U.S. Forces to Stay Near Haiti Through Hurricane Season

first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2010 The American military’s role in Haiti will decrease substantially after May, but the United States will maintain a scaled-down presence in the area through hurricane season, a top military commander said. Some 500 soldiers will begin a five-month exercise in Haiti starting in June, and the USS Iwo Jima will be available to provide aid should disaster again strike the island nation, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser told reporters. About 1,000 U.S. troops will operate in and around Haiti through May, after which some 500 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard will deploy to Haiti for an exercise focused on helping to rebuild a country recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck in January. Haiti has been the focus of expansive international relief efforts in the wake of what is considered one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. A crippling Jan. 12 earthquake killed an estimated 250,000 people and displaced more than a million inhabitants. At the height of the U.S. military effort there, some 22,000 forces were deployed in or around Haiti, including 7,000 land-based troops, with the remainder operating aboard 58 aircraft and 15 nearby vessels. Fraser said this response represented an ad hoc effort, not the result of contingency planning crafted before the earthquake — the first to strike Haiti since 1860. “We did not have a plan on [the] shelf,” he said. But from June through November — regarded as the Atlantic hurricane season — the USS Iwo Jima, a large-deck amphibious ship, will provide medical support at locales around the Caribbean – venturing no farther than a two-day sail from Haiti. “We’ve started that practice of having a large ship in the region to be able to respond to a concern in hurricane season during that time period,” Fraser said, “allowing us to be able to respond accordingly.” As the number of U.S. forces in Haiti reduces in June, Southcom will transition to a more “traditional role” in its support to Haiti, Fraser said. The Louisiana National Guard exercise, known as “New Horizons,” will entail a $2 million series of projects to construct or rebuild Haitian schools and other infrastructure and to help Haitians prepare for possible future natural disasters, officials said.last_img read more

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East Meadow Armed Robbery ‘Likely’ Related to Crime Spree, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An armed robbery in East Meadow early Wednesday morning is “likely” related to a string of similar crimes that have occurred in Nassau County over the last two months, including one case in which a clerk was murdered, Nassau County police said.Dep. Insp. Kenneth Lack, the police department’s chief spokesman, said detectives are investigating the robbery at a Sunoco gas station on Hempstead Turnpike at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, which he said is likely related to nine similar incidents since Dec. 20. The same suspect is believed to be responsible for the slaying of a 58-year-old gas station attendant in Jericho on Jan. 28.In the latest incident, police said a male entered the gas station at 2475 Hempstead Turnpike and approached two employees, demanding cash while threatening the pair with a black handgun. The suspect fled on foot after obtaining an unknown amount of cash, police said. No customers were inside the gas station at the time of the robbery, police said.A description of the suspect was not provided. But the suspect in the string of armed robberies has been described as a black man between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall, with a thin build, wearing all black Nike clothing, a black mask, black gloves, black Nike sneakers with red laces and armed with either a black or a silver revolver.“This subject has demonstrated that he is very violent, or can be very violent,” acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said during a press conference last week. The investigation, he added, “is one of the highest priorities of this department at this time.”Two days prior to the press conference, the same suspect robbed a Shell gas station in Jericho on Feb. 8.Police have yet to say if anything was taken during the homicide in Jericho.Aside from cash, the assailant has also robbed several businesses for cigarettes. All but two of armed robberies believed to be linked occurred at gas stations. The suspect twice robbed a Hicksville 7-Eleven store in the span of five days.The string of crimes has sparked a massive manhunt. Krumpter said last week that both the robbery and homicide squads, plus the Major Case Bureau and Bureau of Special Operations are investigating the incidents.last_img read more

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Everything the Cast Has Said About HBO Max Special

first_imgThe reunion will include all six cast members, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Kauffman, 63, and cocreator David Krane. This will be the first time the entire cast is back together on screen since the show wrapped. The special is still set to film on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, the same stage the sitcom was filmed for 10 years.“Guess you could call this ‘The One Where They Get Back Together,’” HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement in February. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”The show, which consisted of 236 episodes between its 1994 premiere and 2004 finale, has become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The comedy was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards (four wins), 10 Golden Globe Awards (one win), 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards (two wins) and 11 People’s Choice Awards (11 wins).- Advertisement – They were on a break — but it will soon be over. The highly anticipated Friends reunion special, which was originally set to be released in May when HBO Max debuted, has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the cast seems to be just as excited about stepping onto the stage together as the fans are.“We are hoping to be able to shoot in August if all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” cocreator Marta Kauffman told The Wrap in June. However, in August, the streamer delayed the production again, pushing filming back to the fall at the earliest.- Advertisement – Although many details about the special have yet to be announced, the cast has spoken out about it many times since the news broke. Scroll through the gallery below to see everything they’ve said about the upcoming special.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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What you can buy for Brisbane’s median home price right now

first_imgThis three-bedroom house at 3 Seabrook St, Kedron, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN UNIT PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S NORTH 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car$395,000 28 Orana Street, Carina This two-bedroom unit at 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S SOUTH 3 Seabrook Street, Kedron This two-bedroom cottage at 28 Orana St, Carina, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN UNIT PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S SOUTH This two-bedroom unit at 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median unit price.“There are options to improve these abodes with a little renovation work too, so that’san attractive equity-add for those handy with a hammer.”When it comes to units, the valuer suggests looking for resales of modernapartments with two bedrooms and two bathrooms — especially investors hoping to jag good tenants. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroomOffers over $500,000 This three-bedroom house at 3 Seabrook St, Kedron, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median house price.North of the river, the report recommends checking out houses in Chermside, Nundah, Kedron and Stafford Heights, where original-condition, post-war homes through to 1980s-era dwellings are available for around the median house price.“This is a pretty handy investment and owner-occupier zone, as there’s terrific potentialif you can be positioned close to transport options and essential services,” the report said.center_img This unit at 18/51 Daniells St, Carina, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median unit price.On the south side of town, Holland Park, Annerley, Carina and Carina Heights have the best buys in Brisbane’s median price range.“You will need to find a little more cash to open up your options — a touch north of $550,000 would be handy — but the established market is open to you,” the report said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThis two-bedroom cottage at 28 Orana St, Carina, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median house price.BEST MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S NORTH 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside 18/51 Daniells St, Carina 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car$499,000 Herron Todd White has revealed what you can get for Brisbane’s median home price. Image: AAP/Darren England.AFFORDABILITY and choice are the reasons Brisbane’s housing market offers some of the best opportunities for investment in the country right now, according to a leading property valuer.Herron Todd White has released a national study on what each capital city’s median home price will buy and investors are spoiled for choice in the Queensland capital, with an average price for houses of $550,000 and $380,000 for units.Those looking to sell their high-priced Sydney units and spend a portion of the profits in Brisbane would be wise to look in the city’s middle ring suburbs, according to HTW. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car Offers over $365,000 A unit in this complex at 51 Daniells St, Carina, is for sale.last_img read more

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UWI to launch Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas

first_imgEducationNewsRegionalTertiary UWI to launch Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas by: – June 21, 2012 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies (UWI) will unveil the Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas on Monday. The Atlas, which arose from the need for reliable data to enhance decision-making to reduce the serious economic and social impacts caused by natural hazards in the region, is being branded as a paradigm shift in the development of comprehensive risk management strategies in the Caribbean. According to vice chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris, UWI is very honoured to be at the forefront of this initiative. “The UWI has once again raised the bar for Caribbean integration. Under the management of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and the technical expertise of the Seismic Research Centre in St Augustine, and the Mona GeoInformatix Institute, the Caribbean can now benefit from cutting edge technology, providing up-to-date and verified data available for the analysis and management of natural hazards in the region,” commented Harris.“As the UWI continues to connect the Caribbean, this analytical tool is proof of the structured manner in which the UWI is positioning itself as a premier applied learning institution to be the repository of knowledge to inform policy and planning for growth and development, locally and internationally,” Harris concluded.This Atlas, the major output of the disaster vulnerability and risk assessment mapping for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, is funded by the World Bank to the amount of US$510,000 through its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.“Additionally, the regional risk atlas contains spatial data on risk from floods and earthquakes for three Caribbean countries namely: Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada. Another significant feature of the Atlas, is that it will be available free of cost to most users,” said Dr David Smith, co-ordinator of the ISD and principal investigator for the Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas Project.Scores of persons from across the Caribbean from the highest levels of the University, risk managers, GIS specialists and planners as well as government officials and the diplomatic community will witness the demonstration of the Atlas publicly for the first time.The launch of the disaster atlas precedes training on June 27 and 28 in Ocho Rios for experts in the sector. A symposium culminates these activities and will include the presentation of technical papers arising from the two-year investigations that occurred in Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados. Caribbean News Now Share Share 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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P.7-M ‘Dinagyang shabu’ seized

The shabu was intended for disposalthis Dinagyang Festival, according to Police Lieutenant Jersey Besas, chief ofthe Police Regional Office 6’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) thatbusted suspects Isagani Basbaño, 47, of Barangay San Lucas, Barotac Viejo,Iloilo and Sheila Mae Alvarez, 33, of Barangay Boulevard, Molo, Iloilo City. Besas said it took his men over a weekof planning to get the suspects to agree to a drug transaction – sell P35,000worth of shabu. ILOILO City – Methamphetaminehydrochloride (shabu) worth P765,000 was seized from two drug suspects in Purok5, Barangay San Vicente, Leganes, Iloilo yesterday. “Imagine kung hindi natin sila nakuha andhindi na-recover ang shabu na para talaga sa Dinagyang, marami pa ang mabibiktima,” said Besas. He believed the confiscated shabu wasfrom the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila. Basbaño and Alvarez were taken to theLeganes police station after their arrest. For drug traffickers, the DinagyangFestival is a lucrative event. A few days before last year’s festival, nearly amillion pesos worth of shabu was seized from a couple from Cebu. The Dinagyang Festival highlight is onSunday, Jan. 26 – the crowd-drawing atitribes competition. But a lot of events are scheduled in the days leading tothe highlight and these also attract huge crowds that may include drug users. “It was difficult. They onlyentertained persons known to them. But our asset eventually managed to gettheir confidence,” said Besas. Leganes is 10 kilometers north ofIloilo City. The buy-bust was carried out at around12:10 a.m. at a construction site in Purok 5, Barangay San Vicente, Leganes. The man and woman were caught inBarangay Rizal Estanzuela, City Proper. They entered Iloilo via a roll on, rolloff ship from Cebu. According to the RDEU, the confiscatedshabu was intended for the Dinagyang, citing text messages found in thesuspects’ mobile phones./PN read more

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Pastor accused of trying to setup a threesome with underage girls

first_imgOfficials are currently investigating a Kentucky pastor who reportedly attempted to setup a threesome with two under-aged girls who worked at his local pizza shop.26-year-old Bobby J. Blackburn was arrested last week after one of the girls showed authorities the text messages sent by him.According to the report, Blackburn who is the pastor at Elevate Church in Prestonsburg, Kentucky had contact with the girls through his pizza shop, Giovanni’s Pizza Place. Authorities reported that both girls worked at the shop.It was also stated that Blackburn threatened to fire another teen if she did not take blame for sending the text messages.Blakburn has since been charged with using an electronic communication system to get a minor to commit a sex act.last_img read more

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THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Ellsworth/Sumner football team makes amazing comeback

first_imgEllsworth/Sumner football players celebrate after a 34-28 Homecoming win against Washington Academy on Sept. 29 in Ellsworth. The win was the first of the season for the Eagles, which had to come back from a 22-0 deficit to claim the victory. Ellsworth/Sumner also defeated Stearns/Lee Academy later in the season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

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’SC program promotes a safe Halloween

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Students in USC’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund teamed up with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Thursday afternoon to educated children about Halloween safety.Getting scary · A 4-year-old boy prepares for Halloween festivities by creating a mask with the help of a USC student on Thursday afternoon. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanHeld at the Hoover Recreation Center, “Safe Halloween,” catered to local children under the age of 12, who enjoyed a haunted house, various games, a costume contest and plenty of candy at the event.“This is actually the 15th year we have coordinated this event. We basically get together with the Hoover Recreation Center, and we plan all components that go towards Safe Halloween,” said Jeymi Choi, office manager of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund office. “We wanted to be able to provide a safe environment for all the kids in the community. In order to do so, we set this up so they don’t have to go into the community, but can come here and enjoy everything for free.”The Topping Scholars program sponsors primarily students from the University Park community.“The program got started 40 years ago and was originally just for kids from the local community. Now students all over the country can apply; however, students from the local community do get special consideration in the selection process,” said Felipe Martinez, assistant director of the Topping Scholars program.One local Topping scholar, John Mendoza, a sophomore majoring in applied and computational mathematics, was particularly passionate about the event.“I’m originally from the local community so I definitely have the perspective as someone who, when I was little, wanted to go trick-or-treating and have fun with my family, but was limited by the safety issue,” Mendoza said. “A lot of families didn’t have the money to take their kids to other Halloween places such as Six Flags.”The Topping Scholars were split into teams to make the event run efficiently.“There are different booths that all the scholars can work at. We can scare kids in the haunted house, work at the creative stations building ghosts and pumpkins or watch over the kids who play in the jumpy houses,” said Erik Estrada, a freshman majoring in public relations. “It’s really well-organized in the sense that there are stations and everyone has a task at hand to do.”Though the administrators and Topping Scholars worked on the event together, the two groups had different goals for the day. The majority of the students wanted to spend time with the children and their fellow scholars.“I’m hoping to see some great costumes, and also interact with some of the kids” said Kaijona Wade, a freshman majoring in business administration.Estrada agreed with Wade.“Basically seeing the smile on the faces of some of these outreach kids who can’t really go out into their own neighborhoods, something most of us take for granted, is definitely a warm feeling that I won’t forget,” Estrada said.The sense of community was ever-present at the event. Administrators of the program were heavily focused on the long-term benefits of the event.“We hope that the local community will learn about college and our scholarship by coming to this event. Hopefully, they will connect this fun experience with going to college,” Choi said.Martinez echoed the words of Choi.“The purpose of the program is for them to interact with current USC students, but also do something fun for Halloween,” he said. “In the past, the USC students have had a really good time because they get to interact with kids. It’s really interesting to see previous scholars return with their kids and family members.”Many scholars said they were affected by the experience.“As a native of South Los Angeles, it’s really touching to be on the other side and give back to a community I grew up in,” Mendoza said.last_img read more

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Kenta Maeda pitches 7 scoreless innings as Dodgers edge Braves

first_imgThe Dodgers have gone 39-6 over their past 45 games, the best 45-game stretch in franchise history and the best in the majors since the New York Yankees also went 39-6 over a run in midseason of 1941.“Yes, I do feel the pressure. That’s the reality right now. We have a lot of really good pitchers who are producing,” Maeda said through his interpreter of the jockeying for position in the back of the Dodgers rotation.“You know, there’s only a limited amount of spots. It’s not in my power to influence that. What I try to do is make sure I produce every time I get the opportunity to do so.”He did that Tuesday by taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning and allowing just two singles in his seven innings. Over his past seven starts, Maeda has posted a 2.09 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP. The Dodgers have won six of the seven starts.But Hyun-Jin Ryu also pitched seven scoreless innings against the Giants on Sunday. Brock Stewart hasn’t given up an earned run in 16 2/3 innings this season. And Brandon McCarthy idles on the DL for now. ATLANTA >> A number of Dodgers pitchers follow the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” That’s good — it might prepare them for the cutthroat battle for territory ahead.The trade-deadline additions of Yu Darvish, Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani assure that the Dodgers’ most intense competition over the next two months will be internal, not from the rest of the National League.Right-hander Kenta Maeda has already spent most of this season like a man assigned to the middle seat on an airplane, fighting for an arm rest. He made his case for space Tuesday with seven scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves as the Dodgers won again, 3-2.The win extends the Dodgers’ latest win streak to nine games — five of them have been one-run decisions, including the past three. They have won 20 of their past 22 games with the only two losses coming at the hands of the Braves at Dodger Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers might be a lock for the postseason. None of them is.“They’re making our decisions as an organization, as a ballclub much more difficult — which is a good thing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s what we expect from high-caliber starting pitching. And all throughout our roster, I think competition is a good thing. It brings out the best in guys.”The Dodgers offense backed Maeda with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.Doubles by Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor produced the first run. Cody Bellinger led off the fourth with his 29th home run of the season, moving him one closer to Mike Piazza’s franchise record for home runs by a rookie (35). And Puig manufactured a run in the fifth by leading off with a single, moving to second on a bunt by Maeda then scoring on a steal of third and wild throw by Braves catcher Tyler Flowers.“I think Yasiel thought he was invisible,” Roberts said. “He had a bad jump. But somehow Flowers threw it into left field.”That run proved decisive when Josh Ravin gave up a two-run home run to Johan Camargo in the eighth inning — a blunder that allowed Roberts to test one of his new bullpen options.Watson became the first of the Dodgers’ three trade-deadline acquisitions to make his debut when he replaced Ravin. Watson retired the side, stranding the tying run at third base when he got left-handed Freddie Freeman on a soft liner to third baseman Justin Turner.“He was good,” Roberts said. “I wanted to see him face Freeman there. That’s why we got him. For him to execute a fastball in on the hands was good to see.”last_img read more

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