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I’d buy this safe-haven stock to retire early “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Arguably, there’s no such thing as a safe-haven stock right now. In today’s stock market crash, few firms offer absolute protection. A third of FTSE 100 companies have now axed their dividends. This poses a challenge for people looking to build a big enough share portfolio to generate the income they need to retire early.Telecoms giant Vodafone Group (LSE: VOD) looks safer than most. Why? Because it offers services we can consume at home, helping us stay sane in these strange, lockdown days. Nobody wants to go without broadband, or their mobile phone right now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Vodafone’s revenues may still take a hit, as people lose their jobs. However, most people see broadband and mobiles as essential purchases, rather than discretionary ones. That’s why I see this as a rare FTSE 100 safe-haven stock.You need income to retire earlyThis hasn’t protected it from the stock market crash though. The Vodafone share price has fallen around 25% from its January highs. So you’re buying it at a relative discount. However, bargain hunters should also beware of the challenges this safe-haven stock faces right now.Vodafone publishes its full-year results to 31 March on Tuesday, and investors will be looking for the latest net debt figure. That stood at a hefty €48.1bn at the end of Q3, due to acquisition and 5G costs. Investors are understandably wary of indebted companies right now.The FTSE 100 group plans to dispose of assets to drive down that debt, including mobile towers and its optical fibre network. Vodafone has sold operations in New Zealand, Malta and Egypt, and merged its mobile towers business with Telecom Italy. It also plans to float its European Towers business next year. Today’s crisis could threaten that though.The main reason investors buy Vodafone is for its juicy dividend, as share price growth has been negligible for years. So far, it’s survived coronavirus, cementing its safe-haven status. Today, income seekers can look forward to a yield of around 7% a year.This safe-haven stock still pays dividendsThe payout is not sacrosanct. Last year, new CEO Nick Read cut the dividend for the first time, after the group posted a €7.6bn full-year loss. Many welcomed the whopping 40% cut to €0.09, as the yield was heading into double digits at the time.Could Read cut the dividend again tomorrow? Vodafone paid €0.045 in the first half, putting it on course to maintain last year’s payout. But that was before the current crisis. We should know more tomorrow. If the dividend holds, Vodafone will be the eighth-biggest payer in the FTSE 100, AJ Bell calculates.Despite being a relative safe-haven stock, Vodafone still faces challenges. Users are less likely to upgrade phones and contracts. Especially with the high street in lockdown. Essential maintenance work must also be backing up.No company is immune to Covid-19, but Vodafone looks in better shape than most. 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News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed with great relief the ruling by the Tehran Supreme Court overturning a death sentence against Kurdish journalist Adnan Hassanpour because of a procedural error.The court decided that the journalist, who had been convicted of “subversive activities against national security”, could not be considered as a “mohareb” (an enemy of God) and sent his case back to the lower court in Sanandaj, in Iranian Kurdistan. Hassanpour, 26, was arrested outside his home on 25 January 2007 and was imprisoned in Mahabad jail (Kurdistan). He worked for the weekly Asou covering Kurdish issues, a highly sensitive subject in Iran, until it was banned by the Culture and Islamic Orientation Ministry in August 2005. He also contributed to foreign media such as Voice of America and Radio Farda, broadcasting to Iran in Persian.He was being held at the central jail in Sanandaj and had twice gone on hunger strike in protest at the harsh prison conditions.“We welcome this ruling by the Iranian justice system with great relief,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It is now time to free this journalist who has been through agony since his arrest more than 18 months ago.”“There was never any evidence of his guilt, but despite this, the judges in the case have twice decided to sentence him to death. This judicial hounding of independent journalists and those working for foreign media has got to stop,” the organisation said.His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders of his satisfaction at the outcome. “I just hope that the courts will not make the same mistake again”, he said. He added that one of the judges at the court in Sanandaj, who presided at Hassanpour’s trial, had since been sacked. A new trial is due to open before the Sanandaj lower court on 6 September 2008.In another case, The Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, headed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation, on 13 August 2008 cancelled the licence of two weekly newspapers. The ecological magazine Tarabestan Sabaz, press organ of an activist body of the same name published in Tehran for ten years, was shut down by the authorities. Entertainment newspaper Sargarmi, specialising in crosswords, was closed for “publishing inappropriate comments” after the newspaper carried a page of texts from readers some of which included humorous messages about Iranian political leaders. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court quashes death sentence against Adnan Hassanpour : Reporters Without Borders calls for his release and dismissal of the case Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more News News March 18, 2021 Find out more
to go further Receive email alerts VenezuelaAmericas December 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of expression threatened by legislative reforms being rushed through parliament The National Assembly has just ratified a new blow to freedom of expression and information in Venezuela by approving two bills amending the Organic Law on Telecommunications (Lotel) and the Social Responsibility in Radio, TV and Electronic Media Law (Resortemec) at the government’s bidding on 20 December.Further harm results from the adoption of the national sovereignty law that will impose severe restrictions on national and international NGOs. In all, more than a dozen laws are being rush through the outgoing parliament, in which the opposition is not represented, without awaiting the 5 January installation of the new parliament elected on 26 September, which reflects all the current political tendencies.The National Assembly has also curtailed its own powers both now and during the next parliamentary term by passing a law on 17 December that empowers the president to govern by decree, without referring to the National Assembly, for 18 months. Officially, President Hugo Chávez requested these special powers in order to deal with a state of emergency results from recent heavy rain but these powers, which have been granted three times already in the past, did not need to be maintained for such a long time. A significant guarantee would have been given if they had expired on 5 January. How will they be used after the emergency resulting from the rain and flooding is over?As amended, the Resortemec Law was promulgated today and will now apply to websites as well as radio and TV stations. It provides for a heavy fine, suspension or (in the case of a second offence) definitive closure for media that:1 – Incite or promote hate and intolerance for religious or political reasons, on the basis of a gender difference or because of racism or xenophobia.2 – Incite or promote criminal activity.3 – Engage in war propaganda.4 – Cause panic or disturb public order.5 – Discredit legitimately constituted authorities.6 – Incite murder.7 – Incite or promote non-respect for the laws in force.Points 1 and 6 are admissible and valid in any legislation. Point 3 is also admissible, but will presumably not be applied to the government’s often bellicose propaganda. Points 2, 4 and 5 represent a major threat to freedom of expression and information because they are too broadly and vaguely defined. Point 5 regarding the “legitimately constituted authorities” also concerns the next National Assembly, which was elected on 26 September. One positive aspect of the new Resortemec Law is that it no longer contains the controversial provision for a single Internet access point.The Lotel reinforces state control over broadcast frequencies and prohibits any foreign investment in over-the-air radio and TV broadcasting, community broadcasting and national radio and TV production. It also reduces the maximum period of a broadcast frequency concession from 25 to 15 years.We hope that, on the basis of the principle that laws cannot be retroactive, there is no intention of applying this provision to Globovisión, the only over-the-air TV station currently criticizing the government. Globovisión is already subject to several disciplinary proceedings.Our analysis of these laws concurs with those of the relevant UN and OAS entities. The same goes for the law on the defence of political sovereignty and national self-determination, which will deprive NGOs of much of their external resources and subject their activities to strict government supervision. This future law, billed as a weapon against “foreign interference,” absurdly assumes that NGOs aim to destabilize the country when they are just exercising civil society oversight and the freedom of assembly. It represents another blow to fundamental constitutional rights and to the 1999 constitution, now betrayed by its promoter.Venezuela is sadly the exception in South America. New communication laws that have been or are in the process of being adopted in other countries in the region are trying to promote more pluralism and decentralization, and a balance between the different kinds of media. This is the case with Argentina’s SCA law, which we support. This is also the case with Ecuador’s communication law, although some of its provisions about content pose a problem.Other laws are due to be adopted in 2011 in Bolivia, Uruguay, which already has an exemplary community radio law and perhaps Brazil. Although accompanied by varying degrees of tension between government and leading privately-owned media, a democratic and pluralistic debate is under way almost everywhere. But not in Venezuela, where a series of gag laws are helping to establish a presidential monopoly of public communication.Photo : AFP News RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas Follow the news on Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Organisation News June 15, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Help by sharing this information News August 25, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives January 13, 2021 Find out more
News UpdatesAn Accused Cannot Be Arrested In Any Case Till A Request For Extradition Is Merited: Delhi HC [Read Order] Rahul Maheshwari19 Aug 2020 8:16 AMShare This – xThe Hon’ble Delhi High Court on Tuesday observed that an accused cannot be arrested in any case till a request for extradition is merited. This observation was made by the High Court while disposing of a Writ filed by Mr. Vinay Mittal (the Petitioner) who has been charge-sheeted in seven separate case, for siphoning of funds from the Punjab National Bank, by the Central Bureau…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Hon’ble Delhi High Court on Tuesday observed that an accused cannot be arrested in any case till a request for extradition is merited. This observation was made by the High Court while disposing of a Writ filed by Mr. Vinay Mittal (the Petitioner) who has been charge-sheeted in seven separate case, for siphoning of funds from the Punjab National Bank, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). During the course of the Trial, the Petitioner left India and failed to appear before the Courts in proceedings instituted by the CBI due to which he was declared as a proclaimed offender. In view of the Petitioner’s failure to attend the court proceedings, a Red Corned Notice was issued against him. As per CBI, after the Petitioner was located in Indonesia and arrested by the Indonesian Authorities, an extradition request was sent through proper channels to the Indonesian Authorities. Consequently, the Petitioner was extradited in terms of a decree passed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia. After the Petitioner was brought to India by the CBI, he was produced before the Special Judicial Magistrate, Ghaziabad and was remanded to Judicial Custody. In the meanwhile, six more separate extradition requests in the remaining six cases were also made through diplomatic channels. As per the Petitioner, his arrest in India for the other 6 cases wherein the Extradition requests are pending, are illegal and in violation of Section 21 of the Extradition Act, 1962. It was contended by the Petitioner that since the Petitioner was extradited only in one matter, he could not be prosecuted in other cases filed against him. Reliance was placed on Rule of Specialty as embodied in Article 14 of the extradition treaty between Republic of India and Republic of Indonesia. After hearing both the parties, the Hon’ble Court opined that, “It is clear from the language of Section 21 of the Extradition Act, 1962 that a person who has been extradited and returned by a foreign State cannot be tried in India for an offence other than the extradition offence in relation to which he was surrendered or returned.” Further reliance was placed on the case of Daya Singh Lahoria vs. Union of India & Ors. (2001) 4 SCC 516, wherein the Hon’ble Supreme Court has explained the Doctrine of Specialty to conclude that the Petitioner cannot be arrested in any other case till the pending extradition requests are acceded to by the Republic of Indonesia, is merited. It was however, clarified that there would be no impediment on the CBI in prosecuting the Petitioner in other cases once the extradition requests in respect of those cases are acceded to by the Republic of Indonesia. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
Sgt. Connor Mendez/U.S. Army (LINCOLN COUNTY, Nev.) — The Air Force is warning people against storming Area 51 in Nevada, after a Facebook event page, organizing a meet up at the “Alien Center tourist attraction,” went viral.Conspiracy theorists believe that the U.S. government has kept UFOs and extraterrestrial life at the location, which is actually an Air Force training range.As of Wednesday morning, over 1.5 million people said they were “attending” the event, called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The event is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Another 1.1 million Facebook users indicated they were “interested.”“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” according to the Facebook page. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets [sic] see them aliens.”“Naruto” refers to the running style of the Japanese anime character, Naruto Ozumaki.“The United States Air Force is aware of the Facebook post,” Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews told ABC News in a statement. “The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft. As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous.”The range is the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world, according to the Air Force, spanning 2.9 million acres of land and 5,000 square miles of airspace which is restricted from civilian air traffic.The range is also used by the Department of Energy for testing, research and development. Me and my new pals when I bust them outta Area 51 #Area51 pic.twitter.com/cFJrq7ILHr— trafficlightsandwich (@LightSandwich) July 15, 2019“For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] take these reports very seriously and investigate each and every report. As part of this effort, the Navy has updated and formalized the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities,” he said.Gradisher added that senior Naval intelligence officials and aviators “who reported hazards to aviation safety” have briefed congressional members and staff in response to requests for information.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Area 51 is just Coachella for conspiracy theorists— Tank.Sinatra (@GeorgeResch) July 15, 2019It’s unknown how many of the 1.5 million Facebook attendees would actually travel to the remote location in Nevada for the event, as the page has sparked Internet memes poking fun at the idea of storming the Air Force range for the opportunity to see aliens.The Air Force did investigate UFOs under Project Blue Book from 1947 to 1969, but the project was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, not at the range in Nevada. me and the boys on our way to sneak in Area 51 to save the aliens pic.twitter.com/1gfWjC6xHR— Michael Scott (@michaelgclump) July 14, 2019Project Blue Book concluded that none of the UFOs investigated were a threat to U.S. national security and there was “no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ were extraterrestrial vehicles,” according to the Air Force.The project’s findings are available in the National Archives for public review. He’s training to free the aliens at Area 51… pic.twitter.com/5oz1Q5rUZ6— Guy (@apiecebyguy) July 15, 2019Earlier this year, the Navy updated its guidelines for how its pilots report the sighting of “unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft” due to an increase in the number of reports in recent years.“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesperson for Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told ABC News in May.
View post tag: contract View post tag: Grumman’s Northrop Grumman Corporation subsidiary AMSEC LLC, was one of two contractors awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for marine design and engineering services in support of Puget Sound and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facilities (IMF). This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee contract contains a base period with four one-year option periods. If all options are exercised, the total value for AMSEC would be approximately $40.2 million.“AMSEC has demonstrated expertise and leadership in marine engineering and design services,” said Harris Leonard, vice president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and president of AMSEC Operations. “We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with PSNS and IMF. We are dedicated in providing quality engineering service in support of the Navy’s operational readiness.”AMSEC’s portion of the work will be performed at their locations in Kitsap County, Wash., Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, San Diego, Norfolk, Va., and other locations. The work is expected to be completed by March 2016. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound, Bremerton, Wash., is the contracting activity.AMSEC LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector, is a full-service provider of engineering, logistics and technical support services to the U.S. Navy and maritime industry.Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.[mappress]Source: Northrop Grumman, March 30, 2011 View post tag: LLC Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman’s AMSEC LLC Wins USD 40 Million Marine Design and Engineering Contract March 30, 2011 View post tag: $40 View post tag: design View post tag: Navy View post tag: engineering View post tag: USD View post tag: marine View post tag: Northrop View post tag: million View post tag: wins Share this article View post tag: AMSEC Northrop Grumman’s AMSEC LLC Wins USD 40 Million Marine Design and Engineering Contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval
View post tag: Naval Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year View post tag: Year View post tag: ANOTHER View post tag: enters January 5, 2015 View post tag: HMAS Penguin View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia View post tag: busy View post tag: News by topic Since receiving a new commander in January 2014, the Australian Navy’s HMAS Penguin has been working around the clock.The establishment was heavily involved with the community participating in a large number of community engagement events throughout the year.Early in the year, divers from the Royal Australian Navy Dive School at Penguin entered as a team for the Balmoral Swim for Cancer and then Penguin played host to the Youth Leadership Forum which provided a unique opportunity for some year 11 and 12 high school students to meet with personnel and discuss the opportunities available in Navy.In May, personnel from Penguin volunteered to support the annual Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Balmoral Burn. The race has upward of 10,000 participants running, walking and crawling 420 metres up Awaba Street, Sydney’s steepest street.Other community engagement events included the Manly Relay for Life and also making the Annual Penguin Gate to Gate run a ‘White Ribbon event’ as part of White Ribbon Day, thereby raising funds in support of the national movement to prevent violence against women.The annual Penguin Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset on 13 November showed community leaders the talents of the Royal Australian Navy Band – Sydney Detachment, along with the HMAS Penguin guard as they performed ‘Beat to Quarters’, a traditional naval ceremony which dates back to the age of sail.Impressed with the effort from Penguin personnel over the past year, Commander Paul Gall reflected on the base’s community engagement program.Penguin has always enjoyed a strong Community Engagement program and this year has been no different.It culminated with the ceremonial sunset which was very well received and was a fitting climax to the year with the band putting on a great show along with the guard made up of Penguin’s ship’s company. Of note was having the three mayors from Mosman, Manly and Warringah attend and it certainly was a spectacle to end what has been a busy and dynamic year.The establishment has undergone many changes during the year, with the Royal Australian Navy Dive School and Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit moving into new facilities.The Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School, Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford said, since opening in February the new facility has trained over 400 Defence personnel. On 30 October the refurbished Diving Training Facility Pool was officially opened.The team at HMAS Penguin starts another year of raising, training and sustaining members of the Royal Australian Navy and lending a helping hand in support of the local community.[mappress mapid=”14833″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy Share this article
Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Latest Abortion LawJune 28, 2018, Posted by Janet WilliamsStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing a law requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state beginning July 1.U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana law, enacted in the 2018 legislative session, was too vague.Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued in May over Senate Enrolled Act 340, which requires health care providers to annually report 26 abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health.“Absent a preliminary injunction, PPINK and its physicians will, beginning July 1, 2018, be subject to licensing penalties, and eventually criminal penalties, if they violate the challenged statute,” Young wrote in his 19-page opinion.“If PPINK and its physicians interpret the statute incorrectly and report less than everything, they risk civil and criminal sanctions. This violates PPINK’s due process rights. The violation of constitutional rights constitutes irreparable harm.”Some of the complications doctors were required to report included infection, blood clots, uterine and cervical complications, renal failure and death.The legislation also added a number of new requirements for abortion clinics to comply with, including having women who have been prescribed an abortion-inducing drug sign a form that says they have been informed of the manufacturer’s instructions.Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said the restrictions would have placed doctors and providers at risk of sanctions. The ACLU sued on behalf of the local Planned Parenthood chapter.“Defining abortion complications in such broad and uncertain terms makes it next-to-impossible for anyone to know what is or is not an abortion complication,” Falk said.“The Indiana General Assembly routinely attempts to chip away at Hoosiers ability to access safe and legal abortions in Indiana under the guise of patient safety and SEA 340 is no different,” said Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of PPINK. “Hoosiers deserve meaningful laws that govern their health care and this sham of a law doesn’t qualify.”This is the latest setback for Indiana lawmakers as they attempt to impose restrictions on abortions.In April, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key features of an Indiana law that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ genetic abnormality, gender or race.In a 2-1 decision, the appellate panel found the nondiscrimination provisions in the law violated precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.The state’s Legislative Services Agency, in its report on SEA 340, noted that past efforts to enact abortion restrictions have been successfully challenged by ACLU of Indiana, resulting in the state paying about $290,000 in legal fees to the plaintiffs and their lawyers.TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Master Sergeant Joe Farrell and his family (left to right: Aiden Joseph, Alyssa Rose, wife Sharon, Joseph Robert (back row) and Liam, prepare for a week’s vacation in Ocean City, thanks to the efforts of American Legion Post 524 and its Veterans Rest and Relaxation Program, now in it’s third year of serving vets and their families.For the third consecutive year, Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 will welcome veterans and their families to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” for an all-expenses-paid, one-week vacation.“The Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program began in 2013 as a way to pay tribute to servicemen and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military,” said program chairman Steve Cole. “Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well.”On Saturday (June 13), Army Master Sergeant Joseph Farrell, his wife, Shannon, and their children Joe Jr., Allysa, Liam and Aiden will be escorted across the Route 52 causeway by the American Legion Riders motorcycle team and the Ocean City Fire and Police departments. They will arrive at Post 524 on Bay Avenue and be welcomed with gifts from local merchants and the keys to a “free” condominium on the island.Farrell entered the service in 1980 and trained in the Army’s Special Forces as a medic. He retired earlier this year after 35 years and advancing to Senior Battalion Medic. He saw action in Operation Desert Shield (Saudi Arabia), Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait), and later in Afghanistan. During his career, Farrell earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.Local businesses supporting the Rest & Relaxation Program include:Artisan’s Alcove ($50.00 gift certificate)Ward’s Bakery ($20.00 gift certificate)Hoy’s 5 & 10 ($50.00 gift certificate)Sun Rose Words & Music ($25.00 gift certificate)Fashion Nails (Free Manicure)Kay Jay’s Doll House ($20.00 gift certificate)Yoasis Yogurt ($30.00 gift card)ShopRite ($100.00 gift certificate)Mallon’s Stickey Buns (one dozen buns)Ocean City Home Bank (beach balls, caps, towels and gift certificates)Acme Markets ($100.00 gift certificate)Ocean City Coffee Company ($50.00 gift certificate)Shriver’s Candies (candy and salt water taffy)Mia’s Christmas Shop (a gift box assortment)Henry’s ($25.00 gift certificate)YoGo Factory Yogurt (gift cards and free sundaes)34th Street Market ($100.00 gift certificate)Manco & Manco ( gift certificates)Spinning Wheel Florists (a bouquet of flowers.)The City of Ocean City is also involved in the R & R Program offering free parking during the family’s stay, passes to the Municipal Golf Course, and a free one-week’s pass to the Aquatics and Fitness Center. The Chamber of Commerce has donated a welcome basket and a private tour of the Cape May Zoo is being offered by Cape May County.“The intent of this program is to say ‘Thank You for your service’ to our military heroes who have helped keep us safe,” said Steve Cole. “And we do this because it’s not only the right thing to do, it just feels good.”— News release from Doug Otto for American Legion Post 524