U.S. continues endless war in Afghanistan

first_imgUsing smoke and mirrors in Afghanistan, the Obama administration is seeking to convince the world that there will be “an eventual drawdown” of U.S. and NATO forces. A closer look at U.S. imperialism’s strategic goals of a “pivot to Asia” reveals that the 15-year war’s goals include obtaining an economic foothold in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders Iran, Pakistan, China, and the rich oil and gas resources of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children killed during a U.S.-led NATO airstrike in Kunar province on April 7, 2013.This geopolitical strategy is consistent with the so-called New Silk Road Policy announced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 with the object of gaining economic hegemony over Russia, China and Iran. The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has always been a profit-driven war of economic conquest and plunder. Since 2001, U.S. foreign policy has aimed at regime change in that region to bring in governments subservient to U.S. interests. By passing the “Authorization for Use of Military Force” resolution soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, events, Congress allowed the president to bypass congressional authorization for declaring war. This facilitated U.S. interventions throughout the region against any government it deemed an obstacle to imperialist interests.In an interview with USA Today on Dec. 29, Army Gen. John Campbell exposed the truth about the so-called withdrawal from Afghanistan: “My intent would be to keep as much as I could for as long as I could.” Campbell said he was confident the Obama administration would go along with his assessments: “Every time I have gone to the President and said, ‘I need X,’ I have been very, very fortunate that he’s provided that. So he has been very flexible.” This “flexibility” has cost the working class and the oppressed $1 trillion dollars for 15 years of this unjust and criminal occupation of Afghanistan. Before transferring out of his command, Gen. Campbell testified and told Congress that Afghanistan still needed U.S. support at the same level and would need it for years. The Obama administration reacted by increasing ground troops and drone attacks in Afghanistan.Human costs of the warThe enormous waste of human lives, especially among Afghan civilians, is the price paid for continuing this war. In October of 2015, Washington announced a reversal of its “exit strategy.” The Pentagon will keep the level of ground troops, excluding “Special Operation Units,” to approximately 10,000. This was also to be accompanied by greater reliance on air strikes by traditional aircraft and the intensification of the use of drones. The result of the increase in the use of U.S. airpower was demonstrated with the horrific attack last October on the hospital in Kunduz operated by Doctors Without Borders. There, a U.S. AC-130 Flying Gunship killed 42 patients and staff. Doctors Without Borders demanded an independent investigation of this atrocity, which they described as a war crime. Overall, the number of civilian deaths and casualties has reached a staggering and numbing amount: from 2001, the beginning of the U.S. invasion, to the present, the number of civilians killed has been 26,000 and 29,000 wounded. Overall, the wars of aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed approximately 210,000 civilians, according to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, while other sources estimate this number as being much higher, especially with regard to the casualties in Iraq.U.S. forces have suffered approximately 2,326 deaths and 20,083 maimed and wounded in Afghanistan. Civilian contractors employed by the U.S. have had 1,173 fatalities. Among both Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans there is an average of 22 suicides a day, besides thousands of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, statistical breakdowns for 2014-2015)Despite the continuation of a U.S. presence, Washington has been losing out in Afghanistan. Units from both the Afghan army and police forces are defecting to the insurgents and some have been turning their weapons on their officers and on U.S. instructors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New York Times researcher Zhao Yan marks one year in custody

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further News Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned the continued detention of Chinese researcher on the New York Times, Zhao Yan who has been held in custody by state security since his arrest on 17 September 2004.He was formally placed under arrest on 20 October and has been charged with “leaking state secrets”, a crime punishable with the death penalty, and also with “fraud” which allows him to be kept in detention for seven extra months.”Unfortunately this is not the first time that the Chinese authorities have treated a journalist in this way,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But this hounding of a contributor to the international media illustrates the impunity with which the Chinese secret services feel free to act. The very serious charges laid against Zhao Yan have created a climate of fear among Chinese journalists working for foreign media,” it added.Zhao, who has still not been allowed to see his family, has been accused of informing the American newspaper of Jiang Zemin’s retirement from politics before his official announcement. The New York Times however has insisted that Zhao Yan did not have the facts.The 42-year-old journalist, who is being held in a cell at the state security detention centre in Beijing, has lost ten kilos in weight and is reportedly very depressed. The prison authorities have refused him some medical treatment.His file was sent by the prosecutor’s office to state security in July with a call for further investigation. Some local sources said that the initial investigation had been ordered by President Hu Jintao, outraged at the report that was carried in the New York Times.On 17 September 2004, state security agents picked up Zhao Yan in a Shanghai restaurant after pinpointing his whereabouts from his mobile phone. A former reporter on China Reform magazine, Zhao produced a number of reports on the plight of peasants in China.Thirty other journalists are currently imprisoned in the country. News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China RSF_en September 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New York Times researcher Zhao Yan marks one year in custody Reporters Without Borders condemns the prolonged detention of Zhao Yan (photo), a Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has now spent a year in prison on charges of fraud and divulging state secrets. Held in Beijing since 17 September 2004, he has lost 10 kilos and is being refused medical treatment. He has also never been allowed a visit from his family. March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Journalist faces imminent jail unless he pays fine in libel case

first_img Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News to go further Follow the news on Lithuania Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is deeply dismayed that the journalist Gintaras Visockas, faces imminent imprisonment unless he pays expensive legal costs incurred when he was convicted in March of libelling an Lithuanian army general.The case was brought against Visockas, editor of the news website slaptai.lt (“secret.lt”), by the ex-general Česlovas Jezerskas over an article in which he was alleged to have suggested the former officer has been controled by the KGB. The journalist reported that Jezerskas was regarded as a master of martial arts, a discipline that used to be associated with the former Russian secret service.In a grotesque ruling, a court in Vilnius sentenced the journalist to a fine of 15,000 euros for defamation and awarded costs of 17,000 euros against him, a decision based on the curious logic that “the facts revealed by the journalist are admittedly true, but could be misinterpreted or misunderstood by readers”.Visockas has refused to pay and could face at least 40 days in prison unless he settles the legal costs in the next few days.“There is no proof to support this court ruling,” Visockas said. “There has been no opinion poll to prove that my words could be misunderstood by some people. I am now regarded as a criminal while the court itself admits that what I published was the plain truth.”Reporters Without Borders offers its full support to Visockas who for months has had to face the consequences of a senseless court decision.If, as everyone agrees, the facts are true, there is no libel. The court cannot take the place of readers who are able to form their own opinions based on verified information.The links between former members or employees of the Soviet army and the KGB are in no way a taboo subject and should be freely investigated.Lithuania, as a member of the European Union, has an exemplary duty to do so. The court’s surreal decision weakens this duty and implies that certain chapters of history should not be opened.The disproportionately large fine puts considerable pressure on journalists who may want to tackle this subject. The application of such a decision could lead to self-censorship on a topic that is clearly of public concern.In addition, we are extremely surprised by the strange lack of response on the part of the court of cassation to the appeal application lodged by Visockas, when it could have quickly put an end to this masquerade.The Lithuanian justice system must urgently take up the case again and come to the only logical conclusion – a complete and immediate acquittal.Visockas has already put the case before the European Court of Human Rights, but it will not be able to issue a ruling in time to prevent him from going to prison.We shall be paying close attention to any decisions affecting the case, which should be swiftly concluded. November 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist faces imminent jail unless he pays fine in libel case News News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

President of Mary Immaculate College to be Awarded Honorary Doctorate

first_imgEmail NewsPresident of Mary Immaculate College to be Awarded Honorary DoctorateBy Guest Writer – May 17, 2013 802 Twitter 1,000 students conferred at Mary Immaculate College United States high school winners of Limerick International Band Championship Linkedin WhatsApp Students’ work showcased at MIC exhibition Limerick DNA project provides blueprint for Irish family history center_img Advertisement Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Prof Michael A HayesTHE President of Mary Immaculate College to be Awarded Honorary DoctorateProf Michael A Hayes  is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D) from De Sales University, Pennsylvania, USA this weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up De Sales University is a private Catholic university situated in Center Valley, with a student population similar in size to MIC, and administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. During the ceremony, De Sales President, Father Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, will confer degrees upon 414 graduating students, including Prof Hayes.Prof Hayes, who was appointed President of MIC in October 2011, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark in South East England. Born in Limerick in 1957, his secondary education took place at St Munchin’s College Limerick. He went on to study at St Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth, Ireland, before moving to the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked from 1980 to 2011 until his move back to Limerick. He was nominated by the Colleges of Education in Ireland to the Teaching Council of Ireland in April 2012.Prof Hayes is an internationally respected academic in the field of pastoral theology and is particularly interested in the relationship between faith and praxis. He is also a qualified psychotherapist—having studied at the London Institute of Psychosynthesis. He holds a bachelor of divinity from the Pontifical University of Maynooth, a master of arts from the University of London, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Surrey.In addition to his duties with the Archdiocese of Southwark and as President of MIC, Prof. Hayes is the editor The Pastoral Review, an international journal published in London by The Tablet. Previous articleAwards for Limerick fashion studentsNext articleA homecoming for DruidMurphy Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDe Sales UniversityPennsylvaniaPresident of Mary Immaculate CollegeProf Michael A Hayes last_img read more

High Speed Chase

first_img WhatsApp Twitter TAGS  High Speed Chase Ector County Sheriff deputy Zachary Dennis, left, escorts the suspect of a high speed chase to a patrol unit early Tuesday morning on 7th Street. The chase took place all over town and lasted nearly an hour. The chase ended at the intersection of Tom Green Avenue and 7th Street. Odessa Police Department laid spike strip that blew the tires near 2nd Street and Dixie Avenue. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleLos Angeles Lakers waive 2-time champion guard Quinn CookNext articleGOOD NEWS: Sul Ross grad student connects WWII airman with lifesaving history Digital AIM Web Support Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Local NewsLaw Enforcement Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

The Draft EIA Notification 2020 Is A Desperate Attempt To Dilute The Existing Environmental EIA Regulations

first_imgColumnsThe Draft EIA Notification 2020 Is A Desperate Attempt To Dilute The Existing Environmental EIA Regulations Parul Gupta8 May 2020 10:07 PMShare This – xQuite recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has come up with a new Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 that proposes to supersede the existing regulations of 2006. The draft notification which is currently at the stage of public comments, primarily appears to be regressive as it intends to bring significant changes by…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?LoginQuite recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has come up with a new Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 that proposes to supersede the existing regulations of 2006. The draft notification which is currently at the stage of public comments, primarily appears to be regressive as it intends to bring significant changes by minimizing the existing levels of environment protection. Though EIA was initially introduced in India for river valley projects during the 1970’s. The process only got streamlined after the Rio Declaration in the year 1992 which laid down principles for undertaking EIA for proposed activities likely to have a significant impact on the environment, also focusing on the inclusiveness of effective public participation in the decision-making process. In the year 1994 the first legislation on EIA was brought into effect which made environment clearance mandatory for 32 categories of developmental projects. This was later replaced with the EIA Notification, 2006 which provides a more detailed and comprehensive procedure for the projects to obtain clearance. The existing EIA regulations provide for grant of ‘prior’ Environment Clearance for setting up of new projects or for expansion or modernisation of existing projects in terms of Schedule 1 given in the notification. It categorises various developmental projects and activities into Category ‘A’ and Category ‘B’ depending on their threshold capacity and potential environmental impacts. Projects under Category A are dealt by the MoEFCC at the central level while Category B by the State Expert Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) at the state level. The notification explicitly provides four stages: (i) Screening: Category B projects are scrutinised by the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) in order to determine as to whether the same requires to undergo preparation of EIA studies depending upon the ‘nature’ and ‘location specificity’ of the project, projects requiring EIA are then categorised as B1 and the remaining as B2); (ii) Scoping: Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) or SEAC determines detailed and comprehensive Terms of Reference (TOR) addressing all relevant environmental concerns for preparation of EIA studies; (iii) Public Consultation: Concerns of people are recorded through written responses and public hearing in the affected area; and (iv) Appraisal: Detailed scrutiny of EIA report and other related documents including outcome of public consultations is undertaken by the EAC/SEAC for recommendation of grant or rejection of the EC. The EIA is an interconnected mechanism of various stages where each stage plays an important role. Any compromise with the quality of the EIA study, non-disclosure of relevant information or non-application of mind by the Expert Committees has a cascading effect on the entire process which could prove to be disastrous for the environment. It is therefore necessary that the provisions of EIA which are substantial and mandatory in nature must be followed in essence keeping in view the precautionary principle. The proposed draft notification however, is a fundamental departure from the existing regulations. Sweeping Exemptions to Projects The draft notification places a wide range of projects under category B2 and exempts the same from undergoing all the relevant stages of EIA including screening, scoping, public consultation and appraisal. It proposes that all projects under this category (Except building and construction projects of more than 50,000 sq. mtrs. to 1,50,000 sq. mtrs.) will be directly dealt with by the Regulatory authority without referring the same to the SEAC. A careful analysis of Schedule I shows that some of the projects which are currently mentioned under Category A and B1 (for eg. irrigation projects between 2,000 to 10,000 CCA is currently under B1 category) have been placed under B2 in the proposed notification. This kind of exemption is unjustified and arbitrary as it allows projects to go ahead without any assessment and scrutiny by the expert committee. Further, withdrawing the requirement of public consultation implies preventing people from raising their objections and suppressing their involvement in the decision making process. Dilution of Scoping The draft notification proposes similar dilutions in the process of scoping . It provides that the proposals for grant of TOR will be referred to the appraisal committee by the regulatory authority within 30 days from the date of EC application. However, it places a condition that if the regulatory authority does not refer the matter within the said period, then standard TOR will be issued to the project. The standard ToR which are only indicative in nature cannot form the basis of the EIA without any scientific and technical deliberation of the EAC/SEAC on the various aspects of the project. It is important to highlight that though the decision making power rests with the regulatory authority which decides to grant or reject the EC proposal, the same is based upon the recommendation of the EAC/SEAC which performs the most significant and important functions. It is the appraisal committee which decides as to whether the standard TOR’s are sufficient for preparation of the EIA or if there is a need to impose additional TOR’s considering the magnitude and location of the project which vary from case to case. The expert committees also reserves its right to reject a proposal at Scoping stage if the same is found to be environmentally unsustainable. If the projects are cleared and made operational without any analysis by the experts, it would certainly cause serious prejudice to the environment and ecology of the country. Compromise on the standards The draft notification also attempts to facilitate project proponents in several ways such as allowing collection of baseline data 3 years prior to issuance of TOR, reducing notice period for public consultation from 30 to 20 days, relaxing provisions for submissions of self- compliance reports from six monthly to yearly, replacing mandatory requirement of EIA with a ‘No increase in pollution load certificate’ for modernisation projects etc. In addition to this, the draft notification goes one step forward and attempts to legalise the violations committed by the project proponents. Under the proposed notification, projects which have already started construction or commenced operations without obtaining the necessary clearances can be allowed to go ahead subject to submission of a penalty amount. Such practices of the Ministry of normalizing the illegalities committed by the project proponent by creating ‘fait accompli’ have been discouraged by the NGT and the Supreme Court (Alembic Pharmaceuticals v. Rohit Prajapati; Assn. for Environment Protection v. State of Kerala; Common Cause v Union of India) and are against the constitutional and statutory mandate. It is noteworthy that ease of doing business has been one of the priority agenda of the Ministry for quite some time. However, executing the same by substantially diluting the current the framework appears to be a matter of grave concern. Where environmental laws are required to be more stringent keeping in view the present climate crisis, the Ministry attempts to do just the opposite by relaxing the procedures to give fast track clearances to the industries, even if the same is to the detriment of the environment and public health. If the proposed notification is put into effect, it would certainly lead to unscientific and unsustainable development putting the environment at stake. On the one hand, the Government is committing itself to international conventions to reduce its carbon footprint while on the other hand it backtracks from it by weakening the existing levels of the environment protection. Where right to life and healthy environment is enshrined as a fundamental right under Article 21, the government must aim for the constant progress of protecting the same. Any changes to the contrary is unconstitutional. The author is an advocate practicing at the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi and Legal Advisor with Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation. Click here to see a detailed review of the Draft EIA Notification 2020 submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Comments can be submitted till 30th June 2020. Next Storylast_img read more

‘DOING IT RIGHT’: TRMC celebrates 50 years in community

first_img1234567PrevNextStartStop “Those nurses paved a path for us that no longer exists,” she said. “They made sure that we, as nurses, ‘did it right.’ They knew how to listen; they dried tears. They provided us with a legacy of caring.”Dr. Timothy Eakes came to Edge Memorial three years after the hospital opened.He continues to be amazed at the changes that have been made in medical care over the years.“So many changes,” he said. “From x-ray to CT scans, ultrasounds and bone studies. A major change is from film to digital.”Eakes spoke from personal experience as a patient at TRMC, once as the result of a tree stand accident.“I work at TRMC and I use it,” he said. “And the services I received here were second to none.”Dr. Elizabeth Dawson, chief of staff, said the hospital’s staff is the cornerstone of health-care delivery. The staff strives on the cusp of proven, advanced technology that is available in order to provide the highest quality medical care and to extend coordination of care.Ronnie Dean, Chief Executive Officer, said he could not imagine what it was like 50 years ago, when the hospital first moved to it new location. But, then as now, the hospital was committed to providing quality care 24-7.Dean compared today’s hospital care to a giant Sequoia tree, 300 feet in height and 30 feet in diameter. The tree started from a tiny seed and that’s how TRMC began, from the planting of a tiny seed. And, the seeds that are being sown today, will provide for the hospital’s growth for the next 50 years.Dean said a hospital is often not justly appreciated until it’s needed. But when, it’s needed, TRMC meets that need because “We get it right and we love this place.”Sherrill Crowe, THHCA board chair, said he could not say enough about the quality of care provided by the physicians, nurses and staff at TRMC.“I’ve served on the board for 36 years and it has been a privilege to serve,” he said. “We are fortune to have a hospital here at home that provides high quality medical care to the people of Troy and surrounding counties.”Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said when the doors of Edge Memorial Hospital opened on June 10, 1969, they stayed open because of the support of the community.“People realize the hospital is an important place,” Reeves said. “There have been a lot of struggles but we are head and shoulders above a lot of people. TRMC does get it right.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2019 Wednesday afternoon, a large gathering of those who have a history with Troy Regional Medical Center celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the hospital that opened its doors as Edge Memorial Hospital on June 10, 1969.Karen Herring, TRMC director of marketing, said preparing for the hospital’s 50th Anniversary Celebration had been an excitedly busy time for those who call TRMC a second home.“Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of TRMC but the celebration will continue into the year as we celebrate the past, present and future of our hospital,” Herring said. Sponsored Content Print Article Moving on: Troy Darlings advance to state with second place finish The Troy Darlings took home second place in the District 6 Softball Tournament on Wednesday evening. The second place finish… read more Latest Stories Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen “It had been Dr. Edge’s dream to have a hospital for patients and also a place for the training of nurses,” Williams said. “Troy Regional Medical Center came from its humble beginnings to the marvelous facility it is today.”Williams said there is no service more important than hospital care and Troy Regional Medical Center is committed to that quality of care. “Remarkable people; remarkable care.”Amy Minor, chief clinical officer, focused on the quality of care provided at TRMC. She said the nurses at TRMC follow in the footsteps of those like “Miss Rosa Lee and Miss Betty who taught us nurses how to ‘do it right.’”Minor said the early nurses at Edge Memorial Hospital left a legacy of knowledge and experience. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Those who came to celebrate were former and present hospital employees, city and county officials and appreciative townspeople.Among those in attendance were Rosa Lee Boswell, Betty King and Jimmy Law, who were among the employees who “opened the doors” of Edge Memorial Hospital to a new continuum of care for the people of Troy and the surrounding area.Mary Williams, Pike Medical Foundation, said Boswell, King and Law helped moved Edge and Beard hospitals from their locations in downtown Troy to the hospital’s present location. Dr. O.N. Edge had donated his hospital to the City of Troy in order for the city to be eligible for Hill-Burton funding for a new hospital. ‘DOING IT RIGHT’: TRMC celebrates 50 years in community By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Woman impaled in chest by umbrella on Maryland beach

first_imgABC News(BALTIMORE) — A woman enjoying a day at the beach in Maryland was impaled in the chest by a flying beach umbrella on Sunday.The umbrella had to be cut in half in order for her to be flown to a nearby hospital, according to Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR.The woman was sitting in a beach chair in Ocean City, Maryland, when another group’s umbrella was launched in the air by a gust of wind, and the wooden point impaled the 46-year-old woman below her left collarbone, according to Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters and the Beach Patrol.Maryland State Police posted video of them airlifting the woman to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.She is expected to make a full recovery, WMAR reported.It was a humid 87 degrees in nearby Salisbury on Sunday, with a maximum wind gust of 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.Last week a woman at a beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, was impaled in her ankle by a flying beach umbrella.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Calls for more commitment to rehabilitation

first_imgCalls for more commitment to rehabilitationOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Nearly 30,000 staff are forced to leave work permanently due to illness orinjury every year because rehabilitation services in the UK are so poor, astudy claims. The report by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the TUC findsthat about 14.5 million working days are lost annually because of work-relatedill health, at a cost to the economy of more than £14bn a year. Getting Back to Work blames a lack of early intervention, an inconsistentapproach to rehabilitation across the UK and no clear leadership on the issue. The ABI’s director general, Mary Francis, said employees and employers aresuffering as a result of inadequate rehabilitation. “Britain’s rehabilitationservices are far from healthy. The current system is failing ill and injuredworkers and their families. The longer someone is off work, the less chancethey have of returning,” she said. The report calls for greater awareness of the importance of effectiverehabilitation among employers and mandatory rehabilitation policies. www.abi.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

USS Santa Fe Arrives at Changi Naval Base

first_img View post tag: USS USS Santa Fe Arrives at Changi Naval Base Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Santa Fe Arrives at Changi Naval Base View post tag: Navy View post tag: Base View post tag: News by topic October 24, 2013 View post tag: Changi View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: Arrives Training & Education View post tag: SANTA View post tag: Naval The Los Angeles-class, fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) arrived at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Oct. 23, for a visit as part of her deployment to the Western Pacific.With a crew of approximately 135 men, Santa Fe will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.“Santa Fe is honored to be guests of Singapore and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN),” said Cmdr. Timothy J. Poe, Santa Fe’s commanding officer. “The wealth of culture that my crew will experience in this great country will enhance cooperation and understanding between the U.S. Navy and our critical ally, the RSN.”Santa Fe is a preeminent weapon in the nation’s naval arsenal. Exercising dominant control of the littoral and open sea, Santa Fe prepares the battle space, promotes maritime security, and deters aggression across the globe.“This is a great opportunity for our Sailors to experience the world and get some much needed rest,” said Gonzalez. “Our motto is ‘Fight Hard, Play Hard’ – we’ve done the first part of our motto, now it’s time for the second.”This will be the first visit to Singapore for the majority of the crew and the excitement can be sensed throughout the ship.“I can’t wait to try some different food and experience the culture of another country,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Dustin Bullock. “I’m also excited about catching up on Kentucky Wildcat football!”Santa Fe, named after the city of Santa Fe, N. M. is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 7.Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,800 tons when submerged, Santa Fe is among the world’s stealthiest platforms. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.[mappress]Press Release, October 24, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Felast_img read more