By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks, Navy Public Affairs Support Element July 01, 2016 Leadership aboard Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), alongside Commander, United States Southern Command Adm. Kurt Tidd and U.S. ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley, hosted a Panama Canal Expansion ceremony while in port Balboa, Panama, June 25. The ceremony marked the opening of a $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal that spanned over the course of a decade, allowing larger ships to pass through the canal and significantly improve long-term global trade. “The Panama Canal is the most important economic feature of this region,” said Adm. Tidd. “It connects the economic livelihood of nations all around the world.” In preparation for the expansion, ports on the East Coast of the U.S. and in the Gulf of Mexico have invested over $30 billion in deepening channels and building new loading docks to prepare for greater traffic and increased trade, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. Although there isn’t an expectation for immediate improvement in global trade, the expansion is expected to directly benefit both security and trade within the region. In addition to guest speakers, Adm. Tidd and Ambassador Feeley, U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden also attended the ceremony and met with Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and U.S. embassy officials to celebrate the Panama Canal expansion. “Oak Hill is extremely proud to be able to participate in this historic event,” said Cmdr. Orlando Bowman, commanding officer aboard Oak Hill. “The ability to represent the U.S., as well as continuing to strengthen our partnership with Panama is an incredible experience for the crew.” “U.S. Southern Command is the organizer for one of the largest multinational exercises involving over 21 nations this year engaged in the security of the Panama Canal,” said Adm. Tidd. “All of the countries of the region and beyond have a shared responsibility working hand-in-hand with the government of Panama to secure this important economic item.” PANAMAX brings together partner nations to participate in training scenarios from various U.S. locations to increase interoperability among participating nations. The main focus of the exercise is to guarantee safe passage through the Panama Canal, ensure Panama’s neutrality and respect its sovereignty. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.
MORE: Complete list of players who have opted out of restart”Originally, (the Nets) were supposed to be one of the teams to enter the Orlando bubble early, but training camp got switched back to New York and unfortunately I am now positive,” he said. “Given that I have experienced symptoms, including fever and chest tightness, it is unclear on whether or not I’ll be able to participate in Orlando.”Dinwiddie had planned on playing when the Nets resume their season July 31 at the Walt Disney World Complex. He said he initially tested negative for the virus after returning to New York to take part in workouts.”I was ready and prepared to rejoin my teammates as we were to be an early entry team in the resumed season,” Dinwiddie said. “I flew private to return to New York, passed multiple COVID-19 tests over my first several days in New York and was able to participate in a couple of practices within the first week.” Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced Monday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is uncertain to join the team in Florida for next month’s restart of the NBA season.Dinwiddie disclosed his diagnosis in an interview with The Athletic and added that he has experienced symptoms related to COVID-19. Per NBA medical protocols that have been established during the restart run-up, he will be put into quarantine for at least 10 days and must pass at least two retests before being permitted to rejoin his club. Prior to the season’s stoppage on March 11, Dinwiddie was averaging career highs of 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per game to help the Nets maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Brooklyn enters the restart seventh in the East and six games ahead of the ninth-place Wiz ards.Neither Durant nor Irving are expected to return this season, and center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday on Twitter that he will sit out the restart after testing positive. ESPN reported Sunday that forward Wilson Chandler informed the Nets he will not take part in the restart because of health and family reasons.It is unclear whether Dinwiddie is among the 16 unidentified players the NBA announced last week were positive for COVID-19 during preliminary testing for the season’s resumption. Other players who have either revealed they tested positive or reportedly done so include Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. and three Kings – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker and Alex Len.