BOSTON – The Coast Guard is scheduled to participate in Operation Dry Water Friday through Sunday as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence.
Operation Dry Water is a year-long campaign with heightened enforcement leading up to the Fourth of July, a period known for increased boating and alcohol use.
Coast Guard boarding officers will be on the water educating boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired.
Operating a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher is against federal law, and boat operators found to be under the influence can incur severe penalties including termination of voyage, arrest, fines, and even loss of boating and driving privileges.
Boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol endangers the operator’s life and the lives of others. Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. Impairment can be even more dangerous for boaters than drivers because the sun, wind, noise, and motion of being on the water can intensity the effects of alcohol. Also, most boaters have less experience driving a boat than a car.
“The combination of alcohol and inexperience can be deadly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Ciarametaro, a tactical coxswain and boarding officer at Coast Guard Station Boston. He said boating under the influence has been a factor in recent accidents in the Boston area, and continues to be a major problem nationwide.
In fact, alcohol consumption is the leading cause of boating deaths. Alcohol is also dangerous for boating passengers. Intoxication can lead to slips, falls overboard and other dangerous accidents.
BUI laws pertain to all vessels, from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships.
In 2014, 585 local, state and federal agencies participated in the 72 hours of heightened BUI enforcement. Over the three-day weekend, law enforcement contacted 146,711 boaters, made 318 BUI arrests, and issued 18,607 citations and warnings for safety violations.
For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit operationdrywater.org.
TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally today announced her placement on the House Armed Services Committee, a committee responsible for overseeing U.S. military policy and the Department of Defense. With two major military installations in Southern Arizona and a growing defense industry presence, the Armed Services Committee represents a key assignment for McSally.
“I’m honored to serve on a committee that has such a large impact on our district and country,” said McSally. “The Armed Services Committee plays a key role in ensuring our military is ready and able to defend America, its interests, and its citizens, and with two major military bases in Southern Arizona in Davis-Monthan and Fort Huachuca, you couldn’t ask for a better assignment.”
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Martha to the committee, and we are excited about what she brings to the table,” said Armed Services Chairman-select Mac Thornberry. “With her many years’ experience serving in the military and extensive national security expertise, there’s no doubt Martha will be a strong asset to the committee, a strong leader for our country, and an effective advocate for the people she represents.”
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, McSally will have direct input on legislation affecting U.S. military policy. McSally, who retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel in 2010, served 26 years in uniform and holds two masters degrees-one from Harvard and one from the U.S. Air War College-focused on national security. She also served in two joint assignments and six deployments to the Middle East/Afghanistan for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and led oversight of counter-terrorism missions in Africa.
McSally has declared victory in the race for CD-2 after initial counting of all ballots showed her leading the incumbent by 161 votes. Due to the slim margin of victory, an automatic recount of all ballots has been ordered and is underway.
A disturbing report coming out of Minneapolis. What is really disquieting is how many open questions remain about this individual and his work at the airport there. Note that he had no criminal record that would prevent him from working at the airport. This means that we may never be able to know how many ISIS fighters have worked, or even now are working at our ports, airports etc.
That much is bad enough. But what is even worse is how much information about airport operations, security procedures etc. was passed on to ISIS by this individual and others ? It is not possible to completely secure our ports, and airports. The continued vigilance of loyal, patriotic Americans is our last best chance. This is a war, and we are all on the front lines ! Remain alert always !
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz warned that terrorists will target the West if the world does not unite to confront them. King Abdullah made the statement during a presentation of credentials ceremony held in Jeddah yesterday for new ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, including U.S. Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal.
“If neglected I’m sure they [terrorists] will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” said King Abdullah.
King Abdullah called on the ambassadors to convey to their governments the importance of a united pledge to confront terrorism. “The evils of terrorism must be fought with force, reason and speed,” he added.
King Abdullah also underlined the sanctity of human lives which terrorists ignore. “They even kill themselves,” said King Abdullah.
King Abdullah called for the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism more than 10 years ago out of his firm belief that terrorism can be most effectively fought when nations work closely together in all areas. In 2005, Saudi Arabia hosted the Counter-Terrorism International Conference in Riyadh during which the proposal for the establishment of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCCT) was unanimously adopted. King Abdullah pledged $10 million to the U.N. to establish the center and, in 2011, Saudi Arabia signed an agreement with the U.N. to launch the UNCCT. Earlier this month, King Abdullah provided the center with a donation of $100 million to enhance its capabilities and effectiveness in helping countries combat terrorism.
SOURCE Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office
Check out this article from our sister blog about how Faith Based Organizations are assisting long term disaster recovery in Alaska.
ANCHORAGE, AK (FEMA) – Faith-based organizations in Anchorage and Fairbanks are welcoming hundreds of volunteers with open arms, providing them food, transportation and shelter as they prepare for the final leg of a journey to help rebuild communities hit by last year’s flooding and ice jams along the Yukon River. Armed with a wide range of construction skills, men and women from across the country began arriving in Fairbanks on the first of June and more arrived in Anchorage starting the first of July.
The host groups are partnering with the State of Alaska and Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the volunteers have a local base where they receive training and orientation before heading out to the affected communities. Many are returning to continue the repair efforts they supported last summer.
“I feel really good about the volunteers coming in,” said FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Susie Calvert. “The churches…
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This story is being repeated all over the country. The latest chapter is spelled out in this story out of San Diego.
Check out this interesting article from our sister blog Faith That Inspires Action !
FRISCO, Texas, May 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™) will present its Tenth Annual Church Security Conference to be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on August 8-9, 2014.
“Initial Responder™” Tactics (What to do until SWAT gets there?), Pastoral Protection, Close Quarters Combat, Active Shooters, Armed Security Teams, Control and restraint techniques, Childcare Security, Mission Trip Security — these are all buzzwords that every church is dealing with. Church leaders are asking, “What are the liabilities? What are other churches doing to address these issues?” and “What is legal in my state?”
“Each year we try to have new speakers and new subject matter to add to our attendee’s security skill set.” says Chuck Chadwick (President of NOCSSM),”This year is no different. It is hard for me to believe that we have been helping to protect our church…
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