Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concludes


first_img Photo: Photo: NATO MARCOM View post tag: ASW View post tag: NATO Share this articlecenter_img The NATO-led anti submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concluded off the coast of Norway on July 6.Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 8 allied nations converged on the North Atlantic Ocean while host nation Norway provided support from the Harstad and Narvik harbors as well as Andoya air base.Participating ships included Turkish frigate TCG Gediz, Dutch frigates HNLMS Van Speijk and HNLMS Van Amstel, Danish frigate HDMS Niels Juel, Spanish frigate ESPS ALvaro de Bazan, Polish frigate ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko and tanker ORP Bałtyk.Submarines under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO) joined surface ships under Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and maritime patrol aircraft under NATO Maritime Air Command in a simulated multi-threat environment.The aim of this exercise was to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. Furthermore the exercise provided opportunity to identify best practices and lessons learned.Dynamic Mongoose is one of a series of exercises in which NATO trains and practices ASW skills under various circumstances and geographic conditions. Dynamic Mongoose is set in the deep, cold waters of the North Atlantic and is designed to specifically train for ASW work in this type of environment. It is part of the NATO effort on continued adaptation to new security challenges and helps to develop understanding of the North Atlantic. View post tag: Dynamic Mongooselast_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! The Top 10 Mary-Louise Parker Roles


first_imgNancy Botwin, Weeds Robin, Boys on the Side Star Files Ruth Jamison, Fried Green Tomatoes Li’l Bit, How I Learned to Drive Lillian, Saved! Sarah Ross, Red Amy Gardner, The West Wingcenter_img Harper Pitt, Angels in America Catherine, Proof Mary-Louise Parker is currently starring on Broadway in Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg. In honor of its recent Great White Way opening, we asked the fans which MLP roles make her the real MVP—and there are tons to choose from! The Tony and Emmy winner has dazzled (and been dastardly) on the stage and screen, and we can’t get enough. Take a look at your top 10 below! Ellen, Bullets Over Broadway View Comments Mary-Louise Parkerlast_img

Lindenhurst Man Asked 2 Girls, 14, to Be in Porn, Cops Say


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old Lindenhurst man was accused of trying to recruit two 14-year-old girls in Massapequa Park to be in a pornographic video with him on Monday, Nassau County police said.Andrew Quattrone was arrested and charged with attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal solicitation.Police said that the suspect approached the girls outside of King Kullen on Merrick Road, showed them a box of condoms, asked them if they would like to be in an adult video with him and showed them pornographic pictures on his phone shortly after 5 p.m.When the girls walked away, Quattrone allegedly asked them to reconsider making a video before they ran to a nearby store and called police, authorities said.Officers took Quattrone into custody shortly later. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Quattronewas paroled in September 2013 from an upstate New York prison, where he served three years after being convicted of criminal solicitation and criminal possession of a controlled substance when he was previously arrested for luring young girls to be in adults movies on St. Patrick’s Day 2009, according to reports and records.Seventh Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident or similar incidents to call them at 516-573-6753. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Mortgage success through member education


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions can win over banks in this area.by: Nicole HamiltonCredit unions have a unique opportunity to capture new members and market share around home ownership, and a distinct competitive advantage over other institutions to do so.Americans have much of their money in their homes. In fact, 80 percent of home owners have 66 percent of their net worth in the equity on their house, according to the Century Foundation’s white paper: A Tale of Two Recoveries. This makes their home by far their largest investment.Yet the statistics on how much people understand about mortgage concepts are grim. Mortgages are complex, but are often sold simply, with the focus on interest rate and monthly payment. In addition, few home buyers are aware of how much equity they might have in their homes in the future, given different available products and offers, or what the trade-offs are with regard to overall cost of the loan.Mortgage originators need to be concerned with ability to pay, and the qualification standards are high these days, preventing precarious financial commitments that many homeowners found themselves in during the pre-mortgage crash. Banks that originate mortgages are generally focused on mortgage origination volume, and keeping their complaints and production costs down, but not necessarily on creating educated customers or optimizing those customers’ long-term financial outcomes well into the future. continue reading »last_img read more

When should brands put digital first?


first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. BSI readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers everywhere. Today we hear from Philip, a Marketing Manager from Zurich, Switzerland who has this question about making the shift to digital.“Recently we’ve been talking about becoming a more digitally focused brand. However, some in the team still want proof that this is the right time to do that. So my question to you is: how should a brand decide when to focus its efforts on a digital-first approach?”It’s not clear from your query how your current brand is faring, so I’m not sure what’s behind the clamor for your shift to digital. If your brand is struggling in its current (analog) form, and with a more traditional marketing approach, to keep up with faster, more streamlined rivals with far-reaching online advertising campaigns, for example, then I can understand your frustration. If, on the other hand, none of your rivals have shifted to a ‘digital’ way of doing things, then there are risks, and advantages, to being the industry’s first mover.Moving to a digital-first approach certainly has its proponents. A couple of years ago, Marc Pritchard, Proctor & Gamble’s Global Brand Officer, suggested that while great advertising still requires clear consumer insights and a strong idea, a digital-first approach offered unprecedented reach because the medium “is a more fundamental part of people’s lives than any other medium in history”. In other words, as our lives become increasingly digital, it makes sense for brands to adopt a digitally focused approach. continue reading »last_img read more

Jockey Colin Keane enjoys year to remember | Racing News


first_imgThe landmark victory came on the back of him being crowned Ireland’s champion jockey for a second time – after a thrilling battle with Shane Foley – in a year in which he also rode his first two Classic winners on Siskin and Even So for his boss, Ger Lyons.“It couldn’t have gone much better and winning at the Breeders’ Cup was just brilliant,” said Keane of 2020.“The year started off with us winning a Classic with Siskin and then it went from strength to strength. We were lucky enough to win another with Even So, I won the Matron on Champers Elysees, winning the battle to be champion and topping it off with a Breeders’ Cup winner.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Ger to be honest, he got me going and has brought us to where we are.”While Keane’s agent Ruaidhri Tierney cast his net far and wide in the search for winners in the closing weeks of the season, one trainer who did not employ the champion was Weld – yet when Christophe Soumillon was ruled out at the 11th hour having tested positive for Covid-19, it was Keane who was called upon.“It was just a case of being in the right place at the right time last weekend,” said Keane.“It’s not the way you want it to happen, but I’ll take it. Mr Weld isn’t someone I’ve ridden for much to be honest, so to get a ride in a big race and win on her for him is great.“We’d talked about it (tactics) and while we didn’t make a plan as such, Mr Weld said he wanted me to either be on the inside or the outside, but not the middle – as she’s a filly who likes a bit of space and she has a very good turn of foot.“Turning in I wasn’t looking to go between them, I just wanted to give her as clear a run as possible and she picked up very well.“You’d like to think she’s up there with the best about, it is very hard to beat Magical, she’s one of the very best, rock solid and never runs a bad race. Going there you’d be thinking if you’re second to Magical you’ve run a good race. It takes a very good one to beat her.”With two titles already in the bag, Keane is hopeful of keeping his momentum going into next season and he even picked up rides for Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stable in the closing weeks.“Every year we set a target to beat the previous year’s tally – I didn’t think that would be possible this year because of Covid and my quarantine, but my agent did a great job in getting me on the right horses and we got into a great rhythm,” explained Keane.“It was September it all seemed to click, I had over 20 winners and it really got me going. I was lucky enough to team up with Aidan towards the end on a few spares with Seamie (Heffernan) suspended and Wayne (Lordan) injured and thankfully some of them won.“I’ve a lot to thank my agent for, he’s done a very good job.” Colin Keane has finally had time to reflect on a stellar season which was capped with a first Breeders’ Cup success on Tarnawa.Keane admits getting the ride on Dermot Weld’s filly was simply a case of being in the right place at the right time – but with all bar one rival behind him turning into the straight, he advertised his talents on a world stage.- Advertisement – “Thankfully it all fell right for us. It was a hard year, especially giving up two weeks with quarantine (to ride Siskin in the Sussex Stakes), so we really had to knuckle down, but it was worth it.”Keane cannot speak highly enough of Lyons, for whom Siskin and Even So were his first Classic successes, too.“I’ve been riding for the right people, I ride for a great boss so I’m very lucky,” said Keane.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pellegrini: We’ve thrown it away


first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that his side have thrown their season “into the garbage”. Pellegrini, quoted in several national newspapers, said: “It has not been a good season. It was not so bad until the end of 2014, when we were top of the table and also had the FA Cup and Champions League. “But in the last three months we have thrown it into the garbage. “I think always for the fans it is important to finish as near to the top of the table as you can and that’s what we must do.” City captain Vincent Kompany turned 29 on Friday, while players such as Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner, Edin Dzeko and David Silva are all also now senior statesmen within the group. Much has been made of the age of the City squad, but Kompany insists that major changes are not needed at the Etihad. “This team doesn’t need ­restructuring,” he said. “I would say it’s more about refocusing. These criticisms about age come and go with form. If you are in good form and you’re having a good season, then people say it’s your experience that got you there. “If you’re having a bad run of form, like we are now, then age is the problem. “We have to think outside of what people say. We’ve not been as good as we could have been. That’s the bottom line and we need to solve that. But I can only speak from what I see and, looking around the dressing room, I haven’t noticed that this team is coming to an end.” Press Associationcenter_img Heading into 2015 they were well placed, having moved level with Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. However, since then City have been eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Champions League while defeats against Arsenal, Liverpool, Burnley and Crystal Palace have all but ruled out their chances of retaining the league title. last_img read more

Friends rally for terminally ill U football player


first_imgIn this photo taken on Dec. 9, 2013, Manny Hendrix says goodbye to Bronzell Miller, right, as Miller’s partner Marnie Oliver, left, sits on the bed, after Hendrix visit to Miller at home in West Jordan, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Keith Johnson)WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — If Bronzell Miller dies today, it might be laughter that kills him.“Marnie saved me,” he rasps, twinkle-eyed, to the guests huddled at his bedside. After a glance at his ex-wife, the two launch into hysterics — Miller holding his ribs and wincing, Marnie Oliver blushing, their visitors sharing a look of “What the — ?”Oliver settles herself and shares the joke.When she supported the giant man’s weight after picking him up from the airport last Thursday, she reminded him that it wasn’t the first time she’d “saved him”: Twenty years earlier Oliver helped Miller up the stairs and into the shower after a night of carousing — his last-ever, he now says — and “he leaned against the wall crying, ‘Ooooh! Ooooh!’ ” she mocks. This time everyone laughs.The 42-year-old former Utah defensive end who played a year in the NFL spends this recent Monday afternoon giggling with old friends as they tell stories, talk family and suss out the shortcomings of the modern-day Utes. But when they leave, he becomes pensive, and a tear glistens at the corner of his eye.He begins to think about why they came to see him.“You can’t argue with 12-0,” says a resigned Miller. “They diminished what we did.”This is bait. He knows better — that the 1994 Utah football team put the program on the map, that without them there would be no 12-0 in 2004 or 13-0 in 2008. But he wants to hear you say it.The younger brother of then-Utah defensive back Ed Miller first showed up in Ron McBride’s office as a lanky 17-year-old who’d been told by previous Utah head coach Jim Fassel that he was “an arm’s length too slow.”The Seattle native hadn’t qualified for the U., and McBride urged him to get his associate degree at Eastern Arizona, where he would play wide receiver (catching five TD passes) and linebacker (sacking eight).He packed on 50 pounds while improving his 40-yard-dash time during a redshirt year at the U., evolving into a factory-mold edge rusher who made teams pay for devoting two blockers to future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luther Elliss.He and Elliss anchored a stingy run defense, quarterback (and current San Diego Chargers head coach) Mike McCoy captained the offense, and famously fiery defensive coordinator Fred Whittingham “yelled once” all year in 1994, Miller said. They finished 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in the Coaches Poll to become inarguably, at that time, the best in school history.“Our biggest thing is we were all there to better one another,” Miller says. “It was just one of those special seasons. . We created something that none of us can forget.”Miller has received a handful of death sentences.First, three to five years. In October, six months. But in early December he was told he has just two weeks, and “this one feels real,” he says.Doctors diagnosed Miller’s multiple myeloma in 2010, and he’s since endured chemo, radiation, bone marrow and stem cell transplants. The stem cells brought a brief remission, but thanks, he believes, to his participation in a pie-eating contest, that proved temporary.He and Oliver divorced in 1999. The two have stayed close, however, and when their son, Bronzell Jr., came out to visit him for Thanksgiving, she asked that he assess the gravity of his dad’s condition.At first, the U. sophomore found Miller perky and mobile, but his health deteriorated throughout the week. A doctor warned them time was running out, and he required end-of-life hospice care. Finally, Oliver persuaded her ex-husband to return to Utah.Miller has visible tumors — one on the center of his spine the size of a baseball, another sticking out of his back and multiple growths on his rib cage — but ultimately the killer is a soft-tissue tumor inside his sinus cavity that pushes against the frontal lobe of his brain. His organs are expected to fail in a matter of days.The man who once could run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds tried Dec. 9 to walk from his air bed to the kitchen, stumbling and breaking his crutches. “I’m so drained,” he says. “I’m so tired.”Miller was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft, getting cut and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in his only NFL season. He later suited up for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, with whom he won a Grey Cup Championship in 1998.But Miller says football players are “easily replaced” and has strived not to be easily labeled.“He would just like to talk about anything,” McBride says. “He would come in my office sometimes and just sit down and start talking about things not pertaining to football — his academic life or his dating life or whatever. He’d say, ‘Coach, what do you think about this?’ and he’d just go on and on and on.”On his way to Los Angeles to play for the Arena Football League’s Avengers in 2001, he stopped by McBride’s office for another chat, telling his old coach, ” ‘I’m on my way to Hollywood to be a movie star!’ ” McBride says. “I said, ‘You’re what?’ ”Miller’s IMDb page lists credits for nine roles, including “Bringing Down the House” and “Mr. 3000.” And he’s a triple threat: More even than acting and football, he adores country music.“He’s like a cowboy-boots-wearing cowboy,” jokes 1994 teammate Edwin Garrette. Miller was downright gleeful Monday when he shared news that Canadian singer-songwriter Scotty Hills will include some songs Miller wrote on his new album.With short notice, former teammates and fellow athletics department notables are scrambling to do what they can for a fallen Ute.Miller’s buddies tell him not to worry about his kids (He has nine: Alesha (21), Bronzell Jr. (20), Breezell (19), Elijah (16), Breonne (13), Isaiah (11), Aaliyah (9), Arielle (7) and Isaac (5); he is also stepfather to Oliver’s son Stetson, 24). They’ll be taken care of, they say.But mostly they just shoot the bull, and as his friends shake their heads, Miller stresses that he darn well means it: Pac-12 success requires a quarterback from the Pacific Northwest. He had to stop watching this year’s 5-7 Utes “because my anxiety would go up. It was breaking my heart.”The five children from Miller’s last marriage plan to attend his funeral, but they won’t be able to say goodbye to their father in person.Miller and their mother had an ugly split in 2010, after which Waukesha County records show he was found guilty of class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and both have restraining orders against each other.But Oliver and Miller have an easy rapport, and she dropped everything to care for her ex-husband with no apparent complaint. Because Miller has no life insurance, she’s raising money for end-of-life care and funeral expenses through YouCaring.com.Doctors no longer make any effort to prolong Miller’s life. Oliver simply keeps his pillows fluffed and applies Fentanyl patches as he playfully squirms and yells “Cold!”Asked about what’s going through his mind, Miller said, “You mean death?”He explained, the handsome man gesturing with huge arms that still look capable of a mean swim move, that his foremost concern is submitting his Ph.D. application to the University of Utah’s Psychology Department, because life isn’t all about football.In other words: He’s trying not to think about death.But feeling the love from the people whose lives he’s touched, revisiting all the great times he’s had with them — their company is welcome, but it makes his reality tough to ignore.“You’re focused on getting stuff done, and all of a sudden, old friends show up.”___Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.comlast_img read more