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first_img Turkey takes over command of Combined Task Force 151 View post tag: CTF151 View post tag: Turkish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Turkey takes over command of Combined Task Force 151 View post tag: CMF June 29, 2017center_img Authorities Turkish Navy assumed command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) from the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) in a change of command ceremony on June 29.Rear Amiral Emre Sezenler Turkish Navy took over from Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda JMSDF at CMF headquarters in Bahrain.The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces.Japan was represented at the ceremony by Director General of Operations Department, Japan Joint Staff Office, Lieutenant General Yutaka Masuko JASDF and Deputy Chief of Missions for the Japanese Embassy Mr Daisuke Yamamoto. Vice Admiral Şükrü Korlu, Commander of Northern Sea Area Command and Her Excellency Hatun Demirer, the Ambassador of Turkey to Bahrain, represented Turkey.The principal mission of CTF151 is to deter piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea. During the next four months the Turkish team will continue the work to deter pirates, reassure legitimate users of the high seas and facilitate the free flow of commerce across the area of operations.Following an increase in piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia over recent months, CTF151 has worked in close coordination with the European Union’s task force, CTF465, and independent nations to patrol the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) and regional waters, protecting shipping and deterring pirates.Rear Admiral Fukuda undertook a Key Leader Engagement (KLE) programme, travelling to Djibouti, Seychelles, Pakistan, UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia to build capacity and improve information exchange opportunities.On handing over command, Rear Admiral Fukuda said: “It has been an honor to command CTF151 over the last four months, leading a multi-national team from 11 nations.” He added: “I wish Rear Admiral Sezenler all the best during his tenure and look forward to hearing of his great success in command of CTF151.”This is the fifth time that Turkey has led CTF 151. View post tag: JMSDF Share this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgMr. Harold R. Sims, age 93, of Vevay, Indiana, was the first son of a southern preacher. He was born September 27, 1924 to Alfred E. Sims and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims during their ministry in Chester, West Virginia. Harold and his brothers, Earl and Ralph and his sister, Margaret grew up in Charlottesville and New Port News, Virginia and Eustis, Florida. He graduated from Atlanta Christian College and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary. During World War II, when he registered, he was told to finish his degree and sign up as a Chaplain. The war was concluding when he graduated. He was recruited to go to Japan as a missionary. Although he had other plans, he concluded that if his Eustis High School friends had given their lives in the Pacific theater that he would go for a different reason. Only after his decision did he learn that years before, his father wanted to go to Japan as a missionary and couldn’t. He had been praying that one of his children or grandchildren would be a missionary. In November 1947, Harold and his bride, Lois Lutton from Pittsburgh, sailed to Japan.They had to take food and supplies for a year with them to the war torn country. All five children, Hope, Sylvia, Jonathan, Robert and Daniel were born in Japan. They served in the greater Tokyo area until 1997. When they retired the churches in Nakano and Mejirodai had self supporting ministries. They moved to Tavares, Florida for retirement and enjoyed their church in Eustis. Lois Sims passed during a trip back to Japan in September 2001. Harold lived in Florida until May 2008, when he moved to Mt. Healthy Christian Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he needed nursing care, he moved to Swiss Villa on April 1, 2010 where Sylvia was employed. Harold was known for his smile and will be missed by his loving family and friends. Harold passed away at 11:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana. Harold will be missed by his daughters, Hope Schmidt and her husband: Thomas of Kendallville, IN and Sylvia (Ken) Byars of Florence, IN; his sons, Jonathan Sims and his wife: Verla of Troy, OH, Robert Sims and his wife: Helen of Shelbyville, IN and Daniel Sims and his wife: Jeannie of Lake Forest, CA; his 13-grandchildren, Rebecca, Melinda, Heidi, Wendy, Rachel, Josh, Suzanne, Benjamin, Joel, Amanda, Joanna, Lara and Michelle; his 23 great-grandchildren, Jason, Adam, Kendra, Blake, Derek, Ayda, Garrett, Wyatt, Isaiah, Samuel, Levi, Aaron, Abigail, Kassie, Nathan, Lexie, Bella, Jake, Jessie, Luke, Brooklyn, Quinn, Ezra and Frances expected to arrive in May; his sister, Margaret Cunningham of PA; his sister-in-laws, Norma Fowkes of Erwin, PA and Willa Sims of Mason, OH; his several nieces, nephews and many friends across America and in Japan.He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred E. and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims and his brothers, Earl and Ralph Sims. Friends may call 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. A Celebration of Harold’s life will take place at a later date in the Spring.Memorial contributions may be made to a mission of your choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON – If you think there’s no escape from the songs of Ed Sheeran, you may be right.A global music industry group says the British singer-songwriter is officially the bestselling recording artist of 2017.The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says Sheeran had the world’s top-selling album last year with “Divide,” as well as the bestselling single, “Shape of You.”The group’s chief executive, Frances Moore, said Monday that Sheeran’s success “is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fan base.”The IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year Award measures sales in both digital and physical music formats.The 2016 winner, Drake, came second in 2017. Rounding out the top five were Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.last_img read more

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first_imgBEIJING, China – China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.The Commerce Ministry said higher duties on pork, apples, steel pipe and other goods would offset Chinese losses due to Trump’s tariff hike on steel and aluminum imports. It urged Washington to negotiate a settlement but set no deadline.Trump said Friday that he was not concerned that the tariffs would be a drag on the stock market. He added: “China is going to end up treating us fairly.”In a separate and potentially bigger dispute, the ministry criticized Trump’s decision Thursday to approve a possible tariff hike on Chinese imports worth up to $60 billion over Beijing’s technology policy. It gave no indication of a possible response but a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Beijing was “fully prepared to defend” its interests.“We don’t want a trade war, but we are not afraid of it,” said the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.On Wall Street, stocks were mixed Friday, but Asian financial markets sank on concern the escalating tensions might disrupt the biggest global trading relationship or lead other nations to raise import barriers.Tokyo’s benchmark tumbled by an unusually large 5.1 per cent while the Shanghai Composite Index closed down 3.4 per cent.The dollar dipped to 104.90 yen as investors shifted into the Japanese currency, which is viewed as a “safe haven” from risk.China’s response Friday appeared to be aimed at increasing domestic U.S. pressure on Trump by making clear which exporters, including farm areas that voted for him in 2016, might be hurt.“Beijing is extending an olive branch and urging the U.S. to resolve trade disputes through dialogue rather than tariffs,” said economist Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in a report. “Nevertheless, the first volley of shots and retaliatory response has been set off.”The list announced Friday was linked to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs , but companies already were looking ahead to a battle over complaints Beijing steals or forces companies to hand over technology.The tensions reflect the dueling nationalistic ambitions of Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.U.S. efforts to boost exports of technology-based goods, begun under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, conflict with China’s plan for state-led development of global competitors in fields from robotics to electric cars. Foreign business groups complain Chinese regulators are trying to squeeze them out of promising industries.The Commerce Ministry announcement Friday made no mention of jetliners, soybeans or other products that are the biggest U.S. exports to China by value. That leaves Beijing room to take more drastic steps.Chinese officials are trying to figure out how to address U.S. concerns, said Jake Parker, vice-president for China operations of the U.S.-China Business Council, which represents American companies that do business with China.“Until the Trump administration articulates those concerns and how China can address them, it’s going to be very, very difficult for China to make those changes,” said Parker.Washington doesn’t believe it needs to give Chinese leaders another list of requests because they already know what the United States wants, said a senior U.S. official, who briefed reporters on condition he not be identified further. He said Trump and Xi agreed last year on a 100-day agenda of trade-liberalization measures but Beijing failed to act on about half of them.Instead, the Trump administration wants Chinese leaders to address more basic structural issues that interfere with market forces, said the official.The official cited Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” plan as “hugely problematic.” It calls for creating Chinese competitors in electric cars, robots, artificial intelligence and other fields. Business groups complain it will hamper or outright block foreign access to those industries.The latest proposed Chinese tariffs would add a 25 per cent charge on pork and aluminum scrap, mirroring Trump’s 25 per cent duty on steel, according to the Commerce Ministry. A second list of goods including wine, apples, ethanol and stainless steel pipe would be charged 15 per cent.Chinese purchases of those goods last year totalled $3 billion, the ministry said.The U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs also have irked Japan, America’s closest ally in Asia.“We have repeatedly told the U.S. side that steel and aluminum imports from its ally Japan will not adversely affect America’s national security, and that Japan should be excluded,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.China’s top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, appealed to Washington on Tuesday to “act rationally” and said, “we don’t want to see a trade war.”The United States buys little Chinese steel or aluminum, but analysts have said Beijing would feel obligated to take action to avoid looking weak.Beijing reported a trade surplus of $275.8 billion with the United States last year, or two-thirds of its global total. Washington reports different figures that put the gap at a record $375.2 billion.Trump’s technology order is in response to “unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology,” said a statement by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. It said USTR would pursue a World Trade Organization case against Beijing’s “discriminatory technology licensing.”A USTR statement said possible measures include a 25 per cent tariff on Chinese-made aerospace, computer and information technology and machinery but gave no details.China is unlikely to respond until Washington acts but might launch an investigation of imports of U.S. corn and soybeans “as a warning shot,” said Parker. He noted Beijing began a probe of U.S. sorghum in February after Trump announced the steel and aluminum tariffs.On Tuesday, the Chinese premier promised at a news conference Beijing will “open even wider” to imports and investment as part of efforts to make its state-dominated economy more productive.Li said Beijing would “fully open” manufacturing, with “no mandatory requirement for technology transfers.” However, Chinese officials already insist companies aren’t required to hand over technology, so it was unclear how policy might change.___AP Writers Gillian Wong and researcher Yu Bing contributed. Mari Yamaguchi contributed from Tokyo.last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,477.40, down 41.84 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 30 cents, or 5.75 per cent, to $4.92 on 15.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down one cent, or 0.13 per cent, to $7.96 on 6.4 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 16.00 per cent, to 87 cents on 5.4 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 18 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $34.98 on 5.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 83 cents, or 7.97 per cent, to $11.25 on 4.3 million shares.Detour Gold Corp. (TSX:DGC). Miner. Up $1.45, or 11.84 per cent, to $13.70 on 3.7 million shares.last_img read more

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Coach Thad Matta understands the complications of having such a young basketball team going through the rigors of the Big Ten season for the first time. But he says age is no excuse for poor play at this level. “They’ll tell you, I don’t hide behind the fact that freshmen do hit a wall,” Matta said Tuesday. “Just not here. That, to me, is a sign of weakness, a sign of softness. Those guys have to continue to bring it every day.” Freshmen standouts Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft have played integral roles for the latest No. 1 team in the country, just more than halfway through their first season at Ohio State. Sullinger, the power forward who has started all 20 games and averaged a double-double with 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, credits his veteran teammates with preventing the team’s rookies from succumbing to the difficulties of Division I basketball. “It’s kind of hard to hit that wall when you have people like Jon Diebler, David Lighty, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale always in your ear,” said the three-time Big Ten Player of the Week. “Their leadership and communication is always really big … because from day one they’ve been in our ear talking about how they need both (me and Craft) to play good basketball.” Matta and his veteran players have instilled maturity in the team’s freshmen during their first year as collegiate athletes. “We can’t be coming in as a freshman; we have to play like a sophomore or junior,” Sullinger said. “It really hits us. … We’re listening to them and focusing on what we have to do.” Through the first 10 weeks of the season, Sullinger won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award eight times. Craft and Deshaun Thomas have won the award once. Seven games into the Big Ten schedule, OSU has faced what it expected: a slew of more talented, hungry and difficult opponents than what it saw early against non-conference foes. After cruising through their non-conference slate and winning their games by an average of 28.8 points, the Buckeyes have won their first seven conference games by 6.4 points per game. “I think a lot of it is keeping the foot on the pedal and constantly talking to them about getting better,” Matta said. Sullinger said his teammates have “no compassion at all” for the youngsters — an attitude conducive to mental toughness. “There (are) definitely times when they know they have to get after us. That’s just needed, and it’s understood as freshmen that they’re not doing it to pick on us; they’re not doing it to make fun of us or point us out,” Craft said. “But it’s definitely needed to get us on the right track. We couldn’t have stepped into a better group of leaders for us and all the freshmen on the team.” Although Craft’s 6.3 points and 4.9 assists per game don’t jump off the stat sheet, his strengths lie on the defensive end and controlling the tempo of the game as point guard. Craft recorded a career-high 19 points, along with seven assists, Jan. 15 in the team’s 69-66 win against Penn State. Being the nation’s top team comes with its own set of challenges, especially for a team that features as many freshmen as OSU does. Sullinger averages 30.5 minutes per game, Craft 27.9 and Thomas 16.0. But being a part of a top team is nothing new to Sullinger, who, alongside Craft, starred on one of the nation’s top AAU teams during his high school years. “We won three national championships in a row. After our first … we realized we had a target on our chest,” Sullinger said. “As freshmen, me and Craft are kind of used to it.” Although the team is doing everything it can to keep its younger players playing their best, Matta said there is no contingency plan for a drop in play from any of the team’s star freshmen. “You really can’t. You got to have a trust, got to have a belief in your players that they want to be good, want to be great and want to win,” Matta said. “If you see it, we just make practice harder.” read more

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With just four games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is fighting for position in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The team, tied for fourth place with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is hoping to separate itself from UMD in order to gain home-ice advantage for the conference playoffs. Coach Nate Handrahan called the next few weeks a “hotly contested race” to get the last home ice advantage spot. Both teams have 38 points heading into this weekend’s conference matchups. Senior forward Natalie Spooner said OSU’s next four games are big, adding, “We’re striving right now for home-ice advantage.” It won’t be easy for the team to pick up points in the four upcoming games. They host Minnesota this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink then travel to Wisconsin the following weekend to take on the Badgers. The first time OSU and Minnesota met, OSU dropped both games, 4-1, on Dec. 10 and 11, 2011, respectively. “I know we want to get some wins this weekend against Minnesota,” senior forward Laura McIntosh said. Wisconsin and Minnesota occupy the No. 1 and 2 spots in the standings, respectively. “The rest of the season, like I said, we have Minnesota and then Wisconsin, two highly ranked teams,” McIntosh said. “I think we’re hoping to be consistent both days, both weekends, and pull out some big wins to get home ice.” In the WCHA playoffs, the top four teams receive home ice advantage. First place plays eighth place, second plays seventh, third plays sixth, and fourth plays fifth. Following the first round, the teams are again reseeded and advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off. OSU will most likely be playing in the four versus five matchup in the first round; it’s just a matter of whether they get the higher seed. “It’s up to the other games,” McIntosh said. “It looks like we’re going to play Duluth in playoffs, but it’s whether it’s home or away.” UMD will host this year’s WCHA Final Face-Off. Knocking UMD out of a tournament that they’re hosting is something McIntosh said she wouldn’t mind doing. “You know, Duluth, we’ve had a big rivalry with my whole time here, I think it’d be definitely nice,” she said about defeating them in the first round. Spooner and McIntosh said they are pleased with the season up to this point. “I think the season has gone well so far, you know, we’ve accomplished a lot of the goals we set at the beginning of the season,” McIntosh said. “We’re being more consistent and that was big for us, so we’re doing pretty good.” Those accomplishments include picking up big wins against rival programs like North Dakota and UMD, she said. “I think we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve lost a few games that we’d like to have won, but I think that we’ve definitely learned from the mistakes we’ve made and it’s made us a stronger team,” Spooner added. Handrahan echoed the sentiments of his players and said he was pleased with a lot of the things the team has done. “I think we’ve grown a lot over the course of the season,” he said. “It’s a special season with a special group of girls.” Players and coach alike said they think the team’s best hockey is yet to be played. “If everyone does their part and plays how they can, I mean, we should be really successful,” Spooner said. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday when the team will take on the Golden Gophers. read more

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first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic refuses to give up on their Champions League hopes following Tuesday’s first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16.The Red Devils were left outclassed at Old Trafford by a PSG side lacking star duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the lineup.The major turning point in the game came in the second half with former United winger Angel Di Maria returning to haunt his old club by assisting Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe for both of PSG’s goals.It enabled the Ligue 1 champions to leave with a 2-0 aggregate lead and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first defeat as caretaker boss in his 12th match in charge.But Matic insists that United now have nothing to lose for the return leg next month and will be giving it their all to cause an upset.“It was a difficult game for us,” Matic told UEFA.“Obviously when you lose it’s disappointing but I think we played some good football in the 90 minutes and of course in the second half when it was 2-0 it was hard for us.“They had more space to play as we had to risk more, but we have to respect them, they have great players, they are a good team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We will go to Paris to try to do something. We don’t have anything to lose so we will try to go there to play good football and try to win of course.”The second leg between PSG and United will take place at the Parc Des Princes in France on March 6.For now, Solskjaer’s men will need to quickly recoup from this setback for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, where they will take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are doubts for the match after coming off on Tuesday night with injuries.Next up: Chelsea away in the #EmiratesFACup. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/yLOxIIMrD8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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