FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti April 4, 2013 View post tag: Counter View post tag: Djibouti View post tag: Defence View post tag: Hands View post tag: Karlsruhe View post tag: FGS Share this article View post tag: Duties View post tag: Naval View post tag: Augsburg On 3 April, German Frigate FGS Karlsruhe handed over counter piracy duties to her sister ship FGS Augsburg in a ceremony held in the port of Djibouti following a successful 5 month deployment as part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.The ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests from Djibouti, Germany, France, Spain and the UK, including the German Ambassador to Djibouti, Senior Djiboutian Coastguard officers and representatives of the French Air Force, Navy and Army.  Captain Jens Neymeyer from the German Armed Forces Operation Command oversaw the handover between the two warships.Speaking at the German handover Captain Neymeyer said “The presence of so many distinguished guests shows the importance of Germany’s contribution to the EU Naval Force and the high regard in which the EU’s counter piracy operation is held.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Djiboutian authorities and military who have made this fourteenth rotation of German contribution so welcoming, and also my thanks must go to our French allies.”FGS Karlsruhe joined Operation Atlanta on 18 November 2012.  Speaking about their time with the EU Naval Force, the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Volker Herbert Blasche said:“We joined EU NAVFOR at a time when pirate attacks had thankfully reduced due to the efforts of the International Navies and also the use of protective Best Management Practices on board merchant ships.  That said, the situation in Somalia remains fragile and I believe it is important that the maritime military presence continues in order to send a clear message to pirates and their investors.  It’s like extinguishing a fire, you cannot leave if the fire is out, but still shouldering.  What we did was maintain the pressure on pirate groups who are still intent on getting out to sea to attack ships.”Commander Bernhard Veitl, commanding officer of FGS Augsburg, said:“We have been training for, and are very much looking forward to joining Operation Atalanta.  We are also proud to take over from FGS Karlsruhe – her ship’s company has done a great job.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 4, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: over View post tag: piracy View post tag: Navylast_img read more

48 Hours in Lexington, Virginia

first_imgCradled between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the east and the Central Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the city of Lexington, Va., hosts a wealth of outdoor adventure, culture, and history. With two campuses just a short walk from downtown, Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, the vibe in this otherwise quaint community is young and fresh.Bucolic farms litter the countryside just outside of town, indicative both of Lexington’s agricultural roots and its ever-growing farm to table movement. Mild weather year round makes Lexington the perfect destination for any season’s vacation. Hikers and equestrians, foodies and artists, come one, come all! There’s a little something for everyone in Lexington, Va.Downtown Lexington Virginia at NightCradled between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the east and the Central Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the city of Lexington, Va., hosts a wealth of outdoor adventure, culture, and history.Day 1Wake up those legs with a hike to Devil’s Marbleyard, a unique geological field of boulders and rocks that range in size from marbles to houses. Located in the James River Face Wilderness off of Milepost 71 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this three-mile out-and-back can easily be completed in a few hours. If you’re looking for a longer hike, and a bigger challenge, return via the Gunter Ridge Trail for a total loop length of 8.3 miles.DevilsMarbleYardLocated in the James River Face Wilderness off of Milepost 71 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this three-mile out-and-back can easily be completed in a few hours.After your hike, take a tour of one of the area’s greatest natural wonders—the Caverns at Natural Bridge. Guided tours (adults: $18, kids: $12) run every half hour for 45 minutes each and take visitors 34 stories belowground to an otherworldly landscape of stalactites and stalagmites, of course, but also dripstone, flowstone, draperies, and pools.M245_BGuided tours (adults: $18, kids: $12) run every half hour for 45 minutes each and take visitors 34 stories belowground to an otherworldly landscape.Make sure to see the Natural Bridge itself, once called “The Bridge of God” by the native Monacan Indian tribe. You can see its holy glory via the Cedar Creek Trail, a one-mile trail that winds past its namesake, Cedar Creek, and ends at the 30-foot Lace Falls.Day 2Short of outdoor adventures and Civil War-age history, Lexington is also home to the nationally renowned Virginia Horse Center, a testament to the area’s rich equestrian scene. On your second day in Rockbridge County, you’ll experience those picturesque farms that passed by your window the day before from a different perspective, the way early settlers would have seen the countryside—between the ears of a horse.NaturalBridge_LexingtonRockbridgeTourism_hiresMake sure to see the Natural Bridge itself, once called “The Bridge of God” by the native Monacan Indian tribe.Tish Vest is the local go-to for guided trail rides and lessons. Her property, located in Natural Bridge, is not only a textbook example of Virginia’s beauty, but is also uniquely joined with the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center. Don’t be surprised when you come upon a Buddhist temple during your trail ride.If you prefer to hop in a saddle of a different sort, check out Shenandoah Rides and Rentals for all of your touring, shuttle, and bike rental needs. Owners Dave & Tasha Walsh can suggest routes, help with shuttle, and even assist you with long-distance ride logistics. For a casual, yet scenic, afternoon ride, ask the Walsh’s about Goshen Pass—they’ll set you up with a ride that’s mostly downhill and overlooks the Maury River.FoodVegetarians and vegans will find their new haven at Kind Roots, a small, family-owned restaurant located in the Lexington YMCA. It’s like a deli, with a unique and local twist that’s winning the hearts of customers one sweet potato burger at a time.Part grocer, part restaurant, the Blue Phoenix Café & Market is a hit no matter your dietary preferences. Vegetarians will delight with classic menu items like the TLT (that’s tofu, lettuce, and tomato) and the Grilled Cheese with sundried tomato aioli, while even the most carnivorous of carnivores will find their savory weekly specials something to Yelp about…in a good way.For a taste of the Shenandoah Valley itself, The Red Hen is a must. As Lexington’s first farm-to-table restaurant, The Red Hen has well-established relations with the area’s best farmers and caters its menu each day to the bounties of the valley. When in doubt, go for the risotto. This is fine dining at its best.Savor the charm of southern eats and atmosphere at the Southern Inn Restaurant. Opened in 1932, this restaurant still maintains much of the same design and infrastructure from its early years. You can get standard southern goodies like fried pickles and fried pimento cheese here, and they are to die for, but don’t take our word for it. Get some yourself.southern innOpened in 1932,The Southern Inn still maintains much of the same design and infrastructure from its early years.Libations & NightlifeIn the summertime, the Lime Kiln Theater is the place to be. The outdoor venue is breathtaking, the line-up is always killer (last year’s events featured Ben Sollee, Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line, Mandolin Orange, and The Infamous Stringdusters, just to name a few), and the vibe is downright groovy. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer evening.Craft beer fans will want to stop in at Blue Lab Brewing Company, which opened in 2010. While Blue Lab offers five standard brews year round, the adventurous palette will want to explore beers like the Green Chile Ale and the Coffee Chocolate Stout.How would you like to spend your next Sunday under the sun, lounging on a deck with an uncorked bottle of wine beside you and music in your ear? Who wouldn’t!? At Rockbridge Vineyard’s Uncorked and Unplugged series, that’s exactly what goes down two Sundays of every month, April thru October. Bring the family, the lawn chair, the picnic basket, the dog, the hula-hoop, and your dancing shoes for this pickin’ good time. Like a cherry on top, their wine is pretty fabulous, too.11794178_1595696370692882_4908742565182401316_oBrew Ridge Taps has 18 beers on tap and 199 bottles of beer on the wall.Brew Ridge Taps. 18 beers on tap. 199 bottles of beer on the wall. Appetizers, wafflewiches (that’s a sandwich, with a waffle instead of bread), open mic nights, chalkboard tables. Need we say more?Looking for a place to hunker down for the evening with a craft cocktail in hand and a fire crackling in the hearth? Look no further than TAPS, located in The Georges. TAPS also serves locally inspired soups, salads, and sandwiches, making it a perfect place to host events.Love Devils Backbone brews but can’t make it out to Nelson County? Check out the brewery’s Outpost in Lexington, where 45,000 barrels of beer were brewed in the Outpost’s first three years of operation.LodgingFor a boutique inn experience, check out The Georges on Main Street. One part history, one part luxury, and one part convenience, this place is sure to make you feel like royalty.Submerge yourself in the farmland surrounding Lexington at Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking. That’s right—llama trekking. Aside from the environmentally friendly, cozy, bed and breakfast style accommodations here, you can also sign up for a guided llama trek around the property.TheGeorges_home1For a boutique inn experience, check out The Georges on Main Street.A stay at the House Mountain Inn is like going back in time. The rustic log cabin is situated against a backdrop of picturesque mountains on the 1,000-acre Allegheny Mountain Preserve. The back deck overlooks the painting-perfect landscape, and with a two-story fireplace, gourmet meals, and a daily complimentary wine and cheese hour, we won’t blame you if you decide to stay forever.Find peace along the banks of the James River at Wilderness Canoe Company, where primitive, riverside camping complete is status quo for every site. Camping is reserved for those looking to paddle the river, so make the most of your stay by renting a canoe or inner tube. You can tackle the James yourself or hop on a guided tour ranging from flatwater to class III rapids, level pending.Upcoming EventsApril 2: 10th Annual Rockbridge Bull & Oyster FestAugust 12 & 26, September 9 & 23: Music in the Garden SeriesSeptember 5: Labor Day FestivalSeptember 9-10: Mountain Music & Dance FestivalSeptember 10: Rockbridge Beer & Wine FestivalSeptember 22-24: Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival[divider]Check out More from our 48 Hours Series below[/divider]last_img read more

Fear not; it is I

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Fear not; it is I by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Fear Not For I am With You. Photo credit: tripwow.tripadvisor.comThe gospel this weekend puts in inseparable relation two basic human emotions or responses, namely trust and fear. Jesus doesn’t say it explicitly but the import of his words (and actions) is if you have trust, you will overcome fear.  Peter began to trust and was doing what he never imagined he could do, until he was gripped by fear, and he began to sink.Jesus spoke several times about trust and fear. “Fear not, little flock,’ he said on one occasion, “it has pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom.” That was in response to trepidation about the future. “Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God still; and trust in me.” In response to the same recurring apprehensions. “Fear not it is I.” In response to appearances after the Resurrection.  And today the words are the same in a situation of peril. “Fear not, it is I.”The root of fear lies in our absence of control. Fear of the dark, one may say, is the primordial human fear, and the reason is obvious. We don’t know what he dark conceals; we have no idea what threatens; we have no way of knowing what to guard against, and we respond – with fear. In this sense the adult finding himself or herself alone on dimly lit street at night and the child who suddenly wakes from sleep and cries in the enveloping darkness are exactly in the same state. They feel suddenly vulnerable and defenceless; both are invaded by fear.If a mother, however, hears her child’s cry and rushes into the bedroom to hold the child close, the child’s fear instantly vanishes. Similarly if some people suddenly turn the corner and appear on the street, the adult feels a lift in apprehension.Both these rather simple examples highlight the relation between our two emotions. You can’t talk or reason yourself out of fear.  Fear has to be displaced by trust.We are all affected by a variety of fears. For some people, it’s fear of heights; they can’t use elevators; for others, it fear of crowds; they can’t venture out; they must stay at home. For some it’s fear of fear of flying; they never travel or they must go by bus or train. For some it’s a fear of rejection; they must please everybody in every circumstance. And for nearly everyone, there’s the fear of death. These are just some examples from the multiplicity of fears that afflict human beings. Some of things people have phobias about may sound strange to us but not to the people who have them.I’ve said that fear is displaced by trust, not by argument or persuasion, but what does it meant to trust?  We must distinguish. We trust other people, including people we don’t know, in a variety of ways every day. We never think about it.  Trust, however, in the sense of trusting someone with one’s life is another matter. Trust is a matter of increasing gravity the closer we come to giving others that kind of trust. I trust the pilot of an airplane in a different way from the way I trust TT Post to deliver my letters. I trust my friend or my spouse in a different way from trusting an acquaintance.  And I trust God in a different way still.In deeper forms of trust I hand myself over with less and less reservation. In more complete forms of trust, I hand myself over more completely.Another thing we note, of course, as we pursue the matter is that the more deeply we love, the more completely we trust, the more we hand ourselves over to the one we trust.Those are the features that shed light on trust in God. Trust in God means that I hand myself completely over, without reservations or qualifications. I hold nothing back.It means that I also have difficult lessons to learn. I must learn for example that there’s no necessary correlation between asking and receiving, or between believing and feeling.Trusting in God is finally another way of referring to providence. It means openness to all that happens, to God’s responses and to God’s silences; to our graces and our crosses. It means believing that God is never asleep, distant, or uncaring – because that’s what Jesus said. Trust comes down finally to believing in Jesus and taking him at his word.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 177 Views   no discussionslast_img read more