stalk about eight inches round.Many herbicides can’t kill or even bother this weed. But, luckily, Roundup can stop this weed dead in its tracks. “But if this weed ever became resistant to Roundup, trying to manage it would be a nightmare,” Culpepper said.Herbicides don’t cause plants to suddenly become mutants, he said. All it takes is one weed plant in a field to be genetically different. Say genetically-resistant to glyphosate. All the other weed plants in a field are killed when sprayed, but not the resistant one. It makes seed. Next year, there’s a few more resistant plants. If the process is allowed to continue, the offspring of that one resistant weed will cover the field.Roundup-resistant technology has helped farmers in many ways, Culpepper said. But with new technology often comes new responsibilities. And farmers can’t become too dependant on this technology. They need to be aware of other means of weed control and implement other tools into their Roundup programs.And they can simply keep an eye on their fields and not give that one resistant weed a chance to make seed.last_img read more

Remembering My Mom, Maria Noakes

first_imgEditor’s Note: This tribute was written by Dominique Williams, Maria’s 14-year-old sonMaria was a mother, a friend, a wife, and an all around amazing person. She was born on May 11, 1967 to dairy farmers in small town in Northland, New Zealand. She lived on the farm until the age of 13 when she attended Saint Cuthberts boarding school. Choosing to go to boarding school was one of several pivotal decisions in Maria’s life. Leaving home, making many lifelong friends, and gaining the knowledge to eventually get a degree in occupational therapy all set her on a path toward travel and adventure.After taking a vacation from her job as an occupational therapist to work in a ski chalet in France, and then travel the world, Maria found the gift of whitewater on a multi-day raft trip on the Sun Kosi River in Nepal. She went on several more river trips in Nepal right after that, and her journal from those weeks has enthusiastic descriptions of river life. Her passion for the river is already apparent in her words, and at the top of one of the pages she wrote, “WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A KAYAKER.” She loved the river so much that she eventually got a job raft guiding in Nepal. This is where she met my dad, Nick Williams. From here, Maria’s life would never be the same. She learned how to kayak, and she followed Nick to Bryson City, N.C. where they built their dream house and showed me and my brother Matteo how to love the outdoors, especially the river.On March 3, 2018, Maria died tragically while whitewater kayaking on the Cheoah River, close to Robbinsville, N.C. The Cheoah was one her favorite rivers and one that she had paddled over a hundred times. We will never know exactly what happened that day, but we know that she would have wanted us to continue to love the river in her memory.Maria changed and touched the lives of so many people, which was apparent from the 700+ people who showed up at her memorial service, as well as the huge community of people worldwide that watched online or posted on her Facebook page. As I take time to reflect on my mom, I remember the good moments in her life and am grateful that I was fortunate enough to be a part of it. These good moments in her life defined my mom.Some may see her death as she died too soon, but I look at it as her living every moment to the fullest.Living every moment to the fullest really characterized my mom. There was little time in her life when she wasn’t kayaking or biking, often with Matteo and I along. And if she wasn’t actually out doing something, she was planning the next adventure. This comes to the subject of risk. Risk is very complicated, but I define it as doing something with the chance of it going wrong. My mom loved taking risks, whether it was marrying an American or working in London, but she always did so in a calculated way. Taking risks allowed her to build a life of adventure, one which she shared with me and hundreds of others. As we look back on her life, and her death, we see that risk shaped her and allowed her to touch the lives of so many. What if she hadn’t learned to kayak? Or traveled to Nepal? Or had kids? Who would she be, and who would I be, if she had not taken on these challenges? She taught me to take risks, live life to the fullest, and to be your best. These lessons I will carry with me forever.As you move through life, I challenge you to live life to the fullest, take risks, and live like Maria.In order to honor her legacy, Dom and his family have established the Live Like Maria Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Donations into the fund will be directed into causes that were close to Maria’s heart, including paddling instruction and outdoor experiences for youth, river conservation and access, and empowering women in outdoor adventure pursuits. Contributions of any amount may be made by check and should be sent to “CFWNC” with “Live Like Maria” in the memo line and mailed to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina; 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Ste. 300; Asheville, NC 28803. Gifts may also be made online at www.cfwnc.org; click “GIVE NOW” in the upper right corner of the home page, then choose the “Live Like Maria Memorial Fund “ from the drop-down menu.last_img read more

Travel Diary: Port Washington’s Waterside Wonders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWinter is coming. Yes, this is inevitable. Yet before the plummeting temperatures, blustery winds and menacing snow (hopefully not too much) transform our beautiful island into a frozen winter wonderland, there’s still enough time to eke out one or two more road trips down to the gorgeous, soothing waters bordering our coastline. There’s still one or two last chances to stare out at those precious waves—whether the ocean, harbor, or Long Island Sound—before those whirling winds whip along the shore, sending chills up your spine and cooling that giant pumpkin latte in your hand faster than you can say “Vaaa-Room.”The North Shore hamlet of Port Washington, with its colorful history, myriad parks, shops and restaurants, and endless, breathtaking romantic waterside views, makes just the perfect destination.You’ll want to roll into this majestic community in style, however. A 2015 MINI Cooper from NY Auto Giant, therefore, is exactly what the doctor ordered!Visit NY Auto Giant and drive home your 2015 MINI Cooper today!As you cruise into town in your cute, stylish ride, you’ll undoubtedly be interested in learning some history about this special, special gem. Port Washington’s modern-day origins date back to the 1600s, when more than a dozen English families purchased this precious land from the Matinecock Indians. During the 1800s, shellfishing and sand-mining became important industries here, with millions of yards of the area’s sand eventually used to form the concrete comprising some of the most iconic and well-known buildings in New York City, including the Chrysler and Empire State Building!If you’re a fan of literature, you’ll be excited to know that Port Washington is also represented within the East Egg area of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.First order of business is caffeine, of course. Luckily, besides the aforementioned wonders awaiting you and your loved ones here at “The Portler,” as some call it, this community is absolutely loaded with java-licious cafes and bakeries to get your heart a-pumpin’!Swing by COFFEED, a nonprofit micro-roaster that supports numerous charities and employs locals with disabilities, as well as serving some of the most exotic blends around. You simply can’t go wrong with the Ethiopian! Saint Honore Pastry Shop is also worth a visit—this place rocks not only the joe, but cakes, cookies, and cupcakes galore!Sip those lattes while you stroll Main Street and peruse its many stellar shops and storefronts, including Wright Music, Painting With Flowers, and The Dolphin Bookshop—the latter an independent bookstore that’s been feeding the minds and caffeine urges of patrons since 1946. You’re going to want some great food on your day adventure, and Port Washington is replete with high-quality restaurants serving some of the most delectable dishes around. Dating back to 1905, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers hungry locals and travelers premium seafood as well as absolutely breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound. DiMaggio’s is another prime choice for eats and memories. Since 1978 this trattoria and bar has been delighting hungry patrons with traditional Old World cuisine comprising only the freshest ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave your lips a-lickin’ for weeks. Roasted rabbit, ossobucco, stuffed zucchini blossoms are just a few of its many culinary masterpieces that make this a must-stop spot on any Port Washington road trip. So is Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace & Café, serving so many joyous Greek delights—stuffed grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, lamb burgers—you’ll be dreaming of that ancient land and its irresistible cuisine for a long, long time afterward. [Note: Ayhan’s sells Feta Cigars—warm, mouthwatering oozing Feta tightly wrapped into a stogie with crisp phyllo dough—the name says it all!] The place is right next door to Ayhan’s Shish (Fish) Kebab, too!Ice cream goes great with Feta (as does pretty much everything), so grab a cone and sundae with all your favorite toppings at Sweet Treats On The Wharf before heading over to a comfy bench along the waterfront. Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!You and your loved one might just be in for yet another special treat on this uber-special road trip bonanza:Several gorgeous, enigmatic sea creatures have recently been spotted swimming and frolicking amongst Port Washington’s idyllic surrounding waters. Humpback whales as well as a giddy pod of Belugas have been enjoying the ever-improving depths of the Bay and Sound—providing local residents and adventure-seeking boaters the rare, moving experience of witnessing these extraordinary beauties up close and personal!You never know what adventures await you in this remarkable, idyllic community, so head down to NY Auto Giant’s Massapequa Nissan to drive home your very own 2015 MINI Cooper today and roll through Port Washington, and any other town, in style!last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Steven Nzonzi instead of Lucas Torreira

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 31 Aug 2019 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Nzonzi worked with Emery at Sevilla (Picture: Getty)However, Nzonzi is seven years Torreira’s senior and the Frenchman would have had little sell-on value.AdvertisementAdvertisementInstead, Arsenal’s recruitment team pitched a persuasive argument to Emery to convince him to sign Torreira and he conceded that it was the correct decision.Torreira is expected to start this weekend as Arsenal take on fierce rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.The midfielder’s standout performance last term came in the Gunners’ 4-2 win against Spurs last December.MORE: Novak Djokovic through despite injury and US Open fan row Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lucas Torreira has proved a popular figure with Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)Lucas Torreira was not Unai Emery’s first choice to strengthen in central midfield last summer with the Spaniard keen on France star Steven Nzonzi instead.The Uruguayan joined the club from Sampdoria in a deal worth around £22million and he became a popular figure during an impressive debut campaign at the Emirates last term.Torreira’s tenacity has won over the bulk of Arsenal’s support but Emery had concerns about his height, frame and physical capabilities.Instead, claim the Athletic, Emery wanted to sign Nzonzi as he’d worked with him at Sevilla and was positive that the Frenchman’s previous experience in the Premier League would help him settle quicker.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Steven Nzonzi instead of Lucas Torreiralast_img read more