West African Gas Adds LPG Carrier Duo

first_imgzoom The West African Gas Ltd (WAGL) has taken delivery of two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in Ulsan, South Korea.Featuring 38,000 cbm, the new vessels, named MT Africa Gas and MT Sahara Gas, are expected to “ensure stability in the supply of LPG,” according to WAGL, a joint venture company of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Sahara Energy.With a length of 174 meters and a width of 30 meters, the new carriers have a marter value of around USD 40 million each, according to data provided by VesselsValue.“I am particularly delighted that the venture we started a few years ago has achieved this enviable milestone as we take delivery of these vessels,” Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, said.WAGL was established in March 2013 while the shipbuilding contract for the two 37,500 mt LPG carriers was entered into in May 2014.last_img read more

ICTSI Inks Deal to Operate Two Papua New Guinea Ports

first_imgzoom Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has signed two 25-year agreements to operate the international ports in Motukea and Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG).ICTSI said that the terminal operating agreements were signed by ICTSI’s PNG subsidiaries, Motukea International Terminal Limited (MITL) and South Pacific International Container Terminal Limited (SPICTL), with the PNG state-owned enterprise, PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL).The contract scope covers the operation, management, and development of the two ports.As agreed, MITL shall provide and deploy cranes, berth and yard equipment for the Port of Motukea. Newly developed and situated near Port Moresby, the Port of Motukea is envisioned to service all port and shipping activities previously done at Port Moresby.On the other hand, SPICTL shall provide and deploy cranes, berth and yard equipment at the Port of Lae. The port is the largest container handling facility in PNG.Just last week, ICTSI went on to buy a 34.83% stake in the Manila North Harbour Port Incorporated (MNHPI) for USD 34.5 million.The port operator said the purchase would allow ICTSI to “contribute its experience, expertise and state-of the-art technology and infrastructure” to enhance the operational efficiency of the domestic terminal in the Port of Manila and improve the traffic condition in Metro Manila.last_img read more

Kahnawake immersion schools future at stake – launches online fundraiser

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsKarihwanoron means ‘precious words’ in Mohawk.It’s also the name of a unique school in Kahnawake.A school that is struggling to stay open.drochette@aptn.calast_img

UN unrivalled for its ability to bring nations together to solve key

9 October 2009The recent series of high-level events at United Nations Headquarters on issues including climate change, disarmament and food security shows that no other multilateral organization has the same capacity as the UN to bring together countries to resolve key issues, a top official with the world body said today. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said “the United Nations was the talk of the town everywhere in the world” during the week of the high-level segment of the General Assembly’s annual debate.In an interview with the UN News Centre, he said the climate change summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council meeting on disarmament and the high-level gathering on food security all led to “outcomes that will have important implications for the work of the UN and the world.“Those high-level events attracted the attention of the media and the world public, and I believe that a whole range of issues and priorities of the United Nations received the needed attention of the world.”Mr. Akasaka said “this year showed the important convening power of the United Nations, because you saw Mr. [Barack] Obama [of the United States] come to the UN for the first time, Mr. Hu Jintao of China come to the UN for the first time, Mr. [Dmitri] Medvedev from Russia for the first time, and [Yukio] Hatoyama [of Japan]. All the important leaders were here in New York to attend the high-level events. There is no other organization like the UN to be able to do that.”The Under-Secretary-General singled out the climate change summit, which attracted more than 100 heads of State or government, making it the largest ever high-level gathering on the issue, as an extraordinary example of the UN’s pulling power.He said the summit had played a critical role in both raising awareness about climate change issues and in bringing world leaders together to spur negotiations ahead of the global talks scheduled for Copenhagen in December.“One example of the momentum on the issue is the announcement by the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Hatoyama, to announce his country’s proposal to reduce, by 2020, its greenhouse gases by 25 per cent.“That is a very big step forward to promote the negotiations and it is expected that that sort of bold initiative will encourage other major emitters or economies to do the same. As the negotiations are coming to the very final stage, that high-level event surely has played an important part in pushing forward the negotiations.”Mr. Akasaka said the Security Council meeting on disarmament, chaired by Mr. Obama, helped build growing momentum on non-proliferation issues.“There was general agreement on the need to ratify the CTBT – the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty – and also to make important progress before the review of the NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty], due to take place in May next year.But he warned that, despite the remarks from some world leaders during the General Assembly’s high-level segment that “green shoots” of economic recovery are appearing, millions of people worldwide are slipping further as the financial crisis continues to retard development.“We need more concerted efforts on the part of the international community in fulfilling its commitments on official development assistance (ODA), as well as other important areas to promote the flow of resources from developed countries into developing countries, including trade, foreign direct investment and remittances.“The developing countries are currently finding it more difficult to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of the financial and economic crisis, particularly in sub-Saharan countries,” he added. “We need to do more in addressing the goals of reducing maternal mortality, ensuring the universal education for children, further progress in addressing the public health problems, including malaria control.” read more

Former player returns as coach to build Brock womens rugby legacy

Stefanie Pavlovich bleeds Badger red.In her first two seasons as head coach of the Brock women’s rugby team, the former CIS All-Canadian has built a strong program at her alma mater, leading the Badgers into the playoffs and putting them in a position to make history.After going 2-2 and losing in the first round of the playoffs last year, Brock went 4-0 this season, scoring a province-leading 352 points, and will open the playoffs Friday night on the road against the York Lions.On the line is a trip to the Ontario University Athletics Final Four, where the Badgers women’s rugby team hasn’t been since 2005. Pavlovich was a standout player at the time, and she helped lead Brock to bronze, the first and only medal in the team’s history.Repeating that mark will be a challenge, but Pavlovich believes her team has the talent it needs for a legitimate shot at an OUA medal, and a trip to the nationals for the first time.A native of Stoney Creek, Pavlovich was a standout fullback in high school and club rugby. When she arrived at Brock in the fall of 2005, she made an immediate impact on the field, and in the classroom.She finished her career as a two-time OUA All-Star and CIS First Team All-Canadian. She was also a three-time Academic All-Canadian, graduating from Brock with three degrees (BEd ’10, BPhEd ’10, MEd ’11).Taking over the reigns as head coach in 2016, she changed the culture of the program, focusing on dedication and commitment to athletic and academic success, as well as off-season training and a family atmosphere.“The main focus of our culture change is all about being committed and having a positive mindset,” said Pavlovich. “And that’s not just the expectation of the student-athletes, it is what we model as coaches. These girls know that we are committed to their overall well-being both on and off the rugby pitch, and they have to be committed as well.“They have to believe that they are worthy of doing great things. We believe in them and know that they are highly capable of being successful.”Pavlovich said she has surrounded herself with coaches who bring out the best in everyone.“While the expectation is to perform at the highest-possible level, our team culture is all about family and everything that we do is based on what is best for our rugby family,” she said. “We want to empower these young ladies and provide them with as many opportunities as possible. That is a key piece to our family culture.”Expanding the family has been key to the Badgers’ success.The 2017 roster includes nine key returnees led by OUA leading scorer Meagan Hart, along with five rookies.Pavlovich recruited two of the top young players on the National Team radar in Jenna Rainville and Taylour Hurd, who have both played key roles in the Badgers’ success.“We held a recruit day in March to show a lot of these young ladies what it would be like to be a Brock Badger,” she said. “We told them they had an opportunity to be a catalyst for the Brock women’s rugby program, and if they wanted to put in the work, they could really help turn the program around.”That recruiting effort, along with a year-long training plan led by the Brock Sport Performance Centre, will continue into the future.“In three seasons from now we want to be one of the top teams in the OUA,” said Pavlovich. “Each year our goal is to go one step further, and if we continue to recruit high-calibre athletes that want to buy into our system, then I am confident we can get there.”With Pavlovich at the helm, the future of Brock women’s rugby looks bright. The Badgers will only graduate three players, and recruiting has already started for 2018. read more

BRAZILIAN NATIONAL FINAL Supergasbras VS Metodista for the trophy

← Previous Story BALTIC HANDBALL LEAGUE: SKA Minsk on the top! Next Story → Jakobsen to take Mads Larsen Mensah to RNL? BrasilbrazilBrazilian handballhandebol Supergasbras and Metodista are the finalists of the Brazilian female Championship 2013. Both teams made important victories over their rivals in the semi-finals battles. Medodista are looking for eight consecutive national title in a row, while Supergasbras would like to take the first trophy.SEMI-FINAL RESULTS:Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia (SC) 26 x 22 Santo André (SP)Metodista/São Bernardo (SP) 35 x 25 Blumenau/FURB (SC)Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia (SC) 23 x 20 Santo André (SP)Metodista/São Bernardo (SP) 22 x 19 Blumenau/FURB (SC)Both teams have members of Brazilian NT squad who prepares for the World Championshiop 2013 in Serbia ( Amanda Andrade, do Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia (SC) – Deborah Hannah, Metodista/São Bernardo (SP)PHOTO: http://www.brasilhandebol.com.br read more

Men escape after armed robbery at Dublin business park

first_imgONE EMPLOYEE AT Rosemount Business Park was injured during an armed robbery on the premises this morning, Gardaí have told TheJournal.ie.His injuries were minor and he did not receive hospital treatment.Three or four men made their escape with a substantial amount of cash following the raid. Investigating gardaí believe they left the scene in a silver Ford Mondeo with a partial registration number 10-D and a blue scrambler-type motorbike. The suspects drove towards the Ballycoolin Road.They had entered the campus at about 9.30am, carrying what was believed to be a sawn-off shot gun and a knife.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667032, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

The most controversial moments in Call of Duty history

first_imgIt’s said that there’s no such thing as bad press. People by nature are curious, especially when it’s something that we deem shocking; you’ve seen how quickly traffic slows at the sight of a car crash. The press is no different — same rubberneckers, different medium. Because what help sells a product better than a little controversy?The Call of Duty franchise has had its fair share of press coverage, both good and bad. Journalists and video game critics know it’s a high-profile game that is sure to drive traffic numbers on a yearly rotation. Since Infinity Ward spiced up the series by giving it a modern backdrop rather than continuing the same World War II period piece, developers and marketing departments have had to up the ante. And since CoD 4: Modern Warfare most developers have been achieving that by upping the violence. Creative directors call it pushing the envelope of the medium, others call it blatant shock tactics. Either way the Call of Duty community has seen a increase in violence and “Oh Sh**!” moments escalate with each installation of the franchise.One can only wonder what Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which brings us to an unknown future, will do to up the stakes, and how the community (both fans and outsiders) will react. Below is a list of former in-game atrocities committed, and the community’s reaction.Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareBringing the series into the modern time has been, to date, the most innovative move the franchise has made. This move gave gameplay designers a broader range of antagonists to create (as in, other than Nazis), and more weapons at your disposal. Namely there was the nuclear bomb, which was used in one mission. After narrowly escaping insurgents, your character seems to be out of the fire when suddenly your helicopter is forced out of the sky. As your character crawls from the wreckage, you see the devastating aftershock and unmistakable mushroom cloud that took most players aback. Talking about nuclear warfare alone is a controversial issue, and most players saw this as a great, yet shocking, twist.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2“No Russian” was an in-game mission that hit the news stream hard. Your character walked through an airport with a group of Russian terrorists who were mowing down civilians. The only saving grace of this shocking scene, for most people, was that shooting unarmed people was optional. The internet was abuzz with players and parents questioning the value of this mission and why it wasn’t just left out, even though the the mission was optional.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3MW3’s London bombing took the idea of “pushing the envelope” to a new level, it not only involved civilians, but a child. Users played the family man holding a video camera as his wife and child walked along the streets of Paris on vacation. Only to suffer seeing this joyous moment turn to horror as an explosion engulfs both of them, dying shortly after. After the outcry, creative director, Bret Robbins, said the intention was to push the envelope. Game critics and community members alike saw it more as violence without depth, or violence for the sake of violence.Call of Duty: Black OpsThe “Bay of Pigs” mission, where players go on that infamous 1961 attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro (only this time you actually succeed in assassinating him), was not taken well by the Cuban State. Cubadebate, a state-run news site, had some words for Americans in a posting saying, “What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually.” The article went on to call the game “perverse.” Granted, I’m sure Americans wouldn’t react too kindly towards a Reagan assassination sim.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?Already Black Ops 2 is marketing itself as something apart from its peers — a deeper story with conflicts that are driving our world economy today. Perhaps this latest installation will stand above gratuitous violence an aim for something with a deeper meaning, but that judgement will have to wait until November 13th when the game launches for Xbox 360 and PS3. For now it’s all just speculation.Any thing we miss? Any moments that pushed your buttons in the wrong way? Leave a comment below.last_img read more

Catfish Directors Set to Write and Direct Mega Man Movie

first_img The Marvel Universe done in the style of MegamanStreet Fighter IV characters reimagined as MegaMan sprites Stay on target There are no signs of a new Mega Man game on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s favorite blue robot is out of the limelight. Next year will see the debut of a Mega Man animated series on the Cartoon Network. There is even going to be a new Mega Man Legacy Collection. Now, we hear news that Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in final negotiations to write and direct a Mega Man movie for Fox and Chernin Entertainment.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chernin Entertainment is producing the movie with Masi Oka, who you may know as Hiro from NBC’s Heroes. Other than that, there is no additional information about the film.The biggest question here is whether this would be a live action movie or if it will be computer generated. A Pixar-ish Mega Man film seems to make the most sense, but it’s possible the whole thing could be live action with a ton of visual effects. It’s hard to say which way the producers will go, but I think it would be a smart idea to just make this a CG film so that it can retain the look and feel of the Mega Man series.In most Mega Man games, the titular hero fights against the robot armies of Doctor Wily. The film could easily go down this route. However, there is also the possibility the movie could be based on the Mega Man X series. It’s also possible it could be a big mish-mash of everything Mega Man. Considering how many Mega Man games have been released over the decades, it shouldn’t be hard to find stories to draw inspiration from.With any luck, we’ll hear more about the Mega Man movie soon. In the meantime, we can look forward to playing Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 which is set to release next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett to perform Ronda Rouseys

first_img Twitter Joan Jett’s New Documentary Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following confirming that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett will her hit song “Bad Reputation” for RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey’s entrance at WrestleMania 35 in two weeks at Metlife Stadium.Rock icon Joan Jett to perform at WrestleManiaSTAMFORD, Conn., March 26, 2019 – WWE today announced that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett will perform at WrestleMania on Sunday, April 7, in front of a capacity crowd at MetLife Stadium and streaming live on WWE Network around the world. Jett will play her hit song “Bad Reputation” as WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey makes her entrance to the ring to defend her title in a Triple Threat Match against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.“The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Joan Jett, is a music legend and icon for powerful women everywhere,” said Neil Lawi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WWE Music Group. “Her performance at this year’s WrestleMania promises to be both exhilarating and inspiring, and we are honored to watch her join a distinct list of extraordinary performers who have lit up the WWE stage.”Jett will join the likes of renowned artists such as Motörhead, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Kid Rock, Diddy, Machine Gun Kelly, Skylar Grey, Travis Barker, and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Run-DMC who have performed at WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza.Joan Jett is a founding member of the Runaways, a rock band that paved the way for female artists to enter the male-dominated arena of rock music. After five albums, Jett would take her career to even greater heights when she launched Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with hits such as “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” A feminist icon for more than 40 years, Joan Jett took her rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted in 2015.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey Batista talks about AEW not being legitimate competition, tripping during WrestleMania entrance Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 Joan Jett Wants Equality For Women In Music Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Hughton reserves special praise for Solanke

first_imgBrighton boss Chris Hughton praised the capture of England’s young forward Dominic Solanke as a decent signing for BournemouthThe Seagulls boss while also clarified his team were never interested in signing the ex-Liverpool man.“He was a player that was linked with us, but that was all,”  Hughton told Sky.“I can’t say I don’t know the player, because this is our game, he’s an exceptional young good talent.“Any player of that age and quality we’re aware of. But it was just speculation, nothing more.“Having said that, Bournemouth have got a real exceptional talent, and I’m sure he’ll be great for them.BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“I’m really delighted to go through; we’ve got a tough period coming up but I would rather be in the next round than not.“We didn’t start the game too well, we had some problems early on and we probably were 2-0 up against the run of play.“But we managed the game well in the second half and it’s a great result for us.”Delighted to put pen to paper with @afcbournemouth . Really looking forward to start working with some great players and a great manager. Exciting times ahead!😆🍒 pic.twitter.com/PKWqwBMtlx— Dom Solanke (@DomSolanke) January 4, 2019last_img read more

Bullitt on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum

first_img“Bullitt” on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum November 5, 2018 Posted: November 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Car enthusiasts from around the world have a rare opportunity to view up-close the original “Bullitt.”The 1968 Fastback Mustang, driven in the movie by actor Steve McQueen, is on display here in San Diego.KUSI’s Dave Scott joined us live from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Monday afternoon with more. Dave Scott last_img read more

Finance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic

first_imgFinance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic growth1.7K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Finance Secretary highlights need to instill confidence in investors to boost economic growth1.7K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Secretary, Arvind Mayaram, on Tuesday laid emphasis on the need to boost investors’ confidence to bring the country back on the path of growth and to spur economic expansion to its potential level. India will likely raise the foreign investment limit in government debt soon, as almost all the allocation has already been taken up as overseas buyers pile into the country’s financial markets. The finance ministry will decide on the matter after consultations with the Reserve Bank of India and capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mayaram said he is hopeful that the government would take adequate steps to boost overall growth rate.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Secretary, Arvind Mayaram, on Tuesday laid emphasis on the need to boost investors’ confidence to bring the country back on the path of growth and to spur economic expansion to its potential level. India will likely raise the foreign investment limit in government debt soon, as almost all the allocation has already been taken up as overseas buyers pile into the country’s financial markets. The finance ministry will decide on the matter after consultations with the Reserve Bank of India and capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mayaram said he is hopeful that the government would take adequate steps to boost overall growth rate.last_img read more

Voting in 2 Sylhet suspended centres 11 Aug

first_imgSylhet City Corporation LogoThe voting of two centres which were suspended due to massive rigging and irregularities, will be held on 11 August, reports UNB.Deputy secretary of Election Commission (EC) Farhad Hossain confirmed the matter and said the returning officer of Sylhet has been already directed after finalising the date.The suspended two centres are – Shah Gazi Syed Borhanuddin Madrasa with 2,221 voters and Habinandi Government Primary School with 2566 voters.Earlier on 30 July, Sylhet City Corporations (SCC) election was held at 134 centres while voting of two centres was suspended amid rigging, ouster of polling agents and other irregularities.BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury bagged 90,496 votes in 132 centers out of total 134 while AL’s Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran got 85,870 votes.Barishal and Rajshahi city corporation elections were also held on 30 July.Awami League mayoral candidates were declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls while the announcement of the results was postponed in Sylhet as the number of votes in two centres where voting was suspended is higher than the difference between the two leading candidates’ tallies.last_img read more

Healthcare Enrollment at Asbury UMC Annapolis

first_imgAsbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis invited certified navigators from Chatman to give a day long Obama Care enroll-a-thon at the church one recent Saturday. Church leaders, Yolanda Perry and Rhonda Green planned the enrollment event saying, “Our church’s mission is to serve the last, the least, and the lost,” so this Affordable Care Act enrollment event is a perfect collaboration for the church. Perry originally met Certified Navigator Bianca Harsley at the Severna Park Library, where Harsley told her Chatman had been charged with reaching the uninsured, educating them and enrolling them into Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans. She explained Chatman’s partnership with Healthcare Access Maryland, the Central Region Connecter Entity for the Maryland Health Connection and asked whether or not Asbury would hold an enrollment event. Perry said the church provides free lunch several days per week, including Wednesdays and Saturdays. They agreed a Saturday during the free lunch period would be the perfect time to hold the enrollment event. They were right. Many homeless persons came in for lunch and were enrolled into Medicaid right on the spot. Chatman president, Priscilla Chatman, said she was so pleased that they were able to enroll seven consumers within just a couple of hours and many enrollment appointments were made as well. It was most poignant when the church’s custodial engineer, Franklin Johnson, finished setting up the tables and chairs for lunch; he then walked over to Harsley and asked her to enroll him into a Qualified Health Plan. The church like any small business cannot afford to offer health insurance to its part time employees so Johnson did not have health coverage. Harsley enrolled him on the spot. Both he and the pastor, the Rev Dr. Carletta Allen, were so relieved that he now has health insurance. Johnson said, “I look forward to going to see a doctor. A big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I am at peace now!” Rev. Allen said, “it is also a great relief for me now that Mr. Johnson has quality health insurance.“ Navigators provide a free service to the community, educating consumers and enrolling them into affordable and in some cases free health plans. But navigators don’t just enroll; they listen to life stories and gain a level of trust in the time it takes to complete an application. Those who need health insurance come in all forms with different stories and backgrounds. This was apparent in the persons who came to Asbury to enroll. Not only were there the homeless who came for the free lunch and enrolled into Medicaid, but also two church members who had lost good jobs and employer-paid insurance sat down to enroll. The need for insurance crosses all communities. So Asbury UMC and Chatman will hold another enrollment event on March 22. Rev. Allen said the church is hosting these enrollment events because, “This is my service; this is my sermon.” The deadline for enrollment is March 31. Bianca Harsley is stationed at Asbury UMC every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact her at 443.962.5295 to enroll or for more information.last_img read more

The Pink Car for Women in the 1950s

first_imgIn a bid to meet the growing demand of women interested in the automobile industry, American automobile manufacturer Chrysler rolled out the first car specifically designed for and marketed to the female market, in 1955 and 1956. Named the Dodge La Femme, this sassy car sported a Heather Rose and Sapphire White two-tone exterior and came complete with a matching set of accessories that, Chrysler hoped, every girl-about-town would want to be seen with.Dodge La FemmeTouted in the marketing brochure as “America’s most Glamorous Car — Designed With the Ladies in Mind,” according to Fashion, Design and Events edited by Kim Williams, the first car designed for the “modern American woman” might also be seen as a reflection of societal attitudes and the prevalent gender inequality of the era.In his book Dodge 100 Years, Matt DeLorenzo explains that the inspiration for the La Femme came from Chrysler’s 1954 his-and-hers show cars: Le Comte and La Comtesse.1956 Dodge La Femme. Photo by CZmarlin CC BY-SA 3.0The manufacturer was encouraged to improve on the La Comtesse concept by great reviews from would-be buyers, which gave birth to the Dodge La Femme.According to Aftermarket Business, “Mrs. Jetson”-style push-button driving was introduced in the 1956 La Femme, in the shape of Chrysler’s futuristic two-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission. Decades ahead of modern push button-start-cars, it was controlled from a box mounted to the left of the steering wheel. This feature was marketed as “The Magic Touch of Tomorrow.”1956 Dodge La Femme – dashboard. Photo by CZmarlin CC BY-SA 3.0Upholstered in pink rosebud tapestry with pale pink vinyl trim, the 1955 La Femme came with a unique calfskin purse that fitted neatly into a special storage bin in the rear of the passenger seat.Both the purse and its contents — a powder compact, lipstick case, coin purse, comb, cigarette case and cigarette lighter — were designed by Evans of Chicago. This perk was not, however, offered with the 1956 version.Gold-colored ‘La Femme’ fender script. Photo by CZmarlin CC BY-SA 3.0Also, stowed in a similar built-in compartment on the driver’s seatback, was a raincoat, rain hat and umbrella — all, of course, in rosebud pink to match the car’s interior.1956 La Femme interior. Photo by CZmarlin — Christopher Ziemnowicz CC BY-SA 3.0The La Femme model was a special edition Dodge Custom Royal Lancer which could be purchased as a unique add-on package for an extra $143. The showroom brochure proclaimed the car was made “By Special Appointment to Her Majesty… the American Woman.”Chrysler chose not to continue production of this unique car the following year and the La Femme has since been forgotten in automobile history.1955 Dodge La Femme accessories. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC BY 2.0The exact number of La Femme packages to be manufactured is difficult to determine, although estimates suggest that no more than 2,500 left the showroom. There are at least 60 known surviving examples.1955 Dodge La Femme accessories. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC BY 2.0The bottom line is the Dodge La Femme wasn’t a hit compared to preceding models and didn’t sell much. Some believe that the market strategy employed by the manufacturer was the reason for the terrible sales, as they made use of cheap three-fold single-sheet pamphlets to advertise the car rather than shiny demonstration models.Read another story from us: Bentley Car with Unique History Sells for Nearly Half a Million Pounds at AuctionPerhaps it was simply that most Americans households were not aware of its production at the time. Aside from Popular Mechanic’s July 1955 article “Dodge’s LaFemme is First Automobile with a Gender,” there was little advertisement through print, radio or television.last_img read more

WATCH Jeff Sessions stutters when faced with questions by a gay congressperson

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Fact check: What is Mike Pence’s record on LGBT rights?Trump-backed Senate candidate has praised Russia’s gay propaganda lawUS government sets up task force to protect religious libertyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-jeff-sessions-stutters-faced-questions-gay-congressperson/ ‘Yes,’ Sessions responds hesitantly.‘What that means, under your interpretation, is that an employee of FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] could refuse to provide disaster assistance to an unmarried couple who lived together based on the employee’s religious belief that men and women should not cohabitate before marriage?’‘I don’t believe it should be interpreted that way… the policy document, we didn’t write it,’ Sessions backtracks before being cut off by Cicilline.‘This is a yes or no,’ Cicilline says. ‘Would the guidance you provided permit a HUD [Housing and Urban Development]-funded shelter to refuse to house an unmarried pregnant woman based on the grant recipient’s belief that sex before marriage is a sin? Yes or no.’Sessions stutters again. ‘First… I don’t think so, number one, under the guidance. But also the guidance does not repeal established laws that are in place, and it was written, that guidance was, to clarify established…’Back to the Russia convoCicilline cuts off Sessions’ non-answer response again, and returns to the issue of George Papadopoulos, a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel during Trump’s campaign.‘In your October 18th testimony, you proport to have “forgotten” this conversation by Mr. Papadopoulos about Russia that you put an end to. You said you weren’t being dishonest, you weren’t being impulsive, you simply forgot it. Do you remember that testimony?’‘Something like that,’ Sessions replies.‘When did you remember the remarks of Mr. Papadopoulos? When did that memory come back to you?’‘When it was revealed in the press,’ Sessions replied, hesitating.‘Mr. Sessions, you are a senior campaign official and a member of the national security team. Did you ever exchange any email, text message, or any other communication to or from Mr. Papadopoulos? About Russia? Or any other subject?’And yet again, Sessions has Cicilline repeat the question.‘I do not believe so,’ Sessions stutters. ‘I… I… I’m confident I didn’t.’‘Did anyone ever forward you a communication from Mr. Papadopoulos?’ Cicilline asks.‘I don’t recall it.’‘Did anyone from the campaign ever communicate with you about Mr. Papadopoulos?’‘I can’t say that there were no conversations about him before or after this event… I don’t have a specific recollection, Mr. Chairman.’It was then that Rep. Cicilline entered into the records proof of the Trump campaigns antitrust plans as well as nine letters directed to Sessions which he ignored.Watch Cicilline’s full takedown of Sessions below:[embedded content]See what other Democratic congresspeople had to say to Sessions here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been deeply criticized for his racist, sexist, and anti-LGBTI policies.On Tuesday, 14 November, Sessions faced the House Judiciary Committee for almost five hours to address his repeated lies about communication with Russian officials. GAYSTARNEWS- While the Republicans, who are mostly straight, white, cisgender men, unsurprisingly went easy on Sessions, the Democrats provided the aggressive questioning.Democratic House members who were female, people of color, Jewish, and LGBTI questioned Sessions’ lies as well as his antiquated views on everything from race relations to health care.One of the most serious lines of questioning came from Rhode Island representative David Cicilline, who is gay.Representative Cicilline’s grilling of Jeff Sessions‘My first question is has any White House employee or official, including the president, contacted the Justice Department regarding the AT&T-Time Warner transaction or any other transaction?’ Cicilline asked, referring to the merging of AT&T and Time Warner which could violate antitrust laws.‘I’m not able to comment on conversations or communications the Department of Justice has with top people at the White House,’ Sessions responded.‘Mr. Chairman, I ask that the witness be directed to answer the question. Either you’re invoking the Fifth Amendment or you’re invoking Executive Privilege. You can’t just decline to answer because it’s uncomfortable,’ Cicilline stated.When Sessions still declined to answer, Cicilline asked another question, this time about the Foreign Agents Registration Act. This act requires people acting on behalf of foreign agencies to publicly and periodically disclose their relationship.‘You think it’s good policy? You enforce it?’ Cicilline asked. Sessions responded affirmatively.‘In addition to Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, have any other Trump campaign advisors or senior administration officials lobbied for foreign governments without disclosing it under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?’‘I’m not able to comment on that,’ Sessions replied.‘Why not?’ asked Cicilline.Sessions stutters, and then asks Cicilline to repeat the question in case he ‘misunderstood it.’Cicilline repeated himself, only for Sessions to state that the question should ‘really be directed at Mr. Mueller.’Religious Liberty guidelinesAgain, moving on, Cicilline then asks a question about the guidelines of religious liberty protections under federal law. This is something that widely affects LGBTI people, who are often discriminated against under the guise of religious freedom.‘On October 6th, the Department of Justice… actually, you, on behalf of the Department of Justice, issued a 25 page memo to all federal agencies purporting to provide guidance on religious liberty protections under federal law. In the guidance, you indicate that an exemption or accommodation for religious organizations from anti-discrimination law might be required even where Congress has not expressly exempted religious organizations. You remember that, right?’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Costa Rica is officially going after the lionfish

first_imgThe Southern Caribbean Artisanal Fishermen’s Association on Monday presented officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry a plan to reduce the population oflionfish (Pterois), an invasive species that threatens Costa Rica’s fish and shellfish populations.The plan, aptly named the “Protocol for the Capture, Extraction and Disposal of Lionfish,” outlines strategies for capture and consumption of the venomous invasive species.Agriculture Ministry experts say the arrival in Costa Rica of lionfish in 2009 coincided with a dramatic decline of up to 80 percent in fish – mostly snapper – shrimp and lobster populations in the Southern Caribbean region.Vice Minister of Waters Fernando Mora on Monday said officials hope the program will convert the threat into a success story that not only generates an alternative source of income but also contributes to the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Caribbean.Some of the plan’s strategies started last year when the Environment Ministry began placing fishing nets and conducting regular inspections to collect the catch. Officials also began promoting lionfish capture among residents.Carlos Espinoza, a representative of the Trichechus Foundation and one of the plan’s authors, explained that the nets have a special structure and use a type of bait that mostly attracts lionfish.The plan also promotes conducting diving fishing tournaments and promotional campaigns to increase consumption of lionfish. The next tournament will be held in September.Government agencies also will be offering special subsidies for fishermen who catch the species and will provide them with support for marketing their catch.The species is considered invasive as it comes from the Indo-Pacific waters. The main problem is their ravenous appetite that can cause a significant imbalance in sea ecosystems but also an economic impact for local economies that rely on fishing. The problem even can affect tourism – a sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties.The largest of lionfish can grow up to 15 inches in length, but the average is closer to 1 foot. However, they are able to eat up to two fish per minute and wipe out 80 percent of native reef species within five weeks of moving to a new territory. A single female lionfish can spawn over 2 million eggs per year.The new plan includes the creation of a database with information about the biology of the fish, and data collected by fishermen about the fish’s areas of expansion and the depths at which they reproduce.Héctor McDonald, president of the Southern Caribbean Artisanal Fishermen’s Association, said he hopes the effort will serve other countries in the Caribbean region. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica battles invasive species with lionfish consumption campaign The lionfish hunters Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans? New government lionfish commission to take on invasive specieslast_img read more

AP PHOTOS World Refugee Day shows global plight

first_img Check your body, save your life New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   (AP) – From Myanmar to Pakistan to Bangladesh and beyond, some 15.2 million people live as refugees, many for decades or more. Nearly half are children under the age of 18.The United Nations established June 20 as World Refugee Day to highlight the plight of these millions driven from their countries by natural or man-made disasters.A Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal was set up in 1960; one in Bangladesh that houses Muslims who fled Myanmar has been in operation since 1992. Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories The problems of refugees do not end when they return home. Re-integrating into a changed society poses its own challenges.Here is a gallery of photos of refugees from around the world.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more