Dominican Republic Navy Completes Summer Cruise 2015 Training Mission

first_imgOne vessel, the patrol boat Almirante Didiez Burgos (PA-301), ARD., paid an official visit to the port of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and sailed around the Netherlands Antilles. Meanwhile, the other two — Coast Guard boats Orion GC-109, ARD., and Altair, GC-112, ARD. — conducted exercises and patrols in Dominican territorial waters. “In 2013 in Colombia some of our cadets participated in the Unitas exercises and in 2014 some participated in the Basic Course Regional Training Command for Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ) in Guatemala,” said an ARD spokesman, who asked not to be identified by name. “They have also participated in International Sails Cruises aboard the training ships of Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, etc.” After completing the other phases of their training, the crew of the Almirante Didiez Burgos laid a wreath at the bust of Brigadier General Juan Pablo Duarte Diez, (1813-1876), one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, during a ceremony at the Almirante Padilla Naval Cadet School of the city of Cartagena de Indias. That presentation was made by Dominican Republic Navy Commander V. Bisonó and Captain Juan Camilo Forero Hauzeur, the Deputy Director of the Naval School of Cadets, who said the event was an opportunity “to strengthen ties between members of the two Armed Forces and strengthen the ties that bind the sea, such as Naval tradition.” Partners throughout Latin America are helping the ARD train to counter such threats. For example, during its visit to Cartegena, the Almirante Didiez Burgos visited the country’s Almirante Padilla Naval Cadet School; there, four Dominican Caders are studying to become Naval Officers through a cooperative agreement between the countries’ navies. ARD service members participate in joint training operations through such arrangements in Latin America throughout the year. Midshipmen Summer 2015 helps ARD service members prepare to meet the challenges imposed by organized crime groups trying to take advantage of the country’s location in the Caribbean. Such organizations often use maritime routes in the Caribbean to traffic narcotics, weapons and people. The Dominican Navy evolves to confront new threatscenter_img Three Dominican Republic Navy (ARD) vessels recently completed Midshipmen Summer 2015, an annual two-week training course where Midshipmen perform on a ship what they were taught in classrooms. They carried out search and rescue missions, plotted navigation courses on charts, performed electronic and celestial navigation and administered first aid, among other exercises, before returning to the Naval Post station of Sans Souci on June 30. The Dominican Navy’s traditional role has been focused on “civil-Military operations, defense and coastal security, environmental care and protection, disaster mitigation, both natural and man-made, and maritime security, among other [responsibilities],” said an ARD spokesman, who asked not to be identified by name. But today, he added, Dominican Navy personnel trains “in the fight against drug trafficking, illegal fishing, smuggling (contraband in general), organized crime, common crime, terrorism and other challenges that may arise.” The training has proven useful in efforts such as that launched on January 18, when the Dominican Navy deployed three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats as part of Amphibious Shield, a security operation in the country’s northern and southern regions to combat organized crime groups who exploit natural resources and traffic narcotics, weapons, humans and contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. By Dialogo July 31, 2015last_img read more


ASA rejects complaints about anti-cannabis billboard

first_imgAdvertising Standards Authority rejects complaints about anti-cannabis billboardNewsHub 30 April 2019 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints about an anti-cannabis billboard.Family First New Zealand funded the billboard, which displayed on a building beside the Southern Motorway in Auckland.It reads “You can’t legalise marijuana and promote mental health,” in large letters.Underneath this, it reads “Don’t legalise.”On Tuesday, the Complaints Board ruled the advertisement “did not contain anything indecent, exploitative or degrading, did not cause fear or distress and was socially responsible.”The ASA also ruled the billboard was unlikely to mislead consumers.A previous billboard from Family First NZ received multiple complaints earlier this year.This billboard was emblazoned with the slogan “Marijuana has a kids menu,” with photographs of various cannabis paraphernalia, some of which appeared to look like lollies.Seven complaints were received about this advert, with concern being the billboard was misleading, unsubstantiated and played on fear.In February, ASA ruled the billboard did not contain anything indecent, or degrading. It also ruled the advert didn’t cause fear or distress, and was socially responsible.“Drug use is a major health issue, and that’s why the role of the law is so important,” said National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie in a statement on Tuesday.“The public of New Zealand are not getting this information. Our billboards are designed to raise these inconvenient truths – and to provoke debate and discussion.”Family First NZ is an organization that seeks to promote “strong families, marriage and the value of life.”The organisation is vehemently against the legalisation of cannabis, saying it would be “foolish.”“The illegality of the drug and other drugs is vital as we fight the devastation its use causes on the users, their families and society in general,” they said in a statement in February.Family First NZ also led the opposition to the 2007 anti-smacking law, and the 2013 same sex marriage bill.https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/04/advertising-standards-authority-rejects-complaints-about-anti-cannabis-billboard.htmllast_img read more


It’s too soon to crown Barkley

first_imgAs a USC fan, it was alarming.When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation.False start · Matt Barkley’s performance Saturday was great, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, columnist Pedro Moura writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan“Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting crowd in Columbus, Ohio,” Musburger said.His partner in the booth, Kirk Herbstreit, went even further.“Matt Barkley is going to go on to have a great career, but Brent, I think we’re always going to look back on his growth and maturation on that drive,” Herbstreit said when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with 21 seconds remaining. “That drive that saved USC’s season and got them a huge win on the road.”What? Maybe I’m crazy, but for most of the game, I was nervous about Barkley. And nervous as I should be, watching a 19-year-old quarterback make his second career start in an incredibly hostile environment.And don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by Barkley’s poise on that final drive. I really was.He did what he was asked to do and managed the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 8 team in the nation, no easy task.But to say that he is now a certifiable star? To say that he has officially come of age?I disagree.Come on: He completed 15 of 31 of his passes in the game — 48 percent, which would’ve been good for ninth in the Pac-10 last season — and some of the misses were glaring.Remember that interception?He bootlegged and saw a minute opening and then delivered an ill-advised, across-the-body pass to tight end senior Anthony McCoy that was picked off by Ohio State’s linebacker Ross Homan.He has made that very mistake at least five times in practice this year. You wouldn’t see a fully matured quarterback make that throw unless he’s Brett Favre.What about the overthrows? Nearly every time the Buckeye defensive line put significant pressure on him, Barkley missed his target.And tell me, please, how exactly he grew up during “The Drive.”Was it the swing route to junior running back Joe McKnight that aged him so? It was a glorified run play that McKnight turned into a big gain.Or the nine-yard out to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams? We all know that every quarterback on the team could’ve made that throw.The QB sneaks? Nice, but are they really what makes a quarterback a star?No. Let’s be frank: Barkley made one exceptional throw — the 26-yard missile to McCoy that sliced through double coverage. It was a great throw on first down that moved the chains.Nice? Yes. Worthy of anointing that as “The Drive?”Most certainly not.Barkley had a good performance — nothing more. If Mark Sanchez had stayed for his senior season and completed 15-of-31 for 195 yards against the Buckeyes, his head would’ve been called for on a stick.This whole idea, this whole construct of Barkley being the next King of Troy, can be traced down to one thing: the national media.As soon as Barkley was named the starter in August, national columnists flocked to Howard Jones Field for interviews with the precocious then-18-year-old.Since then, you can find a new article pretty much every day about the awe-inspiring freshman in Los Angeles.Take a look at a couple articles after Saturday’s game:The Associated Press’ first paragraph: “Two games into his college football career, 19-year-old quarterback Matt Barkley already has a place in Southern California lore.”Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s headline was, “Young Barkley comes of age in victory.”They have to take the extreme version of one side or the other to attract views and readers, so there’s this exaggerated view of Barkley’s performance that goes out to the general public. In reality, I’d argue that his performance was typical of a phenom’s: flashes of greatness but spots of immaturity as well.Don’t get me wrong — I think Barkley will be the best in the nation by his junior season. And I definitely won’t be surprised if he makes it big at the next level. But to say that path is already guaranteed for him?It’s way too early to do anything of the sort.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at [email protected]last_img read more


Vilma Ebsen, dancer and instructor, 96

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Vilma Ebsen, who danced in the film “Broadway Melody of 1936” with her brother Buddy long before he became famous on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died. She was 96. Vilma Ebsen, a dance instructor and co-owner of the old Ebsen School of Dancing in Pacific Palisades, died March 12 at the Thousand Oaks Health Care Center, her son Robert Dolan said Tuesday. As she grew up, she taught at her father’s Orlando, Fla., dance school, then joined her brother in New York for the Broadway run of the musical “Whoopee.” They teamed up and Vilma and Buddy Ebsen were featured in the vaudeville revue “Broadway Stars of the Future.” The song and dance team also appeared in the Broadway musical revue “Flying Colors,” in which they introduced “A Shine on Your Shoes.” They were featured in the 1934 edition of “Ziegfeld Follies,” in which they sang “I Like the Likes of You.” Vilma Ebsen and sister Helga started the Ebsen School of Dancing in 1943, focusing on ballet and tap dancing for children. It operated until the mid-1990s. “It really became her life,” son Robert Dolan said. “She’s got adoring students that go back for decades.” Vilma’s brother Buddy died in 2003. “She absolutely adored Buddy,” her son said. Dolan said his mother had a fabulous sense of humor and “was telling jokes the week before she died. Could she tell stories. They got better over the years and the last 10 years were the best.” One of Dolan’s favorite jokes was one his mom made up and sold to a comic for $50, he said. “My mom said, `If I ever have an out-of-body experience, I’m not going back. I’m going into Shirley MacLaine’s because she’s never there.” Besides her two sons, Ebsen is survived by two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. Her sons said a memorial celebration for family and friends will be held later. Instead of flowers, the family asked that donations in Ebsen’s name be made to the Music Center Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, where money will go to fund children’s dance education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They came to Hollywood the following year to appear in the 1935 MGM movie musical “Broadway Melody of 1936,” in which the Ebsens introduced “Sing Before Breakfast” on a brownstone rooftop with Eleanor Powell. They also performed “On a Sunday Afternoon” and danced in the big “Broadway Rhythm” finale. It was her only movie appearance. Buddy Ebsen went on to appear in other movies and Vilma returned to New York where husband Robert Emmett Dolan was a Broadway conductor. She appeared in the musical comedy “Between the Devil,” which ran on Broadway from 1937 to 1938. Vilma and her husband moved to Pacific Palisades in 1941 with their toddler son Robert. Dolan, who became a seven-time Academy Award-nominated film composer, and Ebsen later divorced. In 1948, she married tennis player Stanley Briggs and the couple had a a son, Michael. last_img