George Edward (Ed) DuFrain | Obituaries

George Edward (Ed) DuFrain  George Edward (Ed) DuFrain, age 79, of Maryville, Missouri, died March 24, 2020, at his home. He was born of goodly parents, Paul (Sooner) and Katherine DuFrain, on November 2, 1940 in Newton, Illinois. He graduated from Newton High School in 1958. He served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961, in the Pacific and South China Sea, off the coast of Vietnam, on the USS Wilkerson. After his discharge, he married Nancy Jennings of Olney, Illinois, on January 19, 1962. He graduated from Lincoln Land…

US Navy Fires Missiles in Philippine Sea Sending Message to Beijing

The US Navy launched live–fire missiles in the Philippine Sea last week, in what is seen as a direct message to China. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, according to the US Seventh Fleet’s Facebook page. The exercise took place in waters east of the Philippines. According to the South China Morning Post, the destroyer was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh which also fired an SM-2 missile. The Post spoke with military analysts who believe the exercise was meant to be a warning to…

U.S. Navy Launches Live-Fire Missiles in Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy launched live-fire missile tests in the Philippine Sea, it revealed this week, to warn China that the U.S. remains ready to intercept new Chinese missiles, military analysts said. The drill took place in the waters east of the Philippines – pertaining to the highly contested South China Sea, claimed almost entirely by China – on Thursday, according to the U.S. Seventh Fleet’s Facebook page. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh, which also launched an SM-2 during…

Taiwan displays military preparedness with exercise that sees tanks on the streets – Taiwan English News

Taiwan staged drills around the nation today, on the third day of a large-scale military exercise designed to test combat readiness to repel an invasion. There were tanks on the streets, but no citizens felt threatened: there was no Tank Man attempting to stop the soldiers from carrying out their mission. “The drills were designed to test the combat readiness of our forces and their responses to an all-out invasion by the enemy,” the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said. The tank maneuvers were implemented in Yilan County, where four M60A3…

In the midst of a pandemic, the EU must suspend its proposed palm oil ban

“Jauh di mata, dekat di hati [Out of sight, close to the heart].” This is how Lyudmila Georgievna Vorobieva, Russian ambassador to Indonesia, characterized the relationship between the two countries. In fact, in the 70 years of the relationship, it has gone through different states of proximity. It was pretty “hot” even before and around independence in 1945 when being leftist was identical with an anti-imperialist stance — and certainly during Sukarno’s presidency (1945 to 1967). Then, abruptly, with the annihilation of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1965 after a…

Yes, Blame China and Xi Jinping for the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to the “Chinese virus” when talking about the pandemic. Many of his critics insist the term is racist, echoing official Chinese talking points. Others, such as U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, say that we should not politicize the crisis by assigning blame, but focus on pulling together in the common fight against a global disease that makes no distinction between people and recognizes no borders. This is nonsense. The crisis is inherently political because it was caused in part by incompetent, malicious, and corrupt…

US military aircraft activity near Taiwan increasing

ON THE LOOKOUT: A Lockheed EP-3 reconnaissance plane was yesterday seen flying southwest of Kaohsiung, according to Twitter account ‘Aircraft Spots’ By Aaron Tu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer A Twitter account that tracks military aircraft movements has indicated an increase in US military activity near Taiwan, coinciding with an increase in Chinese military activity in the area. Planes from the US Seventh Fleet have been sighted frequently above the South China Sea in the past several days, and a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was…

The Epic Story of the SH-3 helicopter that Flew to Haiphong harbor and saved a downed A-4 Pilot who was being fired at by North Vietnamese mortars while he was drifting in the South China Sea

The fire from the shore increased as Millikin entered a hover over Cain, and he could see the water erupt into geysers as the rounds came perilously close. At first he thought the shots were coming from Navy A-1s, but Millikin soon realised they were North Vietnamese mortar rounds. The A-4 was the backbone of the US Navy and Marine Corps’ light strike force for much of the 1960s, and especially during the first half of the ten-year struggle in Vietnam. Flying into vast thickets of anti-aircraft bursts mixed with…

Fact: No One Was Truly Prepared for Coronavirus

As much of the world gets used to social distancing, school closures and restrictions in movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic, obvious questions are being asked about how governments and companies can prepare themselves for these sorts of extreme events. One technique that has gained prominence in helping business people and officials deal with events that have a low probability but high impact is called scenario analysis or scenario planning. There are a number of different methods that can be used to model scenarios, but in essence these all involve developing stories about…

Can action be taken against China under international law over Covid-19?

THE world is now at war with an invisible enemy deadly to the human race. The Wuhan Virus, or SARS-CoV-2 causes Covid-19 that has killed more than 16,000 across the globe. The virus originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan and was believed to have been transmitted to humans from the exotic traditions of the locals who consumed bats and snakes. The wildlife market in Wuhan, where it all began, has been closed down since January 1 to contain the spread of the virus. The virus has caused repercussions on…