Broadway Theaters Will Dim Lights to Honor the Late Ruby Dee

first_img View Comments “Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her family and she will be deeply missed.” Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who died on June 11 at the age of 91. Marquees will go dark on June 13 at 7:45 PM for one minute.center_img Dee was best known for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in both the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun as well as the subsequent film version. Her notable stage credits include Boesman and Lena, Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. She often appeared on stage and screen opposite her late husband Ossie Davis. Her many accolades include a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award nomination, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee was also known as a civil rights activist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.last_img read more

Marines from the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service Take Territory Away from Organized Crime

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo June 26, 2017 To keep its 2,988 kilometers of coastline, and nearly 1,518 islands in Panamanian waters from being used by groups dedicated to organized crime, the National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym) created the Air and Naval Marine Corps as a tactical operational branch that has jurisdiction throughout the isthmus. “The marines’ fight against criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and contraband, among others, is no easy task if you consider the conditions on the ground in mangrove swamps and reefs, and the huge stretches of beaches that have to be patrolled,” stated Second Lieutenant Daniel Navas, of the Air and Naval Marine Corps. At the time of its creation on March 21, 2014, the unit had 100 personnel trained to face the adversities posed by their theater of operations. Today, the group has 205 marines focused on performing land patrols and carrying out reconnaissance and incursion duties in hard-to-reach areas. It also has a permanent presence at observation and security posts in areas that are far from the coasts. “The Air and Naval Marine Corps is present in the Caribbean Sea and in Panama’s Pacific Ocean region. They act as a support element for controlling sea traffic in maritime interdiction on coastal patrol boats, from which they perform security duties during vessel boardings and inspections,” 2nd Lt. Navas added. “Likewise, they conduct air operations in which they carry out the duties as tactical operational units. To secure targets in hard-to-reach zones, they use airborne rappelling, sliding down ropes from rotary wing aircraft.” A persistent struggle Panama’s islands and coastal areas are constantly in the sights of transnational organized crime groups – the same groups that use them as hideouts for their illegal transfers. In 2016, government security agencies seized a record 68.4 tons of drugs. Compared to previous years, SENAN is second among the four security services in the country to seize the most drugs every year. That is why the Air and Naval Marine Corps undergoes ongoing training, to keep the marines conditioned so they can fulfill their duties. Internationally, SENAN has agreements with Colombia, Chile, Peru, and the United States, among other nations, to receive training at home or in these allied nations. “This unit is an essential piece for the operations established in technical cooperation agreements with other Panamanian security entities,” said Deputy Commissioner Félix Kirven, the head of Panama’s Second Air and Naval Region. “We stay in communication to do combined operations and training.” Ongoing training The marines have to be trained to be in motion for seven to eight hours without rest in difficult terrain, where extreme weather conditions such as downpours and stifling heat prevail. They must also remain alert in order to deal with heavy sea swells or rising rivers, and they have to eat only from their rations while staying camouflaged in the environment. “Training a marine is quite complex because his theater of operations requires our office to be the mountain, while our offices are the rivers and the seas,” Second Lt. Navas added. “A marine has to be ready to leave his family for many days, aware that the work is hard, and the fight against drug trafficking is head-on and demands effort.” National and international exercises In addition to training, the unit also participates quite actively in national and international exercises. One of these is Panamax Alpha, a Panamanian exercise in which various state security institutions participate, simulating a variety of emergency situations. They even receive training from international instructors to reinforce plans and procedures that allow them to operate efficiently in different situations in defense of the Panama Canal. “The mere presence of [the Air and Naval Marine Corps] has the effect of dissuasion, and thanks to their presence we have struck decisive blows in our fight against drug trafficking in missions locating stashes [hidden drugs], rescuing victims of human trafficking, and detecting groups or individuals acting outside the law, placing them at the disposal of the competent authorities,” Deputy Commissioner Kirven stated. The Air and Naval Marine Corps also participates in international exercises such as PANAMAX, a multinational exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), whose objective is to ensure the security of the Panama Canal and the surrounding region. It includes armed forces from several nations across the continent, including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, among others, to coordinate among allied nations on all operations relating to the security of the Panama Canal. They are also part of other highly important regional exercises such as UNITAS, which is held annually by the U.S. Navy, and is also sponsored by SOUTHCOM. In its 57th edition, in September 2016, Panama was the host country for this exercise, with participation from the navies of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and the United Kingdom. “It’s an honor to belong to the Air and Naval Marine Corps. Not everyone can get in. The best part is the satisfaction of accomplishing your mission, seeing the achievements made and seeing that every time the bell rings, there are marines in every part of the country ready to accomplish their task,” 2nd Lt. Navas added.last_img read more

Pol Calls on Schumer, Cuomo to Secure Bay Park Outfall Pipe Funds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A year ago, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Washington D.C. to lobby federal officials for a much-needed ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway.Fast forward to today, the county is still fighting for the funding—estimated to be between $546 and $700 million—and is also trying to wrap its ahead around why $150 million in supposed federally approved funding for a nitrogen-removal system at the embattled plant never made its way into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget for this year.“We need some more financial assistance from our federal and state governments,” Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), the presiding officer of the Nassau legislature, told reporters Wednesday during a press conference at her Mineola office. She added that she does not see a scenario in which the fiscally-strapped county could help pay for the cost of both projects.FEMA has already granted $810 million to rebuild and harden the plant, but Gonsalves called on Cuomo and Schumer to follow through on earlier efforts to secure additional funding for an outfall pipe that would extend into the Atlantic Ocean, effectively discharging effluent away from vulnerable waterways. Currently, effluent from Bay Park is dumped daily into Reynolds Channel, which connects to the Western Bays. As a result, Marine life and marshlands—which act as natural barriers and protect shorelines from erosion—are suffering from high levels of nitrogen in the water.Gonsalves said Nassau deserves its fair share of tax dollars, citing a recent study by the business advocacy group Long Island Association (LIA), which found that LI gives the state and federal government an estimated $28 billion more than it gets in return.That amount of money “would really fund 40 outfall pipes,” Gonsalves said, adding, “We need more of those tax dollars here in Nassau County.”An army of local lawmakers, environmentalists and state officials, have been calling on the federal government to allocate funding for the outfall pipe for more than a year, to no unveil. Last May, FEMA told the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that it would not fund the project. That came after an aggressive lobbying campaign by local officials.Gonsalves said it was “disconcerting” when she read that Cuomo’s budget does not contain the $150 million thought to have been approved to fund a nitrogen removal system for the plant, which serves a half-million Nassau residents.Just days before the second anniversary of Sandy last October, Schumer released a list of all the projects that had been approved by the federal government, totaling $17 billion. Among them was a nitrogen removal project for Bay Park, paid for with a Community Development Block Grant, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.On Oct. 28, Schumer visited the plant with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and highlighted recovery efforts at the plant. A press release announcing the visit said the tour would have a “specific focus on nitrogen removal” and noted that the plant “will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Sandy relief aid, including funding though HUD’s Community Development Block grant program.”But, as lawmakers recently discovered, funding for that project was missing from the state budget.Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman and his senior policy advisor, said in an emailed statement that commitments were made for the nitrogen removal system’s funding.“We continue to work with our federal and state partners to secure the funding for an ocean outfall pipe,” he said.Schumer’s office did not immediately return a call for comment as of press time. Neither did Cuomo’s office.Meanwhile, Gonsalves hopes to hold her first hearing on the issue in March. At the press conference, she said the two projects are vital to the future of the county.“Any legacy we leave should be an environment that provides for a clean and safe place for our young people to grow up in,” Gonsavles said.last_img read more

Indonesia sees China firms lead ‘commitment’ for $35b nickel investments

first_imgThe companies, along with others including Tsingshan Holding Group and Delong Holdings, currently have around $16 billion invested in Indonesia and “made a commitment” to the minister to increase their collective investment to around $20.9 billion by 2024 and to around $35 billion by 2033, said Jodi.“They will collaborate with investors from France, Japan, South Korea, Australia and other countries,” Jodi said.The companies are planning to expand their nickel processing capacity in Indonesia, as well as investing in petrochemicals and stainless steel, he added.CATL, Ningbo Lygend and a Tsingshan representative declined to comment, while Delong Holdings could not immediately be reached.Indonesia, a major nickel ore producer, is keen to expand as a nickel processing hub, starting from steel, to extracting battery grade chemicals from the ore, and eventually producing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and building EVs.A group of Indonesian state-owned companies are planning to form a venture to make batteries for EVs, the chief executive of Mining Industry Indonesia said this week, and the new company would partner with Chinese and Korean firms on projects valued at $12 billion.Indonesia was the largest nickel ore exporter until it stopped exports in January to ensure there were enough raw materials for investors to use in the country.Topics : Indonesia expects to see investment in nickel processing, as well as petrochemicals, double to US$35 billion by 2033, led by investors from China seeking to expand their businesses in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.Chinese steel and battery companies operating in Indonesia met with the country’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan during his recent visit to Yunnan province, the minister’s spokesman Jodi Mahardi said.Among the projects discussed was a plan by China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) and Ningbo Lygend Mining Co to create an integrated lithium battery production facility, according to Jodi, who said it would be their largest such facility in the world.last_img read more

Plexus seals POS-GRIP deal with Spirit Energy

first_img“This order is for a gas production well, and as the cleanest hydrocarbon to combust in terms of CO2 emissions, natural gas is increasingly viewed as a key transitional fuel, as the world moves towards net zero emissions. Significantly, it is Plexus’ first major order since the COVID-19 pandemic. “A key assumption behind this view is that harmful fugitive methane emissions can and must be eradicated from the entirety of the natural gas consumption chain. The wellhead delivery to Spirit Energy should take place in February 2021. Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said, Plexus has secured a purchase order for a POS-GRIP surface production wellhead system from Spirit Energy. “At the well-site, POS-GRIP’s leak-proof wellheads can do that. It is also in line with the company’s strategy to extend the application of its POS-GRIP technology beyond jack-up exploration.center_img The order from Spirit Energy includes Plexus’ POS-GRIP 5,000psi leak proof “HG” metal to metal sealing surface production wellhead and associated spares and equipment for a new gas well in the UK North Sea. This is the second purchase order for a surface production wellhead that Plexus won from Spirit Energy (Centrica). Specifically, this includes oil and gas production, geothermal and other applications. The contract should last approximately 120 days, with most of the revenues booked during the company’s 2020/21 financial year. Under the contract, Plexus will receive milestone payments following the signing of the purchase order through to completion. “We believe our production technology delivers economic and environmental proposition for the surface production operations we are targeting.”last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (January 27-February 1)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for January 27-February 1.Players of the Week.Girls Basketball:  Brooke Todd-Switzerland County.Boys Basketball:  Austin Clark-Switzerland County.ORVC Weekly Report (January 27-February 1)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Football News IOA lacks competence to understand that football is global sport, says AIFF

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Sunday alleged that Narinder Batra-led Indian Olympic Association (IOA) ‘lacks vision and competence’ after the national football team was not cleared for participation in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.”It’s clear the IOA lacks the vision and competence to understand that football is a global sport played by 212 countries and that the top 5 teams in Asia play in the FIFA World Cup where the level of competition is far superior to the Asian Games,” the AIFF said in a statement.This will be the first time since the 1994 Hiroshima edition that an Indian team will not take part in the football competition of the Asian Games, which is an U-23 event with three over-age players being allowed.As per IOA regulations, only those national teams which are ranked between 1-8 at the continental level, were cleared for the Games.Accordingly, ‘Blue Tigers’, who are currently ranked 14 in Asia were denied an opportunity despite a string of good performances in international matches of late.India have qualified for the marquee Asian Cup after a gap of eight years, having last played 2011.“In fact, the premier football competition in Asia is the AFC Asian Cup where India has qualified after 8 years. IOA’s stance and myopic view comes in sharp contrast to the support of both the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India, both of whom who have been hugely supportive of Indian Football and recognised AIFF’s efforts in the last 3 years,” AIFF said.It was also learnt that AIFF president Praful Patel had called up Batra, secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and the tainted Lalit Bhanot (Chairman, Preparation Committee, Asian Games) explaining them the circumstances and also sent letters.“However, disregarding all facts, the IOA chose to stick to its original stance of sending teams ranked between 1-8 to take part, thus turning a blind eye to Indian football in the continental Games.“It is indeed a sad state of affairs for sport in India that the IOA is unable to distinguish the specific needs of each sport in the country. The IOA was never even bothered to even once discuss with the AIFF the strategy and plans for developing football in India,” the AIFF alleged. last_img read more

Fernandinho Close to Extending Man City Contract

first_imgBrazilian Fernandinho has confirmed that he is close The arrival of Rodri in the summer – who operates in a similar role – seemed to signal the beginning of the end of Fernandinho’s Premier League career. However, reports have emerged recently suggesting that the 34-year-old would soon be extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium.The player has now confirmed this in an interview with ESPN Brazil, revealing that he is close to signing a new deal with the Citizens.” When I renewed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be renewed automatically,” Fernandinho said after his side’s 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over city rivals Manchester United.” Conversations have already started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract, but we can only confirm it after signing.“The club have already shown interest in me staying, I have also shown (my interest) in staying.”Due to an injury to Aymeric Laporte and the indifferent form of Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho has largely been deployed as a centre back this season, in a move mimicking the transformations made by the likes of Javier Mascherano and Javi Martinez under Pep Guardiola.The Brazilian has claimed that he is thankful of the positional change as it has allowed him to extend his career at the top level.” It’s good as long as you can be at the highest level,” Fernandinho said when asked if he enjoyed playing in defence. “Playing in a different position opens up the range of learning.“In defence, I see the game in a different way. It has been very cool and the guidance I have received from Pep has been very good.“At 34, playing in the Premier League is a source of pride. Many, many players wanted to be experiencing what I am experiencing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WINTER TRANSFERFernandinho has confirmed that he is close to extending his contract at Manchester City, which expires at the end of the season.The Brazilian has been a vital player for City since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, making close to 300 appearances and winning a number of trophies, including three Premier League titles.last_img read more

Manchester City Overturn Two-year Ban from European Competition on Appeal to…

first_imgUefa issued the ban in February after ruling City had committed “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016.City’s fine has been cut from €30m (£26.9m) to €10m.In delivering the ruling, Cas said City did “fail to cooperate with Uefa authorities” but overturned the decision by Uefa’s club financial control body (CFCB) to ban them.City said the decision was “validation of the club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present”.“The club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,” City added.Cas’ ruling means City, who are guaranteed to finish second in the Premier League this season, will play in the 2020-21 Champions League.In this year’s competition, Pep Guardiola’s side face Real Madrid in their last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on 7 August.They lead 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid and will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals, which will be held in Lisbon, if they progress.The Cas statement continued: “The award emphasised that most of the alleged breaches reported by the adjudicatory chamber of the CFCB were either not established or time-barred.“As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in Uefa’s club competitions for Manchester City’s failure to co-operate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.”On reducing the fine, Cas said that, while it considered “the importance of the co-operation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB” and Manchester City’s “disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations”, the Cas panel “considered it appropriate to reduce Uefa’s initial fine by two-thirds”.It added: “The final award with reasons will be published on the Cas website in a few days.” (BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City have successfully overturned their two-year ban from European club competitions.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) announced the club were cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions”.last_img read more

Courts enforce liability

first_imgThe California Supreme Court declared Monday that hosts who charge a cover fee for entrance into parties can be held liable for underage drinkers who become intoxicated and cause harm to others or themselves, according to the Los Angeles Times.The court ultimately decided in an unanimous ruling that a cover charge for a party was tantamount to a sale of alcohol and that if minors were present, the hosts would be violating state law.Some students worry about the implications the ruling has for college campuses such as USC, where some parties have cover fees.Lauren Egan, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, disagrees with the ruling and believes that it is an issue of individual responsibility.“I don’t think an organization or a party host should be held responsible,” Egan said. “I think there’s a lot of finger pointing in general. We are legally adults, a lot of us are from 18 to 21 years old and I think that’s old enough to be aware of how much we’re consuming and policing ourselves and to be aware of our actions.”Other students, such as Max Quilici, a sophomore majoring in pop music, found reason in the court’s ruling.“I think that decision makes sense to me,” Quilici said. “If a bar is letting people in and selling alcohol to customers, they’re expected to make sure the customers are of age. If you’re the host of a party, it makes sense that you would be expected to make sure the attendees are of age if you’re furnishing alcohol.”Quilici, however, also believes that cover fees at student parties can be a positive thing for USC students and organizations.“I think it’s awesome and I’ve seen a lot of young bands fund parts of their record from covers and donations at parties,” he said.The USC SoCal Vocals, a student a cappella group, is one organization that has used cover fees at parties as fundraising that goes beyond offsetting the costs of alcohol.“The cover charge our student organization has for parties is not necessarily exclusively used to cover costs of music or drinks and the throwing of the party itself, but for endeavors and goals we are pursuing as a group,” said Myles Nuzzi, business manager for the SoCal Vocals, in an email.Nuzzi mentioned that the SoCal Vocals used money they fundraised from cover charges at parties to enable them to release an album and compete in international competitions.“The cost of recording and mixing tracks is astronomical,” Nuzzi wrote. “If we were not able to host parties, we would have trouble pursuing all of these efforts, as would many student organizations who are constantly fundraising.”In light of the new ruling, Nuzzi encouraged campus organizations to explore alternative methods of fundraising. He mentioned that the SoCal Vocals uses Kickstarter, Indiegogo, album sales and performances already.“Parties are not the end-all,” he wrote.Other student organizations that host parties for fundraising were contacted but did not reply in time for print.last_img read more