USCGC Campbell wraps up patrol with $80M of cocaine seizures

first_img The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell concluded its patrol of the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean having seized a total of $80 million dollars worth of cocaine.The cutter returned to its homeport at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, on February 14, following a 61-day counter narcotics patrol.In the span of one month Campbell seized or disrupted a total of seven smuggling vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States. The amount of cocaine seized was estimated to be 4,800 pounds (2,177 kilograms) and worth more than $80 million dollars.In addition, Campbell’s crew rescued eight Cuban migrants attempting to sail from Cuba to the United States in an unseaworthy vessel.Campbell deployed in support of the Joint-Interagency Task Force-South, which is in an international operation to disrupt the transportation of narcotics. In doing so, Campbell worked with air, land, and naval assets from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Western Hemisphere partner agencies, to counter drug trafficking.Campbell’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Nasitka, siad: “The amount of success we experienced is a true testament to the professionalism of the crew and their dedication to the mission.”“The patrol was extremely busy and the crew spent the holidays away from their families. Despite this, the crew rose to every challenge in order to achieve success at thwarting transnational crime in the Western Hemisphere.”Campbell is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, and is the sixth cutter to bear the name Campbell. The new Offshore Patrol Cutter contract has been awarded to replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate.[mappress mapid=”17720″] February 18, 2016 Authorities USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures Back to overview,Home naval-today USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures center_img View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: USCGC Campbell Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Evansville Sewer Rates To Increase For The Next 4 Years

first_imgEvansville Sewer Rates to Increase for the Next 4 YearsOCTOBER 24TH, 2016 MATT PEAK EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Sewer rates could be going up by as much as 11% over the next four years.Evansville City Council took a final vote on the proposal at Monday night’s meeting.City Council passed a plan to increase sewer rates.Evansville Water and Sewer Utility officials proposed a 26% increase, to take effect over the next few weeks.Residential customers would then see another 16% increase starting in 2018.The average customer will likely be paying about $30 more for water and sewage.Officials say the increase is needed to pay for the Renew Evansville Initiative.This program insures the city complies with the Clean Water Act.The proposed increase is also going to impact customers living out of the city, who already pay higher rates than city residents.Indiana, Kentucky Police in Top Ten List of Overworked OfficersOCTOBER 24TH, 2016  MATT PEAK INDIANA, KENTUCKY Police officers have a serious job to do, keeping the community safe by enforcing the law, but some are asked to do more than they are supposed to do.Within the Tri-State, Kentucky and Indiana managed to make the top ten list for the most overworked police officers in the country.All findings are based off FBI crime statistics, Census data, and analysis by the Safewise Team.The Bluegrass State comes in #4.Kentucky had the 32nd most crimes per capita for violent and property crime, and each officer was in charge of about 297 people.The Hoosier State barely made on the list coming in at #10.For every 294 people in Indiana, there is one police officer.While Gary and Indianapolis are two of the top three most dangerous cities in Indiana, police officers are kept busy throughout the state.Michigan ranks number one out of all 50 states.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Music Midtown Taps Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone

first_imgKendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, and Fall Out Boy will headline Music Midtown when the festival returns to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on September 15th and 16th. Other acts on the bill include Khalid, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monae, Portugal. The Man, Foster The People, The Revivalists, Kacey Musgraves, and Sylvan Esso.Launched in 1994, Music Midtown eventually grew to become the largest musical event in Georgia during its original run from 1994 to 2005 (attendance hit 300,000 per year during that time). Following a six year hiatus, the festival was revived in 2011 and continues to draw tens of thousands of people to Atlanta every September.Tickets for Music Midtown are now on sale. You can check out the festival’s full lineup below.last_img read more

A unified front’

first_imgNotre Dame football brings the Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame student bodies together each year, and Saturday it brought together the student government executives of both institutions. Prior to Saturday’s football game, Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president Kat Sullivan and Maddy Martin were honored alongside Notre Dame student body president and vice president Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce. The ceremony consisted of both teams walking the American flag across the field and presenting it to members of the Irish Guard, who hoisted it onto the flagpole during the national anthem. The names and hometowns of the four leaders were also announced, she said. The four also watched the game from the press box, Sullivan said. “I was just in shock when we were walking out. I was like, ‘This is a really surreal experience,’” Sullivan said. “I was just so excited, and I felt really blessed to have that experience, and the fact that Notre Dame really considered us a part of the community.  That they allowed Saint Mary’s to be involved was really cool.  It was just exciting that my whole family was there to see me for that.” Martin said she agreed that it was a great experience, emphasizing how nerve-wracking the experience was for her and how close they were to the players. “Although it sounds simple, I was so nervous,” Martin said. “We were all really excited.  We got there around 2:45 p.m.  We just got a chance to walk around the field by the fifty-yard line.  I was close enough that I probably could’ve touched one of the football players, probably like Tommy Rees when he was walking by.” Martin said this is the ninth year in which both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame student executives have been included in performing the ritual, and she said she felt honored to participate. “I know it was started back in 2004.  However, it is such an honor that Kat and I are able to share such an exciting experience with the Notre Dame student body president and vice president, especially since we are not technically students of Notre Dame.  It was awesome to look like a unified front,” Martin said.    Before the game commenced, the student government leaders met Irish basketball head coach Mike Brey, University President John Jenkins, Assistant University Vice President Dennis Brown and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Sullivan said.  Sullivan said Rice was very relatable and the group relished the chance to meet her. “We shook hands with her, and she asked if we were seniors, what our plans were for next year.  She was very down-to-earth.  She’s a Notre Dame alumna.  She was awesome.  It was a really, very cool experience.  It was really cool that all four of us got to share that as well,” Sullivan said. Sullivan credits the fellowship between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s student governments for their immediate association following elections last spring.     “Maddy [Martin] and I have a really good relationship with Alex [Coccia] and Nancy [Joyce].  We started hanging out with them … right after all four of us were elected to plan to collaborate this year on different events,” Sullivan said. The two administrations and Holy Cross student government will collaborate on a yearlong calendar of community events, Sullivan said.  “There’s an event called Support-A-Belle-Love-A-Belle here [at Saint Mary’s].  It’s for Mental Health Awareness.  It was started three years ago, and when we described it to Alex and Nancy, they wanted to introduce something like that at Notre Dame.  So now they’re doing Irish State of Mind.  We’re doing our own [collaboration] on three different events.  We happened to get a hold of the Holy Cross student government as well this year.  So it will be all three schools, and that’s in a few weeks,” Sullivan said.        Martin said, ultimately, she was honored she was able to represent Saint Mary’s College with Sullivan. “I am so proud of my school and the women that attend it,” she said. “My opportunity to participate in the flag presentation signified the importance of Saint Mary’s as a whole.  I was honored to be able to represent an incredible group of women in front of thousands of people.”last_img read more

Bon Voyage Blue Ridge

first_imgGoodbye for now Blue Ridge. Much like the geese I’ll be heading south for the winter. After all my work is seasonal and so am I. For the months of November through February, with a quick stop back home in Iowa, I’ll be searching for the right season and best climbing spots, searching for the land of the lost cowboy hat and broken spur,  this Winter I’ll be Southwest Searching.With any farewell, there is a twinge of regret to be leaving. To be saying see ya’ to the mountains I’ve climbed and to the ones left unconquered. To leave the land that provided me a place to sleep, a land full of adventure and insight, and the land made accesible by new friends.But this arrivederci provides more then remorse, this adios is not forever, and before the trees turn green I’ll be back in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains; I’ll be ready to explore, ready for more, and with the same Adventure Thirst.Saying temporary goodbyes can be good for the soul. It can be hard to realize where you’re at when you are there. It takes a little stepping back, some outside perspective, to really understand the blessed problems you have and the reasons to go back. Saying goodbye for awhile rejuvinates the daily-life, the internal battery, and the all too elusive muscle memory routine.So excuse me as I stretch my legs and continue the search for tomorrow’s adventure and I encourage you to do the same. It is a big wide world out there with many avenues left unexplored. Goodbye (for now) Blue Ridge and stay safe this winter. Look for me galloping into town with the Spring time sun. And most importantly, go outside and play.Bradlast_img read more

Spain pushes clean energy decree to speed renewable rollout

first_imgSpain’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a decree aimed at smoothing the rollout of renewable energy generation, with measures to combat speculation in the market, cut red tape and overhaul an outdated auction system to reassure investors and lower prices.Spain wants to make use of rich natural resources including prodigious sunlight both to reduce pollution and create jobs, in response to the devastation the coronavirus has wrought on an economy that relies heavily on tourism and cars.It follows plans being developed by the European Union (EU) to use low-carbon investments to battle the downturn. Spain is working on joining a handful of wealthy nations embedding targeted emissions reductions into law. One area the decree aims to address is control over permits to pump power into the grid, which renewable developers complain are being hoarded for profit, pushing up the cost of establishing new solar plants or wind farms.Responding to the fact that around 60% of outstanding requests for these permits appear to be purely speculative, the Energy and Environment Ministry said it would oblige holders to prove they were building plants or risk losing a deposit.Power auctions will now be based on the price of energy, a structure the ministry said would allow developers to better plan investments and revenue, and reduce the eventual price of electricity for consumers.Simplifying other permitting processes should help generate jobs across the supply chain, the ministry said, adding 90% of the components of a wind turbine and 65% of a solar plant can be produced in Spain.The measures were presented as an urgent decree, meaning they are likely to be approved unchanged by parliament in the coming days.  Topics :last_img read more

Portugal as impressive as ever, with or without Ronaldo

first_imgWith a seemingly endless production line churning out talented players and a wily, down-to-earth coach in Fernando Santos, Portugal are always going to be a threat.”Portugal have played well (without Ronaldo) plenty of times already,” said Santos who, has lost only three competitive games since taking over six years ago.”We are certainly not better without him, but the team still have the capability, quality and strategy to face any opponents.”On Wednesday, it was Diogo Jota’s turn to shine. Selected as Ronaldo’s replacement, the 23-year-old set up the first goal for Bernardo Silva and scored the other goals himself.But Portugal were impressive all-round. Rui Patricio was unflappable in goal and the central defensive pairing of Pepe and Ruben Dias also looked solid.Best of all, maybe, was the midfield pairing of Danilo and the remarkably dependable William Carvalho, who is back in the team after a series of nagging injuries.”We managed to make things easier for ourselves,” said Angola-born Carvalho.”It wasn’t in response to Ronaldo’s absence – he’s the best player in the world and his absence is always felt. But we performed well without Cristiano and that was our aim.”Topics : Ronaldo also missed the match at home to Croatia last month due to a toe infection — but Portugal also won that one 4-1.In fact, there have often been murmurs that Portugal look a better, more coherent side without Ronaldo, whose presence can be overbearing for younger players.Two years ago, he sat out of the Nations League qualifying stage altogether to concentrate on his club football and Portugal cruised through their group without losing.When he returned for the Final Four last year, Portugal won that as well, with Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick in their 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland. With or without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal remain one of the most impressive teams in Europe as they showed once again with their 3-0 Nations League win over Sweden on Wednesday.Sweden have made a habit of knocking teams such as Portugal out of their stride with their aggressive, physical style but the European champions refused to be bullied, even without their talismanic all-time record scorer.The 35-year-old was ruled out of the match on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 and flew back to Italy, where he plays for Juventus, before Wednesday’s game to sit out at least 10 days in quarantine.last_img read more

When was the last all-English Champions League final?

first_imgManchester United won the Champions League in 2008 (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The possibility of an all-English Champions League is very much alive after Liverpool’s spectacular victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals on Tuesday night.The Reds lost the first leg 3-0 in Spain but turned in a near-perfect performance to beat the Catalans 4-0 at Anfield and make it to the Champions League final for the second time in as many years.The responsibility now lies with Tottenham to produce a remarkable comeback of their own as they take on Ajax in Amsterdam in Wednesday night.Spurs lost the home leg 1-0 so the odds are stacked against them in Holland, but after watching Liverpool’s resurrection against Barca, anything is possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIf Mauricio Pochettino’s side can oust the Dutch team then they will set up the first all-English Champions League final since 2008. Comment When was the last all-English Champions League final? John Terry missed a penalty for Chelsea in the shootout (Picture: Popperfoto/Getty Images)The last time two Premier League sides contested the Champions League final was Chelsea and Manchester United’s meeting at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in 2008.It had been an exceptional year for English sides in Europe with Liverpool being knocked out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals and Arsenal ousted by Man Utd in the semis.Chelsea beat Barcelona in the final four to set up the clash with the Red Devils, but it was United that triumphed in Russia.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe game finished 1-1 after Frank Lampard cancelled out a Cristiano Ronaldo opener to take the game to extra-time and, eventually, penalties.Ronaldo missed from the spot for United, but then John Terry slipped to miss his, before Nicolas Anelka also failed from 12 yards to see Alex Ferguson’s team lift the trophy.This was the only time in the history of the Champions League or its former guise of the European Cup that two English sides have met in the final.However, it has happened in the Europa League/UEFA Cup, when Tottenham beat Wolves in the final of the first ever edition of the tournament in 1972.MORE: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson should have been sent off for Lionel Messi incident against Barcelona, says ex-refereeMORE: What Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool players before thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League semi-final Phil HaighWednesday 8 May 2019 9:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link66Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

This home at Upper Caboolture offers a serene tropical retreat

first_img4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureSurrounding bushland and gardens make this quaint home feel like it’s in the heart of a tropical paradise.It was one of the main reasons Ali Johnston decided to buy the property at 4 Downey Court, Upper Caboolture. 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureIt has a firepit as well as built-in seating off the main patio and she has put tropical plants along the back fence.“That just gives it that tropical feeling,” she said. “When I wake up in the morning, I have all the birds calling out and it just sounds like I’m at a tropical resort.” 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureMs Johnston said the patio was her favourite part of the home.“The living areas actually look out to the back patio,” she said.“That was a big thing for me – to be able to see from all rooms the garden.”She said the cul-de-sac was quiet and the neighbours were friendly.Ms Johnston is sad to say goodbye to the home but needs to return to Sydney.“If I could pack this house up and take it back with me I would,” she said.center_img 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureShe moved to the area from Sydney after reading reviews of the highly rated suburb online.“I really wanted to be able to have a good-sized block of land and affordability was a big thing as well,” Ms Johnston said.The four-bedroom home is on a 605sq m block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 20194 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureThe master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The home has an open floorplan with the living and dining areas flowing into the kitchen and family room. There is access to the outdoor patio from the dining and family rooms.The home was move-in ready, but Ms Johnston has added her own touches to parts of it, including landscaping the large backyard.last_img read more

French scheme tenders $50m emerging market mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgThe deadline for responses is 30 June. A France-based pension fund is searching for an external asset manager to run a $50m (€37m) global emerging market equity portfolio, according to IPE-Quest.The unnamed pension fund has put out an inquiry through the manager search service, and says the proposed mandate will be for all/large-cap equities within global emerging markets.The investments are to be managed passively, following the MSCI Emerging Markets NR index expressed in euros, according to the search.The successful manager should have assets under management for this type of mandate of at least $500m, and more than $5bn in total assets under management as a firm.last_img read more