Friday, November 30, 2012

Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘iCarly-Victorious’ Spinoff: Sam & Cat

Santa Monica, California – On the heels of last week’s series finale of iCarly that topped all basic cable with 6.4 million total viewers, Nickelodeon is announcing the series pick-up of  Sam & Cat (20 episodes), a spin-off comedy from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh,  Zoey 101). Starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly’s  Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande (Victorious’ Cat  Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows,  Sam & Cat features the pair as unlikely roommates who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. Sam &  Cat will premiere in  2013, with production beginning this January in Los Angeles.

“Jennette and Ariana are adored by our audience, and it’s great to unite these talented actresses in this hilarious new comedy from Dan Schneider," said Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon.  “This show promises to deliver on what our audience loves most about these two favorite characters -- laugh-out-loud humor and non-stop adventure, and is sure to be a compelling new chapter for our new comedic duo.”

Best known for her comedic portrayal of Sam Puckett on the mega-hit Nickelodeon series iCarly, Jennette McCurdy most recently wrapped production on Nickelodeon’s original TV movie Swindle.  In addition, she was featured in two other Nick original TV movies, Fred: The Movie and Best Player.  McCurdy has  also  guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,  Strong Medicine, Law & Order: SVU, Medium and Judging Amy.

Prior  to garnering attention as the beloved character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious, Ariana Grande performed on Broadway in the musical 13.  This holiday, Ariana will star as Snow White at The Pasadena Playhouse in a presentation of "A Snow White Christmas" alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Charlene Tilton.  Grande’s other acting credits  include a feature role in Nickelodeon’s original TV movie

Gabrielle Douglas To Discuss Grace, Gold and Glory With GMA Dec. 4th

Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas will visit GMA on December 4th, 2012 to discuss her memoir "Grace, Gold and Glory.

Gold-winning US gymnast and Olympic All-Around champion Gabrielle Douglas tells her personal story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

About "Grace, Gold and Glory:
In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

About Gabrielle Douglas:
Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the

Remarks by the President in Visit to Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility

Hatfield, Pennsylvania 
12:01 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Well, good morning, everybody.

AUDIENCE:  Good morning!

THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody, please, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Relax for a second.  (Laughter.)

It is good to see all of you.  Hello, Hatfield!  (Applause.) It is good to be back in Pennsylvania.  And it is good to be right here at K’NEX.  (Applause.)  I want to thank Michael Araten, Robert Glickman, and the inventor of K’NEX, Joel Glickman, for hosting me today and giving me a great tour.  (Applause.)  Where did they go?  Where did they go?  I want to -- (applause) -- stand up.  Stand up so everybody can see you guys. There they are.  (Applause.)  There you go.

And I just noticed, we’ve got a couple of outstanding members of Congress here.  We’ve got Chaka Fattah -- (applause)
-- and Allyson Schwartz.  (Applause.)  

Now, I just finished getting a tour of the K’NEX workshop.  I have to say, it makes me wish that Joel had invented this stuff a little sooner, when I was a kid.  (Laughter.)  Back then, you couldn’t really build a rollercoaster out of your Erector Set.  (Laughter.)

And I also got a chance to meet some of the folks who have been working around the clock to keep up with the Christmas rush, and that’s a good thing.  These guys are Santa’s extra elves here.  They manufacture


Johnsbury, Vermont - The 43rd Annual Burklyn Arts Council Holiday Market will be held this weekend at a new location in St. Johnsbury! The popular crafts fair will be held Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Johnsbury School, 247 Western Ave.

The Holiday Market features more than 50 juried crafts vendors, a cookie sale, homemade lunches served daily, a huge raffle, seasonal entertainment and a multitude of children’s activities. The new venue offers great parking and convenient access off Route 2 and Interstate 91. Booths will be located in the large gymnasium and in the school’s cafeteria.

Proceeds from the fair support Burklyn’s Art Schools and Communities Program. Burklyn Arts Council is organized for the purpose of encouraging the appreciation and development of the arts in schools and communities of Burke, East Haven, Lyndon, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock.

For more information on the fair, call Cara Berryman at 802-328-2683.

Dog With A Blog "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing" Premieres December 2nd

Fans of the new Disney Channel series Dog With A Blog will be able to watch an all new episode this Sunday at 8pm entitled "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing". In "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing", It's the family's first Christmas together and Avery is prepping Tyler, Chloe and Stan for what will likely be their worst Christmas gifts ever - from their new stepmother Ellen who gives terrible gifts. Meanwhile, Bennett and Ellen try to decide whose Christmas traditions to follow.

Dog With A Blog stars G Hannelius ("Den Brother,"

E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers.

VENTURA, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2012) E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 fly over the Pacific Ocean near Ventura, Calif. VAW-117 is a command and control and airborne early Warning Squadron dedicated to deliver time critical situational awareness to warfare commanders and coalition partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Spike Call/Released)

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

New Show Sam & Cat Gets 20 Episodes

According to Nickelodeon: We knew that Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande have been spotted heading to the set together, filming a brand new pilot starring their classic Victorious and iCarly characters. But now it's official. Sam and Cat are back! The ham-gobbling wise-cracker Sam Puckett and the adorably spacey Cat Valentine are joining forces to bring us an all new reason to LOL...the new show, Sam & Cat!

In case you don't already know, here's the deets on the show. After becoming best buds and roomies, Sam and Cat start to realize that life isn't all fun and games. And there's one thing that's vital to supporting their

President's Schedule - November 30, 2012

10:10 AM
The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn
10:25 AM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews
11:05 AM
The President arrives Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia International Airport
11:45 AM
The President tours The Rodon Group manufacturing facility
Hatfield, Pennsylvania, The Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility
12:05 PM
The President delivers remarks
Hatfield, Pennsylvania, The Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility

2:00 PM
The President departs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia International Airport

2:40 PM
The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
2:55 PM
The President arrives the White House
South Lawn




12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary luncheon, at the Department of State.

4:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Lakhdar Brahimi Joint Special Representative for Syria, in Washington, DC.

7:00 p.m. 
Secretary Clinton holds brief meetings with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, at the Willard Hotel, in Washington, DC.

7:45 p.m.
 Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 2012 Saban Forum opening Gala Dinner, at the Willard Hotel, in Washington,


9:45 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, at the Department of State.

11:15 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, at the Department of State.

3:30 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Mark Sedwill, UK Political Director, at the Department of State.

4:15 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, at the Department of State.


10:30 a.m. Deputy Secretary Nides attends a meeting at the White House.

12:15 p.m. 
Deputy Secretary Nides attends the Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary luncheon, at the Department of State.

2:30 p.m. Deputy Secretary Nides meets with Ambassador Tina Kaidainow, at the Department of State.

3:00 p.m.
 Deputy Secretary Nides meets with Pakistan Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, at the Department of State.

3:30 p.m. Deputy Secretary Nides hosts the U.S.-Pakistan Economic and Finance Working Group, at the Department of State.


Under Secretary Sherman is on foreign travel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for official meetings.

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 a tremendous amount of musical knowledge and experience even at a young age which has exposed him to the positive effects that music plays in peoples lives. This is one of main reasons that Gavyn

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Cutter Mackinaw boasts all-female underway watch during Christmas tree transit to Chicago.

LAKE MICHIGAN — Petty Officer 1st Class Erin Hunter (right), junior officer-of-the-deck on the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, assists underway officer-of-the-deck Ensign Katharine Braynard with monitoring the electronic charting system, Nov. 28, 2012.

One day prior, Hunter and Braynard were part of an all-female watch executed on the Mackinaw during the ship's transit to Chicago to offload 1,300 Christmas trees as part of this year's Chicago's Christmas Ship event.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Butler

LAKE MICHIGAN — Underway officer-of-the-deck Ensign Katharine Braynard (right) works with junior officer-of-the-deck, Petty Officer 1st Class Erin Hunter, with the plan for mooring in Milwaukee to offload buoys, Nov. 28, 2012.

One day prior, Braynard and Hunter were part of an all-female watch executed on the Mackinaw during the ship's transit to Chicago to offload 1,300 Christmas trees as part of this year's Chicago's Christmas Ship event.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Butler

LAKE MICHIGAN – Female officers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw designed and accomplished an all-female underway watch Tuesday during their transit to Chicago this week to participate in the annual re-enactment of Chicago's Christmas Ship.

The all-female watch was an idea devised last spring and was finally able to be realized this fall, once all the necessary positions were filled by qualified women.

Cmdr. Michael Davanzo, the ship’s commanding officer, was briefed on the idea and thought it was a great thing for the Mackinaw to accomplish.

"We value the leadership that women provide, demonstrated by their amazing initiative to undertake this project," Davanzo said. "The Coast Guard provides a great opportunity for women to advance, be successful, and have a rewarding career."

Lt. j.g. Meridith Palo and Ensign Katie Braynard organized the watch schedule to include all-female bridge and engineering teams and female duty cooks. The teams stood the 4-8 p.m. watch during the ship’s transit down the eastern coast of Wisconsin.

The female bridge team was: Braynard, from Temecula, Calif.; as the underway officer-of-the-deck; Petty Officer 1st Class Erin Hunter, from San Diego, as junior officer-of-the-deck; and Seaman Rebecca Smith-Heshley, from Toledo, Ohio, who stood lookout.

The engineering team was: Palo, from Newtown, Conn., as engineer-of-the-watch; Petty Officer 1st Class Brenda Daniels, from Lake Wells, Fla., as journeyman engineer; and Ensign Erin Nolan, from Lafayette, Ind., who was working towards her journeyman engineer qualification.

The two duty cooks for the evening meal were: Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Wetenkamp, from Niles, Mich.; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Nichol Billow, from Las Vegas.

“This was a first for the Mackinaw, and possibly for the Coast Guard," said Braynard. "It’s great to see women advance in their roles in the afloat community, and it’s even better to be part of that community. We’re all very proud.”

Bo Inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations

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.

New Poll Shows the Public Wants EPA to Set Stricter Soot Health Standards

Voters Support Setting Stronger Fine Particle Standards to Protect Public Health
Washington, D.C. — As the December 14, 2012, deadline approaches for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue updated health standards for fine particle pollution (soot), the American Lung Association is releasing polling results that examine public views on updating the standards and whether now is the right time to issue them.

Earlier this year EPA finally proposed updated clean air standards that will prevent thousands of premature deaths and take steps toward clearing hazy air. The EPA's proposal came in response to legal action filed on behalf of the American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association by Earthjustice.

A new national survey of 942 registered voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the American Lung Association finds that American voters support a proposal to strengthen air pollution

Castle "Secret Santa" Premieres December 3rd

Fans of the ABC series Castle will be able to watch an all new episode this coming Monday night at 10pm entitled "Secret Santa" In the "Secret Santa", When a bearded, rotund man in a red Santa suit with an ID reading Kris Kringle falls from the sky in Central Park, Castle and Beckett are on the hunt to find the person who killed Santa. But everything isn't holiday cheer, as they discover St. Nick may have been more naughty than nice. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett prepare for their first Christmas together.

"Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Malibu Country "Not with My Daughter" Premieres November 30th

Fans of the new ABC series Malibu Country will premiere an all episode entitled "Not with My Daughter" Friday night at 8:30pm. In "Not with My Daughter", When Reba begins feeling threatened that her daughter is sharing more of her life with Kim than with her, she resorts to text spying and trying on teen fashions to get closer to June. Meanwhile, Lillie Mae teaches Cash how to be the man of the house.

"Malibu Country" stars Reba as Reba, Lily Tomlin

as Lillie Mae, Sara Rue as Kim, Justin Prentice as Cash, Juliette Angelo as June and Jai Rodriguez as Geoffrey.

Guest starring is Rick Hall as the alarm guy.

"Not with My Daughter" was written by Chris Case & Nastaran Dibai directed by Andrew D. Weyman.

Recently, it was announced that Malibu Country got an order for five more episodes.
All photographs within this article are credited to ABC.

Olivia Holt BYou Magazine December-January Cover Girl

Disney Channel star Olivia Holt cover the December-January cover of BYou Magazine. Olivia Holt stars un Kickin It as Kim. Miss Holt looks great on the December-January cover of BYou Magazine.

Olivia Holt was born in Germantown, Tennessee to parents, Mark and Kim Holt. She lived in Southaven, MS right outside of Memphis, TN before moving to Los Angeles in 2009. When she was only 3 years old, she started singing and acting on the stage. Besides acting and singing, she has been a competitive gymnast and a competitive cheerleader for the past few years, as well as being on her school's chess team.

Olivia has starred in numerous community productions including "Annie" and "Through the Looking Glass" before landing a role in the indie film "Black & Blue" as well as " Going Home". She also appeared in multiple national TV commercials including Hasbro, Mattel and Bratz dolls. In 2010, Olivia got her break out role as "Kim Crawford," a confident martial artist and the only girl in the dojo who can go toe-to-toe with the boys, in the Disney XD comedy series, "Kickin' It." She Attended an acting convention, IPOP, in 2008 where she received first place awards for Best Actress, Best Scene, and Print Model of the Year. Olivia is signed with Paradigm Agency and Ford Models. She has one older sister, actress/writer Morgan Toll - who has studied theater arts at Columbia College in Hollywood. She also has a brother, Cade Holt.
Congratulations Olivia Holt

Merry, Merry It Up Premieres December 2nd (Photos)

December 2nd fans of the Disney channel series Shake It Up will be able to watch an all new episode at 8:30pm. In Merry Merry It Up", CeCe picks a fight with Jeremy, leading Georgia to break up with him. To fix the situation, Rocky takes a turn as the ghost of Christmas dance and escorts CeCe on a dream journey to the past, present and future. Zendaya performs the new song "Shake Santa Shake" in the episode.

Shake It Up stars Zendaya and Bella Thorne as Rocky Blue and CeCe Jones, Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones, Roshon Fegan as Ty

Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the Atlantic

Four U.S. land-falling storms include devastating Sandy and Isaac

November 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane.  The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. 
Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal.  2012 was an active year, but not exceptionally so as there were 10 busier years in the last three decades.
This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous

Hampton Beach State Park Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion’s New Year’s Eve Gala

Concord, New Hampshire - Kick off 2013 in style at the new Oceanfront Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park with a New Year’s Eve Gala. The Gala will include music, dancing, fireworks, and a top-notch buffet.

“With the sands of Hampton Beach State Park at its doorstep, the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion is truly a unique setting for a New Year’s Gala or any special occasion,” stated Phil Bryce, Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. “Windows overlooking the Atlantic and the sound of waves crashing are just a few of the things that make this venue unforgettable.”
Tickets for the Gala will include a reception from 7:30-8:00pm, fireworks on the beach at 8:00pm an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, an unbelievable buffet, a champagne toast, party favors, cash bar, and dancing to the music Party-Time DJ. The Gala is from 7:30 pm to 12:30am and is $85 per person.

To reserve a ticket or table for the New Year’s Eve Gala, please call 603-227-8717 or email

About the Division of Parks and Recreation
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Parks Bureau, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. They manage a multitude of properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.  To learn more, visit or call 603/271-3556.

“Faith in America's Future” as the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Theme

Schumer, Chairman of Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Announces “Faith in America's Future” as the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Theme

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), has announced on behalf of the joint committee the selection of the 2013 Inaugural theme. “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers

Holiday Celebration with Thomas, Capote, Carols and Good Cheer, Sebastian Lockwood, Nanette Perrotte

Peterborough, New Hampshire - On Wednesday evening, December 19th at 7pm Sebastian Lockwood and Nanette Perrotte return to the Mariposa Museum for an evening of holiday warmth and good cheer, featuring the traditional readings of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”, interspersed with caroling and ending with wassail and holiday treats.

One of his most popular works, Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales is the retelling of Christmas from the view of a young child, set in the time of Christmases past and portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. Dylan Marlais Thomas, born in Wales in 1914, was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems, “Do not go gentle into that good night”, “Under milk wood”, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.

The short story, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote was originally published in December 1956. It is a largely autobiographical story, which

Atlantic Beach-based Coast Guard cutter celebrates 50 years of service

Photo of CGC Hammer
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - Coast Guardsmen man the rails aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hammer at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach, Fla., in celebration of the cutter's 50th year serving boaters and the public in the coastal waters of Florida and southern Georgia Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Hammer joined the Coast Guard's aids to navigation fleet Nov. 30, 1962, and was tasked primarily with marine construction of aids to navigation and piers, which its crew continues to do today. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Atlantic Beach, Fla.,-based Coast Guard Cutter Hammer and its crew are celebrating 50 years of serving boaters and the public in the coastal waters of Florida and southern Georgia Thursday.

Thursday, the cutter's crew dressed the ship, a maritime tradition reserved for special occasions; donned more formal uniforms; and took a few minutes to reflect on the cutter's past in honor of the milestone anniversary.

The Hammer is an inland construction tender homeported at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach, is comprised of a 75-foot tug pushing a 68-foot barge and

Remarks in Recognition of World AIDS Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
Washington, DC

Thank you all very much. Oh my goodness. Thank you. I think we could just end the program right now. (Laughter.) Florence, thank you. Thank you for continuing to be a smiling advocate on behalf of an AIDS-free generation. And congratulations on those two sons of yours, who are the strongest evidence of what we can achieve. I’m very grateful to you for sharing your energy, your story, and your passion with us today.

I am so pleased to have this opportunity to unveil, formally, the blueprint for an AIDS-free generation. And this could not have happened without Dr. Eric Goosby. I’ve known Eric a long time. When I decided to accept the President’s offer to become Secretary of State, I knew there was only one person that I would hope to recruit to become our Global AIDS Ambassador. Because Eric has both the firsthand experience,

Statement by the President on the Observance of World AIDS Day

This Saturday, December 1st, on World AIDS Day, we will come together as a global community to stand with people affected by HIV/AIDS, to remember those we have lost, and to renew our commitment to ending the pandemic once and for all.  We have made great strides in combating this disease, and an AIDS-free generation is within sight.  Here in the United States we are implementing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy and concentrating our efforts in communities where HIV rates are highest, including among gay men, Latinos, and African Americans. We are investing in comprehensive HIV prevention and care, including through the Affordable Care Act, to


Last Man Standing Photo Credit: ABC

These Join Previously Announced Pick-ups for "Nashville," "The Neighbors" and "Scandal"

ABC has picked up five additional episodes each of comedies "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country," it was announced today. These pick-ups join previously announced orders for new drama "Nashville," new comedy "The Neighbors," and returning drama "Scandal."
Malibu Country Photo Credit: ABC
       "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country" air Friday nights at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. ET, respectively, on the ABC Television Network.
       Since its premiere, ABC sophomore comedy "Last Man Standing" is the top-rated show in Friday's 8:00 p.m. half-hour with Adults 18-49 (2.1/7). Boosting its time period year to year by 76% in Total

Last Resort "Big Chicken Dinner" Premieres Tonight Nov. 29th

There will be a new episode of the ABC series Last Resort tonight at 8pm. In tonight's all new episode of Last Resort, Marcus brings the members of the Colorado and the islanders all together to celebrate their two cultures -- a feast in the spirit of Thanksgiving. But the good times turn bad the next morning when an essential crew member is accused of a serious crime. Grace handles the man's defense and is tasked with finding out the truth.

"Last Resort" stars Andre Braugher as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing as

U.S. Department of State Announces Series of Webinars for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields

Washington D.C - The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the global engineering firm CH2M HILL, will host a series of webinars starting November 29th to support emerging women leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields who are studying in the United States as part of Brazil’s “Scientific Mobility Program” (also known as “Science Without Borders”).

The first webinar on “Career Paths for Women in STEM” will focus on the successes and challenges of women leaders in the STEM fields, and will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST Thursday, November 29th. IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives will moderate the panel, which will include a top executive from CH2M HILL, a leading scientist from the National Cancer Institute, and a leading engineer from Juniper Networks. To view a recording of the webinar after the event, visit

This series of webinars for women in STEM falls under the U.S. – Brazil Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Advancement of Women signed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in March 2010. Through the MOU, the United States and Brazil focus on recruiting, retaining, and advancing women and girls in STEM fields. The two countries have jointly conducted numerous professional and educational exchange programs and events to promote these goals.

Art World To Celebrate U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies' 50th Anniversary

In honor of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. on November 30th in the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms to recognize AIE’s achievements. The AIE mission is two-fold – to create the highest quality art exhibitions for ambassador residences, embassies, and consulates overseas, and to further the Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach through the sponsorship of artist exchanges that foster cross-cultural understanding.
The Secretary will also recognize five American and international artists, each of whom has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the AIE mission: Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems. The Secretary will award the five honorees with the first U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts for their outstanding commitment to AIE and to international cultural exchange.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Yesterday

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 28, 2012) The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), left, conducts a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203). Iwo Jima is the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cyrus Roson/Released)