By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 13, 2016 The Chilean Army is strengthening its ability to respond to natural disasters and provide humanitarian assistance with the creation of its first-ever deployable military camp in northern Chile. The new rapid-deployment unit, which can temporarily house as many as 200 soldiers, is the result of a $1 million investment. The unit is assigned to the 23rd Infantry Regiment of Copiapó due to its response when devastating floods hit the region in mid-2015. At that time, Chilean Army soldiers helped the civilian population remove debris, reopen roads, clean up a canal, and build a retaining wall to prevent water and mud from wreaking further havoc. “This tragedy demonstrated the need to acquire a mobile military camp so we can come to the aid of civilians in cases of disasters and other emergencies,” said Lieutenant Colonel Andrés Rudloff Álvarez, commander of the Chilean Army’s 23rd Regiment and the Atacama Military Garrison to Diálogo. The center will serve the needs of military personnel who help the community during disasters. “These facilities allow the Army to have a multi-purpose capability. We can use [the center] for training, and the facilities will allow officers to rest, eat, and shower, and then continue conducting a particular military action,” Lt. Col. Rudloff said. “We are in a zone where there is no facilities support.” The military unit consists of 12 modules built with aligned aluminum and recycled material held together with waterproof glue. It is transported in six trailers hitched to the back of the trucks used to carry the troops. The stand-alone camp measures 1,380 square meters. “The camp is eco-friendly and complies with the Army’s policy of not polluting the environment. Moreover, it can store as much as 30,000 liters of water, enough to sustain 100 persons for seven days. Setting up the multi-use tent requires a space at least the size of a soccer field: 90 meters by 45 meters,” Lt. Col. Rudloff added. Components The camp includes a medical center comprised of inflatable tents and first-aid and medical-stabilization equipment. It has mobile electrical generators, a storage trailer, freezer, sewage treatment plant, a recreation area, kitchen, washrooms, and toilets. The field logistics company trained 14 members of the Army to set up the military center in April. Chilean officials spent two weeks learning how to put up the center and make all electrical and hydraulic connections. By the end of the training, the soldiers were able to deploy the military unit in 72 hours. “In the second half of July, we will begin trying to use more people in order to deploy the military center more quickly, ideally within 24 hours. We are in the process of training people, giving each one a specific function,” Lt. Col. Rudloff said. “Should there be an emergency in the northern zone of the national territory, we are prepared to deploy the unit and aid the population.” Natural Disaster Response The Chilean Armed Forces demonstrated their effective rapid-response capacity during the floods in Atacama and the earthquake in northern Chile. On March 25, 2015, torrential rains in the cities of Copiapó and Chañaral in the Atacama region killed more than 28 people, left 59 missing, and destroyed houses and public facilities. Chilean Military authorities responded quickly, providing aid to the civilian population in cooperation with civilian governmental agencies and private companies that supplied specialized debris-removal equipment. Chile is investing heavily in regulations, infrastructure, training, and emergency planning to prepare the country and the government’s workforce to tackle natural disasters. The Army plans to dedicate more than 300 vehicles to improve its ability to transport personnel and cargo, as well as to evacuate civilians affected by disasters. Likewise, it plans to purchase special equipment that will allow it to undertake military operations and lend support to the National System of Civilian Protection, according to the website Infodefensa on May 26th. According to Lt. Col. Rudloff, authorities are evaluating whether to assign two more deployable military centers to lend aid to the population in emergencies and natural disasters that threaten the security and well-being of people in the country’s central and southern regions. “Mother Nature will continue to surprise us, so we must be prepared and have the support capabilities in place,” he said.
By Philip Terzian / ShareAmerica January 23, 2020 In Venezuela, the National Assembly is the only democratic institution left. Juan Guaidó is its president. He also serves as the country’s interim president. Here’s how one role led to the other: What is the National Assembly? Formed as part of Venezuela’s 1999 constitution, the National Assembly is composed of deputies elected to five-year terms by “universal, direct, personal, and secret” ballot. In the first legislative election of 2000 after the constitution was adopted, the party of then-President Hugo Chávez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, gained an overwhelming majority of seats. But over the next decade, the balance of power in the National Assembly gradually shifted toward opposition lawmakers. How has Maduro undermined the National Assembly? After the death of Chávez in 2013, Nicolás Maduro was narrowly elected president and increased intimidation and repression. In March 2017, Maduro’s hand-picked Supreme Court stripped the National Assembly of its legislative powers, prompting the first of many nationwide demonstrations as well as international condemnation. In August 2017, Maduro convened his own “constituent assembly,” allegedly to draft a new constitution. Instead the body made unilateral rulings superseding the democratically elected National Assembly and consolidating Maduro’s control. But the National Assembly continued to defend the rule of law and oppose Maduro. How did Guaidó become interim president? Maduro called for a presidential election in May 2018, but Venezuela’s opposition was either unwilling or unable to participate. In December 2018, Guaidó assumed the rotating presidency of the National Assembly as part of a five-year opposition pact. Under Article 350 of the Venezuelan constitution — which states that the people “shall disown any regime, legislation or authority that violates democratic values, principles and guarantees, or encroaches upon human rights” — the National Assembly declared Maduro’s 2018 election “illegitimate.” The Organization of American States, the United States, the European Union, and the 14-nation Lima Group endorsed the National Assembly’s declaration. In January 2019, the National Assembly invoked Article 233 — which specifies that “when an elected President becomes permanently unavailable to serve […] the President of the National Assembly shall take charge of the Presidency of the Republic” — and affirmed Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. What is Venezuela’s future? Guaidó, in taking the oath of office, promised to hold national elections and to restore democracy to Venezuela. Since then, 54 nations across the globe have recognized him as interim president. In a speech to hemispheric leaders in May, U.S. Vice President Pence declared, “We believe that Venezuela will one day again be free, that democracy will be restored. And once democracy is restored, the United States and the world community will not let a free Venezuela fail.” read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brentwood man pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court to allegedly killing a man during a home invasion in Bohemia nearly four years ago.A U.S. District Court judge ordered the alleged gunman Rhamaad Spann held without bail. The FBI arrested the 30-year-old Thursday night after a grand jury indicted him and two others for the alleged home invasion of a marijuana trafficker in December 2009.The victim, Steven Privitera, came downstairs during the home invasion and was shot by Spann, federal prosecutors allege.Prosectors also made note of Spann’s criminal history, which includes a prior gun conviction and a robbery committed when he was a minor.Two others—Elizabeth Baylock and John Moglia—were also indicted by the grand jury. All three were charged with robbery conspiracy, attempted robbery of a marijuana trafficker, discharging a firearm during crimes of violence and causing the death of the victim.Baylock and Moglia were arraigned last year. Both were held in jail.The marijuana trafficker is not named in the indictment. read more
Aberdeenshire based equipment rental specialists Hiretech has strengthened its team with a key management appointment.Keith Mackie has been appointed as managing director, with current managing director and company founder Andy Buchan taking on the newly created role of chief executive officer.Mackie has held a number of senior roles within the engineering and energy service industries, most recently as manging director at Power Jacks.Commenting on his new role, Mackie said, “I am delighted to be joining Hiretech at such an exciting time. The customer focussed growth delivered through integrity, technical strength and investment is within the DNA of Hiretech and I look forward to further developing the business.”Chief executive officer, Andy Buchan added, “Hiretech has grown significantly over the last three years as we regenerated ourselves following the recent downturn, and we identified a requirement to further strengthen our management team as we continue to capitalise on the opportunities that the energy markets present to us.” read more
Forty years ago or more precisely on April 5, 1979 in the French Grenoble, Basketball Club Bosna achieved a historic win over the Italian Emerson and became European champion for the first time, writes BH news agency Patria.In front of 12,000 fans, the popular “Students” were celebrating a great victory with score of 96:93. Back then, it was then the biggest success of Yugoslavian, and today it is still the largest B&H basketball success.The lineup of generation of champions: Delibašić, Varajić, Vučević, Benaček, Đogić, Bosiočić, Izić, Radovanović, Hadžić, Pešić. The coach of this brilliant generation was the legendary Bogdan Boša Tanjević. In that game, Varajić scored 45 and Delibašić 30 points.This generation was written with golden letters in both Yugoslavian and European basketball. In the next four years, Bosnia has won two national titles – in the seasons 1979/80 and 1982/83.Last year, due to accumulated financial problems and debts, BC Bosna changed its name to BC Bosna Royal which caused many controversies among basketball fans of this legendary club. read more
The Blue team, which had most of the starters, beat the Gold 48-13.Tino Sunseri capped a spring in which he solidified his role as the Panthers’ starting quarterback by going 35 for 55 for 416 yards.Buddy Jackson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and the game featured four passing plays of at least 25 yards, nine sacks and five turnovers.“I challenged the guys when we went out: rain, sleet, snow, wind—it doesn’t matter,” Graham said. “It doesn’t affect how we’re going to operate and how we’re going to run our offense. We were going to do the things we always do.”Afterward, Graham joked his players were tired.Pitt averaged roughly 50-55 offensive snaps per game last season. Graham has said the goal for his no-huddle team is to run 80 offensive plays. The first-team Panthers topped that Saturday—and without the benefit of a halftime or of television timeouts.“We’re going to play a whole bunch more snaps than what they’re used to,” Graham said. “That’s one of the reasons today I went 100 snaps. I wanted to show them.”Pitt is banking on that up-tempo style to create excitement among a fanbase that didn’t fill enough Heinz Field seats during the Dave Wannstedt era that ended with an 8-5 season last fall.In a crowded sports marketplace that includes three professional teams, the Panthers are second fiddle both in their own sport—the NFL Steelers have more Super Bowl titles than anyone—and within their own university—Pitt’s basketball team has regularly been ranked in the top five in recent years.Enter Graham, who twice had teams that led the nation in total offense in his four seasons at Tulsa. He was hired in January following an embarrassing hiring-and-then-firing of Mike Haywood following the former Miami (Ohio) coach’s arrest on a domestic violence charge.While Wannstedt took a pro-style, conservative style and approach, Graham over the past three months has repeatedly emphasized terms such as “speed,” “energy,” and “explosiveness” ad nauseam to anyone that would listen.Billboards and buses around town adorn advertisements for tickets featuring the slogan “high-octane football.”Graham generally stuck to that pledge Saturday, even in an almost-empty stadium and on a Heinz Field grass that at times has been notoriously unstable (although it appeared to hold up well Saturday). Rain that was heavy at kickoff but gradually tapered off as the game went on.Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald—the program’s most accomplished offensive player since Dan Marino—watched from the pressbox. The 2003 Heisman Trophy runner-up had to be wondering how gaudy his statistics might have looked that season if he had been playing under Graham.Junior receiver Mike Shanahan had seven catches for 158 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown.“I think we got a little taste of what we can expect during the season, and it was good for us,” Shanahan said.Graham said his system places plenty of pressure on the quarterback, and he inherited Sunseri at the position after the junior threw for 2,572 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.Saturday Sunseri threw two touchdowns, but also had an interception and lost a fumble.“That first practice, the coaches are yelling to ‘hurry up, hurry up’ and running around,” Sunseri said. “We looked at each other, ‘Whoa, we’re not used to this, we’ve got to gather ourselves.’ And as each practice moved on, we felt like more and more comfortable as an offense.“Now we’re actually beating the coaches drill to drill. We’re the ones yelling, we’re the ones telling the line to get up there and get set.” TIPPED AWAY— Gold defensive back Jeremiah Davis (1) tips the ball away from Blue wide receiver Mike Shanahan (87) during Pittsburgh’s spring game, April 16, at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/Don Wright) PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh put on an offensive show in its first spring game under coach Todd Graham. Even in a driving rainstorm, the no-huddle Panthers moved quickly.Pitt’s first time on the Heinz Field turf turned into a frantic two hours that featured 61 points and 81 pass attempts in a pace that averaged well better than a snap per minute of real time. read more
By Ryan FennellPatrick Maisto, 49, the parent arrested and charged with assault following the benches-clearing brawl during the baseball game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven last Saturday intends to plead not guilty to the charge, according to his attorney, Mitchell J. Ansell of Ansell, Grimm, and Aaron in Ocean.“We intend to plead not guilty,” Ansell said. “My client did not commit any crimes that day. We have several witnesses that will be providing statements to support this.“We are confident that when all of the evidence is presented that my client will be exonerated.”Little Silver Police placed Maisto under arrest on Saturday, April 27, for allegedly entering the field of play at Red Bank Regional High School during a brawl between the two teams. Maisto was later charged with assault.The brawl began when a Red Bank Regional player ran into the catcher’s shoulder during a busted suicide squeeze play, a slide considered illegal under New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) rules which calls for an automatic ejection.The Rumson-Fair Haven catcher retaliated against the runner and the Red Bank player that was at-bat reacted as well, spurring the players on the benches from both teams to enter the field of play and engage in a heated scuffle that lasted several minutes.After a separate altercation occurred near the pitcher’s mound between two opposing players, Red Bank Athletic Director Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra had Maisto by the elbow calling for another Red Bank Regional official to call the police, claiming Maisto had struck a player.The police arrived, placed Maisto under arrest and charged him with assault. read more
The team includes, back row, L-R, Aroha Taiatini-Senechal, Bekka Schrader, Erica Augsten, Maddy Murphy, Morag Paterson, Laurel Sherriff, Jena Wheeldon and Taylor Stewart.Front, Keegan Paterson, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Chloe Kuch, Brittany Wheeler, Calena Marchand and Hailee Gerun.Goalkeeper is Kat Gabula.The Bombers are scheduled to return to the pitch Wednesday against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks. Field location to be announced. The L.V. Rogers Bombers girl’s soccer team is cutting through the zone like a hot knife through butter as the squad continues to enjoy success in the Kootenays.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the success with Team of the Week honours.
BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY AND MARE SPRINT QUOTES For Smith, it was his second victory of these Championships and second in the Filly & Mare Sprint, having won in 2014 with Judy the Beauty. ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Seltzer Thoroughbreds’ Finest City ($19.40) fought off a late bid by defending race champion Wavell Avenue by three-quarters of a length to win the 10th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place jockey Joel Rosario (Wavell Avenue) – “She ran huge. I thought I was going to go by Mike (Smith) for a minute, but she was second best today.” Winning trainer Ian Kruljac (Finest City) – “She sends herself out of there and Mike chose not to take her back and it was absolutely perfect. She has high cruising speed and I could tell he was in hand. It is just such an honor to compete with all these top trainers and have a top filly.” Second-place trainer Chad Brown (Wavell Avenue) – “She ran huge. She showed she’s a real Grade 1 performer and last year was no fluke. She’s a real good horse, especially in the fall. I’m proud of her effort. She was just second best.” Winning jockey Mike Smith (Finest City) – “I was really happy for the trainer (Ian Kruljac) and his first big opportunity. What a way for you to get your career going. The old handicapping angle of ‘turf to dirt’ and a long turf race to a middle distance sprint is really a good way to get a horse ready for a race like this. They learn to relax a little better and it’s easier on them.” FINEST CITY WINS BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT Trained by Ian Kruljac and ridden by Mike Smith, Finest City covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.37. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Kruljac and the 24th for Smith, the all-time winningest rider in World Championships history. Third-place trainer Michelle Nevin (Paulssilverlining) – “I expected her to run well today and she did. Joe (Talamo) told me after the race that if she hadn’t been pressed and had a chance to give her a little breather, then she would have run even better. I don’t know if she would have won. I was pleased with her performance.” Third-place jockey Joe Talamo (Paulssilverlining) – “She ran a heck of a race. We were laying right with the winner (Finest City) the whole way. She had a very good clean trip and I was very glad to finish in the top three.” Finest City is a 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of City Zip who was winning for the first time in six starts on the main track at Santa Anita. Ninth-place trainer Bill Mott (Carina Mia, favorite) – “It’s a head scratcher.” read more
SOUTH EL MONTE – Plans are under way to build the first senior housing project in the city since its incorporation in 1958. City officials estimate the $13.5 million senior housing project, which will include 56 affordable rental and 16 market-rate units, is within months of groundbreaking. The project will be at 1570 Durfee Ave. “We are very excited,” said Mayor Blanca Figueroa. “The seniors are ecstatic and happy to know that the mayor and council are looking after them.” The mixed-use, multi-level project will help the city meet the goals by the 2014 deadline for affordable housing as determined by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, a state law that requires jurisdictions to provide their fair share of regional housing needs. The city is still exploring options to further subsidize the cost of building the project, which in turn will help lower the rental rates for future tenants. The city is considering a $4.8million offer by the South El Monte Business Improvement District that would help lower the rates and make the units more affordable for seniors. This offer, however, has not been finalized. “The council has been looking at ways to meet the senior housing needs and to explore the affordability of the units,” said City Manager Anthony Ybarra. Plans for the project began more than two years ago, and the units will be made available first to South El Monte residents. This is one of two phases in the project. The first phase includes 10 single-family homes, with a lot size of nearly 5,000 square feet each. The second phase, to be designed in a Spanish-style architecture, includes 17,000 square feet of commercial space, the 73 senior housing units, a 5,000-square-foot courtyard and a community room. “It has been a goal of this Council for a long time to bring more senior housing in the city,” Ybarra said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more