News story: My D-Day Connection

first_imgVisit the Defence Academy website to learn more. Liz O’Connell is one of many civil servants who work at the Defence Academy their place of work, being an integral part of the Defence Leadership Centre. As a Trainer, Liz is responsible for delivering Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training to civilian staff, as well as service personnel from all three military single services – the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force.Awarded an Afghan Civilian Medal in 2013, she completed a year tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a defence adviser to their equivalent government department for defence. She worked as part of a team operating out of Camp Eggers, a now closed US military base that was located near the capital city.As we commemorate those who lost their lives in the Invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, Liz reflects on her own personal connection to the historic events of D-Day.Liz’s uncle, Royal Marine John Cameron, was in Normandy on that fateful day. Then at the rank of Corporal as part of the No. 48 Commando. A group of Royal Marines, the Corps of which Corporal Cameron was a member, wave Union Flags as the MV Boudicca departs Poole Harbour on a nine-day commemorative tour as part of 2019 D-Day commemorations. MOD Crown Copyright.Hailing from a Cambuslang, a town on the outskirts of Glasgow, John left school at the age of 15. He originally worked in Glasgow’s meat market until the age of 18, when he decided to apply for the Royal Marines. He became a corporal and moved to Kent to be stationed in the Royal Marine Barracks in Chatham, taking the service number of X113326.John became a member of the No. 48 Commando, part of the 4th Special Service Brigade. As a coxswain in the ‘Four Eight’, he was responsible for the steering and direction of an LCM (Landing Craft Mechanised) landing craft. The LCM came to prominence during the World War 2, being used to land troops and tanks during amphibious assaults by Allied forces, most notably so in the Normandy landings on D-Day.In his role as coxswain, Corporal Cameron was tasked with successfully transporting the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division to Juno Beach, so they could seize the German airfield in Carpiquet, now the Caen-Carpiquet Airport. At the age of 20, his role was a major one, with lives on the line there was little margin for error.Carrying around 130 Canadian soldiers, John set off from the south coast in the cover of night, taking them across the English Channel. Soldiers became unwell as a result of the craft battling strong waves, but the young Royal Marine successfully landed the Canadian troops on occupied French soil.Sheltering from heavy enemy fire, with shells bursting all around his landing craft, John departed Normandy to head back to home shores for the next grouping of troops. He continued to transport soldiers, supplies and ammunition to the French coast throughout the following weeks.John was one of many coxswains that were crucial in the successful landing of troops on the shores of Normandy, playing a large part in the eventual success of Operation Overlord.After his completing his service, John went on to have two daughters with his wife Helen. He spent his later life in the Erskine veterans home in Renfrewshire, in his native Scotland, before passing away at the age of 91.The Defence Academy of The United Kingdom, based in Shrivenham, 20 miles west of Oxford, provides higher education for personnel in defence, security, government and beyond – both from the UK and overseas. Housed in the former Royal Military College of Science, the institution exists to deliver the highest-quality of teaching and training in leadership, business management, acquisition and technology.center_img The main campus of the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. Shown here in 2013, as His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent visits for the official opening of the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture. MOD Crown Copyright.A vast, sprawling site, the Academy, originally known as Shrivenham Station, was constructed in 1937 as a Royal Artillery Depot. After the World War 2, it served as the home for the Shrivenham American University, established to provide a transition for United States troops between their life in the military to subsequent attendance at a university in the US.Since the 1950s, the purpose of the site has remained similar, offering military education through the numerous institutions that called the site home in the latter half of the twentieth century.It was officially christened the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in 2002, currently directed by the Director of Joint Force Development (JFD), Air Marshal Edward Stringer.last_img read more

Chef in school kitchens helps students eat healthier

first_img Read Full Story With one in three U.S. children considered overweight or obese, food served in schools is being scrutinized closely. For many low-income students who eat free breakfasts and lunches at school, the cafeteria offerings may represent more than half of their daily calories.The Chef Initiative, featured July 18, 2012 in a Boston.com article, “Healthier School Lunch?,” was a two-year pilot program which brought a professional chef into the school kitchens of several Boston public schools. The initiative was developed by Project Bread, a nonprofit anti-hunger organization; Boston Public Schools (BPS); the Boston Public Health Commission; and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).The researchers, headed by lead author Juliana Cohen, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, and senior author Eric Rimm, associate professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at HSPH, found when cafeteria staffs are trained by a chef in ways to create meals that are both nutritious and tasty, students eat more whole grains, vegetables, and other healthy foods.“One of the big messages that we found is that it does take kids a little while to acclimate,” said Cohen said in a WGBH radio interview July 17. “Research often finds that kids need to taste something ten times before it becomes familiar and something that they really like. So these changes don’t happen overnight.”last_img read more

CANSEC 2012: Transregional Collaboration and Information Sharing

first_imgBy Dialogo December 13, 2011 The theme of the 2012 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), sponsored jointly by the United States Southern Command and St. Kitts and Nevis, is “Regional Information Sharing: to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and Assist Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response.” But other hot topics such as information sharing, youth violence, high rates of crime and violence in the region, illegal gun ownership and an outgrowth of the drug trade are also being discussed amongst several Chiefs of Defenses of the region, other military personnel and civilians. Youth violence is a particularly serious problem in the Caribbean. “Deaths and injuries from youth violence constitute a major threat to public health and impede social and economic progress across the region,” declared the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas during his opening remarks. Youth are disproportionately represented in the ranks of both victims and perpetrators of crime, while violence and youth homicide rates in several countries of the region are significantly above the world average, statistics show. CANSEC 2012 also provides participants the opportunity to discuss a strategy for a unified plan of action to counter illicit trafficking — a hemispheric-wide phenomenon that engulfs the region, presenting both internal and external threats. “We have to use this forum (CANSEC 2012) to have serious discussions about the important issues in the region, with a special focus on transnational organized crime”, said Lt. Col. Patrick Wallace, Commander of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force. Another critical topic being discussed during CANSEC 2012 is the evolving role of the military into non-traditional roles to combat illicit trafficking and crime, and also the military participation in humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts. “We all have to learn how to better share information and how to benefit from the new information sharing tools available,” said the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser. The regional conference brings together the Chiefs of Defense from the Caribbean nations, representatives from regional organizations such as CARICOM and observers from the Inter-American Defense Board, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

TIU hands lifetime ban to Joao Olavo Soares de Souza

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Share Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation June 29, 2020 The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed Brazilian tennis player Joao Olavo Soares de Souza a lifetime ban after he was convicted of multiple match-fixing offences as well as a number of associated corruption offences.In addition to the lifetime ban, Souza has also been issued with a $200,000 fine after he ‘committed numerous breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). These included repeated incidents of match-fixing at ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tournaments held in Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Czech Republic..’The TIU also revealed that Souza was found guilty of failing to report corrupt approaches, failure to fully cooperate with the TIU which is said to have included destroying evidence.Souza had also solicited other players to not use best efforts according to independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H. McLaren at a disciplinary Hearing.In March 2019, and prior to being charged with corruption offences, Souza had been provisionally suspended from professional tennis, pending completion of the TIU investigation and case against him.The subsequent ban came into effect on 24 January, with Souza no longer able to compete in or attend any event organised or recognised by a tennis governing body.The 31-year old is currently ranked 742 in ATP singles, with a career-high of 69 reached in April 2015. As a doubles player his highest ranking was 70, achieved in January 2013.In a statement made via LinkedIn, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) ‘welcomed’ the decision made by the TIU.It said: “IBIA welcomes the decision to impose a lifetime ban and $200,000 fine on Joao Olavo Soares de Souza after a conviction on match-fixing charges. IBIA and its members will continue to work closely with the Tennis Integrity Unit and the association is confident that the measures being taken by the sport aligned with the detailed customer-based data provided by IBIA members will continue to enable the identification and punishment of betting related corruption in tennis.”last_img read more

Alpena County Sheriff tells residents to be vigilant, even with no confirmed COVID19 cases

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Video: Cape Coast stadium 90 percent complete

first_imgWorks on the 35 million dollar new Cape Coast Stadium Project is almost done.The China-aided stadium being constructed by the China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Corporation will have the capacity to accommodate 16,000 spectators.Watch the 10 minute video as the Joy Sports team takes a tour around the new stadium:last_img

New pandemic relief bill includes another round of $1,200 checks

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republicans in the U.S. Senate are considering yet another incarnation of the CARES Act which Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says is designed to address continuing problems with the public health crisis.Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says he was directly involved in several key elements of the coronavirus pandemic relief legislation.“That includes updated tax relief to help get folks back to work and help businesses safely open,” Grassley says, “updates in our approach to the unemployment benefits, to provide another round of economic impact payments.” That part of the plan provides for another round of $1,200 payments for most Americans, with an additional $500 for each dependent.The measure would also lift restrictions on federal assistance that’s already been sent to state and local governments, so it could be used to fill revenue shortfalls. “In other words, originally it was just supposed to be used to fight the virus,” Grassley says, “but if states have money left over, we’ll give them flexibility on spending it.”He says the package contains a new credit for expenses, like for personal protective equipment and cleaning, which is needed to maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers. Grassley, a Republican, says the proposal sets a “responsible path forward” to address the problems our country is facing due to COVID-19.“We put forth the bill and we’ve got to negotiate with the House,” Grassley says. “I hope my Democrat colleagues will work with us in good faith. They’d better be open to compromise and keep the best interests of the American people in mind.”The package would help nursing home patients and workers, Grassley says, in addition to freezing Medicare premiums at 2020 levels to head off a predicted spike next year.last_img read more

Former Aston Villa striker snapped up by Leyton Orient on two-year deal

first_img1 Jordan Bowery in action for Oxford United Leyton Orient have snapped up former Aston Villa striker Jordan Bowery on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Oxford United at the end of last season but has not had to wait long for new employment.Orient, who have already made seven signings this summer, moved quickly to land Bowery as they bid to mount a League Two promotion push next term.Orient is the eighth club of Bowery’s career, which has stalled since his £500,000 move to Villa back in August 2012.He made 19 Premier League appearances for the club but left for Rotherham in 2014 having failed to score a senior goal.He bagged seven in 17 for Oxford last term having joined in January and Orient will be hoping for a similar strike rate this season.last_img read more

This is My Hobby – Creative Geocaching

first_img[vsw id=”pVmnFRovPXI” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Check out the latest Geocaching.com video above. Share it with your friends to show how geocaching is more than finding plastic containers in the woods, it’s unlocking adventure — and it’s exercise and learning and exploration and, and, and… (your answer in comments)[This video was shot with express permission from cache owner. The cache name is “The Outlet Mall.” It’s GC1RKTP, located in Washington State, USA]Share with your Friends:More Have you seen a geocache this creative? SharePrint RelatedThis is My Hobby – Rock Climbing and GeocachingJune 7, 2012In “Community””Creative Geocaches” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 11, 2012July 11, 2012In “Geocaching.com Videos”last_img read more

Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more