Brazilian, Uruguayan, and South African Navies Take Part in Combined Training

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 16, 2018 Participants of Operation Atlasur 2018 carried out exercises under the theme of drugs, arms, and human trafficking, August 31st–September 20th. “The theme varies with each edition. However, exercises always focus on establishing and maintaining the safety of the South Atlantic,” said Captain Rogério Salles Rodrigues da Silva, head of the Training and Resource Utilization Division of the Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Naval Operations Command. South Africa hosted the 11th edition of the exercise with Brazil and Uruguay as participants. The Argentine Navy, for the first time since the 1990s, didn’t take part in Atlasur as it committed its ships to other activities. Deployment More than 700 service members, four ships, one submarine, and four aircraft deployed in combat drills. The objectives of the exercises were “to get ships acquainted with one another and promote the training of young officers in surveillance and navigation,” South African Navy Commander Abdul Sayed said. Brazil deployed 190 service members, including nine units from the Combat Divers Group. Brazilian elements also counted on a UH-12 Esquilo helicopter and the Barroso corvette, flagship of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Uruguay sent 140 service members, including a special Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) unit. The nation also deployed the General Artigas frigate and an A-071 Esquilo helicopter. As the host, South Africa mobilized the most resources, with more than 300 service members. The Amatola frigate, the hydrographic vessel Protea, the Manthatisi submarine, and other smaller vessels took part in the exercise. Units from South Africa’s Air Force and Military Health Service Task Force also participated. Simulated combat According to Capt. Rogério, drug traffickers often use Brazilian maritime routes to reach Africa and Europe. “Criminals use different means of transport such as merchant vessels, fishing boats, sports or recreational boats such as sailboats,” he said. The scenario, which included illegal drug, arms, and human trafficking, served as the backdrop for exercises of Operation Atlasur’s two phases. Participants carried out the first phase in the False Bay region, on the western coast of South Africa, September 6th-14th. Activities included live fire exercises against determined targets, as well as simulated air and submarine attacks. In addition to ship crew members, MB’s combat divers, Uruguay’s VBSS unit, and service members from the South African Maritime Reaction Squadron participated. Following a two-day resting period, participants kicked off the second phase, September 17th–20th. During this phase, Service members carried out additional live-fire exercises and simulated air and submarine attacks. Participants also conducted search and rescue operations. The South African Navy counted on support of service members from the South African Air Force and Army during both phases of the exercise. Learning from transatlantic cooperation “Forces don’t necessarily operate the same way when carrying out a similar operation, either due to differences in operational culture or characteristics of the environment and resources involved,” said Capt. Rogério, with regard to lessons MB learned after participating in the operation. “As such, working with other countries allows us to learn from each other about alternative forms of operating and access best practices when conducting a mission,” he said. Participants also emphasized the friendship gained among service members thanks to the exercise. “We do many things together. We have a common border in the middle of the sea, but what matters most to me is getting to know people. If I need anything, I must know who to talk to in the South African Navy,” said Uruguayan Navy Captain Carlos Cóccaro. Operation Atlasur was created in 1922, following the Uruguayan Navy’s first official visit to the Republic of South Africa. Since then, the Brazilian and Argentine navies take part in the biennial exercise. The four countries take turns coordinating the exercise.last_img read more

Westbury Contractor Charged With Ripping Off Workers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A contractor from Long Island and two of his employees have been indicted on charges of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages to workers on a New York City work site.Mohammad Riaz, a 34-year-old Westbury resident and owner of Applied Construction Inc., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Bronx court to money laundering, grand larceny, scheme to defraud and other charges.Pleading not guilty to similar charges were 39-year-old Mohammad Arshad, his manager from Hicksville, and 58-year-old Zbigniew “Ziggy” Lakomiec, his foreman from Brooklyn.“Contractors who work on affordable housing cannot ignore New York State’s labor laws,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged the trio schemed to avoid prevailing wage laws by underpaying workers.Applied Construction was required by law and their contract with the city to pay prevailing wages to workers on a taxpayer-funded affordable housing project on Kingsbridge Terrace in the Bronx between Nov. 9, 2011 and Aug. 30, 2012.Instead, the trio allegedly paid the workers a fraction of the lawful rate and did not provide supplemental benefits, according to the attorney general. They allegedly tried to cover their tracks by excluding from payroll reports the workers they paid in cash. Some workers who were included on payroll were ordered to back kickbacks to the suspects, authorities said.Judge Richard Lee Price set bail for Riaz and Arshad at $10,000. Lakomiec was released without bail. All three face up to 15 years in prison on the grand larceny charge.last_img read more

What will it take to hit the instant payments tipping point?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Instant payments is an innovation that doesn’t require much explanation. Getting immediate access to money is an obviously better solution than waiting for the check to arrive in the mail, or constantly refreshing a mobile banking app to see if transferred funds have been cleared for use.And, as Karen Webster noted in a recent conversation on digital disbursements with Ingo Money’s Drew Edwards, while it may not be conventional wisdom that consumers and SMBs want instant payments, it is well on its way to shifting from “nice to have” to “must-have.”“We’re seeing over and over that this is what customers want, and it’s where market leaders are heading,” Edwards told Webster. “We’re not talking about whether we’re going to hit this tipping point in the future – we’re talking about when, and we’re talking about in the next couple of years.”Getting to that tipping point is complicated, Edwards noted, and there are some big obstacles to overcome, even though market pressures are setting the pace at which companies must move to offer instant pay as an option. And, in many cases, the FinTechs are serving as the pace car. continue reading »last_img read more

Minister, NFF bigwigs set for crunch talk

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria Oshoala visits Lagos Oba The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has summoned eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation for a crucial meeting on Friday in Abuja. The meeting, according to a source, is aimed at finding last solutions to issues militating against football development in the country. Some of the agenda for the meeting include the Nigerian League, players’ welfare, national teams coaches and the technical adviser salaries among others. Dare and the NFF bigwigs may also find a lasting solution to tussles between the officials of the Glass House and the Super Falcons manager Thomas Dennerby. On Tuesday, the Minister paid a surprise visit to the Super Falcons during their training at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja to inspire and assured them that the government will ensure their welfare. A source said: “It is a crucial meeting and the Minister has assured that he is prepared to host the NFF board members on Friday after it couldn’t hold on Tuesday as earlier scheduled. “He (Minister) has gotten briefs on football and he’s more than willing to sort them out for the growth of the game.” In a related development, the Minister engaged billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, with the aim of facilitating public private partnership in sports development in Nigeria. Dare said: “Sports is Business. A first step in engineering PPP in sports development in Nigeria. Alhaji Dangote is a convert as he listens to my pitch. I am about the business of sports to engage our youth for employment and entrepreneurship through sports development. We have set out.”Tags: Aliko DangoteNigeria Football FederationSunday DareSuper FalconsThomas Dennerbylast_img read more

Long going nowhere – Clarke

first_imgWest Brom head coach Steve Clarke has warned rival clubs to forget poaching in-form striker Shane Long in January. Long came within hours of quitting The Hawthorns in early September after Albion agreed a fee of £6.5million with Hull for the Republic of Ireland international. It is understood Hull tried to renegotiate the deal at the eleventh hour, resulting in Albion pulling the plug. “I spoke to Shane immediately after it all died down and he assured me he was fine,” added Clarke. “He understood – although maybe he didn’t want to accept – the logic behind it. “All I could do was assure him he was a big part of my plans and I liked him. “How could I not like what Shane has done since I’ve been at the club? He’s been tremendous for me, tremendous for the club since he came here. “For me it was important to get him back on an even keel and get him playing again, but he was injured when we brought the two players in on deadline day (Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe). “The team has evolved a little bit without him having the chance to make an impact in the team. Since then he’s had to be patient, and he has been. “You can see from his recent performances that not only has he been patient, but he’s been working to make sure when his chance came he was ready to take it, and that’s credit to him. “We’ve seen with his performances in the last two games especially what he can bring to the team.” Long will undoubtedly spearhead Albion’s strikeforce in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Newcastle, a side that has shot up the table on the back of three successive victories. Naturally, former Magpies assistant manager Clarke is in no mood to become Newcastle’s fourth straight victim. “They’ve done something that’s really difficult to do in the Premier League which is win three games in a row,” assessed Clarke. “It happened to us last year when we managed to string together four in a row which rocketed us up into the top four at one stage. “If you can put together a run like that it’s good for your confidence and good for your league position. “Newcastle have done that with three really big results for them, so it’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t become four big ones.” Clarke has conceded to having “lots of little doubts” with regard to his squad, without naming names. The only player definitely ruled out is goalkeeper Ben Foster as he continues to recover from a stress fracture to a foot. At the time Clarke claims Long had endured “an interrupted start to the season” due to a couple of niggly injuries and international call ups, along with an ongoing contract saga. They are all reasons why Albion were prepared to let Long leave, but with the 26-year-old now back to his best with four goals in his last four matches for club and country, it has become unthinkable any move will be considered when the transfer window re-opens. “If Shane continues to play at the level he is right now the contract issue will sort itself out,” said Clarke. “If he’s on that level there’s no doubt. But are you asking me if I’m selling Shane in January? No, I’m not. “Why would I sell my best, most in-form striker? I don’t think Shane will be going anywhere in January. I haven’t considered it. “I just want Shane to continue in this run of form. I don’t want to spend the next four weeks talking about Shane’s contract or whether he’s going to be here after January because he will be.” Albion currently have an option for next season on Long, who joined West Brom from Reading for £6.5million two-and-a-half years ago. With Long back in the goals and settled again, Clarke is convinced no ill feeling between club and player exists after the failed move to Hull. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: ‘Get well soon king’, Gerrard tells Dalglish

first_imgThe former Liverpool captain posted a picture of one of his daughters alongside Dalglish on Instagram and wrote “Get well soon king” in a nod to his old manager’s nickname.Dalglish’s family released a statement Friday night which confirmed the 69-year-old had been hospitalized on Wednesday in order to treat a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.Dalglish won nine league titles during his time as player and manager at Liverpool.The former Celtic and Scotland forward was given a routine test for COVID-19 after being admitted and the result showed up as positive – although he is displaying no symptoms.The statement said: “In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for Covid-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Steven Gerrard is leading the well-wishes for Kenny Dalglish after it was revealed the Liverpool great had tested positive for coronavirus.Gerrard played under Dalglish when he returned to manage Liverpool for a second stint between January 2011 and May 2012. Associated Press April 11, 2020center_img The Latest: ‘Get well soon king’, Gerrard tells Dalglish ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell rests in consolation summer league game

first_img“We’re looking for him to be really aggressive,” Robertson said. “For him, the more reps you can get with his spacing and level of physicality, the better off you will be.”Crisis avertedThe pain seemed immediately evident as Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. landed on the court with a loud thud. The ominous signs continued when Nance needed ice to treat a right wrist he believed was broken. Nance’s fears, however, did not turn into a nightmare. An MRI taken on Friday showed that Nance has a sprained right wrist without any fracture or ligament damage. Rookie forward Zach Auguste started in place of Nance against Utah. With the Lakers listing Nance as day-to-day, though, it appears likely he will report to training camp in late September fully healthy. Nance took a hard fall in the waning seconds of the Lakers’ loss to Cleveland on Thursday. Nance then had X-rays that indicated a probable fracture. But Nance traveled to Los Angeles to visit Lakers physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Friday for further clarity. Nonetheless, Nance’s injury sparks uncertainty to what degree it could compromise his offseason regimen. Nance, who the Lakers selected 27th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, hoped to further develop his mid-range jumper and 3-point shot. He only attempted six shots from 3-point range and made 2 of them, partly because he did not want to force those shots. He also planned to spend the rest of the summer improving his shot. The Lakers’ second-year forward had already shown growth in summer league with his dependable energy plays, averaging 9.0 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds through four games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “D’Angelo looks pretty polished,” said Lakers assistant Theo Robertson, who served as the team’s coach on Friday. “We’re going to continue to work with him and play him in a style that we feel is best for this team. But he certainly was really good out here in moving the ball and making plays.”Yet, the Lakers have an extensive bucket list for Russell to address. He averaged more turnovers (five) than assists (four), though the coaching staff has expressed support for his aggressive style. Russell also became ball-dominant, including a second-half stretch in Thursday’s loss to Cleveland where he missed all 10 of his shot attempts. “We’re showing him areas where he can improve,” Robertson said. “When he gets into the paint and he has four or five guys collapsing on the ball, he’s a phenomenal passer. So we’re trying to reinforce the point that he can make plays for others. That gets himself going and then can use his ability to generate good offense for the team.”The Lakers will monitor that later. On Friday, more of the focus centered on rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who is also on the U.S. men’s select team. The No. 2 pick scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, a sharp improvement from his five points per game average on a 31-6 percent clip in the previous four games. center_img LAS VEGAS >> Like the end of any trip here, sometimes it becomes a better idea just to rest. This did not entail abstaining from prolonging any fun at the casinos or nightclubs. Instead, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell sat out of the team’s 92-88 consolation loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center. The outcome bore even less significance than when the Lakers (3-2) won their first three summer-league games here. So instead of stepping on the court to exert his scoring dominance, Russell sat before gearing up for the U.S. Select team, which practices next week from Monday through Friday. Russell also had little to prove after averaging a team-leading 21.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting, which ranked seventh overall in summer league. Meanwhile, the Lakers wanted an extra look at guard Xavier Munford, who played 14 games last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Steelers sign LB Mark Barron

first_imgBarron was one of the unsung stars of the Rams defense last season, finishing fourth on the team in combined tackles (60) and solo tackles (43). He performed especially well in the postseason, notching nine combined tackles in the NFC championship game against the Saints and then eight tackles and a pass defensed in the Super Bowl.The 29-year-old Barron, a former safety, was selected No. 7 overall by the Buccaneers in the 2012 but was traded to the Rams in 2014.ESPN noted the Rams released him March 5 with the intention of re-signing him at a lower rate. Pittsburgh spoiled that plan. The Steelers reportedly have reached an agreement with free agent linebacker Mark Barron, the team announced Tuesday.According to ESPN, terms of the deal were reported at two years and $12 million.last_img

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, December 26, 2013:•10:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone and tablet in the 1200 block N. B, Wellington.•1:48 p.m. Roy N. Culver, 22, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a City of Halstead Bench Warrant for failure to appear on a charge of theft.•3:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•9:49 p.m. Dylan J. Knight, 19, Mulvane was arrested and confined charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license.last_img

Better Breathing Through Chemistry – Lucky Eagle

first_imgRochester, Wash., January 3, 2013 –– Guests and employees of Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel can literally breathe easier thanks to a cutting-edge new molecular air purification system installed at the casino earlier this month.The system attacks smoke and other air contaminants at a molecular level, leaving the air virtually smoke free.“We can now proudly say that Lucky Eagle has the cleanest air of any casino in the region and we achieved it in an environmentally friendly way,” Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Chief Executive Officer John Setterstrom said.The air purification system pioneered by Moleculair™ Technologies, Inc. emits a very fine mist of naturally occurring chemicals into the casino through the existing ventilation system. The mist binds to smoke molecules and other air contaminants, breaking down and destroying them.The product is in over 40 Casinos nationwide and they are expecting to double that in 2013.“Our system is reliable and hassle free to install and maintain,” said Chief Operating Officer Joe DiLeo of Moleculair.  “We have received calls from all over the world wanting our technology. We were excited to add Lucky Eagle Casino to our list of clients.”It is believed that Lucky Eagle is the first casino in Washington to implement this new technology.“This is yet another example of our commitment to making the experience for our guests as comfortable and enjoyable as possible,” Setterstrom said. Lucky Eagle eliminates smoke with molecular air system  #  #Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis Tribe. The casino features more than 900 slot machines, plus live poker, blackjack, keno and bingo. The newly expanded 171-room Eagles Landing Hotel is connected to the casino.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more