By Dialogo February 24, 2011 In an effort to maximize communication with the Afghan population and to honor their customs, coalition forces are training female engagement teams to interface with local women in Parwan province. Female engagement team training teaches service members and civilians to communicate with Afghan women without offending their way of life. The five-day course consists of Pashto and Dari language training, Afghan religion training, Afghan cultural training and many other lessons to prepare the students for future engagements. “The female engagement team has been around for the past nine years, we are just starting to put a name on it now,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Teresa Wolfgang. “Fifty percent of the Afghan people are women; if you ignore 50 percent of the population, you’re not going to get that much information. This is Afghan culture and we have to respect it, that’s where the female engagement team comes into play.” The female engagement team has many roles when talking to Afghan women out on patrol. “The female engagement team helps connect the local populous to the government in a more direct fashion that has been done in a while,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lindsey Pawlowski, a female engagement team member. “It provides an opportunity to gather information from Afghan women within a town.” During missions, female engagement team members can assist in accomplishing the task and purpose for the patrol, as well as get the other side of the story from the local females in the village, said U.S. Army Col. Stephen Bentley, coalition forces. “During the patrol after-action report, the female engagement team members will report their findings as well as what the other soldiers found out from the males of the village, so it will give you on the ground-truth situational awareness of the village,” Bentley explained.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform is setting its sights on reviewing “the role of state or local officials” in the secret non-prosecution deal and jail treatment given to Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach County more than a decade ago.Letters sent to the U.S. Justice Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Friday show that the Committee is requesting a long list of documents and emails related to the case.According to House Representative and committee member Lois Frankel, “We are going to try to get anything we can. I know they are serious about looking at the Epstein case.”Specifically, the committee is looking for information about how the non-prosecution agreement was kept from Epstein’s teenage victims, as well as how the Palm Beach multimillionaire was allowed to spend six days a week, 12 hours a day on work release while he served 13 months of an 18-month jail sentence.Although no local officials are named in the letters, Frankel says she wants to hear testimony from Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former State Attorney Barry Krischer, as well as former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta.Current State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock are fighting the public release of those documents.Acosta’s office worked out the non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s attorneys in 2008. In return, federal prosecutors scrapped a 53-page indictment that could have sent Epstein to prison for decades.Krischer has denied having any role with the non-prosecution agreement, although The Palm Beach Post found emails revealing that he helped broker the deal between Acosta’s office and Epstein’s defense attorneys.Under the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution-related charges. He was then allowed to leave the jail under work release in order to work at his newly formed Florida Science Foundation. However, one woman says she was flown in as a teenager in order to have sex with him there.Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in New York last July, when additional victims went public with their allegations. He hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell the following month.The Oversight Committee has given a January 3 deadline for the documents to be turned over.They have given the same deadline to Attorney General William Barr.U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach found last February that federal prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when they concealed the existence of the non-prosecution agreement. However, he ruled last September that Epstein’s death meant the judge could not discard the agreement, which also protected Epstein’s accused co-conspirators.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) – Shemaine Campbelle has climbed eight places in the Twenty20 batting rankings, despite West Indies’ poor showing at the ongoing Women’s Twenty20 World Cup here.In the latest rankings announced yesterday, the 27-year-old Campbelle had risen to 60th but was the only West Indies player to make inroads.The right-hander was one of the bright sparks for the Windies in an otherwise dismal campaign, which saw them win a single match in four outings, to miss out on the semi-finals for the first time in their last six appearances at the tournament.Campbelle had scores of 25 not out, 45 and one to be her side’s leading batsman behind captain Stafanie Taylor who finished with 84 runs from three innings.Taylor managed to remain in the top 10, unmoved at number eight, in the rankings now headed by 16-year-old Indian star Shafali Verma who leaped 19 spots.Verma gathered 161 runs from four innings in the preliminary round, as India top Group A with eight points and a perfect record.New Zealand’s Suzie Bates has dropped one place to second while Australia’s Beth Mooney lies third.In the bowling rankings, West Indies fast bowler Shakera Selman had jumped seven places to 46th, while veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has moved up three places to 39th.Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher is the highest-ranked West Indies bowler at 12th while off-spinning all-rounder Hayley Matthews lies 25th and is also joint-fourth in the all-rounder’s charts. England’s 20-year-old left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone tops the bowling charts after jumping two spots.