Out of the shadows Canadas special forces face unique mentalhealth challenges

first_imgOTTAWA – Retired Sgt. Toby Miller can easily remember the day he was injured by an improvised-explosive device in Afghanistan. It was April 2, 2011 — his 41st birthday, and the beginning of the end of his military career.Miller returned to duty a short time later, but he knew something wasn’t right. When a comrade noticed that he wasn’t doing well and suggested he seek help, Miller decided that might be best.“I went into that meeting and it was abundantly clear to the psychologist that I was probably in no shape to still be doing the job,” Miller recalled during a recent phone interview from his home in Comox, B.C.“I was eventually diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries. There are three dark spots on the left side of my brain that indicate some likely dead spots. And PTSD. I had nightmares for a long time. I still do.”Seeking help for PTSD and even leaving the military are hard enough for many service members, especially those who have never known anything else but life in the Canadian Armed Forces.But Miller faced some unique challenges. That’s because he was a member of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, or CSOR, one of the country’s elite special forces units.Canada’s special forces often operate in the shadows, meaning many of their deeds may go unnoticed and unrecognized this Remembrance Day.But when the government unveiled its plan to combat suicide and improve the mental health of military personnel and veterans last month, it included four initiatives specifically aimed at the special forces.It was a public acknowledgment that Canada’s elite soldiers have different needs than the rest of the Armed Forces.The Canadian military currently has only about 2,000 special forces personnel divided among six different units, including Joint Task Force 2, CSOR, and a unit that responds to biological, chemical and nuclear incidents.The unique demands placed on that small community include continuous training; an emphasis on secrecy, even with family and friends; frequent deployments; and zero tolerance for failure.“You’ve got this higher tempo, you’ve got this smaller team dynamic, and the sense of self-expectation is extremely high,” said retired lieutenant-general Mike Day, a former commander of Canadian special forces.“All of that combines to make it a pretty stressful environment.”The military has established an elaborate selection process to identify those who can handle the demands and stress of a career in the special forces, which includes psychological testing and other screening.There is also already training to help special forces operators, as they are known, deal with potential stressors, and ready access to psychologists and other mental-health services.But Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe, deputy commander of Canada’s special forces, acknowledged there was room for improvement, which is why the suicide prevention strategy included plans to study and improve resiliency.“We have an obligation that before we send our people into harm’s way, that we’ve given them the tools … to process what they’re seeing, what they’re doing in that kind of a stress environment,” he said in an interview.The military also plans to take a closer look at the unique challenges that special forces members face when they leave the Forces — either by choice or because of medical conditions — to ensure there are no gaps.For Miller, those challenges included the fact that he could not speak openly about his experiences as a special forces operator, even with other military personnel and family members.“It took a very long time for my wife to get everything out of me, and she was in the military,” he said. “So when you’re trying to go to counselling with a group of soldiers, you can’t just speak your mind.”Many of Canada’s special forces soldiers have done multiple tours to Iraq over the past three years, and between that and various other lesser-known missions, they have been busier than ever.That is part of the reason the government plans to add another 600 members to the command.Dawe acknowledged his soldiers are being worked very hard, but he said commanders are monitoring their people closely. And the new initiatives included in the suicide prevention strategy should help make the special forces even stronger.“Because,” he said, “we know that ultimately, the success of this command and the success of this institution are dependent on the welfare of our troops.”last_img read more

Star Athletes Trade Their Jerseys For High Fashion

first_imgFor the first time during New York Fashion Week, Laureus Foundation USA, a nonprofit that uses the power of sport to better children’s lives, is bringing together fashion and sport to shine a light on Sport for Good.On Wednesday, September 12th some of the nation’s top athletes will walk the runway to raise awareness and crucial funds for disadvantaged youth across the US during a fundraising event held at Mercedes-Benz Manhattan in New York City. Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, co-host of GMA/GMA DAY, NFL on Fox analyst, and fashion designer, Michael Strahan and supermodel, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Karolina Kurkova will kick off the fashion show festivities.Participating athletes include: Houston Rockets point guard, Chris Paul, Super Bowl MVP, Marcus Allen, skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk, New York Knicks forward, Lance Thomas, one of the most decorated beach volleyball players ever, Kerri Walsh Jennings, five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin, ten-time NFL All-Pro, Ray Lewis, most decorated track and field athlete in history, Allyson Felix, nine-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Carl Lewis, two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Edwin Moses, five-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Medalist and Activist, Ibtihaj Muhammad, two-time NBA Champion David Robinson, Olympic foil fencer, Miles Chamley-Watson, two-time Olympic Medalists and National Champions in Figure Skating, Maia and Alex Shibutani, and yogis, The Chin Twins, Cristen and Kimberly Chin.Event sponsors include Mercedes-Benz USA, IWC Schaffhausen, UBS, Cartier, Montblanc, and Collection by Michael Strahan. The fashion show will be styled by Courtney Mays, Khalilah Beavers, and Calyann Barnett from WWB Lifestyle Agency. Additionally, an exclusive photo collection of participating athletes will be curated by world-renowned photographer, Nigel Barker, and auctioned off at the event to raise additional funds in support of Sport for Good. Proceeds from the Sport for Good Fashion Show will support Laureus’ mission to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. The day before the Fashion Show, participating athletes will have the opportunity to join Laureus’ Day of Action, and experience this impactful work firsthand. Athletes will visit Laureus-supported programs who use sport to empower underserved youth across New York City.For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Rachelle Boyer at Rachelle.Boyer@Laureus.com. Tickets are also available online herelast_img read more

UN in pact with satellite firms to restore communications after disaster

“Recent catastrophes that have wrought havoc around the world demonstrate eloquently that there is an increasing need for effective and timely deployment of telecommunication resources to help countries in emergency and disaster relief,” said Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), after the signing of the agreement with Intelsat S.A. and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) in Geneva.“This agreement between ITU, Intelsat and ITSO will go a long way in increasing our early response capabilities and in re-establishing the communication links that are so vital in rescue and relief operations,” said Mr. Touré.Satellite technology, with its wide coverage and rapid deployment, is ideally suited for response to communications needs in emergency situations, according to ITU. The agreement brings together key players in the satellite industry to address the emergency communications needs of countries worldwide.ITU will, upon receiving a request from a Member State for assistance in the aftermath of a natural disaster, inform Intelsat of the request for satellite capacity and other related needs. Intelsat will then consult with ITSO and consider donating satellite capacity, the agency said in a press release.Intelsat is one of the world’s leading providers of satellite telecommunications services, with a footprint covering over 200 countries.ITSO is an intergovernmental organization whose mission is to ensure that Intelsat complies with its contractual obligations following its privatization in 2001 to provide international public telecommunications services, including voice, data and video, on a global and non-discriminatory basis.The agreement between ITU, Intelsat and ITSO is an outcome of the Hyderabad Plan of Action adopted by the UN World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010 that called for private sector participation to help close the gap in universal access to information and communication technologies and to support emergency communications in particular. 29 March 2011The United Nations telecommunications agency today announced that it has reached agreement with two international satellite organizations to expedite the restoration of vital telecommunications services in the aftermath of natural disasters. read more

TSX advances amid earnings positive US manufacturing reading

Canadian stocks saw healthy gains on Thursday as investors weighed mixed manufacturing data and concentrated on well-received earnings from Canadian corporate heavyweights including grocer Loblaw (TSX:L) and coffee chain Tim Hortons (TSX:THI).The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 58.94 points to 14,178.67.The Canadian dollar gained 0.03 of a cent to 90.27 cents US.U.S. indexes also charged ahead with the Dow Jones industrials up 72.86 points to 16,113.42, the Nasdaq composite index climbed 14.04 points to 4,251.99 while the S&P 500 index added 6.53 points to 1,835.28.HSBC’s preliminary version of its monthly China purchasing managers’ index dipped to a seven-month low of 48.3 from January’s 49.5 on a 100-point scale. Numbers below 50 show activity contracting.But a private survey by Markit showed that manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years in February. Its Flash U.S. Manufacturing index rose to 56.7 from 53.7 in January.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up 2.15 per cent while April gold fell $5.40 to US$1,315 an ounce.Facebook, the world’s biggest social network announced a US$19 billion purchase of the popular messaging service WhatsApp late Wednesday. Facebook shares slipped 2.2 per cent, to $66.56. Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group, said the Facebook deal was another example of increased merger and acquisition activity“We are seeing tons of M&A, it’s almost every day now or every week,” he said. “That shows that CEOs are confident.”The TSX tech sector rose 1.6 per cent while BlackBerry (TSX:BB) rose 45 cents or 4.5 per cent to $10.45 as the Facebook deal raised optimism that there is value in the smartphone maker’s messaging service.The consumer staples sector was up 1.45 per cent as Loblaw reported $183 million or 65 cents per share of quarterly adjusted net earnings, which was 10 cents above estimates. Revenue was up 2.3 per cent to $7.64 billion, also better than expected and its shares climbed $1.63 to $43.91.Tim Hortons posted net earnings of 69 cents a share, up from 65 cents a year ago but below analyst estimates of 77 cents. Revenue was up 10.7 per cent to $898.5 million. The company also said it is raising its quarterly dividend by about 23 per cent and its shares gained $1.84 to $59.78.The base metals segment was up 0.15 per cent with March copper erasing early losses and was unchanged at US$3.29 a pound.The utilities sector led decliners, down 1.26 per cent. TransCanada (TSX:TRP) said Thursday its quarterly net income was $420 million or 59 cents per share, missing estimates by a penny. It also raised its quarterly dividend by four per cent to 48 cents a share and its shares declined 96 cents to $48.94.The pipeline company’s Keystone XL project suffered a major setback in a Nebraska court Wednesday as a judge overturned a state law that could have forced landowners to allow the pipeline through their property.The energy sector was down slightly while the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped one cent to US$103.30 a barrel. read more

Annan urges Security Council to boost role of women in peacemaking

Addressing the Security Council today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan made a strong pitch for greater attention to both the plight of women suffering in armed conflict as well as their potential role as peacemakers.In a meeting convened two years after the Council adopted its landmark resolution 1325 on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, the Secretary-General pointed out that since then, the UN has been prompted to look “more critically at our own work, and how we deal with gender perspectives.”Citing a report which he compiled in response to the resolution, Mr. Annan called attention to the specific ways that women and girls suffer under conditions of war. “Existing inequalities between women and men, and patterns of discrimination, tend to be exacerbated in armed conflict,” he said, noting that women and girls become particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation.“But if women suffer the impact of conflict disproportionately, they are also the key to the solution of conflict,” he said, lauding the contribution of women to peacemaking efforts. At the same time, he pointed out that generally, women are not present during peace talks, and called for reversing this trend, including through the appointment of UN mediators. While hailing progress in closing the gaps in the legal protections available to women, Mr. Annan said “there remains much to be done, particularly to improve prevention and to combat impunity.”On the issue of sexual exploitation, the Secretary-General said the UN and its Member States “must do their utmost to ensure that an international presence provides protection and security for all people – women and men, girls and boys – and does not exacerbate inequalities or lead to an increase in violence against women and girls.”“The United Nations must not and will not tolerate sexual or other abuse by any staff – civilian, military or humanitarian,” he told the meeting, which was scheduled to hear from some 40 participants.“The world can no longer afford to neglect the abuses to which women and girls are subjected in armed conflict and its aftermath, or to ignore the contributions that women make to the search for peace,” Mr. Annan said. Pointing to the beneficial nature of boosting the role of women, the Secretary-General told the Council, “Just as your work can promote gender equality, so can gender equality make your work more likely to succeed.” read more

Bombardier to repay 3725million in federal loans over 15 years

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 5:16 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier’s chief financial officer says it will take 15 years for the company to repay the $372.5 million loan from Ottawa that was announced last week. Bombardier President and CEO Alain Bellemare, left, and Transport Minister Marc Garneau look on during a press conference, in Montreal in a February 7, 2017, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Bombardier to repay $372.5-million in federal loans over 15 years MONTREAL – It will take 15 years for Bombardier to repay the $372.5-million loan it is receiving from the federal government, the company’s chief financial officer said Thursday.During a quarterly earnings conference call, John Di Bert shed some light on the terms of the federal assistance package announced last week for the Montreal-based aerospace giant, including how long it has to repay the money.“It will be over a significant amount of time, the program length about 15 years, including a bit of a grace period the first two years, so no repayments the first two years,” Di Bert said.The company expects to receive the money in instalments over four years, with anywhere between $70 million and $100 million flowing to Bombardier annually.The interest-free loan is to support Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet and CSeries passenger aircraft projects. Under the arrangement, Bombardier will repay Ottawa based on royalties for the number of CSeries sold and revenues generated from the Global 7000.About two-thirds of the loan is set aside for the Global 7000s, with the rest devoted to the CSeries.The aid to Bombardier has been the subject of much public criticism, but the federal government and the company have both defended its merits, saying it’s needed to preserve jobs and compete globally.Brazil has filed a complaint before the World Trade Organization, accusing Canada of unfairly subsidizing Bombardier, an allegation both the company and the federal government reject.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) expects to begin paying royalties in April from a $350-million federal loan it received in 2008 to develop the CSeries. The initial payments are based on seven CSeries planes delivered to Swiss International Air Lines and AirBaltic last year.The company expects to deliver 30 to 35 CSeries aircraft this year, including to Korean Air, its first customer in Asia. Most of the deliveries will come towards the end of the year as Pratt & Whitney resolves problems building engines that reduced CSeries deliveries last year, Bombardier said.Bombardier is in the midst of a five-year turnaround plan that has involved mass layoffs as it tries to regain its financial footing.Earlier Thursday, the company reported 2016 year-end losses of US$981 million, down from US$5.34 billion in 2015. Full-year revenue — reported in U.S. currency — fell by $1.8 billion from 2015 to $16.34 billion last year.CEO Alain Bellemare said lessons learned from developing the 100- to 160-seat CSeries, which incurred delays and cost overruns, are being taken into account as Bombardier builds the Global 7000, its largest business jet, which is scheduled to enter service late next year.“Like any new program, we will have some hiccups and some issues along the way,” he said on the conference call. “But right now we’re not seeing anything that is abnormal.”For the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Bombardier lost $259 million or 12 cents per share, an improvement from the net loss of $677 million or 31 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth-quarter revenue was down to $4.38 billion from $5 billion a year earlier. read more

UNICEF urges G7 leaders to adopt sixpoint action plan to keep refugee

Italian Coastguard, children, volunteers and officials take part in a symbolic rescue of paper boats to send a message to the G7 leaders to take action to safeguard children on the move off a beach in Palermo, Italy, on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Photo: UNICEF/Salvatore Cavalli A record high 26,000 unaccompanied and separated children arrived to Italy last year, but if current trends hold, that record will be smashed in 2017. “That is not a record to be proud of, but a reminder of our collective failure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of refugee and migrant children,” Mr. Forsyth said.Earlier today, on the eve of the G7 summit, children, volunteers, the Italian coastguard, Italian and UNICEF officials took part in a symbolic rescue of paper boats to commemorate the thousands of children who have risked their lives crossing the Central Mediterranean and send a message to the G7 to take action to safeguard children on the move.The action plan’s six points are: Protect child refugees and migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, from exploitation and violence;End the detention of children seeking refugee status or migrating, by introducing a range of practical alternatives;Keep families together as the best way to protect children and give children legal status;Keep all refugee and migrant children learning and give them access to health and other quality services;Press for action on the underlying causes of large scale movements of refugees and migrants;Promote measures to combat xenophobia, discrimination and marginalization in countries of transit and destination.In addition, UNICEF has also launched the “#AChildIsAChild” campaign, which has so far been supported on social media by more than 2 million people. At least 36,000 of the refugees and migrants rescued since January have been taken to Sicily, the site of this year’s summit, and the Italian G7 presidency has made migration a priority for this year’s talks. “Sicily stands as a symbol of hope for uprooted children seeking a better life, but it is also the endpoint of an extremely dangerous journey that has claimed the lives of many children along the way,” said Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF’s call comes at a time when the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration journey from North Africa to Italy draws renewed attention.At least 200 children have died while crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year, a rate of more than one child per day, according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. Between 1 January and 23 May, more than 45,000 refugees and migrants arrived to Italy by sea, up 44 per cent over the same period last year. This includes some 5,500 unaccompanied and separated children, an increase of 22 per cent from 2016, who account for approximately 92 per cent of all children arriving to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route. read more

Archaeology day planned at Wickliffe Mounds

Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture, which flourished 1,000 years ago.The event is sponsored in part by the Kentucky Heritage Council. WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Parks is hosting an Archaeology Day next month at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.A statement from the agency says the Sept. 21 event in western Kentucky will include demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology. Some of the family-friendly activities will include a mock excavation for children, an artifact laboratory station, spear and atlatl throwing, a stickball game area, basket weaving and a drum circle.- Advertisement –

Over 1649kg of cocaine 889kg of ganja seized last year

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBillions worth of ganja, cocaine destroyed in 2018 – CANU headJanuary 13, 2019In “latest news”Guyanese decry Int’l support in combating drug tradeAugust 31, 2014In “Crime”CANU bust unearths 35 kilos of ganja, 13.8 kilos of cocaine, 5 in custodyJune 12, 2018In “Crime” Some 164.9 kilograms of cocaine and approximately 889 kilograms of marijuana were seized between January and September last year.This was disclosed by Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Guyana, Terry Steers-Gonzalez on Wednesday during his address at a forum at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.He reminded that such drugs as they pass through countries seep into communities and expose vulnerable populations, especially youths, to drug use.CANU had reported that billions of dollars in marijuana and cocaine were destroyed during last year’s eradication exercises throughout the country.CANU Head, Major (retired) Michael Atherly had disclosed to this news entity that more than 300 persons were convicted for various drug crimes in 2018.Statistics from the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) – an inter-agency body comprising law enforcement agencies – revealed that during 2018 (as of November), a total of 132 kilos of cocaine and 440 kilos of cannabis were destroyed by the Police, while 45 kilos of cocaine and 554 kilos of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas.The combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940. The drugs were reportedly tested by staff of the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory before being destroyed by way of fire. read more

Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for killer Putin

first_img By AFP This moral equivalency that Trumps continues to draw between the USA and Russia is disgusting (and inaccurate). https://t.co/swArfIzZh7— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) February 5, 2017 ‘Major fight’ against ISMainstream Republicans have repeatedly called on Trump to distance himself from Putin, with little impact.Throughout the election campaign, Trump refused to criticise the Russian leader, saying better relations with the Kremlin would be in the US national interest.The new president has advocated working with Russia to combat the Islamic State group in Syria.“If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all around the world, major fight. That’s a good thing,” Trump told Fox.Moscow has deployed aircraft, naval assets and troops to Syria, but has so far trained its fire on rebels with the aim of propping up Bashar al-Assad’s regime.In December, US intelligence agencies went public with their view that Russia conducted a hack-and-release campaign aimed at swinging the US election in Trump’s favor.Trump’s repeated criticism of NATO – a common target for Putin – has only fueled suspicions that Trump is ready to side with Moscow over allies in Europe.Across Europe, there are growing concerns that the continent might be wedged between a hostile Russia and a hostile United States.Trump’s stance on Ukraine has also raised eyebrows. After a call with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko yesterday, the White House said the pair addressed “Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russia.”Russia annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March 2014 and has supported separatists in the east of the country.Former national security advisor Susan Rice publicly criticised Trump’s framing of the situation.“This distortion of even recent history is deeply troubling,” she tweeted.- © AFP 2017Read: US court denies request to immediately reinstate travel banRead: US State Department reverses visa ban after judge halted Trump’s order> Short URL Feb 5th 2017, 6:24 PM 26,346 Views Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for ‘killer’ Putin Trump was speaking in an excerpt of a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. https://jrnl.ie/3223879 center_img PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has drawn fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after he defended a softer stance on Russia, playing down political assassinations and Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.Trump – now two weeks into his four-year term – showed no signs of yielding to demands from within his own Republican Party to distance himself from President Vladimir Putin, plunging himself into a fresh political firestorm.“I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them,” Trump said in an excerpt of a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly that will air in full later tonight.When pressed in relation to Putin’s alleged links to the extrajudicial killing of journalists and dissidents, Trump said, “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers.”“You think our country is so innocent?” Trump asked rhetorically.Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Senate leader Mitch McConnell, were quick to criticize the president’s remarks.“I don’t think there is any equivalency with the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does,” McConnell said.“He is a former KGB agent, a thug, not elected in a way that most people consider a credible election,” he told CNN.That criticism was echoed by Michael McFaul, a former ambassador to Russia and advisor to former president Barack Obama, described Trump’s comments as “disgusting.”“This moral equivalency that Trumps continues to draw between the USA and Russia is disgusting (and inaccurate),” he said on Twitter. Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 6:24 PM Share303 Tweet Email 125 Comments Source: Michael McFaul/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

One of Australias main city squares turned GREEK for a weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide’s main square turned Greek last weekend hosting the largest Greek Festival in South Australia, known as Glendi, attracting close to 40,000 people in Victoria Square in the heart of the city.“It was a huge success and Victoria Square proved an ideal location to host the Glendi with overwhelmingly positive feedback received by the community,” 2018 Glendi director Mike Diakomichalis told Neos Kosmos after the event concluded late last Sunday night.According to Glendi’s official press release, on Saturday in excess of 20,000 visitors experienced Hellenic fun and hospitality celebrating the 40-year milestone with free entry for the first time in the event’s history.“Those who stayed for the evenings were treated to a first-class concert by Nikos Kourkoulis, with many describing the atmosphere unlike anything they have ever experienced before. It was truly amazing,” said Diakomichalis.The weather conditions proved challenging on Sunday with strong winds and rain throughout the day, however, nothing could dampen the spirits of people with many thousands still coming to enjoy their very own little piece of Greece in the heart of Adelaide.“It was quite the sight watching people enjoying themselves and dancing in the rain.”The 2018 Glendi was attended by the Governor of South Australia His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le accompanied by his wife Lan, as well as Adelaide’s mayor Martin Haese and the newly elected SA Premier Steven Marshall MP who took the stand and courageously welcomed all attendees in fluent Greek.“I am absolutely delighted to be here. This is the first multicultural event I have attended since being sworn in on Monday and I am so delighted joining you here in the centre of Adelaide.“It was an investment for the Glendi to come to the city but it has turned out to be a great success. Like the organisers said to me earlier, there are two types of people in the world: the Greeks and then there are the people who would like to be Greek and I think we have both of those groups of people here represented tonight,” said Marshall.The Consul General of Greece, Andreas Konstantinos Gouras, as well as Member for the federal seat of Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas and Member for West Torrens Tom Koutsantonis also attended the official opening held on Saturday evening.The organisers’ decision to turn Victoria Square into Greece’s most famous street, Monastiraki, also contributed into making this year’s festival unique.“We took advantage of Reconciliation Plaza, the cobbled road that intersects Victoria Square and is similar to the road found at the famous Monastiraki Market hoping to offer festival attendees a small taste of Athens right here in the heart of Adelaide,” said Diakomichalis.Festivalgoers were treated to a weekend of family fun and enjoyed a wide range of activities including competitions, Greek-themed product tastings, cooking demonstrations, exhibitions, art displays and projects from students and local artists.Also delighting festival visitors was live music by local Greek musicians, traditional and modern Greek cultural dance performances, and the relaxing atmosphere of a garden bar, an open-air outdoor cinema and the opportunity to participate in a major lottery with a first prize of two return business class airfares flying to any of Qatar Airways’ international destinations.“Our aim was to bring a small taste of Athens to the heart of Adelaide. People voted with their feet and the winner was Glendi 2018 in Victoria Square,” concluded Diakomichalis.last_img read more

Geek Deals PreOrder Fallout 4 GOTY PipBoy Edition for 80 with Prime

first_imgDid you miss out on the awesome Pip-Boy collector’s edition when Fallout 4 originally released in 2015? Now’s your chance to snag a Pip-Boy when you pre-order the Fallout 4 Game of the Year edition on Amazon. • Pre-Order Fallout 4 Game of the Year Pip-Boy Edition for $79.99 with PrimeWith this package, you’ll get the main game, Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, Far Harbor, Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop, Nuka-World, a Pip-Boy pocket guide, a Vault-Tec poster, and a wearable Pip-Boy for use with your smartphone. It’s everything you’d want from a special edition, and there are dozens (if not hundreds) of hours of content available.While this pre-order goes for $99.99, Prime members can save 20%, and get it on the day of release. It’s currently scheduled for September 26, 2017, but as with every pre-order, it’s always possible that it’ll be subject to delay.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the Amazon site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great gaming deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Florida high schooler catches 12foot gator

first_imgCENTRAL FLORIDA (WSVN) — A high school football player made a colossal catch when he reeled in a massive 12-foot alligator.The athlete’s father owns a hunting business in Central Florida, and he was helping clients on their hunts.He said pulling the 500-pounder from the water was tough.He brought the gator home and plans to have it mounted.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Pilot Cars Assist Traffic on Parks Highway

first_imgTroopers stop traffic on the Parks Highway Monday morning as firefighters continued to battle the Sockeye Fire near Willow. Officials shut down the highway in the afternoon. (Photo by John Norris – Alaska Public Media)Download AudioUpdate: 11:25 p.m. Monday, June 15th.Pilot cars are assisting traffic on the Parks Highway. Incident Management team information officer Sarah Saarloos says as long as the fire is moderate through the night, traffic will be allowed through. Saarloos says the Sockeye fire got big very fast and tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., the Division of Forestry is bringing in a Type One Incident Management team.She says the Sockeye fire is the top priority in Alaska and the nation. “We benefit by being the first large fire for the summer of 2015 because we’re getting the resources we need. A lot of those resouces will be arriving tomorrow and the next day.” Saarloos said. She said the Alaska Department of Transportation has opened the Hatcher Pass Road. She said tomorrow will be a challenge with low humidity and highs reaching into the mid 80s. Dry thunderstorms are also expected. “It will be a dynamic day for us. Fire crews are aggressiviely working on structure protections within subdivsions and remote cabins within the perimeter. The top priority is to secure the north and south perimeters to prevent spread. Fire crews will be concentrated in those areas. That northern top fire perimeter and the southern bottom. The tip and the tail.” Saarloos said. The Incident Management Team is headquartered at the Houston High School.Update: 10:10 p.m. Monday, June 15th.The Parks Highway remains closed from miles 66 to 88. Mat Su information officer Vickie Lee Fenster says officials recommend that residents who live between miles 63 and 78 should evacuate.Fenster said anyone south of mile 63 should turn back south, those north of mile 88, should turn back north.Update: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 15th.Fire officials are keeping an eye on the north end of the fire as the wind shifts, but don’t have confirmation it’s growing on that side yet. The Parks Highway has been closed for two hours between miles 66 and 80 due to fire activity.According to the state, as of late last night, there were approximately 25 primary homes and 10 to 20 secondary structures destroyed on the north end of the fire. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has a team that is assessing structure damage today to get a clearer indication of how many homes and structures have been lost.State fire managers are now battling two major fires near population centers. The Card Street Fire in Sterling has consumed at least six structures and threatens 200 homes. It has doubled in size in a matter of hours and is now 150 acres.Update: 2:10 p.m. Monday, June 15th.Over 200 fire fighters are on the ground near Willow, trying to protect homes and property from burning in the Sockeye Fire.Mat Su Borough officials held a news conference this afternoon to update the public on their efforts.Casey Cook is Mat Su Borough Emergency Services Director. He calls the location of the fire “very concerning” in an area with both residences and businesses.“Today’s fire weather is predicted to be hotter, drier and windier than it was yesterday. So that’s our major concern, now we’re fighting a large fire with poor fire behavior conditions,” he said.Cook says with the evacuation complete, fire fighters have turned their attention to protecting property in the area. He says he knows structures have burned, but can’t say exactly how many. Cooks says it was a dry winter and a dry spring and that means there is plenty of fuel for the fire.“The fire is moving fast, very hot, it’s just ripping through the patches of black spruce at probably 20 or 30 miles per hour,” he said.Cook and Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Vern Halter surveyed the fire as it was advancing yesterday. Halter described driving down the Parks Highway as the fire raced above the road, and roared in the ditches. He was choking up as he talked about the impact.“I know of at least 12 to 15 houses that are lost. A lot of my friends, DeeDee Jonrowe and that whole neighborhood, I used to have a house there. That’s just leveled really to tell you the truth. I think we moved 400 to 500 sled dogs in a matter of two or three hours,” he said.Halter says Mat Su Borough Firefighters were able to save a lot of houses.Tom Kurth is the incident commander for the Sockeye fire. He says the fire is consuming structures with some regularity, but not in large numbers at this point. He says wind is the primary enemy of the fire fighting effort.“It’s a fuels, weather, topography type thing. So we’re in flat land in a lot of that area but a lot of that fuel is continuous. Any place you have that continuous black spruce, you have a very fire prone species, ‘gasoline on a stick’ for more spectacular language… it will carry a fire,” he said.On a more hopeful note, Kurth says part of the fire is burning toward Nancy Lakes, where it will encounter wetlands that might help slow it’s progress on that end.Update: 10:20 a.m. Monday, June 15.A quick-moving wildfire started Sunday near Willow has displaced hundreds of area residents and halted travel along the Parks Highway much of last night and this morning.As of about 1 a.m. Monday the fire was estimated at about 6,500 acres.Matanuska-Susitna Borough spokesperson Pam Ness says the fire does not appear to have grown much since then.“The fire laid down last night, pretty much in the same area that it was,” she said.Ness says the number of affected structures is currently unknown.Mat Su Borough Emergency Services Director Casey Cook says Tuesday is the earliest residents may be able to return to their homes. Monday morning, the borough started a neighborhood by neighborhood assessment of which homes burned and which are still standing. They will make the information available on their website.The blaze closed the Parks Highway much of Sunday afternoon and evening in the area as crews worked to slow its progress and protect structures.Ness says State Troopers are allowing some traffic through the area periodically, but that’s subject to change, depending on fire fighting activities.“We have AST currently stopping vehicles at Mile 66.5 and then we have pilot cars and AST alternating traffic north and south,” Ness said. “There is talk that the highway may be closed, but they’re gonna keep it open as long as they can.”Ness says officials have given voluntary evacuation notices for residents between Miles 63 and 78 of the Parks Highway.“We’re recommending that they evacuate and not go back,” she said.Evacuation centers are set up at Houston Middle School and Wasilla FishHook Bible Camp. And at the Upper Susitna Senior Center near Talkeetna.The Matanuska Electric Association has cut power to the evacuation area and the solid waste transfer site in Willow is closed.Update: 6:15 a.m. Monday, June 15.The Sockeye fire near Willow has jumped to more than 6,500 acres, consumed structures, closed the Parks Highway and is headed south.How the fire started has  not been determined yet, but officials say it is human caused.“We just know it was a human caused fire and it is under investigation,” said Tim Mowry, an information officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry.The fire, which started about 1:15 p.m., was in the Crystal Lakes Road area as of midnight, according to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s website.One fireman has been treated for heat exhaustion, according to the borough.“The Parks Highway will be opened as firefighting and public safety allow,” the borough said. “Expect periodic closures over the next few days and pilot cars guiding traffic through.”It covered about 40 acres when authorities were notified.According to the borough, about 210 residents had signed into evacuation centers.The blaze was called in shortly after one ‘clock Sunday afternoon, at 40 acres.By 4:00 p.m., it had spread to 200 acres when the wind kicked up. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Vern Halter, who represents Willow, had just returned from a survey of the fire area after 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Halter spoke from his home near Willow“I tell ya it’s on both sides of the highway when you cross Willow Creek,” Halter said. “Within a three-quarters of a mile, a mile of crossing Willow Creek, you just run into flames. “Both sides of the highway, there were structures burning, and the intensity, it probably took us a mile and a half, to two and a half miles to get through the main portion, both sides of the highway.“And then there would be flareups, there would be. almost scare ya when you are looking out…because you can feel the intensity of the heat when you are inside the car with the windows rolled up.”A voluntary evacuation was called from mile 72 to 77 on the Parks Highway on Sunday afternoon, but the wind pushed the evacuation area south to mile 69 Sunday evening.The fire threatens a heavily populated area along Willow Creek Parkway. An incident command center, and a Red Cross shelter, initially located at the Willow Community Center, was moved late Sunday, as the flames crept closer to Willow.“They’re moving the command center,” Halter said. “The command center and the Red Cross moved to the Willow Community Center, and now they are evacuating this area pretty much and moving every thing to the Houston Middle School. So the Red Cross is moving to Houston Middle School The fire command is staying here locally.”Halter said firefighters are doing all they can to save homes.“But there was a firetruck at just about every house that I could see, trying to keep water on buildings and houses, and let the fire pass, and save it. I don’t know, but I’m sure they saved a bunch, but there’s some that they couldn’t either. ”The area is home to a considerable number of dog mushers, such as Dee Dee Jonrowe and Martin Buser. Halter is also a musher.“There was a ton of dogs moved, and all of those came out of where Dee Dee Jonrowe lives, up there on mile 71, 72, 73, in there, there was 100s and 100s of dogs moved in about a two or three hour period this [Sunday] afternoon. Dee Dee Jonrowe, and Martin Buser, I saw their trucks. I imagine Martin Buser has 100s of dogs at his place right now. ”Fire information officer Tim Mowry said Sunday night the Parks Highway would be closed all Sunday night. Mowry said a huge amount of effort is being used to fight the fire.“We’ve got units, crews enroute to the fire, crews on the fire, we’ve got firefighters from Palmer on the fire,” Mowry said. “We have multiple aircraft, that have been working the fire all day. Three retardant tankers, and four water-scooping aircraft, plus multiple helicopters. We have five Hotshot (firefighting) crews on order from the Lower 48.”But we basically are throwing everything we can at this fire and we have been doing it since we got the report just after one o’clock” [Sunday afternoon.The front of the fire was three miles long by Sunday evening, according to reports.“We are just trying to get a handle on this thing, and it’s been a tough thing to do. It jumped the Parks highway once, and I am trying to figure out if it has done it again.”A State Trooper road block is set up at mile 77 of the Parks heading South.Update: 10:18 p.m. Sunday June 14. The Division of Forestry now estimates the size of the Sockeye Fire at over 4,000 acres.Willow residents from Sharen Road south to Nancy Lake Parkway are evacuating, and many people are stuck on one side or the other of the fire, which has closed the Parks Highway.Update: 9:56 p.m. Sunday June 14.  Emergency Services Director Bill Gamble reports a voluntary evacuation in effect for Willow, this includes Willow Lakes, Crystal Lakes, Shirley Lakes, Nancy Lake, and more. A new shelter is being set up at Houston Middle School.Update 9:18 p.m. Sunday June 14.  The shelter at the Willow Community Center is moving to Houston Middle School. Buses are helping transport residents from Willow to Houston, according to the Borough.Update 8:51 p.m. Sunday June 14.  The Matsu-Borough reports the fire is now at 1,800 acres.Update: 8:44 p.m. Sunday June 14.  Willow residents living along the Parks Highway from milepost 69 to milepost 77 are notified to evacuate for safety, reports Emergency Manager Casey Cook and Alaska State Troopers. The Willow Community Center is set up as a shelter. Animal Care is on scene to assist with pets. An emergency information numbers is 861-8500.Update 7:28 p.m. Sunday June 14.  The shelter for people displaced/stranded by the Sockeye fire will be the Upper Susitna Senior Center on Helena Drive, just south of the intersection of the Talkeetna Spur Road and the Parks Highway.last_img read more

Schoolgirl gang raped in Gaibandha

first_imgRapeA schoolgirl was allegedly gang raped at Naldanga village in Gaibandha’s Sadullapur upazila on Friday night.The victim, a student of class VII, was admitted to Gaibandha Modern Hospital, said Sadullapur police station officer-in-charge Borhan Uddin.He said when the girl was returning home alone after escorting her mother to Naldanga Bazar some local youths including Shohag, Babu and Shariful forcefully took her to an adjacent sugarcane field and raped her one after another.Locals rushed in hearing the scream of the girl and caught three youths and handed them over to police, added the OC.Victim’s uncle Halim Miah filled a rape case with the Sadullapur police station in this connection.last_img

Pakistan polling station blast kills at least 28

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating deadly blast on election day — AFPAt least 28 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election Wednesday.”(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,” a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. The incident and toll were confirmed by a second senior local official.The attack was not immediately claimed by any group.Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most restive province, suffers from Islamist and separatist insurgencies.It was hit by several bombings during the brief but acrimonious election campaign — including a devastating blast claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 153 people this month, and was Pakistan’s deadliest ever suicide attack.An earlier attack in the province on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.The military has stationed over 370,000 personnel across Pakistan to ensure security for the election, bolstered by an additional 450,000 police.last_img read more

Playable ads coming to Windows 10

first_imgPlayable ads coming to Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on March 09, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 29 commentsMicrosoft revealed the new playable ads advertisement option on the Windows Dev Center blog today that developers can take advantage of.A preview of the Playable Ads feature launched today in the Windows Dev Center. If you have never heard of the term before, you are probably wondering how the ad format differs from other ad types already available for developers on Windows 10.Regular advertisement for apps right now usually consists of a text or image link that leads to Windows Store. Users may then look at screenshots, read the description, comments, and install the application.The issue with this approach according to Microsoft is that the content on the Store page may not always provide a thorough picture on the application. The user experience may be different from the user’s expectation.Playable ads change that. They provide the user with a three minute long experience of the advertised application directly in the application the new app was promoted in.Playable Ads are a completely new way for end users to interact with ads and apps. With this capability, end users never leave the current app. The ad click will result in inline expandable app streaming: for three minutes, the user can interact with the app as if it’s already installed on his/her device. This gives the user time to decide if he or she wants to install the app. At the end of the streaming session, users can click on a link to install the app if the app experience met expectations.The following picture highlights the core differences between regular ads and playable ads promoted in Windows 10 applications.Microsoft lists several reasons on the blog why playable ads are better. Reasons include that users can experience the app before installing it, that they don’t leave the context of the application with the ad, that users may stop the app stream of the playable app at any time, that developers have a better chance to highlight their app or game, and that users who stick with the app and install it after the three minute stream — or before — will more likely stick with the app.Developers of Windows 10 apps can start creating playable apps right away using the Windows Dev Center.These advertisements appear to be limited to Windows 10 apps for now. Please note that this may include native Windows 10 apps that Microsoft produced, provided that they show ads as well.So, Windows 10 users who don’t make much use of apps on the system, won’t likely be exposed to these new ad format. The company pushed out a new type of ad recently though in File Explorer.Now You: What do you think of playable ads?SummaryArticle NamePlayable ads coming to Windows 10DescriptionMicrosoft revealed the new playable ads advertisement option on the Windows Dev Center blog today that developers can take advantage of.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

A US ally Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi dies

first_imgDuring Meles’ election win in 2005, when it appeared the opposition was likely to make gains, Meles tightened security across the country, and on the night of the election declared a state of emergency. Opposition members accused Meles of rigging the election, and demonstrations broke out. Security forces moved in, killing hundreds of people and jailing thousands.In 2010 Meles won another five years in office while receiving a reported 99 percent of the vote in an election that the U.S. and other international observers said did not meet international standards.Meles was the leader of a political coalition known as the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. He was also the longtime chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and has always identified strongly with his party.“I cannot separate my achievements from what can be considered as the achievements of the ruling party. Whatever achievement there might have been, it does not exist independent of that party,” Meles once said when asked what he thought would be his legacy.Under Meles, Ethiopia saw strong gains in the education sector with the construction of new schools and universities. Women gained more rights. And in the mid-2000s Ethiopia saw strong economic growth, which won Meles international praise. The International Monetary Fund in 2008 said Ethiopia’s economy had grown faster than any non-oil exporting country in sub-Saharan Africa. Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Despite those gains, Ethiopia remains heavily dependent on agriculture, which accounts for 85 percent of the country’s employment. Per capita income is only about $1,000, or roughly $3 a day.Human rights groups have long denounced Meles’ government for its use of arbitrary detention, torture, and surveillance of opposition members. The ONLF, an opposition group that mostly consists of ethnic Somalis, has openly clashed with the government, including in 2007 when Ethiopia sent troops to Somalia to fight al-Shabab militants.The ONLF said Tuesday that Meles’ death is an opportunity for a new government to “initiate a new era of peace, stability, freedom and justice for the people of Ogaden and not to pursue the failed policies of the past.”At the end of 2006, Somalia’s U.N.-backed government asked Ethiopia to send troops into Somalia to try to put down an Islamist insurgency. Ethiopian troops moved into the country and captured Mogadishu, but the Somali population rebelled against what it saw as an occupation and Ethiopian forces withdrew in 2009.Ethiopia again sent troops to Somalia in early 2012 as part of an increased international effort to pressure al-Shabab. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Hailemariam Desalegn, who was appointed deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs in 2010, became acting prime minister and will be sworn in as prime minister after an emergency meeting of parliament, said Bereket Simon, the communications minister. Parliament is controlled by Meles’ ruling party and governing coalition, ensuring Hailemariam will be approved. No new elections will be scheduled, Bereket said.The death is not likely to have an impact on the strong U.S. diplomatic and military relations with Ethiopia, given the hand-picked nature of the transition of power.A European Union spokesman said that Meles died in Brussels. Officials had expected Meles to return to Ethiopia but a sudden complication reversed what had been a good recovery, Bereket said.Meles hadn’t been seen in public for about two months. In mid-July, after Meles did not attend a meeting of heads of state of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, speculation increased that his health problems were serious. Ethiopian officials gave no details and said the prime minister was in “very good” health and would return to office, but international officials said quietly it was unlikely he would recover. Associated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s long-time ruler and a major U.S. counter-terrorism ally who is credited with economic gains but blamed for human rights abuses, died of an undisclosed illness after not being seen in his East African country for weeks, Ethiopian authorities said Tuesday. He was 57.Meles died in a Belgian hospital Monday just before midnight after contracting an infection, authorities said. Earlier in Meles’ tenure, from 1998-2000, Ethiopia fought a border war with Eritrea, a conflict that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.Meles grew up in the northern town of Adwa, where his father had 13 siblings from multiple women. He moved to the capital, Addis Ababa, on a scholarship after completing an eight-year elementary education in just five.Meles was the third African leader to die in office this year, following deaths in Malawi and Ghana. He is survived by his wife, Azeb Mesfin, a member of parliament, with whom he had three children.State TV said funeral arrangements would be announced soon.___Straziuso reported from Nairobi, Kenya.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix State TV on Tuesday showed pictures of Meles as classical music played in the background. Simon called the death shocking and devastating and the country’s council of ministers declared a national day of mourning.On Tuesday afternoon in Belgium, an Associated Press Television News crew saw a car containing a casket being driven from Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels. After stopping to pick up personnel at the Ethiopian Embassy, the car drove to a private airfield where an Ethiopian plane waited on the tarmac. Meles’ body was expected in Ethiopia later Tuesday.Opponents of Meles accuse him of killing and jailing opposition members and of rigging elections. Ethiopia’s Somalia community in particular has suffered under Meles, who won his last election in 2010 with a reported 99 percent of the vote.Reaffirming the U.S. commitment to Ethiopia, President Barack Obama said Meles deserved recognition for his contributions to his country’s development, including “his unyielding commitment to Ethiopia’s poor.” But Obama also encouraged Ethiopia to enhance its support for democracy and human rights.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Meles “will be remembered for his exceptional leadership and advocacy on African issues within and outside the continent, as well as for overseeing his country’s economic growth and development,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former U.S. president and Nobel peace laureate Jimmy Carter called Meles “a committed supporter” for two decades of the Carter Center’s work to improve the lives of Ethiopians that led to increased crop production, the training of 30,000 health workers, and programs to help prevent the spread of horrific diseases such as Guinea worm, river blindness and malaria.Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, offered his condolences and praised Meles’ development work, calling him “a respected African leader.” But he also expressed concern about the state of democracy in the country.“I sincerely hope that Ethiopia will enhance its path of democratization, upholding of human rights and prosperity for its people, and of further regional stabilization and integration,” Barroso said in a statement.Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga appealed to Ethiopians to “remain calm, maintain law and order and ensure the constitution is adhered to at this moment of transition.”Born on May 8, 1955, Meles became president in 1991 after helping to oust Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Communist military junta, which was responsible for hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian deaths. Meles became prime minister in 1995, a position that is both the head of the federal government and armed forces. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The U.S. has long viewed Meles as a strong security partner and has given hundreds of millions of dollars in aid over the years. U.S. military drones that patrol East Africa _ especially over Somalia _ are stationed in Ethiopia. The U.S. goal for Somalia _ a stable government free of radical Islamists _ is in line with Ethiopia’s hopes.Though a U.S. ally, Ethiopia has long been criticized by human rights groups for the government’s strict control, and Meles’ legacy is likely to be mixed: positive on the economic development side and negative on the human rights side, said Leslie Lefkow, the deputy director for Human Rights Watch in Africa.Meles brought Ethiopia out of a difficult period following Mengistu’s rule and made important economic progress, she said, but the ruling party has been too focused on building its own authority in recent years instead of building up government institutions.“I think on the human rights side his legacy will be much more questionable. The country remains under a very tightly controlled one-party rule and this will be the challenge for the new leadership, to take advantage of the opportunity that his death presents in terms of bringing Ethiopia into a more human rights-friendly, reform-minded style of leadership,” Lefkow said.last_img read more

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