HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles View post tag: Seychelles View post tag: Anchor View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: Defencecenter_img A port visit to the Seychelles provided a much-needed opportunity for the crew of HMAS Newcastle to re-energise ahead of her next high-tempo counter-terrorism patrol on Operation SLIPPER.Soon after coming alongside Port Victoria, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) took on around one tonne of mail and care packages from loved ones in Australia, much to the delight of her crew.“It was like Christmas, parcels and letters were going out to people all through the ship. Some people had recently celebrated birthdays, so they got some nice surprises,” Acting Sub Lieutenant (ASLT) Rachel Jones, the ship’s Assistant Supply Officer, said.“Mail is always a massive morale booster on operations. It’s nice to know the people at home are thinking about us.”Stores, water and fuel were received onboard to ready Newcastle for her next patrol and were delivered by the team from the RAN Liaison Office (RANLO), who travelled to the Seychelles from Bahrain to coordinate the port visit.Newcastle also hosted an historic event: the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conditions of the Transfer of Suspected Pirates, Armed Robbers and Seized Property to the Seychelles.The MOU was signed by Australian High Commissioner to the Seychelles, Her Excellency Ms Sandra Vegting, and Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Mr Joel Morgan.While alongside, the crew also had an opportunity to explore Mahe Island, the tropical main island of the 115 that make up the Seychelles.Some jumped at the chance to dive and snorkel in the aqua blue waters surrounding the atoll, while others recharged their batteries by meandering through local gift shops, and sampling the local cuisine.Half way through the port visit, Newcastle left the wharf and went to anchor nearby. Her crew used local water taxis for one more run ashore before farewelling the tropical paradise and returning their full attention to the mission of countering terrorism, piracy and narcotics in the Indian Ocean.Operation SLIPPER is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement.Newcastle’s current deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990, and her visit to the Seychelles was the fourth by a RAN vessel since 2012.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Newcastle July 5, 2013 View post tag: drops Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles Training & Education View post tag: HMASlast_img read more

FINDING THE GOOD: The Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club

first_imgThe Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club said they would like to thanks everyone who has donated to help them including Adam and Clover Weitsman from Upstate Shredding. They recently donated a $2,000 grant as part of our Southern Tier Tuesday segment. “Without a doubt, without this place, I would’ve gone hungry that day. But it’s the love that keeps me coming back.” For the last three years, the Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club has met once a week, putting their care giving skills to work. And while they don’t really see it as work, they are seeing an increase in demand from the community. “As the word gets around, we have new people that come,” explained Betty-Ann Graham, another member of the SCLC, “But some of them are regulars who really appreciate and are thankful for what we do give them.” “Especially when you have someone who has lost their home, they’re homeless or things like that and you can actually help somebody and make a difference in their lives.” Proving just powerful — something as simple as a sandwich can be. So they recently decided to move from doing this one day a week to now two. While doing it all free of charge. “They’re just making sandwiches but they’re putting love into it, literally,” Emery said, “And that’s just the best part is just knowing that someone is thinking about other people and wanting to help them.” “Well we try to give them two sandwiches thinking that can have one for lunch, one for dinner,” says Lola Kaminsky, Head of the kitchen with the Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club, “There are a lot of children sometimes in the families, so some of them take 6, 7 lunches at a time.” We were actually was able to speak with one of those regular faces, Don Emery from Binghamton, who shared how these women have touched his heart. But ‘love sandwiches’ aren’t the only thing being handed out at the church. There’s a space for free clothing in the basement called ‘George’s Garments.’ And the volunteers who work there say they consider many of the people they meet like a member of their own family.center_img “You get to know people’s lives and their life stories and what they’ve been through, and you just, you just feel like you’re all part of a really big family,” says Anne Lott, George’s Garments Volunteer, “It’s been very rewarding for me. I truly look forward to seeing the regulars and new people. I’ve made a lot of friends.” “It seems to have grown since the pandemic. We’re averaging about 800 lunches a month,” said Kaminsky. “Our pay is from god, you know? We love what we do.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Inside St. Cyril’s Church in the First Ward of Binghamton, you’ll find a group of friends hard at work. All rolling up their sleeves to help families in need. Adding the chance to help them is all the reward they need. They say the real payoff is seeing the impact they’re making through those they help. “One time I was walking by and I was down on my luck and hungry and I saw this sign ‘Free Bagged Lunches’ so I came in and they gave me a bagged lunch,” Emery said, “Now I don’t care too much for peanut butter and jelly but it was the best peanut butter and jelly I’ve ever had. Then I came back again and the next time I had a bologna and cheese and the mustard was shaped like a heart. And I said this is definitely a ‘love sandwich.'” People just like Don Emery. If you want to stop at the church to pick up meals or check out George’s Garments, they’re both open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.last_img read more

Search committee member Sam Rodgers: Football success ‘definitely’ a factor in hire

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Former Syracuse football longsnapper and member of the search committee for a new athletic director Sam Rodgers said Mark Coyle’s experience running a successful football program “definitely played a factor in his hire.”“(A) successful tract record at big-time programs,” Rodgers said of Coyle’s exploits via text. “Dedication to the student athletes. Also like a good fit to the upstate New York culture.”Syracuse announced Coyle as its new athletic director late Friday evening. Coyle had been the athletic director at Boise State since 2011. Cyole will formally start his duties at Syracuse on July 6.Rodgers said that SU Chancellor Kent Syverud “charged” the search committee to find 2-3 candidates to interview this summer with enough time to make a hire by the start of the fall semester.The committee conducted initial interviews before final candidates were passed along to Syverud.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRodgers also said his basketball background played a factor as well, noting that Coyle worked at Kentucky, a perennial basketball powerhouse, before becoming the athletic director at Boise. Commentslast_img read more