After a year’s hiatus, the Notre Dame Forum will return to campus this fall, focused on the economy, human development and the role of ethics in rebuilding the global marketplace, the University announced Monday. Prominent New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers.The 2010 Forum is titled “The Global Marketplace and the Common Good” and is scheduled for Nov. 3. According to a press release, the Forum will examine “the inherent demand for an essential moral framework in the quest for human development.” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement that the Forum comes after the world was “shaken” by the current economic crisis.Jenkins said the Forum will “create a year-long discussion on the role of ethics, values and morals in the rebuilding and reshaping of the global economy.”Jenkins referenced Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” which discusses global development and economics.“Pope Benedict issued a reminder [in his encyclical] that ‘the economy needs ethics in order to function correctly — not ethics whatsoever, but an ethics which is people-centered,’” Jenkins said in the statement. “That encyclical comes out of a long tradition of the Church’s social teaching which asks us to reflect on the moral dimensions of individual and collective economic choices, and evaluate them with regard to their contribution to justice and the common good.”The annual Forum, which was launched in 2005, was not held this past year. University spokesman Dennis Brown first told The Observer last September the Forum would be delayed until the spring semester, and then administrators announced in January a scheduling conflict with a major speaker caused the planned Forum to be canceled.University spokesman Dennis Brown said Monday the topic announced for the 2010 Forum was not the one planned for the past year. Next fall’s Forum will be the fifth at the University. Past Forum topics have included sustainability, global health and immigration. According to the press release, the Forum topic was decided after discussion with the Dean’s Council. A working committee comprised of faculty, students and administrators will be formed and charged with planning the 2010 event, the release said.Friedman will be one of a number of notable guests to be featured at a Notre Dame Forum. Past speakers include GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, economist Jeffrey Sachs, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and others. Friedman is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and author of several bestsellers, including “The World Is Flat,” and most recently “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” As a writer and media commentator, Friedman has examined a variety of topics, including globalization and economic issues, religious fundamentalism and terrorism and conflict in the Middle East.
Selecting the best place to grow your garden is essential to producing high-yielding crops.Bob Westerfield, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, believes there are three factors that all home gardeners should consider before planting this year’s spring gardens.First, find the best place to achieve maximum sunlight. Westerfield said that vegetables grow best in as much sun as possible. Most require at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Areas under or near shade trees are not suitable for gardens due to the lack of sunlight.Next, select a spot in close proximity to a water source. Westerfield recommends using drip irrigation, as water is applied at soil level and impacts the roots directly.“There are plenty of agronomic farmers … who grow dryland corn or dryland soybeans, but when it comes to vegetable gardens, you’re producing a crop with very fast turnaround and you need to be able to rely on irrigation,” he said. “You’ve got to have a source of water.”Finally, find an area that drains well and does not have a history of noxious weeds like bermudagrass or nutsedge. Westerfield advises against planting in a weedy area because it can be difficult to eradicate the weeds. While bermudagrass serves as turf on some front yards, when it grows in a vegetable garden, it becomes a weed, and a deeply rooted one.After the proper site has been selected, Westerfield advises preparing it now, starting with soil sampling. It’s important to know the pH of your soil. Vegetables grow better in soil that is slightly acidic. Soil adjustments through lime treatment it take a while to take effect.Contact your local UGA Extension agent to submit a soil sample for analysis.
Coggins Farm, a 169 acre tract of land just a few miles from downtown Asheville, is slated for residential and commercial development. Kept largely undeveloped and bordering the forests of Warren Wilson College, it features a mix of pastures, long stretches of Bull Creek, fertile bottom lands, and mature woods that provide a home to many native medicinal plants and wildlife. The Warren Wilson College trail system borders the property, and it has long been cherished as a scenic oasis.Coggins Farm has been in the same family since the founding of Buncombe County. Recently, the owner of the property decided to sell the land to developers, but the community is rallying to rescue the land. They’ve created the Coggins Conservation Project, which aims to create a sustainable agriculture center on the property instead of subdivision. It will present its plans to the public tomorrow, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the French Broad Food Co-Op in downtown Asheville. Learn more here.
By Dialogo April 06, 2009 It’s a game played out regularly on the high seas off Colombia’s Pacific coast: A U.S. navy helicopter spots a vessel the size of a humpback whale gliding just beneath the water’s surface. A coast guard ship dispatches an armed team to board the small, submarine-like craft in search of cocaine. Crew members wave and jump into the sea to be rescued, but not before they open flood valves and send the fibreglass hulk and its cargo into the deep. Colombia has yet to make a single arrest in such scuttlings because the evidence sinks with the so-called semi-submersible. A new U.S. law and proposed legislation in Colombia aim to thwart what has become South American traffickers’ newest preferred means of getting multi-tonne loads to Mexico and Central America. Twelve people have been arrested under the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008 since it went into effect in October. It outlaws such unregistered craft plying international waters “with the intent to evade detection.” Crew members are subject to up to 15 years in prison. “It’s very likely a game-changer,” said a U.S. law enforcement official in Colombia, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. “You don’t get a get-out-of-jail free card anymore.” The law faces legal challenges, though. The defendants have filed pretrial motions saying it violates due process and is an unconstitutional application of the so-called High Seas clause, which allows U.S. prosecution of felonies at sea. The vessels, hand-crafted in coastal jungle camps from fibreglass and wood, have become the conveyance of choice for large loads, humping nearly a third of U.S.-bound cocaine northward through the Pacific, said Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, commander of the Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Fla. That’s up from just 14 per cent in 2007, according to the task force, which oversees interdiction south of the United States. Colombian navy chief Admiral Guillermo Barrera told a counterterrorism conference in Bogota last week that 23 semi-submersibles capable of carrying between four and 10 tonnes each have been seized in the past three years. Though semi-submersibles aren’t new to cocaine transport, a bigger, sleeker, more sophisticated variety that average about 18 metres in length began emerging three years ago. Earlier versions, christened “floating coffins,” couldn’t compete with fishing trawlers and speed boats known as “go-fasts” for maritime transport of drugs. But drug agents started policing trawlers better, leading traffickers to new methods. With just over 30 centimetres of above-water clearance and V-shaped prows designed to leave minimal wakes, semi-submersibles are nearly impossible for surface craft to detect visually or by radar outside a range of about 3,000 metres. That accounts for their relatively high success rate. They are propelled by 250 to 350 horsepower diesel engines and take about a week averaging 13 kilometres an hour to reach Mexico’s shores, Colombian and U.S. investigators said. Fuel tanks carry about 11,355 litres of diesel, so no refuelling is needed on the 3,200-kilometre journey from Colombia north. With cocaine in Mexico fetching $6,500 per kilo _ about triple the Colombian price, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration _ an average seven-tonne load yields $30 million. Crews have no problem scuttling the vessels after off-loading their cargo, investigators say. The roughly $1 million spent on each craft is simply written off as the cost of doing business. Though authorities caught 11 semi-subs last year in international waters off the Pacific _ with seven tonnes of cocaine seized in one off Mexico in September _ they estimate from intelligence and interdiction that another 60 delivered their cargo, Nimmich said. About the same amount will get through this year, predicts Admiral James Stavridis, the U.S. Southern Command chief. He told a mid-March U.S. Senate hearing they would have a potential cargo capacity of over 330 tonnes. So far this year, crews sank five semi-subs off Colombia’s coast after being pursued by drug enforcers. Two of the crews were arrested, plus a third one plucked out of the Pacific on Dec. 31 about 160 kilometres off Colombia. All are being tried in a Tampa, Fla., federal court, said Joseph Ruddy, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting them. Semi-subs confiscated on land in Colombia since 2007 have given authorities a good glimpse into the state of the art. In November, authorities arrested a man they consider the most ingenious semi-sub builder. Tammer Portocarrero, a rotund 45-year-old, used a shrimp boat fleet as cover, said Capt. Luis German Borrero, the navy chief in the Pacific port of Buenaventura at the time. They seized two of his subs at a jungle shipyard in a remote estuary south of Buenaventura, Borrero said. Portocarrero, whose extradition the United States has requested, allegedly began building vessels as early as mid-2007, as well as recruiting crews. The made-to-order vessels have become increasingly sophisticated. Engines and exhaust systems are typically shielded to make their heat signatures nearly invisible to infrared sensors used by U.S. and allied aircraft trying to find them. The cooling system of a semi-sub seized off Costa Rica in September piped engine exhaust through the hull and discharged it at ambient temperature, Nimmich said. Unfortunately for crews, such design sophistication doesn’t extend to their quarters. “The conditions are terrible,” Borrero said. “They don’t have bathrooms. The beds are two mattresses draped over the fuel tanks, and the pilot can barely see through very small windows” in a mini-cabin. “The noise and heat must be something infernal,” he added. In a report provided to The Associated Press, Colombia’s domestic intelligence agency said a four-person crew was sharing a payoff of about $50,000 per trip before the new U.S. law. Crews now demand about 25 per cent more because of the higher risk of getting caught, U.S. law enforcement officials say. GPS location devices and satellite phones are standard onboard equipment, and the technology is expected to advance. Law enforcement officials say they already have unconfirmed reports of robotic semi-subs in action. And with such vessels, Nimmich said, it’s not drug smuggling that worries him, but a larger potential for peril: “I think that what makes semi-submersibles a larger national security threat is: What else can they carry?”
The Libyan Ministry of Transport has decided to close the Port of Tobruk.As explained, the port will be closed with immediate effect for import and export activities.Shipments from/to Libya will be regularly accepted for the following ports: Al Khums, Benghazi, Misurata and Tripoli.The closure follows the order of the head of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter, to General Transport Authority director Mohamed Abdelgader, local news agency Libya Herald reported.Foreign ships are advised to use the Port of Benghazi instead. The order has no impact on oil shipments through Tobruk’s Hariga terminal, according to Libya Herald.The reason for the closure of the port has not been officially disclosed. However, media reports suggest that the move is aimed at prevention of smuggling through the port.At the beginning of October, Libya’s Port of Benghazi reopened after a three-year-long closure due to the military conflict in the country.The port opening was marked with the arrival of an oil tanker from Tobruk with Abdullah al-Thinni, the Prime Minister of a government based in the east, on board the ship.As of October 19, 2017, the port situation in Libya is reported to be as follows, according to Gard:Working: Farwah, Bouri, Melittah, Zawia, Tripoli, Al Khoms, Misurata, Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Marsa El Brega, Zuetina, Benghazi and Marsa El HarigaClosed: Sirte, Derna and TobrukAll working ports are currently considered safe for ships and crew. The situation is, however, subject to change and Gard advised its members to warn their ships’ crews of the volatility of situation and carry out an assessment of the risks involved prior to entering or transiting Libyan waters.Ships should exercise caution when entering Libyan ports and waters, particularly when navigating in the coastal waters near Derna, Benghazi and Sirte. NAVAERA III warning 225/2016 recommends that all ships in or near the militarised area south of 34°00’N should also report their position to the nearest Coastal Station in order to receive a safe track-line, Gard added.World Maritime News Staff
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has issued notice of plans to prepare, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental assessment (EA) for the Tacoma Harbor, Washington, Navigation Improvement Project.The Corps will analyze alternatives for navigation improvements to the Blair Waterway of Tacoma Harbor, including potential deepening and widening of the waterway.According to USACE, the initial alternatives include deepening the Blair Waterway from -51 feet to up to -58 feet MLLW, and widening the existing authorized channel (330 to 520 feet wide) to better accommodate larger vessels already calling at Tacoma Harbor, such as the post-Panamax Generation 4.The purpose of this Public Notice is to solicit comments from interested persons, groups and agencies on the environmental impact of the proposal and issues for consideration in the EA.Deadline for sending written comments is February 21, 2019.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Keep an eye out for any mail arriving from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.On Tuesday, the BMV announced it has begun sending out notifications to customers who are entitled to excise tax refunds dating back to 2004.Those eligible for a refund should receive a claim form in the mail within the next 30 days.The agency says 180,000 Hoosiers who registered vehicles with the BMV since 2004 are entitled to refunds. Current estimates indicate the BMV will issue about $29 million in refunds, plus interest.BMV officials say some vehicles were misclassified and as a result those customers overpaid when registering their vehicles. The error was announced last month.
Southeastern Indiana General Practitioner, Dr. Gary Scudder (left), accepts a recognition plaque and a check in his honor for the Scudder Association, from A. Kenneth Ingram, Chairman of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees.DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. –A longtime staff member at Dearborn County Hospital has retired after 47 years of service.Dr. Gary Scudder spent over four decades as a General Practitioner, caring for tens of thousands of patients, doing everything from delivering babies to providing emergency treatment for accident victims.The Ohio County native graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine before entering the service and was deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Battalion Surgeon.After his return stateside, Dr. Scudder was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the Armed Forces Examining Station in Cincinnati.The following year in 1967, he entered into full time private practice at the Ludlow Hill Clinic in Lawrenceburg and became a member of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.Dr. Scudder practiced medicine full time in Lawrenceburg at the Clinic until the late 1990s when he opened a second office in Rising Sun. Upon its opening in 1999, Dr. Scudder consolidated his two offices into one full time practice at the newly constructed Rising Sun Medical Center, where he also served as Medical Director.During his 47 year career in Southeastern Indiana, Dr. Scudder held numerous DCH Medical Staff offices including twice as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Dearborn County Health Officer Administrator, a position he has held since 1995. Over the years, Dr. Scudderhas worked as Medical Director for several area long-term care facilities and has been an active member of state professional organizations including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians.“Dr. Scudder has spent his career caring for the residents of Southeastern Indiana. Today, physicians rarely practice in the same area for such extended periods of time,” noted Roger D. Howard, Dearborn County Hospital President/CEO. “We are most grateful for the 47+ years of dedicated service Dr. Scudder has provided to the hospital, his patients and the region as a whole.”At the September meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees, Dr. Scudder was presented with a plaque recognizing his medical career and commitment to the region. In addition, the Board made a $2,000 donation to the Scudder Association in honor of Dr. Scudder.The Scudder Association is an international charitable organization comprised of the descendants of John, Thomas and Elizabeth Scudder of 1600s Kent, England. Goals of the organization include providing financial assistance to specific hospitals and schools in India, as well as supporting religious and educational activities, such as scholarships to qualified students in the fields of medicine, ministry and social work.Dr. Scudder will also be presented with a custom made captain’s chair at the next meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.“These items are just expressions of the deep appreciation the hospital, medical staff and community have for the work Dr. Scudder has done over the past 47 years,” concluded Mr. Howard. “Nothing can fully express our combined gratitude for his lifelong commitment to medicine and to the people of Southeastern Indiana.”
“It was pretty cool deal. To be able to win this race twice in a row means a lot to me,” said Kiefer, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate. “I grew up watching Tina and Brad (Pounds, McGowan’s daughter and son-in-law) race.” Nick Spainhoward, Garrett Jernagan and 13th starting Daniel West completed the top five. Drivers with proven Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod credentials squared off in that $700 to win feature and it was defending track champion Michael Johnson first across the stripe half a car length ahead of defending race winner Jason Nation. Johnson rallied to pull even, then pulled just ahead on the final lap. Northern SportMods – 1. Michael Johnson; 2. Jason Nation; 3. Nick Spainhoward; 4. Garrett Jernagan; 5. Daniel West; 6. Brian Baker; 7. T.J Etchinson III; 8. Jeff Miller; 9. Dylan Potter; 10. Greg Mann; 11. Justin Gonzalez; 12. David Pearson; 13. Austin Ruskauff; 14. Billy Simkins; 15. Jason Bannister; 16. Brylon Holder; 17. Tyler Blankenship; 18. Brock Crawford; 19. Robby Claborn; 20. Michael Black; 21. Markus Frazier; 22. Cale Kanke. Laney made his way to fourth from 14th starting. Johnson used the higher line to lead most of the way before the eighth starting Nation sped by with four laps to go. Kiefer started outside Sawyer on the front row and led every lap. Sawyer challenged early but there was no catching Kiefer after the sole caution flew at midway. Austin Kiefer repeated as the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway’s Richie McGowan Memorial. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Modifieds – 1. Austin Kiefer; 2. Robby Sawyer; 3. Jerry Flippo; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Troy Foulger; 6. Logan Drake; 7. Gary Dutton; 8. Rob Sanders; 9. Bobby Hogge IV; 10. Alex Stanford; 11. Jack Aguiar; 12. Brad Pounds; 13. Roger Holder; 14. Bryan Clark; 15. Michael Thing; 16. Steve Noland; 17. Tom Smith; 18. Chris Crompe; 19. Dakota Schweitzer; 20. Chett Reeves; 21. Tommy Malcolm; 22. Ethan Dotson; 23. Gavyn Manning; 24. Kyle Heckman. Feature Results BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (June 27) – Racing returned to Bakersfield Speedway and Austin Kiefer returned to victory lane following Saturday’s Richie McGowan Memorial. Kiefer topped the IMCA Modified special ahead of Robby Sawyer for a second straight year, earning $1,000. Jerry Flippo, Cody Laney and Troy Foulger completed the top five.