DART Returns from Dominica

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has returned to the island, having assisted with rebuilding operations in that country.This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a Statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 5).The team was deployed to the Caribbean territory for two months, where they provided engineering work, debris-removal assistance, security, logistics management of relief supplies as well as health services.“Of specific significance is that the bridge leading to one of the main tourist attractions – the Wotten Waven Hot Springs – was destroyed. The JDF engineers… constructed that bridge, so that the attraction can be opened next year for the winter season when their cruise ships come,” Mr. Holness said.He added that the repaired bridge is scheduled to be opened in January 2018. The 130-man disaster assistance team was led by Colonel Jamie O’Gilvie.last_img read more

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Bulk Carrier Experiences Engine Issue in Suez Canal

first_imgThe 74,269 dwt bulk carrier MV Paraskevi experienced an engine issue which caused it to briefly ground in the Suez Canal while it was transiting on the Northbound convoy, according to data provided by Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).GAC Egypt said that there “was no grounding,” but that the ship had engine trouble “for some minutes.”The ship, which ran into trouble at around 10 am local time, continued its voyage soon after with the assistance of Suez Canal tugs.At the time of the incident, the bulker was the last vessel in the Northbound convoy.There were no delays for the Northbound convoy, while the vessels in the Southbound convoy started dropping anchor at Great Bitter Lake until MV Paraskevi clears the canal, WSS said.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the 2003-built ship was sailing from the Australian port of Hay Point when it ran into trouble in the waterway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Suns Michael Beasley Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Photo by www.nba.si.comLast year, forward Michael Beasley said this in his introductory press conference with the Phoenix Suns: “I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy, so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”Well, apparently, it is back.Beasley was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop because in his possession were three cigarettes believed to contain marijuana. His Mercedes-Benz smelled of weed, according to police Officer David Pubins of Scottsdale, Ariz.Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.This incident could result in suspension by the NBA. Beasley already has a drug history. In June 2011, he was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, where he played before signing with Phoenix.He also has acknowledged that while playing for Miami, he twice violated the NBA’s drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.To say his NBA career has been a disappointment is an understatement. Blessed with immense talent, Beasley, from the Washington, D.C. area, has not come close to fulfilling his potential. He has been inconsistent and seemingly disinterested. Worse, he has not shown much improvement–on or offer the court–in his five years as a pro.According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin after results of lab tests are available. read more

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Apprehension Of Haitian Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 16 April, 2015 (RBDF): Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Matthew Town Base in Inagua apprehended ten undocumented Haitian nationals who were found aboard a 40-foot American registered sailing vessel anchored off Inagua this morning. The migrants were brought ashore and handed over to Bahamas Immigration officials in Inagua, and later flown to Nassau where they will be detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center.Transport of Migrants from Bimini to Nassau: HMBS DURWARD KNOWLES is alongside at Bimini embarking migrants who arrived on the island last evening. DURWARD KNOWLES is expected to return to Nassau tomorrow where migrants will be handed over to Immigration officials. Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force worked in collaboration with both members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Immigration Officials on the islands of Bimini and Inagua. Related Items:bimini, hatian migrants, inagua, matthew town base, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Migrants Apprehended Recommended for you Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Bimini Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alertlast_img read more

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Leno hails incredible Lucas

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised teammate Lucas Torreira after the Uruguayan midfielder put in a stellar performance in their 4-2 win against Spurs.Torreira scored the fourth goal as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down at half-time to win 4-2, and Leno was happy with the midfielder’s contribution.“Torreira is incredible,” Leno told the club’s website.“He’s a fighter and he’s so important for our game, for the whole defense. He produced another perfect game today”Leno, who joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen experienced his first North London derby and revealed they are aiming for the top four this season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was my first derby and the atmosphere was incredible. It was an important game for our fans and for us as well,” he said.“We want to finish the season in the top four and now we’re in front of Tottenham. It was very important.“It’s not just an important game for a manager to win against a team from the top six, it’s important for us as a team.“We lost the first two games against Chelsea and Manchester City but against Liverpool, we played very well.“We didn’t win that one but today we won against a good team and showed a very good performance.”last_img read more

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Air Force Offers Incentives to Trim Civilian Staffing at Headquarters

first_imgThe Air Force this week began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian workers to help it achieve a DOD initiative to reduce headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent.The incentives mark the third round of the service’s current workforce reduction effort, which is designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies.“The Air Force is committed to using voluntary separation programs as much as possible before pursuing involuntary options,” said Debra Warner, the service’s director of civilian force policy. “The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families,” Warner said.Last year, the service announced it would not go ahead with mandatory layoffs scheduled for 2015, but would continue to offer voluntary separation incentives, reported Government Executive. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at the time that the service had been “reduced far enough.”Officials still may need to eliminate some positions later in the year. Prior to carrying out involuntary reductions, though, headquarters offices and participating installations will attempt to shift employees away from “overage” positions and into permanent jobs, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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