The US Navy-led Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise kicked off at Port Hera Navy Base in Timor Leste on August 27.The CARAT with Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) is part of a series of drills conducted with countries in the Indo-Pacific.The nine-country exercise kicked off in June with the Royal Thai Navy continuing with Malaysia and Indonesia. Additional phases of CARAT will occur in Brunei and Bangladesh in 2018 along with similar maritime training engagements and activities with Vietnam and the Philippines View post tag: CARAT CARAT Timor LesteCARAT Timor Leste is designed to address shared maritime security concerns, build relationships and enhance interoperability among participating forces.“This year our forces will conduct integrated training in small boat safety and engine maintenance, basic shipboard medical procedures, and evidence processing and physical controls,” said Lt. Cmdr. Edward Yandoc, officer in charge of Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 Det. Guam. “This exercise enhances capability, cooperation, and interoperability between United States and Timor-Leste naval forces.”In its sixth year in Timor-Leste, CARAT 2018 will focus on improving maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability. The exercise is just one aspect of the growing US-Timor-Leste partnership, which includes annual port calls by US Navy ships, visits by senior US Navy leaders and ongoing civic action projects by US Navy Seabees deployed to the Timor-Leste Civic Construction Action Detail for the past decade.During this year’s exercise, US Navy sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 Det. Guam and 7th Fleet Surgeon’s Office will train with their F-FDTL counterparts at Port Hera and the surrounding area. The training will consist of medical and small boat subject matter expert exchanges as well as service projects, receptions and sporting events that will allow participants to interact with the local community. Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Timor-Leste Photo: US and Forsa Defesa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) service members test the seaworthiness of a (RHIB) following repairs made during CARAT Timor-Leste 2016. Photo: US Navy
With a new album due out at the end of next week, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Lotus. The jamtronica stalwarts will release Eat The Light on July 15th, marking their first album that contains vocalists on every track.On the newest track, it’s Damn Right! bassist Johnny Fissinger that steps into the limelight for vocals. The song, called “Move Too Fast,” features some funky guitarwork and great grooving instrumentation from the tight-knit unit.Listen to “Move Too Fast” below, courtesy of WXPN.
Legendary guitarist Bob Weir is set to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards tonight. The award recognizes Weir’s 50+ year career in music-making, and coincides with the forthcoming release of his new album, Blue Mountain. The ceremony, which takes place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, will be live streamed for all to enjoy! Weir is set to both perform and receive the honor, so don’t miss out.The stream can be accessed in the player below! Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more!.
Read Full Story Harvard has received Gold level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) designation making it the highest-ranked BFU in the Ivy League and New England, and one of only 10 gold level BFUs nationwide. The League of American Cyclists, which gives out the awards, noted the University’s deep commitment to biking as well as its employee benefits that encourage biking and significant participation in the Hubway bike-share system.Harvard has long supported the installation of bike infrastructure from bicycle racks to dedicated lanes and routes. The Harvard Sustainability Plan sets out a commitment to increase the bikeability and safety of the streets in and around Harvard’s campus. Harvard’s application for the BFU award was spearheaded by the University’s CommuterChoice program, which provides the Harvard community with a wide-range of sustainable transportation options from discounted MBTA transit passes to programs that encourage walking and biking.“The University is clearly trying to make biking easier,” said Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health employee Kelly Blondin. “I bike from Cambridge to Longwood every day and the reimbursements I receive for tune ups and maintenance are great. I’m looking forward to watching Harvard do even more for the bicycling community.”As one tangible example of Harvard’s commitment, the CommuterChoice Program hosted Hubway on Thursday, October 23rd at Harvard’s campus for the launch of the Emerald Explorer bicycle, a one-of-a-kind, limited edition, “unicorn” Hubway bike designed by Harvard employee Amy Fater, winner of the #HubwayEveryday Bicycle Design Contest.
This time of the year, something happens to my dog. Now, she’s never been the most energetic pup on the planet, but she’s typically pretty active and is always up for an adventure, be it hiking along the river or chasing a neighbor’s cat. But something’s gotten into her lately — for the past couple of weeks it’s been a challenge to get her beyond the air-conditioned comfort of home.Sadie’s exercise used to consist of ten-mile runs over mountainous terrain. Sure, she’d lollygag on the steepest climbs and cut all the switchbacks, but like me, she loved the feeling of running free in the woods. Anytime she saw me lace up my running shoes, she’d follow me around like I had a choice cut of sirloin in my pocket.Over the years, she’s slowed down, much to my dismay, and she officially retired last spring when the vet diagnosed arthritis and prescribed anti-inflammatories. But she’s still been an outdoorsy sort of pooch. I mean, she has to be, right? We live in the mountains of Asheville, run trails and drive a Subaru, so that makes us an active family. An energetic dog is part of the mix. An accessory, like the roof rack and the Chacos.Apparently Sadie isn’t aware of her prescribed role in the family – or maybe she just doesn’t care. She still rises at dawn with me, but now when she sees me grab my sneakers, her big move is from the bedroom to the kitchen. After breakfast, she retires to the living room, where she settles beneath the ceiling fan and awaits my return. Now and then she wanders over to the door and looks out. Checks her bowl to see if some Alpo has magically appeared. Sometime mid-afternoon, she might mosey out to the front porch to see what’s going on in the neighborhood, then she returns inside, this time back to the bedroom for her afternoon siesta.Now don’t get me wrong – she’s not completely slothful. She does raise her head to glance at me as I enter or exit a room. And sometimes she even picks up a bone to gnaw on for a few minutes before slumber beckons again. But for the most part, she appears determined to conserve her energy and to get those much-needed twenty hours of beauty sleep. The pattern that began in May will no doubt continue through September, when cool breezes once again grace our home.As I prepare to go for what will undoubtedly be a sweatfest of a run in 90-degree heat, I take another look at Sadie. She does look awfully relaxed as she reclines on the cool tile of the kitchen floor. Maybe she’s onto something.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bo McDonaldQuick! Think fast—what is the first word that comes to mind when you see the following?Yes—Black—Hot—Salt—Cat—For 99.9% of you, your answers were No, White, Cold, Pepper, and Dog. What else could you choose?That’s the problem…associations such as our cat and your dog are often how credit union marketing (and, really, marketing in general) goes today. We take the most obvious angle for one of two reasons: It’s either safe or it’s easy. Or it is both. There’s really nothing wrong with either path; they’re just obvious, common and predictable.We can do cat & dog marketing in our sleep. It doesn’t cost much and it feels safe but it won’t make any waves.We need auto loans. So we whip out the stock photo of the lady with the pretty smile, dangling a set of keys out of a car window and we wait. continue reading »
LNG World News Staff US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal in Louisiana are picking up following the flooding in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey.Since vessel loadings resumed at Sabine Pass, currently the only such a facility to send US shale gas overseas, on September 6, five vessels with a carrying capacity of 18.1 Bcf have departed the terminal, according to the Energy Information Administration.One LNG vessel with a carrying capacity of 3.7 Bcf was loading at the terminal on September 13, EIA said in its weekly natural gas report.The Sabine Pass plant was not damaged and continued to produce LNG during Harvey, according to Cheniere, but the port was inaccessible to vessels for almost two weeks due to strong currents and high water levels.Cheniere started shipping cargoes from the Sabine Pass plant in February last year and since then it has exported more than 170 cargoes worldwide.The company is also building its second LNG export plant at Corpus Christi on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Share Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in 2011Conrad Murray, the former doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death, has been released from jail.The former cardiologist served less than two years of a four-year sentence after being convicted in November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter.Jail records confirmed Murray’s release and the sheriff’s office said he left a Los Angeles jail at 12:01 on Monday.Jackson died on 25 June 2009 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol from Murray.The singer had been out of the public eye for several years but was preparing for a series of comeback performances at the O2 arena in London and Murray was serving as his personal physician.Murray, 60, had been sentenced to serve four years behind bars, but a change in California law allowed his jail term to be significantly reduced.Licence revokedThe former doctor’s medical licences remain suspended or revoked in the US states where he previously practised medicine.According to ABC News, Murray’s legal team is filing petitions in Texas to have his medical licence reinstated.“He’s pretty confident that he’ll be able to practise medicine again somewhere,” Murray’s legal representative, Valerie Wass told the US broadcaster.Murray is also appealing against his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case.Murray previously maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas and complained on several occasions about conditions in jail following his conviction and before his sentencing.He was allowed to serve his entire sentence in a Los Angeles jail instead of a state prison due to a law which allowed nonviolent offenders to be moved to local prisons to limit overcrowding.”Dr Murray has not received any special treatment in jail and in fact has many less privileges than most inmates because of his notoriety,” Ms Wass said earlier this year.She said he was “very much looking forward to his release and getting on with his life”.According to ABC News, Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said the singer’s family hopes Murray “can never practise medicine again and will not violate his hypocratic oath and hurt another patient”.She filed a wrongful death suit against concert promoter AEG Live LLC in 2010, claiming that the company was negligent in hiring Murray to tend to her son.Earlier this month, the jury ruled in favour of AEG. It determined that Murray was not unfit or incompetent to serve as Jackson’s tour doctor.“That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical,” jury foreman Gregg Barden said of Murray after the AEG Live verdict.Murray told police he gave the pop star nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep but lacked the proper medical or monitoring equipment required to administer anaesthesia.BBC News Sharing is caring! Share EntertainmentHealthLifestyle Jackson doctor released from jail by: – October 28, 2013 Tweet 22 Views no discussions Share
NewsRegional Jamaican ambassador calls on US to improve policy alignment towards Caribbean by: – February 3, 2012 7 Views no discussions Tweet Audrey Marks. Photo credit: embassyofjamaica.orgWASHINGTON, USA — Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks has called on the US government to improve the alignment of the various aspects of US domestic and foreign policy targeted toward Jamaica and the Caribbean, in order to support development goals, and ensure that economic and social gains are not erased.She pointed out that “often, actions taken by the US in pursuance of one aspect of domestic or foreign policy, have unintended consequences for our countries and undermines the efforts of other US agencies to achieve the overall goal of a more secure third border with the Caribbean.”Marks made her comments on Wednesday as she testified on Capitol Hill before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics control hearing on US-Caribbean Security Cooperation.She told the US lawmakers that “if the Caribbean is truly a valued ‘third border’ of the United States, then the region must be treated with the same degree of economic considerations as the other two if there is to be an improvement in the existing security cooperation between the USA, Jamaica and the Caribbean as a whole. She said, “Jamaica believes that socio-economic development is the most critical pillar of the counter-narcotics, anti-crime strategy. Yet, for too long, scant attention has been paid to this pillar, which, despite our combined efforts amounting to millions of dollars and hundreds of expended human lives we have not been able to have the lasting effect that we desire.” Marks noted that “Jamaica’s vulnerability based on its geographical location and porous national borders remain a major challenge since the security measures implemented at both our controlled and uncontrolled ports and at our unprotected coastline are currently insufficient to deal with the various ingenious methods employed by traffickers.”The Jamaican envoy said to the US senators: “Our chief recommendation to you today, is to place social and economic development at the forefront of co-operation with the Caribbean in the area of security. Let us not ignore the umbilical relationship between an under-developed economy, social vacuums and narco-trafficking.”“I would suggest that Jamaica’s effectiveness as a partner in the fight against drug trafficking can only be sustained by a clear policy alignment for Jamaica’s socio-economic development. I ask that the US take steps to ensure that its positions in the IMF, World Bank and IADB, are consistent and are focused on supporting socio-economic development as an effective weapon in the fight against drug-trafficking,” Marks said. As an example, Marks pointed to the current threat to the nearly 70-year-old programme that provides US farmers with thousands of seasonal farm workers from Jamaica. She said, “While one department of the US Government is strongly recommending to the government of Jamaica the importance of ‘even’ seasonal employment as an alternative to the narcotics trade for unemployed young men – another US department has, through unilateral action, caused major harm to the programme. This has resulted in my government being severely hampered in carrying out our obligations to protect our nationals and to ensure their welfare and that of their families in Jamaica.”The ambassador further pointed to the “elimination of the tariff on imports of ethanol into the USA; with the bang of a gavel, the ethanol industry in Jamaica will collapse, and we will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in investment — an investment that was made based on the incentive of the USA 1981 Caribbean Basin Initiative”. She noted that “given that as much as 80 percent of all Jamaica’s exports to the USA have, at one point, been ethanol, it is clear that our economy will suffer another massive economic blow, which will further erode our gains in the area of security. The Jamaican ambassador emphasized that “fixing this problem of non-alignment of economic and security goals will not cost the USA any additional monetary expenditure.”The Jamaican government, she said, “applauds the US administration for its timely recognition of the responsibility of the USA as the major source of demand for narcotics trans-shipped through the Caribbean sub-region, and further appealed to American government and people to strengthen their commitment to controlling the demand that continues to fuel this trade which has so adversely affected many lives in this hemisphere of ours.Marks told the US lawmakers that her country welcomed the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) partnership between the USA and Caribbean Countries, which she said had definitely enhanced counter-narcotics cooperation.Marks was invited to testify before the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, by chairman Senator Dianne Feinstein and co chair Senator Charles Grassley to provide an assessment of the current security situation in Jamaica and to offer recommendations for enhanced US-Caribbean counternarcotics cooperation.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 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Press Association Hull have confirmed goalkeeper Mark Oxley has signed a new two-year deal with the club. Oxley has made one senior appearance for the Tigers, which came when he was introduced as a late substitute in the 3-1 npower Championship home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in January. He has had loan spells with Walsall, Grimsby and Burton since joining Hull from Rotherham as a teenager in 2008.