New Air Capabilities for Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo December 08, 2017 The Brazilian Air Force possesses unique air capabilities that help victims in the event of natural disasters.Brazilian Air Force General Carlos Vuyk de Aquino, commander of Aerospace Operations, follows military doctrine verbatim. For him, humanitarian aid missions to alleviate human suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters are a point of pride for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym).Gen. Aquino gave a presentation on FAB’s capabilities in natural disasters and humanitarian aid missions during the South American Air Chiefs Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, October 31st–November 3rd, 2017. A tactical mobile hospital and communications equipment are among the disaster response capabilities FAB has at its disposal. Gen. Aquino spoke with Diálogo on the air force’s role in disaster response, international cooperation, and the institutional outlook for 2018.Diálogo: Why is it important for FAB to participate in the South American Air Chiefs Conference 2017?General Carlos Vuyk de Aquino, commander of FAB Aerospace Operations: It is very important for all in South America to participate, because it’s essential to have a good understanding of each nation’s capabilities to assist in the event of natural disasters and how we can come together to bring mutual aid.Diálogo: Why is it important for air forces to collaborate to respond to natural disasters?Gen. Aquino: Air forces have greater mobility and greater capacity to go anywhere. Generally, during natural disasters, towns are cut off and highway conditions make it hard to reach them. It’s quite typical for air forces to be activated to carry out the first rescue contacts.Diálogo: What is your assessment on the level of integration among South American air forces in natural disaster response?Gen. Aquino: It’s very good. We have the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym), which is a very good tool for initial coordination in natural disaster emergencies. When disaster strikes, people of South America are very gracious, helping with donations and using their air forces to provide a rapid response and deliver specific necessities. Every time requests for help come in from a country, all nations with rapid response resources react immediately.Diálogo: What is your assessment of the conference?Gen. Aquino: Today, we have a better perspective of our nations’ capabilities and how prepared we are to respond when faced with an individual need and the needs of other nations. If we’re all prepared, the response, if an event [a natural disaster] occurs, will be much more efficient.Diálogo: What are FAB’s disaster response capabilities?Gen. Aquino: One really good capability we have is our tactical mobile hospital. Usually, when responding to natural disasters, many victims have specific needs but there is no medical care nearby, so the option of setting up a hospital on-site is very helpful. We also have very good communications equipment, which is essential to coordinate our operations.Diálogo: How does FAB work with Brazil’s other service branches during natural disasters?Gen. Aquino: In Brazil, the Ministry of Defense has various plans that piece everything together. The Ministry of Defense coordinates the efforts when a specific need arises and deploys our forces.Diálogo: How does FAB help counter national security problems?Gen. Aquino: We have Operation Ostium, which creates a barrier to control illegal transnational transit of all kinds of materials, drugs, etc. FAB maintains that barrier, and today, we employ all our resources, such as radar planes. We will apply more intelligence to the process to get a better idea of where to do our operations at the right moment.Diálogo: What were FAB’s net results in 2017?Gen. Aquino: FAB is going through administrative and operational structure changes. We’re transforming the air force so that it becomes more effective at a lower operational cost. FAB will turn 100 in 2041, and we’re already preparing for that. We’re now in a process we call “Air Force 100,” and we began the transformation to get to an air force that can meet all the needs of the Brazilian government by 2041.Diálogo: And what are FAB’s plans for 2018?Gen. Aquino: In 2018, we’ll have several exercises in the operational area. We hope there aren’t any natural disasters. We planned exercises to which all South American nations are invited. For example, we have the Cruzex exercise planned for late 2018, with the participation of the United States, Canada, France, and other countries, because we know that only through joint mission integration will we truly be ready to address potential events in the world. Cruzex is more than a big exercise; it’s our approach to be prepared to address all needs.Diálogo: What is your message to air forces of the region regarding responding to natural disasters?Gen. Aquino: We need to keep exchanging more information about our capabilities. At this conference, I gave a presentation on Brazil’s capabilities. The idea is that someday SICOFAA may have a regional database with all our assets and capabilities, etc. My message is that air forces can count on FAB when needed.last_img read more

Adriagate has launched an action to promote and encourage holidays in Croatia

first_imgIt is for this reason that the agency will waive part of its commission in order to show solidarity with all the citizens of Lijepa naša, encourage them to book holidays on our coast and preserve tourism by booking private accommodation. The Adriagate travel agency has launched an action to further promote and encourage holidays in Croatia in order to preserve Croatian tourism and jobs, in line with the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “With this action we want to enable citizens to find from our rich offer more affordable private accommodation for a well-deserved vacation with loved ones, while providing support to Croatian tourism and private renters throughout the Adriatic coast.”, Says Mate Balić, director of Adriagate, and emphasizes that at this moment we all need to do something for each other, and decided to take this action to contribute to the development of the domestic economy by encouraging people to travel within the country. “Therefore, we decided to reward all Croatian citizens with a voucher in the amount of HRK 500.”Points out Balic. By the way, Adriagate is a company that specializes in mediation in the sale of accommodation facilities in Croatia in Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, continental Croatia and Montenegro. They have been operating successfully since 2001 with their headquarters in Split, where the central reservation system is located, where booking for more than 10.000 apartments and holiday homes is kept. Adriagate rewards Croatian guests with a HRK 500 discount on private accommodation throughout the Adriatic coastcenter_img The conditions for obtaining a gift voucher are that the reservation of private accommodation must be made through the Adriagate website and that it refers to the 2020 season and that the total amount of the reservation cannot be less than HRK 3.000. The discount applies to private accommodation, and in order to use it it is necessary promo code: Summer2020 enter in the booking process on the Adriagate website In addition to the seat, Adriagate.com also has reception offices in Vodice, Rogoznica, Vrboska on the island of Hvar, Primosten and Omis where it provides support to renters and guestslast_img read more

Dutch schemes left ‘disappointed’ by discount rate decision

first_imgBorgdorff responded: “Contrary to Knot and Koolmees, in our opinion pension arrangements offering less certainty may lead to a different discount rate.“If the discount rate were to take future returns into account, the coverage ratio would improve to a level at which we aren’t headed for benefit discounts in 2020 or 2021.” The Netherlands’ biggest pension funds have expressed disappointment that they will remain tied to the ultra-low risk-free interest rate as part of a new pensions agreement.Speaking on behalf of the country’s top five pension funds (ABP, PFZW, PME, PMT and BpfBouw), Peter Borgdorff, director of the €203bn healthcare scheme PFZW, said they had expected to avoid benefit cuts in the next few years as a consequence of the planned reforms.Klaas Knot, president of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), argued in a recent letter that the risk-free interest rate should always be used to calculate nominal pension rights. Wouter Koolmees, the minister for social affairs, has supported this view. Peter Borgdorff, PFZWIn a recent opinion piece in Dutch financial newspaper NRC Handelsblad – written with colleagues from the other four large funds – Borgdorff called on the employers and unions discussing the Dutch reform package to reach an agreement quickly to avoid cuts to pension payouts.“It goes against any sense of justice, if we have to apply rights discounts when the economy is doing well,” the five pension fund directors wrote.Borgdorff and his colleagues had expected some leeway from DNB to change the discount rate, in part based on an earlier admission from Knot that the ECB’s quantitative easing policy had led to the low interest rate.Further reading: ECB’s policy could cause Dutch pension system ‘implosion’PGGM’s Agnes Joseph and Niels Kortleve explain how the European Central Bank’s policies affected Dutch pension funds, and the options for fixing the problems it created, in this column from April 2017“We assumed that, given this effect as well as the fact that we have to apply the lowest rate, DNB would show more flexibility,” Borgdorff said.Although the funding ratio of the five schemes has been improving, PFZW, ABP, PME and PMT were all still short of the required 105% minimum funding level at the end of the second quarter of 2018.Benne van Popta, trustee at the PMT, said the DNB’s position would not bring a new pensions contract any closer.“Moreover, Knot’s statement is at odds with what DNB has said earlier and what is accepted elsewhere in Europe,” he told Dutch newspaper FD.Elsewhere, Martin van Rooijen, MP for 50Plus, the party for the elderly, said he would put questions to finance minister Wopke Hoekstra regarding DNB’s position.He also noted that DNB had changed its earlier opinion about the discount rate.Despite recent signs of progress, the social partners are still discussing a new pensions contract – which will form the backbone of a new pensions system – in the Social and Economic Council (SER).last_img read more

Sharon Kay (Patton) Davis

first_imgSharon Kay (Patton) Davis, age 66, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 29, 1950, in Phelps County, Missouri, the daughter of the late, John Franklin and Maude Ruth (Harris) Patton-Smith. She atttended the Rising Sun High School. Sharon was united in marriage on February 17, 1968, at the Rising Sun Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Indiana, to the late, Gilbert Aldred Davis and to this union arrived two daughters, Sheryl and Melissa and two sons, Gilbert and John to bless their home. Sharon was employed for Electro Wire in Bedford, Kentucky, where she was head of the hardware department from 1986 to 1989. She was later employed as a cook for Milton-Kentucky Souvenir from 1989 to 1994. She was also employed as an assembler for Dorman Products in Warsaw, Kentucky, retiring in 1996 after 2 years of service. She was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ in Rising Sun, Indiana. Sharon enjoyed camping, crocheting, gardening and helping people. Sharon passed away at 6:54 am, Monday, January 30, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Sharon will be dearly missed by her daughters: Sheryl Arvin and her husband: Troy of Milton, KY and Melissa May Newton and her husband: Donald of Carrollton, KY; her sons: John Franklin Davis of Markland, IN and Gilbert Aldred Davis, II. of East Enterprise, IN; her grandchildren: Crystal and her husband: Dave, Ashlie, Troy, Kenneth, Kimberly, Larry, Cory, Gilbert III, Matthew, Destany, Brittany and Chloe; her great-grandchildren: Alica, James, Clayton, MaKenna, Lona, Hayden, Kenzi, Kyla and Nevaeh; her brothers: Robert Patton and his wife: Christy of New Mexico, William “Billy” Smith of Rising Sun, IN and Guy Patton and his wife: Angel of Cincinnati, OH; her sisters: Linda Manning and her husband: Bob of Hanover, IN, JoeAnn Patton of Seattle, WA, Bonnie McAlister of East Enterprise, IN, Wanda Mohanon and her husband: Phil of Hartford, IN and Cora Matthews and her husband: Jennings of TX and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: John Franklin Patton, died June 24, 1958 and Maude Ruth (Harris) Patton-Smith, died March 27, 2001; her step-father: Claude Smith; her former husband: Gilbert Aldred Davis, died in 1995; her companion: Bill Henderson and her brothers: Randy, Bill and Alvin Patton.No services are being held at this time.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Sanitation schedules altered for the holidays in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville officials have announced an adjustment in sanitation services over the holiday period.Holiday collection dates for residents located north of Pearl street are Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2, 2018.  Residents living south of Pearl Street will have their garbage collected on Saturday, December 29 and Saturday, January 5, 2018.last_img

Pro soccer resumes in Germany with games in second division

first_imgPro soccer resumes in Germany with games in second division Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPro soccer resumes in Germany with games in second division,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img May 16, 2020last_img

USG to create online guide for spring admits

first_imgAt Tuesday night’s USG meeting, USG Vice President Rini Sampath announced that an online guide for USC students who are admitted for the spring semester will be available within a week. The guide, which will be posted on USG’s website, will give spring admits information on what to expect during their freshman year.“It’s an opportunity for spring-admitted students to come here to be successful and feel like they’ll have a great time,” Sampath said.Currently, official information for incoming spring admits is limited to frequently asked questions pages on USC’s website. Sampath hopes that the new guide will expand on this page and provide more information.“This will be a comprehensive guide,” Sampath said. “It will take the information from the FAQ page and really flesh it out.”The new guide will cover a variety of topics, including housing, registering for classes and food on campus.Inspiration for the page came from Winston Lee, a sophomore majoring in computer science and computer engineering who created a Google Document for students who were admitted in the spring of 2014. A spring 2014 admit himself as well as a current USG senate aid, Lee created the page to help others facing similar challenges.“Basically I wanted something I didn’t have as a student, which was a document that compiled the different information I gathered through my research,” Lee said.Before enrolling at USC, Lee lived near campus and took classes at Los Angeles Community College. He struggled to find information about which of his credits would transfer and what other classes he should take.“[The information] is definitely out there, it’s just hidden on different sites and different pages,” Lee said.USG’s new page will expand on Lee’s design and will feature graphic design and testimonials from former spring admits“We’re taking what Winston [Lee] created and making it more accessible, and more aesthetically pleasing,” Sampath said.Sampath and Lee met at USC while participating in student government. Their decision to collaborate grew from both being spring admits themselves.“We bonded over the spring admission experience,” Lee said.In her experience, Sampath found that the Facebook page for spring admits was filled with questions.“The Facebook page had a lot of questions, like ‘what do I do about housing?’” Sampath said.Though it is specifically designed for spring admits, Sampath and Lee hope that the new page will answer questions that are relevant for all students.“The final product should be something that everyone at our university be able to utilize,” Sampath said.last_img read more

The Stars Group sells entire stake in Jackpotjoy Plc for £45 million

first_img Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Toronto TSX online gambling firm The Stars Group has moved to sell its entire stake in London-listed Jackpotjoy Plc.Issuing a market update, Stars Group has detailed that it has sold 5.6 million shares (7.5% shareholding) at a target price of 802p per share, netting gross proceeds of £45 million.The transaction was carried out by Stars Group through subsidiary unit Stars Interactive Holding. Stars Group informs that Jackpotjoy will gain no proceeds from its share sale.This week, Jackpotjoy governance detailed that it had secured a £385 million senior secured loan with further access to a revolving credit facility.In its update, Jackpotjoy governance informed that the proceeds from the loan facility will be used to ‘repay the existing first and second lien term loans’.Updating investors, the loan facility comprises two finance tranches of £250 million and EUR 140 million, with an attached maturity of seven years and weighted average interest rate of 4.91% above Libor, which will be stepped downs of an additional 0.75% based on future leverage ratios and credit ratings.Entering new secured loan terms, Jackpotjoy’s new group annual cash interest payments will be reduced by approximately a third, targeting £9 million in savings for its first year of transactions.last_img read more

Van Gaal favourite to replace Moyes

first_imgLouis Van Gaal has emerged as the front runner to replace David Moyes after he was axed by Manchester United just ten months into his six-year contract.Moyes paid the price for a dreadful campaign when he was dismissed following a meeting with United vicechairman Ed Woodward at the club’s training ground yesterday.United’s most-decorated player Ryan Giggs, a player/ coach under Moyes, will take charge ‘‘until a permanent appointment can be made’’, the club said.Holland head coach Van Gaal has emerged as the favourite to replace Moyes with senior figures at United holding the 62-year-old, who is out of contract after the World Cup, in high regard.Sources close to the club have made it clear the fact that Van Gaal will be in Brazil with Holland this summer would not be an obstacle to the Dutchman taking over.Talks could take place over the coming days as United want to install Moyes’ successor quickly. It is easy to see why United are interested in Van Gaal.The Dutchman lifted the Champions League with Ajax and he also won titles in Germany and Spain.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is also used to working with bigname players and attracting big signings – neither of which were part of Moyes’ track record.Van Gaal has made it clear he wants to move to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires and is the bookmakers’ overwhelming favourite.Van Gaal was linked with the Tottenham job, but United’s illustrious history, and a £150million transfer kitty, make the vacancy at Old Trafford far more attractive.Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp ruled himself out of the running, telling the Guardian: ‘‘Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.’’ Pep Guardiola was considered when Sir Alex Ferguson retired last summer, but the Spaniard went to Bayern Munich, where he intends to remain. ‘‘I want to stay at Bayern for two more years,’’ Guardiola told a press conference.‘‘Bayern are my team, I’m comfortable here.’’ Other potential candidates include Paris Saint-Germain manager Lauren Blanc, who played for United for two years, Ferguson’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz, whose contract as Iran coach expires in the summer, and highly-rated Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.For now, Giggs is the man charged with restoring some pride to United following what has been a truly awful campaign.What Giggs lacks in experience, he makes up for with passion and a will to win. The 13 Premier League winner’s medals he owns prove that.Giggs is expected to be assisted by Nicky Butt, who is currently in charge of the under-19s and also coaches the reserves. Phil Neville and Chris Woods remain in their posts as first-team coaches, but Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden – both brought in by Moyes last summer – have been fired.A throng of camera crews and photographers turned up at the AON Training Complex, but they had missed Moyes, who slipped in during the early hours of yesterday morning.Moyes was sacked shortly after 8am, but the 50-year-old remained at the training ground for a few hours so he could thank and say goodbye to his players.He then left via the back exit away from the cameras.Moyes knew he was on his way out when reports emerged on Monday claiming he had lost the faith of United’s owners, the Glazer family. But he can have few arguments about his dismissal.Exactly one year ago, United won a record 20th title with four games to spare.Now they are in seventh, 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long.United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades while Moyes’ home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge. That is why Moyes will go down in history as the third shortest serving United boss behind Walter Crickmer and Lal Hilditch.Moyes never looked capable of dealing with the pressure of being United boss, he struggled in the transfer market, and his reign was dogged by rumours – denied by the Scot – that he did not get on with a number of his players.Former United striker Michael Owen took to Twitter and he summed up the situation perfectly.‘‘United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man,’’ the former United striker said.‘‘Evidently they didn’t have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who’s next?’’ Van Gaal looks likely to be that man.last_img read more

CAF CC: Medeama beaten 3-1 after late Sundowns rally

first_imgMedeama have a herculean task now in the CAF Confederations Cup, after they lost through three quick goals in eight minutes on Saturday evening in Pretoria.Mamelodi Sundowns came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over the Mauves and Yellows in the first leg of their tie. The Ghanaians broke the deadlock inside the opening minute, as Eric Kwakwa rifled home a sublime effort that left Wayne Sandilands with no chance.Khama Billiat went close for Sundowns after 13 minutes as his cheeky lob from close range was tipped over the bar by Tagoe.Sundowns should have been level in the 27th minute, as Anthony Laffor weaved his way into the box and a had glimpse at goal. However, the Liberian opted lay the ball off rather take a strike at goal.The home side went even closer in the 33rd minute. Leonardo Castro’s fine back-heel released Mzikayise Mashaba, who rattled the upright from close range.Cuthbert Malajila was brought on to replace the in-effective Laffor five minutes into the second half, as Sundowns pushed for an equaliser. Castro squandered a glorious chance to level matters in the 58th minute, as the Colombian placed his header wide of the upright from six-yards out.Mosimane opted for a double change after 70 minutes, introducing Teko Modise and Siyanda Zwane for Tebogo Langerman and Rama Mphahlele.Sundowns eventually leveled matters in the 80th minute, as Castro nodded home Dolly’s corner at the near post.Mosimane’s charges eventually completed the comeback in the 84th minute, as Billiat’s cross-cum-shot from the right flank sailed over  a flailing Tagoe and into the back of the net.However, the hosts sealed the win a few minutes later, as Malajila calmly slotted into the bottom corner from six-yards out, 3-1. FORMThe South African side were favorites to wrap this up, after winning their tough domestic Premiership title this week when a 3-0 win over University of Pretoria gave them an unassailable lead over Bidvest Wits.The Brazilians, as they are called, dropped down into the Confederation Cup, Africa’s second-tier club competition, after being eliminated from the CAF Champions League by AS Vita two weeks ago.Meanwhile, Medeama have been struggling in the Ghana Premier League, where they lie tenth.They would need a miracle to overturn this tie in Tarkwa. LINEUPS:Mamelodi Sundowns: Sandilands, Mphahlele, Langerman, Nthethe, Arendse, Kekana, Mashaba, Laffor, Billiat, Dolly, CastroMedeama: Tagoe, Adade, Amoah, Aidoo, Sarpong, Boahene, Kwakwa, Akowuah, Bio, Donsu, Abass Mohammed—last_img read more