A Humanitarian Operations Brigade to Act During Public Emergencies

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo October 16, 2017 Very interesting! It is important to the brazilian army this event. We are really looking forward to what is coming afete SILOGEM. It is the first time that we will do an operation like Amazonlog. We will learn a lot with it. As a military, I think this event is absolutely important to develop our military force. We can know different ways to support operations in the Amazon, which is very hard for the logistics. I expect that it is going to be a sucess! Brazilian Army General Guilherme Cals Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira, the logistics commander of the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym), got straight to the point during his opening remarks at the Humanitarian Logistics Symposium (SILOGEM, per its Portuguese acronym): “We all know how precarious the infrastructure in the Amazon is, and of the lack of government presence in that region. Activities like this seek solutions for overcoming such challenges and preventing improvised assistance to the populations affected by disasters.” The general was referring to AMAZONLOG, an interagency humanitarian logistics exercise that will be held in South America for the first time from November 6th to 13th, in the Amazon region—specifically in the tri-border area between Brazil (Tabatinga), Colombia (Leticia), and Peru (Santa Rosa)—and for which SILOGEM served as a kick-off. In addition to these three countries’ militaries and the logistical support provided by the United States, the exercise, directed by the EB’s Logistics Command—currently led by Gen. Theophilo—will have observers from 17 partner nations with experience in humanitarian operations, including Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. U.S. participation “The United States, with its considerable experience in large-scale disasters and, consequently, in humanitarian aid, was the ‘father’ of the exercise in terms of knowledge,” Gen. Theophilo clarified. “The U.S. personnel are bringing their civil defense and damage-mitigation experience from the large hurricanes that happen regularly in the U.S., but not with troops — unlike Colombia and Peru, both of which share borders with Brazil in that area,” he added. “What we want is to create a tiny embryo so that it multiplies and is really the fruit of a large humanitarian operations brigade that will act during public emergencies. Therefore, our collaboration with all of the nations concerned is extremely important.” The idea, the general clarified, is for AMAZONLOG to be repeated every year, preferably in different countries for each edition of the exercise. SILOGEM SILOGEM, held from September 26th to 28th at the Vasco Vasques Convention Center in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, had close to 2,000 people participating. The event was divided into presentations by Brazilian and foreign military, government, and defense industry speakers, and round tables after every three or four presentations. The first SILOGEM seminar was offered by Brazilian Army General César Augusto Nardi de Souza. The chief of Joint Operations at the Brazilian Ministry of Defense spoke about subsequent actions in support of the civilian population, an issue of fundamental importance since the main purpose of AMAZONLOG is to train service members and civilian agencies to work together in a joint response to a potential disaster in an isolated area. “We are exploring our experience in joint humanitarian operations among our three branches, to conduct operations in the border environment,” he said during his presentation. In turn, Michael J. Eddy, the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Brazil, commented on the importance of preventing the worst effects of disasters. “It is estimated that every dollar invested in disaster mitigation is worth five to 10 times more, in terms of the cost of aiding the victims. Hence the importance of governments, even with their bureaucratic hurdles, being prepared to deal with such situations.” Lieutenant General Jorge Céliz Kuong, the chief of the Peruvian Army’s 5th Division, began the second day of SILOGEM with a seminar series onthe support provided to civilians affected by drug trafficking and terrorism. Lt. Gen. Céliz told Diálogo that Peru will participate in AMAZONLOG with at least 50 service members, both officers and enlisted, who will, “carry out military patrols in the jungle. Specifically, during this exercise we will undertake humanitarian assistance operations. However, the most important element is to share experiences with the rest of the participating nations.” Instability situations Other issues addressed during SILOGEM included earthquakes in Haiti and in Chile, frequent floods and droughts in the Amazon (in northern Peru and in the Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas), Haitian migration to South America (especially Brazil, Colombia, and Peru), demobilization of former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the more recent Venezuelan migration to Brazil. “These are all examples of instability situations that can have negative consequences if there is no planning or appropriate control measures,” Gen. Theophilo stated in an interview with Diálogo. A parallel Materiel Exhibition showcased stands from the U.S. and Brazilian militaries as well as from security and defense manufacturers. Dual-use materials, particularly those used in humanitarian support operations, were exhibited. “These companies showed products and solutions that will be used during AMAZONLOG 2017,” said Major General André de Soza Rolim, a budget planning advisor for the EB’s Logistics Command. “That’s why holding this exhibition at the same time is important. And it’s also hugely important that other interested companies get the Brazilian Ministry of Defense to register them as strategic companies, so they can expand and promote the Brazilian defense industry. AMAZONLOG will emphasize the issue of humanitarian defense, and companies with related products can offer them to the armed forces,” he concluded. Purified water A good example of one of the products showcased at the exhibit is a water purification system designed by the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which the United States will provide for use during the exercise. “We will provide compact water filters, which produce up to 120 gallons of water per hour when utilizing fresh water sources, which is the case with AMAZONLOG,” explained Doug Hedberg, the assistant director of TARDEC. “However, we can produce clean water from a variety of sources, including saline or extremely polluted waters. For other exercises, if this is the case, we can modify and upgrade the equipment.” Gen. Theophilo said that SILOGEM exceeded his expectations. “We now await AMAZONLOG itself. I expect this exercise to become a model for natural-disaster situations in which humanitarian aid will be needed by local or displaced populations, as well as by civilians and service members who may be working in the affected region,” he said. “For Brazil, it will be an opportunity to test the new military logistics of our land forces within the strategic objectives of EB, demonstrating the Brazilian government’s capacity for carrying out humanitarian operations in the regional sphere, gaining knowledge, integrating tactics and operations, exchanging information, learning about new technologies, strengthening its ties with academia, and bringing services to that border region, which is so important to Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.”last_img read more

Trump Is Not Doing Well With His Election Lawsuits. Here’s a Rundown.

first_imgClaim: The Trump campaign is seeking to block the certification of the Pennsylvania election, alleging fraud in mail-in balloting, insufficient access for poll observers and varying procedures for curing ballots among different counties.The plaintiffs said “Democratic heavy” counties allowed voters to cure their absentee ballots while “Republican heavy” counties did not. They also said ballots were processed in Allegheny County and Philadelphia while poll observers were too far away to see what was happening. Context: On Election Day, Republican lawyers acknowledged in court that the party’s observers were present at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia when votes were being counted. “I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asked. He granted a modest accommodation, ordering the city election commission to allow poll observers to move closer to the counting. Claim: Four voters sought to block all votes from Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Allegheny Counties from being included in the state total, claiming that the state violated the right to equal protection by allowing differing absentee balloting practices among counties.Before the election, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, advised county election officials that “curing” absentee ballots (the term for fixing mistakes like a missing signature) was permitted but not required. As a result, local practices differed to a degree. This suit claims that it was unconstitutional to allow some but not all Philadelphia voters to cure their ballots. The suit also cites Delaware County for allegedly giving in-person ballots to voters who were recorded as having received mail-in ballots without requiring them to sign the registration book at the polls. In Allegheny County, according to the suit, voters were required to vote provisionally when records showed they had requested an absentee ballot but not cast it.Context: The election system in the United States is highly decentralized and gives considerable authority to state and county officials over how to run elections. As a result, it is common for states to allow some variation in local election practices and to allow voters to cast provisional ballots in a variety of circumstances.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Status: On Thursday night, the law firm representing the Trump campaign, Porter Wright, asked to withdraw. Previously, the plaintiffs asked Judge Matthew Brann of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to consolidate this case with the next one below.Donald J. Trump for President v. BoockvarFiled: Nov. 9- Advertisement – Pirkle v. WolfFiled: Nov. 10- Advertisement –last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window. last_img read more

Fashion trends of 2017 all about female empowerment

first_img Facebook The year 2017 will go down in the fashion books as the moment women reclaimed their power. From the Women’s March in January to the swell of the #metoo movement in the fall, the call of voices demanding gender equality has been emboldened.Naturally, the expression extended to fashion choices and it showed up in both obvious and subtle ways.The power of pinkA sea of people wearing pussy hats gathers for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017. The hats, a protest against comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump, became a symbol of female empowerment. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)During the Women’s March in Washington on Jan. 21, as far as the eye could see, heads were topped with handmade pink knitwear. In addition to the main march in Washington the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than 600 “sister marches” happened worldwide. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The 2017 fashion year was all about bold colours, bright prints and flouncy ruffles, reflecting a swell of female empowerment that was part of the zeitgeist in North American culture. (Catwalking/Giuseppe Cacace/Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What began as a viral response to Trump’s infamous reference to the female body part turned into a global pro-woman movement. The must-have march accessory was dubbed the “pussy hat” and served as a metaphorical peace sign. Or was it more of a raised fist? Twitterlast_img read more

A Cirque du Soleil performers fall from a great height

first_imgAPTN National NewsCirque du Soleil is one of the world’s premier acts.To be part of Cirque you compete with performers across the globe.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith offers up a glimpse into the life of a Cirque du Soleil performer from an Albert First Nation and his fall from a great height.last_img

How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories » read more

Christian Soldat nets game winner OSU mens soccer extends winning streak to

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerJunior forward Christian Soldat was the hero of the night for the second time in five matches, as the Buckeyes pulled through for a 1-0 victory against Cleveland State.The OSU men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and improved its record to 9-4-2 overall, while the Vikings fell to 6-7-1 on the season.The last-second goal was a déjà vu feeling for Soldat, who had another game-winner against Bowling Green when he scored with three seconds left on the clock in regulation.Soldat added 10 seconds to that clock on Wednesday night’s hero, as he sent in the winner with 13 seconds left. With the match scoreless and the clock running down, Soldat said the Buckeyes began to feel a sense of urgency.“We know the clock is winding down and we hear that there’s one minute left and we have to push everybody forward,” Soldat said.Despite the grabbing the win over CSU and keeping the program-record winning streak, the Buckeyes struggled to come out with the victory.Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes and the Vikings met and it showed in the game, as both teams struggled to figure out the other.The best look of the first half for either team came when Soldat attempted a shot in the 28th minute, but he could not execute.The game remained scoreless going into halftime and the Buckeyes knew they had to make adjustments if they were going to keep their streak alive.“If we can pick up our defensive pressure a little bit in the second half, I think we’ll do better,” OSU coach John Bluem said in an interview with Big Ten Network heading into halftime.Even with the halftime adjustments, the second half of the game was looking like the first half for much of the duration, as neither team could get a point on the board.The game seemed like it was going into overtime, until Soldat came up with the goal when junior forward Danny Jensen danced around a swarm of Viking defenders and tapped the ball in front of the net, where Soldat was in perfect position to put it home.“We have Danny Jensen putting his whole body on the line, sliding, winning the ball at the end line,” Soldat said describing the play. “He gets up and looks up and plants the ball straight in to (redshirt freshman forward Jacob) Duska. Duska gets his shot blocked and it just falls right to me to put in.”Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer only needed to make one save to preserve his seventh clean sheet of the season, including his fourth consecutive. The Union, Kentucky, native received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the last three weeks for his strong play of late.Overall, shots were 12-4 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, while OSU held a 5-2 lead in corners.Looking to get the winning streak to nine, the Buckeyes will prepare to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

Five Bahamians Invested as Knights and Ladies of the Order of the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Caption:Five Bahamians: Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St. Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St. Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien on Friday, November 18, 2016.  They join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who how hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini.  Pictured from left to right are Burton Hall, Camille Hall, Monsignor Culmer, Elma Garraway, The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G Archbishop of Nassau, Patricia Coakley, Cheryl Albury and Basil Albury, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday November 26, 2016.(PHOTO/Peter Ramsay)center_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, November 28, 2016 – Five Bahamians were made Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre during ceremonies at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday, November 18, 2016.Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.The ceremonies took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien in the presence of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Grand Prior of the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States.In the Archdiocese of Nassau they join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who now hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini, who was admitted to the Order in his native Canada and who now holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross.The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that traces its roots to circa 1099 under Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, “Defender of the Holy Sepulchre”, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.It is the only order of chivalry, together with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that is recognised and protected by the Holy See.  The Pope is sovereign of the order.The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 members in 56 lieutenancies around the world. As there is not yet a lieutenancy in our region, at the instance of Archbishop of Nassau, Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, STD, CMG, has been included with those states, which comprise the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States, the Catholic Church in The Bahamas having historical ties with the Church in New York.Admission into the Order means taking on a commitment for life to be a witness to the Faith, to lead an exemplary Christian life of continuing charity in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and to maintain the true charitable commitment of a Christian. The purpose of an individual in joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and to support the efforts of the Church and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to maintain the Christian presence in the Holy Land.Within the Catholic Church, members of the Order are entitled to use the courtesy titles “Sir” and “Lady” (or “Dame” with effect from 2017). Recommended for youlast_img read more

San Diego DA Summer Stephan announces new initiatives to train officers for

first_imgSan Diego DA Summer Stephan announces new initiatives to train officers for mental health crisis calls DA @SummerStephan Announces De-Escalation Training & Mental Health Reform Blueprint to improve public safety outcomes when individuals w/ mental health challenges come into contact w/ police & the criminal justice system: https://t.co/XCOJmVLQUw @NAMISanDiego @SanDiegoCounty pic.twitter.com/MOgix7E1nK— SD District Attorney (@SDDistAtty) May 21, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter May 21, 2019 Updated: 9:51 AM Posted: May 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced $1.5 million in funding Tuesday to go toward increased police training on interacting with individuals suffering from mental illnesses.The initiative seeks to offer enhanced training to all police officers in the county within the next three years, providing strategies for how best to recognize the signs of mental illness or substance abuse when responding to emergency calls.Officers already receive training regarding mental health issues in the police academy, but Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said the new training curriculum offers “more tools to cope with those in crisis while we’re in the field.” Officials hope the new curriculum — the culmination of a year-long collaboration involving more than 200 experts on mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice issues — will reduce to need for officers to use deadly force in the field.The new training includes classes led by members of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team — or PERT — who often assist police officers responding to emergency calls related to mental health crises.The funding will also go toward use of the MILO Range Theater, a video simulation that places officers in a variety of situations replicating potential interactions with subjects suffering from mental illnesses.In addition, a 911 Mental Health checklist has been created to give family members calling 911 an opportunity to inform police dispatchers of a loved one’s mental health issues, access to weapons and other important information, which “will allow officers to be more prepared before they arrive on scene,” according to District Attorney Summer Stephan.The checklist, available on printed flyers, will be distributed to psychiatric hospitals, jails, police agencies and will soon be available on a free phone app.Dispatchers will also be trained to inquire further on mental health related issues when taking 911 calls.According to Stephan, county law enforcement responded to more than 53,000 calls for service last year for people with mental health issues. Subjects with mental health or substance abuse issues also accounted for 79% of the county’s officer-involved shootings over the past 25 years, she said, while around 30% of county jail inmates receive medication for mental health disorders.“Individuals in San Diego County facing mental health issues frequently come in contact with law enforcement and with our criminal justice system,” Stephan said. “Too often, the outcome falls short of helping people who face those challenges.”The recommendations that led to the new funding are included in a 76- page report released Tuesday, titled “Blueprint for Mental Health Reform: A Strategic New Approach Addressing the Intersection of Mental Health, Homelessness and Criminal Justice in San Diego County.”Summer Stephan’s complete press conference is below.The full report can be viewed at https://www.sdcda.org/Content/Preventing/Blueprint%20for%20Mental%20Health%20Re form.pdf . KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more