Fatah-linked radio studios attacked and destroyed

first_img Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News News RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned an attack on the studios of a local radio linked to Fatah in the Gaza Strip in which its offices were wrecked, its sole transmitter destroyed and the building torched.Armed men burst into the studios of Al ommal radio run by the worker’s union linked to the party of President Mahmud Abbas on 12 October 2006. After throwing a grenade into the entrance of the studios in the Ibad Al Rahman district in the north of Gaza, they ordered all its journalists out of the building.They then attacked the guards before ransacking the offices, destroying the transmitter and setting fire to five floors of the building.“We urge the authorities to open an investigation into this appalling act of violence. Since members of Hamas are suspected of involvement, we call on Ismael Haniyeh, Prime Minister and leader of the party, to strongly condemn this attack and to expel those responsible from its ranks,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”In addition, inter-Palestinian violence is today the main threat to freedom of expression. A national radio controlled by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, was attacked on June 2006. Local and foreign journalists need to have their safety guaranteed to work in the Territories,” said the organisation. The radio station’s head, Razk Al Biyari, said he believed that the attack had been carried out by people linked to the Hamas movement.Elsewhere two other radio stations, Al Shabab and Al Hurriya, both also close to Fatah, received telephoned threats last week. May 28, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists October 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fatah-linked radio studios attacked and destroyed News Follow the news on Palestinelast_img read more

Man dies in County Limerick crash

first_imgPrint Linkedin Previous articleRiver search launched for teenage girlNext articleIsabelle realises her dream admin Advertisement Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img AN 18-year-old man has died following a road accident in Co Limerick early this morning.The single-vehicle collision occurred on the Listowel Road outside of Abbeyfeale at 4am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is believed the driver of the car lost control and the vehicle hit a wall.The man was taken to Tralee General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The road is currently closed for a technical examination of the scene.Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have travelled on this stretch of road around the time of the crash to contact them at Newcastle West on 069-20650 NewsLocal NewsMan dies in County Limerick crashBy admin – August 25, 2009 640 Facebook Emaillast_img read more

Cllr. Dessie Shiels announces decision to resign from Council

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – February 27, 2019 Twitter Cllr. Dessie Shiels announces decision to resign from Council Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dessie SheilsCllr. Dessie Shiels has announced his decision to resign from Donegal County Council. He is to formally submit his resignation on Friday.In a statement this afternoon, Cllr Shiels thanked everyone who campaigned and voted for him to be elected in 2014 but due to other commitments, he will not be seeking re-election in May 2019.Cllr. Shiels has nominated Letterkenny’s Mr Eugene Gallagher as his replacement on Donegal County Council for co-option as an independent public representative for the Letterkenny Electoral area at the upcoming March 2019 meeting of the County Council.Concluding, Cllr. Shields says he has every confidence that Eugene will be an excellent public representative and will make his mark with Donegal County Council for many years to come.’Eugene’s character, life experience and way with people make him an ideal replacement for me and I am sure he will be elected on his own right as a very popular candidate in the May 2019 County Council election and I wish him every success.’ Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twittercenter_img Previous articleFurther clarity sought over protection of cross border servicesNext articleLongford confirm Verdon’s return News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebooklast_img read more

Driver busted with 800 pounds of allegedly stolen lemons

first_imgRiverside Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — A man was arrested in Southern California after police found 800 pounds of freshly-picked, allegedly stolen lemons inside his vehicle.Dionicio Fierros, 69, of Los Angeles, was arrested Friday morning in Thermal, California, after deputies stopped his car as part of an investigation of agricultural thefts in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. “They located approximately 800 pounds of freshly picked lemons in the vehicle. The lemons had been stolen from a nearby farm,” a police report said. “The lemons were confiscated. The deputies are continuing their investigation into reports of recent agricultural thefts in the area.”Fierros was held on suspicion of theft of agricultural products and was released after posting bail, the report said.A telephone number for Fierros could not be located in public records, and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Riverside Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — A man was arrested in Southern California after police found 800 pounds of freshly-picked, allegedly stolen lemons inside his vehicle.Dionicio Fierros, 69, of Los Angeles, was arrested Friday morning in Thermal, California, after deputies stopped his car as part of an investigation of agricultural thefts in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. “They located approximately 800 pounds of freshly picked lemons in the vehicle. The lemons had been stolen from a nearby farm,” a police report said. “The lemons were confiscated. The deputies are continuing their investigation into reports of recent agricultural thefts in the area.”Fierros was held on suspicion of theft of agricultural products and was released after posting bail, the report said.A telephone number for Fierros could not be located in public records, and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Degrading’: Aging detainees describe health care woes at Guantanamo 18 years after 9/11

first_imgiStock(WASHINGTON) — At 72, Saifullah Paracha is Guantanamo Bay’s oldest detainee by some stretch. A number of health problems could be expected to befall any man his age, let alone one who has spent the last 17 years in the notorious offshore U.S. military prison.He suffers from “debilitating chest pains,” an “overactive bladder and enlarge[d] prostate,” diabetes, coronary artery disease, diverticulosis, gout, psoriasis and arthritis, his lawyer, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, told ABC News. He has also suffered two heart attacks, one of which occurred when he was held in Bagram, in Afghanistan, before his transfer to Guantanamo, according to his attorney.Despite this, Paracha, who is alleged by the U.S. government to have been a “significant member of the international al-Qaida support network through his business associations in Pakistan,” was one of 24 low-value detainees who participated in a boycott of medical services this summer to protest what they say is inadequate and culturally insensitive treatment at the facility. They are referred as “low-value” by attorneys and journalists familiar with Guantanamo because they live in more communal cell blocks, where they are able to take part in group activities.Paracha’s attorney said she was fearful for his life, given his complex medical needs.None of the 24 low-value detainees, including Paracha, have been charged with a crime. Instead, they are being held indefinitely under the laws of war, which apply while conflict with the Taliban and al Qaeda are ongoing.In total, there are 40 detainees left at Guantanamo (down from nearly 700 at the peak), ranging in age from their early 40s to early 70s, only nine of whom have been charged with a crime. The subject of detainee care has been an issue of increasing debate in recent years, with the facility now reportedly considering end of life care services for the remaining detainees, according to the New York Times.Historically at Guantanamo, detainees had been restrained during medical check-ups with a single ankle restraint to the ground, according to detainees’ statements provided to Sullivan-Bennis and shared with ABC News.But prisoner advocates say a new policy, which allegedly began in late 2017, involved detainees being brought to medical examinations being placed in handcuffs which are attached to a leather brace fitted around their stomach, prohibiting their ability, in one detainee’s words, to even “lift their arms to hold onto a medical record.”That policy was partially overturned after the boycott, with the leather brace now removed for these medical visits. Detainees remain handcuffed during the medical visits, according to Sullivan-Bennis, who also represents several other inmates at the facility.‘Last thing a person expects’One of the detainees, Khaled Qassim, described what he said was the new shackling policy in a June 2019 letter to the human rights charity Reprieve, whose lawyers represent him.“In the worst days in GITMO, when the number of detainees was in hundreds, doctors used to have the authority to ask the guard force to take some of the restraints off the patient detainee while treating him in the medical space,” Qassim wrote. “Recently, after seventeen years with the number of detainees is far less than before, just in tens, and easier to control, the restraining rules have changed unnecessarily to something much worse.”He claimed that under the new rules, detainees undergoing medical exams were put in “hand shackles, belly chain and the leg shackles are all on,” and described it as “a scene that would always remind you about the tragedy of the slavery time.”“This time, unfortunately, it happens before a doctor,” he wrote in the letter, which was reviewed by ABC News. “The last thing a person expects…. Unlike any other meetings.”Another detainee, Abdul Latif Nasser, who remains detained more than three years after being cleared for release and who was profiled by ABC News in June, appeared to corroborate these claims in a recent meeting according to Sullivan-Bennis, who serves as his attorney as well.Sullivan-Bennis says Nasser claimed that at routine monthly medical appointments, he had to wear ankle restraints, a stomach brace with handcuffs attached to a leather brace around his waist, with extremely tight restraints. All this took place, he alleged in declassified notes from the meeting with Sullivan-Bennis, in the presence of two guards at all times so, in his words, “nothing is private,” and due to the lack of confidentiality, detainees “cannot discuss private topics.”Nasser also claimed that detainees don’t know who their doctors will be because of rotating staff and feel uncomfortable discussing personal medical matters and undergoing certain procedures, such as prostate exams, with female doctors, for religious reasons.According to Sullivan-Bennis, when she asked Nasser how inmates would respond to a colonoscopy being performed on them by a female doctor, Nasser said: “some detainees would prefer to die.”“Access to a private doctor is more important to my religion than allowing me to pray,” she says he told her.Shackling, boycotts and veering policyOver the summer, frustration with circumstances surrounding medical care came to a breaking point. When Sullivan-Bennis received Qassim’s letter in June, she says she thought to herself “Oh my god, that’s new.”When she returned to Guantanamo to visit Qassim and her other clients, she says she found they had been denying themselves access to medical care. Although they did not expressly use the term “boycott,” she found that all 24 low-value detainees were not attending their medical appointments.“I’m extremely concerned for [Paracha] separately from the outrage and it was then that I learned that no-one was going to the doctor,” she told ABC News. Her immediate fear was that medical harm would befall Guantanamo’s oldest detainee.“You’ve got 24 people going to the same doctor and all refusing to go and my fear was that it wouldn’t move the administration to engage in a conversation,” she said. “And that the result that would come would be the death of one of my clients. I mean it sounds extreme but it’s actually not very extreme.”So Sullivan-Bennis says it was a surprise when she learned that the boycott had been successful.After a month, she says a doctor entered the detainees’ living quarters to find out why they weren’t attending their appointments.The detainees told the doctor that they were upset with the treatment they had been receiving, and “shortly thereafter things changed,” according to Sullivan-Bennis.While the leather brace fitted around the stomach is no longer required, detainees still have to wear handcuffs during medical visits, the attorney said.She also said that there used to be two doctors for low-value detainees.“That has now dropped to one provider, whom none of the detainees trust to give advice or care,” she said.Department of Defense instructions say that the treatment of detainees held under the law of war should “be guided by professional judgments and standards similar to those applied to personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces.” Furthermore, the latest official guidance from the DOD on shackling reads that such restraints, if used, will be applied in a safe and professional manner.”The DOD, in response to the allegations that detainees were being shackled, told ABC News it continues “to explore ways to provide adequate care for an aging population, with varying levels of mobility, by making appropriate modifications to existing facilities.“Our medical facility is equipped with outpatient and inpatient services, a physical therapy area, pharmacy, radiology services, a dental treatment area, central sterilization and a single-bed operating room,” the DOD added in the statement. “Detainees are continually assessed, as medically indicated, for signs and symptoms of any number of conditions and are treated at a dedicated medical facility by a medical staff of about 100 personnel.”A breakdown in trustA recently published report about medical conditions at Guantanamo, co-authored by the non-profit Physicians for Human Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture, found that the central problems with medical care at Guantanamo were a “distrust of military medical providers” and the subordination of patient needs to “security functions.”Prisoners’ rights advocates contacted by ABC News emphasized that shackling a patient should only take place as a last resort because they say it fundamentally undermines the trust that serves as the foundation of any successful doctor-patient relationship.Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, a psychologist who has been advising attorneys for GITMO inmates and has been visiting the facility since 2009, says he “does not recall” a time when patients weren’t shackled during his psychiatric evaluations, a practice that he said impedes the work of counseling.The justification he says he has been given is that as an adviser for the detainee’s attorney, who is always in the room during his evaluations, he does not have one-on-one access, nor the ability to unshackle them.“It’s a kind of relationship that people have to have with priests or rabbis or imams or in fact with their attorney,” he told ABC News. “So I mean there are some relationships that in order for them to be effective and for the person to be helped there has to be absolute confidentiality. And to have a third party in the room completely disrupts that confidentiality.”When evaluating individuals who have been convicted of capital offences and terrorism in the United States, there is never a third party present, he said, nor does he himself require them to be shackled. Not only does it undermine trust, but interferes with the psychiatric evaluation, which could prove critical if the men are ever brought to trial, he said.“If you take the issue of what these people have disclosed after they’ve been tortured, my ability to be able to explore that with them in confidentiality means that I can accordingly advise the attorneys better about the validity of what they’ve said or not,” he said.In Guantanamo, the threat detainees could pose is “significantly diminishing” because of their age, he said.“I mean I don’t feel like I need to fear for my personal safety,” he said. “I don’t think any of us feel that we’re particularly threatened.”When asked if he had seen or heard of any security incident that could justify shackling based on his experiences at Guantanamo over the past 10 years, Xenakis said: “No not that I know of.”The biggest problem at the facility is not a lack of resources or equipment, but rather the breakdown in trust between doctors and patients, according to Clive Stafford Smith, the founder of Reprieve, a legal human rights charity that represents a number of GITMO inmates.“There are, as the men say, some medical issues that you would not discuss in front of your spouse, your family or your best friend, and you sure would not discuss this with guards there who are going to gossip about you,” he told ABC News. “And it makes no sense as nobody ever attacks a doctor.”“Frankly, some of the prisoners are becoming fatalistic that they will die here,” he added.Treatment ‘degrading’ and ‘fluctuating’Nasser summed up what he said was the plight of his fellow detainees according to notes taken by Sullivan-Bennis at a Sept. 23 meeting.“So that’s the problem, to be honest with you, is just to stay alive, not to enjoy our life,” he said. “I have no objective in my life. My life has no meaning. That is the problem that detainees suffer.”Qassim claims that the “fluctuating treatment” he has received at Guantanamo has had an impact on his mental health. At 41, he says his legs began to swell around May this year. His legs were eventually “drawn to twice their size form ankle all the way up to his knees”, according to Sullivan- Bennis and Reprieve.Despite this obvious physical symptom, and the potential for such a swelling to be caused by cancer, or a blood clot, he was not treated for “several months,” Sullivan-Bennis says he told her. Then, when he had a blood test, Qassim, who raised complaints about the treatment, says he was told that the blood results were “fine.”Last week he was provided with the medical records from those tests, meaning he is still unsure of whether the situation has worsened – which can happen if swelling of this kind is left untreated – nearly five months after the appearance of swelling. Sullivan-Bennis has still not seen the document, and says his legs are “failing to this day.”The “degrading” and “fluctuating treatment,” Qassim wrote in a letter to his attorney, Mark Maher, had left him with “cognitive disturbance” and “concentration problems.”“Guantánamo is gradually becoming the world’s most unjust, most brutal, most expensive nursing home because the Trump administration has decided that none of these men held without charge for decades – many of whom have been cleared for release – should be allowed to rebuild their lives,” Maher told ABC News. “It is hard to conceive of a more cruel, more counter-productive policy.”Another detainee, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, has sued the government, claiming his medical care amounted to “deliberate indifference” of a serious condition” and violated his constitutional rights. Al Iraqi has a long history of back problems, had a CAT scan in January 2017 which showed evidence of “severe neural encroachment” that could “easily progress to spinal stenosis” which if untreated can result in spinal cord compression and permanent neurologic disabilities, according to court filings by Physicians for Human Rights.However, al Iraqi did not receive surgery until Sept. 5, 2017.“They waited until the absolute last minute right before a hurricane [to perform the surgery],” Sullivan-Bennis said. “He’s since I think had seven or eight back surgeries because of that because they’d let it get to such a terrible point, essentially. But then they took such a risk by flying in.”Judge Emmert G. Sullivan of the District Court in Washington D.C. rejected Al-Iraqi’s constitutional claim and his request for an independent medical evaluation in October 2019, ruling that assertions that his care was negligent do not amount to a constitutional violation. Al Iraqi is set to go on trial for war crimes for his alleged role as a commander of the Taliban next September, according to the New York Times.Ahmmed Ghulam Rabbani has also challenged his care on constitutional grounds. Rabbani had been on hunger strike for four of the previous 13 years at GITMO. In September 2017, the Senior Medical Officer determined that he no longer needed to be force fed, according court filings. Rabbani’s attorneys argued constituted “deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs in violation of his Eighth Amendment Rights.”Rabbani said in the court filings that even if he wanted to end his hunger strike, he could not do so because he is “entirely unable to eat normal food” because “suffered from bleeding, indigestion, colon problems [and] ulcers.”In an emergency federal court motion, his attorneys requested access to all his physical and psychiatric records since July 2017. They also wanted to appoint a medical practitioner to evaluate Rabbani, and compel GITMO staff to “facilitate that treatment” deemed necessary and appropriate. The court denied the motion after finding that the government was addressing his needs, and had ultimately provided the enteral feedings briefly before Rabbani opted to consume a liquid diet on his own.Government lawyers told a federal judge last year detainees could remain in Guantanamo for the next 100 years. That prospect led to the previous commander of GITMO, John Ring, to suggest that the authorities were in “the early stages of feeling this out,” when asked about handling end-of-life care – in other words a hospice – for US prisoners. The comments were widely interpreted as being critical of GITMO’s medical care. Ring was fired shortly after due to “a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” U.S. Southern Command said.“This facility was built as sort of a stop-gap measure,” the Senior Medical Officer, who oversees medical care at GITMO, told reporters then. “They’re going to have to look at a more permanent solution.”The idea of hospice at GITMO, according to Sullivan-Bennis, is “perfectly realistic,” as the authorities focus on “extending their lives and essentially just providing care to avoid death.”“Simply an avoidance of death,” she said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DOJ drops probe into officer who shot Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt

first_imguschools/iStockThe Justice Department has closed its investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old Trump supporter shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot, the agency announced in a press release Wednesday.In a release explaining the decision to close the probe, the department said officials determined “there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution” of the officer who shot Babbitt.“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” the release said.The investigation determined Babbit was part of a group of rioters trying to break through barricaded entrances near the Speaker’s Lobby that leads to the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, from which members of Congress were being evacuated, according to the release.“As members of the mob continued to strike the glass doors, Ms. Babbitt attempted to climb through one of the doors where glass was broken out,” the release said. “An officer inside the Speaker’s Lobby fired one round from his service pistol, striking Ms. Babbitt in the left shoulder, causing her to fall back from the doorway and onto the floor.”The Justice Department acknowledged “tragic loss of life” and offered condolences but determined to close the probe.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government told to help on ill-health staff losses

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Government told to help on ill-health staff lossesOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Public-sector personnel chiefs have hit back at a central government crackdown on sickness retirement, saying Whitehall is to blame if staff retired early.A report from the Treasury last week said the 22,000 public-sector early retirements a year is “unacceptably high” – despite noting it had fallen from 40,000 in the mid 1990s – and said it is costing £1bn a year.But Terry Gorman, president of local government personnel directors’ body Socpo, said it would be better if the Government helped stop employees falling ill in the first place. “The Government has increased the responsibilities of local government at the same time as tightening the spending restrictions. In these circumstances it is difficult to keep motivated, if, when you fall ill through, say, stress or workplace injury, you are branded a skiver by the Government.”Gorman said local government – where ill-health accounts for 39 per cent of retirements, according to the Treasury – has accepted independent assessment of individuals claiming ill-health retirement and is ensuring alternative work is available where possible. A spokesman for the National Union of Teachers said the retirements are financially driven. She said, “It is a pity the Treasury does not have to deal with the problems confronting teachers and the stress they are under.”Karen Bell, president of the Association of Health Service HRManagers, said the report “failed to accept the reality that work is incredibly hard in the public sector, especially for the unskilled”. But she said absence can be managed with HR strategy.Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Fred Broughton, said officers must not be penalised for doing a high-risk job. He said imposing penalties on police forces for not reducing ill-health retirements would cut into limited operational budgets.A spokesman for the Fire Brigades Union said 60 per cent of ill-health retirements in the fire service are because of injury sustained while working. “Most firefighters who retire early would much rather continue working.”www.hu-treasury.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Scotland embraces build-to-rent

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Scotland embraces build-to-rent previous nextHousing MarketScotland embraces build-to-rentLatest figures show that Glasgow is the one of the most active locations for build-to-rent expansion.The Negotiator4th February 201901,049 Views A surge in build-to-rent led developments is set to boost city living, as part of the Scottish cities’ agenda to power economic growth.Glasgow is now in the top five cities outside London for the number of homes in planning, under construction and complete.Research by the British Property Federation (BPF) shows that the total number of Build-To-Rent homes (BTR) under construction has increased by nearly 40 per cent, with developments outside London being given the greenlight at a faster pace.In Scotland, a drive to boost city living is behind the development of large scale build to rent projects, particularly in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee.According to Savills, Scotland has 3,745 BTR homes actively being developed, an increase of 11 per cent in six months, with Glasgow accounting for 2,180. Thousands more homes are in the planning pipeline.David MelhuishThere are now 139,508 build-to- rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the UK – an increase of 22 per cent over the last year.David Melhuish, Director of the Scottish Property Federation said, “There is significant potential and investor appetite for BTR to add much needed supply to our housing stock.“Glasgow is clearly at the forefront of this building boom but there are also significant proposals in both Aberdeen and Dundee as well.”Glasgow BTR build-to-rent Scotland Scottish build-to-rent David Melhuish February 4, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Harry S. Truman Departs Dry Dock

first_imgThe Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) moved from dry dock 8 (DD8) to her new berth, Pier 6 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., Feb. 3.Truman has been in dry dock since March 2011, conducting a 15-month docking planned incremental availability (DPIA).According to Ensign Carlos Prothro from deck department, getting the ship out of dry dock and afloat is a major milestone.“It is a complex process, and the biggest part is having experienced Sailors in the right places at the right times,” said Prothro. “Undocking any ship takes a team effort.”Prothro said another key element to the ship’s successful undocking was cooperation between Truman and NNSY leadership.“Our partnership with NNSY made the undocking process flow smoothly,” said Prothro. “Undocking takes a lot of people working together with good communication flowing both up and down.”Following its watertight integrity verification Feb. 1, DD8 continued controlled flooding until Truman rose from the keel blocks and moved by tug boats to Pier 6 at NNSY.Cmdr. Jeffrey Hutchinson, Truman’s navigation officer, said the undocking went extremely well and every Sailor and shipyard worker should be proud.“Today’s movement went well because of the planning by NNSY and Truman,” said Hutchinson. “Undocking was the most significant key event since DPIA started. It brings us one huge step closer to becoming operational again. This move should give every Sailor a deep sense of accomplishment and purpose.”For some of Truman’s newest Sailors this was their first experience at sea.Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Alexander Donley said seeing the ship afloat was a remarkable sight.“I was very excited,” said Donley, who has been aboard since September 2011. “Service at sea was the driving factor in my choice of joining the Navy over other branches of service. There is a marked progression in the ship’s condition from when I first arrived to now.”Donley said many of the ship’s newest Sailors are only familiar with being in dry dock. “So the ship being afloat is very new to all of the newly reported Sailors. Soon we will back to sea, working in our rates,” said Donley.Truman’s DPIA is the largest-scale maintenance cycle ever conducted at NNSY. Truman completed its last DPIA in 2006.Throughout the next few months, Truman’s Sailors will test systems and prepare the ship for its return to the fleet. Truman is scheduled to remain at Pier 6 until the completion of its DPIA.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 08, 2012; Image: navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Harry S. Truman Departs Dry Dock February 8, 2012 View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Departs View post tag: Naval View post tag: Harrycenter_img View post tag: Dry Training & Education View post tag: Dock USS Harry S. Truman Departs Dry Dock View post tag: S View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Trumanlast_img read more

Indiana State Police Colonel Mark French Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare In the spring of 2003, several Indiana SWAT Commanders and tactical officers attended Fourkiller Consulting’s SWAT Commanders course in Kokomo, Indiana. This course was hosted by Captain Larkin Fourkiller of the Kokomo Police Department SWAT Team and featured retired Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team member and National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Board member, Ron McCarthy.At the conclusion of this training, these Commanders and senior tactical officers decided to try and establish a professional tactical officers association for the state of Indiana. Over the next few months these future Indiana SWAT Officers Association members contacted various tactical associations throughout the country. With the assistance of these associations, the Indiana SWAT Officers Association was created.The reasons for the creation of the association were two-fold. First and foremost, was to advance the education and professionalism of law enforcement officers involved in tactical operations through the transfer of ideas and information. Secondly, to further improve the “networking” of agencies and personnel involved in critical incidents and high risk operations.Recently, the Indiana SWAT Officers Association held their annual conference in Indianapolis and presented Indiana State Police Colonel Mark French with the Lifetime Achievement Award.Below is a portion of the Lifetime Nomination letter drafted by Indiana Swat Officers Association member Nick Kokot.Indiana State Police Colonel Mark French is one of a small handful of Founding Fathers of the Swat Association. He is a plank owner for his agency’s emergency response team that became a full time team in 2008.  Even though his current duties and responsibilities have him far removed from being a member and commander of the team, I can guarantee you, without hesitation, that the team holds a special place in his heart and his soul.I personally view this award as something that is genuinely earned through diligence, passion, and dedication to others in the law enforcement community. Sacrifice of personal and professional time, as well as time away from loved ones. This award is to recognize the individual that has gone above and beyond by enriching his team, the tactical community throughout the state, and through his work and dedication, the Indiana Swat Officers Association.Colonel French serves as the Chief of Staff and is a 26 year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He and his wife live in Marion County. Their son will graduate from Purdue University this spring.last_img read more