US sailors arrive in Antarctica for operation Deep Freeze

first_img Authorities January 26, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today US sailors arrive in Antarctica for operation Deep Freeze Share this articlecenter_img US sailors arrive in Antarctica for operation Deep Freeze Sailors from the U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 reached the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica to take part in operation Deep Freeze 2017.Operation Deep Freeze is the military’s logistical support component of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), the nation’s research program on the southernmost continent.The annual mission, which NCHB 1 has been participating in for more than 50 years, resupplies the U.S. Antarctic Program’s largest base on the most remote continent.Prior to arriving in Antarctica, sailors received extreme cold weather gear in Christchurch, New Zealand, to prepare for the mission. With the significant time change — 18 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time — coupled with 24 hours of daylight create challenges for acclimatization.Sailors have been acclimating to the weather and harsh environmental conditions with physical training and team-building activities, allowing them to settle into a routine and prepare for the start of cargo operations.One event included a climate acclimatization team hike, in which sailors trekked over three miles on the Ridge Line trail overlooking the McMurdo Sound. Along the way, they stopped at memorial markers commemorating the lives of shipmates who lost their lives while working here in 1956 and 1982, in the promotion of scientific endeavors in the last frontier.With shipboard operations starting in a few days, NCHB 1 sailors have been busy performing driver training, cargo accountability training, and lending assistance to the camp where needed.Additionally, sailors have leveraged opportunities to listen to NSF’s Albert P. Crary Science and Engineering Center lectures, which cover a broad range of scientific research initiatives here.McMurdo’s open house program also provided Sailors the opportunity to visit and tour NASA’s Ground Control Station and radome, which is a critical component for receiving and disseminating orbital satellite data.last_img read more

Council to Vote Thursday on Skate Park Grant Application

first_imgCity Council on Thursday will vote to authorize a grant application to the Cape May County Open Space Program.The application includes a designated site for a new skateboard park in Ocean City: on a portion of an existing parking adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.The application seeks funding to help build the park.The resolution is part of the “consent agenda”— routine measures that are considered in a batch, unless a council member requests that an item be discussed separately. The council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library.While designating a preferred site is necessary to meet an April 15 grant application deadline, council members have said the location is not necessarily a “done deal.”Read more:“Skate Park Site Headed for a Vote on Thursday”“NIMPS, not NIMBYs, in Ocean City Skate Park Debate““Rendering of Proposed Ocean City Skate Park Design“last_img read more

Guide to 2017 Ocean City Night in Venice

first_imgHow do I participate?You can register your boat or house online at oceancityvacation.com/niv.html .Who is the 2017 grand marshal?The grand marshal will be Alfonso Ribeiro. The new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Ribeiro has a career of more than three decades as an actor, TV director, award-winning dancer and Broadway star. He began his career as a child, playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical “The Tap Dance Kid.” He had a recording contract with Island Records, released several dance/pop singles, and landed a spot in Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial. He created the memorable character of Carlton Banks  opposite another teen idol, Will Smith, for six seasons of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” And in 2014, he won the 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and went on to host that show’s country-wide tour.Can I meet Alfonso Ribeiro?A limited number of tickets are on sale for a meet-and-greet with Ribeiro from 11 a.m. to noon July 22 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets will be available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.Are paddleboards and kayaks part of the parade?For safety reasons, paddleboards and kayaks are not part of the Night in Venice parade.What else is happening on Night in Venice Weekend?Night in Venice also will celebrate its “Rockin’ Through the Decades” theme this year with concerts by O-Town with Ryan Cabrera and Gloria Gaynor. The two concerts will fit the theme perfectly with 1970s icon Gloria Gaynor joining Ocean City Pops on Sunday and 2000s boy-band idols O-Town teaming up with Cabrera on Friday.In 1999, ABC began airing one of the first reality shows in major network history, “Making the Band”, which chronicled the formation and rise to success of the boy band, O-Town. The public tuned in to watch as Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Ashley Parker Angel and Dan Miller signed with Clive Davis’ J Records, released the No. 1 singles “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing,” and achieved platinum success with their debut album. Platinum-selling singer and songwriter Ryan Cabrera is the architect behind hits such as “On the Way Down,” “True” and “Shine On.” He will release his fifth full-length album later this year.The Music Pier will be set up for a dance concert for the O-Town and Cabrera show. Tickets ($15) also are on sale for a “meet and greet” with O-Town and Cabrera noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Ocean City Music Pier. Fans can bring one thing to autograph and take a photo with their own device. The stars also will participate in the Night in Venice boat parade.Gaynor is known best for her 1978 anthem “I Will Survive,” and her legendary career has spanned 40 years with songs hitting the charts in all four decades. Gaynor has channeled her fame and recognition into support for several charities, donating not only her money but also her time and talent. She changed the lyrics to her world renowned song and leant her time to a corresponding music video used by the Miami Children’s Hospital to raise awareness and funds for their lifesaving efforts.O-Town and Cabrera will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Gaynor joins the Pops at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23 on the Music Pier to round out the Decades Weekend.Tickets are on sale now for the O-Town/Cabrera concert ($30) and Gaynor concert ($30-$35). Visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. When is Night in Venice?The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.Where does the parade route begin and end?The boat parade begins near the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and travels along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue, looping in and out of lagoons along the way. The parade route does not include Snug Harbor or Glen Cove.Where can I watch the parade?To view the Night In Venice boat parade, grandstands will be set up at street ends along the bay from Battersea Road to 16th Street and also at Tennessee Avenue. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Streets include: Battersea Rd., North Street, First Street, Second Street Marina, Fourth Street, Sixth Street, 11th Street, 13th Street, 15th Street, 16th Street and Tennessee Avenue.The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue, will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets are on sale, $3 for children (12-and-under) and $7 for adults. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. with the Good Tymes Band playing 5 p.m. until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face painting. Tickets may be purchased by cash, check or charge at: City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, any day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No alcohol is permitted, and no parking is available. Tickets are also available online at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.The band will resume after the parade and play until the fireworks start at approximately 9 p.m.What does it cost?The parade is free to watch at all locations except the Bayside Center.Where can I park?Free parking and shuttle service will run starting at 4 p.m. Parking will be available at:Ocean City Municipal Airport: 25th Street and Bay AveSoccer Field at Tennessee Avenue: Off Shelter RoadOcean City Community Center: 1735 Simpson AvenueShuttles will drop off spectators at street ends where they can watch the parade and return them to the parking lots afterward.  The shuttle also drops off at the Bayside Center. The service is free and will be available until 11 p.m.Parking restrictions begin at midnight Friday (July 21) through midnight Saturday (July 22) for the following locations:Both sides of Bay Avenue between 16th St and 24th St.The east side of Bay Avenue between 14th St and 16th St.West 16th St, West 17th St and West 18th St will have parking restrictions in place.Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.  Violators will be ticketed and in severe cases, the vehicles will be towed if public safety is affected. This is to allow for safe passage of all pedestrian and vehicle traffic and emergency vehicle access to isolated areas of the bayfront.Can I watch from the Ninth Street Bridge?All pedestrians and bicyclists should use the Shared Use Bike Path and stay to the south side shoulder for viewing. No persons will be allowed to bring chairs for seating onto the bridge. At no time will persons block the free movement of the Shared Use Bike Path. No open alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bridge at any time. Persons are not permitted to walk along the bridge with motor vehicle traffic. Ocean City Police will be present monitoring the bridge while the parade is in progress for assistance.What is the Night in Venice theme?The event’s theme is “Rockin’ Through the Decades.” Boats and houses are encouraged to celebrate popular music, fashion and culture from the decades. This is an optional theme.When and where are the fireworks?Night in Venice will include a fireworks display launched after the parade from a barge in the bay north of the Ninth Street Bridge, roughly off Third Street. The display should be best viewed from street ends or the bayfront between the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and 16th Street.Who participates?Anyone with a boat or anyone with a house along the bayfront parade route can participate by decorating their boat or home.last_img read more

New Jersey Moves Toward Banning Smoking on Public Beaches

first_imgAdvocates for smokefree beaches throughout New Jersey may soon be getting their way.On Thursday, the New Jersey legislature completed its approval process for a bill that would ban all smoking, including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices on all public beaches in the Garden State.With the passage of the bill in both the State Senate and the Assembly, the legislation now heads to the desk of Governor Phil Murphy.  The Governor is widely expected to sign the bill into law and make New Jersey the first state in the country to pass such a comprehensive anti-smoking law on public beaches.With Murphy’s signature the law would take effect in 180 days and carry a fine of up to $250 for the first offense.The law reflects the concerns of many beachgoers in South Jersey as well as local governments considering ordinances in their towns. Ocean City, for example, passed such an ordinance on first reading by City Council at its last meeting. It may be enacted this summer, if the ordinance passes on the second reading.Ocean City already bans smoking on its Boardwalk and public buildings and 19 other New Jersey towns already ban smoking on beaches and/or public parks.Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth County) one of the bill’s sponsors, said the law would help protect non-smokers from second hand smoke while they enjoy the state’s coastline.“(Non-smokers) have a right on public land to be free from a (threat) to public health,” Gopal said in a published report.The lawmaker also praised the fact the bill addresses vaping, a growing trend among younger people and a form of “smoking” the long-term health effects of which are still widely unknown.“Once again, New Jersey is a leader when it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke and creating a healthy outdoor environment,” said Karen Blumefeld, Executive Director of the advocacy group Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP).The Senate version of the bill, S-2534, is an expansion of the 2005 New Jersey Smokefree Air Act to include all beaches and parks.Advocates said banning smoking on beaches will also greatly reduce pollution on the ground by discarded cigarette butts, one of the most widespread forms of waste found on New Jersey beaches. Smoking will not be allowed on the beaches starting in July.last_img read more

The folic debate

first_imgCalls to fortify flour or bread with folic acid to prevent pre-natal malformations of foetuses have been echoing for over a decade. Now, following prevarication, procrastination and consultation, there is finally an end in sight.Not, however, before The Food Standards Agency squeezes in one more meeting in June, where it says it will finally decide whether to recommend fortification to either bread or flour. Either way, the issue has split the industry, with views ranging from ’Let’s just get on with it’, to vociferous opposition against further tinkering with bread.Professor Robert Pickard, director general, The British Nutrition Foundation”You will see all sorts of red herring claims about the disadvantages of doing this [such as folic acid masking vitamin B12 deficiency], but the proposal the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition put to the FSA offers a strategy for dealing with these possible ’dis-benefits’ that would be to the public benefit.”As 10% of British women carry a mutation that makes it difficult for them to recycle folate in their bodies, it is incumbent on the informed to help the less well-informed and there’s nobody less well-informed than an unborn child.”Professor Jeya Henry, Oxford Brookes University”Fortification is likely to play a much more important role in giving people nutrients, especially among baked products, because they are a staple of our diet.”Based on the analysis of literature and the public health outcome that fortification of folic acid will have in reducing the risk of spina bifida, my view is that fortification would be something I would want to see supported.”David Wright, director, Wright’s flour mill”Millers already fortify brown and white flour, so for us to fortify brown and white flour with folic acid would be a practical solution. Wholemeal flour would then not be fortified, giving consumers that choice. But the cost – and who will bear it – needs to be borne in mind. Personally, I think there are more positives than negatives.”Julian Hunt, communications director, Food & Drink Federation”While the board did agree that mandatory fortification was the best way forward, there are still some key questions on which the industry will be seeking clarity over the next month, such as whether appropriate labelling needs to be introduced.”Joe Street, managing director, Fine Lady Bakeries”If there is to be fortification, then it should be in flour – I don’t think it would be at all practical to do it through recipe changes in the bakery.”I understand research has been done that says when you add it to the recipe, it leads to a lot of variation in the levels of folic acid [in the end product].”Chris Dabner, parliamentary officer, NA”Should the presence of folic acid appear on labelling? If so, should the four other statutory fortifications – calcium, iron, niacin and thiamine – also be labelled? Flour is present in thousands of products, often in small amounts; does this mean that there should be a minimum flour content in products before labelling is required?”Andrew Whitley, author, Bread Matters”The folate fortification debate reveals crucial faultlines in the development of our food system. Modern wheats contain a third fewer minerals than older varieties. Long fermentation increases the natural folate content of bread.”The real choice is between medicalised nutrition or health based on the integrity and vitality of carefully grown and minimally processed crops.” nlast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“Stop. Collaborate and listen; Ice is back with a brand new invention; rap while you wrap so gimme a handclap; what we’re gonna make is called the squareish wrap; spread some pesto and add some tomato, a lotta mozzarella and a little bit of basil”Warburtons enlists rapper Vanilla Ice to promote its flatbread launch. You need to pronounce it “tomayto” and “baysul” if you want to, in Mr Ice’s words, “rock a mike like a vandal””We know that the combination of fatty and sweet foods is extremely palatable to human beings. But we also know it’s extremely dense in calories. People have to enter exercise and weight loss programmes knowing that they can’t just eat whatever they want”’No s*** Sherlock’ award of the week goes to professor Neil King of Queensland University of Technology in Australia, whose research has found that exercise can increase your desire to eat sugary foodslast_img read more

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Announce Red Rocks Show With The Infamous Stringdusters

first_imgPhil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have announced their return to Morrison, Colorado’s storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 29th, 2019. The Infamous Stringdusters will join them as the supporting special guests.As The Infamous Stringdusters’ Travis Book wrote in the band’s announcement post, “Phil Lesh is a legend, in every sense of the word. To see him play is an honor, to share the same space with him a privilege, and to share the stage is beyond words. We’re truly grateful for the opportunity to perform at the world’s most iconic venue with one of the world’s most iconic bass players and musicians.”Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, November 14th at 10 a.m. MT, with a public on-sale on Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. MT here.last_img read more

Harvard moves beyond a day and into ‘Earth Month’

first_imgThroughout April, Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS) has coordinated with Schools across campus to create a month worthy of being called “Earth Month.” It will mark its success with a series of events on Tuesday, Earth Day, in the Science Center Plaza.According to the OFS, the purpose of Earth Month is to reaffirm the University’s commitment to environmental awareness by building an even more sustainable and resilient community. The list of events on offer makes its case.On Monday, Harvard Business School screened the first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously,” a new Showtime documentary series, featuring celebrities and journalists exploring the issues of climate change. Dan Abbassi, M.B.A. ’98, one of the executive producers, led a discussion following the screening.On Earth Day itself, the OFS is hosting an Earth Day Bonanza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Science Center Plaza. There will be free bike-safety checks, sustainability-related trivia games and prizes, a photo booth fun, and food trucks offering healthy, locally sourced options. Every day is Earth Day To cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, the Harvard University Police Department converted to hybrid vehicles. File photo Katherine Taylor To honor Earth Day, Harvard’s Office for Sustainability recruited volunteers to help clean up along the Charles River. File photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Law School’s Women’s Law Association held its annual clothing Swapaganza April 17. The remaining items were given to two local shelters. Photo by Maria Scenna With University support, gardens have been springing up across campus. File photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer On Earth Day, the Office for Sustainability will hold a University-wide freecycle in the Science Center Plaza. File photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Mount Trashmore, a tower of trash built from one day’s refuse in Harvard Yard, is always a striking visual. File photo Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer A University-wide freecycle will run throughout the event, and a pop-up performance by THUD, the Harvard undergraduate drummers, is scheduled for noon. Representatives from Commuter Choice, the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and the Harvard University Center for Wellness will also be present. The event is rain or shine, with the rain location inside the Science Center Arcade.On Wednesday, the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) will discuss “Triumphs in Environmental Health Since the First Earth Day” at 12:30 p.m. in Kresge, G2.Harvard Medical School will hold a Freecycling and Earth Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, and will be joined by the Harvard School of Public Health with its EcoOpportunity Sustainability Fair, both at the Longwood Campus.Earlier this month, the Green Carpet Awards recognized the efforts and innovative solutions brought to the table by Harvard’s students and staff. Harvard Law School held its annual Fashion Swapaganza to encourage reuse of unwanted clothing; and the Harvard Innovation Lab held the Sustainability Hackathon on April 19.Earth Month is celebrated on the heels of President Drew Faust’s announcement outlining steps Harvard will take to continue to address the global challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. Additionally, Harvard has made significant progress reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The Office for Sustainability reports that Harvard has reduced its emissions by 21 percent, including growth and renovation, and 31 percent excluding growth and renovation.To learn more and find additional events, visit the Sustainability at Harvard Earth Month page and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #greenharvard. Visit the OFS’s Facebook photo album “Green Your Scene.”last_img read more

Wrangle over valuable art uncovered in Cypriot ghost town

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A valuable concrete relief by Cyprus’ most avant-garde artist of the 1960s has been rediscovered after lying hidden in the underground recesses of a nightclub. The club is in the abandoned ghost town of Varosha, which has been under Turkish military control since a 1974 war ethnically cleaved the island nation.  The nightclub’s 93-year-old Greek Cypriot former owner, who says he commissioned that artwork and others by artist Christoforos Savva, wants to remove them and transfer them to the country’s internationally recognized southern part. But the family that owns the hotel where the nightclub once operated says the artwork is its private property and objects to its removal, warning of legal action.last_img read more

Bill Rosenfield’s 46 Beacon Poised for West End Debut

first_imgBill Rosenfield’s 46 Beacon is set to make its West End debut. The production, a 1970s-set play about coming of age and coming out, is scheduled to begin performances on April 5 at Trafalgar Studios 2. Directed by Alexander Lass, the memory play is set to open on April 10.46 Beacon focuses on Alan and Robert, who spend a July evening in a Boston hotel hoping for a connection, be it emotional or physical. The play ran at London’s Hope Theatre in October 2015.Rosenfield’s other plays include True Fans, Sunshine and Shadow, Let Me and Bridal Terrorism. His highly acclaimed adaptation of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicolaw, was produced as part of the City Center Encores! series in 2014. Prior to turning his attention to playwriting, Rosenfield had a career in the recording industry as the executive producer of over 65 original cast recordings, beginning with the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins; he garnered over 30 Grammy nominations in the process. For the past six years, he has written the Drama Desk Awards ceremony. Among the awards he has received are two Drama Desk Awards, a SDC Foundation Governor’s Award and a Richard Rodgers Award.The limited engagement is scheduled to run through April 29. Full casting and further creative details for 46 Beacon will be announced at a later date. View Commentslast_img read more