Bettys’ craft bakery in Starbeck was the last port of call for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall yesterday. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were in Harrogate yesterday (18 February) to mark the 50th anniversary of Harrogate International Festival.As part of their trip, they visited Taylors of Harrogate to meet staff in the tea tasting rooms, before meeting craftspeople at Bettys’ craft bakery and young chefs at Bettys Cookery School.Chair of the group board, Lesley Wild, said: “We welcomed His Royal Highness to Bettys in Harrogate in 2003, making this the second time The Prince of Wales has personally requested a visit to our business.“It’s a significant honour and recognises our commitment to quality, service and the work we do to put social and environmental responsibilities at the heart of our business.”The school runs courses in everything from classic baking and intricate pâtisserie to three-course meals, suitable for amateurs and professionals alike.
By Carolina Contreras/ Diálogo September 14, 2016 The Chilean Army and Navy honed their military skills in Rim of the Pacific or RIMPAC 2016, the largest multinational naval exercise in the world. The training took place off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California between June 30th and August 5th, and was hosted by the U.S. Navy. During RIMPAC, the Chilean Navy participated with its FF Frigate Admiral Cochrane, a Cougar helicopter from their Naval Aviation’s Attack Helicopter Squadron, as well as 23 commissioned and non-commissioned officers. “This is an opportunity to be a part of a multinational exercise with high professional standards, which also fosters cooperation among allied naval forces,” said Chilean Navy Commander Juan Pablo Marín, commander of the Chilean Army’s frigate FF Admiral Cochrane. RIMPAC has taken place every other year since 1971. Its main setting is the Pacific Rim, one of the principal commercial routes along the Asia-Pacific coast, and its goal is to protect that route from any security threats. In this 25th version of RIMPAC, there were a total of 28 participating countries, as well as 44 surface vessels, four submarines, over 200 aircraft and approximately 25,000 military personnel who conducted the exercise in a fictitious armed conflict, in which one enemy nation assaulted another, refusing to comply with United Nations resolutions. The naval forces of the participating countries put their abilities to the test, operating in combined task forces to improve interoperability and promote regional stability in maritime-ground maneuvers. Simulated exercises included humanitarian aid, maritime security, and crisis-management using war powers. “We know how to organize and conduct a large-scale multinational force, as well as the standardized procedures among the different participating nations,” stressed Captain Pablo Niemann, the oldest member of the Chilean delegation participating in RIMPAC, who, for the second year in a row, was named Second Commander of the Combined Forces Maritime Component. “This is recognition of the work that the Chilean Navy has been conducting for the past two decades in this exercise,” he said. In this command role, Capt. Niemann was accompanied by four members of the Chilean Joint Staff. In addition to learning more about the development of the exercise, they also aspire to “a position of greater importance in RIMPAC in the near future,” he added. Invited by the United States, the Chilean Navy has participated in the exercise every year since 1996. First experience The Chilean Army participated in RIMPAC for the first time with a platoon of 28 paratroopers from the “Lautaro” Special Operations Brigade. The Chilean personnel completed joint tasks with the Canadian and United States armies, forming a Multinational Expeditionary Force whose mission was to assist a country in civil war with a humanitarian crisis. The first phase of the exercise was instruction and training at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, San Diego, with coast-to-coast operations and combat techniques in hostile areas. They also learned military operations in urban terrain and tactic and technique procedures Finally, during the execution phase, they conducted embarking, setting sail, and debarking of the expeditionary force on San Clemente Island, California. “Sharing and exchanging professional experiences was very relevant,” said Chilean Army Lieutenant Colonel Raúl Rosas. The FF Admiral Cochrane frigate and its crew joined Task Force 170, which led the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier, participating in a visit, board, search and seizure exercise along with the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Shoup, and the Indian Navy frigate INS Saptura, among others. The Chilean vessel is essentially an anti-submarine unit which allows it to participate in units that can provide protection to a group of aircraft carriers, or wherever else the need may arise. Specifically, the fact that it has a flight deck able to handle an SH-32 aircraft, and therefore train using the most available methods. To get to RIMPAC 2016, the Chilean Navy personnel went through a training process at the Navy’s Training Center. Preparing the participating group to lead the exercise began in 2015 with coordination and planning meetings, so that later, starting in early 2016, all of the participants could meet to understand and get involved in the various tasks to be developed. “It will allow us to be prepared to participate in a multinational force if that is required,” said Capt. Niemann.
Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — For a split second, it appeared Syracuse wouldn’t even be able to inbound the ball trailing Pittsburgh by one with 4.4 seconds left.Lamar Patterson locked up C.J. Fair at half court as two Pittsburgh defenders straddled Tyler Ennis by the free-throw line.But then Ennis broke free. He took a pass from Jerami Grant and raced upcourt in four dribbles. After the last — a crossover to split Cameron Wright and Josh Newkirk — he leaped and hoisted a high-arcing heave from about 35 feet.The 12,935 people in the Petersen Events Center froze in place. The students in the Oakland Zoo, eyes squinting in worry. The Syracuse reserves and coaches, arms locked out in anticipation. Ennis, knees bent as he watched the ball rotate closer and closer toward the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think those shots are going to go in, really. I never do,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But when he shot it, I saw his release and when I saw the ball, I thought it was going in.”It did. And as the Pitt fans thrashed — some slamming their fists against the hard plastic backings of their seats, others raising their middle fingers toward the court — the Orange bench burst onto the court in jubilation.Boeheim threw his hands up. Fair raced after his teammates from underneath the hoop. And the hero, Ennis, took off down court yelling incoherently.“I want to see what I was saying,” Ennis said. “I don’t remember.”For those who watched the game, it’s hard to remember anything before or after his buzzer-beater went in to give No. 1 Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) its 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt (20-5, 8-4). For most of the game, it was hard to imagine SU being able to extend its program-best winning streak and earn only its second win in the Pete since it opened in 2002.But with one shot, the ghosts of Fair’s early air ball and Rakeem Christmas’ potentially disastrous foul only moments earlier disappeared. Patterson’s three 3-pointers — each one sailing seemingly farther than the last — were erased.A game that Syracuse should have lost becomes remembered by one of the greatest shots in school history and arguably the best in college basketball this season.“He came up with a play to go down in history,” Fair said. “I think I got hoarse in five seconds from being so excited and happy.”The shot wouldn’t have been possible without Fair’s 3-pointer and baseline jumper in the final 1:42, or Ennis’ two free throws at the 10.8-second mark. But, it might not have been possible without Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon’s timeout following Talib Zanna’s go-ahead free throw with 4.4 ticks left, either.The Orange was out of timeouts and Grant, the inbounder, likely would have had a hard time finding a teammate going downcourt.Instead, SU was able to set up its offensive set — one that ultimately led to the second option being the hero.“Unlike most coaches, we have never practiced that play,” Boeheim said.Boeheim told Grant to hit Fair long. But when the referee handed Grant the basketball on the baseline, Patterson was blocking Fair from making his cut to the hoop.So he made, what he called, the only basketball play he could. He gave his team a sure chance of at least getting a shot up.“He told me I still should’ve threw it long,” Grant said, “but at the same time Tyler hit his shot, so he couldn’t really say too much.”Quipped Boeheim: “I just told him that Tyler saved his ass.”The moment fits right into the almost unbelievable season Syracuse is going through.It’s won seven of 11 conference games by no more than 10 points, including a comeback win in the team’s first matchup with Pitt and an instant overtime classic against Duke on Feb. 1 that Boeheim called the best game in Carrier Dome history.The team finds a new way to win any game. And if Ennis’ borderline miraculous shot means anything, it’s that there are more solutions to come.Said Patterson: “There’s not much you can do about that. It was just meant for them to win.” Comments Published on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1
As the upcoming trial for Chinese national who faces federal charges for trespassing at the Mar-a-Lago approaches, the mystery in whether the accused is a foreign spy continues to linger.Yujing Zhang is accessed of breaking into the Trump-based hotel, and then lying to Secret Service agents.The 33-year-old Shanghai business consultant fired her public defenders in June to act as her own attorney, and has reportedly struggled with pretrial hearings, and setting up Monday’s scheduled jury selection.Prosecutors have accused Zhang of manipulating the hearings by insisting she understands complex legal concepts, but will then say she doesn’t understand a simple question and turns to her Mandarin translator.Zhang reportedly speaks fluent English.Additionally, prosecutors have filed under secret seal evidence that they say has national security implication.However, Zhang has not been charged with espionage.The Secret Service said when agents detained Zhang at Mar-a-Lago she was carrying a computer, a hard drive, four cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware, although agents later recanted that accusation.Agents said Zhang told them she brought the electronics to Mar-a-Lago because she feared they would be stolen if left at her nearby hotel, but in her room they allegedly found a device to detect hidden cameras, computers, $8,000 in cash plus credit and debit cards, all in plain view.The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment on the matter.Chinese Officials attempts to contact Zhang in jail, where she is being held without bail, were unsuccessful, according to reports.If convicted, Zhang could get six years in prison.