U.S. Navy fires Commander of marines captured by Iran

first_img U.S. Navy fires Commander of marines captured by Iran View post tag: Iran View post tag: Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 The commander in charge of ten U.S. sailors who were detained by Iran in January 2016 was fired due to what the U.S. Navy termed as a ‘loss of confidence in his ability to command’.Commander Eric Rasch who was commanding the Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 at the time of the incident was relieved of his duties May 12.Capt. Gary Leigh, commander of the Coastal Riverine Group-1, made this decision following his review of a preliminary investigation into the incident near Farsi Island in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 12-13, involving 10 CRS-3 Sailors.To remind, ten marines travelling aboard two riverine craft were detained by members of the Iranian Coast Guard after they sailed into Iranian waters. According to a preliminary report, the sailors faced problems with both the communication equipment and mechanical issues with the boats they were using.After they were captured, sailors aboard U.S. Navy cruiser USS Anzio received a communication from the Iranians that the RCB Sailors were in Iranian custody and were “safe and healthy.” The sailors were subsequently released after 16 hours of detainment.The incident did not go unnoticed in international media as Iranian personnel held their U.S. counterparts at gunpoint and forced them to apologize for their actions on video, much to the disliking of U.S. diplomats. Authorities May 13, 2016 Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy fires Commander of marines captured by Iran last_img read more

School districts cannot use “e-learning” yet to make up for snow days

first_imgDES MOINES — The mounting number of snow days for the state’s school districts has some asking if technology could be used to make up the time.Iowa Department of Education director Ryan Wise says that question has come up a lot lately. “the way code is currently written, it does not allow e-learning days to count toward instructional days or instructional hours,” Wise says.State law requires districts to either have 180 days of school or 1080 hours.  “Iowa code does define a school day as a day when the schools are in session and teachers are providing instruction,” according to Wise. “So, we are not let at a point in Iowa where we can count electronic learning days toward days or hours of instruction.”Wise says the question has come up a lot with the number of cancelled days this year — and because schools have been trying out e-learning.  )”A lot of districts are starting to consider this, and actually even starting to pilot e-learning. Not counting toward those days or hours, but really trying to learn lessons and seeing can instruction continue,” Wise says. “Obviously there are lot of things to wrestle with — like how do we meet the needs of students who might have disabilities or special needs, or students who might not have a computer.”The discussion of online learning has been talked about too for rural districts with declining enrollment as a way to beef up their offerings. “Every year I have been here, this is my seventh year at the department, online learning, e-learning, just becomes more and more a part of the conversation. So, how do we ensure that that can that be an option when possible and appropriate. And when it is that it is high quality,” Wise says. “That definitely for rural, and for urban areas as well is a key conversation that is emerging in education in Iowa.”He says having e-learning count as actual school hours is still in the development stage.  “We’re not at the point of that yet being an option or that being built into a bill that is being considered at this point,” Wise says, “but I think it is something that likely will be discussed in the future.”Some school districts have had 10 or more days of classes cancelled this year by the weather.last_img read more