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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Escanaba, MichiganWashington a the islamic state group s takeover of the provincial capital ramada is Stark Evi Dence that iraqi forces Lack the will to fight defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a to interview that aired Sun Day. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration s strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important Swath of the Middle East. Although iraqi soldiers vastly outnumbered their opposition in the capital of Anbar province they quickly withdrew last sunday without putting up much resistance from the City in Iraq s sunni heartland Carter said on can s state of the the interview aired on Sun Day. The iraqis left behind Large numbers of vehicles including several tanks now presumed to be in islamic state hands. What apparently happened is the iraqi forces just showed no will to fight Carter said. They were not outnumbered in fact they vastly out numbered the opposing Force. That says to me and i think to most of us that we have an Issue with the will of the iraqis to fight Isil and defend the White House declined to comment on sunday. Iraqi lawmaker Hakim Al Yamili the head of the parliamentary defense and Security committee called Carter s comments unrealistic and baseless in an interview with the associated press. The iraqi army and police did have the will to fight is group in ramada but these forces Lack Good equipment weapons and Aerial support said Al Yamili a member of a deeply anti american shiite faction. American officials say they Are sending anti tank weapons to the iraqi military. But they also noted that iraqi forces were not routed from ramada they left of their own Accord frightened in part by a powerful wave of islamic state group suicide truck bombs some the size of the one that destroyed the Federal building in Oklahoma City two decades ago said a senior state department official who spoke to reporters last week under ground rules he not be named. The is was not driven out of ramada Gen. Martin Dempsey chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said last week. They drove out of a senior defense official noted that the troops who fled ramada had not been trained by the . Or its coalition partners. The official was not authorized to address the mat ter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Still the fall of ramada is reviving questions about the effectiveness of the Obama administration s approach in Iraq a blend of retraining and rebuilding the iraqi army prodding the shiite dominated government in Baghdad to reconcile with the nation s sunnis and bombing islamic state group targets from the air without committing american ground combat troops. Obama s strategy is predicated on Baghdad granting political concessions to the country s alienated sunnis who Are a source of personnel and Money for the islamic state group. But there has been Little visible Progress on that front. Baghdad has continued to work closely with shiite militias backed by Iran which have been accused of atrocities against sunnis a religious minority that ruled Iraq for centuries until sad dam Hussein fell from Power. The . Has sought to reach out on its own to sunni tribes and is training some sunni fighters but those efforts have been limited by the Small number of american troops on the ground. Carter defended the use of . Airstrikes but he said they Are not a replacement for iraqi ground forces willing to defend their country. Continued from Page 1a he filled me in on some of the issues going on in the town ships Bergman said. Thanks to information provided to him by former Delta county administrator Nora Viau before his arrival Bergman said he was Able to begin preparing for his new Job Long before he left his old one. He also appreciated the fact that Viau was Able to stay for his first week to help him learn the ins and outs of the administrator position. I was Lucky enough that Nora sent me constant information and answered lots of questions before i even got Here Bergman said. Before he was hired As the count yes administrator Bergman was employed As the principal analyst for the City of Norfolk virginians office of budget and strategic planning. He said that while he grew up in Ishpeming township and had hoped to return to the upper Peninsula someday he Hadnot been looking for a new position when he discovered a Job open ing in Delta county posted on the Michigan municipal leagues web site. I a snot looking for a Job and i happened to Check the Michigan municipal league on the last Day this posting was available Bergman said. I did a lot of thinking talked to my Fiancee and decided it was a Good Opportunity for us. Though Luck played a role in bergmans hiring the idea of working in the upper Peninsulas local government is one hers entertained since child Hood. When i was in eighth Grade i Job shadowed with the Ishpeming City manager Bergman said. Since that Point Ive always been very interested in local government. Save for a period in which he considered teaching due to his interest in coaching baseball in Ishpeming and Junior varsity football in Westwood Bergman said he has consistently aimed to work in a . Administrative role. Thatus what i was preparing for when i got my masters at Northern Michigan University Bergman said. Bergman said one of the things he appreciates most about the upper Peninsula is the people who live there. The people Are hard work ing with Good ethics. They re More to the Point than in some other areas Bergman said. This assessment includes bergmans co workers and Delta count yes commissioners he said. It seems like a lot people work Here he said. Bergman also said the . Is a Good place to raise a family and that his Fiancee Kristine Walawender will be arriving in about a month. They plan to get married in october. While he is still a new employee with the county Bergman said he was Happy with the results of his first week As Delta county administrator. I know ism still in the Honey Moon phase but its going great so far Bergman said. Events Busy summer in Delta county continued from Page 1a on june 13 and 14, glad Stone will Host the Gus Mack or 3-on-3 basketball tournaments return to the upper Peninsula. Registration for the Gus Macker tournament is $120 per team and can be done online at . Along with the main tournament other activities will take place in the glad Stone area during the week end. Another High profile sport ing event the Island resort championship will be held at sweetgrass Golf club at the Island resort and Casino on june 23-28. As part of the Lypa Semetra tour this event will bring world class female golfers to the upper p e n i n s u l a. T h r e e d a y grounds passes for the tournament Are available for $10 at the Island showroom and children 17 years old and under will be admitted free if accompanied by a paying Parent. Independence Day will be celebrated with glad stones traditional fourth of july Parade which will begin at 11 . Line up will take place at 10 . At the end of Delta Avenue starting at fourth Street. From there the Parade will go Down Delta Avenue and 13th Street. Fireworks displays will also be held in Escanaba and glad stones Parks later that night. On july 18 and 19, along with aug. 15 and 16, the bark River off Road races will take place at the bark River International raceway. The races Are part of the off r o a d c h p i o n s h i p torn series a nationwide series of Short course off Road races. Tickets Are $25 for each Day or $35 for a weekend pass. Taking advantage of Lake Michigan nos famous Walleye fishery Ca Belays masters Walleye circuit will return to Escanaba this summer from july 31-aug. 1. In this event world class anglers will com Pete to see who can catch the biggest Walleye Over the weekend. The bonifas arts centers annual waterfront Art Festi Val which will take place in Ludington Park on aug. 1, will overlap with the fishing tournament. Local artists both Young and old will be present at the festival to showcase and sell their Art. Live musicians will also perform during the festival and food will be available for Purchase. The next Day aug. 2, the daily press will Host its Chil Drens Back to school & health fair at the Ruth Butler building in the . State Fairgrounds. This event will offer immunizations for a reasonable Price Eye screenings and a multitude of fun events and activities. One of the Summers last events will also be one of its biggest the . State fair which will be held this year from aug. 17 to 23 at scan Abas . State Fairgrounds. In its sixth year under the management of the upper Peninsula fair authority the fair will continue to offer All the Midway rides agricultural displays and grandstand entertainment that have made the event so successful Over the years. On sept. 5, the Rock Lions club will close out the sum mer with their annual labor Day festival. This festival has been a Rock tradition for More than 70 years and will include events such As a Parade which starts at 11 . With viewing on the intersection of East Maple Ridge and m-35rum Mage sales and More. All Money raised from the festival will go toward the Lions club and the american legion. Delta county chamber of Commerce director Vickie Micheau said the chamber has reason to believe that these events and others play a major role in bringing people to the upper Peninsula during the summer months. From baseball to fishing tournaments Art festivals to off Road races the Michigan state fair in the upper Penin Sula to the Lyga futures tournament there will be something for just about everyone to enjoy this sum mer Micheau said. Based on the number of requests we have already received for tourism information we believe this Type of activity absolutely draws people to the area. World National 3athe daily press Escanaba monday May 25, 2015 Hiawatha National Forest Protection of piping Plover nests Shoreline closure area on june 6, 2005, responsible official Forest supervisor Thomas a. Schmidt signed the decision to implement order no. 5300/10/01/05 authorizing the seasonal closure around specific piping Plover nests in and around Pointe Aux Chenes on the st. Ignace Ranger District and Indian Point on the rapid River Manistique Ranger District. The specific locations Are outlines As follows Point Aux Chenes approximately 60 acres of Beach n the Bay known As Pointe Aux Chenes and the and Mouth of the Brevoort River on National Forest land Between the Shoreline of Lake Michigan and the adjacent Sand dunes in township 41 North Range 5 West sections 9, 22, 23, 25 and 26 of Mackinac county Michigan and Indian Point approximately 960 acres of Beach in the Bay known As big Bay Denom on National Forest land Between the Shoreline of Lake Michigan and the adjacent Sand dunes in township 40 North Range 20 West sections 14, 15 and 16 of Delta county Michigan and in township 40 North Range 19 West sections 19, 20 and 24 of Delta county Michigan. Previous use by piping plovers Char Adrius Melous at the two described Sites has been documented. In accordance with the Federal recovery plan for the great lakes piping Plover and the Forest resource management plan nest Sites and immediate surroundings will be protected if Active nests Are established from potentially disruptive human activities from april 30 to August 31, annually. Human caused disturbance has been identified As a major cause of nest failure for piping plovers. Adequate nest site Protection measures must be provided to ensure the Opportunity for the plovers to successfully Breed and fledge their Young. The actual nest site closure would be roped off and identified with appropriate . Fish and wildlife service endangered species waning signs. All unauthorized human activity is to be prohibited in the 3-5 acre nest site closure area. The piping Plover is listed As an endangered species under the endangered species act of 1973 As amended. The act requires Federal agencies to protect this species and its habitat. This action has been categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental Impact statement. This action Falls under orders issued pursuant to 36 car 261 prohibitions to provide Short term resource Protection or to protect Public health and safety. For additional information Contact the st. Ignace Ranger District 906-643-7900 or the rapid River Ranger District 906-474-6442. The signed order and civil rights Impact analysis Cria Are available at the rapid River and st. Ignace District offices and the Forest supervisors office in Gladstone Michigan. This decision is not subject to a higher level of administrative review or Appeal pursuant to 36 car 215.12 f. The . 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Free hearing Aid batteries to receive your free pack of Premium hearing Aid batteries go to and enter in the promo code seen below valley2 limit one pack per household or Send this and in with your mailing address and Battery size to Chi 1802 Galloway st eau Claire i 54703 Bergman new county administrator adjusts to Job i know ism still in the honeymoon phase but its going great so far. Ryan Bergman Delta county administrator defense chief iraqis showed no will to fight at ramada Isis a photo in this May 1 file photo defense Secretary Ash Carter Speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. The islamic state groups takeover of ramada is evidence that iraqi forces do not have the will to fight defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an inter View on in nos state of the Union that aired sunday

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