German, Turkish Navy Train in Aksaz, Turkey

first_img View post tag: Turkish Navy German, Turkish Navy Train in Aksaz, Turkey View post tag: TCG Yavuz Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today German, Turkish Navy Train in Aksaz, Turkey View post tag: German Navy Share this article View post tag: TCG Gaziantep View post tag: FGS Hamburg The German frigate FGS Hamburg, SNMG2 flagship, sailed into the Turkish navy base Aksaz two weeks ago to train with the Turkish Navy.Shortly thereafter, the joint at-sea training with the Turkish Navy’s frigate TCG Gaziantep commenced.After participating in the NATO’s exercise Trident Juncture in October and November, the FGS Hamburg sailed through the majority of the Mediterranean Sea and transited the passage on Santorini Islands before sailing into Aksaz, Turkey on November 14.In the following two days, the crews of both ships attended a seminar at the naval base. At the same time, the planning of the at-sea training phase with different units of the Turkish Navy was completed.The at-sea phase, then, commenced on November 18, with TCG Gaziantep, FGS Hamburg and frigate TCG Yavuz taking to sea. The first exercise consisted of responding to simulated speedboat attacks which was followed by a maneuvering exercise.Also, Turkish F-4 Phantom and F-16 fighter jets simulated air attacks during an air-defence exercise. The participation of a Turkish submarine during a night exercise allowed the ship’s operating rooms to train location and submarine warfare.On November 20, all units returned to the base. Four days later, FGS Hamburg and TCG Yavuz sailed for Souda, Greece, where they will train with the Greek Navy.[mappress mapid=”17480″]Naval Today Staff, Image: German Navy December 1, 2015last_img read more

Celebrate the season with family and friends at the 47th annual Christmas Revels

first_img Read Full Story A holiday tradition for nearly five decades, “The Christmas Revels” is a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, folk tales and rituals. This year’s holiday treat takes us to Renaissance Venice, crossroads of the world!WHO LET THE DOGE OUT? The Doge of Venice has had it. It is time for the solstice and the Feast of the Seven Fishes and everyone wants his opinion – merchants, lawyers, politicians, artists, even the fishwives want him to rule on who makes the best spaghetti putanesca. So he is going to take a little unauthorized vacation and meet some of his more lowly subjects. The wild adventures ahead involve reckless actors, jailbreaks, itinerant musicians, English Morris men and maybe even the Spanish Armada!  A beloved holiday tradition since 1971, “The Christmas Revels” features luscious music, tricky sets and gorgeous costumes, superb musical guests, a tuneful, dancing chorus, some familiar Revels touchstones, and street kids who sing like angels.Our 100-member ensemble includes musician and song leader David Coffin, The Revels Chorus of adults and children, a brilliant group of vocalists and musicians from the Early Music community (Sophie Michaux, Gideon Crevoshay, Lysander Jaffe, Daniel Meyers, Simon Martyn-Ellis, Nathaniel Cox, and Fabio Pirozzolo), The Serenissima Dancers, our acting troupe, Commedia Buffo (old friends Noni Lewis, Billy Meleady, Mark Jaster and Sabrina Selma Mandell), and Richard Snee as the Doge. The Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and The Pinewoods Morris Men also join us onstage at Sanders this year.  Besides the carols and rounds we’ll ask you to sing, performance highlights include the Bal do Sabre, an Italian Sword Dance, plus familiar Revels touchstones like the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Susan Cooper’s classic poem, “The Shortest Day,” and our signature piece, “Lord of the Dance,” which will literally have you dancing in the aisles!18 Performances – Matinees & EveningsDecember 8–27, 2017 at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.Directed by Patrick Swanson; Megan Henderson, Music DirectorOrder Tickets online through a link at www.revels.org, by phone at 617-496-2222 (Tue–Sun 12–6 p.m.) or in-person at the Harvard Box Office at Farkus Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, near Harvard Square (Tue–Sun 12–6 p.m.).Groups of 15+ Call 617-972-8300 x22 or email Alan at [email protected]last_img read more

What’s up with the New Season of ‘True Detective’?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York HBO’s first Sunday evening of programming since Game of Thrones’ season five finale left us so demoralized we would’ve done anything to watch Daenerys soar into the sky atop Drogon once more—ahh, the memories. Alas, we couldn’t turn to Veep, the most potent chaser of them all.Instead, the network gave us the ballyhooed return of its noirish crime drama True Detective, a season two premiere that began with an off-putting theme song from Leonard Cohen with his vocals at their harshest as the opening credits dripped with weird melting imagery of L.A. and its freeways superimposed on the cast members’ faces. From there it quickly went downhill, with dumbfounding one-liners and shoe-horned psychobabble that doesn’t quite feel as poetic now that Matthew McConaughey isn’t the one delivering the lines and Woody Harrelson isn’t the one reacting to them. The episode’s final moment—a breathtaking view of the California coast—was the most pleasing. Everything else felt like a complete waste of time. And Tim Robbins and Jack Black in the pseudo-political satire, The Brink, making light of a coup in Pakistan, made us only long more for Julia Louis-Dreyfus running amok in the White House, but her show is on hiatus.So here we are in this summer of our discontent, trying to make the best of HBO’s most hyped night-time offering, and it raises a few questions: Are we going to be forced to watch Ray (Colin Farrell) self destruct into a father-pummeling, journalist-intimidating, chemically imbalanced corrupt cop for the entire season? Was there no better way to introduce a strong female character like Ani (Rachel McAdams), a sheriff, than by portraying her sexual promiscuity, her dysfunctional relationship with her cult-leading hippie dad, and her apparent icy emotional detachment from her male partner? On the other side of the coin, we see California Highway Patrol officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch), appearing on our TV screens for the first time, questioning an erratic driving, clearly inebriated female celebrity who suggests he escort her back to her place nearby where she left her license, presumably soliciting her body to get out of trouble. The ambiguous scene led to Paul being put on administrative leave during an internal investigation, revealing that he’s an Iraq war veteran still struggling to adjust to civilian life, but was there no other way to get there? Perhaps he could’ve pummeled someone instead, like one of the script writers. Or better yet, punch out Ray. He actually deserved it. And what was up with that damn bird head on the passenger seat beside the city manager? Was it a stuffed stool pigeon? A raven mask? What a pile of horse-feathers, we say!It appears the show runners—who must have just graduated from film school—are trying their darnedest to put a million miles between this season and the last—which was hugely successful and garnered several high-profile nominations, but they can’t budge an inch because they’re stuck on the 405 Freeway in rush hour with a trunk load of pretention. So, instead of the vast murky nothingness that was rural Louisiana (season one’s setting), we get urban southern California, and all the refinery smoke stacks, casinos, and garish colors that come with it. At least the ocean looks nice.And the prolific and profoundly interesting two character leads (McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) of season one have been replaced with four key figures, the three aforementioned cops working in separate agencies on a murder investigation and Vince Vaughn, who plays a career criminal named Frank with fantasies of making big bucks the, ahem, legal way. His girlfriend tells him he’s the best of the bunch. Then he enlists Ray to beat down the poor journalist investigating corruption in his city. Sigh. The episode devoted most of its time developing the foursome, a seemingly cumbersome task that may eventually be this season’s undoing.Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides in Season 2 of True Detectives. (Photo credit: HBO/True Detective)Frank is emboldened to secure a profitable land deal in Vinci, a fictionalized corrupt city, whose city manager—Frank’s business partner—has gone missing. The politician’s lifeless body—minus his eyeballs—is discovered propped up on a park bench by Paul, who moments before had seemed intent on committing suicide by crashing his motorcycle but suddenly thought better of it. He swerves to a stop, and there in the motorcycle’s headlights, is the murdered victim. How convenient.We don’t ever actually meet the dead city manager—only his corpse—but we do get a look inside his kinky private life when Ray and his stereotypical partner, a raggedy, overweight detective straight from central casting, break into the guy’s house in search for clues to his whereabouts and find a skeleton in costume, graphic depictions of sex acts, kinky adult toys and canvases emblazoned with naked women decorating the walls.We are left to assume that the land deal and the city manager’s death are linked, but no one tells us for sure. It doesn’t matter—we’ve seen this plot before. We get a lot of character development but it’s unclear where any of these twisted characters are headed in the darkness that passes for their existence. Will Ray, Ani, and Paul join forces to find the city manager’s murderer? Will they compete for glory? Should we even care?The first episode gives us few clues to these eternal questions.Maybe the bird head is meaningful. Who knows? Remember the Maltese Falcon? We do, and so do the show runners. Only that bird has flown.last_img read more

Air pollution now biggest environmental health risk – WHO

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Air pollution now biggest environmental health risk – WHO by: – March 25, 2014 51 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LONDON (AP) — Air pollution kills about seven million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) published Tuesday.The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk.“We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid,” said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental research group at King’s College London, who was not part of the WHO report.One of the main risks of pollution is that tiny particles can get deep into the lungs, causing irritation. Scientists also suspect air pollution may be to blame for inflammation in the heart, leading to chronic problems or a heart attack.WHO estimated that there were about 4.3 million deaths in 2012 caused by indoor air pollution, mostly people cooking inside using wood and coal stoves in Asia. WHO said there were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90 per cent were in developing countries.But WHO noted that many people are exposed to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Due to this overlap, mortality attributed to the two sources cannot simply be added together, hence WHO said it lowered the total estimate from around eight million to seven million deaths in 2012.The new estimates are more than double previous figures and based mostly on modelling. The increase is partly due to better information about the health effects of pollution and improved detection methods. Last year, WHO’s cancer agency classified air pollution as a carcinogen, linking dirty air to lung and bladder cancer.WHO’s report noted women had higher levels of exposure than men in developing countries.“Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves,” Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for family, women and children’s health, said in a statement.Other experts said more research was needed to identify the deadliest components of pollution in order to target control measures more effectively.“We don’t know if dust from the Sahara is as bad as diesel fuel or burning coal,” said Majid Ezzati, chair in global environmental health at Imperial College London.Kelly said it was mostly up to governments to curb pollution levels, through measures like legislation, moving power stations away from big cities and providing cheap alternatives to indoor wood and coal stoves.He said people could also reduce their individual exposure to choking fumes by avoiding travelling at rush hour or by taking smaller roads. Despite the increasing use of face masks in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing and Tokyo, Kelly said there was little evidence that they work.“The real problem is that wearing masks sends out the message we can live with polluted air,” he said. “We need to change our way of life entirely to reduce pollution.”last_img read more

Mertens and Sabalenka win first Grand Slam title at US Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the US Open doubles final on Sunday. The match ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads. Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash. Mertens fell to the court and Sabalenka looked to the sky in disbelief before they embraced. The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together. Mertens said they fed off the energy of the lively New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I just think it’s the crowd. I mean they keep me going every time,” the Belgian said in an on-court interview. “I can’t believe we won a Grand Slam. It’s all so new,” she added. “We’re a good team and I hope we’re going to play doubles again in the future.” The Belarusian Sabalenka tipped her hat to her opponents for the thrilling battle. “Thank you girls, for this amazing final. It was a great fight and I enjoyed every second,” she said. The win denied Barty in her bid for back-to-back U.S. Open doubles victories after claiming her maiden Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe in New York last year. “I thought the level was incredibly high,” Barty said. “It was a great two weeks. I love playing with Ashleigh,” Azarenka said. “It was a pleasure to play with her and I hope we can continue to play together in the future.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Aryna SabalenkaAsh BartyElise MertensUS OpenVictoria Azarenkalast_img read more

Downton Abbey Star Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

first_imgDownton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has joined the campaign calling on world leaders to back a fund to ensure children trapped in emergencies do not miss out on education.Laura visits children in informal learning spaces at Houch El-Oumara tented settlement in Bekaa VallyLaura, who plays Lady Edith in the hit British TV drama series, was deeply moved by a trip with A World at School to Lebanon, where thousands of Syrian children are out of school.The 28-year old actress said: “I met children who have had everything taken from them because of the conflict raging in their country.“They have left their homes and schools and are separated from friends and families. I spoke to mothers who were scared for their children’s future, desperate for them to have an education to give them freedom to rebuild their lives.”Laura cradles two-month-old baby born in Houch El-OumaraThe four-year conflict in Syria has resulted in the worst refugee crisis in 20 years. There are 1.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a third of them children.Video: Laura Carmichael visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon (small)A World at School Ambassador Laura travelled to the Bekaa Valley, which is hosting thousands of Syrian refugees in tented settlements.Almost all of the children there are out of school, many for up to four years, and the consequences are dire. Out-of-school children are becoming trapped in child labour, early marriage and radicalisation.Laura said: “It was clear from everyone I spoke to that going to school would provide some hope and a chance to rebuild their lives.“Two women, Kawsar and Ghazia, welcomed me into their home and introduced me to their beautiful children, all of them out of school.“Kawsar told me her two sons who had once dreamed of being teachers and doctors were now labouring every day in order to support their family.“You could hear the sadness in her voice that her children were bearing the brunt of the war.“Ghazia, a mother of five, told me both of the eldest boys had to go out to work and provide for their family as their father was no longer alive.“This is not uncommon in these areas, as many children out of school are becoming trapped in child labour, early marriage and extremism.”There is support for children affected by the Syrian crisis. But this is not recognised as a formal education and provides no qualifications for future work.Read more hereSource:A World At Schoollast_img read more

Fall Out Boy Supports Bring Music to Schools Bring Music to Life

first_imgHot Topic, the loudest store in the mall, is tapping into its music roots with the launch of the Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life campaign featuring the band Fall Out Boy for Back-To-School.Fall Out Boy for Hot Topic FoundationThe campaign highlights Hot Topic’s round-up initiative, in which customers are invited to “round-up” their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar. The difference is donated to the Hot Topic Foundation to support non-profit organizations – including Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes and the Grammy Foundation – which inspire young people through music and the arts. The Hot Topic Foundation has raised approximately $1 million since the launch of the round-up program last August.“At Hot Topic, music is part of our DNA,” said Lisa Harper, Chief Executive Officer of Hot Topic, Inc. “So it’s exciting to be able to give back and support that same passion in young musicians. It’s really amazing to see what a little ‘change’ can do.”Hot Topic’s Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life campaign features students from Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free music instruction and instruments to under-served public schools across the U.S., alongside one of their favorite bands, Fall Out Boy, in an effort to inspire and foster the next generation of musicians. The campaign, which includes print, digital and social media, launches in all Hot Topic stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico at the end of this month, and in Alternative Press magazine in August. Check out behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot with Fall Out Boy here.Hot Topic will also offer various promotions during back-to-school including: • Pack It Up Backpack Offer: Purchase a backpack and get 30% off all the apparel you can stuff in it, plus 30% off the backpack, too. • $25 Jeans When You Buy 2 or More: Select denim styles are $25 each when you purchase 2 or more. • Hot Cash: Receive a coupon for $15 off a future purchase of $30 or more with each qualifying purchase.Since its founding in 2004, the Hot Topic Foundation has gifted approximately $12 million to arts and music organizations for youth. Most recently, the Hot Topic Foundation made its largest grant to date – a $500,000 contribution to Notes for Notes, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving youth a profoundly positive experience via completely free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments. The funds will assist the charity with national expansion. The newest Notes for Notes studio is scheduled to open in Detroit in August 2015 and was fully funded by the Hot Topic Foundation.last_img read more