Army equality leads to female fallout

first_img Comments are closed. Female Army recruits are more than twice as likely to suffer a traininginjury now that they are expected to reach the same levels of fitness as men. Research conducted by an Army occupational physician, Lt Col Ian Gemmell,shows that women are up to eight times more likely to be discharged from dutybecause they are injured through training. Although recruits from both sexes have trained together for many years, theArmy had traditionally operated a gender-fair policy, where female recruitswere not expected to attain the same levels of physical fitness as their malecounterparts. However, since 1998 the Army has had a gender-free programme, which meansthat the same physical tests are applied to all soldiers. The policy was introduced after it was discovered that some women wereunable to carry out certain duties after completing training. The research reveals that since the introduction of the new training policy,the number of discharged men remained below 1.5 per cent, but for women thefigures rose from 4.6 per cent to 11.1 per cent. “H&S guidance has been overlooked in the interests of meeting equalopportunity legislation,” said Gemmell. www.rsm.ac.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Army equality leads to female falloutOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Ocean City Happenings in Final Weeks of Summer

first_imgMemphis Miller, of Gilbertsville, Pa., shows off her spider creation during a July 2018 Wacky Wednesday. While special events will continue uninterrupted through the fall and some of the best weather is still on the way, the traditional summer season in Ocean City comes to a close on Labor Day, said Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen.That makes this the final week to catch up on some of Ocean City’s popular weekly summer events. Wacky Wednesday (Aug. 29) invites families and individuals to use their creativity to shape and sculpt French fries into unique masterpieces. The free contest starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street on the Boardwalk). The Promenade sponsors this event.Downtown Market Days (Aug. 30) brings entertainment and kids’ activities to Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Night (Aug. 30) provides bands and other performers on the Boardwalk from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The weekly Farmers Market (Aug. 29 and Sept. 5) will be open for two more weeks with fresh produce and local crafts available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (between Fifth Street and Sixth Street along Asbury Avenue).The Ocean City Pops 2018 season continues with two concerts this week. Join the Ocean City Pops for “The Lighter Side” on Aug. 29, an evening of light orchestral works from a wide variety of genres: symphonic works, musicals, dance, movies and jazz. The show features guest conductor Adam Boyles. The set list includes “Someone to Watch Over Me,” selections from “West Side Story,” a “My Fair Lady” medley and more. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.Entertainer Clint Holmes performs at the Ocean City Music Pier Sept. 2. (Courtesy City of Ocean City)The Ocean City Pops will also feature the two-time 2018 Grammy nominee Clint Holmes in a special show on Sept. 2. Holmes is an entertainer, performer, recording artist, and vocalist. Whether he is singing selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics or stirring original pieces, every performance is a one-of-a-kind experience.The show is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111 to purchase tickets for either concert.Ocean City’s traditional end-of-summer event, the OCNJ Labor Day Race, features a 5-mile beach run and 1-mile fun run/walk. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, on the beach at 23rd Street. The race starts at 9 a.m. To pre-register, visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.Ocean City’s annual Street Rod Weekend is Sept. 7 and 8. Street rods are classic cars (1988 or older) modified with modern parts. Other cars will also be on display. Registration to participate is still open with forms available at www.ocnj.us/carshow. Event day check-in and registration will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and again 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. To be judged, all cars must be registered by 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Pre-registration is $30 per car.Ocean City’s street rod car show is Sept.7 and Sept. 8. (Courtesy City of Ocean City)Friday evening (Sept. 7) will feature a sock-hop party on the grounds of the Tabernacle, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dancing, family fun, bubble-gum-blowing and hula hoop contests.On Saturday (Sept. 8) cars will be displayed at the Tabernacle grounds from 8 a.m. to noon and will then proceed to the Ocean City Boardwalk to be displayed until 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in front of the Music Pier (at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace).Tickets are on sale now for two shows featuring “Under the Streetlamp,” a quartet with the rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack. The group will perform with the Ocean City Pops at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier.“Under the Streetlamp,” a modern-day Rat Pack, will perform with the Ocean City Pops Sept. 8 and 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier. (Photo courtesy of the City of Ocean City)Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley will perform doo-wop, Motown, old time rock ’n’ roll and all of your favorite songs from the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The group is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys.”Tickets are $30 to $45 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.Also in SeptemberLatin Night with the Ocean City POPS (Sept. 5): Guest conductor Bradley Thachuk leads a show with heated melodies and driving rhythms of Latin music, including light classics featuring Mexican/American violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez and Los Angeles guitarist Steven Thachuk. Show is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.Scott Nuss is pictured as he begins to play “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.The Piano Men (Sept. 7): Dr. Daniel Weiser and his young protégé, Scott Nuss, will perform the music of Billy Joel on dueling grand pianos. The show includes guest performer Andrew Hink. Proceeds to benefit Ocean City Band Boosters and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a student ID and will be sold at the door.9/11 Ceremony (Sept. 11): Ocean City’s annual “A Day to Remember” memorial ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters between Fifth Street and Sixth Street on Asbury Avenue. All are encouraged to attend. The ceremony includes music, prayer and reflections on the memory of lives lost and on the community spirit that was renewed in the wake of the tragedy.Vincent Primavera speaks on behalf of Joyce, Chelsea and Devon Rodak while Mayor Jay Gillian listens during the 9/11 memorial ceremony in 2016.Let’s Misbehave – a Cole Porter Revue (Sept. 12): Guest conductor Keith Hodgson and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra celebrate the music of Cole Porter. Show is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.Walk to Defeat ALS (Sept. 15): This two-mile walk raises funds to support patient services and research. Help us take steps towards a cure for ALS. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street practice field. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.oceancitywalktodefeatals.org or call 215-664-4143.Ocean City Airport Festival (Sept. 15): Annual festival at the Municipal Airport runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II to the present. The event will feature a parachute jump from Team Fastrax.Parachute Pyrotechnic Show (Sept. 15): Consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax parachuters exiting an aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk. Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited and flown in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground. The 8 p.m. jump will end with a landing on the Seventh Street Beach and will be viewable along the entire Boardwalk.Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show (Sept. 16): Some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world put on a show over the beach and Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street starting at 1 p.m.Two planes fly in close formation while performing a daring maneuver at the Ocean City Aerobatic Air Show. (Courtesy Ian Crowley)last_img read more

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Zeelandia relies on Carlo to release plant baker interest

first_imgZeelandia (Billericay, Essex) says it can offer plant bakers a range of services, from ingre-dients to engineering. The company designs and manufactures bespoke machinery, such as lower-level grease hoppers and spinning disc machines, and installs them into a site. Zeelandia also provides aids for industrial situations, such as its telemetry system, which gives off-site monitoring and ordering of bulk products, allowing real-time measurements, and more time-effective and manageable controls of product levels.Plant bakers are also offered a range of specialist release agents and divider oils, inclu-ding Carlo, a release agent specifically designed for the release of bread from tins, which is said to offer optimum viscosity and good spraying ability.last_img read more

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Eck speaker for 138th Berea College Commencement

first_imgDiana L. Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society and professor of comparative religion and Indian studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), was the speaker for Berea College’s 138th Commencement on May 23, and will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.Eck, who has taught at Harvard for more than 30 years, is also a Harvard Divinity School faculty member and an award-winning author and researcher on religious pluralism in America.last_img

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Askwith Essentials: Debating charters

first_img Read Full Story As of 2015, charter schools operated in 42 states and the District of Columbia.Many states, like Massachusetts, cap charter schools either by number of charters or by percentages of total public school enrollment. The charter school cap has risen from 25 to 120.Question 2: What Supporters SayCharter schools may provide more educational options to families who don’t have them.More charter schools might allow for more innovation — including longer school days and different styles of teaching.Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend charter schools do better than those who do not.There is a lot of demand for charter schools — nearly 34,000 students are currently on charter school wait lists.Question 2: What Opponents SayCharter schools siphon money away from traditional public schools, and expanding the cap would only increase the stress.Private operators are less accountable to the public and who sometimes operate schools for profit.Despite being required by law to recruit high-need students, charters fail to enroll as many English language learners, special needs students, or economically disadvantaged students as their districts’ public schools do.The “Yes” campaign is backed by wealthy out-of-state supporters with little stake in the state. On Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m., the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosts the first of its Askwith Debates. The conversation addresses the upcoming ballot proposal Question 2, which, if enacted, would allow the Massachusetts Board of Education to approve up to 12 new or expanded charter schools each year beginning in January 2017. Here’s what you need to know before the debate.Backgroundlast_img read more

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Power Shift: IT as Services Broker

first_imgI was pleasantly surprised to see that my IT as a Service Broker discussion at the recent 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium drew a standing room only crowd.The Symposium brings together MIT thought leadership with the real world experience of CIOs across a host of industries ranging from retail and healthcare to public sector, telecommunications, and financial services—the kind of senior IT managers I meet and talk with every day. Their interest in the services broker topic reflects a growing sense among those on the front lines that IT is at a watershed moment.As every company, in every industry, becomes more IT centric, now is the time for IT to increase its connection to the business — or risk losing that connection completely.Raising the Services Bar It may seem counter-intuitive—with the ever wider choice of pay-per-use public cloud services and consumer devices available to business users—to say that CIOs are in a stronger position than ever before to redefine and augment the relationship between business and IT.But it’s true for CIOs who see external service providers as more than a threat. They are also a resource—and an opportunity to lift the covers on rogue activities.After all, it’s not just IT that loses control when internal users purchase cloud services on their company credit cards. Enterprises are increasingly aware that this unmanaged “shadow IT” paradigm exposes their business to potentially harmful security threats, data loss, regulatory non-compliance, legal infractions, and added expense.Companies are coming to realize that achieving success requires more than better, faster, cost-efficient IT. Rather, it requires more strategic and intelligent business use of IT.A survey of both business and IT executives, commissioned by EMC and VMware and conducted by IDG, found more than half reported business use of outside providers for IT services. The main drivers? Faster service delivery and technical expertise.Consultative IT Service BrokerMore than ever before, internal IT organizations are uniquely positioned to embody a trusted expert and consultative role. They can help businesses identify and “right-source” the technology enabled business services needed to achieve strategic objectives, while making the best possible use of internal and external resources.Technically, IT services brokering is practical, using proven technologies available today. New virtualization and cloud management technologies, for example, can automate the dynamic movement of workloads to the ‘best’ infrastructure and middleware environment—internal or external—seamlessly and securely.What’s pacing the transition of most IT organizations to service brokering models is no longer the availability of suitable technology – it’s the people and process side of this change. To succeed as an enterprise services broker, IT must become: IT must become a professional services organization delivering a superior ‘customer’ experience while also retaining elasticity to help manage cost requirements (what do I need to buy; what am I currently using; will I be able to scale) for their growth trajectory.Start with the User ExperienceThis shift from a technology to a service-oriented outlook begins by looking at the needs of business users. These users seek agility, speed, and time to market for their new ideas. It is the historical lack of such attributes that has business users looking to alternate sources of IT like public cloud.Leading edge IT organizations – embracing the tenants of IT services broker models – are matching or exceeding the agility, security, and cost point of public cloud alternatives. IT organizations can begin by offering basic IT as a service platform provisioning through a self-service portal (see image right) that “consumerizes” and simplifies access to services.In addition to providing compelling and unified point of access for business users, the portal and underlying service catalog becomes a powerful point of control for IT.It’s how IT establishes and enforces enterprise standards, keeps internal what needs to be internal, aligns investments with emerging business needs, technologies, and industry standards, and leverages what third parties do best.How to broker external and internal IT services for business advantage and reinvent the relationship between business and IT will vary from enterprise to enterprise.What’s clear is that it’s a conversation that needs to begin now.The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium posted video of my presentation to YouTube: Front-office rather than back-office oriented – meaning IT must learn to market its capabilities and not wait (as monopolies might) for orders to come in the door “P&L focused” – meaning IT appreciates that its business users DO have a choice about where they source IT today, and if internal IT is not providing a cost effective solution, P&L driven business units may find other sources of IT supply Market-driven – meaning responsible to its business unit’s services needs rather than designing services backwards from those needslast_img read more

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Partnering for Perfection – Customizing Strategies for a Unique Age

first_imgWhen it comes to implementing digital transformation, most companies naturally focus on the wealth of potential today’s emerging technologies offer them to expand their corporate reach.  But for such a transformation to be truly successful and give organizations the greatest return on their investment, a solid strategy based upon their specific needs is the key to unlocking the power that lies in helping these solutions work together. To achieve this, a solid foundation capable of supporting these new tools is essential. To devise a plan that takes their personal needs into account, they need to find an IT partner who knows how to integrate these new technologies and is capable of helping them orchestrate their individual strengths into a unified goal for tomorrow.Collaboration is the key to creating a successful visionIn the Digital Age, businesses are evolving rapidly, as every organization in every field now essentially offers IT services at its core, from finance to sales, from healthcare to retail, from science to manufacturing. IT has become fully woven into every business model of every company whatever their activities, customers and size, as both B2B and B2C customers are now demanding more in terms of service, capability and outcome.This means that today’s businesses are driven by advances in modern IT to offer their customers the most efficient, personal experiences possible and delivering employees access to the most pertinent information in real-time on which to base their business decisions. This is especially true for enterprise customers and many of the major industries in today’s global marketplace.With this in mind, the success of an IT provider relies on being able to see the potential of digital transformation through the eyes of each individual company. Just as no two business models are alike, the needs of today’s clients are specific to their individual makeup, and emerging technologies are only as potent as their ability to be customized to achieve an organization’s unique vision. A focus on customer satisfaction and sound strategic planning are what makes visionary companies stand out from the crowd.To achieve this, organizations need to trust that their infrastructure is both capable and fluid enough to handle the demands of an ever changing workplace and has the robust datacenter capabilities to support the ever-increasing volumes of data brought to light by such cutting-edge solutions as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality and flexible cloud alternatives.Many of today’s most powerful organizations are both intrigued by the potential of emerging technologies to increase their reach, improve efficiency and focus their workforce – and confused as to which solutions are best suited to deliver the greatest return on investment for their particular needs. At Dell Technologies, our unique ability to deliver products that focus a company’s vision, rather than simply highlighting the technology itself, is what makes us among the most trusted leaders in our field.Evolving to meet the needs of a new workplaceDigital transformation has the power to drive a culture of entrepreneurship, ownership and accountability never before seen in the workplace. But as business models change, jobs take on new responsibilities and the workforce grows more tech savvy, the companies who thrive are those who recognize the need to give their employees the most up-to-date tools capable of enabling them to achieve their objectives in a work environment that is growing increasingly more mobile, fluid, collaborative and hyper-connected.To find the spot where cost and efficiency meet power of innovation for a particular customer, this calls for a new type of infrastructure designed not only to provide services, but to promote opportunities to seek out better ways of working. Collaboration, information sharing, mobility and speed of access to information have become the greatest priorities for organizations looking to expand their reach. For the solutions of tomorrow to do their work, they need a sound architecture on which to thrive.As the workforce changes, so have the priorities of today’s workers. Generation Z is now entering the job market fully connected and prepared to stand as ambassadors of technology. They are expected to be as much as 20% of the workforce by 2020.Like myself, they have great interest in Corporate Social Responsibility and are environmentally active, preferring to work for likeminded companies. Hiring and retaining the best and brightest relies heavily on ensuring they have the right tools at their disposal to think in innovative new ways, share ideas with colleagues and do their jobs from anywhere, at any time. For them, teamwork and interaction are essential. To achieve this, smart companies recognize the need to transform.Designing data to deliver new insightsWith data as the new gold, smart organizations are focusing on how best to store, manage, protect and analyze their newfound information and turn it into actionable insights for addressing a quickly changing marketplace. Scalability, dependability and security make up the blueprint for translating data and drawing new connections from a diverse range of sources, from edge to cloud to core.Today’s forward thinking companies want access to the right data in the right place at the right time. Improving an organization’s ability to collect and make sense of their data in near real-time from edge to cloud to core is a key element for staying ahead of its competitors. Greater data integration throughout a company’s structure provides:More reliable data for decision makingIncreased speed to marketFaster ability to integrate acquisitions and modificationsImproved agility, scalability and flexibilityEnhanced analytical potentialExtended customer reachDeveloping a top of the line ecosystem drives business value improves operational efficiency and grows revenue.  It is the heart of any successful digital transformation.When it comes to turning the chaos of digital transformation into customized capability, the Dell EMC sales force uses its tested field experience to fully examine the specifics that make up a customer’s business structure. In this way, we help to devise new ways of implementing the latest technologies to allow organizations to work more efficiently, research new methods for production and operations, intelligently manage data and ultimately streamline corporate IT strategy. In this way, Dell becomes the facilitator for our customers’ success, rather than just another provider.And that is how we like it.last_img read more

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Gameday celebrates seniors

first_imgIn less than 24 hours, a 38-0 walloping of Wake Forest on Senior Day and losses by the top-2 football teams in the country led the Irish to a perfect 11-0 record and their first No. 1 national ranking in the BCS era. All this excitement combined with unseasonably warm weather made for “an incredible weekend,” said Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations. “The perfect weather, Senior Day and the undefeated record all contributed to it being one of the best home football weekends anyone can remember,” he said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for the Notre Dame family to celebrate both the seniors and the special season we have been experiencing.” Seamon said this was one of the most special Senior Day celebrations in recent memory due to strong student support for the football team and its seniors. “It was evident that the student body shares a mutual, special affinity for the team, and vice versa,” he said. “Couple that with an undefeated record, and it made for a particularly special and memorable day in Notre Dame history.” The ideal conditions brought a perfect storm of about 115,000 fans to campus on gameday, Seamon said, and pregame attractions on campus also drew in large numbers of visitors Friday and Saturday. “The Friday tunnel tour had a season high of more than 5,300 visitors, and the pep rally was standing-room only,” he said. “The player walk on Saturday was absolutely packed the entire way from the Guglielmino [Athletics Complex] to the Stadium.” Seamon said the lopsided final score helped minimize traffic on campus. “Post-game traffic was much better and more manageable this weekend given that the game was clearly decided early on in the contest,” he said. According to a press release, the Indiana State Excise Police arrested 36 people on 49 charges this weekend. Officers apprehended 32 minors on 39 charges, including illegal possession or consumption of alcohol and the possession of a false form of identification. Two men were arrested after a large fight broke out in the C1 parking lot. The men were preliminarily charged with battery, public intoxication, battery on law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.  According to the press release, one Excise Police officer was injured while breaking up the fight. Officers also arrested two adults on drug possession and paraphernalia charges. Arrest statistics from Notre Dame Security Police were unavailable at press time. Now, as the stadium moves into its offseason, Seamon said he and his Game Day Operations team will work to make the Notre Dame football experience even better for next year. “As has been our typical practice the past few years, we will spend the next several weeks reviewing the season from several different angles and will identify how we can build upon the program for next season,” he said. To provide feedback on the game day experience or suggestions and comments for next season, fans can visit gameday.nd.edu. Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected]last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Ben Platt Will Serve Streep, Jersey Boys Go Wild & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Ben Platt Will Get Meryl Streep DrunkThe Book of Mormon star Ben Platt already has his next big screen project lined up. According to Deadline, Platt has joined the cast of Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme. He will appear opposite Meryl Streep, her daughter Mamie Gummer and Kevin Kline. The Pitch Perfect star will play Daniel, the bartender at the titular duo’s regular hangout. Streep is set to star as Ricki, a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic who gets one last chance to have it all.Ohhhhhhh, What a Night?!No, who really loves you, pretty mama? Porn star Tommy Pistol will play Frankie Valli in an upcoming adult film version of Jersey Boys, aptly titled Jersey Boys XXX: The Porn Musical. The seasoned sex-thespian says he is a huge fan of the show, and has been listening to The Four Seasons nonstop for the past couple months. Read more on the adult entertainment news site XBiz. Needless to say, NSFW. You know, because of language.Betty Buckley Brings Ghosts to Joe’s PubWhen a theater is unoccupied, a single light bulb—a ghostlight—illimuniates the stage to keep away the spirits. But when Betty Buckley takes to Joe’s Pub to celebrate the launch of her album Ghostlight, there will surely be plenty of (live) spectators cheering on the Broadway legend. The Tony winner will play the venue on October 7 and October 9-11.Wicked Continues to Fly High Across the PondAnd no one’s gonna bring it down. The London production of Wicked has become the 14th longest-running musical in West End history, surpassing Me and My Girl. It is also now the 10th longest-running show currently playing the West End. The U.K. hit opened on September 27, 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre with the show’s Tony-winning star Idina Menzel. Whoever that is. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kerry Ellis and Savannah Stevenson currently play Elphaba and Glinda in the London production.Those Scoundrels Better Werk, BitchYou wanna hot body? You wanna Bugatti? Just want “great big stuff” in general? Well, as Britney, the cast of the West End’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell say, you better work, bitch. Oh, Jerry, you drive us crazy and we just can’t sleep. Check out their fun video below, and happy Friday! Ben Platt Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Peru Bolsters Strategy Against Narco-Terrorist Alliance in Coca-growing Areas

first_imgBy Pedro Hurtado Cánepa/Diálogo October 25, 2016 The Peruvian government officially ordered the Armed Forces to directly intervene in coca-growing areas of the country in its continued battle against criminal elements engaged in narcoterrorism. The measure took effect on October 11th, and will remain in force for 60 days. The order calls for the development and implementation of a new strategy in the region of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley of the (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym), which includes areas located in the Peruvian highlands such as Ayacucho, Junín, Huancavelica, and Cusco, cities with high levels of poverty affected by terrorist violence from 1980-2000. According to a 2015 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are 18,333 hectares of coca cultivation in the VRAEM alone. The document shows that Peru has at least 40,300 hectares in 13 production areas, which is surpassed only by Colombia. As a result of this new strategy, in early October, Fernando Zavala, president of the Council of Ministers, announced a state of emergency in different VRAEM districts. “This new strategy consists of the Armed Forces assuming control of internal security, and they will have the support of the National Police,” said Andrés Gómez de la Torre, a Peruvian expert on national defense and intelligence issues. Peruvian legislation establishes that the fight against drug trafficking is a function that rests with the police. “The intention of the VRAEM strategy is to look at the situation objectively and to have a unified command in charge of the Armed Forces Joint Command and joined by the National Police of Peru,” said Gómez, indicating that the new operations will be more proactive. Working together According to the Interior Minister, the National Police will continue engaging in those aspects in which it has exclusive inalienable jurisdiction, such as the investigation of crimes like illicit drug trafficking. For purposes of the legality of their actions and the full respect for human rights, law enforcement will be under the direction of the Peruvian Attorney General’s Office. Peruvian police officers will continue to be in charge of the arrest and prosecution of individuals, as well as public safety, among other duties. “The issue of drug trafficking in the VRAEM began 10 years ago, and it has become a war of attrition due to the multiple threats to national security,” said Gómez. “The remnants of Shining Path in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley are no longer the ideological or political apparatus of a terrorist group questioning the rule of law. They have now become allies with drug-trafficking mafias operating in the area,” said Minister of Defense Mariano González. For González, the current reality of terrorist groups in Peru is causing a rethinking of certain strategies and what the sector’s position is. “With this rule, the Armed Forces are empowered to fight drug trafficking,” he said. González admitted that among the risks in the fight against drug trafficking is the emergence of cases of corruption in the very same law enforcement agencies (due to the large amounts of money they handle). “Supervision processes will be established to prevent members of the Armed Forces from falling into temptation,” he said. Peruvian Congressman and retired Vice Admiral Carlos Tubino, believes that these measures should be accompanied by others geared towards enhancing military intervention in this jurisdiction, such as allowing the Armed Forces to directly carry out interdictions against drug traffickers. “There are currently 64 Army bases in the VRAEM, and they cannot do direct interdiction, seize drugs they find, or hand those involved over (to the courts),” said Vice Adm. Tubino. He believes that the Armed Forces should directly participate in confiscating drugs, drug paraphernalia, capturing individuals involved, and handing them over to the police. Defense Minister Mariano González will detail the new military strategy to congressional members at the National Defense, Internal Order, Alternative Development, and Drug Control Committee during the first week of November in order to determine its continuity.last_img read more

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