By Jennifer Rea“Babe, I’m thinking about applying to Officer Candidate School (OCS)…”My heart sank in my chest and my head ran to every negative connotation of my husband being in the military AGAIN—deployments at least 7 months long, everything falling apart, my anxiety and fear of being alone at night and the painful move as I left my family and friends for the first time.“Well, I don’t do life as just OK. I’m not the kind of person that does the 9 to 5 job and is happy with it… I need something more.”To provide you with a little background… my husband (JR) and I met in 6th grade for the very first time when he moved from private school to public school. In 6th grade, JR and I dated for a week, but broke up because one of my close friends wanted to date him… strange how things work out! We actually reconnected, at a more mature level, in our 10th grade Algebra class.It’s funny to me to look back on the first day of that Algebra class and remember that JR’s pick up line (via MSN Messenger) was “Hey, you looked beautiful today in math class! We should hang out sometime.” His courage and confidence anchored me in and I was hooked.My high school sweetheart became my husband on June 16, 2012—after 5 years and 8 months of dating (finally!). At that time, my husband had already been in the Marine Corps for two years and was stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Much of our relationship at the time was long distance with emails, snail mail, Skype, Facebook, and MSN Messenger to help us stay connected while 1,300 miles apart—I thank God for technology!Two short days after we got married, JR and I spent our “honeymoon” packing up a U-Haul and my two-door Civic, driving cross country (from Minnesota to North Carolina) in separate vehicles…a perfect way to spend your honeymoon, right?We were both very excited as we had never lived together before and were finally together in the same house let alone in the same community for the first time in two years! With the happiness, there also came struggles and challenges for both of us. Learning to live together was one thing, but having to adapt to the military lifestyle and culture was another.I had never grown up with anyone that was close to me that was in the military besides my grandfathers, however they had been retired for several years so, I had never known what “military life” was like. I now believe that knowing what the military lifestyle can only be understood by the military family themselves. I say this not to offend anyone, but to point out that I personally have seen several differences between “military” and “civilian” life. The first, as a military family I conceptualize the absence of my husband being gone quite differently than I would have not being a military spouse. Although it is difficult when he is gone—I am very proud of my Marine for serving our country and having such dedication to his work.A second piece is that the military is a “culture”—it has its own language, way to act, and attire. I recognized this difference when I went on the military base for the first time. It was obvious who was not a service member based on the haircut and the attire and I definitely felt as if I stood out like a sore thumb!Another piece was trying to learn the language and all the acronyms! Many of the get-togethers we had at our house involved the gathering of service members that my husband worked with (his friends) and their spouses. When it was just me and the “guys” I had no idea what they were talking about and felt left out of the conversation several times due to their acronyms and work lingo—I was very thankful for the military spouses I had met, which brings me to my next item—a military family.As I had previously mentioned, the military is a culture and part of this culture involves several military families—this is the piece I loved the most! While not all military spouses get along, there are many military spouses that I could confide in and know that they would have my back no matter what. The part where you’re able to connect with someone going through the same situation as you and being in the “military spouse club” are things I really valued and enjoyed.I had never been that far away from my parents, my family and my friends so the whole transition was very difficult for me. I think JR struggled too, with looking for a way to help me, when really there wasn’t much he could do. I just needed to adjust so time and patience were key factors for me.The biggest thing that helped me adapt in the transition was being open and willing to meet new people, which I know was difficult at the time, even for me, as a social butterfly. Secondly, I got a job and I kept busy. I was actually enrolled in North Carolina State at the time to receive my M.S. in Family Life and Youth Development. I ran across a really great job—so, all of these things really helped me adjust. I also tried to continue the hobbies that I was used to doing in Minnesota, such as running, going to the gym, workout classes and crafting. I really enjoyed exploring the town and the Carolinas—of course, I can’t forget about the beach.So, fast-forward to the transition we are in now… honestly, I kind of saw it coming. JR had a really hard time “leaving the military” and transitioning to “civilian life”. The beginning of our drive home to Minnesota was very emotional for him—it was like he was leaving his family. I felt really bad for him and felt guilty that I “made” him decide to move back home. We struggled during this transition too, as change is hard for both of us. JR wasn’t happy with his civilian job and I honestly hate when he’s unhappy—I feel helpless.Watching JR in the “civilian world” was challenging. He hasn’t had anyone to really connect with unless he called his other service member buddies on the phone and man, those phone calls made his day! Again, it was almost as if he lost his family. The military had been part of his life for 5 years and he was used to the strict schedule, a consistent and reliable career with benefits, and was challenged with every day routines. I believe that the most difficult piece for JR was looking for a job—sending out resumes and going to interviews—this is something JR hadn’t done in 5 years! The second was financial. I know there were many times we talked about how we were going to pay our bills, and wondered if his job would be able to support us. It was stressful, but we were both on the same page on budgeting and managing our finances, so I think that helped a lot! And then JR found a job that was more stable than working construction, which helped with the financial piece and the benefits. For more “excitement” and to challenge his skills, JR applied to college and this really seemed to bring up his spirits. Many times he would come home from school and tell me all about class; what they talked about, how it relates to being in the military, and everything he had been learning. It was exciting and encouraging to know that he was “satisfied” with at least one piece in his life.So, the conversation came up several times, and I think we both really needed to soak it in. I was angry, sad and anxious at the thought of him being in the military again. I felt like it was his decision and he hadn’t even thought about “us.” Throughout the process, he kept saying, “I’m sorry… I don’t want to do this to you again.” And I just thought, “Well, don’t then.” I asked myself, “Can I do this again? What are the benefits and do they outweigh the downfalls?” I appreciated his sympathy and concern in the matter, but I struggled in understanding why he wanted to join again…I ended up reassuring myself that this was inevitably JR’s decision, however he had made the decision for us—for our future and our future family. I didn’t realize this until actually two weeks before he left for OCS. We had just been driving home after getting ice cream as I was stressed with finals and thinking about JR leaving. We had just pulled into the garage and I had asked him, “So, really, why do you want to join OCS?” And he looked at me and replied, “I want to do this for our family. I struggled growing up—not having the finances to be able to go to college, barely being able to pay the bills and all the other financial aspects— it really stresses me out and I don’t want that for our family. I want us to be able to travel, to take off and fly wherever we want, whenever we want. I also want our kids to be able to go to college and I want to financially support them. I love the thrill of being in the military, it’s fast pace and motivating, but also I enjoy the fact that it is simple for me—there are set hours, pay and benefits, but also opportunities for challenges and goals to achieve. I hate that I have to leave you again and miss you every time I’m gone—this is the worst part for me, and the reason why we got out in the first place. But the way I see it now, there are many more opportunities for us in the military then just saying here.” Amazed—is the word that I describe how I felt in this moment—JR always seems to amaze me and surprise me with what he believes, his opinions, and his drive—all the reasons why I wouldn’t want to be without him. So, we decided if he goes, I go.No one really understands why individuals want to join the military or better yet why someone would want to “follow” and go with them! But from my experience, I recognized that the individuals that do are amazingly selfless and humble people who want to make a difference in not only their lives, but a majority of their focus is to make a significant impact in the lives of others. This in itself motivated and encouraged me to “allow” or accept JR’s desire to re-enlist and apply to Officer Candidates School. I was also reassured by God’s love and knowing that he has BIG plans for JR and I—much greater than we would’ve ever thought! Oddly enough, I feel so incredibly blessed and thank God every day for JR. He is the most intelligent, caring, loving, selfless, and supportive man I have ever met! Together, we make a great team and a military family.Looking toward the future… I definitely see my future differently than I did when we had moved home to Minnesota last August. The biggest difference is knowing that I won’t be living in Minnesota for the rest of my life—this piece hurts, A LOT because it’s home—its where my family is, my friends, my memories, everything. The second item is my career. I am currently going to the University of Minnesota to receive my PhD in Family Social Science and I hope to teach in a university someday, however knowing that my husband is now becoming a Marine officer—it’s a slightly different story. For one, JR will be active duty again so, this means that there will be at least one year where we will have to manage long distance again, which sucks, but I want to finish my schooling here in Minnesota before moving from place-to-place. Secondly, there are not many universities near military bases, especially Marine Corps bases. So, currently, I’m envisioning that I will either teach at a community college, which could be fun or find a career working for the DoD or a military base – teaching, researching, or program design and evaluation. So, we’ll see! And the third is our future family. When we came home, I was thinking about having our first child when I was like 25, but now with my graduate program and JR going active duty again, we both have decided that children will have to wait a little bit longer—at least until JR gets somewhat permanently stationed and I finished my degree—sorry, Mom and Dad! So, the first major milestones, while we did purchase our first house in December, it looks like we’ll only be able to keep it for 3 years and then move to somewhere else, where I’m assuming we will probably have to rent/live on base. And then children probably a little later in life, around 27 years old—all of which can have its benefits and limitations.So, today… I haven’t seen JR in a month, not the longest we’ve been apart, but the most time we haven’t been able to talk since his first boot camp. For the first 3 weeks of OCS training, the only communication that we had with each other was snail mail! It’s been difficult not being able to come home and eat dinner with JR, go on walks, enjoy the summer weather, or simply share how our days went. Fortunately, after the third week, JR was able to call me and we Skyped for a while too so, that was really nice. It is hard for me to see him and talk to him, and then he has to leave and our communication gets completely cut off for a week—major bummer! During this time however I’ve been working at school, doing research, and working on a paper that is due later on in my program. As I had mentioned earlier, it is easier for me to deal with the transition and time apart if I stay busy and continue to send my brain messages that “it will be okay. He will be home soon!” I also make lots of plans to hang out with people because sometimes I really don’t feel like doing anything and if I stay home, I just get more sad and lonely. So, forcing myself to go out and spend time with good family and friends has been really helpful for me to get through this summer being away from JR.
A police investigation has been launched after a Hindu temple was broken into in Fiji on Dec. 25, less than 10 days after another one was desecrated.Three men entered the Shree Sanatan Dharam Ramayan Mandali at Waila in Nausori while others stood guard outside, Radio Fiji One reported an eye-witness, Ramzan Khan, as saying. Idols were destroyed, religious books were torn and money was stolen before they escaped, the report added.The earlier incident of desecration of a Hindu temple in Fiji had angered the community in the country as well as outside. The police are investigating the incident that took place on Dec. 16 at Votualevu Tirath Dam Mandir in Nadi area.Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also expressed concern at the incident. Bainimarama has “stressed the importance of investigating this right away and getting the perpetrators to justice,” FijiSun quoted Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho as saying.“This is religious intolerance and it will not be condoned,” Qiliho said. “As responsible citizens we must respect each others religion and the Police will do a thorough investigation and we will apprehend the perpetrators. They will be brought to justice.” The miscreants poured paint over the images of deities Ganesha and Hanuman, etc., painted graffiti/slurs on walls, stole the donation box, sound system and other equipment, and threw rubbish in the prayer area.Fiji Hindus expressed their ire over the incident on social media. One user said on Facebook: “Fiji is incompetent not only in the health department but also the justice department as well! Why on earth would it be impossible to catch the perpetrator(s) because there was no surveillance system!”Others urged the community to donate a CCTV for the temple for better security.“It has been so helpful to have the Police Commissioner come and visit us. This is our place of worship. We keep it sacred, we treasure it and for some people to come and just rubbish it has really hurt us,” Votualevu Tirath Dam Mandir Committee president Naresh Kumar told Fiji Sun.“We are sad to have our temple in this state, this is not right,” Parmen Nath Bharos, an executive at the temple, was quoted as saying in another report. “We are not aware who did this,” he said, adding, “We are not pointing a finger at anyone. Positive steps needs to be taken and we must accept other religions.” Related ItemsFijiHinduism
5th T20I: Spinners Deepti, Radha shine as India women seal series with 5-wicket winSkipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s 34 off 32 balls and spinner Radha Yadav’s 3-23 power India Women to a 5-wicket win over South Africa Women in the fifth T20I.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SuratOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 22:58 IST Harmanpreet Kaur also completed 2000 runs in the T20I format. (PTI File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian women’s team produced another authoritative performance to comfortably defeat South Africa by five wicketsHarmanpreet’s innings had four boundaries and added crucial 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepti (16)Deepti (2 for 19) and Radha (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly to restrict SA women to 98Indian women’s team produced another authoritative performance to comfortably defeat South Africa by five wickets in the fifth T20 International, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.With two games being completely washed out, the series was extended from five to six matches and India needed to win on the day to seal the series.Off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2 for 19) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly to restrict the Proteas women to 98 for 8. They got able support from leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who gave away only 15 runs in her 4 overs and got a wicket.The chase was an easy one and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (34 not out off 32 balls) was in her element as the Women In Blue won 17.1 overs.Harmanpreet’s innings had four boundaries and added crucial 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepti (16).The Indian captain finished the match with an exquisite drive off seamer Ayabonga Khaka to finish the proceedings and also completed 2000 runs in the shortest format.And that is how you finish in style. 3-0 lead in the series for #TeamIndia. Well done @ImHarmanpreet #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/zDijTlp2yH BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 3, 2019Earlier Deepti kept a tight leash upfront while Radha and Poonam put the brakes in the middle overs to set the platform for the batters.South Africa couldn’t wriggle out of the spin web as none of their batswomen built on their starts, losing wickets in regular intervals.Opener Sune Luus (16) was the first to go when she was trapped by Radha for her first wicket in the sixth over.advertisementIn the next over, another opener Lizelle Lee (7) too went back to the hut after being caught by Mandhana off Poonam’s bowling.Laura Wolvaardt (17) and Nadine de Klerk (11) then took the visitors across the 50-mark before skipper Harmanpreet cleaned up the former and Radha had the latter caught by Deepti within a space of seven balls as SA slipped to 59 for 4.Mignon du Preez (10) was then sent packing by Pandey as South Africa looked down the barrel at 74 for 5 in 15.4 overs.Lara Goodall (15) and Anne Bosch (11) then added 22 runs but the visitors then lost three wickets in three balls at the team score of 96 as South Africa ended two runs short of the 100-mark.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India women vs South Africa womenFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Radha YadavFollow Deepti Sharma
The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Owning a yacht is the ultimate sign that you’ve made it.It’s a status symbol that could be as easy as a flight away considering we’re just entering winter in the States. To let your daydream fantasies run wild, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite super yachts that are actually for sale. You can start budgeting now for that mid-life crisis.Baglietto 46M Fast – $29 millonThis unbelievable machine is for the captain who needs space to entertain, but also wants to go fast in a sleek package while doing so. It sleeps 22 comfortably between staterooms, cabins, and crew quarters. The 46M also lives up to its name with a top speed of 26 knots in something that resembles a warship’s little sibling.Arcadia 100 – $9 millionThis Italian stallion is a look into the future of boating energy conservation. While at anchor, the Arcadia 100 has 538 square feet of solar recharging capability and can be propelled by electricity once offshore. The yacht lives somewhere between spa and hotel with a high-design layout and fixtures throughout.Otam Millennium 100 – Price on RequestThis stunner combines the best in speed, style and performance. Otam has made several Millennium models, but their 2017 edition (build started in 2015) is the result of years of research and development. Made in America and with a fiberglass hull, you’d be proud to march along the ocean at its 40-knot cruising speed.Martha Ann – $79 millionThere is nothing understated about this behemoth. Built by German shipyard Lurssen, it’s marketed as a “lifestyle investment” more than a boat. You could essentially go off the grid with a gym, swim-up bar and a ridiculously lavish stateroom to retire to after a day on the water. Martha Ann has more exclusive trim work than you’d care to know and comes with a selection of high-end water toys like jet skis and scuba gear.Aston Martin AM 37 – $1 million+The storied British automaker is entering the maritime game with this undeniably beautiful speedboat. Built in conjunction with Quintessence Yachts, The boat is a tribute to the design of many of their cars including the Vulcan and new DB11. It has the flexibility to transform into an overnight vessel too as the cabin table flips into a bed. Every finish is made with the finest materials and the handsome woods and leathers are exactly what you’d expect from the brand. Editors’ Recommendations The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts
Mr. Barnett pointed out that the Ferry transmission replacement will be completed by July 2019, and the Constant Spring Road and Hagley Park Road projects will be finished in the latter part of 2019. Story Highlights “We’re replacing two pipes on Ferry. We’re putting in sewers on Constant Spring Road and we are decommissioning about three to four mains on Constant Spring road to install one major transmission. We’re also installing new sewers and pipelines along Hagley Park Road,” he said, while speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 25. President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the agency will be spending more than $5 billion on major infrastructure development projects this year. President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the agency will be spending more than $5 billion on major infrastructure development projects this year.“We’re replacing two pipes on Ferry. We’re putting in sewers on Constant Spring Road and we are decommissioning about three to four mains on Constant Spring road to install one major transmission. We’re also installing new sewers and pipelines along Hagley Park Road,” he said, while speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 25.Mr. Barnett pointed out that the Ferry transmission replacement will be completed by July 2019, and the Constant Spring Road and Hagley Park Road projects will be finished in the latter part of 2019.“We are expecting that by summer, the major aspect of the construction activities as it relates to making road surfaces ‘driveable’ while installing the water pipes and sewers will be substantially completed on these major thoroughfares,” he said.Mr. Barnett emphasised that the new pipes must be pressure tested to avoid leakages after the roadwork is completed.“With respect to these major infrastructure development projects, there is a greater level of collaboration between the National Works Agency (NWA) and the NWC. What we have done is to ensure that wherever the NWA is doing major projects, we are there with them. Where the roads are being widened and rehabilitated, we ensure that the pipelines, especially water pipelines, are being replaced and upgraded,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Barnett said that despite the frequency of broken pipes and disruption in water supply faced by NWC customers, the agency remains hopeful that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) rate review will be favourable.
MONTREAL – A new group of mostly Lac-Megantic residents is seeking authorization from Quebec Superior Court to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013.Train engineer Tom Harding, Canadian Pacific Railway and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, the defunct railway company at the heart of the disaster, are named in the court document filed in mid-May.The motion to institute proceedings was filed in Lac-Megantic and involves 49 plaintiffs who opted to not join another, massive class-action with 5,000 people and businesses that was authorized in 2015 against the same defendants.Earlier this year, the judge hearing that case joined it with a $409-million Quebec government lawsuit and another lawsuit brought by insurance companies. That one trial is to be heard in September 2019.On July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil broke loose and barrelled into the town of 6,000 in the wee hours before derailing and exploding.It set off several massive blasts that wiped out a large swath of the downtown core and killed 47 people.Three former MMA employees charged criminally in connection with disaster were found not guilty by a jury last January: Harding, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre.One month later, the Crown announced it would not appeal the verdicts.The new filing, like the other legal challenges against the railway, alleges that Canadian Pacific was negligent in the leadup to the accident and should have known the product being shipped was volatile. It also states the company had responsibility for the cargo being shipped.A Canadian Pacific spokesman said there would be no comment as the matter is under litigation, but the railway giant has previously denied any responsibility in the disaster because it handed off the trains to MMA for the final leg of the journey.The new motion describes the plaintiffs as people who resided in the Lac-Megantic area, owned or leased property there or were physically in the area at the time of the disaster and suffered losses.A total of $5.1 million is being claimed, with amounts varying from $15,000 to $1 million.The motion says the amounts are being sought for various reasons, including stress, being forced from home and the loss of income, personal property or enjoyment of life.A Quebec City law firm representing the 49 plaintiffs declined to comment further Thursday.Charles Shearson, Harding’s lawyer, said his client’s name remains on the list of defendants despite his limited means.“It’s another legal problem,” Shearson said. “I think his ultimate goal is to get all the legal processes out of the way so he can embark in some kind of healing, some kind of semblance of regaining a normal life for himself, given the circumstances.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)
EDMONTON – CWB Financial Group raised its dividend as it reported its third-quarter profit grew 10 per cent compared with a year ago.The company behind Canadian Western Bank increased its quarterly payment to shareholders by a penny to 26 cents per share.The higher dividend came as CWB reported a profit of $66.2 million or 70 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31.That compared with a profit of $60.2 million or 64 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.CWB says its adjusted cash earnings per share amounted to 75 cents per share, up from 69 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 77 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CWB chief executive Chris Fowler said the bank is well-positioned for a strong finish this year.“Strong performance is apparent across our geographic footprint, with significant contributions from our growing presence in the Ontario market and expanded capabilities within targeted industries,” Fowler said in a statement.Companies in this story: (TSX:CWB)
Casablanca – A Moroccan young girl who survived the deadly shootings at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul New Year’s Eve, has come forward with claims that the survivors received bad treatment while at the Turkish police station.Sofia Nasslahsen, a Moroccan woman who survived the deadly shooting in Istanbul, Turkey, posted a video on her Facebook account (which was removed as of this morning) where she gave a chillingly comprehensive description of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 39 people and wounded many, including 3 other Moroccans.Luckily for Sofia, she was not inside the nightclub where many people fell dead, but sat with her cousin and friend on the terrace. Sofia and her friend were left uninjured while her cousin was hit by two bullets, “one in the ankle and another in the knee.” After her terrifying account of the terrorist attack, Sofia revealed that it took police 90 minutes before arriving on the scene. Perplexingly, their presence proved to be of little help. “The problem is that the police stayed outside. They couldn’t control the situation because they were afraid that they [shooters] might have bombs.”The shooter later managed to escape, after which the police finally entered the nightclub and led the survivors up to the roof. She added that even at this point they could still hear shooting for another ten minutes.Police later took the survivors to the police station where they remained for the next 10 hours.“They mistreated us, they were really inhumane. People were having panic attacks… there were women who were vomiting, while they [Turkish police members] were extremely cold. They did not even bring us water.”Sofia recounted that at a specific moment, the survivors burst out in anger as a reaction to the police’s mistreatment and requested interpreters because there was no-one to help them understand what was happening around them.“They were extremely scornful, as if they were the masters of the world or we were worth nothing,” Sofia recounted indignantly.Five hours into their long stay at the police station, Turkish police finally brought “two Syrian interpreters for one hundred people.” Sofia concluded her video account, declaring that her escape from death was “a real miracle.”Edited by Connie Guindon
Houston’s proposed rail expansion could get bigger.The Houston Chronicle reports that Metropolitan Transit Authority officials are still modifying the agency’s long-term plan that’s projected to begin with $7.5 billion in improvements, to develop 66 miles of bus rapid transit and at least 16 miles more of light rail.Metro officials are reviewing proposals that include a light rail extension to Hobby Airport. The officials are close to finishing a bus and rail plan that residents will likely have one last opportunity this month to shape before the November ballot.A 0.2-mile expansion of the Green and Purple Lines is already included in the long-term plan, which would extend from the western end of the Theater District to the Houston Municipal Courthouse.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comThe Associated Press
A delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) held talks with the secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi at the Ministry today.The Ministry of Defence said that the head of the International Committee of Red Cross in Sri Lanka Ms. Claire Meytraud had cordial discussions with the Secretary on matters of mutual interests and bilateral relevance during the session.
“Terrorism is not someone else’s problem. States and industry must commit necessary resources and provide necessary governance,” the Secretary-General of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Fang Liu, told the opening of a special meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Terrorist threats to civil aviation.”The concept note for the meeting cited recent attacks against airports in Belgium, Turkey and the United States, and the explosion of a terrorist bomb aboard Daallo Airlines flight 159, as “stark reminders that landside attacks, the threat posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns.”The meeting aimed to give government representatives an opportunity to discuss enhanced security measures – such as explosive detection and new cargo rules, as well as new challenges, such as cybercrime and “porous airport perimeters.” In her speech, Ms. Liu called for greater access to current threat information between States and within the local and federal authorities, as well as political will to work together. “Aviation security authorities must be provided adequate information by the State’s own law enforcement and intelligence organizations, in order to create a meaningful and effective threat assessment,” said Ms. Liu. She noted one “pointed” example of information sharing, such as the recent laptop restrictions imposed by the United States, which were then transitions to more extensive screening measures of passengers.In his address, Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), said “more and more strict measures” are clearly needed “to address challenges of terrorism and to protect our lives.” But effective work “can only happen through cohesiveness and cooperation, and this is what the Security Council does,” he said, urging governments to implement measures cited in recent resolutions related to aviation safety.Last September, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first resolution to address terrorist threats to civil aviation. Resolution 2309 (2016) urged governments to ensure that effective, risk-based measures are taken to protect airports, for example, to strengthen security screening procedures and utilize technology to detect explosives and other threats. More recently, Security Council adopted resolution 2341 (2017), which recognized the urgent need to ensure reliability and resistance of critical infrastructure.Mr. Laborde stressed the importance of collecting and sharing advance passenger information (API) to detect the departure from, entry into, or transit through their territories of individuals on the Al-Qaida sanctions list.He said only 57 countries are capable of implementing and sharing such information with INTERPOL, which has 68 million entries.Reiterating the importance of sharing information and cooperation in his closing remarks, Mr. Laborde again spoke about the need to cut red tape and to implement the Security Council resolutions. “Along with our hesitations and weaknesses, this is one area where multilateralism has its advantages,” he said.
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterTwo late goals by sophomore forward Tanner Lacyznski were enough for Ohio State (5-1-2, 1-1-0-0 in Big Ten) to win a defensive battle 3-1 against Robert Morris (2-5-0, 2-3-0 in Atlantic Hockey).The Buckeyes found the net late in the third period on a goal by Laczynski off an assist by senior defenseman Janik Möser. Laczynski scored again, this time on an empty net, to ice the game and secure the fourth straight victory for Ohio State.The goalies made most of the highlights on the night, as neither netminder gave up a goal for over forty minutes. Redshirt junior Sean Romeo made 13 saves in the victory. Senior goalie Andrew Pikul stopped 37 in the losing effort.The first period ended without a goal, and featured equally low shot totals out of both teams. Ohio State ended the opening frame leading in shots 7-6.While the score remained 0-0 after the second period, the shot totals told a much different story than in the first. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris 15-3 in the second and had three attempts on the power play, but could not find the back of the net against Pikul.Ohio State found a way to break the scoreless tie in the third period on a goal by sophomore defenseman Matt Miller. Senior forward Matthew Weis and freshman defenseman Michael Rounds earned assists on the play. The assist was Rounds’ first career point as a Buckeye.The Colonials countered six minutes later on the power play with a goal by junior forward Alex Tonge off assists by senior forward Brady Ferguson and redshirt junior Michael Louria.Robert Morris almost took the lead on a goal by Luke Lynch five minutes later, but the play was overturned on goaltender interference, and the score remained tied at one.Ohio State returns to conference play next weekend with two home games against No. 8 Notre Dame at the Schottenstein Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite two Buckeyes collecting individual titles, the Ohio State wrestling team couldn’t replicate that success across the board this weekend at the Big Ten championships, as it finished third at the two-day event hosted by the University of Iowa. Penn State ran away with the victory, while Iowa squeaked by OSU to grab second place.The Buckeyes earned top-five finishes in five weight classes but could not pick up enough points to catch the Nittany Lions. A win in the heavyweight class pushed OSU close to Iowa, but ultimately the team still came up one point short. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello continued his dominance in the 125-pound weight class, as the Parma, Ohio, native swept the field on his way to his second straight Big Ten individual title. Tomasello faced a familiar opponent in the finals in Nico Megaludis of Penn State. The two met in a dual-meet earlier this year when the Buckeyes traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. Both times Tomasello was able to walk away with a 3-1 win, but he needed overtime to hold onto his conference title. A strong takedown midway through the extra period gave the redshirt sophomore the win. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan failed to decipher his cousin, Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin, for the third time in 12 months in the 165-pound weight class. Much like the two Jordans’ previous matches, there was little action in the first. Bo Jordan scored an escape in the second, but he was on the wrong side of riding time, which made the score technically 1-1. A quick takedown late by Isaac Jordan caught OSU’s wrestler off guard, and Bo Jordan lost 3-1.Even with the loss, which was his second of the season, Bo Jordan will be representing OSU at 165 pounds in the national championships. World champion and sophomore Kyle Snyder ended the tournament with a bang for the Buckeyes against Adam Coon of Michigan. The 7-4 decision for Snyder gave the Woodbine, Maryland, native his first Big Ten title.Snyder had a dominant first two matches, picking up two technical falls. The final match was not as easy for the sophomore, as he had to go through Coon, a runner-up at heavyweight from last year’s national championship.Freshman Myles Martin had a strong showing in his first Big Ten tournament on his way to a third-place finish. After earning a fall in his first bout against Shane Shadaia of Michigan State, Martin earned an 8-2 decision win before running into top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State.Nickal pinned Martin, but the freshman recovered to win his next two matches and earn a third-place finish. Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan also finished in third.A No. 1 seed for Micah Jordan did not make things anything easier for the St. Paris Graham High School product. After a 5-3 decision in the first bout, the redshirt freshman dropped an overtime decision to Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State. Micah Jordan would recover in a convincing manner, picking up two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall in his next five matches. The fall came in the third-place match after Micah Jordan was trailing heading into the last period.The 157-pound weight class was a bit of a tough go for redshirt freshman Jake Ryan. After a first-round bye, Ryan was on the wrong end of a close 2-1 decision against Iowa’s Edwin Cooper Jr. Ryan won his next two matches, but he came up short against his last two opponents. The redshirt freshman ended the tournament in sixth place. The Buckeyes had two seventh-place finishers with senior Mark Martin and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius. Neither wrestler was able to capture a Big Ten individual title in his tenure at OSU.Martin won two matches on the weekend, including the key bout to earn a seventh-place finish. The senior picked up a late takedown against Purdue’s Drake Stein, which gave Martin a 4-3 decision win. DiJulius fell to the seventh-place bracket after losing to Jordan Conaway of Penn State. Even so, the tournament ended on a high note for DiJulius with a 19-2 technical fall. The last two wrestlers from OSU finished in eighth. Both senior Kenny Courts and redshirt freshman Cody Burcher fought hard, but ultimately they couldn’t find the answer.Burcher earned a fall in his third match, and Courts picked up a major decision in his first match of the tournament.This is the fifth straight top-five finish for the Buckeyes as a team in the Big Ten tournament, and the seventh top-five finish overall for the Scarlet and Gray under coach Tom Ryan. OSU will now set its sights on the NCAA national championships in New York City. The tournament is scheduled to be held from March 17 to 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The IHF, in agreement with its current TV Partner beIN Sports, is now proposing the global media rights for future men’s and women’s events after 2017.Invitations have been sent to potential buyers.The deadline for receiving offers is 30 September 2017.The tender proposes the buyout of the global media rights for the 2019 and 2021 IHF Men’s and Women’s World Championships. This includes the full TV production of the four events and additional production obligations, announced IHF on their website. ← Previous Story RK Vardar Skopje win Macedonian Super Cup Next Story → Dierk Schmaschke (SG Flensburg Handewitt): We want more flexi schedule for German teams in CL” International Handball Federation
THE RESCUE 117 helicopter from Waterford has been dispatched to a French survey vessel around 40 miles off the coast, after a crew-member took ill.The Irish Coastguard dispatched the aircraft to carry out a ‘Medivac’ operation after receiving a request from their counterpart authority in France.A 26-year-old crew member took ill with chest pains earlier this evening.The helicopter will land at Waterford Airport on its return, and the man will then be taken by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital.The operation is ongoing, a Coast Guard spokesman at the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin confirmed to TheJournal.ie.Read: UK fishing vessel detained off Cork coast
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released an appalling picture of a slain kangaroo staged in a disturbing position on Plenty Road, Victoria in hope of finding the culprit.The slain animal that was found to have three bullet wounds, had been tied onto a chair, draped with a leopard shawl, holding a bottle of Greek Ouzo 12.The Victorian Department described the animal cruelty act that upset motorists on Tuesday as “appalling and immoral”.“This is appalling and immoral behaviour. The kangaroo had been shot at least three times prior to it being arranged in the chair,” said DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns.“It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road. We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”The penalties for killing wildlife range from $7500 to $36,500. If you have any information which could lead to the person/s responsible contact 136 186 from anywhere in Australia or head to https://delwp.vic.gov.au/
Stay on target Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Instagram is littered with #nofilter photos of colorful sunsets, clouds rippling through shades of blue, pink, and orange as dusk settles.But rarely do those images capture moonrises—the first appearance of the Moon over the Earth’s eastern horizon.Lisbon-based photographer and science communicator Miguel Claro made headlines this week with his stunning snapshot “A Dreaming Waning Crescent Moon.”“The photo shows a slightly waning crescent Moon rising at dawn, against a beautiful background from the twilight and behind a pink band of clouds, just a few minutes before the sunrise,” according to Claro’s website.Captured in February above the village of Monsaraz and Lake Alqueva in Portugal’s Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the picture shows a sliver of Moon, two days from reaching its “new” phase.The blushing sky, Claro explained, is reminiscent of the so-called “Belt of Venus” (or “Venus’s Girdle”), an atmospheric phenomenon caused by backscatter of reddened sunlight through dust particles high in Earth’s atmosphere.Claro recorded the anti-twilight arch anomaly late last year, one day before the “Full Cold Supermoon” reached its peak.That colorful band, visible shortly before sunrise or after sunset, is not the same dusty rose of Claro’s image. But as the astrophotographer pointed out, it is evocative of Venus’s lunar-like phases, seen from Earth through a telescope.“When Venus reaches the point of closest approximation to the Earth, it [becomes] the brightest planet in the celestial sphere,” he said, “revealing a similar crescent phase, but opposite to the one that the Moon presents in this photograph.”Claro shared two more pictures from the same twilight scene, each featuring the brilliant orange glow that signals the upcoming sunrise.While typically a stain of blue during the day (a result of the Rayleigh scattering of sunlight), the sky can turn a variety of colors at night—from red and orange to pink and yellow; a quick Instagram search of #nightsky showcases them all.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 6, 2017 – Providenciales – It is certain now that parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands will get a direct hit from Hurricane Irma scheduled to impact overnight on Thursday. I encourage all the residents and visitors of these islands to seriously prepare. Do not take this hurricane likely – it is an unprecedentedly dangerous – a strong Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds up to 185mph and tide surge potentially up to 30 feet. Please listen for weather advisories and heed the advice given by authorities.Residents of Salt Cay, and Middle Caicos I encourage you to take the advice of authorities in your area for evacuations, and those living in coastal areas should either move inland or to high floors.Ensure that your home is properly secured and your surroundings are cleared of any possible debris. Those in flood prone areas are especially advised to take heed in securing your property. Please make use of the Hurricane Shelters if you need to and have all that you may need at the shelter including food, clothing, toiletries, blankets, important documents, etc. Be sure that you have enough food and drinking water for each member of your family to last at least a day or two after the storm, as electricity may not return immediately. Fully charge all of your electronic devices including your additional/backup batteries. Check to ensure your flash lights and lanterns are working and have spear batteries on hand. Remember to protect all of your important documents in water-proof containers.Keep battery powered radios with you and listen for advisories/updates, as they become available.We are a resilient people and will make it through and I pray for God’s protection over us during this storm.Press Release: Washington Misick (Leader of Opposition) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who attempted to abduct a 16-year-old girl as she was walking to school.According to police, the teen was walking to Norland Senior High School when the subject walked up behind her, placed a gun to her back and told her to “Get in the car.”The victim continued walking and ignored the man. However, he then tried to block her path with his car, and pointed a gun at the victim again, telling her to get inside the car.The victim continued to walk to school and eventually called the police.Officers are now searching for a man described as a black man in his mid 20’s. The man stands at about 5 feet and 2 inches. The subject reportedly has a muscular build with a mustache, goatee and a low haircut.He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans.The subject was also seen driving an older silver-colored Infinity with peeling tinted-windows. If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.