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  • JTF-Bravo Assets Return from Guatemala, Continue Relief Support in Honduras

    first_imgBy U.S. Air Force Captain Rachel Salpietra/Joint Task Force Bravo December 07, 2020 A task force of approximately 25 people and three aircraft assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) returned to Honduras from Guatemala City, Guatemala, on November 28.Their return comes after the U.S. military personnel rapidly deployed to Guatemala City for a second time on November 21 to assist local government officials in rescue and recovery efforts and the distribution of immediate life-saving humanitarian assistance goods, such as food, and humanitarian commodities such as plastic sheeting and hygiene kits.“I’ve been extremely impressed with our team in Guatemala,” said U.S. Army Colonel John D. Litchfield, JTF-Bravo commander. “They’ve done a lot with a small team. Our ability to help our partners save lives is dependent on our enduring relationships in the region and the willingness of individuals to step up and do great deeds. I couldn’t be more proud.”In total, between both hurricanes Eta and Iota, the task force rescued 62 Guatemalan citizens, transported 26 rescue workers to communities cut off by the impact of the disaster, delivered 128,650 pounds of life-saving aid, and delivered 142,860 pounds of relief supplies in support of the USAID-led humanitarian response.“This was an amazing example of an interagency and multinational effort,” said  U.S. Army Colonel Michael Burgoyne, the senior Defense official in Guatemala. “Team DoD [Department of Defense] Guatemala and USAID worked hand in hand with CONRED [Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction] and our Guatemalan military partners. The presence of Salvadoran and Colombian aircraft also speaks to the regional team that came together to support the Guatemalan people.”U.S. military forces that support the immediate-response and relief efforts do so at the request of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and in coordination with the partner nation and United Nation agencies. In this situation, Guatemala requested the unique personnel and capabilities to help transport relief supplies to communities that were initially cut off by Hurricane Eta, and later Hurricane Iota.As floodwaters start to recede and roads reopen, the main efforts supported by the U.S. military have transitioned to the government of Guatemala, as well as international organizations and nongovernmental organizations. Members of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team remain in Guatemala to lead the U.S. humanitarian response efforts.The crews that were supporting immediate response efforts in Guatemala are transitioning to support USAID and the continued response in heavily affected areas in Honduras.Many areas in Honduras remain either overtaken by slow to recede flood waters or are susceptible to mudslides and other post-hurricane related issues.As with Guatemala, all U.S. military actions in response to relief efforts for Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras remain at the request of USAID and in close coordination with the Honduran government.last_img read more

  • Panama Papers fuel case for Treasury’s AML rule over advisers

    first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The much-publicized Panama Papers findings released alleging that politicians, criminals and even celebrities have been hiding their wealth in offshore shell companies has prompted Americans for Financial Reform and nine other groups to pressure the U.S. Treasury Department to finalize its anti-money laundering rule for investment advisers.The groups told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in a letter sent Monday that Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network should impose anti-money laundering and suspicious activity reporting requirements on RIAs managing $100 million or more in assets. continue reading »last_img read more

  • U.S. Bioethicist Supports Child Euthanasia

    first_imgNational Review – Wesley J Smith 5 March 2018Family First Comment: “It’s a very big deal that a respected Dutch medical journal such as Pediatrics hosted a debate on the ethical propriety of child euthanasia without international criticism. It means that among the medical intelligentsia, child euthanasia has become a respectable proposition.”  “(US ethicist Margaret) Battin lists several propositions (for child euthanasia), including: ‘That parents aren’t harmed by seeing their children suffer.’ In other words, children should be put out of the parents’ misery.  Shocking.The U.S. assisted-suicide movement pretends to want a limited legalization of assisted suicide to competent adults with a terminal illness.That’s not true. It’s just the expedient to persuade us to accept the premise that suicide or killing is an acceptable solution to human suffering.If we ever do that — the jury is still out — then, the killing license thereby granted will not only expand way beyond the terminally ill, but will eventually also include children and the incompetent.The evidence of this isn’t hard to find. Case in point. Pediatrics asked Dutch and American bioethicists whether they would support repealing all age limits for euthanasia in the Netherlands — as the Belgians already have. (Currently, euthanasia in the Netherlands is legal starting at age 12.)If American advocates were serious about their espoused limits, they would be appalled by the existing Dutch law, and even more so by the Pediatrics hypothetical proposal.But at least one prominent U.S. proponent — Margaret P. Battin, a favored source on the issue for the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets — is enthusiastically in favor of the Dutch doing away with all euthanasia age limits. From her comment:I generally support [the] change in Dutch law governing eligibility for euthanasia.‍ Given that euthanasia is currently legal for infants <1 year of age and children and adults>12 years of age, I believe that opponents would have to show evidence that at least 1 and perhaps many of the following propositions are true if they are to persuade you [a hypothetical Dutch health minister] not to support the change in the law:Battin lists several propositions, including:That parents aren’t harmed by seeing their children suffer.In other words, children should be put out of the parents’ misery:That pediatricians can’t understand the difference between killing a healthy, curable child and hastening a bad death that is already in progress.READ MORE: https://www.nationalreview.com/blog/corner/child-euthanasia-us-bioethicist-supports/?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=5a9e210504d301725e661104&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitterlast_img read more

  • Successful Bosnian Wrestlers Won Numerous Medals at 2 Tournaments

    first_imgWrestlers of the WCs Bosna and Željezničar from Sarajevo performed at two international tournaments held in Bocsu (Hungary) and Belgrade.At both tournaments, Hamza Komar and Husein Gegić won two golden medals. Himza Malagić won the silver and the golden medal. Sergej Simeunović won the golden and the bronze medal while Kemal Džananović won the bronze medal.Harun Sukić also won one silver and one bronze medal.There were around 140 competitors and 20 teams from Slovakia, Serbia, B&H and Hungary at the tournament in Bocsu.The tournament in Belgrade gathered competitors from Macedonia, Croatia, B&H and Serbia.Aldijan Memić won the golden medal, Sanel Hasanović the silver one while Eldar Memić won the bronze medal – was stated at the WC Bosna.(Source: Novo vrijeme)last_img read more