Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

first_img View post tag: U.S. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award View post tag: Navy View post tag: Civilian Back to overview,Home naval-today Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award View post tag: SENATOR View post tag: highestcenter_img January 30, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Navy’s Senator Lisa Murkowski today received the United States Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award from U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for her “selfless service to the Nation’s Sailors and Marines [that] ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the Nation’s interests around the globe,” according to the certificate. The Navy also recognized her Arctic leadership that guarantees “our combat forces are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic operational environment.”When presenting Senator Murkowski with the medal, Secretary Mabus  said “the award speaks for itself, but I want to thank you personally and on behalf of the Navy and Marine Corps for all you’ve done for us – for sticking up for us.”When Senator Murkowski received the distinction (attached) from Secretary Mabus, she admitted “I am really honored, truly honored” at the gesture of goodwill.  Mabus responded to her “you earned this.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 30, 2013 View post tag: receives View post tag: award View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

MPCC Invests in Three More Feeders

first_imgOslo-listed containership owner and operator MPC Container Ships ASA (MPCC) has resumed its fleet buildup with the acquisition of three more feeders.The company bought MV Victoria Schulte, a geared 2,500 TEU vessel built in 2005, from Triton Debt Opportunities S.C.A. and its subsidiary Victoria Schulte Shipping.The deal has been structured as a combined cash and share deal. Hence, MPCC will pay a total consideration of USD 11.8 million and may settle up to USD 2.9 million of this amount by way of delivering new common shares in MPCC.Additionally, the shipowner has entered into agreements with Schifffahrtsgesellschaft MS WELLE mbH & Co. KG and Schifffahrtsgesellschaft MS WOGE mbH & Co. KG to acquire MV Welle, which will be renamed AS Penelope and MV Woge, future AS Pauline. The two gearless 2,500 TEU vessels were built in 2005 and 2006 at STX Shipbuilding, Korea, respectively, and will be acquired for USD 11 million each.“Physical takeover of the vessels is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2018, lifting the fleet of MPCC to a total of 68 vessels, “the company said announcing the deal.Of this, 40 vessels are owned and operated by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary MPC Container Ships Invest.Separately, MPCC Invest informed that the proceeds of USD 200 million from the bond issue have been disbursed from the Escrow Account and applied in accordance with the bond terms. MPCC Invest has now taken over all vessels, including 15 initial vessels and 25 additional vessels. The acquisitions of these vessels have been financed, in part, by the bond proceeds.“Within only 12 months, MPCC has become the largest owner globally of feeder container ships with a capacity of up to 3,000 TEU. During the same time charter rates in the segment have developed very positively. Although the supply and demand situation is now pointing towards a rebalancing with a much reduced idle fleet, the market continues to provide attractive acquisition opportunities. “We are currently considering financing options to further grow our business, both via asset acquisitions or ship for share transactions. The recent main board listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange will make us even more interesting for global investors,” Constantin Baack, CEO of MPC Container Ships ASA, comments.Since its inception in 2017, MPC Container Ships completed multiple rounds of funding in the capital markets. The amount raised through both equity and bond offerings currently totals in USD 625 million.last_img read more

State officials offer flood recovery tips

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State emergency management and public safety officials are advising Indiana residents to practice caution as they continue to recover from flooding that began last week. Standing flood water in homes and other buildings poses a serious risk as it can cause contamination issues and lead to mold.It is important to stay out of homes until the water has completely receded. Wading or walking through flood water is never safe. When cleaning homes, workplaces or other buildings after a flood, be sure to wear the proper protective equipment to reduce the risk of injury and illness. Below is a list of protective equipment to consider:Comfortable, form-fitting, lightweight clothing including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.Watertight boots with a steel toe and insole. Tennis shoes should not be worn because they will transfer contamination and will not prevent punctures or crush injuries.Waterproof, cut-resistant work gloves.Goggles, safety glasses with side shields or full face shields.Respirator or protective mask.Safety Checks before Cleaning the HomeBefore entering the home after a flood, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. If power lines are down outside, do not step in puddles or standing water. If there is a smell of natural or propane gas or if a hissing noise can be heard, leave immediately and call the fire department.If conditions around the house look acceptable to enter, turn off the electricity and dry wet electrical fixtures before turning the electricity back on. Preventing MoldAny items that have been wet for two or more days should be removed from the home to help prevent mold from forming. Items that cannot be salvaged after a flood and must be thrown away include wet ceiling tiles, paper products, baseboards, gypsum board (also known as drywall) and insulation. Carpets may be saved by wet vacuuming, shampooing and making certain the carpet is completely dried following the cleaning process. Mattresses or other large items soaked with flood water will likely need to be discarded. Some mattresses can be salvaged after disinfecting and air-drying.Mold can start growing in just two days, even if it can’t be seen. Use a mixture of bleach and water (but no more than a cup of bleach per gallon of water) to clean rigid items such as floors, stoves, sinks and countertops. It is important to note that the bleach and water mixture is not a suitable sanitizing method for wood.For more information on how to clean a home to prevent mold after a flood, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website.For more safety information on recovering from the recent flooding in Indiana click here.last_img read more

Video: Bulgarian footballers fighting over PUDDLE on the pitch

first_imgBad tackles, verbal abuse and poor sportsmanship – football can easily get out of hand, but puddles on the pitch? This is a new one. Check out this clip from a Bulgarian football fixture.As one team is awarded a set piece in a boggy part of the field, the free-kick taker attempts to shift the water. As he sweeps it away with his hand, members of the opposing team attempt to kick the water back and an argument soon ensues. See the video of this petty push and shove, above!Tuesday’s other Drivetime video: NO SMOKING! Stadium smoker hit in the face by ball at Danish Superliga gamelast_img

Researchers Violate Separation of Science and State

first_imgWhat are the limits of science?  Many of us envision men and women in white lab coats holding test tubes, studying readouts on instruments, or hacking rocks with picks.  A look at headlines from science news sites, though, shows some scientists inserting their opinions in areas traditionally led by scholars in the humanities – and doing so as if their opinions carry the presumed authority of science.Abortion policy:  PhysOrg, normally concerned with science news, reprinted an AP story about “abortion foes’ tactics” on their site.  The article portrayed crisis pregnancy centers as somehow devious in their attempts to help women find alternatives to abortion, even though New York City’s abortion rate is 41% – the highest in the nation, double the national rate.    Reporter Cristian Salazar disparaged the “small number of pregnancy service organizations accused by abortion rights groups and city officials of misleading women about their reproductive health options and disguising themselves as medical clinics,” as if abortion clinics could not be similarly accused.  Salazar also mentioned Margaret Sanger having “opened a family planning clinic in Brooklyn in 1916” without any mention of her racist eugenics policies.Wisdom science:  To whom do you go for wisdom?  A pastor, priest, or rabbi?  A holy book?  A trusted friend or academic?  Never fear; science is here – science in the form of psychology.  “What the world needs now?  More wisdom,” is the headline of a press release from Concordia University reprinted by PhysOrg.  While the headline is true, is science the one to tell anyone how to get it?  Isn’t science concerned with natural laws and material processes?    Dolores Pushkar defined wisdom as “something that benefits society as a whole as well as the self.”  Yet that definition might well be disputed; perhaps it is wise to sometimes stand alone against a whole society bent on evil, as did Bonhoeffer against the Nazi society at the cost of his own life.  Paul wrote of a “hidden wisdom” that God performed in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, a move that at the time seemed futile in Roman society.  Does Pushkar, as a scientist, have more wisdom than King Solomon on wisdom?  “No single definition of wisdom exists,” the press release admitted.    To be sure, the article described how the psychology department was engaging the philosophy department in research on wisdom, and was funded by sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Interdepartmental initiatives can be seen as wise moves; science can bring observational and statistical data to bear on questions about wisdom.  Yet the press release frequently discussed research being done by Pushkar’s team.  At some level, it implies that moral qualities like wisdom are amenable to scientific analysis.Government spending:  Live Science – the website name tells what it’s about.  Why, then, did Chad Brooks write the following un-scientific headline: “Don’t Like How Tax Dollars Are Spent?  Get Used to It.”    It’s part of a series the website whimsically calls “$ci-Fi: The Science of Personal Finance,” described as “an ongoing LiveScience series that explores the science of personal finance to help you navigate everyday life.”  Again, science seems to be inserting itself into the wisdom business.  Can science, though, provide anything more than raw data and statistics?  Whose job is it to tell individuals how to live their lives?  Does a science site have any more presumptive authority than a financial adviser or a research staffer in a senatorial office?    The article provided data about government spending, and made the inductive claim that things are not likely to change soon.  Moreover, the article heavily quoted Scott Lilly, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a radically liberal think tank funded by multibillionaire George Soros.  So not only is it unclear how science can do any better job of analyzing government spending, or helping individuals navigate everyday life, it here risked soiling its objectivity with accusations of partisanship.Right-to-work:  PhysOrg published another “scientific” finding that leans to the left.  “Right-to-work laws not only hurt labor unions financially, they also may jeopardize worker safety,” according to “research” by Roland Zullo that conveniently plays into the liberal desires of union bosses to deny freedom of choice to workers.    Whether science should be concerned if labor unions are hurt financially seems a moot point.  Zullo was quick to paint the unions in a favorable light; “Unions appear to have a positive role in reducing construction industry and occupation fatalities, but only in states without right-to-work laws,” he claimed.  At least one reader wrote an angry comment about this article, focusing on the rights of individuals to work without being forced to join a labor union.Girl scout cookies  What can science say about Girl Scout cookies?  Science Daily apparently thought the presumptive authority of science can judge that traditional Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities are guilty of gender stereotyping.  Looking under the hood shows that Science Daily reprinted, under its banner of science, a press release from Sociologists for Women in Science, an organization that supports “feminist sociological research, activism and scholars.”    One might think that the standards of scientific objectivity would provide equal time for scholarly views from conservative organizations (perhaps Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council), but a Google search finds not a single mention of these prominent organizations in Science Daily’s listings, but three from the feminist Sociologists for Women in Science and nine from the ultra-liberal Center for American Progress.The science of sin:  Update 04/11/2011: in perhaps the most blatant act of usurpation by scientists of the humanities, McMaster University researchers decided they would find “scientific solutions to sin.”  Is their solution theological?  Do they have a new method of salvation?  Are they suggesting moral teachings, or offering psychological counseling?  No; their working assumption is that all sin has molecular underpinnings.    Their solution, therefore, was to look in the chemical cabinet for antidotes to human moral deficiencies.  “Most people are familiar with the seven deadly sins – pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth – but could there be molecular solutions for this daily struggle between good and evil?” (assuming science has the taxonomic tools for such distinctions).  Groups of students were told to get out of the theological box and into the scientific box: “By getting students to think outside the box, the aim was to come up with the best molecule and design for a drug, or remedy, that counteracts sin.”    Looming questions rise when political ramifications of this research are considered.  Who will control the medicine chest?  Who will prescribe, and who will partake?  The researchers apparently didn’t ask whether there is a drug to combat scientific hubris.Paul Feyerabend, a post-Kuhnian firebrand in philosophy of science, thought that science was a threat to democracy.  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy described his concern:The separation of church and state should therefore be supplemented by the separation of science and state, in order for us to achieve the humanity we are capable of.  Setting up the ideal of a free society as “a society in which all traditions have equal rights and equal access to the centres of power” (SFS, p. 9), Feyerabend argues that science is a threat to democracy.  To defend society against science we should place science under democratic control and be intensely sceptical about scientific “experts”, consulting them only if they are controlled democratically by juries of laypeople.Law professor Phillip E. Johnson found another Feyerabend quote to end his article on the pretensions of science for world conquest: “Scientists are not content with running their own playpens in accordance with what they regard as the rules of the scientific method, they want to universalize those rules, they want them to become part of society at large, and they use every means at their disposal—argument, propaganda, pressure tactics, intimidation, lobbying—to achieve their aims” (Objections Sustained, Inter-Varsity Press, 1998, p. 66).  Feyerabend is widely regarded as extreme in his views, but readers can judge for themselves (as “juries of laypeople”) to what extent his fears have become realized.All the so-called “secular” science news sites and institutions are uniformly leftist in their politics.  They are the same ones that give uncritical acceptance of Darwinism.  That’s why they are secular; they adore the secular religion Darwin founded, and science is their primary tool for spreading their intolerant bigotry around the world.  Let the reader beware.    Science does not have to be that way; clearly it was not before the Darwinian revolution.  But that’s what it has become.  Many individual scientists are not that way, just as many hard-working Americans in labor unions hold views far more conservative than the union leaders, whose views are also uniformly leftist – often radically so, and just as bent on world conquest.    One cannot get genuine science out of science news or scientific papers these days without first a severe acid wash.  By that, we mean not applying acid to the news, but applying heavy doses of pure water instead, to wash out Darwin’s universal acid that corrodes everything it touches.  Another technique is to apply Darwin Acid to Darwinism itself, which causes an implosion, leaving a vacuum that intelligence rushes in to fill.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Data Access up in the Air

first_imgTwo announcements over the last couple of days stand in an interesting contrast to each other.  One is Google’s announcement of Google WiFi and the availability of free WiFi access across all of the city of Mountain View.  The second is Boeing’s announcement to exit from providing WiFi access on board carriers flying Boeing aircraft in December 2006, after having equipped 156 aircraft with their Connexion service, including those from carriers like Lufthansa, SAS and Singapore Airlines. (This follows an announcement in June of Verizon to also exit the in-flight phone business.)Access to things like VoIP, web-based on-line services and data content, like that of our own Formtek | Orion repository, or any of hundreds of other kinds of services from anywhere and anyplace is enticing.  The net is becoming (or has become) the driving force for business communication and data.  Google’s roll-out across the entire city of Mountain View seems to have been challenging and have had a few glitches.  All transmitters are not in place just yet either.  Also the disclaimer that the service is an “outdoor service” and does not work well in-doors is a bit disappointing.  Considering the service has only been up a few days, it seems to be doing well — I’m looking forward to the planned roll-out in San Francisco.The exit of Boeing and Verizon from in-flight WiFi might prove to be an interesting alternative for Google.  For example, immediately after Boeing’s announcement ASiQ in turn announced that they see Boeing’s exit as greater opportunity for them.  Boeing’s Connexion was based on technology circa 2000.  It’s only six years, but technology has changed quickly and ASiQ has developed a much cheaper alternative. There has been a lot of press about Google’s efforts to try to penetrate the Enterprise market.  While free community-wide net access is great (especially if it is somewhere that I’ll be frequently), I wonder that if Google is really serious about the Enterprise that it might be a better and more cost-effective strategy for them to provide free WiFi in places like airports and airplanes, places where business people are in high numbers.  It seems like it would be far easier and have fewer obstacles in getting approval to do something like that rather than to try to blanket the landscape of an entire community with WiFi.last_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield out of FA Cup after Bristol City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield out of FA Cup after Bristol City defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat at Bristol City.A third-round tie low on quality was settled by Josh Brownhill’s 72nd-minute strike, the midfielder dispatching his fourth goal of the season after twisting and turning in a congested penalty area.Until then, after a largely forgettable first half, Huddersfield had looked the more likely winners with half-time substitutes Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounie adding pace and purpose to their attacks.But Huddersfield are bottom of the Premier League for a reason, they have scored only 13 times in 21 top-flight games and have little, if any, confidence in front of goal.Against Bristol City, opponents unbeaten in eight Sky Bet Championship games, and increasingly finding form as the season unfolds, it was to prove their undoing. last_img read more

9 months agoSouthampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarkeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have warned suitors off teenage starlet Jack Clarke.Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has joined Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola in showing interest in the 18-year-old Clarke because of his storming debut campaign for Leeds.But Leeds are adamant academy-product Clarke is not for sale and want the winger to grow with them, hopefully next season in the Premier League, reports the Mirror.Leeds have shown their faith in Clarke by handing him the biggest contact for an Under-18 player in their history and his deal has three years left to run. last_img

Fort St John experienced very little precipitation in March

first_imgCastellan says the last week of February was dry, with the last day to experience precipitation was on February 23.“Even the last week of February was totally dry. I think the last day in February we saw something was on February 23. It was just a dry period there and obviously, it was cold for a while and then it got quite warm.”According to Castellan, it will be interesting to see what is in store for the remainder of the season and into the start of summer.“It’s interesting because it is certainly causing a lot of agencies to ask some questions about what’s in store for things like the freshet season and the possible flooding associated to it.”Castellan says drought and huge forest fires could be avoided if we get good amounts of precipitation in April, May, and June.According to Environment Canada, we are expected to see substantial amounts of precipitation later this month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Throughout the month of March, Fort St. John and surrounding area experienced little to no amount of precipitation.According to Armel Castellan, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, Fort St. John only saw 0.2 mm of precipitation in March, saying this is the minimum amount that can be recorded.“Officially, 0.2 mm fell, which is pretty impressive because that is the minimum amount that can be recorded by the instrumentation.”last_img read more

Three held for beating up fish vendors

first_imgKolkata: The Baguiati police station on Friday arrested three civic volunteers on charges of demanding money from some fish vendors and allegedly assaulting them after the fish vendors refused to comply to their demands. The incident took place when two vendors were proceeding towards Khoribari from Tegharia in the morning to buy fish and later sell it in the local market at Baguiati. According to the complaint lodged at the police station by one Sukumar Rajbangshi of Arjunpur Paschimpara, Rajbangshi along with five others were boarded in a small matador when their vehicle was stopped by three civic volunteers in the pretext of checking. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey demanded money from them and when they refused, the civic volunteers hurled abuses and assaulted the driver of the vehicle Nur Islam Molla and snatched cash worth Rs 20,000 that they were carrying for purchasing fish. “We have arrested Raju Ghosh alias Bapi, Rajib Chowdhury and Avisek Mondal for their involvement in the act,” a senior official of Bidhannagar City Police said. The injured driver Molla was taken to a local hospital. He had suffered injuries on his head and has had four stitches. It may be mentioned that this is not for the first time when the civic volunteers in the state havebeen involved in such acts. The police have taken strong action against them on more than one occasion but they are misusing their uniform and are often causing harassment to common people.last_img read more