Brazilian Navy Conducts Operation Aspirantex 2018

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 12, 2018 Hundreds of Brazilian Naval Academy cadets took part in Operation Aspirantex 2018 in January. In all, 1,336 service members, 207 of them cadets from the Brazilian Naval Academy, participated in the exercise. The objective was to improve training level for naval and air-naval assets, and familiarize students with life at sea. According to Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Rear Admiral Fernando Ranauro Cozzolino, commander of the 2nd Squadron Division and leader of Aspirantex 2018 Task Group, vessels departed from Rio de Janeiro Naval Base en route to the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay; the Port of Mar Del Plata, Argentina; and the cities of Rio Grande and Itajaí, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. “The operation also helped 168 cadets in their second year at the academy choose their corps [Navy, Marine Corps, or Navy Quartermaster Corps] and their military specialty [mechanics, electronics, or weapons systems],” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. From January 12th to February 1st, various exercises took place such as aircraft operations, replenishment at sea, and tactical maneuvers among vessels. Participants also performed shooting drills, firefighting exercises, navigation through demined channels, daytime and nighttime light cargo transfers, and fast rope descents to rapidly disembark fighters. They also searched for and held prisoners, and practiced mobility on land and in air under threat. “Ships of the [2nd] Squadron Division—the tank landing ship [NDCC, in Portuguese] Almirante Saboia; the multipurpose landing craft [NDM, in Portuguese] Bahia; and the frigate União, the frigate Liberal; the tanker Almirante Gastão Motta, and patrol ships Guaporé and Benevente—all took part in the operation this year [2018],” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. Aspirantex 2018 also included six aircraft from MB, such as a Seahawk S-70B anti-submarine helicopter (called SH-16 in Brazilian service) and UH-15 and UH-12/13 helicopters, as well as one A-4 Skyhawk attack-interceptor plane (called AF-1 in Brazilian service). The Brazilian Air Force was also present with six aircraft: two P-95 patrol planes and four A-1 attack aircraft. Experience at sea According to Rear Adm. Cozzolino, during the exercises cadets experienced classroom lessons firsthand. “Improving seamanship and getting to know the routine on Brazilian fleet vessels are some benefits of the training,” he said. He also noted the importance of students’ visits to foreign ports, meant to demonstrate how operations are done in international waters and ports. “They mix with foreign rules, conditions, languages, and customs that are different from Brazil, get to know new cultures, and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation, which are essential factors to ensure regional security,” he said. In addition to participating in military exercises, during Aspirantex 2018 Naval Academy students also attended lectures and lived with service members from the ships’ different divisions. “They had direct contact with the ships’ crew, officers, and even the ships’ commanders, and were able to see for themselves how important each service member is in managing a naval asset in operations at sea,” Rear Adm. Cozzolino explained. “The big challenge in carrying out Aspirantex is its logistical complexity, which stems from the need to assign and accommodate cadets on ships, and provide them the necessary level of comfort for their 21 days of temporary duty,” Rear Adm. Cozzolino said. He also noted the importance of using vessels capable of transporting marines, such as the NDCC Almirante Saboia and NDM Bahia, to ensure operational success. The presence of a female corps Six female cadets participated in Aspirantex 2018 aboard the NDM Bahia for the first time. In previous years female cadets boarded the NDCC Almirante Saboia. For third-year Cadet Lara Corrêa de Oliveira, the experience proved that women can cohabitate aboard. Cadet Lara Corrêa told Diálogo that the operation allowed her to experience life at sea as a quartermaster officer. “We took part in exercises like Light Line Transfer, a training done between two vessels, in which a cable is shot over the bows of moving ships to transfer light cargo. In this case, two vessels approach each other, maintaining the same course and speed; then a cable is run between them so that their distance doesn’t vary [it serves as a kind of yardstick] and then cargo transfer can begin, using a trolley,” she explained. “My main takeaway from Aspirantex was stronger leadership by example, because of the contact we had with the officers and crew,” Cadet Lara Corrêa said. She also participated in exercises such as replenishment at sea, accident response, helicopter flights, and lectures with officers aboard. During their days at sea, the fourth-year cadets followed the routine of an officer of their specialty. Cadet Rodrigo José Tavares Cavalcante worked alongside the ship’s safety officer. “A mock fire in a certain compartment was simulated. After the person who discovers the incident reports it—whether there are any injuries and where the mock fire occurred—several safety procedures are implemented until the fire is extinguished. As the name suggests, the ship’s safety officer controls the situation and requires the participation of the safety teams, who need to be well trained to carry out everything to keep the ship’s personnel and materiel protected,” he said. “Aspirantex makes it possible for students to have early contact with life on board, going through the privations of life at sea and getting a taste of seamanship—things that aren’t learned in the classroom,” Cadet Rodrigo Tavares told Diálogo. “Our main takeaway is that we always need to be ready for anything, not just the anticipated. And that’s why we need a lot of dedication, commitment, and love for the profession,” he concluded.last_img read more

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A simple guide to paying off lingering debt

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you find yourself collecting more and more debt while struggling to figure out how you will ever pay it all off, it might be time to develop a step-by-step strategy. Paying off debt starts with making a budget and continues with changing your habits and rewarding yourself for progress. A few contributors to the U.S. News My Money blog offer a guide to get rid of the debt that’s been following you around for too long:1. Create a budget.“The first step to solving your debt problem is to establish a budget,” says Money Crashers contributor David Bakke.​ You can use personal finance tools like Mint.com, or make your own Excel spreadsheet that includes your monthly income and expenses. Then scrutinize those budget categories to see where you can cut costs. “If you don’t scale back your spending, you’ll dig yourself into a deeper hole,” Bakke warns.2. Pay off the most expensive debt first.Sort your credit card interest rates from highest to lowest, then tackle the card with the highest rate first. “By paying off the balance with the highest interest first, you increase your payment on the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate while continuing to make the minimum payment on the rest of your credit cards,” says retail analyst Hitha Prabhakar. continue reading »last_img read more

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Chargeback policy changes – What are they and how did we get here?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Chargebacks to merchants have become a hot topic of late. And for good reason. According to a recent report by First Annapolis Consulting, chargebacks for card-present transactions increased 50% following the October 1 EMV liability shift.  While this took merchants by surprise, it did not surprise issuers who, until the October 2015 liability shift for chip cards processed at card-present non-chip terminals, were absorbing the cost of fraud for counterfeit cards. Now issuers are allowed to chargeback, or pass back the fraud to the merchants who were not processing chip cards.Delays in terminals certification causes backlogsMany merchants had their chip-capable terminals in place in time for the liability shift, or shortly thereafter. The problem came that having the terminal be hardware-capable of reading a chip wasn’t enough; the terminal had to be certified. Some merchants didn’t know how to obtain the certification while others were waiting on their terminal vendors or 3rd party organizations to perform the certification. These vendors and 3rd parties were swamped with requests, and faced with an entirely new process, creating a backlog that continues today. continue reading »last_img read more

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Time for Democrats to get vocal. Biden won, dammit, and Republicans are knifing our democracy

first_img– Advertisement – On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said his GOP counterparts had been congratulating him, adding, “please convey my well wishes to the President-Elect, but I can’t say that publicly yet.” But Coons also declined to names names, saying, “these are conversations that are best kept private.” In Coons’ view, his job was to continue urging them privately to “do the right thing.”- Advertisement – Good god, Democrats—how about a little public outrage? If McConnell and Barr are going to breathe life into Trump’s fantasy fraud, hold a fricking press conference and stand up for our democracy. Private well wishes from these spineless pukes isn’t good enough. Every day lost to propping up Trump’s deflated ego brings us another step closer to national security disaster. In fact, Trump is currently undertaking a purge at the Pentagon while Biden and his team continue to be denied access to critical intelligence in the Presidential Daily Brief because some no-name cultist at General Services Administration is too busy lawyering up to do her fucking job.Pardon my French, but Democrats are giving life to the GOP’s baseless fraud claims by letting them go almost entirely unchecked. Sure, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke up from the Senate floor Monday, but that’s not enough. Let’s go big, dammit. We beat an incumbent president with a vast state-run propaganda machine, and Democratic lawmakers better start shouting it from the rooftops at daily press conferences before this dissolves into armed chaos in the streets—which is exactly what Trump has always aimed for on his way to stealing the election.  Here’s Coons: – Advertisement –last_img read more

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ConteX lands freight scheme in Dunkirk

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Hard Fort battle

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Buyers cut to the chase

first_imgKalynda Chase is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among buyers.New homeowners Anthony Lyall, Emily Griebenow with 9 month old Elijah Lyall and 2yo BraxURBEX is reporting an increase in sales at their Kalynda Chase housing development as confidence in Townsville’s residential property market continues to improve.Kalynda Chase, in Bohle Plains, was established 12 years ago and is now home to about 3500 residents spread over 1150 lots.Urbex sales manager Vi Miller said they were experiencing a change in consumer sentiment towards purchasing real estate in Townsville.“All signs are pointing to recovery in the Townsville property sector,” she said.“This flows on from construction of the $250 million stadium that is expected to bring in more than 700 jobs during the design and construction of the project.“We have experienced an uplift in sales at Kalynda Chase compared to a year ago.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The Kalynda Chase development is well established in Townsville but it’s still growing.”The development takes in 161ha and there are 320 lots reaming which will be released to the market over the next few years.Residents in the community have access to a tennis centre, convenience precincts, walking tracks and dog park.Emily Griebenow and her partner Anthony Lyall moved into their Kalynda Chase home about 12 months ago shortly before the birth of their first child.The couple bought 480sq m of land after being impressed by the estate’s community feel and central location.“It’s a great location for shops and schools and even if you have to go into town it’s only 15 minutes away,” the couple said.“We like to go for a walk to the park or a jog and now there is a dog park as well.”last_img read more

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Grenada joins International Criminal Court

first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Grenada joins International Criminal Court by: – May 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! (L-R) Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Dessima Williams, and Gabrielle Goettsche-Wanli of the Office of Legal Affairs of the UNNEW YORK, USA — Grenada has acceded to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) — the founding treaty of the first permanent international court capable of trying perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.Ambassador Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday deposited Grenada’s Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of the ICC at a ceremony at the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York.Grenada’s accession brings to 26, the number of States Parties of the ICC in Latin America and the Caribbean and the last among the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Only The Bahamas, Haiti and Jamaica in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have not joined the ICC.Williams said, “The government of Grenada is very pleased to join with many other CARICOM countries as well as 114 other members of the United Nations in acceding to this statute.”“We look forward to being a very vigorous participant in the implementation of the Court to the extent that we could therefore bring about greater international law and order in the service of humanity for justice, for rights and for the efficient and legal administration of international affairs,” said Williams.Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein and President of the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC welcomed Grenada’s accession to the Court and appealed to the remaining CARICOM states to join the ICC family.“On behalf of 114 states that have so far made up this assembly it’s a great honour to welcome you (Grenada) as the 115th member to this assembly and that’s a very important further step on our part towards a universalisation of this Court,” he said. “We are looking forward toward welcoming the three remaining states of CARICOM also as part of the ICC family.”The Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) said that Grenada’s accession confirms and reinforces the Caribbean’s important role in making the ICC a lasting and effective reality.The Coalition for the International Criminal Court — a civil society network of 2,500 organizations in over 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and independent ICC and improved access to justice for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity — commended Grenada for its decision to join 114 other nations around the world and spread support for the ICC in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“Grenada’s accession affirms its commitment to preventing and putting an end to impunity for serious crimes,” said Coalition Convenor William Pace. “This decision is an important step toward universality of the Rome Statute in the Caribbean Community, and we hope this will inspire other states in the region to join this extraordinary justice system promptly.”In 1989, during the United Nations’ 44th General Assembly, Trinidad and Tobago submitted an agenda item on the establishment of an international criminal court for the Assembly’s consideration. This motion – which gained the support of a number of states, including all CARICOM member states – ultimately resulted in a consensus resolution that called for the creation of an international criminal court.“The acceptance by Grenada of the Rome Statute restates in the most eloquent terms possible the continued commitment of the Caribbean Community to the ICC,” noted Justice Winston Anderson, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, former General Counsel of the Caribbean Community, and Professor of International Law at the University of West Indies.“The Grenadian acceptance also symbolizes the region’s commitment to the maintenance of international criminal justice and the rule of law rather than the rule of the jungle. This is a proud moment in Caribbean jurisprudence,” Anderson added.Earlier this week, government representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Jamaica and Grenada, notable jurists and personalities from the region such as A.N.R. Robinson, former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as ICC president Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the president of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Christian Wenaweser, and the Coalition’s Americas coordinator Francesca Varda, gathered in Port of Spain for a CARICOM seminar on the ICC organized by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.“In addition to welcoming this important accession to the Rome Statute by Grenada, discussions during the conference centered on the need for all states parties to fully support the ICC and to adopt legislation on Rome Statute crimes at the national level and allow effective cooperation with the Court,” said the Coalition’s Americas Coordinator Francesca Varda.By joining the ICC treaty, Grenada will be able to nominate and elect highly qualified candidates for crucial ICC elections scheduled for December 2011, during which state parties will elect six new judges and a new prosecutor, among other key officials.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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LA Galaxy offered Lionel Messi Barca escape: Report

first_img Promoted ContentNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Read Also: Barcelona denies paying social media accounts to attack Messi, othersThe Argentine side had set a $20m (£15.4m/€18.5m) price-tag on the 24-year-old, which the MLS club have met.Pavon hit three goals and registered a further six assists in just 11 MLS appearances last year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Following a dispute between Messi and Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal, the MLS club were interested in offering the five-time Ballon d’Or winner an escape route.The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has freed up money in the wage budget to acquire a new, marquee signing.Meanwhile, LA Galaxy have reportedly exercised their option to make Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon’s loan deal permanent, according to Fox Sports. Loading… LA Galaxy reportedly made contact with Lionel Messi’s entourage to enquire if the superstar wanted to leave Barcelona, according to John E. Rojas.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Twisters Boys Soccer Results

first_img#14 ranked Southwestern Shelby came to the graveyard to face #2 ranked OA.  Twsters won 4-1.‘We always talk about winning the first 5 minutes and last 5 minutes of a half if you do this you will have a real good shot at winning the game.  We came out ready and did just that getting two early goals.  We set the tone early even though we were outshot for the game we made our chances count.  I was pleased with our defense as only one ball found the back of the net. Our shape on defense is getting better every time out. Offensively we would like more shots as we thought we left a few out there that we didn’t take. We need some rain as the field is really hard. We got banged up a little. Floop went out early with a hip pointer. Rocks and Gariott also missed some time but were able to come back into the game. With this said we got some great play out of the boys that were subbed in.’  Twisters Coach Ken Getz.Stuart Lamping scored in period 1 at 35:58 on a shot off a keeper miss.  Stuart scored again in period 1 at 33:05 on a shot off a keeper save / rebound.  Lucas McFee scored in period 1 at 13:45 on a PK from a foul on Henry Kraus in the 18.  Southwestern scored in period 2 at 34:50 from a pass in the 18 and shot.  Drew Kersey scored in period 2 at 13:45 on a 24 yard shot on the keeper who was at the top of the 18.  Southwestern had 23 shots with 11 on goal, 11 fouls, 10 corners, 1 hand, 1 yellow card and their keeper had 7 saves.  This was a bit of a physical game but well played by OA.  The defense stepped up in the second half to swat away 14 of their 15 shots.OA had 12 shots with 10 on goal, 5 off sides, 16 fouls, 1 yellow card for Drew Kersey, 1 corner, 2 hand balls and Chris Hautman had 10 saves with one very nice push over the top on a rocket shot from outside the 18.OA traveled to Knightstown on a hot and humid night for a varsity match winning 4-1. We were without five starters and three subs as our seniors were on their Senior retreat.  So this was a preview of what next year’s team might look like and they didn’t disappoint us. We actually scored all 5 goals on the game.  Some miscommunication between Goalie and the defense.  The defense is instructed to clear everything unless told different. We have been stressing that communication is a key to your game. This is still something we have to get better at.‘Offensively we had a couple first time varsity goals as Max Kirschner  and Gariott Scott both scored on head balls both assisted by Lucas McFee off of a corner.  What was nice to see was all four of our goals came from an assist. Lucas had a big night with three assists and one goal so he accounted for every score we had. Ben Kraus and Matthew Hoog [Rocks] controlled the midfield as they seemed to be everywhere on the night. We took 21 players and all 21 got in the game with at least 15 minutes of playing time.’  Twisters Coach Ken Getz.Max Kirschner scored in period 1 at 30:21 assisted by Lucas McFee on a header off a corner. Gariott Scott scored in period 1 at 4:55 assisted by Lucas McFee on a shot off a corner. Lucas McFee scored in period 2 at 33:12 assisted by Mathew Hoog on a pass to the 18 and shot.  Ben Kraus scored in period 2 at 12:08 assisted by Lucas McFee on a head off a corner. Knightstown scored in period 2 at 27:55 on an OA own goal headed by Adam Huber over Chris Hautman.A lot of nice passing and teamwork, especially in the second half.  Henry Kraus was on the receiving end of a couple ‘fouls’ during the game which included a pounding near the end of the game from the keeper who may have been 3 times his size.High School Soccer was back at the graveyard after a year off refurbishing the field and Lawrenceburg was the opponent.  Lawrenceburg came in with a pre-season ranking of #3 in the state in 2A with OA #4 in the state in 1A. Both teams lived up to their billing as it was a classic back and forth game. I know the score was 0-0 but the game was action packed with scoring opportunities from both schools. Neither defense gave in despite the high pressure that was put on by both offenses on the night.‘We had to rebuild our defense from a year ago with only one returning starter from last year. So I was very pleased overall with their play anytime you can get a shutout you have to be happy. Along with a lot of new faces in the back we are running a different formation also. So still learning as a team what everybody’s responsibilities are.  We are young in two critical parts of our defense Central back and keeper.  Adam Huber Sophomore central back and Freshman Chris Hautman at keeper first varsity start for both. The future is bright with these two.  Ben Abrams came in and gave us great minutes at defensive back.  Yes Ben is a senior but again a youngster in the back line. Ben has only played on the offensive side of the field in the past. Three weeks ago we discovered Ben can play defense.  Offensively we had some chances Nate Folop had a couple good looks that he normally finishes. A couple great saves from their keeper  kept us off the board. Lucas McFee made great run late in the first half that we all wish we had back and could do over.’  Twisters Coach Ken Getz.I have been asked what our strengths will be this year I have said our depth. Last night we didn’t miss a beat when we subbed.  Coach Getz.last_img read more

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