The 13th and 14th Workshops on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate

first_imgIn July 2018, the Antarctic community came together to meet at the 13th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Cli-mate (WAMC) in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (Fig. 1); and in the following year in June 2019, the 14th WAMC was held inCharleston, South Carolina, USA (Fig. 2). With a growing history, the WAMC addresses the topics of Antarctic meteoro-logy and climate (Kameda et al., 2008; Colwell et al., 2016; Lazzara et al., 2018) as well as weather-related issues of scientif-ic and operational support. The workshops bring together researchers, operational forecasters, numerical modelers, observa-tional specialists, and students. The themes of both workshops included Antarctic meteorological observations, Antarctic at-mospheric numerical modeling, Antarctic meteorological and climate research, and Antarctic weather forecasting and opera-tional services. The 2018 and 2019 WAMC were both followed by a one-day focus on the Year of Polar Prediction-South-ern Hemisphere (YOPP-SH), when preparations and follow-up discussions were made with regard to the YOPP Special Ob-serving Period from 16 November 2018 to 15 February 2019.last_img read more

Track Roundup: 3/16

first_imgMarch 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Track Roundup: 3/16 Livingston also won the girls’ 3200-meter run (13:53.16) title and the Milford girls won the 4 x 100 relay (54.11 seconds). This team was comprised of Paige James, Teigyn Fields, Kinsey Williams and Alexa Walker. Brad James For the boys, Manti took the team title with 121 points. Beaver placed third with 75 points, host Kanab was fourth with 74 points and Panguitch was fifth with 67 points. Additionally, North Sanpete finished sixth with 62 points, Piute was seventh with 30 points and Milford was eighth with 20 points. Valley placed 10th with 17 points. Panguitch’s Tana Frandsen won the girls’ high jump title (4-10.00) and Karlee Eyre, her teammate, won the girls’ javelin (104 feet) and discus (96-05 feet) titles and Panguitch’s Kambree Fuller won the shot put title (32-04.00). Panguitch’s Kanyon Lamb swept the 110 (16.32 seconds) and 300 (40.80 seconds) meter hurdle crowns. Manti’s Jaden Sterner won the 800-meter run title (2:14.61) and Jarom Johnson of Kanab placed second in the boys’ long jump with a leap of 19-01 feet. Kanab’s Cade Szymanski won the boys’ high jump title with a jump of 5-10. Kaitlyn Hemond of Beaver won the girls’ 400-meter run title (1:05.15) and North Sanpete’s Isabelle Hightower won both the 100 (13.06 seconds) and 200 (28.08 seconds) meter dash titles. The Delta girls also swept all the relay race crowns, winning the 4 x 100 (50.64 seconds), 4 x 400 (4:18.16) and medley (4:59.38) relays. The boys’ javelin winner was Piute’s Westen Sylvester (136-05) while Treyson Harris of Beaver won the shot put title (42-11) and Braden Heaton of Valley finished second in the boys’ discus. Comprising the 4 x 400 team for the Rabbits were Savannah Nielson, Quincee Allred, Megan Atkinson and Adi Nielson. Tags: Kanab Invitational/Old Capital Invitational/Track Milford’s girls won the medley relay title in a time of 4:42.19. This team consists of Alexa Walker, Teigyn Fields, Taylor Alger, Kinley Spaulding, Akaydeh Livingston and Kinsey Williams. Delta’s boys took the 4 x 100 (46.01 seconds) and medley relay (3:59.00) titles. The 4 x 100 team consists of William Finlinson, Oran Finlinson, Trey Brough and Derek Smith. The medley team features Britton Smith, Jaymen Brough, Oran Finlinson and Cael Rowley. The Rabbits’ medley relay team consists of Allie Henrie, Sage Christiansen, Shayley Anderson and Katelyn Tolbert. Manti’s Allie Bridges won the girls’ 800-meter run crown (2:49.59) and Escalante’s Lilly Steed (15-04.50) won the girls’ long jump title. The Templars punctuated their win with a win in the medley relay in a time of 3:59.75. This team consisted of Keenan Moulton, Daniel Clark, Jaden Sterner and Ethan Johnson. Additionally, Beaver’s boys placed second, North Sanpete was third, Piute finished fourth and Panguitch placed fifth. North Sevier’s Riley Ogden won both the boys’ 100 (11.72 seconds) and 200 (24.15 seconds) meter dash titles.center_img Delta’s boys took the team title, edging Carbon 108-103. Millard was close behind in third place, with 102 points. Juab finished fourth with 79 points and North Sevier was fifth with 53 points. South Sevier finished fourth with 31 points and Gunnison was 10th with 21 points. Delta’s girls also took a team title, posting 154.5 points. Millard was third with 111 points and Gunnison and North Sevier tied for fifth place with 36 points apiece. South Sevier was seventh with 35 points and Juab placed 11th with 5 points. Millard’s Audrey Camp won both the girls’ 800 (2:28.83) and 1600 (5:37.98) meter titles and her teammate, Katy Kelly, (12:16.73) won the 3200-meter crown for the girls. Delta’s girls also got a pair of individual titles from Haylee Christensen in the shot put (30-08.50) and Brinley Henrie (98-03) in the discus. FILLMORE, Utah-Saturday, various Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes and schools competed at the Old Capitol Invitational at Millard High School. In the boys’ 400-meter dash, Beaver’s Hunter Carter (52.88 seconds) took the title, while in the 100-meter dash, Keenan Moulton (11.56 seconds) of Manti won the crown and Manti’s Ethan Johnson (23.94 seconds) won the 200-meter dash title. Delta’s Savannah Nielson (16.10 seconds) won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles title and South Sevier’s Kenzie Jones took the girls’ high jump title with a leap of 5 feet even. North Sanpete’s Orange Peel swept the 3200 (10:42.74) and 1600 (4:54.18) meter titles to give the Hawks some key points. For the girls, Panguitch won the team title with 117 points. Manti was second with 99 points, Milford finished fourth with 74.5 points, Kanab placed fifth with 68 points, Beaver was sixth with 64 points and North Sanpete was seventh with 54.5 points. Additionally, Escalante finished eighth with 28 points and Bryce Valley was ninth with 20 points. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKanab Invitational The 4 x 100 team consists of Megan Atkinson, Savannah Nielson, Adi Nielson and Brandy Stratten. Juab’s Jake Bailey won the 400-meter dash (55.79 seconds) crown and Jaymen Brough of Delta swept the 110 (17.09 seconds) and 300 (42.12 seconds) hurdle titles. KANAB, Utah-Saturday, various Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and athletes participated at the Kanab Invitational with several strong performances occurring across the board. The Manti boys won the 4 x 100 title (47.02 seconds). This team consists of Trevor Robinson, Keenan Moulton, Tyson Brenchley, Ethan Johnson and Josh Blauer. For the girls, Delta’s Adi Nielson (13.34 seconds) won the 100-meter dash title while Jade Wimmer of Gunnison took the 200 (26.46 seconds) and 400 (1:0028) meter crowns. Nielson also won the 300-meter hurdles (46.81 seconds) title for the Rabbits. Written by Gabe Wilcox of North Sevier won the boys’ shot put (38-07) title and Juab’s Hunter Blackburn (111-11) took the discus title for the boys.last_img read more

Royal Thai Navy Receives 141m LPD from ST Marine

first_img View post tag: marine View post tag: LPD Industry news View post tag: Royal View post tag: from View post tag: receives View post tag: News by topic Royal Thai Navy Receives 141m LPD from ST Marine View post tag: Navy ST Marine today held a ceremony for preliminary acceptance and delivery of the 141m Landing Platform Dock (LPD), which it designed and built for Royal Thai Navy at its Benoi yard.The ceremony held in the morning was graced by Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, and His Excellency Mr Marut Jitpatima, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore.The design of the LPD is proprietary to ST Marine and is based on its Endurance Class of LPDs. The design is proven by the four 141m Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) that ST Marine built for the Republic of Singapore Navy. The LSTs have been deployed successfully on many occasions to provide peacekeeping duties in the Gulf, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts during the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and more recently as part of the international anti-piracy Combined Task Force in the Gulf of Aden.With a displacement of about 7600 tonnes, the LPD has a well-dock with a stern as well as a side ramp designed for expedient embarkation and disembarkation of equipment and personnel. This versatile vessel is capable of supporting myriad missions, ranging from sea transportation, naval support operations, civil search and rescue to disaster relief missions. To support these missions, its heli-deck can land up to two medium-sized helicopters of about 10-tonnes each.ST Marine secured this contract worth some S$200m, to design and build this LPD as well as two units of 23m Landing Craft Mechanised and two units of 13m Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel. Work for the LPD commenced in mid 2009 and the vessel was launched in March last year. After going through the mandatory and comprehensive acceptance sea trials, the LPD is now ready to sail to its base in Thailand for the final acceptance trials. Final delivery of the LPD is expected to be by 2Q2012.“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to ST Marine for their efficient supervision and construction of the ship as well as their kind support to the Royal Thai Navy personnel throughout the period when they were working here at the yard.” ~ Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy“ST Marine has always pride itself on our design capability as well as being able to deliver quality ships and excellent services to our customers. Through this LPD programme, we hope to be able to continue to build on our precious relationships with the Kingdom of Thailand and Royal Thai Navy in the years to come. We are very proud that we have once again delivered on our promise.” ~ NG Sing Chan, President, ST Marine[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 03, 2012; View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Thai Navy Receives 141m LPD from ST Marine View post tag: 141m View post tag: Thai April 3, 2012 View post tag: St. Share this articlelast_img read more

VERIZON LEAVES AMERICAN WORKERS IN THE LURCH

first_imgVERIZON LEAVES AMERICAN WORKERS IN THE LURCHby Joe Guzzardi, for Cagle News, October 24, 2018The headline financial news story of late is Verizon’s announcement that it offered a voluntary severance package to about 44,000 employees or about one-third of its workforce. But the subtitle is equally disturbing. Verizon will transfer more than 2,500 jobs – some insiders peg the total at closer to 5,000 – to India-based Infosys as part of a $700 million outsourcing agreement. Thousands who were once Verizon employees will soon work for Infosys.IT analysts know that Infosys has a history of eliminating benefits which transferred employees enjoyed and that the company will eventually displace them with lower cost Indian nationals. Verizon is candid about its goals if not its methods: by 2021, the wireless carrier hopes to slash $10 billion from its total $114 billion debt load.Outsourcing is an American worker job killer. A Deloitte Global Outsourcing survey conducted this year found that many corporations use, or are about to use outsourcing. The official corporate excuse is that outsourcing makes their operations more flexible, a vague and difficult-to-prove claim. Known for certain, however, is that outsourcing means lower labor costs for the employer. A General Accounting Office report showed that a majority of H-1–visa holders fall into the lowest of four categories, while only 6 percent are included among the higher skilled, and therefore more well-paid groups.Beyond the IT and immigration worlds, little is known about Infosys. In a nutshell, Infosys uses the H-1–visa to hire Indian engineers and programmers, then assigns them to American firms that falsely claim they cannot find Americans to fill their employment needs. Subsequently, many of the jobs initially filled in the U.S. are reassigned in India. With that well-established pattern in mind, Infosys’ ballyhooed commitment to hire 10,000 Americans in Indiana by 2021 must be viewed with extreme skepticism. Infosys’ promise is more likely a decoy in response to President Trump’s 2017,”Buy American and Hire American” executive order.Inarguably, Infosys has a well-established track record of taking advantage of loose U.S. federal immigration laws to enhance its already substantial $11 billion bottom line. About 60 percent of Infosys’ revenue is generated in North America where the company employs more than 20,000 workers, mainly Indians on H-1–visas. Beyond its dubious H-1–visa practices, Infosys was caught red-handed importing workers on B-1 visas allegedly to attend business conferences or training sessions. In fact, the B-1 holders ended up employed, an immigration status that the visa specifically excludes.In 2013, Infosys paid $34 million in a civil settlement with the Justice Department and other federal agencies, which accused the company of systemic abuse of visa rules. Various other lawsuits filed against Infosys are currently pending, including two brought by former in-house lawyers. One litigant charged that Infosys is fundamentally an India-run corporate caste system and that “people who are not Indian are at the bottom.”In 2016, then-Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka admitted that there is no shortage of U.S tech workers: “There are enough universities, enough ability to hire, enough ability to teach.” The abundant availability of American workers didn’t stop Infosys from tapping the foreign market while U.S. techies sat idle. Sikka’s statement and the GAO’s conclusion that significant reforms are badly needed in the H-1–visa program Congress created in 1990 have yielded little change. Although the federal government painstakingly goes out of its way to not publish foreign workers’ totals in the U.S., the investment bank Goldman Sachs estimates that the aggregate number is between 900,000 and one million.That’s a million jobs that Americans have been denied, the incomes from which would have paid their mortgages, their children’s college tuitions, and bulked up their savings accounts.Immigration’s original, noble but long-ago forgotten and still elusive purpose is to help Americans. At a minimum, immigration shouldn’t, as it does today, work against American citizens and its workers.FOOTNOTE: Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member. Contact him at [email protected] City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Arcade Fire And Preservation Hall Tribute David Bowie On Second Line Through Panorama Day One [Gallery/Recap]

first_imgLoad remaining images Despacio is incredible @panoramanycA video posted by Live For Live Music (@liveforlivemusic) on Jul 22, 2016 at 2:46pm PDT Back on the Pavilion stage, Toronto’s indie darlings Broken Social Scene were busy playing their first show since 2011. The crowd was packed to the back of the tent as the band ran through songs from their back deep back catalog. The band brought out Amy Millan of Canadian band Stars to augment several of their tracks like “7/4 (Shoreline)” and “Texico Bitches”.After a quick drop into former Beastie Boys member Mike D‘s trap-heavy DJ set at The Parlor tent, it was almost impossible to ignore Major Lazer on the Panorama Stage, with fans attracted to their huge production and constant positive energy. Flanked by dancers, DJs Diplo, Jillionaire, and MC Walshy Fire kept the crowd moving during their hour long set. With such a huge collection of hit songs to choose from, the group really engaged fans, even though the temperature was in the 90s during performance. English performance artist FKA Twigs brought her unique brand of music and art to Panorama’s Pavilion stage. With pulsating beats and lots of use of percussion, the artist had a wild outfit that was topped off by a huge arrow that seemingly went through her nose. Her music was dark and glitchy, but the real showcase were here dream-state vocals.Given that Panorama is produced by Coachella organizers Goldenvoice, it makes perfect sense that they put an emphasis on picking the perfect band to play during the first sunset in the festivals history. Well, the Alabama Shakes were simply a perfect choice to fill this role, and if you blinked your eyes quickly you might think you were in Indio, CA at the Empire Polo Club. Their set was sublime, drawing songs from both of their albums and turning in a breathtaking performance. Front-woman Brittany Howard was on fire, with her vocal prowess easily winning the crowd over from the moment she took the stage. Simply put, the energy from this band is unmatched, and they have proven themselves to be one of the best live bands in the world, even in their short few years of existence.After the sun went down, the festival presented two difficult choices in Schoolboy Q and Netsky (live). Schoolboy Q represented the day’s only live hip hop, while Netsky brought his live drum and bass band to the festival for a rare performance. However, it seemed that a good chunk of the audience were waiting for two acts to complete their day: Snapchat superstar DJ Khaled and recent New Orleanians Arcade Fire.DJ Khaled played a packed set, with a line out the door to the enclosed structure of the Parlor, and even people with Artist passes had to be turned away as the room quickly reached max capacity. Every hip hop head that could possibly fit into the room was crammed into the Parlor for a memorable Panorama experience. Check DJ Khaled’s snapchat for what’s sure to be a rowdy collection of videos from the raucous performance.The first day of the festival reached it’s apex, however, with an uplifting, euphoric performance from festival veterans Arcade Fire. The band took the stage at 9:15 and took the crowd on a tour of it’s career, playing each of their albums in chunks, performing the classic songs from each album to the delight of the excited audience. Opening with “Ready to Start”, “The Suburbs”, and “Sprawl II” from their Grammy award winning album The Suburbs, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and co. whipped the crowd from one hit to the next. Impressive takes on “Keep the Car Running” from Neon Bible, “Afterlife” from Reflektor, and a run through “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels”), “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”, and “Rebellion (Lies)” from Funeral drew a huge response from the crowd, screaming along the lyrics as loudly as they could. Following a confetti-filled take on “Here Comes The Night Time”, Arcade Fire closed things out in a huge way, getting an assist from Preservation Hall Jazz Band on a set-closing “Wake Up”.Surprisingly, Arcade Fire and Pres. Hall Jazz Band then left the stage in true second line fashion, re-creating their David Bowie-tribute second line from this past January. The bands moved through the festival with a huge crowd surrounding them, playing “Rebel Rebel”, “Suffragette City”, and “Heroes” in front of a beyond-excited Panorama crowd. The second line moved to the center of the festival grounds, where they finished their performance under a huge LED cube that showed Bowie’s picture while Win Butler screamed his songs through a megaphone.Watch video of “Heroes” from Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s David Bowie Second Line from Night 1 of Panorama, courtesy of YouTube user Chris ConnellyPanorama Day 1 was a wild success! Look out for our recap from day 2, which features performances from Kendrick Lamar, The National, Kaytranada, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Flosstradamus, and more!Photos by Chad Anderson. Full Gallery:center_img Panorama kicked off on New York City’s Randall’s Island Park yesterday, and it certainly did not disappoint. First year festivals always come with their ups and downs, and, while it seemed that Panorama’s crowd paled in comparison to the other festivals that also take place on on Randall’s Island–Governor’s Ball and Electric Zoo–this event turned out to be the most unique of them all. With incredible installations like “The Lab” and “Despacio”, huge LED art throughout the grounds, incredible food from all over the city, and one of the summer’s most fun and eclectic lineups, Panorama truly kicked things off with a bang on day one.The diversity of the lineup was on full display from the get go, as artists like Madlib and Here We Go Magic hit the stage with early sets. The real festival fun started, though, when beloved brass band Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the Pavilion stage for a fun set that brought their unique New Orleans energy to New York, featuring a variety of classic New Orleans tunes and songs from their most recent album That’s It!.Next up were LA alternative rock band Silversun Pickups on the massive Panorama main stage, which featured huge LED screens behind the band and on the sides of the stage, making for an awesome visual experience. The band themselves played an energetic set, feeling fully at home on the large festival stage. At one point, lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert jokingly called out bassist Nikki Moninger for being nervous to perform a song, which led to huge smiles from the band and the audience when it was her turn to take over lead vocals. Performing fan favorites like “Lazy Eye” and “Panic Switch”, the band made a big mark on the Panorama crowdThe festival featured lots of cool installations, but James Murphy and 2ManyDJ’s collaboration “Despacio” was on-site for one reason: to make people move. The brilliant audio installation was tons of fun, featuring funky, slowed down versions of songs from all over the dance music spectrum. Words cannot truly do this room justice, so check out this video of a few seconds from this raging dance party. Despacio is running at the festival from 3pm-9pm each day, so make sure to check it out on Saturday or Sunday if you can!last_img read more

Wild flowers and natives

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf native plants, rare plants or wild flowers intrigue you, mark your calendar for the seventh annual South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium March 28 in Tifton, Ga. Conservation botanist Linda Chafin will update participants on rare plants of Georgia. She has conducted rare species surveys throughout the Southeast. The author of “The Field Guide to Rare Plants of Florida,” she has now written a Georgia edition that will be released this year. Nurseryman Tommy Dodd will discuss native plants from a grower’s perspective. Born into a nursery family, Dodd has operated nurseries in Alabama and South Carolina. University of Georgia professor Jim Hook will discuss water conservation from a south Georgia perspective. A leader in water use and conservation, Hook serves on many state, regional and national water planning groups. Writer, naturalist and photographer Gil Nelson will cover wild flowers of the Southeastern coastal plain. Nelson is a field botanist at Florida State University’s Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium. The symposium will be at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory on the UGA campus in Tifton. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends with a 4 p.m. tour of the UGA Coastal Plain Arboretum. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 21. The fee is $20, with an optional lunch for another $7. For more information, call Amy Carter at (229) 386-7274. Or visit the Web site (www.nespal.org/wildflower).The event is sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, Camellia District IV and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Canoeing and Pioneer Skills

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia, invites families to spend the day canoeing and brushing up on their pioneer skills during a special installment of Saturday @ the Rock. On Saturday, Oct. 17, the center will offer two adventures for the price of one. Families can start the day by exploring Rock Eagle Lake by canoe and then travel back in time to experience life in a pioneer’s shoes. Rock Eagle Lake’s picturesque scenery provides the perfect opportunity to see ospreys, turtles, fish and other exciting wildlife. Whether you are a novice looking to learn how to properly paddle or a veteran craving a relaxed morning on the water, Rock Eagle’s staff will be on hand to provide all the needed equipment and instruction. Next, participants are invited to roll their sleeves up to work on the early 1900s-era homestead. Rock Eagle’s costumed guides will lead a tour of the historic Scott Site, including the saddlebag farmhouse, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, chicken coop, outhouse and gardens. This is a chance to use tools from the turn of the century, experience what life was like as a pioneer and learn about the family that once called Rock Eagle home. After exploring the living site, families have the opportunity to sit around the campfire for storytelling and warm, cast iron skillet-baked cornbread. Admission is $5 per person. Canoeing will run from 3-5 p.m. and pioneer life will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Guests may also visit Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum preceding the activity. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Jessica Torhan at (706) 484-4838 or by email at [email protected] Different Saturday at the Rock programs take place each month, excluding December. A complete list of sessions is online at rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.last_img read more

Brazilian and Colombian Air Forces Train Together in COLBRA IV to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgColombia mobilized A-37 Dragonfly (fighters) and SR-560 Citation (air defense) airplanes, as the two sites collectively logged about 40 flight hours. Prior to the current NBDA, the BAF and CAF conducted two COLBRA exercises – the first in 2005 and the second in 2007. The third was held in 2009, after the standards were released. The last set of exercises had the same bearing and mobilization of personnel as 2007, according to Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral. “Conducting this reconnaissance is a routine task for BAF units located along the border, and this determines the success of our efforts against drug trafficking and other crimes,”. Colombian authorities mobilized squadrons from the 2nd and 3rd Air Combat Command (CACOM-2 and CACOM-3) and the Amazonas Air Group (GAAMA, for its Spanish acronym). Arara (1º/9º Aviation Group (GAV), in Manaus, Amazonas); Combined exercises between the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) and the Air Forces of neighboring countries strengthen their cooperative efforts in the fight against drug trafficking and other crimes in border zones. They conducted their maneuvers in the Amazon region, which has dense vegetation and low population density. The airplane is well-suited to the characteristics of the Amazon region, which often has unpredictable weather that poses logistical difficulties, according to the Comdabra, which plans and mobilizes BAF personnel on missions with other countries as well. Brazil also conducts operations like COLBRA with Air Forces from Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The air space was off limits to civilian flights during the maneuvers; guidance was released to civilians and Military alike via Notam (Notice to airmen) messages issued by air traffic control, according to the Brazilian Aerospace Defense Command (Comdabra, for its Spanish acronym). Likewise, Colombian air traffic controllers worked at the Military Operations Center 4 (COPM4) in Manaus. The simulation exercises tested the ability of Air Force personnel from the two countries to detect, intercept, and escort Air Traffic of Interest (TAI, for its Spanish acronym) as part of the effort to combat transnational crime he added, “Air Traffic of Interest refers to aircraft making allegedly irregular flights in the air space between Brazil and Colombia,” Cobra (7º Air Transport Squadron (ETA), in Manaus); Brazilian and Colombian air traffic controllers visit each others’ facilities During the program, BAF or CAF planes simulate a typical TAI flight by flying at a low speed and altitude. “The methods and means used are the same as those that the two forces use in planning air defense every day, meaning that the operation simulates detecting and escorting aircraft that might be intercepted on any given day,” Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral said. DASG provided logistical support, lodging, and meals to service members who participated in the operation, and also made sure the airstrips they used were properly maintained. BAF air traffic controllers spent time during the operation at the GAAMA base in Leticia. The Brazilian team was comprised of the following squadrons: For their part Brazil mobilized A-29 Super Tucano (air defense), C-98 Caravan (logistical air transport), E-99 (flight control and alarm), and C-97 Brasília and C-105 Amazonas (mobilization and demobilization) airplanes, as well as H-60L Black Hawk helicopters (search and rescue), in case there was an accident during the mission, but the helicopters didn’t need to be utilized. Air reconnaissance Escorpião (1/3° GAV in Boa Vista, Roraima); The most recent example of joint training includes COLBRA IV, in which Brazilian and Colombian Air Force (CAF) personnel mobilized for simulated exercises at points up 90 kilometers from each side of the Brazil-Colombia border between July 13-17. FAC conducts actions with other activitiescenter_img Air Force authorities chose the Caravan to maximize the safety of the COLBRA IV participants in case they had to land on different types of air strips, such as grass, pebbles, or short strips that could be 800 meters in length. Harpia (7º/8º GAV in Manaus). “Control over air spaces is critical in the fight against the traffic of drugs between the two countries,” BAF Lieutenant General Antonio Carlos Egito do Amaral, Comdabra’s commanding officer, said. The exercise was based on the Brazil-Colombia Binational Aerospace Defense Standards (NBDA number 1 BR/CO), which became operative on June 3, 2009, and govern the regular coordination and cooperation procedures to control irregular air activity along the border between the two countries. “The goal is to share experiences and standardize procedures across different levels of operation,” Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral added and “Experiences are shared, but without ever passing along classified information, which could affect Air Force actions on routine missions. Radar data are not shared with other countries, since they are for the exclusive use of Brazil in defending and controlling air traffic.” COLBRA IV has successfully promoted technical exchanges between personnel in the two Air Forces; Brazilian pilots and flight controllers performed exercises with Colombian counterparts units, and vice versa. Transnational criminal organizations often use the region’s airspace to transport drug loads, making cooperation between Colombian and Brazilian security forces crucial in the fight to stop narco-flights. One of COLBRA IV’s high points was the simulation of TAI identification when service members engaged in flight control and air defense maneuvers against unknown aircraft. Responding to TAIs is a key component of the COLBRA IV training. On the Brazilian side, the exercise was carried out from the São Gabriel da Cachoeira Detachment (DASG, for its Spanish acronym), the airbase of which is 852 kilometers from Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral said “They were able to observe the control and defense techniques used by our neighbor,” . In Colombia, Air Force members conducted exercises at the CAF’s Amazonas Air Group (GAA, for its Spanish acroynm) structure. During this part of the operation, the CAF employed a C98 Caravan in an incursion into Colombian territory. The C98 was detected by a Colombian SR-560 Citation and intercepted by an A-37 Dragonfly fighter. After completing the action in Colombia’s air space, the simulated enemy aircraft from the BAF repeated the simulated incursion on the Brazilian side. Guardião (2º/6º GAV in Anápolis, Goiás); As part of its fight against transnational criminal organizations, the BAF collects intelligence on the air routes used by drug traffickers and the landing strips they often use. “In real-life situations, the aircraft is identified and interrogated,” he added, “If it is an irregular flight, it is ordered to change course to land at an airport controlled by air defense forces. After landing, police and Federal Revenue authorities board it, check the cargo, and make arrests if the cargo is illegal.” “[COLBRA] is a very important operational exercise to improve our training on fighting crime and acquiring great experience like that of the Brazilian Air Force in international exercises,” Amazonas Air Group Commanding Officer Jairo Orlando Orjuela Arélavo said. By Dialogo September 02, 2015 I am very sorry about the events around the world, but all I can do now is pray to God on behalf of our (incomprehensible), that God look over them. However, I can’t do anything because the crisis has affected my family and my life as well. Congratulations, beautiful report The CAF conducts similar exercises with Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, the U.S., and Venezuela. Simulated suspicious flights Brazil is scheduled to engage in additional training when PERBRA, which is similar to COLBRA, will be conducted with Peru from August 24-28, marking the countries’ fifth training operation together, Lt. Gen. Egito do Amara concluded.last_img read more

Your money problems are all in your head

first_imgThese successful people didn’t believe money had anything to do with the economy, their profession or the need to sacrifice their principles.If you have tried to change your financial habits and failed, that’s a sign you subconsciously believe you can’t be successful, Dr. James wrote. First you have to let go of the negative emotions and beliefs Iike the ones listed above. Then, after you’ve changed the way you think about money, set goals and take action to achieve them.Once you change your mind about money, your fortune will change too. Dr. James has extensively interviewed successful, wealthy people about their attitudes toward money. He found their beliefs to be very different from most people. They include:The world is abundant.The world wants me to prosper.All prosperity begins with belief.Money is energy and will appear as you really feel about it.Money demands attention. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailscenter_img Most people wish they were better with money. It doesn’t matter if you need to make more or spend less. Chances are, you feel like you’ve tried everything and gotten nowhere.Here’s a secret: It doesn’t matter how many times you try to stick to a budget or promise to give up your afternoon Starbucks run. The problem isn’t your habits. It’s your head.Our beliefs about money were developed when we were very young, taught to us by our parents and our culture. According to an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Matt James, many people have bought into negative cultural myths about money that are holding them back. He wrote that if you believe the following statements about money, you might be one of those people.It takes money to make moneyThe rich get richer and the poor get poorer.Money is the root of all evil.My financial success depends on the job market and the economy.Life is hard.Wealthy people are selfish penny-pinchers.It’s a dog eat dog world out there, survival of the fittest.To climb the ladder of success, you have to step on others along the way.You have to be in certain professions to make a lot of money.Only a few people (musicians, athletes, bloggers, actors, etc.) ever make it.last_img read more

New CU not seeking to be PFI

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly every credit union in the country is striving to be members’ primary financial institution. But one startup CU here has no interest in being a PFI.Instead, the brand new Maine Harvest Credit Union, which opened its doors with $2.4-million in assets, is seeking to serve the unique needs of the roughly 13,000 members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Farmland Trust by offering business loans to small farms, farmers and other food producers within its field of membership.The credit union is looking to fill a gap in the market by offering land-backed mortgages in the $100,000 to $400,000 range, small-business loans of $60,000 to $125,000 and equipment loans of $20,000 to $40,000.“We’re really focused on these types of business loans,” said CEO Scott Budde. “So, no traditional consumer lending, which is the mainstay of many credit unions. We are not offering checking, we’re just offering savings and CDs. We’re not trying to be people’s primary financial institution. It’s a very unique and specialized business model.” continue reading »last_img read more