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Marine Corps general fired amid probe into use of racial slur

Marine Corps general fired amid probe into use of racial slur

Business
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The top commander of the U.S. Marine Corps in Europe and Africa, under investigation for his use of a racial slur, has been fired. Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary was relieved of his command on Monday, after a little over three months in the post. Advertisement An investigation was opened into Neary's behavior at a physical training exercise in August at the Marines' Stuttgart-area headquarters in Germany, Stars and Stripes reported. Loud rap music was playing, including lyrics with racial epithets. Neary, who is White, asked junior troops how they would feel if he said the N-word, according to a Marine who was there, speaking to Stripes on the condition of anonymity. NBC, quoting unnamed military officials, also reported the probe was centered on allegations that Neary used th...
Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

World
The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has threatened to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in IraqByThe Associated PressSeptember 19, 2020, 10:14 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEHRAN, Iran -- The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq.The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.”U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, tweeting ...
General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

Business
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A $ 7.4 billion contract between the U.S. Air Force and General Atomics, announced this week, will field MQ-9 Reaper drones faster, the Air Force said. The five-year Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution contract for the unmanned surveillance, intelligence, reconnaissance and strike-capability aircraft was awarded on Thursday. Advertisement It calls for delivery of up to 36 aircraft per year from the San Diego-based company. With a $ 7.4 billion ceiling, it is expected to reduce the time to deliver operational MQ-9s to operational units by 35%. The Air Force regards it as one of its most in-demand weapons, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center statement said on Thursday. The ARES contract has a pre-negotiated $ 3.3 billion price-quantity-curve, allowing the Air Force and...
New veterans have 93% higher risk for suicide than general public, study finds

New veterans have 93% higher risk for suicide than general public, study finds

Health
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- New military veterans are 93% more likely to die by suicide than the general public, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. The assessment, which focused on nearly 1.9 million service members that left the military between 2010 and 2017, found that more than 3,000 service of them died by suicide, with the vast majority of them -- just over 94% -- men. Advertisement The study found men were more than three times as likely to die by suicide after transitioning to civilian life than women, the researchers said. Younger members, 17 to 19 years old, were 4.5 times as likely to die by suicide after leaving the service than older veterans -- those 40 years old and older -- according to the researchers. "National leaders at the highest levels of the U.S. gover...

Covid booster: Health cover now top segment in general insurance

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 19, 2020)MUMBAI: The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a booster shot to the health insurance business in the country. With 130 new products launched in four months, the segment has overtaken motor to become the largest business for non-life companies. According to the insurance regulator, the dominance of health will only increase by the end of the year. However, the protection gap (between ailments and claims) in smaller cities remains a concern. "The insurance industry has come up with 500 health insurance products in the last 20 years. Since March 2020, we have approved 130 new products. Health is already bigger than motor insurance and at the current rate will increase the gap by leaps and bounds by the end of the year," said T L Alamelu, member...