Former USCG Island-class cutters arrive in Ukraine

first_img View post tag: Ukrainian Navy View post tag: Starobilsk View post tag: US Coast Guard Sloviansk (P190) and Starobilsk (P191), two former US Coast Guard Island-class cutters, arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on October 21 aboard cargo ship Ocean Freedom.The boats arrived at their new homeport after being transferred to the Ukrainian Navy in September 2018.While Ukraine did not pay for the former cutters Drummond and Cushing, it did pay for transfer expenses and the subsequent training of Ukrainian maintenance crews.Sloviansk and Starobilsk arrived at the Odessa Sea Commercial Port from where they are to be towed to the naval harbor.Upon completion of the readjustment work, Island-class boats will begin their combat duty to ensure maritime safety in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas under the command of the Ukrainian crew.Island-class patrol boats are high-speed ships and were built in the late 80’s — early 90’s for the US Coast Guard. They can accelerate to 54.6 km / h.Manned by up to 18 sailors, including three officers, the boats are equipped with an automatic Mk 38 Mod 0 Bushmaster 25mm caliber artillery unit and two 12.7mm M2HV machine guns. The boats are also equipped with a radar station.32 Ukrainian sailors which have passed 10-week preparation for service on “Islands” have graduated from US courses in September this year. New equipment installed during the boats’ refits, and technical and training services provided by the Coast Guard were valued at $9.8 million back in 2018. View post tag: Island-classcenter_img View post tag: Sloviansk Photo: Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Share this articlelast_img read more

Hertford tutor claims wrongful dismissal

first_imgA former tutor at Hertford College claimed this week that he was unfairly dismissed from his post last year.Dr Anthony Murphy, a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Hertford from 2006 to 2010, and prior to that a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, left his job in Oxford after refusing to agree to a new contract which the college offered him. The contract would have given the college the right to lay him off with just one day’s notice.Murphy appealed to an employment tribunal last week for £2,000 redundancy pay. He said, “it was clear that they wanted to lay me off”. He was told that his appeal is unlikely to be successful, since he voluntarily refused to sign the new contract. Tribunal chairman Jessica Hill pointed out that under the terms of the contract he was offered, he would still have received full pay for three months after being laid off, and described this arrangement as “a fairly standard practice”.If he wishes to persist with his appeal, Murphy will have to pay the deposit of £500 required to hold a full hearing.Murphy’s claims mark the second time in recent months that controversy has arisen over the appointment of tutors at Hertford.  In June, Cherwell revealed that one of the college’s lectureships in History is in jeopardy. Unless the college manages to raise the sum of £1.2m, they may be unable to appoint a successor to Dr Toby Barnard, a CUF lecturer in Modern History due to retire at the end of the next academic year.A second year at Hertford commented, “I’m not sure about the details of the Murphy case, but reduced government funding means that it will become harder for the college to support the level of teaching we have had up to now.”Dr Murphy currently lives and works in the United States, as Senior Research Economist and Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. When questioned by Cherwell, he refused to comment at this stage in his hearing’s proceedings. Dr John Landers, Principal of Hertford College, also declined to comment.last_img read more

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine works, but less so against variants

first_imgNovavax says its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89% effective, based on early findings from a British study. The shot also seems to work against new mutated versions of the virus circulating in that country and South Africa, though not as well. Thursday’s announcement comes amid worry about whether a variety of vaccines being rolled out around the world will be strong enough to protect against worrisome new variants – and also the world needs new types of shots to boost scarce supplies. Novavax says it needs some additional data before it can seek British authorization for the vaccine’s use, sometime in the next month or so.last_img

Holladay announces housing project

first_imgAt the dedication of Holladay Properties’ Darby Row project Thursday, representatives released plans for another brand new housing development on Notre Dame Avenue to open for the 2013-2014 school year. The Thursday afternoon ceremony formally dedicated the building and announced its opening, though tenants have lived there since June. Drew Mitchell, project manager for Darby Row, said the other purpose was to announce the new project called The Belfry. “The Belfry is going to be similar to Darby Row, with 36 student bedrooms on the same block of Notre Dame Avenue, within walking distance to campus,” Mitchell said. “Because of the leasing success we had at Darby Row, we decided to replicate the living situations for our new project.”   Darby Row, which has 35 student bedrooms, is already 90 percent leased out for the 2013-2014 year, with a waiting list for the townhouses Mitchell said is “wildly popular.” “Darby Row truly set a new standard for student housing in the area, in terms of amendments and living situation,” Mitchell said. “The tenant mix is very interesting, with undergraduate students, graduate students, and some graduate student families. We deliberately kept the size down to less than 40 tenants to keep the tight community feel.” Mitchell said The Belfry’s name connects to the historical traditions surrounding campus – the building will be located at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Campeau Street after Campeau is extended as part of a local construction project. Campeau Street was named for Gregory Campeau, who built the first bell tower at the University of Notre Dame. “Belfry is the dictionary term for a bell tower, and so to incorporate this bell concept, we acquired two 350-pound church bells that have been in New Orleans for the past 180 years which we’ll use on either side of the building’s façade,” Mitchell said. “The Belfry will be located at approximately 740 Notre Dame Avenue, on the location of the old Club 23 building.” Mitchell said Holladay Properties plans to deliver a project quite similar to Darby Row, with 18 two-bedroom units in a variety of configurations. “Each unit will average 500 square feet or more per bedroom and is fully furnished, with bedroom and living room sets as well as 50-inch flat screen TVs and private bathrooms in each bedroom,” Mitchell said. “There will be granite countertops throughout each unit, and everything will be wireless internet ready.” Mitchell said the convenience factor makes The Belfry and Darby Row projects very attractive to students, with units within walking distance to campus and also located on the Transpo bus route. Rent Like A Champion Today handles Darby Row’s marketing and will also handle The Belfry’s. Mitchell said the students previously on the waitlist for Darby Row townhouses have been shifted to The Belfry, and the company will begin signing leases for the new development today. Construction on the project will begin next month, and The Belfry will open June 1, 2013. Mitchell directed students interested in learning more about the Notre Dame Avenue housing projects to the Rent Like A Champion Today website. We hired Rent Like A Champion Today to assist with the marketing efforts for Darby Row and the Belfry, especially reaching students,” Mitchell said. Mike Doyle, chief executive officer of Rent Like A Champion Today and a 2012 Notre Dame graduate, said a group of Notre Dame alumni founded his company to develop the neighborhoods around campus.  “We are proud to partner with Holladay Properties to help with the marketing of both Darby Row and The Belfry to the students of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross,” Doyle said. “There is truly nothing else like these projects in terms of quality, and we are happy to be able to provide these housing options to students.” Mitchell said he agreed with Doyle’s sentiment, praising the quality and pricing of the units. “As a double-Domer myself, I’m just trying to deliver the type of product that I wish had been here when I was at school,” Mitchell said. “This project is doing great things for the neighborhood – it’s got the Notre Dame Avenue marquis address, and there is no one else in the market delivering products as nice as this at rates as competitive as ours.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Ben Jacoby Makes His Broadway Debut in Beautiful

first_img View Comments Ben Jacoby is now “On Broadway!” The Phantom tour alum will make his Main Stem debut on March 3 in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He is set to replace Jarrod Spector, who was Tony nominated for his performance as Barry Mann, in the hit tuner.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.The current cast at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre also includes Chilina Kennedy as Carole King, Scott J. Campbell as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Ben Jacobycenter_img Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Showslast_img read more

Save Your Poinsettia!

first_imgWhen the holidays are over and you pack away the decorations, don’t pitch thepoinsettia plant. If you’re up for a challenge, this year’s poinsettia could become a partof your holiday decorations next year.Ron Oetting has severalpoinsettia plants in his greenhouse left over from past holidays. Oetting is a researchentomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each year he is surrounded by a new crop of poinsettias he studies to solve insectproblems growers face each year. “I have new plants each year for research, but I also have a group of plants thatI save from year to year,” Oetting said. “You can save them from year to year athome, too. But it’s a challenge. You just have to understand how a poinsettia works.”Once the Christmas presents have all been opened and holiday decorations are packedaway, treat your poinsettia like any other houseplant. “You don’t want to overwateror underwater a poinsettia plant,” Oetting said. During the spring and summer, a poinsettia is a green foliage plant. “When theweather turns warm, repot your poinsettia,” he said. “You also need to decidewhether you want your plant to be a bush or a tree.”If you fancy trees, he said, cut off all the plant’s side shoots and leave a singlerunner that will grow upward. If a bush is more to your liking, pinch off the shoots tomake the plant branch more. “Where you keep your poinsettia between New Year’s and September doesn’t make awhole lot of difference, as long as it gets light,” Oetting said. “The trickypart comes after September.” “To flower, the plant needs the same amount of darkness Mother Natureprovides,” he said. “Somehow, you’ve got to keep that plant in the dark afterthe sun goes down, and it has to stay in the dark until the sun comes up. If there is anyflash of light, you can forget it.” Once the plant begins turning the bright red color it is known for, there is no turningback. “Once it starts turning, it’s gonna go,” Oetting said. “It’s alreadyset physiologically.” Oetting has seen this process work and fail.”We saved some poinsettias in one greenhouse from the previous year, and they wereright on track,” he said. “But the poinsettias in the greenhouse next door weredoing poorly. We figured out why when we noticed the streetlight just outside thegreenhouse door.”Oetting doesn’t recommend trying to save your poinsettia plant unless you are up for achallenge and don’t mind failure. “It’s too easy to break the period ofdarkness,” he said. “It’s also a whole lot easier and cheaper to buy a new oneeach fall.”One unique characteristic of poinsettias is that its red “flowers” aren’tactually flowers at all. The true flower of the plant is the small yellow flower in thecenter of the red color. The spectacular red flower-like arrangements are the plant’sbracts or leaves.A tropical plant from Central America, the poinsettia is also known as the ChristmasStar or the Mexican Flameleaf. It’s named for its discoverer, J.R. Poinsett, the firstU.S. ambassador to Mexico.last_img read more

Pond training

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaWhether it’s a trickle or rapid runoff, rainwater has to go somewhere when it hits the ground. That somewhere includes stormwater management ponds, and a University of Georgia class will provide information on keeping them in good shape.“Stormwater Management Pond Training” will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 4, at Flinchum’s Phoenix in Athens, Ga. Frank Henning, a UGA Cooperative Extension watershed agent, will discuss topics ranging from vegetation management to retrofitting ponds for water and stormwater quality credits.The training is free and is for anyone who owns or manages a stormwater pond.“It’s designed to give them some of the tools they need to manage stormwater,” Henning said. “Stormwater ponds are designed to reduce flooding and reduce pollutants, but if they’re not properly maintained, they may not function properly.”Those attending the class may receive credit toward their pesticide applicator licenses, including three hours of pesticide recertification for categories 24, 26 and 27 (ornamental and turf, aquatic and right of way).For more information, call Frank Henning at (706) 542-8868. For those interested in recertification credit, call Josh Black at (706) 613-3440, ext. 385.last_img read more

Study suggests why bird flu slow to infect humans

first_imgMar 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that the reason the H5N1 avian influenza virus infects humans relatively rarely and does not spread from person to person is that it lacks the right key to unlock many cells in the upper respiratory tract.The virus is better equipped to infect cells deep in the lungs, because some of those cells have a different kind of receptor molecule from those in the upper airways, according to the study by a team led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo. It was published online yesterday by Nature.”Our findings may provide a rational explanation for why H5N1 viruses at present rarely infect and spread between humans although they can replicate efficiently in the lungs,” Kawaoka and his colleagues write.”Deep in the respiratory system, [cell] receptors for avian viruses, including avian H5N1 viruses, are present,” Kawaoka explained in a University of Wisconsin news release. “But these receptors are rare in the upper portion of the respiratory system. For the viruses to be transmitted efficiently, they have to multiply in the upper portion of the respiratory system so that they can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing.”He added, however, that mutations could enable the virus to infect cells in the upper airway, which could help set the stage for a flu pandemic.Global health agencies have documented 184 human cases of avian flu, with 103 deaths, since the H5N1 virus began spreading widely among birds in late 2003. Given its ability to cause severe human illness, the virus’s failure to infect many more people or spread from person to person has puzzled scientists. Kawaoka’s study appears to offer the best explanation so far.Flu viruses use a protein called hemagglutinin to latch onto receptor molecules on the surface of host cells. The article explains that avian flu viruses prefer a cell receptor molecule consisting of sialic acid linked to galactose by an alpha-2,3 linkage, called SA-alpha2,3Gal, whereas human flu viruses prefer receptors consisting of sialic acid with an alpha2,6 linkage to galactose (called SA-alpha2,6Gal).The authors sought to determine the distribution of these two kinds of receptors in the human respiratory tract. By exposing respiratory tract cells in laboratory cultures to lectins—plant proteins that bind preferentially to different cell-surface molecules—they determined that the human-type receptors were dominant in the nose, nasal sinuses, throat, trachea, and bronchi. They found few of the avian-type receptors in the upper airways, but there were “substantial” numbers in the alveoli, the small air sacks in the lungs.The researchers then exposed respiratory tract cells to human and avian flu viruses. They found that human-derived viruses, preferring the “2,6” receptor, efficiently infected cells from both the bronchial lining and alveoli, whereas avian viruses, preferring the “2,3” receptor, infected alveolar cells but not bronchial cells, according to the report. The experiment included an H5N1 virus and two other avian flu viruses, an H3N2 and an H4N6.”Our findings indicate that although H5N1 viruses preferentially recognizing SAalpha2,3Gal can be transmitted from birds to humans, they can replicate efficiently only in cells in the lower region of the respiratory tract, where the avian-virus receptor is prevalent,” the report states.This may help explain the “inefficient” human-to-human transmission of H5N1 viruses seen so far, the article continues. But a mutation in the hemagglutinin molecule could enable the virus to “recognize” the human type receptor. Then it could grow in the upper respiratory tract, where sneezing and coughing could spread it to others, the authors say.However, they add, “Changes in other viral proteins, including PB2, may be required to confer pandemic potential on avian viruses that can efficiently replicate in humans.”In the news release, Kawaoka commented, “No one knows whether the virus will evolve into a pandemic strain, but flu viruses constantly change. Certainly, multiple mutations need to be accumulated for the H5N1 virus to become a pandemic strain.”The news release says the finding suggests the world may have more time to prepare for an eventual pandemic of avian flu, though most scientists agree that a pandemic will occur sooner or later.The finding also puts scientists in a better position to look for the kinds of mutations that could lead a pandemic strain of H5N1, the news release says.”Identification of H5N1 viruses with the ability to recognize human receptors would bring us one step closer to a pandemic strain,” Kawaoka commented in the release. He added that the human receptors “can serve as molecular markers for the pandemic potential of the isolates.”Shinya K, Ebina M, Yamada S, et al. Avian flu: influenza virus receptors in the human airway. Nature 2006 Mar 23;440:435-6 [Abstract]See also:Mar 22 University of Wisconsin news release read more

World modern pentathlon championships moved from China due to coronavirus

first_imgThe world modern pentathlon championships have been moved from the Chinese city of Xiamen to Cancun in Mexico as a consequence of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, officials of the sport’s ruling body (UIPM) said Friday.Xiamen was compensated by being named hosts of the event in 2022 with Minsk already confirmed for 2021.”It was very important to offer our athletes a world championships at sea level, corresponding to the conditions they will find during the Olympics in Tokyo,” said UIPM president Klaus Schormann.  Cancun will host the event from May 25 to 31 and will decide the qualifiers for the Olympics later this year.The outbreak of the so-called COVID-19 illness, which began in December, has killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,500 in China.Over 1,150 people have been infected and eight have died across 26 other countries, according to the World Health Organization. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal blow as Lucas Torreira is set to miss club’s next three fixtures

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Torreira was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Rose (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to be without midfielder Lucas Torreira for their next three Premier League games.The Uruguay international was shown a red card in the final seconds of the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.Despite starting on the bench, Unai Emery decided to bring Torreira on as a substitute at half-time to help introduce some more tenacity and energy into the midfield.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, five mintues into injury time just before the final whistle, Torreira lept in recklessly on Danny Rose and was shown a red card.ADVERTISEMENTIt was his second booking in his last two outings, with the referee also showing him a yellow against Bournemouth in mid-week.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 23-year-old is now set to miss the club’s fixture against Manchester United on Sunday, along with clashes against Everton and Newcastle after that.Arsenal’s next game is against Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday which is a game Torreira will still be eligible to play in.MORE: Wright slams Mustafi for crucial error against TottenhamMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 4:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal blow as Lucas Torreira is set to miss club’s next three fixtureslast_img read more