Panama Canal Expansion Completed

first_imgBy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks, Navy Public Affairs Support Element July 01, 2016 Leadership aboard Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), alongside Commander, United States Southern Command Adm. Kurt Tidd and U.S. ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley, hosted a Panama Canal Expansion ceremony while in port Balboa, Panama, June 25. The ceremony marked the opening of a $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal that spanned over the course of a decade, allowing larger ships to pass through the canal and significantly improve long-term global trade. “The Panama Canal is the most important economic feature of this region,” said Adm. Tidd. “It connects the economic livelihood of nations all around the world.” In preparation for the expansion, ports on the East Coast of the U.S. and in the Gulf of Mexico have invested over $30 billion in deepening channels and building new loading docks to prepare for greater traffic and increased trade, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. Although there isn’t an expectation for immediate improvement in global trade, the expansion is expected to directly benefit both security and trade within the region. In addition to guest speakers, Adm. Tidd and Ambassador Feeley, U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden also attended the ceremony and met with Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and U.S. embassy officials to celebrate the Panama Canal expansion. “Oak Hill is extremely proud to be able to participate in this historic event,” said Cmdr. Orlando Bowman, commanding officer aboard Oak Hill. “The ability to represent the U.S., as well as continuing to strengthen our partnership with Panama is an incredible experience for the crew.” “U.S. Southern Command is the organizer for one of the largest multinational exercises involving over 21 nations this year engaged in the security of the Panama Canal,” said Adm. Tidd. “All of the countries of the region and beyond have a shared responsibility working hand-in-hand with the government of Panama to secure this important economic item.” PANAMAX brings together partner nations to participate in training scenarios from various U.S. locations to increase interoperability among participating nations. The main focus of the exercise is to guarantee safe passage through the Panama Canal, ensure Panama’s neutrality and respect its sovereignty. For more information, visit,, or For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit read more

Players Giving Back

first_imgToo often we view headlines that report on some pro-athlete being arrested for some alleged crime.  No sport has a corner on this type of news.  That is why when the Cincinnati stations carried the story of the “Make A Wish” Foundation arranging a special day for  a young man at a Reds baseball game was a breath of fresh air.This young man’s favorite player is Brandon Phillips, and even though Brandon is on the disabled list, he came to the park and played catch with the young man.  Brandon also asked the young man to autograph his T-shirt before he autographed several items for the young boy.Jay Bruce took the young man to lunch before he had to report to the ball park.  During the game, this young man got to sit in the booth with Chris Welch and Tom Brennamen.  I doubt if any amount of medicine could have helped him more than that day with the Reds.This is just one example of athlete’s giving back.  Most of this is not reported in the 30 minutes usually allotted to local news.  Great job, Cincinnati Reds.last_img read more

West Indies crumble to Bangladesh

first_imgWEST INDIES innings Hope c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehedi Hasan 74 Ambris not out 69 Bravo not out 3Extras: (lb-2, w-3, nb-1) 6Total: (1 wkt, 24 overs) 152Fall of wicket: 1-144.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-28-0, Mohammad Saifuddin 5-0-29-0, Mustafizur Rahman 5-0-50-0, Mosaddek Hossain 2-0-9-0, Mehedi Hasan 4-0-22-1, Rahman 2-0-12-0.BANGLADESH innings (target: 210 off 24 overs)Tamim Iqbal c Holder b Gabriel 18Soumya Sarkar c sub. Cottrell b Reifer 66Sabbir Rahman lbw b Gabriel 0Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Reifer 36Mohammad Mithun lbw b Allen 17Mahmudullah not out 19Mosaddek Hossain not out 52Extras: (w05) 5Total: (5 wkts, 22.5 overs) 213Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-60, 3-109, 4-134, 5-143.Bowling: Nurse 3-0-35-0, Holder 4-0-31-0, Roach 5-0-57-0, Gabriel 3-0-30-2, Reifer 3.5-0-23-2, Allen 4-0-37-1.Result: Bangladesh won by five wickets (DLS)Series: Bangladesh won Tri-Nations SeriesMan-of-the-Match: Mosaddek HossainMan-of-the-Series: Shai Hope (CMC) – LEFT-arm spinner Fabian Allen sent down a costly 25-run over as West Indies failed to hold their nerve when it mattered most, and slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the Tri-Nations Series final here yesterday.In their final competitive One-Day International, ahead of the World Cup beginning month end, West Indies struggled to contain a buoyant Bangladesh as the Asian outfit easily chased down a difficult revised target of 210 with seven balls to spare, in the contest reduced to 24 overs per side.Left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar struck a sparkling 66 off 41 balls but it was Mosaddek Hossain, batting at number seven, who turned the screws on West Indies with a breathtaking 24-ball unbeaten 52 at the end.With Soumya in full flight, Bangladesh were cruising to victory at 109 for two in the 12th over but lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls, to leave the result open.However, Mosaddek slammed a 20-ball fifty – the fastest by a Bangladeshi in ODIs – in a 70-run, unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to snuff out any chance of a West Indies win.The game, though, was still in the balance at the start of the 21st over from Allen, with 27 runs required from 18 balls.But Mosaddek switch-hit the left-arm spinner over the point boundary for six off the first ball and then then cleared the ropes at long on with the second delivery. He dabbed the third ball to the third man boundary before lashing the fourth over extra cover for the maximum, to leave the Windies shell-shocked.All told, the right-hander smacked two fours and five sixes while Mahmudullah faced 21 balls and struck a single four.The defeat to Bangladesh was the third straight in the tournament for West Indies and seventh in nine meetings over the last 12 months.Man-of-the-Series Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 74 while Sunil Ambris stroked an unbeaten 69 as West Indies finished on 152 for one after rain resulted in a five-hour break during their innings.Sent in, they had reached 131 without loss in the 21st over when the inclement weather drove players from the field.Once play restarted, following a series of inspections, West Indies found themselves with just 23 balls left in the innings and managed only another 21 runs.Neither batsman looked troubled by Bangladesh’s attack with Hope hammering six fours and three sixes off 64 balls and Ambris notching seven fours in a 78-ball knock.Hope was the first to his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over which leaked 13 runs.Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over from Mustafizur, reached his second half-century in ODIs with a couple to wide long off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.When the rains arrived, Hope was perched on 68 and Ambris on 59 and on resumption, Hope added a further six runs before holing out to long on off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the penultimate over.Needing to score at nearly nine runs an over, Bangladesh took command of the run chase early through Soumya, who played audaciously to belt nine fours and three sixes.He put on 59 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (18) who was dropped on four off a sitter by Ashley Nurse running back from slip, with the score on 18 in the third over from seamer Kemar Roach.Left-hander Tamim eventually fell attempting a third straight four off speedster Shannon Gabriel (2-30) in the sixth over, caught at mid-off by captain Jason Holder, and when Sabbir Rahman was hit in front without scoring in the same over to the second ball he faced, West Indies were back in the game.However, Soumya put on 49 for the third wicket with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose 36 came from 22 balls and included two fours and sixes.And even though left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-23) got rid of both to claim his first wickets in ODIs and spark a Bangladesh slide, Mosaddek kept his composure to finish the game strongly. SCOREBOARD last_img read more

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club: reports

first_imgSydney, Australia | AFP | Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing.Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year.The 100 metres world record-holder scored his first two goals in professional football on Friday when he started a pre-season game against second-tier Macarthur South West United in Sydney.Malta club Valletta FC said they had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final, with chief executive Ghasston Slimen saying the move to snare Bolt was “about writing history”.“Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing (Olympics) in 2008, and I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey,” Slimen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.“We play the final of the Super Cup on December 13, which we will win… so can you imagine Usain Bolt lifting the Super Cup trophy 10 years after he broke the record in Beijing?“This isn’t about money, this is about history. This is something that they will talk about in 50 or 100 years’ time.”A group of investors from the Sanban Group in the United Arab Emirates acquired a majority stake in the club last month, vowing to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s Champions League.– Room for improvement –Slimen admitted Bolt still had to improve his footballing skills, but said he was inspired by the former sprinter’s jubilant celebrations — including the trademark lightning bolt victory pose — after the goals. “I don’t want him to be here on holiday, I want him training hard,” he said, adding that he wanted Bolt to be lifting trophies during his stint at Valletta.“I don’t want to make a big fuss, I want him to sign the contract, get on the flight, arrive in Malta and train, because we need to prepare for the Super Cup.”The Australian agent who arranged Bolt’s trial with the Mariners declined to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.Bolt does not yet have a contract with the Mariners ahead of the start of the A-League season this Friday, with the club’s chief executive Shaun Mielekamp saying in a statement that the Jamaican “will continue his indefinite training period… until any further notice”.Media reports suggest the Mariners are waiting for governing body Football Federation Australia to decide whether it will contribute to a potential Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) offer to Bolt.FFA head David Gallop said Tuesday “the story of a contract in Europe is news to me”, but that any financial support from the governing body would not be drawn from a marquee fund set up to attract top players to the A-League.“The ball is very much in the Mariners court. They have to make a decision whether they want to move to put Usain onto a contract,” Gallop told Macquarie Sports Radio.“If they get to that point (of signing Bolt) then we’ll look at what’s feasible for us but it can’t be from the marquee player fund…. we can’t use that money but we’ll look at if we can do anything else.”The 32-year-old previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

11-year-old local girl credited with saving grandma’s life

first_imgAn 11-year-old girl from Boca Raton is being called a hero after her quick thinking helped save her grandmother’s life.11-year-old Rilee stayed home sick from school on Tuesday with her grandmother keeping a close eye on her.Her grandmother who suffers from type 1 diabetes, says while she prepared to walk out of the door for an appointment she began feeling sick and sat down on the couch.A few minutes later, Rilee came out of a room to find her grandmother slumped over on the couch. That’s when the 11-year-old sprang into action and went to her neighbor’s home to ask for help.The neighbor then called the paramedics who arrived just in time to help Rilee’s grandmother out of her state of diabetic shock.Rilee’s grandmother says she is glad she taught all 5 of her grandchildren about her condition and what to do when they think something is wrong.Rilee says she is just glad that she was home and was able to help save her grandmother’s life.last_img read more

Gateway overcomes Allderdice’s ‘Hawk D’ to advance

first_imgCROWD PLEASER—High flying 6-5 sophomore Ben Mickens of Allderdice slams two in front of Gateway’s Barnett Harris. GREAT SCOTT— Gateway’s super sophomore Tyler Scott is fouled by Eric Maninger of Allderdice. Scott scored 15 points and hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. “All year we were taking shots—we don’t play hard, we don’t play defense, we don’t do this or don’t do that. But, hey, where were all these people Saturday afternoon?” asked Gateway coach Mitch Adams. “I get into my players faces because I want the kids to have my intensity.”The Dragons entered the game with four starters averaging in double figures: point guard Branden Johnson (10 ppg), Brandon McLester (14.5 ppg), Ishmael Swain (16.3 ppg) and Ben Mickens (13 ppg). But, it was 6-2 sophomore Justin “Happy” Dobbs that led Allderdice to a 10-2 lead by nailing three 3-pointers from deep in the right corner. The Dragons ended the first quarter leading 13-8. Gateway’s super sophomore Tyler Scott began to take over in the second quarter. Scott, a talented 6-6 sophomore point guard, scored 15 points. He electrified the crowd and broke the Dragons “Hawk D” defense with his “Magic Johnson” no look pass to senior reserve Matt Miles, who scored the easiest two points of his career. The Gators held a 31-24 halftime lead.In the third quarter, the 2010 City League champs fought their way back into the game. With Allderdice trailing only 34-33, high flying 6-5 sophomore Ben Mickens went to the hoop and came away with an acrobatic dunk over 6-10 division I prospect Barnett Harris that caused Gateway to call a timeout and fans to erupt with boisterous chants of “Hawk D,” “Hawk D,” “Hawk D.”Allderdice came out of the timeout holding onto a 35-34 lead but sophomore Mickens, a Pittsburgh Central Catholic transfer who is familiar to Gateway fans from a pair of battles in Section 2 last season, knew the game was far from over.“We knew that this would be a hard fought game,” said Mickens. “It was a close game. Not many teams can hold Gateway to 46 points”“That was just like a heavyweight fight where two guys got in the middle of the ring and slugged it out. It’s the way old basketball was played. They had no fear of us, and we had no fear of them, said Adams. “We knew that Allderdice was a solid team. We played them over the summer and got a good look at their “Hawk D” defense.”With the Gators carrying as many as five Division I prospects on their roster, the sky is truly the limit for this bunch.The kind of talent in general, let alone on one team, hasn’t been seen in these parts too often, if ever, in recent years. Schenley’s run with DeJuan and Greg Blair, D. J. Kennedy, Deandre Kane and Jamaal Bryant a couple years back was the rare exception.In his fifth year as head coach, Adams has slowly turned around the basketball program at a school that has a well-earned reputation as a football powerhouse, having dominated Class AAAA for most of the past several decades.Gateway will play District 6 champion Hollidaysburg March 17. Looking even further down the road, Gateway would earn a rematch with Mt. Lebanon in the state quarterfinals March 20.“This team is young, but the game isn’t too big for them,” said assistant coach Marvin Wright. “We have the talent to win the whole thing.”Catapulted by its lopsided City League championship victory over Oliver, the Dragons won the City championship for the first time since 1988, a team led by Jason White and Bill Herndon.Herndon went on to play for John Calipari at UMass. Coach Calipari is now coaching the University of Kentucky. With a sophomore class that features Mickens, Dobbs, Barnett, and Scott, look for Calipari to return to Pittsburgh to get some of the country’s top basketball recruits.A wet weekend caused flooding problems in the area and had the fans at Peabody High School’s gymnasium looking to the skies as the Chartiers Valley Lady Colts were raining 3s. The sharp shooting Colts led 55-18 over Perry behind 11 first half 3-point baskets and cruised to a 65-22 victory over the City champs in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA.Perry got off to a slow start, because many of their star players took the SAT exams before the game. The contest was delayed while 6-2 center Maritta Gillcrease changed into her uniform.With Perry holding a decided size advantage, the Colts strategy of shooting from the outside paid off for them. Freshman Alex Coyne scored all of her game-high 15 points in the first half on five 3-pointers.Perry held Chartiers Valley to only 10 second half points, but it was too little too late.“The team won the City but was disappointed in their performance. They really wanted to come out today and play well. I’m very proud of them. They played good defense in the second half and played well all season,” said athletic director Dana Knapp.Maritta Gillcrease who did well on her SAT exam was noticeably disappointed after the game.“I can’t believe what just happened,” said Gillcrease. “But I’ll be back. I’ll be back.”With Gillcrease and her twin sister Marissa coming back next year, the Perry Lady Commodores have a good chance of returning to the state playoffs in 2011. by Smokin’ Jim FrazierFor New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice coach Andre McDonald and his top assistant, Jason Rivers, came up with a defense they named “Hawk-D,” while coaching summer league teams. Not many teams have shown more hustle than Allderdice, a program that prides itself on work ethic, desire and suffocating defense. However, Gateway used some late game defensive plays to hold on for a 46-43 victory over Allderdice March 13, in front of a near capacity crowd at Peabody High School in East Liberty.last_img read more

Alaffia Spearheading Campaign for Olympia’s Designation as a Fair Trade Town

first_imgSubmitted by AlaffiaRose Hyde and Olowo-n’djo Tchala are the founders of Alaffia. They are spearheading a campaign to get Olympia recognized as a Fair Trade Town. Photo credit: Ben MoonOlympia has the opportunity to become the first city in Washington State to be named a Fair Trade City by the Fair Trade Towns USA Campaign.The campaign is being spearheaded by Alaffia, a fair trade skincare organization, working to empower communities, increase awareness of the benefits of fair trade, and highlight Olympia’s commitment to being a leader in the global fight on inequality.Alaffia currently employs more than 80 full-time employees in the Olympia-Tumwater area and 500 women at their cooperatives in Togo, West Africa, where the raw ingredients of their products are handcrafted. Alaffia is Fair for Life Certified by the Institute for Marketecology both in Togo and Olympia, which confirms Alaffia meets standards concerning fair working conditions, fair prices and wages, environmental performance, and community relations.The Fair Trade Towns USA campaign raises consumer awareness, increases the availability of fair trade products, and drives sales in order to help lift more than 1.2 million families out of poverty.To become an official Fair Trade Town, applicants must build retail availability and show that Fair Trade products are available in local stores, as well as in institutions, such as places of worship, schools, and offices. The City Council must also pass an official resolution in support of fair trade, stating it is an issue important to its government and residents and including plans to implement that support in concrete ways.Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Rose Hyde stand in their Alaffia home office. The company employs more than 80 people in the greater Olympia area. Photo credit: Ben MoonOlympia would join over 20 other municipalities already recognized as Fair Trade Towns, including Montclair, Red Bank, and Highland Park, NJ; Boston, Amherst, and Northampton, MA; Brattleboro and Burlington, VT; San Francisco and Chico, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Media, PA; Bluffton, OH; Ballston Spa, NY; and Taos, NM. Furthermore, active campaigns are taking place in over 30 additional towns and cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Seattle.To join the campaign visit For more information about Alaffia please visit Facebook186Tweet0Pin0last_img read more