Update on Joint Task Force-Matthew Relief Mission in Haiti

first_imgBy U.S Southern Command Public Affairs Office October 07, 2016 MIAMI –U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has directed the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde to transit towards Haiti, where it will join Joint Task Force-Matthew disaster relief operations. The ship will have three embarked CH-53E Super Stallion and one HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters, one landing craft, and 300 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The airlift and transport capabilities of amphibious ships make them uniquely suited to support the delivery and distribution of much-needed relief supplies, as well as transport humanitarian assistance personnel in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. During relief operations, embarked landing craft are used to transport equipment and aid to populated areas inaccessible by land due to the impact of natural disasters. On Oct. 5, U.S. Southern Command has established Joint Task Force Matthew to oversee U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti. The task force was deployed to Haiti in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) following a request for U.S. assistance from the government of Haiti. At present, the task force has approximately 250 personnel and nine helicopters in Haiti. The helicopters are scheduled to begin flight operations in support of USAID-led relief operations later today. Today, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon is also scheduled to conduct aerial assessments of areas in Haiti impacted by the storm to support disaster assessment experts on the ground. More information about the task force’s relief operations in Haiti will be released as soon as it is available and confirmed. Historically, U.S. military capabilities are needed most in the critical early stages of a disaster relief operation, when fewer resources, capabilities and disaster-response experts are available to help victims and impacted communities. As those disaster-relief missions progress and more experienced experts arrive to aid longer-term recovery and reconstruction, U.S. military capabilities are no longer requested, and roles previously performed by military units are assumed by other, more experienced relief organizations. Over the last several years, SOUTHCOM has provided disaster assistance to Haiti to help the Caribbean nation prepare for storms like Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters, including the construction of emergency operations centers, disaster relief warehouses, fire stations and community centers that double as shelters. The command has also donated search and rescue boats, as well as transport vehicles to Haitian emergency response and civil protection agencies. SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Release Details: SOUTHCOM directed the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde to join Haiti disaster relief operations. Ship has four embarked helicopters (three CH-53E Super Stallion and one HH-60 Pave Hawk), one landing craft, and hundreds of Marines and Sailors.A team of 9 helicopters in Port-au-Prince began flight operations in support of the USAID-led relief mission. The helicopters are delivering relief supplies, aid and humanitarian assistance personnel.U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon is scheduled to conduct aerial assessments of areas in Haiti impacted by the storm to support disaster assessment experts on the ground.last_img read more

Brooks named Hood’s chief of staff

first_img continue reading » NCUA headquarters H. Lenwood Brooks V has been named chief of staff to NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood.Brooks joined the NCUA staff in May and has been acting chief of staff and director of the Office of External Affairs and Communications.“Since joining the team, Lenwood has played an integral role in agency policy and communications,” Hood said. “He also has been important to furthering my initiatives for the NCUA and the nation’s system of cooperative credit.”Prior to joining the NCUA staff, Brooks was vice president of communications at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.Brooks also served as an aide to Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.) during the senator’s tenure on the Senate Banking Committee.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The island of Hvar nominated for the best European destination

first_imgNext year, the sunniest island in Croatia will celebrate 150 years of organized tourism, and the title of the best European destination would be a great addition to the whole story.Namely, the Tourist Board of Stari Grad on Hvar last year was nominated for the title of European best destination organized by the European Best Destinations portal, and this year with one more experience, it decided to run again, but this time the whole island of Hvar is running.It is certainly commendable that the whole island of Hvar decided to run because the island of Hvar is one tourist destination. By the way, the island of Hvar can also be called the Island of UNESCO because the UNESCO list of cultural and intangible world heritage includes the Old Town and the Old Town Field, Agave Lace, the Procession of the Cross, Klapa singing and Mediterranean food.The title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevantThe title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevant. TZGZ succeeded in that and excellently branded the whole story about Advent in Zagreb, and in the end it “charged” through the increased arrival of tourists and branding of the city. On the other hand, Zadar, which was declared the best European destination last year, certainly did not make good use of this situation. It’s all about investing, and the money spent on promotion and branding is certainly not an expense, but an investment.Applying alone is not enough to achieve success, it is only the first step. After the initial application, the real work is just beginning, so it is necessary to make a good promotion plan in order to hear the vote on the nomination as far as possible and finally get a sufficient number of votes. Of course, the focus should be on our market because we are counting on local patriotism, which will bring us an initial buzz in a short time, but we should certainly communicate in English in order to “catch” the voices of foreign tourists. One of the segments, in my opinion, should target tourists from areas that are not nominated, but the most important thing is to communicate with tourists who have already visited Hvar and who are constantly returning to this beautiful island. All tourist employees of the island of Hvar, from hoteliers to hosts in family accommodation, who should voluntarily communicate via newsletter to their guest base as well as on social networks, must certainly get involved.The destination is the whole island and without synergy there is no long-term success, and also in this story everyone benefits. If Hvar doesn’t get the mentioned title, every promotion is great, including this one. Voting is coming soon, and the first step is for us, you, to support our candidate for the best European destination. The island of Hvar is certainly that, with or without the mentioned title, but it is always nice to get recognition such as EBD, which should be used later through promotion.

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Stuart Erwin, Amber Dorsey charged with forgery, meth charges

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Stuart Erwin and Amber Dorsey of 1211 E. 4th of Wellington have had several charges levied against them filed recently in Sumner County District court.Erwin and Dorsey have been linked together on charges of breaking into a storage unit on July 8, 2014 and taking a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV, silver dollars, golf clubs, tools and other property.The following are a list of the most recent charges against Dorsey, born in 1986:•Forgery, a level 8 felony;•Forgery, a level 8 felony;•Identity theft, a level 8 felony;•Criminal Use of a financial card;•Possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony;•Possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Dorsey is accused on Dec. 19, 2014 of drawing a check on an account at Bank of America for $250 not her own. Then, allegedly, she drew $250 of another account on Dec. 29.On Feb. 12, Dorsey then allegedly possessed and used a credit card issued to another person to pay for $26.26 of meals at Penney’s Diner and ordered a TV satellite service from DirectTV.Dorsey is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and a glass pipe, plastic box case with 15 small bags with meth residue, light bulb with residue, glass pipe with residue, pipe, straw, Velcro strap, silver digital scale, Weigh Budi digital scale, Digit 2 digital scale, phone scale, 28 bags with residue, 12 bags with meth, and a glass pipe straw.Erwin, born in 1982, was charged with forgery, a level 8 felony. On a different criminal complaint he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.He is accused of drawing on an account at Fidelity Bank in Wichita and cashing a check for $245 at the Check into Cash at 1004 W. 8th in Wellington.Erwin is also accused of possessing methamphetamine, pipe, straw, Velcro strap, silver digital scale, Weight Budi digital scale, Digit 2 digital scale, phone scale, 28 bags of residue, 12 bags with meth and a glass pipe straw.last_img read more

Free golf lessons on offer in Warwickshire

first_img Free golf lessons will be on offer from next week at three pitch and putt courses across Warwickshire.The weekly ‘Golf for u’ sessions start on April 11 and PGA professional Jason Powell will be on hand throughout the summer at:Newbold Comyn Golf Course, Leamington, on MondaysWar Memorial Park pitch and putt, Coventry, on TuesdaysTudor Park pitch and putt, Solihull, on WednesdaysAt each centre he’ll take sessions for adults between 3-4pm and 6-7pm and for families from 4.30-5.30pm.The project takes golf out of its traditional club setting and is run by England Golf, in partnership with Warwick, Solihull and Coventry councils. It aims to make it easier than ever before to learn to play the game.It was trialled in Warwickshire last year and prompted enthusiastic feedback, including this comment from a novice who went on to become a golfer:“The informality and age range of all participants created a very relaxed introduction to golf and there was absolutely no embarrassment in being a total novice.“From this introduction to golf, and with others who started with me, I went on to take part in group coaching during the winter months and now play with some confidence on an 18 hole course with golfing partners that I met from participating in golf in the park. Looking back the total activity became a relaxed social event.”Another beginner remarked: “The opportunity for me and my family to all go and experience how golf should be played by a PGA professional was amazing. We really enjoyed the different activities held each week and the encouragement and one to one time that was still provided to us all to improve. A brilliant experience.”Jason’s coaching covers an introduction to the game, including grip, posture and swing. Anyone interested should just turn up in comfortable clothing and flat shoes to learn the basics, some information about the rules and a little ‘golf-speak.’He’ll also provide a quick refreshers for returners who want to get back on the course. Jason is pictured above, giving a lesson.Anyone interested in further tuition can visit our Get Into Golf site to find great value coaching near them. Get into golf is the national campaign to get more people golfing, run by England Golf and supported by Sport England Lottery Funding. 4 Apr 2016 Free golf lessons on offer in Warwickshire last_img read more

What’s Inside the Christ Church Belfry?

first_imgBy Rick GeffkenSHREWSBURY – What’s inside the landmark Christ Church belfry at the Four Corners? Well, there could be bats; certainly spiders; the occasional squirrel; improbably ghosts; a 1-ton bell; and most assuredly, a whole lot of history. The last is because the belfry, or clock tower, of the venerable Shrewsbury landmark is now 144 years-old.The 64-foot tower was built onto the front of the then 100 year-old Episcopal Church in 1874. Both the melodious tolling of its bell, and the simple, yet elegant black clock faces have marked the time, the lives, and the passings of Shrewsbury residents for a century and a half.The weather vane and gilded “orb” sitting atop the church spire have their own special history. During the Revolutionary War militia stationed at the Allen House are said to have taken target practice at this symbol of the British monarch, George III. Christ Church occasionally displays the original damaged orb with what certainly look like musket-ball holes.For the last 70 years, repairs to the clock tower were funded primarily out of church funds. A Monmouth County Historical Commission grant helped with some repair costs about 10 years ago. Since the primary mission of the Christ Church has always been the spiritual care of its parishioners, expensive repairs to the venerable clock tower were incidental concerns.Now, Christ Church is asking the general public to help it complete overdue repairs to the clock tower. Buying a $5 raffle ticket could get you a guided tour of this historic clock tower. Three winners, each with up to two guests, will see four levels of the tower from the inside – the clock’s pendulum, the winding mechanism for the clock and the bell, the shafts that drive the tree clock faces, and the huge bell itself. The raffle is co-sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society and Christ Church. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the repair and maintenance of the clock.Winners will be drawn at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The bells at Christ Church will be ringing just as they did in 1776 to honor the signing of the Declaration.The Christ Church Community was founded in 1702 by Lewis Morris and William Leeds. Morris went on to become the first Royal Colonial Governor of New Jersey. Leeds bequeathed his huge farm in Middletown to the church. Brookdale Community College was built on part of the Leeds estate.Christ Church itself was actually built with raffle money. The Rev. Samuel Cooke held several lotteries, starting in 1758, to finance a new building. Because New Jersey law banned lotteries, the drawing was held on a Delaware River island. Current Christ Church Historian, Robert Kelly Jr., assures that the 2016 raffle follows all New Jersey State and local legal requirements.The $5 raffle tickets are on sale now at the Christ Church Parish Office. Call 732-741-2220 for more information.last_img read more

Man United transfer news: Pogba latest as resolution close and he drops hint

first_img1 The transfer saga of the summer finally looks like it is coming to an end, if you are to believe the latest reports.Paul Pogba’s move to Man United had been held up over who would pay the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, his fee, which is believed to be between £20m and £25m.However, this hurdle looks like it has been overcome and a resolution appears imminent.See below for the latest details in Pogba’s Manchester United transfer.Instagram hintPogba teased fans regarding his future as he appeared to drop a large hint in his latest Instagram post. The picture is completely back and white, but for his red hat and trainers. So is it red for Manchester United? Or black and white for Juventus? United to pay Raiola feePogba will finally become a Manchester United player after the Red Devils buckled and agreed to pay the bulk of Raiola’s agent fee. The Sun report the deal will cost United £112m in total which includes £92m for Pogba and £20m for his Italian-born Dutch agent. Juventus have agreed to pay Raiola the remaining £4m as the final sticking point in the deal appears to be done.Pogba to be a Red Devil in 48 hoursThe world record deal could be finalised within the next two days with United lodging a new offer which will reach £100m if all the add-ons are paid, say the Guardian. Juve also want another installment should Pogba renew his contract with United in the future. The Red Devils are so confident that they have now got their man that Pogba is now waiting for the official green light so he can have his medical, likely to take place in the United States, where he is currently on holiday.center_img Paul Pogba could be a Manchester United player again in the next 48 hours last_img read more

The best this month

first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.IndiaOct 03 TO 14The long wait is finally over and New Delhi is geared up to showcase the largest sporting spectacle India has ever hosted–the Commonwealth Games. About 6,000 athletes will compete in 17 sports, ranging from boxing and wrestling to hockey and badminton, to be held at the city’s renovated stadiums. Don’t miss these sporting events. Book tickets at www.tickets.cwgdelhi2010.orgGermanyOct 06 TO 10Attention book lovers, the Frankfurt Book Fair, which dates to the 15th century, is one thing you would not want to miss if you happen to be in the city. It has everything a bookworm could dream of; story reading sessions, discussions and, of course, millions of books. Each year a different country is invited as the guest of honour, and this time it is Argentina. For details visit www.buchmesse.deMalaysiaOct 08 TO 10If you are a biking enthusiast and happen to be in Sepang, don’t miss the 20th edition of Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix where you can watch the world’s best racers build up speed and compete with each other at these race tracks. Fans will also be able to see past champions make a special appearance. Make your bookings at www.sepangcircuit.comHungaryOct 08 TO 17It seems that the Hungarian capital is in love with the Autumn season as they have an entire festival dedicated to it. The Budapest Autumn Festival has everything you can expect from a city festival–musical performances, dance competitions, theatre shows, film screenings and lots of food. The city is a buzz with action these days so if you are here catch some of the shows. Select at www.btf.huIcelandOct 13 TO 17It’s hip, it’s very popular and it’s happening. The Iceland Airwaves Music Festival celebrates music in every form; from hip hop, pop, jazz to blues. With 200 bands performing in over nine venues across Reykjavik including bars, pubs and restaurants, the city is buzzing. If you are planning to watch one of the bands perform, book your tickets now at www.icelandairwaves.isUKOct 13 TO 28Go anywhere in London and chances are that you’ll hear movie buffs talking about UK’s biggest film festival, the London Film Festival, that takes places at various venues across the city. This year there is a line-up of 197 feature and 112 short films from across the world. Besides these you can even spot celebrities and filmmakers who come to promote their films. Visit www.bfi.org.uk for bookings.IndiaOct 17Public grounds across New Delhi are decked up as huge wooden effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath, stuffed with fireworks are set ablaze. Here Dussehra celebrations are incomplete without Ram Lila, a dance drama depicting the 10-day battle between Rama and Ravana which ended in Rama’s victory.IndiaOct 21 TO 25There is a nip in the air and the right weather for the Rajasthan International Folk Festival at Jodhpur. This time there is a line up of international artists and bands as well. The spectacular Mehrangarh Fort provides the perfect backdrop for the performances. Buy tickets at www.jodhpurfolkfestival.orgGreenlandOct 23If you enjoy running, try it on ice and snow this time. The Polar Circle Marathon, better known as ‘the coolest marathon on earth’, takes place in Kangerlussuaq where the temperature dips to -5oC. You’ll be given seven hours to complete the entire stretch, which is more than 35 km long. For details visit www.polar-circle-marathon.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Donald Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

first_imgTiger Woods to open Match Play against PGA Tour rookie of year MOST READ In the days since the team scheduled its visit, Holtby and his teammates explained their stances on going or declining while also shifting the focus back to the ice where the Capitals are trying to repeat as champions like the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did.“The more important thing is we’re just gearing up for a playoff run, and (different decisions on going or not going are) not going to hurt team unity,” Holtby said Friday. “I hope they have a good experience there and then we can get back to hockey.”The rest of the team was in attendance, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat. Trump called daughter Ivanka a friend and fan of Ovechkin’s, compared him to Babe Ruth and also singled out owner Ted Leonsis and American defenseman John Carlson during his remarks.Trump called Ovechkin a “very special athlete, a great player.”“It’s huge honor for us to be here and meet you personally,” said Ovechkin, the Capitals’ Russian-born captain and playoff MVP. “We’re going to try to (win) again. We have same team, experienced team, very good group of guys and we’re going to try to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director “You brought the Stanley Cup home,” Trump said. “Thousands of adoring fans greeted you. They were all over the place. And I have a feeling you’re going to be doing it again. You’re champions. You have a champion’s heart.”Players, coaches and staff members took a private 45-minute tour of the White House and met with Trump in what was a last chance to be around hockey’s sacred trophy as defending champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a good reminder of the special things that our group did,” coach Todd Reirden said after practice earlier Monday. “That will kind of put a wrap on it and the final chapter of that moving forward into finishing up the regular season here and moving some of that success into playoffs this year.”Two players on the current roster, Canadians Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is in the minors, did not visit the White House. Smith-Pelly in June cited Trump’s rhetoric, and Holtby last week said he had to stay true to his values and respectfully decline. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The visit comes a day after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump did not take questions from reporters.Several Capitals players said going to the White House wasn’t about politics. American Brooks Orpik, who went in 2009 with the Penguins to visit then-President Barack Obama, said the decision to go is “not an endorsement of whoever’s in the office.”The Capitals presented Trump with a red No. 45 jersey and a gold, engraved stick. Trump took individual pictures with players and staff and gave them pens and M&Ms before they left.Leonsis called visiting the Oval Office a “true thrill for all of the players and the organization.”Carlson said: “It’s an honor to be here. I think all of us looked very much forward to it.”The Capitals’ White House visit came nine-plus months after their first title in franchise history and with six games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. Washington is in first place and again is a top contender.“I think you’re going to be successful,” Trump said. “Very proud of you guys. Good luck. We’re going to be watching.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Alex Ovechkin, second from left, the captain and MVP of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, during a visit to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, third from right, and teammates John Carlson, second from left, and T.J. Oshie, fourth from left, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called the Capitals “winners” and said there is “an awfully good chance” they will repeat this season.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more