ESPS Victoria Assists Somalian Fishing Boat

first_img December 2, 2015 View post tag: ESPS Victoria Authorities View post tag: Op Atalanta Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Victoria Assists Somalian Fishing Boat center_img ESPS Victoria Assists Somalian Fishing Boat Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria, integrated into the counter-piracy operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean, assisted a fishing boat off the coast of Somalia on November 29.The ship was informed that the boat was running out of fuel and water.The rough weather prevented the use of the warship’s RHIBs and the Commanding Officer decided to dispatch the SH-60 helicopter.The boat was ordered to change course to facilitate the delivery of the requested help which subsequently enabled the fishing boat to continue sailing towards her homeport.With a crew of 200 people, the ESPS Victoria will remain in the area of operations for five months. This is the third time she participates in this EU deployment in the Indian Ocean.[mappress mapid=”17486″]Image: Spanish Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Trojans continue their sliding ways in Pullman

first_imgBy the time Washington State right fielder Derek Jones flied out to end the eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash., the damage had been done —w both by Jones and the Cougars (31-18, 14-10).Washington State beat USC 8-2 to complete its first ever three-game sweep of the Trojans (25-31, 5-19).Down and out · USC senior righthander Kevin Couture has been unable to earn a win over his last three starts despite pitching superbly. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan Jones contributed a career weekend, blasting three home runs, knocking 11 RBI and scoring five runs.For the Cougars, it was all about the big inning.Four times they scored five runs or more: six runs in their first at bat of the series, 10 more in the fifth inning of the 20-7 rout Friday night, 11 tallies in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 18-4 beat-down and five runs before Jones’ flyout Sunday.Saturday’s fourth inning was also a career inning for Jones. He began the 11-run onslaught with a two-run homer off the right field foul pole. And when the Cougars batted around, Jones ended the inning’s scoring. Jones launched Logan Odom’s 2-2 offering to centerfield for a grand slam.In a series that featured Washington State’s largest margin of victory over USC (14), the most runs the Cougars have scored against USC (20) and the most runs scored all-time in a three-game series against USC (46), one of the few bright spots was the pitching of senior starter Kevin Couture on Sunday.After struggling through much of the season, Couture seems to have put it all together for the final stretch, compiling a 2.00 ERA in his last four appearances — too bad he can’t seem to get any run support.Over his last three starts, Couture has pitched 17 innings, allowing only four runs on 14 hits while striking out 15 batters. Yet, he sports a 0-2 record with a no decision because of USC’s inability to put runs on the board.Against Washington State, the right-hander gave his team a chance to win, pitching six innings and striking out six and allowing only two runs. But for the third straight time in his starts, the USC offense provided Couture only one run.Jones hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the seventh inning before putting the game out of reach with the five-run eighth inning against the depleted Trojans’ bullpen.Senior outfielder Mike O’Neill capped a strong week of hitting with his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He recorded a pair of hits and scored Matt Hart with a RBI-single in the eighth inning. Infielder Hart, a junior transfer who spent his freshman season at Washington State, also notched a pair of hits in only his second start in the last month.With a 5-19 conference record, the Trojans are assured of finishing last in the Pac-10 for the second time in Chad Kreuter’s four-year tenure and only the third time in the last 75 years.USC started off the week with a promising bounce back after the heartbreaking loss in the UCLA series finale. Facing a hard-hitting New Mexico State (36-21-1) squad that averages over 10.5 runs per game, the Trojans held the Aggies to 11 runs in a two-game sweep. In both games, USC won in dramatic fashion in its final at-bat.Tuesday night, a five-run seventh inning by New Mexico State tied the game 8-8 until the bottom of the 11th inning when sophomore infielder Ricky Oropesa deposited a pitch beyond the right-field fence for a walk-off home run. Senior Shuhei Fujiya picked up the win after throwing four and one-third scoreless innings.Determined not to let Oropesa beat them a second straight day, the Aggies intentionally walked the left-handed slugger in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead and the tying run on second base. But senior outfielder Keith Castillo made them pay with a RBI-single through the right side.Sophomore outfielder Matt Foat drove home the winning run with a single to center field, and sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree pushed across an insurance run with a groundout. Sophomore reliever Brad Douthit collected the win after pitching three scoreless innings.The Trojans will complete their season with four home games this week.last_img read more

Sarajevo will be the host of the Balkan Table Tennis Championship in 2013

first_imgIn the organization of the table tennis Academy ”Stad” in Sarajevo, the 39th Balkan Table Tennis Championship for seniors will be held in Sarajevo. On the occasion of the forthcoming championship, the agreement on organization was signed between the Academy ”Stad” and the Municipality Center Sarajevo with the Balkan Table Tennis Union. The Municipality Center Sarajevo will perform the duties as the co-organizer of this championship, which will be held from the 28th August till the 1st September, 2013.This championship will be held at the same time when the Balkan Table Tennis Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Due to that, during the championship, a ceremonial congress of the Balkan Table Tennis Union will also be held.” Today I may officially say that Sarajevo will be the host of the Balkan Championship in table tennis. Next year, the Balkan Table Tennis Union is celebrating its 50th  anniversary, and this is also the year when the World Championship in table tennis is celebrating its 40th  anniversary, so all these anniversaries will be marked with the attendance of worlds and European table tennis federations”- said the managing director of the Balkan Table Tennis Union, Milorad Trpovski.last_img read more

Federal Appeals Court to Rehear Epstein Victims’ Claims on Plea Deal

first_imgA federal appeals court decided last Friday to reconsider claims that prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse victims by not informing them about a secret plea deal.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Atlanta, vacated a previous panel’s 2-1 decision last April that had rejected an effort to reverse an agreement federal prosecutors made with Epstein in 2008.According to The Miami Herald, it was discovered that former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who resigned from his position last July, cut a deal with Epstein that kept him out of prison when Acosta was a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida.Despite its ruling in April, the three-judge panel had called the South Florida prosecutors’ deal with Epstein “beyond scandalous” and a “national disgrace.”The three judges had rejected Courtney Wild’s petition to convince federal prosecutors in South Florida to charge Epstein on the grounds that the federal officials violated Wild’s and other victims’ rights when they cut a secret deal with him behind their backs. Instead, prosecutors allowed Epstein to plead guilty to solicitation charges in state court in Palm Beach County.“I had confidence this day would come,” Wild said in a statement through her lawyers. “We have fought for 12 years, and as I’ve said before, no matter how many obstacles pile up, we will never give up fighting for what is right.”Her lawyers are vowing to get Epstein’s “secret” plea deal with South Florida prosecutors thrown out.“This is an important ruling for crime victims, not just for Epstein’s victims but all victims of federal crimes,” Wild’s lawyers, Paul Cassell and Brad Edwards, said. “We look forward to arguing before the full Eleventh Circuit that [the] ‘secret’ plea deal violates the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and that this particular deal should be rescinded.”The three-judge appellate panel had previously ruled that since prosecutors never brought charges against Epstein in the federal court in South Florida, his victims were not legally allowed to seek relief under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.“Despite our sympathy for Ms. Wild and others like her, who suffered unspeakable horror at Epstein’s hands, only to be left in the dark — and, so it seems, affirmatively misled — by government lawyers, we find ourselves constrained to deny her petition,” Judge Kevin Newsom wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Judge Gerald Tjoflat.The panel’s decision was then appealed to the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because of a sharply critical dissent by the third panelist, Judge Frank Hull. “The majority concludes that our court is constrained to leave the victims ‘empty handed,’ and it is up to Congress to ‘amend the [CVRA] to make its intent clear,’ ‘’ Hull wrote. “Not true. The empty result here is only because our court refuses to enforce a federal statute as Congress wrote it. The CVRA is not as impotent as the majority now rewrites it to be.“Given the undisputed facts that the U.S. Attorney’s Office [in Miami] completed its investigation, drafted a 53-page indictment, and negotiated for days with Epstein’s defense team, the office egregiously violated federal law and the victims’ rights by not conferring one minute with them [or their counsel] before striking the final [non-prosecution agreement] deal granting federal immunity to Epstein and his co-conspirators,” Hull concluded.Wild’s petition, which was filed last October, challenged U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra’s decision that she and others were not eligible for any major relief, even though he actually concluded that federal prosecutors violated the rights of Epstein’s victims by not informing them about his non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.She and another plaintiff, known as Jane Doe 2, wanted Marra to restore the originally planned federal sex-trafficking charges against Epstein, but he refused.Marra said he did not have the authority to order federal prosecutors in South Florida to move forward with charges, even before Epstein’s death.In his September ruling, Marra left open the possibility that certain requests from the victims could be fulfilled.For example, they sought to meet with prosecutors about why the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida did not seek a sex trafficking indictment against Epstein 2008, and why the case status was kept secret from them.Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell last August, as he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.last_img read more

Alex Scott says even Lionel Messi wouldn’t get into this Man City team!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement dpipNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs89mjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E51( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9b9Would you ever consider trying this?😱g66Can your students do this? 🌚08vmpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former English footballer Alex Scott’s one comment about Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team created a controversy. Alex Scott was there in the talk show of Sky Sports at the time of showing the video of the Goals of the first game week.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPWhen she started to praise the attacking line up of Manchester City, Alex Scott mentioned,“Would Messi, with his levels even get into a Pep team?”Advertisement Her words have created a huge controversy. She just tried to emphasize the depth of the attacking line up of Manchester City. One of their main attacking options, Leroy Sane is out of the field for the next 7-8 months with an injury in the anterior cruciate ligament. Without him, Manchester City produced such a stellar performance against West Ham United in the opening match of the season. Even two of their best players, Sergio Aguero and Bernadro Silva were in the bench in this match.However, Alex Scott was questioned by a few fans of Lionel Messi on Twitter. Alex Scott replied to them on Twitter. She said,Advertisement  “Would ‘todays’ Messi fit into the Manchester City Team? Of course he could…“But the point on the show, which I thought would be interesting to start a debate was…“Would Pep have to change City’s high intensity style of play to fit Messi in? And if so, WOULD HE??”Alex Scott brought the topic of Lionel Messi to start a debate and she had no intention of demeaning Lionel Messi.Manchester City clinch Community Shield with Tiebreaker heroics of Claudio Bravo Advertisementlast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Is wild-card path truly bad for road-tested team?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Week 16 brings with it the 49ers’ regular-season home finale, against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. Ideally, the 49ers would like to host their first playoff game in Levi’s Stadium history three weeks later. Ideally, we should cut to the chase and unveil this week’s mailbag via my Instagram and Twitter questionnaires:Given the 49ers record on the road, could a wild-card spot be a blessing in disguise? (@geoffcast)Nope. The wild-card road is brutal. Just recall the …last_img

Home Affairs speeds up services

first_img11 June 2008The Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy is on track, marking a change in the way the department does business and delivers services to citizens and residents.Delivering her budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said that this could only bode well for the customers who visited Home Affairs offices.She said that her department had achieved the goals set out in the first phase of the turnaround strategy, with the department being able to issue a new identity document within two-and-a-half months – down from the initial waiting period of up to six months.“We are well on our way to our aim of two months by the end of the year,” she added.The department has also acquired a new e-passport production system, to be installed in the government printing works by August this year, with staff already having begun training on the new system.“The main benefit of the new system will be the reduction in the passport production turnaround time due to the printing systems ability to print higher volumes,” she said. “The implementation of online fingerprint verification and subsequent interface with the passport completion processes will further enhance the turnaround times and issuance within 10 days.”Constitutional obligationMapisa-Nqakula said the department had a constitutional obligation to provide every South African with an identity document, which serves as a key for access to rights and services in the country.“By introducing an operational management system as part of the roll out of the new process, we are eliminating blockages in the production process,” she said. “This means that we will be able to offer our clients reasonable and reliable time frames within which they can expect their documents.”She said that the Track and Trace system, which enables the department to track the progress of customers’ ID applications, had transformed the way in which the department handled customer enquiries about the progress of their applications.“We can report that the system is now fully operational in all our permanent offices nationwide,” she said. “We are receiving positive feedback both externally and internally. The system has clearly worked as a management and a service tool.”In addition, temporary Identification Certificates are now being issued immediately.Fingerprint identificationThe department also started with the roll out of online fingerprint verification systems, which enable it to verify fingerprints electronically at local offices even before applications are sent to the head office in Pretoria, in 40 offices during March this year.The online verification makes it possible for counter staff to conduct real-time fingerprint comparison of citizens whose fingerprints were previously registered on the automated fingerprint identification system.This has lead to further improved turnaround times in respect of issuing ID documents, temporary identity certificates, emergency and temporary passports. Previously centralised manual fingerprint verification took an average of seven days to process.Smart ID cardsMapisa-Nqqkula told members of Parliament that a pilot project for smart ID cards – the only outstanding element of the Home affairs National Identification System – would commence in December this year, after the Cabinet approved the model and roll out plan for the card and the replacement of the current green bar-coded ID book.This will streamline the production process, reduce turn around times for the ID document and ensure the integrity of the identification system, she said, adding that the roll-out would go hand-in-hand with the national population register clean up.The department has set aside a total of R114-million for the 2008/09 financial year, with the amount rising to R335-million in the 2009/10 financial year as the volumes of the roll out increase.“In order to properly manage the roll out, we will issue a limited number of these cards to identified vulnerable groups and continue with a staggered roll out in the following years,” she said. “Discussions will be held with the [Independent Electoral Commission] regarding the use of these cards during the 2009 general elections.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Lotto funds 2010 legacy fields

first_img“This is why, when we bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we did so on the basis that it leaves a lasting legacy for football in South Africa. 7 April 2009 “We need to strengthen grassroots development by providing quality football fields to accelerate the generation of world-class players at the level of the regions of [the South African Football Association].” The fund, which relies on money generated by the National Lottery, currently has in the region of R2-billion a year to distribute to registered non-profit organisations in the fields of charities, arts, culture and national heritage and sport and recreation. “One of the worst legacy of sport under apartheid is the dearth of football facilities in disadvantaged areas and the complete lack of recognition and support by the apartheid government of the sport,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer Danny Jordaan said in a statement this week. National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund spokesman Sershan Naidoo said the fund focused “on areas of greatest need and greatest potential, so that all South Africans can gain from, and contribute to, South Africa’s development.” South Africa’s National Lottery has donated R81-million to a 2010 legacy programme that will build 27 Fifa one-star standard synthetic surface soccer fields in rural and township areas around the country over the next three years. First nine facilities SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The LOC and Safa have identified the first nine sites to host such facilities for the current year, with one site in each province. Synthetic surfaces reduce the cost of upkeep, while it is proposed that each facility will include a clubhouse and office for the local football community.last_img read more

Ag districts provide defense for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentWith the Feb. 26 special election on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights looming in the city of Toledo, Ohio Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to enroll their operations in an agricultural district. OFBF Policy Counsel and Senior Director of Member Engagement Leah Curtis sat down with Ty Higgins, OFBF director of media relations, to discuss LEBOR’s potential impacts and the overall benefits to farmers who enroll in an agricultural district.The Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) states that Lake Erie, and the Lake Erie Watershed, has the right to “exist, flourish and naturally evolve…” and gives any Toledoan the right to file a lawsuit on the lake’s behalf against any business or government entity in the Lake Erie Watershed.The ag district program provides an affirmative defense for farmers in certain types of nuisance lawsuits. While it is not certain this defense will apply in potential LEBOR cases, it is one of the best and most underutilized tools in agriculture. Regardless of where a farming operation is located in the state, taking the step of enrolling in an ag district can be an extra legal tool in defense of your operation. Contact your county auditor to enroll.Online ExtraOhio Ag Net LEBOR podcast with Leah Curtis  Leave a Commentlast_img read more