USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29

first_img View post tag: RIMPAC Training & Education View post tag: Navy USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic May 9, 2012 Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, and led by Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC 2012 marks the first time non-U.S. officers will command components of the combined task force during the exercise. Commodore Stuart Mayer of the Royal Australian Navy will command the Maritime Component and Brig. Gen. Michael Hood of the Royal Canadian Air Force will command the Air Component. Other key leaders of the multinational force include Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, deputy commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, vice commander of the CTF.The theme of RIMPAC 2012 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious operations; gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.RIMPAC 2012 will feature the first demonstration of a U.S. Navy “Great Green Fleet,” during which U.S. surface combatants and carrier-based aircraft will test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of biofuels. This demonstration will also incorporate prototype energy efficiency initiatives such as solid state lighting, on-line gas turbine waterwash and energy management tools.This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 09, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Pacific View post tag: Hawaiian Island View post tag: Rim View post tag: begin View post tag: June 29last_img read more

first_imgGood news for fans of green tourism, namely on Wednesday UNESCO declared the area of ​​the river Mura a biosphere reserve. This is just a step closer to the establishment of the pentalateral Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, reports WWF Adria.The decision was made by the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program this week during the annual conference in Indonesia. A total of 29.000 hectares of floodplain valleys along the Mura River have been declared a biosphere reserve. The “European Amazon,” as the Mura River is also called, is now almost fully recognized by UNESCO. Currently, 850.000 hectares of natural and culturally rich landscape of the three rivers are protected, whose immeasurable potential, after Croatia and Hungary in 2012, was recognized by Serbia in 2017. The nomination for the last part, which covers the area of ​​the Austrian side of the Mura River between Spielfeld and Bad Radkersburg, will soon follow.The new reserve stretches 100 kilometers from the border with Austria to the border with Croatia and Hungary. It is home to many animal species, and the river landscape is suitable for the migration of endangered fish species. The potential that will open for 13 municipalities along the Mura River is certainly unquestionable, but its true ecological and tourist nature remains to be seen. ”We are glad to be even closer to declaring the world’s first pentalateral biosphere reserve! In order for the management of this vast river area to be sustainable, it is extremely important to prevent further planning for the construction of a series of hydropower plants at the same time. It was this nomination that confirmed that the Mura River should be managed in a sustainable way, for the sake of people and nature. “, commented Ivana Korn Varga from WWF Adria.Also, WWF has been actively making efforts for years and supporting the project of establishing a cross-border biosphere reserve, while at the same time cooperating in the implementation of specific EU projects worth about 14 million euros. The project “coop MDD”, ie connecting the areas along the Mura, Drava and Danube, began in 2017. WWF is also one of the world’s largest and most reputable independent nature conservation organizations, with nearly five million supporters and a global network active in more than a hundred countries.The benefits of international cooperation in establishing biosphere reserves have grown, as might be expected, into cooperation at other levels. Thus, in June 2018, the project “European Amazon Cycling Route” was launched, which will enable nature and sports lovers to book bicycle tours and excursions and visit cultural and natural sites along the three rivers until 2021. Immediately, this project aims to further implement the revitalization of rivers in order to create new natural habitats and areas where people can experience the river landscape.However, the tourist story of this area should not stop at this. The potential, which is open this way, is truly immeasurable for both the community and the UN’s 13 Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism here can become a springboard in achieving these goals. Also, established partnerships can facilitate the creation of an international tourism product. We have raw material in front of us, it is up to us now to use it in the best possible way for the benefit of all.PHOTO: Međimurje protected naturelast_img read more

AC Milan preparing audacious two-year loan bid to sign Lucas Torreira from Arsenal

first_img Comment Torreira’s former manager at Sampdoria Marco Giampaolo is the new AC Milan boss (Picture: Getty)Torreira reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal earlier this week, saying: ‘Nobody from AC Milan has got in touch with me, today I’m in the Premier [League] and happy to be part of the Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It cost me the adaptation, it’s not easy, but I only think about that team. I’m happy to be there.’Nevertheless, Milan appear to be growing increasingly confident that they can lure him back to Serie A as they bid to assemble a squad capable of finishing in the top-four next season.Giampaolo has also been linked with moves for Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, both of whom are reportedly on Unai Emery’s transfer wishlist.It seems unlikely that Arsenal would be willing to allow Torreira to leave on loan considering they spent £23m to sign him from Sampdoria a year ago while he impressed overall during his debut season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery is also operating under a strict transfer budget of around £45m this summer and he would have to find a replacement for Torreira if he were allowed to depart.Although Torreira’s form dipped towards the end of last season, he still made 34 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring two goals and registering two assists.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal AC Milan are keen to bring Lucas Torreira back to Italy this summer (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are accelerating their interest in Lucas Torreira and aim to test Arsenal’s resolve with a two-year loan bid and an option to buy for the combative midfielder.According to Sky in Italy, Milan are looking to offer £4.5m to take Torreira on loan until the end of the 2020-21 campaign with a view to making it permanent for an additional £25m fee.The 23-year-old, who played for Pescara and Sampdoria prior to joining Arsenal last summer, is said to be interested in a return to Italy after struggling to settle in London.Milan’s appointment of Marco Giampaolo is another attraction for Torreira as he flourished during two seasons working with the Italian tactician in his time with Sampdoria.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Jun 2019 12:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link298Shares AC Milan preparing audacious two-year loan bid to sign Lucas Torreira from Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

No. 1 USC aims for fourth consecutive NCAA title

first_imgThe three-time defending national champion No. 1 USC men’s water polo team is approaching unprecedented territory.California remains the only other NCAA Division I men’s water polo program to have ever won three consecutive national championships, a feat it accomplished twice.Stopper · Senior goalie Joel Dennerley has keyed USC’s defense and helped lead the Trojans to three straight NCAA championships. – Daily Trojan file photoNo team has ever won four in a row.With the Trojans returning every starter from their 2010 title team — a team that outscored its opponents 382-183, begs the question: Can anyone derail the Trojans’ recent string of success?“The team is very experienced now, as we are returning our top players from last year,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “There is great competition for every position. We are three-deep, even four-deep, at almost every position”The Trojans will test that depth this weekend, as they jump into the pool Sunday for their first contests of the regular season, facing Fresno Pacific and UC Irvine as part of the UCI Invitational.USC does not have many question marks because, by Vavic’s count, it returns its top 13 players from this past season, including their three leading scorers in sophomore two-meter Jeremy Davie, junior driver Peter Kurzeka and sophomore driver Nikola Vavic, and the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year senior goalie Joel Dennerley.“Our starters are back, very healthy and hungry,” Vavic said. “We also have quite a few new players and guys who have redshirted. So the competition for playing time has been fierce.”No starting spot is guaranteed, at least according to Vavic, a e coach who has won a combined nine MPSF Coach of the Year awards between the men and women’s circuits.Vavic said redshirt freshman goalie Ely Bonilla, who was named MVP of the first annual 21-and-under junior Olympics, has battled Dennerly for playing time thus far through training camp.“Having Bonilla is a huge plus for us,” Vavic said. “Having another goalie is going to push [Dennerley] a little bit.”With so much roster depth, Vavic notes the Trojans will rotate many players in and out of the lineup to keep starters fresh.“Some of the freshmen will have a chance to play right away,” Vavic said. “[Freshman driver] Mark Vonderweidt already has shown some signs of greatness. [Freshman driver Konstantinos Genidounias], a kid from Greece, has a chance to help immediately. He was the MVP of the 18-and-under European Water Polo Championship last year, but he’s not going to join until the end of the [Junior World Championships] in September.”Last season, as USC sets its eyes on a third consecutive title, Vavic informed his team, which featured no seniors at the time, what it would take to win another national championship, reiterating on several occasions the team could not let complacency set in.Vavic does not anticipate such problems to settle in.“Complacency is definitely the biggest obstacle,” Vavic said. “There are always some players that are happy they won a championship, or two, or three. You have to watch out for those, but we do have a very competitive young group of players.”Those leaders, Dennerley and Kurzeka, as well as junior two-meter Brian Boswell, junior driver Michael Rosenthal and senior two-meter Matt Burton, have all been key contributers in USC’s run of dominance. The group, all part of the same recruiting class, has never known a finish to the season that did not involve pushing coach Vavic into a pool following an NCAA championship win.Though most teams will recognize the Trojans as the preseason favorite, most, if not all, of the upper-echelon teams can point to minor mistakes they made against USC — situations that altered the outcomes of close games — as the reason why they are not the NCAA champions.California, Stanford and UCLA will remain formidable, and an upstart Pacific team could also make noise before the season ends. In a league of such parity, there is no time to bask in past victories.“We’ve been training very hard, and I’m really pleased with our physical fitness coming back from the break,” Vavic said. “This is probably the fittest team we’ve had returning from the break. A lot of that has to do with our leadership and our seniors setting the tone.”last_img read more