US: Airman dies saving daughter’s life during Arkansas tornado – Published 020514 2255z

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Master Sgt. Dan “Bud” Wassom II (Photo: US Air Force)

“Master Sgt. Dan “Bud” Wassom II’s last action in this life was using his body to shield his 5-year-old daughter Lorelai as a tornado demolished his house Sunday, said his mother, Pamela Wassom.

At the hospital, Lorelai told anyone who would listen that her father had saved her life, Pamela Wassom said.

“Lorelai kept telling the emergency room people, she said, ‘My daddy saved me; the house exploded and my daddy saved me; he’s a hero,’ ” said the girl’s grandmother. “And he is. He’s a true hero.”

His wife Suzanne is a heroine, said her sister, Teresa Cole. Suzanne Wassom shielded their 7-year-old daughter, Sydney, when the tornado tore through Vilonia, Ark., north of Little Rock. Afterward, she moved both daughters to safety and helped a little boy who lived across the street.

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The master sergeant served in the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing for 12 years as a loadmaster. He had a college degree and could have trained to be a pilot, but he liked being a loadmaster too much, his mother told Air Force Times in an interview Thursday.

“We’re a military family,” she said. “His father is retired Air Force. His grandfather was in the Navy. He joined right after 9/11. That boy loved his country. He was patriotic. He even volunteered to go to Kuwait a couple years ago, and he said if it hadn’t been for the wife and kids, he would even have stayed longer.”

Wassom and his father shared a passion for old cars, she said. They rebuilt a 1934 Ford that was in his garage when the tornado destroyed their home.

“It actually survived,” she said. “He and his dad worked on that car. They both loved cars. His favorite cars were Mustangs. But he and his dad would always talk cars. Just a couple of weeks ago, they went on a little mini-trip together to a car show in Oklahoma City. I’m so grateful that they had that memory now of that time they spent. They had a blast.”

Growing up, he was always happy to show his mother how much he loved her, even when doing so made other boys feel socially awkward.

“When you’re talking about teenage boys, they don’t want to be seen kissing their moms or anything like that, but if I had to drop him off someplace, like school — even in high school, when he couldn’t use the car — he didn’t care who was around, he would lean over and kiss me and always hug me,” she said.

That’s the type of kindness that Wassom showed everyone, his mother said.

“I can honestly tell you I don’t know anybody who disliked that boy because he was such a good person,” Pamela Wassom said.

Above everything else, she said, her son was a dedicated father and husband who adored his two daughters and shared every responsibility for raising them with his wife.

“Even before he died, he was a hero,” she said. “He served his country; loved his family, loved God; and he died doing what he did best: being a good father.”” – Jeff Schogol, Air Force Times 6:14 p.m. EDT May 1, 2014

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Syria: Military action – US “ready to go”, UK drawing up plans, recalls Parliament. France ‘Ready To Punish’ – 270813 1700z

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Syria: US Says Military Is Ready For Action

The West edges closer to military action in Syria as the Assad regime insists it will use “all means” to defend itself.

SKY NEWS  3:55pm UK (1455Z GMT/UTC), Tuesday 27 August 2013

“The US defence secretary says his country is “ready to go” if President Barack Obama orders action in Syria, as the UK recalls Parliament over the crisis.

Britain’s Armed Forces are drawing up plans for a potential military intervention in response to an alleged toxic gas attack in Damascus, which is believed to have killed hundreds of civilians.

Rebels in Syria have also handed Western powers a list of suggested targets for a strike, according to a Reuters source.

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said Mr Obama asked the Pentagon to give him “all options for all contingencies”.

David Cameron Returns Early From Holiday To Deal With The Escalating Syrian Crisis
Mr Cameron says the Syrian attack was “absolutely abhorrent”

“We are prepared. We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take,” Mr Hagel told the BBC.

US secretary of state John Kerry said there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical attack, with intelligence strongly pointing to President Bashar Assad’s government.

And he said the regime would be held accountable.

France’s President Francois Hollande said his country was prepared to “punish” those who gassed innocent people last Wednesday and it seemed certain that forces loyal to Mr Assad were behind the attack.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is back in London after cutting short his family holiday, says a clear motion on the crisis will be put before MPs on Thursday.

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Mr Hagel says the US is “ready to go”

He wrote on Twitter: “Speaker agrees my request to recall Parliament on Thurs. There’ll be a clear Govt motion & vote on UK response to chemical weapons attacks.”

Foreign Secretary William Hague has declined to rule out action, such as targeted air strikes, being launched within days.

But Mr Cameron – who is holding a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday – is under pressure to be able to legally justify any intervention.

A build-up of military aircraft at Britain’s base on Cyprus, RAF Akrotiri, suggested that planning had reached a developed stage.

Sky’s Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said any potential action “would be a punch on the nose for the Assad regime. I don’t think the US is ready for Assad to go because they are frightened of who would take his place.”

But Syria insists it will not submit quietly to an attack.

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Mr Muallem says any foreign strike on his country would be “delusional”

“We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal,” said Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem.

“The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves.”

Mr Muallem also claims Tuesday’s UN inspections of alleged chemical attack sites had to be scrapped because of disputes between rebels.

Snipers shot at the UN team on Monday, but the inspectors still managed to collect some “valuable” samples.

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One of Britain’s bases, RAF Akrotiri, is in southern Cyprus

The UN inspections will take place on Wednesday instead, Mr Muallem said.

Syria denies using the chemical weapons and Russia – which supplies arms to Syria and is the regime’s most powerful ally – has backed claims that video footage of victims could be opposition propaganda.

“I challenge those who accuse our forces of using these weapons to come forward with the evidence,” Mr Muallem said.

The Arab League has accused the Syrian regime of carrying out the suspected gas attack and Saudi Arabia has called for “firm and serious” action against the state.

The US postponed a Syrian crisis meeting with Russia that was scheduled for this week because of America’s ongoing review of the attack.

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Snipers shot at UN inspectors on Monday

Russia said postponing The Hague meeting was a “serious disappointment”. Moscow also warned that any use of force against Syria would have “catastrophic consequences”.

“We call on our American colleagues and all members of the international community to show prudence, strict observance of international law, and above all, the fundamental principles of the UN Charter,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

And deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin claimed western countries are behaving in the Islamic world like a “monkey with a grenade”.

Russia’s emergencies ministry has told Sky News that it is sending a plane to Syria today to take in humanitarian aid and is planning to bring around 150 of its citizens out.

It is unclear whether Obama would seek authority from the UN or Congress before using force. But it is likely Russia and China would block US efforts to authorise action through the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, wary investors have exited world markets because of the talk of potential military intervention.

They moved towards safe havens such as gold and bonds while the uncertainty has driven oil prices to a six-month high.” – SKY NEWS

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France ‘Ready To Punish’ Syria Over Gas Attack

huffingtonpost.com  08/27/13 12:22 PM ET EDT AP

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French President Francois Hollande waves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

“PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that his country is prepared to take action against those responsible for gassing people in Syria.

“France is ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents” in Syria last week, Hollande said at a conference with France’s ambassadors. He did not elaborate.

“I have decided to increase our military support to the National Syrian Coalition,” the main Syrian opposition group in exile, he also said.

France, one of Europe’s biggest military powers, has not specified what preparation it is taking for any possible international action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

But on Monday Hollande said time is running out for the Syrian regime and airstrikes are a possibility. “Everything will come into play this week,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “There are several options on the table, ranging from strengthening international sanctions to airstrikes to arming the rebels.

Hollande spoke with President Barack Obama on Sunday and told him France, like Britain, would support him in a targeted military intervention, according to the paper.” – huffingtonpost.com

Syria: Breakdown of services increases suffering – International Red Cross/ Red Crescent (ICRC)

26-08-2013 Operational Update

“In violence-stricken areas, the breakdown of essential services is adding to the woes of hundreds of thousands of people.

“This is not a life worth living,” said Bilal, a resident of Rural Damascus. “Together with dozens of other families, we’re crowded into an unfinished building shell without electricity or water. Even if the shelling around us were to stop, there would still be the heat, the flies buzzing over our heads and the stench of the garbage outside.”

Areas plagued by heavy fighting, including Rural Damascus, eastern parts of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor and the governorate of Raqqa, are enduring breakdowns of essential services such as the supply of electricity and water and the collection of garbage.

“Many water stations have been damaged and can no longer supply the communities that depend on them,” said Jean-Marc Burri, in charge of the ICRC’s water and sanitation activities in Syria. “Furthermore, waste management services, including the collection of garbage, have become almost non-existent in some areas where fighting has been taking place, or only continue to be performed through the efforts of the people living there.”

“The failure to remove refuse for lengthy periods of time could have a serious impact on the well-being of entire communities,” he said. “Piles of garbage are ideal breeding grounds for disease and parasites.”

To help ward off any public health catastrophe, the ICRC launched a number of projects aimed at improving overall sanitary conditions. “We’re trying to improve, as far as possible, the conditions in which people affected by the fighting have to live,” said Mr Burri.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, garbage in Aleppo’s Jisr Al-Haj area was collected and disposed of over the past couple of weeks. In addition, insecticides were sprayed in Aleppo and Idlib to help control parasites. Furthermore, ICRC engineers worked together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and local water boards to carry out emergency repairs in areas of heavy fighting to ensure the availability of clean potable water.

Since the beginning of August, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC has also:

  • provided local water boards in Rural Damascus, Damascus, Aleppo, Lattakia, Sweida, al-Hassakeh, Deir Ezzor, Tartous, Homs and Idlib with technical expertise, equipment and supplies, including pumps and generators;
  • continued to upgrade water, housing and sanitary facilities at more than 45 public sites in eight governorates where displaced people are living, while completing work at another 14 sites in three governorates.

The ICRC’s health department has:

  • assessed two hospitals in Hama to which it donated surgical supplies for the full treatment of 100 seriously injured patients;
  • provided the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in Hama with medical assistance, including chronic disease medication for the treatment of 450 patients;
  • supplied the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with medications for 2,500 children.

The ICRC’s relief department has:

  • supplied food parcels for some 260,000 people in Deir Ezzor, Hama, Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Idlib and Damascus governorates;
  • provided mattresses and blankets for 60,000 people in Rural Damascus, Homs, Hama, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Damascus;
  • supplied kitchen sets (cooking pots, plates, cups and cutlery) for more than 30,000 people in Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Lattakia and Damascus;
  • supplied hygiene items (shampoos, soaps, washing detergents, female hygiene items, etc.) to some 70,000 people in Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Rural Damascus and Lattakia.” – ICRC

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem has announced that the second day of the UN weapons…euronews, the most watched news channel in EuropeSubscribe for your daily dose of international news, curated and explained:http://eurone.ws/10ZCK4aEuronews is available in 13 other languages: http://eurone.ws/17moBCUhttp://www.euronews.com/2013/08/27/us…Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem has announced that the second day of the UN weapons inspectors’ probe into alleged chemical weapon strikes in Damascus has been postponed.Moualem told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the government was not obstructing the work but that there had been disagreements among the rebels over security arrangements. Moualem said the army would press on with its military campaign despite the threat of possible foreign strikes. He addeded that any strikes on Syria would serve the interests of Al-Qaeda linked groups. The international community, facing a deadlocked UN Security Council, is looking at other means to legitimise a military strike on Syria. The 15-nation council has been in limbo since the uprising against the Assad regime began in 2011.Both Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions calling for firm action against Damascus.In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament from its summer break, it will meet on Thursday to discuss the response to the situation in Syria. The US has intervened in conflicts before without UN backing, notably in Kosovo in 1999, and may well do again as President Obama seeks a so-called “coalition of the willing”.Any attacks on Syria backed by Britain, France and Turkey, to name but a few, will anger Moscow – an ally of Assad.The US believes the allegations that Assad used chemical weapons are true, something Syria denies. Speaking in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry adopted a tough tone: “The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large scale indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilised world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else.”As the diplomacy continued the bloody conflict went on with death whether by chemical or conventional weapons a daily occurrence.

 

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سوريا: العمل العسكري الولايات المتحدة “مستعدة للذهاب”، UK وضع الخطط، تشير البرلمان. فرنسا جاهز لمعاقبة‘ – 270813 1700z

سوريا: الولايات المتحدة تقول إن الجيش على استعداد للعمل
الحواف الغربية أقرب إلى عمل عسكري في سوريا كما نظام الأسد تصر على أنها ستستخدم “كل الوسائل” للدفاع عن نفسها.

SKY NEWS 15:55 المملكة المتحدة (GMT 1455Z / UTC) الثلاثاء 27 أغسطس 2013

“يقول وزير الدفاع الأمريكي ان بلاده” مستعدة للذهاب “اذا كان الرئيس باراك أوباما أوامر العمل في سوريا، كما في المملكة المتحدة تشير البرلمان بشأن الازمة.

هي قوات المسلحة البريطانية وضع خطط لتدخل عسكري محتمل ردا على هجوم الغازات السامة المزعومة في دمشق، والذي يعتقد أنه قتل المئات من المدنيين.

وسلمت الثوار في سوريا أيضا القوى الغربية على قائمة الأهداف المقترحة للإضراب، وفقا لمصدر لرويترز.

وقال وزير الدفاع الاميركي تشاك هيغل طلب أوباما البنتاغون أن يعطيه “كل الخيارات لجميع الحالات الطارئة”.
ديفيد كاميرون إرجاع المبكر من عطلة للتعامل مع الأزمة السورية المتصاعدة
يقول كاميرون الهجوم السوري كان “البغيضة على الاطلاق”

“، ونحن مستعدون. لقد انتقلنا الموجودات في المكان المناسب ليكون قادرا على الوفاء والالتزام بها أيا كان الخيار يود الرئيس إلى اتخاذ” قال هاجل لهيئة الاذاعة البريطانية.

قالت وزيرة الخارجية الامريكي جون كيري ان هناك ادلة “لا يمكن إنكارها” من هجوم كيماوي على نطاق واسع، مع المخابرات لافتا بشدة لحكومة الرئيس بشار الأسد.

وقال انه سيتم عقد نظام للمساءلة.

وقال الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند ان بلاده مستعدة “لمعاقبة” أولئك الذين بالغاز الأبرياء يوم الأربعاء الماضي، ويبدو أن بعض القوات الموالية للسيد الأسد كانوا وراء الهجوم.

رئيس الوزراء البريطاني ديفيد كاميرون، الذي عاد في لندن بعد أن قطع عطلة قصيرة عائلته، ويقول سيتم وضع الحركة واضحة بشأن الأزمة قبل النواب يوم الخميس.
تشاك هيغل
يقول هيغل الولايات المتحدة “مستعدة للذهاب”

وقال انه كتب على تويتر: “رئيس يوافق على طلبي أن أذكر البرلمان في الخميس سوف يكون هناك واضحة الحركة والحكومة التصويت على استجابة المملكة المتحدة لهجمات الأسلحة الكيميائية”.

وقد رفض وزير الخارجية وليام هيغ استبعاد العمل، مثل الضربات الجوية استهدفت، التي يتم إطلاقها في غضون أيام.

لكن كاميرون – الذي عقد مجلس الأمن القومي (NSC) اجتماعه يوم الأربعاء – تتعرض لضغوط لتكون قادرة على تبرير قانونيا أي تدخل.

تراكم من طائرات عسكرية في قاعدة بريطانيا على قبرص، RAF أكروتيري، واقترح أن التخطيط قد وصلت إلى مرحلة متطورة.

قال السماء الشؤون الخارجية محرر تيم مارشال أي عمل محتمل “سيكون لكمة على أنفه لنظام الأسد، وأنا لا أعتقد أن الولايات المتحدة مستعدة للاسد ​​للذهاب لأنهم خائفون من الذي سيأخذ مكانه.”

لكن سوريا تصر على أنها لن تقدم بهدوء لهجوم.
وزير الخارجية السوري
يقول السيد المعلم أن أي ضربة الأجنبية على بلاده أن تكون “الوهمية”

“: إما الاستسلام، أو للدفاع عن أنفسنا مع الوسائل التي في حوزتنا لدينا خيارين” قال وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم.

“الخيار الثاني هو الأفضل: سندافع عن أنفسنا.”

يدعي السيد المعلم أيضا كان التفتيش للمواقع المزعومة هجوم كيماوي يوم الثلاثاء ليتم تفكيكها بسبب الخلافات بين المتمردين.

القناصة النار على فريق الامم المتحدة يوم الاثنين، ولكن المفتشين تمكنوا من جمع بعض العينات “قيمة”.
RAF أكروتيري
واحدة من القواعد البريطانية، RAF أكروتيري، هو في جنوب قبرص

وقال السيد المعلم وعمليات التفتيش للامم المتحدة سيعقد يوم الاربعاء بدلا من ذلك.

وتنفي سوريا باستخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية وروسيا – التي تمد الأسلحة إلى سوريا وحليف للنظام أقوى – وأيدت مزاعم بأن لقطات الفيديو من الضحايا يمكن أن يكون دعاية المعارضة.

“، وأنا أتحدى أولئك الذين يتهمون قواتنا من استخدام هذه الأسلحة على المضي قدما مع الأدلة”، وقال السيد المعلم.

واتهمت الجامعة العربية النظام السوري بتنفيذ الهجوم الغاز المشتبه بهم ودعت المملكة العربية السعودية إلى اتخاذ إجراءات “حازمة وجادة” ضد الدولة.

أجلت الولايات المتحدة اجتماعا الأزمة السورية مع روسيا التي كانت مقررة لهذا الاسبوع بسبب الاستعراض أميركا الجارية للهجوم.
SYRIA انتهاء الصراع الأمم المتحدة
القناصة النار على مفتشي الامم المتحدة يوم الاثنين

وقالت روسيا تأجيل اجتماع لاهاي كان “خيبة أمل خطيرة”. حذرت موسكو أيضا أن أي استخدام للقوة ضد سوريا سيكون له “عواقب كارثية”.

“،، ونحن ندعو زملائنا الامريكيين وجميع أعضاء المجتمع الدولي لإظهار الحكمة، والتقيد الصارم للقانون الدولي، وقبل كل شيء المبادئ الأساسية لميثاق الأمم المتحدة” قالت وزارة الخارجية الروسية.

وادعى نائب رئيس الوزراء الروسي ديمتري روجوزين يتصرفون الدول الغربية في العالم الإسلامي مثل “قرد بقنبلة”.

وقال وزارة حالات الطوارئ في روسيا سكاي نيوز أنه تم إرسال طائرة إلى سوريا اليوم لتأخذ في المساعدات الإنسانية وتخطط لجلب حوالي 150 من المواطنين للخروج.

ومن غير الواضح ما إذا كان أوباما سيسعى للحصول على السلطة من الأمم المتحدة أو الكونغرس قبل استخدام القوة. ولكن من المرجح ان روسيا والصين عرقلة جهود الولايات المتحدة أن تأذن بالعمل من خلال مجلس الأمن الدولي.

في هذه الأثناء، خرجت المستثمرين حذرين الأسواق العالمية بسبب الحديث عن تدخل عسكري محتمل.

انتقلوا نحو الملاذات الآمنة مثل الذهب والسندات في حين أن عدم اليقين الذي دفع أسعار النفط الى أعلى مستوى في ستة أشهر “- NEWS SKY

قصص ذات الصلة
تحليل: سوريا والأخلاق وشريعة الغاب
سوريا: UK يرسم خطط لعمل عسكري

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فرنسا ‘جاهز لمعاقبة “سوريا بسبب هجوم بالغاز

huffingtonpost.com 08/27/13 00:22 PM بتوقيت شرق الولايات المتحدة ET AP
فرنسا سوريا
الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند موجات عقب الاجتماع الاسبوعي لمجلس الوزراء في قصر الاليزيه في باريس الجمعة 2 أغسطس، 2013. (ا ف ب الصور / جاك Brinon)

“باريس – قال الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند الثلاثاء ان بلاده على استعداد لاتخاذ إجراءات ضد المسؤولين عن القتل بالغاز الناس في سوريا.

وقال هولاند في مؤتمر مع سفراء فرنسا “فرنسا مستعدة لمعاقبة أولئك الذين اتخذوا القرار البشعة إلى الأبرياء الغاز” في سوريا الاسبوع الماضي. ولم يوضح.

وقال “لقد قررت زيادة الدعم العسكري لدينا للائتلاف الوطني السوري”، وقال أيضا جماعة المعارضة السورية الرئيسية في المنفى.

فرنسا، واحدة من أكبر القوى العسكرية في أوروبا، لم يحدد ما إعداد انها تتخذ أية إجراءات دولية محتملة ضد نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد.

لكن يوم الاثنين قال هولاند الوقت ينفد بالنسبة للنظام السوري والغارات الجوية هي الاحتمال. “، وسوف يأتي كل شيء في اللعب هذا الأسبوع” قال لصحيفة لو باريزيان. وقال “هناك العديد من الخيارات مطروحة على الطاولة، بدءا من تعزيز العقوبات الدولية على الضربات الجوية لتسليح المتمردين.

وتحدث هولاند مع الرئيس باراك أوباما يوم الاحد وقال له فرنسا، مثل بريطانيا، ودعم له في التدخل العسكري المستهدفة، وفقا للصحيفة “-. huffingtonpost.com
سوريا: توزيع الخدمات يزيد من معاناة – الصليب الأحمر / الهلال الأحمر الدولية (ICRC)

26-08-2013 عرض لأنشطة

“العنف في المناطق المنكوبة، وانهيار الخدمات الأساسية وإضافة إلى ويلات مئات الآلاف من الناس.

“هذه ليست حياة تستحق العيش”، وقال بلال، وهو من سكان ريف دمشق. “جنبا إلى جنب مع عشرات من أسر أخرى، ونحن مزدحمة في قذيفة مبنى غير منجز دون كهرباء أو ماء. حتى لو كان القصف من حولنا كانت لوقف، ستظل هناك الحرارة، والذباب يطن فوق رؤوسنا والرائحة الكريهة لل القمامة خارج “.

المناطق التي تعاني من القتال العنيف، بما في ذلك ريف دمشق، الأجزاء الشرقية من حلب ودير الزور ومحافظة الرقة، ويتحمل أعطال الخدمات الأساسية مثل إمدادات الكهرباء والمياه وجمع القمامة.

“، قد تعرضت للتلف العديد من محطات المياه، ويمكن لم يعد تزويد المجتمعات المحلية التي تعتمد عليها” وقال جان مارك بري، المسؤول عن أنشطة الصرف الصحي في سوريا الماء والدولية. “وعلاوة على ذلك، تضيع والخدمات الإدارية، بما في ذلك جمع القمامة، وأصبحت شبه معدومة في بعض المناطق حيث القتال قد تم اتخاذ مكان، أو يستمر فقط ليتم تنفيذها من خلال جهود الناس الذين يعيشون هناك.”

“عدم إزالة النفايات لفترات طويلة من الزمن قد يكون لها تأثير خطير على، رفاهية مجتمعات بأكملها”، قال. “أكوام من القمامة هي أرض خصبة مثالية لمرض والطفيليات.”

للمساعدة في درء أي كارثة الصحة العامة، أطلقت اللجنة الدولية عددا من المشاريع التي تهدف إلى تحسين الظروف الصحية بشكل عام. “نحن نحاول تحسين، إلى أقصى حد ممكن، والظروف التي تسمح للناس المتضررين من القتال يجب أن نعيش”، وقال السيد بري.

وبفضل الجهود المشتركة من اللجنة الدولية والهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، والقمامة في منطقة حلب الجسر الحاج تم جمعها والتخلص منها على مدى الأسبوعين الماضيين. وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، تم رش المبيدات الحشرية في حلب وادلب للمساعدة في السيطرة الطفيليات. وعلاوة على ذلك، عمل مهندسو اللجنة الدولية بالتعاون مع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري ومجالس المياه المحلية لتنفيذ إصلاحات طارئة في مناطق القتال الثقيلة لضمان توافر مياه الشرب النظيفة.

منذ بداية شهر آب، وذلك بالتعاون مع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، قامت اللجنة الدولية أيضا:

قدمت مجالس المياه المحلية في ريف دمشق، دمشق، حلب، اللاذقية، السويداء، الحسكة، دير الزور، طرطوس، حمص وإدلب مع الخبرة التقنية والمعدات واللوازم، بما في ذلك المضخات والمولدات الكهربائية؛
واصلت لرفع مستوى المياه والإسكان والمرافق الصحية في أكثر من 45 موقعا العامة في ثماني محافظات حيث نازح يعيشون، في حين الانتهاء من العمل في مواقع أخرى 14 في ثلاث محافظات.

وزارة الصحة في اللجنة الدولية بما يلي:

تقييم مستشفيين في مدينة حماة التي لتقديم الإمدادات الجراحية لعلاج كامل من 100 مريض بجروح خطيرة؛
وقدم فرع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري في مدينة حماة مع المساعدة الطبية، بما في ذلك الدواء مرض مزمن لعلاج 450 مريضا؛
تزويد الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري مع الأدوية ل2،500 الأطفال.

قسم اللجنة الدولية الإغاثة بما يلي:

الطرود الغذائية المقدمة لبعض 260،000 شخص في دير الزور وحماة وحلب وريف دمشق واللاذقية وحمص وإدلب ودمشق المحافظات؛
الأفرشة والبطانيات ل60،000 شخص في ريف دمشق وحمص وحماة واللاذقية ودير الزور ودمشق؛
مجموعات مطبخ الموردة (أواني الطبخ والصحون والكؤوس والسكاكين) لأكثر من 30،000 شخص في حماة وحمص ودير الزور واللاذقية ودمشق؛
البنود الموردة النظافة (الشامبو، الصابون، منظفات الغسيل، مستلزمات النظافة أنثى، الخ) لبعض 70،000 شخص في حماة وحمص ودير الزور وريف دمشق واللاذقية “- اللجنة الدولية

فيديو
تشاك هيغل: جاهز الولايات المتحدة إذا كان ترتيب معين لضرب سوريا

(الائتمان فيديو: ا ف ب)

نشرت يوم 27 أغسطس 2013

27 أغسطس (ا ف ب) – بلومبرغ نيوز ‘جوليانا جولدمان والمساهمة في تحرير ريتشارد وفي رأي مغاير مناقشة تعليق من وزير الدفاع الاميركي تشاك هيغل أن الجيش الأمريكي مستعد للضرب في حال عدم إعطاء أمر من قبل حكومة الولايات المتحدة ضد سوريا. يتكلمون على تلفزيون بلومبرغ في “في حلقة”.

سوريا: الولايات المتحدة تقول إن الجيش هو جاهز للعمل – الولايات المتحدة مستعدة لشن سوريا سترايك

(الائتمان الفيديو: سوريا أخبار اليوم)
العمل العسكري في سوريا: الولايات المتحدة وحلفائها المقربين لقرار

(الائتمان فيديو: يورونيوز)

نشرت يوم 27 أغسطس 2013
أعلن وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم أن اليوم الثاني من الامم المتحدة للاسلحة … يورونيوز، القناة الاخبارية الأكثر مشاهدة في EuropeSubscribe لالجرعة اليومية من أخبار دولية، برعاية وأوضح: http://eurone.ws/10ZCK4aEuronews متاح في 13 لغات أخرى: أعلن وزير الخارجية وليد المعلم http://eurone.ws/17moBCUhttp://www.euronews.com/2013/08/27/us…Syrian أن اليوم الثاني من مفتشي الاسلحة الدوليين ‘ وقال التحقيق في الضربات الأسلحة الكيميائية المزعوم في دمشق تم postponed.Moualem وزيرة الخارجية الامريكية جون كيري ان الحكومة لم عرقلة العمل ولكن أن كانت هناك خلافات بين الثوار حول الترتيبات الأمنية. وقال المعلم ان الجيش قدما في حملتها العسكرية على الرغم من التهديد من الضربات الخارجية ممكن. انه addeded أن أي هجمات على سوريا من شأنه أن يخدم مصالح جماعات مرتبطة بتنظيم القاعدة. المجتمع الدولي، يواجه مجلس الامن الدولي صلت إلى طريق مسدود، وتبحث في وسائل أخرى لإضفاء الشرعية على توجيه ضربة عسكرية لسوريا. وكان المجلس المكون من 15 دولة في طي النسيان منذ بدء الانتفاضة ضد نظام الأسد في 2011.Both روسيا والصين حق النقض ضد ثلاثة قرارات تدعو إلى إجراءات حازمة ضد Damascus.In المملكة المتحدة، أشار رئيس الوزراء ديفيد كاميرون البرلمان من عطلته الصيفية، انه سيجتمع يوم الخميس لمناقشة الرد على الوضع في سوريا. وقد تدخلت الولايات المتحدة في الصراعات قبل بدون تأييد من الامم المتحدة، وخاصة في كوسوفو في عام 1999، ولها أن تفعل جيدا مرة أخرى كما يسعى الرئيس أوباما ما يسمى “تحالف الراغبين”. أي هجمات على سوريا بدعم من بريطانيا وفرنسا وتركيا، إلى سبيل المثال لا الحصر، سوف غضب موسكو – حليف Assad.The الولايات المتحدة تعتقد أن الأسد ادعاءات استخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية صحيحا، وهو ما تنفيه سوريا. يتحدث في واشنطن، اعتمدت وزيرة الخارجية الامريكية جون كيري لهجة صعبة: “معنى هذا الهجوم يتجاوز الصراع في سوريا جلبت نفسها والتي تتعارض بالفعل معاناة رهيبة جدا من ذلك بكثير وهذا هو حول نطاق واسع الاستخدام العشوائي للأسلحة التي العالم المتحضر منذ فترة طويلة قررت يجب ألا تستخدم أبدا على الإطلاق – ذهب قناعة مشتركة حتى من قبل الدول التي توافق على القليل آخر “كما واصلت الدبلوماسية الصراع الدموي على مع الموت سواء عن طريق الأسلحة التقليدية الكيميائية أو حدثا يوميا.

المتصلة:

سوريا: مفتشي هجوم كيماوي العثور على ‘أدلة قيمة’ على الرغم من تعرضها لنيران القناصة؛ المملكة المتحدة والولايات المتحدة سيناقشون العمل العسكري – 260813 2000z

UK Search & Rescue helicopters to be cut by nearly 50% – 300313 1650z

Search and Rescue sell-off

The government is set to announce that Britains Search and Rescue service is to be sold off to an American firm.

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Duke of Cambridges base could be shut down

The Duke of Cambridge shows his father one of the RAF's distinctive yellow Sea King helicopters at RAF Valley on Anglesey
The Duke of Cambridge shows his father one of the RAFs distinctive yellow Sea King helicopters at RAF Valley on Anglesey Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Among the 12 bases from where search and rescue operations are launched is RAF Valley on Anglesey, where the Duke of Cambridge is based.

Under the contracts due to be unveiled tomorrow, the total number of bases is expected to be cut from 12 to10 although it is not clear which bases will be closed.

Assurances have already been given that the Duke will be moved to another part of the military rather than being employed by the firm that is awarded the search and rescue contracts.

For more: Privatisation of the Coastguard Service HasArrived

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Press release

Government contract to deliver faster, state of the art search and rescue fleet

Department for Transport has signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK.

A new 1.6 billion contract for search and rescue helicopter services will see the UK benefit from improved flying times and better coverage of high-risk areas.

The Department for Transport has today signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK. Helicopters will be able to reach a larger area of the UK search and rescue region within one hour of take off than is currently possible, and based on historic incident data it is estimated that there will be an overall improvement in flying times to incidents of around 20% (from 23 to 19 minutes). Presently, approximately 70% of high and very high risk areas within the UK search and rescue region are reachable by helicopter within 30 minutes. Under the new contract, approximately 85% of the same area would be reached within this timeframe.

Todays announcement represents a major investment by the government in providing a search and rescue helicopter service using the most up to date helicopters and meeting the highest professional standards.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

Our search and rescue helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea.

With 24 years of experience providing search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first class service with state-of-the-art helicopters.

Under the new contract, 22 state of the art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.

  • Ten Sikorsky S92s will be based, 2 per site, at Stornoway and Sumburgh, and at new bases at Newquay, Caernarfon and Humberside airports
  • Ten AgustaWestland AW189s will operate, 2 per site, from Lee on Solent and a new hangar at Prestwick airport, and new bases which will be established at St Athan, Inverness and Manston airports

All bases will be operational 24 hours a day.

Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118
Out of hours: 020 7944 4292
Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000

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3:21PM GMT 29 Mar 2013

Britains search and rescue helicopters to be cut by nearly 50pc in new deal

“Britain’s fleet of search and rescue helicopters will be cut by nearly 50 per cent as a result of the privatisation deal announced by the Government this week.

The Ministry of Defence will retire its 40-strong fleet of Sea King helicopters from 2016, with the search and rescue aircraft being replaced with newer models provided by Texas-based firm Bristow in a 1.6 billion contract with the Department for Transport announced on Tuesday.

However, The Telegraph understands that only 22 new helicopters have been commissioned under the new contract a shortfall of 45 per cent.

Ten of the new helicopters are believed to be AgustaWestland AW189s models and another 10 are thought to be Sikorsky S-92s, both four-bladed twin-engined crafts.

The new craft are expected to be 20 per cent faster than the existing Sea Kings and will be introduced from 2015 in a 10-year deal ending 70 years of search and rescue being run by the RAF and Royal Navy.

Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset, who has campaigned to prevent a search and rescue base in Portland from closing, condemned the cuts saying it would have a severe impact on safety.

However fast it is, one helicopter can only be in one place at one time,” he said.

I dont care how fast they are, if they are tasked elsewhere, and you have less helicopters, what helicopter is going to come and do the job? So by cutting the number of helicopters, thats a risk.

The less helicopters and bases you have, the more likely a rescue helicopter will be on another task and will not be able to get where its needed, were there more helicopters and more bases.

He added: The integrity of search and rescue, by removing Portland, will be harmed, and my fear is and I dont want to be alarmist that lives will be lost.

Helicopters are notorious for breaking down, because there are so many working parts.

The Ministry of Defence said front line services would not be impacted by the cut as only 16 of the existing Sea King fleet are deployed for search and rescue missions, with the rest undergoing maintenance or used for training.

Four of the 16 Sea Kings always in deployment are operated by the Royal Navy, while the RAF operates 12, with two helicopters on each base.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) operates another seven helicopters, bringing the number of front line search and rescue aircraft to 23. Those seven, however, are in addition to the 40 aircraft run by the Ministry of Defence.

It was unclear whether those craft will be retired.

A MoD spokesperson said: It is wrong to suggest the MoD operates 40 Search and Rescue helicopters at any one time. There are 16 operational Royal Navy and RAF Sea Kings – 2 at each of the 8 bases – which deliver the UKs search and rescue service. The rest of the fleet are either in deep maintenance, used as part of training programmes or based overseas. These aircraft are not available for operations.

From 2015, search and rescue services will be provided by 22 Bristow helicopters, under a contract awarded by the Department for Transport.

A spokesperson for Bristow Helicopters admitted there would be no additional aircraft to replace any that are taken out of service but said the helicopters will all be kept fully-maintained and ready to fly, with spare parts always available if an aircraft needs to be serviced.

The company added that it expects 20 of the new helicopters to be used for frontline rescue operations, with two used for training or maintenance at any one time.

The Department for Transport insisted the new service would be better than the current one.

It said: “There will be an overall improvement in flying times to incidents of around 20 per cent (from 23 to 19 minutes).

Presently, approximately 70 per cent of high and very high-risk areas within the UK search and rescue region are reachable by helicopter within 30 minutes. Under the new contract, approximately 85 per cent of the same area would be reached within this time frame.” ” – Melanie Hall and Amy Willis telegraph.co.uk

Related:

UK Government plan to close 50% of UK Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres Updated 07 Feb 2013 0001Z: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/uk-government-plan-to-close-50-of-uk-coastguard-maritime-rescue-co-ordination-centres-published-23-aug-2012-2310z/ Privatising Search and Rescue: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/5765/ Could this be the coalition governments biggest cock-up yet?: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/3435/ Support flaring for Clyde Coastguard, Scotland Published 03 Sept 2012 1440Z: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/support-flaring-for-clyde-coastguard-scotland-published-03-sept-2012-1440z/

UK Helicopter Search And Rescue Ops ‘Sold’ – 250313 2320z

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Sunday Times suggests SAR contract win for Bristow

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“In an article published on 17 March, the Sunday Times newspaper announced that Bristow Helicopters is set to win a 3bn contract to take over Britains search and rescue service. On 18 March, the Financial Times repeated the claim that Bristow had won out, but valued the contract at 3.1 billion. First announced in November 2011, the process is aimed at replacing the UKs current mix of military and contract civilian search and rescue (SAR) helicopter cover with either one or two civilian providers. Bidders were invited to bid for Lot 1, covering northern bases, Lot 2, covering southern bases, or Lot 3, covering all bases. The field has narrowed progressively throughout the bidding process, leaving just Bristow Helicopters and Bond Offshore Helicopters in the running; most recently, CHC left the process in January. Sunday Times journalist Karl West, who broke the news, would not reveal the source of the information, and also declined to comment on whether the win referred to Lot 1, 2 or 3. However, the Department for Transport has previously valued Lot 3 at between 2 and 3 billion, which matches the figure quoted by West. A spokesperson for Bristow Helicopters was not able to confirm or deny the suggestion. Neither was Bond able to comment. The Department for Transports timescale to announce the winner has been officially stated as spring 2013. Asked whether a winner had been chosen, a spokesperson said: All information surrounding this procurement is commercially confidential. An announcement will be made in due course. – Waypoint Tags:

Update 25 Apr 2013:

A selection of press reports….

UK Helicopter Search And Rescue Ops ‘Sold’

The sale to a US company brings to an end 70 years of Sea King search operations by the RAF and the Royal Navy.

Emergency service volunteers are winched on to an RAF search and rescue Sea King helicopter from Lake Bala during an exercise in north Wales

RAF Sea King helicopters have been running rescue operations for 70 years

By Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent

The Government is selling off UK helicopter search and rescue operations to a US-based company, according to Sky sources.

The Bristow Group, which is headquartered in Texas, has won the contract to run the service from 2015 to 2026.

The exact value of the deal has not been confirmed, but it is expected to be in the region of 3bn.

An official announcement by the Government will be made at 7am on Tuesday before the stock market opens.

It marks the end of 70 years of search and rescue operations by the RAF and Navy.

The distinct yellow RAF Sea King helicopters and grey and red Navy versions were already due to retire from service in 2016.

Upkeep costs and the cost of extending their life has been deemed too expensive.

The move is also in keeping with a wider re-shaping of the military in the face of budget cuts and the 2014 withdrawal from Afganistan.

But the Sea King has been the work-horse of the skies, both in a combat and peacetime capacity, and whatever the merits of this decision, it will be missed by many.

Few other aircraft have so many memorable moments associated with them but the Sea King will long be remembered for its part in the Falklands conflict and the Fastnet race in 1979 when it helped rescue sailors from ferocious seas.

Bristow will operate the service using Sikorsky S-92 and Augusta Westland 189 helicopters.

It is understood that the technology they will introduce is so advanced that the US State Department had to give its approval for it to be used in the UK.

Bristow already provides transport services in the UK to ferry oil-rig workers to and from North Sea platforms.

The company has had a presence in Europe for more than 50 years and also operates in Australia, West Africa, Russia and Malaysia in addition to North America.

Govt to announce sell-off of Search and Rescue service

“The government is set to announce that Britain’s Search and Rescue service is to be sold off to an American firm.

Up until now, the operation has been run by the RAF, Navy and Coastguard Agency.

The firm will actually be awarded two contracts, because the service has been separated into two parts operating different types of helicopter.

An announcement is expected just before the stock market opens in the morning.” – by – Deputy Political Editor itv.com

Britain’s Helicopter Search And Rescue To Be Sold To US Company, Bristow Group

PA | Posted: 25/03/2013 22:14 GMT|Updated: 25/03/2013 22:16 GMT PA

“A US-based company is to take over Britain’s helicopter search and rescue operations, it has been reported.

The government has awarded the contract to run the service to the Bristow Group, which has its headquarters in Texas, Sky News reported.

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Bristow is expected to replace the current RAF and Navy helicoptersThe broadcaster said an announcement – ending 70 years of search and rescue operations by the RAF and Royal Navy – would be made before the stock market opens on Tuesday.

The contract – which runs from 2015 to 2026 – is reported to be worth in the region of Ł3 billion.

Bristow is said to be planning replace the ageing RAF and Navy Sea King helicopters with faster, more efficient Sikorsky S-92s and AgustaWestland 189s.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We are due to make an announcement soon.”” – Huffpost

 

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UK Government plan to close 50% of UK Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres Updated 07 Feb 2013 0001Z: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/uk-government-plan-to-close-50-of-uk-coastguard-maritime-rescue-co-ordination-centres-published-23-aug-2012-2310z/ Privatising Search and Rescue: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/5765/ Could this be the coalition governments biggest cock-up yet?: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/3435/ Support flaring for Clyde Coastguard, Scotland Published 03 Sept 2012 1440Z: https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/support-flaring-for-clyde-coastguard-scotland-published-03-sept-2012-1440z/

The Big Picture

American firm to operate Portland Coastguard helicopter

I have warned about this before.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard Service has warned of this many, many times.

Now it is here.

Apparently American company Bristow is due to be announced as the winning bidder in the fight to take over the Coastguard Helicopter at Portland with a bid worth £3 Billion.

The rescue service is currently run jointly by the RAF, the Royal Navy and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The Portland Coastguard helicopter faces the axe in 2017 under government cost-cutting plans to relocate it to Lee-on-Solent.

More than 18,000 people have signed an e-petition to Save Portland Helicopter.

This is the thin end of a very thick wedge. Be under no illusions. Private companies exist to serve their shareholders. Their primary objective is to make a profit.

Public sector services do not work like that and it’s about time the…

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In a new Display – The History of RAF Duxford

RAF Families Federation

DUXFORDA new Duxford permanent exhibition has been under development for almost two decades, with the creation and delivery taking three years to complete. Steve Woolford, Head of Interpretation and Collections, said  “IWM Duxford is famously known for its air shows and… More information

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