Partner Nations Train Together to Save Lives

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo October 05, 2018 The air forces of 12 countries strengthened rescue and interoperability capabilities in simulated emergency and highly dangerous missions during multinational exercise Ángel de los Andes II. The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) hosted the exercise in the highlands of Cundinamarca and Boyacá departments, September 3rd-14th. More than 400 participants along with 15 fixed-wing aircraft and six rotary-wing aircrafts participated. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay took part in the exercise that sought to standardize and improve skills of units operating in rescue missions for natural disasters and combat search and rescue (CSAR). Participants, including service members, medical personnel, and observers, conducted 197 missions, totaling 187 flight hours. “Ángel de los Andes is a FAC-led international exercise,” FAC Lieutenant Colonel John Jairo Báez Gómez, commander of the exercise, told Diálogo. “It seeks to train nations’ capabilities in humanitarian assistance, personnel rescue in environmental emergencies, firefighting, and also rescue missions for isolated or downed crews in hostile environments.” Simulated rescue scenarios The exercises included the simulation of an aerial accident with a plane crash on the road between Barranquilla and Bogotá with 45 passengers aboard. The rescue operation included 150 units from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and the United States. Participants extracted the wounded with UH-60 Black Hawk and Bell 212 helicopters of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) and FAC. Units transferred evacuees from the crash site to the area where medical aircraft, such as the U.S. Air Force C-17, waited to airlift victims to hospitals. “This is actually my first time taking part in an exercise of this magnitude,” FAP Lieutenant Romina Feijoo Ojeda, Bell 212 helicopter pilot, told Diálogo. “It’s reassuring to know that many countries worked together for a single goal: saving lives.” Rescue personnel from the air forces of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and the United States also faced a simulated magnitude 6.9 earthquake, resulting in more than 30 wounded, who were evacuated. The exercise included rescue operations to extract people from collapsed areas or trapped inside vehicles, in addition to humanitarian airdrops. Another exercise involved extinguishing a forest fire, putting to the test the firefighting capabilities of Bambi Buckets installed in Huey II and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, as well as the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mounted on a C-130 Hercules. ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles also took part in the mission, transmitting real-time information to the command center. In addition to humanitarian missions, participants carried out CSAR, such as a mock war scenario with an attack on a military convoy that left many injured. Units conducted an air assault while troops rappelled from helicopters to secure the area before evacuating the personnel. “What was most interesting about this experience was the rescue in combat during the second week, because it takes more concentration and preparation in doctrine and procedures,” Lt. Feijoo said. “It’s something we [in Peru] must learn and keep developing and improving every year, so we can be better prepared whenever a situation happens.” A promising future “This has been an excellent opportunity to train with our partner nations,” said U.S. Air Force Colonel Brett Howard, Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force lead for Ángel de los Andes II. “We’ve had many challenges, [but] what we were able to learn is how to overcome those challenges together for mission success.” Carried out for the first time in 2015, the exercise counted on the unprecedented participation of guest partner nation aircraft in its second edition. The number of deployed units also nearly doubled, going from 250 to more than 400. “Our aircraft were able to operate with other aircraft, our commands with other commands, and the lessons learned [were] all of them,” Lt. Col. Báez said. “There are lessons learned from the administrative, logistics, and obviously operational viewpoints, which are being compiled to fuel our doctrine to generate changes in the procedures if required.” Under FAC’s leadership, Ángel de los Andes casts itself as an exercise of great importance for the region. The next edition will be held in 2021. “I’m certain that the next edition in three years will feature more visiting nations or more delegations bringing their own aircraft,” Lt. Col. Báez said. “What’s next for Ángel de los Andes, for FAC, and for Colombia as a benchmark, is very positive.”last_img read more

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‘Move Along’ organization showcases sports are made for anyone

first_imgMove Along frequently visits schools to educated students on the importance of inclusion in sports as well as hosting programs to play sports. For more information visit their website. “Growing up with a disability, there’s things that are pretty difficult and things can be adapted and stuff like that, but I think that even if you have a disability, you can do anything,” said Addison Rosenkrans. “Here’s a chance to realize, ‘I’m not defined by this disability, I’m defined by my abilities to push through what I need to get to,'” said Jeff Wright, executive director for Move Along. “It works out different muscles and it gives you a better idea of what disabled people have to do to stay active,” said Calli Graham. For one student in the class, she has a disability, but she says that doesn’t define her. After trying out the sports, students say, they have a new respect for people with disabilities. center_img “I’ve never been in a wheelchair and have to deal with this, but it’s cool to see what they get to do,” said Myles Clement, a student in the class. CONKLIN (WBNG) — Students at Richard T. Stank Middle School are hitting the court to play sports, but they’re doing it a little differently. ‘Move Along’, an organization that specializes in adaptive sports is showing students across the Southern Tier that sports are for everyone. The class spent time in the gym playing basketball, hockey, and cycling, all using equipment made for people with disabilities. last_img read more

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Virgin Galactic spaceflight test delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19 in New Mexico

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The space tourism company on Nov. 5 said that the next spaceflight test was scheduled for a launch window between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23. It is planned to be the first of two test spaceflights before Virgin Galactic flies founder Sir Richard Branson and then begins commercial operations.Shares of Virgin Galactic fell as much as 10% in early trading from its previous close of $22.27. Virgin Galactic’s carrier aircraft releases its spacecraft Unity during a glide flight test.Virgin Galactic – Advertisement – Virgin Galactic’s stock dropped after the company said on Monday that it’s next spaceflight test is now delayed due to new COVID-19 restrictions implemented by New Mexico.“We will be minimizing our New Mexico operations to the greatest degree possible. While these new restrictions cause us to adjust our flight schedule, we take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement.While the company’s manufacturing and development facilities are in California’s Mojave Desert, its base of operations is at Spaceport America in New Mexico.- Advertisement – Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.last_img read more

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Kresna goes about business as usual despite reports of problems related to Jiwasraya

first_imgThe Financial Services Authority (OJK) has denied rumors that investment management firm PT Kresna Asset Management and life insurer PT Kresna Life are under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The fund manager also reports business as usual with no disruption linked to the high-profile Jiwasraya case, as speculated.OJK public relations and logistics deputy commissioner Anto Prabowo said on Thursday that Kresna Asset Management (KAM) and Kresna Life were going about business as usual and were not connected to the case of ailing state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.“They are not relevant to the AGO’s investigation of assets and accounts [in Jiwasraya],” he said in a statement to the press, referring to reports in local media that KAM and Kresna Life’s securities account had been blocked due to the investigation. Previously, several local media reported that KAM and Kresna Life’s securities accounts had been blocked by the AGO as they were rumored to be relevant to Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement case. Such reports emerged after KAM’s customers reportedly claimed that they were unable to redeem their mutual funds from the company.However, KAM soon dismissed the reports, saying that customers were indeed able to redeem their mutual funds. “We also stress that we are not connected to the Jiwasraya case,” the statement read.Kresna Life, however, has yet to issue a statement on its rumored connection to the case. The AGO ordered the suspension of 800 securities accounts related to Jiwasraya as part of its ongoing investigation to uncover the alleged corruption in the ailing insurer that resulted in its failure to repay policyholders’ claims totaling Rp 16 trillion (US$ 1.17 billion) as of January. Topics :last_img read more

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GNER orders Pendolini

first_imgBERMUDA-based shipping group Sea Containers is to order tilting trains from Fiat Ferroviaria for its British train operating franchisee Great North Eastern Railway. The signing of heads of agreement covering two trains was announced on September 9, at a price believed to be around £15m each. There is an option for GNER to buy a further six sets, subject to obtaining an extension to its seven-year franchise which expires in 2002-03.GNER plans to introduce the trains on the East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh ’in the autumn of 2000’. Each 11-car train, with distributed traction equipment supplied by GEC Alsthom Traction, will have seating for 500 passengers, and be capable of speeds ’over 225 km/h’. Sea Containers says the 633 km journey will be cut from 3h 59min to 3h 30min, at an average speed of 180 km/h. Substantial infrastructure investment will be needed, including the closure of level crossings and the provision of cab signalling. GNER will have to obtain a dispensation from HM Railway Inspectorate to carry passengers in the leading vehicle of a train running at over 160 km/h.Virgin Railways called tenders on August 29 for a fleet of 40 tilting trains to operate inter-city services on its West Coast routes from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. Bids are due on November 3, and Virgin says 12 firms have pre-qualified, including General Electric and General Motors. Bids to supply up to 400 high-speed DMU cars for the Virgin Cross Country business were due on September 29. olast_img read more

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Ireland Reveals Big Offshore Wind Plans

first_imgIreland’s state owned electricity company Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is seeking expressions of interest for the provision of renewable energy marine services related to offshore wind farms.ESB plans to develop or acquire the offshore wind farms commencing in 2018, through a pipeline of projects which are currently going through the consenting process.The size of individual projects is expected to range between 200MW and 500MW, although some projects could be larger, ESB said.The location of these initial offshore wind farms is expected to be in the Irish sea.The high level scope of services includes but is not limited to offshore geophysical surveys; geotechnical investigation and sampling, marine archaeological survey; sourcing and deploying of floating Lidar wind measurement buoys; desktop UXO risk assessment and report; site characterisation assessment; ground model development; complete factual and interpretive reporting; and risk assessments and method statements development.Some post construction services during the wind farm operational phase may also be included in the scope of this framework, EIB said.The services relate to offshore wind farms acquired, developed or built during the term of the framework, including joint venture or subsidiary developments.The tender will remain open until 02 October 2017.last_img read more

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Corruption report shocks Wenger

first_img The European enforcement agency’s report stated some 380 matches were under investigation, including one 2009 Champions League game in England between Liverpool and Hungarian club Debrecen. While there has never been any suspicion of wrongdoing by anyone at Liverpool, who won the match in question 1-0, Wenger feels the whole situation must act as a wake-up call to the English game. “It was absolutely a surprise (to hear) the number of games that have been fixed. For me, it is a real tsunami and a real shock,” the Arsenal manager said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Europol match-fixing investigation has swept through football like a “tsunami” – and claimed “sport is full of legends who are in fact cheats”. “I cannot accept it. I always was a believer that there is a lot of cheating going on in our game and that we are not strong enough with what happens, nor with the doping, nor with the corruption of the referees, nor with the match-fixing. “It is time that we tackle this problem in a very serious way and that people who cheat are punished in a very severe way as well. Sport is full of legends who are in fact cheats. We had a recent example again (in cyclist Lance Armstrong) and we all have that responsibility to fight against that.” Wenger feels the concept of fixing a result goes against the very essence of sport. “You cannot accept when somebody who works the whole week and decides to spend his money to go to a game, that you then cheat him because everything is decided before he gets to the stadium,” the Frenchman added. “I cannot stand up for that. We cannot accept that.” The Gunners boss, however, does not feel England has cause for major concern at the moment. “I don’t think at all it is a problem in the English game, and that is why it is maybe a shock for us,” he said. “We are convinced we live in a world in England where although it is not a perfect world, I don’t think cheating or match-fixing is a problem. In fairness I give you some credit for that because the English media would be very harsh against that.” Wenger added: “I personally feel English football is clean of cheating 100 per cent. I don’t think referees are corrupt. It happened in Europe before, that is my belief, where referees were not always fair, there is history, especially in some countries, but you always have to be cautious, have your own beliefs, prove it, and that becomes more difficult.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Georgia Gov. to start reopening process Friday

first_imgGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that he plans to start reopening parts of the state’s economy beginning on Friday.In a press conference on Monday Gov. Kemp stated that businesses such as gyms, bowling alleys, salons, and massage therapists will be allowed to open up shop again beginning April 24th.While these businesses will be allowed to reopen, however, Kemp says it will not be “business as usual.”The businesses will still have to adhere to social distancing measures and will be required to screen employees for fever, enhance sanitation efforts  require the wearing of masks and gloves, and consider staggered employee shifts.Kemp says the move is to allow businesses to manage inventory and payroll.Business such as theaters, personal clubs, and restaurants will have their chance to reopen as well. The governor says they will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27, while businesses such as nightclubs and bars will remain closed until further notice.last_img read more

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MBB : Syracuse struggles from deep in win over West Virginia

first_img Comments As Dion Waiters’ free throw rattled around the rim and out, the sophomore guard’s frustration finally boiled over.He turned around, bent down and slapped the Carrier Dome floor with both hands as he stepped off the line. Another look for Syracuse that just refused to drop.‘I was mad,’ Waiters said. ‘It went in and out. It was crazy. I was kind of frustrated because I don’t miss foul shots. In a game like that, you want to make every shot. You want to try to be perfect.’No. 3 SU (22-1, 9-1 Big East) was far from perfect on the offensive end in its 63-61 win over West Virginia (15-7, 5-4) Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Despite multiple open looks on the perimeter, the Orange shot just 4-of-20 from 3-point range. Five SU players took at least three 3-pointers in the game. Three of them failed to connect on any of their looks, while Scoop Jardine went 2-of-6 and Brandon Triche went 2-of-4. That appeared to frustrate the Orange throughout the game, and it allowed West Virginia to nearly pull off the upset.‘We’re getting good looks,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I don’t think James (Southerland) can get better looks at 3 than he got. Scoop’s were good. Brandon’s were good. Dion’s were wide open. We’ve got to make some of those because we’re going to get beat on the boards a little bit. But we’ve got to make some of those shots.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe struggles from long range started on SU’s second possession of the game. Jardine shook his defender with a crossover and pulled up for an open 3 from the top of the key. But the jumper bounced off the rim and West Virginia grabbed the rebound.SU didn’t take another 3 for nearly five minutes before Jardine knocked down his second attempt of the game. But the Orange missed its next eight tries from beyond the arc. Southerland, Waiters, Jardine and Joseph all missed two triples in that span before Jardine finally knocked one down just before halftime.‘At the end of the day, if you miss 10 straight, you’ve got to continue shooting,’ Waiters said. ‘That’s what we’re going to do. Every night is not going to be a great shooting night for us. But we’ve got to continue to keep shooting.’The Orange’s shooting issues date back to the start of Big East play. Entering the game against West Virginia, Syracuse was 12th in the conference at 31.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In its last three games, including the win Saturday, SU is just 14-of-55 from deep for a measly 25.5 percent.‘It’s open shots,’ Triche said. ‘We’re lining them up and just not hitting them. They look like they’re going in. They’re hitting back rim. We’re just going to keep shooting them.’Triche was the only Orange player to have a good night from deep. He didn’t take a 3 in the first half but knocked down his first try just 40 seconds after halftime on a pull-up shot.Like Jardine in the first half, Triche was the only one to hit a 3 in the second. But even though he went 2-of-4 on the night, his two misses also came on good looks.Boeheim said after the game that he didn’t see a bad shot taken of the 20 3s SU attempted. Southerland said those looks typically go down in practice. But after a shooting performance like that, combined with a 41-20 rebounding disadvantage, he also said the Orange was lucky to come away with a win.As for solving the shooting issues, the Syracuse players agreed the answer is simple: just keep putting shots up, and eventually, they will start to fall.‘It’s going to come,’ Waiters said. ‘That’s the best thing about it. You’re not going to always play a great game. You’re not going to always do good. If two or three of them shots went down, it’s a different story. But they didn’t and we still won.’zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 27, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Adix brings UW ‘bulldog’ mentality

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Competitive, tough, a bulldog, fun, caring and laid-back are the words Wisconsin softball head coach Yvette Healy and pitchers Cassandra Darrah and Meghan McIntosh used to describe Tracie Adix. They may seem paradoxical, but the two separate phrases are apt descriptions of the Badgers’ third-year pitching coach.Like Adix, plenty of players transition from participatory role in a sport to a coaching position in that same sport. However, unlike most players, Adix is now coaching with the same coach she was once recruited by and subsequently played for in college.At a recent practice, Adix recounted her better-late-than-never approach, which landed her the job at Wisconsin almost three years ago.“I was looking for a job the summer of 2010. I had applied for a lot of jobs and didn’t really get a whole lot back,” Adix said. “And I saw that [Healy] got the job here and I actually thought that her pitching coach was going to come with her, so I just emailed her and said, ‘Congratulations, good luck, and if you need a pitching coach, I’d love the opportunity.’ “In the time that she called me, I had already been offered a job [and] was setting up another interview with another program. I had a comfort level with her, having played for her and having played in the same program, so we talked and she offered me the job and I was like, ‘Heck yes.’ To be part of the Big Ten would be awesome, especially since where I did grad school was a little smaller school than what I was used to.”Adix’s start in the world of coaching began a few years prior to taking the job at Wisconsin and like her start with the Badgers, her decision to begin coaching was also made in a last-minute fashion.After graduating from DePaul University in 2007, Adix spent time playing softball in Europe. When one of her teammates left to take an assistant coaching job and with only three weeks left in the summer, Adix decided that she wanted to coach as well and get her graduate degree. So after applying to a graduate assistant position at South Dakota State University, and with barely any knowledge of the school, Adix accepted the position with the Jackrabbits.“I kind of just jumped into it,” Adix said of her decision to go into coaching, admitting it was probably not the best route. “I’ve never been one for sitting at a desk and sitting in a cubicle. I like to be outside, I like to move and not sit in one place for very long. I think just my competitive spirit is what made me want to get into coaching. It was either that or firefighting, and my parents weren’t too fond of the firefighting, so they were like, ‘You should go into coaching.’”Besides being the closest in age of any coach to the Badgers’ players, Adix also totes success within the field of her job as a player. At DePaul during her senior season, Adix went 22-4 with the fifth best ERA in the country at 0.89, and more notably led her team to the Women’s College World Series. One of Adix’s fondest memories was during that 2007 playoff run when thanks to her arm; her Blue Demon squad upset Oklahoma – the No. 4 team in the country at the time – two games in a row to advance. Adix and DePaul eventually fell in the World Series quarterfinals, but Adix had certainly proved herself as one of the nation’s top pitchers.“First of all, from an age standpoint it’s nice that she relates,” Healy said. “She’s younger and she’s cooler than we are, so she knows all the inside track stuff. “From a pitching standpoint, she was just a phenomenal All-American pitcher, so she brings that knowledge of how to get it done, how to compete. And then from the professional stand point, she’s just a really hard worker. She’s super organized, thorough, does all of the dirty work behind the scenes of paperwork and forms and submitting every little bit – the pencil-pushing that no one knows about.”Wisconsin’s ace, junior Cassandra Darrah, who is 22-5 on the season, was quick to echo the words of her head coach regarding Adix.“Since she’s so young she can relate to us and she’s actually experienced everything that we’re going through, so I thought that was one of the nicest aspects of her,” Darrah said. “And she’s also just fun to be around and a very good coach.”The Badgers’ senior pitcher Meghan McIntosh has also benefited a great deal from the presence of Adix on the coaching staff. Over the summer of 2012, Adix set McIntosh up with a workout regimen designed for an All-American type player. As a result of the help from Adix paired with the commitment and hard work of McIntosh, the senior pitcher has gone on to record a career-high 12 wins and a career-low and team-leading 1.57 ERA in 2013.Whether the statistics are a direct result of the pitching coach’s work or not, one thing is clear: Adix’s “bulldog” mentality, as Healy referred to it, has certainly rubbed off on the Badgers around her.“She always says live in the moment, so every pitch, every play, every at-bat, every batter,” McIntosh said, comparing Adix’s mentality to the old here-and-now mentality of the football team. “It’s kind of like the 1-0 football [motto], but just to let [past events] go. You can’t really bring back anything from the past, and just look for the next pitch.”last_img read more

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