USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence View post tag: Anniversary Share this article View post tag: USS July 16, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Independence View post tag: Underwood View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Jamaica Distinguished guests came aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) for a reception held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence in Kingston, Jamaica, July 12.During the three-hour event, the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater, and Underwood Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Peter Mirisola, addressed approximately 75 guests. The guests enjoyed finger foods and refreshments before taking tours of the ship.“The enduring relationship Jamaica and the United States share is built on a foundation of professionalism and trust, and together our forces serve the people of the Caribbean, South, Central, and North America to advance peace and security in the Western Hemisphere,” said Mirisola, before describing the history of the Jamaica Defense Force and the relationship the U.S. and Jamaica have maintained as allies. “This year, Jamaica and Jamaicans around the world are celebrating this milestone anniversary and paying tribute to the men and women of the Jamaica Defense Force.”Bridgewater also talked about Jamaica’s anniversary of independence.“We have chosen the theme, ‘Celebrating the Ties That Bind: 50 Years of Friendship,’ to mark not only Jamaica’s independence, but strong, unbroken diplomatic relations the United States and Jamaica have enjoyed for the past 50 years,” said Bridgewater. “And our military-to-military collaboration has been one of the most enduring aspects of our relationship.”Bridgewater also welcomed Underwood to Jamaica, and said the visit was another example of the bond between the U.S. and Jamaica. “Human beings have sailed the seas for centuries,” said Bridgewater. “The same sense of adventure and the desire to tame the sea that inspired early explorers to set sail is certainly with the Underwood’s crew. It is my pleasure to welcome her to Jamaica, and may her presence be yet another reminder of the many ties that bind Jamaica and the United States of America.”After addressing the audience, Bridgewater, Mirisola and the Deputy Governor General of Jamaica, Sophia Azan cut a cake together, decorated as the Jamaican flag.Underwood offered tours of the ship to guests and, as the reception drew to an end, Mirisola presented Bridgewater with a plaque commemorating the ship’s visit to Kingston.Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 16, 2012; Image: US Navy USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence View post tag: 50thlast_img read more

MS Fundraiser Thursday in Somers Point to Hit “The Right Notes”

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiFive years ago, South Jersey jazz impresario Nick Regine was having a drink at the bar at Passion Vines Wine and Spirit Co. when he struck up a conversation with the owner, Michael Bray.What they talked about — multiple sclerosis — inspired them to collaborate on a fundraiser that combines their love of jazz and wine and is billed as the only one of its kind in South Jersey.Now in its fourth year, The Right Notes fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation will be held Thursday night at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.A VIP reception scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday is sold out, but tickets are still available for the general fundraiser beginning at 7 p.m. For more information about the event and tickets, visit fundraiser, presented by the Donovan Financial Group of UBS Financial Services, is expected to attract about 300 people. It will combine an evening of wine tasting, live jazz and philanthropy. The main event is a large-scale wine tasting that will feature 140 top varieties from around the world.“There is nothing else like it in South Jersey,” Bray said.Live and silent auctions will be another highlight. Top bidders in the live auction will win trips to the wine-rich regions of Tuscany, Italy, Gigondas, France, and Napa and Sonoma, Calif., Bray said.Backed by the generous support of the local community, The Right Notes raised a total of more than $150,000 in its first three years. Bray expects the event will pull in about $50,000 on Thursday.Most of the money will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Galloway Township will also receive a portion of the proceeds to help fund its programs for MS patients.“Bacharach is the only facility locally to assist people with MS,” Bray said.MS has touched the lives of both Bray and Regine, which prompted their conversation five years ago at the bar at Passion Vines.Regine, 66, the president of the South Jersey Jazz Society in Somers Point, has lived with MS since 1989. Bray’s 67-year-old mother, Jayne Bray, was diagnosed with MS in 1990.“I knew Michael’s mother had MS. I was at his establishment having a beer. He told me he wanted to do more and to have a wine-tasting gala,” Regine recalled of his conversation with Bray when the idea for the fundraiser was conceived.Finding a cure for MS has become the charitable focus for Bray and his Passion Vines stores in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township.MS, a degenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord, affects about 400,000 people in the United States and close to 2.5 million around the world, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has 351 clients in Atlantic County and 177 in Cape May County. Although those figures represent the number of people who have registered with the society, many more residents in the surrounding area are living with MS, a press release for The Right Notes fundraiser says.Bray characterized MS as an emotionally, physically and financially challenging disease that affects “the whole family.”“MS is different in every person and in every diagnosis,” he said.In his mother’s case, she has lost feeling and control in her legs, although her arms are fine, he explained.“Overall, what is most impressive, while she deals with this disease every day, she has maintained her courage and grace and lives on,” Bray said.Regine was 39 when he was diagnosed with MS in 1989. He was experiencing a tingling sensation in his legs, which prompted him to see a neurologist. An MRI test confirmed he had MS.“A million things run through your mind about what’s wrong with you,” Regine said. “Very honestly, my initial reaction was one of relief, because it wasn’t cancer.”Regine recalled that he viewed MS then as a manageable disease. “It was something down the road. It was something I could live with,” he said.He has had a slow progression of symptoms. He noted that he still drives and still takes walks, using a cane to help with his balance.Over the years, he has cut down on the length of his walks, but considers himself fortunate to still have his mobility and his eyesight.“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he said.last_img read more

Meselson honored for work against biological weapons

first_imgAccording to Matthew Meselson, professor in Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, biological warfare could erase the distinction between war and peace, with no clear line between its beginning and its end.“You don’t know what’s happening, or you know it’s happening but it’s always happening,” the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences said.Meselson was a driving force behind the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, an international ban that has prevented one of the most inhumane forms of warfare. On  April 9, he received the 2019 Future of Life Award in recognition of his service to humanity.In the 1960s, while employed with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Meselson learned that the motivation for developing biological weapons like anthrax was that they were cheaper than nuclear weapons. Yet their consequences can be greater than mass destruction, and fundamentally alter humankind.Struck by the illogic of making weapons of mass destruction cheap — and stunned to see scientific research perverted in this way — Meselson threw himself into efforts to protect both human life and the very definition of humanity.Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Thanks in significant part to Professor Matthew Meselson’s tireless work, the world came together and banned biological weapons, ensuring that the ever more powerful science of biology helps rather than harms humankind. For this, he deserves humanity’s profound gratitude.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

The Goods: Trail Running Favorites

first_imgShut-In Champs Reveal Their Go-To GearThe beauty of living in the Southern Appalachians is that it’s always trail running season. Aside from a few rogue storms, trail conditions are amicable year-round. Still, it’s safe to say that spring is prime time for hitting the dirt. You’re coming off of winter and looking to get back into fighting shape, the leaves are budding, and you’ve got a full slate of races to train for. It’s time to hit the trails, hard, so we talked with the reigning champs of the Shut In Ridge Trail Run, one of the most respected trail races east of the Rockies, about their favorite running gear.Last year, Luke Paulson took the men’s title during his first year running the Shut In. “There’s so much hype around that race, which makes it a lot of fun,” Paulson says. “And it’s an interesting distance—it’s long (17.8 miles) but not too long, and most of the runners know the trail really well, so people are moving fast.”Anne Wheatly has won the Shut In two years in a row, but says winning the race gets tougher each year. “I love the fact that the women’s field grows and gets more competitive,” Wheatly says. “There was a pack of 10 women right behind me this year, which I thought was fantastic.”Wheatly and Paulson guided us through their favorite pieces of running gear as they prepare for another season of trail racing.Shut-In champ Anne Wheatly photos by Andy WickstromAnne WheatlySalomon Advanced Skin 5 I like to use a pack during longer runs. The Advanced Skin fits so well, and Salomon makes a lot of sizes so you can find the right fit for your torso. There’s room for a bladder and handhelds on either side, so you can customize it the way you want. I’ve had this pack for a long time, but when you love a piece of gear, you don’t want to let it go. $155; Tracksmith Grayboy Tank Amateur Tracksmith’s stuff is really fantastic, with a classic New England style. Their stuff is cut a little better to fit a woman’s body, too. I love this tank, which I think is so funny. $52; Tracksmith.comStance Snowboarding SocksThese aren’t technically running socks, but they’re made with a wool blend, and really comfortable and really funky. I pull them up high on colder runs to add some color and variation to the wardrobe. $18; Oiselle Homerun Half Zip Oiselle only makes women’s running clothing and they do a fantastic job at it. I love just about everything they make, but the Homerun Half Zip stands out. It has thumb holes, a rear zipper pocket and is made from a soft and stretchy polyester and spandex blend. $78; oiselle.comShut-In champ Luke Paulson photos by Andy WickstromLuke PaulsonON CloudventureMy shoe preferences fluctuate with the terrain and mileage I’m doing, but recently I’ve been into these shoes from ON. The Cloudventure is nothing too fancy, but it’s a lightweight shoe with good tread. And it’s really responsive. $150; The North Face Flight Better Than Naked Jacket This jacket is so lightweight, it feels like nothing at all, but it’s windproof and water resistant so it can keep bad weather at bay when you’re on a run. $60; Garmin Forerunner 25 I always run with a Garmin GPS. The 25 isn’t the fanciest watch they make, but I like that it only has a few functions. I don’t want a map or heart rate or anything like that. I want to know how fast I’m going and how far I’m going. That’s it. And that’s what this watch does. $99; More GearMaloja Rica Women’s JacketYou may not have heard on Maloja on this side of the pond, but this European company produces some of the world’s best technical ski and winter apparel. Made of superfine nylon and wool with Primaloft paddling, the windproof and water-resistant Rica is both rugged and beautiful, featuring two zip front pockets, and elastic cuff and waistband binding. It is the perfect winter jacket for outdoor adventure in Southern Appalachia, providing breathable warmth, durability, and mobility on the slopes, on the trail, or in the backcountry. $265LEKI Micro Flash CarbonThese foldable trail running poles feature lightweight but rugged carbon shafts, cork grips, carbide trail running tips, and push-button release mechanisms for fast and simple assembly. They take up a mere 37 centimeters in your pack, and the added speed, stability, and support they provide are worth all 192 grams. $179.95Garmont Ushuay GTX Hiking BootNamed for the adventure hub and gateway to Antarctica, these winter boots provide lightweight, insulated performance for cold, snow, and ice. The Vibram outsole is super-grippy, even on ice and frozen terrain, and the waterproof outer kept feet dry even in soggy Southern Appalachian slush. $175Vasque St. Elias Full-GrainGORE-TEX BootLooking for the go-to boot for big adventures in 2019? The updated St. Elias provides long-distance durability and all-day comfort right out of the box. The waterproof, rugged boot can handle any technical trail and is perfect for tackling Southern Appalachian summits this spring. $129last_img read more

The Illegal Economy and its Repercussions in Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2012 Terrorism in Peru is a threat to national intelligence and national security, which threatens the country’s stability and development. This transnational problem, which evolved over time, began as a threat to the nation’s system of government. However, now terrorists have switched focus to illegal economic activity, strategically allying themselves with drug traffickers, and acquiring political, economic, social and military resources, with the goal of becoming a logical step for the country’s poorest inhabitants. Terrorism, drug trafficking, and poverty share a symbiotic relationship and objective -to promote an illegal economy based on the production of cocaine hydrochloride, through smuggling, illegally cutting down trees, and informal mining practices. The danger lies in the fact that it has proven effective in solving the problems of the majority of the poor population. Still, the fact that this is generating greater levels of corruption in Peruvian society is is going unnoticed. Similarly, in order to cover their modus operandi they are fostering the increase in social contradictions and what is more dangerous: consolidating the creation of a mixed economy, based on legal and illegal resources, mainly the offset of narcotrafficking through money laundering. It is in this context that established strategies to substitute coca leaf plantations with alternate crops don’t have a fruitful outlook. Perú is still trying to decide which enemy to confront: drug trafficking?, terrorism?, or both combined? Perú established a comprehensive strategy, which encompasses political, economic, social, and military arenas, as well as a special body to coordinate actions between the country’s ministries. Their ultimate goal is to restore peace and establish sustainable development in the Huallaga and VRAEM (Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro) river valleys. From my point of view, the enemy is the illegal economy, which resulted from drug trafficking and its allies. The aforementioned strategy cannot be formally integrated and established unless we recognize that we are facing threats that are not only political, economic, social and military in nature, but also have a transnational capability which exceeds the Peruvian state’s best intentions. Keep in mind, there are different aspects that must be addressed with a single strategy (national and international); there are countries that produce cocaine hydrochloride (a social priority), trading countries (social and economic priority), and consumer countries (economic priority). As previously stated, the beliefs and motivations behind terrorism and drug trafficking have evolved in Peru and in the world. They are quickly learning from our successes and our failures in order to protect themselves. The current reality requires a change in our perception that they only represent a threat to police forces, and that they are an easy to confront. We must learn to confront them with established legal frameworks in a multi-agency setting. These threats have begun to socialize, take control of the legal economy, and gain political control and military capabilities that should make us realize the danger they represent for our country, our region and our hemisphere. It is necessary to think about these threats so we can get to work to defeat them with ingenuity, creativity and innovation to ensure that these threats do not adversely affect Peru’s sustainable development. To create groups of former military paid by the Government and destroy the narcos. To create agent information groups who live near where the drug dealers prepare their products. To check the ones that report all through satellite. Threats of a hemispheric nature, as the alliance between drug and terrorism, must be fought with strategies of inter-agency character between the countries involved that address this complex problem. Wouldn’t it be great if the Peruvian Government could pay attention to what was written by his General. Remember that long ago Thucydides said that “the nation that makes a great distinction between its ‘experts’ (politicians) and its warriors, will have its policies made by cowards and its wars fought by fools” This “article” is crap. It is not well written and shows low intellectual level of Gral. Longa. In the end, it does not have a bibliography and it is an opinion, not a serious article. What a low level of the Peruvian Generals. They do not know how to write! For Abel Montes, I am surprised that an intellectual of his stature is expressed in little harmonious terms. Please, I would like you to illustrate me with your wisdom and send me a link of the articles that you have written in order to assess your cultural level as to make such tremendous criticism. My email is [email protected] Kind regards, Eddy Yalán. Abel Montes, in order to say that this article is a mess and is poorly written it would be good that you list the articles authored by you. I consider yours should be clearly stated and well written, thus showing your superior intellectual ability. By what I see regarding your comment, it says the opposite, an intellectual person doesn´t do nor expresses what you are doing. An intellectual person refutes, denies, issues a theory. You must not insult a person that I know, and I admire. I am witness of his moral and intellectual capacity and more than all his leadership. IDEAS ARE EXPOSED, THEY ARE NOT IMPOSED. Express your ideas and at least write your comments well in order to think that you are an intellectual and hopefully you are using your real name. I do not think that you also hide in anonymity and that you’re not military and probably a retired one. My General LONGA, I congratulate you for your article and continue exposing your knowledge gained on the battlefield not from a desktop. It seems to me that there are people who don’t want to accept that the illegal economy is the main source of conflict in the country. Equity has not arrived and until that happens the situation will be aggravated. That is why I think that it is correct the position of General Longa about proposing to control that parallel economy, that at low levels is beneficial, but at high levels as those that we currently have is harmful. Narco-terrorism is a new threat that Colombia and Peru have defined to refer to the union of drug trafficking and terrorism. Narco-terrorism in Peru is different than in other countries, so it is necessary to analyze it correctly. I congratulate the efforts of the author to make Peruvian society understand the dangerous threats it is facing. I’d like that “Abel Montes” (if that is his real name) could show me what bibliography he would use to be able to conceptualize the phenomenon or to list the articles that as a person with a high intellectual level has written. [email protected] Up to what levels has the corruption generated by illegal economy gotten to? A former congressman has already been captured. Why doesn’t the political class face this economy, that is ultimately harmful for Peru? This article is important and interesting. CONGRATULATIONS..last_img read more

PODCAST: CUNA economists provide an updated forecast

first_img When consumers drive 70% of economic activity, as they do in the U.S., any significant disruption to peoples’ lives will have a corresponding impact on the economy.That is certainly the case with the coronavirus outbreak, which has created rapid, widespread, and severe economic disruption.As a result, CUNA economists have revised their 2020 economic growth forecast from 1.8% to -2.25%. They also adjusted their outlook for the unemployment rate from 3.5% to 6.5%. Samira Salem, senior policy analyst; Jordan van Rijn, senior economist; and Mike Schenk, chief economist and deputy chief advocacy officer. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Cuomo to issue executive order allowing graduating medical students to practice

first_imgFor more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Cuomo said the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and China’s New York Consul General Huang Ping have teamed up to give one million surgical masks to essential workers across New York. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that he will issue an executive order allowing medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing immediately. Check the New York State website for updates. In a press conference on Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced that he will issue an executive order which will allow medical students who are scheduled to graduate to begin practicing. Cuomo decided to create this executive order to help healthcare providers and give more resources.center_img Additionally, Cuomo talked about another source of ventilators for the state. Oregon Governor, Kate Brown has offered some of their resources, giving New York 140 of their ventilators. Governor Cuomo said that as of Saturday, there are 85,000 healthcare professionals including 22,000 individuals from out-of-state who have volunteered to help during the pandemic. Governor Cuomo also announced that New York is receiving ventilators and PPE from China. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation has donated 1,000 ventilators that have arrived at JFK Airport. The Joseph and Clara Tsai Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation have also donated PPE for healthcare providers in New York.last_img read more

CNTB selects international marketing and PR agencies for cooperation in 2018

first_imgThe 31st session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held at the CNTB Head Office, at which the council members adopted the proposal of the Decision on the selection of marketing agencies for cooperation in 2018 and the proposal of the Decision on the selection of international PR agencies for cooperation in 2018.According to the CNTB, the Tourist Board unanimously adopted the proposal of the Commission for the selection of marketing agencies, which aim to develop an advertising strategy and conduct key marketing campaigns, and the proposal of the Commission for the selection of international PR agencies, which aim to develop and implement PR strategies, as well as the implementation of key international PR activities in the field of media relations and social networks.The estimated value of procurement for marketing agencies in 13 markets is HRK 30,560,000.00, and the following marketing agencies were selected: MediaCom for the markets of Switzerland, Poland, France, Hungary and Norway; Real Group for the markets of Germany, Austria, Russia and Sweden; Aviareps for the markets of Belgium and the Netherlands ; Mediaplus for the UK market and Vailati & Savarro for the Italian market.PR activities will be carried out in 11 key markets, and the estimated value of procurement for PR agencies is HRK 7,500,000.00. From the PR agency, the following were selected: Media Consulta International Holding AG for the tender category – “Media Relations” and Hills Balfour Group for the tender category – “Social Networks and Digital Communication”. The market of the Netherlands and Italy, according to the suggestions of the director of the CNTB representative office, will independently carry out PR activities in its area.”We expect selected international media relations and social media agencies to provide strong support in our most important emitting markets. Their reputation, international reach and experience will help achieve our strategic goals. We ask marketing agencies for a quality advertising strategy, as well as the implementation of key Good cooperation between selected agencies is needed, their activities should be harmonized and coordinated because quality integrated communication is necessary to strengthen the Croatian tourist brand in the world, ” said Director Staničić, adding that he also expects intensive cooperation with selected agencies. in the markets in which they operate.last_img read more

Prabowo’s niece to run for deputy mayor in South Tangerang race

first_imgRahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, a former TV presenter and legislator who is also a niece of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, has been nominated as the deputy mayor candidate in the upcoming regional election in South Tangerang, Banten.Rahayu, a politician of the Gerindra Party that her uncle chairs, has been paired with incumbent South Tangerang administrative secretary Muhamad in their mayoral bid with the endorsement of Gerindra and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).Prabowo announced the candidate pair on Monday evening at his residence, with PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto in attendance. “May they [Muhamad and Rahayu] fight hard to defend and prioritize the interests of the people, as well as the progress and welfare of the people of South Tangerang,” said the former 2014 and 2019 presidential candidate as quoted by also: PDI-P recommends Prabowo’s niece for South Tangerang mayoral raceRahayu is the daughter of Prabowo’s youngest brother, businessman Hashim Djojojadikusumo. She previously served in the 2014-2019 session of the House of Representatives but failed to secure a seat in her 2019 reelection bid.Following the announcement, Gerindra South Tangerang executive chair Li Claudia Candra told that she had called on all members and supporters of the party to promote the mayoral candidates.Meanwhile, executive chair Wanto Sugito of PDI-P’s South Tangerang branch said that the mayoral pair should expect the party to issue its official recommendation letter this week, noting that Hasto’s presence at the announcement signaled the party’s green light.Wanto also made assurances that the Hanura Party would join “the coalition” soon.Combined, the three parties have 17 seats in the South Tangerang Legislative Council, which meets the minimum 20 percent requirement – or 10 of the total 50 council seats – for a party to nominate a candidate.Read also: ‘Is it because I’m a woman?’: Gerindra lawmaker fumes over prayer reading snubEarlier, Hanura had said that it would support Muhamad’s pairing with a running mate from the Indonesia Solidarity Party. On Monday, however, executive chair Amar of Hanura’s South Tangerang branch said the party had shifted its support to Rahayu, as reported by Tangerang municipality is among the 270 regencies and municipalities slated to elect their new leaders in the simultaneous regional elections in December. The city, considered a growing and hip satellite city of Jakarta, has attracted a number of electoral hopefuls, including incumbent deputy mayor Benyamin Davnie and Siti Nur Azizah, who is a daughter of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.Political analysts have raised concern that this year’s regional elections could give rise to a new generation of political dynasties.Aside from Prabowo’s niece and the Vice President’s daughter, the elections will also see Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the 32-year-old eldest son of President Joko Widodo, running for mayor with PDI-P backing in their hometown of Surakarta, Central Java. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more