Brazilian Army Takes Part in Patrol Competition with Partner Nations

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo August 02, 2018 The Chilean Army celebrated the 138th anniversary of the Assault and Capture of Cape Arica June 7th with an international competition. Chilean, Brazilian, and Argentinian service members took part in the International Patrol Competition May 31–June 1, 2018. Chile invited partner nations to take part in the yearly event in the Atacama Desert, the northernmost part of Chile, for the first time. An Argentinian Army team and a Brazilian Army team (EB, in Portuguese), with nine service members each, joined six Chilean teams in the competition. The Chilean Army’s Ground Operations Command organized the event, which was carried out by the First Cuirassiers Armored Brigade, in the Pampa Chaca training field in Arica. The mission: cover 80 kilometers in the desert while completing various tasks within 48 hours—first aid, fire and movement combat target reconnaissance, daytime and nighttime navigation, and more. The competition assessed military skills, leadership, and physical ability of patrols, according to the international military standards of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Each Tests were scored based on teams’ performance and level of success. “Hydration, because there was no water refills on the first day, and patrol orientation, due to lack of reference points, demanded our greatest attention,” said EB Second Lieutenant João Gabriel dos Santos Freitas, attached to the 12th Light Infantry Brigade. For EB Sergeant Geovane Miguel dos Santos, another team member, the sandy terrain and long-distance walk added to the challenge. Service members carried about 8 liters of water each. According to the rules of the competition, the total weight of participants’ backpack, including water, had to be 35 kilograms. The mandatory equipment included a 3-kg assault rifle, as well as communication and navigation tools, such as a compass, binoculars, and radio. The use of GPS was prohibited. Unique experience Chilean, Brazilian, and Argentinian patrols gathered at the First Cuirassiers Armored Brigade’s military camp in Arica for a short training and briefing prior to the competition. When the competition started June 1st, teams proceeded separately. Teams took off at intervals based on a lottery. First, two deployments from Chile and one from Argentina departed. The remaining teams left in a second round. Upon reaching the village of Caleta Vítor, teams were transported via helicopter back to the city of Arica to finish the last phase of the competition: march to the top of the steep hill of Morro de Arica. The competition ended June 3rd, with the Chilean Army’s Sixth Division taking the lead. “The teams scored points in activities throughout the competition. We ended in third place with 60 to 75 points, earning a Participation Medal. None of the teams scored more than 85 points to win the first place medal,” Sgt. Geovane said. Looking back on the feat of the Brazilian patrol, 2nd Lt. Freitas remembered the daily 27-hour walks with 15-minute breaks every 5 km. “I think that our group did really well. With the experience we had in the first year, we will be better prepared for future competitions,” he said. Preparation EB selected candidates for the International Patrol Competition among service members of divisions under the 12th Light Infantry Brigade. Candidates were tested in situations similar to those they would encounter during the Chilean competition. They completed a long-distance march, an obstacle course, as well as marksmanship, navigation, and swimming evaluations. The nine service members selected immediately underwent 12 weeks of training to develop their physical and psychological abilities, based on guidelines from the Chilean Army. “This was a great learning experience because it was a quest for improvement, looking to place the Brazilian Army in a prominent position with partner nations,” said Sgt. Geovane. Based in São Paulo and operating throughout Brazil, the 12th Light Infantry Brigade focuses on combat and reconnaissance patrols.last_img read more

Yes, credit card rewards really are worth it

first_imgThe notion that credit card rewards are superfluous generally manifests in one of two positions:Misconception 1: Rewards offer little return when compared to the expense.Misconception 2: Rewards are most beneficial when cardholders don’t redeem points.Credit card experts have long contended these positions to be false. To investigate the validity of their intuition, TMG and strategic partner IQR Consulting, Reston, Va., set out to analyze the data generated by 12 months of activity from 400,000 credit card accounts issued by TMG clients. What follows are the results of that analysis.Rewards Offer High ReturnsAnother preconceived notion popular in the C suite is true: Rewards programs require a significant investment. And most leaders in the community financial institution space are aware of that. What they may not understand is how huge the return on that investment can be.In fact, the TMG-IQR team’s analysis revealed rewards cards are 79 percent more profitable than their no-frills counterparts. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sheriff’s deputy tells tale of fighting house fire with garden hose

first_imgShocked by the power of his trusty tool, it’s a call he won’t soon forget. Fire officials say while the front porch suffered damage, the inside was not impacted. Watching the front porch burn, his focus was on the house behind it. “Talking to the people themselves that they were thankful it didn’t spread into their house… it’s a good feeling you helped somebody and you know you helped somebody because a lot of the times it goes unspoken.” The cause is still under investigation, but officials say it is not suspicious. No one was hurt. “This uniform you wear a lot of different titles with it and last night was fireman and police,” Mastronardi said. After everyone inside of the home was out safely, but firefighters hadn’t arrived yet, Mastronardi thought to look for a garden hose to fight the flames. Monday was a normal overnight shift for BSCO Deputy Mike Mastronardi until he responded, alongside others, to a house fire in the Town of Dickinson. He said the call is memorable not just because of his rare technique, but the rare reaction he received. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — 12 News spoke with a Broome County sheriff’s deputy who helped fight a local house fire with a garden hose. “That was able to knock down the fire a considerable amount until the fire department got here, it was in the walls and little more pressure and a little more backup on that blaze,” he explained.last_img read more

Spa City will be hurt by charter change

first_imgSaratoga Springs isn’t a textbook case. It’s extraordinary, unlike any other cities in New York. The commission tried attempting to sell voters a bill of goods on flawed research while ignoring the mayor’s inactions.Atlantic City is a prime example of where the new proposed form of government has failed. Once an elegant, seasonal tourist destination with a race track, ocean and white sandy beach, it had politicians promote a charter change from commissioner-run to hiring a manager. The last 30 years is its regrettable history.Over our last 30 years, Saratoga Springs has successfully blossomed into a year-round tourist destination. The success of the City Center has and will continue to expand our city’s growth potential and increase our tax base.Vote to keep our current charter. Then qualified residents will promote serving with continued success.Dan MurphySaratoga Springs According to the Saratoga Springs Charter Commission, the purpose behind adopting a new charter is based on the premise that the Saratoga Springs community will eventually fail in its ability to have competent, interested residents willing to serve as commissioners.Voters, weighing the differences between the new vs. the current charter, should be insulted by negative thinkers, believing that no resident is sufficiently competent to achieve the learning curve to be a commissioner and to want to serve and to preserve our heritage.Hiring a stranger to dictate the future of our unique community is wrong. Having elections implicates politics, even more so with a city manager.The new charter proposes to increase government, decrease benefits, and reduce the budget. Trusted financial advisers to the city disagree and say it will increase taxes. They challenged the commission on failing to factor in hidden costs. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

Asian markets look to continue upward run on vaccine hopes

first_imgMSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe closed up 1.16 percent.A run of promising news in efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine ran through US markets. An experimental vaccine produced by biotech startup Moderna Inc showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in volunteers, an early- stage trial showed on Tuesday. There were also reports of pending positive news on vaccine work from the University of Oxford.“US equities continued to defy all gravity as investor optimism revels amid the progress in developing a vaccine which continues to reign supreme,” wrote Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at AxiCorp, in an analyst note.In the United States, stocks closed sharply higher on the vaccine news, buttressed by a strong quarterly report from Goldman Sachs. Asian shares look set to continue a march upwards as optimism over a coronavirus vaccine carry weight over the ongoing spread of the disease and simmering US-China tensions.Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures rose 0.37 percent in early trading. Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures added 0.07 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures rose 0.25 percent.E-mini futures for the S&P 500 rose 0.19 percent. A new report from the Federal Reserve also found US businesses saw an uptick in activity as states relaxed restrictions, although uncertainty about the outlook remained with coronavirus cases spreading.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.85 percent, while the S&P 500 gained 0.91 percent and the Nasdaq Composite grew 0.59 percent.Oil prices rose thanks to a drop in US crude inventories, but gains were limited by plans from OPEC and its allies to ease supply curbs. Brent crude settled up 89 cents, or 2.1 percent, at US$43.79 a barrel.Investors appeared willing to take on more risk in currency markets, pushing the safe-haven US dollar to a one-month low. The dollar index fell 0.105 percent, dropping below 96 for the first time since June.The risk appetite was also evident as US Treasury yields rose and the yield curve steepened, indicating a wider spread between long- and short-term interest rates.Investors will be watching for new economic data out of China, which will release figures on second-quarter GDP data on Thursday, along with June factory output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment. A Reuters poll found analysts expect China to report 2.5 percent economic growth, reversing a 6.8 percent first-quarter decline driven by the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Increasing the Base Active Duty Pay for the Pennsylvania National Guard

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed HB 602, sponsored by Rep. Barrar, which Increases the minimum base active duty pay for Pennsylvania National Guard personnel from $75 to $100 per day. This raise applies, when the governor activates any part of the Pennsylvania National Guard for State Active Duty to respond to disasters and emergencies, in federally and non-federally declared events.This minimum base pay figure was last increased in 1996, from $45 to $75 per day.  The increase to a base minimum pay of $100 per day will make this pay scale more equitable to the pay scale of today, and is yet another way to compensate our National Guard personnel for their selfless sacrifices to both Commonwealth and country in time of disaster or emergency.Governor Wolf also signed the following bills into law:Act 60- HB 1877 – sponsored by Rep. Barrar – Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in grants to fire companies & volunteer services, further providing for scope of chapter, defs., award of grants, establishments, appropriated funds, & expirations; & an editorial change.Act 61 – HB 1325 – sponsored by Rep. Mustio – Amends the Second Class Township Code, in storm water management plans and facilities, further providing for ordinances and providing for fees.Act 62 – HB 1934 – sponsored by Rep.Truitt – Act authorizing DGS to grant & convey to Aqua PA, Inc., or its assigns, an existing water tower & permanent utility easement from lands of the Commonwealth at West Chester University, situate in the Borough of West Chester.Act 64 – SB 936 – sponsored by Sen. Browne – Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations), in support matters generally, further providing for attachment of income.Act 65 – SB 1205 – sponsored by Sen. Scavello – Act authorizing DGS, with approval of the Governor, to grant to the Borough of East Stroudsburg & East Stroudsburg University, certain permanent public water supply system easements situate in the Borough of East Stroudsburg.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 01, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Signs Bill Increasing the Base Active Duty Pay for the Pennsylvania National Guardlast_img read more

Bournemouth boss reflects on Howe far the Cherries have come

first_img “Football is very tough. Every game in this league is such a high standard, if you drop your performances you can get punished so we have to make sure we maintain it. “It was really important for us that we didn’t lose the momentum we had built and that one result (against Chelsea) wasn’t a result in isolation. “We wanted to back it up and back-to-back wins in this league, like any league, are so important. You see how tight it is down the bottom, that’s given us a huge lift at a key time.” Eddie Howe believes he achieved the impossible by leading Bournemouth to victory over Manchester United on Saturday night – six years to the day after they had been hammered by Morecambe. Press Association But, back on December 12, 2009 Howe was taking charge of Bournemouth at Christie Park as they were looking to gain promotion out of League Two. Instead they were humbled 5-0 by Sammy McIlroy’s Shrimps and Howe admits a result like that achieved against 20-time champions United was something he could not have dreamed of six seasons ago. “Someone reminded me of that earlier,” he said when asked about the contrasting fixtures coming exactly six years apart. “I didn’t know that, and all the emotions of that game came flooding back. That was a terrible game. It does show how far the club has come. “Not in your wildest dreams could you have ever imagined when I was standing there watching that Morecambe game that we would be beating Manchester United in the Premier League. It’s not possible. So it really does prove what can happen in football. It’s an unbelievable game.” Despite their humbling at Morecambe, Bournemouth still went on to gain promotion as they finished second behind Notts County. Now the ambition is survival and Howe feels consecutive wins against two of the most successful teams in the history of the Premier League can go a long way to making their current aims achievable. “Hopefully we can use these as markers against what we want to achieve in every game,” he added. The Cherries achieved a remarkable double as they saw off United 2-1 just a week after winning at the home of Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea. The back-to-back victories mean Howe’s side are now 14th in the table, above Jose Mourinho’s Blues, as they look to secure a second season in the top flight. last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Trojans’ sloppiness blemishes victory

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanYou could sense the nervousness reverberating through the Coliseum.USC had a 28-6 lead early in the second half, but Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate had come alive. And then, on a designed run from 32 yards out, Tate took the handoff, slipped past the tackle attempt of senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and then ran effortlessly right through redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins and redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris into the end zone.“Touchdown Tate,” yelled ESPN commentator Mark Jones on the television broadcast. “He detonates!”It would be an explosion that kept going and going throughout the second half. Tate, the up-and-coming teenage phenom who has slipped into the Heisman conversation with his exhilarating talent and absurd stat lines since taking over the starting role five games ago, was bottled up for just 19 rushing yards in the first half. But he went off for 142 yards on the ground in the second half, having his way with a USC defense that could only hold him off for so long. He ran around and through the Trojans, which also opened up passing lanes for wide open receivers in the rare cases he actually dropped back to throw. Before you knew it, the Wildcats had reeled off touchdowns on four consecutive drives and tied the game early in the fourth quarter on a 2-point conversion, and you thought it would be another humiliating loss for USC — this time in the form of blowing a 22-point second half lead at home to an Arizona team that many predicted before the season to finish last in the Pac-12. Alas, thanks to late-game heroics by redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and junior running back Ronald Jones II and a timely interception by Tate that showed that he is, indeed, human, the Trojans pulled off the win, keeping their chances at a Pac-12 championship alive and avoiding humiliation. “There’s never a question mark about these kids and how resilient they are, how prideful they are and how much they want to compete,” head coach Clay Helton said.Sure, USC deserves credit for responding after Arizona tied the game at 35-35. It would’ve been easy to roll over and let the Khalil Tate Express keep chugging. “When we were up by a couple of scores, [quarterbacks coach] Tyson [Helton] and [offensive coordinator] Tee [Martin] were telling me on their headset, ‘Hey, be prepared. This game’s not over,’” Darnold said. “I knew that. We knew that.” Darnold and the offense delivered with two touchdowns, and Harris stepped up in the right place at the right time with a key interception. But, like most of their wins this season, it seems like the Trojans escaped Saturday night with a win behind their talent alone. Once again, they rode the arm of Darnold in the clutch — the sideline lob to Jones to set up the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter was one of the more spectacular throws he’s ever made — and the unmatchable downhill speed of Jones, who broke free for several electric long runs. Arizona may have come out with a much better game plan in the second half that USC had no answer for, but the Wildcats could not match the pure talent on the other side.This game, in a nutshell, is why the Trojans are projected to play in the Fiesta, Cotton or Alamo bowls instead of jostling for a spot in the College Football Playoff. They struggle to put away inferior opponents, commit too many costly penalties and fail to inspire confidence that they belong in the same ballpark as the likes of Georgia, Notre Dame or Alabama. On Saturday, USC blew two red zone scoring opportunities in the first quarter, the first when Darnold couldn’t sneak for a yard on 4th-and-1, and the second when he threw an inexcusable interception with the ball at the one-yard line, underthrowing redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. “It was one of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made on a football field,” Darnold said.Then, before halftime, USC had the ball in Arizona territory with a chance to go up by three scores, but two penalties stalled the drive, which ended in a punt. In all, the Trojans could’ve had three more touchdowns at halftime, points that would’ve gone a long way toward preventing the near-collapse that was the second half. Can you imagine if they had made those same mistakes against Alabama? And the penalties. They committed 14 penalties for 123 yards on Saturday, penalties that slowed the game to a near stop in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to seize on the momentum. The flags ranged from the undisciplined (hands to the face, holding) to the just plain unnecessary (excessive celebration, sideline warnings, unsportsmanlike conduct on Helton). It is Week 10, and somehow, the Trojans are still shooting themselves in the foot.An optimist might say that Trojans still control their own destiny — Helton’s favorite catch-phrase — and have a good chance at playing for the Pac-12 Championship. But it seems like, week-to-week, even after wins, USC is breathing a sigh of relief that it avoided an upset, avoided embarrassment for another week. It seems like, instead of winning games, the Trojans are playing not to lose. That’s what this campaign has come to — relief that Khalil Tate didn’t carve USC up enough to spoil its season — which is not exactly what we thought would be the main takeaway from Week 10 before the season began, back when the Trojans had deeper aspirations, like winning a national championship.Eric He is a junior studying  journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

County semi-final build up continues.

first_imgCoach Derry Peters admits that lady luck smiled on them in that game – he’s hoping that they can continue their form in Sundays semi final.Aherlow Gaels versus Loughmore – Castleiney will throw-in at 1:30 in Boherlahan this Sunday, while in Templetuohy Thomas MacDonaghs take on Cahir from 2.You can hear live updates on both games on Tipp FM. Aherlow Gaels are hoping that their recent County Senior Football quarter final win will stand to them this weekend.On Sunday they face Loughmore-Castleiney in the semi-final, the team who defeated them in last year’s final.Aherlow came through their quarter-final by a point against Moyle Rovers, thanks to a late goal.last_img