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Time for Families to Get Together…
for Christians, it’s that time of the year again – the last few weeks leading
up to Christmas.
you, every year, I receive some pretty impressive Christmas cards from
Buddhist, Shinto, Jewish, Muslim and even atheist friends & acquaintances
and I know that their kids are often running around in Santa hats and eagerly
awaiting their seasonal presents as well. With that in mind, I guess
Christmas – if you cut out the difference in religious beliefs and adverts
that emphasize modern day commercialism - is therefore better summed up as
simply being ‘a time for families to
course for many military servicemen & women deployed in conflict zones or
carrying out peacekeeping operations, those attached to emergency services or
other organizations responding to natural disasters that range from combating
an outbreak of Ebola to assisting communities suffering from adverse weather
incidents – there’s little chance that they will be able to make it home in
time for Christmas.
certain families, Christmas this year will be a sad time of the year - for
over the past 12 months, they have suffered the agony of witnessing their
loved ones kidnapped, abused, shot or beheaded by the so called fanatics that
term themselves as the Islamic State: a well misplaced title if ever there
was one as their murderous actions are about as far as you can get from the
true Islamic religion. These terrorists are simply perverting a religion to
spread their misguided Dark Ages ideology, radicalize young minds and cause
mayhem. So forget ‘Peace & Goodwill to All Men’ when it comes to ISIS.
They have no intention of working towards peace and certainly have no
goodwill in their hearts. They and other primitive groups who support their
ideals are a barbaric insult to humanity and the world will be better off
our fragile blue planet is in serious trouble. The bombs & missiles will
still have to fall on ISIS positions because brute force is the only language
Islamic terrorists understand.
cannot negotiate with evil. You cannot allow jihadists to rule the world,
kill & butcher with impunity, split up families or make thousands
you look these days in our world, terrorists are plotting to or bringing
death & destruction to our communities and innocent civilians are in
their sights and that could include you! Then you have those power crazed
individuals who run their countries with an iron fist, abuse their people and
also break every human rights & women’s rights law with rape, torture and
death. Meanwhile, the human traffickers and drug barons ply their trade
within their own world of despair, filth & degradation. Greed is their creed. Pedophiles hiding in the
shadows endanger the kids; pimps on the street target defenseless women &
girls. The word slavery is firmly back on the agenda for the first time in
nearly 200 years. It all seems a long way from the idea of a Merry Christmas.
So as you sit down with your family in the
U.S on Thanksgiving Day and slice that turkey or collapse on a sofa in the UK
on Christmas Day surrounded by wrapping paper and that last mince pie – spare
a thought for those attempting to make our world a safer place – the military
and linked services deployed on duty at home or far away over the festive
Remember those working over
Christmas to keep essential services operating; police, fire, medical &
Last not least, among the many
who will miss Christmas at home are those serving on
ships around the world.
In fact, wherever you are based
- don’t forget all the guys & girls who just can’t be there for
Christmas: their families home alone.
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NNS141218-08. Vice CNO Visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
By Kelly Wirfel, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm.
Michelle Howard visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Dec. 15-16.
During the visit, Howard toured the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay (JTF),
enlisted barracks, pier facilities, and the desalination and power plant.
She also conducted an all-hands call for more than 500 Sailors, Coast
Guardsman and Marines stationed at NS Guantanamo Bay. Howard opened the
all-hands call with her main priorities as VCNO.
"When I first took office I told the CNO that there were two things I
want to focus on; one is gender integration and one is cyber
awareness," said Howard. "I believe that if we want to be good
leaders we must be more conscious of the group that we are leading and how
they do things differently."
During her speech she touched on the importance of increasing the
percentage of females in the military from the current percentage of 17 to
25 percent in order to normalize relationships within the Navy and create
better command climates.
"Along with the gender integration I want to touch on environment and
relationships," said Howard. "We need to create climates where
folks are used to dealing with and understanding each other's cultures and
She also shared with the audience the results from the most recent sexual
"We learned that we have had less sexual assault in the last year than
we have had in the previous two years, however we still had 5 percent of
women and 2 percent of men report some type of sexual assault over the last
year," said Howard. "We are still not at zero percent, but we are
in a far better place than we were two years ago and we are in a much
better place than we were 10 years ago. Although we are doing better, the
goal is zero. There is no reason someone should have to endure any type of
After discussing gender integration, environment and relationships she
touched on cyber culture.
"Cyber has quickly become a domain and we do not have complete
understanding of that across the services," said Howard. "We have
operated and excelled in three dimensions of warfighting:
air, surface, subsurface over the past 100 years after thousands of years
focused only on sea and land, and now we must master a fourth dimension:
the cyberspace domain. We must learn how to fight in this dimension, we
have got to figure out how to defend in this dimension, and we have to
figure out how to be offensive in this dimension."
She noted the importance of better educating the Navy team about the
operational impact of cyber in order to transform the culture.
Following her remarks, Howard took questions from the audience, which
ranged from big Navy issues to NS Guantanamo Bay specific issues, and
closed by thanking the audience for their service
"I want to wish each and every one of you Happy Holidays," she
said. "I know does not go unnoticed."
Throughout her career Howard has been a pioneer. In 1999 she became the
first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship. Howard was also
the first African American woman in any branch of the military to wear
three stars and most recently she became the first female promoted to the
rank of four-star admiral.that being away from
family on Christmas can be lonely, but I want you to know that I appreciate
what you do for the Navy and what you are doing for this base. Your
sacrifice does not go unnoticed."
Throughout her career Howard has been a pioneer. In 1999 she became the
first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship. Howard was also
the first African American woman in any branch of the military to wear
three stars and most recently she became the first female promoted to the
rank of four-star admiral.
US Army to launch first JLENS
aerostat next week
The US Army is set to launch the first of two joint
land-attack cruise missile defence elevated
netted sensor (JLENS) tethered aerostats at Graces Quarters, Aberdeen
Proving Ground (APG), Maryland, next week for a three-year evaluation
Equipped with a radar system that can detect cruise missiles
threats in an area ranging from upstate New York to south of Norfolk,
Virginia, US, the 250ft blimp-like aerostat will be tethered to the ground
at all times and float at an elevation of approximately 10,000ft.
The evaluation period aims to demonstrate that the aerostat
can be successfully integrated into existing North American Aerospace
Defense Command (NORAD) systems, which are designed to protect airspace
over the East Coast of the US, covering New York City, Baltimore, and
263rd Army Air Defense Command lieutenant colonel William
Pitts said: "We've already answered the question, 'Is it effective
against cruise missiles?'"
"There are plenty of tests that show we can see those
"Now the question is, when I put it here in the homeland
and plug it into all the NORAD command-and-control systems, how does it
integrate and how does it enable the other systems to do their job better?
All those command and control nodes can leverage the data off the aerostat
to provide some of that early awareness."
"The 250ft blimp-like aerostat
will be tethered to the ground at all times and float at an elevation of
A second JLENS aerostat is scheduled to be launched at APG's
nearby Edgewood Section in 2015.
If a cruise missile were to enter the area observed by the two
aerostats, the information collected by them would be fed into existing
NORAD Eastern Air Defence Sectors systems to
eventually destroy the missile using aircraft launched munitions,
ground-based air defence systems or aegis combat
The aerostats can produce a more comprehensive picture of the
area they are meant to protect than current ground-based radar systems,
which have limited ability to detect threats and stay aloft for 30 days at
a time, coming down only for maintenance or because of severe weather.
Aerostat's operations will be run by 100 soldiers from Alpha
Company, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, which is part of the 108th Air Defense
Artillery Brigade. A total of eight soldiers will be responsible for the
actual operations of the aerostat, with another crew operating the radar
Image: The US Army plans to launch the first JLENS aerostat
next week at Graces Quarters, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, US. Photo:
courtesy of C. Todd Lopez.
Wharf Extension on Guam Improves Support for Navy Mission
By Leah Eclavea, Joint Region Marianas Public
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The Tango Wharf extension ribbon-cutting
ceremony on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), was conducted Dec. 18 to
celebrate the improvements in infrastructure and capabilities the base
can provide to support the Navy's mission.
"This is a commitment at the end of the day and it's a commitment by
the United States of America," said Capt. Andy Anderson, commanding
officer, NBG. "It's a commitment by the armed forces to our regional
and strategic partners throughout this area."
The purpose for the extension to the wharf was to provide infrastructure,
improvements and utilities for cold iron berthing for transient ships
such as those within an Amphibious Readiness Group, its combatant escort
ships and the Joint High Speed Vessel.
"You look at this wharf and what it will provide, with regards to
the Joint High Speed Vessel, with regards to the Amphibious Ready Group,
and with the pivot to the Pacific," Anderson said. "This is an
incredible asset that will allow us to project power forward from the
sovereign territory of the United States of America."
The cold iron berthing would give ships the capability to connect to an
electrical power source at the wharf that allows the ship to turn off its
main and auxiliary engines. These improvements are necessary to support
the relocation of the III Marine Expeditionary Forces from Okinawa,
Japan, to Guam.
"To look close at what was done here was quite a feat and I think of
the warfighter; I think of projecting power, as
Andy said, and being able to be at the forefront in this world to defend
the world and I say that because I think we have the best Navy in the
world," said Capt. Douglas King, executive officer, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas.
A 1993 earthquake struck the island and damaged Tango Wharf, leaving the
structure unusable. A previous project repaired part of the wharf,
however approximately 315 feet remained unimproved.
NAVFAC Marianas awarded the contract to Overland Federal and HNTB
Corporation Nov. 28, 2012. The project was completed Sept. 30, with a
final cost of $14.9 million.
The new Tango Wharf has new mooring and berthing systems, and utilities
and wharf storm drainage systems as well as structural improvements that
can resist seismic and typhoon conditions.
For more news from U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, visit www.navy.mil/local/guam/.
“Break A Leg”
Film, TV & Theater Censorship
New classifications include:
U = Under Surveillance but not
A = Adverse Comment Against N.Korea –
Not for public viewing
X = View this film and suffer a
that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has become – via
threats, security concerns and a white flag flying over Sony Studios - an
accepted censor of Hollywood and the international film industry, perhaps
the Supreme Leader will arrange for further cancellations of the 2015
movie release schedule.
For a start, in January, one
major studio plans to screen ‘Taken 3’. This might be associated with
innocent civilians in N.Korea that have been
abducted and imprisoned in especially harsh labor camps. In Kim’s world,
they don’t just ‘Break A leg’ – they break people. Following Sony Studios
cancelling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy
starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that
depicts a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un - fallout from the Sony hack has also
resulted in a New Regency film tentatively titled "Pyongyang"
and starring Steve Carell as being "a
production that will not be moving forward." They have even cut the
February release of the DVD on ‘The Interview’. The new film ‘A Most
Violent Year’ is therefore certainly out: that title might be seen as a
reference to day to day politics in the capital.
February’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
could be perceived as an adverse comment on the Supreme Leader’s fashion sense
and the release of ‘The Coup’ in March might give members of the N.Korean military dangerous ideas! Later in 2015 ‘Hitman – Agent 47’ suggests assassinations and ‘The
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ is obviously going
to be a documentary on the plight of a starving population. You have to draw the line somewhere.
Yes, you have to draw a line but
that should be against any government, organization, terrorist group or
hacker that makes threats – be they violent ones or a simple case of
‘comply or be infected’. Sony should immediately release ‘The Interview’
on line and make it available to the entire world. A dangerous precedent
has been set by Sony & cinema groups capitulating in the way that
they have: giving in to cyber terrorism.
If we are not careful, the
Islamic State will succeed in having all future films and TV productions
made in black & white. They might even ban Christmas! Boko Harem will be given a seat on the Oscars
Committee and Putin & the White Walkers receive a BAFTA for the
outstanding documentary ‘Crimea is only the first step’.
But it’s not all bad news.
Following recent diplomatic moves by the Obama administration, the US car
industry will now be able to replace all of those 1950 automobiles in Havana
with shining new models – perhaps Jeep’s 4X4 ‘Revolution’ or maybe the
‘Lexus Castro’ and you will be able to smoke top quality Cuban cigars
with impunity as you are clearly seen through the haze of smoke as helping
“cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last
vestiges of the Cold War.
Given time, Cuba might be given
the opportunity of joining NATO and the US defense industry might be able
to export a few missiles over there.
A Leg” – don’t worry, at least with Cuba – the country has very good
Editors in Atlanta couldn’t
resist this post sent to them from Facebook:
General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE |
US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on
Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. (Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall
/ US Army)
US troops will remain in Poland and the
Baltic states through 2015 “to deter Russian aggression,” the top US
commander for Europe said on Sunday.
“There are going to be US Army forces here
in Lithuania as well as Estonia and Latvia and Poland for as long as
it’s required to deter Russian aggression,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges,
commander of US Army Europe.
“We have planned rotations out through next
year. Units are designated that will continue to do this,” he told
reporters in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
The United States sent about 600 troops in
April to the ex-Soviet Baltic states and former Warsaw Pact member
Poland in response to tension with Russia over the war in Ukraine.
European NATO allies have also deployed
hundreds of troops for exercises in recent months. The alliance has
also boosted its air force presence in the region.
Hodges said NATO should guard its unity at
a time when Russia is “trying to intimidate” it’s
neighbors with military drills and frequent violation of their
“The discipline, unity of the nations is
really very important at this point, so that a small incident doesn’t
lead to something that didn’t have to happen,” the general said.
NATO has accused Moscow of sending troops
to fight alongside separatists in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies involvement
in the fighting, although it openly gives the rebels political backing
and non-lethal supplies.
Forty Terror Plots'
Foiled Since 7/7 Attacks
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Home Secretary is promising to end the payment of ransoms to terrorist
groups as she outlines a series of new measures.
12:57, UK, Monday
Home Secretary said the UK faces a "diverse" terror threat - unmatched before or since 9/11 - and that
the advance of Islamic State (IS) has given energy and a renewed sense of
purpose to homegrown extremists.
security service believes that since the attacks on 7 July 2005 around 40
terrorist plots have been disrupted," she said.
have been attempts to conduct marauding Mumbai-style gun attacks on our
streets, blow up the London Stock Exchange, bring down airliners,
assassinate a British ambassador and murder serving members of our armed forces."
also revealed that counter-terrorism officers have made 753 arrests since
May 2010 - resulting in 138 terrorists being jailed and 13 people being
Mrs May was speaking as part of an
anti-terror drive, which will also see new
powers to force internet companies to hold data
that could help identify the owner of a phone or computer.
promised to put an "end" to the payment of ransoms for terrorist
groups by closing a loophole that can allow insurance companies to put
forward the money.
already illegal for individuals to pay ransoms to groups because it counts
as funding terrorism – but people covered against kidnapping have been able
to ask insurance companies to make payments.
estimates that Islamic State has raised £28m through ransoms in the past 12
months, and there are fears the payments encourage more kidnappings.
prisons and councils are to be required by law to put in place measures
that would stop individuals from being drawn into terrorism.
Mrs May said a statutory duty to deter
radicalisation would be placed on named organisations and where they fail, ministers would be
able to issue court-backed directions.
said she would like to go further with internet companies - making them
keep information on the websites and social media used by suspects, but the
Lib Dems blocked the legislation, dubbed the
legislation will also strengthen Terrorism Prevention and Investigations
Measures (TPims) to re-introduce powers in Labour's control orders to relocate terror suspects
around the country.
said: "This legislation is important. The substance is right. The time
is right. And the way in which it has been developed is right.
is not a knee-jerk response to a sudden perceived threat. It is a
properly-considered, thought-through set of proposals that will help to
keep us safe at a time of very significant danger."
the new measures announced by the Home Secretary, police
are appealing to the public and businesses for help
tackling the threat posed by would-be terrorists.
the country, counter-terror officers will spend this week briefing more
than 6,000 people at 80 venues including schools, universities, airports,
shopping centres, cinemas and farms, in a bid to
raise awareness of terrorism.
Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "Police officers and
our partners are continuing to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
protect the UK from a terrorist attack.
far this year, we have disrupted several attack plots and made 271 arrests
following counter-terrorism investigations, but the eyes and ears of law
enforcement and other agencies alone cannot combat the threat."
China with CNN
building 'airstrip capable' island in disputed waters
By Katie Hunt,
November 24, 2014 -- Updated 1206
GMT (2006 HKT)
Airbus Defence and Space
imagery dated November 14, 2014 shows land reclamation operations under way
at Fiery Cross Reef. Multiple operating dredgers provide the ability to
generate terrain rapidly. Operating from a harbour
area, dredgers deliver sediment via a network of piping. Image courtesy IHS
Jane's Defense Weekly.
Defence Weekly: China building
island in the South China Sea that could accommodate airstrip.
are bitterly contested by Vietnam, Philippines and other countries in
says land mass is more than 3,000 meters long and a harbor is also
says that construction is legitimate, will improve soldiers' living
Hong Kong (CNN)
-- China is building an island in the South China Sea that could
accommodate the country's first airstrip in bitterly contested waters,
according to satellite images analyzed by IHS
Jane's Defence Weekly.
Reclamation at Fiery Cross Reef on
the western edge of the disputed Spratly islands is creating a land mass
that is more than 3,000 meters (2 miles) long and between 200 to 300 meters
(650 to 980 feet) wide -- large enough to construct a runway and apron, the
The South China Sea is the subject
of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of
several island chains and nearby waters.
READ: Asia's disputed
islands: Who claims what?
The areas in dispute include
fertile fishing grounds and potentially rich reserves of undersea natural
Jane's said that Malaysia, the
Philippines and Taiwan had built airfields on reefs and islands in the
"The work at Fiery Cross thus
brings parity but is likely to cause alarm among the other claimants,"
the report said.
"Given its massive military
advantage over the other claimants in terms of quantity and quality of
materiel, this facility appears purpose-built to coerce other claimants
into relinquishing their claims and possessions, or at least provide China
with a much stronger negotiating position if talks over the dispute were
The report said that dredgers were
creating a harbor large enough to receive tankers and warships.
But Maj. General Luo Yuan of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) told
the state-run Global
Times that construction was justifiable and that the
infrastructure would improve the living standards of soldiers stationed
"The construction and
maintenance of facilities and other activities we conducted on these
islands are within our sovereign rights and they are legitimate," he
At a briefing on Monday, Hua Chunying, China's Foreign
Ministry spokesperson, said that China has "indisputable
sovereignty" over the islands in the South China Sea and said the
construction would help in case of search and rescue efforts.
China's stance on maritime disputes
has put it at odds with many of its smaller neighbors.
Earlier this year, it moved an oil
rig near the disputed Paracel Islands triggering anti-Chinese
riots in Vietnam.
Relations have also soured with the
On Monday, a Philippines court
convicted nine Chinese fishermen of poaching hundreds of endangered giant
sea turtles from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. They were each
fined nearly $103,000 but face no jail term.
The United States has supported
efforts by regional group ASEAN to draw up a code of conduct to defuse
maritime disputes, but China has said it prefers to deal with the issue
On Friday, a Pentagon spokesman
told Agence France-Presse
(AFP) that the U.S. wanted China to stop its land reclamation program and
engage in diplomatic initiatives.
In a speech at the G20 summit
earlier this month, President Barack Obama said the U.S. planned to
deepen its diplomatic and military engagement in Asia and would
work to ensure that big nations don't "bully the small."
An editorial posted in the
Global Times, said that Vietnam, the Philippines and the U.S.
should "get used" to China's island construction and its more
frequent presence in the seas.
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VOTE VOTE VOTE
There was a time in the United Kingdom when the
Prime Minister of the day (regardless of political party) would
occasionally have to make the sole decision on the deployment of armed
forces: in response to an act of war, genocide, terrorism or for that
matter – act immediately on anything that might be seen as a direct threat
to the country.
Britain had a name for standing up against
overseas tyranny – fascism, evil, abuse of human rights: protecting the
innocent regardless of location, nationality, gender, religion or creed.
The ‘Brits’ were not slow to respond to injustice; support
allies and take appropriate measures.
Having made a clear decision – parliament would
then (within hours) be informed of actions taken. After all, Prime
Ministers are elected by the people and the public presume he or she will
always have the nation’s best interests & values at heart. Sometimes
those choices are very difficult: often unavoidable and usually time is of
that’s all changed!
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Libyan Troops in Trouble.
& Sexual Assault Allegations.
than 300 Libyan soldiers training in Britain are sent home early amid
allegations of a series of sexual assaults
and rapes during their stay. The Ministry of Defence says it will review its program for supporting
the Libyan forces,
whether they should be trained in the UK, after two cadets admitted sexual
assault and two more were
charged with rape. Another cadet is charged with
sexual assault. All separate cases!
Haiyan one year on:
With UNDP help, slowly getting back
“I lost my job in the beauty salon which was looted
empty right after the typhoon and was very worried for my family, ” says Marina. Photo: UNDP Philippines
remember how scared everyone was,” says Marina Delubio,
a resident of Barangay 88, one of the biggest
suburbs of Tacloban City.
“We were clinging to the rafters of our
semi-concrete house but it sounded like the fury of the winds and the
tsunami-like waves were still going to take us all away.
family and I were happy to survive, but in the next few hours we realized
that we were left with nothing.”
year ago, when Typhoon Haiyan struck Barangay 88, it left 80 percent of the homes completely destroyed,
and the streets littered with bodies.
storm also caused massive destruction to public and commercial
infrastructure, leaving most of the 2,500 families who live in the barangay without livelihood.
my job in the beauty salon which was looted empty right after the typhoon
and was very worried for my family, ” says Marina
– a single
mother of one and a breadwinner for four nephews and nieces, and an ailing
86 year-old mother.
first few days following the disaster, UNDP was active at the devastated
site, starting to remove debris and establishing an emergency source of income
for those affected by the worst ever storm to hit the Philippines.
those early days it was vital to restore a sense of normalcy to the
hundreds of thousands of affected people in Tacloban
and the surrounding areas,” says Mr. James Abdul, Area Coordinator of
UNDP’s Haiyan Response Programme.
“Within days we had started a programme of
cash-for-work, giving locals jobs to clear
debris and dead bodies – so emergency services could operate and people
could access schools, health clinics, roads and markets.”
In Barangay 88, this helped restore access to work
and to local services for hundreds of families who lost their livelihoods.
was among the first to provide assistance to us,” says Barangay
Captain Emilita Montalban.
“I want to thank UNDP for clearing San Jose Central School, the health
centre and the streets. Removing the debris gave us jobs and hope. UNDP was
a lifeline for survival at a time of desolation and chaos.”
Barangay 88 then became the first recipient of cash
grants from UNDP to help small businesses. These cash grants, given to 300
small enterprises in Tacloban City, as well as
the Municipalities of Dulag, Tolosa
and Palo, are helping to restore self-confidence among the worst affected
business owners who lost capital or productive assets from the storm.
year on, I am able to venture into a new business
using the cash grant,” says Marina. “With the money from UNDP,
able to start a food vending business
and get back on my feet again. Today, we have a long way to go before we
will have fully recovered but my family’s future is brighter because I have
been able to maintain an income duringthis
Today, Barangay 88 is a much happier place than it was one
year ago. Building has begun and many homes and businesses are now
restored. According to Barangay Captain Montalban, about 60 percent of the more than 1,600
homes that were destroyed by the storm are being repaired. At the same
time, nearly 400 displaced families have been relocated to transitional
road to recovery is a long one. UNDP has begun the process by providing
emergency income in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, and in the
future it will help the government to map the areas that remain most
vulnerable to future disasters. In Barangay 88, a
pilot of this mapping programme is already
helping families to resettle - with government assistance - to areas that
are less dangerous.
Marina, the recovery is happening one day at a time. “We have a long way to
go – but the worst is behind us.
Yolanda [as Haiyan is known locally] took away
our means of survival but it left us with hope and a
strong, resilient spirit,” she says.
Goodwill Ambassador Receives Islamic State Styled Death Threat
Erin J Morgart
Reliable sources confirm to DIIA that Erin J Morgart, Ms United Nations and UN Goodwill Ambassador to
Indonesia received a chilling email a few days ago ‘threatening her with
beheading if certain demands were not met within 3 days”.
NCIS (Navy Criminal Investigation Service) and
the FBI were notified accordingly.
If the frightening email was genuinely from
Islamic State or IS supporters based in the United States, it would fit in
with the way that these barbaric terrorists intimidate, try to strike fear
into anyone who does not agree with their warped ideology and generally
make venomous attacks against the U.S, British and allies – when they are
not busy crucifying, murdering or rapeing their
way through peaceful global communities.
The world is slowly coming to
the realization that young Muslims can be easily radicalized by clever but
evil individuals who pervert Islam for their own vicious ends: targeting
not only Christians and minority groups but other Muslims who will not bend
to the words “You will comply”. The so called Islamic
State use Facebook
and other social media sites to boast of their atrocities and the internet
to con further young people to support their cause.
Erin J Morgart is of
course a public figure and features heavily on the web: Hollywood actress,
model, Showrunner/Executive Producer/Creator at Arianjebae
Media Production Group, author, journalist with
qualifications from Harvard Medical School, recognition by Mensa and of
course is known internationally as one of the world’s expert Celebrity
Fitness Trainers. She is the Public Relations Executive
Director to the International Emergency Response Citizens Corps (IERCC),
has received honors and awards from the US House of Representatives,
Congress and overseas dignitaries to name just a few of her achievements.
She is passionate about helping those less fortunate – regardless of race,
color, creed or gender. Erin has always supported the humanitarian efforts
of US servicemen & women who assist local communities around the world
and of course, the fact that she has trained US Navy special forces in
fitness techniques could be considered a reason why she might be classified
as a target.
It’s also true to say that although deranged
& radicalized individuals have cut down a soldier on a London street,
run over and killed others in Canada and added to the death toll of
innocent military personnel by shooting the serviceman on duty at Ottawa’s
War Memorial before attacking the nation’s parliament – the death threat
received by Erin might not have anything to do with the Islamic State at
all. For as the US, UK and European intelligence community detect, respond
and close down hundreds of plots by Islamic extremists hell bent on causing
mayhem on our home streets – unfortunately other ‘trolls’ (evil geeks as I
would term them) target VIP’s, showbiz personalities and vulnerable women
(as just a few examples) with threats of murder, rape or a litany of lies
about their professional or private lives. There are too many sad people on
the internet that simply want to hurt others because they think it’s
clever, fun or gives them some form of power that
hides their own pitiful inadequacies. It’s the uncertain world we live in.
But make no mistake, those carrying out
atrocities, making threats and intimidating peaceful folk will eventually
be defeated. Evil might win a battle but not the war. What’s more, Erin J Morgart is far from vulnerable. I once asked her how
she became so successful as a Navy Fitness Trainer
for the United States Department of Defense between January 2003 – December 2013 (11
“Beat the living crap out of people LOL”, Erin
replied with a beaming smile as she rushed off to a meeting as an Advisory
Board Member at the US National Foster Youth Career Development Center.