Former USCG Island-class cutters arrive in Ukraine

first_img View post tag: Ukrainian Navy View post tag: Starobilsk View post tag: US Coast Guard Sloviansk (P190) and Starobilsk (P191), two former US Coast Guard Island-class cutters, arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on October 21 aboard cargo ship Ocean Freedom.The boats arrived at their new homeport after being transferred to the Ukrainian Navy in September 2018.While Ukraine did not pay for the former cutters Drummond and Cushing, it did pay for transfer expenses and the subsequent training of Ukrainian maintenance crews.Sloviansk and Starobilsk arrived at the Odessa Sea Commercial Port from where they are to be towed to the naval harbor.Upon completion of the readjustment work, Island-class boats will begin their combat duty to ensure maritime safety in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas under the command of the Ukrainian crew.Island-class patrol boats are high-speed ships and were built in the late 80’s — early 90’s for the US Coast Guard. They can accelerate to 54.6 km / h.Manned by up to 18 sailors, including three officers, the boats are equipped with an automatic Mk 38 Mod 0 Bushmaster 25mm caliber artillery unit and two 12.7mm M2HV machine guns. The boats are also equipped with a radar station.32 Ukrainian sailors which have passed 10-week preparation for service on “Islands” have graduated from US courses in September this year. New equipment installed during the boats’ refits, and technical and training services provided by the Coast Guard were valued at $9.8 million back in 2018. View post tag: Island-classcenter_img View post tag: Sloviansk Photo: Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Share this articlelast_img read more

On the Town’s Kristine Covillo on Snubbing the Girls Scouts and Finding Her Happy Place in NYC

first_img About the Photographer Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Matthew Murphy is a New York City-based photographer specializing in theater and dance. His work appears regularly in the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times and additional credits include Bravo TV, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, The Financial Times and The New York Post. He is a former member of American Ballet Theatre. For more information visit MurphyMade.com. View Comments On the Towncenter_img Related Shows Meet On the Town’s Kristine Covillo. Covillo tells us how she started dancing at the wee age of two (!) and knew by the third grade that dancing was of the utmost importance to her. Click through this gallery of the amazing dancer in action! Additional Credits: Hair and Makeup: Alex Michaels; Styling: David Withrow; Production Assistant: Nessie Nankivell; Photo Post-Production: Kat Hennesseylast_img read more

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement

first_imgPublic Discourse 4 June 2015My parents never bought Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, or Snow White. They weren’t stories told in our house or movies played on our TV. There was no Princess Tiana then, but my parents only showed us films with “colored” princesses: Mulan (Asian), Pocahontas (Native American), and Jasmine (Arab). We also loved the African animals of The Lion King. We never idealized whiteness in our house. None of this was done overtly, though it may have been intentional. Only in retrospect did I realize the kind of tacit self-love my parents were embedding in us.Still, it wasn’t enough. Around the age of thirteen, I realized that the world was telling me that light skin and “good hair” were better, skinny was better, and whiteness was better. In fleeting moments, I wished I could be white. I begged my mom to straighten my hair, and she did. I went through sometimes unreasonable means to lose weight, and I tried to keep my somewhat light skin out of the sun.If I had gone to my parents begging them to be white, I think they might have laughed, cried, comforted me, and worried what they did wrong as parents. But what if I had told them not only that I wanted to be white but that I actually was white? What if I had declared that the race of my body simply didn’t match that of my mind? I think they would’ve been deeply troubled.The Bluest EyeThe famous Toni Morrison book, The Bluest Eye, parallels this idea. The main character, Pecola, is a dark-skinned girl who desperately wants blue eyes. By the end of the story, she has blue eyes—or at least, she believes that she does. We, as the readers, don’t applaud this. In fact, by the end of the novel, we think Pecola has lost her mind. We know that it’s not really blue eyes she wants, she wants something much deeper—love, acceptance, respect, honor . . . the intangible human desires we all crave but are not equally given. We know that she has not received this, but instead is a victim of perpetual abuse, and there is no easy solution to her problems.But what if it were really possible for me to become white or for Pecola to acquire blue eyes? Would that be the end of the story—the happily ever after? Would changing our physical appearance magically erase all our issues of self-esteem and self-worth?No, of course not. The eyes and the skin color were never the problem: racism and abuse were. We would only be putting a Band-Aid on the real issue. The many men and women who “passed” as white during America’s shameful Jim Crow era may have gained the social privileges bestowed by being white, but they also lost their heritage, their family ties, and their integrity, thanks to the lie they were forced to tell every single day.Race, Sex, and GenderBut what if, instead of wanting to be white, I wanted to be a man? What if, instead of crying to my parents that I was really a white person, I told them that I was really a man and that I desperately wanted to change my body to match my mind? If, in this scenario, you think that my parents should applaud my courage, accept my new gender identity, and run to the nearest surgeon, please ask yourself: “Why?”There’s no doubt that race and sex are two very different issues. Race is a social construct invented during the era of slavery. Before the European enslavement of Africans, there were no united “black people” in Africa, and there were no united “white people” in Europe. Thanks to slavery, the labels of black and white became a convenient way to continue oppression, but they are a relatively new way of identifying one’s self.But sex is not a human invention. Yes, gender roles are culturally created. Still, that does not erase the fact that every human being (except intersex individuals, who represent a tiny percentage) is born with a distinctive set of physical and biological attributes that constitute them as male or female. That is a truth that cannot be erased with time.Self-Love as a VirtueWhen we want to be something other than our true authentic selves, that is self-hate. A black person who wants to be white is practicing self-hate, and so is a man who wants to be a woman or a woman who wants to be a man. We live in a climate of incredible self-absorption, but we won’t encourage people to love the body they’re in? We tell women to love their curves and love their age and love the skin they’re in but we won’t tell them (and men) to love the sex of their bodies?We cry out about the horrors of female genital mutilation, yet we allow the practice in our backyard. We ignore the cries of patients who wake up from surgery full of remorse. We ignore their suffering and delude them with the promise of quick fixes and instant happiness. At The Federalist, Stella Morabito quotes a man who, upon waking up from his surgery thought, “What have I done? What on earth have I done?”Eerily, in his Vanity Fair interview, Jenner echoes this man as he recalls his own thoughts after his ten-hour face feminization surgery: “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” Another post-op patient says in an online forum, “I am grieving at how I have mutilated my body.” Here at Public Discourse, Walt Heyer has written about the regret he experienced after his sex-change surgery.We are playing a dangerous game. A man or a boy whose penis has been surgically removed can’t go back in time and return to his God-given nature. What if we spent the money we spend on surgery and drugs on therapy and learning self-love? We should be teaching a message of self-acceptance instead of buying into the latest surgeries or believing we’re born in the wrong body.The Slavery of FreedomParadoxically, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men. Therefore, they believe, those who feel things that do not conform to their sex’s acceptable set of feelings must outwardly change their gender to match their mind.Why are we colluding with narrow ideas of femininity or masculinity? What does it mean to “feel” like a woman? Should we question that idea as much as we have questioned ideas of a “woman’s place” or a “man’s role”? When did we come to accept the idea of “gendered thoughts” or “gendered feelings”?As a linguistic student of Arabic, I recently learned that women and men are not opposite so much as they are complementary. The idea that one could feel opposite from one’s biological gender is actually nonsensical, linguistically and in reality. Men and women are different, but not so categorically that one can feel as though he or she were the other. We are full human beings, free to think as we wish without questioning our authenticity as men or as women.“Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie,” says Bruce Jenner in his interview with Diane Sawyer. Bruce, now Caitlyn, Jenner, told Sawyer that he has a “soul of a woman,” that he spent his life “running away from who I was.” At the time of that interview, Jenner’s voice and appearance are strikingly different from what they have been in the past, but not drastically enough to give the illusion of being female. Admittedly, Jenner looks much more feminine on the cover of Vanity Fair. Still, if he chooses to go through gender “reassignment” surgery, he will not become a woman but merely an illusion of one. As Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, has written, “‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.”People opposed to the transgender movement are often accused of being bigots. In truth, I—like many others—harbor no hate for people who suffer from gender identity disorder. Rather, I feel deep compassion and concern for them in their suffering. As someone in the field of psychology, I hope we can one day find a more holistic, less invasive means to treat this disorder. However, I will concede that I find something quite insulting about the entire phenomenon. It is an insult to the other sex to think that by “dressing like them,” “talking like them,” or claiming to “feel like them,” you can therefore be them. Being a man is about more than wearing a suit, and being a woman is about more than putting on makeup. If we feel confined in our bodies, perhaps it is not our bodies we should try to correct but our spirits we should reconnect with.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/06/15108/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=36a0f0aea8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-36a0f0aea8-84094405last_img read more

‘Mr Dakar’ wins stage 4 as Sainz keeps the lead in Saudi

first_img Overall leader Carlos Sainz, who pulled out a stunning drive to win on Tuesday, finished third more than seven minutes behind Peterhansel. The Spaniard retains the overall lead and is 3:03 ahead of Al-Attiyah and 11:42 in front of Peterhansel. “Leading the charge was hard and Carlos lost some time, but he did an amazing job because it didn’t take him long to get back on track,” said Peterhansel. Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso couldn’t reproduce his great drive on stage three, finishing 26 minutes behind Peterhansel who gave a ringing endorsement of the new Saudi setting for the race. Read Also: Nadal insists Federer Slam record not on his mind “This new Dakar is brilliant,” said the Frenchman. “It has all the ingredients – superb landscapes, tricky navigation and enough difficulties to make a selection. “The organisers have been perfect so far.” Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo won the bikes category and is third in the overall standings, 8:31 behind his American Honda teammate Ricky Brabec. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, otherwise known as Mr Dakar for his 13 victories in the marathon rally, clocked his first stage win of the 2020 race during Wednesday’s 672 kilometre charge from Neom to Al Ula. Peterhansel and his Portuguese navigator Paulo Fiuza threw their Mini across the rocks and sand that made up the greater part of the 453k special which also ran close to the historic Nabatean temples, to finish stage four in 4hr 14min 34sec. Stephane Peterhansel and Paulo Fiuza won stage four of the Dakar Rally and are third overall At one point they made a wrong turn which cut away some of their lead but they still came home 2min 26sec ahead of defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in his Toyota. It was a defiant response from the Qatari who began the day with a three-minute penalty for not letting a rival through on stage three. “It feels good after all that trouble in the first few days, even though we had a flat tyre and got lost once,” said Peterhansel. “It wasn’t a flawless special, but it feels great to take the win. “There were more stones than expected and the final 60 kilometres were really difficult.”center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Babatunde keen on Sunderland

first_imgNigeria midfielder Michael Babatunde has urged Sunderland to step up their interest in him. The 21-year-old, who made two appearances for his country at the World Cup in Brazil, has claimed the Black Cats have made him an offer and has indicated is interested in the proposition of continuing his career in the Barclays Premier League. Babatunde, who plays his club football in Ukraine with Volyn Lutsk, told www.sl10.ng: ” I have received several offers from different places, but I’m interested in the one from Sunderland. “They have contacted my agent, and we will see how it goes from there. “There are about two offers from clubs in Turkey as well, which are both under consideration and will be discussed at the right time.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Political Interest Stalls Support to Writers

first_imgLiberian Historian and Political Science instructor, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu says the lack of support to Liberian writers is attributed to the narrow interests of the nation’s   political leaders.In a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Dr. Guannu,  whose History texts are widely used in Liberian schools across the country, said leaders of different regimes in the country had always wanted writers, especially those writing history, to “Dance to the tune of their music.”According to him, as writers  seek support, the powers that be would be interested only in writers’ outlining the  achievements the leaders.  These leaders are not interested in objective and unbiased writings, but only in  those that sing the leaders’ praises.   The result is that writers get little or no support from the national government.He said this is evidenced by writings some do whereby they give false information about people who did nothing good in the interest of the state but are nonetheless made to look good in the public eye.“We writers are not supported because government wants us to praise them for what they do not do,” Dr. Guannu stressed.“These politicians want us to join their political parties before they can support writers, and we who want to be objective cannot have the support since we refuse to go by what they say,” he continued.He said he had been able to publish his books through assistance from friends and because of his own passion to write.Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu has published History books including A Short History of the Liberian Republic, Liberian History Up To 1847, Liberian Civics and Liberian History Since 1980.Other supplementary papers include Perilous Problems of Liberian History, Inaugural Speeches of Liberian Presidents and Liberia & U.S.:  A special Relation.Dr. Joseph Say Guannu was born in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.  He began his education in St. Mary’s Catholic School along with late personalities including Edward Beyan Kesselley and Emmanuel Gbalazeh.When he entered 7th grade, Dr. Guannu left for Monrovia and he enrolled at St. Patrick High School where he graduated and later entered the University of Liberia.He won a scholarship and travelled to the United States where he attended the College of Great Falls in the state of Montana.  There he completed his Bachelor’s studies and later enrolled at the Fordham University in New York, where he earned his Master’s then Doctorate degrees.Upon earning his PhD, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu chose to teach in Glassborough University in New Jersey.In Liberia, Dr. Guannu has  worked at the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United States, and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.He currently teaches at the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and the University of Liberia Graduate School.  He is the director of Conflict Resolution & Peace at Cuttington.He has won awards including Who’s Who Award in the Education in America and Who’s Who Award in the World.Dr. Guannu’s success in his academic and professional sojourns has been driven by three factors including discipline, determination and sacrifice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Show some respect’ – Pep rules out move for Mbappe

first_imgPep Guardiola says there is no chance of Manchester City signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.City had been linked with a fresh, £200 million move for Mbappe over the weekend.The Premier League side have tried to buy the World Cup winner on two previous occasions; Monaco rejected an approach in the summer of 2016 when he was still largely unknown outside of France, while in 2017 they were beaten to his signature by PSG. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal understands that City also monitored his situation in Paris this summer, hopeful that any UEFA sanctions over Financial Fair Play would force the Ligue 1 champions into a sale.In the past week UEFA has reopened an investigation into PSG’s finances, and it was subsequently reported that City are once again keeping a close eye on the situation.But Guardiola moved to flatly deny the story at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Hoffenheim.”That is not going to happen,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t understand where the news comes from. Manchester City aren’t going to spend the money that Mbappe deserves, or that PSG deserves. PSG are not going to sell this kind of player to any other club in the world in the next years, I guess. “That is not going to happen, Mbappe is not going to come here, we are not going to swap Raheem [Sterling] or another top player that we have.”I don’t understand where sometimes the news comes from, I don’t understand it. People should be more respectful of PSG, respectful of Manchester City, for the players from PSG, for the players from Man City, they should have more respect.”Of course I am the second person to know exactly which players are targets, which players I want to sell or something like that. But it is what it is.”City take on Hoffenheim having started their Champions League campaign with defeat to Lyon on match day one, and Guardiola insists the game in Germany is crucial.”We have five finals to qualify [for the next round]. In the Champions League we don’t have time to lose a lot of games. We missed the first one so we know the situation we are in. We have five finals, tomorrow is the first one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more