...Reminds me of when I was at USAF Basic Training in 1978, and the new school commander - a former POW - formed every last trainee up to address the growing problem of people passing out on parade. He put it quite simply: anyone doing so without a damned good medical reason would be recycled back to Day One, even if it was your graduation parade. He laid it out very clearly in words I've never forgotten: he had been a POW in North Vietnam for four years and was tortured repeatedly without ever giving them the satisfaction of passing out. If he could do it under those circumstances, we could too.
After the first couple folks found themselves at Day One, it stopped.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
Norway this time, not the UK - no love for the other Euros???
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Guinea-Bissau said Tuesday it has launched a probe into the liquidation of the former chief of military intelligence which has overshadowed the troubled nation's presidential poll.
"The enquiry into the death of Colonel Samba Diallo began yesterday (Monday)," said attorney general Edmundo Mendes, adding that the investigation was being supported by the judicial police.
Sunday's election was being seen as a test of the west African country's commitment to stability -- with army reform seen as vital to normalising a dysfunctional state sorely in need of development.
However, if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well... just hours after a peaceful day of voting ended, Diallo was rubbed out by men in military dress as he sat on the terrace of a restaurant near his home.
No clear motive has emerged for the killing of Diallo, who was accused of involvement in a 2009 bombing that killed the then army chief and prompted the murder of president Joao Bernardo Vieira in a Dire Revenge™ attack a few hours later.
Diallo was director of military intelligence until April 2010, when he was tossed in the clink with other top officers on suspicion of involvement in the 2009 attack.
Diallo was due to be buried later Tuesday, according to a source close to the family.
Votes are still being tallied from the election with provisional results expected this weekend.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Apparently uncertain of victory in the second round, President Abdoulaye Wade has said civil servants will begin to go without salaries only two months after his departure.
The president's statement has thrown a cold chill in the spines of many in Senegal ... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees... where unlike many other countries in the sub region, civil servants have never experienced salary arrears for even a week since independence in 1960.
Almost instantly, the man billed to become the next leader, Mr Macky Sall described the statement as "a sad and outdated electoral scam intended to dissuade good-intentioned citizens."
Media reports today quoted the Senegalese leader as saying that "many investors who had good intentions about our country are pulling back due to the campaign that has been mounted against me.''
He added: "Even the admirable infrastructural projects that I have begun and currently executing can only be done by me and no one else."
President Wade made the statement apparently in response to his challenger's assertion that ''I am the man behind all those beautiful infrastructure you can see across the country.''
Mr Sall, a former Wade premier who is contesting the second round against his former boss, says he persuaded President Wade to remove the long awaited infrastructural plans from the shelves and implement them when he served as Premier from 2004 to 2008 and could do better if he won the election set for March 25.
Analysts told the Nation that the outgoing president's statements concerning the financial difficulties the country was facing were directly in response to media reports on Tuesday which allege that the ruling party campaign budget has been exhausted.
Following that report, President Wade on Tuesday night admitted that "Senegal is presently going through a serious financial crisis" but added that his re-election will help overcome those apprehensions.
For nearly a week now, the opposition coalition has been accusing President Wade of buying votes from the electorate as it did in many opposition strongholds during the first round and hence the exhaustion of the ruling party campaign budget.
Some voters confessed on independent media this week that they had received money in return for ballots during the first round.
Some insisted that they would accept any monies paid to them in exchange of ballots while many others explained that they have been fully educated on the ills it entails and will refuse further bribes.
[Bangla Daily Star] Two doctors were maimed in a fierce clash over establishing supremacy between rival factions Internists versus surgeons?
of Swadhinata Chikitsak Gay Pareehad (SCP) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. Every once in awhile the mind just boggles...
Both the groups of SCP, a pro-Awami League doctors' organization, attacked each other with hockey sticks, iron rods, wooden sticks and sharp weapons, witnesses said. Oh, so it could have been psychiatrists...
At least two rooms including the registrar's one were vandalised while another doctor's room was put under lock during the clash.
Panic gripped the patients and their attendants during the one-hour-long chase and counter chase inside the country's largest hospital.
Dr Murad Hossain, an intern doctor, was hacked on his right hand while Dr Abdullah Tareq, medical officer of Directorate General of Health, was hacked on his head. They took treatment at the hospital and were out of danger, said Brig General Md Mostafizur Rahman, the DMCH director.
Dr Tareq, a former emergency medical officer of DMCH, came to the hospital to meet his former colleagues.
A group of doctors backed by Assistant Professor Dr Mazharul Haque Tapan, also executive member of the hospital's SCP convening committee, engaged into a heated argument with some members of SCP in the room of registrar of Medicine Department (Unit-3) around 1:30pm, said a doctor, who witnessed the incident.
At one point, they vandalised the registrar's room on the first floor of the hospital.
U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring China¬'s Internet say that from March 14 to Wednesday bloggers circulated alarming reports of tanks entering Beijing and shots being fired in the city as part of what is said to have been a high-level political battle among party leaders - and even a possible military coup.
The Internet discussions included photos posted online of tanks and other military vehicles moving around Beijing.
Associate Professor Stephen M. Kajiura was reviewing with his evolution class in GS 120 for a midterm when FAU student Jonatha Carr interrupted him: ¬"How does evolution kill black people?¬" she asked. Kajiura attempted to explain that evolution doesn¬'t kill anyone.
[Dawn] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Pakistain that if the polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... virus was not contained, it could face serious consequences such as travel and visa restrictions and sanctions imposed by countries across the world.
Dr Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General of Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration, WHO, told Dawn after a presser organised by country office of WHO that lately the global community had been expressing its anxiety over the widespread prevalence of the virus in Pakistain.
"Why would countries that have invested millions of dollars for the eradication of polio tolerate any possibility of the virus traveling from Pakistain to their country," the key global official of the WHO rationalised, and elaborated: "Some countries in their individual capacities want to impose travel restrictions that are not in the benefit of Pakistain and must be avoided. It must be clarified that WHO is not a party to any of those plans."
Dr Aylward said that many countries were asking for steps similar to those taken by Soddy Arabia. "Soddy Arabia has issued a special travel advisory for Pakistain pilgrims that requires Pak authorities to ensure that all visitors to Soddy Arabia are vaccinated. Hence, visitors are expected to be vaccinated before they leave Pakistain and also get vaccinated once they arrive at their airports."
Does polio only strike kids or d0 adults also come down with it? I'm too young to have had any memory of Polio in the US (love to be able to say that). My mom remembers though, and said it was usually summertime when it would show up. Anybody have anecdotal thoughts on what this was like?
Oh look, we don't have to worry anymore. God is taking care of Pakistan for us.
Insensitive, I know, but really can't find a ounce of sympathy in me. I'm more imagining all those whining Jihadist complaining about using their prized Mules for labor because all the good Madrassa kids have polio.
Posted by: Charles ||
[Dawn] The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the Sindh police chief to provide protection to a girl embroiled in a conversion controversy and to implement a previous court order.
The counsel for Rinkle Kumari, who according to one of her relatives was allegedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam before being married off to Syed Naveed Shah, moved a contempt of court application in court.
The girl had identified herself as Syeda Faryal Bibi during a presser she held recently at the Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... Press Club.
The lawyer submitted that the high court had sent the girl to a state-run shelter on March 12 with the direction to its administration not to allow her parents or the man who claimed to be her husband to meet her till March 26, when she would be produced before the Supreme Court.
[Pak Daily Times] Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday ruled out his resignation, saying he was representative of 180 million people of Pakistain and his resignation was no ordinary matter like a reshuffle in the cabinet.
"Cabinet reshuffle is a routine matter, my resignation is not," Gilani declared, while talking to the media after a ceremony. Replying to a query about contempt of court proceedings against him, the prime minister said the case was being heard in the Supreme Court that would decide the matter according to the law.
He also brushed aside the perception that his trial was causing political instability, saying his trial in the Supreme Court was in no way causing any such issues. "There is no need to worry... parliament, an independent judiciary and the media are functioning properly", he added.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.