Sailors on aircraft carrier give their fired captain a rousing sendoff

first_imgCapt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), gives remarks during an all-hands call on the flight deck, Dec. 15, 2019.Seaman Alexander Williams/U.S. Navy, FILE(NEW YORK) — Videos have emerged on social media showing sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt giving their fired captain a rousing sendoff as he left the ship.Capt. Breet Crozier was relieved of duty for a “loss of confidence” following the leak of a letter in which he advocated for stronger measures to protect his crew from an outbreak of coronavirus aboard the ship.The videos show hundreds of sailors gathered in the ship’s hangar clapping and cheering loudly for Crozier as he walked down a ramp towards the pier in Guam where the ship is docked.Given that they were posted on social media, the videos were presumably taken by sailors aboard the ship on Thursday evening following word that Crozier had been relieved of command.Crozier is seen walking alone towards the ramp as hundreds of sailors walked behind him clapping and then cheering for him.At one point, he stopped at the top of the ramp to salute and wave at clapping sailors, which drew even louder cheers.In one of the videos capturing that moment, voices can be heard saying, “We love you, too!” and “Thank you skipper!”Later, the ship’s crew is heard rhythmically clapping and chanting, “CAPTAIN! CROZIER!”Earlier on Thursday, Crozier was relieved of duty by acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly who said he had lost confidence in his leadership abilities following the leak of a letter where Crozier advocated for stronger measures to protect his ship’s crew from further infection by the coronavirus.Modly said Crozier had expressed valid concerns for the safety of his ship but had exercised “poor judgment” in distributing the letter to senior commanders to a broad group of people when he could have expressed his concerns to the admiral aboard the carrier.In the letter Crozier advocated Navy leaders to speed up the removal of the nearly 5,000 sailors aboard the carrier to appropriate accommodations on Guam that met social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The day after the letter appeared in the San Francisco Examiner the Navy announced that 2,700 of the ship’s crew were being brought ashore and that suitable housing would be found in hotel rooms on the island.Modly said the Navy had already put those plans in place at the time that Crozier wrote his letter and that he would have known that had he contacted his chain of command directly.“It creates a panic, and it creates the perception that the Navy is not on the job, the government’s not on the job, and it’s just not true,” Modly said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pecking order re-established in Northern Cape

first_imgRed-billed oxpeckers in the cage at Stofdam in Mokala National Park. The birds were relocated by the Batteleurs, a non-profit voluntary organisation, from Limpopo. (Images: SANParks) Oxpeckers offer the best biological solution to control tick loads on animals. (Image: Johan van Rensburg/Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gabrielle Venter   SANParks  +27 12 426 5065 RELATED ARTICLES • A paradise for rescued birds • Rare birds fill new Angolan forest • Old bones take Madiba’s name • Protecting marine life with plastic Wilma den HartighA joint conservation initiative by South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has successfully reintroduced red-billed oxpeckers to the Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape, after they disappeared from the area for more than half a century.Red-billed oxpeckers are easy to spot – they are the ones you usually see perched on large game such as rhinos, giraffes, elephants, Cape buffalo as well as livestock. And their hosts don’t mind them being there as these birds have an important role in the ecosystem to naturally keep skin parasites on animals under control – they eat hundreds of ticks, fleas and flies every day.Mokala Park manager Deon Joubert says the re-establishment of red-billed oxpecker populations will have a significant impact on animal disease control in the park and the greater Kimberly area.They will help to protect disease-free buffalo from sickness, reduce external parasite numbers on animals in neighbouring farms, and restore biodiversity. Why did they disappear?Red-billed oxpeckers were prevalent in the greater Kimberley area about 60 years ago, but with the introduction of dips and treatments for overseas cattle breeds, the birds started going into decline and eventually disappeared from the region completely.The use of harsh pesticides became necessary when farmers introduced European livestock to the area. Unlike many indigenous breeds that have good immunity to pests and parasites such as the Tsetse fly, Blackfly and various tick-borne diseases, European livestock had no resistance.Even with the help of oxpeckers, which don’t distinguish their hosts, European breeds continued to suffer heavy tick loads.Leigh Combrink, project co-ordinator for Operation Oxpecker, a project of the EWT, says in the past the use of arsenic-containing pesticides was responsible for the decline in oxpecker numbers. These days pesticides containing organophosphates are a major threat to the survival of birds generally.According to the EWT Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group, arsenical, organochlorine and organophosphate dips had such a major impact on these birds that yellow-billed oxpeckers become extinct in South Africa during the former half of the 20th century. The red-billed oxpecker survived in only a few areas.But now the successful relocation of 21 red-billed oxpeckers to the Kimberly area has made it possible for the birds to again work alongside livestock and game owners to control ticks. A successful relocationThe relocation took place in September 2012, when the 21 birds were released into a temporary cage at a dam in the park, situated close to a bird hide. The temporary enclosure allowed the birds to acclimatise to their new environment, before being released into the park.They were captured in Limpopo by the EWT and flown to the park by the Batteleurs, a non-profit voluntary organisation.Arranging an operation of this kind is a lengthy process.“Before we can even consider releasing birds into an area we need to ensure that landowners at and around the release site are on board with having oxpeckers in the area,” says Combrink. They should also be willing to manage their livestock or game using oxpecker-compatible pesticides.Then the team identifies a capture site and applies for permits to capture and transport the birds.The capture process involves about a week of setting up nets to capture the birds, before they are moved to a temporary holding facility for one to two weeks for quarantine purposes.While the birds are in the holding facility they feed on a diet of 50% lean mince and 50% blood mixture. Avistress, a vitamin and electrolyte supplement, is placed in the water to assist the birds with the stress of handling and transportation.Ahead of the release the site was equipped with nesting boxes for all the birds. The West Rand Honorary Rangers sponsored 28 nest boxes for the Mokala National Park.Since the relocation the birds have already been spotted on kudu and warthog in the park.Joubert says the birds are adapting well and young have already been born and seen in the park.“Monitoring is very difficult and we rely on farmer feedback and visitor sightings,” he says. “One of our farmers has already informed us of seeing the birds on his cattle. He was very excited and we will be giving him a nest box to put up on his farm.”Combrink says a fieldworker from the EWT will be keeping an eye on the Mokala birds to monitor their breeding attempts and population growth. Protecting new populationsIf the newly-established oxpecker population is to survive in the area, it is essential to protect their food supply.“The habitat is mostly still sufficient to support oxpeckers,” Combrink says.She says if landowners know of oxpeckers in their area, and want to encourage the birds onto their property, the best method would be to put up nesting boxes near water sources.“The biggest threat is the use of pesticides containing organophospates and the use of home-brews where landowners buy ingredients and make their own dips,” she says.Oxpeckers can be a farmer’s greatest natural ally on game and cattle farms, but it is important to offer them the best chance of survival by managing tick infestations with the correct products.The Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group suggests the use of chemicals with ingredients such as pyrethroid and amidine acaricides that have a very low toxicity to birds.Since the introduction of less toxic chemicals yellow-billed oxpeckers have moved back into the north eastern parts of South Africa and are now well represented in the Kruger National Park.Red-billed oxpeckers are still more widely distributed, and are found in Limpopo, the North West, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Oxpecker numbers are far from what they used to be before chemical tick control became popular, but there seems to be hope for the future of these useful birds.“Oxpeckers provide a useful ecosystem service through the removal of ticks,” says Combrink.In a natural system, the use of oxpeckers to perform this service is the best solution to the problem of controlling tick loads on animals.• Slideshow image courtesy of Johan van Rensburg/Flickrlast_img read more

The iPhone Ended My Panic Attacks – Could Smartphones Help Others, Too?

first_imgI suffer from panic attacks. At least, I used to – I’ve not had a single one since I got my iPhone. And I’m convinced these two things are related.You may not know this, but panic attacks are surprisingly common. According to a study backed by the National Institutes For Health (NIH), 1 in 8 Americans will experience a panic attack at least once during their lifetime. Perhaps any smartphone would help, or even any device capable of creating both distractions and social connections. For me, though, having my iPhone always nearby, always on, its many features and functions ready to occupy my mind, my eyes, ears and fingertips, is often enough to reduce the onset of an attack. The device seems to draw out, bit by bit, all those fears, worries and repetitive patterns that used to conspire to throw me into despair, fear and then panic.If it really is the iPhone that’s helped mitigate my symptoms, and I believe it is, then perhaps others who suffer from similar attacks – and own a smartphone – can also find some relief.What Is A Panic Attack?The Mayo Clinic defines a panic attack as:A sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.In a panic attack, the overwhelming sense of fear, as real as it is inexplicable, wreaks havoc not only on your psyche but on your daily contribution to the world. An attack can strike seemingly at random: at home, with friends at a bar, at work, standing in line at Starbucks; anywhere, anytime. That’s what makes them so debilitating. Twice, I went to the hospital, convinced my symptoms meant an impending drop-dead heart attack. Both times I was told I was not having a heart attack. Eventually, I was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety disorder – which can lead to panic attacks. To treat anxiety, doctors recommend exercise, meditation, more sleep and visualization techniques. For those who suffer full-blown panic attacks, professional help is suggested, as is medication. I was prescribed Prozac. Since getting an iPhone, however – though my case absolutly may not be typical – I have been able to gradually reduce my daily Prozac to its lowest available dosage. I expect to soon be off it entirely. I have also stopped seeing a therapist.Using The iPhone To Improve My (Mental) HealthThe potential for the iPhone to aid physical healthcare delivery and diagnostics is well documented. The market for smartphone tools that aid mental health is far less robust. But they do exist. For example, the iPhone app Viary, leverages traditional cognitive behavior therapy techniques:Together with a therapist, Viary’s clients choose specific actions that will help them achieve a desired goal. For example a client may decide that exercising, eating healthier food, and listening to classical music makes them feel less depressed. Viary sets reminders for these behaviors – walk for 15 minutes every morning, take a vegetarian lunch, tune into some Beethoven etc, – and the app then collects data on these completed actions. Therapists or coaches can then monitor a client’s progress in real time and even respond. For me, however, I’m convinced that simply possessing an iPhone has improved my mental health. No matter what symptom crops up, using the iPhone helps calm me down and makes me feel more connected. If I feel inexplicably worried, no matter where I am, no matter who I am with – and this is out of necessity – I pull out my iPhone and start texting. I later apologize to those I am with.If I feel alone, I call someone. If I get angry, I play a game – preferably online, with friends. When I am bored, I read on my Kindle app. When I can’t get a song out of my head, I take to Twitter. If my breathing seems off, I make reminder lists of what I need to do for the day, the week, the rest of my life. If the feelings persist, I open Evernote and scroll through all the notes that have a “thankful” tag attached to them.If I feel like I can’t leave the house, I check my Fitbit app, find out how many steps I’ve taken that day, then tell myself I will go outside just long enough to add 1,000 more to my total. This usually works. Sometimes, when things get really dark, I scroll through my photos, which makes me happy. If that’s not enough, I make notes to myself of everything I am grateful for – then email them, knowing my wife can later access the account. And when I feel good, good enough even to help others, I sit in the sun, pull out my iPhone and write a blog post. Like now.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img brian s hall Tags:#health#iPhone#smartphones The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

2012 NSW Junior State Cup Results

first_img10’s Boys – McCall Cup Wests Magpies 13 defeated Wagga Wagga 410’s Girls – Tirado CupWagga 11 defeated Wollongong 012’s Boys – Zabielo CupBalmain 7 defeated Berkeley Vale 212’s Girls – Vassallo CupManly 3 defeated Wagga Wagga 214’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 9 defeated Berkeley Vale 214’s Boys – Yiangou CupParramatta 7 defeated Penrith 216’s Boys – Wall CupRyde Eastwood 7 defeated Parramatta 616’s Girls – Toohey CupParramatta 3 d Berkeley Vale 018’s Boys – Galea CupBankstown 9 defeated Manly 218’s Girls – Rose CupManly 9 defeated Easts Roosters 6Manly won the Club Championship ahead of Wagga Wagga and Berkeley Vale.Highlights from the event have started to be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. Highlights including ‘Plays of the Day’, the 18’s Boys and Girls grand final highlights as well as daily highlights packages have been added to the channel and can be found by clicking on this read more

10 months agoAngel Gomes thrilled to see action in Man Utd win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Angel Gomes thrilled to see action in Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAngel Gomes was delighted with his cameo for Manchester United in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, who was handed his Premier League debut by Jose Mourinho in 2017, came on as a second half substitute to replace Juan Mata with United 3-0 up.And the 18-year-old was asked by MUTV what advice his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave to him before he came on.”He told me enjoy myself get on the pitch,” Gomes explained. “He said to come inside and get on the ball and get as many touches as you can and enjoy the atmosphere and I tried to do that coming on and it was a great experience.”The academy graduate is hopeful of more opportunities under United’s interim manager as he has promised to give more youth team players a chance.”Of course it’s just the start. It was good me and Jimmy travelled last game too, so to travel again and to get some minutes was an added bonus,” Gomes said. “I think United is about bringing youth through and I think with the new manager and how things are going it’s there for the taking really.”He’s a legend at the club and the fans will get behind him because of the things he won at the club and how great of a player he was. For me to learn from a manager like Solskjaer is great for me and the other younger lads because growing up we were watching him. It’s a great feeling.” last_img read more

22 days agoSpurs hero Berbatov: Would Kane turn down Real Madrid?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs hero Berbatov: Would Kane turn down Real Madrid?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could walk into any team into the world, according to Dimitar Berbatov.The England captain scored and played well despite Spurs losing to Bayern Munich 7-2 on Tuesday night.”I was watching Harry Kane against Bayern Munich and even though it was a bad result, throughout the game his movement, control of the ball, passing, play with his teammates and finishing was excellent,” Berbatov wrote in his column for Betfair. “For me he is the complete striker, I know that he can walk into any team and play. He is big enough and knows what he needs to do to win trophies in his career and he’s probably asking questions himself, it’s up to him.”I would love to see him win something with Spurs because he is Spurs. In the case of Kane and every other Spurs player, I think that every fan wants to see them win something in the end because they have good players and the manager is so good, but if that isn’t happening you start asking questions and you will probably disappoint many people if you decide to leave but you have to follow your own path because time flies.”There will always be lots of rumours about him because he is a top player and I would like to see Kane continue here in England, the same goes for [Mauricio] Pochettino but I know when Real Madrid come calling, you are going to ask yourself a million questions.” last_img read more

New rules governing unpaid interns in federally regulated sectors released

first_imgOTTAWA — Unpaid interns in federally regulated industries are getting closer to having some of the same labour protections paid employees get.They include 40-hour work weeks, holidays, maternity-related reassignments, leave and breaks.The federal government posted the proposed rules under laws that extended standard health and safety protections to unpaid interns and limited those internships to placements that are part of educational courses.The rules would also require an employer to collect paperwork from each intern’s school explaining just how the work placement fits into an education program and how many hours they’re supposed to put in.Eliminating unpaid internships in federally regulated environments was a Liberal campaign promise in 2015.Legislation to do it was delayed until December 2017 because labour groups, student unions and others representing interns said the protections weren’t strong enough in the Liberals’ first attempt.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

We found you in a catalogue of Native children

first_img(Colleen Cardinal, purple shirt, sits with the organizers of an Ottawa gathering Sept. 20-21 for Indigenous adoptees. Submitted photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – On Colleen Cardinal’s adoption records it says her parents were Aboriginal and alcoholics.It doesn’t say her mother was a residential school survivor.That she suffered from the experience up until to her death in 1999.“It was really focusing on they were alcoholics,” said Cardinal.If you’re an Indigenous adoptee Cardinal’s story may sound familiar.At a young age she and her sisters were taken from her parents in Edmonton.They bounced around in foster homes until a non-Indigenous family adopted all three of them thousands of kilometres away in unknown Sault. Ste. Marie, Ont.Feeling lucky to stick together they would soon find out how unlucky they were.“It was pretty abusive. My sisters experienced the brunt of it because they were older,” said Cardinal. “We all ran away by the time we were 15. By the time I ran away my sisters were back out in Edmonton.”Cardinal spoke to APTN National News about her life, but generally prefers to stay in the background.Her one sister was murdered in 1990 and the other doesn’t like talking about what happened.When Cardinal moved to Ottawa in 2011 she met other adoptees.Together, they found strength.Now, they’re looking to share it.She’s one of the organizers of a gathering in Ottawa where Indigenous adoptees, foster kids and children of the Sixties Scoop are meeting Sept. 20-21 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre.“So many adoptees are just grateful to meet other adoptees. We don’t realize how much of a common experience we have,” said Cardinal. “We’re all struggling with the same stuff.”The list of attendees to participate in the sharing circle is full at 80 people from all over Canada, including one from North Dakota.While survivors look to share their story, many Indigenous youth are making their way through the same system.According to one recent study, on any given day there are 1,000 kids in child welfare in British Columbia.More than half of them are Indigenous kids.And a hearing is taking place in Ottawa at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal looking into the reasons why thousands of Indigenous children are currently in state care and whether the federal government discriminates against First Nation children because of underfunding the organizations charged with their care.The Harper government tried to have the case thrown out several times with no luck.Last month, Tina Fontaine, 15, ran away from a foster home and was found dead, wrapped in plastic, in a Winnipeg river.Her killer hasn’t been caught.But the history of Indigenous children taken from their homes nearly as old as the country is by name.For over 100 years, ending in the 1990s, the federal government ripped tens of thousands of Indigenous children from their parents and put them in state-funded, church-operated schools known as Indian Residential Schools.Christianity was forced on the kids and they weren’t allowed to speak their language.It’s estimated thousands of children died, many more were abused, both physically and sexually, nearly destroying generation after generation.The government apologized in 2008 and has since been providing settlements to survivors.The Sixties Scoop has also been well documented, as well.From the 1960s to 1980s Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in foster care. Some ended up in the United States. Many were put in the homes of middle class non-Indigenous families.Two Sixties Scoop class-action lawsuits are currently before the courts in British Columbia and in Ontario.Cardinal believes the gathering is the beginning of a movement.“It will be as big as residential schools. There are thousands of people who experienced the same thing I did (as an adoptee),” she said.When Cardinal ran away from her adoptive home she found her biological mother, still struggling.“I was so anxious to meet my family, to know my family … just to be with them. I learned later, after my mother died, she went through residential schools,” she said.She moved back to Sault Ste. Marie in 1998 with her chldren and tried in vain to reconnect with her adoptive mother (The abusive adoptive father was no longer in the picture.)The woman wouldn’t talk about the abuse but Cardinal said she did learn one thing about how she and her sisters were found by a white family Ontario.“She said ‘we found you in a catalogue of Native children,” said Cardinal. “Can you believe that?”For more information on the gathering visit their website at [email protected]last_img read more

Meng Whanzous rise through the ranks at Huawei

first_imgNEW YORK — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou.Meng is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. The 46-year-old woman now faces extradition to the U.S., reportedly on charges of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer. She’s likely his heir apparent. While personal details are scant, Huawei says she is married and has a son and a daughter.Meng started in a low-level position at Huawei in 1993 when she in her 20s and rose through the ranks in finance and accounting positions as Huawei grew. The company is now the world’s biggest supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies.Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more