UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb

first_img View post tag: blow View post tag: Explosive Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: world View post tag: experts View post tag: up View post tag: German View post tag: Bomb View post tag: Royal Royal Navy explosive experts have on July 10 blown up a large German World War II bomb off Kent’s east coast.The 500lb device – dropped by enemy aircraft – was brought to the surface by a dredger on Sunday near the entrance to the port of Dover.It was taken three miles out to sea off Deal and a four-man bomb disposal team from Portsmouth – led by Petty Officer (Diver) Dave May – lowered the one-metre long bomb back to the seabed. They waited for the safest tidal window and carried out a controlled explosion at 8.45am today.The local coastguard put a one-mile cordon in place during the operation, but no major shipping movements in the area were affected.Lieutenant Dan Herridge, in overall charge of the bomb disposal team, said the explosion was carried out at a depth of 15 metres and caused a 50ft–high plume.“We don’t come across this size of bomb that often. This one was in poor condition and we could not tell if the fuses were intact or not, so the safest option was to take it out away from the busy shipping lanes and dispose of it as soon as we could.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 12, 2012; Image: Royal Navy UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb View post tag: II View post tag: War View post tag: Naval July 12, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Immigrants Burden And Blessing For States

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare As a teenage refugee from war-torn Bosnia 20 years ago, Ned Halilovic asked for a small, safe place to live and ended up in West Fargo, North Dakota.Few in town spoke his language, and Halilovic spoke no English. He started high school within a week of arriving and so he needed to learn the language of his new country. He got his diploma in 18 months.“I set out to learn 20 words a day,” Halilovic, now 37 and a college graduate, said. “That was my goal, starting with ‘table,’ ‘chair.’ When you are forced to do it, it goes much smoother, much faster.”New, young immigrants remain a constant in North Dakota and South Dakota. Immigrants there are the youngest in the country, with a median age of 34. And more than in any other state, they are new arrivals, having come to the U.S. after 2010. They often speak little English, like Halilovic.And the states are investing millions of dollars in helping these new immigrants learn English and acclimate to American culture, hopeful that it will pay off with economic activity. Halilovic’s cleaning business in West Fargo employs 72 people, many of whom are young immigrants.Having an immigrant population that is younger often means the newcomers are contributing to a state’s workforce, which can increase the tax base. But it also can mean young families that have children. And that can burden public schools, which are obligated to teach students who don’t speak English.Having an immigrant population that skews older can mean a state has a greater percentage of immigrants who have aged out of the workforce and may need help with health care, housing and retirement — though not always.Hawaii and Florida have the oldest immigrant populations in the nation, with median ages in the late forties. They have been receiving immigrants — in Hawaii, many are from Asia, and in Florida, many are from Cuba — in large numbers for more than 50 years. And the immigrants have settled in enclaves where many speak the same language or share the same culture.Immigrants in Hawaii and Florida also tend to be more affluent than immigrants in other states. Eugene Tian, an economic analyst at Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, said immigrants are generally as well off as Hawaiians who are born there.In Florida, older immigrants have been a boon to the housing industry, which has struggled since the mortgage crisis hit in 2007.“Those folks have been doing a lot of homebuying and in a lot of cases they’re paying cash,” said Christopher McCarty, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. Affluent immigrants, he said, see Florida as a good investment and a good destination with Hispanic-friendly communities.In contrast, many of the immigrants arriving in the Dakotas are like Halilovic. They don’t speak English and have no long-standing immigrant community to move into. As a result, they often need to learn English, assimilate to American culture and enter the economy more quickly.“Immigrants who find relatively few of their compatriots living in the United States typically have a stronger incentive to make the U.S.-specific investments that will allow a wider range of social and economic exchanges,” George Borjas, an immigration economist at Harvard University who was born in Havana, wrote in a study last year.Stress on SchoolsHaving children, and parents, who don’t speak English can tax school systems.Schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, spend $5.3 million annually on staff and programs for children who don’t speak English or are only learning it. There are too many languages for a bilingual approach, said the schools’ spokeswoman, DeeAnn Konrad.The schools are often unable to find interpreters for children or parents, so teachers and support staff must fall back on nonverbal communication, such as pointing.“With more than 70 different languages represented in the district, we cannot translate communications for all families,” said Ann Smith, who supervises programs for immigrant children there. “Our school-home liaisons make personal contact to explain test scores and report cards. Our liaisons are not necessarily bilingual but have incredible skills communicating without words.”Cultural differences can stand in the way of learning, too. Some of the newest immigrants to Sioux Falls, like the Kunama people from Ethiopia and Eritrea, need some coaxing to see the value of reading and writing.“Our Kunama neighbors place a high value on face-to-face, spoken communication,” Smith said. Other newcomers include children from Nepal, Bhutan and Burundi, including some Hindus who do not eat beef, putting new strains on cafeterias.“Food, in general, can be a challenge when you integrate people who are used to a rice- and vegetable-based diet into the Midwest, where all meals center around beef and potatoes,” Smith said.Aging Immigrants: A Retirement Crisis?Although many in the decades-old immigrant waves, like those in Hawaii and Florida, are financially secure, many in the newer waves, from rural Mexico and Central America, aren’t. And some scholars who study the issue foresee a financially troubled, older immigrant population that the country will have to deal with.Immigrants who arrive later in life are more likely to be financially troubled than those who arrive at an earlier age, according to a 2013 study by the Population Research Bureau. And their number is growing: Six million immigrants age 65 or older lived in the U.S. last year, more than double the 2.7 million in 1990.Older immigrants also are more likely to be poorer than Americans who were born here and are unlikely to catch up to them financially, the study found, which means they aren’t as likely to be able to retire. They will have to work longer in life to make ends meet, and they won’t be eligible for public assistance, such as Medicaid, unless they become citizens.Most new immigrants older than 60 are sponsored by their children under visa programs that allow immediate family members to join them legally, said Janet Wilmoth, director of the Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University.Federal immigration data show more than 64,000 immigrants arrived last year as parents of U.S. citizens, mostly from Mexico, India and China. Similarly, Florida has seen the number of older immigrants arriving from Cuba grow sixfold between 2010 and 2015, according to state records. Most said they were doing so to rejoin family.Older immigrants also are a “potentially vulnerable population,” Wilmoth said, because of limited English and a lack of U.S. work experience, and can often become isolated, depressed and dependent on family members.New York has one of the oldest immigrant populations, with a median age of 46, compared to 34 for residents born in the U.S. In some urban areas, public resources like senior centers are strained.Last year, for instance, elderly Koreans in Queens protested that senior centers were too far away from them, and they were forced to use a McDonald’s restaurant in Flushing to socialize. State Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat, brokered a settlement including more buses to transport them to far-away senior centers.The older Asian-American population in the city is growing fast and, Kim said, “is in dire need of not only more senior centers but more senior housing and more social space.”Immigrants fill many of the country’s labor gaps: from low-skilled work in agriculture to high-skilled work in science and technology. An Economic Policy Institute study last year calculated that while only 13 percent of U.S. residents were immigrants, they produced nearly 15 percent of U.S. economic output.last_img read more

REACH program now accepting applications for spring 2013

first_imgThe Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) program, a University-wide sponsored training series, is currently accepting applications for the spring 2013 semester in both the Foundations and Intermediate levels. Applications are due January 11, 2013.If you would like more information on the program, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions. Instructors and participants will be available to tell you about the program, the new streamlined online application process, and to answer any other questions you may have. These information sessions will be offered at different locations across the University, and all are welcome to attend any session. For the most up-to-date session times and locations, please visit our website.The current session dates are as follows:Friday, 12/7/2012, 1-2 p.m., Tosteson Medical Education Center, Rm 333Monday, 12/10/2012, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Holyoke Center room 608Wednesday, 12/12/2012, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 124 Mt Auburn St, Ste 100, Rm 106Thursday, 12/20/2012, noon-1 p.m., Holyoke Center room 608Friday, 1/4/2013, 11 a.m.-noon, 124 Mt Auburn St, Ste 100, Rm 106To sign up, please click on your preferred date listed above.More information about the REACH program may be found by contacting [email protected]last_img read more

USC sweeps Grand Canyon

first_imgThe No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team took advantage of a Division II opponent and started mostly backups, yet was still able to submit a strong performance, sweeping Grand Canyon, 30-27, 30-20 and 30-26 Thursday night at the Galen Center.The match started close, as Grand Canyon was not fazed by its Division I opponent, hanging with the Trojans (11-9) in the first set until junior outside hitter Sean Dennis converted a kill to break a 22-22 tie and the Trojans were able to take control of the opening set.The second set was equally close until USC scored 10 of 12 points to storm to an 18-12 lead that it would not give back. The Trojans hit a combined .488 in the second set.Grand Canyon kept the third and final set close as well, as the teams were tied at 20, but USC moved out to a 26-22 edge before edging out the Antelopes to complete the sweep.Junior outside hitter Sean Dennis led the Trojans in kills while hitting .579 for the match, while Connor Dougherty led the Antelopes with 13 kills.The Trojans will hit the court April 1 against No. 11 UC Irvine in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.last_img read more

Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio State

first_imgEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University come Saturday night, when the Badgers welcome the Buckeyes in a premier top 10 matchup.No. 16 is J.T. Barrett, OSU’s stud redshirt junior quarterback. The guy can do it all. Everyone, including the Badgers, knows it. Contain him, and UW’s chances of winning will vastly increase. That is easier said than done, according to redshirt sophomore inside linebacker T.J. Edwards.“I think he’s so good in both passing and with his feet,” Edwards said Wednesday when asked which aspect of Barrett’s game sticks out to him the most.Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio StateEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University Read…In Edwards’ film study of the Irving, Texas native, he noticed Barrett is not only one of the best athletes on the field, but also among the smartest. The way he orchestrates the No. 2 OSU (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) offense, Edwards said, is impressive.“I think he’s got a really good understanding of what’s going on,” Edwards said.Since the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Barrett poses a significant dual-threat, the No. 8 Badgers (4-1, 0-1) will have to account for his running abilities every drop-back. There’s only so much the defense can concentrate on during practice, Edwards said, so it’s not like they necessarily carve out extra time to practice defending quarterback scrambles.But if the Badger defense stays true to its base schemes, Edwards said, they have confidence they can at least slow Barrett down through the air and on the ground.UW head coach Paul Chryst also pointed out Barrett’s cerebral sense, comparing him to a point guard.“He is a really good one, because everything goes through him,” Chryst said. “He’s got poise. He knows what they’re doing, what they’re trying to affect on each play and he makes really good decisions.”Barrett’s combination of skill and smarts; speed and arm strength, have translated to gaudy numbers on the field. As the Buckeyes’ starter during the 2014 season, he talked himself into the Heisman conversation before breaking his ankle against Michigan during the final regular season game. That meant the Badgers didn’t face him during the 59-0 Big Ten Championship loss. Cardale Jones then led the Buckeyes to the national title after demolishing UW, and the two essentially split quarterback duties last season.With 86 career touchdowns (60 throwing, 26 rushing) Barrett is three scores away from surpassing Ohio State’s all-time career touchdown record, which is currently held by Barrett’s predecessor, Braxton Miller. In 2016, Barrett has led an Ohio State attack that averaged 53.2 points and 531.6 yards per game.Barrett’s last game, against Indiana, saw a downward trend in his passing numbers. He completed just 9 of his 22 passes, with a touchdown and an interception. But on the ground, he carried the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.Edwards won’t let that get the Badgers’ hopes up.“It’s going to be a challenge,” he said.last_img read more

Bombers settle for bronze at West Kootenay Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers bounced back after being knocked out of the championships round to claim the consolation title at the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Hangar.The Bombers dumped Rossland Royals 56-31 in the consolation final with Tobin Eberle and Ethan Perkins leading the way.The contest was close through two quarters before the Bombers poured it on against the Royals.Eberle and Perkins led the Bombers in scored, each with 13 while Grayson Arabia added 11.LVR, consisting of Grade 9s, opened six-team tourney by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 39-20.Perkins was the high man for LVR with 19 points while Arabia added seven.The Bombers then ran into a powerful Grand Forks squad, losing 67-37 to the Wolves. Perkins and Eberle continued their scoring touch around the hoop, finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Grand Forks, winner of the pool with a 2-0 record, edged out J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 27-26 to claim the West Kootenay title. [email protected]last_img read more

FAVORED PATH OF DAVID STORMS HOME TO TAKE $75,000 EDDIE LOGAN STAKES BY ONE LENGTH UNDER TALAMO; MULHALL TRAINEE COVERS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.07

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2015)–Hammered in the late betting to even money, the Kristin Mulhall-trained Path of David sat mid-pack going into the far turn and unleashed a furious stretch rally under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes by one length while covering one mile on turf in 1:36.07.With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, Imperious One, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade throughout, spurted clear turning for home, but Path of David collared him inside the sixteenth pole and won comfortably.“It felt like the pace was pretty honest which we thought was going to happen,” said Talamo. “We were able to save ground around the first turn and by the three-eighths, I had so much horse I didn’t want to take the chance of getting him stopped. I took him to the outside and he did the rest.”Heavily favored in a field of ten 2-year-olds, Path of David paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.40. A Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion Istan, Path of David followed up on an impressive one mile turf maiden win at Del Mar in registering his second win from six career starts. Owned by Sam and Janet Alley and Ike and Dawn Thrash, he picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $90,555.“I was a bit worried when the rails were out today but when I saw the winner of the fourth race today close well, I was happy with that,” said Mulhall. “We’re probably going to try the dirt with him next. He got good when he stretched out and I think we’ll try the dirt again with him.”Trained by Doug O’Neill, Irish-bred Imperious One was off at 6-1 and paid $5.20 and $3.40 while finishing a half length in front of Arabian Leopard.Far back in last position until the field turned for home, Arabian Leopard, who was handled by Martin Garcia, rallied well for third, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Canada. The second choice at 9-2, Arabian Leopard paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.77, 1:11.70 and 1:24.05.Note: The Eddie Logan Stakes is named for one of Santa Anita Park’s all-time favorite employees, the late Eddie Logan, who manned his shoeshine stand at The Great Race Place from its opening on Dec. 25, 1934, until shortly before his passing at age 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.First post time for a nine-race card on Friday, New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

DeGale aiming to end the year in style

first_imgJames DeGale expects Fulgencio Zúñiga to give him a serious test this weekend but is determined to put on a show against the Colombian.Harlesden’s European super-middleweight champion will be looking to end 2012 on a high and take another step towards a world title shot by seeing off Zúñiga at the Sports Arena in Hull.His 35-year-old opponent has plenty experience, having faced former world champions Kelly Pavlik and Lucian Bute. Zúñiga also challenged Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light-heavyweight crown two years ago.“I’m expecting him to be tough and to come to fight,” DeGale told West London Sport.“He’s been in there with good guys – the likes of Pavlik, Bute and Cloud – and that shows you his pedigree.“But I’m looking to show off my boxing skills and show people what I can do. Training’s gone really well and I can’t wait for the fight now.”Saturday’s clash, which will be screened live on Channel 5, will be DeGale’s second outing since signing with promoter Mick Hennessy.A long-running dispute with his former promoter Frank Warren meant he fought only once this year before October’s points victory over rugged Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi.“I’m happy because I’m fighting regularly again – I’m being paid and I’m getting on with my career,” said DeGale.“After Saturday’s fight I’ll have fought twice in a couple of months and the plan is to fight again in January, so I can’t ask for more.“Next year is going to be a big year for me, but first I want to deal with this guy and show what I’m capable of.”See also:Let history decideDeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsDeGale overpowers Sanavia to retain titleDeGale joins Hennessy and plans returnDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceDeGale wins to retain European titleEx-champion Pavlik still on DeGale’s radarDeGale to take on Colombian veteranDeGale keen to produce sharper displayDeGale weighs in ahead of Zúñiga clashDeGale set for March title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What Lou Trivino is adding to repertoire after strong rookie year

first_img“I’m working on my arm action to be a little shorter,” Trivino said. “You’re always trying to improve. I was pretty blessed and fortunate to have a good rookie season, but there’s a lot of areas … MESA, Ariz. — Despite a standout rookie campaign, Lou Trivino is looking to change things up.Few rookie pitchers, or even pitchers in general, were better than Trivino last season. The A’s reliever led all rookie pitchers with a 2.92 ERA. But there are still some things he would like to correct.last_img