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Pentagon's 'deploy-or-be-removed' policy takes effect

Pentagon's 'deploy-or-be-removed' policy takes effect

Business
Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Pentagon on Friday released new policy guidance on retention of non-deployable service members, which could result in nearly 300,000 soldiers being kicked out of the military.The new directive seeks to improve overall readiness and lethality of forces by reducing the number of service members who cannot be deployed overseas, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Robert Wilkie, who testified before Congress on Wednesday."On any given day, about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy -- that comes out to be around 286,000 service members," Wilkie told the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee on Wednesday.The new directive, requiring review of all non-deployable personnel, comes from a 2017 directive fr...
Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

World
Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. involvement with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is off the table until President Donald Trump revokes his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday.Saeb Erekat told official Palestinian Authority radio that resuming negotiations with the United States is "unacceptable" and that Palestinians would reject all peace talks until Trump reverses his stance on Jerusalem.Trump announced on Dec. 6 the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv as part of the change, which the president said was in the interest of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.After the announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had surrendered its role as a mediator of the peace talks,...
Donald Trump urged not to scrap Daca policy for young immigrants

Donald Trump urged not to scrap Daca policy for young immigrants

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Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has urged US President Donald Trump not to scrap an Obama-era programme that protects young undocumented immigrants.The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme provides temporary residency for children brought to the US illegally.It protects hundreds of thousands of so-called "Dreamers" from deportation and provides work and study permits. Mr Trump had previously said that he planned to "terminate" the programme.The White House now says Mr Trump will announce his decision on Tuesday. What is Congress proposing?Mr Ryan urged the president to allow Congress to "work" on the issue.He said that "conversations" had taken place "with the White House" and that Mr Trump also wanted to find "a humane solution to this problem". "There are people th...
Los Angeles Chargers' Max Tuerk gets suspended for violating NFL's PED policy

Los Angeles Chargers' Max Tuerk gets suspended for violating NFL's PED policy

Sports
Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The NFL has suspended Los Angeles Chargers center Max Tuerk for violating its policy on performance enhancing substances.Tuerk will sit out the team's first four games of the 2017 season as a result of the ban, according to the Chargers. He will not be paid during the suspension. Tuerk can return to the Chargers' active roster on Monday, Oct. 2, a day after the Chargers battle the Philadelphia Eagles. He can still participate in preseason practices and games."This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements," Tuerk said in a statement released by the team."In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement - something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my acti...
Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets

Science
A boom in incinerator-building could make it impossible for the UK to meet future targets for recycling, a report says.The consultancy Eunomia says waste companies constructing new incinerators will need waste to feed them.And that could reduce Britain’s stated ambition to recycle more waste.A government spokesman said "great progress" had been made in boosting recycling rates.But Eunomia’s report says current trends in building incinerators will make a mockery of the ambition of Environment Secretary Michael Gove to achieve a “green Brexit”.Recycling successSince 2009/10, it says, the UK has more than doubled its capacity for burning what is known as residual waste – what is left over after recycling.Capacity to burn it has risen from 6.3 million tonnes to 13.5 million tonnes.But over the