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The Scorpions Return Home from USS Gary

By on May 4, 2021

first_img View post tag: Navy The Scorpions Return Home from USS Gary View post tag: Scorpions View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas April 21, 2015 The “Scorpions” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 hosted a welcome home ceremony for Detachment 4 at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) April 17 following the detachment’s seven-month deployment aboard USS Gary (FFG 51) to the U.S. 4th and 3rd Fleet areas of operation.HSM-49 Detachment 4’s two SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters and aircrew returned to NASNI April 16, and the remainder of the detachment, maintainers and aircrew, returned to San Diego aboard Gary April 17.The return of Detachment 4, also known as the “Omegas,” marked the last active-duty deployment of the SH-60B.During the seven-month deployment, HSM-49 Detachment 4, along with the crew of the Gary and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, played an integral role in Operation Martillo, a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.Detachment 4 aided in the detection and monitoring of suspected illicit drug traffickers and the interdiction of 13,921 kilograms of cocaine, with a wholesale value of $278.4 million and 18 pounds of marijuana, valued at $17,100.Detachment 4 flew more than 700 hours of flight operations in the SH-60B throughout the deployment.The SH-60B has been operational since 1985 and to date, the aircraft has completed more than 198,000 flight hours serving in combat missions. The sundown ceremony for the SH-60B is scheduled May 11 at NASNI.[mappress mapid=”15724″]Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: USS Gary Authorities View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today The Scorpions Return Home from USS Gary Share this articlelast_img read more

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Press release: Cash boost for charitable prison and probation projects

By on April 20, 2021

first_img I am delighted to be able to award this funding and have such a wide range of innovative organisations on board and ready to support offenders both in and out of prison. This investment shows that we are committed to supporting the role of the third sector in delivering vital rehabilitative services. Charities and social enterprises are crucial in helping us to provide better rehabilitation, promote wellbeing and ultimately reduce reoffending and I look forward to seeing the positive impact of these grants over the coming years. St Giles Trust Barnardo’s NEPACS National Autistic Society Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (Darlington & County Durham) Shared Enterprise CIC No Place Productions Birth Companions Samaritans Design Against Crime Research Centre Code4000 Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge Safer Living Foundation Digby Griffith, Executive Director for Rehabilitation and Assurance, and Chair of the HMPPS Grants Board said: Offenders will be able to learn vital skills to help them back into work after release thanks to £2.4 million funding announced today (27 September 2018).Grants have been awarded to 13 charitable organisations and social enterprises as part of new Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) funding.The grants have been awarded to a wide range of organisations providing everything from support into employment for female abuse victims to training for prisoners in computer programming.Evidence shows having sustainable work on release significantly reduces reoffending; the support provided by these charities will help prisons promote employment opportunities for those who have been in custody.Earlier this year the Secretary of State, David Gauke, announced the Education and Employment strategy, which will provide a new focus on work as having the potential to provide a foundation for a better life for people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system.Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: The new money will be invested over 2 years, allowing a wide variety of voluntary sector and social enterprise organisations to develop their projects in a range of different environments across England and Wales – from Camden to Kirkham.Code4000 will teach prisoners computer programming skills, Design Against Crime Research Centre will work with offenders to design and pilot new anti-vandal and safe cell furniture, while the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (Darlington & County Durham) will support women who have experienced sexual violence to help them find employment on release.The aim of the HMPPS grant programme is to improve the lives of offenders by applying the expertise, skills and ideas of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.Community based organisations are often best placed to identify local needs and respond flexibly to engage with hard to reach groups, such as offenders and those at risk of offending.This has been proven through the Grants Programme which has been the starting place for several activities, projects, products and ways of working which now form part of HMPPS core business.Thanks to grant-funding, many projects are now embedded into HMPPS approaches. These include the Prison Listener Scheme, work undertaken by Unlock to help prisoners open bank accounts, family engagement workers, mentoring schemes and National Prison Radio.center_img We received a high calibre of applications and it is fantastic to be able to give these voluntary sector and social enterprise organisations the opportunity to test their innovative ideas within a HMPPS setting. I am delighted to award this funding and I look forward to seeing the projects progress over the next 2 years. The organisations were asked to submit innovative bids that met with seven key themes aimed at improving rehabilitation, promoting wellbeing and reducing reoffending.As part of a comprehensive bidding process which saw over 200 applications for funding, the 13 successful applicants can be announced today, they are: charities and social enterprises given support for projects to promote wellbeing, improve rehabilitation and reduce reoffending part of commitment to support the third sector in delivering vital rehabilitative serviceslast_img read more

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Do you have a winning cupcake?

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first_imgNational Cupcake Week is back for 2015 and with it comes a new-look National Cupcake Championships. National Cupcake Week will run from 14 to 20 September and British Baker is encouraging bakers large and small to get involved. Let us know how it’s going or get in touch via at @CupcakeWeek or on Facebook on the National Cupcake Week page and check for updates and ideas on our official cupcake website.We have mixed up the categories in the Championships this year and entrants now have six tempting themes to enter:ClassicMade with ChocolateFree FromMade with AlcoholSeasonalChildren’sWhat’s not to like? Get your chef whites on, experiment in your kitchens to enter before the deadline of 17 July. You must have a registered UK business to be eligible for entry and entries cost £15+VAT each. For more information on entering, the categories and why you should get involved, visit our Championships tab.Past winners and finalists have benefited from mass media attention and column inches. A couple have even made it onto radio and the small screen, which can be a boon for business.Need more convincing to enter? We visited Tarek Malouf, founder of the UK’s biggest cupcake chain Hummingbird Bakery to get his thoughts on the mighty mini cake. The business sold a whopping 1.2m cupcakes in the last year to the end of March, and Malouf believes they will remain popular far into the future.Watch the video for inspiration:last_img read more

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‘Playing it Safe’ on campus

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgThe 2010-11 “Playing it Safe” will be posted on the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) website during the week of Aug. 23.“Playing it Safe,” Harvard’s annual security report, is prepared in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”) and includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, emergency notifications, and other important information about security and HUPD services on campus. It also contains three years of statistics on reported campus or campus-related crimes.For more information, contact the HUPD at 617.495.9225.last_img read more

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Harvard launches Data Science master’s degree program

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first_imgHarvard will offer a Master of Science (SM) degree in Data Science beginning in fall of 2018. The new degree, under the joint academic leadership of the faculties of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and of Statistics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), will train students in the rapidly growing field of data science.Prospective students will apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for admission to the program, which will be administered through the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at SEAS.Beyond the fundamental computer science and statistics methodologies that underpin data science, the new master’s program will educate the next generation of leaders to be knowledgeable about advanced topics such as the principles of experimental design, causal inference, visualization, massive and distributed computing, and applications drawn from the breadth of Harvard’s faculties. The program is also designed to provide an understanding of the broader legal, ethical and societal context associated with data science. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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The National Library in Hanoi Opens a Section of Books in Spanish

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Dialogo July 10, 2009 Hanoi, July 9 (EFE).- Today the Vietnamese National Library opened its first section of books in Spanish in Hanoi, aiming at responding to the demand for reading material in this language on part of the Vietnamese community that speaks or studies it, official sources indicated today. The Spanish section of the library, aimed at encouraging a taste for reading in the Southeast Asian country, has around a thousand books on its shelves and some 1,800 digitalized books at the moment. In a diplomatic note published by the VNA official news agency, the Vietnamese Minister of Culture thanked the Spanish embassy for its activity in obtaining the books that have made the creation of the library’s Spanish section possible. At Hanoi University, where a Spanish department was established in 2002, around 200 students are currently studying Spanish, and around another 170 are learning the language at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Meanwhile, in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City Open University (in the former Saigon) and Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities have similar numbers of students studying Spanish. In the 1970s, Vietnam and Cuba signed an agreement that allowed the Southeast Asian country to send students to the Caribbean nation to learn Spanish during a six-year period, with the result that over the course of time more than 6,200 Vietnamese learned the language of Cervantes.last_img read more

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Rudi Grula, Međimurje Tourist Board: Sustainable tourism and production of quality local food are our future

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgA unique combination of rich family tradition, agricultural production based on wines and cultural heritage of Međimurje has created the Jakopić family which in its restaurant Terbotz in Štrigova offers exclusively Međimurje wines, groceries from its own garden and About 15 family farms with whom they cooperate. Međimurje can be proud of from 15 Decanters on 600 hectares of vineyards, and thus bear the unofficial title of best world average of Decanter medals on so few vineyards. The value of domestic products has long been recognized Terme Sveti Martin who buy agricultural products and groceries directly from local family farms and sell them to guests through their restaurants or wellness offers. That Terme has been profiling itself for many years as a destination that encourages and develops rural tourism, said the director Igor Nekić, and this is confirmed by the fact to 70% of food and products which they offer to guests comes from local family farms, and it is precisely because of the healthy food that many guests return to them. Finally, let’s add that as part of the press conference and socializing with partners, students of the Elementary School Draškovec had the opportunity to get acquainted with the programs of OPG Zadravec “Međimurski zajtrek” and “Pomazi mee” through which they socialized with domestic animals, got acquainted with the production of cheese and the tradition of agriculture. An important wheel, because if we do not respect ourselves, we will not be respected by others, as well as the education of new generations from an early age, how important domestic production and connection with tourism is. / / / 226 Croatian wines received one of the Decanter labels “Međimurje family farms are known for their approach based on honesty and quality, and these are the elements that we have recognized and that are complementary to our business vision. We are looking forward to the cooperation from which everyone will benefit, especially our guests who will eat healthy, fresh and local food, grown in the immediate vicinity of the resort. We are glad that we can be the accelerator of the small economy of the municipality and the county, and thus work on improving the local community“Said Igor Nekić, General Manager of LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin. The wall of pride and “greatness” located in the LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin restaurant, which makes it clear who their local partners are and whose products Toplica guests consume inside the facility. He is engaged in organic and biodynamic apple production and the cultivation of traditional cereals OPG Hunjadi from St. Mary. This type of agriculture gives higher nutritional quality to food, and the owner of the family farm Natalia Peter Hunyadi believes that in the future, organic production will be necessary for better human health and environmental protection. They try to present their rounded production to the guests, from the field to the table, to the finished products. Međimurje as a boutique wine region LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin: 70% of food and products offered to guests come from local family farms The success of the synergy of the agriculture and tourism sectors is visible through the cooperation of tourism entities, local producers and farmers’ associations, and one of the examples of quality synergy is OPG Zadravec – Sirana Opor.  Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri which was declared European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) for the development of sustainable tourism in rural areas, with the aim of achieving added value and improving the gastronomic offer are branded products such as: Međimurje kalampera which, produced in the fields of Međimurje, meets about 70% of the needs of Croatian consumers and the Međimurje kid goes in the same direction. “The situation has directed us, as well as tourists, towards domestic products, a healthier lifestyle, active holidays in nature, in smaller rural areas. Already in March, Međimurje, aware of the situation, accepted the challenge, with a unique approach, modern communication methods and techniques, we designed and implemented the campaign “Međimurje gives more” and once again proved that the crisis does not have to be a problem, but an opportunity. Međimurje made the most of this opportunity for the benefit of all tourists, but also stakeholders in tourism”Pointed out the head of the Međimurje County Tourist Board Rudi Grula. Photo: Private archive Photo: Vina Jakopić  A good development strategy, great effort and synergy that drives Međimurje tourism yielded results during the coronavirus pandemic when the tourist offer of rural areas was given a special opportunity to position itself. And this is where Međimurje most proactively jumped out with the campaign. “Međimurje gives more”. The Međimurje wine road is s About 30 wine families a significant generator of economic activities in upper Međimurje and the holder of the promotion and placement of the protected wine brand “PUŠIPEL“Which has already taken its place on the world wine scene, as evidenced by this year’s results from the prestigious Decanter World Wine competition in London, where our wines won 15 medals.  The real indicator of innovation and creativity in Međimurje are also ecological producers, of which there are not many so far, but thanks to the autochthonous production they nurture, they contribute to the originality of our offer. By the way, the focus of the County and the County Tourist Board in the day’s work will be to encourage the development of organic producers on the development of biodynamic agriculture, whose foundations were laid by Dr. Rudolf Steiner. How is this year’s global theme World Tourism Day “Tourism and Rural Development “, on this occasion, the Tourist Board of Međimurje County organized a gathering with media representatives, tourism entrepreneurs and small farmers. Precisely with the aim of concretely emphasizing and showing what the synergies of the agriculture and tourism sectors look like in practice. The Zadravec family from Oporovac sells their basic goat and cheese production in 100% volume through local short supply chains and tourist programs on their family farms. “We inherited the tradition of goat breeding from japica and mama, and from the very beginning our goal was to sell products on the doorstep. In order to achieve this, we had to adjust the way we function and work, open a new world of thinking. Agriculture is our core business, and tourism is an added value in which we use innovation. “, said the owner of the family farm Jasminka Zadravec. An important stakeholder in rural tourism in Međimurje is also JU Center Dr. Rudolf Steiner which works on the promotion and expansion of biodynamic agriculture in Međimurje, but also throughout Croatia, Association “The best from Međimurje”Which through its store” Stacun “allows the sale of local agricultural products to locals and tourists and promotes short supply chains, Association for the Protection of Indigenous Agricultural Products of Međimurje County, which successfully conducted the process protection of Mesa ‘z tiblice , and what we believe will succeed with pumpkin oil,  Photo: Međimurje Tourist Board Currently, according to the director of the Međimurje Tourist Board, over 30.000 coupons were distributed during the “Međimurje gives more” campaign, and if we know that it was necessary to spend a minimum of HRK 250 for each coupon, an impressive calculation can lead to impressive HRK 7.500.000 of generated consumption, both local people, domestic visitors and tourists. And this amount should certainly be added to the additional consumption thanks to the coupons received. The development potential of Međimurje tourism is based on natural attractions and rich cultural heritage, which is mostly located in rural areas, as well as the offer of quality agricultural products and processed products through catering. By the way, as much as 80% of the area of ​​Međimurje is defined as a rural area, and 80% of the inhabitants of Međimurje live in that area. Međimurje can rightfully be ranked among the leaders in sustainable rural tourism in Croatia because with a developed communal and social infrastructure and a high quality of life, it provides guests with high quality tourist experiences in its rural area.   / / / Excellent cooperation! St. Martin’s, a beer created in collaboration with the brewery Lepi Dečki and Terme Sveti Martin OPG Zadravec – Sirana Opor  If I had to describe Međimurje in one word, then it would be a great boutique destination and a complete tourist story, which will only spread its wings. / / / MEĐIMURJE GIVES MORE! – EXCELLENT AND BEST DOMESTIC CAMPAIGN SO FAR “In many segments we serve as an example of good practice, especially in the tourism and sustainability sector which has become extremely important. Međimurje, as a dynamic county, produces 70% of potatoes for Croatian needs, 1/3 of the total production of apples in Croatia, 30% of the total amount of goat’s milk produced in Croatia. Our hardworking people produce award winning wines, honey, pumpkin oil, cheeses. Today, tourism is about sustainability, the ability to keep guests with quality agricultural production and offer, and we have been working on that for many years.”, Emphasized the prefect of Međimurje County and the president of TZMŽ Matija Posavec. Also, the driving force of rural development of Međimurje County is the synergy of agriculture and tourism, which is outlined in the Rural Development Strategy of MZ from 2010, but not only on paper, which is crucial, but it is visible in the field. Namely, it is in Međimurje that I can proudly point out the quality cooperation between tourism and small family farms, thus offering local and authentic food. last_img read more

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8 Nigerians awaiting Execution in Indonesia

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgAustralians Andrew Chan, left, with Myuran Sukumaran inside Kerobokan prison in 2011. The were executed by firing squad in Indonesia for drug trafficking offenses. 8 more Nigerians are reportedly waiting to be executed in Indonesia. This is according to the United Nigerians in Diaspora, a group of Nigerians living outside the country.The group at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday gave the names of Nigerians waiting to be executed as Michael Titus Igwe, Kingsley Okonkwo, Uchenna Onyewuru, Eugene Ape, Hunphery Ejike, Obinna Nwajiagu, Benjamin Onuoha and Ikenna Abanukwu.Chairman of the group, Mr Pascal Okolie while briefing newsmen, said Nigerians should rally round with other world leaders to stop the expected executions.“Considering that the next batch of execution will take place in no distant time in Indonesia, we urge the good people of Nigeria and our government to rise up with the entire world to stop further executions of Nigerians. Enough of the killings. Nigeria should leverage on the strong bilateral relationship it has with Indonesia and negotiate to stop the execution of the eight waiting to be killed. In as much as we totally condemn drug trafficking and wish to sensitize intending traffickers on the consequences that awaits offenders, we also condemn capital punishment especially since it has not been able to quell the issue of drug trafficking in Indonesia.” he saidMr Okolie said most of the Nigerians that have been jailed in Indonesia were not given fair hearing due to language barrier which made it difficult for them to prove their innocence. He accused the Nigerian embassy in Indonesia of neglecting her citizens in Indonesia“Most times Nigerians are thrown into prisons for more than four months without anyone knowing about it. They are tortured and some even die in the process. The way a country treats her citizens, is a reflection of how the citizens will be treated in foreign lands. Therefore, we feel it is high time our government rose to the occasion to ameliorate the plight of its citizens. We expected our government to show concern just like other countries whose nationals were involved. The way a government treats its citizens, is a reflection of how the citizens are likely to be treated in foreign lands. Therefore, we feel it is high time our government rose to the occasion to ameliorate the plights of its citizens no matter the circumstance. We use this opportunity to appeal to the youth, to beware of the kind of friendships they keep as well as activities they engage themselves. One of the reasons there are many young Nigerians in prisons in different countries of the world today, is due to get rich quick syndrome, fast track. But in the end, they lose everything including their lives.”he saidlast_img read more

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New promoters see Sunday car counts on upswing at The New Raceway Park

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgForty-six truckloads of black gumbo clay were added to the quarter-mile oval this spring as part of am­bitious facility-wide improvements. “It was excellent that we got the IMCA sanction,” said Kiraly. “We’re bringing the fun back to rac­ing at this track. We saw four-wide racing at our last show and the drivers had a blast. We had 63 cars on our first night, 68 cars on our second and 72 on our third.” “Everything has been real positive,” he concluded. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from a lot of peo­ple.” “We have a lot of IMCA drivers who live in this area,” he added, “and we’re going to work very hard at getting the drivers who stopped racing here to come back.” The former driver and industry veteran Dennis Moore now co-promote The New Raceway Park in Jef­ferson S.D. “I’d raced for 15 years, in everything from a hobby stock to a modified. I hadn’t thought about promot­ing until some drivers asked me if I’d be interested,” Kiraly said. “One thing led to another before there was an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Kiraly and Moore also caught up on maintenance on the grandstand side of the track, notably with the concession area and restrooms. JEFFERSON, S.D. – An offer he couldn’t say no to got Sioux City businessman Steve Kiraly back into motorsports. Points earned at The New Raceway Park figure toward the Side Biter Chassis North Central Re­gion for Modifieds, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks. The former Interstate Speedway crowned its first IMCA champion in 1986; what later became Raceway Park was sanctioned for eight seasons, most recently last year. With IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts on regular weekly programs, they’ve seen car counts go up at every Sunday show since opening night on May 26.last_img read more

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