February 10, 2021 /Sports News – National NBA says Mavs must play national anthem after Mark Cuban ordered a stop Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChristain Petersen/Getty ImagesBy ALLIE YANG, ABC News(DALLAS) — A day after Mark Cuban said the national anthem will no longer be played at the Dallas Mavericks’ home games, the NBA said “all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.”The Mavericks have not played the anthem before any of its preseason and regular-season games this season, ESPN reported. On Wednesday, the team announced that it would play the anthem before its match up against the Atlanta Hawks.“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country,” Cuban wrote in a corresponding statement. “But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been.”Cuban told ESPN in June 2020 that he was “proud” of those taking a knee and said, “Hopefully, I’d join them.”Cuban has not hidden his thoughts about protests of the national anthem on Twitter.“The National Anthem Police in this country are out of control,” he tweeted. “If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work.”“I can say Black Lives Matter,” he said in another tweet. “I can say there is systemic racism in this country.”Cuban told ESPN he initially made the decision to stop playing the national anthem after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.NBA rules require players to stand during the national anthem, but Silver has not enforced it, especially as kneeling during the anthem became a popular form of silent protest over the past several years, according to ESPN.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by
Woodside contracts Civmec for Pluto KGP Interconnector project. (Credit: Woodside.) Australia-based LNG operator Woodside has awarded a supply and fabrication contract to WA-based engineering company Civmec for the Pluto-Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) Interconnector project.The interconnector project will transport gas from Woodside’s Pluto LNG facility to the North West Shelf Project’s KGP through a 5km pipeline, constructed along the existing Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor.The company said that its interconnector project would create opportunities for expanding additional capacity at KGP in future, and would also accelerate future developments of Pluto gas reserves, and third-party resources in future.Under the contract, Civmec will conduct the fabrication of structural steel, piping, a module and skids located within the Pluto LNG Plant, to support the Interconnector project.The construction of piping and modules is expected create approximately 40 local jobs and planned to run for a period of approximately seven months.Woodside taken FID on the pipeline component of the interconnector last yearCivmec has previously worked with Woodside for supply and fabrication contracts for the Pluto LNG and Greater Western Flank Phase 2 projects.In November 2019, Woodside had taken a final investment decision (FID) on the pipeline component of the interconnector and signed contracts with DDG Operations for the construction of the pipeline and its ongoing operation and maintenance.The construction and operation of the pipeline is subject to regulatory approvals by the State of Western Australia and finalization of the commercial arrangements with the Pluto and North West Shelf JV participants.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said: “Our vision for the Burrup Hub will unlock the future value of infrastructure which has been supplying gas to Western Australia and the world safely and reliably for more than 30 years. The Interconnector between the Pluto LNG and NWS facilities will enable us to optimize the processing of gas from our offshore fields.“Delivering the proposed Burrup Hub will help underpin Western Australia’s economic strength for decades into the future. It will provide thousands of jobs, opportunities for local suppliers, and tax and royalty revenues to Western Australia.” The Interconnector project will transport gas from Woodside’s Pluto LNG facility to the North West Shelf Project’s KGP through a 5km pipeline
View post tag: sailors View post tag: Marines View post tag: Navy December 8, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Pearl Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) reflected on the meaning of the ship’s namesake during a ceremony Dec. 7, exactly 70 years after the attacks on Pearl Harbor.In a ceremony held on the ship’s flight deck, Pearl Harbor crew members and embarked Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) remembered the Americans who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941.During the ceremony, Cmdr. Homer Denius, Pearl Harbor’s commanding officer, spoke to hundreds of Sailors and Marines in attendance.“We honor those who fought, survived and died on that fateful day,” said Denius. “Today, we reflect on what those great Americans sacrificed for our country and what it means to be stationed aboard this ship.”Denius spoke of the many contributions of the World War II generation and how Sailors and Marines of today can honor those who served.“I challenge you–Sailors and Marines of the Pearl Harbor–to reflect on the heritage that is passed to you symbolized in the name of this ship, reflect on how you conduct your daily duties, and reflect on how you honor those who have given us so much,” said Denius.Crew members who attend the event said the ceremony was important in helping to remember the ship’s namesake.“It’s extremely important for us to remember them,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Keith Doran. “It gives us a sense of pride in our ship and what we’re out here for; it reminds us what we’re doing everyday, and why we do the things we do and why we support our country and fight for our Navy combat team.”Other Sailors said they had similar feelings.“To me it means that I’m representing strong people who came before us,” said Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Christopher Rosson. “Meeting the Pearl Harbor survivors was a great experience; they’re living heroes.”“It’s definitely important to honor our veterans,” added Rosson. “So that they know they haven’t been forgotten, and it’s a remembrance for us to know where the Navy was and where we’re at now and do a comparison.”Yeoman 1st Class Jason McClinton was one of the two members of the flag detail for the ceremony, who raised and lowered the ensign for the national anthem and the playing of Taps at the end of the ceremony.“For me, being a Sailor assigned to USS Pearl Harbor, it’s more than just me individually showing up to work on board every day,” said McClinton. “It gives me a sense of purpose knowing that I am a Sailor assigned on board the ship named after the men and women who sacrificed their lives at Pearl Harbor.”McClinton also said he is proud to carry on the legacy of the Pearl Harbor victims.“If the Sailors back then were alive now, and they could see us, I’m pretty sure they’d be proud of the things that we’re doing everyday, going out and defending the country in their honor,” said McClinton.Pearl Harbor deployed Nov. 14 in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), which make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).The mission of the Makin Island ARG is to help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and provide humanitarian/disaster response as well as supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011; Image: navy Training & Education View post tag: ships View post tag: Aboard View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Pearl Harbor Reflect on Ship’s Namesake View post tag: harbor Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Pearl Harbor Reflect on Ship’s Namesake View post tag: Reflect View post tag: Namesake Share this article
CTF-150 Commander Visits US Naval Forces Europe-Africa Back to overview,Home naval-today CTF-150 Commander Visits US Naval Forces Europe-Africa View post tag: US Naval Forces December 10, 2014 View post tag: CTF-150 View post tag: Commander View post tag: africa View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article The incoming Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) maritime security and counter-terrorism task force, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), conducted successful staff talks with the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) Command in Naples, Italy, on 1 December 2014.During the visit, Commodore Brian Santarpia and his staff met with Chief of Staff to Commander NAVEUR-NAVAF / Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans NAVEUR-NAVAF, Rear Admiral John Nowell, before taking part in briefings and discussions that also involved key headquarters staff.NAVAF leads the African Partnership Station (APS), a framework that collaboratively plans and coordinates maritime operations and theatre security cooperation activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. Command and staff level engagement during the visit enhanced mutual understanding, strengthened planning and coordination relationships, and allowed for the determination of opportunities for CTF-150 to compliment NAVAF efforts on the east coast of Africa during the Canadian command. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, important elements such as capacity building, focussed training, Exercise Cutless Express 2015 participation, and key leadership engagements.Combined Maritime Forces and NAVEUR-NAVAF share a long and enduring partnership. Both organizations have a mandate to assist African navies to secure the sea lines of communication through establishment of regional and local maritime capabilities.The incoming CTF-150 Commander said:Oceans are vast and all maritime nations ultimately face the same threats and challenges. A united effort is required to make sure the busiest ship routes in the world stay safe and secure for all seafarers.This close collaboration between commands and staffs involved in cooperating with maritime nations to further safety and security at sea is critical. I greatly appreciate the discussion with Rear Admiral Nowell and NAVEUR-NAVAF staff about future opportunities to work together.Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy assumed command of CTF-150 on 4 December, 2014.[mappress mapid=”14666″]Press release, Image: Combined Maritime Forces View post tag: europe View post tag: visits Authorities View post tag: Naval
Oxford University Conservative Association was in a state of mourning this week after a portrait of Margaret Thatcher was stolen from their stall at the OUSU Freshers’ Fair. The incident took place at around 1pm on Friday October 7th. The only person working at the OUCA stall was at the time distracted by questions from an interested student. After pretending to sign up to the society’s mailing list, the thief snatched the portrait and ran out of the North School. The thief appeared to have signed his name on the mailing list as ‘Michael Holmes’ of Merton College. However there seems to be no evidence of the student attending the college.The incident has drawn mixed responses from Oxford students. When asked how he felt about the theft, Joe Cooke, OUCA treasurer and owner of the portrait, said that he not only felt “violated beyond belief by such a blatant disregard for property rights” but was also terrified by “the thought of what those sick socialists are doing to her.”Stephen Bush, Co-Chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, reported that “we don’t know anything about the theft.”Although traumatised by “the gap that now exists not only on my wall but in my heart”, Mr Cooke, of Oriel College, decided not to approach the police, but has offered a reward of a bottle of champagne to anyone providing information that led to the return of the portrait. An OUCA spokesman is reported to have offered the reward of a free lifetime membership to the association. Jason Keen, the Freshers’ Fair organiser, sympathised with Mr Cooke, saying that “The Freshers’ Fair organisers are sorry to hear that OUCA misplaced their picture of Mrs Thatcher during this year’s event and we hope they succeed in finding it.” “In the meantime, we think it’s important that there isn’t an overreaction to this.”Alex Harvey, a History student at St John’s, said “I find the situation ironic; she stole hope from so many people and now she’s been stolen.”Lady Thatcher, a former OUCA President, last spoke to the Association in 2002.
Regards,Pam MooreUnion City Dear EditorThank you for your support of the food pantry in Hillside, N.J. by taking the $1, $3, and $5 ticket at your neighborhood supermarket and adding the amount to your order. The hillside pantry facility supplies member food pantries (which help needy people who are hungry) with much needed fruit, vegetables, dairy and bread at no charge. The facility also has boxed and canned good items at a nominal fee. Additionally, local church pantries in Union City and West New York stock their pantries through generous donations from the congregation because they aren’t members of the Hillside facility. As a cashier in a local supermarket and as a volunteer at a food pantry, I personally see the generosity of the public and I want to thank you for your gifts of giving.
Image via Crown Publishing Group / Andrew Cuomo Twitter.NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has gained a national following through his management of the coronavirus pandemic, is writing a book that looks back on his experiences so far, and includes leadership advice and a close look at his relationship with the administration of President Donald Trump.Crown announced Tuesday that Cuomo’s “American Crisis” will be released Oct. 13, three weeks before Election Day, when Trump is expected to face presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The news comes the day after Cuomo addressed the Democratic National Convention and called the virus’ spread a metaphor for a country weakened by division. New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S., a welcome contrast to the spring, when it had one of the highest.The book is an unusual and risky case of reflecting on a crisis that is still ongoing, and could intensify in the fall.“In his own voice, Andrew Cuomo chronicles in ‘American Crisis’ the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic,” according to Crown, “sharing his personal reflections and the decision-making that shaped his policy, and offers his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government and the White House, as well as other state and local political and health officials.” Over the past few months, Cuomo has been praised for his calm but forceful demeanor, while also being accused of waiting too long to close schools and other indoor facilities, and criticized for the high number of deaths at New York nursing homes. He had said in July he was thinking of a book, commenting during a radio interview on WAMC that he wanted to document the “entire experience, because if we don’t learn from this then it will really compound the whole crisis that we’ve gone through.”In an excerpt from “American Crisis” that Crown shared with The Associated Press, Cuomo emphasized the importance of confronting fear.“The questions are what do you do with the fear and would you succumb to it,” he wrote. “I would not allow the fear to control me. The fear kept my adrenaline high and that was a positive. But I would not let the fear be a negative, and I would not spread it. Fear is a virus also.”Financial terms for “American Crisis” were not disclosed. Cuomo was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose other clients include former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Cuomo is also the author of “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life,” which came out in 2014.Cuomo, currently serving his third term, became known to many for his blunt, straightforward press conferences, and for a time was even mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. His style has differed notably from the more erratic approach of President Trump, a Republican with whom he has clashed often. In his speech to the Democratic convention, Cuomo bemoaned the “dysfunctional and incompetent” federal response to the pandemic. Trump, meanwhile, has blamed Cuomo’s “poor management” for New York’s tens of thousands COVID-19 fatalities.Cuomo has received some of his strongest criticism for the thousands of virus-related deaths at New York nursing homes. A recent AP investigation found that the state’s death toll of nursing home patients, already among the highest in the nation, could be significantly more than reported. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, only New York explicitly says that it counts just residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.So far, Cuomo’s administration has declined to release the number. The governor has called criticism of nursing home deaths politically motivated. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MerleFest – the 30th Celebration – features one of the festival’s most diverse lineups in its history.“We designed this year’s lineup to feature artists who have graced the stages at MerleFest over the past 29 festivals. We felt the 30th festival gave us an opportunity to put a spotlight on many of the artists who have made MerleFest one of the most esteemed festivals in the world,” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “However, as in years past, the lineup introduces some outstanding talent that Steve Johnson, artist relations manager, has discovered during his travels to other festivals in the U.S. and abroad. We want to celebrate the festival’s past and also look toward the future.”MerleFest, presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, includes a who’s who of roots music’s greatest performers, many with impressive collections of awards from The Recording Academy (Grammy Award), International Bluegrass Music Association, Americana Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and more.The 2017 lineup includes Zac Brown Band, The Transatlantic Sessions Tour with Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain featuring James Taylor, The Avett Brothers, Béla Fleck, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, The Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Steep Canyon Rangers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Kruger Brothers, Jorma Kaukonen, Mandolin Orange, John Driskell Hopkins Band, Sarah Jarosz, Tift Merritt, The Steel Wheels, Mipso, Scythian, Chatham County Line, Sierra Hull, I Draw Slow, Jim Lauderdale, and many others.“A MerleFest tradition is to honor the late folk legend Doc Watson and his son Eddy Merle Watson, for whom the festival is named. Doc helped start MerleFest in memory of his son who passed away in a tragic tractor accident, and he had a musical influence on most, if not all, artists who perform at the festival,” said Hagaman. “Sets planned to do that include the Docabilly Blues Blowout, Memories of The Watson Family, Gospel Songs of Doc Watson, and Stories and Songs of Doc Watson with The Kruger Brothers. In addition, Jack Lawrence will host the MerleFest Veterans Jam, which will include musicians who were close personal friends and performing partners with Doc and Merle and who Doc chose to perform at the first MerleFest in 1988.”Workshops planned about Doc include “History of MerleFest” by B. Townes, “On The Road with Doc – Songs and Memories” by Jack Lawrence, and “Guitar Stylings of Doc Watson” by Bryan Sutton.MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock, and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Guests of the festival have come to expect the unexpected – celebrated “MerleFest Moments” of special collaborations and impromptu stage jams that are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this annual homecoming of musicians and music fans.Special features at the 30th celebration will include the MerleFest Museum, which will be open during the festival for fans to visit. It includes old festival photos, videos, a montage of all the artists who have performed at the festival, and collections from and about Doc and Merle Watson. Additionally, the festival will sell a limited number of tickets to tour the backstage of Watson Stage, including the late Doc Watson’s dressing room. Tickets went on sale March 1 and must be purchased in advance of the festival.Visit MerleFest.org for more information about the festival and to see the complete lineup. Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An advance ticket discount runs through April 26, 2017. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival.
By Dialogo August 31, 2012 An agenda, which the Colombian government and the FARC would have agreed on, includes the possibility of a cease fire expected during the peace negotiations, was released to the press on August 29. The agenda was released while the country was still waiting for President Santos to offer more details on the “exploratory dialogue,” that he has authorized with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and confirm if they will in fact, begin peace negotiations. The text breaks down the six items on the agenda that both parties would have developed to “begin direct and uninterrupted conversations” to end the armed Colombian conflict after nearly half a century. It also considers collaborative dialogues from the governments of Cuba, Norway, Venezuela and Chile, to be held in Havana. The third item on the agenda, titled, “End of the conflict”, plans to address a “bilateral and final cease of fire and hostilities.” On August 29, several voices agreed on the need to come to a truce during the course of negotiations, unlike the last peace process, failed after four years. “Our global experience shows that peace processes work best when there is a cease fire,” said Todd Howland, UN delegate for human rights in Colombia. President Santos, in his brief message to the nation on August 27, clarified that “they will maintain the operations and the military presence on every inch of the territory.”
Bar backs Civil Legal Assistance Act Bar backs Civil Legal Assistance Act January 1, 2002 Regular News The Florida Bar-backed Civil Legal Assistance Act is making progress in the legislature, while on another issue — tax reform that could lead to a sales tax on legal services — the Bar for the moment is taking no position.Bar President Terry Russell and Legislation Committee Chair Hank Coxe reported on legislative activities at the Board of Governors’ November 30 meeting in Atlanta.Russell said there are several reasons the assistance act is getting a good reception from lawmakers.“First of all, it’s a worthy goal,” he said. “Florida is one of only 11 states that provide no assistance to legal aid programs.”Secondly, despite the efforts of current legal aid programs plus the Bar’s pro bono program (which donates upward of $100 million in services), there are still 14,000 legal aid cases turned away each year, Russell said.The $10 million cost is available from unused federal welfare funds, he said, adding that former Republican U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum has been retained by the Bar and the Florida Bar Foundation to lobby for the measure.As for the services tax, Russell reported that Senate President John McKay is pushing hard for reform of the state’s sales tax, advocating a cut to four percent and offsetting that by ending exemptions on many services and products.“We have taken no position on a proposed tax reform constitutional amendment [including the services tax],” Russell told the board.He added that the House and Gov. Jeb Bush are not enthusiastic about the proposal.In the upcoming session, Russell said he does not anticipate the serious challenges of the past two years, which saw the Supreme Court oversight of the Bar challenged, many bills filed that could politicize the judiciary and undercut judicial independence, and a successful bill last year that gave the governor all nine appointments to each of Florida’s judicial nominating commissions. That bill removed the Bar’s three direct appointments and instead let the Bar suggest appointees for four of the nine seats on each JNC.“We will probably not be facing the challenges we faced last year,” he said. “One reason is that legislators are facing reapportionment. Second, they are trying to reelect themselves, and third they are trying to pay for it all [in light of the state’s budget shortfalls]. There’s no place for the contentiousness they faced last year.”Coxe agreed with that assessment, adding that the Senate prefers to focus on reapportionment and budget issues rather than the legal system.He said Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, is still pushing her bill (SB 162) to do away with merit selection and retention for the appellate bench, letting the governor appoint and reappoint those judges and justices for separate six-year terms subject to Senate confirmation. The measure also sets an 18-year term limit for the district courts of appeal or the Supreme Court, and mandates open deliberations for trial court judicial nominating commissions.But there is little impetus to move the bill in the Senate, Coxe said, because of its understanding that there would be no major changes to the legal system after last year’s JNC bill.On a related matter, the Legislation Committee recommended and the board approved allowing the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee to lobby on two issues.Coxe said the committee wants to lobby against a bill that would remove the husband and wife testimony privilege from capital cases. And the second issue would allow the committee to lobby to make the rules for preservation of issues for appeal on state cases identical to federal rules.Currently in the state, if an attorney makes a motion in limine that is denied before trial, that motion — unlike in the federal rules — must be renewed during the trial to preserve the issue for appeal. Coxe said that change would help eliminate inadvertent omissions.