USCG Aquidneck Supports CTF-150 Ops

first_img Over the past few weeks, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck has patrolled the Gulf of Oman to conduct counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in support of CTF-150.While assigned to CTF-150, Aquidneck is busy searching, identifying, approaching and boarding vessels suspected of providing a source of funding to international terrorist organisations by smuggling illicit cargo such as narcotics, weapons and Somali charcoal.The cutter also helps to develop CTF-150’s understanding of the maritime environment in the region while building positive relations with local fishermen and merchants.The Coast Guard cutter’s assignment with CTF-150 marks the second time since 2011 that a USCG patrol boat has provided direct support to CTF-150.[mappress mapid=”15541″]Image: CMF Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Aquidneck Supports CTF-150 Ops View post tag: CTF-150 USCG Aquidneck Supports CTF-150 Ops View post tag: Gulf of Oman Authorities March 31, 2015center_img View post tag: middle east View post tag: Navy View post tag: USCG Aquidneck View post tag: Ops Share this articlelast_img read more

Mike Yardley: Children have the right to know their parents

first_imgStuff 6 June 2017Family First Comment: Excellent commentary from Mike Yardley“Logie believes that when solo-mothers don’t name the father, “I think we should trust there are good reasons.” …. Labour’s Social Development spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni thinks this disclosure rule is “discriminatory against sole parents”, while dressing it up in the cynical cloak of identity politics. “97.7 per cent of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8 per cent Maori.” You can usually count on Labour and the Greens to dote on any United Nations Convention. Isn’t it interesting that they chose to ignore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which unequivocally states that children have the right to know his or her parents.”Yardley was obviously reading our Media Release OPINION: If you’re a sole parent and you’re claiming a benefit, should you have to reveal the identity of the other biological parent?Work and Income bungled badly by docking the benefit of the young rape victim who refused to disclose the identity of her son’s father. Finally, Work and Income has apologised for getting it wrong.The parental disclosure requirement has been government policy for more than 20 years, requiring sole parents to reveal the name of the other biological parent, with a few choice exemptions. Specifically, if the child was conceived as a result of sexual assault or incest.Work and Income’s widely telegraphed botch-up has been lustily milked by the Green Party, as they double-down on their desire to abort the parental disclosure requirement for beneficiaries. Green MP Jan Logie is gunning to abolish the financial sanctions, which can knock up to $28 a week off a sole parent’s benefit.Logie believes that when solo-mothers don’t name the father, “I think we should trust there are good reasons.”Administrating the welfare state in such a gullible and munificent manner is what you’d expect from the Greens. But despite upholding this disclosure requirement throughout their nine years in power, it’s particularly galling that Labour now seem fit to tack left and parrot the Green Party’s position.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Consumer website questions Black Friday deal

first_imgBatesville, In. — A report from says Black Friday shoppers may have been victims of a new tactic-products produced specifically for the holiday shopping event.The report says the 55-inch Samsung 4K TVs that sold for $499 weren’t televisions that sold for $999 before Black Friday, they were manufactured expressly for the holiday sale. The report says the TVs have fewer HDMI inputs and stripped down remotes. The quality is not reduced, but the company takes steps to reduce the cost of production.Samsung placed a suggested retail price of $699. Most major retailers sold the set for $499 on Black Friday.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard doesn’t travel with Clippers to Orlando, is due to arrive in a few days

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers are scheduled get started again when they open an eight-game seeding schedule against the Lakers on July 30. In the teams’ previous three matchups this season, the Lakers defeated the Clippers just once, on March 8.The rematch later this month is slated to be the second game of a TNT doubleheader on “opening” night, along with the New Orleans Pelicans against the Utah Jazz. Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ With approval from the team, the Clippers’ star Kawhi Leonard did not travel with his teammates Wednesday to Orlando, Florida, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes and confirmed by a league source. The two-time two-time NBA Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year is expected to join the squad in a few days at the Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as the Clippers prepare to resume the season.According to Haynes, Leonard was attending to a family matter.In his first season with the Clippers, the 6-foot-7 Leonard was averaging career highs in points (26.9) and assists (five) and had equaled his career-best mark in rebounds (7.3) when the season was postponed on March 11.His Clippers are 44-20, 5 1/2 games behind of the top-seeded Lakers, returning to action as one of the favorites to win the NBA championship, which would be the first in franchise history. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sports tonight: WHS basketball teams start season; South Haven stay busy in Oklahoma; schedules…

first_imgCovington-Douglas712101746 Tournament Week (Sumner teams)Thu.Dec 11Fri. Dec. 12Sat. Dec. 13 JV Girlsv. Sterling, 8v. C. Springs, 4:40TBA Conway1812148—52 G-6:30, B- 8G- 3, B- 4:40 Varsity Boysv. Sterling, 8v. C. Springs, 4:40TBA Pond Creek Tournament Kingman Tournament (Conway Springs, Wellington)Well v. SterlingCS v. WellingtonCS, Well TBA Sterling 40 Conway Springs 37 – no stats available. •••••Other tournament scores: South Haven girls lost their second game in the Pond Creek-Hunter tournament Wednesday, while the boys got their first win. Sterling 57, Conway 52 WMS BasketballMulvaneOpenOpen 5/6:30 p.m. G- 3:30 B- 5G- 6, B- 7:30 S. Haven (1-2): Harris 6, Morris 1, Rebold 2, Ralls 7, Turek 9, Ray 4, Blaylock 2, Culp 5, Hawkins 6. Total 14 (0) 14-25 42.  C-D: V. Vandiever 6, Fleeson 15, Weiker 3, Navatril 6, Kaiser 14, Keykendall 3. Total: 9 (6) 10-15 46. South Haven girls13791342 South Haven (1-2): Pounds 1, Nocloson 6, McConnell 5, Short 5, Short 11, Bacon 2, Roy. South Haven boys81011938 Wellington TEAMThu.Dec 11Fri. Dec. 12Sat. Dec. 13 WHS JV WrestlingPratt, homeOpenWellington Invitational, 9 a.m. WHS BasketballKingman tourneyKingman tourneyKingman tourney Marion Tournament (Belle Plaine)BP v RemingtonBP TBA G- 3, B-4:30G-6, B- 7:30 C Boyscenter_img Covington-Douglass8961235 Sterling — K. Comley 24, K. Comley 21, S. Hinshaw 5, J. Proffitt 3, B. Richter 2, J. Oden 2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington varsity girls and boys play a basketball game (!), South Haven teams stay busy in the Pond Creek- Hunter tournament, and a busy sports Thursday night is about to arrive…Kingman Tournament —The Wellington varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will finally get on the hardwood for competitive play when they battle Sterling. Varsity girls play at 6:20 p.m. and the boys following at 8 p.m.Conway Springs already played Sterling Tuesday losing both games. The statistics we have are as follows: G- 6:30 B- 8 JV Boysv. Sterling, 6:20v. C. Springs, 3TBA Conway Springs — M. Leddy 18, Z. Barkley 7, J. Winter 6, N. Barkley 6, D. Murphy 4, J. Dugan 4, G. Bellar 4, D. Sones 2, L. Shaffer 1 WHS WrestlingPratt, homeOpenWellington Invitational, 9 a.m. Sterling18121116—57 4/5:15/6:30 •••••Schedule for Thursday and Friday. Coaches send scores to [email protected] G-4, B-5:30 Varsity Girlsv. Sterling, 6:20v. C. Springs, 3TBA BoysHome 8A 7-8A Caldwell Border-Queen Tourney (Caldwell, ArgoniaArgonia v NorwichCaldwell v Argonia Fairfield Tournament (Oxford)Oxford vs. ChaseOxford v FairfieldOxford TBA Pond Creek Tournament (South Haven) Kingman Tournament girls Follow us on Twitter. Caldwell v Central Kingman Tournament – boys GirlsAway 7/8 A/B Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Acting on Uganda’s anti-Aids progress

first_imgPupils in the ITLP programme perform in a play for members of their community in Uganda. In another production, complete with props, in Uganda, pupils show what they have learned. Playwright Judy Tate (in glasses) discusses the day’s work with participants of an ITLP workshop in Khayelitsha, Cape Town in June. (Images: ITLP)MEDIA CONTACTS• Uganda Aids Commission +25 64 14 288 065Valencia TalaneUganda has been hailed over the past two decades as one of the champions of the fight against HIV/Aids in Africa, thanks to the country’s proactive approach to dealing with the disease in the early 1990s.A massive government-led awareness campaign in 1989 led to a significant drop in new infections over the next few years. In 1992, 18% of the population had been infected, but the number dropped to less than half over the next decade and in 2001 was recorded at 6.4%.The good news was that the people of Uganda were avoiding infection in large numbers and so the focus could shift towards providing proper treatment for those who were already infected. The bad news, however, was that efforts to hold awareness drives waned, and the multi-sectorial approach of the government lost some of its hold. Soon enough, more and more Ugandans were becoming infected again. Figures released in 2011 show an infection rate of 7.2%.U-turn in infection ratesIt was in 2009, at a press conference held ahead of World Aids Day, that the secretary-general of the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, admitted that a shift in the government’s campaign focus had brought the country to the point where new infection numbers were once again rising, citing 2002 as the year that this became notable.Although the growth in new infections was slower than that of the 1990s, Apuuli’s organisation asserted that the general attitudes of people towards the disease needed to change. Their latest figures at the time showed that 65% of the cases were among married couples.The most affected population group is the 15-49 age demographic, and there are more women in the statistic than men, which intensifies the danger of mother-to-child infection in pregnant women.Authorities concede that the government alone will not be able to tackle the problem and achieve the results of 11 years ago, but with as much participation as possible at community level, the most vulnerable groups can get something out of the awareness campaigns.Messages through theatreEnter the International Theatre and Literacy Project (ITLP), a US-based NGO that brings theatre artists from all over America to developing countries to conduct workshops on writing plays and performing with school pupils and teachers. Started in 2005 by Marianna Houston, former director of the New York-based Theatre Development Fund, the ITLP has worked in countries like Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda since its establishment.The programme’s focus is on community development and awareness of HIV/Aids, and by involving young people in the performing arts, it is able to convey messages to the broader community by way of writing plays which the pupils then perform for members of their communities, in the familiar environment of their villages.“Everyone gathers around and there’s a platform and someone has a little bit of a costume and you’re going to learn a lesson,” explained Houston in a recent interview with Media Global News, a news site with a focus on the developing world.“You’re going to learn how to put a condom on a banana, and you’re going to learn how to get tested for Aids, you’re going to learn about corruption…you’re going to learn something.”Throughout the performances, there are discussion intervals where audience members tackle the conflicts highlighted in the scene in order to find a solution.Houston feels that this form of awareness is more effective because the audience gets to learn from trusted members of their community, and this strengthens the likelihood of them changing their behaviour, and in turn helps reduce the impact of the disease.The benefits of theatreITLP’s workshops take place over a course of two weeks and are facilitated by the organisation on the one hand and the teachers at participating schools on the other. The pupils take part from Monday to Friday during a break in the school term, and at the end of the two weeks, they perform a play that they have written themselves.Although the plays are in English, summaries are made available that are translated into the language commonly spoken by members of the community.The work by the cast does not end there, however, as the pupils also get to perform the play again for the rest of the school when the term commences.“The programme contributes to new perceptions of themselves as young citizens capable of fostering a new kind of leadership in their communities and country,” said Houston.An added incentive for pupils who wish to participate in the programme is the chance to receive a scholarship, given by the ITLP to cover the cost of textbooks and tuition.In Tanzania, two of ITLP’s participants from St Margaret’s Academy got an opportunity to attend the Camp Treetops, a residential camp in New York as part of the ITLP-Nowicki scholarship, funded by film producer Stefan Nowicki.“Theatre is a very good method for communicating information [in] an oral history society,” said Houston. “The act of coming together at a performance reconnects communities with cultural roots.”last_img read more

SA voted top African retail market

first_img Only 21% of the surveyed retailers currently generate sales on the continent. “Of those which do, more than half (53%) say South Africa is their top market,” the company said. “When asked where in Africa they would consider expanding in future, South Africa remained the number one choice with 18%.” Ghana and Kenya were next on the list, with 6% and 4% respectively. This was due to the emergence of a growing middle class, as well as growth in the use of mobile technology. “Many of the trends which have driven the economic development of emerging economies in Asia and South America are beginning to take hold in Africa,” said head of retail and wholesale at Barclays, Richard Lowe. “Its rapidly expanding middle class increasingly need goods and services which cannot be catered for domestically, providing a golden opportunity for internationally-minded retailers. “This is a truly ‘ground floor’ moment in many African economies,” Lowe said. SAinfo reporter While the United States remains the top destination, Africa is emerging as an attractive market to invest in, the survey found. “Africa remains one of the final frontiers for retail, but the recent acquisition of South Africa’s Massmart shows how seriously global retailers are now taking the continent,” Barclays said in a statement. Almost a quarter of companies surveyed said Africa would be the “new retail growth story” in the next decade. 3 April 2013 South Africa is the top ranked market for retail expansion in Africa in the latest survey by UK financial services provider Barclays. The survey, released on Tuesday, asked British retailers about their attitudes towards international expansion.last_img read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: #8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 8. In the barn and out of troubleIn Clinton County, a new program is giving area youth an opportunity to find something more productive to do than they might otherwise choose. The Juvenile Court System has started a new 4-H group, called Bacon and Bits, and they are giving kids in that club a hog to show at the county fair that provides much more than just a summer project.last_img

Creative Inspiration: Light Painting + Light Pollution

first_imgGiven the subject matter of light pollution, the team behind this video utilized a fresh light painting production technique.  Check out these very cool in-camera effects.Light stroking (or light painting) is an increasingly popular effect showing up in all types of videos.  Often motion designers and video editors will create this effect in Adobe After Effects, utilizing third party plugins like the popular Trapcode Particular by Red Giant Software.   In a recent post we showed how it’s even possible to achieve a light stroke or light painting in After Effects with the application’s default tools.  Check out that article here.It’s refreshing then to see a production team create a high production value PSA video using light painting effects, but without any post-production or CGI magic.  From the Vimeo page:This video incorporates the following techniques: light-painting, light-graffiti, timelapse, hologram with iPad and stop motion. Everything was shot on camera, no Particular, Echospace or other CGI light generator.They get extra points for using a cool light technique in a video highlighting the ‘hidden costs’ of light pollution…pretty clever.Check out the video on their site or below (best viewed full screen):last_img read more

Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando

first_imgRead Next Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) scores in front of Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. APINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson delivered the perfect combination for the Indiana Pacers.After watching their fatigued and foul-prone teammates spend most of the first 3 1/2 quarters scrambling to stay close, the tag-team energizers took matters into their own hands Saturday night. They drove and dished, they made shots and they defended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a knockout finish.Oladipo scored 24 points, Stephenson added a season-high 21, each had five rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers overcame a late 10-point deficit to get past the struggling Orlando Magic 114-112.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When that energy (is there), when the crowd is into it, the players are into it, the bench is into it — it’s unlike any other,” Oladipo said. “It’s a great environment to be a part of. It might be a little tougher you know, playing as hard as we did yesterday and coming in (tonight) and trying to repeat. But it’s a part of the NBA.”The Pacers powered through on grit. LATEST STORIES Magic coach Frank Vogel expected nothing less from his former team.Each time he sensed the Pacers were about to make a run, Vogel called timeout even after the Pacers cut a 106-96 deficit to 106-95 on Sabonis’ layup with 5:32 to go.But the last timeout didn’t slow down Oladipo, Stephenson or the Pacers, who scored the next six points to take a 111-106 lead.Gordon had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Evan Fournier wound up with 19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight in the series and 19 of their last 22. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After trailing by as much as 21, Oladipo’s 21-footer in the midst of a 15-0 run finally gave the Pacers their first lead at 107-106 with 3:30 to play. And they closed it out by finishing the game on an 18-6 run over the final 6:15.Still, it almost wasn’t enough.After Domantas Sabonis missed 1 of 2 free throws with 20.5 seconds to go, Orlando got two chances to tie the score and one to win it.But Aaron Gordon missed a 16-footer with 12.5 seconds left then missed two free throws with 7.9 seconds to go and Jonathan Simmons missed the go-ahead 3-pointer before Oladipo finally corralled the last rebound.“We knew it was going to be a tough second half. We played lockdown defense and we fed off of (the energy),” Stephenson said. “I know we had a tough rebounding night, but we made up for it. We just kept playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But he didn’t start.“We’re going to be patient with his return and work him back into the rotation,” coach Nate McMillan said before the game. “And Domantas has been doing a pretty good with the starting unit.”In less than 11 minutes, Turner had four points three rebounds and no blocks.FIGHTING THROUGHVogel wasn’t sure how long he’d last on the sideline.During pre-game availability, Vogel acknowledged he’s tried myriad treatments to fight off a cold and his voice was still pretty weak.“I’m going to try to coach but I’ve been coughing an awful lot so we’ll see how that goes,” Vogel said.He did make it through but is now 0-3 at Indiana and 0-7 against his former team. “We knew we’d have to win the second half different than we won the first half, our intensity would have to be greater,” Vogel said. “That’s what it looked like, and we weren’t able to hang on.”TIP-INSMagic: Elfrid Payton had 12 points and five assists on a night Orlando shot 54.5 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the first half. … Only 10 opponents have failed to score at least 100 points against the Magic this season. … Orlando has lost 18 of its last 20 to Indiana, dating to March 2013, and hasn’t won in Indianapolis since 2014.Pacers: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. … After shooting 33.3 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 63.4 percent from the field in the second half. … Indiana has given up 143 points in the first half of its last two games. … The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Orlando.HE’S BACKPacers center Myles Turner returned to action Saturday after missing the previous nine games with an injured right elbow. 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