Integrating defence, development and diplomatic efforts to bring sustainable peace in Mali Thank you, Mr President. I would like to thank the Under-Secretary General Lacroix for his briefing, and although he is absent today, I would like to extend my thanks also to SRSG Annadif. MINUSMA and the wider international community have benefited from his leadership and guidance. We wish him luck in his next role and welcome the appointment of Mr. El-Ghassim Wane.Mr President, I’d like to focus my remarks on two priorities for action. First, the issue of impunity for human rights abuses and violations remains a concern. The attack against the MINUSMA camp in Aguelhok in Kidal region on Friday, which killed four Chadian peacekeepers and injured another twenty-four, underlines the complex and challenging circumstances in which MINUSMA operates. And on behalf of the United Kingdom, I pay tribute to those peacekeepers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for peace and security in Mali. I offer my deep condolences to their families and friends and to the mission and I wish those who are injured a speedy recovery.In the light of this attack and the other significant attacks against peacekeepers earlier this year, I want also to reiterate what I said in January: these crimes should not go unpunished and those who perpetrate them should be aware that they may constitute war crimes. While recent prosecution orders and investigations are positive steps, we urge the Malian authorities to ensure transparency and accountability for such acts. As the Secretary-General’s report points out, justice is necessary in order to achieve sustainable peace and help build trust between the state and its people.Second, the need for an inclusive political process based on consultations and dialogue will foster a sense of ownership among all parties to the peace agreement.The recent meetings of the Monitoring Committee of Kidal, as well as efforts by the transitional government to initiate dialogue with political parties, were encouraging developments. However, with less than a year to go until the end of the transitional period, progress on the implementation of the peace agreement has been limited. We hope to see accelerated progress and concrete achievements in line with the roadmap agreed in December.Finally, I’d like to thank the Secretary-General for sharing the roadmap for MINUSMA’s transition. It contains some important guiding principles, including the need for government-led reform. As we prepare for MINUSMA’s mandate renewal in June, we will draw on this roadmap and from the experience of our own deployment to MINUSMA, to understand how the mission can best support the Malian government to assume increasing responsibility for the security tasks currently carried out by the mission.Mr President, the UK remains committed to supporting MINUSMA’s core objectives. We’re contributing to stabilisation efforts that will help reduce violent conflict. We’re supporting projects aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of women both in the peace process and in wider conflict resolution mechanisms. We’re providing international humanitarian law training to Malian forces and supporting the G5 Sahel Joint Forces engagement with communities. We’re helping protect civilians through our humanitarian aid and by working through OCHA to strengthen civilian military coordination. We will continue working closely with our Malian and international partners to coordinate efforts.By working together and integrating our defence, development and diplomatic efforts, we stand the best chance to deliver our shared vision of long-term peace and stability in Mali and the region.Thank you, Mr President. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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Cynthia Johnson/Liaison(WASHINGTON) — After “Hail to Chief” and a 21-gun salute rang out, the casket of President George H.W. Bush was carried up the steps of the U.S. Capitol as the setting sun cast a pastel sky over Washington in a final nod to one of America’s great public servants.The late president’s son, former President George W. Bush, held his hand over his heart and held back tears as he watched pallbearers carry his father into the Capitol while the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” played the hymns, “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The Bush family and members of Bush’s cabinet solemnly followed the casket into the Capitol Rotunda led by Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard.Bush’s casket was draped with the American flag and placed underneath the marble dome of the Rotunda. Surrounded by family, members of his administration, the current White House, Supreme Court justices and members of Congress, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan paid tribute to Bush.“Thirty years ago, on the west front of this capitol, George Herbert Walker Bush addressed the nation for the first time as our president,” McConnell said in his tribute on the rotunda floor. “He said, ‘We meet on democracy’s front porch. A good place to talk as neighbors and as friends.’ The words of a humble servant who loved his fellow citizens and of a principled leader who knew America not only guards our own future but also safeguards democracy for the world. Today, this hero has returned to the capitol a final time.”During his tribute, Ryan said he campaigned for Bush in high school.“He was the first president I had the chance to vote for. And he was the first president to teach me and many of us that in a democracy, sometimes you fall short. And that how you handle that, that is just as important as how you win,” Ryan said.The remarks paid tribute to a man known for his kindness and humility.“When President George H.W. Bush left office, he left America and the world more peaceful, prosperous and secure,” Pence said. “He was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation. But he also was a good man who was devoted to his wife, his family and his friends.”Pence shared a personal story of Bush writing to his son after he earned his Wings of Gold and made his first tailhook landing as a Marine aviator on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.“I asked him to sign a picture of the flight deck that I could give to my son. We were told by the staff that the president had long since ended the practice of signing autographs and we understood that. But little to my surprise, just in time for my son’s winging, there came not only a signed photograph but, of course, a letter. Hand-signed as well,” Pence said. “In that letter President Bush wrote to my son, ‘Congratulations on receiving your wings of gold. I know how proud you and your family are at this moment.’ And then in words that assured us that the letter came directly from him, he wrote, ‘Though we have not met, I share the pride your father has for you during this momentous occasion and I wish you many C.A.V.U. days ahead. All the best, G. Bush,’” Pence said.C.A.V.U. stands for clear skies and visibility unlimited and was one of Bush’s favorite terms from his time in the Navy.“Ceiling and visibility unlimited. That may well describe the essence of this man,” Pence said. “And it may well have been his vision. The vision he had for his life, for his children, his children’s children and his country. No barriers, no boundaries, no limits.”The plane — referred to as Air Force One when the president is on board — was given the name “Special Air Mission 41” on Monday and Wednesday for when the late president and his family traveled between Joint Base Andrews and Houston.When the plane landed at Andrews Monday under clear skies, it marked the start of a four-day tribute in the nation’s capital to the 41st president. A hearse waited as the plane taxied to its place.Members of the CIA, for which Bush once served as director, and sailors from the carrier USS George H.W. Bush stood at attention.More than a dozen members of the Bush family descended from the Boeing 747 and then watched as military members carried the casket through a cordon and placed it in the hearse. The late president’s longtime friend, former chief of staff and Secretary of State James Baker accompanied the Bush family, as did Sully, the 2-year-old service dog that stayed by the president’s side through the last few months of his life.As during the departure ceremony at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, the former president and World War II Navy pilot was honored with a 21-gun salute. After the ceremony, the hearse left for the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where Navy captains and admirals will serve as pallbearers and bring the late president’s casket up the Capitol steps.The official ceremonies honoring the late president began Monday morning as his family watched members of the U.S. Secret Service carry his casket from a funeral chapel in Houston to a waiting hearse. The motorcade then headed to Ellington Field about 45 minutes away.Bush, who was famous for having socks for every occasion, will be buried in a pair that pays tribute to his time in the Navy, according to family spokesperson Jim McGrath. The former president flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific as a torpedo bomber pilot and was shot down by the Japanese in 1944. The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18 year-old naval aviator in war. That legacy is now being carried, in part, by the brave, selfless men and women aboard @CVN77_GHWB. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/OabtK756fO— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018Over the last few months, the Bush family shared photos of him wearing socks with former President Bill Clinton’s face on them, as well as a pair featuring a yellow lab that looked like his service dog, Sully.As the departure ceremony was taking place, President Donald Trump tweeted that he would see the Bush family soon.“Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush,” he wrote.The president doesn’t yet have any public events scheduled with the family ahead of Wednesday’s state funeral. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to make remarks at the U.S. Capitol, where the president’s casket will be taken after an arrival ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.The Clintons and the Obamas are expected to attend the funeral service, as well as former President Jimmy Carter. At age 94, the same age at which Bush died, Carter is now the oldest living president.The official schedule for ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush was released on Saturday. The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum back in Texas.Bush’s casket will lie in state through Wednesday morning. An honor guard will be in attendance and the public will be allowed into the Capitol from 7:30 p.m. Monday until 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.Sen. John McCain, a war hero like Bush, is the last person to lie in state at the Capitol following his death in August. Bush called McCain “a patriot of the highest order” following his death.There will be a departure ceremony for Bush at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and his casket will arrive at the Washington National Cathedral five miles away at 11 a.m.The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, set to be attended by a wide array of former presidents and politicians, including Trump, will last 90 minutes.Following the funeral, Bush’s casket will return to Joint Base Andrews at 1:15 p.m. for the flight back to Houston. His arrival at Ellington Field is expected at 4:30 p.m. Central time on Wednesday.Bush will then lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral was held in April.The president’s casket will depart by railroad on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Central time and arrive at Texas A&M University in College Station, home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at 3:45 p.m. Bush, an admirer of trains, has had a special one with a glass viewing car designed to carry his remains to internment.Bush will be interred next to his wife and daughter Robin at 4:15 p.m.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Department of Oral andMaxillofacial Surgery, seeks applications from leading scholars forthe Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS & Venice K. Paterakis, DDSEndowed Professorship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. TheDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is globally recognizedfor surgical care in the areas of cancer, trauma, and congenitaldisorders. The Department is recruiting a biomedical engineer toenhance and expand the clinical and translational research programin head and neck surgery, with an emphasis on drug/protein/cellcarrier systems, particularly for bone engineering. Successfulcandidate must have a strong track record of research, scholarship,and federal funding in biomedical engineering.Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualificationsand experience.Qualifications :The position requires a Ph.D./Sc.D. or equivalent degree.
Since taking over as secretary of state in early February, Tillerson has been the epitome of “quiet diplomacy.” He operated much as he did when leading ExxonMobil and dealing with governments in Moscow and beyond: He barely spoke in public and avoided reporters like the plague. He has yet to fill numerous empty leadership slots at the State Department and appeared to be undercut when the president rejected his first choice for a deputy. Much of the career staff at the department still feels isolated from him.But ever since reports filtered in last week that the Syrian regime had unleashed sarin gas in Idlib province, Tillerson has made his presence felt.The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 7 | Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty ImagesIt was Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster who briefed reporters late Thursday after Trump announced the U.S. had rained 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase. During that briefing, Tillerson accused Russia, which, along with Iran, is militarily backing Assad, of failing to live up to a 2013 deal to ensure the Syrian strongman got rid of his chemical weapons.“Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement,” Tillerson said.Tillerson has kept up the tough talk in the days since. He even hit the Sunday talk show circuit to suggest that Moscow should reconsider its support for Assad. He chided Russia for its suspected interference in foreign elections, including that of the United States in 2016. The alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 campaign is especially sensitive because U.S. federal authorities are investigating whether Trump aides were involved.On Monday, Tillerson spoke at a ceremony in Lucca, Italy, to commemorate a 1944 massacre, and used the following striking language: “We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.” “People who felt he was out of the loop were not doing their basic due diligence,” a senior Trump administration official said.The stakes are high for Tillerson’s meetings Wednesday in Moscow, setting the tone for the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship under Trump.The Kremlin has expressed fury over Trump’s decision to stage a missile attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime after it allegedly killed dozens in a chemical attack. It’s not even clear whether Putin will meet with Tillerson; if he doesn’t, it will be a high-profile snub. At the same time, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are demanding that Trump come up with a broader Syria strategy that goes beyond one missile strike.“Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement” — Rex TillersonStill, thanks to that one missile strike, Tillerson heads to Moscow with leverage his predecessor, John Kerry, never had when talking to Russia about Syria. The strike showed the U.S. is willing to use force to back up its rhetoric; it also relieved Tillerson of a burden because it appears to have sidelined — for now — Trump’s hopes of a rapprochement with Moscow.“If there hadn’t been the overt break between Washington and Moscow over the U.S. strikes in Syria, then I think all eyes would have been on Tillerson and his ability to move the needle on improving the relationship with Moscow,” said Charles Kupchan, a top Obama administration National Security Council official. Now, “no longer is he expected to go to Moscow and bring home the bacon. He’s expected to go to Moscow and have a tough conversation. … And that’s exactly what he’ll get.” “They agreed that U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement” in Syria, the spokesman said.But Assad, too, is watching. After the U.S. missile strike last week, there were some reports that Assad’s forces used the same airbase targeted by the Americans to launch new, conventional attacks on rebels trying to oust the Syrian leader. Some analysts theorize that Assad’s chemical weapons attack may have been an attempt to test the Trump administration, which just days before, thanks to comments by Tillerson and Haley, had indicated it no longer considered removing Assad a priority. But others note he also may have angered the Russians.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2015 | Alexey Druzhinyn/Ria Novosti Pool via EPA“Assad doesn’t trust the Russians, and he shouldn’t trust the Russians, because the Russians have a set of global interests which are far beyond Syria,” said Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “And the Russians think he’s not been smart about a lot of things he did, and he made them look like fools using chemical weapons.”So far, there’s no official confirmation as to whether Putin will meet Tillerson, but the Russians often prefer not to tell their American counterparts whether such sessions will happen until the last minute. Putin met often with Kerry. When the former secretary visited Moscow just over a year ago, the Russian president teased Kerry for carrying his own luggage.Analysts said that regardless of whom he sees in Moscow, Tillerson must be able to speak authoritatively for Trump and follow through on his promises. Otherwise, the Russians will sense weakness and exploit American indecisiveness.The senior Trump administration official said the president has plenty of confidence in Tillerson. The pair meet on a regular basis and have a solid rapport, the official said. Tillerson’s State Department also released two statements in quick succession on Friday that appeared to be indirect slaps at the Kremlin. One condemned the reported detentions and executions of men believed to be gay in Chechnya; the other criticized a referendum held in South Ossetia, a region whose status is a matter of dispute between Russia and Georgia.Tillerson’s message didn’t always appear in sync with that of others on the Trump team. He came across as more cautious than U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in describing America’s aims in Syria. Haley indicated Assad’s ouster is now a U.S. priority. Tillerson seemed to downplay that and said that defeating the Islamic State terrorist group, which controls chunks of Syria, is the key objective. Overall, however, the postures of Tillerson and Haley, as well as McMaster, show the degree to which the Trump administration has moved away from its earlier dreams of a closer relationship with Moscow.Tillerson will land in Moscow late Tuesday and is due to meet Wednesday morning with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The latter is an old hand with plenty of experience in diplomatic swordplay. Although the pair will likely focus heavily on Syria, other sensitive issues, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are sure to come up.“The Russians think Assad’s not been smart about a lot of things he did, and he made them look like fools using chemical weapons” — Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International StudiesThe likelihood is that Tillerson and Lavrov will emerge from their meetings with standard diplomatic statements in which they agree to disagree on any number of things. Behind the scenes, they may be more pragmatic about the challenge posed in Syria, where an estimated half-million people have died in six years of fighting. But one measure of how well things go will be whether there’s a decision made on whether and when Trump should meet Putin face to face.The outcome of Tillerson’s meetings will be watched carefully across the world. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that she had spoken with Trump and the two agreed there is now a window of opportunity to persuade Russia to drop its backing for Assad. Rex Tillerson’s seemingly cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew bipartisan alarm and nearly derailed his confirmation as secretary of state.But some three months later, as the former ExxonMobil CEO heads to Moscow on his first trip as America’s top diplomat, it’s hard to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin once gave him an “Order of Friendship” award.As Washington and Moscow clash over Syria, Tillerson has seized the moment to berate Russia and prove he’s no pro-Kremlin stooge. Along the way, Tillerson also is showing that, contrary to popular belief, he has plenty of influence on President Donald Trump and is increasingly coming into his own as secretary of state. “When you’re president, it’s ‘Where do you spend your time?’” the official said. “You’re not going to spend a lot of hours with somebody you don’t think is doing a great job, and he’s been spending a lot of hours with Secretary Tillerson.” Also On POLITICO Opinion Russia’s latest victim in Ukraine — reform By Molly K. McKew NATO’s top mission: Preparing for Trump By David M. Herszenhorn War Room The Syrian rebel who built an Islamic paradise By Aron Lund
This week sees hordes of project cargo professionals come together for the Breakbulk China exhibition in Shanghai.Delegates at the event will first hear from management consultant John Jullens, who will deliver a speech on China’s economic outlook for 2015. The media has been full of reports about China’s “economic slowdown” recently, but the vast country remains an important one for the heavy lift and project forwarding industry. Attendees will also have the chance to hear more about compliance and legal issues in China, booking note strategies, an outlook on multipurpose and heavy lift fleet transportation, China’s oil and gas pipeline network, and a presentation about moving abnormal loads on the Ancient Silk Route.If you are at the event in Shanghai, keep an eye out for HLPFI’s Peter Edwards, who will be present for the duration of the exhibition. In businessMOL launches dedicated projects brandMOL Group has established a unified brand for its heavy cargo and plant transport operations: MOL Project & Heavy Cargo.Steder now sole owner of Romanian jvDutch Steder Group has acquired the shares previously held by Delta Maritime of Greece in the joint venture that the two companies had in Romania.Sohar looks to ChinaSohar Port and Freezone has said that it aims to capitalise on the economic slowdown in China by focusing on the opportunities being created in booming regional markets.ITIC issues fraud warningThe International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned that the fraudulent diversion of funds is on the increase in the maritime sector.Port of Vancouver USA has ‘historic year’Port of Vancouver USA ceo Todd Coleman says that 2014 was a “banner year” for the port, with the gateway experiencing the best year for revenue and tonnage in its 103-year history.Abu Dhabi Ports optimistic for 2015Following a record year in 2014, Abu Dhabi Ports is forecasting 17 percent growth across all its general cargo activities in 2015. Contractual obligationsSiemens chooses CuxportCuxport has signed a contract with Siemens regarding the provision of logistics services for the operation of the offshore platforms BorWin 2, HelWin 1 and 2, and SylWin 1. Capacity developmentsNew era for Damen Yichang ShipyardThe Damen Yichang Shipyard – a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC – plans to expand its portfolio of vessels, as well as its geographical reach.Liebherr adds crane rescue sheetsLiebherr mobile cranes that comply with stage 3b or over will now come with a rescue sheet, which aims to enable the fast rescue of passengers and recovery of the crane after accidents.Talbert upgrades trailer seriesTalbert Manufacturing has updated its travelling axle (TA) series by increasing its hauling capacity by 5 tonnes. On the moveGAC ups Japanese offeringGAC has set up an operations office in Japan to cater for the growing demand for ship’s agency and husbandry services in light of the country’s burgeoning energy sector. Network newsWWPC members to support InfaniaMembers attending the Worldwide Project Consortium’s (WWPC) 15th annual membership conference, will be supporting the Infania Organisation in a charity auction. Notable shipment Fleet Line Shipping (FLS) has coordinated the shipment of a 160-tonne crew boat, measuring 41 m x 8 m x 12 m, from Jebel Ali in the UAE to Dos Bocas, Mexico.
SamahangKickboxing ng Pilipinas secretary-general Atty. Wharton Chan refused to givepredictions but believes his eight-man Filipino squad is capable of deliveringmedals for the country. So far so good.Manny Harris has managed to live up to the billing as he led the Road Warriorsfinish as the top seeded team going to the playoffs that starts today at theSmart Araneta Coliseum. In the sixgames he played since replacing Olu Ashaolu, Harris, the 30-year-old former LosAngeles Laker, averaged 32.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in helpingthe team clinch the No.1 seeding for the first time in franchise history. “Sana nga may suwerte sa mga Harris. Of course, he’s a totally differenttype of player than Tony,” said Guiao, who has seven PBA championships tuckedunder his belt. THE PHILIPPINEkickboxing team is tempering expectations when it makes its Southeast AsianGames debut during the 30th edition of the biennial meet which will open later thismonth. Expected togive the Filipinos a run for the gold are regional power Thailand, Indonesia,Malaysia, Laos, and Vietnam. Having anotherimport with the “Harris” surname at his disposal, NLEX Road Warriors head coachJoseller “Yeng” Guiao is hoping it will result to a championship in the 2019PBA Governors’ Cup. *** The teamtrained under the supervision of two-time Olympian Donald Geisler and MarkSangiao of the celebrated Team Lakay. He added: “Wehope and pray each and every athlete would be successful in their respectivecategories. Doon muna tayo mas focusin promoting the sport as well as giving these athletes the break (theyneeded).” Among themembers of the team are Ilonggo Ruel Catalan (57 kg), Karol Maguide (51 kg),Jerry Olsim (69 kg), Rex De Lara (60 kg) Jomar Balaguid (54 kg), Jean ClaudeSaclag (63 kg), and the women duo of Renz Daquel (48 kg) and Gina Iniong (55kg). “As much as wewant to be confident, syempre we alsowant to be modest. Our assessment for the SEA Games is that everyone would be amedalist,” Chan said in a press conference. The veteranmentor is hoping that former NBA player Manny Harris will be as effective ashis former import Tony Harris, who gave Guiao his first ever PBA championshipin 1992. “Of course, I’vehad memorable times with Tony (Harris). I just hope the same thing here, thatwe’ll have memorable times also with Manny,” said the NLEX coach./PN
Manchester United strike Marcus Rashford, has emerged the bookmakers’ joint-favourite to win Britain’s Sports Personality of the Year Award after his successful campaign for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays.British ministers originally said that school food vouchers would not be available over the long holiday, prompting the 22-year-old forward to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy.On Tuesday, the government bowed to pressure and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said it would provide a COVID-19 summer food fund costing around 120 million pounds.Rashford’s efforts have seen his odds of 80/1 cut to 6/4, making him the joint-favourite for the BBC award alongside WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Tyson Fury, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.Rashford has already helped to raise around 20 million pounds with charity Fareshare UK, to supply meals to struggling families.Other contenders for the award, voted for by the public in December, include Mercedes Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, and Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson, who are both at 12/1.Cricketer Ben Stokes won the award last year for his 50-over World Cup-winning heroics and Ashes displays against Australia.
THE Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA), in conjunction with International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Guyanam will tomorrow host an inaugural Six-Stage Level 2 Match at the Timehri Rifle Ranges, dubbed the 2018 Independence IPSC Shoot.Top shooters in this section namely Smallbore captain Dale Hing, vice-captain Gordon Richards, Harold Hopkinson, Ryan McKinnon, Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon among others, will make this one to remember.Apart from the Individual category, there would also be teams consisting of 3 members, each vying for top honours. The match is sanctioned by Harold Hopkinson, the Regional Director for IPSC Guyana, who has promised that the 2019 Independence Shoot will see international shooters from other IPSC Regions descend on these shores to compete.This inaugural Independence Shoot is sponsored by BM Soat as well as Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., and will see the top five individuals in each division being rewarded, while each member of the top team in the Team matches would receive a trophy.Following are the stages: First Stage – Oops: consisting of 6 steel plates and 6 steel poppers, 30 and 35 feet away. Shooters will engage the 6 poppers first, freestyle then, execute a compulsory magazine change and knock down the six plates using one hand, minimum round count 12.Second Stage – The Joker: This course consists of 8 IPSC targets and 4 poppers. Shooters must place 2 shots minimum per IPSC target and also knock down the 4 poppers, whilst traversing this 20-round medium course without incurring any penalties or breaking the dreaded 180° safety angles.Third Stage – Over and Under: This a large 32-round course. On the large course, competitors will be vying for 160 points, while changing magazines, executing perfect shots and running as fast as they can. Shooters must also jump over or duck under a barrier whilst traversing the course. If the barrier is dislodged, the errant shooter will incur a minus 10 point penalty.Completing this Level 2 Course will be 3 IPSC Classifiers, consisting of two 12-round and an 8-round course. These IPSC Classifiers will give members the international ranking needed, while taking part in IPSC and USPSA competitions.Members will compete in three divisions, Production, Standard and Open.According to IPSC Regional Director Hopkinson, he would be using his customised Open Race gun, sponsored by Shay Horowitz, owner of Akai Custom Guns of Miami, Florida and will be shooting 9mm major ammunition against the likes of Glocks, CZ Shadow 2s and Bull Storms which will be used by other members.
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Federal health officials are issuing a national warning against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize some forms of the drug’s use. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)WASHINGTON | Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome Adams made the announcement, with Azar calling marijuana “a dangerous drug.” Officials said President Donald Trump has donated $100,000 — one-quarter of his annual government salary — toward a digital campaign to raise awareness of the risks. Trump has forgone his official salary since taking office.The warning comes as legal marijuana has grown into a $10-billion industry in the U.S. with nearly two-thirds of states legalizing it, mainly for medical uses. An increasing number of states and localities are also allowing personal, recreational use.Countering the opioid epidemic is a top issue for the White House, but marijuana had not gotten such high-level attention.Adams said science shows that marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of teenagers and to the human fetus. The drug has also gotten stronger, with a three-fold increase in the concentration of the active ingredient THC in cultivated plants over the last 20 years.“This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,” Adams said.While many states have changed their marijuana laws, federal law still treats it as a controlled substance akin to opioids.Federal officials say they fear the trend toward legalization may make it more enticing for teenagers to try marijuana. It’s a commonly used drug among youths, they said, along with alcohol and e-cigarettes. No states allow legal marijuana use by teens.Adams said that for teens it carries a risk of affecting brain development, which continues in the 20s. Frequent marijuana use by teenagers is associated with changes in parts of the brain that are involved with attention, memory, decision-making and motivation.Among pregnant women, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, with about 7% reporting they had used it within the past month in a 2017 study. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise women not to use marijuana during pregnancy, and to discontinue the drug if they find out they are pregnant.HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said pregnant women taking marijuana to relieve morning sickness should stop. “If you have morning sickness, talk to your physician,” he said.
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