US Embassy Provides $6 Million for Emergency Ops Centers in Grenada, Carriacou

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown November 12, 2020 On October 19, U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Linda Taglialatela joined Grenadian Minister of Finance Gregory Bowen, Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Management Winston Garraway, and Permanent Secretary Rhonda Jones to commission a new emergency operations center and warehouse in Morne Jaloux.This center will serve as the headquarters for the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA), which coordinates Grenada’s emergency planning, training, response, and recovery efforts for natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Project is providing $3.9 million for the construction of this center and $2.7 million for a similar project in Carriacou. Both projects are expected to be completed by March 2021.“Normally, I would have the privilege of digging the first shovel full of dirt to mark the beginning of construction, but clearly it is well underway!” the ambassador told the audience at an outdoor ceremony, which included Morne Jaloux constituents. “The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed my travel here, but I am extremely pleased to see the progress of this facility thus far, and I look forward to returning to Grenada in March to officially hand over the Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse to the National Disaster Management Agency.”Minister Bowen expressed his gratitude for the upgrade to Grenada’s emergency preparedness. “What we have here will give us the opportunity for men and women to remain in this facility and man our recovery after a disaster,” he said. “Everything will be located in this facility.” Minister Garraway continued, “This is a dream we’ve had for a very long time.” He called the project “a gift to the people of Grenada and Carriacou — demonstrating the true friendship between the U.S. government and Grenada.” Garraway added that the center will reinforce collaboration between national, regional, and global partners, which will integrate Grenada into an “international network of preparedness.”The U.S. government previously funded the construction of two smaller emergency operations centers in both mainland Grenada and Petite Martinique. This most recent investment strengthens the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership, a collaborative effort launched in 2019 to build regional disaster response capacity and support strong Caribbean communities.last_img read more

Germany, UK Anti-ISIS Vote Highlights Congress’ Inaction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]G[/dropcap]ermany on Thursday joined a growing list of nations to approve military support against the self-declared Islamic State in the wake of high-profile attacks outside Syria. Germany’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a non-combat measure that would send reconnaissance jets and personnel to buttress France’s own war against the Islamic State, also know as ISIS or ISIL. The vote came on the same day the United Kingdom carried out its first air strikes against the apocalyptic militant group after its own parliament one day earlier approved the bombing campaign during a contentious debate on whether or not to get involved. Both Germany and the UK decided to act in response to the vicious assault in Paris that left 130 dead three weeks ago.The two nations join Russia and France as countries that have given their respective armed forces some measure of authority to get involved in the conflict. In the case with Russia, however, President Vladimir Putin has been accused of targeting rebels seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad in order to prop up the embattled president’s regime. Meanwhile, after more than a year of combating the bloodthirsty terror organization through an intense air bombing campaign, the United States Congress—the only government branch authorized to approve war—has yet to even hold a vote on the country’s ongoing war against ISIS. Critics charge that Congress has largely abdicated its duty, even as elected officials and presidential candidates call for a more forceful response against ISIS. The lack of war authorization hasn’t stopped the Obama administration from targeting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. The White House is currently relying on war authorization from 2001 and 2002, both implemented in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, to justify bombing ISIS positions. Aside from this campaign, the White House announced in October that it would deploy several dozen US Special Forces to advise moderate forces fighting ISIS. Civil liberties groups have argued that the authorization to use military force (AUMF) from 2001 and 2002 are both overbroad and outdated. The former was authorized under President George W. Bush to use force against those responsible for 9/11, meaning al Qaeda. ISIS did not exist at the time, and although it was borne out of al Qaeda, it was disavowed last year by the terrorist organization. And the 2002 AUMF approved use of force against Iraq. After the White House announced deployment of US Special Forces, several members of Congress said it was time to officially authorize war against ISIS. The White House in February proposed its own version that would authorize a three-year offensive against ISIS and any “associated forces” or “closely-related successor.” It would also sunset the 2002 AUMF. But Congress has yet to hold a vote on its merits. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Ca), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who proposed his own AUMF last January, tried to force Congress to debate war authorization as part of an amendment to a defense appropriations bill in June, but it was rejected. Schiff has been one of the most outspoken critics of Congress’ inaction on the issue. “I applaud Prime Minister Cameron for urging his nation to join the fight against ISIS in Syria by providing British bombers to attack the terror organization’s targets,” Schiff told the Press in a statement Friday through a spokesman. “And the British Parliament deserves credit for doing something the US Congress has yet to undertake, and that is, allow a full debate and vote on the war effort. British air support in Syria would add an important new contribution to defeating ISIS and ending its stranglehold on the people of Iraq and Syria.” Locally, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, believes “We should go all out but do not need authorization,” his spokesman said in an email. Although the Obama administration has stated it believes it currently has proper authorization to justify its war on ISIS, it still sought a vote from Congress to ostensibly demonstrate a united front. During an address to the nation Sunday night, Obama reiterated his desire for Congress to act. “If Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists,” Obama told America, four days after 14 people were killed in an ISIS-inspired shooting in Southern California. “For over a year, I have ordered our military to take thousands of airstrikes against ISIL targets. I think it’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united, and committed, to this fight.” Schiff has taken the position that if US officials are willing to tell service members to go to war, that Congress should at least be able to hold a vote. “If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is,” Schiff said on the House floor back in June, “it’s worth having Congress do its job.”last_img read more

Former Sunrise Terrace Community Center torn down after 60 years

first_imgHe also says they wanted to salvage the building but that was too costly. Town of Dickinson Supervisor Michael Marinaccio says the center was built around 60 years ago and had to be demolished because the back of the building was deteriorating. He says it was considered dangerous to be in. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Former Sunrise Terrace Community Center in the town of Dickinson was torn down Monday morning.center_img Marinaccio says they hope to turn the location of building into a park for local families to enjoy.last_img read more

Smart-beta allocations still restricted to larger schemes, research shows

first_imgOf those yet to evaluate smart beta, the most common reason cited was a lack of belief it provided any investment merit, stated by 41% of schemes.One-third (32%) said it was because consultants were yet to recommend the option, while one-quarter (24%) cited a lack of resource.The institutions responding to the survey also disagreed on the definition of smart beta, although, amid the ongoing debate, a consensus is forming.Some 45% of respondents said smart beta could be defined as an alternative way to construct market exposures, whereas 22% said it was any index exposure not based on traditional market-cap weightings.While smart beta can be used across both equity and fixed income asset classes, the research focused on usage within shareholdings.The majority of respondents (62%) still only have less than 10% of their equity exposure run under smart-beta strategies, while 18% have more than 20%.However, half of those with allocations expect to increase this in the near future, with around 42% maintaining their set up.This combines with more than three-quarters of schemes currently evaluating allocations expecting to make one within the next 18 months.Of those choosing not to implement a smart-beta strategy, the most common reason was a limited track record from managers, stated by 35% of respondents.The research also found a growing divide in the perception and take-up of smart-beta strategies across Europe and North America.While 40% of European institutions responding have allocations, this fell to 24% in North America.More than 30% of North American investors said they did not anticipate making allocations in the next 18 months, while the proportion evaluating and deciding not to implement was broadly equal between the two regions.Sorca Kelly-Scholte, managing director for client strategy and research, said the research showed the strategy was very much still in its infancy.“The results also confirm that outcome-orientated European investors are embracing smart-beta index tools,” she said. Smart-beta allocations are still restricted to pension funds with greater resource, despite their being seen as a middle ground between passive and active equity allocations, according to research by Russell Investments.Russell’s survey of global institutional investors found that only 9% of pension funds managing less than $1bn (€722m) had smart-beta allocations, compared with 46% for those with more than $10bn in assets. Close to half of these smaller funds also stated no plans to start evaluating allocations to the range of strategies, while around a tenth ruled out allocations altogether.Across all scheme sizes, 32% have allocations, with around one-tenth ruling out any movement into the space.last_img read more

Estancia mayor’s office robbed

first_imgJob hire employee Jency Dela Cruz discovered the burglary around 11:30 a.m. on June 15, a police report showed.   ILOILO City – Unidentified robbers barged into the mayor’s office of Estancia, Iloilo. Two internet modems, a closed circuit television camera and P700 cash went missing. They have yet to identify the suspects as of this writing./PN Police believed the suspects gained entry through the comfort room at the back of the municipal hall.  last_img

Arsenal’s FA Cup glory hands Mourinho’s Spurs heavy Euro blow

first_imgArsenal winning the FA Cup has hit North London rival Tottenham’s new season plans. The Daily Mail says Mikel Arteta bagged his first trophy as Gunners boss with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley – landing the north Londoners a spot UEFA’s second-tier competition next season. Wolves were the big losers having been reliant on a Chelsea victory for qualification, while Jose Mourinho will also be fuming as extra match-days were added to his fixture list upon Anthony Taylor’s full-time whistle.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All? read also:Lampard blasts Chelsea stars after FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal Tottenham will have to win three qualifying rounds to even enter next season’s Europa League group stages, with the likes of Kazakh side FC Kaisar and Andorran outfit Santa Coloma potential opponents. The first match is scheduled for September 17, just five days into the 2020-21 season, meaning Mourinho will already have an additional complicating factor in his team selection for Premier League games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Shute scores IMCA Modified Frostbuster honors at Boone

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (April 19) – Todd Shute shot to the front and made short work of his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified foes in Saturday’s Frostbuster feature at Boone Speedway.A single caution interrupted the 25-lapper. Eventual runner-up Troy Cordes stayed close on the initial green and then again on the restart, but Shute was unchallenged most of the distance in the $1,000 to win event. The defending Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winner, Shute made the most of the high line and had no lapped traffic to slow him down. Mark Elliott, Russ Dickerson and Jimmy Gustin completed the top five. Also winning Frostbuster features postponed from April 5 and again from April 12 were Donavon Smith in the IMA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mike Pruitt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Jerry Gifford led the opening laps of the Stock Car main, soon to be joined by Smith, Randy Brands and Wayne Gifford. Brands was eliminated from the tussle when he had to retire to the infield but the jousting continued with Josh Daniels, Trent Murphy and Bob Daniels joining in. Smith managed to pull off the pass for the lead with three laps remaining, put distance between himself and second, and secured the win. Jerry Gifford took the runner up spot. Third through fifth were a real tossup in the waning moments, with Daniels scored in third, fourth going to Wayne Gifford and Daniels finishing fifth.After starting from the pole, Pruitt found himself chasing John Watson for the Hobby Stock lead. Watson was faster out of turn four while Pruitt had the edge out of two, finally regaining the front spot on lap four. The fast-paced 15-lapper saw just one caution, when the yellow waved just after midway. Watson kept Pruitt out of his comfort zone but couldn’t shake him from the lead. Austin Luellen, Eric Stanton and Bill Richards ended third through fifth, respectively. Smith’s victory paid $500, Pruitt’s $250. Ben Kates won last Saturday’s Frostbuster for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and made it two straight at Boone by taking the regular season opening checkers.Also winning scheduled features were Dennis Pittman in the Modifieds, Jerry Gifford in the Stocks and Shannon Anderson in the Hobbies. Pittman’s victory was his IMCA career 68th and sanctioned first since 2009. A total of 171 cars saw action Saturday at Boone. Frostbuster Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Todd Shute; 2. Troy Cordes; 3. Mark Elliott; 4. Russ Dickerson; 5. Jimmy Gustin; 6. Adam Larson; 7. Ronn Lauritzen; 8. Racer Hulin; 9. Justin Sackett; 10. Kyle Krampe; 11. John Logue; 12. Kyle Brown; 13. Cole Ferguson; 14. Jason Wolla; 15. 
Nick Roberts; 16. Jacob Murray; 17. Regan Tafoya; 18. Jon Snyder; 19. Jared Siefert; 20. Scott Davis; 21. Johnny Whitman; 22. Jim Thies
; 23. Troy Jerovetz; 24. Eric Sinness. Stock Cars – 1. Donavon Smith; 2. Jerry Gifford; 3. Josh Daniels; 4. Wayne Gifford; 5. Bob Daniels; 6. Trent Murphy; 7. Marcus Fagan
; 8. Jay Schmidt; 9. Robert Stofer; 10. Mike Goldsberry; 11. Chris Pruitt; 12. Terry Pruitt; 13. Rod Richards; 14. Rusty Gyles; 15. Craig Carlson; 16. Norman Belew; 17. Andrew Knode; 18. Randy Brands; 19. Ben Walding; 20. 
K.C. Ansel
; 21. Stefan Klym; 22. 
Eric Brown
; 23. Kevin Balmer; 24. Sterling LaBatte; 25. Brendon LaBatte; 26. Jim Lynch. Hobby Stocks – 1. Mike Pruitt; 2. John Watson; 3. Austin Luellen; 4. Eric Stanton; 5. Bill Richards
; 6. Tim Barber; 7. Aaron Rudolph; 8. Matt Hudspeth; 9. Dustin Graham; 10. Mike Powell; 11. Andrew Burg; 12. Ross Marshall; 13. Dustin Lynch; 14. Matt McDonald; 15. Shaun Wirtz; 16. Cody Gustoff; 17. Cory Adams; 18. Darren Schatz; 19. Destiny Klym; 20. Jamie Songer; 21. Trevor Holm
; 22. Brock Beeter; 23. Dana Brandt; 24. Garrett Eilander; 25. Ross Marshall
; 26. Dana Brandt
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Brad Sites is best in Empire State Series finale, Eddie Sites captures third IMCA Modified tour title

first_imgKIRKWOOD, N.Y. (Oct. 30) – Brad Sites won his second Empire State Series feature of the season while his brother Eddie wrapped up a tour career third title with a runner-up finish Friday at Five Mile Point Speedway.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win paid $400.Brad Sites started outside the front row, ran side-by-side with defending series champion James Cornell for six circuits and then motored away to the checkers.He built a sizable lead before the third and final caution came out late in the 20-lapper.“The track was nice, tacky and black, just the way my car likes it,” he said. I don’t think anyone had anything for us until after that last caution. I looked and there was Eddie, and I had to hold him off for the win.”Brad Sites’ first win this season came in May at Skyline Raceway; the Kirkwood checkers were his Empire State Series career fourth. Eddie Sites’ first two Empire State Series titles came in 2011 and 2012.Chris Fleming, the 2010 series champion, was third. Gary Roberts and Matt Cole completed the top five.Feature results ­– 1. Brad Sites; 2. Eddie Sites; 3. Chris Fleming; 4. Gary Roberts; 5. Matt Cole; 6. Tony Harris; 7. Will Ward; 8. Tyler Stoddard; 9. Rodney Morgan; 10. Nicole Spalding; 11. Mike Stoddard; 12. Bill Ward; 13. Brian Steigerwald; 14. James Cornell; 15. Brad Smith; 16. Ray McClure; 17. K.C. Cole; 18. Bobby Maynard.last_img read more

Banks Beer rides with Jumbo Jet Triple Crown 2nd leg

first_imgBEVERAGE Giant Banks DIH rode alongside the Jumbo Jet team for the Triple Crown event, set for tomorrow at the Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC) in West Coast Berbice.The duo held a simple but significant press briefing at Banks DIH head office at Thirst Park, renewing their support by backing the second leg of the event.Present at the ceremony were Chairman of the race meet’s organising committee; Nasrudeen Mohamed Jr and Outdoor Events Manager of Banks DIH Mortimer Stewart, along with other representatives of the company.Mohamed expressed gratitude on behalf of the organisers, noting that good relationships with sponsors are needed as the Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee (JJTRC) looks to develop horse racing in Guyana significantly in the not-so-distant future.Tomorrow’s Triple Crown second leg will see the invasion of jockeys from Trinidad & Tobago as well as a commentator from the Twin-island Republic and the return of ‘Vera’s Finally’ that is undefeated at the RSTC.In addition, during an invited comment yesterday, Mohamed stated that the 2018 three-year-old horse-of-the-year, Not This Time, from Sophia, will be back in action.Almost 70 horses have been registered and it was disclosed by Mohamed Jr that the track is in good condition and it will maintain its standard once good weather prevails.Over $20M in cash and prizes are up grabs over the three legs of the Triple Crown event with the grand finale scheduled for Easter Sunday, April 21, at the Port Mourant Turf Club.Tomorrow’s feature race will attract a prize purse of almost $2M with the winner of that ‘C’ Class and Lower contest pocketing $1M. The winner of the three-year-old Guyana-bred race will pocket $400 000, ‘F’ Class winner $350 000, ‘H’ Class $300 000, ‘I’ Class $250 000, ‘J’ Class $230 000, ‘K’ Class $220 000, ‘L’ Class $200 000, ‘L’ Class and Lower $140 000.last_img read more

No Regrets for Zaha against Three Lions

first_imgHe was born in Abidjan, but brought up in London from the age of four, joining Palace when he was 12 and going on to win two caps for England.“I left for England and I did not return to the country (Cote d’ Ivoire). So I did all my schooling in my adopted country and it was most normal that I played for the England youth teams,” Zaha in an interview, published in French on the Ivorian Football Federation’s website.“For the past four years, I have had ample time to analyse my situation and to take into account the solicitations of the Ivorian Football Association.“Now I have made my choice. Now I want to play with the Ivory Coast. It has been rewarding, firstly because I am proud to play for my country, then because the Ivorian selection has quality players and has always been a reservoir of talent. So I made the right choice and I do not regret it.”The winger made his debut in a friendly on Sunday, coming on in the second half to set up the winner as the Ivorians beat Sweden 2-1 in Abu Dhabi.He won a second cap yesterday when they complete their preparations with another friendly in Abu Dhabi, against fellow finalists Uganda.“I want to be able to give the best of myself to the team and contribute with my teammates to winning more titles. I want to be able to offer the country a third Nations Cup, make Ivorians happy. That is my ambition in the short term. Then we need to qualify for the 2018 World Cup,” Zaha said.Zaha successfully applied to Fifa to change his international status despite playing for England in friendlies against Sweden in November 2012 and against Scotland in August 2013.The Ivorians play in Group C and begin their campaign on Monday in Oyem against Togo. They will also meet the Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco in the group stage.Meanwhile, Zaha scored his first goal for African champions as they trounced Uganda 3-0 yesterday in a warm-up match for the 2017 Cup of Nations.The Crystal Palace and former England winger struck with a low shot after a superb solo run during the second half in Abu Dhabi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017…Wilfried Zaha has no regrets about turning his back on England in order to play for Cote d’ Ivoire at the African Nations Cup, the Crystal Palace winger said on Tuesday.Zaha switched his international allegiance late last year to compete for the Ivorians, who are bidding to retain their Nations Cup crown at this year’s finals in Gabon, which start on Saturday.last_img read more