HMS Montrose makes another major drug haul in Arabian Sea

first_imgRoyal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F234) has struck for a third time in less than five weeks — in an operation lasting 10 hours, the Montrose intercepted over 2,800 kg (6100 lbs) of hashish and 50 kg (110 lbs) of heroin in the Arabian Sea on March 12, 2021. Photo: CMF Royal Navy frigate seizes 2.4 tons of drugs in Arabian Sea This latest successful interdiction has further deprived criminal and terrorist networks of their ability to finance their operations through the transport and sale of illicit cargo.  Related Article This is the latest in a string of successful counter-narcotics operations since the Royal Canadian Navy assumed command of CTF-150 in late January 2021. CTF-150, one of three CMF task forces, is operating in the region to disrupt criminal and terrorist organizations to prevent terrorism and the illegal trade of drugs and weapons.  As part of this, HMS Montrose alone has intercepted a combined haul of more than 13000 lbs over the ship’s last three interdictions, striking a tangible blow in the war against illegal drug trafficking. This is in addition to seizures by the US Navy and French Marine Nationale. Their collective success has directly contributed to maritime security operations in the Middle East, according to CMF. Share this article View post tag: HMS Montrose Posted: 2 months ago Posted: 2 months ago On our last day of the patrol, we seized almost 3 tonnes of narcotics. That’s nearly 6 tonnes in only 5 weeks at sea. Not bad, eh?#[email protected] @UKMCCMiddleEast @CMF_Bahrain @815NAS @42_Commando @RoyalCanNavy— HMS MONTROSE (@HMSMontrose) March 22, 2021 Categories: The boarding team from the ship, operating in direct support of Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) seized the drugs – with a combined estimated wholesale value of over $4.5 million – following searches of suspicious vessels whilst undertaking a counter-narcotics patrol. View post tag: Royal Navy Photo: CMF View post tag: CMF Vessels View post tag: CTF-150last_img read more

Oxford scientists don’t need to chill

first_imgOxford scientists have found a method of increasing the shelf life of vaccines, meaning costly refrigeration of drugs in warm climates may no longer be necessary.The research involved drying the viral particles used in vaccinations on ‘special membranes’ in order to keep them stable over longer periods. While usually the drugs last for only a few weeks in warm climates, the scientists found that the methods used in the research could keep the ‘viral vectors’ used in vaccines usable at temperatures of up to 45˚C for several months.The nhs choices website explained, “This development is potentially very useful as it may lead to improvements in the availability and effectiveness of vaccination programmes in areas of the world with fewer resources.”last_img

Delay for Debut of E-ZPass Toll System on Cape May County Bridges

first_imgFor now, the toll remains $1.50 on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and other bridges operated by the Cape May County Bridge Commission. By Donald WittkowskiMotorists waiting for the arrival of E-ZPass on the five bridges that connect the Cape May County seashore towns along the scenic Ocean Drive will have to be patient.In other words, they’ll have to continue with that age-old ritual of fumbling for cash or coins and stopping at the toll plaza for at least a few more weeks.The Cape May County Bridge Commission had hoped to have the electronic E-ZPass toll system ready for all of its bridges by March, but delays have pushed back the timetable.“It’s definitely not going live for March,” said Karen Coughlin, the bridge commission’s executive director.Coughlin explained that the commission is still waiting for the final go-ahead from the E-ZPass New Jersey Customer Service Center, the company that will operate the toll network.In the meantime, testing on the E-ZPass system is tentatively scheduled to begin in two or three weeks on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, Coughlin said.Barring any problems during the test period, E-ZPass may go into operation on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge sometime in April.“Right now, I’m looking, hopefully, for the second week to mid-April. But I’m not confident with that at all,” Coughlin said.The Ocean City-Longport Bridge has been chosen as the first bridge to get E-ZPass because its existing toll plaza already has the overhead gantries that are needed to support the hardware for the automated fare system.To alleviate fears of E-Pass traffic zooming through the toll plaza at high speeds, gates will be installed on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to slow drivers down, Coughlin said. Cape May County is also installing pedestrian crosswalks and signs near the bridge to improve safety, she added.The commission will bring its other bridges online for E-ZPass in intervals of every two weeks. Depending on how well testing and installation of the equipment goes, there is a possibility that two bridges might get E-ZPass at the same time, Coughlin noted.After the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, E-ZPass will be installed on the Middle Thorofare Bridge, then the Corsons Inlet Bridge, then the Grassy Sound Bridge and, finally, the Townsends Inlet Bridge.The Townsends Inlet bridge, which connects Sea Isle City with Avalon, will be the last to get E-ZPass because it is currently undergoing extensive maintenance work that has reduced travel to one alternating lane of traffic, Coughlin said. The $2.7 million maintenance project is scheduled to be completed before summer.The Townsends Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle City and Avalon is one of the bridges slated to get E-ZPass.E-ZPass will make the Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges compatible with major highways serving the Jersey Shore. E-ZPass, which allows motorists to pay electronically while breezing through a toll plaza without having to stop, has been in use for years on the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.Without E-ZPass, traffic has a habit of backing up on the bridges during the busy summer tourism season, as motorists crawl through the toll plaza to pay their fare with cash or coins.“It’s going to bring convenience,” Coughlin said of E-ZPass. “Motorists won’t have to have cash in their pocket.”Coughlin noted that most of the calls she receives at the commission’s office are from motorists who question or complain about the lack of E-ZPass.Motorists, however, will have the option of paying with cash or toll tickets even after E-ZPass goes online. The human toll collectors will stay. The collectors are also needed to operate the movable spans that open up to allow boat traffic to pass through the bridges.Coughlin said there will be no change with the $1.50 bridge toll once E-ZPass becomes operational.“There is no toll increase projected for the immediate future that I’m aware of,” she said.Tolls will remain at the current level of $1.50 after the E-ZPass system goes live.Originally, the bridge commission had proposed a toll increase in 2017 to help pay for the E-ZPass system, but backed off giving the fare hike final approval.Under the plan, there would have been a $1 toll increase in effect from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. A 50-cent toll increase would have occurred during the off-season. The idea was to have a smaller toll increase during the off-season to relieve year-round residents of the financial burden of paying most of the fare hike.The toll increase was supposed to go into effect June 1, 2017, but the commission never took a final vote to put it into effect. At the time, the commission decided that instituting a toll increase during the summer tourism rush would be complicated, confusing and burdensome to customers.Now, it does not appear the commission has plans to revive the proposed toll increase.“There’s been no talk about it,” Coughlin said.After the proposed toll increase was announced, Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio, who is also a Cape May County freeholder, and members of Sea Isle’s City Council immediately denounced the plan, saying it would have been a financial hardship for local motorists.They also said higher tolls would be a double whammy for Sea Isle residents, because they use both the Townsends Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle and Avalon and the Corsons Inlet Bridge linking Sea Isle and Strathmere.The last time there was a toll increase on the bridges was in 2009. The fare was raised by 50 cents then, Coughlin said.last_img read more

Watch Blackberry Smoke & Marcus King Rip Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone”

first_imgThe Marcus King Band and Blackberry Smoke were both in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend, where the two southern rock bands welcomed fans for a pair of performances at the Ryman Auditorium on February 22nd and 23rd. One of the highlights from Blackberry Smoke’s two-night run at the well-known Nashville venue came during the second night, when they welcomed Marcus King to the stage to help perform a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic rock anthem, “Tuesday’s Gone”.The cover performance came 17 songs into the show towards the end of the band’s headlining set. The members of Blackberry Smoke also welcomed Kristian Bush guitarist Benji Shanks and Preston Holcomb to help play on the 1973 ballad. The crowd could be heard bursting into applause in approval of the band’s song choice, as there’s no doubt the southern spirit of Skynyrd still holds up strong in Nashville. King takes a pair of strong solos throughout the performance, with the first beginning at the 2:50-minute mark, and again at 5:35 mark into the video below.Blackberry Smoke with Marcus King – “Tuesday’s Gone” – 2/23/2019[Video: Eric Almy]King will continue his Carolina Confessions Tour into next month with scheduled stops at Garcia’s At The Cap on March 6th, followed by a recently-upgraded show at The Capitol Theatre two nights later on March 8th. King will also make an appearance at the previously-announced “Love Rocks NYC Benefit Concert” at New York City’s Beacon Theatre alongside Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, and many more in between the two Port Chester gigs on March 7th. Fans can head over to King’s website for ticket info to all of his upcoming shows.[H/T Guitar Player]last_img read more

Office for the Arts Announces 2016 Arts Prize Winners

first_imgThe Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and the Council on the Arts at Harvard, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, are pleased to announce the 11 recipients of the annual undergraduate arts prizes for 2016.The awards, presented to more than 130 undergraduates for the past 34 years, recognize outstanding accomplishments in the arts undertaken during a student’s time at Harvard.See the full list of Arts Prize Winners.last_img

Nine New COVID-19 Cases Reported Today In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare: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),We need to do a better job of tracing, and making sure businesses are doing the sanitizing and making sure employees are safe and distancing. Some are afraid for jobs if they speak up. We need to do a better job of monitoring businesses and ones that have had close contacts with infected persons. This is someones life and job.,More information would be nice. Are people getting the virus at work? Or are they traveling to Buffalo or somewhere else? Or are they attending parties? Did they wear masks when they went out or were they the rebels we all see in the grocery stores who will not put a mask on? If we knew more about where they went and what they did–and what they didn’t do–maybe we would better know what we should do. Maybe it wouldn’t be so scary to see the numbers if we had confidence that we can avoid the virus if we are careful. MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 188 with 43 active.The Chautauqua County Health Department says the new cases involve two people under the age of 18, two men and a woman in their 20s, a man in his 30s, a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 50s, and a man in his 60s.Additionally, officials reported 609 people are now under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director, that number up from 511 on Monday. They say the 600 plus are not confirmed to have the virus, however, they are being monitored for symptoms, show symptoms, are awaiting test results, or have risk factors.Officials say since the outbreak began 138 people have recovered from COVID-19, with seven deaths reported and more than 18,000 tests returning negative for the virus. last_img read more

A sweet event

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThis can’t be a bad way to end your day.The Georgia Muscadine Twilight Field Day will start at 5 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Tifton, Ga., Campus Conference Center(Rural Development Center).The event will start with presentations on muscadine diseases byUniversity of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen and ValdostaState University professor Cameron Whiting.Then the Georgia Muscadine Association will provide a freehamburger and hot dog supper. All they ask is that you call KayDunn at (229) 386-3410 and let her know how many people will beattending so they’ll know how much to cook.Then comes the dessert. UGA horticulturist Mel Hall will lead atour of the muscadine breeding plots. You’ll be able to see andtaste many cultivars and selections of muscadines.What more could you ask?last_img read more

Total, Marubeni team up on 800MW solar project in Qatar

first_imgTotal, Marubeni team up on 800MW solar project in Qatar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:French oil major Total and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni have won the rights to build Qatar’s first utility-scale solar PV project, due online in time for the 2022 World Cup.The 800-megawatt Al Kharsaah development will use more than 2 million bifacial solar modules, making it one of the largest bifacial projects anywhere in the world.Total and Marubeni will own a 40 percent stake in the project with Siraj Energy, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Electricity & Water Company, owning the remainder. The full investment for the project is estimated to be 1.7 billion Qatari riyals ($467 million).Qatari national power firm Kahramaa has signed a 25-year power-purchase agreement for the output of the project. The first 350 megawatts will be operational next year with the full project scheduled for completion in 2022.Kahramaa President H.E. Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari claimed the PPA price was the lowest ever for a solar power project but did not state the value of the winning bid. In November, Dubai claimed to have taken the record with a bid of 1.7 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour for the next 900-megawatt phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. ACWA Power, the winner of that tender, is already using bifacial modules in a previously completed phase of the same solar park.“Al Kharsaah, Total’s largest solar project to date, will contribute to our ambition to deploy 25 gigawatts of renewables by 2025,” Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné said in a statement. “This project further strengthens our long-term partnership with Qatar in oil, natural gas, refining and petrochemicals and expands it to include renewable energy. It is a very clear symbol of the strategy of Total to become a global energy company.” Total has 3 gigawatts of renewables in operation so far, with solar projects spread around the globe including in Chile, South Africa and Japan.[John Parnell]More: Total and Marubeni to build 800MW solar plant in Qatar ahead of World Cuplast_img read more

Running the Summits

first_imgThree women trek 260 miles across the 40 highest peaks in Southern Appalachia in a record-setting seven days.Top trail runners Rebekah Trittipoe of Bedford, Va., Anne Lundblad of Asheville, N.C., and Jenny Anderson of Lynchburg, Va., journeyed to the 40 highest and wildest reaches of the Southern Appalachians to set a new speed record.South Beyond 6000 (popularly known as SB6K) challenges hikers to reach the 40 southern Appalachian peaks exceeding 6,000 ft. in elevation. Only 170 people have completed the challenge in 40 years, and only one other person has conquered them all in one consecutive 260-mile trek.Why were three of the country’s most accomplished ultrarunners considering such a wild adventure so different from their usual competitive undertakings? Trittipoe confessed she was anxious for a “women-only” adventure, and after contacting a few unsuspecting friends with her notion, “Anne and Jenny took the bait.” After considering several possibilities, Lundblad suggested SB6K.“Competitions are fun and exciting, but I wasn’t really finding the sense of internal challenge and accomplishment that I was looking for,” said Lundblad. “We all liked the idea of combining long distance running with bagging peaks.”The SB6K peaks are geographically distributed throughout the southeast’s highest ranges; these include the Great Smokies, Plott Balsams, Great Balsams, Blacks, Great Craggies, and Roans. Fourteen of the 40 peaks have no maintained trail to their summits. Crowned with nearly impenetrable spruce-fir forests and often guarded by a bloodthirsty maze of blackberry thickets and briars, these mountains are the giants of the southeast’s wildest country.Lundblad admitted that she had little off-trail experience. “Before this run, my only off-trail adventures were when I’ve gotten lost on my trail runs,” she explained.In 2003, Ted “Cave Dog” Keizer ran the SB6K peaks in just under 5 days, setting the overall speed record for the challenge. Supported by an extensive crew he dubbed “The Dog Team,” his route would be mirrored by the trio of women runners atop the region’s highest peaks. In his honor, they adopted feline-themed trail names: Mama Cat (Trittipoe), Dixie Cat (Lundblad), and Bohima Cat (Anderson). The Cat Women also used the upcoming quest to fundraise for Project Athena, an organization providing aid to women athletes who suffer catastrophic health setbacks.After months of training, planning, and route finding, the Pride was ready to pounce in mid-June. They set off from 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies, just after 3 a.m. Following the Appalachian Trail, they reached their second peak, Mount Collins, well before the sun came up. Early starts and running in the dark would be a necessity every day to maintain their 40 mile-per-day pace.By late afternoon on their first day, they reached the eastern Smokies range, one of the most wild and remote areas in the southeast. It is home to the most difficult peaks of the entire challenge, including Mount Guyot, the east’s highest trail-less peak, and Marks Knob, the farthest off-trail peak in the challenge. All of these summits are guarded by incredibly dense forests and steep slopes.“In many ways, the thickness of rain forests are exactly like the type of growth and density we experienced,” explained Anderson, who has trekked in the jungles of Central America. “We climbed over blowdowns, crawled under branches, stomped through briars, and squeezed through closely grown balsam…hunting for the summits,” she added. “It was equally challenging finding our way back down to the trail.”By the end of day one, they had summited nine peaks, finishing in crashing thunder and lightning. Electrical storms are among the most dangerous hazards when climbing the region’s highest peaks. But the danger didn’t end there. The Pride would receive a visitor at Tricorner Knob Shelter on their first night—a hungry 300-pound black bear that wandered into camp. Luckily, a ranger was present to scare it off, although the bear returned in the middle of the night, knocking into a cooking pot just a few feet from where the women slept. Again the bear was chased away, but no one slept well that night.The next morning, they knocked off three more off-trail peaks in the Smokies, then exited the park to face an arduous 20 miles of road running. Through more heavy downpours, they pounded the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at long last, the skies parted on the trek to Yellow Face, their next 6,000-foot peak. At Yellow Face they soaked in the majesty of the surrounding mountains. The magical moment reinvigorated the Cats and served as inspiration to push onward.The trio would need their newfound motivation to start their third day, setting out before sunup in another torrential downpour to traverse the Plotts. “We climbed Waterrock Knob with lightning crashing all around us,” said Anderson. “It was quite epic.”Briars, blackberry bushes, and nettles obscured the faint paths to the Plott summits. “We surely got half of our war wounds from that trail,” continued Anderson. She later suffered several bee stings, and her body broke out in hives to accompany her cuts and bruises.The Pride, barely escaping the Plotts in one piece, picked up the Mountains-To-Sea Trail and ascended into the Great Balsam Mountains, where they had to contend with Reinhart Knob, one of SB6K’s most notoriously difficult peaks. Though only a short distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the summit is well fortified. Its access is so hindered by colossal blackberry thickets that the preferred route involves ascending a perilous rock face through a steep and narrow chute.In locating the correct rock chute, the ladies soon found themselves perilously clinging to the near-vertical mountainside. At its top, they were greeted with a wall of spruce and fir that even sunlight itself rarely penetrates. “We all paid the price in blood and scratches on that one,” said Trittipoe.Day Four brought scenic relief to the battered Cats as their journey took them across the open balds of Shining Rock. Their morning jaunt to the summit of Black Balsam Knob, a grassy bald with a 360 degree view, was greeted with clear skies, breathtaking vistas, and even a breakfast surprise. Their friend Adam Hill greeted the ladies with a meal of eggs and chocolate chip pancakes.Running the Art Loeb Trail over more scenic peaks like Tennent Mountain and Shining Rock treated the ladies to dramatic views throughout the day. “The open balds were spectacular,” said Trittipoe. The women unanimously named this section as their favorite of the journey.It was also the first day that friends and crew members joined the team to run sections of trail. “We finally had a beautiful, sunny day with friends. We could see forever,” said Lundblad. “It was very special.”The fifth day of the challenge took the runners across the Black Mountains, the highest and most brutal range in the eastern United States. From 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain in the East, the route heads north to cross seven more peaks, each one with rugged, overgrown back-to-back ascents and descents. Many are so steep that ropes have been installed to rappel rock chutes.“That section of trail will be embedded in my mind forever,” said Anderson. “It had relentless rocks, mud, technical terrain, and ropes.”Another storm approached as they neared the northern end of the range. In dark skies and pouring rain, the sound of tornado sirens from the valley below reached their ears.Before reaching their final range, the Cats had to tackle another laborious 20 mile road run to reach the Roan Highlands. With bodies worn weak and muscles turning to jelly, the winding asphalt proved demoralizing. “It was like a death march,” said Trittipoe. “I was so tired that my eyes continuously closed and I felt myself weaving all over the road.”When they finally climbed Roan High Bluff, their first peak in their final range, a wrong turn resulted in a short bushwhack through thick rhododendron. They eventually emerged onto a paved trail leading to an overlook, startling several tourists. “We felt like lost zoo animals with the looks that we got,” said Anderson.Meanwhile, their support crew assembled at Carvers Gap to run the final two miles with them. The Pride was crewed by their husbands—Mark Lundblad, Cory Anderson, and Gary Trittipoe—as well as Trittope’s son Seth, and friends Josh Yeoman and Robin Packer.During the seven-day journey, crew members did everything from setting up campsites and cooking food to hiking ten miles with gear to a shelter, getting up at 3 a.m. to make oatmeal, doing laundry, and providing invaluable moral support and encouragement. “And they did it without receiving the glory and attention that we got,” said Lundblad.As the Cats emerged from the forest, their arms and legs were ravaged with cuts, scratches, and bruises. Their strides were shortened by aching muscles. Yet they were all smiling. Hand in hand, they arrived at the top of Grassy Ridge Bald and kneeled together to kiss the final benchmark. They completed SB6K in 6 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes, a women’s record.“I can’t imagine any better people to be with through this experience,” said Trittipoe. “We went as a team, and we conquered as a team.”The team aspect set this challenge apart from many other long distance speed attempts. Several experienced long distance runners predicted they wouldn’t succeed because of the team element. But the women stuck together through some of the most harrowing physical and mental challenges.“We were able to motivate and encourage each other to push through the low points,” added Lundblad. “We had a lot of laughs on the trail. I gained an incredible sense of connection with Rebekah and Jenny, knowing that this experience we shared is one we will never forget.”The beauty of the mountains made the experience unlike any other. “Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful and challenging parts of the entire country,” said Anderson.“Sometimes we just wanted to bag a peak and leave—tired of being cold and wet,” admitted Trittipoe. “But other times, we desired to linger, hoping to capture the magic of the moment.”And for Lundblad, the trek brought new perspective on her running career. “Through this experience, I discovered that while racing fed my ego, this adventure fed my soul.” •Peter J. Barr is chairperson of the Carolina Mountain Club’s South Beyond 6,000 Challenge and has hiked all 40 summits. His second book, Hiking the Southeast’s Highest Peaks, will be released next summer.ANNE LUNDBLAD“Dixie Cat”AGE: 42HOMETOWN: Swannanoa, N.C.DAY JOB: College CounselorMOTHER: Emma, 9RUNNING: 10-time National Champion, 2005 IAU World Cup 100K Silver Medalist, 6-time USA representative at IAU World Cup, Record Holder for JFK 50M, Mt. Mitchell Challenge, Promise Land 50K, Dupont Trail MarathonFAVORITE PEAK: Black Balsam (Great Balsams)MEMORABLE MOMENT: Known for “Doing a Dixie” for her many falls, including once while standing still.REBEKAH TRITTIPOE“Mama Cat”AGE: 52HOMETOWN: Bedford, Va.DAY JOB: Medical Education Author; Online High School TeacherMOTHER: Caleb, 21; Seth, 18RUNNING: Past winner of Mountain Masochist 50M, JFK 50M, Rattlesnake 50K, 250K Brazil Jungle Marathon, Allegheny Trail Women’s Speed RecordFAVORITE PEAK: Mt. Guyot (Smokies)MEMORABLE QUOTE: “I felt like Dora the Explorer.”JENNY ANDERSON“Bohima Lion”AGE: 35HOMETOWN: Lynchburg, Va.DAY JOB: High School Spanish TeacherMOTHER: Logan, 9; Jordan, 7; Ryleigh, 3RUNNING: Past winner of Terrapin Mountain 50K, Rattlesnake 50K, Forget the PR Mohican 50KFAVORITE PEAK: Yellow Face (Plotts)MEMORABLE QUOTE: “At least we don’t have chiggers.”last_img read more