INS Godavari Successfully Foils Piracy Attempt on Greek Ship

first_img View post tag: Greek View post tag: Naval INS Godavari has successfully foiled a piracy attempt on a Greek ship MV Elinakos in the Gulf of Aden. Eight Somali pirates attempted to hijack the Greek ship in the early morning of 16 Jul.INS Godavari was escorting four other ships at the time in the Gulf of Aden, when she received the distress call. INS Godavari was quick to launch a helicopter to locate the skiff being used by the pirates. She subsequently launched marine commandos to board the pirate boat. On being approached by the naval boat, they dumped their arms, ammunition and other piracy triggers. A German naval ship, the Niedersachsen, also coordinated with Godavari in the operation. INS Godavari continued with her escort mission, on completion of the operation.INS Godavari has been deployed in anti-piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden since 25 May 11, and has safely escorted 219 ships of various countries since then. Last week, INS Godavari escorted a Pakistani ship, the MV Islamabad, with an all-Pakistani crew of 38. The Indian Navy has been deploying ships since 2008 in the Gulf of Aden for escorting merchant vessels and Indian Naval ships have escorted 1,665 ships successfully.[mappress]Source: indiannavy, July 20, 2011; View post tag: Godavari View post tag: attempt View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Foils View post tag: successfullycenter_img View post tag: piracy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Godavari Successfully Foils Piracy Attempt on Greek Ship View post tag: INS View post tag: ship INS Godavari Successfully Foils Piracy Attempt on Greek Ship July 20, 2011last_img read more

See More

OCPBA Hosts Holiday Party for Primary School Students

first_imgOCPD members played holiday-themed physical education games such as “snowball fight” at their second annual holiday party for Ocean City Primary School students. The Ocean City Police Benevolent Association (OCPBA) hosted a daylong holiday party for the students of Ocean City Primary School on Tuesday (Dec. 22).Students greeted Santa who arrived at the holiday party via police car.Students came to school wearing their favorite pajamas. The party kicked off with Santa arriving at school in a police car. The students ate a pizza lunch. Policemen and women played games with the students at recess, and served them cookies and milk while they watched “The Polar Express.”“Our students (left) the day with memories they will never forget… They see our police as friends, heroes and, most important, partners. The OCPD helps us throughout the year on a daily basis to keep us safe, assist us, and educate our students on being safe. They are second to none,” Ocean City Primary School principal Cathy Smith said.This is the second consecutive year OCPBA has organized this event. Detective Bob Koob and Sergeant Steve Sullivan spearheaded the holiday party’s organization.“It’s a priority of ours to be in the schools throughout the year, and this is one of my unit’s favorite days of the year,” Sullivan said. The OCPBA gave each of the students and staff members of the school red tee shirts that show off the school’s mascot on the front and the OCPD police badge on the back. The shirts read “Partners in Safety.” They will be worn on Fridays to promote school unity and on field trips to help teachers keep track of students.last_img read more

See More

Students join conversation about Indiana gay marriage ruling

first_imgThe Supreme Court convened privately Monday to determine whether it will hear a case appealing the Sept. 4 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.The Justices are considering seven cases from five different states, including Indiana, and can choose to hear all, none or some of the appeals. They could announce their decision as early as this week, but Notre Dame students on both sides of the aisle say the campus response to the appeal has been limited and languid.“I think it’s a hard thing for people to talk about, which I understand, but I think we as a community need to, despite your religious background or your beliefs on the issues, we need to talk about them more in an open space so it’s not just a thing we talk about only behind closed doors,” freshman Jake Maginn, a member of PrismND, said.For those supporting the appellate court’s initial ruling, the excitement of the Sept. 4 decision was short-lived — the court approved a stay on same-sex marriages nine days later, at the request of Indiana’s attorney general. The stay will remain in effect until the Supreme Court either hears the case and issues a new ruling or refuses to hear the case, leaving the appellate court’s ruling in place. Indiana has asked the Supreme Court to take on the issue and decide whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in all 50 states, according to Associated Press reports.Emily Kirkegaard is a coordinator for GlassND, the subcommittee of the Graduate Student Union (GSU) concerned with LGBTQ issues. She said graduate students met the appellate court’s initial ruling with deflated enthusiasm, and many had been “tensely waiting” the Supreme Court’s final decision.“There was not much of a celebration for the recent ruling. There was initially some buzz about it on social media and everyone was very excited and happy but the stay in Indiana came so quickly that there wasn’t nearly the same excited celebration,” Kirkegaard said.Maginn, who favors legalization of same-sex marriage, said he was pleased to read the opinion penned by the appellate court’s Judge Richard Posner, a well-known conservative appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Mangin said Posner found holes in the state’s argument and used sarcasm to expose these flaws.“[Posner] talked about how in Indiana, first cousins over the age of 65 are legally allowed to marry because the idea is that they can’t have biological children,” Maginn said. “The fact that the argument seems to put forth that homosexual couples aren’t as capable of raising children as first cousins to me is absurd.”“Not only that, in Indiana gay couples are allowed to adopt, so if the institution of marriage is to create an environment where children can effectively and fruitfully grow, then I don’t think it makes any sense to let a homosexual couple adopt children but not be married,” Maginn said.Graduate student Tiernan Kane said it was “incumbent” on the Supreme Court to hear Indiana’s case. He disagreed with Posner’s opinion, saying it misused precedent and demonstrated both “flippancy” and a lack of understanding of the state’s case.“On reading it, my first impression is I was sorry to see that [Posner] seemed to have approached this in a similar way to the way he approached the Notre Dame … case [against the Department of Health and Human Services] earlier this year,” Kane said. “It doesn’t appear from the decision that he’s taken the time to understand the opposing point of view.”Kane founded and serves as a leader of Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), a group that last week gained approval from the Club Coordination Council (CCC). He said extreme points of view on both sides often stifle the discussion of marriage on campus, something SCOP experienced when it first applied for club status in the spring.“Particularly regarding Posner, but also I think marriage [debates in general], you don’t hear a lot about it, and I think that’s in part because of the fear of the reaction that greeted SCOP when it tried to raise this point of view,” Kane said. “There was an immediate accusation made by several hundred students, not the majority of students, but several hundred to say this is a position that would be wrongly discriminatory.”Junior SCOP member Alexandra DeSanctis said the court cases and general dialogue about marriage reflect “a fundamental misunderstanding of what the debate is.” She said she believes marriage as an institution must be “permanent,” “exclusive” and “life-giving.”“I think if you understand marriage as having these three characteristics, you see that it naturally points to being between a man and a woman, and I think you can see that regardless of your religion, just through common sense and through reason,” DeSanctis said. “… The state cares about its future citizens and I think defining marriage as between a man and a woman is best for children and therefore best for the state.”Graduate student Greg Cousins, a member of GlassND,  said the Notre Dame community should encourage discussion over different ideologies of marriage in spite of potential clashes between traditional and non-traditional views.“People should talk about it even if people disagree with the ruling,” he said. “There should be some open discussion, especially in a very well-renowned University. This should be a place of friendly discourse even if there are differing opinions, and I don’t think there has been enough of that.”Tim Bradley, a junior member of SCOP, said students supporting the traditional idea of marriage often face criticism for refusing to change their views despite pressure from opposing perspectives.“For some people who think that marriage is a union of one man and one woman, it’s easy for them to be afraid to speak their mind because there’s a risk of being labeled a bigot or a homophobe or being told you’re on the wrong side of history, and those are hard things for someone to hear,” Bradley said.Students’ hesitancy to speak out in fear of criticism can make the discussion of marriage appear lopsided, Bradley said.“On the surface one would think that most students are in favor of redefining marriage because that’s the impression given in the media but I don’t think that that’s true,” he said. “I think a lot of people are silent on the issue.”Senior Chris Weber, a PrismND member, said he hopes many who argue for traditional marriage on religious grounds will start to reconsider their beliefs, as the Church has done in the past.“I think there are some in the church community who believe with time this will probably evolve, our idea of marriage will evolve,” Weber said. “I’m not saying it’s going to be within the next decade or my lifetime, but I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Catholic Church evolved their thoughts on this issue just as they evolved their thoughts on evolution or on heliocentrism.”Cousins said Notre Dame has a unique opportunity as a Catholic institution to foster greater dialogue and encourage open discussion.“The University and the University administration shouldn’t be afraid of encouraging conversation about it because silence is not a very good defense of their position,” he said. “It shouldn’t be something that’s kept hush-hush.“I think it would be very progressive of them to encourage this sort of discussion officially and hopefully we will see some of that.”Tags: gay marriage, GlassND, Graduate Student Union, indiana, LGBTQ, same-sex marriage, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

See More

Get a Sneak Peek of Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & More in The Last Ship

first_img The Last Ship View Comments Gangway! The Last Ship, featuring an original score by Grammy winner Sting, celebrates its pre-Broadway opening night in Chicago on June 25. The tuner will play the Windy City through July 13 before beginning performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 29 (opening night is set for October 26). We got a taste of some of the music earlier this month at the Tonys from the legendary composer himself; now, take a look at Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker, Michael Esper and the cast of The Last Ship in action in this exciting first look! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015center_img Related Shows Michael Esper Aaron Lazarlast_img

See More

Squigs Salutes Kelli O’Hara, Alex Sharp & All the 2015 Tony Winners

first_imgIt was a lovefest at Radio City Music Hall on June 7! Dynamic duo Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hosted the 2015 Tony Awards, and Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson was on hand to pen a portrait of the celebration. Front and center are acting winners Kelli “worm-dancing queen” O’Hara, Nashville fan Michael Cerveris, Her Majesty Helen Mirren, acceptance speech master Alex Sharp, the “Something Wonderful” Ruthie Ann Miles, the Bombshell Bard Christian Borle, soon-to-be canine Annaleigh Ashford and Prime Minister Richard McCabe. There are also nods to Best Musical Fun Home, Best Revival of a Musical The King and I, Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Best Revival of a Play Skylight. Cheers to the winners! Kelli O’Hara Christian Borle View Commentscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Star Fileslast_img read more

See More

McKernon Wins Commercial Building Award For Downtown Brandon

first_imgThe McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.last_img read more

See More

LIAT Buyout?

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 07 2015 – Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines, which operates in over 10 regional countries, is reportedly looking to set up a new base in Barbados, amid reports that it has also made a firm offer to acquire regional airline LIAT.Seaborne, which flies mainly 34-seater aircraft, operates in Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Croix, St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten, St Thomas and Tortola.Well-informed sources have told Barbados TODAY that Seaborne’s offer of US$100 million has already been put to the LIAT board by the company’s CEO Gary Foss.However, Foss could not be reached today for comment, but when contacted, LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer David Evans suggested the offer was no longer on the table.He also took issue with the $100 million figure, describing it as “completely erroneous”, but did not deny that the two sides have been talking.“As a matter of course, airlines will talk to each other on a regular basis about various relationships they might have with each other, and these can range from something as simple as inter-airline agreements or something major like an acquisition,” Evans said.However, he made it clear that “in the case of Seaborne Airlines, I can confirm that there is no plan for Seaborne to buy out LIAT” at this stage.“There have been discussions over the course of the year with Seaborne Airlines and those discussions remain confidential but I can tell you that they have been considered by the board of LIAT and, as a consequence, let me repeat that Seaborne will not be buying out LIAT,” he stressed.Also asked to comment today on the so called buyout proposal, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, said he had just returned home from World Travel Market in London and would therefore have to look into the reports.He however revealed that Seaborne had expressed an interest in establishing a base of operations here, but he said those discussions were at “a very early stage”.“We’re open for business. There’s a process involved, but we’re looking to build our aviation industry,” Sealy said when asked whether Barbados would be interested in having Seaborne set up operations here.The latest development comes against the backdrop of recent talk of having LIAT change its base of operations from St John’s to Bridgetown.However, Evans assured today that the carrier, which is jointly owned by the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, was staying put for now.He also commented on the performance of the Antigua-based airline, describing 2015 as “a relatively satisfactory year” for LIAT, with a strong performance “right up to the end of August”.“We have, as an airline, faced the tragedy that befell Dominica as a result of the damage that was caused by Tropical Storm Erika, and I have to say that our thoughts must always first and foremost be with the people of Dominica. That did have a negative impact on our business, but I think we can look forward to 2015 as being a year in which we achieved a number of our objectives.“We had two primary ones which were to complete the exit of our old fleet of Dash-8 aircraft and that is still on track for the end of the year. And the other major initiative we had was to reduce our staff members in line with the smaller size of our business and that is also on track,” he reported.Efforts by Barbados TODAY to reach St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who is the chairman of LIAT’s shareholder governments, were unsuccessful. Sharing is caring! BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT Buyout? by: Barbados TODAY – November 7, 2015 Share Tweetcenter_img 1210 Views   4 comments Share Sharelast_img read more

See More

Corn Grown in Caves: The Future of Farming?

first_imgPurdue professor Cary Mitchell and other researchers developed a technique that could allow some crops to be grown in caves or mines. (Image: Purdue)Forget the field – caves and mines could hold the future of farming. Researchers from Purdue University have discovered that lowering temperatures for two hours each day reduces the height of corn crops without affecting their seed yield.It’s a technique that could be used to grow crops in controlled environments. Purdue Horticulture Professor Cary Mitchell explains isolated and enclosed environments also can stop genetically-modified pollen and seed from spreading.“We don’t want to get these so-called ‘GMO crops’ out into the environment,” says Mitchell. “So, by doing it in a cave – or in a mine, or even a warehouse – you have one layer of containment there.”Mitchell and other researchers installed an insulated growth chamber with yellow and blue lamps in a former limestone mine in Marengo, Ind., to grow the corn. By cooling the temperature of the space, they were able to reduce the corn plant’s stalk height without affecting the number and weight of its seeds.Abandoned mines can be prime locations for growing because their natural coolness reduces the need to ventilate the heat produced by lamps. According to Mitchell, there are other places in the state that would also work well, partly for their carbon dioxide (CO2) content.“Down in southern Indiana, it’s limestone, and the atmosphere tends to be very high in CO2 around the plants,” says Mitchell. “Since plants use CO2 in photosynthesis, that’s a way of enhancing that environment.”Mitchell adds the technique could be particularly useful for growing genetically modified crops processed into medicine and pharmaceuticals.“The way medicinals are made now is a very expensive process in the laboratory using mammalian cell cultures,” he explains. “It’s slow, and it’s very, very expensive. By using plants to do it, you harness the natural energy of sunlight.”The study was published in the journal Industrial Crops and Products.News Servicelast_img read more

See More

Bulldogs Middle School Golf Results

first_imgThe BMS Golf Team survived the cold weather last night and came away with another win to keep their undefeated season going with a 190 to 210 win over Central Middle School from Columbus.The team worked together to bring in some low scores to overcome Central Middle School’s match medalist Jacob Niedbalski’s 38. Drew Wagner led the Bulldogs with a 46 followed by Zach Wade with a 47, Dean Campbell with a personal best 48, and Brett Wagner with a 49. Other Batesville golfers were Austin Pohlman (51), Kyler Daulton (56), Sam Emmons (58), Conor Powell (59), Logan Fletcher (60), and Courtney Chambers with a personal best 62.The Bulldogs will be back on the course at Cozy Acres in Madison for a par 3 tournament on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sheryl McCreary.last_img

See More

West Florida drops second straight game to a GSC West Team

first_imgWest Florida drops second straight game to a GSC West Team Share Nov. 24, 2007 Box Score  RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The West Florida women traveled to Arkansas for two games this weekend in a holiday tournament, and spent both games trying to catch up the entire game. After making a great comeback against Arkansas Tech on Friday night to force overtime, the Argonauts nearly did the same in Saturday’s loss to Ouachita Baptist. Down as much as 16 points early in the second half, West Florida battled back to get within two points with 59 seconds to play, but Ouachita Baptist hit five free throws to seal the 71-64 win.West Florida started the contest by hitting their first three baskets, but then went 14 straight possessions without a basket, and fell behind 22-7. For the rest of the night they played catch up. Amy Drake hit a three pointer to start the scoring, followed by a jumper by Tara Russ, and then a layup by Drake put the Argos up 7-5. Then the major slump, in which Ouachita Baptist scored 17 straight points to go up 22-7. The Argos closed the gap to 32-28 on a three pointer from Chelsea Patterson with 1:16 left in the first half. However, the Lady Tigers scored the final four points of the half to lead 36-28 at intermission.Ouachita Baptist scored the first four points of the second half to push the lead to 40-28. Midway thru the second half, the Argos scored seven straight points and after a three pointer by Laura Davis, they trailed only 45-41. Ouachita Baptist would extend the lead again to 13 points, 60-47 with 6:14 remaining, on the strength of Gabby Coleman. Coleman would score 26 points to lead everyone in the game.The Argonauts would fight back again, and scored 10 straight points to close to within two points on a driving layup by Davis, and two three pointers from Patterson. With the score 66-64 with one minute to play, the Argonauts ran out of gas, and the Tigers hit five Free Throws to finish the game.The Argonauts fall to 2-3 on the season, while Ouachita Baptist improved to 1-3 on the season. Russ had a strong game with 17 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals, to go along with her 12 points. Patterson led West Florida with 17 points, while Drake added 13 points and nine assists. Dominique Boykins added eight points and six rebounds, as the Argonauts out-rebounded the Tigers 40-36. Meanwhile, Renee Polk came off the bench to score seven points to help the Argonauts battle back in the second half.West Florida returns home to play Albany State Tuesday night at 5:30 pm, as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The men’s team takes on William Carey College at 7:30 pm. Both games take place in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

See More