Serving up justice in the desert February 1, 2005 Regular News Serving up justice in the desert Capt. Greg Weiss Chief, Military Justice, Iraq In my case the accused, the victim, and a few other soldiers had engaged in a lighthearted discussion outside of the unit’s sleeping tents at Baghdad International Airport after a long day of work. I can only assume that these soldiers had been drinking alcohol in violation of General Order #1, which prohibits the “sale, possession, manufacture, or consumption of alcohol” in theater.The discussion became a marketplace for racial jokes, which is not terribly uncommon in the Army. I am neither advocating nor judging the conversation, but rather relaying the facts. This type of discussion took place commonly in this unit throughout their deployment, with the participation of almost all, if not all, of the members of the unit. Soldiers of all races in the unit both made and were made the subject of these jokes, and during this particular conversation, the victim made a joke that offended the accused. Soon after the discussion ended, the soldiers departed for the evening.At around 2330 hours the victim entered his sleeping tent and eventually went to sleep. Several hours later, at around 0230 hours, the accused snuck into victim’s sleeping tent to find the victim, but was unsuccessful as the tent was dark inside. The accused then went back to his sleeping tent and brought back a flashlight and was thereby able to locate the now sleeping victim. As the victim was lying motionless in his cot, with his eyes closed, the accused approached without warning and hit him several times with a closed fist to the victim’s head. When the disoriented victim fell out of his cot, the accused stomped or kicked the victim’s head until someone else in the sleeping tent woke up and told the accused to leave. Though the victim was beaten up pretty badly, he did not suffer any broken bones or permanent damage.The defense counsel assigned to the case never interviewed the victim, which was unfortunate for the accused, because she could have presented the neither sympathetic nor scarred victim as a defense sentencing witness. I was able to get the pieces of the victim’s testimony that were the most aggravating into evidence through a stipulation of fact without risking having the victim testify. In addition, both the accused’s first sergeant and platoon sergeant testified that the accused was a great soldier, a “go to” guy. Their testimony forced me to cross-examine each witness with a barrage of leading questions such as, “Does a good soldier stomp on the head of a fellow soldier?” to test the basis of the opinion. I do not enjoy laying into senior noncommissioned officers on cross, but I gave them fair warning, and they chose to testify regardless.In the judge-alone forum selected by the accused, the judge sentenced him to 10 months confinement and a bad conduct discharge, far beyond most predictions, so I was pleased with the result despite that this was one of my minor cases. Though I would like to believe that my advocacy on behalf of the government was the reason for the sentence, I am fairly certain that this judge knew what he was going to sentence before hearing any evidence or argument.Staff Sgt. Alex Straub and I served as the confinee escorts to avoid forcing the unit to send 16 soldiers in four vehicles on a convoy to Baghdad in order to provide the two required escorts. After the judge announced his sentence, Sgt. Straub and I became responsible for the accused until we dropped him off at the Camp Arifjan Confinement Facility in Kuwait. We arranged transportation for the following morning.Incoming rockets serve as a great alarm clock: no snooze button. We woke up at 0530 in the transient sleeping tents at Victory Base to the sounds and vibrations of explosions. The first one sounded close and the second one closer before we made it to the nearest bunker with our confinee. The next four rockets were close enough that we could hear them whistling before impact. Unlike LSA Anaconda, Victory Base does not have an air siren to warn of incoming indirect fire or to sound with the learned-to-be-reassuring “all clear.” Thus, after a 10-minute lull we simply uncorked ourselves from the bunker without further guidance and gathered the rest of our gear to get the hell off Victory Base and over to Baghdad International Airport to fly down to Kuwait.We arrived at Baghdad International shortly thereafter in two SUVs only to discover that the Air Force closed the gate to all traffic because of the attacks at Victory Base. This quickly became a catch-22 as more incoming rounds started to impact about 400 meters away, on the far side of airport’s main runways. The gate to the airport was closed because of the incoming fire, but the only bunkers to protect us were in Baghdad International. Ironically we wanted to get closer to the impacting rounds because that was the location of the bunkers. Eventually, the incoming fire stopped and we were allowed in.We knew that our confinee was our “Army Frequent Flyer Medallion Level Pass,” and we were manifested on the first C-130 down to Kuwait because he was “Priority 1” as a confinee. While we were waiting for the flight in a holding tent, I ventured into the airport’s post-exchange trailer (literally a semi-trailer). On the magazine rack, situated between the last thumbed-through copy remaining of Maxim, FMH, and Stuff I found multiple pristine copies of the current Foreign Affairs. The condition and abundance of the magazine was not surprising; only the fact that it was there in the first place.After waiting a few hours, we again gathered all of our gear, boarded a bus, drove onto the tarmac, and unloaded behind the tailgate of a C-130 with the engines still turning. Just before we could walk onto the aircraft, literally 20 meters away from the tailgate ramp, a personnel security contractor from Blackwater (a private company which hires former special forces types to protect diplomats) took over the plane on behalf of some unnamed higher-up. We were so close to getting to Kuwait, but as we were to soon find out, so far.All other flights leaving Baghdad International that day were cancelled because of the intermittent indirect fire. Think about your frustration upon being stuck in a major metropolitan airport, such as Hartsfield in Atlanta, for several hours. Contrast the veritable shopping malls inside, complete with food courts, restaurants, book stores, and, importantly, bars, with a big sweaty tent containing a few cots, cases of MREs, and a trailer vending a few magazines targeted for 17-year-olds and stale Moon Pies. In addition, we were not just waiting to get home from a business trip; we were waiting to get away from the incoming rockets and mortars to the no-threat environment of Kuwait. Nine hours later we were offered seats on a flight of civilian contractors, which we immediately snapped up.The interior of a C-130 used for passenger travel (or jumping, for that matter) is divided in half lengthwise by cargo netting. On either side of the cargo netting are canvas folding benches running the length of the cargo netting. Facing the back-to-back interior benches are two canvas benches lining the exterior wall of the fuselage. In other words, the interior of the aircraft is divided in half lengthwise and each half has two long lengthwise canvas benches facing each other, with no one facing the direction of travel. I was sitting in one of the middle benches facing the exterior bench and a window on this flight. The taxi out was ordinary and I was happy to be on my way to a country where indirect fire is not an occupational hazard.As we accelerated down the runway and took off, my relief and possession of a settled stomach were cut short by what sounded like an old-fashioned cash register ringing up a sale. The sound was actually anti-targeting flares being shot off of both sides of the plane. Simultaneously, my perspective out of the window immediately changed from looking at a normal horizon to wildly staring straight at the ground from 50 meters above it as we were in a very sharp bank. My view immediately rolled back past the normal horizon to straight into the blue sky for the opposite sharp bank, then again woefully past the normal horizon and straight at the ground yet again for another bank. After the series of evasive maneuvers, which turned out later to be prompted by someone on the ground engaging our flight, we climbed sharply. I was sweating profusely and was more concerned about my nausea than the fact that someone on the ground was trying to shoot us. Thirty minutes later the flight and life itself was back to normal in the way it only can be in Iraq.We landed in Kuwait an hour and a half later and First Lt. Andy Holmes, who used to reside in a trailer near mine at LSA Anaconda, picked us up and drove us to the Arifjan Confinement Facility.We found out watching CNN later that an improvised explosive device had exploded outside Baghdad International earlier that day and killed a few fellow soldiers traveling to the airport. A few days later when we were at Kuwait City International waiting to get back to LSA Anaconda, we saw a C-130 conducting a funeral detail. A refrigeration truck was backed up to the C-130 and the soldiers moving the fallen soldier were at ramrod attention. I was filled with guilt upon seeing the detail, as Sgt. Straub and I were potentially in close proximity to where this soldier may have been killed a few days prior.After we dropped off the accused, we went to First Lt. Holmes’ post just outside of Camp Arifjan. It was good to see someone who was previously with us at LSA Anaconda, and he was filled with pride in his new unit for having been deployed to Iraq before joining them in Kuwait. Before I deployed to Iraq, I thought little of the difference between soldiers who had been to Iraq or Afghanistan versus other countries in the Middle East where we are staging (as opposed to running) combat operations. I am not an infantryman on patrol in downtown Baghdad or a driver on the IED laden roads of Iraq, but I do share some bond with other soldiers who have deployed with me to Iraq. The following day we were manifested on another C-130 flight back to LSA Anaconda to prepare for the next trial term, armed not only with only our M-16s, but also a new appreciation for the soldiers assigned to Baghdad. In civilian life, Capt. Greg Weiss is an associate with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, Mccoy, Graham, and Ford in West Palm Beach, who was mobilized from a reserve component for duty in Iraq. Capt. Weiss’ has agreed to share his wartime experiences with his fellow Florida Bar members through the News .
Martin Keown launches scathing attack on Arsenal’s mentality and lack of responsibility Phil HaighMonday 2 Dec 2019 8:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link177Shares Comment Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich on Sunday at Carrow Road (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have a deep-rooted mentality problem, with no steel or determination, says former player Martin Keown.The Gunners began life under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg on Sunday with a 2-2 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.They twice had to come from behind to rescue the point, while a string of superb saves from goalkeeper Bernd Leno also kept them in the game in the second half.The draw makes it eight games without a win for Arsenal in all competitions and leaves them eighth in the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENTUnai Emery was dismissed as manager last week, but Keown does not see that changing things as the problems at the club date back a number of years.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There’s no magic wand and it certainly wasn’t there today,’ Keown said on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. ‘The problems that existed before the last manager still exist. Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg and assistant Per Mertesacker are in charge, for now (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s passive defending that I’m not really comfortable with. I think David Luiz and Mustafi were lucky to play in this game. They are too passive. They are not aggressive‘This is a mentality problem at the football club and it has not just happened overnight, it has been there for years.‘Arsenal have lost that steeliness, that determination. They don’t work together as a unit. The distances between the units are not right, they have to work on it on the training pitch.’Ljungberg has been tasked with turning the club’s fortunes around in the short-term, but a number of candidates are being looked at for the permanent role.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKeown is not entirely convinced the Swede is the man for the job, although hopes that his commitment levels as a player can transfer into management.‘When Wenger first came, back in the good old days, there was a responsibility as a team,’ continued Keown.‘They can be drilled to do that but there is a responsibility, they must want to do it.‘That mentality has to change and it has to be done on the training pitch.‘Freddie has to be able to do it. Has he got the capability to coach it? He was a diligent player but has to become that as a coach.’Arsenal have the chance to get their first Premier League win since 6 October when they host Brighton on Thursday.MORE: Paul Scholes slams Freddie Ljungberg for not wearing a suit in his first Arsenal matchMORE: Robert Pires claims Arsenal are ‘still sick’ from Unai Emery’s reign after Norwich City draw Advertisement
Stuff.co.nz 17 April 2014Getting high before work is common for a wide range of Kiwis – and employers are increasingly undertaking drug testing themselves.The Global Drug Survey 2014, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5646 New Zealand participants, 13.7 per cent of respondents had in the past year taken drugs, including alcohol, less than two hours before starting work.A further 13.8 per cent had done so, but not in the past year.One industry where illicit drug use was reported to be common was farming.Warrick Cocker, who works on a small south Wairarapa dairy farm, said he knew of a farm where workers grew their own marijuana, but they got the job done so their boss did not care.A 29-year-old man, who did not wish to be identified, reported that he showed up to work stoned every day for five years while he worked on farms in Waikato, Canterbury and Southland.“There’s only three or four people working on a farm, and there’s always been one person who had weed,” he said. “We’d just get real high and do our work. This isn’t like a little bit of weed, this is smoking three or four times, every time we come back to the house for a break.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9951035/Poll-finds-stoned-staff-a-growing-concern
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Motorists travelling around Letterkenny this Friday afternoon are advised to leave a lot of extra time for their journeys as roadworks create major delays in the town.Traffic is backed up on many of the main routes around the town due to roadworks on the N14 Four Lane and Pearse Road.Very heavy traffic is reported on Main Street Letterkenny, the N14 from the Dry Arch to Polestar Roundabout and on the Ramelton Road. A minor accident has also taken place on the Leck Road. This is expected to clear soon.There are also delays at works on the N56 at Illistrin, between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.It was a similar situation on Thursday evening last, as many motorists were left frustrated with long delays.Letterkenny is in its second week of major sewerage works on the Pearse Road, which has led to one-lane traffic on the route turning left off Paddy Harte Road. As a result, cars must travel down the already congested Lower Main Street to reach Oldtown. The Pearse Road project is expected to last for 10 more weeks, after which works will move to Oldtown Road in front of the Old Dunnes.More traffic chaos in Letterkenny on busy Friday was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made four changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta are substitutes.Cesc Fabregas has been recalled to the side and there are also starting places for Antonio Rudiger, Willian and Pedro.Swansea, who are unchanged, are without defender Federico Fernandez because of a family bereavement.On-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is ineligible to play against the Blues.Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Moses, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Hazard. Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Roque Mesa, Ki, Carroll, Sanches, Ayew, Bony.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Clucas, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/7N9gVoNy3a— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.
OTTAWA – Health Canada has nearly doubled the number of licensed cannabis producers in the country over the past six months and new numbers show hundreds more applicants are in the final stages of approval as the government rushes toward national marijuana legalization by next July.The dramatic surge in approved and aspiring producers comes in the wake of the agency’s concerted efforts to loosen its bureaucratic approval process and head off what many experts fear will be a looming supply crunch for the burgeoning legal cannabis market.In late May, Health Canada announced it would “streamline” the approval process, which many would-be producers described as onerous and contended took years to complete. The agency stepped up the resources to process applications and said it would start conducting some phases of the approval process at the same time and also made it easier for existing licence holders to expand.When the announcement was made, Health Canada had granted just 44 production licenses since it starting doling out approvals four years prior. Since then, however, the number has almost doubled to 80.Provincial governments, police forces and marijuana companies have also been scrambling to prepare for legalized recreational sales, which the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Wednesday are expected by July — but not necessarily the Canada Day deadline that many had assumed.A wave of pending applications has the potential to nearly triple the number of producers operating in a legal recreational market.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said that as of Dec. 1, 208 applicants were in the final stages of the approval process.“These applicants have completed the security clearance process and their application is being reviewed to determine whether it meets all the requirements of the regulations,” she said in a statement.“A licence is only issued once security clearances have been granted, the application meets the regulatory requirements and a facility has been built.”Industry watchers who had been expecting a spike in the number of licenses were nonetheless surprised by the latest figures, saying the number of pending approvals exceeded their expectations.But Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst with Beacon Securities Ltd., cautioned against interpreting the high number of applications as a sign that Canada will avoid a supply crunch.He predicted that the influx of new producers would have only a limited impact when cannabis becomes legal next summer.Even if a cultivation license is issued in January, producers will likely need more time to line up financing, build up capacity, grow crops and make other arrangements to supply the market, said Ajamian.“It might lessen the shortages in the first couple of months. But I still predict we will see shortages, sellouts — especially in provinces and areas that haven’t locked down their supply.”Many of the provinces have indeed sounded alarm bells on the issue, urging Ottawa to ensure the supply of legal cannabis is equal to the anticipated demand for the product.Nova Scotia first voiced concerns about supply earlier this month after unveiling its framework for the sale of legal marijuana.The government said it would prefer to see provincial supplies come from local production facilities, although so far only two such operations have secured Health Canada approval. Their licences, moreover, cover only permission to grow pot, not sell it.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said although his province has inked its first production agreement, that alone won’t make product available until 2019.Analyst and government figures do little to dispel fears of a supply shortage.A report by Canaccord Genuity estimates that demand for both medical and recreational marijuana will total nearly 570,000 kilograms by 2021. By contrast, numbers from a Health Canada showed that total inventories of dried and oil-based cannabis in producers’ inventories totalled less than 40,000 kilograms as of June, the last month for which data was available.One lawyer suggested Health Canada’s previous approval process contributed to the current low supply levels.Eileen McMahon, chair of intellectual property and food and drug regulatory practices at Torys law firm, said companies have faced an extremely high regulatory burden in order to get a license approved.She estimated roughly 70 to 75 per cent of those who apply for a Health Canada marijuana license don’t make the cut — a much higher rate than seen in other industries, such as medical devices and prescription drugs.And while the recent increase in approvals means there will be more players ready to serve the market, the stringent regulatory and ongoing compliance requirements that producers will have to meet once licensed will likely whittle down the field again, McMahon said.“This is not for the faint of heart,” she said.“The question is who can hang in there. Who is going to survive?”
Ohio State outlasted Michigan State on Saturday for a 17-16 victory and its first conference win of the season. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their slugfest with the Spartans. The MSU measuring stick Want a barometer for how far this offense has come in a year? Look no further than the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans last season. To say that OSU’s offense was ineffective in their 2011 conference opener, a 10-7 loss to MSU, would be a gross understatement. It was embarrassingly inadequate. Those Buckeyes limped to 178 yards of total offense, and only found the end zone in the waning seconds when a Spartan victory was inevitable. Braxton Miller threw for 56 yards while having the worst game of his career as a runner. Things got so bad for the then-freshman quarterback that he was benched in favor of former Buckeyes quarterback Joe Bauserman. Earlier in the week, coach Urban Meyer said that his sophomore quarterback had come a long way since last year’s match with MSU. Miller backed up Meyer’s words with a statement performance on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ signal-caller threw for 179 yards and rushed for 136, accounting for more than 82 percent of the team’s total offense. But it wasn’t just the Buckeye’s biggest star that shined against the Spartans. Junior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown nearly matched his production from all of last season, hauling in a career-best 12 receptions. Sophomore receiver Devin Smith once again showed his big-play ability with a 63-yard touchdown catch that put the Buckeyes ahead for good. It wasn’t a perfect game for OSU’s offense, though. There are several areas where they need to improve, starting with ball security – Miller threw an interception and fumbled twice. But as a group, they are certainly heading in the right direction. The defense is flawed, but in the right places Entering Saturday’s game, the “Silver Bullets” ranked last in the Big Ten conference in total defense. Does OSU really have the league’s worst defense? Probably not. Does the defense have flaws? Absolutely. In MSU’s first two games against ranked opponents, Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw three interceptions and averaged 217 yards per game. The junior played turnover-free football against OSU while throwing for 269 yards. Perhaps the first-year starter is just becoming more comfortable in the pocket as the season progresses, but it’s fairly clear that the Buckeyes don’t have an elite secondary. Fortunately, they really don’t need one. With all due respect to the likes of Indiana and Purdue, only three teams on the Buckeyes remaining schedule really pose a threat to OSU’s chance at a perfect season – Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan. What else do those three teams have in common? They all employ a run-first mentality. Just ask MSU how that type of game plan works against the Buckeye’s frontline. Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell entered the contest averaging 152 yards per game on the ground. The junior saw his impressive average, and perhaps his Heisman chances, plummet at the hands of OSU’s defense, which held Bell to just 45 yards on 17 carries. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The Buckeyes’ entire offensive line, which is perhaps the most improved unit on this year’s team. The big boys surrendered just one sack, and dominated the line of scrimmage while Miller and company ran for 204 yards. Granted, some credit should go to Miller, who eludes would-be sacks better than just about any other quarterback in the country. But while facing a quality Spartan pass rush, the offensive line proved its merit. It’s important (and when they’re winning, fairly easy) to enjoy the Buckeyes in Meyer’s debut season. But whether it’s because of this year’s bowl ban, or the fact that Meyer doesn’t yet have the ideal personnel to run his system, it’s also hard not to look ahead. Of the five starters on OSU’s improved unit, only one is a senior. The future looks bright in Columbus, and as with almost anything in football, it all starts with the offensive line.