US expels 21 Saudi military cadets after gun attack

first_imgTwenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida last month. EPA WASHINGTON –Twenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States(US) after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air StationPensacola in Florida last month.    The servicemenwere not accused of aiding the 21-year old Saudi Air Force lieutenant but USAttorney General William Barr said the cadets were found to have jihadistmaterial and indecent images of children in their possession. Barr added the21 cadets were disenrolled and returned home on Monday. Three sailorswere killed and eight wounded in the Dec. 6 attack, authorities said. Thegunman was killed by the police in the incident.(BBC)last_img read more

A New Jersey Hero

first_imgMary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, presented Lore Macdonald, a co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, with the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero Award during a ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at the Rumson County Day School. Celebrating the award are Horizons program students and, from left in the center: Macdonald; Chad Small, head of school at Rumson Country Day School; Bridget Christie, the Christies’ daughter; Christie; and Robin Scheman, president of the Horizons board.last_img

Candidates for Sheriff Zero In On Drug Abuse

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaBoth candidates for Monmouth County sheriff, Republican incumbent Shaun Golden and Democrat challenger Jeff Cantor, agree the most pressing issue in this race is heroin abuse.Golden, 49, who has been sheriff for seven years and an undersheriff two years before that, is using an approach of direct law enforcement and education.His office is providing education for both adults and youth, including the “Reach For Your Dreams” program in which recovering addicts meet with students from seventh grade to high school and help organize youth anti-drug use activities.The Sheriff’s Office also works with pharmacists to recognize fake prescriptions. It has partnered with other law enforcement agencies to organize unwanted prescription drug drop-offs for proper disposal. Under Golden’s tenure the office has added six narcotics-sniffing dogs.“It’s a multi-prong approach,” said Golden, a former police officer in Toms River and Colts Neck.Cantor, 50, said, if elected, he would form a joint task force that would incorporate law enforcement, recovering addicts, counselors, doctors and pharmaceutical companies.“There’s not a comprehensive strategy,” said Cantor, who has been a member of the Marlboro Township Council for 12 years. “It really comes down to treatment, recovery and education. It’s a growing problem, everyone’s affected by this problem.”The sheriff’s office performs a number of roles: law enforcement, running the county jail in Freehold Township, operating emergency services dispatching, providing security at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, and running county-wide emergency management.Jeff CantorCantor, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, also wants to form another unit, one focused on dealing with terrorism. Cantor said he was concerned with “soft targets,” such as boardwalks, movie theaters, railroad stations and houses of worship. The unit would recommend ways these various locales could secure themselves, do patrols and be made aware of explosives.“The whole purpose is to keep our children and families safe,” said Cantor, chief operating officer for Gladius Health.Golden said his office is already dealing with domestic and foreign terrorist threats. The Sheriff’s office is using license plate readers to see if vehicles are associated with criminal activity; security cameras; working jointly with municipalities; and teaching private groups how to recognize suspicious activity.Cantor suggested a more cohesive operational approach, one incorporating emergency management, communications, firefighting, emergency medical services and private entities to work together to mitigate problems before they happen.“Then, you can focus on applying resources to these problem spots,” Cantor said.About 25 towns, or more than 100 emergency response agencies, use the Sheriff’s 911 telephone system, Golden said. But Cantor said the communications system needs to be improved, including regional dispatchers needing to better understand local areas and better communication equipment for emergency responders.Golden pointed to various accomplishments in his office, such as a Special Needs Registry for tracking people with autism, dementia, or physical disabilities. Dispatchers and personnel responding to emergencies at an address with a special needs person will know the situation they are walking into and how to deal with it if the person is in the registry.During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, 72,000 people were evacuated and 5,000 sheltered, with no loss of life, Golden said.“We’ve done a lot,” said Golden, an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. “We’re moving right along.”Cantor questioned Golden serving as sheriff, whose budget is determined by the county Board of Freeholders, and serving as county Republican chairman, who oversees the campaigns of the all-GOP freeholder board.“He controls the freeholders and they control his budget,” Cantor said.last_img read more

Leafs get back to work Friday against Creston

first_imgRound two of “Who wants to play for the Nelson Leafs” goes Friday at the NDCC Arena when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats pay a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition visit.Nelson opened the pre-season with an 8-2 win over Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Leaf coach Frank Maida is scheduled to change of the lineup somewhat from Tuesday’s Team White for the Thunder Cats as he continues to look for an opening day roster.Nelson travels to Beaver Valley Sunday before playing a home-and-away series against Castlegar Rebels, with the home date Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 13 when the Green and White face the defending KIJHL champs on banner raising night at the Castlegar Complex.Nelson returns home the following night, Saturday, September 14, to kick off the Cyclone Taylor hosting campaign against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.last_img read more

So what’s it going to be Leafs?

first_imgSure it would be nice to knock off the perennial favourite in the first round of the playoffs, but that has been a hurdle the Nelson Leafs have failed to accomplish since the years of Simon Wheeldon behind the bench.So the goal for the Green and White in the next three weeks has to be win as many games needed to overtake the Grand Forks Border Bruins for third spot in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Third place would keep the Leafs away from the hottest team in the KIJHL during the Murdoch Semi Finals, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img

Education Minister Werner’s Work Is Just Beginning

first_imgThe President said two years ago that Liberia’s education system was “in a mess.” At that point, Madam Ettie Tarpeh, who succeeded Education Minister Othello Gongar, was in charge of the system.Dr. George K. Werner succeeded her as the new Education Minister. A few months ago shortly following his appointment, he toured the counties observing the operation of the school system in the interior.Last week he took his first stern action by suspending “for time indefinite,” Nimba’s Chief Education Officer, Wleh T. Sailah. Our Education Correspondent C.Y. Kwanue quoted two Nimba teachers, Larlesseh Whapoe and Mohammedd Saryon, who accused Wleh Sailah of placing on the on the county education payroll as teachers “two of his children and his girlfriend.” It was further revealed that the CEO’s two children are not teachers, neither do they even reside in the county.According to Correspondent Kwanue, the biometric system was employed by the Civil Service Agency (CSV) to check the teachers’ names and also their “unique physical and other traits, for the purpose of identification and security.”According to Mr. Kwanue, a cross-section of teachers in the county who had already gone through the biometric exercise accused the former CEO of introducing “fraudulent acts” during the biometric process, which included “deleting the names of legitimate teachers.” Well, since the CEO was allegedly determined to place his own children and girlfriend on the payroll, he had to exclude real teachers to make way for his fraudulent act. Where is the integrity? Where is the patriotism in the nation’s educational system? One of the first things that Madam Tarpeh did when she was appointed Education Minister was to tackle the major and crippling issue of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. And guess what: many of the very teachers resisted the exercise, some holding demonstrations outside the Education and Finance Ministries. But Ettie persisted in employing the biometric system, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to curtail, if not eliminate fraud in the nation’s payment system. Informed sources told the Daily Observer at the time that certain Ministries, names withheld, tried to resist the biometric exercise, which was aimed at eliminating the colossal list of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. But Minister Tarpeh and then CSA Director General William Allen persisted and the exercise was carried out.Alas, those who were intent on beating the system by cheating became determined to find ways around it. So did CEO Wleh Sailah, who allegedly simply removed from the list qualified teachers, in order to ensure that his unqualified and unemployed children got on the payroll.We find it most unfortunate that it is Nimba again in which this alleged fraud has been uncovered. Remember that in the midst of the terrible Ebola crisis that afflicted the country two years ago, some Nimba healthcare workers were found commandeering a truck load of foreign-donated supplies toward theGuinea border. The truck was apprehended, searched and returned to Ganta, but nothing came of the case because the court could find no one willing to testify or say anything! What a massive, criminal conspiracy of silence! This newspaper has always lamented, “What kind of people are we?” Here was Liberia, faced with the worst health crisis in our history, and here, too, are the same Liberians determined to cheat, steal from and undermine government’s efforts, backed by the largesse of the international community, to deal a decisive blow to the epidemic.Remember, too, the riotous Nimba youth who violently attacked ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of its property only because of a disagreement they had with the company. Remember, too, the Ganta motorcyclists and youth who angrily destroyed the property and home of one of Liberia’s few entrepreneurs.All of these have led this newspaper to ask frequently: Do Liberians really want development?Of course, when the alleged culprits in the recent education scandal are turned over to the justice system—if they ever will be—they will deny everything. Will whistle blowers Larlesseh Bordeh and Mohammed Saryon come forward to affirm their testimonies in court? We hope and pray that they will not take cover like Ganta’s Ebola supplies thieves. And yet Liberians frequently severely criticize the government, even abusing the President, for the lack of development. Do we really want development?We pray that Minister Werner has the guts to deal forthrightly and effectively with the monumental task on his hands, clean up our educational “mess” and reestablish a credible school system in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

College roundup: Pepperdine falls short against San Francisco

first_img UC Riverside 81, CSUN 70: The visiting Matadors (11-12, 7-3) shot 37 percent from the floor in the Big West Conference loss to the Highlanders (14-9, 8-1). LaJoyce King led the Matadors with 22 points, while Jamie McCaa added 14 and Krisztina Fuleki scored 10. Pepperdine’s Lauren Wenski scored a career-high 19 points, but the Waves lost to visiting San Francisco 64-60 Thursday night in a West Coast Conference women’s basketball game. Teiosha George added 10 points and nine rebounds for Pepperdine (11-14, 4-6 WCC) while Daphanie Kennedy added 10 points. Shay Rollins scored a career- and game-high 20 points for USF (8-16, 2-7). Lisa Olden added 16 points and seven rebounds. Pepperdine led by as many as eight points early in the second half, but Rollins gave San Francisco its first lead of the second half when she scored five straight points as the Dons took a 52-51 lead. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

E London pulls in car part makers

first_img7 December 2006There are seven new investors in the new Automobile Supplier Park at the East London Industrial Development Zone in the Eastern Cape, it was announced on Wednesday. They will inject R395-million into the industrial development zone (IDZ), bringing the total investment to R755-million since its inception.Speaking at the announcement, the zone’s chief executive officer, Simphiwe Kondlo, said the new investments would more than double the value of investment committed to the IDZ, while almost tripling the number of companies that would be settling there.“These investors are part of the automotive cluster that has been developed by the [zone] in an attempt to further strengthen the province’s capabilities in the automotive industry,” Kondlo said, adding that the “most exciting part . is that we are talking about investments that are at an advanced stage of establishment.“We are talking about companies whose premises have already been constructed, companies who are already starting to bring their equipment into their factories within the zone.”In the past 18 months the IDZ has attracted almost 10 investors, including the newly announced ones. “Three of those companies are already operating from the zone”, Kondlo said.The seven new investors – Johnson Controls, Feltex Automotive Trim, Feltex Fehrer, Futuris Feltex, Carcoustics, Eurofit and TI Automotive – are mostly first-tier automotive component suppliers to DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s W204 model, to be launched in 2007.The Automobile Supplier Park, the biggest project so far undertaken by the zone, was constructed specifically to meet the demands of DaimlerChrysler’s new Mercedes Benz C-Class model.“It was in July this year that we awarded the contract for the construction of the Automobile Supplier Park,” Kondlo said. “Now, just five months later, factories are up and machinery is starting to go in and the [park] is almost ready for business.”The new investors will create 600 jobs in the automotive industry, one of South Africa’s strongest performing sectors.Source: Buffalo Citylast_img read more

Market for Green Materials Growing

first_imgA new report says the worldwide market for green construction materials will more than double over the next seven years to reach $254 billion by 2020.Navigant Research, a market research and consulting company, said a number of factors would contribute to growth, including consumer demand, lower costs for green materials, an expansion of certification programs and “growing evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages.”A free summary of the full report, “Materials in Green Buildings,” can be downloaded at the company’s web site.last_img

Price and Mutually Assured Destruction

first_imgDuring the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union both built massive nuclear arsenals. Both built nuclear missiles, both armed them with warheads, and both aimed them at the other’s major cities.The idea was that if one side should attack, the other side would respond in kind. There would be no winner. Both sides would be destroyed. The reason to build up the arsenal was to ensure that the other side would be destroyed. It was mutually assured destruction.This is what competing on price is for the sales organizations; it’s mutually assured destruction. There are more than two competitors, but there are plenty of sales organizations engaging in this exercise.You’re competing for a deal. Your competitor proposes a lower price. So you lower your price to win.In the next engagement, you know your competitor will propose a lower price, so you preemptively offer a slightly lower price than before. Then your competitor lowers theirs. This time they win and you lose.None of this is a secret. A third competitor competing against you for an opportunity, knowing that you’ve beaten them in the last two opportunities with your lower price, decides to lower their price.It’s an arms race. Off we go, chasing the bottom, everyone’s margins declining. No one has the profit necessary to execute on their client’s biggest or strategic initiatives. Soon, the industry is commoditized, no one can differentiate their offerings, and margins decline even further.The only way to win this battle is to not fight it. Selling lowest price is building nuclear missiles at the fastest rate possible. Your effort to beat your competitors for deals on price results in you defeating yourself. Your time, your money, and your energy, all need to be devoted to creating as much value as possible so that you can claim some portion as profit, better serve your clients, and grow to even greater heights of value creation.The Soviet Union bankrupted their economy. In part it was due to their command economy. In part it was due to their attempts to win an arms race. Competing on price is mutually assured destruction.QuestionsWhen is it okay to compete on price? When is it not okay?Is your company’s primary value creation lowest price? Is it your business model?How low will you go before you give up and let your competitor win?What would happen if you went the other direction and tried to create and capture more value? What if you really tried to be better? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more