HMAS Choules heads for cyclone support mission

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first_img Share this article View post tag: Cyclone Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious landing ship dock HMAS Choules set sail for northern Queensland in anticipation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.The amphibious ship left Sydney on March 27 as part of broader Australian Defence Force support to Queensland emergency services responding to the cyclone, which is expected to make landfall early on March 28.The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said the forces were prepared and ready to respond with immediate assistance to local communities within the storm zone in coordination with state and local disaster management authorities.“Australian Defence Force personnel are highly trained, well equipped and experienced in providing assistance to Australian communities affected by natural disasters.”“We are ready and able to respond to this emergency in support of civilian emergency authorities and the residents of north eastern Queensland once the full impact of Debbie is known,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.“As a precaution HMAS Choules is heading north to Queensland to be ready to support recovery efforts if required,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.HMAS Choules originally served with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary until she was removed from service in 2010 under the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review.The former RFA Largs Bay was acquired by the Royal Australian Navy for A$100 million (£65 million) and commissioned into service in December 2011. Australian Navy landing ship heads for cyclone support mission View post tag: HMAS Choules March 27, 2017 Authorities View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy landing ship heads for cyclone support mission last_img read more

Libertarian Candidate for Governor points out flaws in Pence logic…

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first_imgRex Bell, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Indiana, claims that current Governor Mike Pence isn’t getting the full picture. “We’re seeing a lot of commercials where the Governor is taking credit for creating jobs. Most people nowadays realize government doesn’t create jobs. People do, and they create them in spite of government, not because of it. We need to consider the number of jobs lost, or not created, because of excessive regulation and taxation.”The Libertarian Party supports free-markets with minimal government intervention.“Government needs to stop picking winners and losers,” says Bell. “Last month Henry County offered one company a 100% property tax abatement, while at the same time leaving the taxes in affect for other businesses. We should all be calling foul. If government really wants to help, it needs to eliminate property taxes for everybody, not just the chosen few.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Select Service Partner sale is on track

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first_imgCompass Group said the sale of its travel concessions business is due to complete by mid-2006, as it held its annual general meeting last week.The company is selling is Select Service Partner division, including brands such as Millies Cookies and Upper Crust. It wants to shed the 1,400 concessions to focus on its core contract catering businesses, as it would have to invest heavily to maintain its position in the market. Chairman Sir Francis Mackay said: “The sale is progressing well and we are encouraged by the level of interest.”Compass said overall trading is in line with expectations and it is seeing good success in new contract gains. It is continuing to exit or renegotiate contracts that do not meet financial criteria. The group has substantially completed a restructuring programme, announced in 2005, and remains on track to deliver the targeted £50 million in overhead cost savings. Tight cost control will continue to be a central feature of the group, it said.In the UK, the primary business sectors are trading in line with expectations, it added.last_img read more

Bakery Market Report available to pre-order

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first_imgThe Bakery Market Report is now available to pre-order from the William Reed Shop at the discounted price of £225.The report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery trade and will be launched at an exclusive invite-only event on 26 February, 2014.The study will map the size of the retail bakery market and will also highlight key innovation, NPD and insight into key trends.To pre-order a copy see: http://tinyurl.com/pks83yvMartyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakery Market Report offers concise intelligence for all those involved in bakery retail. Most know that it is tough to be trading on the high street in the current environment, but this report will shine a light on the successes that are out there in the bakery trade and will also offer an invaluable source of information for allied traders.”The Bakery Market Report also incorporates the annual BB75 tracker. Invites to the exclusive launch event have now been sent out, but if you think you will make this year’s BB75 and have not received an invite please contact [email protected]last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field

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first_img Related Shows View Comments Tickets are now available for Tony nominee Anna Deavere Smith’s return to Second Stage. She reunites with director Leonard Foglia to begin Second Stage’s 2016-2017 off-Broadway season with Notes From the Field. The documentary solo show begins performances on October 15 at the Tony Kiser Theatre and will officially open on November 2.Created, written and performed by Smith, Notes from the Field depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. Smith and Foglia’s previous performance collaboration, Let Me Down Easy, had its 2008 premiere at Second Stage. As previously reported, Notes from the Field also kicked off American Repertory Theater’s season in August.Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field investigates a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, shining a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 200 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and ultimately, change for the better. Anna Deavere Smith(Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016 Notes From the Fieldlast_img read more

Trellis time

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first_imgIf you have a long row of tomatoes, you can set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about 4 inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support. For tomatoes, some people simply put cages over the plant to support it as it grows. Another method is to drive a 1-inch-square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake. As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the last one. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over. Another crop that works good with a trellis is cucumbers. You can use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow. You’ll find and pick your cukes easier. Peppers can be staked as well. Place similar 1-inch-square stakes about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine 4 inches above the ground. Eggplant can be staked, too. Place either tomato stakes or rebar next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants. Trellising is one chore that should be accomplished fairly soon after the plants are established. By William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe seeds have all come up. The transplants are all in the ground. Your vegetable garden is growing, so it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy. Well, not exactly.As all veteran gardeners know, there are constantly chores to be accomplished. It’s now time to trellis some of those vegetables you planted.Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease. It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier. Don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems, too. Keep your weeds in check, and water as needed. The gardener’s work is never quite done. But doing chores when they’re needed will help you relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer a little more.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service vegetable horticulturistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Colombia Captures Drug Kingpin to Be Extradited to U.S.

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first_img On Aug. 8, near Medellín, Colombian authorities captured Erikson Vargas, alias Sebastián, considered one of the most important drug trafficking headmen in Colombia, head of drug organization Office of Envigado, which is known to maintain an alliance with the Mexican Los Zetas cartel and whose extradition to the United States is in process. Sebastian “is one of the most important criminals in recent years in Colombia,” assured Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón at a press conference at the antinarcotics base in Bogotá, where the alleged drug trafficker arrived around noon from Medellín (400 kilometers northwest of the Colombian capital). Vargas directed the organization of drug traffickers and assassins that originated at the time of former Medellín cartel leader Pablo Escobar. Arrest warrants were issued for criminal conspiracy of aggravated murder, forced displacement, extortion and drug trafficking. The alleged drug trafficking kingpin had notably changed his physical appearance, indicated the police in a statement. The Office of Envigado has been “one of the organizations that have committed the most murders in the past decade,” said Pinzón. After his capture, President Juan Manuel Santos assured that he will be extradited to the United States, as has been done with other drug trafficking kingpins. “He has an order for extradition and we will extradite him” he said in a press conference. Pinzón stated Vargas’s arrest constitutes “a lethal blow” against the organization, adding that in past months they struck the mid-level members and “with this arrest, we cut the head off.” Vargas was detained in an estate near Medellín in an operation in which one of his associates resisted authorities and was killed, while others were detained, police said. Eight firearms, among them a grenade launcher, were seized at that location, Pinzón detailed. The Office of Envigado is an organization of drug traffickers and assassins that started operating in 1980 in Medellín at the command of Pablo Escobar. After the death of the lord, command went to Diego Fernando Murillo, alias Don Berna, a member of the paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC, extreme right). By Dialogo August 10, 2012last_img read more

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Mubarak, the ‘Pharaoh’ toppled by the Arab Spring, dies at 91

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first_imgHosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, never expected to be president. But when a very public assassination thrust the former bomber pilot into the job, he made it his mission never to give it up.His story became Egypt’s story for the next 30 years until, finally, his people found they could write it themselves, in a 2011 Arab Spring revolution that consigned him to history.An unremarked vice president to Anwar Sadat, he was a stopgap in the anxious days of 1981 after Sadat was gunned down beside him at a military parade. Few thought he would last. Yet slowly, surviving attempts on his own life, he became “Pharaoh”, presiding over decades of stagnation and oppression and offering his people a choice: Mubarak or mayhem.Many believed him, not just in Egypt. US administrations showered him – and the biggest army in the Middle East – with billions of dollars in gratitude for his loyalty to Sadat’s Cold War switch of allegiance and peace with Israel.But it was his struggles with the Islamists – who by killing Sadat handed power accidentally to a man who would spend 30 years suppressing them – which defined his politics.Yet to the question of how Egyptians should be governed in the future, he never had an answer beyond “Mubarak” and always refused to indicate a successor. Washington expected him to go on rigging elections till he died, when his son Gamal might take over. “Nobody imagines that we can press a button and freedoms will arrive. Otherwise it would lead the country to chaos and that would be a danger to people,” Mubarak once said.Mubarak died aged 91 on Tuesday after undergoing surgery, state television said. Humble Beginnings Mubarak was a 24-year-old air force pilot when the military overthrew King Farouk in 1952.The son of a government clerk, he was born Muhammed Hosni El Sayed Mubarak in the Nile Delta village of Kafr Musailha on May 4, 1928, when Egypt was still heavily supervised by Britain, which controlled the Suez Canal.Details of his early life are sketchy. He qualified as a pilot in 1950 and spent more than two years in the Soviet Union a decade later, training to fly bombers.When much of the air force was wiped out by Israeli warplanes in the Six-Day War of 1967, he was made head of the air force academy, charged with rebuilding air power to hit back. As head of the air force from 1972, he did just that, attacking Israel in 1973.Sadat, who succeeded Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970, saw in Mubarak a loyal subordinate and made him vice president in 1975.That office would lie vacant under Mubarak, who guarded his power jealously.As president, Mubarak sent the army in to quell mutineers in the 1980s, and also repaired relations with Arab states after Sadat’s peace with Israel. In 1989, Egypt was readmitted to the Arab League, which moved its headquarters back to Cairo.American money made sure that Egypt never wavered from an arms-length civility toward the Jewish state, and Mubarak played mediator between Israel and the Palestinians down the years.His policies irritated many in the Middle East. After Hamas Islamists took control in the Gaza Strip, adjacent to Egypt, in 2007, Mubarak backed the Israeli blockade of the territory.Violence by Islamists at home, including attacks on tourist sites and Red Sea resorts, remained a justification for the police state. In 1995, Mubarak survived one of several assassination attempts when Islamist gunmen fired on his car during a visit to Ethiopia.A command economy fashioned under the Arab socialist Nasser lagged behind countries Egypt was once compared to, such as Turkey or South Korea. Egypt’s population almost doubled under Mubarak, but many remained mired in deep poverty.A spurt of growth in his final decade, fueled by market reforms overseen by his son Gamal, made some rich, but corruption ensured the wealth stuck to the elite around the head of state, the military and those who found favor in the National Democratic Party (NDP).Politically, there was talk of reform, not least when former US President George W. Bush was pushing the idea. After winning a series of single-candidate referendums that provided the legal basis of his rule, Mubarak agreed to contest a presidential election in 2005. But the defeat of Ayman Nour, a liberal lawyer who dared challenge him, was no surprise. RevolutionBy 2010, the NDP felt confident enough of its impunity to claim 90% of the seats in a parliamentary election that saw the Muslim Brotherhood eliminated from the legislature.The resulting public outrage might have subsided, as it had before, had it not been for the sudden success of an uprising in Tunisia just a few weeks later which also prompted protests against Egypt’s ruler.At first, Mubarak gave little ground to the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, comforted by hesitation in Western capitals to cut loose an ally.Only when his generals began to desert him, fearful their own privileges might be swept away, and the Americans sided with the popular will, did he relent, at first insisting he would retire only later but finally flown off to his Red Sea retreat.”Egypt and I shall not be parted until I am buried in her soil,” he said. He was arrested two months later.A trial began in August 2011, the sight of Mubarak in a courtroom cage captivating viewers.On June 2, 2012, just before Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi won the presidency, Mubarak was jailed for life for conspiring to murder protesters, sent to Cairo’s Tora Prison though occasionally moved to the smart Maadi military hospital nearby due to claims of failing health.Prison time would be short, however, as another military man, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, overthrew Mursi the following year.As Sisi launched a crackdown on the Brotherhood that critics said was more severe than anything under Mubarak, the case against the former president was dropped in 2014.Three years later, following an appeal by the prosecution, Egypt’s top appeals court acquitted him, allowing him to return to his home the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis, not far from the presidential palace he had occupied for nearly three decades.Topics :last_img read more

COLDER DAYS AHEAD: DOH-6 cautions public vs cold weather illnesses

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first_imgConvocar also advised the public to avoidtoo much exposure from the sunlight. * Avoid sudden exposure to cold, from aheated room to the cold outdoors, especially in the evening and morning. Thosewho are used to a morning and evening walk may have to change the routine. DOH Region 6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocarsaid there is a possible increase in cases of fever and other ailments broughtabout by the dropping temperatures. * Wash your hands enough to keep themfree of germs. * If there are infected people in yourneighborhood, avoid being in close contact with them as you might get infectedas well. * Ensure that the house is clean anddisinfected, especially kitchen and bathroom. “We should not be exposed to the heat ofthe sun from 10 to 2 o’clock kay amona ang mainit sa gihapon bisan matugnawsa aga,” she said. * As much as cold weather does not makeyou thirsty, drink enough fluids so that your body stays hydrated. If water isnot appealing enough, drink warm water or tea or lime. DOH advices to help avoid catching coldare following: Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric,Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that colder days willbe expected ahead as the country transitions to the easterly winds, also knownas amihan. The amihan, northeast monsoon usually comes from Siberia where snow is being experienced. According to Convocar, cold weatherusually triggers respiratory problems unless appropriate preventive measuresare taken. Children and adults may become susceptible to cough, colds andfever.“With the coming Christmas season ginapaabotnaton nga mag-change ang weather.Those who have compromised immune system –especially ang mga kabataan kag senior citizen – are prone to pneumonia,influenza and they should complete their immunization kag aton  nga mga tigulang they shouldreceive  flu vaccine or pneumonia vaccine para maproteksyonan sila,” Convocar said.center_img * Avoid cold food items such as cooldrinks, milk shakes and ice-creams. * Avoid foods such as sour stuffs,pickles and fried foods. “Indinaton i-compromise if we belong to this age group so we should wearprotective clothing kung matugnaw,” shestressed. * Avoid exposure to dust and pollen asthey carry lot of germs. * Eat small, frequent meals that areprepared fresh, are nutritious and of moderate temperature. Convocar, however, said those who arealready sick with fever, colds, or cough are advised to immediately seekmedical attention and avoid crowded places in order to avoidcomplications.  ILOILO City – The Department of Health(DOH) in Western Visayas has advised the public to be cautious of the commonillnesses that may occur with the holiday season drawing closer. * Having a warm bath, early morning andlate evening is advisable. * Avoid staying in a poorly ventilatedroom; enough circulation ensures germs are not concentrated in one room./PNlast_img read more