U.S. Air Force Buys Super Tucano Planes from Brazil

first_img These are very good planes… the best in the world, congratulations to the United States for this fabulous purchase… By Dialogo January 04, 2012 The U.S. Air Force has acquired 20 of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s Super Tucano aircraft for a program of advanced flight training, reconnaissance, and support operations, the firm announced in a statement. Worth a total of $355 million dollars, the contract also includes “land-based support for pilot training, maintenance, and other needed services,” in addition to supplying the planes. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to offer the U.S. Government the best product for the LAS (Light Air Support) mission,” indicated Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the president of Embraer’s defense and security branch, according to the statement. “Our commitment is to move forward on our strategy of investment in the United States and to deliver the Super Tucano within the time period and in conformity with the budget agreed on in the contract,” he added. Embraer won this contract in partnership with the U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), specialized in the development of electronic systems. “We believe in the goals of the Light Air Support mission and are proud to be able to support the United States in its partner-building efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world,” Taco Gilbert, SNC’s vice-president for intelligence business development, indicated for his part. The Super Tucano is a modernized version of the Tucano training plane operated by the forces of 15 countries. Embraer, the world’s third-ranking aeronautics manufacturer producing commercial planes, announced a year ago that it was creating a department dedicated to defense, in order to strengthen the development of security and communications systems. The defense sector represents 7 percent of Embraer’s revenue, behind the commercial (58 percent) and executive (19 percent) sectors. last_img read more

Women Among the Brazilian Marine Corps

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo April 02, 2018 Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) First Lieutenant Débora Ferreira de Freitas defies all odds. She was the first woman to compete for a CFN junior officer slot becoming the first female combatant—a feat she accomplished before the December 2017 passage of Public Law No. 13.541, authorizing women to be admitted into the Brazilian Navy’s (MB in Portuguese) Officer School at the Naval Academy, in the Navy or Marine Corps. Since becoming an officer, 1st Lt. Débora served in important roles. She was chief of the Department of Civil Affairs and Social Communication for the 25th Contingent in Haiti and commanded the Liaison Platoon for the Communication Company of the Command and Control Battalion. Currently, she works in the personnel division of the Marine Corps Command and Control Battalion in Rio de Janeiro. Originally enlisted as a CFN staff sergeant musician in 2004, 1st Lt. Débora had higher aspirations for her Marine Corps career. “I have a degree in music from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which meets CFN’s higher education requirement for Officer’s School,” 1st Lt. Débora told Diálogo. “In 2015, after three years of study, I was approved for service as a junior officer in the Brazilian Marine Corps, and I went off to Officer’s School.” Enrollment, she recalled, had no restrictions on female inclusion. “All that was required was to be in CFN. So, I decided to give it a try even though I’m a woman, and I competed equally against the men,” 1st Lt. Débora said. “What motivated me was the opportunity for growth within the force. Today, I feel fulfilled, because CFN strives to maintain the honor, competence, determination, and professionalism for us to stay current and well-trained to defend our homeland.” The officer’s pioneering work didn’t stop there. She was also the first woman to complete the Amphibious Warfare Course in 2016, which qualifies marine officers to command infantry platoons. The four-month course demands a lot from combatants, especially in terms of physical requirements. “The rucksack alone weighed around 25 kilograms, not to mention the bullet-proof vest, weapons, and other gear that we had to carry all the time,” 1st Lt. Débora said. The daily routine during the course began at 6:30 a.m. and included military physical training and other activities related to the training of a platoon commander, which were constantly evaluated. “The main problem was physical fatigue. There are also physiological differences between men and women that have their own peculiarities,” 1st Lt. Débora said, before highlighting the necessity to value esprit de corps and change certain habits, such as setting her vanity aside and learning to get by on little sleep in any location. An inspiration to other women Completing the course, 1st Lt. Débora said, opened doors for other women. “I showed that it’s possible for a woman to carry out operational duties without being diminished by that: carrying a heavy rucksack, using weapons, and effectively leading the men on a mission,” she said. Currently, CFN has two women serving in an operational capacity and others taking the Amphibious Warfare Course. She shared her pride in helping pave the way for other combatants. “When I look back, I feel a sense of accomplishment, because doors have been opened for other women who wish to join CFN.” Among her goals are to keep improving within the operational arm of the force through courses and training. MB’s authorization for women to join all operational units was cause for celebration. “That decision shows the importance of valuing our work and our professionalism. The Navy has always been a pioneer in female enlistment, and this shows that our force values female inclusion and our level of competence,” she said, encouraging other women to join. “Whoever has this dream should go ahead and study, focus on their goal, and not neglect to train physically,” 1st Lt. Débora said. Gender Commission acknowledges MB’s pioneering approach According to Brazilian Air Force Major General (R) Antônio Carlos Coutinho, president of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense’s Gender Commission (CGMD, in Portuguese), the experience MB gained throughout the years overcame all doubts and gave the institution the assurance needed to offer unrestricted access to women. Maj. Gen. Coutinho explained that each service branch is free to determine how many slots, and when, will be allocated to women. But similarities in standards used among the three forces indicate that MB’s decision might prompt the Army and Air Force to adopt the same measure in the near future. “Each branch is unique, and it could be that this new understanding isn’t reached everywhere with the same speed—but new spaces are being created,” Maj. Gen. Coutinho said. “Pioneering attitudes of the like of 1st Lt. Débora only enhance the armed forces’ operational performance, regardless of gender,” Maj. Gen. Coutinho said. For him, what matters is that standards set by the institution for the position are met. “This young officer’s decision to face a unique challenge, overcoming all the barriers and succeeding in her goal, shows how results don’t depend on gender, and it bolsters female inclusion in military service,” he said. CGMD was created in 2014 to smooth out gender differences in the Brazilian Armed Forces and broaden the policy on women serving in the nation’s military. CGMD is directly associated with UN Women, an entity established by the United Nations to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.last_img read more

Will your credit union be the chicken or the pig?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. The old business fable of The Chicken and the Pig is obviously about commitment to a project or cause. When you are faced with transforming lending solutions, tackling a core system review, or dealing with compliance regulations, such as the recent CFPB warning, is your CU just involved or truly committed?Last week, the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) issued a bulletin to banks and credit unions to warn that they must have systems in place to ensure accuracy when they pass on information, such as negative account histories, to checking account reporting or other credit reporting companies.As summarized by CFPB to Credit Unions: Checking Reporting on Our Radar, “Consumer reporting companies that focus on checking accounts typically generate reports on charge-off amounts, past non-sufficient funds activity, unpaid or outstanding bounced checks, overdrafts, involuntary account closures and fraud.”The CFPB added that it’s concerned about inaccuracies and inconsistent information that financial institutions provide to reporting companies. Banks and credit unions should expect accurate information from checking account reporting companies in order to make fair assessments of deposit account applicants, and if the system is tainted with incomplete, inconsistent and inaccurate information, they cannot make informed decisions, the bureau noted. continue reading »last_img read more

West Java extends PSBB to June 26 amid second wave concerns

first_imgAccording to the administration, the average number of daily cases in West Java had reached 42 in May, then to 25 people a day in June.“Cases are mostly found in urban areas such as in Bodebek and Greater Bandung. Mayors and regents in those areas should be more vigilant due to their high population density,” Ridwan said.The governor also urged citizens to keep following health protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distances and washing their hands regularly.“The second [COVID-19] wave in India and Pakistan were caused by a lack of discipline among the public in adhering to health protocols.”Ridwan went on to say that the administration had yet to decide on reopen schools and entertainment venues, fearing they would become new COVID-19 clusters during the second wave of the pandemic, as what happened in South Korea.Topics : Yellow zones are allowed to increase economic activity to around 60 percent of normal levels while implementing strict health protocols. Meanwhile, blue zones are allowed to reopen all public and commercial facilities but must ensure that there are no crowds.”Traditional markets are among the places that have a high virus transmission risk. We’ve prepared 672 rapid and swab test kits for 700 markets,” Ridwan said in a statement on Friday.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi warns of second wave, but first one may not be overHe added that police and military personnel would help promote testing to prevent objections from the people. The West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) across the province to June 26 following a spike in COVID-19 cases within a week, during which its daily reproduction number (Rt) increased from 0.68 and 0.72 to 0.82.The extension will be effective across the province, except for the Jakarta satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek), where the policy will remain effective until July 2.Governor Ridwan Kamil said the administration decided not to loosen supervision on the virus’ spread due to the latest data, even though the province had declared 10 areas as yellow zones and 17 others as blue zones.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever faced

first_imgCesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever faced Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 1:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Fabregas battled against Gerrard on multiple occasions (Picture: Getty Images)However, in terms of the best player he has ever played alongside, that accolade can only belong to his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.‘It is obviously Lionel Messi,’ Fabregas added. ‘I played with him since I was 13. Definitely his talent is incomparable to anything I have seen in my life.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Apart from the talent, for me he is such a competitor. I could not compare him to anyone. For me he is the best ever.‘He always wants to win. Even now in training if he loses a game of five versus five he will hate it.’MORE: Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are ‘not helping’ Liverpool, claims Ian WrightMORE: Cesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ withFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Fabregas is still plying his trade in Ligue 1 for AS Monaco (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opponent he has ever gone up against.The Spaniard has enjoyed a distinguished career, including successful spells at Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and now AS Monaco in Ligue 1.Over his prime years in the Premier League and La Liga, Fabregas went to battle with iconic midfielders such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric, as well of plenty of elite forwards.However, Gerrard is the one opposition player that sticks out most in Fabregas’ mind as the most challenging to deal with.ADVERTISEMENT‘If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say Steven Gerrard,’ Fabregas told the BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle.‘He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting from the outside of his boot. He was a machine.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act

first_img May 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016. The text of the letter is below and can also be viewed here.Dear Congressman/Senator –The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.I have been holding roundtable discussions throughout Pennsylvania in order to listen to local and state officials about the challenges that they are facing, as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Last week, I was encouraged by the passage of a package of bills in the United States House of Representatives that would help to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the United States. After meeting with local leaders and families throughout Pennsylvania who have been personally affected by this epidemic, I understand how crucial federal, state, and local resources are to combating this epidemic. I am respectfully requesting that you vote to fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016 (H.R. 5046) in order to provide addicted individuals and their families with the resources they so desperately need.My administration has taken several actions to fight the heroin and opioid crisis including: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Furthermore, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, my proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.The funding of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would be instrumental to adding to state and local efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Please keep in mind the needs of the millions of Pennsylvanians who are personally affected by this as you consider funding the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.Sincerely,Governor Tom Wolf# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Digital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website

first_imgThe REA Group’s chief sales officer, Kul Singh, said the property market was still open for business.“We’re doing everything in our power to support them and the long-term success of the industry,” he said.Latest figures from the REA Group show just how popular the tool is becoming in Queensland. Of the 8746 active ‘buy’ listings with a video on the realestate.com.au site, 6910 have been uploaded since the virtual inspection tool was made available. Almost all of the 1897 active ‘rent’ listings with a video have been uploaded using the tool. Public health orders issued in Queensland last week banned the use of public onsite auction and open houses.More from newsThe Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Riverhills records highest median price jump in the Centenary Suburbs3 May 2019Agents can still conduct private inspections and live-streaming of auctions is allowed, but the use of technology has become a lifeline for the multi-billion dollar real estate industry.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the ban on open inspections and public auctions hasn’t significantly impacted listings so far.“Buyers are still out there and the property market has definitely not shut down,” she said.While there has been a small drop in search activity, visits to the ‘buy’ section of realestate.com.au are still up compared to the same time last year. A growing number of buyers are turning to technology in their quest to find a dream home. And sellers are joining them using virtual inspections to showcase their properties online.Last month realestate.com.au launched a virtual inspection tool, which allows agents to use videos to showcase listings to buyers and renters.The new feature appears under ‘inspections’ in buy and rent listings on realestate.com.au and also through its app. RELATED Open for inspections go digitallast_img read more

Valladolid local dies of electrocution

first_imgAccording to police investigation,Quillain was fishing on the river around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 using animprovised electric equipment.      Bacolod City – In Barangay Alijis, Valladolid, Negros Occidental, a mandied of electrocution. He was 45-year-old resident RolandoQuillain, a police report showed.   Officers of the Valladolid municipalpolice station have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN The victim was brought to theValladolid District Hospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.” last_img

Schools receive arrow donations

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Whitetails Unlimited West Fork Chapter donated $2,000 worth of NASP arrows from Cutting Edge Sporting Goods in Greensburg to six schools in Union, Fayette, and Franklin counties.Franklin County High School, Brookville Middle School, Mt. Carmel School, and Laurel School all received 6 dozen arrows.The money was raised through the West Fork’s annual Chapter banquet.Tickets are currently available for the banquet on January 21 at Abernathy Auction Barn.You can call 765-969-7479 for tickets.last_img

Cantona backs Van Gaal for glory

first_img Cantona said the Dutch manager’s philosophy fits perfectly with the club – and described United as “kings of the city” following their 4-2 derby triumph over Manchester City on Sunday. The former France and United striker told a press conference ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai: “United’s a great club, so sometimes you have a season when you have to lose games and you finish fourth, fifth. But it’s a great club. It will be at the top of the table. “And they came back and next year they can win the league. With a manager from Holland, it seems to be important for Manchester United because it’s the same kind of philosophy for the game: Holland and Manchester United.” Asked whether he would consider managing Manchester United, he added: “No, I think today they’ve found the right one. He’s a good one. “It was great to win the derby. I was proud and very glad. It’s good because now they are the kings of the city. The two clubs are two of the best clubs in England, so it’s very important to win this game.” Cantona also claimed, controversially, that it was Catalonia rather than Spain that won two European Championships either side of the 2010 World Cup. He said: “Catalonia won. Because they won with 10 players from Barcelona. My grandparents are from Catalonia, from Barcelona. They arrived in France in ’39. There was a civil war. So, I am very proud of Barcelona and all that they have done.” Asked if Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi was the best player in the world, Cantona made a surprise choice – Argentina international Javier Pastore from Paris St Germain. He added: “For me, today, the best player in the world, the most exciting player in the world, is Pastore from Paris St Germain. Why? Because I watched two games just to see Pastore playing, giving passes. He has got something special. Because football is interactive. It’s why footballer is so popular, I think. And Pastore can do things that the other ones don’t know. “It’s interactive but he does things that surprise you every time. Not only in scoring goals, spectacular goals – everything. Just passing. Passing. He’s a very creative player. He’s the most creative player, I think, in the world today. It’s why I think he’s the best player in the world, because I love this kind of player.” Eric Cantona has backed Louis van Gaal to guide “kings of the city” Manchester United to the title next season saying he is the right man for the job.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more