USS Harry S. Truman works with French Air Force in Atlantic

first_img Share this article View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: US Navy US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has departed the Mediterranean Sea after three months of operations and is currently working with the French Air Force in The Atlantic Ocean.From July 2 to 6, embarked aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are conducting integrated flight operations with French Naval Aviation aircraft as part of French Air Defense week.The purpose of the exercise is to increase readiness and demonstrate the ability to operate together by practicing air warfare and strike techniques, to include dissimilar air combat training.“France is our oldest ally and a vital partner in ensuring security and stability in the region and across the globe,” said Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8, Rear Adm. Gene Black. “The opportunity to integrate with French Naval Aviation helps us enhance our interoperability as we work to achieve common objectives.”CVW-1 aircraft participating in the exercise will include F/A-18s and E-2D Hawkeyes, which will integrate with French Dassault Rafale M Fighters.Throughout the duration of the exercise flight operations are being conducted over France and French territorial and international waters in the Bay of Biscay.According to a USNI News report, the Harry S. Truman carrier strike group will continue its deployment in the Atlantic Ocean in what is seen as a response to the Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic. Also noted in the report was a 2017 “detour” of aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush who attended the UK-hosted drill Saxon Warrior after a deployment to the US 5th Fleet area of operations.The two-week exercise took place in waters north of Scotland from August 1, 2017. Photo: USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transited the Strait of Gibraltar on June 28, 2018. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

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Fincantieri wins US Navy’s FFG(X) frigate contract

first_img Photo: Photo: Fincantieri View post tag: Fincantieri Share this article View post tag: US Navycenter_img View post tag: FFG(X) The US Department of Defense (DOD) awarded Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), the US subsidiary of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, a nearly $800 million contract for the concept design and construction of the first-in-class guided-missile frigate of the FFG(X) program for the US Navy.The contract envisages an option for nine additional ships, as well as post-delivery availability support and crew training, with the cumulative value amounting to $5.5 billion.The US Navy plans to build ten additional vessels as part of the future frigate program, for a total of twenty.In addition to the littoral combat ships program, envisaging the construction of sixteen vessels, FMM was awarded last December a multi-billion dollar order for the construction of four multi-mission surface combatants (MMSC) to be delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of the US Foreign Military Sales program.Selected among several major US shipyards, FMM’s proposal is based on the FREMM frigate platform, recognized as the most technologically advanced and the base of a ten-unit program awarded to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. The last vessel is currently under construction.The FFG(X) will have multi-mission capability to conduct air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and electronic warfare and information operations.FFG(X) represents the evolution of the US Navy’s small surface combatant, with increased lethality, survivability and improved capability to support the National Defense Strategy across the full range of military operations in the current security environment.Work is expected to be complete by May 2035, if all options are exercised, according to the US DOD.Related:Lockheed withdraws its LCS from US Navy’s FFG(X) frigate competitionlast_img read more

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Celebrating The Late Phife Dawg’s Life With Live Performances From A Tribe Called Quest’s Heyday

first_imgIn 2016, hip-hip legend Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45. Phife (born Malik Izaak Taylor) died on March 22th due to complications resulting from diabetes, making him one of an unreasonably long list of incredible artists to leave the world during 2016.Phife Dawg co-founded universally renowned hip-hop crew A Tribe Called Quest with MC/producer Q-Tip, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White (who bowed out after their first album) in 1985 in Queens. Along with groups like De La Soul and Jungle Brothers (known collectively as Native Tongues), A Tribe Called Quest helped shift the hip-hop zeitgeist heading into the genre’s 90’s golden age. Known for their positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics and pioneering use of eclectic sampling, Phife, ATCQ, and the rest of the Native Tongues flipped the script on rap’s then-inseparable tie to street cred and defiant, gangster bravado, making infectiously chilled-out, intelligent, feel-good hip-hop.Phife was a creative force up until the very end: Along with contributing excellent work to A Tribe Called Quest’s newly released final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, it was Phife who came up with the album’s name. According to an article in the New York Times last year, the other members didn’t know what Phife’s title was supposed to mean but kept it in place as a tribute after his death. Whoever Phife had been trying to thank, Tribe co-opted the message of gratitude to apply to their fallen brother.Phife, known as the “The Five Foot Assassin” and “The Funky Diabetic,” left an indelible mark on hip-hop and the lives of many fans during his time on this earth. You can feel his incredible presence and characteristic “self-deprecating swagger” on all of his recordings, and especially during Tribe’s legendary live performances. Celebrate the life of Phife Dawg today, on the anniversary of him leaving this world, by watching these classic live performances from A Tribe Called Quest’s heyday.Phife rocks the Arsenio Hall Show stage with Tribe and Leaders of the New School in this performance from 1992, courtesy of YouTube user elkashel:A Tribe Called Quest performs “Can I Kick It” on Showtime At The Apollo to an ecstatic audience, from ATribeCalledQuestVEVO:And, finally, you can watch some prime vintage Phife in A Tribe Called Quest’s 1989 concert film The Art Of Moving Butts In Europe below (when Jarobi White was still part of the Tribe), courtesy of YouTube user StyleTrial.Rest in peace, Phife. Thank you for your service.last_img read more

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Professor analyzes Aquinas’s view on God, good and evil

first_imgFr. Brian Davies, a distinguished professor of philosophy at Fordham University, has dedicated his academic career to studying and writing about the philosophy of religion, and has focused on the work of Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Davies explored the question of why, if God is all powerful and morally good, there is evil present in the world in a lecture held Tuesday night at Rice CommonsThe lecture focused on Aquinas’s rejection of the argument against the existence of God. According to Aquinas, God is not a morally good agent, despite popular belief.“Aquinas views that God should not be thought of as a moral agent in the first place, meaning that God should not be thought of as something either morally good or morally bad,” Davies said. “Aquinas maintains that we do not know what God is … God is strictly non-classifiable.”Virtues are to only be associated with human beings, not God, Davies said.“Aquinas thinks of virtues as what people need in order to flourish as human beings,” Davies said. “So he doesn’t think of God as having the cardinal virtues … Aquinas doesn’t think of God as being actually or possible virtuous.”According to Davies, Aquinas believes it is difficult to attribute goodness to specific things, especially God, because the idea of goodness is concept-dependent.“’Good’ does not signify some distinct property had by all good things,” Davies said. “For him, the meaning of good is noun-dependent. There are good all sorts of things, but what makes them good make them different from kind to kind — goodness is, in a sense, relative. Aquinas thinks that creaturely goodness must somehow reflect what God is.“Aquinas doesn’t think of God as containing creaturely goodness, but rather, goodness in creatures is a dim reflection of what exists simply and undivided-ly in God”.The same argument applies to the subject of evil, according to Davies. Like goodness, Aquinas does not view evil as something of substance.“Many things are generally in a bad way and he thinks that the sentence ‘evil exists’ makes sense,” he said. “On the other hand, he doesn’t think of evil as a substance. Since Aquinas thinks that victims of evil suffering certainly exist, he takes it for granted that God is causally accounted for their being victims of evil suffering. He does not think that the evil in evil suffered is any kind of substance — there is only evil suffered only inasmuch there is a lack of goodness, and Aquinas does not think a lack of goodness is something ‘create-able’.”Aquinas believed there is a problem in the world, but the problem stemmed from a lack of goodness and obligation, rather the existence of evil, Davies said.“Aquinas recognizes that there being something to be called the problem of evil, is rather a problem of why God has not created more goodness,” Davies said. “However, Aquinas does not believe that God has an obligation to create more goodness any more than God has an obligation to create at all.”Tags: Fordham University, Fr. Brian Davies, Theology, Thomas Aquinaslast_img read more

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Guatemalan Judicial System Begins Process of Extraditing Alleged Drug Boss to United States

first_imgBy Dialogo October 07, 2010 On 4 October, the Guatemalan judicial system began the process of extraditing to the United States alleged Guatemalan drug boss Mauro Salomón Ramírez, who was arrested on 2 October. On Monday, a Guatemalan court was expecting to hear an initial statement from Ramírez, who is wanted by the United States on charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and aiding and abetting drug trafficking. An international arrest warrant has been pending against the alleged boss since 26 July, and there is no set time limit to the extradition proceedings. Ramírez, whose supposed chief activity was trade, is suspected of facilitating the trafficking of cocaine to the United States through two businesses he owns in Tecún Umán, in the department of San Marcos (in western Guatemala, on the border with Mexico). Also known under the alias of ‘León del mar’ [Sea Lion], Ramírez is considered the second most important boss in San Marcos, after Cornelio Chilel, who controls the traffic in opium poppies in the region, and the authorities affirm that he has been involved in narcotics trafficking for ten years. The president of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, has said that the gang led by Ramírez has been “practically dismantled,” but he has not ruled out the possibility of an internal struggle among his lieutenants who want to take control of the transit of drugs through the area. Up to now, fifteen individuals linked to the group have been detained (including Ramírez), and the authorities have seized 2.2 million dollars and eleven vehicles of different makes and models. The interior minister, Carlos Menocal, who said that he is not ruling out the possibility of a new outbreak of violence due to power struggles within the gang, emphasized that the authorities have succeeded in apprehending “significant individuals,” in addition to Ramírez. Sergio Tellechea Barrios, Ramírez’s brother, was arrested Sunday and appears to have been responsible for the gang’s financial affairs; the authorities seized 1.8 million dollars from him at the time he was detained. Ramírez was detained on 2 October, having been found hidden in a ditch dug on a rural property in San Bernardino, in the department of Suchitepéquez (in southern Guatemala), after days of searching. Ramírez’s detention was announced by President Colom himself. His arrest took place “without a shot being fired,” Interior Minister Menocal emphasized. Central America has become an area of operations for gangs that ship drugs from South America to North America, leading the governments of the region to ask Washington for increased aid to combat this plague.last_img read more

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Peru and Ecuador Strenghten Their Humanitarian Demining Capabilities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 11, 2017 A group of nine members of the Peruvian Army and three officers from the Ecuadorian Army’s 68th Engineering Battalion Cotopaxi attended the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) course. The computerized course was taught at the Peruvian Army Humanitarian Demining School in Chiclayo, October 23rd–27th, 2017. “IMSMA is not a closed system. We can recreate our own [pages] to collect, systematize, and update all information in the data registry for danger areas that were swept through,” Peruvian Army First Lieutenant Joanna Herrera, IMSMA system chief, told Diálogo. “It’s like a tree, whose branches are fed until we get to the top [the administrator], the person who provides the right information for decision-making at the local and national levels.” The United Nations endorses IMSMA as an information system for mine action data collection, information analysis, and program management. The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining developed the information system to help make mine action safer, faster, and more efficient. The software provides a geographic view of the data so that project results are measurable and easy to manage. IMSMA allows the user to be certain of mines clearance in countries party to the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production, transfer, and destruction of anti-personnel mines. The knowledge Peruvian and Ecuadorian service members gained in information management enhances other training and specialization program initiatives for similar demining procedures. According to IMSMA, the system is installed in 47 nations. It is the primary software in mine action around the world. Short-term goal Peru and Ecuador actively advocate South America as a mine-free territory. “This is evidence that we remain firmly committed to move the process forward,” Efraín Baus, president of Ecuador’s National Center for Humanitarian Demining, stressed in a press release. “Both nations want to change together to establish a zone free of anti-personnel mines along their shared border,” Martha Lizárraga, director of Defense and Security for the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said. The Ecuadorian Army Corps of Engineers runs the Humanitarian Demining Unit that cleared 80 percent of the mines buried on Ecuador’s border. According to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense, they expect to clear the remaining 20 percent by December 2022. In 2017, Ecuadorian units destroyed close to 12,000 anti-personnel mines, 74 anti-tank mines, and the remnants of 27 war explosives in the border provinces of El Oro, Loja, Morona, Zamora, and Pastaza. Squadrons used manual, mechanical, and canine demining techniques for the work. The Peruvian Army’s Directorate General of Humanitarian Demining (DIGEDEHUME, per its Spanish acronym), in partnership with the Peruvian Center for Anti-personnel Mine Action, removed 790 mines in 2017. From January 2009 to December 2015, Peruvian service members destroyed more than 18,200 anti-personnel mines. Authorities estimate that more than 6,300 explosive devices remain buried in the departments of Amazonas, Cajamarca, and Loreto. Peru is stepping up its efforts to finish demining the entire country by 2024. Beneficial initiatives “The training for both countries’ demining personnel, the emergency medical evacuation route to Ecuador for Peruvian deminers, and the joint annual humanitarian demining operations program are beneficial initiatives that drive our efforts to complete this work,” Peruvian Army Colonel Guillermo Portillo Carrillo, executive director of DIGEDEHUME, told Diálogo. “It’s very satisfying to exchange knowledge and experiences with our Ecuadorian counterparts to strengthen security on our shared border to benefit border populations,” 1st Lt. Herrera said. Peru and Ecuador participate in reciprocal training exercises, including the Basic Demining Program, Humanitarian Demining Management, and Explosives Destruction and Battlefield Clearance. Since 2014, the Peruvian Army trained 100 Ecuadorian soldiers in various humanitarian demining programs. “They come to hone their techniques. It’s a kind of exchange that results in the same doctrine taught [by the U.S. Army in 2003],” Col. Portillo said. The exchange of information on danger areas has also been an important tool to plan operations between Peru and Ecuador. Both nations’ armed forces share maps and diagrams to locate buried explosive devices with maximum speed and accuracy. “When operating in a danger area, the information is not accurate at first, because 22 years have gone by since the explosive devices were planted there. The ground shifted,” Col. Portillo said. The tools and joint efforts facilitate humanitarian demining operations on both sides of the border. “This work will continue until the last mine is removed,” Col. Portillo concluded. Peru and Ecuador plan to conclude the destruction of mines within one square kilometer of Tiwintza, on the border between the two countries, in 2018.last_img read more

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Facebook Glitches Allow Banned US Election Advertisements to Recirculate

first_imgRival parties complained new advertisments had been appearing despite the policy.“We’re investigating the issues of some ads being paused incorrectly, and some advertisers having trouble making changes to their campaigns,” Facebook product manager Rob Leathern said in a tweeted message when the ban kicked in on Tuesday.“We’re working quickly on these fixes.”California-based Facebook has tightened its rules on political advertising ahead of the 2020 election. In particular, it has prohibited attempts to undermine the electoral process.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Facebook on Monday acknowledged glitches in enforcing its policy on removing misleading political advertising for the US election after a report revealed banned messages were being recirculated.The social media giant, which has faced intense scrutiny over its handling of political misinformation, said it took action after a media report showing loopholes allowing activist groups to repost advertisements that had been banned after third-party fact checks.- Advertisement – The Wall Street Journal report said some ads supporting President Donald Trump and containing false claims about Democrat Joe Biden had been reposted and shared by a conservative group after the original messages were blocked.Facebook began removing the reposted ads after the Journal report over the weekend.“When a fact-checker applies a rating, we apply a label and demote it while also rejecting it as an ad, this is true for all ratings,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.- Advertisement – “We reviewed these ads and are taking action on those that violate our policies, while also working to improve how we find similar ads to those that were already rated.”The Journal said the advertisements were being run by the American Principles Project, a conservative group, and contained false claims that Biden supports the far-left Antifa movement and backs sex change operations for children.Last week, Facebook saw a rocky start to its effort to ban new political messages a week ahead of the November 3 election.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang backs Arsenal to be surprise title challengers

first_imgAdvertisement Lacazette is also promising a big season (Picture: Reuters)‘I need to score more goals I know, I need to be more consistent and consistent throughout matches.‘I can do better… I am continuing to work, the national team coach makes his decisions.‘I am trying to put in the work. There you have it. I am still (motivated for it).’MORE: David Luiz opens up on exit talks with Frank Lampard before Arsenal transferMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Aubameyang has scored Arsenal’s winning goals in their two games so far this season (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season, but admitted the club’s main goal is to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal’s fifth-place finish last term was not enough to secure a spot in the Champions League and the Gunners then saw their alternate route into the competition blocked by Chelsea, who beat them in the Europa League final.After being the matchwinner for two games in a row for Arsenal, Aubameyang backed the Gunners to spring a surprise this season.He told Canal Plus: ‘I think as I said earlier we have made good signings, that will help us.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over BurnleyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:01FullscreenUnai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnleyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reacts-arsenals-2-1-win-burnley-1987794/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Last season, we were not far away from qualifying for the Champions’ League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Whatever happens, that is the most important thing, the most important aim for us. To be back in the Champions’ League.‘Aside from that, to fight for the title, we know very well that the big guns are ready but we are also ready and in any case we are going to give our all to match the big guns if possible.’ Coral BarrySunday 18 Aug 2019 11:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Arsenal were well off the title pace last season (Picture: Reuters)Arsenal made it two wins from two games with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday, with Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on the scoresheet for the Gunners.While Aubameyang talked up his team’s title chances, his team-mate Lacazette promised Arsenal fans his best was yet to come.‘The Premier League has seen a very good Lacazette, but not yet the best Lacazette,’ he said.center_img Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang backs Arsenal to be surprise title challengers Commentlast_img read more

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Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service

first_imgPNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa announced that he ordered the dismissal of Police Lieutenant Joven de Guzman, who was one of the alleged “ninja cops” in the Pampanga drug raid in 2013. He added: “Without his participation, the case went ahead and it’s not even required by law that he will answer. So, pag di siya sumagot, wala siyang bagong ebidensya na iprisinta./PN Prior to his involvement in the controversial Pampanga raid, De Guzman was also tagged in another controversial buy-bust operation in Antipolo City last May. “I have ordered the dismissal from police service of Police Lieutenant Joven De Guzman of Antipolo City Police Station who led a team of seven PNP personnel that figured in a highly irregular activity in Antipolo City early this year and were recommended for dismissal by the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) as a consequence of their actions,” Gamboa said. Police Lieutenant Joven de Guzman during the senate probe on the Good Conduct Time Allowance on October 1, 2019. ABS-CBN NEWS “Puwede pa siyang mag-file ng motion for reconsideration to my office. It’s part ng due process ‘yun. But, ‘yun kasing nangyari, ni-remand ko, that’s why the investigation was very swift because he did not answer,” Gamboa said.center_img De Guzman was initially penalized with only 59 days of suspension because the “less grave neglect of duty” found against him was not strong enough to be penalized with dismissal from service but it was upgraded upon the review of IAS. MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed anotherpolice officer linked to a controversial narcotics raid wherein millionsworth of illegal drugs were allegedly recycled. The other six policemen in the Antipolo City raid earlier this year have been relieved from police service. Gamboa said that De Guzman has at least 10 days to answer the accusations against him. If De Guzman fails to explain his side, the dismissal order would be final and executory.last_img read more

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Aqua Trojans Victorious Over Sea Dragons

first_imgSunman-Dearborn MS Swimming and Diving traveled to Aurora to take on the Squires from South Dearborn MS on Thursday at South Dearborn High School.Sunman-Dearborn extends it’s winning streak to 26 straight wins as they defeat their conference rivals. The girls won 119-36 and the boys won 129-13.A special congratulations to Grace Crane for setting a school record in the 100 Individual Medley.Individual winners include.  Dara Nash-200 Freestyle; Matthew Badinghaus-200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle; Grace Crane-100 IM, 100 Breaststroke; Jackson Ketcham-100 IM, 50 Butterfly; Mackenzie Schantz-50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly; Nick Weber-50 Freestyle; Grace Lyness-100 Freestyle; Hannah Weber-400 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke; Ray Krider-400 Freestyle; Lance Wuestefeld-100 Backstroke; and Evan Ludwig-100 Breaststroke.Courtesy of Aqua Trojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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