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Sri Lanka Navy Repatriates 40 Indian Fishermen

first_img View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Indian View post tag: $40 Follow @navaltoday Sri Lanka Navy assisted the repatriation of 40 Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody. They were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Rajtharang” in the seas off Kankesanturai at the International Maritime Boundary Line on 4th October 2014.Naval patrol craft attached to Northern Naval Command were deployed for the humanitarian mission. Sri Lanka Coast Guard Vessel CG 49 also assisted the mission.[mappress]Press Release, October 06, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: asia October 6, 2014 Sri Lanka Navy Repatriates 40 Indian Fishermen View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Repatriates 40 Indian Fishermen Authorities View post tag: Repatriates View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Virginia Spirits – Delivered to Your Door!

first_imgIn a show of support for the Commonwealth’s burgeoning distilled spirits industry, Virginia ABC has enacted temporary SHIPPING privileges for in-state distilleries to Virginia residents while tastings rooms are closed in concert with Governor Northam’s Executive Orders.Virginia distilleries can now ship up to six bottles of liquor or two cases of low-alcohol-beverage products (“LABS” – ready to drink canned cocktails produced from distillate) per consumer per month via common carriers such as UPS and Fed Ex to Virginia residents. Shipping privilege will be rescinded once the Governor’s Executive Orders are lifted.Virginia ABC also enacted permanent DELIVERY privileges for Virginia distilleries to Virginia residents. Delivery privileges are separate from shipping privileges in that distilleries can deliver orders direct to consumers by way of i.) distillery employees, or ii.) third part services such as Grub Hub, Chop Chop, and Uber Eats.Lastly, most Virginia distilleries are also offering CURBSIDE PICKUP services as well.To find out more about shipping, delivery and curbside pickup options for your favorite Virginia distilleries, please visit their website (listed below) or call for more info.Thank you for supporting / drinking local!A Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg,Belle Isle Moonshine, RichmondBelmont Farm Distillery, CulpeperBlue Sky Distillery, SmithfieldCaiseal Beer & Spirits Co., HamptonCatoctin Creek, PurcellvilleCirrus Vodka, RichmondCopper Fox Distillery, Sperryville and WilliamsburgDida’s Distillery, HuntlyEight Shires Coloniale Distillery, WilliamsburgFilibuster Distillery, MaurertownFive Mile Mountain Distillery, FloydGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery, Mount VernonJames River Distillery, James River DistilleryIronclad Distillery Co., Newport NewsMurLarkey Distilled Spirits, BristowKO Distilling, ManassasTarnished Truth Distilling Company, Virginia BeachReservoir Distillery, RichmondRD Wilhelm Distillery, NorfolkRiver Hill Distillery, LurayThree Brothers’ Distillery, DisputantaThree Crosses Distilling Company, PowhatanTwin Creeks Distillery, Rocky MountVirago Spirits, RichmondVirginia Distillery Company, LovingstonVitae Spirits Distillery, CharlottesvilleWaterbird Spirits, Charlottesvillelast_img read more

Shelby relief bill to advance to full Senate

first_imgThe “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act,” a NAFCU-backed regulatory relief bill authored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., was approved by the committee in a party-line vote of 12-10 after mark-up on Thursday.The package, which Shelby first released last week, includes several NAFCU-backed provisions for credit union relief and transparency at NCUA. The bill would require public NCUA budget hearings and require the agency to study the impact of its risk-based capital proposal on mortgage servicing assets.Before the final committee vote, panel members approved an amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to raise the asset threshold for institutions subject to CFPB examinations from $10 billion to $50 billion. NAFCU supports this amendment, although the association has always advocated the exemption of all credit unions from CFPB regulation. Also added was a NAFCU-backed amendment from Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to bar federal financial institution regulators, including NCUA, from participating in the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point initiative.A substitute amendment to the bill from Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released Tuesday, was rejected along party lines, with 10 voting aye and 12 nay. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

At least 30 Secret Service officers test positive for the virus as others are asked to isolate.

first_img– Advertisement – A spokeswoman said the Secret Service kept up its duties during the campaign and that it was taking precautions, including testing and contact tracing as well as isolation, to respond to Covid-19. “The health and safety of our work force is paramount,” said the spokeswoman, Julia McMurray.- Advertisement – The Secret Service’s uniformed officer division has sustained a coronavirus outbreak, according to four people briefed on the matter, the latest blow to a beleaguered agency that has struggled to perform its duties during the pandemic.The outbreak is at least the fourth to strike the agency since the pandemic began, further hobbling its staffing as it is being called on to provide full protection to President Trump and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – Officers in the uniformed division are different from the famed Secret Service agents who guard presidents and their families. The officers provide protection for physical locations like the White House and the vice president’s home at the Naval Observatory in Washington or screen crowds at public events.Several officers and agents expressed concerns in the final weeks of the presidential race that they wanted to avoid traveling to campaign events across the country. They feared contracting the virus at the events or while traveling, according to two people briefed on the matter.The pandemic has been particularly taxing on law enforcement agencies whose officers come in direct contact with people to do their work. In August, at least 11 employees at the Secret Service’s training facility in Maryland tested positive for the virus. Earlier in the summer, two members of the Secret Service who were dispatched to provide security at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., tested positive. Around that time, Vice President Mike Pence canceled a trip to Florida after members of his detail showed symptoms of the virus. – Advertisement – At least 30 uniformed Secret Service officers have tested positive in recent weeks for the virus, and about 60 have been asked by the agency to quarantine, according to the people. The Washington Post first reported the outbreak.It was unclear how the officers contracted the virus. Many traveled to campaign events for both candidates in the final weeks of the campaign, the people said. Several senior White House officials and Trump allies also got the virus after attending an election night party at the White House.last_img read more

Missing teen found dead inside of a chimney

first_imgAuthorities in Port Clinton, Ohio are reporting that they found the body of a missing teen trapped inside of a chimney while re-canvasing the area surrounding his home.14-year-old Harley Dilly’s body was discovered Monday inside of a neighbor’s chimney three weeks after he initially went missing while walking to school.Officials say while they did check the areas surrounding Dilly’s home when they re-canvased that area they decided to enter a neighbor’s vacant summer home which is currently undergoing renovations.When authorities entered the second floor of the house, they found Dilly’s jacket and glasses next to a brick chimney. They then looked inside the chimney and found Dilly’s body stuck inside.“The chimney is between the second and third floors and is 9 by 13 inches,” said Port Clinton Police Department Chief Robert J. Hickman.Investigators told reporters that they don’t suspect foul play in the teen’s death.During a press conference, authorities reported that they believe that the teen climbed an antenna to the roof of the house and then went down its chimney.An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.last_img read more

Thirty-eight and no: Wisconsin moves on to national championship game with stunning win over undefeated Kentucky

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to do something no other team has done all season.No other team this season had beaten the Kentucky Wildcats but Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, in perhaps the biggest game in program history on the game’s biggest stage, Wisconsin found a way to stop the Wildcats pursuit of a perfect 40-0 season dead in its tracks.And by doing so, the Badgers are moving on to the national championship game for the first time in 74 years and just the second time in program history as Wisconsin knocked off Kentucky 71-64 Saturday night.Wisconsin (36-3) will take on the No. 1 seed in the South Region, Duke (34-4), on Monday in the national title game.“I think that loss last year motivated us through the off-season so we could get back here,” Wisconsin senior forward and AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky said. “Once the season started, we had our own goals in mind. It’s great we had a chance to play a good team along the way and come out on top.”After a back-and-forth first half, Wisconsin was able to take the lead for the majority of the second half before going on an untimely 6:08 scoring drought in the middle of the half. Kentucky (38-1) came back during that stretch to take a 60-56 lead with 6:36 left in the game. It was Wisconsin’s largest deficit of the half.But Wisconsin then locked down on defense, forcing Kentucky into three straight shot clock violations before Sam Dekker hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave the Badgers the lead back, 63-60, with 1:42 remaining.“Those shot clock violations were big for us,” Wisconsin junior forward Sam Dekker said. “Gave us confidence on the defensive end and maybe hopefully drained a little bit of their confidence on the offensive end.”Dekker turned right around on defense after the three and drew perhaps the biggest charge of the season with 1:25 remaining as Kentucky’s Trey Lyles was called for the offensive foul.“Him being down low, Sam saw the opportunity of him trying to bully his way to the rim. He made a great play for us,” Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes said of Dekker’s charge.Wisconsin got the ball back after the Kentucky offensive foul and Dekker converted a free throw on the other end to extend the Badgers’ lead to four at 64-60 with 1:06 left in the game.Aaron Harrison answered for Kentucky with a jumper but Wisconsin closed the game out by going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line over the final minute of play. One last 3-point attempt from Harrison that would have kept Kentucky in the game missed everything with five seconds left and sealed the Badgers’ school record 36th win and a matchup with Duke on Monday in the national title game.Kaminsky led Wisconsin on Saturday scoring a game-high 20 points (7-for-11) with 11 rebounds while Dekker added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting.Michael Reaves/Kentucky KernelKnown for being one of the best rebounding teams in the country, Kentucky was outrebounded by Wisconsin 34-22 including a 12-6 advantage on the offensive glass. The Badgers turned those 12 offensive rebounds into 13 second change points.“We just tried to do whatever we could to stay into them,” Kaminsky said. “We know if they get another offensive rebound, they get another chance to score. They’re such a good offensive team, if they get buckets that way, it’s going to be a long night.”Karl-Anthony Towns paced Kentucky with 16 points and nine rebounds while Andrew Harrison (13) and Aaron Harrison (12) rounded out the Wildcats in double figures on Saturday night. All-American Willie Cauley-Stein scored only two points on 1 of 4 shooting for Kentucky.After shooting 60 percent (15-for-25) in the first half, Kentucky shot only 37.9 percent (11-for-29) in the second half. Wisconsin shot 47.9 percent (23-for-48) for the game and went 7-for-17 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc.But like they’ve grown accustom to, the Badgers never wavered when they saw their lead switch into Kentucky’s favor. It’s arguably the most important reason why Wisconsin will be playing for its second championship in program history on Monday.“We know the type of team we have,” Dekker said. “We know the type of coaching staff we have. We know that whatever is going on in the game, we’re not going to change.“Whether we’re down six or up 20, we’re going to be us and we’re going to play our game.Michael Reaves/Kentucky KernelAnd with just a day separating Saturday’s win and Monday’s game, the celebration time will be short as Wisconsin will prepare to defeat a Duke team who it previously lost to this season in an 80-70 defeat at the Kohl Center in December.“It’s not over. We have nothing to celebrate,” Wisconsin fifth-year senior Josh Gasser said. “We obviously won a great game, it’s a huge accomplishment making it to the national championship game, but it wasn’t our goal to make it to the national championship. So we celebrated for a good five, six seconds and then we have to move on.”last_img read more

Don’t want to tempt fate: Aaron Finch not keen on resting Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins vs New Zealand

first_imgAustralia have already secured a place in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup but skipper Aaron Finch has virtually ruled out resting frontline quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in Saturday’s group match against New Zealand.Starc’s 19 wickets from seven matches, more than any bowler in the tournament, have been instrumental in Australia booking a place in the last four with two group matches to spare.The defending champions can afford to rest Starc or Cummins, who has 11 wickets, but Finch does not want to mess with a winning combination.”So if it was going to happen at all, yeah, slightly tempting, but at the same time, you don’t want to tempt fate,” Finch told reporters at the Lord’s.”You don’t want to upset the apple cart just for no reason, really. And that also comes down to how they are feeling, as well, and they are both feeling great at the moment.”I know that they have got no interest whatsoever in being rested or anything like that… everyone’s really on the same page in that regard – to try and keep our winning momentum and making sure that we are never taking anything for granted in this tournament.”Australia finish their group campaign with a July 6 match against South Africa and Finch felt the gap between the games was enough for the quicks to recover.”We feel that week will be a really good opportunity for the bowlers to really freshen up and de-loading them three or four days after this match to manage them through the next part of the tournament, and obviously with a huge summer coming up here with the Ashes and all going forward.”advertisementSaturday’s contest will be a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final when New Zealand were shot out for 183 and Australia chased down the paltry target with nearly 17 overs to spare.Finch had no doubt, however, that their trans-Tasman rivals under Kane Williamson will fight tooth and nail.”I think the great thing with New Zealand is that they fight and scrap every single game, regardless of whether it’s a World Cup final or it’s a club game,” Finch said.”That’s a part of how they play their best cricket, and I know under Kane they certainly do fight and scrap for every run on the field.”They are a great fielding side. They put pressure on you. They have got world-class players. It’s going to be a good game tomorrow, no doubt.”Also Read | Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Read | Bring on the boo-boys, says Australia’s smiling assassin David Warnerlast_img read more

Refugees in 2015 Syrians now citizens in time for 2019 federal election

first_imgOTTAWA — Ahmad Almahmoud has dedicated time every day to follow the news, wanting to be an informed citizen for this fall’s federal election.He is one of 25,000 Syrian refugees that were resettled in Canada between the October 2015 federal election and February 2016. More Syrian refugees have landed in the country since then, with Statistics Canada numbers showing almost 60,000 being resettled as of this past February.Now, he is on the verge earning his citizenship as others have done so he can do something on Oct. 21 he wasn’t able to do in Syria — vote in a free and fair election.The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party has held power in Syria since 1963, including almost 20 years under Bashar al-Assad following three decades of his father’s rule. The party has survived multiple uprisings, including the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011 that led to the ongoing civil war.Fleeing a war-torn country to exercise democracy in Canada has been a huge shift for Almahmoud and other Syrians.“The democracy, the elections, the transfer of power peacefully and seamlessly — it’s all new to us,” Almahmoud said.“You feel better when you see (these things).”Alahmoud and his family fled Syria for neighbouring Jordan in 2012. There, he worked as a barber in the city of Mafraq — just south of the Syrian border — until the United Nations said Canada was willing to resettle him, his wife and their two children.“Anyone would look for a better future for his kids,” he said. “We travelled all the way to Canada looking for safety.”The family landed in Canada in February 2016.A third child, a son, was born in 2017, meaning the toddler already has Canadian citizenship.Soon after arriving, Alahmoud opened a barbershop that has since grown to include three other barbers, one of whom is also a Syrian newcomer.Immediately bringing over 25,000 Syrian refugees was a key foreign policy promise the Liberals made in the last election, fueled by the horrifying image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach.Almahmoud said the success of the refugee initiative was not due to one party, but because of the help and support Canadians provided for the waves of new arrivals.In March, Almahmoud, 32, filed his citizenship application. While he awaits a date to write his citizenship test, he said he hopes he’ll be able to take the oath in time to vote on Oct. 21.“It’s great (to become a Canadian citizen,)” Almahmoud said. “We are proud to be part of Canada.”To apply for citizenship, residents have to provide proof that they can speak and write in either English or French, that they have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,095 days — equivalent to a period of three years — over the preceding five years, and that they filed taxes in at least three of the previous five years.Federal figures show that 897 Syrian-born applicants became Canadian citizens during the first four months of 2019. They joined 1,597 Syrians who had become citizens in 2018, and 587 from 2017.Research also suggests that more recent immigrants are getting out to the polls in federal votes. A 2016 Statistics Canada report noted that between the 2011 and 2015 elections, the gap in voting turnout narrowed between recent arrivals and those who have been in the country for at least 10 years.Almahmoud said voting in the upcoming election will be an obligation if he is a Canadian citizen by then, and that he would cast his ballot for “the best person or who you think is the best.”To figure out how he will vote, Almahmoud said he keeps an eye on the television while he works in his barbershop, or listens to the news on the radio.“I spend most of my time at my salon, so either the TV or the radio is on,” he said.Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Presslast_img read more