first_img View post tag: CMF View post tag: Pakistan Navy View post tag: CTF-150 December 7, 2017 View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authoritiescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy assumes command of Combined Task Force 150 Australian Navy assumes command of Combined Task Force 150 The Royal Australian Navy is at the helm of Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) after assuming command from the Pakistan Navy in a change of command ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain on December 7.Australian Commodore Mal Wise assumed command of CTF150 from Pakistani Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi in a ceremony presided over by US Navy Vice Admiral John Aquilino, commander US Naval Forces Central Command, commander US Fifth Fleet and commander Combined Maritime Forces.This is the 7th time Australia is assuming command of CTF 150. More importantly, however, the new CTF 150 command staff team includes seven personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in an Australian-led joint Australian/Canadian staff.This will be an important development for the RCN team, as Canada looks to develop its skills and understanding of CMF ahead of its own planned command of CTF150 at a later date in 2018.The principal mission of CTF150 is to deter terrorism, narcotics smuggling and other illegal activity in the maritime environment across an area of almost 3.2 million square miles, encompassing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea. During the next four months the Australian-led team will continue the work to counter terrorism and drugs smugglers and reassure legitimate users of the high seas to ensure the free flow of commerce across the area of operations. Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAnimal welfare charities have expressed disgust at the taunting of live penguins at the Oxford Union’s Fire and Ice Ball last Saturday.Inebriated revellers at the Union’s Ball were seen by a number of guests to be hassling the birds, which had been brought in to provide entertainment and a photo opportunity.However, Sharon Howe, representative of VERO, Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford, has criticised the actions of the drunk students, saying, “That sounds like a joke…I am very shocked. We are sickened by it as individuals, and as a group we would just like to say that the incident should be referred to the RSPCA.”The RSPCA responded saying, “It certainly doesn’t sound ideal. Why do you need penguins at a ball? It seems completely unnecessary.”The ball, which took place last Saturday, had a number of other attractions including live music, fire eaters and shisha.A second-year from St Anne’s said “They kept live penguins in small cages. A lot of students were quite near the animals and they looked pretty terrified. Occasionally, they were hassled by drunk people.”The Oxford Union has denied any maltreatment of the animals, saying, “At no time were the penguins allowed to be hassled and this was made clear to all those who wished to have their photograph taken with the penguins. The secretary regularly checked on the handlers and the penguins to see if they needed a break at any point and was informed each time by the handlers that the penguins were fine.“The penguins were only present during the initial stages of the ball, leaving after a few hours. They were not kept in a cage but rather in their own pen which complied with ACTA guidelines and included a water pool for them to swim in as required.”last_img read more

first_imgWith the passing of Prince, many longtime fans are wondering just how deep his catalog of unreleased music really stretches. While The Purple One certainly maintained his archives with close scrutiny, investigative reports have only scratched the surface of this treasure trove.The BBC News put together a documentary called Hunting For The Vault, with tidbits from engineers, managers, collaborators and more. According to filmmaker Mobeen Azhar, “there is enough unreleased studio material for him to put out an album a year for the next 100 years.” You can watch a clip from the documentary below:Azhar recently spoke to the NY Daily News about what he knows of the mysterious vault. “There’s a wealth of material in there,” he said. “He had entire promotional videos for songs that were never released, and also two feature length movies that are in the vault, as well.”Not only that, but the recording of every live show is kept in the vault as well. Prince’s former tour manager, Alan Leeds, said “You could do a box set of 10 CDs of live concerts from the various eras of his career.” Apparently the Vault was started by Prince’s first manager, Susan Rogers, during the early 1980s. “I wanted us to have everything he’d ever recorded. I called up the studios he’d been using and said: ‘Have you got any Prince tapes?’ This is his legacy. We need to protect these things.” “It has a bank vault door. It’s really, really thick. It has the wheel on it, just like you’d see in a bank vault… When I left in ’87, it was nearly full, so I can’t imagine what they’ve done [since]. It was just row after row after row of everything we did.”So what happens to all of this unreleased music in the absence of Prince? That remains a mystery, though we can only hope that someone as calculated as Prince had a plan in mind for the world after his death. It would be a tragedy to have this glorious musical collection go unheard by the public.“Knowing that Prince likes to be in control of every aspect of everything he does, I would hope and I would imagine that he has entrusted it all to someone,” said Azhar. “But whether we will be hearing any new albums coming out soon, I just don’t know.”[Via NY Daily News]last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco blues-rock outfit The Stone Foxes is preparing to release their latest set of tunes, a 5-track new EP dubbed Visalia, on September 15th. The Stone Foxes, comprised by lead singers Shannon Koehler and Vince Dewald along with Shannon’s brother Spence Koehler, Ben Andrews, Brian Bakalian, and Elliott Peltzman, have solidified their reputation as a commanding live act built on the musicians’ dynamism and blue-collar work ethic since their inception in 2008. The restless spirit that fuels their live shows also powers the songwriting on Visalia, whose catchy hooks and melodies are matched by trenchant lyrics that confront various personal and societal dilemmas.The Stone Foxes’ creative process for the album was also the inspiration for its name: First, the band sequestered themselves in rural isolation in the small town of Visalia, CA, in the heart of the Central Valley, to write the punchy new tunes. Then, they took the new material back to the urban environs of Oakland, where they recorded the album with celebrated producer and engineer Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, The Dodos, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down).On Visalia, catchy hooks and melodies are matched by trenchant lyrics that confront various personal and societal dilemmas. The EP opens with “If I Die Tonight,” where lead vocalist and drummer Shannon Koehler belts “If I die tonight, that’s alright” as he lives each moment to the fullest, whether a hospital visit while on tour happens or not.Explains Koehler, “It’s really reflective of how important it is to live in the moment. When you’re with your loved ones and friends, and all having the time of your life, if I die, I’d be alright with it. I live with a pacemaker and have undergone 11 heart surgeries. Every moment is precious. Visalia also dives deep into roots blues music. We wanted to pay tribute to some of our blues/rock idols, while putting out a statement of frustration and anger in response to what’s happening in America right now.”Stream the new EP, Visalia, in its entirety below via Stone Foxes’ SoundCloud:In addition to releasing their new EP, the band is heading out on the road for an extensive 36-date national Fall Tour, appropriately named “Gigantour.” For detailed information regarding The Stone Foxes, their new EP, and “Gigantour,” head to the band’s website.THE STONE FOXES — FALL 2017 GIGANTOURSeptember 15 — Los Angeles, CA — BootlegSeptember 16 — Del Mar, CA — KaabooSeptember 17 — Phoenix, AZ — Crescent BallroomSeptember 23 — Folsom, CA — Folsom LiveSeptember 27 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s BBQSeptember 28 — San Antonio, TX — Jack’s BarSeptember 29 — Fort Worth, TX — Magnolia Motor LoungeSeptember 30 — Houston, TX — The Continental ClubOctober 1 — New Orleans, LA — Gasa GasaOctober 4 — Atlanta, GA — Smith’s Olde BarOctober 6 — Asheville, NC — Salvage StationOctober 7 — Charlotte, NC — The Rabbit HoleOctober 8 — Washington, DC — Gypsy Sally’sOctober 10 — Boston, MA — Middle East UpstairsOctober 11 — Fairfield, CT — Stage OneOctober 12 — New York, NY — Mercury LoungeOctober 14 — Rehoboth Beach, DE — Dogfish HeadOctober 15 — Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’sOctober 17 — Cleveland, OH — BeachlandOctober 18 — Ferndale, MI — Magic BagOctober 19 — Bloomington, IN — The BishopOctober 20 — Chicago, IL — Beat KitchenOctober 21 — Milwaukee, WI — Shank HallOctober 24 — Madison, WI — FrequencyOctober 25 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street EntryOctober 26 — Iowa City, IA — The MillOctober 27 — Des Moines, IA — Vaudeville MewsOctober 28 — Lawrence, KS — BottleneckOctober 29 — St. Louis, MO — Old Rock HouseOctober 31 — Omaha, NE — ReverbNovember 3 — Denver, CO — Larimer LoungeNovember 4 — Salt Lake City, UT — State RoomNovember 7 — Billings, MT — Pub StationNovember 8 — Bozeman, MT — Filling StationNovember 9 — Missoula, MT — UC BallroomNovember 17 — San Francisco, CA — The Independentlast_img read more

first_imgTake the whole family out for a trip on one of the smaller lakes at state parks like Pocahontas, Douthat, or Hungry Mother. Get started fishing from the bank or rent a boat from the park. You will find everything from bluegill and crappie to catfish and chain pickerel. A special trout fishing area in Douthat is open only to anglers 12 and younger. Photo by Annie Johnson. Virginia State Parks Calvert County, Md. is the “Charter Boat Fishing Capital of Maryland” with the largest fleet of boats on the Chesapeake Bay. Head out on the waters of Claytor Lake, Lake Anna, and Smith Mountain Lake for a day of prime bass fishing and breathing in the fresh air. Extend your trip with a stay at one of the many campsites or rental cabins. There’s plenty to do once you get off the water, including miles of hiking trails to explore.  summersvillecvb.com | richwoodchamberofcommerce.org The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries annually stocks more than one million catchable-size trout in 180 waters around the state. Located a short drive from the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, Waynesboro, Va. is a trout angler’s dream. Fish thrive in the mountain waters of the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park. Fly anglers enjoy the South River flowing through downtown Waynesboro for trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout. The South River Greenway provides parking and easy access to the river. The 2.2-mile catch-and-release section, extending from Wayne Avenue bridge downstream to Second Street bridge, is one of two urban trout fisheries in Virginia. Further upstream, you’ll find the put-and-take section of the river at Ridgeview Park.  Photo by Brooke Kiatta. If you are in the mood for more trout, The Fryemont Inn and Everett Hotel serve trout prepared several different ways. Kick back and relax with a cold beer at Nantahala Brewing Company or Mountain Layers Brewing Company at the end of a long day.  This year, DGIF is kicking off the Trout Slam challenge. Starting on March 1, anglers who catch all three trout species – rainbow, brook, and brown – in one day can register their catches on the DGIF website and earn a #VATroutSlam sticker. Are you up for the challenge? Pocahontas County, West Virginia Explore all the area has to offer after a day on the water. Hike five sections of the Palmetto Trail, a state wide trail that will connect the mountains of South Carolina to the sea. Golfers can play 18 holes at 13 different championship courses within a 45 minute drive of Santee. Take in the museums, parks, flower gardens, battlefields, and more. You can sample good old Southern home cooking, traditional barbecue, or a local favorite—fried catfish. At the end of the day, stay at one of the full service motels, lake cabins, or over 1,000 campsites located in the region.  Summersville and Richwood, West Virginia Explore the famous brook trout stream at Rapidan Wildlife Management Area. The WMA borders Shenandoah National Park and offers excellent fly fishing for native brook trout.   Waynesboro, Virginia Calvert County, Maryland Spring-fed waters, stunning mountain views, and alluring activities make Waynesboro the ideal angler’s getaway! Wythe and Smyth Counties, Virginia Cruise through the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a series of fifteen breweries within an hour of each other, for beautiful mountain views, live entertainment, and local brews. Visit Basic City Beer Co., Seven Arrows Brewing, and Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro before discovering the rest of the trail. With more than 40 wineries, breweries, and distilleries within 30 miles, you are sure to find something you like. Fill up with organic kombucha at Blue Ridge Bucha, Virginia’s first dedicated kombucha taproom right in Waynesboro.  Photo by Sam Dean Photography. Discover all that Summersville and Richwood have to offer when you get away to these waterways of West Virginia.  Explore the 38 Virginia State Parks for countless places to cast your line. From January to May, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocks rivers, streams, and lakes with trout across the county, including the Greenbrier, Williams, and Cranberry rivers. Multiple access points allow you to customize your trip length. Explore the area on the Greenbrier River Trail by foot, bike, or horse as the 78-mile rail trail follows the winding river.  Made up of five counties, Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, and Sumter, Santee Cooper has 171,000 acres of land covered by 6.5 million gallons of water. With 450 miles of shoreline, you’ll find plenty of places to get on the water at the two lakes, two rivers, two canals, and a vast swamp in the area. Whether you are new to fly fishing or are looking to find the best local spots, there are several outfitters in town who can help you out with any wade or float trip in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas. Fly Fishing the Smokies will introduce you to delayed harvest fishing on the Tuckasegee River. Fish the smallmouth bass sanctuary on the Little Tennessee with guides from Tuckaseegee Fly Shop. A popular trip with Fontana Guides includes Cherokee’s trophy trout section. Located right on the Nantahala River, Endless River Adventures has a trip for everyone, including the fast-moving cascades on the Upper Nantahala.  Plan your visit for the end of April when the South River Fly Fishing Expo (April 18-19, 2020) showcases Waynesboro’s unique urban fishery. Hear from expert anglers, practice casting or tying a fly, and sample local food and drinks. Proceeds from the event support habitat conservation and restoration on the South River. Bring the whole family to Riverfest Waynesboro on April 25 to support the Shenandoah River Basin while watching reptile shows and rubber duck races. Santee Cooper Country is South Carolina fishing country.  Stay Awhile  Experience the Potomac River in a variety of ways at one of the five state parks on the river. Access some of the best largemouth bass fishing from the motorboat ramp at Leesylvania State Park or the canoe/kayak launches at Mason Neck and Widewater state parks. If you prefer to cast your line from the shore, Caldeon State Park allows fishing on the open sections of the shore. Use the boat ramp at Westmoreland State Park to access the saltwater fisheries for striped bass, flounder, and croaker. Check out the boathouse for bait, tackle, and boat rentals.  Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries When you get off the water, stop by the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians to learn about legendary “Stream Blazers,” the evolution of rods and reels, types of gear, and fly tying. View the diversity of the Southern waters at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium. Of the many regional fish, amphibian, and reptile species, the aquarium includes two Hellbenders. These ancient and protected salamanders live in a 450-gallon tank, the largest in the Southeast.   For more fly fishing go to https://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/fly-fishing/ Explore a new waterway to fish each time you visit Pocahontas County, W. Va. All state parks require a fishing license, except for the piers at Kiptopeke and York River. Find your Virginia State Park today. Check Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for current fishing regulations.  Photo courtesy of the City of Waynesboro.  Photo courtesy of Wythe and Smyth County. Both Summersville and Richwood have a variety of recreation, dining, and lodging options for when the day winds down. Whitewater raft the New and Gauley rivers, learn the history of the area at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, or visit one of the antique shops in the area. Stop by the Kirkwood Winery and taste some of their 30 varieties of wine. Take in views from the Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse before bunking in one of their cabins or campsites for the night.  One of the best ways to fish Santee Cooper Country is by kayak. Paddle the waterways, find hidden spots, and break for lunch on a scenic beach. Explore the submerged cypress and tupelo forest of Sparkleberry Swamp. Bring your own kayak or rent one for the day from one of several outfitters around the area. Hook up with a local guide, many of whom specialize in catching certain fish species, for your best chance at a big haul. They provide all of the equipment you will need for fresh water fishing. Get up close and personal with largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, and catfish in these waters.  Enjoy a flight from Grandfather Mountain Winery as you take in the scenery from the bank of the Watauga River. Both Lost Province Brewing Co. and Appalachian Mountain Brewery are just a short walk from where Boone Creek runs through town. Sit outside and drink a cold one at Booneshine Brewing Co., just off of Brookshire Park and the South Fork of the New River.  sandwiches, or delicious signature entrees while listening to live music on their patio most weekends. Or opt for the tantalizing flavors that come from Hops Kitchen, where globally influenced dishes meet beer infusions from Basic City Beer Co. Their Smoked Pork Nachos with Beer Cheese was recently recognized in Food Network’s 50 States of Nachos! Catch a movie, show, or concert at the historic Wayne Theatre. Originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1926, the recently restored theatre hosts a variety of cultural events in a world class venue. Be sure to stop at Kline’s Dairy Bar for a scoop of your favorite ice cream made fresh every day. If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t miss the chance to play a round of night mini golf at Waynesboro Golf and Games long after the sun goes down or race go-karts at Fastrax.  choosecalvert.com “Having traveled across the U.S. (and then some) in search of great trout fishing, I have a deep appreciation for the tremendous quality of the trout fishery that is right here on the South River. Over the past 25 years, the South River has transformed into one of the most productive and challenging fisheries in the region.” –TOMMY LAWHORNE, FLY FISHING GUIDE AT SOUTH RIVER FLY SHOP Get away to the trout waters of North Carolina when you visit Boone on your next fishing trip. These parks and access points make it easy to get on the water and get fishing.  Schedule your trip around an event. The West Virginia Bass Federation hosts fishing tournaments on Summersville Lake in the spring, summer, and fall. Toast the arrival of spring at the 82nd Richwood Ramp Festival or celebrate all things whitewater at Gauley Fest. The Richwood and Summersville airports are close by and provide convenient access for small engine fly ins.  In addition to eight state records, Santee Cooper lakes hold the world record for channel catfish weighing in at 58 pounds. visitwytheville.com | visitvirginiamountains.com If you are new to the area, consider hiring a local guide to show you around. With over the 30 years of experience, book a float trip on the New River with Appalachian Outdoor Adventures. Chase smallmouth bass, musky, and wild trout through the mountain streams with Matt Reilly Fly Fishing. Whether you’re looking to get 4 hours on the water or multiple days, New River Trips LLC can get you out there. Trips with Greasy Creek Outfitters include all of the equipment you’ll need on the water.   Experience the world class scenery and fishing of Deep Creek and Hazel Creek. The Raven Fork Trophy Section, a 2.2-mile stretch of creek located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, is home to the biggest trout in the Smokies. dgif.virginia.gov Relax and get away from the pressures of everyday life where the pace is slow and the people are friendly in Santee Cooper Country. Explore the deep pools and scattered islands of the New River. With six different ramps, choose your trip length and float the river south to north as you fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, and musky. Rent kayaks and canoes for the day from New River Trail State Park. Get out on the headwaters of the South Fork Holston River in search of brown and rainbow trout.  The Middle Fork offers a variety of fishing opportunities, including redbreast sunfish, rock back, and bluegills. Private trophy trout fishing is available along Cripple Creek.  Boone, North Carolina Hungry Mother State Park, one of the six original Virginia parks, encompasses a 108-acre lake filled with a dozen species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass. After a morning on the water, take to the 17 miles of trails in the park by foot or bike to see more of the area. The boat ramp at Rural Retreat Lake is open year-round, 24-hours a day. Stock up with bait and tackle before casting your line for musky, northern pike, sunfish, and more. A small pond next to the lake is stocked with trout. Both lakes also have camping onsite for an extended trip.  Take in all of this and more when you explore the mountains and waters of Boone, N.C.  Photo by Sam Dean Photography. “I was out fishing with my brother and my friend. We were all out in separate kayaks and I had a strong bite… I knew it was a big one when it bit, but I could hardly believe it. I was so excited… I’d like to go back again.”  -WYATT GREGORY, 13, ON FISHING AT BEAR CREEK LAKE STATE PARK Get the full package with one of the professional fly fishing outfitters in the area. Knapps Creek Trout Lodge offers beginner lessons, backcountry exploration trips, family-friendly outings, and gear rentals. When you’re done on the water, head back to the lodge for a home cooked meal and good night’s rest before doing it all again the next day. Take a half day guided wade trip or book a weeklong immersive experience on the best West Virginia trout streams with Elk River Inn & Cabins, an Orvis-endorsed outfitter.  Fish Old Field Fork right out the backdoor or head to the Greenbrier, Williams, and Cranberry rivers and beyond. center_img Santee Cooper Country, South Carolina After you’ve closed your tackle box for the day, indulge with a stay at our breathtaking mountain getaway, The Iris Inn, just minutes from the South River downtown. Take advantage of Waynesboro’s cultural offerings with dinner and drinks at Heritage on Main Street, a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy one of their burgers, sandwiches, or delicious signature entrees while listening to live music on their patio most weekends. Or opt for the tantalizing flavors that come from Hops Kitchen, where globally influenced dishes meet beer infusions from Basic City Beer Co. Their Smoked Pork Nachos with Beer Cheese was recently recognized in Food Network’s 50 States of Nachos! Photo courtesy of Virginia State Parks. With more than 3,500 miles of trout streams, along with many ponds, small lakes, and reservoirs, Virginia offers something for every fly fishing fan. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hatches and raises trout in four coldwater hatcheries and stocks about 600 miles of water with trout. Find a spot to cast your line on the Nantahala and Tuckasegee rivers, both named a Top 100 Trout River by Trout Unlimited. The Tuckasegee flows right through town, so it’s just a short drive or walk to local restaurants and amenities.  Anglers will enjoy the variety of fly fishing opportunities at Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Fish for smallmouth bass on the picturesque Laurel Bed Lake or trout on Big Tumbling Creek at the Fee Fishing Area.    Photo by Fly Fishing The Smokies. Get off the grid and cast a line in Seneca State Forest, located in the National Radio Quiet Zone. Fish the stocked Seneca Lake and nearby Greenbrier River for trout and bass. Fish Watoga Lake at Watoga State Park, West Virginia’s largest park, for largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and trout. Both locations offer miles of trails for hiking and biking and campsites for overnight lodging when you get off the water.  santeecoopercountry.org At the end of a long day, head to Seven Sisters Brewery or 7 Dogs Brewpub for a cold one. Take in an evening show at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre or the Historic Lincoln Theater. Check into the Bolling Wilson Hotel, a boutique hotel in downtown Wytheville, for a comfy room, full-service restaurant, and a rooftop bar. Or wind down at the General Francis Marion Hotel and grab a bite to eat at their Speakeasy Gastropub.  Photo by Blueway Adventures. Fish the Middle Fork of the New River from Sterling Creek Park. Bring a picnic for lunch or enjoy a walk on the first completed segment of the Middle Fork Greenway. Access the South Fork of the New River from the banks at Brookshire Park where you’ll find wild and stocked trout, rock bass, and redbreast sunfish. Just a few miles upriver, Green Valley Community Park has a canoe ramp so you can access the fishing by boat. Hop on Winkler Creek along the Boone Greenway and follow the water until it merges with the South Fork.  Visit Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, for several fishing opportunities. Cast your line at Trout and Bass lakes, with parking and walkable loops around the water. The hiking trail around Price Lake at Julian Price Park provides several fishing spots to catch the trout that is stocked monthly. Coffey Lake, designated as delayed harvest trout waters, on Beech Mountain is stocked annually with brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Both Bass and Coffey lakes offer handicapped access for all anglers.  Cruise through the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a series of fifteen breweries within an hour of each other, for beautiful mountain views, live entertainment, and local brews. Visit Basic City Beer Co., Seven Arrows Brewing, and Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro before discovering the rest of the trail. With more than 40 wineries, breweries, and distilleries within 30 miles, you are sure to find something you like. Fill up with organic kombucha at Blue Ridge Bucha, Virginia’s first dedicated kombucha taproom right in Waynesboro.  Discover the trout waters of Bryson City, N.C., the fly fishing capital of the South. Explore hundreds of miles of native trout streams, four rivers, and two lakes in the area. greatsmokies.com Photo by Meghan Marchetti/DGIF. Bryson City, North Carolina virginiastateparks.gov Relax by water when you fish Calvert County, Md. Photo by Presidio Studios. Visit the Edray State Trout Hatchery to see the stocked trout at all stages of development. Learn more about the stocking process, fish breeding, and how they navigate West Virginia streams.  Extend your fishing trip to Sherando Lake in the George Washington National Forest which is stocked with trout and surrounded by mountains. Cool off in the refreshing waters of the lower lake, explore the hiking trails to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Bald Mountain, and spend the night at one of several campsites in the forest. From there, take a drive on the parkway and hike Humpback Rocks. The breathtaking view at the top makes the strenuous hike worthwhile. While in town, visit the professionals at South River Fly Shop for fishing gear, advice, and guided excursions to the nearby South River or further out to the James and Jackson rivers. Photo courtesy of Richwood. If you want to get on the Chesapeake Bay, consider hiring a charter fishing boat to reach the best places. There are several fishing charter companies that offer half day or full day fishing trips, and bait and tackle can be purchased at various shops throughout the county. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are another popular option. When you get off the water, consider a picnic at one of many parks or beaches that dot the shoreline. The Watauga River is a fly anglers dream, filled with smallmouth bass and all kinds of trout. Wade into the water at Valle Crucis Community Park. This section of the river is designated a delayed harvest trout stream. You can also fish Dutch Creek on the other side of the park.  Target smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and sunfish at James River Wildlife Management Area. If you enjoy float trips, this provides a great put in or take out for a day on the water.    The headwaters of the New River, the Yadkin River, the Johns River, and the Watauga River all originate in Watauga County. Access over a half mile of private fishing waters on a mountain spring creek and four trout ponds with Pocahontas Fish & Game Adventures. Bunk in their restored log cabin for a true mountain getaway. Load up on fishing supplies, including your fishing license, at Appalachian Sport. Take advantage of the lodging above the store and shuttle service to the Greenbrier River. Jack Horner’s Corner has all the bait and equipment you need for the weekend just a few miles from Watoga State Park.  There is so much more to explore when you get off the water. Mountain bikers can test out their skills on miles of trails at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Beech Mountain Resort, and Sugar Mountain. Go for a stroll on the Boone Greenway, hike to the peaks at Grandfather Mountain State Park, or step onto the scenic Appalachian Trail.  At the end of the day, head to one of the 30 local eateries in and around downtown for a delicious meal. You’ll find deliciously prepared trout and other dishes at The Gamekeeper, Red Onion Café, and others in town. The Local and Twigs serve up good eats and weekend nightlife. Hit up Ransom Café Pub for bluegrass jams on Wednesdays or The Woodlands BBQ any night for live performances.  From mountain rivers to scenic lakes, the waters of Wythe and Smyth counties are the perfect getaway in Southwest Virginia.  visitwaynesboro.net exploreboone.com The New River is one of the oldest in the world, and holds several state records for musky, smallmouth, and walleye. A new season of fishing is upon us as the water warms and the trees begin to bloom again. Before you pack your gear, check out these top fishing destinations in the Southeast. Take advantage of the local knowledge when you book a guide in town. Stock up with flies and gear rentals before heading out on the waters of the Watauga Watershed with High Country Guide Service. Learn the fundamentals of fly fishing or float for trophy fish with Due South Outfitters, a Trout Unlimited endorsed guide service. From casting clinics to wilderness wade trips, Fish Goat Guide Service has something for everyone.  Spring-fed waters, stunning mountain views, and alluring activities make Waynesboro the ideal angler’s getaway! Spend your days surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest at Fontana Lake. It is the fourth deepest man-made lake in the country at more than 400 feet and features some of the best walleye, musky, and smallmouth bass fishing around.  Marion and Moultrie lakes are home to the landlocked striped bass. Anglers can challenge themselves as they fish for stripers, largemouth, crappie, bream, and catfish. Get off the water at several marinas and boat ramps around the lake. There are plenty of dining and lodging options with views of the water when you are done fishing for the day. The two lakes connect the Santee and Cooper rivers with a number of different public lands, including Santee State Park, Poinsett State Park, Manchester State Forest, Santee National Wildlife Refuge, and Francis Marion National Forest. Find a spot on the bank, wade to a hidden nook, or take a float trip down the river at several locations. Head to James River State Park and float eight miles of the river from Bent Creek searching for smallmouth bass, catfish, and pan fish. New River Trail State Park follows the water for 39 miles with several boat ramps along the way. You’ll find plenty of bass, muskellunge, and walleye along the way. Both of these parks offer kayak and canoe rentals for visitors. Fish all day in the mountains of West Virginia when you visit the towns of Summersville and Richwood. Spend your days on the water when you visit Wytheville and Smyth County, Virginia.  Hop on Summersville Lake, known for its excellent water visibility and relatively warm water temperature. With more than 60 miles of shoreline and 2,800 acres of water, spend all day fishing for bass, walleye, panfish, catfish, and trout. Check out the secluded coves when the water is low. Locations around the lake offer boat rentals, tours, and bait. When you are done with your rod and reel, try out the scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking trails available around the lake. At 390 feet high and 2,280 feet long, the Summersville Dam is the second largest rock-fill earthen dam in the Eastern United States.  As a gateway to the Monongahela National Forest, Richwood offers easy access to 150 miles of rivers and streams within a 25-mile radius, including the North and South Fork Cherry River, Big Laurel Creek, Williams River, and Cranberry River. These waters are stocked with golden, brook, brown, and rainbow trout. If you are looking for a multi-day adventure, there are several primitive camping locations along the Cranberry River. Summit Lake has an accessible fishing pier and boat launch. In town, Four Seasons Outfitters & Adventure Sports has all of the supplies and insider knowledge to make your trip a success. Cranberry Adventures offers mule and wagon transportation for fishing and camping excursions.  Stay Awhile  Take a trip to Virginia’s coast for some fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Kiptopeke and First Landing state parks offer access to both bodies of water. Take a motorboat out on the open water or fish for striped bass, flounder, and spadefish from the shore.  naturesmountainplayground.com Summersville Lake has been called the “Little Bahamas of the East” for the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi with 20-45 feet visibility. Photo courtesy of the City of Waynesboro.  Access the river at Kings Landing Park. Launch your paddle-powered boat to explore and fish the river marshes. Or fish from the pier for spot, white perch, and blue fish. Head to the North Beach Pier, Breezy Point Beach & Campground, or Flag Ponds Nature Park to fish from the bay shore for striped bass, croaker, and Spanish mackerel. What better place to spend your days on the water than the “birthplace of rivers,” Pocahontas County, W. Va.  Pocahontas County receives ten percent of West Virginia’s hatchery trout. Known for its 143 miles of shoreline, Calvert County, Md. is an angler’s dream. Bounded by the Chesapeake Bay to the east and Patuxent River to the west, there are plenty of opportunities to cast a line by land or water.  Catch a movie, show, or concert at the historic Wayne Theatre. Originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1926, the recently restored theatre hosts a variety of cultural events in a world class venue. Be sure to stop at Kline’s Dairy Bar for a scoop of your favorite ice cream made fresh every day. If you’re visiting in the summer, don’t miss the chance to play a round of night mini golf at Waynesboro Golf and Games long after the sun goes down or race go-karts at Fastrax.  A 2.2-mile section of the Tuckasegee River through Bryson City is designated delayed harvest waters with one of the highest trout count totals per mile of any stream in the U.S.  last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 16, 2011 The Salvadoran Directorate of Penal Centers has installed a modern camera system for real-time monitoring of this country’s dangerous prisons, from which extortion and homicides are ordered, an official source announced. “The contribution made by twenty-four-hour surveillance is quite large; for example, I can detect the sale of drugs or (the use) of cell phones. It’s a large step forward,” the director of prisons, Douglas Moreno, declared at a press conference. The system, which is already in operation, makes it possible to observe “the majority” of El Salvador’s overcrowded prisons from the capital, from a modern central office with various screens. The authorities have detected how individuals with ties to the inmates have thrown various objects, such as cell phones, into the prisons from outside, and on the inside, they have observed the “complicity” of some guards who collaborate in the introduction of such objects. Moreno said that the agency is hurrying to present requests for action to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and to carry out “a severe purge” of the corps of agents, thanks to those observations. Looking forward, the director of prisons indicated that the security cabinet will announce “more radical” measures in regard to the prisons in the next few days. Despite the fact that El Salvador has nineteen prisons designed to hold 7,800 inmates, the prison population currently exceeds 24,600 inmates.last_img read more

first_img On January 31, this esteemed medal was awarded to three individuals, one of which is Diálogo’s own senior editor, Marcos Ommati. Ommati was recognized for his superior contributions in promoting a closer relationship between the United States Southern Command and the Brazilian Armed Forces. As senior editor of Diálogo magazine and website (http://www.dialogo-americas.com), Ommati’s coverage in Haiti and the 2011 Military World Games, showed a positive light on the contributions of the Brazilian Military and foster greater mutual understanding between hemispheric neighbors. Junqueira, a veteran of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force during World War II in Italy, was distinguished for his actions during confrontations with rebels who attempted a communist coup in 1935. In his acceptance speech, the 98-year-old veteran remembered his fallen comrades at the Battle of Praia Vermelha, and those who fought bravely alongside him against Nazi-fascism, especially Sergeant Max Wolf Filho, one of the most important names in Brazilian Military history. The Emperor’s Grenadier Medal of Merit is one of the Brazilian Army’s most prestigious awards. It is periodically bestowed on civilian or military personnel who have stood out for their accomplishments during joint activities with the Brazilian Army. The medal’s base is a circle of bright rays radiating the heroism of the 1st Guard Battalion in all directions, imposed on a golden cross pattée, symbolizing the Portuguese caravels. The top arm displays a green coffee branch on the right side and a tobacco branch on the left, reminders of the Brazilian Empire’s riches, both joined at the center by a capital letter “G”, reminder of the Masonic Order to which Dom Pedro I, founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil, belonged. Each side arm displays the figure of a dragon, symbolizing the protection of infantry cavalry soldiers, and on the bottom arm, a ribbon displaying the words “Para o Povo, Pela Nação” – For the people, by the nation. By Dialogo April 01, 2013 The award ceremony was presided by Colonel Alfredo de Andrade Bottino, commander of the 1st Guard Battalion, at the Brazilian Army’s 1st Guard Battalion headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s not only a pleasure, but an honor to recognize such distinguished gentlemen who, throughout the years, helped to elevate the name of the Brazilian Army not only nationwide, but also in foreign countries,” he said. The two other awardees that day were Alexandre Muller and Lieutenant Colonel Leonel Junqueira. Muller was one of the people responsible for introducing Krav Maga – a mixed martial arts self-defense technique originated in Israel and adopted by Special Operations Forces around the world – in Brazil. He was recognized with the medal for customizing a Krav Maga security and self-defense training course for members of the Brazilian Army. last_img read more

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 11, 2017 “We want to be an equal partner.” That was Lieutenant General Mark D. Kelly’s welcome to the 50 participants at the Central American Air Chiefs Conference. Lt. Gen. Kelly, commander of the 12th U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command/Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH), and host of the event, greeted the air chiefs and air force representatives from Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama stating, “We learn as much from our partners as they learn from us.” Representatives from the U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), among others, were also present at the event, which took place at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson, Arizona, from December 12th-13th, to ensure the exchange of lessons, objectives, and common challenges among partner nations from the air force perspective. “The best thing about us hosting it here is that it provides them [air chiefs] a forum that is away from all their home nations, and where they are all on equal footing, equal status,” said Lt. Gen. Kelly. “It provides the air chiefs a venue and some dedicated time to get together and realize that they have very common challenges in the region.” Precisely, the Air Chiefs Conference is an annual event that focuses on the common security challenges from the air force perspective that the United States shares with its Latin American and Caribbean partner nations. On this occasion, the event focused specifically on Central America. “The importance of being here with all the other Central American air chiefs is for us to share information on how we can develop new tactics to combat transnational organized crime from an aviation perspective,” said Major Jermaine Nolan Burns, the commanding officer of the Belize Defense Force Air Wing. Sharing information and collaborating among nations is the way to fight criminal networks. “Being with the other Central American air chiefs helps us to look at where the voids are and decide how we can go about to fill them, discussing where the problem is and how each is combating them in their individual country. We try to model our tactics from what each other does essentially through evaluating our successes,” Maj. Burns added. The conference agenda The air chiefs’ agenda during the two-day event was packed with information briefings provided by AFSOUTH, Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), and the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan (USCAP) regional security cooperation program. They also held bilateral meetings with Lt. Gen. Kelly. In addition, they received a guided tour of the Base Operations for A-10 and C-130 Aircraft Static Displays, the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, and visited the 612th Air Operations Center. Finally, they met with representatives of the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA per its Spanish acronym). “The event allows us to share experiences to addressing the risks and the fight against the common threats that affect our nations,” said Brigadier General Pilot Richard Vázquez Jimenez, the deputy commanding general of the Dominican Air Force. “It allows us to coordinate efforts to confront these [common threats].” During the briefings, participants discussed transregional, transnational threat networks (T3N) operating in the region, specifically, the gangs and the violence they generate throughout Central America. The air chiefs expressed concern for the maras’ (gangs) expansion into other countries with their bloody criminal activities. “The maras not only depend on drug trafficking, they also work independently of it [to commit other crimes]. They are already in my country and have begun to commit acts of terrorism,” said Brigadier General Jorge Ruíz Serovic, commander of the Guatemalan Air Force. His counterpart from El Salvador agreed with him. “We have a high rate of daily deaths as a result of gang activity, followed by drug trafficking. Our main problem are gangs, which also affect our country’s economy, stability, and security,” said Colonel Salvador Ernesto Hernández Vega, commander of the Salvadoran Air Force. The air chiefs observed that a single country cannot defeat transnational organized crime alone. “Nowadays, a single country cannot combat transnational organized crime on its own. You need a very large intelligence unit in addition to –in the specific case of the air forces– having aircraft and mechanics for their maintenance to be able to confront them,” added Gen. Ruíz. Combating organized crime “The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for our partners –both international and other U.S. organizations– to discuss our ability to combat transnational organized crime,” said U.S. Air Force Major Arthur “Chip” Barton, a Latin American Political Affairs Strategist at AFSOUTH and conference organizer. “This forum allows for cooperation and an open discussion of the issues that are affecting our partner nations individually and then working together to come up with solutions and ways forward to combat those issues.” Each Central American country has a unique perspective when it comes to the themes of the conference, according to Maj. Barton. This was clear when the partner nation air chiefs analyzed the security threats each of their countries face as a result of T3N. “The relationships with the countries are strong… The air chiefs’ exclusive views are fundamental for the regional discussion on how countries can participate in common solutions.” In his opinion, the conference has an important role for all participants, and “their investment will have a big payoff in the long run.” Building relationships among countries is a main step for further cooperation, and the Central American Air Chiefs Conference is a great scenario for the exchange of ideas and information. “This event is important because it helps to build relations. We would like to have even more partnerships with more countries in Latin America. I feel that in Puerto Rico we have a lot to offer,” said Brigadier General Wayne Zimmet, Assistant Adjutant General, Puerto Rico Air National Guard Commander. “It is more important to be face-to-face, because when things happen or when you want to get something done, it’s that recognition, it’s that face-to-face contact that makes a big difference, particularly in the Latin culture.” Tyrone Barbery, Deputy Chief of the Theater Security Cooperation division at AFSOUTH, agreed. “It allows us to get closer with the commanders to be able to see how we help each other and find solutions to common problems… If we can collectively do something with this synergy as a team, we can achieve a lot more than what could be achieved by each country alone.” Participants at the event concluded that only by working together, the region as a whole will be able to counter T3N. “Costa Rica’s number one priority is to be a regional strategic ally in the fight against organized crime,” stated Captain Juan Luis Vargas Castillo, director of the Ministry of Public Security’s Air Vigilance Service. One of the main strategic partnerships among Western Hemisphere air forces is SICOFAA, a volunteer and apolitical organization dedicated to the promotion of cooperation, unity, and interoperability among the air forces. “SICOFAA is a vital organization to properly employ our air power capabilities around the continent,” said General Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, commander of the Colombian Air Force. “We want to work together to prevent transnational crimes, such as smuggling and drug trafficking networks, from using the Central American region, so stop them from using our maritime, land, or air space for their illegal acts,” concluded Col. Hernandez.last_img read more

first_imgSo, is the Dalai Lama dead or not dead? Most Twitter users have shrugged this off as another social media death rumor. Not to mention the fact that no official news agency has even hinted at it.“Wanna kill who rumored Dalai Lama is no more,” read one tweet. (They may be taking it too far, but you get the point.)Somewhere meshed in with people randomly quoting the Dalai Lama are other Twitter users discrediting the original tweet. Many think it’s nonsense.The Dalai Lama now joins a host of other celebrities and luminaries who have been killed off by social media sites. Many times these subject turn into trending topics that further fans the rumor.Some famous fake deaths revolve around comedian George Lopez, singer Taylor Swift, ass kicker Jackie Chan and even funnyman Eddie Murphy.Reports of their demise were quickly squashed.Some social media users also attempted to kill off Bill Cosby.Here’s your lesson of the day: don’t believe the Twitter rumor mill. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Twitter is at it again.Well, not Twitter, but the people who misuse the social media site and decide to post/repost something, allowing potentially untrue information to spread like wildfire without any repercussions.On Tuesday, a Twitter account that purports itself to be the official media account of the minister of foreign affairs in India sent out a tweet to its 200-something followers announcing the “death” of the Dalai Lama.Here’s the tweet in question:THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF H.H. TENZIN GYATSO, THE 14TH DALAI LAMA TODAY IN DELHI— Salman Khurshid (@IndiaMOFA) January 15, 2013last_img read more