Army blames strong economy for missing recruiting goal

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time in thirteen years the Army has failed to meet its annual recruiting goal and Army officials believe the strong U.S. economy is partially to blame.The Army failed to meet its recruiting goal of 76,500 new recruits for fiscal year 2018, bringing in 70,000 recruits — an 8.5 percent shortfall from this year’s goal.“About 70,000 Americans joined the Regular Army in FY18, the most to enlist in a single year since 2010 – and every single recruit either met or exceeded DoD standards,” said Hank Minitrez, an Army spokesman. “The Army will fall short of its 2018 recruiting goal.”The last time the Army failed to meet its recruiting goals was in 2005 at the height of the war in Iraq.The 70,000 is actually more than the recruiting goals for the three other military services combined, but as the largest service, the Army always has the biggest recruiting challenge.What’s behind the shortfall? “A strong economy, and a lower propensity among the population of 17- to 24-year-olds to enlist are challenges we face,” said Minitrez.“Only 1 in 4 [of the] 17- to 24-year-olds in the nation are actually qualified to enlist, and of those, only 1 in 8 have a propensity to enlist,” said the Army spokesman. “All of those factors make for a difficult recruiting environment.”Army officials have cautioned since early this year year that it was possible the service might not make this year’s initial recruiting goal of 80,000 — a significant increase from recent years.From 2013 to 2017 the Army met lower recruiting goals set that varied from 56,000 to 67,000 as the service downsized its numbers.But a requirement to increase its total size led to a much larger recruiting goal for 2018. This past spring the goal was lowered from 80,000 to 76,500 after higher than expected numbers of re-enlistments eased personnel requirements.But the service faced criticism that in order to meet its goals it was increasing the number of waivers granted to some recruits who would normally not be eligible to enter the Army in strong recruiting periods.Through August, 2018, Army statistics show that the number of waivers for positive drug and alcohol tests had increased to 1.05 percent, up slightly from the .79 percent granted in 2017.Waivers for major misconduct waivers also increased to 2.88 percent during that same time frame, up from 2.38 percent in 2017.Army officials have maintained that the service is still committed to recruiting only qualified applicants.“We made a decision to raise the quality of our recruits despite the tough recruiting environment,” said Minitrez. “As we look to 2019 and beyond, we have laid the foundation to improve recruiting for the Army while maintaining an emphasis on quality over quantity.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Former sheriff’s deputy arrested in connection to Parkland school shooting

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — A Broward County, Florida, sheriff’s deputy has been fired and arrested on felony charges in connection to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested on seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in a statement. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”As a result of an internal investigation, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced that Peterson and Sergeant Brian Miller were both terminated after they were found to have “neglected their duties at MSD High School,” the sheriff’s office said.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Assistant or Associate Professor – Early Childhood Multicultural Education

first_imgPosting Open Date04/26/2021 How many years of experience do you have in this type ofposition?0-11-33-55-77+ RankAssistant/Associate Professor Minimum Qualifications Expertise in Early Childhood Multicultural Education-Evidence of scholarly activity.-Experience with outcomes assessment and CAEP Accreditation.-Interest and commitment to working with diverse populations.-Knowledge/teaching special needs children.-Two or more years of teaching experience at the college/universitylevel in the area of Early Childhood or a related area.-Experience with teaching asynchronous online courses.- NMTEACH certification or the equivalent Special Instructions to Applicants Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Duties and Responsibilities – Doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D) from an accredited institution in EarlyChildhood Education or a related field is required.- ABD candidates will be considered-Public School teaching license-Three or more years of classroom teaching experience with agesInfant – Grade 3.-Experience with supervision of teacher candidates.-Demonstration of excellent written and communication skills. Preferred Qualifications The person selected for this position will teach undergraduatecourses, supervise student teachers, advise undergraduate levelstudents, assist with recruitment and retention initiatives, engagein scholarly activity that is related to Early Childhood Education,and work collaboratively with department faculty members to developand strengthen the preparation of teacher candidates in the area ofearly childhood education.In addition, candidates should have membership and involvement inone or more professional organizations, provide service to thecommunity, and be available to represent New Mexico HighlandsUniversity at monthly meetings for the Early Childhood HigherEducation Task Force in New Mexico. The School of Education seeks to recruit faculty whoenthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to theacademic success of all of our students and who embrace our vision,mission and core values:Vision: To prepare educators, leaders, and counselors as agents ofsocial change who transform the lives of individuals andcommunities they serve.Mission: To immerse our students in authentic academic andprofessional settings, providing them with opportunities to bridgetheory and practice and to engage in critical reflection thatinforms action.Core Values: Authentic Learning, Reflective Practice, Diversity,Social Justice, Excellence/Quality, and Transformation.The School of Education is comprised of five academic departmentsincluding Educational Leadership, Teacher Education, SpecialEducation, Curriculum and Instruction, and Counseling.The Department of Teacher Education offers Bachelor’s Degrees withconcentrations in the areas of Early childhood, Elementary, andElementary/Special Education (Dual) as well as minors in Bilingualand Secondary Education.Applicants are invited to apply for a nine-month, open rank facultyposition with a contract starting August, 2021/ possibly summer.Specific teaching responsibilities will commensurate withcandidate’s qualifications. The successful candidate may berequired to teach during the day, evening, or weekend as well asonline courses-both asynchronous/synchronous. Do you have experience with CAEP accreditation?YesNo * What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreePHD Work LocationLas Vegas, NM Campus Classification TitleTenure Track Job TitleAssistant or Associate Professor – Early ChildhoodMulticultural Education Posting Close Date Documents Needed To ApplyRequired DocumentsCover Letter/ Letter of InterestUnofficial Transcripts Conferring Required DegreeCurriculum VitaeLicense/CertificateLetter(s) of RecommendationTeaching PhilosophyOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Will you have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment oran advanced ABD by the date of the appointment?YesNo Open Until FilledYes -Proficiency teaching and communicating with colleagues andstudents via electronic and digital modalities.-Proficiency in the integration of technology to support teachingand learning.-Proficiency in Desire to Learn,Bright-Space, or other LearningManagement System.-Proficiency with student advisement/information systems (e.g.Degree Audit and Banner) * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Public Job PostingInternal Job PostingAgency ReferralAdvertisement/PublicationPersonal ReferralWebsiteOther Posting Details Position Summary Posting NumberF198P What is your Philosophy for serving students?(Open Ended Question)Do you have experience with student outcomes assessment?YesNo Do you have experience with Desire2Learn or another learningmanagement system?YesNo A complete application must include:1) A letter of application/Cover Letter2) Curriculum Vitae (CV)3) License/Teaching Certificate4) Philosophy of Education5) Unofficial copies of terminal degree transcripts6) Three letters of referenceOnline application must include names, phone numbers, and e‐mailaddresses of three (3) professional references.References will be contacted in conjunction with a phone and/oron-campus interview and official transcripts should be requestedupon acceptance of the on-campus interview.For more detailed information regarding the position you maycontact: Dr. Shirley Meckes at [email protected] For disabledaccess or services call 505-454-3242 or TDD 505-454-3003. NewMexico Highlands University is an EEO Employer. Quick Linkhttps://nmhu.peopleadmin.com/postings/6229last_img read more

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Improve product understanding and promote good practice with the right training

first_imgAs part of its commitment to customer service, Unwin offers accessible transport professionals a range of training sessions to improve product understanding and promote good practice.For transport operatives, training is offered on using Unwin wheelchair tie-downs and passenger restraints safely and correctly. A series of free training videos are available on the Unwin YouTube channel, with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.Unwin’s in-house training facility provides a comfortable learning environment for all participants. The fully equipped training room contains all the latest Unwin products to facilitate a comprehensive training programme.Its Intermediate Training is aimed at drivers and passenger assistants with experience in the accessible transport sector, who seek to develop their product knowledge or wish to refresh their skills and keep up to date with ongoing product development.Training days are scheduled at Unwin’s Somerset HQ on 13 March, 24 April, 15 May, 12 June and 17 July 2019.www.unwinsafety.comlast_img read more

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Germany doubles police-training fund

first_imgEupol currently has some 70 personnel on the ground, including more than 40 Germans who were taken over from a German training mission that started in 2002 and was put under the ESDP this June. When fully deployed next March, the mission will consist of 195 police and legal experts.The United States Department of Defense, by contrast, runs a police training programme in Afghanistan involving several hundred US personnel (including contractors from private security firm DynCorp) focusing on short-term courses for the national police. It also provides training to an auxiliary police force that was set up last year at the request of President Hamid Karzai to co-opt various militias; the force is suspected of containing a fair number of Taliban operatives and sympathisers. The German government is now reportedly trying to convince its European partners to give Eupol the mandate to set up a national gendarmerie in Afghanistan, partly in a bid to convince the Americans to drop the auxiliaries. The paramilitary gendarmerie would take over security functions that are too dangerous for the regular police. The training programme was also on the agenda of a meeting between German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in Washington on Monday (24 September), but no new developments were announced. In addition to getting the international training programmes aligned, reforming the Afghan interior ministry is also seen as a key element of any successful longer-term strategy for the pacification of the country. Afghanistan is further proof that any complex crisis management strategy needs civilian as well as military components, a focus on governance and rule of law as well as on security. The Afghanistan mission is a major test case, far beyond its modest size, for the civilian crisis management component of the ESDP, just as the EU is about to embark on a much larger police mission in Chad and the Central African Republic. A similar task will fall to the EU once the final status of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo has been determined, a development expected towards the end of this year. The move was agreed at a cabinet meeting last Wednesday (19 September), according to sources in Berlin, and forms part of Germany’s direct assistance to civilian reconstruction in Afghanistan, independent of the EU police mission, Eupol Afghanistan, which Germany heads. The German government is upgrading its bilateral assistance under a new concept it approved earlier this month. But the funding boost also appears to follow a more comprehensive policy shift under way in Brussels and Berlin for the troubled EU police mission. Germany needs the mission to succeed as confirmation of its leadership role in civilian EU operations and to counterbalance its ambivalence about military deployments. Germany’s contribution to NATO operations in Afghanistan is very unpopular domestically. Many EU and member state representatives have doubts about the US military strategy in Afghanistan and elsewhere and believe that the civilian component of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) is a superior tool for crisis management. They want to see Eupol Afghanistan succeed as much as the Germans do. The German funding decision, which does not need parliamentary approval, means that Berlin will provide €24 million in equipment, infrastructure and training for the Afghan police in 2008. The sudden resignation earlier this month of Friedrich Eichele, the German police general in charge of Eupol Afghanistan, underlined the need for an urgent review of the mission’s strategy and operations.An EU source suggested that the outspoken Eichele was removed because of tensions with the EU’s policy apparatus, which takes a more gradualist approach towards persistent problems at Kabul’s interior ministry, including corruption and involvement in drug trafficking. A former commander of the crack GSG 9 unit, Eichele may not have been the most astute choice to deal with the political intricacies of the Afghan mission. His successor, Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz, led the EU’s police deployment in Macedonia and is thought to be better attuned to the EU’s way of doing business and perhaps also to the complexities of Afghan politics.But sources in Brussels emphasise that the myriad problems plaguing Eupol have more systemic roots and were not Eichele’s fault. They stress the need to go beyond finger pointing and to prop up the mission by giving it an adequate strategy. last_img read more

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Eurojust job

first_imgKamen Mihov has been appointed as Bulgaria’s national member of Eurojust, the EU’s judicial co-operation agency in The Hague. Mihov was head of the international department at the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor’s Office of Bulgaria and is currently deputy prosecutor-general to the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor’s Office. He has been Bulgaria’s national correspondent for Eurojust and is the contact point for Bulgaria at the European Judicial Network.last_img

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Boris Johnson compares Brexit to prison break

first_imgPulling the U.K. out of the EU would be like getting out of jail, London Mayor and Brexit champion Boris Johnson said Sunday in his first television interview since joining the Out campaign last month.“This is like the jailer has accidentally left the door of the jail open and people can see the sunlit land beyond and everybody’s suddenly wrangling about the terrors of the world outside,” the Tory MP told the BBC’s Andrew Marr. “Actually, it will be wonderful. And it will be a huge weight lifted from British business.”Johnson attacked the main strategy of Prime Minister David Cameron as he tried to make a positive case for why Britain should leave the EU. The In camp has tried to paint the prospect of the U.K. leaving as an enormous danger to Britain’s economic and political security. That’s not the way Johnson sees it.“It is certainly true that if you vote to leave, all your options are good,” he said, adding that it would “certainly” be possible to strike “a great free trade deal … with the European Union.”He downplayed warnings from investment banks that they would eventually leave London in the event of a Brexit vote at the In/Out referendum on June 23. Johnson said companies would continue to take advantage of the “massive concentration of skills and talent” in the City.In a sometimes testy interview Johnson was taken to task by host Marr, who at one point cut him off saying: “It’s not the Boris Johnson Show, it’s the Andrew Marr Show.”Johnson fired back when questioned over his differences with Cameron, saying, “We have a wonderful Prime Minister … you’re just trying to personalize it to make it more interesting.”The mayor at times appeared scattered in his lengthy responses, for instance when trying to explain the dangers of what he claimed was an expansionist single market. Also On POLITICO Boris Johnson’s 11 best Europe moments By Paul Dallison Marr also raised Johnson’s conflicted past over the EU, bringing up a quote in which the London mayor had said he “would like to be able to campaign for the single market.” Johnson explained that he wanted “to campaign for free trade with the European Union.”Johnson concluded he backed Brexit as a way “to take back control over our borders, over the huge sums of money that we sent to the European Union and to take back large amounts of control over our democracy.”The performance made waves on Twitter, with plenty of criticism for both the host and interviewee.Is it just me or is Boris floundering here? Not sure the bumble-bluster, kitten smirk, tangent-bombast routine is cutting through. #Marr— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 6, 2016center_img The Andrew Marr v Boris Johnson interview in full detail pic.twitter.com/xqQJeFAaIq— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) March 6, 2016 Just switched off the Boris @MayorofLondon show’s monologue to Andrew Marr. No BBC balance here!— [email protected] (@BobthegasReed) March 6, 2016last_img read more

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XFINITY Series playoff field set for Kentucky opener

first_imgRELATED: Playoff standings | Chicago resultsThe 12-car field is set for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, the seven-race stretch that will begin next Saturday at Kentucky Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and finish on Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Here’s the field of drivers:1. William Byron, 2025 points2. Justin Allgaier, 2023 points3. Elliott Sadler, 2020 points4. Daniel Hemric, 2009 points5. Brennan Poole, 2006 points6. Ryan Reed, 2005 points7. Jeremy Clements, 2005 points8. Cole Custer, 2005 points9. Blake Koch, 2005 points10. Matt Tifft, 2004 points11. Brendan Gaughan, 2003 points12. Michael Annett, 2001 pointslast_img read more

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Galactic Announces 2019 New Year’s Eve Show With Southern Avenue At Tipitina’s

first_imgOn Monday, Crescent City funk favorites Galactic have detailed their traditional New Year’s Eve blowout at Tipitina’s, the venue they recently purchased after years of frequenting it both on stage and in the audience. Galactic will be joined by vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph at the New Year’s blowout. Memphis-bred blues and soul quintet Southern Avenue will handle the opening duties.Related: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place” [Interview]The recent release of their 10th studio album, Already Ready Already, marked the band’s first new studio LP in more than three years. On Already Ready Already, Galactic—comprised of  Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone/harmonica), and Richard Vogel (keyboards)—takes a more contemporary approach than fans have come to expect, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Big Easy funk roots.Galactic is offering a special VIP pass for the upcoming NYE hometown blowout, which will include food by Jacques-Imo‘s, open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight, a champagne toast, access to VIP side entrance to the venue, access to VIP viewing section, a signed limited-edition Galactic poster, and Tipitina’s merchandise.General admission and VIP tickets for Galactic’s New Year’s Eve performance go on sale this Friday, October 18th at 11 a.m. (CST) here.Head to Galactic’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.last_img read more

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Deadly Ohio Nursing Home Fire

first_imgASHTABULA, Ohio (Fox8.com) – Investigators believe a meth lab may be the cause of a deadly fire inside a local nursing home. Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were called to the Parkhaven nursing home in Ashtabula. A room on the second floor was on fire. Firefighters say when they arrived, staff members were already trying to get residents out of the building.last_img

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