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Brazilian, Paraguayan, and US Marines Conduct Combined Training

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo November 01, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, in Portuguese) deployed to the state of Goiás, in central Brazil, to conduct Operation Formosa, the largest exercise of the Brazilian marines’ training cycle. The exercise brought together 1,700 service members from Brazil, Paraguay, and the United States to the Brazilian Army’s Formosa Training Camp (CIF, in Portuguese), September 21-October 3, 2018. Operation Formosa seeks to maintain marines’ readiness capabilities. As such, marines simulate an amphibious operation with the use of weapons and combined assets from partner nation marines. Although the exercise takes place in a dry climate region away from the ocean, CIF facilitates the use of land and air assets, as well as live fire. The camp is Brazil’s largest training center. Participants fired about 5,000 shots from various weapons, including the ASTROS multiple rocket launcher, during 40 missions. Two A-4 Skyhawk fighter jets, two UH-15 Super Cougar and two UH-12 Esquilo helicopters, 50 tactical vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles participated in the exercise. According to Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Dirlei Donizette Codo, head of FFE Operations, the ocean was represented on a map to guide service members, but training procedures were followed from disembarkation. “All naval power is translated to land,” Col. Dirlei said. “We were able to improve coordination of combined exercises, which is essential for an amphibious operation.” The 2018 edition of the exercise fulfilled its goal to train MB marines for readiness, Col. Dirlei said. “I am glad to be part of such efficient training with extremely motivated service members,” he said. “Operation Formosa is essential to the marines’ training cycle, especially with regard to fire support coordination, and safety and synchronization of aircraft used,” said Colonel Luiggi Campany de Oliveira, head of the Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) General Command’s Doctrine department. “It took great coordination to enable the aircraft to fly safely while other weapons were being used.” The participation of the Paraguayan and U.S. marines in the exercise was also very valuable. “Especially [that of] the U.S. marines, an elite troop that developed the most important doctrine. Everyone wins with this knowledge exchange,” said Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy. U.S. marines help with training According to Col. Luiggi, the U.S. marines improved weapons handling training with their experience. During the exercise, 15 U.S. service members conducted training workshops and participated in missions with the Brazilians. U.S. Marine Corps Major James Richard Smith, who is part of a two-year exchange program with FFE, participated for the second time in Operation Formosa. The other U.S. participants were in Brazil for the first time. Maj. Smith told Diálogo that in 2018 the United States increased service members’ participation from the 2017 edition. U.S. marines conducted seminars on automated operations and infantry techniques, and helped plan and execute tactical air operations. “We have a pilot on our team who specializes in this type of mission and took part in combined operations with aircraft with Brazilian service members,” Maj. Smith said. “This is a relevant topic when it comes to operating with different systems.” U.S. marines also shared first-aid techniques, especially the use of a tourniquet, an essential technique that can save lives in conflict situations. “We have a lot of experience in real wars, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and this experience was shared during the workshops,” Maj. Smith said. The U.S. marine officer highlighted the professionalism and training of his Brazilian counterparts. “It’s very important to learn and share information with such well-trained service members,” he said. “We have a good exchange with Brazil. The country frequently sends service members to the United States to participate in our exercises, and we are always present as well. This integration is very positive, especially when we need to work together.” Operational demonstration On October 3rd, the last day of the exercise, participants carried out an amphibious operation demonstration, with an overview of main activities conducted during the 15-day exercise. The simulations included maneuvers in hostile terrain; tactical first-aid; decontamination of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents; and identification and activation of explosive devices by the Explosive Devices Deactivation Group. “All weapons, explosives, and equipment used were real,” said Col. Dirlei. Participants demonstrated combined exercises common in amphibious attacks, such as a parachute infiltration from the Reconnaissance Team, a unit from FFE’s Special Operations Battalion. An aerial attack from fixed-wing aircraft was also carried out. The Artillery Battalion performed a gun salute with its 105 mm L118 Light Gun howitzers and used the 12-vehicle Multiple Rocket Launcher Group, consisting of six launch vehicles, three ammunition support vehicles, one command and control vehicle, a meteorological vehicle, and a workshop vehicle, to dismantle enemy supplies. Adm. Leal Ferreira pointed out the importance of the training for marines. “Amphibious operations are essential for marines and they demonstrated all the important phases in an exemplary fashion,” he told Diálogo. “Our marines are among the best in the world; additionally, the incentive and pride of belonging to such an exclusive team drives them to excel in the exercises and in real operations.” The officer highlighted the logistics readiness such complex operations require. “We transport 144 military vehicles and more than 40 buses. Considering that the city of Formosa is 1,600 kilometers away from FFE headquarters, in Rio de Janeiro, the logistics improves our deployment skills,” he said. “In addition, we improve our capacity to operate away from base.” CFN’s training cycle will conclude with Operation Dragon (Operação Dragão), which takes place in November, on Itaoca beach, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. “It’s an exercise that complements Operation Formosa, favoring maritime operations without live fire for the safety of the population,” said Col. Dirlei.last_img read more

6 big ideas for credit union success in 2016 with Callahan’s Jon Jeffreys

first_imgWith our industry experiencing some pretty significant changes as we speak, we’re always up for a few good ideas to ensure credit unions’ success this year — and beyond. That said, we invited Callahan & Associates Managing Partner Jon Jeffreys to provide us with six ideas to achieve this very goal.Here they are:Financial wellnessBuilding relevancyTeam developmentDisruptive collaborationEquity investmentsCyber security continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

First Presbyterian Union Church members hold vigil for racial inequality

first_imgEarl Arnold, the prayer group’s leader and former pastor, says his interpretation of scripture allows him to believe it is the responsibility of white people to join the BLM movement and push for equality. Following the vigil was a public demonstration at the Tioga County Courthouse. OWEGO (WBNG) — A prayer group from the First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego gathered for a prayer vigil focusing on issues of racial inequality and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The group shared scripture verses and prayers they had written calling for unity. center_img Arnold says, “We enjoy privileges that others in our community don’t necessarily enjoy. But that’s not how God has intended it for us, since we’re all in this together, we’re all made in God’s image.” The group members say their prayers emphasized a need for all people to be a part of the movement supporting the black community. last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Apologises Over Leaked Internal Document on Tactics to Counter EU Rules

first_imgAlphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has apologised to Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document proposing tactics to counter the EU’s tough new rules on internet companies and lobby against the EU commissioner.Pichai and Breton exchanged views in a video-conference call late on Thursday, the third this year, according to a statement from the European Commission.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Our online tools have been a lifeline to many people and businesses through lockdown, and Google is committed to continuing to innovate and build services that can contribute to Europe’s economic recovery post-COVID,” spokesman Al Verney said in a statement.The incident underlines the intense lobbying by tech companies against the proposed EU rules, which could impede their businesses and force changes in how they operate.Breton also warned Pichai about the excesses of the internet.“The Internet cannot remain a ‘Wild West’: we need clear and transparent rules, a predictable environment and balanced rights and obligations,” he told Pichai.Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on December 2.The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has levied fines totalling EUR 8.25 billion (roughly Rs. 72,780 crore) against Google in the past three years for abusing its market power to favour its shopping comparison service, its Android mobile operating system and its advertising business.Breton told Pichai that he would increase the EU’s power to curb unfair behaviour by gatekeeping platforms, so that the Internet does not just benefit a handful of companies but also Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.“Europe’s position is clear: everyone is welcome on our continent – as long as they respect our rules,” he told Pichai.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “In any case, yes I had a discussion with Sundar… I told him what I had to tell him….he apologised. (I told him) If you need to tell me something, my door will always be open,” he said.Pichai apologised for the way the document came out, which he said he had not seen or sanctioned, saying that he would engage directly with Breton if he sees language and policy that specifically targets Google, another person familiar with the call said.Google said the two had a frank but open conversation.- Advertisement – The call came after a Google internal document outlined a 60-day strategy to attack the European Union’s push for the new rules by getting US allies to push back against Breton.The call was initiated by Google before the document was leaked. Breton brought up the leaked document and showed it to Pichai during the call.“I was not surprised. I’m not naive. I thought it was a bit old fashioned…,” Breton told the Anglo-American Press Association in a online meeting on Friday, waving the document in the air.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vjeran Piršić, Eko Kvarner: The future of Croatian tourism lies in sustainable tourism where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment

first_imgWhen asked how and where he sees the future of Croatian tourism, Piršić answers: “The future of Croatian tourism definitely lies in sustainable tourism, where natural resources would be primarily respected, but also the natural possibilities of a certain environment. But sustainable tourism alone is not enough. It is very important that we carry out the same tourism in a responsible way. That sustainable tourism does not work without responsible tourism can be best seen in the example of a Croatian eco-friendly resort that relied on renewable energy sources and environmental products in its business, but strictly forbade local events in its vicinity, which allowed tourists literally forced to spend within the resort”Says Pirsic.Piršić adds that he does not see the future in large resorts, but in changes in the current structure and change of roles in the tourism industry: “The ideal solution for sustainable and responsible tourism is private accommodation where tasteless apartments would turn into small hotels, renters become hosts and tourists guests. Through this type of accommodation, guests would be offered a bed and breakfast consisting of indigenous products, renewable energy sources would be used, and at the same time greater flexibility of hotel opening would be achieved throughout the year. “When asked if he thinks that Croatian tourism has the potential to offer its guests year-round facilities, Piršić answered with a dose of skepticism: “Private accommodation and small hotels are definitely the right way to expand the tourist season. However, a number of limiting factors should not be neglected, such as the climatic conditions in Kvarner, due to which our areas are abundant with rainfall from the beginning of November, then the beginning of the school year, which narrows the possibility of longer trips for many families. offer to guests”Concludes Piršić and adds that we are only 600 kilometers away from major centers such as Milan, Vienna and Munich, and sees weekend tourism as a realistic option on which to rest year-round tourism in our country.Source: Teklic.hr Encouraged by recent media reports, about the “cracking of tourism at the seams” in some tourist destinations, where mayors literally appeal to tourists to return in the fall or some other time of year due to congestion and large crowds, as well as their own experience where we are literally on the way to a resort stuck in a multi-hour, endless column of cars, and at the destination walking from terrace to terrace looking for a free chair, we decided to examine whether this kind of tourism has prospects for survival and what can be done in terms of long-term existence of Croatian tourism.Perhaps the answer to these questions lies in the following terms: responsible and sustainable tourism.A colleague from the Teklic.hr portal talked about this issue with a well-known Croatian ecologist, the president of the Eko Kvarner association, Vjeran Piršić, who points out large-scale tourism as a fundamental problem of Croatian tourism. “Today, large numbers of tourism are present in Croatia, which seems to be a likely path to ruin. There are two reasons for this – tourism in large numbers often leads to the devastation of destinations, and a picturesque example of this are Plitvice Lakes, where obviously all of us, due to congestion, this pearl turns from a national park into an ordinary park. The second reason is the “crowding” of tourist destinations, which in turn leads to a complete blockade of certain destinations at the peak of the season, as is the case in Dubrovnik burdened with cruising tourism or some smaller areas where the municipality of two thousand inhabitants the path to resource destruction, but also to demographic disruption, in the sense of facing a constant shortage of manpower”, Pirsic points out. Photo: Facebooklast_img read more

Companies keep doing business in Palu special economic zone despite outbreak

first_imgCity-owned developer PT Bangun Palu Sulawesi Tengah (BPST), which oversees the development of the Palu Special Economic zone (SEZ) in Central Sulawesi, has reported that at least two manufacturers are still operating in the industrial district amid the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak. Moringa processing company PT Moringa Organik Celebes Indonesia (MOCI), which operates in the SEZ, is developing an integrated machine to process moringa leaves and seeds, said BPST president commissioner Iwan Yunus recently.MOCI has planted drumstick trees on a 10-hectare piece of land to provide raw materials for its factory. The company is seeking to produce 20 tons of moringa powder from a 40-hectare of plantation. It is also planning to sell its products to the European market by partnering with PT Moringa Indonesia. “The company, therefore, will partner with farmers’ groups,” said Iwan. “The existing plantation serves as an example.”As of Thursday, 5,516 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed nationwide. Many companies in the country have decreased or suspended their production to follow the government’s social restriction order amid slowing demand.As a result, the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a monthly survey of trends in the manufacturing sector, recorded a contraction from 51.9 to 45.3 between February and March, the steepest decline since the survey began in 2011.MOCI was not the only company to keep operating in the special economic zone. Rattan manufacturer PT Kaili Rotan Industri is continuing to produce polo sticks and raw materials in Palu for furniture-making in Cirebon, West Java. The firm buys various types of rattan from, among other locations, North Morowali, Sigi and Donggala in Central Sulawesi.”This company will ship two containers of polo sticks in June and 30 tons of raw materials for furniture production to Cirebon for the first time,” said BPST president director Andi Mulhanan Tombolotutu.Mulhanan said the companies operating in the SEZ were complying with health protocols related to COVID-19. The firms divided the operations for 10 workers into two shifts: from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workers were also advised to keep a safe distance from each other, wash their hands and wear face masks while doing their jobs.”Another policy is giving turns to different groups of workers. If the first group works today, they do not go to work the next day,” said Mulhanan. “Instead, they will go back to work the day after tomorrow. So they take turns.” (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion offers ‘the best of everything’

first_imgNow that’s a theatre room! MORE NEWS: Beach house proves bigger isn’t always better No expense has been spared in the construction of this Sovereign Islands mansion at 51 Knightsbridge Pde West.THE lucky new owners of a lavish Sovereign Islands mansion won’t need to worry about keeping up with the Joneses.They will be the envy of all their neighbours after moving into the Knightsbridge Pde West residence, which raises the bar for luxury living.Crystal chandeliers, an Italian-made lift, Ralph Lauren wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame sweeping water views are among its standout features.Prestige real estate agent Ali Mian owns the opulent five-bedroom home, which he has shared with his wife and young children for three years.He has listed the property with a $6.425 million price tag so he can design and build another property with more space for his children. The views are among its standout features.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The family needs have changed,’’ he said.“I thought maybe while they’re young I’d like to get something with more yard.”Mr Mian said it was going to be sad to leave, given it was a dream home.“I put the best of everything you can get in there because we built it for ourselves, we didn’t build it to sell,” he said.“All the chandeliers are custom built, we imported the crystals from overseas, and the lift is Italian.”It also has a wine cellar that could fit almost 1000 bottles, designer wardrobes, smart wiring throughout and balconies for each of the bedrooms. MORE NEWS: House comes with helicopter parking It is listed with a $6.425 million price tag. Chandeliers with imported crystals are featured throughout.While the interior is ostentatious, Mr Mian said the naturally beautiful outlook was the property’s most impressive feature.“I love standing outside watching boats pass by,” he said.The property is listed through Edin Kara of Ray White Sovereign Islands, which is the agency Mr Mian heads. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Wildcats Drop Golf Match To Trojans

first_imgThe Wildcats shot a season low 177 against the East Central Trojans last night. East Central clipped Franklin County with a 169-177 victory.Medalist for the match was Kyle Leising with an impressive 33. Scores for the Wildcats were: Zach Jewell 40, Chase Tolhurst 44, Kyle Grubb 45, Christian Mackie 48, Justin Studt 48, and Logan Blades 52. We had two compete at the JV level. Tyler Norris shot a 57 and Brandon Cowen fired a 59.The Wildcats will be in action on Monday (4-30) at the Elks taking on Richmond and Rushville.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dustin Riley.last_img

CDC: California Patient is Third U.S. Coronavirus Case

first_imgA patient in Southern California has become the third person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, according to health officials.The Centers for Disease Control confirmed a traveler from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is where the outbreak began, tested positive for the virus.That patient is in isolation at a hospital and is in good condition, a release from the agency states.The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family, which is in turn related to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that caused outbreaks in previous years.What are the symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (#2019nCoV)? How does the virus spread? Learn the answers to frequently asked questions here: https://t.co/0ElbjEVlYh. #FAQ pic.twitter.com/dAdUno2jx0— CDC (@CDCgov) January 24, 2020 The first known case in California follows the first domestic diagnosis in Washington state on January 21 and another in Chicago last Friday. Both of those patients — in Washington, a man in his 30s, and in Chicago, a woman in her 60s — had traveled to China.The death toll from the virus in China has reached 56 so far. That country has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of its borders while it tries to stop the virus from spreading. Meanwhile, the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan announced on Sunday that it would evacuate its personnel as well as some private citizens aboard a charter flight.The CDC expects more Americans to be diagnosed with the virus, which is believed to have an incubation period of about two weeks. The worldwide number of confirmed cases is approaching 2,000.In addition, the CDC is screening passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan at major airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.last_img read more

Synthetic track will be a boost to Region 2-says former national athletes

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyMinister Within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Sport , Ms. Nicolette Henry’s disclosure that Region 2 will soon benefit from the realisation of a synthetic track has gain positive reactions from former national athletes in Essequibo.Minister Henry made the announcement during her 2017 budget presentation in Parliament. The modern facility is expected to be built next year, as the Government seeks to enhance the capability of athletes who can compete and win internationally.In this regard,creating a potentially conducive environment becomes paramount during the country’s drive to achieve an elusive Olympic medal. In Essequibo,no such dream existed before and the region remained uncomfortably stagnated and even alienated.Julian HolderFor almost two decades, the national athletic championship could not have been staged in the region due to the deplorable manner in which the facilities were kept.Similarly, such untenable scenario existed during the Kashif and Shanghai reign. The country-wide football tournament was played for almost twenty five years, yet not a single match had its feet in Essequibo. Given the Minister’s recent exciting expression which indeed is a bold initiative, Chronicle Sport sought a comment from three former national athletes whose origin is in the Cinderella County.They all expressed delight and affirmed that their exposure overseas enlightened the fact that those countries had modern facilities to enhance their athletes’ performance. ‘Having a similar track here will advance the region’s potential to excel as well as create more career driven opportunities’, they collectively opined.Former national long distance queen Reonna Cornette who hails from Richmond and attended the Anna Regina Secondary School, for many years reigned supreme at the National School’s Athletics Championship as well as at other local meets.She also represented Guyana in several international races abroad and was one of the country’s most outstanding female athletes. Reonna was crowned as both the junior and senior sports woman of the year in 1995 and 1996 respectively during her glittering career.She still holds the record which she proudly upheld as clocking the fastest time in a marathon for female athletes in the Caribbean.The well-travelled former athlete expressed great optimism which she said the track can create, stating that athletes needed such training ground from an early age to have any chance of competing successfully at a higher level.Cornette added that her training was done agonisingly on unleveled muddy dams and pot-holed roads which were never ideal contributors for an aspiring athlete.Notwithstanding, she persevered to become one of the country’s most accomplished runners. Meanwhile even before Reonna dreamt of running, the popular Holder brothers, Prince and Julian were already champions on the track.They were both long distance runners and held individual records. Prince Holder,who won gold at the Hampton International games in 1986,expressed his pleasure and praised the Government for its visionary insight.Holder, a critic of the unhealthy state of sports in the region, acknowledged that having a synthetic track will recreate interest in the sport and he believes that with his experience and expertise he can contribute meaningfully in the field of athletics.Reonna CornetteHe also added that the track can host other sports disciplines too as in the case of the Leneora multi-purpose track. Meanwhile, he suggested that the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground could be transformed into a modern facility that can include the track,given that there is vast amount of space which is ideally situated to connect with the entire region.His brother Julian Holder was also excited at the track’s prospect to develop athletes from the region.The older of the two siblings, Julian would have announced his superiority as a teenager and on several occasions rivalled his brother in many trilling encounters.He was arguably better in stamina and had the ability to conserve energy for his final sprint to the finishing line. Julian also represented Guyana and participated in several regional and international meets abroad.All three former national athletes expressed the desire to serve in some capacity once the track becomes a reality, knowing that it will pace the region towards producing national and international athletes; feats that they had proudly accomplished. The region was also known to have produced two highly rated sprinters in Francis Drakes (Dr. Kimani) and Dr. Colin Roach, both of whom attained a cult-like status during their era of invincibility on the track. Given such rich history therefore, the former national athletes are optimistic that the impending birth of a synthetic track will be a tremendous boost for sports in Region 2.last_img read more