Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.last_img read more

Charity Commission not investigating Fruitful

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Charity Commission not investigating Fruitful The Charity Commission is not investigating the collapse of Fruitful, the professional fundraising organisation, despite recent reports.UK Fundraising’s has recently covered reports by The Daily Telegraph and BBC TV which stated that the Charity Commission was investigating the collapse of Fruitful.In fact, the Commission is not investigating into the company. A spokesperson at the Charity Commission told UK Fundraising: “We have been in contact with the charities named in the article (Daily Telegraph, 10 July). There were no new material issues since we looked into their contracts with Open Air Fundraising two years ago. We will be exploring with the Institute of Fundraising whether any further ./guidance can be provided for charities in contracting with face to face fundraising companies.” Advertisement  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Howard Lake | 11 August 2004 | Newslast_img read more

Activists demand hep-C treatment for Mumia

first_imgA phalanx of battle-savvy community activists and seasoned health care providers sat across from a politically armed audience at 1199’s Hospital Workers Union headquarters on Oct. 20. The assembled were there to be updated on the current effort to secure hepatitis C treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal and the 10,000 other captives in the state of Pennsylvania’s prison system, who’ve been bureaucratically denied such treatment. Mumia was brought to near death earlier this year by this denial.The hepatitis C virus has been known to trigger a myriad of illnesses and ultimately death. An anti-viral medication, currently available, has shown itself to be 95 percent effective in combating this “silent disease.” Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections administrators have been chronic foot-draggers in dispensing this medicine to the imprisoned population, citing “cost” as the main inhibitor.From left: Bob Boyle, Pam Africa, Suzanne Ross, Joe Piette, Estela Vasquez, Sue Davisand Dr. Melissa Barber.Photo: Kamau BecktembaEach well-informed panelist gave moving testimony. None embraced the specious notion that high cost was a valid excuse. A doctor from the U.S., trained in Cuba, graphically compared health care in Cuba to that here. The stark contrast when it comes to quality and cost is best illustrated by the phrase, “night and day,” with top-shelf-care being found in Cuba for all its citizens, regardless of income or ethnicity. Health care is free there!Panelists included the following defenders of Mumia: Joe Piette, from the International Action Center and a Workers World writer; Sue Davis, National Writers Union, United Auto Workers 1981; Estela Vasquez, executive vice president of 1199; Pam Africa, minister of confrontation of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Dr. Suzanne Ross, psychologist, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition-NYC; Kamau Bektemba, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Maggie Tobin, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee; Orie Lumumba, member of the MOVE Organization; Baron Graham, After Hours Project, hep-C outreach program; Bob Boyle, one of Mumia’s lawyers; and Dr. Melissa Barber, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, a Cuban-trained doctor.All panelists supported medical justice for Mumia and the right of hep C prisoners in the Pennsylvania prison system to receive the proven anti-viral medication due them. Audience participants were of like mind when it comes to Mumia: adequate health care from a doctor of his choosing for the hep C treatment and his right to be free because he was/is innocent “from jump-street!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NIFA Joins ERS in Unionizing in Effort to Prevent Relocation

first_img Previous articleCorn Gets Bounce from June WASDENext articleFarm Conservation on the Rise in Indiana NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News NIFA Joins ERS in Unionizing in Effort to Prevent Relocation NIFA Joins ERS in Unionizing in Effort to Prevent Relocation Employees of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture joined the Economic Research Service in a vote to unionize, according to Agri-Pulse. The vote comes as the Department of Agriculture within the next few weeks is expected to announce the proposed sites for the agencies as part of its plan to relocate the two. USDA previously narrowed the list to the Kansas City Area, Raleigh, North Carolina, and multiple sites in Indiana. The controversial proposal prompted the Economic Research Service to unionize last month, and Tuesday, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture did the same. Both have formed a so-called bargaining unit with the American Federation of Government Employees.The Federation claims the proposed relocation would impact 568 out of 664 positions total between the two agencies. By establishing a union at the worksite, the USDA agencies are legally required to notify employees in advance of any proposed changes to their working conditions and to bargain with the union in good faith over those proposed changes. SHARE Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Jun 11, 2019 last_img read more

‘Reservation, Under PWD Act, Is Specific Advantage Accruing To Specific Individuals’: Centre Tells SC On Lowering Of Threshold For ‘Benchmark Disability’

first_imgTop Stories’Reservation, Under PWD Act, Is Specific Advantage Accruing To Specific Individuals’: Centre Tells SC On Lowering Of Threshold For ‘Benchmark Disability’ Mehal Jain27 Jan 2021 9:36 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement on whether the extension of the facility of scribe in the examination to the All-India Services can be extended to persons, who though disabled, are not ‘persons with benchmark disabilities’. Section 2(r) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 defines “person with benchmark disability” as a person with not less than…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement on whether the extension of the facility of scribe in the examination to the All-India Services can be extended to persons, who though disabled, are not ‘persons with benchmark disabilities’. Section 2(r) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 defines “person with benchmark disability” as a person with not less than forty per cent of a specified disability. Section 34 of the Act provides that Every appropriate Government shall appoint in every Government establishment, not less than four per cent of the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in each group of posts, meant to be filled with persons with benchmark disabilities.The bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud, Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna was considering the plea of a candidate aggrieved by the UPSC notification extending the facility of scribes in terms of DoPT guidelines, to only persons with benchmark disability. The petitioner, as per an AIIMS report of February 2020, suffers from ‘chronic neurological condition’, which is a specified disability under the Schedule of the Act. The manifestation of the disability, as per the report, was in the form of ‘Bilateral Writer’s Cramp’. The issue was that, as per the report, the degree of disability was only 6%, thereby not meeting the threshold of benchmark disability.”How to determine if candidates without benchmark disabilities need a scribe? How do we then also prevent misuse of such a provision?”, wondered Justice Chandrachud.”How do we decide on the threshold of disability to ascertain who needs to be given the benefit of a scribe- Whether it has to be 2% or 4% to 6%? Who will certify that a person is so disabled as to deserve the benefit of a scribe? There have to be some substantive norms for deciding, and also as to who will verify that a candidate fulfils the norms…”, he continued.”We cannot exclude candidates who do not meet the benchmark and who still need a scribe. This is a vast country-there may be candidates who may not need a scribe even though they meet the benchmark”, he remarked.”This is a very difficult case. If a blanket permission is granted for 1% to 2% or 6%, there will be consequences in the larger picture. This is a very competitive exam. We have to maintain the purity of the process. At the same time, the government needs to balance the need of a level-playing field. We have to ensure that the right people get their place. There may be many grades of ‘writer’s cramp’. How do we know if it is significant enough to be a handicap in writing the exam, so that we can conclude that this is a person with a specified disability and he needs a scribe, even though he does not meet the benchmark for the disability…”, advanced ASG Madhavi Diwan for the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.”A benchmark disability was contemplated for the purpose of reservation. So that you are entitled to a quota in government posts. That is why a high benchmark is set. There might be someone who does not meet the 40% criteria but has a 10 or 20% disability and can still not write an exam. How do you decide on a case-to-case basis? There is a need to devise a procedure, there has to be certification by a government hospital that a scribe is needed to enable the person in question to participate in the exam on an equal footing, lest there will be discrimination… How do we make it work in practice? What if there is a 5% or a 7% disability? The guidelines state that only persons with benchmark disabilities can get a scribe. This is not the correct way…”, observed Justice Chandrachud”We will of course grapple with this problem. We will involve the Health Ministry”, assured the ASG. In the meanwhile, she prayed that the bench require further investigation in the form of a comprehensive medical report from AIIMS, certifying that a 6% disability also precludes the petitioner from writing the exam”The 2016 Act is a far more progressive Act than the 1995 Act. The number of Scheduled disabilities has been increased from 7 to 21. Reservation is contemplated…Even this list of 21 is not exhaustive. We say that if the examining authority feels that otherwise also a candidate is entitled to any benefits, they can go ahead…There is a whole sway of facilities which are available to persons with disabilities to ensure a more inclusive society – seats on public transport, ramp facilities, toilets, Even education is included in this– nobody asks the percentage of your disability there… “, urged the ASG.”The Act has two kinds of provisions- The first are these general, across-the-board provisions of the Act. Then, there are some specific advantages which accrue to certain individuals, like reservation. This is a very, very competitive environment. People from all over the country take the exam. It is a very difficult examination. There are other deserving persons as well who meet the benchmark disability threshold…. We also know that the examination is susceptible to abuse-I myself am appearing in cases where the exam was cancelled on account of impersonation etc. We have to balance things- we have to ensure that the potential of abuse is eliminated and at the same time, see that merit also gets its due. We have to ensure a robust system with a level-playing field”, she continued.”For reservation, you need a benchmark. Otherwise all the seats will be filled up by persons with a lesser degree of disability and the more disabled will be excluded”, noted Justice Banerjee.”Recently, I also suffered from ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’ from using too many gadgets. I found it extremely difficult to write. I won’t stand in the way of Your Lordships allowing a scribe to the petitioner. But just to understand if 6% is a significant problem, please call for a report from the AIIMS. Else we will have people saying that ‘we have 2% disability or 4% or 8%’. If we leave the things at the district level, there will be too many certificates being issued. So we need a threshold…Unless someone can show that they are at a significant disadvantage without a scribe, 6% is neither here nor there. We can get this done either through the Health Ministry, or Your Lordships can ask AIIMS to give a comprehensive report”, submitted the ASG.”Otherwise, there will be a huge problem. There will be a whole flood of cases. They can even be simple cases where you break your arm on the eve of the exam…”, she pressed.”What about cases where, even though the disability is less than the benchmark, the person can still not appear in the exam?”, asked Justice Chandrachud. “In such cases, we have given a freeplay to the examination authority to exercise its discretion and extend the benefit of scribe or extra time”, replied the ASG”So while the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment allows each individual case to be examined by the examination body in consultation with the Ministry of Health, the UPSC says that the DoPT guidelines require only persons with benchmark disability to be accorded a scribe?”, clarified Justice Chandrachud.”It will be dangerous for the court to lay down broad categories under Article 142. What if we ask the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment along with the Ministry of Health and the DoPT to take a relook? It is a matter of policy and it is best to leave it to the Union of India”, noted Justice Chandrachud.”We can indicate the old Act, the new Act, the UPSC guidelines, the MoSJE guidelines and the DoPT guidelines and say that there is a grey area regarding those who don’t meet the threshold of the ‘persons with benchmark disabilities'”, said the judge.”While this issue is necessary, we also don’t want to open a Pandora’s box… India is not just AIIMS– we know the kind of medical certificates which can be produced. This would militate against the equal access guarantee under the Act. But there also might be talented young people who do not meet the threshold of the persons with benchmark disability…We need to balance the right of access to the disabled with the purity of the exam”, reflected Justice Chandrachud, reserving the judgment.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Utah State Football Hits Road For Colorado State Saturday

first_imgNovember 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Hits Road For Colorado State Saturday Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFORT COLLINS, Colo.-The #14 Utah State Aggies ensue in their highly successful season Saturday as they visit Fort Collins, Colo. to battle the Colorado State Rams.The Aggies, who are 9-1, are off to their second best start in school history. Only the 1961 squad, led by the legendary Merlin Olsen, started better, at 9-0-1.If the Aggies win at Colorado State, they will make school history as the only squad to win 10 of their first 11 games.The Aggies have already set school records with 66 touchdowns and 513 points.Utah State currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in 16 different statistical categories. They currently lead the nation in points per game (51.3), scoring drives under one minute (23), kickoff returns (29.83 yards per return), forced turnovers (26), defensive three-and-outs forced (6), and non-offensive touchdowns (8).The Aggies are also the only team in the nation to score 60 or more points on four occasions this season and no other team has more than two 60-point games on the season.After amassing a school-record 804 yards in a 62-24 win over San Jose State last Saturday, the Aggies are the only team in the nation to post 704 or more yards of offense in a game twice this season.The offense has also traveled well, which bodes well for this weekend’s game. On the road in conference play, the Aggies have won five of their last six games. In those contests, they have averaged 42 points and 456 yards of total offense.On their present nine-game winning streak, the Aggies have averaged 53.6 points and 536.8 yards per game and converted on 46.8 percent of their third down situations.Should the Aggies win Saturday, they would win 10 games in a season for only the third time in school history.Colorado State leads the all-time series 40-33-2.The Rams come into this game with a record of 3-7 and 2-4 in conference play. Colorado State will be honoring their 17 seniors on Senior Day and are seeking their first win against a ranked opponent since 2002, when they upset #7 Colorado 19-14.The Rams have played musical quarterbacks as both K.J. Carta-Samuels (177-287, 2,172 yards, 18 TD’s/8 INT’s) and Collin Hill (82-142, 807 yards, 3 TD’s/4 INT’s) have been under center this season.The leading tailback is NFL prospect Izzy Matthews (136 car, 565 yards, 3 TD’s) and Preston Williams (78 rec, 1,020 yards, 9 TD’s) is Colorado State’s leading receiver. Brad James Tags: Collin Hill/Colorado State Football/Izzy Matthews/K.J. Carta-Samuels/Merlin Olsen/Preston Williams/San Jose State/Senior Day/Utah State Footballlast_img read more

UHSRA Final Results

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHURRICANE, Utah-Saturday morning at the Washington County Fairgrounds of Hurricane, the final events in the Utah High School Rodeo Association occurred.The first place finisher in each event is the state champion with the top four finishers qualifying for the high school rodeo nationals at Guthrie, Okla. July 17-23, 2020.West Millard’s Maryn Moody is the girls all-around champion. She netted 331.50 points. She punctuated this by placing first in the girls’ pole-bending championships with 147 points.Other first-place finishers included, Juab’s Braylee Shepherd (132.50 points) in girls breakaway roping and her teammate, Wade Stansfield (140 points) in the High School Saddle Bronc Event.Others representing the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network to qualify included Jake Tree of Sanpete County, who placed third in boys cutting, Riley Howell of Panguitch, a third-place finisher in the boys high school bareback and Juab’s Jade Rindlisbacher in the girls’ high school barrel racing as she finished second.Stran Nielson of Juab placed third in high school bull riding, to also qualify. His teammate, Wyatt Crandall, placed third in the boys’ high school tiedown roping with 111 points.The boys’ all-around winner was Dean Thompson of Uintah Basin, who netted 412 points.In the girls’ all-around results, the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network was also represented by Juab’s Jade Rindlisbacher (2nd; 291 points), Skylee Draper of Juab (10th; 211.50 points), Braylee Shepherd of Juab (14th; 174.5 points), Juab’s Sierra Terry (28th; 111 points), Hinklie Davis of Juab (49th; 44 points), Sanpete’s Annie Okelberry (51st; 41 points), Addyson Brown of Sevier (56th; 33 points), West Millard’s Gracie Peterson (57th; 33 points), Juab’s Brylee Allan (69th; 21 points), Juab’s Jaycee Fowkes (82nd place; 13 points), Taylie Adams of Sevier (87th; 10 points), Juab’s Kylee Carter (91st; 9 points), Sevier’s Brecklynn Buchanan (93rd; 7 points), Allie Beckstead of Panguitch (99th; 4 points), Lyndzee Huffaker of Sanpete (100th; 4 points), Lindsey Orton of Juab (106th; 3.5 points) and Juab’s Grace Kalmar (107th; 3.5 points).Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network representation in the boys’ all-around results came from the following:6th place-Wyatt Crandall, Juab (238 points)11th place-Wade Stansfield, Juab (176 points)16th place-Stran Nielson, Juab (151.50 points)18th place-Jake Tree, Sanpete (137.50 points)29th place-Bridger Crandall, Juab (100 points)32nd place-Brandon Youd, Juab (92 points)39th place-Kesler Riding, Juab (84 points)40th place-Riley Howell, Panguitch (82 points)45th place-Bill Henry, West Millard (75 points)47th place-Cooper Jacobs, Juab (73.5 points)48th place-McCrae Fillmore, Panguitch (72 points)52nd place-Colton Lloyd, Juab (63 points)58th place-Trey Taylor, Sevier (49.5 points)64th place-Riley Oberg, Sanpete (41 points)79th place-Zane Monnett, Panguitch (27.5 points)80th place-Wylie Thatcher, West Millard (26.5 points)83rd place-Colt Ekker, Sevier (24 points)85th place-Wyatt Rindlisbacher, Juab (22 points)89th place-Jake Woodard, Juab (21 points)95th place-Kysen Stephensen, Juab (19 points)104th place-McLane Leibbrandt, Panguitch (15 points)105th place-Karsen Cloward, Juab (14 points)109th place-Lane Henry, West Millard (12 points)114th place-Cade Denton, Sanpete (10 points)118th place-Brodey Boyden, West Millard (9 points)119th place-Dayden Johnson, West Millard (9 points)124th place-Tye Phillips, Panguitch (5.5 points)125th place-Lincoln Porter, Panguitch (5.5 points)128th place-Nash Jensen, Panguitch (5 points)131st place-Gavyn Bond, West Millard (5 points)137th place-McKade Petersen, West Millard (2 points)Full Qualifying ResultsBoys CuttingState Champion: Porter Hales, Morgan-148.50 points2nd place-Gage Penrod, Southern Utah County-135.50 points3rd place-Jake Tree, Sanpete-112.50 points4th place-Jackson Woolsey, Morgan 102-50 pointsGirls CuttingState Champion: Sommer Amos, Uintah Basin-143 points2nd place-Abbi Bowthorpe, Wasatch-133.50 points3rd place-Sydney Davis, Uintah Basin-120.50 points4th place-Taylor Porter, Morgan-114 pointsHigh School Bareback (Boys)State Champion: Dean Thompson, Uintah Basin-150 points2nd place-Kayson Jensen, Emery-122.50 points3rd place-Riley Howell, Panguitch-82 pointsHigh School Barrel Racing (Girls)State Champion: Macee McAllister, Dixie-149 points2nd place-Jade Rindlisbacher, Juab-125 points3rd place-Kiara Elegante, Lehi-107 points4th place-Kamryn Carlsen, Sevier-101 pointsHigh School Breakaway Roping (Girls)State Champion: Braylee Shepherd, Juab-132.50 points2nd place-Sammy Taylor, Uintah Basin-97 points3rd place-Kash Gay, Spikers-97 points4th place-Mesa Martin, Spikers-85.5 pointsHigh School Bull Riding (Boys)State Champion: Brek Sanderson, Cedar-128.50 points2nd place-Dean Thompson, Uintah Basin-120 points3rd place-Stran Nielson, Juab-96.5 points4th place-Waylen Daley, Wasatch-86.5 pointsHigh School Goat Tying (Girls)State Champion: Amy Mason, Enterprise-133 points2nd place-Staheli Adams, Cedar-121 points3rd place-Hailey Humphrey, Southern Utah County-106 points4th place-Sammy Taylor, Uintah Basin-106 pointsHigh School Pole Bending (Girls)State Champion: Marynn Moody, West Millard-147 points2nd place-Kindra Thurgood, Spikers-130 points3rd place-Kate Torgerson, Lehi-111 points4th place-Jade Rindlisbacher, Juab-105 pointsHigh School Saddle Bronc (Boys)State Champion: Wade Stansfield, Juab (140 points)2nd place-Connor Lisonbee, Uintah Basin (70 points)3rd place-Korby Christiansen, Emery (60 points)4th place-Byron Christiansen, Emery (53 points)High School Steer Wrestling (Boys)State Champion: Cash Robb, Uintah Basin (147 points)2nd place-Brek Sanderson, Cedar (125 points)3rd place-Joey Dansie, Lehi (110 points)4th place-Dean Thompson, Uintah Basin (102 points)High School Team Roping (Boys)State Champion: Chase Webster, South Summit (132 points)2nd place-Zackery Lewis, South Summit (132 points)3rd place-TJ Bowler, Enterprise (121 points)4th place-Blake Bowler, Enterprise (121 points)High School Tiedown Roping (Boys)State Champion: Range Martin, Spikers (139 points)2nd place-Chase Webster, South Summit (129 points)3rd place-Wyatt Crandall, Juab (111 points)4th place-Drake Wycherley, Spikers (105 points)Queen ContestState Champion: Dalli Holyoak, Dixie (37 points)2nd place-Emma Howell, Spikers (34 points)3rd place-Hadlee Noble, Spikers (31 points)4th place-Lindsey Ivie, Southern Utah County (25 points)Reined Cow Horse (Co-Ed)State Champion: Sydney Davis, Uintah (106 points)2nd place-Porter Hales, Morgan (95 points)3rd place-Cheyenne Tedford, Spikers (90 points)4th place-Karissa World, Wasatch (79.5 points)Rifle Shoot (Boys)State Champion: Beau Emett, Enterprise (100 points)2nd place-Curry Wilkins, Dixie (92 points)3rd place-Kagen Rhodes, Carbon (81 points)4th place-Melroy Vigoren, Dixie (79 points)Trap Shoot (Boys)State Champion: Caden Bowcutt, Bear River (120 points)2nd place-Kagen Rhodes, Carbon (114 points)3rd place-Ruger Payne, Emery (107.5 points)4th place-Parker Fillmore, Southern Utah County (102.5 points) Tags: Rodeo June 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local UHSRA Final Results Brad Jameslast_img read more

HMAS Newcastle Continues Multi-National Fight Against Terrorism in MEAO

first_img View post tag: Multi-National Training & Education HMAS Newcastle Continues Multi-National Fight Against Terrorism in MEAO July 22, 2013 HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.The narrow sea is commonly used by smugglers to ferry weapons and drugs between Africa and the Middle East. The sale of smuggled weapons and drugs is a known source of income for terrorist organisations.The ship’s S-70-B2 Seahawk helicopter conducted daily sorties to gather intelligence and to search for vessels which could be used for smuggling during the focused operation in early July.Newcastle’s Boarding Party also made several approaches on skiffs (small vessels) to ensure they were not carrying any illegal cargo.Boarding Officer, Lieutenant Laura Ball, said her team was looking for anything that might confirm the skiffs were conducting illegal activities.“Whenever we conduct boarding actions of this nature, we look for inconsistencies with the vessel’s declared purpose for being in the area,” Lieutenant Ball said.“If the crew states that they are in the area to fish but they don’t have any fishing equipment onboard, we may want to investigate further.“We are out here to keep the smugglers from succeeding, because weapons and drugs that make it across the Red Sea may be used against coalition troops throughout the MEAO and innocent people across the globe.”Newcastle is conducting operations in the Red Sea as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a 29-nation counter-terrorism focused coalition based in Bahrain.The task force has a principal mission to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organisations to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials.Newcastle successfully completed the CTF 150 focused operation during early July in the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.Newcastle is in the MEAO as part of Operation SLIPPER – the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement.The ship’s six month deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, July 22, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Continues Multi-National Fight Against Terrorism in MEAO View post tag: Defence View post tag: continues View post tag: Defense View post tag: fight View post tag: Newcastle Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMAS View post tag: MEAO View post tag: Terrorism View post tag: against View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Student Group Raises Nearly $3,500 For Aurora

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Southwest Association of Nursing Students (SWANS) at Ivy Tech Community College has raised $3,365.33 for the social service agency Aurora, through a barbecued meat sale.The students decided they wanted to do something to assist the organization that serves homeless individuals in the area, following USI’s multi-institutional Symposium on Homelessness where they first heard of what Aurora does and its mission from Brian Kerney, executive director. Aurora’s mission states, “We believe that our community and its families will be stronger when everyone has a safe, decent and sustainable place to call home.” Kerney said that Aurora’s mission is similar to what nurses do. “We give tender loving care to people who have fallen into a pit and don’t know how to get out – and then we show them the way.”In May 2016, Aurora and several other community agencies, learned their programs were not going to be funded in the federal Housing and Urban Development’s latest grant cycle, nor in the future.Ivy Tech nursing students were moved to action. “We were impressed and amazed at all the great things they do. When we heard of them losing funding, we knew we had to do something,” said Ivy Tech student Lana Seibert. “We, as individuals and as nursing students, have a very similar background. We are all very compassionate and caring people. We want to be a light in the dark. We saw a local organization that was in need of help. Aurora does SO much for the community and the individuals in it. They deserved to have the same done for them.”The Human Services student organization at Ivy Tech also raised over $200 for the agency.last_img read more

Things You Didn’t Know About Manco & Manco Pizza

first_imgBy Tim KellyIt’s all about the ‘Za.And not just any pizza. We’re talking thin crust, a little bit crispy, and a sauce-to-cheese ratio that is just right, every time.Of course all the ingredients are fresh and every pie is made out in the open in full view of the customers. The service is fast and friendly and the atmosphere is pure Ocean City.It can only be Manco & Manco.“You can’t get a bad pizza here,” said longtime customer Franny Quinn who was enjoying slices recently with wife Madelyn. The couple, from the Roxboro section of Philadelphia, have been married for 49 years and estimated they have been eating Manco and Manco for just as long.Franny and Madelyn Quinn have been coming to Manco’s for more than 40 years.“There’s only one reason to come in here,” Franny said. “For great pizza.”That’s not quite true anymore, as Mancos has expanded its menu from its original offerings of plain pizza and soda to a variety of pies and toppings, and also chicken wings and tenders and french fries. But Quinn’s point still has validity.  Pizza remains Manco and Manco’s primary stock in trade and the reason the business, now in its 62nd year, has achieved iconic status on the Ocean City Boardwalk.There are many other places to buy pizza — and excellent pizza at that — on the boards. However if there is a line stretching far outside the store, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s Manco & Manco’s.“We have a very loyal customer base,” said C.J. Warlow, the manager on duty when an OCNJDaily reporter visited the flagship location at 9th Street.  “They know what they want and they know we are going to deliver it consistently.”Warlow, who has worked at Manco & Manco for 13 years, knows the term “good pizza” is subjective. “Some people like a thicker crust and a lot of cheese,” he said.  “That’s fine, but that’s not us. We welcome the competition.  We all use the same ingredients and mostly the same vendors.  It’s what you do to make your sauce; it’s the cheese blend you come up with.  We feel we have perfected making pizza.  Hey we’ve been at it for (more than) 60 years and we got it right.”Smiles come free of charge with an order of Manco & Manco Pizza.For many customers, going to Manco & Manco is a traditional part of the OC experience, right there with slathering on the sunscreen and shooting for the free game at the end of a round of mini golf. And even though they know what to expect and Manco’s famed consistency lives up to the expectation, there are still some things even the most avid fan might not know about. For example:Staff is held to the same strict standards as the pizza. Male workers must have short hair and their white shorts must have a belt and must be clean.Staffers tend to stay and make it a career. “If you work hard and do a good job there is opportunity for advancement,” said Warlow. Another manager, Chris Mazzitelli, has worked for Manco for 33 years. “That speaks volumes right there about how the company treats its employees,” Warlow added. Other longtime employees include Dave Evans, Tom Rossi, Matt Miller and Rich Cicconetti. The six, in collaboration with other staff, form a de facto marketing committee. The group comes up with new ideas such as the new cheesesteak pizza, and the “Philly Special” deal named after the famous Eagles play in the Super Bowl. Five of the six men are Ocean City natives. Greg Perks is another longtime veteran Manco & Manco employee, having logged 29 years.Pizza maker Michael DeLuca uses a plastic hose to add pizza sauce to a pie.The famous pizza sauce is pumped onto the dough through a plastic hose. This insures a uniform amount on each pie and speeds the process. “If we used (the traditional) ladle we could never keep up with the demand,” Warlow said.Big crowds don’t scare Manco & Manco. “We hosted a Sweet 16 party recently with more than 100 people,” Warlow said. “If three busloads of people showed up right now, that would not be a problem. Most places wouldn’t even have the (available inventory) to handle that.”Twirling dough takes more training than talent. When customers watch a Manco & Manco pizza man nonchalantly toss that homemade dough in the air, it might look like second nature, but it took practice to get there. Employees learn by wetting down a circular piece of fabric and practicing the technique. The pizza palace now sells these fabric “pies” as “Faux Dough” in the gift shop.It takes a village to run an iconic pizza business. At the height of vacation season, Manco & Manco employs 150 people. These include managers, pizza makers, wait staff, bus staff and a small army of delivery people. Of these, approximately 35 are women. “It’s a bit of a stigma,” said Warlow. “Some females might look at the number of guys working here and not apply. But they should because women are some of the hardest working and best employees we have.”Manco & Manco Pie man, CJ Warlow, practices his dough twirling technique with Faux Dough, a circular piece of fabric that mimics the twirling action of the real thing. Manco & Manco Pizza’s 9th and Boardwalk location Location, location, location. Manco’s 9th street store celebrated its first anniversary earlier this summer. The former Strand movie theatre now hosts pizza making shows every night. The other stores are at 8th, 12th, and Manco & Manco’s Too, on the mainland at the Ocean Heights Shopping Center in Somers Point.The stars come out to Manco’s. Two days after his Villanova Wildcats won their most recent NCAA mens’ basketball national championship, head coach Jay Wright walked into the store and ordered a pie. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith made a similar appearance at the 12th Street store.While you may not have known these things, there are some things about Manco & Manco you will never know.“The recipe for our sauce and the way we blend our cheese are things we will never talk about,” Warnow said.“Some information just has to remain classified.”last_img read more