Pasadenan James Robert “Bob” Hatch Sr., Dies at 97

first_img James Robert “Bob” Hatch Sr., a retired aerospace machinist and long-time Pasadena resident, died in his sleep on September 18. He was 97.Hatch was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 12, 1919. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was seven years old. Two months later, his father was murdered in a robbery, and Hatch had to become the man of the family and worked to help out.He was a machinist by trade and worked in the construction trade on the side his whole life, his children say.“He slept only four hours a day plus a small nap before he worked swing shift or graveyard shifts. He always talked about the Moon landings and how he built some of the parts for the missions.”His wife Marguerite passed in 2009 after their 62 years of marriage.His children say he had a temper “but also could make you laugh yourself silly.”Hatch leaves behind two daughters, Sharon and Cindy, son James Jr., 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.“He will be missed by all that knew him. He was the hardest working man we knew,” his children said.There will be a celebration of life in his memory on Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m. at the Hatch’s home in Pasadena. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena People Pasadenan James Robert “Bob” Hatch Sr., Dies at 97 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 31, 2016 | 7:06 pm Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Hamilton Society hosts first debate

first_imgIn the inaugural Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) debate — held in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium — Notre Dame faculty member David Cortright and Georgetown professor Matthew Kroenig debated whether or not “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is correct in saying that the policy of strategic patience with North Korea should end.”AHS is an “independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy,” according to the organization’s website. The national organization was founded in 2010, and this is the Notre Dame chapter’s first year as a group on campus.During the debate, Kroenig, a national security expert who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012 and Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in 2016, argued that it was time to move on from strategic patience.Kroenig’s opening statement centered on three points: the definition of strategic patience and why it failed, what a new approach would look like and what a new policy specifically would entail.“Throughout the 1990s, North Korea’s nuclear program continued to advance,” he said. “The outside world engaged with North Korea, they would agree to halt the program and pocketed concessions, then North Korea would make threats, we’d negotiate, they’d get goodies and the cycle would continue. North Korea was blackmailing the U.S. and international communities, and using negotiation to extract concessions.”Kroenig described President Barack Obama’s administration’s decision to halt this strategy and essentially do nothing, hoping that North Korea would collapse on its own.“The result is that the threat has continued to grow,” he said.Kroenig discussed North Korea’s growing nuclear stockpile and increasing capabilities, saying there is a broad bipartisan consensus that something needs to be done or else the U.S. will be living under the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack.He said a new policy would need a diplomatic and defense component. In this regard, Kroenig cited the 2015 agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program as an example.“We need to give them the choice of either making a deal, or economic sanctions and a potential military engagement,” he said.Kroenig alluded to a problem with applying this strategy to North Korea, and said the United States and its western allies do little business with the reclusive regime. One solution to this problem would be increased engagement with China, North Korea’s closest ally, Kroenig said, but this strategy presents challenges because China prioritizes North Korea’s existence as a buffer state over its denuclearization. To get around this problem, Kroenig suggested sanctions against firms that do business with North Korea as a potential way around the problem and a way to get North Korea to the negotiating table, given that such an approach worked with Iran.Finally, Kroenig said the U.S. must work with regional allies currently faced with the threat of North Korean nuclear aggression in the meantime.“Until negotiations pay off, we have to defend ourselves and our allies,” he said.Next, Cortright took the podium.“I don’t agree with strategic patience, I don’t think it’s worked and I don’t think doing nothing is a viable option,” he said.However, Cortright said the threat from North Korea is not currently as dire as it is often made to sound.“Yes, North Korea has a couple small grade nuclear weapons, but they have not refined technologies for more complex weapons,” he said. “While patience is not the answer, neither is panic, paranoia or provocation. Pressure [is] not enough.”Cortright laid out a plan incorporating cooperation with the Chinese, sanctions and inducements designed to get North Korea to the negotiating table. He cited a 1994 agreement between Pyongyang and outside powers, the Agreed Framework, where North Korea agreed to halt its program in exchange for concessions and which eventually broke down. Cortright also floated the Iran Deal as a possible model. He said there was a great need for clear American objectives for its dealing with Pyongyang, questioning Tillerson’s “surrender, then we’ll talk” attitude.Cortright said the United States first needs to “sit down calmly with China and make a plan with them.” Next, the so-called Six Party Partners, including South Korea, Japan and Russia, need to be brought into the process. This group, Cortright said, should agree to a new set of sanctions in advance, but only implement them if North Korea refuses to negotiate.Once negotiations have commenced, Cortright said the U.S. should implement a set of “sanctions and inducements,” including cutting off North Korea from international financial markets, suspending joint American military exercises with South Korea, opening up the possibility of diplomatic normalization with North Korea and other objectives in a similar vein.Tags: Alexander Hamilton Society, Alexander Hamilton Society debate, North Korealast_img read more

Guatemalan Military Women Develop Diving Skills

first_imgBy Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo January 14, 2019 At nearly 60 feet deep, Guatemalan Army First Lieutenant Ángela Waleska Werner Ruiz observes the silent underwater world in the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Algae swell and fish speedily disappear among the corals, as the officer discovers the sea bottom for the very first time. Just moments before, 1st Lt. Werner and her female partners followed their instructor’s orders: They removed their diving masks and readjusted them, repeated the maneuver with lead weights, and grabbed their partners’ buoyancy compensator vest to swim with them up to the surface for an emergency exercise. Once they completed the rest of the exercises and required recreational diving activities, the group’s members, all female officers, earned their open water diving certification. “Passing that course was a rewarding experience,” Lt. Werner of the Army’s Humanitarian Rescue Unit (UHR, in Spanish) told Diálogo. “This course fits in the training that the unit personnel should have,” she said. Female service members’ worth For the first time, the Guatemalan Navy conducted the Basic Diving Course for female personnel to highlight the importance of women serving the nation. The course was conducted in late October 2018 at the Guatemalan Naval School in Puerto Quetzal, Escuintla department, with the participation of 12 women of the Guatemalan Armed Forces. According to Guatemalan Navy Ensign Jeffrey Adolfo Lemus Paiz, a diving instructor at the Naval School, the objective of the course is to “guide female personnel in open water and help them improve, because many people do not know the underwater world. The naval command’s intent is to take female personnel into account and look beyond the limits we have in place.” The Association of Diving Instructors, better known by its French acronym, ADIP, endorses the Basic Diving Course the officers attended. The one-week course falls under the recreational level. The Guatemalan Navy said the course will later be taught at least once a month. Three main phases make up the academic and hands-on instruction: developing knowledge to understand the basics of independent diving, immersion in confined waters to learn basic scuba-diving skills, and immersion in open water to test what was learned in classes and in the pool. The third phase enables participants to not only test the skills learned, but also explore and enjoy the underwater world for the first time with the instructor. With this new knowledge, the Armed Forces officers will be able to move on to the 40-day tactical course offered twice a year. According to Ens. Lemus, so far only two women of the Armed Forces obtained the tactical diving certification. Both serve in high-risk security and underwater rescue operations. “The difference between one and the other is that tactical diving includes infiltrations; search-and-rescue operations; searches for weapons, bodies, drugs, and vessels; and inspections of vessel hulls and piers,” Ens. Lemus told Diálogo. “The recreational course focuses on teaching how to use the equipment, control the immersion, and enjoy it.” A motivational experience For 1st Lt. Werner, the course was an opportunity to refine her rescue skills. The course and the knowledge taught, she said, are part of the activities UHR plans for rescue simulation and training in extreme conditions. “One of the exercises UHR designed is a training dive in the Rey Marcos Caves,” the officer said of the caves in Alta Verapaz, Cobán department. “This came up as an exercise to prevent an eventual situation similar to what happened to the children who were trapped in a cave in Thailand.” According to 1st Lt. Werner, UHR saw the importance of training its troops in a situation akin to what happened to the Thai children in July 2018. “It could happen not only there [at the Rey Marcos Caves], but also in the Izabal area, where there is a similar place, so previous training is important,” 1st Lt. Werner said. According to the Guatemalan Navy and the female participants of the three branches of the Armed Forces, the course was a success. “It led us to consider taking the tactical diving course,” 1st Lt. Werner concluded. “It was a motivational experience that will enable the female personnel to project themselves in all areas.”last_img read more