NATO kicks off new operation Sea Guardian

first_img NATO kicks off new operation Sea Guardian Authorities November 9, 2016 View post tag: Sea Guardian Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO kicks off new operation Sea Guardian center_img View post tag: NATO Three NATO ships and two submarines began a new NATO maritime security operation in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday.Italian frigate ITS Aviere, Bulgarian frigate BGS Verni, Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, Greek submarine HS Papanikolis and the Spanish submarine ESPS Mistral – will conduct the first patrols in the central Mediterranean under the new operation named Sea Guardian.Air support to operation Sea Guardian will include rotational patrols by maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey.According to NATO, these first patrols will run through the 17th Nov 2016, with other patrols on the forge and to occur according with approved schedule of operations.At the Warsaw Summit in July, NATO announced the transformation of operation Active Endeavour into this new operation in response to the evolving security environment. Operation Sea Guardian has a broader scope adapted to a wider range of maritime security threats.The operation has three core missions: maritime situational awareness, counter-terrorism and capacity building. NATO said additional tasks could be added if decided by the allies, including upholding freedom of navigation, conducting interdiction tasks, countering proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and protection of critical infrastructure. Share this articlelast_img read more

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New CBD Oil Law Clarifies Murky Regulations

first_imgBy Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS —After living with diabetes for 51 years, Dr. Pamela Reilly has been able to lower her insulin levels by 45 percent.She used CBD oil—also known as cannabidiol—to make that change.Reilly, a naturopathic physician who started the Good Works Wellness Research in Fishers, has seen the impact that CBD oil has had on her own life and her clients. That is why she supported legislation that legalizes the sale of a low-THC cannabis extract.Last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 52, which allows all Hoosiers to buy and use CBD oil that contains less than .3 percent THC, the substance that gives marijuana users a high.“The bill that the legislature passed is exactly the bill that I asked for at the very outset,” Holcomb said. “I wanted to make sure we knew the levels. I wanted to make sure we had labeling and that the folks that needed this had access to it and they do.”Reilly said she is hopeful the new law will eliminate the confusion and misrepresentation of CBD oil.“What I love about Senate Bill 52 is that there’s now no question about whether it’s legal or not,” Reilly said. “And there shouldn’t have been before, but multiple media stations misreported. They didn’t do adequate research, and that created a huge amount of confusion.”Part of the confusion came from Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. In November, he released an official opinion declaring that under state law, CBD oil was illegal in Indiana. He followed up with a column published Dec. 14 in The Indianapolis Star.“There is no doubt, as a matter of legal interpretation, that products or substances containing cannabidiol remain unlawful in Indiana as well as under federal law,” he wrote in the column.Kristen Williams, digital director of communications for Hill, said the attorney general’s position on CBD oil as expressed in his op-ed still stands today. His office declined to provide his response to the new law.Confusion about the legality of CBD oil usage began during the 2017 session after legislators approved limited use of the product by patients with epilepsy. That action led lawmakers to clarify the law during the 2018 session.Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, said he authored the bill because people have benefitted from using CBD oil to treat a variety of problems like epilepsy, cancer, and anxiety.“Since we are limiting how much THC can be in the product, there is no risk for people to use this to get high,” he said in a statement after the bill passed the Senate. “My hope with this bill is that more Hoosiers will be able to use this product to treat their ailments.”Reilly said she has seen her patients benefit from the use of cannabidiol and in some cases the changes in health are dramatic.“I truly see miracles every single day,” Reilly said. “I have clients that have been able to work with their doctor to get off medications. I have children with ADD and ADHD that are now doing fine in school. I can just go on and on and on.”The new law requires manufacturers to have each batch of the product tested in order to ensure it has less than .3 percent THC. It also mandates that products sold in Indiana to have a QR code on the label linking it to a document containing information on the batch, such as the ingredients and the name of the company that manufactured the ingredients.Retailers have until July 1 to make sure all CBD products they’re selling meet the new labeling requirements.However, there are still concerns about the oil’s legality even with the recent legislation’s passage. Sen. Aaron Freeman, R-Indianapolis, said he opposed the bill because it’s illegal under federal code.“I don’t have a concern about anything with the products,” he said. “My concern is that the federal government has listed them as a Schedule 1 narcotic drug. It is illegal to possess under federal law and pharmacists cannot dispense it legally.”Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, supported the bill but said the new requirements for regulating the substance and even more may be done with the legislation for the third, consecutive legislative session.“I think we’re going to have to come back and fix this next year, but we’ve got to at least get it legal,” he said on the House floor.Reilly said she did not believe the new packaging and labeling requirements would hurt businesses that sell CBD oil because it’s a one-time change.“Once they walk through that process, it will be business as usual. They have enough time to do that, so it’s not cumbersome,” she said. “Is it convenient? No, but I don’t feel like it’s a big deal.”FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Power play

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEPittsburgh Power:The Pittsburgh Power (3-12) fell to the Cleveland Gladiators (3-12), 71-58, at Quicken Loans Arena. Hey there ladies and gents. I think it is a disservice to Lake Erie to define Cleveland, as the “mistake by the lake;” because simply stated Cleveland is just a “mistake,” period…First and foremost it took me exactly one hour to get the right directions to the press box “after” I arrived at the Quicken Loans Arena to cover the game. Now I understand why LeBron James bailed from the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is also equally amazing at how two people can observe the same event and come up with a totally different conclusion. Arena Football League referee Larry Smith who was compelled to enforce a minimum of three totally bogus pass interference calls that were levied against the Pittsburgh Power appeared as if he had just eaten some tainted sushi hooked straight from the bowels of Lake Erie as he looked up at the replays shown on the big screen. He looked like the cat that swallowed the proverbial canary.These “neurologists” that police the game all obviously had a different, no flawed sightline and an opposite viewpoint in regards to their analysis as related to calling the game. There was also terrible clock management by Pittsburgh Power Head Coach Derek Stingley and his coaching staff at the end of the first half. Coach Stingley’s demeanor impresses me.However his coaching skills and insight in my opinion may come up just a bit short. The only “joy” for Pittsburgh was that Power wide receiver Mike “the joystick” Washington continues to play lights out football. Although small in stature Washington has a huge heart especially when traveling across the middle. I am confident that if the NFL doesn’t snatch him up, the Canadian Football League probably will. Final notes: I also bumped into Dr. Sharon McDaniel, President, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Second Chance Inc. for two weeks in a row attending the Power games. Okay I don’t want you ladies to unleash the “green monster” but the “joystick” also serves as the personal trainer to Dr. McDaniel; in my opinion she is one of the real life heroine’s of urban foster care in America.Win the games that you are supposed to win. The Pirates should be encouraged by the effort of A.J. Burnett who started against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field his first outing after returning from the DL. However all did not end well for the Bucs’ because they fell to the Cubs after Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly scored Anthony Rizzo in the 11th inning and gave the Cubs a 4-3 victory. The result sent the Pirates (53-34) into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central Division. As of Sunday, the Cubs continued to remain 14.5 games behind the Pirates and the Cardinals insofar as their division is concerned. The Pirates must learn to display that “killer” instinct in order to get and preserve a playoff spot. It is not supposed to be a struggle to defeat a team that for all intents and purposes may be already looking toward 2013.last_img read more

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Burnett goes distance, Pirates beat Rockies

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) – At 36 and the owner of two World Series rings, A.J. Burnett says he no longer cares about personal statistics.“It’s all about the team,” the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander said. “We’ve got something special really special going on here.”Burnett, however, admitted it was nice to get a win Sunday. He hasn’t had too many of them this season. Burnett scattered eight hits and Russell Martin provided some rare run support for the 15-year veteran with a three-run homer that led the Pirates over the Colorado Rockies 5-1.Burnett (5-7) struck out nine and walked one in his first complete game of the season and 23rd of his career. He threw 110 pitches, including 83 strikes.“I just felt good for all nine innings,” Burnett said. “I knew my pitch count was low so I was confident I could get through the ninth. I take pride in finishing what I started. Those guys down there (in the bullpen) need a break.”The Pirates, who have the best record in the major league at 67-44 following 20 consecutive losing seasons, maintained their 1½-game lead in the NL Central over St. Louis.Burnett has been on World Series winners with the Marlins and Yankees, and he’d ove to play on a third, especially in a city that has embraced him.“You couldn’t help but hear the fans cheering when I walked out there for the ninth inning,” Burnett said. “They’ve been awesome to me for the two years I’ve been here and they just give you that extra boost of energy.”Martin’s home run came in the fifth inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-0. Burnett hasn’t gotten much backing this season, and owns a losing record despite a 2.73 ERA.Martin had missed two of the previous three games with soreness in his left knee. He drove a pitch from Manuel Corpas down the left-field line for his 10th home run of the season.After the game, Martin wanted to talk about Burnett instead of himself.“He was outstanding,” Martin said. “He’s been pitching so well and hasn’t had anything to show for it personally a lot of times. I’m really happy he got the win and the complete game.”The Pirates took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen in the first inning and Garrett Jones’ sacrifice fly in the third.In the fifth, McCutchen walked with one out and Pedro Alvarez singled to chase starter Juan Nicasio. Corpas relieved and gave up Martin’s homer.“I thought Corpas gave us our best chance to get a double play there,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He puts the ball on the ground consistently with his sinker but hung a breaking ball over the middle of the plate.”Nicasio (6-6) struggled for a second consecutive start, giving four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. He allowed a career-high eight runs in his previous start Tuesday at Atlanta.Nicasio had gone 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his first three starts after being recalled July 12 from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he had spent two weeks.“I threw too many fastballs that were balls or they fouled off,” Nicasio said. “I had a hard time putting the hitters away.”Jonathan Herrera had three hits for the Rockies, including a run-scoring single in the seventh inning that broke up Burnett’s shutout bid. Michael Cuddyer added two this.“That’s a good offensive club,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “They can do some things and A.J. was able to work through the middle of the order pretty efficiently. Again, very aggressive, very focused. Ball’s down. He took it to ’em.”NOTES: Pittsburgh RHP Jason Grilli, who has 30 saves, hopes to begin playing catch this week. He has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained right forearm. … Both teams are off Monday before opening three-game series Tuesday night. The Pirates will host the Miami Marlins with LHP Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.36) starting against RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 2.61). Colorado will play the Mets at New York with RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15) pitching against RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08).center_img The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies play during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. The Pirates won 5-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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