Friday, November 30, 2012

Province outlines Tourism Plan 2013 at TIAPEI annual general meeting

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- Tourism Plan 2013 will see the Department of Tourism and Culture work with industry partners to identify new sources of revenue, tap into emerging markets and develop a new vision for provincial parks and museums, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.
“The importance of tourism on Prince Edward Island cannot be understated, so it’s important that industry and government work together to enhance marketing and product development activities that drive demand,” said Minister Henderson. “We will also work with the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, ACOA, the Charlottetown Airport Authority and private industry partners to tap into the world’s biggest emerging market in China, while at the same time maintaining our focus on traditional markets.”

The department will continue to explore negotiations on the four provincially owned golf courses with the best interests of Island taxpayers in mind. It will also perform a review of provincial parks and museums operations in an effort to establish a new modernized vision.

Tourism PEI will also review its efforts to promote the shoulder season with industry partners. Despite considerable investment to increase visitation outside of July and August, there has been limited growth in the

Diamond Jubilee Medals awarded

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- Another group of outstanding Islanders were recognized with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony at Government House this afternoon, said Honourable Premier Robert Ghiz.

“Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal gives us an opportunity to honour deserving members of our communities who have gone above and beyond to give back to their country,” said Premier Ghiz. “What makes today’s ceremony unique is that all of the award recipients were nominated by their friends or family.”

Hundreds of Islanders will be recognized throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients include a hockey coach, dance teacher, doctor, firefighters, past presidents of the Royal Canadian Legion, and many other worthy Islanders.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal that was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne as Que en of Canada.

Virgin Gaming is expanding to Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- The popular online video gaming company, Virgin Gaming, is expanding to Prince Edward Island, says Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning Allen Roach.
“This new facility will provide customer service work for video gaming operations, making it the first centre of its kind in Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Roach. “Virgin Gaming is one of the many diverse IT and interactive media clients that are expanding to Prince Edward Island, creating exciting opportunities for Islanders interested in this field.”

Virgin Gaming is a Toronto-based online service that facilitates head-to-head play as well as online tournaments for real money on the Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3. Players from over 138 countries who are over the age of 18 can compete against others for cash, points and prizes.

Over 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of Africa to receive food relief from UN

In Zimbabwe, WFP is working to combat food insecurity by providing general food distributions to the at-risk populations. Photo: WFP/R. Lee

The United Nations food relief agency today announced it is scaling up its efforts to assist more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa, particularly in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are now facing the start of the hunger season.

“Large numbers of smallholder farmers and their families are in the grip of what is set to be one of the harshest hunger seasons of recent years,” said the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Brenda Barton.

“With the help of governments, donors and regional organizations, we’re mobilizing resources to help the most vulnerable, not only with food distributions,” she added, “but also with innovative solutions like cash transfers via mobile phones so people can buy their own food.”

Erratic rainfall during the last planting season meant that harvests in many areas were not sufficient to sustain the nutritional needs of farming communities this year and, even where food is available in local markets, it is

Musician Spotlight: Singer & Songwriter Gavyn Bailey

There's a talented 14 year old Singer & Songwriter in Orange County, California whose good singing vocals got our attention. This 14 year old is Gavyn Bailey whose a Singer & Songwriter.

Fourteen-year-old Gavyn Bailey is a rising star who's taking his pain and channeling into music" CBS's Suzie Suh quotes, and that's exactly what young Gavyn is doing. Born with Kidney Failure and a passion for music, his dream is to inspire others and make a difference through his lyrics. Gavyn first picked up a microphone at age three, fisherprice of course, at the hospital post transplant. "He started singing for all the kids on the floor and even put on a show in the playroom" his mother, Giselle, said in an interview. Now at age fourteen, Gavyn has acquired

Thursday, November 29, 2012

General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer State status at UN

The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution.

The resolution on the status of Palestine in the UN was adopted by a vote of 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.

“We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,” the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Assembly before the vote.

Mr. Abbas noted that the world was being asked today to undertake a significant step in the process of rectifying the “unprecedented historical injustice” inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.

Skaters look to earn spots to Nationals at the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge in Regina

OTTAWA, ON - Approximately 500 skaters will be descending on Regina, Sask., for the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge taking place from December 5-9, 2012 at The Co-Operators Centre at Evraz Place.

This is the only opportunity for novice, junior, and senior skaters to qualify for the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships taking place in Mississauga, Ont., from January 13-20, 2013. In order to qualify for the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge all skaters have advanced through their home sections.
The Skate Canada Challenge will also see the crowning of the 2013 Canadian Pre-Novice Champions in men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance.

Among the competitors are national team members Paige Lawrence, 22, Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers, 25, Kipling, Sask., who will compete in the senior pair discipline. They are the current Canadian bronze medalists. Canadian bronze medalist and recent winner of the 2012 Skate Canada International, Kaetlyn Osmond, 16, Marystown, Nfld., will compete in the senior ladies discipline which she won for the first time in 2012.
Other notable contenders are national team members, Elladj Baldé, 21, Pierrefonds, Que., in senior men,  Adriana DeSanctis, 24, Barrie, Ont., in senior ladies, and  Alexandra Paul, 21, Barrie, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 22, Barrie, Ont., in senior ice dance. In addition three-time Canadian Champion Emanuel Sandhu, 32, Vancouver, B.C., will compete in Regina for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.

Local Saskatchewan skaters include: Ain Lin (Pre-Novice Women), Emery Millette (Novice Women), Jaden Duong (Junior Men) and Garrett Gosselin (Senior Men); all of Regina. From Saskatoon, sisters Jessa MacDonald (Pre-Novice Women) and Kendra MacDonald (Novice Women) will also compete.

For full entries and the event start orders please click here.

General admission tickets will be available for purchase at The Co-Operators Centre at Evraz Place throughout the event. All-event tickets are $40, day tickets will be available for purchase for $10 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and $15 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maine Windjammer Association's Contest Honorable Mentions

And in no particular order, our Honorable Mentions include:

Windjammer Parade by Jackie Normile

Stonington Harbor by Keith Mendel

Angelique's Tender by Bridget Rolfe

All Hands of Dock by Curt Watts

End of Day Category

With all the gorgeous weather we had this past summer, it's no surprise we had tons of beautiful sunset entries. Here are two images that deserve special recognition:

Sunset by Roseline Therrien

Sunset on Eggemoggin Reach by Matthew Macone

Thank you, photographers one and all, for your wonderful entries. A slideshow of all 300+ submissions can be viewed online — the perfect way to enjoy a cold winter’s day while waiting for warmer sailing days ahead!

Congratulations to Prince Edward Island’s Special Olympics Curling Team

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island - Congratulations to Prince Edward Island’s Special Olympics Curling Team who recently won the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Team of the Year award, says Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.

“It has been a phenomenal year for this team,” said Minister Currie. “They have exemplified the spirit of fair play, excellence and inclusiveness. As Minister responsible for Sport, I want to congratulations these tremendous athletes, as well as their coaches and their families.”

PEI Special Olympics curling team consists of:

Dick St. John (coach)

Anne Doucette (assistant coach)

Monique Gauthier (lead)

Chris MacPherson (second)

Phillip Chugg (mate)

Greg St. John (skip)

John Anthony Laybolt (5th player)

The team started the year winning gold at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games this past February. In May, they were named PEI Curling’s Team of the Year, and this Thursday, they will be in Toronto to receive their award as 2012 Special Olympics Canada’s Team of the Year

“Our department is a proud supporter of Special Olympics PEI and their mission to ensure that every Islander with an intellectual disability has access to sport and recreation programs,” said Minister Currie.

For more information on Special Olympics PEI, visit their website

Quebec City to host Skate Canada’s 2014 Annual Convention and General Meeting and National Coaches’ Conference

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada announced that Québec City, Québec, will be the host city for its 2014 Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM), in conjunction with the 2014 National Coaches' Conference (NCC). The events will run from May 28-31, 2014 at the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel.

Quebec City last hosted the event in 1999 and the Saturday program in 2014 will include the association’s 101st AGM.

“We are excited to bring together our diverse skating family in Quebec City for our National Coaches’ Conference, Annual Convention and General Meeting,” said Cheryl McEvoy, Skate Canada’s Chief Operating Officer. “The city has so much to offer our delegates and members, and we know that in addition to the conference activities, they can look forward to a wonderful experience in this beautiful city.”

“This is great news for the city and the local industry partners. It gives us the opportunity to show the 450 delegates from across Canada all that Québec City has to offer for visitors and as a meeting destination,” said Gabriel Savard, General Manager, Québec City Tourism. “The City and Québec City Tourism come together to thank Skate Canada for choosing Québec and we look forward to welcoming the Skate Canada family once again.”

The figure skating delegates and coaches in Québec City will celebrate the 2013-2014 season's competitive and corporate successes and outline goals and directions for coming years.

Highland Village to Host Gaelic Tea & Social

Highland Village, Iona, will host the first fall immersion session of Caidreabh Na Tì/Gaelic Tea and Social on December 4th at 2:00 PM.

This is an opportunity for Gaelic speakers to come together and share stories and songs in a relaxed setting. Gaelic learners are welcome to attend to broaden their language skills.

For people wishing to be immersed firsthand in the flow of Gaelic expression, this is a nonthreatening language experience enjoyed in the company of others. It is also an informal opportunity for naturally acquiring language and culture,
Caidreabh draws on the same philosophy of social learning theory as Highland Villages’ annual Stòras a’ Bhaile sessions and its on-line interactive site An Drochaid Eadarainn (The Bridge Between Us.)

Most importantly, Caidreabh na Tì is an occasion for genial socializing among Gaels over a good cup of tea and relaxed conversation. This event will be held the first Tuesday of every month.

A special launch of the latest Sìol Enterprises publication, Mar a b’Àbhaist `s a’ Ghleann, a collection of songs composed by Hughie MacKenize, with reminiscences of the bard, will also be held at this time. Rod C. MacNeil, who collected much of the material for the book, will also be in attendance.

The gathering will take place in the Reception Centre at the Highland Village. All are welcome. Tea will be served and admission is free.

For more information on these and other Highland Village programs contact us (Toll free)1-866-442-3542 or e-mail You can also check out our website at

The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is a living history museum and folk-life centre located in Iona, Cape Breton Island, overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum.

U.S. Government Announces Implementation Science Awards on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Today the U.S. Department of State’s Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), announced plans to award grants totaling up to $7.5 million over the next two years to advance efforts to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborn children. The funds will support implementation science projects to inform the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as it continues to implement programs for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health have also provided co-funding for some of the grants.
Improved effectiveness of PMTCT programs, including life-saving antiretroviral therapy for pregnant HIV-infected women who require treatment for their own health, is a high priority for PEPFAR. Implementation science is critical to ensure that evidence-based and scalable interventions address current barriers to effective PMTCT programs. The results from successful operational and implementation science research are essential to improved program and health system performance.

PEPFAR is supporting countries to achieve the goal of eliminating new pediatric HIV infections by 2015 while keeping mothers alive. Great strides have been made in the development of highly effective interventions for PMTCT, yet further studies are needed to reduce the barriers which remain in order to deliver these interventions in resource-limited settings.
These funds will support nine implementation science awards to address a wide variety of topics. These include: optimizing integrated PMTCT services; increasing uptake and retention of PMTCT services; facilitating HIV testing and education of male partners; examining the effect of ‘buddy’ systems to help mothers adhere to feeding guidelines; comparing cost-effectiveness of faith-based- and clinic-based approaches; closing the gaps in early infant diagnosis; and measuring the impact of PMTCT programs on maternal and infant health outcomes. These studies link directly to programs, researchers and institutions in seven countries receiving PEPFAR support. In addition, the Center for Global Health Studies at NIH’s Fogarty International Center will organize bi-annual meetings as a forum for a network of funded researchers, key collaborators, and PMTCT implementers to exchange information as the research progresses.
These studies will support PEPFAR’s focus on using scientific evidence to inform policy and programs. Data gathered through these evaluations will also help maximize the impact of investments globally, contributing to the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation.
For additional information, visit

Enterprise Deactivated This Week

USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, commemorates a name that has been a continuing symbol of the great struggle to retain American liberty, justice and freedom since the first days of the American Revolutionary War. It is the eighth ship of the Fleet to carry this illustrious name that is literally defined as boldness, energy, and invention in practical affairs.

The Legend of ENTERPRISE


The first Enterprise originally belonged to the British and cruised on Lake Champlain to supply their posts in Canada. After the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by the Americans on 10 May 1775, it became the object of desire in the mind of Benedict Arnold who realized he would not have control of Lake Champlain until its capture. He learned it was stationed at a small British garrison at St. John’s on the Richelieu in Canada, and set out from Skenesborough (Whitehall, New York) in the commandeered sloop Liberty for that place on 14 May 1775. He surprised and captured the British garrison on 18 May, took possession of the 70-ton sloop, and sailed it south to Crown Point. It was named Enterprise by Arnold and fitted out with twelve long 4-pounder carriage guns and ten swivels. About 1 August 1775, Captain James Smith was sent by the New York Provincial Congress to General Philip Schuyler and ordered to take command of “the sloop Enterprise.”


The second Enterprise was an eight-gun schooner of 25 tons with a crew of 60 men. Granted a letter of marque commission from the state of Maryland, it made a remarkably successful cruise (June-December 1776) under the command of Captain James Campbell. Enterprise was purchased by the Committee of Secret Correspondence of the Continental Congress 20 December 1776. Under the command of Captain Campbell, Enterprise served chiefly in convoying transports in Chesapeake Bay. It was also active in reconnoitering the enemy’s ships and preventing their tenders and barges from getting supplies from the shores of Maryland and Virginia.


The third Enterprise was a twelve-gun schooner built by Henry Spencer at Baltimore, Maryland at a cost of $16,240.00. It had a length of 84 feet, 7 inches; extreme beam of 22 feet, 6 inches; tonnage of 135, depth of hold, 10 feet; and a complement of 70 officers and men. It was originally armed with twelve long 6-pounders and placed under the command of Lieutenant John Shaw. On 1 September 1812, Enterprise got underway in search for British privateers reported off the coast of Maine. After chasing a schooner to the shore on Wood Island, Enterprise discovered what appeared to be a ship of war in the bay near Penequid Point on the coast of Maine. It immediately gave chase and soon found her quarry to be the British brig Boxer, mounting fourteen 18-pounder carronades, and manned by 72 men. When within half a pistol shot, broadsides exchanged by the two brigs brought death to Lieutenant William Burrows as well as to the British commander, Captain Samuel Blyth. Another broadside was exchanged before Enterprise ranged ahead to cross Boxer’s bow and kept up a deadly fire until the enemy hailed and said they had surrendered but could not haul down the colors that were nailed to the mast. The surviving senior officer, Lieutenant Edward R. McCall, took the prize into Portland where a common funeral was held for the two commanders, both well known and favorites in their respective services.


The fourth Enterprise was a schooner built by the New York Navy Yard where it launched on 26 October 1831. Its length between perpendiculars was 83 feet, molded beam 23 feet, 5 inches; depth of hold 10 feet and tonnage 197. It was armed with ten 24 and 9-pounder guns. The schooner was placed in commission on 15 December 1831 when Lieutenant Commander Samuel W. Downing assumed command. Its original complement was nine officers and 63 men.


The fifth Enterprise was a steam corvette with auxiliary sail power. Its hull was built of live oak in Portsmouth Naval Yard by John W. Griffith. It was launched 13 June 1874 and placed in commission 16 March 1877, Commander George C. Remey in command. The ship measured 185 feet between perpendiculars, breadth, 35 feet; depth of hold, 16 feet, 2 inches; tonnage 615, and displacement 1,375 tons. It had a speed of 11.4 knots and a complement of 20 officers and 164 men. Its original armament was one 11-inch moth bore, four 9-inch broadside guns, one 60-pounder pivot, and 1 short Gatling gun.


The sixth Enterprise was a 66-foot motor patrol craft purchased by the Navy on 6 December 1916. It was placed in the service of the Second Naval District on 25 September 1917 and performed harbor tug duties at Newport, Rhode Island. It shifted to New Bedford, Massachusetts, on 11 December 1917 for operations inside the breakwaters and was transferred to the Bureau of Fisheries on 2 August 1919.


The seventh Enterprise (CV 6) was the first of the Enterprise ships to receive the nickname of Big 'E'. Other nicknames included the Lucky 'E', the 'Grey Ghost' and the 'Galopping Ghost'. CV-6 became the sixth aircraft carrier to join the U.S. Navy fleet upon its commissioning as a Yorktown-class carrier on Oct. 3, 1936. It had an overall length of 827 feet and displaced more than 32,000 tons of water. Enterprise fought in many of the key Pacific theater battles of World War II, and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (along with USS Saratoga and USS Ranger).

Enterprise was ordered to serve in the Pacific fleet in April 1939, and was sent underway to conduct training and transport Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF-211) to Wake Island in November 1941. Big 'E' was returning to the Hawaiian island of Oahu on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 when it received news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Enterprise became one of the first ships to respond to its nation's call to war and went on to earn 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II, for the crucial roles it played in numerous battles including Midway, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and the 'Doolittle Raid' on Tokyo. Japanese forces announced that the Big 'E' had been sunk in battle on three separate occasions throughout its Pacific campaign.

After its legendary World War II service, the first Big 'E' was decommissioned on Feb. 17, 1947 as the most decorated ship in U.S. naval history.


In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the eighth U.S. ship to bear the name Enterprise.

The giant ship was to be powered by eight nuclear reactors, two for each of its four propeller shafts. This was a daring undertaking. for never before had two nuclear reactors ever been harnessed together. As such, when the engineers first started planning the ship’s propulsion system, they were uncertain how it would work, or even if it would work according to their theories.

Materials used by the shipyard included 60,923 tons of steel; 1507 tons of aluminum; 230 miles of pipe and tubing; and 1700 tons of one-quarter-inch welding rods. The materials were supplied from more than 800 companies. Nine hundred shipyard engineers and designers created the ship on paper, and the millions of blueprints they created, laid end-to-end, would stretch 2400 miles, or from Miami to Los Angeles.

Three years and nine months after construction began, Enterprise was ready to present to the world as “The First, The Finest” super carrier.

The newly-christened Enterprise left the shipyard for six days of builder and Navy pre-acceptance trials. Its escort during the trials, destroyer Laffey, sent this message; “Subject: Speed Trails. 1. You win the race. 2. Our wet hats are off to an area thoroughbred.” When the Big “E” returned to port, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral George W. Anderson, Jr., stated enthusiastically, “I think we’ve hit the jackpot.”

After years of planning and work by thousands the day finally arrived. At the commissioning of Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Secretary of the Navy John B. Connally Jr. called it a worthy successor to the highly decorated seventh USS Enterprise of World War II. “The fighting Gray Lady, as it was called, served in such well-known battles as the raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway.” Secretary Connally went on to say, “The new Enterprise will reign a long, long time as queen of the seas.”

In October 1962, Enterprise was dispatched to its first international crisis. Enterprise and other ships in the Second Fleet set up quarantine of all military equipment under shipment to communist Cuba. The blockade was put in place on October 24, and the first Soviet ship was stopped the next day. On October 28, Soviet leader Krushchev agreed to dismantle nuclear missiles and bases in Cuba, concluding the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the U.S. and USSR have ever come to nuclear war.

In the Fall of 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. In direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Big 'E' once again took its place in history by becoming one of the first units to respond in a crisis with its awesome striking power. Enterprise expended more than 800,000 pounds of ordnance during the operation. The ship returned to home port at Naval Station Norfolk November 10, 2001.

Following several more deployments and an extended shipyard period that began in 2008, Enterprise embarked on its 21st deployment in January 2011, during which the carrier supported operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and multiple anti-piracy missions. During its six-month tour of duty, Big ‘E’ made port visits to Lisbon, Portugal, Marmaris, Turkey, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Mallorca, Spain.

Big 'E' became the fourth aircraft carrier in naval history to record 400,000 arrested landings on May 24, 2011. The milestone landing was made by an F/A-18F Super Hornet piloted by Lt. Matthew L. Enos and Weapon System Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Welsh from the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11.

On November 25, 2011, Big ‘E’ celebrated its 50th birthday, making the carrier the oldest active duty ship in the U.S. Naval fleet. Enterprise is currently on its 25th and final deployment, expected to make its final return to homeport Norfolk in the fall.

Today, Enterprise Sailors continue to set the standard for excellence aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier - proudly furthering the legend begun by the first Enterprise Sailors more than two centuries ago.

The Partition Plan - 65 years later

29 Nov 2012
On November 29, 1947 the UN General Assembly voted on the partition plan, and  UNGA Resolution 181 was adopted by a vote of 33 to 13.

   Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, November 29, 1947 (GPO archive photo)
History of the Resolution

In February 1947, Great Britain, which had controlled the mandatory territory since 1917, decided to turn the issue of the Palestinian Mandate over to the United Nations. The UN established a Special Commission on Palestine (UNSCOP), which recommended the establishment of two states - Arab and Jewish - in the area and Jerusalem as an international enclave.

The Jewish population - while dissatisfied with the small size of the territory allotted to their state in contradiction to the promises made by the League of Nations in 1922, as well as the plan to sever Jerusalem from the state by internationalizing it - accepted the compromise. In sharp contrast, the Arab states and the Arab residents of the Mandatory territory rejected UNSCOP’s recommendations out of hand.

The UN General Assembly held a vote on the partition plan and on 29 November 1947 UNGA Resolution 181 was adopted by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions.

The Post-Resolution 181 Era

The Arab rejection of the partition plan was not confined to a political act. The Arabs of the Mandate territory launched a large-scale terrorist campaign against their Jewish neighbors.
This was followed by the invasion of Israel by five Arab armies who wanted to destroy Israel when it proclaimed its independence on 14 May 1948. The Jewish population defended itself against the Arabs' declared plans to "throw the Jews into the sea" but at a heavy cost of 1% of their total population and great damage to the new state.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton To Unveil The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation

On Thursday November 29, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will commemorate World AIDS Day 2012 and unveil the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation that provides a roadmap for how the U.S. government will work to help achieve an AIDS-free generation. Secretary Clinton will be joined by Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The event will take place at 10:30 am in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.
Secretary Clinton will be joined by:
Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Florence Ngobeni-Allen, Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
This event is open to the press and will be streamed live at

The Lobsterman's Christmas By Doug Mills

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Maine Windjammer Association's Photo Winners: Captain's Favorites


Honoring the adage that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," the Captain's Favorite Category was created so each of the 10 members in the Maine Windjammer Association could select an image of their choice. Here are this year's winners:


Captain's Favorite: Angelique

Schooner Angelique by Bert Ehling

Selected by Captain Mike McHenry

Captain's Favorite: Stephen Taber

Sun & Shadow by Craig Caldwell

Selected by Captain Noah Barnes

Captain's Favorite: Heritage

Great Schooner Race by Bert Ehling

Selected by Captains Doug and Linda Lee

Captain's Favorite: American Eagle

Windjammer Blocks by Peter Atkinson

Selected by Captain John Foss

Captain's Favorite: Isaac H. Evans

Camden Harbor by Jack Zievis, Red Sail Photography

Selected by Captain Brenda Thomas


Captain's Favorite: Lewis R. French

Sail at Rest by Lee VanMiddlesworth

Selected by Captains Garth Wells and Jenny Tobin

Captain's Favorite: Timberwind

Schooner Timberwind by Anna Davidson

Selected by Captain Bob Tassi

Captain's Favorite: Mary Day

Foggy Morning by Don Seymour

Selected by Captains Barry King and Jen Martin

Captain's Favorite: Victory Chimes

Schooner Victory Chimes by Jack Zievis, Red Sail Photography

Selected by Captain Kip Files

Captain's Favorite: Nathaniel Bowditch

Great Schooner Race by Jim Mathis

Selected by Captain Owen Dorr