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Mike Pompeo on Iran: US considering range of options including military, says President doesn’t want to go to war

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“The United States is considering a full range of options.We have briefed the President a couple of times, we’ll continue to keep him updated.
'“The United States is considering a full range of options.We have briefed the President a couple of times, we’ll continue to keep him updated.We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,” Pompeo said in an interview on CBS “Face the Nation.” \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t When asked if a military response was included in that set of actions, Pompeo responded, “Of course.” “The President will consider everything we need to do to make sure, right?But what’s the President said?We don’t want Iran to get a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo added. “President Trump has said very clearly, he doesn’t want to go to war.” \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Pompeo’s comments come as tensions are rising in the waterways of the Middle East , where two tankers — one carrying oil and the other transporting chemicals — were attacked near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route that has been the focal point of regional tensions for decades.Roughly 30% of the world’s sea-borne crude oil passes through the strategic choke point, making it a flashpoint for political and economic friction.Iran has categorically denied the attacks.The United States has blamed Iran for the attack on the tankers in the Gulf of Oman, releasing video footage that it claims shows an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels’ hulls.The explosions, which sparked a fire on at least one of the two ships, are still under investigation.Pompeo blamed Iran for the incident, citing intelligence assessments, the weapons used, the level of expertise required and the similarity to other recent attacks.On Fox News Sunday, Pompeo reiterated that is is “unmistakable” that Iran carried out the attacks with a “clear intent to deny transit through the straight.” Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday — before Pompeo’s interviews aired — that the United States may have carried out “acts of sabotage” against two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman to blame them on Iran and pressure Tehran. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Larijani mocked remarks by Pompeo, who urged Iran to “meet diplomacy with diplomacy.” “Is it diplomacy to start a face-off with a revolutionary nation with acts of economic terrorism, [economic sanctions] which they themselves call the toughest ever?” Larijani said. “Is it diplomacy, Mr.Pompeo, to renege on one’s promises in the nuclear agreement?” British Defense Minister Tobias Ellwood said Sunday that “tensions” in Iran “are a concern for us all,” in an interview with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Ellwood said that while he understands Iran’s frustrations over the nuclear deal, “that does not give license to start attacking ships.” In a statement Friday, Britain’s Foreign Office said it was “almost certain” that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were behind the attacks.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has also blamed Iran for the attacks on the ships, calling on the international community to take a “firm stand towards an exponential regime that supports terrorism and spreads killing and destruction.” When pressed Sunday on legal authorization to strike Iran, Pompeo said that the administration “always” has the authorization to “defend American interests.” In the US Constitution, Article I grants Congress the power to declare war, while the President derives the power to direct the military from Article II, which names the President commander-in-chief of the armed forces.In the lead up to the Iraq War, the effort to pass an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Congress became a point of contention, and once again became an issue during the US military campaign against ISIS . Ultimately, Congress never took a full vote on an ISIS war authorization. “It was them that did it,” Trump said on Fox and Friends on Friday , referring to Iran. “We will see what happens.We are being very tough on sanctions … We’re going to see how to stop (it),” Trump said, before claiming that because of his policies “they are pulling back from everywhere.” Pompeo also said Sunday on Fox that “President Trump has done everything he can to avoid war — we don’t want a war,” adding, “We’ve done what we can to deter this.The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behavior.” Iran will release “significant” information on Monday regarding the scaling back of its commitments to the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to Iran’s semi-official news agency, Tasnim on Sunday.CNN’s Ghazi Balkiz, Nada Bashir, Kieron Mirchandani, Hira Humayun, Jason Hoffman, Barbara Starr, Devan Cole, Eliza Mackintosh and Michelle Kosinski contributed to this report.Source link . 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Franco Zeffirelli: 1923-2019 | Balder and Dash

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by Peter Sobczynski June 16, 2019   |   Print Page Tweet The famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who was both celebrated and reviled for the flamboyant emotions and visuals he brought to his work, died on Saturday, June 15 at the age of 96.
'by Peter Sobczynski \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t June 16, 2019   |   Print Page Tweet The famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli , who was both celebrated and reviled for the flamboyant emotions and visuals he brought to his work, died on Saturday, June 15 at the age of 96.Throughout his long career, he brought opera and Shakespeare (to the stage and the screen) in ways that might have made some purists cringe but which proved to be surprisingly popular with the masses for a time, his influence still be felt to this day.Off the screen, he lived a life that was sometimes just as operatic—and sometimes as problematic—as his productions.But even past the age of 80, a point when most filmmakers have retired and hit the Lifetime Achievement Award circuit, he was still out there staging plays, mounting operas and even getting himself elected twice to Italian Parliament.Advertisement \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli was born in Florence on February 12, 1923, the result of an adulterous affair between a silk merchant and a fashion designer.He was exposed to the two forms of art that he would become most associated with at an early age—he was taken to his first opera by an uncle at the age of eight and was educated in the works of Shakespeare by a British tutor as a child.He attended the University of Florence to study architecture but his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, where he fought the Fascists and almost faced a firing squad until—in a twist so outrageous that it would have fit perfectly in one of his films—he was reportedly saved when one of his interrogators turned out to be a heretofore unknown half-brother who secured his release.After the war, he returned to his studies, but after seeing Laurence Olivier ’s famous 1945 film of ‘Hamlet,” he shifted his focus to the theater, where he began working as a scenic painter in Florence.It was there that he made the acquaintance of filmmaker Luchino Visconti , who hired him to work as his assistant and as the set designer for his 1949 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the first one ever staged in Italy. (The two also began a romantic relationship that would last for several years.) Over the next decade or so, he worked regularly in the theater and eventually began directing plays and operas.It was with the latter that he would have his first great success, staging and directing them with a distinctive more-is-more approach that critics sometimes dismissed but which audiences throughout the world embraced.Thanks to a friendship with Maria Callas, he was able to stage a celebrated production of “La Traviata” featuring her in Dallas.Other productions, including a staging of “Tosca” at London’s Covent Garden and a production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” in 1964 that would begin a long-running association with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. “The Taming of the Shrew” When he chose to make his move from the stage to the screen, Zeffirelli, who had worked with the likes of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini earlier in his career, he did so via his other great artistic love.His first film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” (1967) featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Kate and Petruchio, respectively.Seen today, the film is a little wobbly in spots with its sometimes broad comedic approach, and even though she is ultimately just fine in the role, it is sometimes quite obvious that Taylor is not nearly as adept at handling the language of Shakespeare as Burton.Nevertheless, his instinct to cast the couple when original choices Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni were unavailable—a move that clearly did not thrill studio executives with clear memories of how the duo’s “Cleopatra” went out of control—proved to be inspired both from an artistic and commercial standpoint.The film went on to be a worldwide success, and received much-deserved Oscar nominations for Art Direction-Set Direction and Costume Design. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Advertisement His next film, which would prove to be the most enduring of his cinematic efforts, was his 1968 adaptation,  “Romeo and Juliet.” Over the years, there had been a few screen versions of the play but none were particularly successful, mostly because while it’s possible for an older actor to play a younger person on the stage, it’s much more difficult to pull that off in front of a movie camera.In the 1936 version, for example, the titular teen lovers were played by the 43-year-old Leslie Howard and the 34-year-old Norma Shearer.Zeffirelli’s inspired notion was to cast actors who actually came close to matching the ages of their characters and wound up hiring unknowns Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in the leads. (It is rumored that he had at one point considered casting Paul McCartney as Romeo.) The end result was Zeffirelli’s most notable cinematic achievement—his taste for florid dramatic and visual excess fit in perfectly with the tale of outsized emotions he was telling, and while the two stars might not have threatened the stature of the likes of Olivier (who ended up reading the prologue and dubbing in the voice of Lord Montague), they connected with each other and with the teenage audience, who came out in droves to see the film.Thanks to that younger crowd, the film became the most financially lucrative Shakespeare film of all time to that point, and scored four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Zeffirelli, Costume Design and Cinematography, winning the latter two.Even today, the film’s influence continues—it is still shown in schools as a way of exposing kids to the Bard (and no doubt continues to raise a few hackles here and there thanks to the then-surprising brief moment of nudity that was a controversial inclusion back in the day) and when others have attempted subsequent film mountings of the play, they have also made sure to cast younger actors in the leads. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “Jesus of Nazareth” After achieving back-to-back successes with Shakespeare, Zeffirelli shifted to religion for his next couple of film projects. “ Brother Sun, Sister Moon”  (1973) looked at the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, telling his story as an arrogant youth who elected to serve God by renouncing worldly possessions, and living a life of poverty while trying to get everyone from his family to the Pope to change their ways as well.As with his previous film, Zeffirelli was clearly aiming for the youth market by telling the story of St.Assisi in a way that presented him as a forerunner of the then-current counter-culture movement. (The film even featured music by Donovan.) This time around, however, the results were not nearly as strong.Zeffirelli’s visual style was as sumptuous as ever but seemed weirdly at odds with the man whose story he was trying to convey.Advertisement Zeffirelli would have much greater success in tackling religion as his subject with his next project, “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977), a star-studded television miniseries following the life of Christ (played by Robert Powell ) that, thanks to his insistence on telling the story in a manner that could be embraced by all faiths, became a massive hit around the world.Having succeeded in presenting the worlds of opera, Shakespeare, and religion to the masses, Zeffirelli decided to make Hollywood the focus of his next conquest, albeit with far more uneven results.He signed on to do a remake of the old MGM chestnut “The Champ” (1979) in which an ex-boxer ( Jon Voight ) struggles to continue to raise his young son (then-unknown Ricky Schroder ) when his ex-wife ( Faye Dunaway ) comes back into the picture after being absent for years.Already kind of dated and melodramatic in its original 1931 iteration, the passage of time was not especially kind to the material, and Zeffirelli’s insistence on dialing all the emotions up to histrionic levels did not help matters much and did little to distract from the notion that it was made only to cash in on the blockbuster status of the vaguely similar “Rocky.”  From there, he went on to direct what would become his most infamous film, his critically lambasted 1981 adaptation of Scott Spencer ’s best-seller “Endless Love.” With a tale of two impossibly attractive teenagers whose romance teeters dangerously towards obsession with grim results for those caught up in its path, it makes sense that the guy who made “Romeo & Juliet” would be hired to bring it to life.Unfortunately, this one was brought down by a terrible screenplay that completely neutered the power of the book (and I assure you that the book is a stone-cold masterpiece), direction that dialed up the admittedly melodramatic material to often laughable excessive extremes, and by having the star-crossed lovers at the center be played by actors—the then-unknown Martin Hewitt and the then-internationally famous Brooke Shields —who never showed a hint of actual chemistry.Thanks in large part to drawing power of Shields (whose screen career was nevertheless dealt a near-fatal body blow) and the instantly iconic theme song from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross , the film was a decent-sized hit but pretty much soured Zeffirelli from working in Hollywood again. “Hamlet” For most of the remainder of the Eighties, Zeffirelli’s cinematic output consisted of him bringing famous operas to the big screen in collaboration with the legendary Placido Domingo.The two worked together on “La Traviata” (1982), which earned Zeffirelli another Oscar nomination for Art Direction-Set Direction, “Cavalleria Rusticana” (1982), “Pagliacci” (1982) and “Otello” (1986). He then returned to narrative filmmaking with “Young Toscanini” (1988), a film looking at the early life and career of Arturo Toscanini, played, perhaps inevitably, by C.Thomas Howell.Despite the presence of Elizabeth Taylor in the supporting cast, the film was not so much reviled as it was completely ignored.With his next movie, he returned to his other great love with a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (1990) and while the film would soon become overlooked in comparison to Kenneth Branagh ’s epic take a few years later, it was nevertheless a strong and sturdy adaptation—the casting of Mel Gibson as Hamlet might have seemed like a stunt but his performance was strong (even if he was too old for the part) and he was baked by a fantastic cast that included Glenn Close as Gerturde, Alan Bates as Claudius, and, perhaps inevitably, Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia.Advertisement Although he would continue making films off and on for the next couple of decades, they would never quite hit the heights of his earlier works: There was a performance film of “Don Carlo” (1992) starring Luciano Pavarotti ;  “Sparrow” (1993) was a romantic melodrama about a 16-year-old novice ( Angela Bettis ) who returns home from her convent to avoid a cholera epidemic and falls in love with a neighbor boy (Jonathan Schaech);  “Jane Eyre” (1996) was a take on the Charlotte Bronte chestnut featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane and William Hurt as Rochester;  “Tea with Mussolini” (1999) was a semi-autobiographical story of a young Italian orphan boy who is looked after by a group of British and American women (including Judi Dench , Maggie Smith , Joan Plowright , Lily Tomlin and, perhaps inevitably, Cher).  His final feature, “Callas Forever” (2002) was a partially fictionalized recounting of the final day of the life of Maria Callas (played by Fanny Ardant ), as she struggles to star in a movie version of the opera “Carmen.” Though none of these films would prove to be as big as his first movies, the best of them—including “Jane Eyre” and “Tea with Mussolini” (which was inspired in part by the teacher who taught him Shakespeare as a chid)—demonstrated a flair for cinematic storytelling that did not require visual or emotional pyrotechnics to get his point across.Around this time, he was also awarded an honorary knighthood from the United Kingdom.If Zeffirelli had at last shown some degree of restraint behind the camera, he could still generate lots of publicity, not all of it good, away from a movie set.On stage, some of his later operas were increasingly criticized for their gaudy excess with a 1998 version of “La Traviata” in particular receiving a great deal of scorn.In 1988, the maker of “Jesus of Nazareth” was one of those protesting the release of Martin Scorsese ’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” calling it the result of “that Jewish cultural scum of Los Angeles which is always spoiling for a chance to attack the Christian world.” Along those lines, the deeply conservative Roman Catholic Zeffirelli, who would also serve in Parliament as a member of a right-wing party, would speak out against abortion and gay rights and claimed in a 2006 interview that even though he had been molested by a priest, he didn’t think that he suffered any harm as a result.Advertisement Most troubling of all, two of the young actors that he worked with over the years, Bruce Robinson (who played Benvolio in “Romeo and Juliet”) and Jonathan Schaech (who appeared in “Sparrow”), would make accusations of unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault against him. (Years later, Robinson would reportedly use Zeffirelli as the inspiration for the character of the lecherous Uncle Monty for his 1987 cult classic “Withnail & I.”) These actions and accusation are all deeply troubling, of course, and any attempt to fully grapple with the man and his legacy has to take some of them into account.However, if it is possible to completely separate the personal and the professional, and regard Zeffirelli solely on his artistic output, one finds the kind of artist that one rarely encounters these days—the kind who, at his best, was cheerfully willing to swing for the fences with material (that would have given most filmmakers pause) and did so in an undeniably unique fashion.His work may have fallen out of fashion in later years, but for his ability to make grand opera and the works of the Bard accessible to audiences that might have otherwise shunned them, he will always and justifiably be remembered.Previous Article: 30 Minutes On: Rocketman Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by Source link . 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Raytheon Reveals Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile Concept

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Raytheon’s new scramjet hypersonic missile is depicted here (foreground) with the company’s hypersonic Tactical Boost Glide concept.Raytheon has unveiled on the eve of the Paris Air Show a new vision for a future scramjet-powered hypersonic
'Raytheon’s new  scramjet  hypersonic missile is depicted here (foreground) with the company’s hypersonic Tactical Boost Glide concept.  \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Raytheon has unveiled on the eve of the Paris Air Show a new vision for a future scramjet-powered hypersonic missile.The concept image released on Raytheon’s website reveals a waverider-like missile design powered by a relatively compact booster stage.The image provides significantly more detail about Raytheon’s secretive hypersonic technology pursuits, which also include a previously released boost-glide design concept and several ideas for counter-hypersonic missile defense systems.Unlike previous acknowledged projects, the new image appears to be Raytheon’s first air-breathing concept image.The weapon concept shows no obvious air inlets, but it’s common for manufacturers to mask that sensitive technology.Raytheon identifies the concept as a scramjet on the company’s website.  “With engines built on a technology called a scramjet, the system uses a booster to reach cruising speeds,” Raytheon explains. “The missiles fly at sustained speeds above Mach 5 at certain altitudes in order to ensure the scramjet engine functions optimally.”  \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The only disclosed weaponized scramjet project by the U.S. military is the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC), which is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).   Raytheon also is involved in the DARPA Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program, which is developing and testing advanced hypersonic glide vehicles with a highly efficient aerodynamic shape.The TBG is intended to be a risk-reduction effort for a follow-on operational missile in development by the U.S.Air Force called the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).   Last winter, Raytheon also submitted several concepts to the Missile Defense Agency for a counter-hypersonic system, including a new family of hypersonic missile interceptors called Skyfire.   \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Raytheon’s work in hypersonic technology has often been overshadowed by Lockheed Martin ’s more visible projects, which includes the AGM-183A, TBG and HAWC.In May, Lockheed also revealed a concept for a scramjet-powered hypersonic missile launched by an F-35C , which was described as a potential future version of HAWC for the U.S.Navy.Source link . The post Raytheon Reveals Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile Concept appeared first on EPeak World News .'

House committee includes funding for Space Corps in defense bill

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The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment for funding in the defense spending bill for a Space Corps.The committee unanimously passed the measure after a one-hour debate.In a 21-hour markup session that ended late Thursday, the
'The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment for funding in the defense spending bill for a Space Corps. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The committee unanimously passed the measure after a one-hour debate.In a 21-hour markup session that ended late Thursday, the National Defense Authorization Act was passed by 33 votes to 24.Rep.Mike Rogers, R-Ala., offered the measure as Strategic Forces subcommittee chairman, with Rep.Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.Establishment of a military space force with status equal to the branches of the U.S. armed forces was proposed in February by President Donald Trump. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I am thrilled my colleagues on HASC recognize the importance of focusing on this proposal,” Rep.Mike Rogers, R-Ala., said in a statement. “As I have said time and time again, the future of warfighting will be fought in space.Russia and China are surpassing us in space capabilities and we must have a military branch focused solely on this mission.” The language in the bill calls for a space force within the Department of the Air Force, a civilian secretary and a four-star general as commandant.It will include personnel and assets of the Air Force, but not of the National Reconnaissance Office or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.The bill provides for a two-year transition period from Air Force guidance to separate military department, beginning in January 2021. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The plan is smaller than Trump’s proposal, and differs from the Senate Armed Service Committee plan, however. “The Space Corps is as close as we could make it to the proposal that passed this committee overwhelmingly,” Cooper said after the vote. “It is not a $13 billion expenditure, a gold-plated plan like had been proposed to us by the secretary of the Air Force.It is instead a reorganization so that space professionals can be properly recognized for their skill and ability and promoted.” Related Links \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Military Space News at SpaceWar.com Thanks for being here; We need your help.The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook – our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline.And unlike so many other news sites, we don’t have a paywall – with those annoying usernames and passwords.Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.SpaceDaily Contributor $5 Billed Once credit card or paypal SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter $5 Billed Monthly paypal only US General Claims Russia Poses Threat to America’s Space Capabilities Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 06, 2019 This follows the Russian Foreign Ministry underscoring in April that Moscow is ready and willing to hold a full-fledged dialogue with any country in order to prevent militarisation of outer space.Air Force General John Raymond, who has been nominated to lead the US Space Command, has claimed that the armed forces of Russia and China are rapidly developing their space capabilities, while the US military’s operational advantages in this sector are shrinking. “We no longer have the luxury of o … read more Source link . The post House committee includes funding for Space Corps in defense bill appeared first on EPeak World News .'

IAI Next Generation of Multi-Sensor Multi-Mission Radar

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'Ten years after its operational debut, scoring thousands of target interceptions in combat, and over a hundred units sold to customers worldwide, ELTA is ready to take its Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) to the next level – with the Multi-Sensor-MMR (MS-MMR). The new system, employs Dual band Radar, IFF, along with Passive Sensors such as SIGINT, Electro – Optic and IR Cameras and Launch Detection Systems (LDS). The multi sensors integration enhances the MMR performance, positioning the system as an essential sensor for multi- operational scenarios. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “MS-MMR provides an evolutionary step for ground-based air defense and surveillance radars.” Says Ran Turgeman Col. (Res’), integrated air situational picture lead marketing executive at IAI ELTA Systems. “From networks of multiple radar and sensor systems, to agile and adaptable, MS-MMR evolved the multi mission radar into a unified, co-located, multi-sensor system.” MS-MMR addresses the operational challenges modern armies face today – a complex air situational picture that combines numerous targets of different classes. “The modern battlefield situational awareness – requires fast and accurate detection and tracking of all threats, higher level of target classification, identification and recognition, and better target discrimination capabilities” Turgeman explains.In the past, the theater Air Situational Picture (ASP) comprised mainly of aircraft and helicopters.Today’s aerial threat includes everything from long range aircraft launching standoff weapons, to low observable (low radar cross section and stealth technology, low-flying, low speed), manned or autonomous aircraft and cruise missiles, high-speed targets, loitering missiles, guided projectiles, rockets and missiles, and drones.IAI/ELTA “Sky Shield” concept and solution include integration of passive sensors in addition to state-of-the-art active sensors, multi-band and multi-spectral sensing, and an innovative system for multi sensor array management, enabling pre-mission planning and real time sensor management and control.The MS-MMR introduces the next phase of “Sky Shield” solution, by integrating and co-locating multiple sensors on a single and unified platform, providing cross-cueing and sensor inherent fusion to deliver the performance enhancement required to address advanced threats.MS-MMR can be implemented with full or partial sensor suite addressing specific customer requirements and integrated on new or existing MMR systems. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The S-band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) MMR provides an ideal baseline for such activity, providing wide area scan, search and track of multiple targets.The additional High-band AESA radar ads more functionality, providing higher resolution and focused scan, engagement of small, low and slow targets (hovering targets, guided weapons, drones and multirotor). Passive sensors such as SIGINT, provides complimentary passive detection capabilities, adding a new layer of target classification and identification and enhancing the system’s capability in developing a target profile, discriminating between close targets, as well as assessing its operational status – such as radar mode, weapon launch, etc.The EO/IR and launch detection units comprises multiple sensors operating in IR, SWIR and Video, providing visual target recognition and discrimination, as well as assist in kill verification and damage assessment, informing decision makers of the target status in real time.Source link \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t . The post IAI Next Generation of Multi-Sensor Multi-Mission Radar appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ in South China Sea collision

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'Beijing confirmed Saturday that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea, but denied claims it was a “hit and run”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The Chinese trawler sailed away after the incident Sunday near Reed Bank that sank the fishing boat, sparking outrage from Philippine authorities and media.While President Rodrigo Duterte has largely set aside the once tense stand-off with China over the resource-rich waterway, many in the Philippines bristle at Beijing’s actions in the sea.The Chinese embassy in Manila said the crew of trawler Yuemaobinyu 42212 “bumped into” the Philippine boat and then left due to safety fears. “The Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fisherman, but was afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats,” the statement said.It went on to say the incident was not a “hit-and-run”, as some Philippine authorities had claimed, because the trawler “confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t However, the 22 fishermen told a very different story, saying they had spent hours in the water awaiting help.They were eventually picked up by a Vietnamese boat and brought home Friday aboard a Philippine navy vessel.The Philippine coast guard has started an investigation of the incident which Duterte’s spokesman branded as “outrageous and barbaric”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Opposition lawmaker Francis Pangilinan branded China’s version of events “as fake as its territorial claims,” and called for Philippine leaders to stand up to Beijing. “Now is the time to show real grit and toughness,” Pangilinan said. “There is never a time to be meek and submissive before a foreign power that endangers our own people.” Duterte has yet to make any public comment but he recently criticised China’s assertive stance over the sea. “I love China… but it behoves upon us to ask, ‘Is it right for a country to claim the whole ocean?'” he said in a speech last month.Manila’s Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said this week that he had lodged a diplomatic protest with China over the sinking.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Thursday called the incident “an ordinary maritime traffic accident”. Geng said it was irresponsible for the Philippines to “politicise the incident without verification”. Competing claims over the South China Sea are a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it, and rich petroleum reserves are thought to sit deep beneath its waters.Reed Bank, an area claimed by Manila and Beijing, is within the Philippines’ 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and far from China’s nearest major landmass.Manila won a key 2016 ruling against China’s claims in the waterway, but Duterte opted to set it aside in exchange for Chinese investments.Opposition politicians as well as segments of the public and media charge that Duterte has bartered away Philippine sovereignty with little to show in return.Related Links Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com Thanks for being here; We need your help.The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook – our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline.And unlike so many other news sites, we don’t have a paywall – with those annoying usernames and passwords.Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.SpaceDaily Contributor $5 Billed Once credit card or paypal SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter $5 Billed Monthly paypal only Philippines blasts ‘cowardly Chinese boat’ over sinking Manila (AFP) June 12, 2019 The Philippines on Wednesday condemned the “cowardly action” of a suspected Chinese fishing vessel accused of abandoning a Filipino fishing crew after a collision in the disputed South China Sea.The boat on Sunday hit a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank – claimed by both Manila and Beijing – causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen “to the mercy of the elements”, said defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana.Although Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has largely set aside the bitter dispu … read more Source link . The post Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ in South China Sea collision appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Vietnam Vet Who Dropped Out to Join Army Gets High School Diploma 50 years Later

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Army Sgt.George H.Schaefer, Jr. was a junior in high school when he dropped out, unwilling to wait until graduation to join the military and serve the country in the Vietnam War.Schaefer had no regrets about leaving behind his classmates at
'Army Sgt.George H.Schaefer, Jr. was a junior in high school when he dropped out, unwilling to wait until graduation to join the military and serve the country in the Vietnam War.Schaefer had no regrets about leaving behind his classmates at Overbrook High School in Pine Hill in January 1969.At a time when the country was bitterly divided on the war and many were burning their draft cards, he volunteered to enlist in the Army, over the objections of his parents who wanted him to first get his diploma. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I just felt obligated to serve my country,” Schaefer, 67, who lives in Pine Hill, said in an interview Thursday. “I always wanted to be a soldier.” After basic training at Fort Dix, Schaefer, then 17, was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington and then shipped out to Vietnam.He was part of the legendary “last in, first out” 25th Infantry Division of ground troops deployed on some of the toughest assignments.Schaefer and 115 other soldiers were sent Tây Ninh Province of Vietnam atop Nui Ba Den, the Black Virgin Mountain where they lived in bunkers and faced intense fighting.He described the experience as “horrific.” An 18-year-old soldier begging for his mother died in his arms. “It was horrible.It was war,” Schaefer said. ” It was very scary.” Back home, his class graduated without him in June 1969 as the war continued and more than 58,000 American soldiers were killed.Schaefer earned a GED while in the service, but always had a nagging desire to receive a diploma from what should have been his alma mater. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t In the year that marks the 50th anniversary of his graduation, Schaefer will march with the Class of 2019 onto the football field Monday night to finally receive a high school diploma.He will address the 170 graduates, thanking them for allowing him to participate in their commencement. “This is fulfillment.This completes a part of my life that I didn’t have,” Schaefer said.It is the first time that the South Jersey school district, which enrolls about 1,870 students in pre-K through 12th grade, has awarded a diploma under such circumstances, said Principal Adam Lee.He wants more service members who missed their graduations to seek their diplomas. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I think he deserves to be recognized,” said Lee, who was born three years after Schaefer’s class graduated. “To be able to do anything for our veterans is super exciting.” There are about 340,000 veterans in New Jersey, including about 100,000 from the state who served in Vietnam, statistics show.Nationwide, there are about 20.8 million veterans.An admitted procrastinator, Schaefer finally decided last December to pursue his “bucket list” quest.He had hoped his class would have a 50th reunion, but many have died and that hasn’t happened.So, he made an appeal in a hand-written letter addressed to the president of the this year’s Overbrook senior class. “I am asking you and the Class of 2019 if you will allow me to fulfill my dream and finally graduate,” Schaefer wrote. “It would be an honor.” The seniors, who come from Pine Hill, Berlin Township and Clementon, welcomed adding Schaefer to their processional, said Class Advisor Jen Kohri.Schaefer will receive the first diploma handed out.Commencement will be held on the grounds of a new building.Schaefer’s class of 1969 was the last to graduate from the school he attended, which is now a middle school.Class President Maurice Wade met Schaefer at graduation practice Friday and was impressed.Schaefer’s presence will enhance Monday’s ceremony, he said. “I felt like it was a great honor having him,” said Wade, 18, of Pine Hill, who plans to attend Howard University as a biology major. “He’s a great person, very genuine.” Schaefer, the third of 10 children, was born on Christmas Day in 1951 in Camden.The family moved to Clementon when he was 10.His father, George Sr., owned a gas station in Cherry Hill, and his mother, Theresa, raised the family.His brother, Mark, joined the Marines four months earlier, but when George wanted to drop out and enlist, too, his parents objected.Education was important to the couple and they wanted him to finish school.When George persisted, the couple reluctantly surrendered and agreed to sign his enlistment papers.The couple believed that a knee injury would ultimately keep George out of the military.They were wrong. “I went up and I passed the physical,” Schaefer said. “Away I went.” Schaefer said serving in Vietnam was tougher than he expected.Young and idealistic, he believed that nothing bad could happen to him.He saw men he called brother, die around him.Others were wounded or suffered trauma like Schaefer that left permanent mental and emotional scars. “You don’t realize how devastating war really is,” Schaefer said.His fellow soldiers were disturbed by news accounts back home that many Americans were opposed to the war, and realized that “the only support we had was each other” he said.Despite that, Schaefer signed up for a second tour of duty in Vietnam.Two younger brothers, Matthew and Christopher, also enlisted in the military years later.About 2.8 million Americans served in Vietnam.Schaefer said he was disappointed by the treatment Vietnam veterans received when they came home.They were widely scorned and blamed for the increasingly unpopular war. “How can you go to war and soldiers die in your arms and you come home and everyone is against you?” Schaefer said. “It was absolutely terrible.” Schaefer was honorably discharged on Nov. 5, 1971.He returned to South Jersey and worked as a mechanic at his father’s gas station and later a car dealership.He reconnected with his childhood sweetheart, Marianne, a medical assistant.They met when she was 11 and he was 14.After dating for several months, the couple married.They never had children.In 2006, George underwent a liver transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.Schaefer and 40 percent of his unit contracted Hepatitis C in Vietnam after drinking contaminated water.Years later, the disease damaged his liver and left him 100 percent disabled.Schaefer said Marianne, his wife of 47 years, got him through the surgeries and tough times.She pushed him to write to Overbrook to request his diploma.During a visit to the school Thursday, Schaefer tried on his cap and gown in the school colors — navy blue and burnt orange.He brought momentos from the military — his helmet, scribbled with messages, medals and Vietnamese currency. “I think now I’ll alway be a member of this school,” Schaefer said.The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs helped Schaefer obtain his diploma through the “Operation Recognition” program.New Jersey awarded Schaefer the Distinguished Service Medal, the state’s highest military award.He also received a Vietnam Service Medal.Schaefer hopes the idea catches on around the country and more Vietnam veterans will get their diplomas and recognition for their service.About 20 percent of those who served in Vietnam did not have a high school education when they enlisted.He said his two-year stint in the Army “made him a better person.” “I try to do the right thing,” Schaefer said. “I just try to be a better human being.” This article is written by Melanie Burney from The Philadelphia Inquirer and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com . 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Iran attacks leave Trump and aides divided, with no clear strategy

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To retaliate or show restraint?Toughen sanctions or negotiate?The US administration, divided between hard-line hawks and a Donald Trump who fears plunging the country into another “endless” war, is struggling to define its strategy against Iran — as
'To retaliate or show restraint?Toughen sanctions or negotiate?The US administration, divided between hard-line hawks and a Donald Trump who fears plunging the country into another “endless” war, is struggling to define its strategy against Iran — as demonstrated by its uncertain response to recent developments in the Gulf of Oman. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Here is what we know about the US response and administration thinking. – How has the US reacted to the attacks? – \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t It took only hours for Washington to directly accuse Tehran of being “responsible” for the attacks Thursday against two oil tankers.The incident had Iran “written all over it,” Trump said Friday, rejecting Tehran’s denial of any such role.The president pointed to a video that purports to show a patrol boat of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards pulling alongside one of the tankers to remove an unexploded limpet mine from the ship’s hull.But the US condemnations were not followed by threats of any immediate retaliation.That represented a degree of restraint by an administration that has been steadily tightening economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran, and which last month stepped up its “maximum pressure” campaign with new deployments of ships, bombers and troops to the region. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t – War of words, or just plain war? – “The situation between the US and Iran is becoming increasingly dangerous,” tweeted Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration national security advisor now at Stanford University in California.Both sides could “easily… slide into a war they claim they want to avoid,” he said. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Between the continuing war of words and the recent escalation, numerous observers and US allies fear an incident could degenerate into open conflict.But Aaron David Miller, a former negotiator in both Democratic and Republican administrations, does not see the recent attacks as “sufficient for a casus belli.” “If, in the wake of this incident, the Trump administration chose to strike Iranian vessels directly, or the Iranian mainland, or Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria, or in Yemen, you have zero support,” said Miller, now a Middle East expert at the Wilson Center think tank. – A ‘focus on diplomacy’ – Trump, for his part, has made it abundantly clear: He does not want to embroil the country’s military in another costly and “endless” war like those in Afghanistan and Iraq.If acting US defense secretary Patrick Shanahan has expressed a determination to “defend our forces and our interests around the world,” he has also reiterated that Washington “does not seek conflict.” Pentagon spokesmen have stressed that neither American interests nor personnel have yet been attacked — making it an issue affecting global maritime traffic that should be settled at the international level. “We have an international situation there in the Middle East, it’s not a US situation,” Shanahan told reporters on Friday, saying the administration was united in seeking an “international consensus to this international problem.” But it is no secret that the president’s national security advisor, John Bolton, has taken far more aggressive positions.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also considered a hawk on Iran, even if he has attempted to hew to Trump’s more restrained line. – What does Trump want? – Beyond the question of how to respond to the recent attacks, a much larger question remains: What exactly is the concrete objective of the American pressure strategy against Iran?Last year Trump pulled the US out of the multinational 2015 accord that was designed to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.He was harshly critical of the pact, negotiated during the Obama presidency, and said he wanted to compel the Islamic Republic to accept much more stringent restrictions on its nuclear program and to cease any “destabilizing” behavior in the Middle East.In recent weeks, even as his teams were cranking up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Iran, the president has issued repeated calls for direct dialogue with Iranian leaders.But with supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei flatly refusing to talk, Trump seems uncertain how to proceed. “I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal,” the president said Thursday on Twitter, before again on Friday repeating his invitation: “We want to get them back to the table if they want to go back,” he said on the “Fox & Friends” program. “I’m ready when they are.Whenever they’re ready, I’m OK.” “The real problem is that there is no endgame in the administration’s strategy,” said Miller. “Regime collapse or change is fantastical right now.” Miller sees a disturbing lack of clarity in the administration’s approach. “What’s the purpose of the sanctions?” the former diplomat asked. “Is it to destroy the Iranian economy?Or is it a serious effort to drag the Iranians into the negotiations and produce a better outcome than what Obama got?” “I don’t believe that this administration is prepared to (make) the kind of concessions that the Iranians would demand in a serious negotiation.” Related Links Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com All about missiles at SpaceWar.com Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com Thanks for being here; We need your help.The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook – our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline.And unlike so many other news sites, we don’t have a paywall – with those annoying usernames and passwords.Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.SpaceDaily Contributor $5 Billed Once credit card or paypal SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter $5 Billed Monthly paypal only US blacklists Iraq firm as Revolutionary Guard guns front Washington (AFP) June 12, 2019 The US Treasury placed Iraq-based South Wealth Resources on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday, saying the company is an important weapons trafficking and financial front for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.The Treasury said the company, Manabea Tharwat al-Janoob General Trading Company, was used by the IRGC to smuggle “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth” of weapons to IRGC allies in Iraq.South Wealth Resources has also helped move millions of dollars to Iraq “for illicit financia … read more Source link . 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SCUBAPRO Sunday – Self Adjusting Fin Straps

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Self-adjusting fin straps are one of the best ways to don and doff your fins.It also makes it easier to use different size booties.Steel spring straps are a relatively new product for fins.
'Self-adjusting fin straps are one of the best ways to don and doff your fins.It also makes it easier to use different size booties.Steel spring straps are a relatively new product for fins.It was invented by cave divers that didn’t want their rubber straps breaking on them in the middle of a cave.So, they took screen door springs and made fin straps out of them.Typical rubber straps have a good chance of breaking at some point.If you are lucky, it will happen as you are putting them on before a dive, not in the middle of one.While you should always try and carry a spare strap on you, replacing a strap can be a pain in the middle of a dive.  \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The spring strap helps avoid most of these problems.Available for many open heel fins, spring straps permanently mount to the fin.Furthermore, spring straps typically attach using rust-resistant metal hardware.SCUBAPRO Steel Spring Straps are available for SCUBAPRO Jet fins, Twin Jet Max, Veloce fins, and the Seawing Nova fins.They are made with High-grade marine steel.These straps can replace the traditional fin strap with the added benefits of being easier to don and doff, and they will compensate at depth for the pressure underwater.The flexible nature of the spring strap tightens as you descend to compensate for the crush on your boots, meaning your fins stay on at the exact tension you set them to at the surface.Spring straps are strong springs with a rubber or nylon heel cover for comfort.Instead of having to adjust the tension every time you put them on like with traditional straps, you simply stretch the spring over your heel.   \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t   This decreases your time and energy spent putting on and taking off your fins before and after a dive.Several models of fins now come with spring straps pre-installed, but they can also be added to many fin models. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The other type of self-adjusting straps is made from quality marine-grade bungee designed for years of reliable use.Marine grade bungee is design and construction, making it ideal for prolonged exposure to moisture, sunlight/UV radiation, and the general wear and tear that fins regularly go through.A denier Dacron polyester cover is thick and long-lasting, repelling water and resisting abrasion better than nylon.Made from a top-quality first extruded latex rubber, this bungee has a consistent 100% stretch and high modulus that won’t lose its elasticity as many others do.Bungee straps are depth compensating as they compress when your neoprene boots get thinner due to increased water pressure.Like the steel spring, the bungee is self-adjusting at depth.Upon ascent, they decompress keeping fin straps comfortable throughout the dive.Straps have a large rubber finger loop to aid in donning and doffing.Marine bungee is highly reliable and has a very low percentage of breaking.All this being said, I know you can break it if you “test it” to try and prove me wrong.This entry was posted \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\ton Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 14:00\t\t\t\t\t\tand is filed under Advertiser , Guest Post , Maritime . \t\t\t\t\t\tYou can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.You can skip to the end and leave a response.Pinging is currently not allowed.Source link . The post SCUBAPRO Sunday – Self Adjusting Fin Straps appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Female Team Leading Elite Helicopter Training Changes Command in Pensacola

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in the history of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, two women held the top two leadership positions in the Navy’s oldest helicopter training squadron.For the past 14
'PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in the history of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, two women held the top two leadership positions in the Navy’s oldest helicopter training squadron. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t For the past 14 months, Cmdr.Jessica R.Parker, commanding officer, and Cmdr.Lena C.Kaman, executive officer, have held the reins at the elite training unit, which — along with two other squadrons stationed at Whiting — trains 100% of all rotary pilots for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.In a change of command ceremony Friday at the Whiting Field Atrium, Parker relinquished command of HT-8 to Kaman.Parker is heading to Norfolk, Virginia, to become the air boss onboard the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship, while Kaman assumed the title of commanding officer of HT-8 at Whiting.Prospective Executive Officer Patrick O’Neill became executive officer. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I loved having Commander Kaman as my executive officer,” Parker said after the ceremony. “She’s just superb.” Parker, whose wife Kathy Jensen and young children Tommy and Emmy were in the crowd cheering her on, said that although she didn’t want her service to be defined by her gender, she was aware that having women in leadership positions in the military is important to recruiting more women. “I would say that, although I don’t want to be defined as the ‘female commanding officer’ or the ‘woman pilot’ — I’m just a great pilot — I do recognize that I needed role models that I could look up to and I could relate to when I was younger,” Parker said. “And so it’s just thrilling to be able to be that role model for other young men and women.” \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Kaman, who is expecting twins with her husband, Christian, in November, was beaming as her husband placed the command pin on her white Navy uniform. “I am so honored and excited to be the commanding officer of the squadron.It’s a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” Kaman said after the ceremony. “We’re responsible for training the next generation of warfighting aviators.” Kaman also said she would prefer not to be known as the “female commander,” but acknowledged the significance of her position. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “As part of the first female front office … we are very honored to have that role, we are able to be mentors to everybody, no matter the gender or the race,” Kaman said. “But it is special to be a role model team of females for those who would like to stay in and who don’t see other females in top leadership positions.” As commanding officer and executive officer — or the “front office” team — Parker and Kaman were in charge of training student helicopter pilots at Whiting Field.Kaman and O’Neill will now assume that duty as Parker goes on her next tour to Virginia.Parker and Kaman are the third and fourth women, respectively, to be commanding officers of HT-8 in its 68-year history.HT-8 is staffed by 60 fleet-experienced, active-duty instructor pilots, 15 Navy and Marine Corps reserve instructor pilots and 11 government civilians.During their six-month training regimen with HT-8, 120 student naval aviators, known as “Eightballers” participate in 120 hours of ground school, 48 hours of flight simulator and 114 hours of actual flight training before being designated instrument rated helicopter pilots.HT-8 designates 180 new unrestricted naval aviators each year.Michelle Tucker, the Public Affairs Officer Chief of Naval Air Training based in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the Navy was proud to have Parker and Kaman onboard. “These two women are exceptional officers, but being women doesn’t define their service,” Tucker said. “Their strengths are their leadership, their flying ability and their dedication to their mission.It’s about selecting the right person for the job, not the right gender.” This article was written by Annie Blanks from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.Show Full Article © Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Source link . The post Female Team Leading Elite Helicopter Training Changes Command in Pensacola appeared first on EPeak World News .'

The Israeli Air Force : Ready, Set, Go

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Over the past week, dozens of air traffic controllers serving in the IAF’s Control Units and the 122nd (“Nachshon”) Squadron arrived at Uvda AFB.They were joined by controllers from the force’s control towers for a unique marathon.Through the Eyes
'Over the past week, dozens of air traffic controllers serving in the IAF’s Control Units and the 122nd (“Nachshon”) Squadron arrived at Uvda AFB.They were joined by controllers from the force’s control towers for a unique marathon. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Through the Eyes of Another “The service members here today will undergo five different tests”, said Lt.R’, an air traffic controller at the Southern ATC (Air Traffic Control) Unit and the leader of the marathon. “Seeing as each unit is qualified for different missions, the professional simulation is adjusted according to each team.In addition, the teams undergo designated theoretical tests”. “One of the tests included flight in a ‘Yanshuf’ (Black Hawk) helicopter belonging to the 123rd (“Desert Birds”) Squadron”, said Lt.Col.N’, Commander of the ATC Division’s Instruction Unit. “This way, the teams were able to see how aircrew members experienced flight in certain conditions, such as when under threat or when looking for a downed pilot.The goal was to bridge between ground and aerial activity, thus providing the controllers with a different viewpoint”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Another scenario drilled by the teams was a reverse simulation – the tower controllers went down to the “bunker” where the ATC Unit service members do their work, while the ATC Unit controllers trained in a simulated control tower.According to Lt.R’, the two professions may sound similar but they are in fact completely different. “Thanks to this simulative exercise, each side can see how the other operates”. Handling Extreme Scenarios When a team begins training, the simulator displays a view of one of the IAF’s control towers.The controllers handle scenarios they do not usually face during routine, which requires that they multitask and handle pressure while maintaining absolute focus.In addition, they encounter situations where aircraft begin malfunctioning, and are required to prioritize between various missions while handling problematic weather. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “Designing a scenario suitable for all airbases is difficult, seeing as not all airbases utilize the same platforms.We tested the controllers in fields identical to every tower, such as runway scanning and takeoff/landing permission”, elaborated Maj.Roei Frisch, Commander of the ATC Instruction Center. “Each simulation is about twenty minutes long and involves four controllers: one pair begins the simulation, and the other pair joins in when reinforcement is required”. Simulating Warfare In the “bunker” there is an ATC simulator capable of realistically simulating interception, attack and transport scenarios.When I went down into the “bunker”, I saw a dark room filled with large screens where several controllers had been training in parallel. “In such situations, the controller’s job is to manage the skies and designate targets for the intercepting aircraft”, said Lt.Col.S’, a controller at the Southern ATC Unit and one of the marathon’s judges. “The controllers need to prevent the aircraft from getting hit by SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles) and colliding into one another”. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The controllers’ performance in face of so many missions was impressive. “Controllers need to have a number of skills”, elaborated Lt.Col.S’. “They need a heightened grasp of their peripheral vision, the ability to handle overloads of information and the ability to divide their attention between various factors.Anyone unfamiliar with the controllers’ work would find these things very difficult to manage”. First Place “The goal of the marathon is to improve the division’s professionality through a constructive, positive competition”, said Lt.Col.N’. “These scenarios were incredibly challenging, and one doesn’t encounter them very often.We took care to plan scenarios which require creative thinking in order to see how the service members worked outside of the box”. “You have proved that this division has spirit, a competitive spirit based on professionalism and respect”, concluded Col.A’, Commander of the Control Division. “Throughout the day we learned a lot about the other side, which I think was especially enriching.It gave us the option to facilitate our work”. Source link . The post The Israeli Air Force : Ready, Set, Go appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Fathers’ Military Service Helps Inspire Sons to Join Military

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For retired Sgt 1st Class Confessor Bermudez Jr., Pvt.Dorian Bermudez and Capt.Timothy Peters, watching their fathers’ military service has helped inspire their own military careers.
'For retired Sgt 1st Class Confessor Bermudez Jr., Pvt.Dorian Bermudez and Capt.Timothy Peters, watching their fathers’ military service has helped inspire their own military careers. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t For Father’s Day, each took time to reflect on what stood out to them during their fathers’ careers and how their fathers have supported them as they, too, have joined the military. *** \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Facing the draft while living in Puerto Rico, Confessor Bermudez Sr. decided to go to an Air Force recruiter’s office in 1969.What he thought would be an enlistment of a few years led to a 24-year career in the military, his son serving in the Army for 20 years and his grandson now serving in the military.Retired Sgt. 1st Class Confessor Bermudez Jr. grew up in Fayetteville because of his father’s choice. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Bermudez Sr., who was an engineer in the Air Force until 1987, was stationed at Pope Air Force Base shortly after his son was born in Panama in 1975.He would serve there for the remainder of his career. “My father used to take me to Pope when it had a big air show every year,” Bermudez Jr. said. “There was Thunderbirds and so many static displays.You could see paratroopers jump out of the back of C-130s, kind of like All American Week.” Years later, Bermudez Jr. took his own kids to All American Week. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t His oldest son, 19-year-old Pvt.Dorian Bermudez, is now the third generation of Bermudez men serving in the military.After graduating from Berean Baptist Academy, Confessor Bermudez Jr. joined the Army in April 1997, with Korea as his first duty station. “I didn’t want to sit around,” Bermudez Jr. said. “My youngest sister had lupus, and I saw that my dad had actually extended his military time to make sure that she could see the best doctors.” Bermudez Jr., now a father of six, said as he got older and thought about his future, he wanted to be able to provide for his future family in the same way.A year after serving in Korea, he received orders to go to Fort Drum, New York.After completing airborne school in October 1998, Bermudez Jr. returned in December to Fort Bragg, where he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as a mechanic.He was with the division four years, until his first enlistment came up and he decided to join the U.S.Army Special Operations Command.He remained on airborne status for about 17 years.During his time in the Army, Bermudez Jr. went on three deployments to Afghanistan.He retired from the Army in April 2017, after 20 years of service.About a year later, the Army would have another Bermudez joining its ranks.Dorian Bermudez, who was born in the old Womack Army Medical Center building, joined in August 2018 shortly after graduating from Overhills High School. “I remember a couple of times watching him jump, and it had some influence on me joining seeing all the amazing things he was able to do and what he’s done,” Dorian Bermudez said of his father. “It was like looking up to a hero.” Bermudez Jr. said he remembers his son asking during his senior year, as he was debating what to do after graduation, about what led his father to the Army.Bermudez Jr. told his son that he joined for the independence and that after basic training, he knew he would have self discipline, wouldn’t have to depend on his parents and would have money in his pocket.The discussion helped Dorian Bermudez decide that he wanted to join the Army to have a stable career in his own life.After graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and completing advanced individual training in Georgia, Dorian Bermudez learned his first assignment would be Fort Bragg.He returned to his hometown in March.Serving in the same division his father once served in, Dorian Bermudez is working with satellite communications for the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.He now has physical training near the same 82nd Airborne Division water tower his father did during his time with the division. “Before I decided I was going to join the Army, I don’t ever really remember talking too much about the Army with my dad,” Dorian Bermudez said. “But now he’s told me how things (such as training) would be, and it’s kind of been eye opening to have a better understanding of how grandfather and dad had to do things.” Bermudez Jr. said he’s proud of his son’s discipline, and that he’s already earned his shooting expert badge. “I never imagined he’d be willing to put his own life on the line, and to be able to hear him talk about his friends and the friends he’s made …. it reminds me of me being in that position,” Bermudez Jr. said. “The fact we both have served in the 82nd — to be able to know that both of us have worn the patch, it’s pretty neat.” And Dorian Bermudez isn’t Bermudez Jr.’s only son who seems to have an interest in the military, as another son, who turns 14 Monday, is expressing interest in serving with the U.S.Special Operations Command.Bermudez Jr. said the biggest piece of advice he’s shared with his older son is to make good friends who are bettering themselves and want to further their career. “The second piece of advice is I’ve told him to respect his squad and squad leader and to be a team player,” Bermudez Jr. said.At the same time, Bermudez Jr. said he pulls back a little bit to make sure his son is developing relationships on his own, while supporting him just as his father, who now lives in Greensboro, did for him. *** Capt.Timothy Peters graduated from Seventy-First High School in 2004, when his dad, retired Master Sgt.Derrick Davis, was stationed at Fort Bragg. “For me in particular, being able to see my dad shine his boots at night in preparation for an inspection and looking like a model soldier by being physically fit and the level of discipline that was instilled in him is something that sticks out,” Peters said.From an early age, Peters said the military taught him flexibility and how to adapt, as he attended five elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools during his parents’ military careers.Inspired by his parents’ service, Peters earned an ROTC scholarship to go to college, and was commissioned as an officer in 2008. “My dad was there to give me my first salute,” Peters said.Graduating at the top of his class, he was selected to attend airborne school in 2009 at Fort Benning, Georgia. “While I was there, dad was stationed at Fort Bragg at the time and drove down to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with me and my battle buddies,” Peters said.It’s something he and his classmates remember even 10 years later. “I think the reward was that once we both landed safely on the ground, I knew that my dad had just jumped with me — I’m sure in a million of years neither one of us could have imagined we would have been afforded that opportunity,” Peters said.His father, who was a jumpmaster, retired in 2013 after almost 22 years of military service that included two combat tours to Iraq and two combat tours to Afghanistan.He now lives in Virginia, where Peters’ mother is stationed at Fort Eustis.As for Peters’ own career, his first duty station was in Korea.His second duty station was in 2011 at Fort Bragg, with a unit that his father had just left being first sergeant with prior to Peters’ arrival — the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.The battalion sergeant major Peters served with was also his dad’s sergeant major.After Peters’ time at Fort Bragg, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell Kentucky, where both his parents had been stationed.He is currently with the Headquarters, Department of the Army, at the Pentagon.Throughout his career, Peters said his father has been there to encourage him and has taught him tenacity, perseverance and to always be competent, capable and committed. “Even when I was a second lieutenant in Korea at the age of 22, being away from my family and responsible for 60-plus soldiers, I was able to pick up the phone and call my dad,” Peters said. “It gave me the opportunity to look at things through a noncommissioned officer perspective; and my dad has always been transparent and forthcoming with me, so he’s going to tell me if I’m wrong and if I need to take ownership as a leader.He’s been a great sounding board for me when it comes to leading the sons and daughters serving this nation.” This article is written by Rachael Riley from The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. and was legally 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Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 Campaign Is Floundering

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Gillibrand is a United States senator from New York, and this is the best she can do.A mess, maybe.But it’s no more of a mess than at least a dozen other candidates who are underperforming just as much, or worse.
'Gillibrand is a United States senator from New York, and this is the best she can do.A mess, maybe.But it’s no more of a mess than at least a dozen other candidates who are underperforming just as much, or worse.If all the candidates who, like Gillibrand, haven’t broken 2 percent in the polls were subject to as much coverage about how terribly they were doing, there wouldn’t be room for coverage of anything else. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Read: The Democratic Clown Car Rolls Into Iowa She and her aides say it’s not as bad as it seems: They think the race will look different in the fall.That’s when most of her compatriots in the zero to 1 percent range will likely run out of campaign cash and be forced to drop out.Meanwhile, she’ll be hanging in there with the $10 million nest egg she transferred from her Senate account—more than most of the lesser-known candidates are going to raise during their entire presidential campaign—on top of whatever she raises in between.In a smaller field, she’s confident that she’ll stand out more, and her won’t-ever-stop determination is going to get her there. “As long as she’s got money for a bus ticket in Iowa, she’s in it to win it,” said a person close to her campaign who asked not to be named to discuss internal campaign strategy.In a primary that will have already seemingly gone on forever, the theory goes, she’ll be fresh but also seasoned, and it won’t matter that she’s struggled to break through so far. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “There’s a national narrative … that I think is unusual, but I will overcome that too,” Gillibrand told me, in a hotel conference room she commandeered here for an interview about trying to make sense of this primary process. “Whatever the rules of the road are, I play by the rules, and I figure it out.” In the past, Gillibrand has figured it out.Thirteen years ago, she ran for a House seat no one thought she could win and squeaked by on the force of her insistence—and a leaked 911 call of the incumbent’s wife claiming he was “knocking her around the house.” Ten years ago, she was appointed to Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat, when basically everyone in New York politics thought Gillibrand was a joke.Since then, Gillibrand has won more votes in a New York election than anyone else in history, and was an effective inside player on several of the very few legislative battles that have actually gone the Democrats’ way in the past decade, including ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; passing the 9/11 health bill; and taking on sexual assault in the military. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I win people over not only with sincerity and authenticity, but with a determination that they don’t see in other people,” she said. “People yes them to death.I don’t yes anyone to death.I actually come up with substantive solutions and then I pass them.” This is the story Gillibrand tells about herself, and she tells it consistently: “I have always been underestimated—not only by potential opponents, but by the media,” she said in a 2010 interview, right after she’d dispatched what seemed likely to be a serious primary challenge from a former representative. “It will be the tale of the tortoise versus the hare, and I am the tortoise.Every campaign I’ve ever had, it’s always been part of my story, and I was not helped by many people who should have helped me,” she told me when we sat down briefly in April at a Friendly’s outside Concord, New Hampshire. “I am an underdog, and I’ve always been in every race I’ve ever had, and I win people over based on the merits,” she told me last week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Source link . The post Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 Campaign Is Floundering appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Colorado company using military veterans to combat dwindling number of youth baseball umpires

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GREELEY — After serving a little more than 22 years in the U.S.Army, Paul Moser is swapping one uniform for another.Thursday evening, he stood behind home plate in his latest attire: a light blue polo shirt, black pants, tennis shoes and a ball cap.
' \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t GREELEY — After serving a little more than 22 years in the U.S.Army, Paul Moser is swapping one uniform for another.Thursday evening, he stood behind home plate in his latest attire: a light blue polo shirt, black pants, tennis shoes and a ball cap.In the middle of the first two innings of a youth baseball game, Moser joked with his fellow umpire.It was only Moser’s eighth game on the job, but he already knew to be aware of rogue balls flying in from the outfield while the pitcher takes his warmup tosses — a lesson he learned a few days prior when he was pegged on the side of head before the start of a game. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “First base guy gets it, throws it down … I go past him at that point, thinking we’re clear, didn’t look in the outfield.I got to my spot at about 15 feet out, turned around, (popping sound)!” Moser laughed, demonstrating the incident.Moser, a 42-year-old Army veteran, was glad being a ball magnet was the height of his concern.Unlike many youth sports officials around the country, Moser hasn’t yet dealt with combative behavior from parents and coaches while umpiring.Jokes come easy about that parent — the one who causes a scene by berating or threatening an umpire — but the problem is legitimate.And it’s causing the number of youth sports officials across the country to decrease.Triple Crown Sports, a Fort Collins-based company which manages roughly 300 youth sporting events around the U.S., has felt the impact of a dwindling number of sports officials.In an attempt to combat the issue and give back to communities, it launched the “Protect The Game” initiative in April; the program provides free training, uniforms and equipment to military veterans in order to help them become youth sports officials. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Moser is one of three veterans who participated in Protect The Game’s first training session, which took place across three nights in April and consisted of classroom time and practice calling balls and strikes with live pitching.Jordan Cohen, the executive director of Protect The Game, said veterans are the ideal group to help fill the officiating void for a variety of reasons. “Being able to deal with people, dealing with tough situations, thicker skin — really being able to handle that part of it,” Cohen explained. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “When we do our national tournament in Arizona in March, we were short officials,” Cohen added. “… I brought 30 guys in from all over the country to help out and we were still shorthanded at that point in time.It’s the worst I’ve seen it, by far.And I don’t know if it’s going to get better.The younger generation doesn’t really — they don’t want to do it.They don’t want to officiate, mainly because of the parent situation and how they’re treated and the cost of getting started.” A 2017 study conducted by the National Association of Sports Officials, which represents youth, amateur, college and professional sports, found that 47.94 percent of the 12,889 male officials surveyed reported they “have felt unsafe or feared for their safety because of administrator, coach, player, or spectator behavior.” Of the 1,113 female officials, 44.74 percent say they’ve felt the same way.Kelsey Brunner, The Denver Post Paul Moser watches the play unfold during a youth league baseball game in Greeley, Colorado on Thursday, June 13, 2019.While Protect The Game was designed to help veterans integrate back into civilian life, for Moser, umpiring is simply another pastime.He describes his transition back to the real world as “scary, but in a good way.” His father also served in the Army, retiring when Moser was 15, so the military lifestyle was all he’d ever known. “I didn’t know what to expect with just about anything — finding a job, how to deal with medical insurance,” he said. “I mean, the list goes on and on.It takes some time getting used to that life on the outside.” When Moser retired from the military last summer, he got a full-time job as a security officer for Banner Health.He knew he wanted to work in the medical field, and in January he enrolled at Front Range Community College to earn his EMT certification, which he completed two weeks ago.But when he received an email with information about Protect The Game, he couldn’t resist the opportunity. “I needed a hobby.I’ve never been able to find a hobby,” Moser said. “I just love baseball, and I thought, ‘Hey, this is a good opportunity.I can do it on my own schedule to a point.I don’t have to do this full-time.’” Now, a little over two months removed from his first day of training, Moser has umpired nine youth baseball games.He sees it as a win-win: Getting to spend time doing something he enjoys, and helping his community fill the need of youth sports officials. “I’ve talked to them, and they all seem to really enjoy what they’re doing,” Cohen said of the three veterans who’ve completed the program. “… They really seem interested in it.It’s getting them out in the public, being active, and basically finding something they like to do.” And lucky for Moser, he hasn’t had to channel his military instincts to deescalate any situations with hostile parents or coaches. “So far I haven’t had any parents calling me any four-letter words or anything crazy like that,” Moser said. “It’s still very enjoyable.I can’t complain.” Source link . 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2,000 air force personnel from 4 nations join Red Flag-Alaska exercises

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Red Flag-Alaska, an exercise involving 2,000 personnel, 85 aircraft and the air forces of four Pacific Rim countries, is underway, the U.S.Air Force announced.The majority of the aircraft, from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the South Korean Air
'Red Flag-Alaska, an exercise involving 2,000 personnel, 85 aircraft and the air forces of four Pacific Rim countries, is underway, the U.S.Air Force announced. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The majority of the aircraft, from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the South Korean Air Force, the Royal Thai Air Force and the U.S.Air Force, are flying from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, both in Alaska.The exercise is directed by Pacific Air Forces, a U.S.Air Force component, and allows U.S. forces to train with coalition partners in a simulated combat environment.It is the first time that senior enlisted leaders from the four countries’ air commands have gathered in the same location.The exercise will conclude on June 21. “Any time we come together in a training environment like this, we get really good and realistic training opportunities with our partner nations,” U.S.Air Force Chief Master Sgt.Kaleth O.Wright said in a press release. “I think opportunities like Red Flag are extremely important for us to get those repetitions in with our allies.I encourage all participants to take advantage of these opportunities where you get to work at a tactical level with our Indo-Pacific and our European counterparts because you never know how those relationships might pay off one day,” Wright said. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The program, which is conducted several times each year, dates to 1975, when it was first undertaken at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.All Red Flag-Alaska exercises take place over the isolated, 67,000 square-mile Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex over central Alaska, and involve integration of various forces in realistic threat environments.Red Flag-Alaska executes the world’s premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercises and are designed to replicate the stresses warfighters must face during their first eight to 10 combat sorties, a USAF statement said. “What they found in previous wars is that pilots were dying within their first 10 flights in-theater [in combat situations],” said Capt.James Carson of the U.S.Air Force’s 354th Operations Group. “That’s the idea behind RF-A.We try to provide similar flights to what pilots can expect to see when they actually go to war, but in a safe environment.” \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Among those involved in the exercise are personnel of the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing, who are testing and operating MQ-9 Reaper drones in simulated combat situations. . Related Links Beyond the Ice Age Thanks for being here; We need your help.The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook – our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline.And unlike so many other news sites, we don’t have a paywall – with those annoying usernames and passwords.Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.SpaceDaily Contributor $5 Billed Once credit card or paypal SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter $5 Billed Monthly paypal only Senate calls on Canada to take a firm stand on Arctic sovereignty Ottawa (AFP) June 12, 2019 A Canadian Senate committee on Wednesday called for a stronger defense of the country’s sovereignty in the Arctic as retreating ice brings increased foreign interest in far north resources and navigation.In a report, the committee said Ottawa must regulate shipping and enhance maritime and aerial surveillance in the Arctic, as well as improve the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking capacity, and equip Inuit Rangers with marine capabilities in order to project its authority over the vast and rugged r … read more Source link . The post 2,000 air force personnel from 4 nations join Red Flag-Alaska exercises appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Marines send homemade cards, letters to Mattis on first Father’s Day apart

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QUANTICO, Va.—Staff Sergeants looking to brush up on—or, honestly, learn—the fundamentals of their profession will have a brand new opportunity with the Marine Corps’ new remedial Corporals Course for Staff Sergeants (CCFSS), starting next month at
' \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t QUANTICO, Va.—Staff Sergeants looking to brush up on—or, honestly, learn —the fundamentals of their profession will have a brand new opportunity with the Marine Corps’ new remedial Corporals Course for Staff Sergeants (CCFSS), starting next month at Marine Corps University.The course is aimed at Staff Sergeants who, for whatever reason, are unable to function at the minimum level of competency the Marine Corps expects of a Corporal.CCFSS will feature an intensive ten week program focusing on the basics of leadership, drill, physical fitness, proper appearance, and any of the dozens of other core tasks most Marines learn during their several weeks at Corporals Course and then forget just as quickly. “Over the last few years we’ve been seeing a growing number of overweight and under-motivated Staff Sergeants coming through our Career Course,” Maj.Gen.William Mullen, head of Training and Education Command, told Duffel Blog. “These are Marines who‘ve been in for over a decade, yet they can’t make weight, follow simple instructions, or even keep themselves clean-shaven,” Mullen said. “We found we were spending too much of Career Course doing remedial programs for things they honestly should have learned in Recruit Training.’ \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t According to Mullen the Marine Corps originally planned to just send designated Staff Sergeants back through Recruit Training, but several experimental classes never even checked in, and an investigation has still not uncovered where they spent those three months—or how they were all awarded Navy Achievement Medals.While the Marine Corps has been able to remove substandard non-commissioned officers through time in service limitations, substandard staff non-commissioned officers have historically been allowed to served a full 20 years for retirement purposes.The result is a large number of Marines categorized as “Lazy, Inefficient, Fat, and Expecting Retirement,” or LIFER. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Although the Marines began two separate programs in 2012 to convinced LIFERs to get out early—Voluntary Separation Pay and Temporary Early Retirement Authority—CCFSS is a recognition that there are still too many LIFERs in the ranks who just won’t get out.Based on the overwhelmingly favorable response MCU has already been getting from Fleet units, Mullen said not to be surprised if in the coming years the program is expanded to include Corporals Course for Gunnery Sergeants, Corporals Course for Master Sergeants, and Corporals Course for Master Gunnery Sergeants.See Also:  Lance Corporals Course Honor Graduate Receives ‘Honorary NJP’ Source link . The post Marines send homemade cards, letters to Mattis on first Father’s Day apart appeared first on EPeak World News .'

My Father’s Things, and My Own

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My father died nearly twenty-five years ago.Still, I can conjure that time as if it were yesterday: the bewildering, quiet ride to the hospital, with the ambulance lights flashing but no siren, early on Christmas Eve, 1995; his week of decline; his
'My father died nearly twenty-five years ago.Still, I can conjure that time as if it were yesterday: the bewildering, quiet ride to the hospital, with the ambulance lights flashing but no siren, early on Christmas Eve, 1995; his week of decline; his funeral procession, inching past the farm in a swirl of snow.Somewhere deep in that December storm, the barn roof, which had been standing for more than a century, half collapsed.I had to look, then look again, to comprehend what had happened.I hadn’t a clue what to do next.It was then that I realized that all my father owned and everything that had been in his care—his farm, in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, where he’d spent his entire life, his house, my mother and her failing memory—had become the province of others. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t There were many large things to sort out in the wake of his passing—repairing the roof was the least of it.But, after all this time, I remember just as vividly the small portions of grief.Going through my father’s possessions, I found that objects that had barely registered while he was alive seemed just as precious, if not more so, than the ones I’d imagined treasuring.His own father’s watch, which he kept in his desk drawer; a wooden bowl he’d carved in his teens; his notebooks and textbooks from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, one of which contained a chapter on chestnut trees, for he’d come of age as the blight was ravaging nearly every one of them —these held just as much resonance as his work jacket and boots, which I saw almost daily, and which seemed to define him.As I sifted through his possession, I began to think about my own.I felt how freighted and cumbersome inheritance could be.And so, after the obligations to his estate had begun to lift, I went to a lawyer to make my will.I thought it would be simple enough.I was single and without children; I owned a modest house and the items that filled it.For nearly two decades, I’d been accreting, carrying things with me as I moved from an island, to a city, and then back to the farm where I’d been raised.Each time, I’d unpack my possessions from my hatchback—books and photographs, ceramics from Italy, an old cream bottle from the family dairy, my grandmother’s afghan, arrowheads I’d chanced upon—and settle into life among the mosaic of my belongings.I told my lawyer that I wanted to leave the house itself to my niece and nephew.The contents, I thought, could go to my brother and sister. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “Oh, don’t do that!” he said. “Nobody wants to inherit the contents of a house!” I was taken aback at first.Then I couldn’t help but laugh at the realization that almost every object that held my affections would mean little to anyone else.Still, in spite of that recognition, my things lost none of their attraction.In fact, they seemed to mean all the more to me when, a decade later, I moved to an even older house, in Maine, where I still live, and where I imagine I’ll die.By then, I’d acquired chairs and tables and dishes, and I needed to rent a U-Haul.Do I think these things keep me tied to earth?All I know is that, together, they provide an unquantifiable comfort.Every once in a while, I wonder whether they could be calcifying around me like a shell. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Today, enough people feel weighed down by their possessions to make “decluttering” a social phenomenon.It’s a word that came into use only in the middle of the twentieth century.Almost certainly, I possess more things than everyone else who’s inhabited my approximately hundred-and-fifty-year-old Cape Cod.It was built by a blacksmith, and most of what he and his family owned probably had a practical use: chairs and pots and tables and cooking utensils, a bread bowl and canning jars.This place must have meant a lot to them; it stayed in their family for nearly a century.Surely, they felt a sense of comfort here equal to or greater than my own.I often think that everything I own now—a mix of the essential and the desired—wouldn’t be capable of making me feel comfortable in the house as they inhabited it.They kept winter at bay with wood heat alone, through stoves and fireplaces on the first floor.There were fewer windows then, so the house would have been darker in winter—darker always, with just the small and wavering flames of kerosene lamps to illuminate it at night.My father would have known that kind of darkness.He was the son of Lebanese immigrants, born not long after the Wright brothers lifted off from Kitty Hawk.As a boy, he slept in the same bed as some of his siblings, and in winter they’d place hot bricks at its foot to keep warm.I have no doubt that the cold, the closeness, and the dark had something to do with the loyalty they felt to one another all their lives.When I think about the way that even humble possessions can give us comfort, because we invest our feelings in them, I recall a passage from “ The End: Hamburg 1943 ,” by the German writer Hans Erich Nossack.He describes returning to his bombed-out city.In some neighborhoods, little more than chimneys remained standing.There were few discernible streets; people created paths through the rubble and glass.When refugees encountered the intact possessions of others—even of those who had taken them in and fed them—the objects had no resonance at all. “They would walk through strange rooms, touch an object, hold it, and look at it absently,” Nossack writes. “The unspoken question would fill the room: What is the use of still having such things?” Even so, when they discovered that their own possession—a faded photograph, a childhood doll—had been destroyed, they were overcome. “These things have their life from us, because at some time we bestowed our affection on them; they absorbed our warmth and harbored it gratefully in order to enrich us with it again in meager hours,” Nossack explains. “We were responsible for them; they could only die with us.And now they stood on the other side of the abyss.” \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t After my father died, it was hard to let the merest thing go.Dropping off a box at the Salvation Army felt like a betrayal.His favorite viyella shirt, his desk blotter, his household hammer, anything written in his hand: it took a force of will to do what was required of me.Now that his passing is so much further away in time, it’s not his things that I cling to the most.It’s memories.I’ve watched helplessly as my mother and all of my father’s siblings have died; now there’s no one on earth who remembers him as a child, or as the young man who, caught in a photograph, walked across the farmyard with a fox slung over his shoulder.Soon enough, his middle age will disappear.After my siblings and I are gone, all that will be left will be his grandchildren’s dim recollections of his old age.Every once in a while, a fragment of my father rises unbidden—I see him dropping off a basket of dark, shining eggplant and ripe tomatoes on the porch, or wading into the cornfield to pick a dozen ears for dinner—and I imagine such fragments must be authentic for being spontaneous.More often, I consciously conjure him: the way, for instance, he would put a basket of apples in the back of the car when we took a family trip.As we moved westward and northward across New England, he’d give his Macs and Baldwins and Cortlands to gas-station owners and innkeepers along the way.As much as I tell myself that I can still see him and hear his voice in my head, the man he was may already have disappeared.Memory, with its faults and uncertainties, has made him my own creation, and I’ve changed him as desired.The father I have been shaping out of air for nearly twenty-five years is a man more of his later years.I’ve softened some things.What I conjure often feels companionable and comfortable, and I try not to think that, when I myself die, such memories will slip away in an instant—possessions no one can inherit.Of all the things we ever talked about, all the things he ever said to me in our nearly forty years together on this same earth, out of the drift of the decades since, I recall most often a bright, clear May morning in the apple orchard.The Northern Spies are coming into bloom.The finch’s song, the soft breeze, his voice: “Don’t you just like to watch things grow?” Source link . 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Analysis of Chanakya Policy to dethrone Nand Empire

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The analysis was done with limited understanding of era and mindset of that time.This is purely based on the thoughts and strategies applied.The major considerations by Chanakya before attacking and creating strategies against Nand King.Nand Rulers,
' \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The analysis was done with limited understanding of era and mindset of that time.This is purely based on the thoughts and strategies applied.The major considerations by Chanakya before attacking and creating strategies against Nand King.Nand Rulers, their behaviour traits and his basic DNA properties.Administrators and their dedication level with honesty Administrators loyalty index for Magadha and Nand family.Rebels, finding the best among worst and their intentions Magadha people interest and welfare are secured under what type of leaders and administrators.Strength and weakness of each stakeholder Moral, values and ethics of each stakeholder.Strong and weak links connecting Ruler, Administrators, Rebels and Magadha people Medium and short term strategy improvisation based on the situation but never compromise Long term strategy in any case.The element of surprise, timing and interconnectivity of events.Least loss to capital, soldiers, honest administrators and people of Magadha.Observations from words and deeds during the Nand Empire fall Ruler/King is not the Kingdom.King is simply a servant to people.Kingdom or Land/Resources belong to people.King should only work for the betterment of people and resources.King is flag bearer to Moral, Ethics, Honesty and highest virtue.The administrators should be loyal to the Kingdom rather than King.They might face the anger of King but their true service belongs to the Kingdom.Honest administrators to specific King should be valued and saved during any outside or inside coup.Use a dishonest rebel or administrator as a vehicle for a shorter objective but never consider them as long term partners.They will do the same thing with you when they will get resources and power.Predict the behaviour of all stakeholders by knowing their Moral, Ethics and value system.Keep on testing your assumptions with every stakeholder with the lowest risk.The motivation of each stakeholder is directly proportional to upbringing, family and past events.The motivation can be fame, wealth, name, money, area to rule or welfare of people.It is the most important part of decision making.Timing of events with connecting stakeholders.Creating a sense of fear, lust, pride, anger and love to stakeholders with correct condition and secrecy was most important.It was the connection of small events formation with large outcome randomness create anxiety among rulers.The modern chaos theory has explained it properly.Showing the true nature of every person to himself to take them for a guilt trip.Resulting them to follow orders of Chanakya.Winning confidence from smallest stakeholder to un-honest top stakeholders.Sense of anxiety within rulers, administrators and rebels.Chanakya knew the intention of each stakeholder but none of them knew his intentions.That is a real game.Source link \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t . The post Analysis of Chanakya Policy to dethrone Nand Empire appeared first on EPeak World News .'