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Ángel de los Andes Provides Training for Air Forces from the Americas

first_imgTraining to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies and to provide medical care paid off for the Colombian Armed Forces on June 22. Sharpening skills and bolstering cooperation “The exercise’s objective is to share the FAC’s 50 years of experience, strengthen operational abilities in the various air crews, be at the forefront in the techniques used to provide humanitarian aid, and improve the close ties of cooperation and interoperability that exist among the participating countries to conduct joint operations intended to save lives at the national and international levels,” the FAC’s Communications Department told Diálogo. The training program will be managed by the FAC’s National Center for Personnel Recovery (CNRP) and led by Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Zapata Romero, FAC’s director of Special Air Operations. Ángel de los Andes, an initiative by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), provides an opportunity for “air crews and aviation medical personnel, as well as operational and logistics personnel, to train in a simulated environment on Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), evaluations and medical airlifts, and putting out forest fires,” the FAC’s website stated. The FAC’s goals in hosting the training program are to help Air Force service members sharpen their search, rescue, and medical skills, in addition to improving cooperation among partner nations. The Air Forces of 12 countries in the Americas will gather from August 17-28 in Colombia to conduct search and rescue exercises during natural disasters and other emergencies. “During this meeting, all the participants demonstrated commitment, bravery, and camaraderie as they prepared to save lives anywhere in the Americas,” the FAC CACOM 5 reported. The following month, on July 16, the Caribbean Air Group used a C90 medical-equipped aircraft, known as the “Guardian Angel of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast,” to transport a 62-year-old man from Providencia Island to the Amor de Patria Departmental Hospital in San Andrés Island, 90 km south, after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Members of the FAC will share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts from other participating countries. During the 10 days of Ángel de los Andes, 230 Colombian Air Force members will train with 60 others from partner nations in search, rescue, and recovery of an ejected crew and persons affected by an attack on a Military convoy; practice planning, supervision, and control skills; and learn about the best ways to provide medical treatment during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes. “Sharing experiences is a tradition among the world’s Armed Forces; there is a very strong esprit de corps among Military institutions,” Rubén Sánchez, a security analyst at Colombia’s University of Rosario, said. Such humanitarian missions “rendered by the Air Force and the Army in each nation is critical for many communities located in inhospitable areas,” Sánchez said. The FAC CNRP units have also rendered humanitarian aid in countries such as Chile, Peru, and Haiti. Multiple roles for Colombian Armed Forces By Dialogo August 18, 2015 warm The FARC guerilla forces went and took out the seismic company ecopetrol congratulations for the partnership between friendly nations. Much success I think it’s very important that the Minister of Defense should be someone with a lot of military experience. Heartfelt regards to all the members of the Armed Forces of my Colombia for the great work they do for us Eight days later, on June 30, the 7th Air Combat Command used an Angel UH-60 helicopter outfitted with a Bambi Bucket that held 640 gallons of water mixed with liquid fire retardant to fight a blaze in the municipality of Pradera in Valle del Cauca. Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the United States, and Canada will attend Ángel de los Andes at the 1st Air Combat Command (CACOM 1) in the department of Cundinamarca, and at the 5th Air Combat Command (CACOM 5) in the department of Antioquia. “This is an excellent opportunity for the institution and for the country to demonstrate the Colombian Air Force members’ skills and training, which have allowed them to stay at the forefront of personnel recovery operations and providing treatment in emergencies and disasters,” the FAC said. The training program will include lectures by national and international speakers arranged by the Office of the Chief of Air Operations and the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SNGRD). Participants will also engage in discussions regarding rescue techniques using examples of successful recoveries of victims during disasters carried out by Colombian security forces and U.S. combat pilots. Military authorities have planned for this event for several months, beginning in October 2014. The FAC and U.S. Air Force members also met at the end of June 2015 to train together prior to the exercise. On that day, the helicopter crew of a UH-60 FAC 4103 Angel aircraft rescued Staff Sergeant Elver Alberto Santana, 38, who was suffering from acute coronary syndrome and extreme dehydration. The helicopter crew airlifted him from the municipality of Murindó to the Medellín Military Hospital. last_img read more

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Registration forms for Prime Minister’s Softball Cup available today

first_imgREGISTRATION forms for the country’s Premier Softball Cup competition can be uplifted today at the conclusion of the official launching of the three-day tournament.The launch is scheduled for the Everest Cricket Club ground pavilion from 12:00hrs, and according to the organising committee, captains for each participating local team are asked to be a part of the ceremony.Robert FranceNamed the ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’, the three-day tournament is billed for October 27, 28 and 29.The tournament will be played in two categories: the Masters and All Stars, and entry is open to any number of teams interested to be a part of the tournament.To date, a number local teams have confirmed their participation. To add some international flavour to the event, Toronto Cup Masters Softball cricket tournament 2017 winners SVC Mafia and New York Hustlers, along with New York President’s X1 and Try State Masters, have confirmed their participation as well.Players must be over the age of 45 in order to play in the Masters category, while the All Stars format is open to all ages.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.The Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer, while in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000. Entrance is free.A number of top government officials, including Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, who recently assumed responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport and Director of Sport Christopher Jones among others are expected to grace the occasion.last_img read more

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USC buildings lead in earthquake preparedness

first_imgIn the past 20 years, USC has strengthened all its unreinforced masonry buildings on campus in an effort to ensure earthquake safety.“USC has been pretty proactive, but the big worry is the rest of L.A. has a lot of concrete buildings that no one is doing anything with,” said Gregg Brandow, professor of engineering practice in USC’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.Data compiled by the University of California show that there are  nearly 1,500 concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be at risk in a major earthquake.Berkeley released its research to the public on Jan. 25. The list included all concrete buildings in Los Angeles constructed before the 1976 building code. This building code required ductile detailing of the reinforcing bars in concrete to provide additional strength to the structures. The university researchers gave the list to Los Angeles officials and released a copy to the Los Angeles Times in response to a public records request.“We’re interested in running an analysis of earthquake losses,” said Jonathan Stewart, co-principal investigator of the study. “We’re getting a sense for the scale of impact in dollars and lives lost to craft public policy to change the problem.” Stewart is also the department chair of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA.The study listed seven buildings located on the USC campus. Yet Associate Senior Vice President for Campus Development and Facilities Management Joe Back said that three of the addresses are inaccurate, and the remaining four have been inspected and meet seismic standards.The four buildings named were Parkside Apartments, Parkside Residential Building, Fluor Tower and United University Church, the last of which is not owned by USC. Back said Parkside Residential Building is located at the 920 West 37th Street location which the study listed; The description given in the L.A. Times article, however, identifies a smaller, one-story building which was demolished.Parkside Residential Building is one of the newest buildings on campus and meets seismic standards, Back said. Additionally, Parkside Apartments has already received a seismic upgrade, and Fluor Tower has been inspected and determined to meet seismic standards as well, he said.“All of our occupied buildings meet seismic standards,” Back wrote in an email. “USC continuously looks to identify upgrade opportunities in our buildings and executes a significant amount of work each year that includes upgrades in seismic performance, disabled access, heating/cooling systems and technology.”Stewart said the study addressed the fact that the list might not be 100 percent accurate. The researchers have not made any conclusions about the safety of the buildings.Stewart said the purpose of Berkeley’s study was to raise awareness of buildings that would be a potential threat if a large earthquake were to strike, as well as force the city to implement policies that will address this problem.“It will be interesting to see whether any sort of policy initiative is taken by the city of Los Angeles to do something about the problem,” Stewart said. “We saw just last week that Santa Monica funded a study to do a similar catalog of buildings. That’s a good sign. We would like to see cities taking this problem seriously.”The researchers’ data shows that it is crucial to update the buildings that cause a potential threat because of the possibility for extreme damage and lost lives. If a 7.15 magnitude earthquake occurred on the Puente Hills fault beneath Downtown Los Angeles, It could cause $20 billion worth of damage and 300 to 2,000 casualties depending on the time of day, Stewart said.In order to do more research on the topic, James Anderson, professor of civil engineering and environmental engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, submitted an application for a grant which will allow researchers to look at the various buildings in question to predict what the consequences would be of an earthquake.“We want to create a tool to analytically predict what the consequence would be for these buildings,” Anderson said. “For example, three years ago in Mexico City, there were buildings reviewed by engineers that reported no sign of damage, and yet they collapsed, so that simulates a need for an analytical tool that can quantify this.”Thomas Jordan, professor of earth sciences at the Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, cited the importance of this type of research.“We’ve been proactive at USC, but seismically it’s been quiet in Southern California for a long time,” Jordan said. Since we can’t know when another will happen, we worry that whole region might wake up and it might not be just one, but a sequence of major earthquakes, which is a concern.”last_img read more

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Ex-Team Secret Director forms new team, welcome Dynasty Gaming

first_imgKemal Sadikoglu, Dynasty GamingKemal Sadikoglu, the former Director of Team Secret, has today announced the creation of a brand new esports team; Dynasty Gaming.  After heading up Team Secret on the business side for over two years, Sadlikoglu has decided ‘the time is right to re-focus the players in a new team’. The founder of Team Secret, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, will continue to concentrate on his DotA 2 team and the upcoming TI7.Sadlikoglu joined Team Secret in the spring of 2015, and whilst the organisation was embroiled in some notable scandals during this period around money reportedly owed to players, in both Vainglory and CS:GO they performed well. Dynasty Gaming will be made up of the ex-Team Secret roster with the exception of the DotA 2 team.  As such the all female CS:GO team, who are undefeated for the last year and a half and ranked 42nd on GosuGamers, is currently heading to DreamHack and will be donning their new Dynasty jerseys. The former Secret Vainglory team, who are three time European champions, will also be moving over, as is Super Smash player Silent Wolf. Dynasty Gaming’s CS:GO team will be in action this weekend, whilst the Vainglory Summer split begins next week and there’ll be SSBM action in July.Kemal Sadikoglu said of the announcement: “This is a really exciting time for esports and the  players who are joining us are keen to get into action under the new Dynasty Gaming banner.  We already have some heavy hitting champions on our roster and are ready to create even more.“I want to put on record my thanks to Puppey and Team Secret for the great wins we had together and wish them all the best for the future.”Sadikoglu is also planning to expand the new team, by bringing in new talent in titles such as PUBG, H1Z1 and is reportedly exploring other possibilities in Street Fighter and FIFA.  Sebastien “cOucOu” Caly and Julia “juliano” Kiran will support the management of the players and ex-Fnatic Head of Commercial Darren Newnham will be working on brand partnership and sponsorship opportunities for the team.If you have any questions you can contact [email protected], for team enquiries email [email protected] and for business opportunities please get in touch with [email protected] Esports Insider says: We see new teams emerge fairly regularly but one that is born out of Team Secret makes for more of a worthwhile announcement. Evidently, CS:GO, Vainglory and Super Smash Bros is just the start and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they expand. The choice of PUBG and H1Z1 rather than the likes of League, Overwatch or Rocket League is a surprising one.last_img read more

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Lakers waive Corey Brewer right before rookie Josh Hart breaks bone in left hand

first_imgBall’s minutes will still be capped Thursday against the Heat, but he will likely play more than the 24 minutes he was allowed in Atlanta.“He felt good,” Walton said. “He looked good in practice today, the minutes restriction will go higher again next game.”Ball has averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two games he has played since sitting out 15 games before the All-Star break with a sprained left knee.“However long I play,” Ball said, “I’m going to do what I can.” MIAMI — The Lakers experienced two departures Wednesday. One was of their own hand. The other: One of their own’s hands.Shortly after the team finalized an agreement to waive veteran Corey Brewer, rookie Josh Hart suffered a broken bone in his left hand while the Lakers practiced.Hart’s fate is uncertain after fracturing his fourth metacarpal. He returned to Los Angeles to have his hand examined by team medical staff. His options could include season-ending surgery.Brewer’s future is less murky: He is believed to have several suitors among playoff teams, but is reportedly likely to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder upon clearing waivers on Friday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hart has emerged as a favorite of Walton’s – a player who embodied the team’s developing defensive identity and fit nicely into the offense.“We’ll miss him if he’s out,” Walton said. “But we’re not going to be stuck thinking how to fill in for him until we actually hear back whether or not we’ve got him or not.”TURNOVER A NEW LEAFThe Lakers won their last time out, Monday in Atlanta, but Walton saw blemishes in the blowout. After the Lakers committed 23 turnovers against the Hawks, their coach decided to return to the basics.With his team practicing at a community center in downtown Miami, Walton instructed his players to pair up and stand 15 to 18 feet apart. Then, at the instruction of assistant coach Brian Shaw, they practiced rudimentary passes.Chest pass. Bounce pass. Overhead pass.“It looked like a high school drill,” Ball said. “It’s kind of basic, but it helps.”It’s a drill from the Tex Winter playbook, thought Walton said it is now known as the “Brian Shaw Passing Clinic.”“Just the very fundamentals of passing,” Walton said, “without doing what Tex would call ‘passing out of motion,’ being strong with the ball, snapping your wrist and getting it to your teammates.”After watching film from the win in Atlanta, Walton determined the Lakers could have cut their turnovers “by eight or 10 if we just made more solid, fundamentally sound passes.”THROWDOWN SHOWDOWNDisplaying an arsenal of 360-degree dunks, windmill dunks and tomahawk jams, a springy Ball looked nothing like a player who belongs on a minutes restriction for a knee injury.The rookie point guard closed practice on Wednesday in an impromptu dunk contest with rookie forward Kyle Kuzma that saw the two throw down one dunk after another – missing plenty along the way, too. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s what he wants,” Coach Luke Walton said of letting go of Brewer. “He’s been so great all year with our guys and he’s with the rotation the way it is, he wasn’t playing much anymore. Not because he wasn’t good enough but just because we’re trying to grow a young team while we win. I hope he gets on a good team where he’s playing and finishes the year off competing for a title.”Brewer appeared in 78 games over two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 4.2 points in 13.5 minutes. He was the NBA’s active leader in consecutive games played before sitting out on Jan. 11.Hart is averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 55 appearances, but since moving into the starting lineup on Feb. 2, he has averaged 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and shot 48.9 percent from 3-point range.A prolonged absence would have a noticeable impact on the Lakers, who have won seven of the last 10 games Hart started. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball called Hart “very important” to the team’s success, saying he’s good for a “double-double pretty much every time he steps out there; one of our best defenders and he rebounds a lot.”To compensate for Brewer’s absence on the depth chart, the Lakers recalled Gary Payton II from the G-League.last_img read more

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Rob Gronkowski cuts WrestleMania promo in front of ‘zero people’

first_imgRob Gronkowski wants you to know that he’s hyped about hosting the two-night WrestleMania in early April even if he’ll be doing it an empty studio.Gronk made his “SmackDown Live” debut Friday night, with friend/WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley serving as his hype man/guide in the ring. The former NFL star didn’t have any fans to hype up, of course; the Fox telecast was being produced inside an empty Performance Center because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was no one around to cheer (or jeer) this entrance:#GRONK is in the house!#SmackDown @RobGronkowski pic.twitter.com/9VN6qqUVx1— WWE (@WWE) March 21, 2020Or this promo, which was . . . a thing that Gronk did.Whether they’re in a sold-out stadium or the @WWEPC, @RobGronkowski and @MojoRawleyWWE STAY HYPED! #SmackDown pic.twitter.com/2NfdSVeTg1— WWE (@WWE) March 21, 2020″I’m here in front of zero people, AND I’M STILL HYPED, BABY!” he said in closing. MORE: WrestleMania 18 match grades: Reliving Hogan vs. The RockRawley jumped in and said that he’ll be watching Gronk’s back, because “the WWE, it’s a little different than the NFL, my friend. We don’t just get hit on the field here.”Don’t need a degree in reading NFL defenses to surmise from Rawley’s comment that Gronk may be doing some blocking and tackling in two weeks.last_img read more

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Mason City man sentenced to ten years on federal firearms charges

first_imgCEDAR RAPIDS — A Mason City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal firearms charges. 33-year-old Daniel Solano pleaded guilty recently in US District Court in Cedar Rapids to possession of a firearm by a felon. He admitted to possessing seven firearms during May 2017 and committing the felony crime of reckless homicide in Cook County Illinois in July 2007. On May 12, 2017, Solano and others broke into a residence in Thompson and stole seven guns. District Judge C. J. Williams sentenced Solano on Tuesday to 120 months in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.last_img

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