July 31, 2021

News story: Armed Forces Minister meets 1,000 UK personnel based in Estonia on NATO mission

first_img The blue, black and white of Estonian flag is said to represent the Baltic sea, its forest soil and its open skies. Our commitment to Estonia is resolute and this year our sailors, soldiers and airmen will work side by side with our Estonian allies providing vital deterrence and reassurance at sea, on land and in the sky. On his visit, the Armed Forces Minister also had the chance to witness the Estonian Defence Forces and NATO soldiers training together on Exercise Spring Storm, a major Estonian-led exercise featuring 10,000 personnel. Soldiers from France joined the King’s Royal Hussars and Estonian troops as part of UK-led eFP battlegroup.Mr Lancaster also met with Estonian defence minister Juri Lurik and the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Major General Martin Herem to discuss the enduring UK-Estonian defence relationship.The UK’s leading role in NATO and its support to the Baltic region will be further bolstered this week when HMS Westminster arrives as part of the NATO Standing Maritime Group 1. Further Royal Navy deployments will take place this summer during Baltic Protector, a Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) deployment that will see some 3,000 troops and 20 vessels from JEF partner nations exercise with each other in the region. The Minister visited Royal Air Force Typhoons patrolling Baltic skies as part of the Alliance’s Baltic Air Policing mission, met with British Army personnel contributing to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup and flew in one of the Wildcat helicopters recently deployed to Estonia alongside Apache helicopters as part of the UK’s recent uplift in military assets.Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said:last_img read more

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Buddy Guy Brings The Blues Back To Life At The Novo In Los Angeles

first_imgPhoto: Brandon Weil Load remaining images In today’s music landscape, the blues is both everywhere and nowhere—well, almost nowhere. Strains of what is arguably America’s most consequential contribution to world music can be found in places both obvious (rhythm and blues, rock, country) and not so obvious (hip-hop, electronic dance music).But the rolls of honest-to-goodness bluesmen and blueswomen are slim, and thin each year.In 2015, B.B. King, 89, and Wendell Holmes, 71, both passed. 2016 claimed Prince, 57, and Maurice White, 74, whose respective repertoires were offshoots of roots that trace back to the Delta. Come 2017, two of the greats who paved the way from the blues to rock n’ roll—Chuck Berry, 90, and Fats Domino, 89—went knocking on heaven’s door.Those losses have hardly been attended by the requisite replenishing of their ranks. Guitarists from John Mayer to Gary Clark Jr., Son Little to Dan Auerbach, Derek Trucks to Jack White have done their part to fill the void. But even their extraordinary efforts and talents have only done so much to keep the music alive, to make sure the blues has its own story to tell beyond the inheritance it has left to its musical descendants.Which makes what happened at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles on a pleasant mid-March night not only revelatory in its own right, but vital to the very existence of the blues.That was evident as soon as Buddy Guy strolled onstage on Sunday night. The 81-year-old patriarch of Chicago blues bypassed opening pleasantries and dove straight into a ripping solo to triumphantly declare “Damn Right, I Got The Blues.”“If you don’t like the blues,” he told the audience at the 2,300-seat theater, “you shouldn’t have called me.”Nobody there seemed anything less than thrilled to see Buddy in all his rocking, raunchy, age-defying glory. The whole front section stood and cooed through “Hoochie Coochie Man,” egged on by (and egging on) Guy’s erotic embrace of his guitar. Their support had Buddy blustering after “She’s Nineteen Years Old,” like a sailor fresh off the boat, “Y’all gonna make me play all fucking night. I don’t care.”Granted, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows between the octogenarian and his adoring fans. When the crowd flubbed the lyrics to “Hoochie Coochie Man”, he let them know about it, with plenty of profanity as well as praise…for an audience in Tokyo that knew the words better.By and large, though, Buddy was there to give attendees young and old more than a taste of America’s musical foundations. He painted a portrait of a musical Renaissance Man whose career carried him from the Bayou to the Windy City and on to every other place where music is treasured.With a hat that read “Buddy Guy, Our Friend For Life” and the initials “BG” glimmering from his guitar strap, he regaled a receptive audience with tales told with both his tunes and his words. He sang of what it was like going back to Louisiana on “That’s My Home”, shared his mother’s wisdom that physical beauty is only “Skin Deep”, and flashed back to recording with Chicago blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson before bounding into “Who’s Making Love”. He shared stories of playing at a Stanford fraternity in the 1960s, where he wasn’t paid but was appreciative to have been offered a place to stay, and of bringing his Muddy Waters record to school in hopes of scoring music lessons.But Buddy didn’t stay stuck in his own past. He shared his interpretations of where the blues went, from its blossoming with John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and King’s “Sweet 16” to subsequent distillations through the Rolling Stone’s “Satisfaction,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” and Cream’s “Strange Brew.”He also acknowledged, both explicitly and implicitly, how changing attitudes in the wider world had altered his own. He credited the rise of hip-hop for his frequent cursing, and gave a nod to the #MeToo movement when, before some particularly edgy tunes (including Johnnie Taylor’s “Cheaper to Keep Her”), he reminded all within earshot that “I didn’t write these fucking songs. I’m just playing them.”Throughout a raucous romp that raged well past the designated 10:30 p.m. stop time, he channeled guitar savants from Hendrix to Tom Morello in showing off all the different ways to play. He plucked his string with a drumstick and strummed with a towel during a rendition of Little Milton’s “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” used his teeth to find tones during his brief ode to Jimi and rubbed the frets across his rear end while turning out his version of “Sunshine Of Your Love.”His most important work, though, wasn’t entirely what he did on stage. Buddy played his own classic, “Someone Else Is Steppin’ In,” while slipping out to the audience. He shuffled all the way to the bar on the opposite end of the venue, where revelers could experience his artistry up close, before circling back around to the front of the house.Along the way, he found a friend in the crowd: a seven-year-old named Quinn, who came equipped with his own guitar. Buddy invited Quinn onto the stage, where he showed the kid some tricks as they played Stevie Ray Vaughan’s standard “Pride and Joy.” “Whatever stage you be on from now on,” Buddy told Quinn, “put it on.”That same advice applied just as well to Buddy’s opener, Brandy Zdan. The Canadian rocker interrupted a run of her own plucky punk-ish songs, among them “More of a Man Than Me” and “I Want Your Trouble,” to show off her own eight-bar blues prowess with a riveting interpretation of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”In truth, Buddy’s message was one for the masses, the youth included. He won’t be around forever to captivate and inspire on behalf of the blues. Someday, he will go the way of so many of his contemporaries. The blues can survive on the brilliant efforts of the genre’s current, aforementioned heirs. But for the blues to thrive, to find renewed life in forms of music that have yet to be invented, its proprietors must extend a wider, deeper reach across times and places and generations. It’s a commendable, perhaps necessary effort that Buddy began when he moved from Baton Rouge to Chicago in 1957 and has continued in the six decades since then. With any luck, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will find, if not forge, more than a few musical scions before his playing days are done, to ensure that the thread shared by seemingly all American music still has a distinguishable presence within the planet’s ever-expanding sonic tapestry.Check out the gallery below, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Buddy Guy | The Nova | Los Angeles, CA | 3/10/18 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more

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Gear Review Video: Redington Pursuit Fly Rod

first_imgVideo: Redington Pursuit Review from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.As fly fishing becomes more and more popular, the industry is striving to produce more technically advanced equipment to satisfy their clientele. This produces amazing advancements in rod, reel, and line technology, but it also drives the price of these products up, making the sport unattainable for some enthusiasts and others who want to get into it. The trend is not unusual in the outdoor industry, but makes it hard for fly fishing to shake the pipe smoking, tweed jacket wearing, rich man hobby stereotype.Fortunately, there are some companies that are beginning to move away from higher priced gear by taking the existing technology and packaging it into an affordable option for the intermediate angler. The Redington Pursuit is one such package. The Pursuit is a high quality line of rods and reels that pack a lot of the latest tech into an economic outfit. Rods range from 4 wt to 9 wt in either 4 pc or 2 pc configurations. The rods come ready to fish right out of the box, with graphite rod, aluminum reel, backing, floating line, and leader all in a plastic case. The rods are fast action and the reels are tough and have a large arbor design.This is all great stuff, but the Pursuit really begins to shine when you see the price tag. The entire outfit runs $159 for the 2 pc and $179 for the 4 pc. You also have the option of purchasing the individual parts separately. This is a quality outfit from a respected brand in the fly fishing industry, so there is really no downside here. This is the perfect option for a guide rod, backup rod, or a rod in an unusual size you need, but don’t use all the time. This would also be a great gift for a wife or girlfriend (or husband/boyfriend for that matter) or niece or nephew. Heck, it’s good enough to be my go to.Case in point: I bought a rod similar to this for my girlfriend’s birthday one year. Only three years later after we were married did she reveal that she never liked fly fishing and she only did it to keep me on the hook. Now it’s my backup rod.We tested the 9′ 4 pc 5wt. When I was fishing this outfit I could not tell the difference between it and the more expensive rods in my quiver. That’s about the best testimonial you can have. Check out the video below to see the rod in action on Mossy Creek outside of Bridgwater, Va.last_img read more

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Auto financing flex

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers are increasingly looking for greater flexibility in financing their vehicles. As an example, some like residual financing, such as the balloon lending program credit unions can offer as an alternative to traditional leasing or loan programs through Auto Financial Group. This program reduces consumers’ monthly payments by letting them pay off just a part of the principal during the term of the financing. When all the payments are made, the borrower pays the lender a lump sum or “balloon payment” for the difference.According to Experian Automotive, all types of leasing, including residual-based financing, have grown from 24 percent to 31 percent over the last five years.This is not surprising when you consider that Experian Automotive also finds the average auto loan amount has increased 16 percent since 2011. In 2011 the average was $25,873, while today the average loan amount has increased to $30,032. Some consumers are unable or unwilling to purchase a new vehicle and are looking to financial institutions for financing options.In all of this, used cars, including certified pre-owned vehicles, have become an attractive option for consumers looking to lower their monthly payments and shorten their terms. According to a recent survey by Swapalease.com, an online car lease marketplace, 78 percent of drivers said they would consider using lease options, including residual-based financing, for their purchase of a used car or truck. continue reading »last_img read more

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For some, fireworks celebrations are not joyous, they’re traumatic

first_img“We’re seeing PTSD come out 50 years later for Vietnam veterans. Never had any problems, and then all of a sudden some incident will bring it out,” said Margolius. “Those who have been through combat, who have heard all the loud noises and so forth, it just brings that back to them,” said Margolius. Even for veterans who haven’t been formally diagnosed with PTSD, it only takes one sound to cause a trigger. The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group says there are about 14,000 veterans in Broome County, and about 100,000 veterans across the entire Southern Tier. “If their neighbors are shooting off fireworks, they’ll try to hide in the basement or something like that. Put in earplugs, or listen to loud music,” said Margolius. For veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a firework setting off can have triggering effects. “I know a number of veterans who not only have PTSD, but are very, very skiddish about fireworks,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Ben Margolius. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 30 percent of Vietnam veterans experience PTSD at some point during their lifetime. Veterans in the Gulf War are at about 12 percent. (WBNG) — On the holiday meant to celebrate America’s freedom, it can often be a terrifying experience for those who fought for that same freedom. Fireworks are often the stars of the show on the Fourth of July, but for veterans, it can be a nightmare. last_img read more

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Speculate to accumulate

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Japan’s governors want more areas cut from travel program as needed

first_imgThe central government said Thursday that it will launch the Go To Travel Campaign on Wednesday as planned, but is excluding Tokyo from the program after a recent spike in cases in the capital.”We are facing a critical phase where we have to deal with the movement (of people) in wider areas and prevent the spread of the virus at the same time,” Tokushima Gov. Kamon Iizumi, president of the National Governors’ Association, said in the opening speech, referring to a rise in nationwide infections.Read also: Japan plans to expand airport PCR testing capacity to 10,000 per dayTokyo remains the hardest-hit area with its new cases accounting for about a third of the nationwide tally. The Tokyo metropolitan government is expected to report at least 180 new infections later Sunday, Gov. Yuriko Koike said at the meeting. Japan’s prefectural governors decided on Sunday to ask the central government to consider excluding more areas from a travel campaign when necessary to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.The governors said they hope the 1.35 trillion yen ($12.6 billion) subsidy initiative aimed at sparking domestic trips will help revive their virus-hit economies.But “we have to avoid (the campaign) causing the virus to spread,” they said in proposals to the central government compiled at an online meeting to discuss responses to the coronavirus. Tokyo saw the figure reaching nearly 300 for three straight days through Saturday including a single-day record of 293 cases on Friday.The daily figures reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions in the capital.Across the country, total cases stood at 24,860 Saturday, with more than 660 new cases reported, the highest since April 11, as a resurgence in infections has also become more apparent in other urban areas. The tally excludes 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo in February.The governors urged the central government to run the campaign over the long term, as some areas in the Kyushu region are not able to accept tourists any time soon in the wake of devastating floods caused by torrential train.They also asked the government for timely disclosure of information about infections at US bases in Japan after an increasing number of new cases has been reported by the US military.In Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of US military facilities in Japan, 143 military personnel have tested positive, according to the prefectural government.Topics :last_img read more

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Wind Fast Approaching EU Power Source Top Spot

first_imgWind energy is set to overtake coal, nuclear and gas to become the EU’s largest power source well before 2030 according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2018 World Energy Outlook, but additional efforts are needed if the entire energy system is to be decarbonised, WindEurope said.According to the IEA’s projections, wind energy will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027, much sooner than projected in the IEA’s 2017 World Energy Outlook, where the agency said this would happen “soon after 2030”.According to the IEA, wind electricity generation in the EU will more than triple to 1,100 TWh by 2040.“This is a resounding vote of confidence in the further expansion of wind power in Europe. We’ve long been saying that more wind makes economic sense, as we’re the cheapest form of new power. It’s great that the IEA now sees wind being the no. 1 source of electricity in Europe in less than ten years. That’ll mean new wind farms and modernisation of existing ones, all of which will bring jobs, growth and revenues to local communities,” WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said.Dickson, however, warned that electricity is only 24% of Europe’s energy and large amounts of wind and other renewables would need to be added into heating, transport, and industrial processes in order to decarbonise the entire energy system.”It’s technically do-able and affordable. It just needs the right policies to drive investments in e.g. electric vehicles, heat pumps and electric boilers in district heating systems. The National Energy and Climate Plans for 2030 that EU Member States are now preparing are a great opportunity to push these policies,” Dickson said.NOTE: The original article was edited on Tuesday, 13:00 CET.last_img read more

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Police required to help ICE, Teachers can now carry guns in classrooms in Florida

first_imgSeveral major laws have gone into effect in the state of Florida as of Tuesday.Both of the measures below have stirred up controversy, especially in South Florida.FL Ban on Sanctuary Cities Florida’s ban on sanctuary cities which also requires local law enforcement to assist ICE went into effect Tuesday.The state of Florida is home to an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants meaning a lot of people will be affected.Some argue it is a positive measure to keep our community safe while others do not agree.The city of South Miami and several immigrant-rights groups, who filed a lawsuit challenging the ban, say it endangers public safety by fueling fear of law enforcement in immigrant communities.But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis argues it will make communities safer by requiring police to help ICE.The measure not only bans sanctuary cities in the state but also requires local jurisdictions to hold undocumented immigrants who’ve been jailed for up to two additional days to give ICE officers a chance to pick them up.Furthermore, it says local law enforcement agencies must use their “best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”Many of the largest cities in the United States have pro and anti-sanctuary policies in place.Over 30 bills related to sanctuary policies are pending across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.FL teachers can now carry guns inside classrooms Florida has become the eighth state to allow certain teachers to carry weapons inside their classrooms.The law was passed in response to the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Two of the state’s largest school districts in Miami and Orlando opted out of the program.To carry a weapon, staff must pass a background check, psychological exam, and more than 140 hours of training.It is unclear at this time how many teachers are carrying concealed weapons because they are allowed to remain anonymous.Related content:New and Updated Laws Targeting Text-and-Drive, Hazing and Sex Dolls Take Effect Oct. 1last_img read more

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Teenage internationals in England training squads

first_img Teenage internationals are among the players selected for the England Golf girls’ and boys’ squads for 2015/16. Sammy Fuller and Hollie Muse have helped England to win the women’s Home Internationals and, with Annabel Bailey (image © Leaderboard Photography), were in the successful girls’ team at their Home Internationals. Meanwhile, Toby Briggs and Rhys Nevin-Wharton were in the England team for the boys’ Home Internationals. Briggs, with Jake Benson and Harry Goddard, helped England to a clean sweep of U16 Home Internationals.  The full squads are: England Girls Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer). Bailey, Fuller and Muse were all members of the squad last year. Five players have previously been members of regional squads: Brunt, the Lancashire girls’ champion; Dutrieux, who has had top ten finishes at the English girls’ championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Liphook scratch cup; Lewis, who had top tens in the English U16 and North of England U16 championships; Wardle, who was 10th in the British women’s stroke play, and Williamson, who won the West of England U16 championship and the English Schools’ national, U16 and South-East titles. Price was third in both the English and Scottish U16 championships and won the English U15 title last year. England Boys Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Oliver Clarke (Hillside), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) and Arrun Singh-Brar (Foxhills). Three of the boys were in last year’s squad: Briggs, who tied for the English U16 title, only to lose in a play-off; Clarke, who was third in the Canadian International Junior Challenge and the Irish boys’ championship; and Nevin-Wharton, who was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Benson tied for the U16 title at the Carris Trophy and was third in the Scottish U16 championship.  Goddard won the North of England U16 and was third in the German Junior Masters; Singh-Brar had top tens in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. 11 Nov 2015 Teenage internationals in England training squads last_img read more

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