HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez

first_imgHMS Diamond has taken her place among the international naval effort determined to stamp out criminal activity on the seas east of Suez. The state-of-the-art destroyer has relieved her sister HMS Daring as the latest Royal Navy warship serving with the 26-nation Combined Maritime Forces, sailing in tandem with Australia’s HMAS Melbourne.Admittedly, HMAS Melbourne rather than the antipodean metropolis, but it’s a start.Indeed the link-up with the Adelaide-class frigate east of Suez was the perfect introduction for the Portsmouth-based destroyer to her new mission.Diamond has now joined the Combined Maritime Forces – the partnership of more than two dozen navies committed to keeping the seas clear of all manner of nefarious activity (pirates, smugglers, drug-runners, people traffickers, terrorists) – which will oversee many of her activities for the next four or five months.The Bahrain-based forces directs the work of three distinct task groups of around half a dozen warships each, operating from the head of the Gulf to the Red Sea in the west, shores of India and Pakistan in the east and Seychelles in the south – an area of some 2½ million square miles or more than eight times the size of the North Sea.The ships allocated to those three task forces – 150 (counter-terrorism/maritime security), 151 (counter-piracy), 152 (maritime security in the Gulf) – typically operate as ‘lone wolves’, hundreds of miles away from other vessels assigned to the same force.So the rare link-up between Diamond and Melbourne allowed for a series of drills, manoeuvres and the obligatory ‘photo exercise’ for the record.Diamond has just relieved her older sister Daring on station east of Suez (D32 is making her way back to Portsmouth through the Med presently) as she knuckles down to her maiden deployment; she’s now engrossed with counter-terrorism and piracy patrols, bringing security and stability to the region.“We have a vital role to play in keeping these sea lanes safe for international trade, not just for the UK but for the good of the wider global economy,” explained her Commanding Officer Cdr Ian Clarke.“It is a massive and important task and we are looking forward to working with colleagues from 26 navies including Australia, Pakistan, South Korea and Thailand as well as our US and European partners.” His ship and the 200 sailors, Lynx crew and Royal Marines aboard will continue their patrol of these waters until their expected return home in late December.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Diamond View post tag: Suez Share this article View post tag: joins View post tag: Warship View post tag: Australian View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012center_img HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez View post tag: East View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

Beacon opens free hotline for coronavirus

first_img WhatsApp Beacon opens free hotline for coronavirus Twitter Previous articleThree break-in suspects sought in Howard TownshipNext articleAttention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 15, 2020 1 370 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Beacon Health Systems) Beacon Health System now has a free phone screening for individuals in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan who have symptoms and are concerned they may have been exposed to coronavirus/COVID-19.When calling the free hotline at 855-523-2225 callers will speak with a Beacon professional and answer questions related to symptoms, recent travel or possible exposure to individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus. Based on the answers provided, callers will be referred to the most appropriate level of care for further evaluation, if needed. Anyone experiencing life-threatening symptoms should call 9-1-1.The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals do not need to be Beacon patients to use the free coronavirus phone screening service. Facebooklast_img read more

Kanye West brings Sunday service to Texas jails

first_imgRapper turned gospel singer Kanye West brought Sunday service to Texas inmates, Johnny Cash style!West and his choir reportedly held two secret performances on Friday.They performed songs from his new gospel album “Jesus is King” to more than 200 male inmates and then traveled to another nearby jail where they sang for a smaller crowd of female inmates.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said West’s representatives asked jail officials about doing the secret shows in advance.West is scheduled to speak and perform at Joel Osteen’s vast Lakewood Church in Houston on Sunday.The events were reminiscent of prison concerts given by country singer Johnny Cash in California.last_img

Who is Boca’s Lev Parnas?

first_imgLev Parnas, a Boca Raton businessman, is the latest obscure figure in the center of the impeachment whirlwind of President Trump. Call him the new Michael Avenatti.He is currently out on bond facing federal charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Election Commission about political donations.A reported associate of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Parnas on Wednesday alleged that Trump personally directed an effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of his political rivals.“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” he said in a televised interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday. “He was aware of all my movements … I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”The interview took place after the House of Representatives transferred articles of impeachment to the Senate ahead of Trump’s trial.But who is Boca’s Lev Parnas, and can he be trusted?Lev’s name means “lion” in Russian. Parnas was born in February 1972 in Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. His family moved to America when he was three, first to Detroit, then to New York.When Parnas was 23, he settled in South Florida. He co-founded a company called Global Energy Producers and, in 2013, another named Fraud Guarantee. The company reportedly worked to bury Google search results about a history of debts and court judgments against him. Trustworthy.After running into Trump, Parnas became politically motivated and attended many of Trump’s campaign rallies and became a donor.“Parnas told me that he ‘bumped into’ Trump ‘plenty of times’ at events in New York over the years, but that they didn’t get to know each other until the 2016 campaign,” Adam Entous of the New Yorker reported.After Trump’s shock win, Parnas became closer to Giuliani and allegedly worked on his behalf to look into the sweetheart deal Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had in the Ukraine.President Trump continues to maintain, despite some photos with Parnas, he does not know the man.Parnas told the New Yorker: “Because of my Ukrainian background and my contacts there, I became like Rudy’s assistant, his investigator. I don’t do anything on my own. I don’t lobby people. I go get information. I set up a meeting. I make sure that the call went right. I make sure the translation is done right.”Documents released this week suggest that Parnas was also involved in monitoring the movements of Marie Yovanovitch, who was ambassador to Ukraine until Trump abruptly recalled her last May. Ukraine said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into alleged illegal surveillance of Yovanovitch.Last October Parnas was arrested by Federal agents as he tried to flee the US. He was indicted on felony charges of conspiracy, making false statements and falsification of records and ordered to turn over key documents to congressional investigators. He is currently making impeachment waves while out on bond perhaps to receive a lesser sentence. Parnas has plead not guilty.Prosecutors allege he made campaign donations to Republican causes after receiving millions of dollars originating from Russia.Trump said last year: “I don’t know those gentlemen. I don’t know what they do. Maybe you will have to ask Rudy.”Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday: “I mean, we’re not friends. Me and him didn’t watch football games together. We didn’t eat hot dogs. But he knew exactly who we were. He knew exactly who I was, especially because I interacted with him at a lot of events.”As a “Florida businessman,” Parnas never really enjoyed financial success in Boca. Several of his commercial endeavors while he lived in Boca ended in flops.According to lawsuits, “He routinely stiffed landlords for rent on homes and an office in southern Palm Beach Countys. And he lost a suit brought against him by a client who testified in federal court that Parnas convinced him to invest in a phony movie starring Jack Nicholson. To sell the charade, Parnas drove a Bentley for a pitch meeting in Boca and was pestered by paparazzi at a powwow in Manhattan.last_img read more