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HAMILTON Cast Members To Join Coast Guard In Honoring Founder Alexander Hamilton

As part of Fleet Week New York, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton[1] will honor Coast Guard founder, Alexander Hamilton[2], and the namesake of their vessel, with a wreath laying ceremony at his grave, on the grounds of Trinity Church, Friday. Also in attendance will be cast members of the esteemed Broadway musical, Hamilton[3]. The wreath presentation will be by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team. The National Anthem will be preformed by Coast Guard Auxiliary Member, professional musician and bugler, Lou DiLeo. Invocation and benediction will be given by Mother Miles of Trinity Church. Alexander Hamilton[4]‘s humble beginnings began in New York City where he attended King’s College, now Columbia University. Hamilton[5] was General George Washington’s military aide de camp during the Revolutionary War and commanded the pivotal battalion charge at Yorktown forcing the British to surrender, effectively ending the war. In 1789, Hamilton[6] became Secretary of Treasury and crafted the effort to create the Revenue Cutter Service, which later became the modem day U.S. Coast Guard, much of which he accomplished while living in New York City.

Each of the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters are “Legend Class” cutters honoring a person who was pivotal in making the Coast Guard the service it is today. U.S. Coast Guard Cuter Hamilton[7] (WMSL 753) is the fourth Legend Class cutter and the sixth Coast Guard Cutter to bear Alexander Hamilton[8]‘s name.

The cutter Hamilton[9] is a 418-foot National Security cutter homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. This week CGC Hamilton[10] made her inaugural voyage to New York City, as a part of Fleet Week festivities. USCGC Hamilton[11] will be moored at Pier 92 in Manhattan for Fleet Week, Wednesday 24 May to Wednesday, 31 May and is open for tours daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks ‘network’ of attackers

Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber’s father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing “all the details” of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks.

Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more.

Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber’s father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing “all the details” of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.

“I think it’s very clear this is a network we are investigating,” Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester Police said as authorities raided British properties thought to be connected to Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suspected bomber who grew up in Manchester and died in the attack.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi “likely” did not act alone in the strike at the close of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night and that he had been known to security forces “up to a point.” Meanwhile, officials probed possible travel by the alleged bomber, looking for clues to new threats.

Government officials said nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed to Buckingham Palace, Parliament and other high-profile sites across the country. Britain’s terror threat level was raised to “critical” the highest level on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi was believed to have traveled to Syria and had “proven” links to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

British authorities were probing whether Abedi had ties to other cells across Europe and North Africa, according to two officials familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.

They said one thread of the inquiry involved pursuing whether Abedi was part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as “the man in the hat,” with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

“It looks like we’re not dealing with a lone wolf situation. There’s a network a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He said the bomb’s construction suggested a “level of sophistication” that might indicate foreign training.

Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya, where Abedi’s father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli. The father, Ramadan Abedi, denied his son had links to militants in an interview with The Associated Press before he was taken into custody, saying, “We don’t believe in killing innocents.”

The elder Abedi was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun.

The Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the men said in a statement that the brother, Hashim Abedi, 18, confessed that he and his brother were linked to the Islamic State group and that he was aware of the arena bombing plan. The anti-terror force said the father had not been charged, but was taken in for questioning.

A second brother, Ismail Abedi, 23, was taken into custody in Manchester a day earlier.

The suspected bomber grew up in Manchester’s southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there. Neighbors recalled him as tall, thin and quiet, and said he often wore traditional Islamic dress. Among investigators’ areas of interest is how often Abedi traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Before his arrest, Abedi’s father said he had last spoken to his son five days ago and he sounded “normal.” He said his son was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia for a short Umrah pilgrimage then planned to head to Libya to spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with his family. He said his son last visited Libya about six weeks ago and had never gone to Syria. He denied ties to any militant groups or suggestions of extremism.

“We aren’t the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents,” he said. “We go to mosques. We recite Quran, but not that.”

At Manchester’s Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshipped, the bombing was condemned and reports that the suspected bomber had worked there were denied. Azhar Mahmoud, who prays at the mosque in southern Manchester, said it was “horrible” that Abedi was associated with it.

“Wherever he got that, he didn’t get it from this mosque,” he said, adding that the imam regularly preached against radicalization.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support. Police raided homes believed to be connected with the investigation.

At one apartment building in Manchester, heavily armed police swarmed in and a controlled explosion was heard. At another property, a house a 10-minute walk from where Abedi lived, neighbors said they were awakened by a loud noise and saw a man hauled away in handcuffs.

“There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting,” neighbor Omar Alfa Khuri said. “And I realized there is something wrong here.”

Across London, troops fanned out and authorities reconsidered security plans. The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled so police officers could be re-deployed. The Palace of Westminster, which houses Parliament, was shuttered to those without passes, and tours and events were canceled until further notice. Armed police patrolled outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

For a second night, a throng of people filled a Manchester square for a vigil for the victims. Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders echoed a message that extremists wouldn’t drive a wedge among the city’s religious groups. People lifted their hands in the air during a moment of silence.

“There are no divisions here tonight,” Irfan Chishti, the imam of Manchester’s biggest mosque, told the crowd.

Officials said all of the bombing victims have been identified, but names were being withheld until autopsies were completed.

Still, their stories began to emerge: Michelle Kiss, a mother of three whose “family was her life;” Nell Jones, an “always smiling” teenager; Martyn Hett, who packed life “to the brim with his passions;” Jane Tweddle, a “bubbly, kind, welcoming” receptionist. The youngest known of those killed was just 8. Besides the dead, the number of people who sought medical help after the attack was raised to 119. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.

Breastfeeding mother sues her local YMCA for allegedly violating her right to nurse in public

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing a local YMCA, on behalf of a former yoga teacher, saying the association violated her right to breastfeed her daughter in public by asking her to move away from the child care center so that young boys would not see her. The case against the Ocean Community YMCA of Westerly, RI, represents one of a string of incidents at YMCAs across the country in recent years that have drawn scrutiny from breastfeeding advocates. Elizabeth Gooding, the plaintiff in the Rhode Island case, said she is concerned there is a broader issue at YMCA s.

If a mother cannot feed her baby in the day care of a family establishment, where can she nurse? said Gooding, who had been employed by the Y, in an open-letter she planned to post on Facebook Wednesday. She said she hopes her case sets a precedent and she called on women to gather at their local YMCAs for a nurse-in on June 11.

The YMCA should be supporting breastfeeding moms and their babies not deterring them, she wrote.

Other women who encountered challenges while breastfeeding at YMCAs in recent years have attracted headlines, including a mother at a YMCA in Oklahoma City[2] who said she was asked to leave a women s locker room to nurse her eight-week old; a mother at the Two Rivers YMCA in Iowa who said she was told she could not nurse by the pool during a family swim[3]; and a Las Vegas mother who said she was told she could not breastfeed by the pool, prompting dozens of women to protest with an organized nurse-in at the Centennial Hills YMCA[4]. Brad McDermott, a spokesperson for the YMCA of the USA said the nation s 2,700 YMCAs employ 250,000 employes, all but 20,000 of whom work part-time or seasonally. He said incidents often occur as a result of young or part-time staff who are not aware of the states policies or simply not exposed to breastfeeding on a regular basis. McDermott said the national organization recommends that all YMCAs comply with state breastfeeding laws and that member YMCAs understand the need for ongoing training. The national organization provides on-line resources to educate members about the benefits of breastfeeding, he said.

Breastfeeding is something we actively encourage of mothers and families who are members of the YMCA, and something we support in accordance with the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he said.

Every state, except Idaho, has a statute that protects a woman s ability to breastfeed in public places. Rhode Island is one of a minority of states that also has an enforcement clause, which means that a plaintiff can win compensatory damages. According to the complaint filed in Washington County Superior Court[5], Gooding was twice asked to move while breastfeeding her one-year old daughter in the Kids Corner of the YMCA. She appealed to supervisors of the day care and was told she could not breastfeed in any public area due to concerns that young boys could see her, the complaint said. She said she was advised to cover up or use the women s locker room.

In the second incident, she was asked to move to a gated area in the corner of the day care.

I was not in the middle of the room; I was not putting myself on display. I was minding my own business, Gooding said in an interview. Gooding met with the local YMCA president and chief executive Maureen Fitzgerald, who told her to be more discreet, the complaint said. The incidents occurred in 2015. Later that year, Gooding was told she could no longer bring her baby to the mother and baby yoga class she taught, the complaint said. She stopped working there not long after that.

We have a very clear public policy to encourage and support breastfeeding, said H. Jefferson Melish, the volunteer attorney for the Rhode Island ACLU representing Gooding. The statute is quite clear and, on the face of it, the YMCA does not follow state law.

The lawsuit also alleges that the YMCA s actions violate the state s Civil Rights Act and constitutes a form of gender discrimination. The Ocean Community YMCA did not issue a statement to the Post, but referred to a statement released by Fitzgerald to press earlier this month, saying that the organization regrets that a former employee and member felt it necessary at this time to file a suit against the YMCA for an incident that she alleges took place almost two years ago, according to the statement published in the Westerly Sun[6]. The YMCA took affirmative steps at that time to address her concerns, developed a policy on breastfeeding, and provided training for its employees, the statement said.

The Ocean Community YMCA wants to assure the community that it does not restrict where members or program participants may breastfeed within the facility, the statement said.

Best for Babes, a breastfeeding rights group, maintains a hotline for women who experience challenges when attempting to breastfeed in public. The group has received about a half-dozen complaints about YMCAs, more than from any other organization, said Michelle Hickman, director of advocacy for the group. Volunteers with the group have compiled a list of more than 40 breastfeeding incidents[7] at YMCA s, including those reported on social media or to news outlets or parenting blogs, dating back to 2004. Mothers said they were told they could not breastfeed in YMCA locker rooms or in child care areas. Multiple incidents have occurred at YMCA swimming pools, she said, where women have been told that breastfeeding near the pool is unsanitary and indiscreet. Such policies put women in a bind, particularly when they have other children, Hickman said.

What do you do? Leave your other children unattended in the pool, while you go inside to nurse your child?

Sara Pagano, a mother of three, contacted the organization in 2014 to report an encounter she said she had while she was breastfeeding her baby near the pool at the YMCA in Falmouth, Va while her two older children were taking a swimming class. Pagano said she was approached by a lifeguard, and then a security guard who told her she had to move. According to the policy at that YMCA, women were supposed to breastfeed in an adult-only locker room where other chidlren were not permitted to come.

I nursed all three of my children, said Pagano, who has since moved from Fredericksburg to Hawaii. I had never experienced anything like that until I was at a YMCA which is supposed to be family friendly, and promote a child-centered, healthy life style. A law protecting a woman s right to breastfeed in public was not passed in Virginia until 2015. Virginia does not have an enforcement provision.

A string of similar breastfeeding incidents at YMCA s in Canada prompted the national YMCA there to apologize and issue policy guidance in 2014[8] that clarifies the legal rights of women to breastfeed without being asked to cover up, move or be more discreet.

Gooding said she hopes the YMCA in the United States can make a similar policy statement, and work with lactation consultants to promote employee training that will create a more welcoming atmosphere for nursing mothers.

We have to stop this whole idea that by breastfeeding we are doing something wrong, she said.


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