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Philippine Navy Joins National Peace Commemoration

first_img View post tag: Peace The Philippine Navy (PN) joined the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) in commemoration of the National Peace Consciousness Month 2014, with the theme: “Nagkakaisang Bayan para sa Kapayapaan”. Share this article View post tag: Navy September 1, 2014 View post tag: joins View post tag: National View post tag: Naval A simultaneous Flag Raising Ceremony, recitation of the Harmony Prayer and reiteration of the Pledge of Peace were collectively conducted by PN personnel all over the country in support of this event.The activity aboard headquarters Philippine Navy was headed by the Vice Commander, PN, Rear Adm. Isabelo H Gador who eventually read the message of the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC,PN), Vice Adm. Jesus C Millan.“As we sail and strive for this enduring peace, let us remember that peace cannot be attained by a single entity or organization, it should be accomplished through collective and unified effort, involving all agencies, organizations and even individuals,” stressed in the message of the FOIC, PN.“It is but timely to remember the brave sailors and marines who greatly contributed to this battle for peace – the peace that we all enjoy in this present time. Let us all exemplify the same strength and dedication they offered in safeguarding our mother land,” he added.This activity entails that the Navy is one with the entire Filipino citizenry in aspiring for a peaceful Philippines and supports the peace processes in the pursuit of a permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflict in the country.[mappress]Press Release, September 01, 2014; Image: Philippine Navycenter_img Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Philippine Navy View post tag: Commemoration View post tag: asia Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy Joins National Peace Commemoration Philippine Navy Joins National Peace Commemorationlast_img read more

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Thank you to the heroic stranger who helped me out

first_imgSincerely,Willow CoxWeehawken, New Jersey Dear Editor: In a world that often seems as though it is falling apart there are STILL plenty of good people in it! During my weekly visit to WalMart for supplies I seemed to have left my purse (MY ENTIRE WORLD) in my shopping cart. Arriving home in what had always been very routine I realized that my purse was not with me. Today was a bit different than usual as I had a companion with me. The moment I realized what had happened I instructed my companion to take the groceries in and I flew off in a fit of panic back to WalMart. I knew how panicked I was becoming every moment as I considered the consequences of this and had to calm myself as to remain within the speed limit and not run any lights or stop signs all the while praying for a good Samaritan. Upon my arrival at WalMart there was no sign of the purse and after a thorough discussion with the employees I realized that it would not be found. I called my companion immediately and asked him to begin calling my credit card companies from my receipt box alerting him that I was on my way back. Moments later I answered a call from him and the feeling of relief hit me before he could even finish telling me it was there. I was driving so I hung up the phone.When I arrived home it was there and I thought he had found it amongst the bags of groceries. After a moment to calm down, the story played out… Moments after my call to him saying it was not at WalMart, as he took out the box of receipts preparing to get a head start on the obligatory phone calls the doorbell rang. Thinking it was me arriving home he said “it’s open”…when there was no response he said it again much louder. When no one entered he opened the door to find a woman with her car double parked on the street with her arms outstretched holding the purse. She said that she saw us leave but that her cart was full of groceries. She retrieved the purse, rummaged through to find the Drivers License and entered the address into the GPS on her phone.No sooner had I left than she arrived then left and I arrived. I wish that there had been time for my companion or I to have gotten her name or information. This act of selflessness was nothing short of miraculous and I would so like to thank this person for what she did and look into the face of such an honest person. If you are reading this, please know how tremendously thankful I am for you and how comforting it is knowing that there are still people like you in our community and our world!last_img read more

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CULTURE WEEK (Robinson)

first_imgCULTURE WEEK — Ms. O’Connell’s 4th graders at Robinson School embraced diversity by celebrating “Culture Week”! The 4th grade Royals shared their traditions, customs, and cuisine with their classmates. The students also presented research projects that gave a more descriptive insight into their heritage. Pictured is Ms. O’Connell’s class sharing their traditional foods. ×last_img

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BSU Study: 68,000 Indiana students don’t have internet at home

first_img Google+ BSU Study: 68,000 Indiana students don’t have internet at home WhatsApp Twitter (“Keyboard of a computer” by Marco Verch, CC BY 2.0) A Ball State study estimates at least 68-thousand Indiana school kids don’t have Internet access at home.The Census Bureau says one in five Indiana households lacks Internet access. Ball State economist Michael Hicks says most of them don’t have kids. But he estimates one in 15 do. The total could be as high as 84-thousand, or one in 13.Hicks says the heaviest concentrations of unwired students are in Indianapolis and in rural areas, in the counties surrounding Terre Haute and in northeast and southeast Indiana. He says parts of northwest Indiana, like Gary and Michigan City, are close behind.Unsurprisingly, the study finds low-income families and single-parent households are least likely to have Internet access. And Hicks says while the study didn’t quantify it, there are probably three times as many students whose connections are too weak to support learning tools like assignment downloads or Zoom classrooms.Because of the pandemic, many school districts are either starting the year online or using a hybrid of online and in-person classes. Hicks warns students without connectivity are starting out behind because of learning time they lost when the pandemic halted the last school year. Hicks says it’ll take a community effort to keep them from losing more if school goes online again.Hicks notes Ball State cranked up the wi-fi in its buildings so people could get access in university parking lots over the summer. He says communities need to think outside the box, perhaps by retrofitting vacant warehouses or big-box stores as socially distanced classrooms.Governor Holcomb announced a 62-million-dollar grant fund last month to help schools get devices and connections to students who don’t have it. Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana high school sports are on as planned for fallNext articleIndiana GOP reaching out to minorities for support Network Indiana Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 30, 2020 2 283 last_img read more

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Premium desserts company opens third factory

first_imgUpmarket cheesecake company Rhokett, which supplies Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, has opened its third factory in Kent after securing £1.5m in bank fundings.The new 22,000sq ft factory is the company’s second in the village of Hawkhurst and doubles its capacity, as well as leading to the creation of 50 new jobs. Rhokett was set up in 2001 with help from chef Gary Rhodes, OBE.The new factory was financed with a £900,000 loan from HSBC, along with a £600k asset finance facility from the bank to help fund the fit-out of the premises.Chairman Peter Le Voir said: “The doubling of capacity is in response to high levels of demand for our bespoke desserts, cakes and related products. We are proud of the contribution that we can make including the provision of increasing employment opportunities.”Rhokett plans to increase its current annual turnover of around £12m to £15m next year.last_img read more

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Covid-19 halved Greggs turnover in the first half of the year

first_imgGreggs has revealed that sales through its company-managed shops fell 49% year-on-year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.But the business reported it was already showing signs of bouncing back after reopening its stores, with turnover currently at 72% of 2019 levels.Announcing its interim results for the 26 weeks ended 27 June, Greggs revealed that total sales, including franchised stores, amounted to £300.6m, down from £546.3m in the first half of 2019.The business made a pre-tax loss £65.2m, in stark contrast to the £36.7m profit reported a year ago.Greggs had made a strong start to the period, announcing total sales up 11.7% year on year in its preliminary results on 3 March, before the lockdown brought the temporary closure of the entire estate.The business also closed most of its supply chain operations, keeping open only its Balliol Park savoury manufacturing facility to supply Iceland Foods, the Greggs-branded frozen range. Trial opening of a small number of shops started in May to test new social distancing measures and operational processes, followed by 800 shops opening to takeaway customers in June. From 2 July onwards, Greggs has been reopening of the rest of the estate to takeaway customers.In the first half of 2020, the business spent £2.5m on protective workwear, screens and additional signage, and said it expected to spend around £5m in the second half for protective workwear, additional cleaning and hand sanitisers.As a result of reduced demand, the firm’s product range has been limited to its best-sellers, and although three-quarters of staff are working again, some of Greggs’ manufacturing and operational teams have remained on furlough. The company said its continued use of the government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be crucial in supporting jobs as demand recovered.Because of social distancing concerns, the business has been unable to deploy full teams in the busiest 20% of its shops, particularly in travel locations. This meant service was slower than normal in these sites, although this was being offset by low demand in those location due to reduced travel and less office working.Sales have developed since reopening, and reached 72% of 2019 levels in company-managed shops in the most recent week, ending 25 July 2020.“The variety and geographical reach of our shop estate, combined with the broad appeal of the brand, which is not materially dependent on office-based workers, means we are less impacted by social distancing than many,” said chief executive Roger Whiteside.“The majority of our shops are located in towns and suburbs, or catchments that are generally accessed by car. However, we still expect sales to remain below normal for as long as social distancing is required.”Whiteside added that the business was looking to roll out click & collect and delivery services nationwide in the coming months.As previously reported, the firm has slowed its new shop openings plan as it assesses the impact of social distancing on trading levels, and has brought forward planned closures of shops that have become unviable more quickly as a result of current conditions.As a result, Greggs expects to open around 60 shops and close 50 across the year.“It remains very difficult to predict the outlook and likely performance of our business, and we recognise the possibility of further lockdowns either nationally or regionally,” said Whiteside.“However, Greggs is now well prepared to deal with the challenges of social distancing and operate through the conditions we are faced with.”last_img read more

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The Mattson 2 Share Music Video For Dreamy New Single, “Wavelength” [Watch]

first_imgThe Mattson 2 are steadily blossoming into one of the more notable family bands within the psychedelic rock scene. The emerging duo, who blend the groove and ease of psychedelia with the intense complexity of jazz, is comprised of twin brothers Jared (guitar) and Jonathan Mattson (drums). On Tuesday, the talented brothers shared their new music video for “Wavelength”, one of the songs set to appear on their forthcoming Paradise LP.Related: Khruangbin Announces Debut Performance At The Capitol TheatreThe video’s storyline follows the two brothers as they can’t seem to find one another after initially setting off for some afternoon ice cream. Ironically, the two have no problem finding the perfect musical groove with one another, as the song’s subtle energy holds listener’s attention thanks to its lively swing tempo and dreamy melodies courtesy of Jared’s guitar. The band even looks to expand on their style of performing on this album cycle, as “Wavelength” features lyrics while their recordings have mostly been instrumental-based until now. The lyrics don’t stick around too long however, as Jared eventually takes listeners for a ride with a fantastic guitar solo beginning shortly after the two-minute mark.Watch the new video for “Wavelength” in full below.The Mattson 2 – “Wavelength”[Video: Company Records]The Mattson 2 have spent the last few years expanding their fanbase into the jam and indie rock communities. After touring North America alongside emerging chillwave-rock trio Khruangbin last spring, The Mattson 2 find themselves back on the road heading into summer 2019 with scheduled appearances at Ohio’s Nelsonville Music Festival, California’s San Francisco Jazz Festival, and Colorado’s Telluride Jazz Festival.Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info for their upcoming shows.Paradise is due out on June 7th via Company Records.last_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims rise slightly

first_imgFor the week of June 26, 2010, there were 1,111 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 8 from the week before. Altogether 10,363 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 152 from a week ago and 4,225 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,948 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 353 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,776 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 154 from the week before. In addition, the Vermont Department of Labor announced on June 30 that it would be discontinuing extended unemployment benefits (STORY) beginning July 10 because the state’s unemployment rate has fallen below 6.5 percent (STORY), which is below the federal mandate for such benefits. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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Comfort Zone

first_imgI need to get out more.There are days when I will refuse to cross the river into the west side of town because it’s just too damn far. There are days when I won’t even leave the neighborhood, content with hitting the singletrack that’s a mile from my house and walking to the corner store for sustenance. I’m like one of those old people who stays in their slippers all day and watches Fox News on a constant loop. Just festering in my own xenophobic anger.The Southern Appalachians are full of wonderful destinations ripe with adventure and intrigue. There are hidden lakes and rock outcropping a and waterfalls and solitary single track…so many gems out there in the wild, but I won’t go to them because they’re just so damn far away. If I could snap my fingers and be at the trailhead instantaneously, I’d explore the entire region, but I just can’t fathom sitting in a car for two hours just to take a hike or paddle a river. I’d like to think that my lack of willingness to explore is because I have to travel so much for work, but to be honest I’m just lazy and am content with existing well within my comfort zone. So, there are many places in the southern Appalachians that I have yet to explore.But I sucked it up recently and drove two very long, winding hours into the Great Smoky Mountains to explore a remote corner of the park that I’d somehow managed to avoid for the last 15 years. I had a free day and I’ve always been curious about Shuckstack Tower, a retired lookout tower that overlooks the southeastern corner of Fontana Lake. I didn’t see another soul at the trailhead or along the trail because most people are like me and are reluctant to get outside of their comfort zones. Also, it was a weekday and jobs.It’s a hump of a hike along the Appalachian Trail—basically 3.5 miles up on beautiful bench cut singletrack that contours around the side of Shuckstack Ridge. It was 90 degrees and I soaked through my clothes within the first mile. But I was rewarded with a fire tower that is in good enough shape to climb and a view of Fontana and Nantahala National Forest that I’d never seen before.I’d like to say that my mini weekday adventure sparked a newfound wanderlust, but to be honest, I booked it back down the trail and drove straight home to the comforts of my neighborhood. Tomorrow, I’ll probably just ride the neighborhood singletrack. It’s not easy to expand your comfort zone. Baby steps.last_img read more

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How Is It Fair When a Male Weightlifter Competes Against Women?

first_imgCharisma News 21 March 2017Family First Comment: “But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right? As one woman tweeted in response to this news, “Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.”The performance was stunning, as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard absolutely smoked the competition, beating her nearest competitor, a Samoan woman, by nearly 20 kilograms. The only problem is that Laurel is a biological male, born Gavin, which is why a number of the competitors felt the competition was unfair.But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right?As one woman tweeted in response to this news, “Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.”Gavin Hubbard had “previously competed at a national level in men’s weightlifting,” making it all the more absurd that he would now be competing against women, which is why his presence was “met with criticism from Australian competitors who believe a transgender athlete in the female weightlifting category was not an equal playing field.”Not an equal playing field indeed—no more than it was an equal playing field when a female high school wrestler taking testosterone defeated all the other girls she wrestled against (she’s on hormone treatments as part of her “transitioning” to male) and no more than it was an equal playing field when a male-to-female mixed martial artist manhandled (literally) her female opponents.After the wrestling competition, Patti Overstreet, the mother of another wrestler, said, “She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner. She’s not winning. She’s cheating. It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”In response to this, cultural commentator Bill Muehlenberg wrote, “Nope, it sure ain’t equality, and it sure never will be. Trying to treat unequal things equally will always result in blatant, appalling inequality. And in the case of sports, it will result in more women being taken to hospital—if not the morgue.”When it comes to the weightlifting competition, one of the other lifters said, “We all deserve to be on an even playing field. It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”Exactly? Why compete at all? Why have men compete against men and women compete against women? Why have weight classes? Why not just throw everyone into the same competition and have the world’s strongest (or fastest) human—of either sex, in any weight class, at any distance, in any event? Why not blur all distinctions, if a man can now compete side by side with women?Ridiculously, Phil Gifford, described as a prominent sports writer, “said Hubbard had every right to compete with the women after passing ‘straightforward’ hormone regulations.”Specifically, he argued, “It’s testosterone levels which is a much more scientific way of measuring male gender, female gender than anything else that is currently known. And Lauren has passed all of those tests over the last 12 months.”So, then, a man who had lowered testosterone levels but all the other physical advantages a male would have over other women should be allowed to compete with the ladies? Just a glance at the picture in the news report, in which Hubbard, the fourth from the left, dwarfs his competitors, would tell you something is not fair here.But no, the whole world must revolve around the perceptions of those who identify as transgender, regardless of how it hurts others, regardless of how it inconveniences others, regardless of what new inequities it causes.And that says it all: This man who identifies as a woman has more rights than the other women, and they have to leave to make room for him.Can you join me in saying “Enough!”?Let’s continue to look for ways to help those struggling with gender identity confusion while protecting the rights of the rest of society. If enough of us raise our voices, positive change will come.READ MORE: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/63750-how-is-it-fair-when-a-male-weightlifter-competes-against-womenSport: Samoa protest against transgender lifters competing in women’s gradeRadio NZ News 29 March 2017 Samoa says it’s unfair for transgender weightlifters to compete in women’s divisions and plan to take their protest to the International Weightlifting Federation.New Zealand lifter Laurel Hubbard won the over 90kg division at the Australian International event in Melbourne earlier this month.The 39 year old lifted a combined total of 268kg, 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa.The President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Jerry Wallwork, said the move will discourage women from participating in the sport.“I really don’t think it’s fair. I’ve seen it up in front, in person, and especially when you’ve got someone who was a champions male lifter and now competing with the women, against the women,” he said.“I think it’s really unfair – I could probably almost class it as taking drugs.“You meet the testosterone levels and you get it down to a certain level but you’ve still got the muscles and the bones of a man and of course you’ve still got the strength there – it doesn’t matter how low you go.Jerry Wallwork said the fact Hubbard denied a Samoan lifter the gold medal was irrelevant and the main issue was one of fairness.“I’ve been a coach for 25-30 years and I’ve seen it up front and it does not look fair,” he said.“There’s a big advantage there to that side and I’m prepared to take it all the way up to the International Weightlifting Federation and I will raise it with them and argue with them that something [has to change].“Maybe set up a new division – there’s nothing wrong with that, set up a new division but to go against women I still think it’s unfair.”“I talked to other female athletes that were they – they’re actually saying to me what’s the point of training and competing, we will not be able to beat these lifters – transgenders – because they’re obviously much stronger, much bigger.”Jerry Wallwork said it was important to make their voices heard but whatever the IWF Congress decides, he will accept the decision.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pacific/327725/sport-samoa-protest-against-transgender-lifters-competing-in-women’s-grade‘A man is a man’ – Samoa protests New Zealand transgender weightlifter’s winTVNZ One News 2 April 2017Samoa is protesting to the International Weightlifting Federation after New Zealand’s first transgender competitior snatched gold from their lifter.Laurel Hubbard made history as New Zealand’s first transgender weightlifter, but her big win resulted in Samoa’s loss, and they’re not happy.Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork from the Samoa Weightlifting Federation said the competition was “unfair”. Iuniarra Sipaia took silver, 19 kilograms behind Laurel Hubbard, and she believes it was not an equal playing field. “I am very disappointed with this issue, because a woman’s strength is not the same as a man. I feel its very unfair,” she said.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/man-samoa-protests-new-zealand-transgender-weightlifters-winKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.center_img “It doesn’t matter what you say… I still think a man is a man, still has the muscles and the bones and the strength of a man,” he said.last_img read more

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