19th Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Appointed

first_img View post tag: asia July 1, 2014 Authorities View post tag: Naval 19th Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Appointed View post tag: Commander Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has appointed Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera RWP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and promoted him to the 3-star rank of Vice Admiral with effect from 01st July 2014. View post tag: appointed Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera is the 19th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy in its illustrious history which spans over 63 years. Prior to being appointed as the Navy Commander, he held the post of Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy.[mappress]Press Release, July 01, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: 19th View post tag: News by topic Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today 19th Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Appointed last_img read more

Gov. Holcomb Makes Appointments to Boards & Commissions

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced several appointments and reappointments to state boards and commissions.Commission for Higher EducationThe Indiana Commission for Higher Education defines the missions of Indiana’s colleges and universities, plans and coordinates the state’s postsecondary education system, and ensures that Indiana’s higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. The Commission is led by Teresa Lubbers.Membership: Fourteen gubernatorial appointees, including representatives from each Congressional district, three at-large members, a college faculty representative, and a college student representative.New Appointments:Dr. Beverley Pitts, President Emerita of the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Pitts’ term expires June 30, 2018.Mr. Alfonso Vidal, President of Vidal Plastics, LLC. Mr. Vidal’s term expires June 30, 2019.Horse Racing CommissionIndiana’s Horse Racing Commission ensures that pari-mutuel wagering on horse races in Indiana will be conducted with the highest of standards and the greatest level of integrity.Membership: Five gubernatorial appointees. Appointees serve four-year terms at the pleasure and discretion of the governor. The governor also designates one member of the commission as chairman.New Appointment and Chairman Designee:·         Dr. Phillip C. Borst, Owner, Shelby Street Animal Clinic. Dr. Borst fills a vacant term set to expire Nov. 1, 2017, and has been designated chairman of the commission by Gov. Holcomb.Indiana Economic Development CorporationThe Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) was established in 2005 to attract and support new business investment, create new jobs for Hoosiers, and ensure Indiana’s legacy as one of the top states in the nation for business. The IEDC is led by Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and IEDC President Elaine Bedel.Membership: Eleven gubernatorial appointees. Appointees serve four-year terms at the pleasure and discretion of the governor.New Appointments:Mr. Fred J. Merritt, Owner of Riverside Manufacturing. Mr. Merritt’s term expires March 21, 2021.Mr. Mark D. Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company. Mr. Miles’ term expires March 21, 2021.Mr. John C. Lechleiter, Former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Eli Lilly and Company. Mr. Lechleiter’s term expires April 1, 2021.Reappointments (Terms expire March 21, 2021):Ms. Angela F. BralyMr. Richard L. Johnson, Jr.Mr. Michael L KubackiMr. Dayton MolendorpMr. John T. ThompsonExisting Members:·         Mr. Joel Gorelick (Term expires in October 2017.)·         Mr. Wm. Dominic Grote IV (Term expires in December 2019.)·         Mr. Mark W. Neal (Term expires in December 2019.)Governor’s Residence CommissionThe Indiana Governor’s Residence Commission was created to provide the governor a suitable residence and is charged with the maintenance of the residence.Membership: Seven gubernatorial appointees serve at the pleasure and discretion of the governor.New Appointments:Ms. Ann S FrickMr. William A. “Bill” Browne, Jr.Ms. Jackie MorrisMs. Julie KirbyMr. Lou GerigMs. Shandon WhistlerMs. Vicki GoodeMs. Marianne Molony, chief of staff to First Lady Janet Holcomb, was designated by the governor as a non-voting advisor to the commission.Governor’s Public Building FoundationThe Governor’s Public Building Foundation is a non-profit corporation that works together with the Governor’s Residence Commission.  The governor designates the leadership of the foundation.The following individuals will continue to serve:·         Mr. Robert T. Grand·         Ms. Deborah J. Daniels·         Ms. Lesa F. DietrickMidwestern Higher Education CompactThe Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is a nonprofit regional organization serving 12 states to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region.Membership: Each member state is represented by five resident members. The governor is a member of the commission and may delegate a member to serve in his place during his term of office. Additionally, the governor appoints two members from the field of higher education to serve a term of four years.New Appointments:Dr. Charles R. Johnson, Jr., President of Vincennes University. Dr. Johnson’s term expires in Feb. 2021.Reappointments:Dr. Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Dr. Sauer is the governor’s delegate.Existing Members:·         Richard L. Ludwick, President and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Mr. Ludwick’s term expires in March 2020. Great Lakes CommissionThe commission promotes development of the Great Lakes basin, plans water resource development, makes maximum possible use of navigational aids and other public works, and secures balanced use of the basin.Membership: Each member state is entitled to up to five commissioners, and the governor appoints the members of the Indiana delegation to terms of four years.New Appointments: (Filling vacant terms expiring in Dec. 2018.)·         Ms. Sharon M. Jackson, Deputy General Counsel for the Office of the Governor·         Mr. Bruno L. Pigott, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental ManagementExisting Members: (Terms expiring in December 2018.)·         Jody W. Peacock, Vice President, Ports of Indiana·         Steve Fisher, Executive Director, American Great Lakes Ports Association·         Kay L. Nelson, Director of Environmental Affairs, Northwest Indiana ForumIndiana Public Retirement System Board of TrusteesThe board oversees the financial management of public employee retirement funds.Membership: Nine trustees are appointed by the governor. The state budget director or his designee is a member of the board, and both the state auditor and treasurer may nominate themselves or another to be appointed by the governor to serve on the board. Two members are appointed by the governor directly.New Appointments: (Terms ending in June 2019.)The Honorable Tera K. Klutz, Auditor of State of Indiana.The Honorable Kelly Mitchell, Treasurer of State of Indiana Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body, and Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources CouncilThese two groups protect the great lakes and the St. Lawrence River Basin. The governor made one reappointment to serve at his pleasure for both.Membership of Council: The governors of each member state are the ex officio members.  Each governor must appoint at least one alternate.Membership of Regional Body: The governors of each member state or their respective designees.Reappointment:Mr. Chris Smith, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural ResourcesFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bayonne man fatally shot in Jersey City

first_imgEric Crocker, 23 of Bayonne was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as the result of being shot in the area of Lembeck and Ocean avenues in Jersey City.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that at approximately 5:55 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, responding Police Officers found a male victim on Lembeck Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.Crocker as treated at the scene before being transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center. Crocker was pronounced dead at approximately 6:30 p.m.The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential. MURDER ON LEMBECK – Although violent crime is supposedly down this year, another shooting death occurred in Jersey City this week. ×MURDER ON LEMBECK – Although violent crime is supposedly down this year, another shooting death occurred in Jersey City this week.last_img read more

Railroad Earth Brings Greensky Bluegrass, New Mastersounds, & More To Hillberry [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last weekend, Hillberry Music Festival returned to “The Farm” located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The four-day event, which spanned October 13-16, was presented by bluegrass masters Railroad Earth and hosted a bevy of headlining acts. Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Andy Goessling were on-site cooking things up, as were The New Mastersounds, Elephant Revival, Larry Keel (Does Jerry), Turkuaz, and Fruition.The jams were heavy and the funk was fresh! Thanks to Jeremy Scott Photography, you can relive some of the precious moments in the gallery below.last_img

‘Nuns on a Bus’ tour stops at SMC

first_imgSister Simone Campbell spoke on the “The Contemplative Call to Do Justice” at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening as part of the “Life and Leadership of Catholic Women Religious” lecture series.Kelly Konya | The Observer [/Courtesy of Gwen O’Brien]During the presentation, Campbell shared stories about her numerous political experiences and personal interactions, describing the success of her endeavors as under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.“Over the past couple of years, the amazing things that have happened for me have been all about the Holy Spirit being alive and well, and as I add, making mischief,” Campbell said.These include writing the nun’s letter supporting the passage of the Affordable Care Act and organizing the famous 2012 and 2013 “Nuns on a Bus” tours, which addressed cuts in federal funding for people in need and immigration reform. She is also a member of NETWORK, a social justice lobby founded by 47 sisters to influence legislation in Washington, Campbell said.“[The Vatican] named our little organization [NETWORK] as being a bad influence on Catholics,” Campbell said, “We only had nine full time staff at the time, and we made the Vatican nervous? It was a bit shocking … but it was because of that we had Nuns on a Bus.”By using moments like the spotlight brought on by the Vatican as moments of mission, Campbell said she has been able to act on her belief that active, contemplative life has two aspects: radical acceptance and fighting. Radical acceptance is the key to building bridges and end divisions that are tearing America apart, Campbell said.“How do we welcome in the folks we would rather not even deal with?” Campbell asked. “If we’re at odds with the God in them, we’re at odds with the God in us.”Once people can radically accept each other and their differences, everyone can stop fighting against each other and instead fight for a different, better vision, Campbell said.She said listening to one another allows us to move forward in healing society.“When we have radical acceptance, we can have a conversation long enough to find commonality to be able to talk to each other, to share some real concerns,” Campbell said.By referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush from Exodus, Campbell said we are called to listen to the cries of the oppressed in our country.“If we let their cries penetrate our ears, we are called to be a burning bush for them,” Campbell said. “When you put radical acceptance and fighting for something together, it creates fire, it creates the unexpected, it creates light, heat [and] hope.“But it all depends on being touched, fire can only be generated when you touch a person’s life, a person’s story, and make that person’s story part of you.”Sharing stories of people who have touched her life, including a woman who died because of pride and the inability to access health care, as well as an 11-year-old girl who is independently raising her twin because her parents have been deported, Campbell said as the richest nation on earth, it is immoral to allow these sorts of stories play out.“Too often we get paralyzed, isolated … we don’t do anything,” Campbell said. “We, the people of God, I believe, are called to act … We’re each called to do one thing, and if we each do one thing, everything will get done. This is the whole point of community.”Campbell said everyone is called to act in a different way, and she hopes to encourage young people to get involved in politics because they are not old enough to be timid, and they have the chance to test new ideas.“At the heart of this is the powerful truth that we are one body … and our body is in pain, is ill, is divided. We, this one body, need to be healed, and how can we do it? By radical acceptance, by fighting for the better way, by speaking up … whatever part of the body you are, do your part,” Campbell said.Junior Karlie Wolff said she was impressed with way that the lecture went against the traditional perspective that Catholic women can’t be influential.“I thought it was really good, especially since I’m not Catholic myself,” Wolff said. “I always like seeing the talks that bring the Catholic perspective and Catholic ideas to something all of us can see and connect with, especially social justice issues.”The lecture concluded the “Life and Leadership of Catholic Women Religious” series sponsored by the College’s Center for Spirituality. Tags: Affordable Care Act, life and leadership of catholic women religious, NETWORK, nuns on a bus, sister simone campbell, the contemplative call to justice, the vaticanlast_img read more

Happy Birthday, Fun Home! Five Star Secrets Beyond the House on Maple Avenue

first_img Fun Home has been moving audiences for a whole year now! The landmark musical based on Alison Bechdel’s stirring graphic memoir of the same name nabbed five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. After days and days of wearing out the cast album, super fans are in on the Bechdel family’s many tangled secrets. What better way to celebrate the successful tuner’s first year on the Great White Way than by highlighting a few of the big reveals Broadway.com managed to snag from Fun Home’s compelling cast? (All right, you could also sob over Rebecca Luker’s stunning performance of “Days and Days,” but be sure to take a look at these five silly secrets below!)1. Beth Malone Channels Her Inner Drag Queen for “Really Girly-Girl” RolesWe’re obsessed with Beth Malone’s swagger and short hair as Big Al, but as a Tony-nominated performer, we know she can tackle a variety of characters. Girly-girl? You got it! She told Broadway.com the trick is to “channel a drag queen.”2. Alan Cumming Rubbed Emily Skeggs’ Belly OnceWe’re not really sure what happened there, but Tony nominee Emily Skeggs told us it happened at a bar. Nothing that cool has ever happened to us at a bar.3. Diddy Had Some Words for Michael Cerveris When He Won His First TonyAight, it was one word, and that word was “aight.” Regardless, Cerveris’ impression of Sean Combs presenting him his first Tony Award should nab him another one.4. Sydney Lucas Crushed Hard on Tony Winner Alex SharpThat’s right, Sydney Lucas told Broadway.com her 2015 Tony nominee crush (who would go on to win in the Leading Actor in a Play category, by the way) was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s original headliner. We don’t blame you, Syd.5. Judy Kuhn is a Two-Timing PrincessAs everyone knows, Kuhn lent her powerful pipes to Disney’s Pocahontas in 1995. A decade later, she also sang in Disney’s Mulan II. Apparently, as Kuhn revealed on Ask a Star, Disney usually does not permit voice-performers to offer their vocals to more than one princess. Nevertheless, Tony-winning Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori worked on the project and encouraged Kuhn to take on the role (#rebel). Beth Malone in ‘Fun Home’ View Comments Fun Homecenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more

Outdoor News from the June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine

first_imgGrant to Assist Bear Safety in the SmokiesGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkThe nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently awarded a $4,000 grant to assist with bear safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The grant, administered by the Friends of Smokies, will be used to upgrade cable and pulley systems used to keep food out of the reach of bears at the park’s backcountry campsites. In related news, the A.T. Conservancy also announced that revenue received from the sale of Appalachian Trail specialty license plates, first released in 2005, in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, exceeded $1 million.All Air Travel Goes Through AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.If you’ve ever waded through the sea of people at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this will not be a surprise, but the Airports Council International recently confirmed that it is indeed the busiest airport in the world. According to a recent report, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by more than 94 million travelers last year. The Georgia airport saw nearly 10 million more people than the second busiest airport, in Beijing, China. Another Southern airport, Charlotte’s Douglas International was the 23rd busiest with more than 43 million travelers in 2013.Southern City Tops Obesity PollHuntington, W.Va.A recent Gallup Poll found that residents of the Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio metro area had an obesity rate of 39.5 percent. That’s tops in the nation among 189 U.S metropolitan areas surveyed. According to Gallup, Huntington-Ashland has been among the 10 most obese communities every year since the poll started in 2008. Other Southern cities in the top 10 include Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va., Charleston, W.Va., and Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. On the flip side, Charlottesville, Va., at a percentage of 18.7, landed at number four on the list of the least obese U.S. communities, a ranking that was topped by Boulder, Co., at 12.4 percent. Gallup also noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state, but no state and only one U.S. metro area has achieved this goal.Troubled Waters in the SouthTroubled waters are running in the South. Two regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number 6, South Carolina’s Edisto River is being threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawals, which, according to American Rivers, can take up to 35 percent of the river’s flow during the summer months. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.To the north, the Haw River was named the ninth most endangered on the list, at risk from millions of gallons of wastewater and polluted runoff. The 110-mile central North Carolina river and its watershed provide drinking water to nearly one million people between Greensboro and parts of the Triangle area, and the Haw is also a beloved city escape for paddling, fishing, and swimming. But population growth, antiquated wastewater systems, and recent protection rollbacks are all now threatening the long-term health of the river.Biking: Just What the Doctor OrderedBoston, Ma. In an effort to get its residents moving, the city of Boston recently started a program that allows some doctors to prescribe biking to low-income patients. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the new “Prescribe-a-Bike” enables doctors at Boston Medical Center to prescribe low-income patients with a $5 yearlong membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-share program. With an obesity rate of 1 in 4 among Bean Town’s low-income residents, city officials hope the incentive to ride will help some people become wicked slim. Paying Top Dollar for Mountain AirBeijing, ChinaCitizens in rapidly industrializing China are finally becoming vocal about their dangerous smog-filled skies. In one well-publicized awareness stunt, artist Liang Kegang took a business trip to the craggy Provence region of France and came back home with a jar of fresh mountain air. He then sold it at auction for 5,250 yuan ($860). In the story he said: “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar. This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”Driver After Hitting Cyclist: “I Just Don’t Care” Koroit, AustraliaFortunately Kimberly Davis of Koroit, Australia won’t be on the road for a while. She lost her license for nine months and was fined $4500 after showing little remorse for hitting a cyclist from behind with her car. Following the incident, Davis, who used her phone 44 times leading up to incident, told police: “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullsh*t and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it. I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist.” The cyclist spent three months recovering from a spinal fracture, an injury that required surgery and could have resulted in paralysis. Davis eventually pled guilty to dangerous driving.last_img read more

Public invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan + Road Salt and Waterways

first_imgPublic invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan As winter hangs on in the mountains, a new study out of Appalachian State University is measuring how road salt impacts local waterways. When it snows in the NC mountains, tons of salt are laid down on the roads. The salt keeps the roads safe for travel, reducing accidents by 51 to 88 percent. Once the snow is gone, however, the salt dissolves and is carried into streams. For the past decade, Appalachian State University has been monitoring the salinity of the water and the soil of eight streams that flow into the Upper South Fork New River by measuring it for conductivity. Because saltier water conducts more electricity, conductivity can be measured to determine how much salt is in the water. Researchers have found that the streams get so salty in the winter months that the water is equivalent to estuarine water at the coast—where the rivers meet the ocean. The fish and insects that live in the streams aren’t evolved to live in salty water, so sensitive species like trout, mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies are affected. To keep the salt runoff down, the city of Boone, NC is experimenting with a mixture of 80 percent salt brine and 20 percent beet juice. The cost of beet juice is significantly higher, and its impact on conductivity is unknown. The public is invited to review and provide comments on the draft 2019 South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council prepare a plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes management strategies and determines needed funding. Since the program began in 1981, over 190,000 acres of invasive aquatic vegetation in public waters have been controlled to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, public recreational access, and drinking water supplies. Comments or suggestions must be submitted in writing or by email and received by March 30, 2019. The plan is available to review at www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html. Comments can be submitted to Chris Page at [email protected] North Carolina study finds that road salt impacts local waterwayscenter_img 44th Annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell sold out The 2019 Assault on Mt. Mitchell, one of the premier cycling experiences in the southeast, is sold out. Organizers are offering a special for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell’s shorter race, the Assault on Marion, a 74.2-mile ride from downtown Spartanburg, SC to the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, NC. Marion registrants will have the opportunity to register early for the 2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Now through March 31, the registration fee for the Assault on Marion is $55, increasing to $60 from April 1- May 17.last_img read more

567K payment cards possibly exposed in restaurant data breach

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Information from about 567,000 payment cards may have been exposed in a data breach at the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant chain between Nov. 3, 2017, and Jan. 2. As more data breaches occur, NAFCU – a leading advocate for national data security standards – continues its push for the adoption of data and cybersecurity standards for all entities that hold consumers’ information.Cheddar’s is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., which said affected restaurants span 23 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The system has since been disabled and replaced.NAFCU has been active with lawmakers since the massive 2013 Target data breach stressing the need for a legislative solution to reform the nation’s data security system. The association has also shared with Congress principles credit unions would like to see addressed in any comprehensive cyber and data security legislation. continue reading »last_img read more