US Army, Navy EOD Technicians Train Together

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Army, Navy EOD Technicians Train Together U.S. Army and U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians trained together at sea during the May Underway exercise.Army EOD Soldiers from the Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico-based 21st EOD Company “Blackjacks” trained with Navy EOD technicians aboard an Afloat Forward Staging Base in the Atlantic Ocean.The 21st EOD Company is part of the 71st EOD Group, 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives). With Soldiers and civilians on 19 posts in 16 states, the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland-based 20th CBRNE Command combats global CBRNE threats with joint, interagency and allied partners.The U.S. military EOD community is inherently joint because all EOD techs are trained together at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, or NAVSCOLEOD, on Elgin Air Force Base, Florida.Image: US Navy View post tag: train Authorities June 3, 2015 View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval US Army, Navy EOD Technicians Train Together View post tag: UScenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: EOD View post tag: Army View post tag: technicians Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: togetherlast_img read more

Speech: Marking the anniversary of the Khan Sheikhoun attack: article by Alistair Burt

first_img Media enquiries Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists A year ago today, in the early hours of the morning, Syrian aircraft dropped bombs on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The sarin released by this bombing killed approximately one hundred people, including several children. We saw media footage of men, women and children convulsing in agony, some foaming at the mouth, as their bodies were poisoned by nerve gas.As we know, the Khan Sheikhoun attack was not the first time that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people. In 2013, after hundreds were killed with sarin in an attack on Eastern Ghouta, Russia promised the world that Syria would abandon all of its chemical weapons. But this promise has not been kept. We can say with certainty, based on the findings of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, that the regime used chlorine in Idlib: at Talmenes in April 2014 as well as in Sarmin and Qmenas in March 2015. And then the massacre a year ago today in Khan Sheikhoun.In the five years since chemical weapons were first used in the region, international attempts to halt and bring crimes such as these to account have been consistently undermined and increasingly blocked by Russia. Again and again, they have used their power of veto to defend Assad’s brutal regime in the United Nations Security Council. Last November, Russia blocked the renewal of the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the Security Council had set up to ensure those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria were held accountable. Russia’s response to Syria’s continuing violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has allowed these abhorrent attacks on the Syrian people to continue.More broadly, Russia’s disdain for the international system has grown ever clearer. Their brazen use of a chemical weapon on UK soil one month ago is a further case of their blatant disregard for the international rules-based system. The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a military grade nerve agent endangered anyone who chanced to be in the vicinity, with more than 130 people potentially exposed to the nerve agent, including a police officer who fell into a critical condition.Russia has offered no explanation whatsoever as to how their nerve agent came to be used in this manner. Instead, as in Syria, we have seen the outpouring of disinformation designed to confuse and paralyse the international system and prevent the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks from being held accountable. After Khan Sheikhoun, Russia repeatedly sought to undermine the OPCW – the very organisation set up to put an end to the barbarity of chemical weapons attacks. Russia unilaterally rejected the findings of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism last year confirming Syrian regime use of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun. And on 22 March a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official rejected the idea that Russia would accept OPCW independent conclusions in examining the material from the Salisbury attack; only its own investigation would be acceptable.Consensus already exists as to the abhorrent nature of chemical weapons. Only 4 states across the globe are not Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. 192 states have come together to outlaw their usage; these are weapons that have no place in the world today. We must stand together against any attempt to dismantle an integral pillar of the rules based system. This kind of destructive and dangerous behaviour threatens us all.Events in Khan Sheikhoun and across Syria have seen the world respond in horror. We call on states worldwide to make it clear that Russia should no longer endanger its fellow states recklessly in pursuit of its aims. There should be no more victims of chemical weapons attacks, whether in the warzone of Syria or in a sleepy English town. The rules-based international order and its institutions are too valuable to be put at risk in this way: we must act collectively to protect them and ensure no-one else dies in this most horrific and inhumane way.Further informationlast_img read more

JCSA calls for INSPORTS board to resign

first_img LEADERSHIP BREACH “I must alert you (board) that the JSCA will be calling for the replacement of the board and particularly you (Anderson) as chairman, as we have seen where your leadership of the organisation has breached all public bodies’ guidelines, acts and regulations. Mr Andrews cannot be held liable for any decision taken by the board that he is forced to comply with, despite his declared concerns,” highlighted Grant. Efforts to reach chairman of the INSPORTS board, Anderson, for comments via telephone proved unsuccessful, as all calls went unanswered. The JCSA letter was copied to Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Alison McLean, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mrs. Loris Jarrett, deputy financial secretary, Ministry of Finance and Public Service, the ministry’s financial secretary, Devon Rowe, Mrs. Pamela Monroe-Ellis, auditor general, auditor general’s department, all members of the INSPORTS board and Andrews. UNHEEDED CONCERNS The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has again called for the resignation of the entire board of directors of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). This position, it said, was made on the grounds of a second round of attacks on the agency’s administrative director, Ian Andrews, with regard to having his signing authority removed, as well as its proposed action regarding retirement and contract extension of staff. Last year, the Don Anderson-led board rid Andrews of his signing authority – which is part of the administrative director’s job description – a decision that was overturned after a directive by the Ministry of Finance. Now, the INSPORTS board is headed in the same direction. However, the JCSA, which represents government workers, has filed a strong response. In a letter dated April 27 to board Chairman Don Anderson, President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, revealed that they were in receipt of two correspondents sent to Andrews (April 8th and 14th) by Anderson on behalf of the INSPORTS board. Grant raised a number of concerns and insists that the action proposed by the board is “ridiculous” and “untenable” and clearly violates the statutes and regulations applicable to government entities. The letter highlighted that the board had failed to heed concerns pertaining to the institute’s governance and reminded its members of the Civil Service and the Ministry of Finance’s concerns that the agency is regulated by rules governing public-sector bodies, that the board is not an executive board and has no authority to revoke or appoint signing powers, cannot authorise who signs or who does not, or has any authority or privilege to sign cheques. It also objected to the board’s interference in deciding staff retirement and reassignment. “The board is acting beyond its scope and authority in removing senior staff from signing on behalf of the institute without cause,” said Grant. “Furthermore, your letter (April 14) indicates you (board) have informed the banks that staff are not to sign cheques. This is an absurd request, they (bank) cannot ignore the legitimate signatures approved by the Ministry of Finance how signatories must be assigned or removed from government accounts.” He continued: “Any decision by the administrative director is legal and binding. You have indicated that you will decide as a board who should retire or have employment extended. “To be so involved in the day to day issues of staff retirement and reassignment is another ridiculous stance as these persons are treated under the Civil Service Pensions Act,” Grant stated in his letter. Although citing the board’s instructions as “untenable”, the JCSA head advised Andrews to comply with the directives until, but specified that the administrative director cannot be held liable or responsible for any decision taken by the board.last_img read more

ACP Alves given emotional farewell

first_img…after 34 years of service to GFPServing and retired ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday evening gathered at the Central Immigration and Passport Office to bid farewell to Assistant Police Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves, who heads into retirement.With an impressive 34 years of service in the Guyana Police Force, Assistant Commissioner Alves functioned in many different areas, among which are the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), Commander of ‘G’ Division, and Deputy Commander of ‘A’ Division.Retiring as Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Alves, who also served as a drill instructor at the Felix Austin Police College during his earlier years in the Force, has been referred to by many as “the Assistant Commissioner Extraordinaire”, and both senior and junior ranks from the Immigration Office fervently expressed admiration and gratitude to their outgoing Assistant Commissioner.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves with staff during his farewellWhile addressing the gathering, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud noted that Alves had remarkably transitioned from a background in the tactical field, and was able to adapt and function incredibly well in the area of immigration, which requires exceptional people skills and tolerance.He posited that Alves would be missed, and remarked that Alves was one of the senior officers on whom he could have depended to get the job done.Assistant Commissioner, ‘Law Enforcement,’ Paul Williams; Assistant Commissioner, ‘Operations,’ Nigel Hoppie; Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels, and other serving and retired senior officers of the Guyana Police Force also described Alves’s thinking as “critical”, and “out of the box”.However, the most impacting remarks were made by those of the staff of the Central Immigration and Passport Office. Through dance and poetry, the ranks sent emotional waves across the room, using bilingual skills, sharing past experiences, and genuinely signalling goodbye to a great man.In the end, he reciprocated as if he had not done enough; his ‘thank you’ artistically expressed.Assistant Commissioner Dale Andrew Alves proceeded on pre-retirement leave on February 7, and will be officially retired on April 1, 2018.He is succeeded by Senior Superintendent P. Langevine, who served as acting Deputy Chief Immigration Officer and Deputy Commander of ‘C’ Division.last_img read more

Round-up: QPR departure blocked, Pato could play, Terry speculation, Podmore loan move

first_imgIt was an eventful transfer window for QPR, who managed to offload Leroy Fer and Sandro on loan.But the club were not willing to part with Jamie Mackie – MK Dons made an enquiry about taking him on loan before signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from the R’s.Fans on Twitter have been reacting to Fer’s loan move to Swansea, with some Rangers supporters disappointed to see him go.Fer will spend the rest of the season at SwanseaWest London Sport revealed this week that Italian defender Marco Motta would not be signing a contract at QPR following his recent trial.However, media reports in Italy on Tuesday claimed the right-back could still secure a move to Loftus Road.Meanwhile, QPR have announced a partnership with LGBT club London Titans.London Titans have linked up with RangersChelsea are in action on Wednesday evening. They play at Watford, where new signing Alexandre Pato could feature, according to Guus Hiddink.Blues boss Hiddink has also said he was “surprised” John Terry announced he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, suggesting the skipper could still be offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge.For a full rundown of what Hiddink had to say at his pre-match news conference, click here.Terry has been at Chelsea since the age of 14There has inevitably been speculation about where Terry will be playing next season, including reports Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, now manager of Al Arabi, wants him to sign for the Qatar club.And in cricket, Middlesex’s Hammersmith-born bowler Harry Podmore will spend the opening weeks of the new season on loan at Glamorgan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

One geocache to rule them all — Helms Klamm (GC2WGRR) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhen one ring threatened to destroy the realm, only one creature could be trusted to venture into the unknown and return it to the fiery depths of Mount Doom—a geocacher. Or at least, that’s how this version of the story goes. Create your fellowship and follow the hobbit footprints to this week’s Geocache of the Week: Helms Klamm (GC2WGRR).Defend the castle! Photo by geocacher DoncacheoUnlike the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this adventure takes place in Germany, not Middle Earth. And unlike Mordor, one can simply walk to this difficulty 1, terrain 2 geocache. The geocache creator, Caturus, modified the famous J.R.R. Tolkien storyline to fit in with a geocaching adventure. As you make your way to ground zero, feel free to take on the roles of Frodo, Sam, Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli, Boromir, or my personal favorite, Gandalf. While many geocaches are all about the journey, this geocache truly shines at the destination.A brave geocacher earning her smiley. Photo by geocacher vivilewiWhen you arrive at this geocache, don’t expect another ammo can or bison tube. You’ll be at the doorstep to a castle, complete with characters from the Lord of the Rings story (watch out for Gollum!). The castle has been found over 2,300 times and geocachers have awarded this creative geocache over 900 favorite points. The positive logs continue to roll in; geocacher Schatzfinder said, (translated from German) “Far and wide no orcs, no Nazgul or Ringwraiths. The fortress is obviously protected by magical powers that defy the dark forces of wild boars, mice and other animals. Well worth seeing!”You might have to look through some camouflage to find this geocache. Photo by geocacher orina66.Geocacher Mario112 said, (translated from German) “WOW. This is something you won’t find every day. Due to all of the favorite points, we already expected something extraordinary. Our expectations were surpassed when we caught sight of Helm’s Klamm after a march through the wintry woods. Thank you for this well-designed cache, this is of course a favorite point!”Seeing great geocache containers with amazing stories always leaves me inspired to create a spectacular geocache. What about you? If your next, or first, geocache hide will have a theme or story, what will it be? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBy the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Women’s Open Team – 2019 Touch World Cup

first_imgThe following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Women’s Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.WOMEN’S OPEN TEAMMadison CroweDanielle DavisHannah DyballEmily HennesseySamantha HopkinAshleigh KearneyHayley MaddickJessica McCallFaith NathanLaura PeattieAsh QuinlanSamantha RodgersCatherine SargentKim Sue SeeTamika UptonMarikki WategoCoach: Swain RovelliAsst Coach: Michael MoussaAsst Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanPhotography: Glen Eatonlast_img read more

Waffle House Announces Clemson-South Carolina Is Its Annual “Waffle Wager” Game

first_imgWaffle House logo.Waffle House The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.The Waffle Wager is coming to the Palmetto State.For the third year in a row, Waffle House is putting a friendly “Waffle Wager” on a college football game of its choice. Last year, it was Auburn-Georgia, while in 2013 it was Alabama-Texas A&M. This year, the match-up is Clemson-South Carolina, and either Clemson, S.C. or Columbia S.C. will receive free Waffle House based on the result of the game. From Business Wire: “You can throw out the records when the Tigers and Gamecocks take the field, and when you add in the Waffle Wager, it becomes an even bigger event!” said Walt Ehmer, Waffle House President and CEO. “Good luck to both schools, and like the old saying goes, ‘To the victor goes the waffles, coffee and hashbrowns.’”Fans of the winning team will get the free Waffle House goodness at either a restaurant in Clemson, S.C., or Columbia, S.C. If Clemson wins the game, Royal Cup and C.H. Guenther will provide hashbrowns, waffles and coffee for the fans and if South Carolina wins, Basic American Foods will be stuck with the tab. The “payout” date, time and winning Waffle House location will be announced after the game.In addition to the free hashbrowns, waffles and coffee, the winning university’s general scholarship fund will receive $10,000 to help further the education of its students.Obviously, the Tigers are heavy favorites over the Gamecocks this year. But when free Waffle House is involved, anything can happen. [ Dr. Saturday ]last_img read more

Nominations Open for Math Teacher of the Year Competition

first_imgStory Highlights Teachers may be nominated by a principal, colleague, an education officer or a member of the National Mathematics Team.                The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition.    Nomination forms can be downloaded at the Ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.jm, or persons may contact any of the six regional offices across the island.    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition.Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, said the competition is designed to promote the meaningful learning of mathematics and celebrate primary and secondary teachers who consistently apply best practices in the classroom.Teachers may be nominated by a principal, colleague, an education officer or a member of the National Mathematics Team.The Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition, which is in its fifth year, is sponsored by Jamaica National (JN).Prizes for the winner include a two-year membership to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), which is the world’s largest organisation concerned with mathematics education; a trip to Washington DC in the United States for the 2018 NCTM Conference in April; and an Apple iPad.Nomination forms can be downloaded at the Ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.jm, or persons may contact any of the six regional offices across the island.Deadline for the submission of nomination forms is November 30, 2017.last_img read more

Sears Canada granted permission to liquidate remaining 130 stores

first_imgSears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a full liquidation of its remaining stores, signalling the end of an era for a 65-year-old chain that was once a staple at malls across the country.Ontario Superior Court heard Friday that after weeks of discussion and a bid from the company’s executive chairman, no viable buyer has been found. The move will put 12,000 of its employees out of a job.Justice Glenn Hainey approved Sears Canada’s motion to liquidate its remaining 130 stores, and said he was satisfied that there was no viable alternative following a months-long saga stemming from the embattled retailer’s decision to seek protection from its creditors in June.Liquidation could start as early as Oct. 19, and could continue for 10 to 14 week, stretching closing sales across the busy holiday shopping period.Orestes Pasparakis, a lawyer representing the court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada, said it supported the liquidation because it did not think there was any other option.“We recognize that today the order will effectively bring Sears Canada’s 65 years as a national retailer to an end,” he told the court. “Many people have worked hard to understand whether there is a viable alternative. It appears that there is not.”A buyer group led by Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in discussions to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. Stranzl, who stepped away from his role with the company in August to launch a bid, was in the Toronto courtroom on Friday.Jeremy Dacks, a lawyer for Sears Canada, told the court Friday the company had remained optimistic and many stakeholders worked “tirelessly around the clock,” but ultimately decided liquidation was the best way forward.Under the terms of the liquidation agreement, Sears Canada can terminate the agreement if another potential transaction emerges, but will need to pay a break fee and expense reimbursement totalling $4.55 million, the court heard.Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, told Justice Hainey Friday that they will continue to support discussions towards a potential transaction.“This company has touched the lives of generations of Canadians,” she told the court.“For employees and their families, it has been a source of livelihood, community, camaraderie and pride. That we’ve come to this juncture is a source of frustration, anger in some corners, and apprehension for many.”Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure. It currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.last_img read more