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Babita Sarjou PI continues

first_imgAs the trial continues into Babita Sarjou’s murder, Police Inspector Suraj Singh attached to Major Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Department took the witness box on Thursday to give evidence against Sarjou’s ex-spouse, Sharnandand Naraine, called ‘Anand’ of Lot 51 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown; and Darel Pronton called ‘Yankee’ of Lot 54 Broad Street, Charlestown.Inspector Singh in his evidence reiterated that no inducement was offered for Pronton’s oral statements nor was he assaulted at any time in his presence. Singh disclosed that he never received any complaints of assault from Pronton, neither did he see his body bearing marks of violence, in fact , he stated that Pronton looked comfortable.Babita SarjouSharnandand NaraineMurder accused: Darel ProntonSingh continued that Pronton’s statement to the police was given voluntarily despite many cautions administered to him.Prontons’ attorney Nigel Hughes in cross-examination of Singh contended that his client’s statement was not voluntary. Hughes suggested to Singh that his client give statements to the police on the premise that he will not be charged.Naraine’s attorney, Peter Hugh was not present in court for the hearing.The trail continued on Friday along with a Voir Dire (trial within a trial) to ascertain whether statements made by Pronton were willingly or involuntarily given. It will also determine if the statements can be admitted as evidence in the PI.The case was reopened by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum and his team of detectives who were able to crack the case on May 22, after they spent over five hours digging up a site at Naraine’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, home where they believed Sarjou’s body was buried. They recovered skeletal remains, however they are still awaiting confirmation from DNA samples sent for overseas testing.Meanwhile it was reported that Sarjou had left her home to go to the Diwali motorcade on the eve of November 4, 2010 with Naraine who had called her. He reportedly picked her up in his car and while she was sitting in the front passenger seat she was strangled by Pronton who was reportedly seated in the back-seat of the car.Sarjou’s lifeless body was allegedly transported to Naraine’s house where he had allegedly dug her grave two days before she was killed.last_img read more

Coalition Govt honours convicted terrorist as “stalwart”

first_img…as 4 new Coalition MPs sworn inFollowing a three-month interval pending the outcome of challenges to the no-confidence motion in the local courts, the National Assembly resumed sitting on Friday with a motion to honour the death of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir.Kadir, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) Member of Parliament and Mayor of Linden, died back in June 2018 in a penitentiary in the United States of America, where he had been serving a life sentence for plotting a 2007 terror attack at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York.Convicted terrorist Abdul KadirThe motion – Sympathy on the Death of Mr Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament – was tabled by Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood. The motion states: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly records its deep regret on the death of Mr Abdul Kadir on 28th June, 2018, and pays tribute to his dedicated service to the Parliament of Guyana as a Member of Parliament, where he served in the Eighth Parliament, from 17th April, 2001 to 2nd May, 2006, and to the people of Guyana.“The people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man. So I ask this National Assembly that we direct an expression of sympathy (to) be conveyed to his sorrowing widow, children, grandchildren and relatives,” Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood said as she tabled the motion, which was eventually carried in the absence of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition.New MPsOn the other hand, Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly saw four new Coalition Members of Parliament (MP) being sworn in to replace the four former ministers who were forced to resign as a result of their dual citizenship.The four new Parliamentarians on the Government’s side, who took the oath of office in the half-empty House, were Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Chairperson Tabitha Sarabo-Halley; Branch Manager of NCN Berbice, Donna Mathoo; former Parliamentarian Mervyn Williams, and Reynard Ward.These four new MPs were sworn in to replace former Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin respectively, who were all forced to resign from the National Assembly after recent court rulings deemed it illegal for persons holding dual citizenship to be sitting in the House.Speaking with reporters on Friday, the new Parliamentarians shared some of the areas they would be pushing for in their new roles. Ward spoke about advancing agriculture issues, since he came from a farming background.“I’m from an agriculture base, so I’ll be looking at young people in agriculture. I’ll be looking at the rural-urban migration and creation of jobs within the rural communities. I’m a rural person myself. I was born and raised on the East Bank of Berbice in a farming community; both my parents are farmers still, and I am a farmer myself, among other things within the agriculture sector,” Ward stated.Meanwhile, Mathoo said she would be focusing more on issues relating to women and youth empowerment, as well as gender-based issues, among others.Upon his return to the National Assembly, Williams noted that, as Advisor to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, he would be pushing issues that would see the development of the country’s first people.“I will continue to drive Government’s agenda, which essentially seeks to do a number of things; but principally happening now has to do with the revision of the Amerindian Act, securing an extension to the Amerindian land-titling project, and to ensure that the question of land tenure is addressed,” Williams noted, while adding that he would also be working to ensure that President David Granger’s vision of connecting the hinterland to the coastland is realised.Sarabo-Halley, who has been appointed the new Public Service Minister, said she would share her plans for the ministry after being sworn in as the minister. But nevertheless, she lauded the coalition Government for giving young persons a chance to serve the country.As a result of the resignation of four senior ministers, not only from the National Assembly but from Cabinet as well, President Granger has reshuffled his Council of Ministers, a development which has seen several junior ministers being reassigned to new ministries and the appointment of two new ministers to Cabinet.In addition to Sarabo-Halley, the Head of State also appointed Coalition MP Haimraj Rajkumar as the new Business Minister, replacing Dominic Gaskin.Additionally, Junior Minister Dawn Hastings has been appointed Minister of State, replacing Joseph Harmon. She told reporters that she is ready to tackle the vast responsibilities awaiting her.House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland also announced that Opposition MPs Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah had also tendered their resignations earlier this month. However, he is awaiting their replacements to be selected from the PPP/C’s list.Friday’s sitting was held in the absence of the Opposition MPs, who indicated that they would not attend any parliamentary sessions until the hearing and determination of the appeal cases on the no-confidence motion filed at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). These cases are coming up on May 9 and 10 for arguments.last_img read more

Clear ploy to obfuscate Court’s decision, muddy clear-watered ruling – FITUG

first_img…says grounds for H-t-H Registration “unconvincing”The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) said that the air that permeates the current political climate in Guyana reeks of a “clear ploy to obfuscate the Court’s decision and muddy the clear-watered ruling” handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).The Trade Union body said that it has been following the unfolding developments in the recent days. In a statement, the Union said that it has taken note of the various interpretations of the CCJ rulings in the No-Confidence Motion challenge, as well as the challenge in relation to the unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“Indeed, while we have seen several postulations and prognostications, we reiterate, that the CCJ left, in our view, no ambiguity. The Court’s ruling was manifest and any rational, clear-eyed person would recognise that respect for the Constitution was expressly reiterated in the ruling,” FITUG said.The body explained that they are confused as to the many arguments and interpretations of the rulings.“It appears to us, like many reasonable-minded Guyanese, that there is a clear ploy to obfuscate the Court’s decision and muddy the clear-watered ruling. We are at a loss to see the logic in such an approach, especially when those contentions being advanced are quickly sliding down the slippery slope. The fact that apparently intelligent persons have joined this bandwagon is an aghast situation in itself”.In relation to the ongoing House-to-House Registration process, the legitimacy of the decision is contentious, bearing in mind that it was supported by a GECOM Chairman, who the CCJ ruled was unconstitutionally appointed. Moreover, the Union added that it could not ignore the seeming surreptitious appearance of an order regarding the commencement of the H-t-H, which has only served to heighten apprehensions.UnconvincingAccording the Union, the grounds for the H-t-H, so far, remain unconvincing.“We recall, for instance, the sentiment that hundreds of thousands of Guyanese are improperly on the extant list but, so far, empirical evidence to substantiate this assertion remains lacking. At the same time, the call for H-t-H is sounded against the backdrop that thousands of youths are excluded. Again facts supportive of this assertion remain questionably absent. Neither has any explanation been advanced as to why the ‘youths’ in question did not take advantage of the several claims and objection exercises over the years. Political parties, in our view, have a role in this regard and it astonishes us that parties did not take an active role,” the statement said.The FITUG noted that the proverbial clock is ticking, while referring what is set forth in Article 106 of the Constitution, which was ordered to be engaged by the CCJ. FITUG said that it is simply abhorrent that institutions of the State have turned apparently a blind eye to their responsibilities and obligations that are outlined clearly in the statues. Such actions, from our perspective, cause them to worry about the example it sets and the precedent it creates.“The FITUG, at this time, sees the need, without further delay, for full and complete abidance with the ruling of the CCJ and the enabling of the necessary mechanisms that will see our Constitution complied with. In our view, the perpetuation of the ‘skirting-around’ we have seen will do our country and its people no good,” the statement concluded.On July 12, the CCJ handed down consequential orders stipulating that the Constitution of Guyana must be upheld. According to Guyana’s Constitution, when a No-Confidence Motion is passed against Government, the President and Cabinet must resign and call fresh elections within three months. In this instance the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2018. However, because of a number of legal challenges, the CCJ ruled on June 18, 2019 that the No-Confidence Motion, brought by the Leader of the Opposition against APNU/AFC Government, was validly passed. This, therefore, means that elections must be held in Guyana in September.While the Court stayed away from setting specific dates, President Justice Adrian Saunders emphasised that the key players, such as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the President, and by extension the Government, are obligated to “exercise their responsibilities with integrity”. In its ruling, the CCJ made it clear that since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government on December 21, 2018, the Government should have complied with the provisions of the Constitution, i.e., to resign and call elections.last_img read more

Poll: Who is to blame for Scotland’s Euro qualifying mess?

first_img Scotland look dejected after Germany defeat 1 Scotland look certain to miss out on another major tournament after back-to-back defeats in Euro 2016 qualifying and Drivetime wants to know who Tartan Army fans blame.last_img

LOCAL NEWS: MEVAGH FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE, DOWNINGS NOTES

first_imgMevagh Family Resource Centre – notesMevagh Men’s Group –The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th February and guest speaker will be Jerry Gallagher who will be giving an interesting presentation on scallop farming. New members welcome.Craft Group meet every Thursday at the Resource Centre from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon. New members always welcome. Mevagh Busy Bees – Parent, Baby and toddler group meet every Friday morning from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Cost now reduced to €3 per family! Bring along your busy bees for some fun.Traditional Music Group – Runs each Friday evening commencing at 8:00 pm. This group is open to beginners as well as accomplished musicians of any instruments and provides a perfect opportunity to learn new songs, practice & share knowledge of Traditional music.Basic Photography & Understanding your digital camera – this course will be run in the Resource Centre on a Wednesday evening, beginning Wednesday 20th February from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and will run for 8 weeks. Cost: €50. Tutor is Martin Fleming. Places are limited so booking is essential on 074 9155055.Irish Wheelchair Association – The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) will present an Information session in the Mevagh Family Resource Centre on Tuesday, February 12th from 11am until 1 pm. IWA offers services to all people with physical disabilities and not just to those who are wheelchair users. Mary Mc Grenra, Service Co ordinator will be present on the day as well as the modified School of Motoring vehicle. In 2012 we had 4 people with disabilities living in Donegal pass their driving test under the tuition of our Instructor, information on adaptations is also available. Coffee Morning – The Mevagh Family Resource Centre will be having a fundraising Coffee Morning with Cake sale and Bric-a-Brac Stall on Friday 15th February from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the centre. Proceeds will go towards all projects supported by the Mevagh Family Resource Centre. Your donations and support would be greatly appreciated.Landscape Gardening – Chris Carney will demonstrate how to design a garden, what materials to use, how to prepare soil, select plants and provide information about aftercare and maintenance. This course will begin on Monday 25th February from 7.30 to 9.30 pm and will run for 4 weeks at the Mevagh Family Resource Centre – cost: €25. Places are limited so booking is essential on 074 9155055.Mevagh Ramblers – the next walk will be taking place from Glen to Golan on Saturday 9th February, group meeting in Glen Village at 10am. Myles Gallagher will be leading the walk. The walk will take approximately 3 hours to complete covering a 12k distance and will be mixed terrain. All walkers must wear appropriate clothing and walking boots. For further information, please contact Margaret at the Mevagh Family Resource Centre on 91 55055 or Myles on 086 8347708.F.Y.I and Pizza – Calling all 15-17 year olds! Your are invited to come along and join us for some free pizza, refreshments and fun on Thursday 21 February from 7-8pm. Please contact Margaret at the Resource Centre on 91 55055 or text 087 9228944 to book your place and for further details.Over 12’s DVD night – we will be hosting a DVD night and refreshments for over 12’s from 7-10pm on Wednesday 13 February. Cost is €2 per child. National Service Users Executive (NSUE) – A Vision for Change, government mental health policy, states that “Service users and carers (family members & friends) should participate at all levels of the mental health system”. In order to explain the process further public meetings will be held in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny at 11:00 am and 6.00 pm on Monday 18 February. For further information please contact Paul Walsh Olesen on 085 8721237 or pwalsholesen@nsue.ie.LOCAL NEWS: MEVAGH FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE, DOWNINGS NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Mevagh Family Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

Royal Court gets tips from etiquette expert

first_imgPASADENA – Pamela Hillings doesn’t have to look much further than her own childhood for inspiration on how to help prepare the young women on the Tournament of Roses Royal Court for the spotlight.The daughter of a former U.S. congressman, she attended more than a normal teenager’s share of formal dinners, rubbing elbows with politicians and other dignitaries. She remembers the shortcuts family members shared with her then, and she has incorporated them into her work over the past decade as the official etiquette consultant to the Royal Court.It’s often simple things, like providing the princesses with short biographies of the people sitting at their tables at the President’s Dinner. It’s what her uncle once did for her, after all, and it made it that much easier for her to ask intelligent questions. In the intervening years, etiquette has undergone some subtle changes, but the art of conversation has only increased in importance, Hillings said. “Etiquette has changed because we’re so busy,” said Hillings, who has worked as an etiquette consultant for 25 years. “Families do not sit down to the dinner table as much as they used to. The other change is high-tech etiquette. Our communication is completely different.“To be a good conversationalist is crucial,” Hillings said. “It is natural, but what I do is just try to tell them the secret: You ask questions or you pay them a compliment, and that’s how you get going. It gets them talking about themselves, and it’s a great skill.“You need to always think of the other person, not yourself. A lot of it is that we’re a much more diverse culture. You just need to be aware of who you’re with.”In about 15 hours with the Royal Court, Hillings also covers dining skills, the importance of punctuality and thank-you notes and the proper method of making introductions. Even with technological advances such as e-mail, proper etiquette calls for an old-fashioned thank you, Hillings said. “The handwritten thank-you note is not out of date yet,” she said. “The main thing is to acknowledge `thank you,’ but most people don’t have the time.” Members of the Royal Court take turns writing thank-you notes after each of their appearances. In fact, thank-you note supplies are kept in the glove compartments of each of the official Tournament of Roses vans to expedite the process. Proper etiquette, Hillings said, transcends table manners and textbook-perfect social graces.“It’s more than what fork to use ? that’s not the answer,” Hillings said. “It’s really respect for others. You can’t be too busy to pay attention to others. Whether you meet a 5-year-old girl or the president of Eastman Kodak, you treat everyone the same.” gretchen.hoffman@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DONEGAL MAN QUIZZED BY DETECTIVES OVER DRUGS FIND AFTER HUGE SECURITY OPERATION

first_imgA DONEGAL man is being quizzed by detectives following a major drugs find and a wide-ranging investigation.Gardaí from Milford and the Letterkenny drugs unit have carried out a number of searches in the Kilmacrennan area.The operation also involved gardaí in Co Monaghan and the national drugs unit. We understand the suspect, who is from near Leitir, Kilmacrennan, was detained after a swoop on premises in Monaghan.He is being questioned by detectives there.The intelligence-led operation is understood to have followed pain-staking undercover investigations by gardaí.The detained man is one of a number of people being tracked by gardaí in Milford and Letterkenny districts in recent weeks. Gardaí across the county have found more than €1M worth of cannabis in the past six months.Most of these finds have involved grow houses.In September Gardaí in Milford found €250,000 worth of cannabis being grown inside premises overlooking Portsalon beach.A Malaysian national found at the premises in Magherawarden has been charged in relation to that find. DONEGAL MAN QUIZZED BY DETECTIVES OVER DRUGS FIND AFTER HUGE SECURITY OPERATION was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestdrugsLetterkenny Drugs UnitMilford GardaiMonaghanlast_img read more

Cranes through as Shaban less Hippos look to get job done

first_imgThe Hippos going through training ahead of today’s game against Malawi. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Uganda Cranes qualified for the semi finals of the CECAFA Senior challenge cup after a heard fought 1-1 draw against Ethiopia.The Cranes endured a long spell of frustration against the Walia Stars having gone a goal down as early as the 22nd minute when Abdel Abubeker fired Ethiopia into the led and Isaac Muleme got sent off in the with 10 minutes to play.KCCA FC striker Derrick Nsibambi saved the day with five minutes to go as he grabbed his third goal of the tournament to make sure that the defending champions do not have to endure the humiliation of being knocked out in the group stages.The draw means Uganda is now top of group B with five points from three games will Ethiopia’s hopes of progression hang onto a thread as the pray that Burundi loose by three clear goals against bottom South Sudan today evening.With Burundi on four points, Uganda can still finish second if the Swallows win their last group game.In Zambia, the national U20 side, The Hippos have need only a point to progress to the knock out stage as they host second placed Malawi at the Arthur Davis Stadium in Kitwe.Zambia and Uganda are locked on four points a piece at the top of group A having both won one and drew one of their opening two games.Both sides will go through with a draw as the other two teams(Zambia and Swaziland) have collected only one point since the under age South African tournament kicked off.“We are all prepared for the Malawi game today and our target is to get all three points. Said Head Coach Matia Lule.“We are unfortunate not to have our captain Shaban Muhammad unavailable for the game but we as Hippos work as a team so i think we can cope.Captaian Shaban Muhammad got sent off in the last game against Swaziland and is ineligible for selection against Malawi.Bul’ FC striker Hamis Tibita is expected to replace the KCCA FC striker today and hopefuly he(Tibita) can get the job done so as the Hippos get the desired result. Commentslast_img read more

A Little Summer Reading: 2019 Edition

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten By: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University & MFLN Military Caregiving Concentration AreaOver the past few years, when June rolls around I have offered a blog on the theme of, “A Little Summer Reading.” Past blogs have focused on such topics as recent developments in healthcare and Medicaid.  The idea of the “Little Summer Reading” series is to provide some reading suggestions on topics that are of interest to those who work with military families. A common thread that runs through all of these, and indeed much of our MFLN programming, is the close connection that exists between military and civilian life.The building blocks of our society and community, be they public institutions or public policy, or the stores, parks, and service organization that make up our communities are all shared ground. While aware of distinctions between the civilian and military world, I look for similarities and commonalities.In this regard, I am probably influenced by the work of the anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. He sought to understand underlying similarities and structures across cultures. But the more I think about it, I might have also deeply influenced by my own childhood. I was raised as a child in a civilian family in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Many of my friends, mentors, and authority figures (that is my friends’ parents) were from military families. In our neighborhood, civilian and military distinctions were blurred at block parties, dinners, school functions, and backyard play. Living in this context, no doubt all the parents shared common concerns about work, home, and health.I have come across various publications that highlight the common ground between military and civilian families. One has to do with that must fundamental issues – the nature of work. The July issue of the Atlantic Magazine, has a feature article by Jerry Useem entitled, “At Work, Expertise is Falling out of Favor.”  Ostensibly, it is about new staffing arrangements in U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The new focus is on cross-training and multiple responsibilities. The article’s broader intent is to illustrate how the nature of 21st century work is placing great emphasis on “fluid intelligence” that enables employees to handle many tasks and responsibilities.  This is a reflection of both the growing complexity of organizational systems and the downsizing of labor in favor of new technologies. The new military catchphrase is “minimal manning.” Civilian readers of this article will no doubt consider their own prospects in a time of rapid economic and technological change.If work is a constant concern for families, so too are the places they make home. Not too long ago, the magazine, Governing, which is devoted to state and local affairs and aimed primarily at public officials, offered an article entitled, “Where Housing is Least and Most Affordable for Military Families.” The challenges facing military families, especially those with lower pay grades and dependents, mirror those of the general public in attaining affordable housing. The problem is especially acute in rental housing.   For various reasons, as discussed in a Forbes website article, rental housing has become more expensive in much of the United States.  Given Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or transfer practices, this is a special concern to military families who rely greatly on off-base rental housing.For those with family members who may have special health care needs and require access to needed services and accommodations in educational systems, these pressures are intensified. This story emphasizes that military families are not immune to broader market trends in civilian housing.  Indeed, they may be even more at risk.Along with employment and housing, military families are no different than civilian families when it comes to concerns about healthcare access and coverage. Big changes have been underway with TRICARE. Our MFLN Caregiving Team has provided information on these changes through overview and topic specific webinars. The big takeaway is that military healthcare is increasingly reflecting healthcare systems found in the civilian setting. While still an affordable and enviable health coverage benefit, TRICARE is being reformed in ways that mirror larger developments in healthcare service and delivery in the United States.  Greater reliance on case management and managed care arrangements are an example of this, as the Defense Health Agency seeks to control utilization and costs. A lengthy and comprehensive review of these changes and their objectives can be found in the DOD’s own Evaluation of the TRICARE Program: Fiscal 2019 Report to Congress.Summer reading can be both light and heavy. The suggestions offered here are a mixture of both. But most importantly, they reveal how the common ground we find between military and civilian life when it comes to work, home, and health. New innovations and practices in military staffing will no doubt inform changes in the civilian workforce. The issue of affordable housing cuts across both worlds. Those in the military are seeing a healthcare system that reflects trends and practices in coverage and access provided “outside the gate.” Difference is important, but so too is recognizing all that we share. Over the past few years, when June rolls around I have offered a blog on the theme of, “A Little Summer Reading.” Past blogs have focused on such topics as recent developments in healthcare and Medicaid. The idea of the “Little Summer Reading” series is to provide some reading suggestions on topics that are of interest to those who work with military families. A common thread that runs through all of these, and indeed much of our MFLN programming, is the close connection that exists between military and civilian life.The building blocks of our society and community, be they public institutions or public policy, or the stores, parks, and service organization that make up our communities are all shared ground. While aware of distinctions between the civilian and military world, I look for similarities and commonalities.In this regard, I am probably influenced by the work of the anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. He sought to understand underlying similarities and structures across cultures. But the more I think about it, I might have also deeply influenced by my own childhood. I was raised as a child in a civilian family in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Many of my friends, mentors, and authority figures (that is my friends’ parents) were from military families. In our neighborhood, civilian and military distinctions were blurred at block parties, dinners, school functions, and backyard play. Living in this context, no doubt all the parents shared common concerns about work, home, and health.I have come across various publications that highlight the common ground between military and civilian families. One has to do with that must fundamental issues – the nature of work. The July issue of the Atlantic Magazine, has a feature article by Jerry Useem entitled, “At Work, Expertise is Falling out of Favor.” Ostensibly, it is about new staffing arrangements in U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The new focus is on cross-training and multiple responsibilities. The article’s broader intent is to illustrate how the nature of 21st century work is placing great emphasis on “fluid intelligence” that enables employees to handle many tasks and responsibilities. This is a reflection of both the growing complexity of organizational systems and the downsizing of labor in favor of new technologies. The new military catchphrase is “minimal manning.” Civilian readers of this article will no doubt consider their own prospects in a time of rapid economic and technological change.If work is a constant concern for families, so too are the places they make home. Not too long ago, the magazine, Governing, which is devoted to state and local affairs and aimed primarily at public officials, offered an article entitled, “Where Housing is Least and Most Affordable for Military Families.” The challenges facing military families, especially those with lower pay grades and dependents, mirror those of the general public in attaining affordable housing. The problem is especially acute in rental housing. For various reasons, as discussed in a Forbes website article, rental housing has become more expensive in much of the United States. Given Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or transfer practices, this is a special concern to military families who rely greatly on off-base rental housing.For those with family members who may have special health care needs and require access to needed services and accommodations in educational systems, these pressures are intensified. This story emphasizes that military families are not immune to broader market trends in civilian housing. Indeed, they may be even more at risk.Along with employment and housing, military families are no different than civilian families when it comes to concerns about healthcare access and coverage. Big changes have been underway with TRICARE. Our MFLN Caregiving Team has provided information on these changes through overview and topic specific webinars. The big takeaway is that military healthcare is increasingly reflecting healthcare systems found in the civilian setting. While still an affordable and enviable health coverage benefit, TRICARE is being reformed in ways that mirror larger developments in healthcare service and delivery in the United States. Greater reliance on case management and managed care arrangements are an example of this, as the Defense Health Agency seeks to control utilization and costs. A lengthy and comprehensive review of these changes and their objectives can be found in the DOD’s own Evaluation of the TRICARE Program: Fiscal 2019 Report to Congress.Summer reading can be both light and heavy. The suggestions offered here are a mixture of both. But most importantly, they reveal how the common ground we find between military and civilian life when it comes to work, home, and health. New innovations and practices in military staffing will no doubt inform changes in the civilian workforce. The issue of affordable housing cuts across both worlds. Those in the military are seeing a healthcare system that reflects trends and practices in coverage and access provided “outside the gate.” Difference is important, but so too is recognizing all that we share. last_img read more

Sony Announces New Flagship a6500 Mirrorless Camera

first_img5-Axis Stabilization for Steadier ShotsWith the new 5-axis stabilization, the a6500 can compensate for five types of camera shake, which extends opportunities to shoot steadier for photography and video. The new gyro sensor also allows for better stabilization that can add 5-steps-faster shutter speed. The stabilization transfers over into zooms to minimize camera shake and blur.Touchscreen for Better AF PositioningWhile the touchscreen will make things more intuitive and accessible for those new to the camera, the real advantages of the technology are in the autofocus (AF). The a6500 also offers lock-on AF and eye-focused AF options, making the touchscreen’s ability to track and pick your focus a huge upgrade. You can even use the touchscreen while looking through the viewfinder to shift the point of focus smoothly.4k Video and Ridiculous ISONone of this is new for the update, but the a6500 still offers top-of-the-line specs for its video capture and huge ISO range. If you’re comparing specs with others in its price range (more on that below), you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anything better. Specs for the a6500 include:24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)4K video recordingBottom LineBottom line: the a6500 is going to come in at $1400 (€1700) and will represent an upgrade from the a6300. The stabilization will be a welcome added value, and the touchscreen will give you more flexibility — while hopefully keeping the functionality the same. If you’re familiar with the a6300, it might not be enough to make the jump. But if you’re looking for something new, it just adds to a very powerful and respected camera.Full Stats and Specs:4K video recording24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor5-axis image stabilization425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)Stills at 11 frames per second (buffer of 307 shots)3.5mm microphone input (no headphone output)You can check out — and find out where to buy — at Sony’s website here: α6500 Premium E-mount APS-C Camera.What do you think of the a6500? Let us know in the comments. Outdoing their previous a6300 installment, Sony’s new a6500 boasts an even faster camera with 5-axis stabilization, touchscreen, and faster processing.Sony continues to churn out quality mirrorless cameras with the latest installment of their flagship APS-C camera. The a6500, an update to the acclaimed a6300 released last February, is designed to be more accessible, more versatile, and faster. If you’re considering the a6500, here’s everything to know about the new features.last_img read more