Northern Gateway hits another legal obstacle

first_imgAPTN National NewsEnergy giant Enbridge has just been hit with another legal blow in their bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia coast.The B.C. Supreme Court has just ruled that they failed in their duty to properly consult with Coastal First Nations.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

Australian political parties woo ChineseAustralian voters

CANBERRA, Australia — The Chinese diaspora in Australia are being wooed like never before by political parties who see them as key to winning critical seats that could decide a general election next week.Both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten have opened WeChat accounts to reach large Chinese populations with political messages. The opposition centre-left Labor Party has cried foul, confirming on Wednesday it complained to WeChat’s owner Tencent that China’s largest social media platform is being exploited by opponents who generate fake news.Morrison on Wednesday denied his conservative Liberal Party was behind misleading WeChat posts and doctored accounts that target Labor policies on refugees and taxes.Labour lawmaker Penny Wong on Tuesday cited media reports that the Liberal Party was linked to fake campaign news.The Associated Press read more

McIlhenny Co names greatgrandson of Tabasco founder as CEO

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co., which produces Tabasco sauce, has named the great-great-grandson of Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as its new president and chief executive officer.News outlets report Monday that Harold Osborn will take over the company, popularly known for creating the Tabasco brand and distributing Tabasco Pepper Sauce.The Acadiana Advocate reports Osborn worked on Southern Louisiana’s Avery Island and in the Avery Island salt mine for the McIlhenny Co. when he was younger. Avery Island was the birthplace of Tabasco Pepper Sauce, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.The newspaper says McIlhenny Co. was founded in 1868, making it one of the U.S.’s oldest family-owned companies.The Associated Press read more

Sudanese army elements attack UN convoy Ban Kimoon protests

8 January 2008Elements of the Sudanese army attacked a supply convoy of the new joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region last night, and a civilian Sudanese driver suffered seven gunshot wounds. Condemning the attack “in the strongest possible terms,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Sudanese Government to prevent any recurrence and fulfil its obligations concerning the deployment of the force, known as UNAMID, which was put on high alert today. The convoy, carrying rations for UNAMID personnel in West Darfur, was attacked in an area that has seen violent clashes between the Government and rebels. “For the joint African Union–United Nations peacekeeping operation to be able to perform its mandated functions, the Government of Sudan has to provide unequivocal guarantees that there will be no recurrence of such activities by its forces,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “In this connection, the United Nations is lodging a protest with the Government of Sudan. This incident underscores the importance of the Government reaffirming its commitment to the deployment of UNAMID and the implementation of Security Council resolution 1769,” he added of the resolution setting up the force. In a statement issued by UNAMID, the hybrid force said it did not return fire, and no UNAMID casualties were incurred during the attack on the re-supply mission between Um Baru, Tine and Kulbus in West Darfur, an area where its air operations have been restricted due to the security concerns. It added that the Sudanese civilian driver was in critical condition and had already been evacuated to UNAMID headquarters in El Fasher. A diesel truck and a UNAMID armed personnel carrier were damaged. “UNAMID is currently maintaining a high state of alert,” the force said. “Investigation of the incident is underway and the UNAMID leadership is in direct consultations and discussion with Sudanese authorities in Khartoum and El Fasher over the matter.” The force formally took over from an African Union mission just last week in a bid to bring peace to Darfur, a region the size of France where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since fighting began in 2003 between Government forces and rebel groups. But, with only 9,000 armed personnel, it is critically under strength. With a mandated total of some 26,000 troops and police it would be the UN’s largest peacekeeping operation, and Mr. Ban has repeatedly appealed to Member States to speed up delivery of vital units and equipment, including helicopters. read more

Kenyan court jails men who killed UN aid worker

Silence Chirara, a Zimbabwean national, was coordinating WFP’s logistics operation for South Sudan when he was ambushed and killed while driving a UN vehicle in the town of Lokichoggio, in northwest Kenya. He was 37.“Nothing can be done to replace the life of this dedicated humanitarian and father, but justice has now been allowed to run its course,” WFP said in a statement. “These stiff prison sentences send an important message that those who harm humanitarian workers shall be brought to justice.”WFP staff members said their thoughts were with Silence’s wife and his two children. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms any attack on humanitarian workers. When action is taken, this serves as a deterrent to groups or individuals who are targeting humanitarian staff in their places of work,” the statement read. 1 February 2012The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran welcomed today the decision by the Kenyan High Court to sentence five men to 56 years in prison each for the murder of a WFP staff member in 2008. read more

Turkey imposes sanctions on Syria

first_imgTurkey has frozen financial assets and cut strategic links with Damascus, ratcheting up pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to end its violence against protesters, following the Arab League’s decision to impose sanctions. Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister, said Turkey would also block the delivery of weapons and military equipment and suspend a co-operation agreement with Syria until a new government is in place. Turkey had drawn closer to Syria in recent years – and is one of its biggest trading partners – but lost patience after encouraging reform rather than repression in response to this year’s Arab spring uprising, which has seen at least 3,500 killed in Syria, according to the UN. “We will always support the Syrian people and until recently we opposed the attempts to isolate the regime,” Davutoglu said Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Video: Kurt Angle named the new General Manager of RAW on Monday

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list During last night’s 4/3 episode of WWE RAW in Orlando, Kurt Angle was announced as the new General Manger of RAW by Vince McMahon, making a rare appearance.McMahon first announced that new General Manager was a 2017 WWE Hall of Famer, only to be interrupted by former Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long.He quickly dismissed Long and introduced Kurt Angle as the new General Manager of RAW.You can check out a clip below courtesy of WWE. Videos Articles Roman Reigns Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Facebook WhatsApp Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Vince Mcmahon WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Riz Ahmed Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Hazard I dont care about what Sarri says

first_imgEden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”last_img read more

Game of Thrones writers sign a huge multiyear deal with Netflix

first_img Game of Thrones Netflix 3:38 50 Photos Tags Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed an overall deal to develop new films and series for Netflix— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 7, 2019center_img Share your voice 0 In a joint statement, the pair said, “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home.” They say they are “honored” Netflix has brought them on board.”We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement. “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”A brief glance at the response to this new signing, on Twitter, isn’t particularly kind to D&D. Some users balked at the signing just days after Netflix cancelled The OA.The anger stems from a divisive final season of Thrones. Many fans have torched the Game of Thrones creators after they failed to stick the landing in the show’s final year. Even though the public response was relatively brutal, the show managed to rack up 32 Emmy nominations this year. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jeff Kravitz The two minds behind HBO’s mega-hit turned mega-disappointment Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have struck a multiyear deal with Netflix, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday. The duo will create exclusive content for the streaming giant outside their deal with Disney to direct an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.D&D, as they’ve come to be known, were in high demand, with media giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney all in talks to secure their services. Netflix ultimately won out with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter the deal is worth $200 million and will include film and TV projects. The pair had spent over 10 years at HBO working on Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Why did Shell walk away from Alaska

first_imgWhen Shell announced it was pulling out of the Arctic “for the foreseeable future,” it surprised just about everyone. Many in Alaska had high hopes for offshore drilling — from an Arctic economic boom to more oil for the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Shell’s announcement left the state wondering what to blame — low oil prices? Tough regulations? Better prospects elsewhere?Download AudioShell’s Polar Pioneer in Unalaska on Monday, Oct. 12. The rig is heading for Washington State. (Photo: John Ryan, KUCB)In other words, is it us? Or is it Shell?Kara Moriarty heads up the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. And she said…maybe it’s us.“I think we have to ask ourselves, why did it take so long?” Moriarty said.In other words, why did it take seven years, from when Shell bid for leases in the Chukchi Sea in 2008, to when it finally drilled its Burger J well this summer?Moriarty blamed the slow pace of federal permitting and a thicket of regulations.“We can’t control geology, and we can’t control the company’s decisions,” Moriarty said. “But what we can control, as Alaskans and Americans, is to make sure that we have the right policies in place.”And, she thinks we don’t. That is also the view of many of Alaska’s elected officials. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called the federal regulatory environment “uncertain, everchanging, and continuing to deteriorate,” while Congressman Don Young complained of “insurmountable” hurdles.But the full story is more complex. Shell declined a request for an interview, but in a statement, the company pointed to three things: first and foremost, the Burger J well itself.“The killer was the results from the well,” said oil and gas consultant Brad Keithley. If Shell had found the elephant field it was hoping for, red tape probably wouldn’t have been an issue. But, “with declining cash, with increasing costs, you’ve got to have real blockbuster results to keep yourself in a position to go forward – and they didn’t have that.”In its statement, Shell said it “found indications of oil and gas” but not enough to justify further exploration. We’ll never know exactly what they found, Keithley said. They’ll keep that information close, and perhaps dust it off five, ten, or fifteen years from now, if they ever decide to return.Another issue Shell cited was what it called a “challenging and unpredictable” regulatory environment.“I would agree that there was a challenging regulatory environment,” said Lois Epstein, of the Wilderness Society. “But that was absolutely essential.”She pointed out that many of the regulations Shell faced were put in place after BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After that disaster, she said, it was clear there needed to be more stringent rules for the Arctic, where a clean-up would be much more difficult. But on one point, she agreed.“The regulations that are in place are appropriate, but they do make things a lot more expensive,” she said.And that’s the third issue Shell cites – the sheer cost of the project. Over the years, costs and delays added up. The BP oil spill prompted a wholesale reorganization of the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling. There was litigation challenging the Chukchi Sea leases. Shell finally reached the Arctic in 2012, but wasn’t allowed to drill into oil-bearing rocks because its oil spill containment dome failed during tests in Puget Sound. Then, after the 2012 season, Shell wrecked its drill rig, the Kulluk, off Kodiak while trying to drag it across the Gulf of Alaska in the dead of winter. That put off drilling for another year.“Shell was down to one hole,” Keithley said. “If there hadn’t been the delays, if things had gone better –frankly if Shell had done some things better — if they had been able to get out there before oil prices collapsed and cash flow fell away, they might have been able to drill more wells, and they might have found that their second or third location was the one with the oil.”As it was, Shell ended up drilling its first well in 2015, with oil prices hovering around $50 a barrel.And during the years that Shell spent navigating the challenges of the Arctic, other opportunities had opened up, opportunities that weren’t even on the horizon when the company first bid for the leases. New technology unlocked new, and cheaper, resources.“Additional opportunities, like shale, like offshore Brazil, offshore Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, have opened up in a way that have made the Arctic less important in terms of that new frontier,” Keithley said.Shell’s decision is part of a broader trend. In just the last two years, Chevron and ExxonMobil shelved projects in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. Exploration off Greenland ended in 2012 after disappointing results.And Shell itself has other balls in the air. It is in the midst of a $70-billion deal to acquire the British company BG Group, which comes with offshore assets in Brazil and a focus on natural gas.So, is this the end of offshore drilling in Alaska? Keithley said yes, for now.“Shell put its best foot forward,” he said. “I think the industry is probably uncertain about where to try next.”last_img read more

Actress Monalisa Bagal starts her own distribution company

first_imgPR HandoutAfter winning hearts with her performance in Marathi films, actress Monalisa Bagal started her own film distribution company.It has just been 3 years since she made her stunning debut in the acting world. However, she is all set to take a plunge in her career. Her film distribution company is called ‘Box Hit Movies’.In a statement, the actress said, “I’ve released 4-5 films under my film distribution company. I got into film distribution to learn what the audience expects from actors and what kind of cinema they love to watch. My distribution company has different centres like A, B, C. So I see if cinema reaches to these different centres and what kind of cinema they love to watch. After this, I will be doing an exhibition. But it will take some time.”She added, “I think, along with shooting the film, it’s necessary to see if it is reaching right places, in how many theatres it was released. I wanted to study all these factors. With the help of my film distribution company, I am understanding all this. It helps to understand different kind of cinemas, where we are lacking behind and how much we need to focus and put efforts on it.”Monalisa Bagal has worked in Marathi films like Zhalla Bobhata, Dry Day, Sobat and Perfume.last_img read more

Gazette on MPelects of 11th parliament likely Wednesday

first_img.The election commission (EC) is likely to publish the gazette on the 298 MP-elects of the 11th parliament on Wednesday.”The gazette was sent to the BG (Bangladesh Government) Press on Tuesday evening for printing. Hopefully, we would get it on Wednesday,” said EC joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman.Traditionally, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MPs takes place within the three days after the publication of the gazette.According to the article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days after the publication of election results through official gazette, or else their memberships will cease to exit.last_img read more

Teenage girl raped by her fathers employer

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped by the employer of her father in Krishnapur village of Lakhsham upazila in Cumilla on Thursday night, reports UNB.Police arrested Tajul Islam Majumdar, 42, son of a certain late Abu Taher Majumdar of the village, soon after the victim’s father filed a law suit against him on Friday.The girl’s father works as a watchman at Tajul’s fish enclosure in the village and stays in a tin-shed house near it with his family, said Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Laksham police station.On Thursday night, Tajul took out the girl from their house around 10:30pm while her father was out of the home and her mother was sleeping inside.Later, Tajul violated the girl there, said the OC quoting the case statement.last_img read more

Coal scam Court to consider CBIs closure report on June 3

first_imgA special court on Tuesday fixed June 3 for considering CBI’s closure report filed in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving Prakash Industries Ltd and others. “Certain clarifications have been sought. Put up for consideration on June 3,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.CBI had earlier placed before the court all relevant files pertaining to its preliminary enquiry in the case.The court had on March 17 directed CBI to produce all relevant files of the preliminary enquiry in the case in which the agency had filed a closure report.  CBI had filed a closure report saying no prosecutable evidence could be found during its probe in the case in which an FIR was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd and others in connection with alleged irregularities in allocation of Chhattisgarh’s Fatehpur coal block.According to CBI, the Fatehpur coal block was allocated jointly to Prakash Industries Ltd and another company by the 35th Screening Committee.The FIR was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd, its three officials, some officials of the Ministry of Coal and others alleging that the firm had misrepresented its net worth while applying for the Fatehpur coal block.last_img read more

WATCH Larry Birds infuriated reaction to a LeBron breakaway dunk is priceless

first_img Advertisement Pacers GM Larry Bird has a reputation as one of the greatest competitors in NBA history, so it’s not surprising that he gets frustrated watching lesser players on his team not perform to his satisfaction.After a LeBron James breakaway dunk in the 1st quarter of last night’s Game 2 loss to the Cavs, a ticked-off Bird unleashed a hilarious outburst, complete with f-bomb.Enraged Larry Bird is the funniest Larry Bird:last_img

VIDEO Legendary streetballer The Professor went to a prison and broke some

first_imgHere’s the full video if you’re interested: Advertisement Legendary streetballer Grayson ‘The Professor’ Boucher has been embarrassing his competition since his days in the early 2000’s on the And1 Mixtape Tour, but recently made the ballsy move to take his act to a prison in Nebraska to break some inmate ankles on the yard.In a teaser from the trip, several inmates state they’re serving time for everything from murder to assaulting a cop. That didn’t stop the unassuming Professor from crossing them up and even bouncing a ball off a guy’s head. Luckily, the inmates didn’t take any disrespect from it and decided not to shank him with a toothbrush.Crossing up ballers on the yard is a whole different ballgame than doing work on a beach court in Santa Monica. In the end, Boucher earned their respect.last_img read more

US drawdown in Afghanistan includes many trainers

first_img Comments   Share   There are about 2,500 U.S. troops under the training mission banner, and that will be cut by about 7 percent by the end September, he said.“As we’re building the capacity for the Afghans to be able to train themselves, the natural next step would be for us to reduce our footprint, and as a result the Afghans would be able to stand on their own and conduct their own training,” Stauffer said.But it’s unclear if the Afghan government has the drive to maintain or build on the type of intensive training being provided by coalition troops. An elite military academy is in the works in Kabul, but it won’t be up and running until 2013, and then it’s hard to know how helpful it would be.Gurganus noted that a major barrier to additional training is finding the time to take Afghan soldiers out of combat. And the men who have gone through the specialty academy at Leatherneck say they’ve learned skills from the Marines that go far beyond any Afghan offerings.“In regular training, we only learned how to use a Kalashnikov and a pistol. Here we learn different weapons. We also learn driving skills, ambush tactics, how to read a map,” said Azizularahman Habibi, a 21-year-old police officer serving in Helmand’s Nawa district. “We learn to look at the weather, the terrain, where the friendly and unfriendly forces are, how to execute a plan step by step. I had never done any of this before.” Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help That’s a successful day at the U.S. Marine-run Joint Sustainment Academy in southwestern Afghanistan, which has been offering supplementary training on weapons, specialized skills and unit leadership to Afghan soldiers and police since 2009. The Afghans who attend the academy say they learn things that were never taught in their official training: how to handle different weapons and how to organize a patrol or an ambush.But now, even as U.S. officials talk about their commitment to training and advising Afghan security forces well past 2014, the Joint Sustainment Academy is preparing to shut down.Officials in the U.S. talking about the need to decrease combat operations in Afghanistan have been much more reticent to highlight one aspect of the drawdown: that plenty of U.S. advisers and mentors are also leaving.Those who stay will be hopping in and out of a number of Afghan units rather than being embedded with one group _ a move that is being described as a way to get Afghan forces to take more responsibility, but which also follows a string of turncoat attacks this year by Afghan forces against their Western counterparts.“Someone made the decision, `OK, I’m going to only have the personnel for this piece,’” said Lt. Col. Mike Cromwell, the director of the academy at a U.S. base in Helmand province, as he watched an Afghan police officer brief trainees on the day’s mission. “It just means fewer people. It’s part of the overall drawdown.” Helmand and Nimroz province, the area covered by U.S. Marines, has already seen troops start to leave, and bigger reductions are coming. The Afghan commander for the region, Maj. Gen. Saad Malouk, said he expects at least 10,000 U.S. troops to depart the southwestern region in September _ nearly half of the 23,000 announced by the Obama administration.The general overseeing the two southwestern provinces says the trainer cuts don’t worry him.“We’re handing over this part of the training,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus. “We will continue to have security force assistance teams _ out with the different battalions and brigades and with our police _ that will continue to mentor, advise and train as we move forward toward the end of 2014 and potentially beyond.”Gurganus would not confirm exact numbers of U.S. troops leaving his operating area, but said it is “significant.” U.S. spokesmen would not say exactly how many U.S. mentors are leaving.The U.S. also has already started decreasing its role in the formal training that all Afghan soldiers and police must undertake. U.S. troops under what’s called the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan started drawing down from 3,300 troops this winter and will continue to decrease through the fall, said Lt. Col. Tim Stauffer, a spokesman for the training mission. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Cromwell and the 31 other American service members running the academy end their tour at the beginning of 2013, and they have been told they won’t be replaced. They say it’s an opportunity to pass the torch to the Afghan trainers at the academy. But, Cromwell explains, the academy as it exists on Camp Leatherneck is closing.The Marines are just hoping that the Afghan army and police see the value in what they’ve been teaching and incorporate it into their existing training centers at a nearby army base and at a police facility in the provincial capital.“As we ramp down, those centers are the longer term solutions,” Cromwell said.Training classes have already shrunk at the academy. Last year, the Marine academy trained 2,547 Afghans. Cromwell expects to train less than half that _ about 1,000 _ by the end of this year.“We may not make that,” Cromwell said. And this is even though the academy is focused now on training Afghan soldiers and police to become trainers themselves _ a goal that NATO and U.S. forces say is one of their most important priorities.Ever since President Barack Obama announced the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan a year ago, his administration has stressed that it does not mean an abandonment of Afghanistan. Combat troops are supposed to decrease as more forces move into a support role. But less advertised is the fact that the U.S. is also decreasing the number of advisers and trainers it is sending to Afghanistan. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The vital role family plays in society Associated PressCAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) – For today’s drill, an instructor explains, the Taliban will be played by U.S. Marines, and the “village” will be just down from the driving practice loop.An Afghan police officer uses a stick to point out targets to his team on a map drawn in the dirt. They grab their weapons and head out, taking cover behind a berm. A pickup truck drives up. The Afghans take aim and mimic the sound of a machine gun. The Marines tumble out of the vehicle, grabbing their chests as they fall to the ground. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) According to an April report submitted to Congress, the U.S. forces that make up most of the mentoring teams that operate alongside Afghan troops are being cut with the idea that other NATO nations will fill the gap.“The United States provides the (Afghan security forces) with the majority of required mentor teams. The drawdown in U.S. forces will result in a decreased number of partnered units, creating additional requirements for other coalition partners,” the report states. The plan is to increase the overall number of advisers, using contributions from other allies. But even though the Americans that make up about 63 percent of the adviser teams have already started leaving, NATO is still working to get commitments from other nations.“The nations have not finalized how much they’re going to provide, and which nations,” said Maj. Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the international military force. He said more than 20 nations had agreed to participate, but few had made firm troop commitments.The plan is to move from a one-to-one mentor ratio to a “one-to-many” ratio in which small teams of up to 18 specialized advisers jump between Afghan units teaching them specific skills. That also leaves open the possibility of keeping those advisers at more of a distance from Afghan forces _ a move that would not be surprising following the recent rash of “green-on-blue” attacks by Afghan forces. In the most recent such attack, an Afghan police officer turned his weapon on NATO police advisers in Helmand province Sunday, killing three British soldiers.last_img

The Arizona Cardinals have struggled at the beginn

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have struggled at the beginning of football games in 2013.Sure, they marched on an 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession in a road loss to New Orleans, but for the most part, the Cardinals have taken awhile to “warm up.”Arizona has been outscored 30-14 in the first quarter of games this season, a trend that head coach Bruce Arians wants to reverse this week against the Atlanta Falcons. “One thing, stressing to the team, is we need to start faster at home,” Arians said Wednesday. “Defensively, offensively, the entire team — to get off to a better start in the first quarter.”To Arians’ point, it has been even worse at home. In three games at University of Phoenix Stadium this season, the Cardinals have mustered just three first-quarter points, prompting the coach to do a little investigating.“I asked each guy, because we’ve had very good Friday practices and crisp walk-throughs,” he said. “It’s that time from 11:00 a.m. Saturday to kickoff…whatever you’re doing, change it. Try something new and see if we can’t come out of the gate a little faster.”Atlanta, despite a 2-4 record, have dominated opponents in the first quarter of games, outscoring them 41-3.“They’re a good, fast football team — their offense usually gets off to a good start, because Matty (Ryan) is so sharp,” Arians said. “And even with the weapons they (haven’t) had, they still get off to good starts.”The Falcons have been hampered by injuries to skill players so far in 2013. Running back Steven Jackson has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the year with a foot injury and fellow wideout Roddy White has been hampered by hamstring and ankle injuries. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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