USS Blue Ridge changes command

first_img March 30, 2016 View post tag: US Navy Authorities USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: USS Blue Ridge U.S. Navy ship Blue Ridge changed command during a port visit to Sri Lanka on March 29.Captain Matthew Paradise relieved Captain Kyle P. Higgins as commanding officer of the Command-class ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).Higgins served as commanding officer for over 14 months, leading the ship and crew through two patrol cycles, one including the rescue of five stranded Filipino fisherman and several inspections and awards with the ship being awarded the Battle “E” Efficiency Award for the second year in a row.Blue Ridge commanding officer Matthew Paradise said: “It is obvious that I’m stepping into a terrific command. That is a true testament to the men and women of Blue Ridge, but it’s also a testament to its commanding officer. Thank you for leaving me such a great legacy. I’ll make you proud and build on it.”The ship is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, strengthening and fostering relationships in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.Senior military leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force on May 29 met to discuss operational topics aboard the fleet’s flagship.Sixteen officials from Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force attended the bilateral meeting hosted by 7th Fleet, designed to share knowledge and discuss lessons learned within the Indo-Asia-Pacific.There were also discussions about potential bilateral training between the U.S. and Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership, a joint effort between the United States, foreign militaries, and other organizations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: Sri Lanka Share this articlelast_img read more

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham And Christine McVie Recording New Album

first_imgLindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac are set to record a duet album together under the name Buckingham McVie, according to a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. The moniker harks back to the cult duo Buckingham Nicks, Lindsey and Stevie Nicks‘ pre-Fleetwood Mac duo.“I’ve been sending Lindsey demos in their very raw form,” McVie said from Studio D in West Los Angeles, “and he’s been doing his Lindsey magic on them, which I love.” The singers told the LA Times that their new record should be released in May. Buckingham commented on the particular chemistry between the two, saying “All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really thought about doing a duet album before.”McVie, who is best known for writing and singing Mac gems including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head” and “Think About Me,” acknowledges that, early on in the Buckingham-McVie project, she doubted her ability to reconnect with her muse, after spending 16 years away from music until rejoining Fleetwood Mac in 2014.While it bears the names of Buckingham and McVie, they are not the only members of the Fleetwood Mac family contributing to the record. Bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood are set to perform on it.We can’t wait to hear how this new collaboration turns out![via LA Times]last_img read more

Bishop weighs in on young people’s engagement with, exploration of faith

first_imgWhile often raised in religious traditions, many young people, known as the “Nones” do not identify with any single faith. Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministries, is seeking to evangelize this population, he said in a lecture at Leighton Concert Hall on Monday.“ … The situation of young former Catholics is at the same time, something of an indictment of our educational, catechetical strategies, and I believe this, at the same time, a real Kairos,” he said. “It’s a privileged moment to connect with young people. It’s a call to action. It’s all of that at the same time.”Citing the research of Notre Dame professor Christian Smith, Barron explored the trends amongst formerly Catholic young adults. One finding, he said, was that most people in this demographic believe in a god of some sort.However, he said, many do not have a clear sense of who God is, revealing a “rather deep confusion.”“I’ve found in my own work with young people that the Augustian anthropology ‘Lord, you have made us for yourself, therefore the heart is restless until it rests in you,’ still provides a good deal of traction,” he said. “People instinctively know that none of the goods of this world finally satisfy the longing for joy that’s hard-wired into them. Tapping into this delicious dissatisfaction, if I can riff on a theme of C.S. Lewis, ought to be central to any program of our evangelizing of the young.”Barron said young, former Catholics often have religiously diverse family and friends, referencing Smith’s research. For fear of conflict, they avoid religious discussions, Barron said, and consequently, believe religion results in one of two extremes: violence or “bland toleration.”An alternative to these polar opposites, Barron said, is religious argument.“One can marshal evidence, form hypotheses, cite authorities, make illuminating analogies, draw conclusions — in a word, one can make arguments religiously,” he said. “And contra Kant, it matters very much what we believe in regard to doctrine. Why? Ethical imperatives are grounded finally in certain metaphysical and anthropological convictions. Just as flowers will eventually wither once they’re removed from the plant that sustains them, so ethical principles will as they are disassociated from a doctrinal framework.”Many of the “Nones” subscribe to relativism, hindering them from committing to any single religion, Barron said.“In the measure I cannot or will not decide, I can remain permanently uncommitted,” he said. “But see, when we see this precisely in the religious context, we see how debilitating it is, for it means irresponsibility in regard to the highest and most important things. Not to take a judgment, not to take a stand.”Former Catholics often object to the religion on the grounds that faith is incompatible with reason, Barron said. In part, he said, this trend can be traced to a “dumbing down” of Catholicism and a failure to cultivate the intellectual aspects of Catholicism.“Now mind you, I’m a Catholic,” Barron said. “We’ve got a broad sense of what this is all about. Does emotion belong to the faith? Yes. Does the experiential? Yes. Please don’t misconstrue me here. But I think we have underplayed at least at the catechetical level, the intellectual.”Barron cited the biblical story of Samuel and Eli, wherein a young man, Samuel, hears the voice of God, but must rely on the guidance of Eli, his elder, to discern this voice. As in the this story, Barron said, young people need the guidance of older generations to truly live the Catholic faith.“We need, it seems to me, an army of Elis to rise up who know how to hear and interpret the word of God and help our young people to discern that voice … so they can move out of that space of the ego drama and learn to live in this wonderful expansive space of God’s great drama for them,” he said. “I think that’s the challenge today. And that’s the great opportunity.”Tags: Bishop Robert Barron, cultures of formation, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Word on Fire Catholic Ministrieslast_img read more

Bowling Green, Pitt to play in Pizza Bowl

first_imgThe Bowling Green team celebrate their win in an NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois at the Mid-American Conference championship in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Bowling Green defeated Northern Illinois 47-27. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)After one of the biggest wins in school history in Detroit, Bowling Green is headed back to Ford Field.The MAC champion Falcons will face Pittsburgh of the ACC in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.The Falcons (10-3) beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday night, their fifth straight win.It’s the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and the 11th in school history. But it’s also the program’s first trip to the Pizza Bowl in 10 years.“We are excited to play in a great environment like Ford Field again, so close to our campus, with our fans and students being able to make the trip,” Falcons coach Dave Clawson said.Pitt will be making its sixth straight trip to a bowl game and will be the first ACC team to make the trip to Detroit.The Panthers, who went 3-5 in their first season in their new league, are 2-1 against Bowling Green since 1999.“Bowling Green was impressive not only in their MAC Championship win, but all season long and we have a competitive game of football ahead,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said.The Falcons rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense at just 14.8 points a game, although they gave up 42 points in a loss at Indiana.Pitt has been one of the worst teams in the country at running the ball, but Tom Savage has thrown for 2,834 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.last_img read more

Swantown Marina and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Forge Unique ‘Sister Marina’ Friendship

first_imgSubmitted by The Port Of OlympiaPort of Olympia’s Swantown Marina & Boatworks and Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor signed a unique “sister marina” agreement on August 18th at Swantown Marina in Olympia.The sister marina friendship marks the 50th anniversary of the “sister state” relationship between Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Washington State.Lt. Governor Brad Owen and Port Commissioner Bill McGregor welcomed participants, including Hyogo’s Governor Toshizo Ido and legislators, and Toshikazu Hayashi, president of Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor.Said Owen, “We have plenty of sister city agreements and sister port agreements, but this sister marina agreement is the first of its kind in Washington state, and perhaps in the nation.”“We are agreeing to exchange information on the development of our marina services and operations, and share knowledge and activities on environmental stewardship,” said McGregor. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more