April 15, 2014 USS DONALD COOK ARRIVES AT NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN, FEB. 11, 2014 A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday (April 14). The USS Cook was patrolling in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the U.S. Navy ship, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook, and the event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes,” Warren said. “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”Two Russian aircraft were present, but only one took part in the provocative actions, Warren said. The aircraft flew from near sea level to a couple of thousand feet, he added, but never overflew the U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.“The Russian plane made a total of 12 passes,” he said.The wingman stayed at a considerably higher altitude, Warren said.Officials later said the aircraft approached within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The USS Cook was never in danger, Warren said.“The Donald Cook is more than capable of defending itself against two Su-24s,” the colonel said.Warren said he does not think this is an example of a young pilot joyriding. “I would have difficulty believing that two Russian pilots, on their own, would chose to take such an action,” he said. “We’ve seen the Russians conduct themselves unprofessionally and in violation of international norms in Ukraine for several months, and these continued acts of provocation and unprofessionalism do nothing to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, which we called on the Russians to do.”The Cook arrived in the Black Sea on April 10. The ship is now making a port call in Constanta, Romania.[mappress]Press Release, April 15, 2014, Image: US DoD View post tag: attack Authorities View post tag: Plane View post tag: Approaches View post tag: Defense Russian Attack Plane Approaches USS Donald Cook in Black Sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Donald View post tag: Russian Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Attack Plane Approaches USS Donald Cook in Black Sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Black View post tag: Cook
Minimum Qualifications Job Summary/Basic Function Preferred Qualifications Yes Posting Details In keeping with our mission and vision statement, Maryvilleactively seeks adjunct faculty members who are experts in theirfields. Adjunct faculty are an integral part of the University’slearning community and teach courses on campus.The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for anacademically qualified adjunct faculty member to teach oncampus . The History department is seeking applicants inany field of history, not limited to but including:• World History to and from 1500• American History to and from 1877• Women and Gender Studies• LGBTQ+ History• African History• Europe and the Atlantic World• East Asia• African American History• Latin American HistoryEssential Job Functions/Responsibilities:• Teach the course for the College of Arts and Sciences• Participate in welcome orientation to become familiar with theUniversity’s mission, academic policies and procedures,expectations, and Canvas (Learning Management System).• Prepare essential learning objectives, lesson plans, andassignments. Develop course syllabus.• Clearly communicate course objectives and learning outcomes,teaching methodology, and assignments and deadlines.• Employ a variety of teaching styles in order to effectivelydeliver course content demonstrating both academic and real-worldapplications of concepts covered.• Encourage active learning through discussion topics, classassignments, group projects, etc.• Provide feedback and grade assignments in a timely and thoroughmanner (with 24-36 hrs.).• Establish office hours to provide additional assistance withstudent questions/concerns.• Report early alerts for students who are not actively engaging inthe course.• Additional duties as assigned. • Master’s degree in History or related field from a regionallyaccredited institution • PhD in History or related field Physical Demands Special Instructions to Applicants An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion ofa background screening.Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employmentauthorization will not be considered for this position.Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunityand prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability,gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, orany other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects ofthe employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, andtermination. Open Until Filled Advertised: October 02, 2020Applications close:
Bob and Maria Boyer, the owners of the Chatterbox Restaurant, threw a bash Friday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of their iconic, pink-hued eatery at the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue in downtown Ocean City.The Boyers served up a super-sized anniversary cake – with pink icing, of course, to match the building’s color scheme – to their customers, Chatterbox employees and several dignitaries led by Mayor Jay Gillian, his wife, Michele, and Carol Heenan, president of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.The Boyers are joined by Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Carol Heenan, the Chamber president, and Mayor Jay Gillian.“Eighty years. Wow. Unbelievable!” exclaimed Michele Gillian, who serves as the Chamber of Commerce’s executive director.Bob Boyer thanked city officials, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chatterbox employees for all of their support over the years. The Boyers bought the family-style restaurant in 2014 and have kept its nostalgic touches and décor intact.“We’re just trying to keep the old girl going,” Bob Boyer joked.The distinctive, pink restaurant occupies the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue. Chatterbox owners Bob and Maria Boyer light the candles on the 80th anniversary cake.
Renee Leopardi brings her pastel paintings to the Ocean City Arts Center, Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.Leopardi’s work will be for sale and begins at $225.She enjoys capturing Southern New Jersey’s seasonal landscapes, from the ocean and marshes to creeks, woods and farmland.“Even when art wasn’t at the forefront of my life, it has always been there for me and is what I identified with,” she said in a press release. “Not until these last few years , has painting become such a huge necessity in my life. “Leopardi, of Northfield, teaches pastel painting at the Ocean City Arts Center located in the Community Center.This semester she is teaching “Still Life Painting in Pastel.”Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said of Leopardi, “We are so happy to feature the work of Renee Leopardi in our gallery in October. She is a wonderful teacher and a talented artist.”For further information go to www.oceancityartscenter.org, or call (609) 399-7628. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Seaview Snowy Marsh by Renee Leopardi. (Courtesy Ocean City Arts Center)
Bettys Café Tea Rooms has been named the best place to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK.The ‘Top Tea Place 2012’ accolade was awarded to the North Yorkshire business by The Tea Guild, after it received a near-perfect score from the Guild’s inspectors.As well as the Top Tea Place award, the Guild also presented a number of other special awards of excellence to tea rooms across the UK, in recognition of their quality and consistently high standards in tea service.The anonymous judges award points for the variety, flavour, knowledge and service of the teas offered, together with the quality and service of food, décor, ambience and presentation.Bettys was praised for “its delightful surroundings, affable staff, and the ‘quietly efficient’ service that guests enjoyed”. The judges were also impressed by the variety and amount of sandwiches, scones and cakes on offer.Irene Gorman, head of The Tea Guild, said: “Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Northallerton offers a truly special tea experience and this award is very well-deserved. The attention to detail, quality of food, lovingly prepared by their team, who strive to ensure, where possible, that all food is sourced locally, and whose excellent knowledge and service of teas served, is second to none.”She added: “The tradition of afternoon tea has never been stronger, with Tea Guild members busier than ever. More and more people are taking time out to enjoy afternoon tea.”Lindsay Judd, manager, Bettys Tea Rooms, said: “We’re very proud to be members of The Tea Guild, and to be given The Tea Guild’s Top Tea Place 2012 Award is a huge honour – we’re absolutely delighted.”London’s Top Afternoon Tea Award went to the The Athenaeum Hotel, while the The Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 was awarded to Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey.The Tea Guild Awards are now in their 27th year.
Jam Cruise will celebrate the release of their lineup during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The iconic festival at sea will announce the lineup for their 2020 sailing, which will make stops at Ocean Cay, Bahamas and Costa Maya, Mexico, on Thursday, May 2nd. The lineup will be celebrated with an announcement party during the sold-out show NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music of New Orleans, taking place at the intimate French Quarter venue One Eyed Jacks on Friday, May 3rd.Approaching its 18th sailing, Jam Cruise has cemented itself as one of the most important and influential events in the jam and funk scenes. It is one of the most unique and special festivals of the year, and the overwhelming sense of community that it creates is well known. Jazz Fest, of course, also promotes similar feelings of connectivity, making it the perfect destination for Jam Cruise and their fans to celebrate the release of their exciting new lineup.Last year’s Jam Cruise lineup featured Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, The Motet, Turkuaz, and more, with artists-at-large such as Skerik, Roosevelt Collier, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Previous sailings have seen appearances by, among others, Lettuce, moe., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snarky Puppy, and Pretty Lights.Tickets to Jam Cruise 18 go on sale on May 14th, following several opportunities for returning attendees to pre-book. For more information on the on-sale and pre-booking opportunities, head over to the Jam Cruise website.If you’re heading to New Orleans during Jazz Fest, don’t miss out on all of the excellent late night shows happening around town. Check out all of Live For Live Music’s late night shows on our website, or in the graphic below.
A newly published study led by researchers from the University of Georgia and several partner institutions reveals a discovery that could lead to new control strategies for a tiny-but-persistent agricultural pest that causes enormous soybean losses.Microscopic soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) Iive in soil and are attracted to the root systems of soybeans. Once a field is infested, it is nearly impossible to root them out, said lead study investigator Melissa Mitchum, professor of plant nematology in UGA’s Department of Plant Pathology and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Center for Applied Genetic Technologies.Invisible to the naked eye, SCN have unique hollow, protrudable mouth spears — called stylets — that they use to pierce through the root of a plant, injecting peptide effectors, which mimic the soybean’s naturally present CLAVATA3/embryo surrounding region (CLE) peptides to hijack the plant.After hatching from an egg in the soil, the juvenile nematode migrates into the root, where it sets up a feeding site and makes its way toward the circulatory system that the plant uses to transport nutrients to the rest of the plant.Once a root cell is chosen for feeding, the nematodes transform it into a syncytium, a mass comprised of hundreds of metabolically active cells that continue to secrete CLE, taking over the plant’s natural cellular processes to export the peptides back out of the cell to function as external signaling molecules to distant cells.This process diverts resources away from the plant in support of the nutrient demands of the developing nematode. At this point, nematodes change their morphology, turning from wormlike forms into sedentary, lemon-shaped bodies that pop out of the roots, becoming visible to the eye.Study resultsUsing knowledge that has been developed over the past two decades on how nematode CLEs function, the study, published in the journal New Phytologist, uncovered a new pathway that allows the nematode to disrupt the plant’s natural growth processes to divert resources for its own benefit. The study was also highlighted in commentary by the editors of New Phytologist. “We’ve discovered that early on, when the nematode delivers the CLE peptide to a root cell, the peptide has to reach a plant receptor that binds it so that you get a response in the plant. We knew that the nematode delivered the peptide into the cytoplasm of the cell, but the receptor is on the outside of the cell,” Mitchum said.The study shows that the nematode CLEs provide a way for the nematode peptide to get outside of the cell to interact with the plant protein receptor through the plant’s secretion system, a process that is not well-studied in plants.“To me it is fascinating because the nematodes have discovered how to co-opt that part of the plant — its own secretion system — but we don’t understand the secretion system they are taking advantage of,” Mitchum said. “If we can understand how they are doing it, we will likely uncover some novel aspect of plant biology that could have importance to other plant pathosystems. This effector protein is helping us understand plant biology, not just plant pathology.”Normally occurring plant CLE peptides regulate aspects of cell differentiation in the plant, communicating to the plant’s stem cells, which are constantly regenerating, whether to develop into a root cell, a leaf cell or a cell in another part of the plant.“The peptides in the plant — and there are many types — tell the plant how to regulate its growth and development. These nematodes have found a way to trick the plant by secreting these similar peptides in the root cell to make a feeding site,” Mitchum said. “Now we want to determine how the nematode CLE peptide forms that feeding site. That is why it is such a successful parasite — it has evolved this peptide that looks like and functions like a plant peptide, so they can put it into the root cell where it does not normally occur and trick the plant into supporting the formation of a feeding cell for the nematode.”Developing new control strategiesThe next step is to find novel methods to block the nematode peptides from getting out of the feeding cells.“We are trying to figure out how these nematode peptides function because we want to devise a way to interfere with that ability. If we can block the nematode peptides from getting out of the feeding cells, they will not form properly, and the nematode loses its nutrient source and dies,” Mitchum said. “If we can stop the nematodes from making those peptides or keep them from interfering with the processes in the cell, we can engineer different methods of resistance. That is why we study at this detailed level.”Soybean cyst nematodes are the No. 1 yield-reducing pest of soybean producers, robbing seemingly healthy fields of up to 30% of their yields — and costing the industry up to $1 billion every year.The primary management practice for soybean cyst nematodes is through developing genetic resistance in soybean varieties. Because SCN has a specialized host range, producers can control nematode damage by rotating fields to a non-host crop plant to reduce the population of nematodes in the field. However, the bodies of dead female nematodes form a cyst around them, protecting hundreds of eggs. These cysts can remain in the ground for years, protecting the eggs until a host crop is planted again and the nematodes reemerge.A troubling trendWhile creating genetically resistant crops is a very effective tool, SCN have adapted to overcome the source of resistance in the commonly used breeding line PI 88788, which is used in more than 90% of resistant varieties currently planted by producers. As a result, yields in resistant varieties can be reduced by up to 14 bushels per acre, according to The SCN Coalition, a public/private partnership of university researchers, national extension specialists and agriculture company representatives who are concerned about the evolving threat from soybean cyst nematodes.“We need to bring awareness to the increased resistance of SCN to the (PI 88788) resistance and come up with novel approaches to combat it. Targeting the mechanism we have found in this study would be a novel way of addressing this resistance,” she said.Because the symptoms of SCN infestation are often not visible above ground, it is difficult to communicate the severity of the problem to producers and the importance of basic science research to combat it.“If farmers are repeatedly planting the same resistant varieties, which most of them are, and they don’t realize what is going on below ground, the nematodes eventually become resistant to the resistant varieties. Over the past 20 to 30 years, soybean cyst nematodes have shifted from being unable to reproduce in these varieties to nematode populations that are highly aggressive and population densities are going up,” Mitchum said. “The only way growers can know they have a problem is to send in a soil sample to a diagnostic lab. This usually only occurs if they see aboveground symptoms and want to know if they have an issue, but these nematodes can be causing yield loss in the absence of any aboveground symptoms.”Mitchum says there are multiple potential targets to engineer new SCN resistance through the pathway they’ve discovered. Consequently, Mitchum and colleagues have filed several patents related to the research described in this study.“In order to disrupt this target, we can modify the receptor in the plant to retain its function in plant growth and development, but so it does not recognize nematode CLEs; we can try to block the ability of the nematode peptide to be trafficked through the plant’s secretion system; or we can prevent the nematode from making and secreting CLEs,” she said. “There are multiple ways to engineer resistance through this one pathway. If we can knock out a receptor, we can reduce infection, but because the nematode is co-opting a normal growth and development pathway, we have to do it in a way that is not disrupting plant development. This is a highly evolved interaction and we have to be able to understand it to precisely tweak it. We have to do it in a very targeted and specific way.”Assessing the threatBecause soybean cyst nematodes are such a widespread pest, Mitchum and UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait, with the help of county agents, will launch a statewide survey in 2021 of all soybean producing counties in Georgia to determine current SCN levels and whether SCN-resistant crops are suffering greater losses due to the nematode’s adaptations against resistant varieties.While Georgia is not a major producer of soybeans — with 100,000 acres planted in 2019 at a value of about $240,000— more than 80 million acres were planted nationwide in 2019, with a production value of $31.2 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service.“From a genetic standpoint, we are working with soybean breeders to diversify the germplasm and working with companies to get new SCN-resistant varieties out to producers while, in parallel, we are doing this kind of basic science research to understand the mechanisms used by the nematode to cause disease so we can interfere with them in a novel way,” Mitchum said.Zeroing in on the scienceBringing awareness to the importance of basic science and basic research is a message that needs to come through when discoveries like this are made, Mitchum said.“A lot of times the return on research investment is not as immediate or apparent as it is if you go out and do a field trial and get immediate results,” Mitchum said. “There has to be a balance — we need to invest in research that will have an immediate impact, but if we are going to come up with breakthrough technologies, it is going to be from an investment in this kind of long-term research.”Lead study author Jianying Wang was a former research associate in Mitchum’s lab. Research partners in the multi-institutional study included Richard S. Hussey, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Nematology at CAES; and CAGT postdoctoral researcher Xunliang Liu; as well as colleagues from University of Missouri, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University and Cornell University. Mitchum joined UGA in 2019 from University of Missouri’s Division of Plant Sciences and Bond Life Sciences Center.Funding for this work was from the National Science Foundation and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.For more information on research being performed at CAES, visit caes.uga.edu/research.
WV residents shred for free this weekend at Snowshoe.This time of year is always the trickiest to try and plan an epic weekend activity. The weather is so fickle, so unpredictable, that just the act of organizing a trip or outing will almost assuredly be met with snow, rain, or the dreaded wintery mix – What’s up with the wintery mix? It’s just the worst. While it has been pushing 60 degrees in the mid-Atlantic at points this week, winter looks like it could make a comeback this weekend. This is good news for skiers and snowboarders looking for one last chance at some powder turns before the legitimate spring thaw settles in and the slopes turn into a sloppy, albeit fun, mess. Let’s be honest, these last few weeks of the season are all about fun: fun on the slopes, fun in the sun, fun digging out your warm weather gear, etc. Take advantage of all this excitement and head up to Snowshoe this weekend for a last gasp at real winter.If you can only ski one day this weekend, I would suggest Sunday, March 3rd at Snowshoe. Every year, the resort shows its appreciation for all the things the community does to support it throughout the year by letting West Virginia residents ski for free. Now, we all know WV is a fairly large state, so you can imagine this event brings all kinds to the mountain. This may make for a slightly more robust crowd, but Snowshoe is fully open, so scoot over to the Western Territories is things get too claustrophobic. You may want to stay on the main side of the mountain however, as the beginners and personalities will be out in spades, which should provide the most entertaining lift rides this side of the Mississippi. No offense to West Virginians, any resort in any state would elicit the same reaction – offer free skiing and they’ll come out of the woodwork. Just keep your head on a swivel out there!View Larger Map
GUATEMALA CITY — A local court sentenced 17 Guatemalans allegedly involved with the Los Zetas criminal organization to prison terms ranging from 8 to 83 years for money laundering and conspiracy to commit three murders, among other crimes. Judge Jazmín Barrios said the convicts were captured last July at a party on a farm in the department of Quiché, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Guatemala City, on the border with Mexico. Among them is Kevin Overdick, son of alleged drug kingpin Horst Walter Overdick Mejía, who was apprehended in April in a suburb of Guatemala City. The younger Overdick was sentenced to 31 years. Los Zetas’ leaders Óscar Tiul, alias “Commander Cherry,” and Sebastián Choc Cac, alias “Commander Machucazo,” each was sentenced to 83 years. [AFP, 17/07/2012; S21.com.gt (Guatemala), 17/07/2012] By Dialogo July 17, 2012
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke an Arsenal record during the victory over Norwich (Picture: BT Sports)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he is ‘really proud’ after breaking an Arsenal record previously held by Thierry Henry during the Gunners’ emphatic victory over Norwich City.The Gabon forward brought up a half century of Premier League goals for Arsenal in just his 75th appearance as Mikel Arteta’s side thumped Norwich 4-0 on Wednesday eveningIn doing so, Aubameyang eclipsed Premier League legend Henry’s record for the north London outfit.Aubameyang joined Arsenal in a £56million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 and has now scored 62 goals in 101 appearances for the club.ADVERTISEMENTAsked about breaking Henry’s Arsenal record, Aubameyang told Sky Sports: ‘[I am] really proud, really proud.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘First of all I’m proud of the team because we did a great job. I’m really happy and proud. ð´ Fastest players to reach 50 PL goals for @ArsenalApps:79 â Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang83 â Thierry Henry87 â Ian Wright101 â Alexis Sanchez113 â Olivier Giroud pic.twitter.com/VlaeNasEoS— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) July 1, 2020 ‘My performance was good, I think. I’m always happy to score goals and help the team win games.’Aubameyang fired Arsenal in front against Norwich on Wednesday evening and then added the hosts’ third after Granit Xhaka doubled the Gunners’ lead before half-time.Cedric Soares then netted his first Arsenal goal as Arteta’s side secured an emphatic 4-0 victory to climb to seventh in the Premier League.Discussing Aubameyang after the win, Arteta said: ‘The way he works everyday he decides to get better. Hopefully he’s here for longer.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 City‘He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve.’On his team’s performance, Arteta added: ‘They are so willing, we convinced them even more this is the right direction.‘We cannot give anything to the opponent. I’m really pleased with the understanding of the game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aubameyang drops contract hint after Saka signs new deal Arsenal dealMORE: Arsenal postpone Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 8:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record Advertisement Advertisement