The Skiff: January 19, 2017

first_imgThe Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Twitter + posts ReddIt Previous articleHorned Frogs to attend Presidential InaugurationNext articleOver 1,900 signed up for Women’s March-Fort Worth Saturday afternoon The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin The Skiff Linkedin The Skiff Facebook A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes The Skiff The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiff: Volume 115, issue 17 ReddIt The Skiff The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 The Skiff Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 115, Issue 17: Welcome back!Also: SGA laying groundwork for multiple projects, possible smoke-free campus, local barber builds community and more. The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 Facebook Twitter Life in Fort Worthlast_img read more

Canada Beefs Up Its Role in Operation CARIBBE

first_imgLength55.3 m Speed15 knots View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada Beefs Up Its Role in Operation CARIBBE [mappress]Press Release, March 12, 2014, Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Beefs View post tag: Navy Complementup to 47 crew HMCS KINGSTONCanadian ships HMCS Kingston and Glace Bay have joined HMC ships Nanaimo and Whitehorse and a CP-140 Aurora aircraft detachment on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the Americas and Caribbean. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: role Draft3.4 m View post tag: Canada Canada Beefs Up Its Role in Operation CARIBBE   Kingston-class SPECIFICATIONS Beam11.3 m View post tag: Defence March 12, 2014 View post tag: Caribbe Share this article Range5,000 nmi View post tag: operation The concurrent deployment of four ships and an aircraft detachment marks a first in Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) history in support to Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s support to Operation MARTILLO – the multinational, joint, combined, and interagency effort among Western Hemisphere and European nations.“Canadian Armed Forces ships and aircraft will continue to work with regional partner nations throughout 2014 to combat transnational criminal organizations from using waterways to smuggle illicit cargo. The success of Operation CARIBBE continues to benefit relations and enhance cooperation with our allies and partners in the Central American region,” said Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command.HMC Ships Nanaimo, Whitehorse, Kingston and Glace Bay are Kingston-class vessels, designed for surveillance and patrolling of coastal waters.As part of Operation CARIBBE 2013, the CAF contributed four CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, four Kingston-class vessels (HMC Ships Edmonton, Kingston, Summerside and Yellowknife), two Halifax-class frigates (HMC Ships Ottawa and Ville de Québec), one supply vessel (HMCS Preserver), and one Victoria-class submarine (HMCS Victoria) to combat transnational crime, resulting in the seizure or disruption of more than 5 000 kilograms of cocaine.As part of Operation CARIBBE 2014, the Royal Canadian Navy will periodically deploy warships from both the East and West Coasts, while the Royal Canadian Air Force will provide CP-140 Aurora aircraft from various long-range patrol squadrons, all in support of Operation MARTILLO. One CP-140 Aurora aircraft has already contributed to Operation CARIBBE 2014, completing a deployment this past January. Displacement970 tlast_img read more

Students to get LA Live tram service

first_imgExploring the sights, sounds and tastes of Downtown Los Angeles will soon be easier for USC students. The Undergraduate Student Government, USC Transportation and LA Live have finalized plans for a free shuttle running from campus to the nearby sports and entertainment venues.“I think it’s really important to know that we now have a safe and reliable way for students to plug into the Downtown entertainment and night scene,” USG President Holden Slusher said. “I’m really excited for students to get out and take advantage of Los Angeles. It’s going to be great for students to have this diverse opportunity.”Beginning in November, USC students can take advantage of a free shuttle from USC to Downtown’s entertainment hub, LA Live. The shuttle, funded by LA Live, will run on weekends and will depart from in front of The Lab every half hour. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe shuttle will start running on Nov. 6, stopping at Figueroa Street in front of The Lab and on a private street between the Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, said Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation.Departing every 30 minutes, the shuttle is scheduled to make the 2.5-mile trek to LA Live on Fridays from 6 p.m. to2 a.m., on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.Funding for the shuttle will come solely from LA Live, Mazza said, though USC Transportation will provide the necessary bus and drivers.“There’s a mutual benefit. [LA Live] gets to tap into a market that could potentially not be going to LA Live, and we get an opportunity to provide a safe ride to our students so they can enjoy a part of Downtown Los Angeles that they would not have normally enjoyed,” Mazza said. “This is something that we wanted to do, but our budget couldn’t support it, so weneeded to find a way we could provide the benefit but defray the cost.”Changes in the shuttle’s schedule, along with the potential addition of more shuttles to LA Live, could take place in the future depending on student feedback and demand.Although the shuttle is scheduled to run every weekend, it may have to cease operation when streets around LA Live close because of high-profile events and awards shows.They are also considering not running the shuttle over the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, Mazza added.Bringing an LA Live shuttle to USC has been a point of discussion among USG, USC Transportation and LA LIVE officials since last year, said Helen Moser, USG’s director of campus affairs.“This was something that was started with the last administration. This is something they had talked about and really wanted to push,” Moser said. “As soon as USG saw there was this great venue next to campus that students would want to go to, we started looking into the idea of offering transportation for that.”On Sept. 1, USG conducted a survey to gauge student interest in a shuttle to LA Live. After 97 percent of the 1,767 respondents said they would take advantage of a shuttle if it were available, USG officials partnered with USC Transportation to make it a reality, Moser said.Although previous meetings with LA Live officials had been unsuccessful, USG and USC Transportation approached the company again and resumed negotiations. Having recently undergone a change in management, LA Live was more receptive to the idea and ultimately agreed to fund the shuttle’s operation, Mazza said.“There’s a buzz on campus about it. I think that LA Live opens up a whole new opportunity for [students] to get a bite to eat, to catch a movie, to explore — even if they only spend a couple hours there. I really think people will take advantage of it,” Mazza said.Many students said they are looking forward to using the shuttle, primarily because of its convenience and safety.“It definitely gives us a lot more options now, especially those of us who don’t have a car,” said Sarah Hivner, a junior majoring in fine arts. “It’s nice to have a USC bus. It’s nice knowing you’re getting on the right bus and not worrying.”But Laila Ekboir, a senior majoring in English, said she believes the shuttle limits students’ entertainment options to LA Live and is unnecessary because there are other means of public transportation.“The tram is for people who are afraid to take the Dash, which goes to LA Live anyway. The Dash is reliable,” Ekboir said. “USC should eradicate those irrational fears and help the city advertise the [public transportation] service.”Moser said she still anticipates the shuttle will improve campus life and hopes its launch will create stronger ties between USG, the administration and the student body.“It shows the administration really listens to what students want,” she said. “It’s going to be great momentum for us for other projects we’ll be taking on.”last_img read more

Road Construction Tops Agenda

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Companies ID’d to build India-funded US$18M North-West ferry

first_imgFollowing much anticipation by residents of Region One (Barima-Waini) for more accessible water-based transport, Government on Monday announced that a company has been identified to construct a ferry to ply the Georgetown-North West route. For the past several months, Government has been engaging in lengthy discussions with two India-based companies to finalise details for constructing of an ocean-going vessel that residents would utilise.Lady North Cote which currently plies the Georgetown-North West routeThe two companies were announced as Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) and SHOFT Shipyard Pvt Ltd. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon updated members of the media, revealing that the vessel’s construction was closer to reality as the company has already been identified.“It takes a little bit of time from actual conceptualisation of a project to funding for it, so it would have gone through several phases and now a company has been identified to construct the ferry,” Harmon noted.The new vessel is seen as a vital addition since MV Barima and Lady North Cote which ply the route are aged and in dire need of refurbishment. These vessels date back to Guyana’s colonial pre-1966 era. The Indian Government has committed US$18 million for the ferry. Of this amount, US$8 million will be a grant, while the remaining $10 million will be a line of credit to be repaid within 20 years, with a five-year grace period.Over the years, residents have been complaining about the negative impact of the ferry service on their lives and livelihoods. Another one of Guyana’s ferries, the MV Kimbia, was docked for repairs last year. Back in January 2015, former President Donald Ramotar had secured the funding while attending the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gujrat, India. He had a meeting on the sidelines with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the commitment was made. Modi will soon visit Guyana.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam told reporters in March that Government was working to finalise the specifications of the ferry.“They have to finalise the specifications of the ferry, and then one of the companies will be given the bid to manufacture the ocean-going vessel,” the Indian diplomat explained.It was in January 2012 that two Chinese-made vessels were handed over to Guyana to ply various routes in Essequibo.last_img read more

Warriors 120; Cavaliers 114: Warriors showing varying progress with playoff preparation

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors seemingly made it appear inevitable that victory was near. But just as they experienced when they infamously coughed up a 3-1 series lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors learned that no lead is safe.Granted, the Warriors still finished with a 120-114 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. The implications are far different …last_img

SA ablaze as World Cup wraps up

first_imgFlying the South African flag on the streets of Soweto. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)  As Spain lifted the 2010 Fifa World Cup on the chilly evening of 11 July, South Africans across the country were filled with a sense of pride in a spectacle well hosted.While Soweto’s Soccer City stadium, where Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0, was packed to capacity, thousands of other fans flocked to public viewing areas elsewhere in Johannesburg to witness history being made in their own backyard.Celebrations after the match at Innes Free Fifa Fan Fest in Sandton, where I watched the match, had a rich South African flavour, with music, dance and much vuvuzela-trumpeting. With such a distinct local vibe, you could be forgiven for thinking that Bafana Bafana had beaten the Netherlands in that final.“The World Cup has been a great success,” said Sifiso Mazibuko from Soweto. “People who expected it to go badly have been proven wrong. Even though Bafana lost in the first round, we proved … that we can host a world-class event.“There are many events, like the Olympics, that South Africa can now host,” he added.The final match buzz could be felt in the country from the time Germany lost to Spain in the semifinals, days before the 11 July finale.A colourful carnival kicked off on the streets of Soweto on 9 July, with about 500 entertainers showing off their skills along a 5km stretch from Maponya Mall to Kliptown Square. These festivities helped set the mood for a thrilling countdown to the final match and closing ceremony.Vincent Nkosi gathered with his family in Pimville, Soweto, to witness the impressive display on the streets. He later commented that the carnival’s success reflected how well World Cup-related events were managed.“It is part of a package that shows that everything has been well organised. Organisation of the World Cup was really up to scratch,” he said.African hospitalityNkosi also spoke about the tourism boom in the township during the tournament: “I’ve been seeing many tourists everyday here in Soweto. It was nice hype.”The noted decrease in crime and hospitality shown to World Cup visitors swelled Nkosi’s pride in Africa’s first World Cup.“It’s been a success and enjoyable, especially the safety and accommodating our visitors … We’ve shown good courtesy to our visitors.”To minimise crime during the tournament, government deployed 31 000 local police officers and called on international security agencies, including Interpol, for back-up.Christian Jutte, from Denmark, is one of the visitors who felt safe and welcome here, although he is no stranger to the country, as his wife is originally from Soweto.Speaking from Kliptown Square during the carnival, he said: “It feels like home in South Africa … I feel safe.“I now hope that investors will come and see that anything is possible in South Africa,” he added.‘Putting the country first’President Jacob Zuma announced on 10 July that government will soon launch a programme to thank South Africans for their impressive World Cup spirit.“South Africans are the stars and champions of this tournament,” Zuma said in a statement.“We extend a special thank you to South Africans for the passion and excitement that has kept the tournament alive for the past weeks. We thank you for putting the country first,” he added.last_img read more

Brand South Africa Holding Statement 31 March 2019

first_imgBrand South Africa has noted a number of issues that are receiving media coverage and interest, regarding the state of affairs in the organisation. We are also aware of various allegations being made through the media. We would like to emphasise our stance and respond as follows:Click here to read morelast_img

Movie review: Mary Kom doesn’t have enough to pack a punch

first_imgSuhani Singh’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.If you are not aware of the venerated Manipuri boxer Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom aka MC Mary Kom, then don’t boast of your ignorance. Kom’s amazing exploits certainly merit a feature film, given her inspiring journey from Kangathei, a small village in Manipur, to winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. But art director Omung Kumar’s directorial debut isn’t the one to do justice to her many achievements.Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras have, unsurprisingly, taken many creative liberties in a bid to tell her tale engagingly. In this case, the decision to place emphasis on fiction over fact doesn’t work. If there is anything that we have learned about Kom through this biopic, it is that she uses Iodex to relieve her sore muscles after a hard workout. She enjoys Havmor ice-cream. And that she discovered she was pregnant using the Prega News kit. As much as a biopic, Mary Kom is a dull endorsement extravaganza.The film starts off with Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra) wincing with labour pains as her husband, Onler (newcomer Darshan Kumar), struggles to take her to the hospital on a night when curfew has been imposed in Imphal. It’s scary to see the World Champion helpless, battling for her life and those of her unborn kids. But Mary Kom isn’t the film which concerns itself to look at the volatile environment in the state whose citizens have been struggling to live under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). So cut off the film is with Manipur’s reality, that it could have unfolded in any state with a rural backdrop. Instead the film jarringly goes back to her childhood and later to her teenage years in which Mary Kom is shown getting into fights with boys, which for the filmmakers is a sign of her boxing aspirations. In real life, compatriot Dingko Singh, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games in 1998, was her main inspiration.advertisementThe sloppy first half showcases her life at random intervals, never allowing viewers to know and connect with Mary Kom. That partially happens in the better paced second half, in which she attempts to return to boxing after marriage and motherhood, shuttles between being a mother to twins and a sportswoman and fights the bureaucratic ways of the officials of the national boxing federation.Rohit Khilnani’s review | Koel Purie’s review | Faheem Ruhani’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s reviewComing back to the first half, the most significant aspect to take is that her father (Robin Das) is not game for her taking up boxing. “Who will marry you?” he asks worried that her face will be bruised. It’s a statement that resonates as it says a lot about how society still doesn’t see it as a woman’s sport. (It was only introduced in the Olympics in 2012.) One of the key moments in Kom’s real life, which is thankfully retained in the film, is that her father discovered her secret life in the ring only after he read about it in the newspaper. Kom is reprimanded. But Mary Kom has achieved what she has including being a five-time world champion because she is stubborn, temperamental, forthright and, a rebel with a cause.Chopra does a good job of bringing out these aspects of Kom’s personality. Yes, the physical transformation is there but there’s more to it than simply building the biceps. She shines when she has to demonstrate Mary Kom’s state of mind when she puts her rising career on hold to bring up her twins. But a decent performance doesn’t make a film. Mary Kom’s storytelling is all over the place. One of the weakest parts of the film is the way Mary Kom’s relationship with Onler is shown. Quadras is not the only one to blame. Chopra and Kumaar score negative points on chemistry.This is a one-woman show with the supporting characters having little to contribute. Sunil Thapa as Chopra’s coach M Narjit Singh, who after Onler is the most instrumental man in Mary Kom’s life, fails to make an impression. Thapa’s Singh is always grouchy even when cheering his star student. The fights, which should be the shining moments in the film, are not gripping, thanks to patchy editing. The one in climax is particularly lengthy and overtly mawkish, repeatedly cutting from the hospital room to the ring to annoying effect. Omung Kumar and writer Saiwyn Quadras think that giving filmi tropes such as “angry young man” and “estranged father-son relationship” a gender spin are enough to lure the viewers. That’s lazy, more so because its subject is one of the most hardworking sporting stars of the country. (Mary Kom will contest in the upcoming Asian Games after giving birth to her third child last year.)advertisementFor a sports biopic running at what seems a reasonable length of 2 hours 3 mins, there’re innumerable moments of restlessness in the film. Mary Kom doesn’t have enough to pack a punch.last_img read more

ACC Releases Its Complete 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule

first_imgACC basketball logo.[email protected] football is just a day away, which is a monumental moment for most fan bases, but there are some that are more focused on the return of basketball in a few months. The ACC, perhaps the top college basketball conference with powerhouses like Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, and Syracuse in the ranks, dropped its full men’s hoops schedule this afternoon. Here are the various schedules by team.The 2015-16 schedule is out! Most times/TV designati ns still TBD, but mark your calendars! #BCEagles— BC Men’s Basketball (@BCHoopNews) September 2, 2015JUST ANNOUNCED —> #Clemson learns its 2015-16 #ACC schedule. Excited by our home slate!— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) September 2, 2015Our full 2015-16 schedule is live! Check it out here and make sure to download the ECAL:— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) September 2, 2015HERE IT IS- Your 1st look at the #Noles 2015-16 Schedule- introduced by the team. #FanUp— FSU Men’s Basketball (@FSU_MBasketball) September 2, [email protected] schedule is set! #TogetherWeSwarm Full details:— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 2, 2015MBB: Take a look at the 2015-16 #UofL men’s basketball schedule NOW! A full release to come shortly.— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 2, 2015OFFICIAL: #Canes @accmbb announced! Full release here: #TogetherWeWill #GoCanes— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 Tar Heel men’s basketball schedule out now: #UNCBBall— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) September 2, 2015#WPN our @ACCMBB schedule is ready! Some big-time home games this season at @PNCArena ! READ:— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) September 2, 2015HOT OFF THE PRESS! When will you see the next generation of Irish student-athletes? Check out our 2015-16 schedule.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) September 2, 2015Full 2015-16 Pitt men’s basketball schedule is now available.— Pitt Basketball (@HailToPittHoops) September 2, 2015Here it is, our 2015-16 @accmbb schedule! #CuseMode— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) September 2, 2015ACC Releases Virginia’s 2015-16 Men’s Basketball Schedule #GoHoos— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) September 2, 20152015-16 #Hokies men’s basketball schedule released.— VT Men’s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) September 2, 2015The 2015-16 schedule has been released. Seven NCAA teams to visit the LJVM. #GoDeacs STORY:— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) September 2, 2015Which games are you most looking forward to, ACC hoops fans?last_img read more