Andy Robinson needs to look to the future – Craig Chalmers

first_imgFind a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. I think the Scottish public are still with Andy Robinson. He’s a very good coach. Our defence has been pretty solid and the forwards have competed against most teams – although we miss Euan Murray for the Sunday games, of which we have two this spring. We just need to improve our cutting edge.This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ROVIGO, ITALY – JUNE 26: Duncan Weir of Scotland reacts during the IRB Junior World Championship 9th Place Play Off match between Scotland and Argentina at Mario Battaglini Stadium on June 26, 2011 in Rovigo, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images) For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Duncan Weir – is he the future Scotland fly-half?There are some big decisions for Andy Robinson to make in the next few weeks, as he prepares for the RBS 6 Nations.Scotland’s World Cup has to be seen as a failure, so there must be some changes. There is no lack of effort, but our inability to score tries is a huge, huge problem. We only scored four at the World Cup, all against Romania. We must get some cutting edge, like Edinburgh have been showing. At stand-off I think it’s time to forget Dan Parks and I’m not 100% sure about Ruaridh Jackson. Harry Leonard at Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Duncan Weir are showing consistency and getting experience and the next step is to bring them into the national squad. They’re only 19 and 20 years of age, but a lot of good fly-halves come through at that age, although if you bring in a young guy you have to give them a run of games.The centres at the moment aren’t great distributors and we need to get our back three on the ball and playing. Injecting some young talent into the back-line is a way forward. Not three or four at a time, but a new player here and there would freshen things up and get more flair and cutting edge and invention into the team. There are several young guys playing well for Edinburgh, such as Matt Scott, James King and Lee Jones.There have been great expectations for Scotland to do well in the past couple of Six Nations and they haven’t come to fruition. I know Andy Robinson is as desperate as anyone to make it work. He should look at who is playing well for their club because we want players in the team that are full of confidence.If Andy wants to win games, will he be tempted to go with a conservative kicking game? Weir is a very good kicking stand-off and likes to have a bit of a run too. He has to improve his distribution and get the right mix of kicking and running with the ball, but he’s full of confidence and has a great temperament. I coached him at U20s level and he’s keen to learn and will listen. He’s ahead of Jackson.I like what I’ve seen of Leonard and Matt Scott as well. Scott was a ten but I felt his best position was 12 because kicking wasn’t a real strength of his. He has put some weight and size on and he’s a fine passer and can get a back-line moving really well. Tim Visser will qualify for Scotland next summer and he’s a real attacking threat, so to have him on the wing for Scotland would be a great asset.One player who won’t be involved in the Six Nations is lock Nathan Hines and he’ll be missed. The players looked up to him – and not just because he’s tall! He has a lot of knowledge and the guys at Leinster say he was a really big influence when he was there and they’re still missing him. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.last_img read more

House 3 / at103

first_img Houses “COPY” Projects Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House 3 / at103Save this projectSaveHouse 3 / at103 Mexico ArchDaily Text description provided by the architects. The Project consists on a restoration and addition of an existing house in the old part of the city of Acapulco, México. Acapulco in the 50’s and 60’s was a Hollywood Town, full of glamour and money, where all the rich and famous used to hang out from John Wayne to John F Kennedy and Maria Felix, where good taste and modern architecture, mixed with the beautiful landscape of the bay and cliffs, this condition has changed with the years, the city got old, needs urgent new infrastructure and hast lost some of this classic scent for most part of the city, this except for the old town, that still -in a decay way- the great modern living in the tropics. Save this picture!This is the case of this house, “casa 3”, situated in the original Acapulco Town, very near the yatch Club that held the nautical activities of the 1968 Olympics, a house build by functionalist architect Hector Mestre in the year 1953, in a complex of 5 house, this particular house with a special condition, that is placed right on the bay with no construction obstructing the view of the old port, the ancient fort and the Modern bay.Save this picture!Our clients asked for an addition and a renewal, for us the challenge was to conserve the original architecture with the new expectations of living in the 21’st century, more space of storage, new technology and new dynamics and programs in contemporary families.Save this picture!The addition consists, in redistributing the bathrooms, more open, much more space, and a new living-terrace-bar-dinning space with a new pool facing the bay, as the original pool was placed in a back terrace. The materials are place with the criteria of not competing with the old house but not to be lost with them. Showing what is new and what is old, with out making a competition was a clear strategy for us.Save this picture!The new area is the main heart of the house, articulating all of the other areas, including an old Salt-water pond in the lower part of the site.Project gallerySee allShow lessIlhavo City Library / ARX PortugalSelected ProjectsORDOS 100 #7: MOS ArchitectsArticles Share “COPY”center_img CopyHouses, Restoration•Acapulco, Mexico CopyAbout this officeat103OfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRestorationAcapulcoWoodRefurbishmentHousesMexicoPublished on January 06, 2009Cite: “House 3 / at103” 06 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?House 3 / at103是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream House 3 / at103 2007 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Save this picture!+ 8 Share Architects: at103 Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Community Foundation announces additional £500,000 investment in N Ireland

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 1 November 2016 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  61 total views,  3 views today Community Foundation announces additional £500,000 investment in N Ireland  62 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: community foundations Funding Northern Ireland The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has announced plans to make an additional £500,000 available to communities on top of its regular funding pot to help address quality of life issues identified in its recently published ‘Vital Signs’ report.The new funding was revealed as CFNI launched the report where it also called for greater collaboration within the voluntary and community sector and between funders to ensure that issues identified by communities can be tackled more effectively.The report which used extensive community engagement to uncover the top quality of life concerns for people living in Northern Ireland, found that health and well-being, education and skills, economy and work as well as poverty are the issues which worry people most across the country.Speaking at the launch of the report, CFNI chief executive Andrew McCracken revealed the organisation’s intention to match grant-making against key issues uncovered in the report. He also outlined the CFNI’s desire to work more closely with other organisations in the funding landscape, ensuring that the report’s findings help target areas of greatest need.“To further help address some of the identified needs, we plan to use £500,000 of our own endowment alongside year on year investment in addition to seeking new funding partners to maximise the money available for communities,” Mr McCracken said.Information on how the funding will be allocated will be revealed at a later date.last_img read more

What we’re reading: Alabama extends mask mandate, immigration centers in Texas prepare for change

first_imgTwitter Facebook Previous articleWinter storm benefits businesses around TCUNext articleTCU’s NAACP chapter hosting block party for Race & Reconciliation Initiative Friday Izzy McFadden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Izzy McFadden The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Facebook Izzy McFadden Twitter Linkedin Izzy McFadden What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines What we’re reading: Closing arguments in Chauvin trial, Austin shooting suspect arrested Linkedincenter_img + posts RRI plans first campus scavenger hunt with free travel as the prize Fraternity’s annual philanthropy event will look different this year due to COVID-19 ReddIt President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, meet with members of the House of Representatives in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2021, on infrastructure. Also pictured is House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio Ore., second from left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) What we’re reading: Cashier testifies in George Floyd case, four dead in California shooting printBiden administration changing family detention centers in Texas The Biden Administration has plans to transform its immigrant family detention centers in South Texas into new rapid-style processing hubs that screen and release migrants into the United States within a 72 hour period, according to The Washington Post.This recent change is due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informing the administration on this year’s expected increase in immigration numbers, which are predicted to be the highest in 20 years.As immigration numbers are climbing, there is a shortage of bed space and personnel. The Biden administration sees this change as needed in order to create a more effective process for all included.The goal is to release 100 families per day and emulate New York’s Ellis Island in South Texas.Law enforcement alerted to new threats on capitol Federal law enforcement is on alert after there was a potential threat against the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, according to CNN.This threat, made by a group of violent militia extremists, reportedly centered around taking control of the U.S. capitol. The specific date of March 4 stems from a far-right conspiracy theory that asserts former President Donald Trump will re-assume office Thursday.Due to mistakes made ahead of Jan. 6, when officers were overtaken by a violent mob that stormed the Capitol, there has been an effort at increased communication to prevent a similar event from occurring.The joint effort of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security stay highly alert during this time.Alabama extends mask mandate Texas Representative Erin Zwiener DSHS Commissioner, questions John Hellerstedt, MD, during a video hearing about Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end the statewide mask mandate aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)Alabama and Republican Gov. Kay Ivey announced an extension of their mask mandate a day after Texas decided to lift their own, according to the New York Times.Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas made plans to lift the statewide mask mandate earlier this week and allowed Texas businesses to return to full capacity.Many inside and outside Texas were frustrated with Abbott, as the state has already reported more than 44,000 deaths and nearly 2.7 million COVID-19 cases.“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask and forget it,” President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House.Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama went against Abbott, extending the state’s mandate and saying that “there’s no question that wearing masks has been one of my greatest tools in combating the virus.”Ivey wants more Alabamians to get vaccinated before she lifts the mask mandate. ReddIt What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Izzy McFadden Izzy McFadden read more

Madras HC Directs Technical Committee Headed By State Health Secretary To Consider Administration Of Siddha Treatment To COVID-19 Patients [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Directs Technical Committee Headed By State Health Secretary To Consider Administration Of Siddha Treatment To COVID-19 Patients [Read Order] Akshita Saxena4 April 2020 4:46 AMShare This – xA division bench of the Madras High Court comprising of Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar has directed the Technical Committee headed by the State Health Secretary to consider treating COVID-19 affected patients with medicine known as Kabasura Kashayam, which is a part of Siddha Medical Treatment. The bench was hearing a plea filed by one PA Josseph who endorsed…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?LoginA division bench of the Madras High Court comprising of Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar has directed the Technical Committee headed by the State Health Secretary to consider treating COVID-19 affected patients with medicine known as Kabasura Kashayam, which is a part of Siddha Medical Treatment. The bench was hearing a plea filed by one PA Josseph who endorsed the abovementioned medicine as a “preventive vaccine” and also as a dose to boost the immunity of already affected persons. On being informed that a Technical Committee headed by the Health Secretary and comprising of experts in various fields was already under the process of considering representations for prescribing alternative medicines to people affected by the Coronavirus, the bench said, “we are not inclined to pass any further order in this PIL petition and we dispose of the same by directing the Technical Committee, headed by the Health Secretary to consider the representation made in this Public Interest Litigation Petition also with regard to treatment of COVID-19 patients by Kabasura Kashayam and take appropriate decision in this matter, in accordance with the Guidelines issued by the Central Government.” Earlier this week, the same bench had also directed the Technical Committee to consider representations for treatment of Corona virus under Ayurveda/Unani/Homeopathy or Naturopathy methods, besides Allopathy. The Bench had additionally directed the Technical Committee “to consider all the concerned representations made in this regard to the State Government, for prevention and treatment of the said disease and also for the other measures like Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic (Nanolife) hand sanitizers and other types of sanitizers, soaps and mask of various types, which can be provided or supplied to the people at large, for meeting the said emergency of COVID-19”. Case Details: Case Title: PA Josseph v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. Case No.: WP No. 7422/2020 Quorum: Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar Appearance: Petitioner in person; Additional Advocate General PH Arvind Pandian (for State)Picture from here 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. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Air Accident Investigation unit publishes report into Tory crash landing

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook An Air Accident Investigation Unit report has noted it was not able to carry out an on-site examination a microlight aircraft which crash landed on Tory Island on May 9th last year because the aircraft was moved before the incident was reported.The investigation report has now been published.In its report on the investigation’s findings, the Irish Times says that about 40 minutes into a flight from the Finn Valley Airfield, the engine cut out as the aurcraft circled over Tory Island.The pilot later told investigators that a few minutes before the engine cut out, he had checked the fuel gauge and that it was reading “nearly full”. He also said that he made three attempts to restart the engine using its pull cord, without success.The pilit attempted to land on a road leading to the Tory Island lighthouse, but ended up putting the aircraft down in rough terrain. The microlight sustained substantial damage, but there was no fire, and the pilot, who only sustained minor cuts and bruises, was able to leave the aircraft unaided.The report notes that investigators became aware of the accident following a telephone call from a local journalist the following day, and a call reporting the incident was received later on the same day from the pilot.Two Inspectors examined the aircraft wreckage at Finn Valley Airfield two days later.The Air Accident Investigation Unit issued a number of recommendations regarding inspections of fuel tanks and the use of unleaded petrol.Report in full - Twitter Facebook Air Accident Investigation unit publishes report into Tory crash landing Pinterestcenter_img Google+ By News Highland – September 21, 2017 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMinister asks cabinet to approve new flood response protocolsNext articleEntries for Donegal Harvest Rally close on Friday News Highland Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Tornillo, the Texas tent camp that housed thousands of migrant children, will close: HH

first_imgBREAKING: I just talked with the management at the Tornillo facility – the last kid just left. This tent city should never have stood in the first place but it is welcome news that it will be gone.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) January 11, 2019But company officials who ran the facility told ABC News last month that the company had refused to accept a government contract past Jan. 1. They blamed the government for causing the crisis by demanding onerous FBI background checks and bureaucratic rules that caused some children to languish at the facility for more than 50 days.With the system buckling under the strain of caring for so many children, the Trump administration announced in December that it would loosen requirements for sponsorship.Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary of the administration for children and families at HHS, said that the last group of children will be discharged from Tornillo this weekend and the shelter will “continue the path towards closure.”“As the Trump administration continues to enforce current laws to address our nation’s crisis at the border, the program will need to continue to evaluate needs and capacity in order to care for the hundreds of (unaccompanied minors) that cross the U.S. border daily,” she wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.Her statement, however, suggested that other facilities like Tornillo aren’t going away and could be used again if there’s continued influx of asylum claims at the southern border.“The program is designed to expand and contract to meet these needs and facilities, like Tornillo, have been critical during periods of influx as was done in 2012, 2014, and 2016.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A massive tent camp in Texas that at one point housed some 2,800 migrant teenagers who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone will close, the Trump administration announced Friday.By this weekend, the last of the children there either will have been sent to live with sponsors or transferred to another shelter, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services.The Tornillo facility in Texas had become a lightning rod in the immigration debate. The tent camp ballooned as U.S. officials reported an influx of older children and teenagers arriving at the border without parents. HHS took custody of the “unaccompanied minors,” and relied on privately run shelters like Tornillo scattered across the country to care for the teens.At one point, the total number of migrant minors in U.S. custody reached nearly 15,000. An HHS spokeswoman said Friday that the number has since dropped to 11,0000.Amnesty International and several Democrats cheered the move to close Tornillo, which had been the subject of an internal investigation on whether background checks into staff members had been sufficient.“Warehousing thousands of children in tents for weeks and months on end has been one of the most disastrous policies of the Trump administration responding to children and families seeking safety at the border,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.Administration officials say they have had little choice but to house teens in facilities like Tornillo because the kids weren’t in the country legally and releasing them to sponsors without stringent background checks could have put them at additional risk.last_img read more

Father and daughter who allegedly blamed panhandlers for his wife’s killing extradited back to Baltimore to face murder charges

first_imgBaltimore Police Dept.(BALTIMORE) — A father and daughter who authorities say fabricated a story of a panhandler stabbing his wife to death were extradited to Baltimore early Thursday to face murder charges as newly released documents show the husband allegedly asked his brother to help kill the victim.Keith and Valeria Smith were brought back to Maryland by the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force after being caught in Texas earlier this month while attempting to make a run for the Mexican border, authorities said.Arrest warrants for the father and daugther released Thursday show that in the days prior to the Dec. 1 killing of Jacquelyn Smith, Keith Smith allgedly tried to get his brother to help him kill his wife of five years.‘Get rid of Jacquelyn’Keith Smith’s brother, Vick Smith, told police that his brother told him that Jacquelyn Smith was talking about divocing him, according to the arrest warrants. Vick Smith told police, according to the warrants, that he reached out to a close friend of his brother and told him that Keith Smith “asked him to get rid of Jacquelyn, which he interrupted to mean kill/murder her.”Valeria and Keith Smith arrived at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport shortly after midnight Thursday and were immediately driven to the Central Booking Intake Facility in Baltimore, police said.Baltimore police released video and photos of the pair being taken off the plane on the tarmac, put into handcuffs and driven away.It was not immediately clear when they will appear in court.They are both charged with first-degree murder.Story ‘was not true’In the the arrest warrants, Valeria Smith’s involvment in the killing is described as being “an accessory after the fact in the murder of Jacquelyn Smith.” Keith Smith, 54, according to his warrant, “did assault and murder” his wife, who was stabbed five times in the chest.The supects initially claimed Jacquelyn Smith, 54, who worked as an electrical engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was stabbed by one of two panhandlers she spotted while driving through East Baltimore.In interviews with homicide detectives and at a news conference shortly after the killing, the pair claimed Jacquelyn Smith was stabbed when she asked her husband to pull over so she could give $10 to a female panhandler who appeared to be holding a baby.Keith Smith told ABC News shortly after the killing that both panhandlers approached their car and the male panhandler stabbed his wife and snatched her chain as he and the woman were thanking her for the money. He said the woman panhandler reached into the car, grabbed his wife’s purse and ran.“She was trying to help someone out,” Keith Smith told ABC News in a Dec. 3 interview. “I think the reality is, we forget about the times that we’re living in. You may have the best intentions on helping this person, but when you let a person get into your safe zone, you’re actually opening yourself up to whatever this person has intended for you.”Keith and Valeria Smith told police the killing happened as they were returning home from an American Leagon Hall, where they had been celebrating Valeria Smith’s 28th birthday, though records show her birthday is on Oct. 30.On March 3, Michael Harrison, acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, said the story told by Keith and Valeria Smith “was not true.”Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh slammed the suspects for using issues of homelessness as a ruse in an alleged attempt to cover up the killing.“These individuals took advantage of a situation, a city that is already dealing with its own problems,” Pugh said earlier this month. “We’re looking forward to this cruel act being brought to justice.”Attempting to flee countryThe father and daughter were arrested that day in Harlingen, Texas, which is near the Mexican border. Police said they suspect the pair was attempting to cross the border and disappear.Since his arrest, Keith Smith’s criminal history has come under increased scrutiny. He pleaded guilty in 2001 to robbing the same bank in Timonium, Maryland, three times in nine months, according to reports obtained by ABC News from the Baltimore County Police Department.He served six years of a 12-year prison sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon and for fleeing the police, according the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services,Keith Smith was released from prison on Feb. 9, 2007. He married Jacquelyn Smith in 2014.Baltimore detectives became suspicious of Keith and Valeria Smith after finding inconsistencies and contradictions in their stories of what happened to Jacquelyn Smith, according to the arrest warrants.The father and daughter claimed the killing happened in East Baltimore, but none of the 27 surveillance cameras in the location they said the stabbing occurred showed the family’s car in the area at the time of the homicide, according to the warrants.Cell phone records showed that at the time of the stabbing Valeria Smith’s phone pinged in Druid Hill Park, northwest of where she and her father claim the stabbing happened.When confronted about the location of the killing, Keith Smith allgedly told investigators that he had gotten lost driving home and ended up in Druid Hill Park, where they stopped for 12 to 16 minutes and looked at photos they had taken earlier that evening, according to the arrest warrants.When Valeria Smith was confronted about her cell phone pinging at the park, she told detectives they were never in the park, according to the arrest warrants. She then stopped speaking with investigators and asked for an attorney, the warrants state.Investigators also were granted court permission to wiretap the cell phones of both Keith and Valeria Smith.In calls detectives intercepted in late February, Keith Smith was heard trying to book one-way flight reservations to Cuba and Canada, but was unable to because he did not have a valid U.S. passport, according to the arrest warrants.Wiretapped trying to book flight to Cuba“While on the phone with the reservationist, Keith inquired about traveling to the Virgin Islands without a passport,” according to the warrant. “The reservationist advised him that he could travel to the U.S. Virgin Island with just a driver’s license.”Computer records seized in the case also showed that Keith Smith conducted a search on whether a passport was needed to travel to Jamaica, and “if there is a way to cross into Mexico without going through the border,” according to the arrest warrants.Keith and Valeria Smith were just 20 minutes from the Mexican border when they were nabbed.“Based on the results of this investigation and Mr. Smith’s attempt to flee the country, the investigation has failed to provide suspects other than Mr. and Ms. Smith,” detectives wrote in the arrest warrants.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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The late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstȁtte: an extraordinary post-glacial fossil and sedimentary record

first_imgFossils of the Late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstätte are characterized by exceptional preservation of their soft tissues in clay minerals. The low-diversity community lived in an unusual cold-water setting, dominated by anoxic bottom waters, in the immediate aftermath of the Hirnantian glaciation. Giant conodonts represented by complete tooth sets, and one with trunk musculature and liver preserved, unarmoured jawless fish, lobopods and enigmatic taxa are some of the more important fossils. Furthermore, this Lagerstätte also preserves biomineralized Ordovician taxa such as brachiopods, orthoconic nautiloids and trilobites. It is important in capturing the only known examples of many taxa, extending temporal ranges of others and providing a unique glimpse of a post-glacial refugium, at a time when other Lagerstätten are unknown.last_img read more

Navies test interoperability in Gulf of Aden

first_img May 14, 2018 Navies test interoperability in Gulf of Aden Back to overview,Home naval-today Navies test interoperability in Gulf of Aden Share this article View post tag: CMFcenter_img As part of the mission to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have conducted a large-scale Focused Operation in conjunction with the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).The operation, known as Three Arrows, started on May 1, 2018, with warships from Japan, Spain and Italy working together along with military aircraft from Germany, Spain, Japan and the UK overhead.Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 led the operation on behalf of CMF, with the Japanese destroyer JMSDF Akebono at the center of the operation.“CTF 151 are delighted with the success of Focused Operation Three Arrows; it has allowed us to reassure all who use the Gulf of Aden, as well as gain valuable knowledge about local maritime activity. This will enable us to identify suspicious activity early and to maintain the suppression of piracy in the area,” Rear Admiral Daisuke Kajimoto, Commander of CTF 151, said.The various warships approached dhows and fishing boats, exchanging things like water, caps and first aid kits while gaining vital information about vessel movements and the crew’s observations. This has allowed CMF to build up an accurate picture of the patterns of life in the Gulf of Aden, which will ultimately allow CMF to better deter piracy and smuggling in the future.The Djibouti Navy also took part in the operation, with three radar sites sharing radar contacts and AIS information while broadcasting VHF messages to inform merchant shipping and pleasure craft of the presence of warships in the area and to request reports on any suspicious activity.The Indian Navy warship INS Sunayna is also currently operating in the Gulf of Aden, acting as an escort in the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC). The warship cooperated with the operation by relaying the same maritime awareness broadcasts on an hourly basis.Commenting on the participation of the Spanish and Italian warships, spokesperson EU NAVFOR, Lt Col Dave Fielder said: “We work 24/7/365 in our baseline counter piracy role with a focus on the brown waters of the Somalian coast, this compliments our partners in CTF151 who also conduct counter-piracy work. We’ve been doing this together for many years and we are comfortable partners. Our recent work together is part of the ongoing commitment to the region to address piracy and wider maritime security issues.”While there have been no piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden this year, the threat remains and the significant presence of multiple warships in the area, all communicating together and dominating the VHF channels, undoubtedly acted as a deterrent, according to CMF. View post tag: combined maritime forces Authoritieslast_img read more