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AFRICOM - an Update

  • Posted on: 24 April 2010
  • By: Roxy

Back on September of 2007 we first wrote about AFRICOM. That commentary gives some background on the US's growing interest in the continent.  

[snip]... on December 15, 2006 -- citing the Saharan region as the new front in the War on Terror -- President Bush approved plans for an African Command, or AFRICOM.

Then on September 30, 2009 (the day before the official launch) we reported that as of that time, not a single African country was willing to host the AFRICOM headquarters ...

Disasters, FEMA and the PaTH to Recovery

  • Posted on: 22 April 2010
  • By: Roxy

In July 2009 All Business reports that PaTH was awarded a disaster recovery contract.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a contract to Partnership for Temporary Housing, LLC (PaTH) to provide temporary housing and support for shelter operations for disaster victims.

The same article goes on to explain that PaTH is " limited liability corporation formed by DynCorp International LLC, Dewberry, and Parsons Corporation. "

So what is PaTH up to? Tuesday's Honolulu Advertiser ran a story on the disaster recovery efforts in American Samoa:

Print ain’t dead

  • Posted on: 9 April 2010
  • By: Roxy

Interesting case study of a profitable community newspaper.  The paper is free and the profits come from "targeted ad sales". 

hmmm ....

Print ain’t dead: How an ad-man-turned publisher is building a local news empire profitably in Texas

John P. Garrett says he worries he sounds like someone from the early 1990s who predicted there would never be a computer in every home. Garrett’s the Texas publisher of seven neighborhood editions of a monthly newspaper called Community Impact Newspaper. And he’s not looking online to grow his business. The difference between him and the Luddite computer naysayer is that, so far at least, he’s been right. His business is profitable, and he’s expanding. 


Go Barefoot

  • Posted on: 8 April 2010
  • By: Roxy

Barefootin' is good for the soul.

I'm going barefoot on April 8th. Are you?

One Day Without Shoes
April 8th

We are asking people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and to help spread awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child's life.

Testing YouTube Integration

  • Posted on: 27 May 2009
  • By: Roxy

Since the move and the upgrade we have been having some problems with embedding You Tubes. Thanks to the great folks at Drupal (who always seem to be one step ahead of me) we have a new module that adds embedding features for YouTube.

You will notice a new field on the form when you create a new commentary. All you have to do is paste the YouTube embed code in the box provided and your video will display at the end beginning of your post.