Mobile poster trucks tour Paris marking two months captivity for French journalists and Syrian interpreter

first_img December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders marked two months of captivity in Iraq for French journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot and Syrian interpreter Mohammed Al-Joundi by sending eight poster trucks on a tour of Paris with the message: “Two months already – Free the hostages!”.”Despite the days and weeks that have gone by, we call on everyone to keep up the campaign for the release of our three colleagues who have been held hostage for two long months,” said Reporters Without Borders.”We must persist with our efforts and continue to tirelessly call for a quick return for these two journalists who were only doing their job.””We also urge reporters working in Iraq to take the greatest care. This country remains the world’s most dangerous for journalists. At least 44 have been killed since the start of the conflict in March 2003.”The organisation staged a rally on 20 October at the Place de la Bourse in Paris’s second district as a starting point for the mobile posters. The trucks were then to spend the day touring the capital, passing in front of the National Assembly, the Champs-Elysées, the foreign ministry, the Senate, the Trocadéro and the Human Rights square, to remind Parisians about the plight of the two journalists and their interpreter. News to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders marked two months of captivity in Iraq for French journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot and Syrian interpreter Mohammed Al-Joundi by sending eight poster trucks on a tour of Paris with the message: “Two months already – Free the hostages!”. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts October 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mobile poster trucks tour Paris marking two months captivity for French journalists and Syrian interpreter RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Al-Joundi’s family attended the departure of the trucks along with leading French figures such as politician Jack Lang, writers Pascal Bruckner and Fernando Arrabal, mayor of the second district Jacques Boutault and journalist and news presenter David Pujadas, all of whom are also involved in a radio campaign.Reporters Without Borders has since 31 August maintained a daily afternoon vigil in front of the Paris city hall, under giant photos of the three hostages. Members of the public are invited to sign petitions and send messages of support. The vigil will continue until the hostages are freed.Nearly 49,000 signatures have already been collected either at city hall, in town halls across France or on the worldwide press freedom organisation’s website www.rsf.org.France’s main TV channels are set to broadcast a daily 24-second spot produced without charge by advertising agency Capa until the hostages are released. French radio stations France Inter, France Info, France Culture, France Bleu, RTL and RMC Info already broadcast a daily message of solidarity read by a personality. Singer Alain Souchon, actor Isabelle Hupert, singer Henri Salvador and entertainer Michel Drucker have all already taken part.Georges Malbrunot, 41, freelance journalist working for Le Figaro, Ouest-France and RTL, Christian Chesnot, 38, a freelance with RFI and Radio France, along with their driver and fixer for more than a year, Mohammed Al-Joundi, were abducted by the Islamic Army in Iraq on 20 August 2004. RSF_en December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

first_img TAGS  FILE – This Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 file photo shows influenza vaccine syringes at the L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan’s Community Resource Center’s Free Drive-Thru vaccination event in Los Angeles. February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not in 2021. Flu has virtually disappeared, with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the UScenter_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Local NewsUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleFundraiser Shrimp Boil.jpgNext article060819_Farmers_Market_02 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

MEP Harkin welcomes ‘economic governance six pack deal’

first_img Twitter Google+ MEP Harkin welcomes ‘economic governance six pack deal’ Facebook Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Pinterest News LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Facebook Google+ By News Highland – September 29, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The financial situation in Europe should become more stable in the future because of new rules endorsed by the European Parliament this week.MEP’s in Strasbourg voted in favour of a new set of rules that will govern how Eurozone states manage their economies in the years ahead.The ‘economic governance six pack deal’ provides a series of measures that should prevent the kind of housing bubbles and budget deficits that European countries have experienced.The rules enable the European Commission to take action with member countries if they breach budgetary and economic policies.And sanctions and fines can be imposed on countries that break the rules.Independent MEP Marian Harkin was one of the MEP’s who supported the deal..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/11hark1.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Previous articleCalls for restrictions on sales of homes in rural areasNext articleIrelands tourism industry could double within next decade News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Quilters’ handiwork on display

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 8:52 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen “We will continue to take quilts until the end of next week,” Peak said. “There’s a lot of interest in the quilt show and we want to accommodate as many people as we can. The more quilts, the better the show.”One quilt that was brought in on Wednesday was a “Presidential” quilt and had likenesses of all the United States presidents through George W. Bush embroidered on it.Sansom said the variety of quilt patterns and styles makes the show interesting and appealing to all ages.“The show has some very interesting quilts,” she said. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits More than 100 quilts are on display at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama this month.“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do or do without.”That pioneer philosophy is on display 100 times and more as the Pioneer Museum of Alabama opens the 2011 Pioneer Museum Quilt Show, which will run through March 31.“Back in pioneers days, quilts were one of the most necessary household items,” said Jerry Peak, museum director. “Every house had a large supply of quilts and they were all handmade and the batting or wadding was most often made from cotton that was picked from the fields.” Print Article Peak said that quilts had many purposes, the main one as covering for the beds. But quilts were also used as pallets for babies and small children while the parents worked in the fields or tended the garden or during daylong meetinghouse services. Quilts were also used to cover windows and door to keep the cold out and as burial wraps, thus the old saying that quilts had uses “from the cradle to the grave.”“We have quilts of every kind in the Quilt Show this year,” said Shanny Sansom, a member of the Pioneer Quilters. “Some of the quilts are heirloom quilts and others are brand new but they all are beautifully done and each one has a story.”The Pioneer Museum Quilt Show was scheduled to open on Tuesday and more than 100 quilts were tagged and on display. However, a large number of quilts were registered on Tuesday and Wednesday and several more are expected in the next few days. Skip “One that came in Wednesday was a cathedral quilt and the needlework is incredible. The individual ‘cathedral’ squares were sewn together and into a quilt. It is a work of art.”Many of the quilt patterns are traditional, such as Grandma’s Flower Garden and the Log Cabin. But some of the patterns are modern designs and take-offs on the crazy quilt.“We have a variety of crazy quilts and we also have heirloom quilts that feature everything from string quilts to a replica of a Confederate quilt.In addition to the 100 and more quilts on display, the Quilt Show also features weavings, one of which dates back to the mid- to late-1700s.“The 2011 Quilt Show at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama is an outstanding one,” Sansom said.“Each quilt is tagged with the name of the person who made it or the owner. Some of the quilts have anecdotes attached. Members of the museum staff and our Pioneer Quilters will be around to answer questions about the quilts. Everyone is invited to visit the Quilt Show from now until March 31.”Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students and includes the museum tour and the Quilt Show.The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is located on U.S. Highway 231 north of Troy. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Quilters’ handiwork on display You Might Like Library projects on track An artist’s rendering shows the future Troy Public Library. Some external features have been adjusted to bring the project into… read more Email the author Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

California court order gives Scott Peterson hope for new trial in pregnant wife’s murder

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — The California Supreme Court has ordered a review of Scott Peterson’s murder conviction, nearly 16 years after the unfaithful husband was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife and unborn child.The state’s highest court announced on Wednesday that it’s sending Peterson’s case back to the San Mateo County Superior Court to reexamine and determine if it should be overturned, granting a new trial.The state Supreme Court found merit in a petition for habeas corpus Peterson’s lawyers filed in 2015, arguing his conviction should be tossed because one of the jurors who voted in 2004 to convict him failed to disclose she had been the victim of a crime. In the 2000 lawsuit, the juror, identified in court papers at Richelle Nice, alleged her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend “committed acts of violence against her” and prompted “fears for her unborn child.”“Mr. Peterson will be blunt. There is nothing in the record to support the state’s explanation as to why Ms. Nice gave false answers. Nothing,” Peterson’s lawyers argued in their petition.In her voir dire questionnaire, Nice claimed she had never been the victim of a crime, nor involved in a lawsuit.Prosecutors countered that Nice, who went on to publish a book with other jurors on their experiences in the Peterson case, simply made an honest mistake by not realizing her petition for a restraining order was “technically” a lawsuit.Peterson’s family issued a statement Wednesday praising the Supreme Court’s decision.“As the court takes a closer look, we are confident they will find enough evidence to warrant a reversal of Scott’s conviction,” the statement read. “We look forward to Scott being granted a new trial in the coming months.”It is not clear how long the lower court will have to review Peterson’s conviction and decide whether to grant a new trial.The decision by the state Supreme Court comes a little over a month since the same court overturned the death penalty sentence imposed on Peterson, ruling that “the trial court made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under longstanding United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson’s right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase.”Peterson, a former fertilizer salesman from the Central California town of Modesto, was tried in San Mateo County near San Francisco after he was granted a change of venue when his lawyers argued he could not get a fair trial in his hometown because of a “lynch-mob mentality” allegedly whipped up by negative media coverage.He was convicted in November 2004 on one count of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Laci Peterson — nearly 8 months pregnant at the time of her death — and one count of second-degree murder for killing their unborn son.One of the key prosecution witnesses to testify against Peterson was his former mistress, Amber Frey, who said Peterson masqueraded as a single person. When Frey, a massage therapist, learned Peterson was being investigated in the disappearance of his wife, she agreed to cooperate with investigators and recorded her phone calls with Peterson in which she confronted him about lying to her about being a widower.“I deserve to understand an explanation of why you told me you lost your wife and this was the first holiday you’d spend without her? That was December 9th you told me this, and now all of a sudden your wife’s missing? Are you kidding me? Did you hear me?” Frey was heard saying in wire-tapped recordings.Peterson, who actively participated in the search for his wife, responded to Frey: “I know you deserve an explanation. And I want to give you one. I, I can’t now. I mean, you don’t understand.”Prior to his arrest, Peterson went on national television to deny involvement in his wife’s disappearance, telling ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that he told his wife about his affair and that he feared she had been murdered.“Yeah, I mean, that is a possibility. It’s not one we’re ready to accept and it creeps into my mind late at night, and early in the morning,” he told Sawyer at the time.Peterson reported his wife missing on Christmas Eve of 2002. Her badly decomposed body and that of her unborn baby were discovered on April 14, 2003, after washing up on the shores of the San Francisco Bay near where Peterson told investigators he had gone fishing on the day his wife vanished.During Peterson’s trial, prosecutors alleged he killed Laci Peterson in their Modesto home and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay.Peterson, who is serving a life sentence at San Quentin State Prison, has maintained his innocence throughout.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has surgery on broken ankle, season likely over

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Days after suffering multiple ankle fractures in an accident on his ranch, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes underwent season-ending surgery, the team said Thursday.The 33-year-old Céspedes broke his right ankle in multiple places last weekend. The team did not provide significant details about the accident, other than to say Céspedes stepped in a hole on his ranch. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the accident did not involve a horse.Céspedes has not played this season, following two surgeries to remove calcification on both of his heels. He played just 38 games last season.Acquired at the 2015 trade deadline, Céspedes helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series and the 2016 Wild Card Game. He then signed a four-year, $110 million contract before the 2017 season. The team has not been back to the postseason since, and Céspedes has played only 119 games.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 23, 2019 /Sports News – National New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has surgery on broken ankle, season likely over Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 10/30

first_img Written by October 30, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/30 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootball3-A QuarterfinalsNEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps ran for 207 yards and controlled the clock for nearly 25 minutes as they bested the San Juan Broncos 20-7 Friday in the 3-A state football quarterfinals at Juab High School.The Wasps’ depth at tailback served them well as Trey Lund (17 touches, 96 scrimmage yards), Shan Jackson 13 car, 69 yards) and Bodee Blackett (14 touches, 49 scrimmge yards, rush TD) led Juab to their strong rushing performance which proved to be the difference in the game.Nevertheless, Alex Jackson (10-20, 112 yards, TD, 2 INT’s) made perhaps the biggest play of the night for the Wasps in the passing game.Alex Jackson to Teagan Christensen on the 45-yard scoring strike and #funfact, Teagan’s mom took my order at lunch this afternoon in Nephi. Richards’ PAT is good. 20-7 @Juab_Football with 26 seconds left in the 3rd Quarter. This is the play of the game thus far.— Brad James (@BradfatherSpeak) October 31, 2020In defeat, Jace Palmer (15-30, 164 yards, TD) and Ladd Ivins (6 rec, 41 yards, rec TD) led the Broncos, who end the season at 8-4.The Wasps now advance to the 3-A state football semifinals Friday at 12:00 pm at Southern Utah University and will face Delta for a right to play in the 3-A state football championship game.RICHFIELD, Utah-Britton Smith returned a punt 97 yards for a score, had a 9-yard touchdown run and hauled in a 23-yard scoring pass from Austin Topham for another touchdown as the Delta Rabbits pulled off their second consecutive postseason upset by besting Richfield 34-28 Friday in the 3-A state quarterfinals. Will Finlinson added touchdown runs of 4 and 9 yards in victory for the Rabbits. In defeat, Kasey Giddings had touchdown runs of 13 and 19 yards while Gavin Brown added a 7-yard touchdown run in the loss for the Wildcats. Ethan Udy also returned a punt 85 yards for another score in defeat for Richfield.BLUFFDALE, Utah-Caleb Sullivan threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Noah Mouritsen and Kaden Kelly returned a fumble 50 yards for another score as the Grantsville Cowboys upset Summit Academy 21-17 in the 3-A state quarterfinals Friday. Blake Thomas added a 1-yard touchdown run in the win for the Cowboys. Grantsville next faces Morgan Friday at 5:00 pm in the 3-A state semifinals at Southern Utah University.MORGAN, Utah-Ryder Lish threw touchdown passes to Gavin Turner (16 yards) and Jarron Savage (57 yards) as the Morgan Trojans overpowered Juan Diego 28-7 Friday in the 3-A state quarterfinals. Tanner Belinski added a 35-yard touchdown run and Tanner Stanley returned an interception 21 yards for another score in the win for Morgan.2-A QuarterfinalsBEAVER, Utah-Cobe Carter had scoring runs of 53, 55 and 8 yards and the Beaver Beavers shellacked Millard 43-7 Friday in the 2-A quarterfinals at Beaver High School. EJ Allred had a 68-yard touchdown run for the Beavers and Crayton Hollingshead had an 11-yard scoring jaunt for Beaver in the rout. Taevin Hunter also threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Statler Wright for the Beavers while Dylan Bartlett drilled a 27-yard field goal for Beaver. Eric Larsen hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Bond in the loss for the Eagles. Beaver next advances to the 2-A state semifinals Saturday November 7 at 12:00 pm in the state semifinals at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.DUCHESNE, Utah-Brock Adams had scoring runs of 9 and 10 yards as the Duchesne Eagles smacked Parowan 30-7 at Duchesne High School Friday in the 2-A quarterfinals. Jimmy Diaz added a 20-yard field goal for the Eagles. In defeat, Braden Bettridge had a 5-yard touchdown run for the Rams. Duchesne plays Milford Saturday November 7 at 5:00 pm at the state semifinals at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.KANAB, Utah-Casek Hardy had scoring runs of 7 and 2 yards as the Milford Tigers routed Kanab 34-7 in the 2-A quarterfinals Friday at Kanab High School. Bo Hardy added touchdown passes to Heston Sullivan (39 yards) and Bret Beebe (14 yards) for the Tigers in victory. Michael Warino had a 1-yard touchdown run in the loss for the Cowboys.Volleyball2-A State Tournament @ SVCChampionship MatchRICHFIELD, Utah-The dynastic North Summit Braves won their fourth state volleyball title in the past five seasons as they swept the Millard Eagles 3-0 Friday in the 2-A state championship match at the Sevier Valley Center. The Braves bested the Eagles 26-24, 25-21 and 25-14 to obtain the straight sets victory. North Summit has won state titles in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020.3rd-4th Place MatchRICHFIELD, Utah-The Enterprise Wolves swept Duchesne 3-0 Friday, earning 3rd place in the 2-A state volleyball tournament Friday at the Sevier Valley Center. The Wolves downed the Eagles 25-21, 25-21 and 25-19 to earn the state title.2-A State SemifinalsRICHFIELD, Utah-The North Summit Braves waxed Duchesne 3-0 in the 2-A state volleyball tournament semifinals Friday at the Sevier Valley Center. The Braves prevailed 25-20, 25-11 and 25-9 for the straight sets victory.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Millard Eagles outlasted Enterprise 3-2 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center in the 2-A state semifinals. The Eagles waxed the Wolves 25-21, 18-25, 17-25, 25-21 and 18-16 in the clinching set.5th-6th Place MatchRICHFIELD, Utah-Kanab downed Gunnison Valley 3-1 Friday in the 5th-6th place match at the 2-A state volleyball tournament at the Sevier Valley Center. Kanab prevailed 28-26, 26-24, 15-25 and 25-22 to down the Bulldogs.Consolation BracketRICHFIELD, Utah-Kanab overpowered Layton Christian 3-0 Friday in the consolation bracket at the 2-A state volleyball tournament at the Sevier Valley Center. Kanab prevailed 25-12, 25-20, 25-10, downing the Egales in straight sets.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs bested Altamont 3-0 in the consolation bracket at the 2-A state volleyball tournament Friday. The Bulldogs humbled the Longhorns 25-12, 26-24 and 28-26, prevailing in straight sets.1-A Volleyball TournamentSemifinalsROOSEVELT, Utah-The Rich Rebels downed Intermountain Christian 3-1 Friday in the 1-A state volleyball tournament semifinals at Union High School. The Rebels prevailed 20-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17. Rich faces Valley Saturday at 12:00 pm in the state championship match.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes gashed Panguitch 3-1 in the 1-A state volleyball tournament semifinals at Union High School Friday. The Buffaloes waxed the Bobcats 25-18, 25-16, 14-25 and 25-8. The Bobcats will face Intermountain Christian for 3rd-4th place Saturday at 9:00 am.QuarterfinalsROOSEVELT, Utah-The Rich Rebels downed the Wayne Badgers 3-0 Friday in the 1-A state quarterfinals at Union High School. The Rebels prevailed 25-14, 25-14 and 25-12 for the straight sets victory.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Intermountain Christian Lions humbled Milford 3-2 in the 1-A state quarterfinals at Union High School Friday.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats stymied Piute 3-0 in the 1-A state quarterfinals Friday at Union High School. The Bobcats humbled the Thunderbirds 25-20, 25-22 and 25-12 to obtain the straight sets victory.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes stampeded Escalante 3-0 Friday at Union High School in the 1-A state quarterfinals. The Buffaloes downed the Moquis 25-16, 25-16 and 25-17 in the straight sets victory.Consolation BracketROOSEVELT, Utah-The Piute Thunderbirds downed Escalante 3-0 at Union High School Friday in the 1-A consolation bracket. The Thunderbirds bested the Moquis 25-19, 25-9 and 25-19 in straight sets. Tags: Football/Roundup Brad Jameslast_img read more

USS Kentucky Gold crew changes command

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Kentucky ballistic missile submarine crew changes command USS Kentucky ballistic missile submarine crew changes command The Gold crew of the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) held a change of ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on July 12.Cmdr. James Hurt, from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, relieved Cmdr. Brian Freck, from Vienna, Virginia, and assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Kentucky Gold crew commanding officer during the ceremony at the Bangor Chapel.Freck assumed command of Kentucky Gold June 9, 2015, during a crew split ceremony at Deterrent Park. Kentucky was a combined green crew during the ship’s 40-month refueling overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The overhaul was necessary to extend the life of the submarine for another 20 years.“Looking back at what Kentucky has been through over the last three years and being part of the crew as it has transitioned from being a shipyard boat to one that is now fully certified and back on the line, it gives me, and should give each and every member of the Kentucky team a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment,” said Freck.Under Freck’s leadership, the boat returned to strategic service. The crew completed two deterrent patrols and 15 major inspections. The crew received the 2015 and 2016 Retention Excellence Awards and the Deck Seamanship Award. Also, 99 Sailors received their submarine warfare qualifications (dolphins) during his tenure.“Being in command of Kentucky has been an absolutely fabulous experience, and will be the highlight of my career,” said Freck. “It has had its challenges, both in port and at sea, but the Kentucky team has always been able to push through those challenges to complete the mission and get the job done.”Freck’s next assignment will be at Commander, Submarine Squadron 17, in Bangor, Washington, where he will serve as deputy commodore.Kentucky is one of eight Ohio-class Trident ballistic missile submarines stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the most survivable leg of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces. View post tag: USS Kentuckycenter_img View post tag: US Navy July 13, 2017 Authoritieslast_img read more

Oxford and Cambridge top philanthropy table

first_imgOxford and Cambridge received forty five per cent of all philanthropic donations to British universities, which reached record-breaking levels in the academic year 2011 to 2012, according to a study by the National Centre for Social Research.Funds of £774 million were secured by British institutions, showing an increase of 14.4% from the academic year 2010-2011, and a 33% increase from 2009-2010. Despite this development, the overall funding of some universities declined, with the average level of donations to individual institutions also decreasing. This suggests that while some universities continue to receive increasing financial support, others find their funds dwindling. Six institutions raised over £20 million, while nearly thirty secured funds of less than £100,000.Oxford’s fundraising campaign Oxford Thinking was launched in August 2004, one year before Cambridge’s 800th Campaign, marking the 800th anniversary of the University. Oxford Thinking announced a new goal of £3 billion in October after hitting the original target of £1.25 billion, while Cambridge continues to raise funds after announcing their initial campaign, which aimed to raise £1 billion, as completed. Both reached their original fundraising targets in 2012 and 2010 respectively.A substantial amount of funds has been raised by telethon campaigns that employ students, who contact alumni and request their financial support by way of a monthly or annual gift. “These campaigns are a good way not only to raise money for the university, but also to maintain contact between current students and the alumni,” said Eunice Kim, a student participant in Lady Margaret Hall’s telethon in March.OUSU President David J. Townsend commented, “I think it’s natural that students and alumni feel a sense of gratitude for the philanthropy of previous generations, and when confronted by the withdrawal of much of the public funding of universities, alumni are increasingly stepping up to make sure that Oxford can be genuinely open to talent regardless of wealth.”Michael Moritz, who made a record-breaking gift of £75 million to the university with his wife in July 2012, also cited the withdrawal of funding as being a motivation to donate, saying, “The increase in tuition fees certainly accentuated the need for scholarship programmes.”Moritz, alumnus of Christ Church, made the largest gift for undergraduate student support in European history with his wife Harriet Heyman, foundingthe Moritz-Heyman scholarship programme.Moritz told Cherwell, “Both my parents were the beneficiaries of educational scholarships at a time when their families could not afford to pay. When I came to the US I too also benefited from a scholarship which was the only way I could afford to study for a graduate degree. Both Harriet and I believe that family income should not be a barrier to study at Oxford. That’s why we came up with our scholarship programme.”Moritz’s donation encourages the University to be proactive in its fundraising and aims to encourage further philanthropic giving to the institution. The donation’s three tranches of £25 million must be matched by a further £25 million from the university’s endowment, and then challenges the collegiate university to raise a further £50 million in gifts.Oxford receives donations from all over the world, from alumni and non-alumni donors alike. According to Oxford University Press Office, 74% of those donations go directly to the colleges themselves. Oxford has a long-standing culture of philanthropy, with all colleges either being founded, or at least aided, by gifts to the University. Mr. Moritz believes that “donors to Oxford and its students are part of a long tradition,” and suggests that like previous generations, current donors are “just reacting to the circumstances of our times.”last_img read more

Ivy Tech Nursing Program Ranked 2nd in the State

first_imgIvy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus was recently notified that its Licensed Practical Nurse Program in the Barbara J. Hilton R.N. School of Nursing, was ranked 2nd in Indiana as the best nursing program by practicalnursing.org. 100% of the LPN graduates from the Evansville campus passed the NCLEX-PN test for the years 2014-2018. This exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure, according to practicalnursing.org.“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The 100% pass rates here in Evansville of the LPN program indicate the high quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates, and the high demand for these graduates in area hospitals and other health-related facilities proves the success of the preparation our students receive.”The 2nd place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-PN licensing pass rates. According to practicalnursing.org’s website, NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for all PN programs were collected for five years, if available. If schools had the same pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including the 1) Looking at the number of students taking the exam — the higher the number, greater the ranking position and 2) the number of years of test data available – those with more years of data, the greater the ranking positionAt Ivy Tech, the Practical Nurse (LPN) Technical Certificate can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Science in Nursing degree and can be earned in about one year, after completing general education requirements. The program provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program.Dean of Ivy Tech Evansville School of Nursing Gail Lindsay said the faculty at Ivy Tech Evansville is unmatched in their dedication to the students. “Every day I see students and faculty who are working together to help the student be successful. Many of our students come to us with life challenges they are overcoming and still, they bring everything they have to the table and obviously, as the pass rates show, work to reach their end goal.”In Indiana, 20 schools were analyzed for five years, with 5 being ranked.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more