USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sydney Training & Education Share this article Sydney was abuzz on Saturday, 13 July with the arrival of United States Navy, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) docking at Garden Island, Sydney for a port visit.The command ship of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, the Blue Ridge with her 52 officers and 790 enlisted personnel, arrived in Sydney ahead of her scheduled participation in the biannual US Australia joint military exercise, TALISMAN SABER 2013.While in town, US 7th Fleet personnel will undertake a number of community relations events with area schools and hospitals.Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Scott Swift said the visit shows the Australian and U.S alliance remains strong.“The Australian/U.S. alliance is as strong as ever and remains one of the most important in the world. I am encouraged by what our nations accomplish together every day. Our visits and exercise reaffirm that we are aligned in our view that a strong relationship between our militaries and countries is essential for maintaining maritime security throughout the region.”Commander Surface Forces, Commodore Jonathan Mead, said the Blue Ridge visit is a taste of things to come, with the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock scheduled to arrive later this year.“Displacing at close to 20,000 tonnes, measuring 30 meters wide and almost as long as two football fields, the Blue Ridge is only slightly smaller than NUSHIP Canberra,” said Commodore Mead.“Our Landing Helicopter Docks come in at an impressive 230 meters, displace close to 28,000 tonnes when unloaded and the flight deck stands 27 meters above the water line.”“It’s great to welcome our American friends to Sydney,” said Commodore Mead.The USS Blue Ridge is a command and control ship and is forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan.  2013 marks the 70th Anniversary of the 7th Fleet – which was originally established in Brisbane in 1943.[mappress]Press Release, July 16, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Island View post tag: blue View post tag: docks View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Garden View post tag: Ridge View post tag: At View post tag: Navy USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney View post tag: USS View post tag: Defense July 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 60,000 Additional Naloxone Kits Available for First Responders Statewide

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 60,000 Additional Naloxone Kits Available for First Responders Statewide October 20, 2017 Press Release,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and first responders gathered in Homewood at Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Station #17 to thank first responders and announce the increased availability of live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state. The funding, available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, is being used to purchase approximately 60,000 Naloxone kits.“Naloxone is an incredibly important and lifesaving tool because we cannot get our loved ones, our neighbors, the members of our communities the treatment they need if they die from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin,” Gov. Wolf said.“Every day, our first responders are saving the lives of Pennsylvanians by administering naloxone and reversing deadly overdoses. Those first responders have already reversed over 3,900 opioid overdoses since 2014. We need to support them in this effort and that’s why this funding from my 2017-18 budget is so critical.”“The range of first responders eligible for naloxone use is much broader than those folks we commonly think of as first responders, such as law enforcement and firemen,” PCCD Chairman Charles Ramsey said. “Individuals who find themselves in positions of being the first person able to respond to an overdose – such as librarians, public transit drivers, and drug treatment providers – are also eligible for the naloxone made available through this state funding.”NARCAN®(naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is needle-free and does not require assembly. It’s designed for ease of use for nonmedical personnel.  Each kit includes two, 4-milligram doses and will be available to all 67 counties over a two-year period using $5 million in state funding. The kits are supplied by Adapt Pharma.“As a proud Pennsylvania company based in Radnor, we are honored to partner with the commonwealth to increase awareness of and access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the only FDA-approved, needle-free formulation of 4-milligram naloxone that does not require assembly or any specialized medical training,” Thomas Duddy, Adapt Pharma Executive Director, Communications said.In addition to Adapt Pharma and first responders, Gov. Wolf was joined by Senator Jay Costa and Representative Ed Gainey, Democratic chairs of the HOPE caucus, a group of state legislators committed to ensuring every Pennsylvanian has access to high quality prevention and treatment of the disease of substance use disorder; Derin Myers, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Dr. Karen Hacker, Allegheny County Department of Health; Wendell Hissrich, Director of Public Safety for the city of Pittsburgh; and Darryl Jones, Chief, Bureau of Fire.The Wolf Administration’s Physician General and Acting Secretary for the Department of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order for naloxone in October 2015.In addition, the Gov. Wolf and state agencies have been increasing efforts in the heroin and opioid epidemic fight in multiple additional areas, including numerous programs and initiatives:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines. To date, there have been more than 12 million patient searches made on the system;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to nearly 700.For more information on the standing order for naloxone, visit the Department of Health’s website. For more information about the naloxone application process, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CAF Champions League Resumes With Epic Quarterfinal Matches

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns is a South African football club based in Pretoria. They are the current CAF Champions League holders and 2016 CAF Club of the Year.Domestically, Sundowns have won the league title a record (7) times and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships. They are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Key player – Sibusiso Vilakazi (Midfielder) Union Sportive Médina d’Alger popularly referred to as USM Alger. The club founded in 1937 is based in the city of Algiers.In 2015, they finished as Runner-up in the CAF Champions League. Key Player – Oussama Darfalou (Forward) Al-Ahli Sports Club, known as Al Ahli Tripoli is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli and the second most successful Libyan club in history, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, six Libyan Football Cups and a Libyan Super Cup.On the continent, they’ve recently become frequent campaigners notably in the CAF Champions League. Key player – Mohamed Al Ghannudi (Forward) The Étoile Sportive du Sahel, a sports club from Sousse in Tunisia is considered to be one of the best from that part of Africa.They won the CAF Champions League in 2007, finished Runners-up in 2004 and 2005. Key player – Rami Bedoui (Defender) The CAF Champions League takes center stage this weekend as eight teams left standing off the 55 who started the journey battle for a place in the semi-final.Profile of the (8) teams:Clube Ferroviário da Beira is a Mozambican football club based in Beira; the Estádio do Ferroviário serves as their home stadium. The team gained prime support mostly as a result of being Colonial Champions in 1974.On the continent, they have been competitive since 1994 when they made it to the second round of the African Cup Winners’ Cup. Also, they recorded appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Key player – Chelito Omar (Midfielder) Wydad Casablanca is a Moroccan sports club based in Casablanca, Morocco. The team is well known in Africa by its fans called ‘Winners’ – The rivalry with neighbors Raja makes the derby between Raja and Wydad one of the most popular derbies in world football.On the continent, they’ve achieved a level of success as winner of the CAF Champions League in 1992, and Runner-up in 2011. Key player – Fabrice N’Guessi Ondama (Striker)center_img Espérance Sportive de Tunis is a sports club based in Tunis, Tunisia. The Stade El Menzah is the club’s home stadium. They’ve made 13 appearances in the CAF Champions League from 1999 till date – emerging champions in 1994 and 2011. Key player – Taha Yassine Khenissi (Forward) Fixtures:16 Sep: Ferroviario Da Beira vs Union Sportive Médina d’Alger16 Sep: Al Ahly Cairo vs Esperance Tunis17 Sep: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad AC Casablanca17 Sep: Al-Ahli Tripoli vs ES SahelTop Scorers:Saladin Said (Saint George) – 7 GoalsMuaid Ellafi (Al-Ahli Tripoli)- 6 goals Al Ahly Sporting Club is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. They are tagged as “the club of the century” for the record number of trophies won across board – a record 39 national titles, 36 national cups and 9 national super cups.On the continent, The club has 8 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup title, 6 CAF Super Cup titles and 4 African Cup Winners’ Cup titles.Internationally, Al Ahly has won the Bronze medal in FIFA Club World Cup 2006. Key player – Amr Gamal (Striker) Relatedlast_img read more

FIFA bans Italian President Tavecchio over a racist remark

first_imgFIFA has extended a ban on recently elected Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio worldwide for six months over a racist comment he made in August. The ban follows a similar move by UEFA and comes the day after the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere, urged all countries “to take appropriate measures to harness the unique potential of sports to debunk racial superiority discourses, mobilise people and convey messages about equality and non-discrimination.”In Ruteere’s remarks to the UN he said, “Eradicating racism from sports is an urgent concern that requires collective action by international organizations, international sports federations, national Governments, national sports federations and civil society.”In his successful campaign for the presidency of the Italian Football Federation, Tavecchio said, “In England, they identify the players coming in and, if they are professional, they are allowed to play. Here instead we get ‘Opti Poba’, who previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first-team player with Lazio.”Despite his remarks Tavecchio managed to secure 63.63% in the election from an electoral college comprising 278 representatives from Serie A, Serie B, the Lega Pro, the Amateur League, the Players’ Association, the Coaches’ Association and the Referees’ Association and a subsequent FIGC investigation was dropped after Tavecchio apologised saying he was misunderstood.As a result of the ban, FIFA said that Tavecchio will be “ineligible for any position as a FIFA official for a period of six months starting from October 7, 2014.” “The case relates to racist comments made by Mr Tavecchio during his FIGC presidential election campaign,” the statement said. “FIFA’s stance against any form of discrimination is unequivocal.”Article three of the FIFA statutes expressly prohibits discrimination of any kind against persons on account of their race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion, wealth, birth or sexual orientation.”Although the FIFA response to Tavecchio’s comments will prevent him from sitting on any FIFA committees, the worry is that a man who could express such views still heads the Italian Federation and that tolerance for racism is clearly so widespread in Italian football.last_img read more

Zack Greinke goes 8 strong innings, Dodgers beat Rockies to take NL West lead

first_imgDENVER >> Zack Greinke challenged baseball’s hottest hitter. The right-hander won the battle with Troy Tulowitzki and the Dodgers went on to win the game.Greinke pitched eight solid innings, Juan Uribe hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning and L.A. beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday night.Uribe finished with three of the Dodgers’ six hits. The Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of San Francisco, which lost to St. Louis on Thursday.“It feels good where we’re at, and it’s where we want to be,” manager Don Mattingly said. But the Rockies rallied in the eighth. Charlie Blackmon led off with a single and one out later Morneau tripled to right-center to tie the game 2-2. Tulowitzki, who entered the game hitting a major league-best .351, came to the plate with a chance to put Colorado ahead.Mattingly came out to talk strategy, and walking Tulowitzki wasn’t considered.“We wanted to get after him,” Mattingly said. “Not to give in, pitch him tough.”Greinke started with a 93 mph fastball for a strike, and after Tulowitzki looked at two balls he popped out to shallow left field.“It wasn’t really the plan. I was trying to get a soft grounder,” Greinke said. “It worked, but it wasn’t how we drew it up.”After an intentional walk to Corey Dickerson, Greinke struck out Nolan Arenado with a high fastball. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Greinke (11-4) got the win despite giving up the lead in the eighth inning. His teammates rallied in the ninth off reliever LaTroy Hawkins to help Greinke tie for the major league lead in victories.“Anytime you can give up two runs at this park is special,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.Kenley Jansen worked the bottom of the inning to get his NL best 26th save in 29 chances.Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu had two hits apiece for the Rockies, who have lost four straight and 15 of 17 to move within a half-game of last place in the NL West.It looked like Greinke might go the distance. He needed just 82 pitches through seven innings.last_img read more