At the National Congress in Brasilia on 19 August, the U.S. company Boeing presented its F-18 E/F Super Hornet simulator, modeling one of the competitors in the FX-2 request for bids issued by the country for the acquisition of new fighter planes. In order to explain the plane’s technology and operation to interested Brazilian senators and members of Congress, the American company brought pilot Ted Hermann to the country, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran with 3,900 hours of flight time and numerous decorations who is currently serving as a business development manager for Boeing’s international operations. With this exhibition, the firm aims to promote the selection of its plane in the competition for the acquisition of 36 fighter planes, in which it is competing against the French company Dassault and its Rafale and the Swedish Saab and its Gripen NG. The Boeing simulator has almost all the elements of a real F-18. It is equipped with a force feedback system that transmits the weight of the force of gravity and aerodynamic forces to the aircraft’s controls, enabling a simulation that is closer to a pilot’s actual sensations and reactions. In addition, with a 180-degree projection screen, the simulator can offer images of land, sea, cities, forests, highways, and buildings, as well as enemy planes, making it possible to simulate conventional operations not only on land runways, but also on aircraft carriers. Equipped with two seats, the simulator can recreate missions for both the one-seat and two-seat versions. At present, Super Hornet planes are part of the fleets of the U.S. Marines and the Australian Air Force, countries in which their use is supported by programs running through 2035. According to Boeing executives, a series of improvements and modernizations will maintain these versatile fighter planes in perfect condition until the end of their useful lives. Another point in favor of the American jet is the fact that it is a plane designed for and used on aircraft carriers, something that might point toward the possible selection of F-18s by the Brazilian Navy to replace the veteran AF-1s (A-4K Skyhawks) operating from the aircraft carrier São Paulo. By Dialogo August 23, 2011
New legislation makes hazing a criminal act New legislation makes hazing a criminal act Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Florida lawmakers passed what many consider one the toughest anti-hazing statutes in the nation this year.The Chad Meredith Act, now awaiting the governor’s signature, makes hazing in high schools and colleges a crime — even if the victim is a willing participant.Kill or injure someone in a hazing incident, go to jail for up to five years. Even if no one is hurt, the hazer could face up to a year in prison for the act. Meredith, a University of Miami student, drowned in 2001 in a hazing incident.Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, said he filed the legislation to stem what he considers a “growing epidemic” on school campuses.“There is no reason any student should have to risk life or limb in order to gain entry into an organization,” said Hasner, a lawyer who served in leadership positions with Phi Delta Theta while at Florida State University and after he graduated. “It is very narrowly tailored to prohibit and criminalize hazing that results in substantial physical injury.”The act defines hazing as “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student” and includes “pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of a student.. . . ”“I will make myself available to visit any college campus in Florida — at my own expense — to educate the students at the universities on this issue,” said Hasner, adding current law did not do enough to discourage “these senseless acts.”The bill was two years in the making, Hasner said, because he had to educate his legislative colleagues that the administrative remedies available on campuses weren’t strong enough to stem the problem. Even when students were hurt in hazing incidents, he said, perpetrators were able to use the consent of the victims as a defense, which hampered prosecution for what might otherwise be considered battery.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamerac, sponsored the Senate companion measure.Miami lawyer David Bianchi, who represented the Meredith family in a civil case, said he saw a newspaper story on the hazing bill and called Hasner to see if he could help.Chad Meredith was 18 years old when he enrolled at UM and pledged for Kappa Sigma Fraternity. On November 4, 2001, while in the company of the fraternity president and two upper-class fraternity brothers, Meredith drank alcohol until his blood alcohol level was nearly two times the legal limit. Then, at the urging of the president and fraternity brothers, Meredith jumped in a campus lake. As the group swam across, Meredith fell behind and drowned. Chad’s parents sued those involved and the jury’s verdict included an award of $14 million for the mental pain and suffering for William and Carol Meredith as a result of the death of their son. The jury found the fraternity president 45 percent at fault and the former fraternity vice president 45 percent at fault. The jury found Meredith, the decedent, 10 percent at fault. While the case was being appealed, the sides entered into a confidential settlement, according to Bianchi.“The more I learned about how prevalent hazing was in this country the more upset I got about the fact it was still going on. I was also, frankly, upset that nothing was really done [criminally] with the two students we sued who were involved in Chad’s death,” Bianchi said. “The fraternity didn’t do anything to them; the university didn’t do anything to them; and the state attorney’s office didn’t do anything. Had it not been for the lawsuit, they would have escaped scot-free. That really bothered me.”Rep. Hasner invited Bianchi to review the bill and together the two lawyers crafted language which specifically addressed issues raised by defense lawyers in the Meredith civil case that Bianchi knew would also be raised in any criminal prosecution of hazing incidents. The result was a provision that specifically spells out that it is not a defense to a charge of hazing that consent of the victim had been obtained; or that the conduct that resulted in the death or injury was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned by the organization; or that the activity that resulted in the death or injury was not done as a condition of membership.Bianchi and the Merediths also testified before legislative committees in support of the bill.“Until now there has not been enough in Florida law to discourage fraternity members from hazing pledges,” Bianchi said, adding he hopes the new law will be thoroughly discussed in every fraternity and sorority house in the state this fall.Hasner insists the law is not anti-fraternity and contends hazing is out of line with Greek values.“Hazing in itself is not the type of activity that I believe creates brotherhood and creates friendships,” he said. “It’s demeaning and demoralizing and in many instances dangerous and potentially deadly.”The bill, which cleared both chambers with only one dissenting vote, also picked up the support of some national fraternal organizations.“The legislation takes the same zero-tolerance approach to hazing that Sigma Chi announced when we unveiled our own anti-hazing policy on February 1, 2005,” said Sigma Chi International President Lee Beauchamp. “We support all efforts to end hazing that demeans or physically threatens any individual. While hazing has been characterized as a tradition by critics of fraternities, we believe there are better ways to instill a sense of brotherhood within our organization. We fully support the Florida legislation.” June 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf to Pennsylvania: We Must Stay the Course, We Must Follow the Law May 11, 2020 Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the state’s actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working and that we must stay the course and follow the law or there will be negative consequences.“Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we can, and sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been a new kind of heroism – in many ways a quiet heroism. These heroic acts deserve to be met not by surrendering, but by staying the course.”The governor reiterated that reopening too soon can cause COVID-19 to spread, for cases and deaths to spike and for closures to be reinstated perhaps for much longer.Reopening decisions are based on the advice of scientists, medical professionals, and the state’s epidemiologists. Factors that inform decisions include case counts, modeling, geographic location, contact tracing and testing capabilities for individual counties, regions, and the state. Each county is considered individually before deciding on placement into the red, yellow or green phases. Yellow counties have a lower risk of virus spread. Red counties have a higher risk of virus spread.“I cannot allow residents in a red county to get sick because their local officials can’t see the invisible risk of the virus in their community,” Wolf said. “So, I must, and I will impose consequences if a county locally lifts restrictions when it has not yet been given the go-ahead by the state.”The governor outlined the following consequences to counties that do not abide by the law to remain closed:Counties will not be eligible for federal stimulus discretionary funds the state receives and intends to provide to counties with populations of fewer than 500,000.Businesses in counties that do not abide by the law will no longer be eligible for business liability insurance and the protections it provides. The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance released details of this earlier today.Restaurants that reopen for dine-in service in counties that have not been authorized to reopen will be at risk of losing their liquor license.County residents receiving unemployment compensation will be able to continue to receive benefits even if their employer reopens. Employees may choose not to return out of concern for personal safety and safety of co-workers.“This is not a time to give up,” Wolf said. “This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the task of beating this virus. I intend to keep fighting, and I believe that the overwhelming majority of my fellow Pennsylvanians intend to keep fighting it too. With that unity, I know we can win.”View this information in Spanish.
Marine Energy Wales has released a new report at its annual conference, revealing that £96.2 million has been invested into the Welsh economy.The new ‘State of the Sector’ report outlines findings from a survey carried out by the Welsh industry body, and provides an update on a previous report published in 2017, outlining developments taking place in Welsh waters.The report covers wave, tidal stream and tidal range sectors across Wales and demonstrates that marine energy is fast becoming a dynamic and exciting part of the Welsh economy.The report finds that there has been an increase of £27.9 million worth of investment in Wales over the last 2 years, a £50.8 million increase since 2015. The sector is playing a vital role in attracting inward investment for Wales, and is spurring low carbon, economic growth in coastal regions across the country.There are currently 16 marine energy developers actively progressing projects in Wales and strategic developments are taking place across the country to ensure that infrastructure, testing and demonstration facilities are in place to support the sector.Wales has the potential to establish an early mover advantage in an export market worth an estimated £76 billion by 2050, exporting marine energy technologies, skills, knowledge and intellectual property across the globe. The Welsh supply chain has the capability and ambition to deliver marine energy projects, and the sector is providing diversification opportunities to encourage supply chain resilience, Marine Energy Wales wrote.First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said: “Wales’ natural resources place us in a unique position to harness the significant potential of marine energy. This report clearly demonstrates how the sector is already bringing wide-ranging economic and environmental benefits.“I’m pleased Welsh Government support has resulted in international inward investment for marine energy projects, ensuring sustainable economic opportunities in coastal areas of Wales.“Wales has the potential to achieve even more and I am frustrated at the missed opportunities caused by the UK Government’s wilful disinterest in the development of marine energy projects in Wales. We continue to press it to rethink its energy policy to allow Wales to provide the mix of renewable energy required to benefit our communities.”David Jones, project director of Marine Energy Wales added: “This report clearly demonstrates the positive impacts marine energy is having in Wales, particularly in coastal regions such as Anglesey and Pembrokeshire that are most in need of economic regeneration. It is pleasing to see that Wales is playing an important role in keeping the UK at the forefront of this global low carbon innovative sector.”
Majorityof traffic enforcers do not wear masks, observed Tupas. WHO estimates that around seven million people die every year fromexposure to polluted air. ILOILOCity – A Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) resolution urged the Public Safety andTransportation Management Office (PSTMO) of the city government to encouragetraffic enforcers to wear face masks while on duty. New data from WHO showed that nine out of 10 people breathe aircontaining high levels of pollutants. Citinga study, Tupas said traffic aides are vulnerable to high blood pressure andother respiratory diseases due to pollutants. Air pollution levels remaindangerously high in many parts of the world, according to the World HealthOrganization (WHO). Theycould be inhaling air with pollutants such as harmful metals, she said. Thelady councilor also urged the city government to provide medical face masks forthe use of traffic aides. Ambient air pollution alone causedsome 4.2 million deaths in 2016,while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels andtechnologies caused an estimated 3.8million deaths in the same period, according to WHO./PN Accordingto Councilor Candice Magdalane Tupas who sponsored the resolution, air pollutionis an occupational hazard for traffic aides.
Tourists were seen walking inside therim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption – which beganaround 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT). NEW ZEALAND – At least one dead andseveral unaccounted for, after a volcano erupted here on Monday, police said,adding 23 people were rescued. An aerial view shows smoke bellowing above the crater of Whakaari, also known as White Island, volcano as it erupts in New Zealand on Dec. 9, in this image obtained via social media. GNS SCIENCE VIA REUTERS Despite that, the island is a touristdestination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available. White Island, also known as Whakaari,is off the coast of North Island – and is one of New Zealand’s most activevolcanoes. It has several eruptions over the years, most recently in 2016, butno one was hurt.(BBC)
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NATIONAL youth coach, Garvin Nedd,believes West Indies under-19 selectees, Guyanese Keemo Paul and Bhaskar Yadram are mentally strong enough to execute during the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super50 tournament.The duo are part of a 14-man squad to participate in the upcoming tournament, which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.“I expect great things from both players,” Nedd said in an exclusive interview on Friday.“Both are exceptional and talented players. They are mentally strong, so I expect them to execute well.”Nedd,who coached both players at different youth levels, also believes that the game‘s situation will play an important role for both players, in terms of their performances.“Paul is a brilliant all-rounder, and once he plays to his strength, he will come out successful. Yadram, on the other hand, is doing well for the past months. He is a free-scoring batsman and he needs to continue in that attitude, but the games situation will be key (to) how they perform,” the current national under-17 coach pointed out.Meanwhile, president of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Alfred Mentore,believes Paul is a star in the making.According to Mentore, Paul, who is one of the three over-aged players selected in the squad, has a bright and good future ahead of him.“Paul (Keemo) is an exceptionally talented player, and the opportunity given to him will definitely give him a chance to express himself going forward,” Mentore said.He added, “With the likes of the Bravos and the Pollards coming to the tail-end of their international careers, players like Paul need to advertise their true potential. This is an opportunity which he needs to grab with both hands”.Bhaskar YadramMentore strongly feels that Paul is definitely a future for Guyana and West Indies cricket.The 14-member squad includes five players who were part of the team which won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year.They are all-rounders Shamar Springer and Paul; middle-order batsman Kirstan Kallicharan; wicket-keeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart; and left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy.The West Indies Under-19s are participating in this tournament as part of their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, to be played in New Zealand next year.Springer, Paul and McCoy will not be eligible for that tournament, but have been selected as part of their future development and monitoring.The West Indies Under-19s will play in Zone A, which is based in Antigua. They will play alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force,along with Windward Islands Volcanoes, Kent Spitfire and host team Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Full squad: Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Shian Brathwaite, Kirstan Kallicharan, Mikyle Louis, Obed McCoy, Matthew Patrick, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Javier Spencer, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart and Bhaskar Yadram.Team management: Graeme West (Head Coach); Tony Gray (Assistant Coach); Dwain Gill (Team Manager); Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist); Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst); Zephyrinus Nicholas (Trainer).
… Ramps Logics shows supportONE of the Caribbean’s oldest sporting venue, Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground, will see one of the Caribbean’s oldest rugby clubs, STAG Trinidad Northern Rugby Football Club, in action when the second annual Guyana Carnival Sevens gets going from 13:00hrs today.The STAG Beer-sponsored club from the Twin Island Republic will have the Guyanese pair of Dane Parks and Ronald Myers in their line-up, and will come up against defending champions Pepsi Hornets, as well as Yamaha Caribs, Panthers and Guyana Police Force.With Guyana looking to regain their Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens title (in July) which they relinquished two years ago to Jamaica, the organisers of the event, Pepsi Hornets Rugby Club, believe that the Carnival Sevens provides the perfect platform for the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to see some of the best talents on show.The Guyana Carnival Sevens is the first tournament in the game’s shortest format being held for the year and the prize money being offered places the competition amongst the most lucrative in the region.“I think we’ll see some really good rugby because Northern, a team that have always wanted to come to Guyana, said that they’re here to make a statement. We should understand the quality of their team with Dane Parks and Ronald Myers in their line-up but I also believe that the local teams, who also boosted their teams with overseas-based players, will try to keep that prize money in Guyana,” said Rawle Toney, vice-president of the Hornets Rugby Club and organiser for the event.According to Toney, today will be more than just rugby; it will be keeping with the ‘Carnival fever’ that has hit Guyana.Meanwhile, Ramp Logistics, one of Guyana’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services, became the latest corporate entity to support the tournament, joining title sponsors Ansa McAl/STAG Beer, DDL/Pepsi and Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports.