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U.S. Coast Guard helps offshore supply vessel in need

first_imgPhoto courtesy U.S. Coast Guard District 8U.S. Coast Guard crews assisted a 145-foot offshore supply vessel taking on water, near Cameron, Louisiana, early on Monday morning.At 12:00 a.m., the crew of the Candy Fleet-owned Candy Store vessel contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watch-standers to report the vessel was taking on water and in need of assistance.A Station Lake Charles 29-foot response boat-small boat crew was launched. Once on scene, the crew of the RB-S passed two dewatering pumps to the vessel and remained on scene throughout the night with the Candy Store.Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to fuel discharge around the partially submerged vessel.last_img read more

Top runner returns for Stanford invite

first_imgFor the USC women’s cross country team, the most important day of the season thus far has arrived. On Saturday, the Women of Troy will compete in the Stanford Invitational, the race that coach Tom Walsh has pointed to multiple times as the crux of the cross country campaign.“This is our first big test of the year,” Walsh said. “The first two meets [at Fullerton and Irvine] were just to see where we were at.”High hopes · With the return of the USC women’s cross country team’s star runner Zsofia Erdelyi, the Women of Troy expect much better results at the Stanford Invitational than at their first two competitions. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe main reason that Saturday will be a test for USC is the presence of several top-notch programs. Host Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the nation entering the invitational, and teams from UC Davis, Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State all represent regionally ranked teams from the West.“At Stanford it’s a much higher-level meet,” Walsh said. “In addition to great teams from California we’ll see a lot of great out-of-state girls who can really run. It’s a good chance for our girls to test themselves out.”Walsh also noted that with the rise in competition comes the need for USC to rise to the challenge.“I expect for the level at which we race to be much higher than it was the past two races,” he said. “Much higher.”Part of that expectation stems from the return of standout junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who missed USC’s first two races with a foot injury. Erdelyi, who last year qualified for the NCAA Championships, adds star power to a consistently strong USC squad in need of a top-five quality runner.“[Zsofia’s return] will be very positive because she’s the heart and soul of our team,” Walsh said. “Obviously she won’t be at 100 percent for this meet, but she’s so talented that she could be as high as fifth or sixth in this race and it wouldn’t surprise me.”Walsh’s confidence would appear to be well placed. The course that the Women of Troy will run Saturday is the same course that Erdelyi ran last year to finish in the top 10 in regionals and qualify for nationals.Erdelyi isn’t the only runner whom Walsh expects to make a comeback on Saturday. Team captain Bridget Helgerson, who had what Walsh called a “poor” race at Irvine two weeks ago, is looking to restore her status as one of USC’s top three runners.“Last week was definitely a wake-up call for Bridget,” Walsh said. “She’s lucky she got her bad race out of the way. It’s really motivated her to train better and work hard during these past two weeks. I’m expecting her to bounce back.”Walsh expects the two-week race layoff to benefit not just Helgerson, but the entire team.“When you have a meet on Saturday, you don’t push as hard at the end of the week because you want the girls’ legs to be fresh. So this week off allowed us to do some intense training. I’m excited to see where we’re at,” Walsh said.USC will see exactly where it is at when the gun goes off at 11 a.m. in Palo Alto on Saturday.last_img read more

BEE verification agencies selected

first_img16 February 2009The Department of Trade and Industry and the South African National Accreditation System have awarded certificates to the country’s first 11 black economic empowerment (BEE) verification agencies.The ceremony in Pretoria last week marked the start of a fundamental change in the history of BEE verification.Instilling confidenceAccording to the department, the overall aim of accreditation is to instil confidence in entities that subject themselves to empowerment verification, and establish a measurement of excellence against which agencies should strive, in terms of compliance with empowerment criteria.DTI empowerment chief director Nomonde Mesatywa added that the awarding of certificates was a milestone in the evolution of BEE, as 11 companies were part of the first group of verification agencies to have fulfilled all the accreditation requirements.Empowerment accreditation statusThe agencies that have acquired empowerment accreditation status are: BEE Empowered, BEE Matrix, BEE Verification Agency, DRGSiyaya, Emex Trust, Empowerdex, Empwerlogic, Honeycomb, National Empowerment Rating Agency (Nera) Gauteng, Nera KwaZulu-Natal, and Nera Western Cape.“We congratulate those companies and trust that this will give credence to the verification process,” Mesatywa said.“This represents the beginning of a phase in empowerment that will be marked by credibility, reliability, impartiality and the harmonisation of policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards, thus creating a credible and regulated environment for measuring, monitoring and evaluating broad-based empowerment.”She added that this was an ongoing process, which would be refined in order to ensure that accreditation of other agencies was expedited.Equal opportunityEmex trustee Mella Msiza said her company had leant a great deal from the process as a BEE scorecard and supplier verification agency: “As a new company, we are excited that we were afforded an equal opportunity to acquire skills that would enable us to make a livelihood and also empower our communities, by transferring this skill to them.“And we are now more competitive, as opposed to when we started – we now meet the standards set by the South African National Accreditation System.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication

first_imgThis undated photo provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office shows Wayne Rooney. Soccer star Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney was booked into jail on Dec. 16, 2018, after his arrest by airport police. Dulles International Airport is in Loudon County. He was later released. (Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge and taken to jail to sober up after he triggered a door alarm at a Washington-area airport, authorities said Sunday.Rooney was arrested Dec. 16 by police at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he caused the alarm to go off at an international arrivals gate, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Authorities said he didn’t breach airport security.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Rooney, who plays for a Washington soccer team, had been traveling abroad in the days prior to his arrest, according to his social media posts.The airport authority said he was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to a county jail in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital “to be held until sober.” The statement didn’t include further details on his arrest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney, 33, was later released on his own recognizance. A mugshot from his booking shows Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit.Court documents, which list Rooney as living in the capital suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, show he paid a $25 fine Friday. Tobias Harris, Clippers overcome slow start to beat Magic SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rooney appeared to have been traveling abroad in the days before the arrest. He posted a picture on his verified Instagram account on Dec. 14 in an airplane seat and said he was traveling to an auto race in Saudi Arabia.Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney had starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league’s second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team.When he joined Washington-based D.C. United, he became the latest in a series of European stars to play for U.S.-based Major League Soccer late in their careers. He helped the team reach the playoffs last year.D.C. United said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest, but declined further comment.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally,” the team said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more