Tropical Storm Arthur Could Pass Offshore on July 4

first_imgAn unnamed weather system near Florida could strengthen over the next few days to become Tropical Storm Arthur and travel northward along the East Coast.A weather disturbance near Florida could possibly become 2014’s first named tropical storm within 48 hours.Forecasters predict a track for what would be Tropical Storm Arthur parallel to the East Coast of the United States but over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.Based on early computer guidance, NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon suggested on Monday that Arthur’s potential track “would mean high surf for July 4th for us, but the main impacts from any system should stay offshore.”Skeldon said the Outer Banks of North Carolina might have more of a concern.“As the dry air and wind shear diminish at midweek, there will be room for the system to organize, strengthen and drift northward,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.“People heading to the beaches on the Atlantic coast from Florida to southern New England can expect a couple of days on average of rough surf.”A separate front moving across the country possibly could bring heavy rain on Thursday. See the National Weather Service briefing on both systems in the PDF below.Download (PDF, 482KB)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Americans slain by captors on hijacked yacht; pirates killed, arrested

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 29 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share News Americans slain by captors on hijacked yacht; pirates killed, arrested by: – February 22, 2011 CNN News(CNN) — Four hostages on board a yacht hijacked by pirates last week were killed by their captors, U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday.The vessel, named the Quest, was being shadowed by the military after being captured by pirates off the coast of Oman on Friday. Officials had said earlier Tuesday it was less than two days from the Somali coast.Americans Jean and Scott Adam — the owners of the ship — along with Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday in a statement on the event’s website. The group, which organizes long-distance group cruises, said the Quest broke off on February 15 after leaving Mumbai, India, to take a different route.As negotiations were ongoing with the pirates for the hostages’ release, gunfire was heard at about 1 a.m. ET Tuesday, U.S. Central Command said. “As (U.S. forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors,” the statement said. “Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.”The pirates engaged the U.S. forces on board, officials said. Two pirates were killed in the skirmish and 13 were captured and detained. Two others were already in U.S. forces custody, the statement said, and the remains of two pirates were found on board. “In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking” of the vessel, Central Command said.Forces had been monitoring the Quest for three days, officials said. Four U.S. Navy warships were involved in the response force — an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers, according to the statement.A senior military official said on Monday the military was trailing the yacht. U.S. officials have not identified the people on board the ship, but confirmed that four U.S. citizens were involved.Another U.S. official, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, had said previously that the United States was determining what military assets were in the region and the capabilities of the personnel on board.The Adams were experienced boaters and started a world sailing tour in 2004, Scott Stolnitz, who said he was a longtime friend of the couple, said previously.They were very conscious of the threat posed by pirates, Stolnitz said, adding that Scott Adam had said weeks before that he was concerned about pirate activity in the area, a region he had never visited. But, he said, Adam was determined to sail the world himself rather than ship his boat, as some other yacht owners have done.The Adams’ website chronicles their worldwide voyage, which included trips to New Zealand, China, Cambodia and Panama.One aspect of their travels, according to the site, “is friendship evangelism — that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles, which have been donated through grants and gifts, as we travel from place to place.” They also say their mission is to “allow the power of the Word to transform lives.”But, Stolnitz said, vigorous evangelism wasn’t a major emphasis for the couple. “They use the Bible as an ice breaker,” he said.Their travel plans for the Blue Water Rally included a refueling stop in Djibouti, according to the couple’s website. “Djibouti is a big refueling stop,” it said. “I have no idea what will happen in these ports, but perhaps we’ll do some local touring.”However, Stolnitz said the couple had expressed some unease in an e-mail sent several days before the hijacking.Piracy has flourished off the coast of Somalia, which has not had an effective government for two decades. In April 2009, pirates seized the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, leading to a standoff in the Indian Ocean.U.S. forces moved to rescue American Capt. Richard Phillips after seeing a pirate aiming a weapon on his back, officials said at the time.Three pirates were killed and one was arrested. The Somali man arrested was convicted of acts related to high-seas piracy and was sentenced last week in New York to more than 30 years in prison by a federal court.CNN’s Mike Pearson contributed to this report.last_img read more

Ponting voted Australia’s greatest ODI player

first_imgRicky PontingODI recordM: 375 | Runs: 13704 | Ave: 42.03 | SR: 80.39 | 100s: 30 | 50s: 82 | HS: 164World Cup recordM: 46 | Runs: 1743 | Ave: 45.86 | SR: 79.95 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 6 | HS: 140*World Cup titles won: 3 … beats long-time teammate Adam Gilchrist in the finalAFTER almost 1.5 million votes from cricket fans around the world, cricket.com.au can reveal that the unofficial title of Australia’s greatest-ever ODI player belongs to … Ricky Ponting.In a series of head-to-head fan polls over the past 10 days, lovers of the game have voted in huge numbers to select Ponting as Australia’s best-ever when it comes to one-day cricket.From a shortlist of 16 players, Ponting and his former teammate Adam Gilchrist were well ahead of the pack and faced off in a ‘grand final’ to decide Australia’s best ever.And after more than 135 000 votes across cricket.com.au, the CA Live app, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Thursday and yesterday, Ponting prevailed with 57 per cent of the vote compared to 43 per cent for Gilchrist.Speaking before being announced as the winner, Ponting told cricket.com.au he would vote for Gilchrist – as long as his long-time teammate returned the favour.“If you ask Gilly, he’s going to say me. And if you ask me, I’m going to say Gilly!” Ponting said with a laugh.“I’ll say Adam Gilchrist. Hopefully he says me … Gilly, you better do the right thing!“I was lucky to play a lot of games with Gilly and I captained him on a lot of occasions. He was a match-winning player at the top of the order and at certain times probably made my job a lot easier going in at No.3.”Players and coaches in Australia’s World Cup squad were split between the two legends, with several sitting on the fence and coach Justin Langer – who ended up siding with his assistant Ponting – likening the choice to being asked to pick his favourite daughter.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell opted for Gilchrist – a call he conceded was “controversial” given Ponting is one of his childhood idols – while assistant coach Brad Haddin broke with the wicket-keeping union in picking Ponting.“He’s led us to a number of World Cups, he’s got longevity in the game and every time we had a big moment, Ricky Ponting was there to deliver,” Haddin said.With three World Cup wins to his name – including two as skipper – as well as 4 000 more ODI runs than any other Australian, it comes as little surprise that Ponting has been crowned Australia’s best-ever by the public.For more than 15 years, Ponting held down the No.3 spot in an Australian side that enjoyed an unprecedented level of success, highlighted by the unbeaten World Cup campaigns he skippered in 2003 and 2007.In a career full of great moments, his stunning assault on India’s bowlers in Johannesburg in 2003, on no less a stage than a World Cup final, is an innings that’s difficult to forget.Ponting was matched-up against Mitchell Starc in the opening round of Australia’s ODI GOAT, winning comfortably, while the first round also saw surprise eliminations for two-time World Cup winners Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan, who were knocked out by Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden respectively.In Round 2, Ponting, Gilchrist and Brett Lee all won comfortably, while Shane Warne just edged out his old teammate Glenn McGrath with 51 per cent of the vote to 49 per cent, a margin of less than 4 000 votes.Ponting and Gilchrist both won more than 70 per cent of the vote in their semi-finals, against Lee and Warne respectively, to set up a final between the former captain and vice-captain.Round 1Adam Gilchrist (91%) – Dennis Lillee (9%)Ricky Ponting (82%) – Mitchell Starc (18%)Mark Waugh (75%) – Dean Jones (25%)Mike Hussey (68%) – Steve Waugh (32%)Brett Lee (54%) – Shane Watson (46%)Shane Warne (92%) – Greg Chappell (8%)Matthew Hayden (67%) – Michael Bevan (33%)Glenn McGrath (70%) – Andrew Symonds (30%)Round 2Ricky Ponting (80%) – Mike Hussey (20%)Adam Gilchrist (92%) – Mark Waugh (8%)Brett Lee (62%) – Matthew Hayden (38%)Shane Warne (51%) – Glenn McGrath (49%)Semi-finalsRicky Ponting (78%) – Brett Lee (22%)Adam Gilchrist (72%) – Shane Warne (28%)FinalRicky Ponting (57%) – Adam Gilchrist (43%)last_img read more

USMNT tops Panama, gets first win under new coach Gregg Berhalter

first_imgPHOENIX — The newest era in U.S. men’s soccer has begun and it started with a resounding 3-0 win over Panama on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.In coach Gregg Berhalter’s debut, the USMNT built an early first-half lead and added two late goals in the second. Gregg Berhalter is excited to rebuild very young USMNT’s image “It was a testament to all my hard work over the past 12-14 months,” Mihailovic said of his goal.Walker Zimmerman scored his third international goal. He pushed the team’s lead to 2-0 after heading a Nick Lima cross in the 79th minute. Lima, who was named the Man of the Match, was one of 11 players to make their first appearance with the national team.DOUBLE THAT 🇺🇸 LEAD! @thewalkerzim buries a header off a fantastic cross from @nick__lima! 2-0! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ghAND2Ut3Y— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019Christian Ramirez, who also had his first cap, scored the final goal five minutes after coming off the bench. The 27-year-old forward tapped in the ball in the 88th minute to secure the US’s win.”The shutout was super important,” Zimmerman said. “As soon as we scored a second goal we said, ‘Hey, lock it in, everyone stay tuned.’ We wanted to get more, but also make sure we keep it zero.”84′: @Chris_Ramirez17 debuts.89′: @Chris_Ramirez17 scores.LET’S GO! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aKMjtRHxUd— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019The defense was rarely tested in the first half. Panama had just four shots on goal compared to the US’s 10. Zack Steffen, who was returning in goal after six caps in 2018, had one save through the first 45 minutes. Cristian Roldan uses experience to help bring change to the USMNTcenter_img After several shots on goal, the US finally capitalized on the playmaking ability of its youngsters to take an early lead. Corey Baird was able to continue the play after Gyasi Zardes was taken out. Djordje Mihailovic finished off the pass for the 1-0 advantage.Debut and goal! @DjoMihailovic scores the first goal of the Gregg Berhalter era!🇺🇸 leads 🇵🇦 1-0 in the 40′! pic.twitter.com/Xo29Lw3QMD— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019Mihailovic, who tore his ACL in the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs with the Chicago Fire, along with Baird made their international debuts. Related News Steffen had another two saves in the second half, including one 55 minutes into the match that could have easily tied the game. He was replaced in favor of Sean Johnson in the 73rd minute.✋🏽__😤__🤚🏽Just @zackstef_23 doing his thing. pic.twitter.com/sWLyKBnuyD— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019The US will now get ready to face Costa Rica on Saturday in San Jose, California.last_img read more