By Carlos Maggi/Diálogo August 22, 2017 Air travel is fast and dynamic, meaning that response times are very important – even more so for unauthorized flights. That is why the Uruguayan, Argentine, and Brazilian air forces are working together under the framework of agreements signed by each nation, to allow them to exchange information about detected unauthorized flights, in order to activate the established procedures for their identification and interception. The three nations have conducted various exercises enabling them to optimize their mechanisms of locating illicit flights detected by radar, relay the information, and ultimately intercept them. It is important to note that, according to statistics, there are a number of unauthorized flights entering Brazil from Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, and Peru, meaning that a state of alert must be maintained practically every day. “This is a very important issue for us. We know that Brazil has a shoot-down law that Argentina and Uruguay lack, so relaying information about unauthorized or possibly illegal flights is vital for our nation,” Uruguayan Minister of Defense Jorge Menéndez told Diálogo. “We’re doing that by conducting exercises: URUBRA with Brazil, and RIO with Argentina. Their implementation allows us to be with partner nations that are up to speed on what can happen.” The authorities are worried about the development of transnational unauthorized flights, since they originate in one country and use another country as the epicenter for their illegal activities, such as drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Detecting such flights in sufficient time and relaying the information allows for a greater response capability, which is why the agreements are still in full force and the near-term possibility of once again developing training exercises is being studied. Uruguay has fixed and mobile 3D radars that it uses for nationwide coverage of its airspace, but in order to optimize the system, it needs an interceptor that can accommodate to the required response time since its fleet is made up of A-37B and PC-7U aircraft. “In a military system, the human element is key. It’s something that we can be proud of in Uruguay because there is very good training for our officers and airmen to fulfill all of the Air Force’s missions,” Menéndez said. “Radars have been added, and they’re working quite well. Our command and control center is a source of national pride. We still have some very old interceptors and we’re working towards getting to the point where we can make some acquisitions, which is an objective of the Ministry of Defense,” he explained. The importance of cooperation with American air forces In addition to the agreements for transferring information about unauthorized flights between the three nations, the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym) promotes exchanges of experience, knowledge, and training, which allows the armed forces to bolster their capacities, transforming them into an efficient organization for cooperation and mutual support. “Achieving favorable results for our people, as the American air forces do, has allowed us to meet the call of duty, for example, when the natural disasters in Ecuador and Peru happened, or the forest fires in Chile, and in any other place where our high command orders us to respond rapidly, flexibly, and efficiently,” said General Alberto Zanelli, the commander in chief of the Uruguayan Air Force. Through the cooperation that exists within the framework of SICOFAA, the intent is to coordinate operations to relieve the suffering of thousands of people in partner nations impacted by natural disasters. “These kinds of exercises allow us to check our level of training and doctrine to see what we need to do to successfully carry out our assigned mission, and what our capacity for interoperability is – where our planes will be able to use the Air Force’s ground-based support equipment, and where we can refuel,” Gen. Zanelli said. “All of the crews are going to be speaking the same operational language, and each of us will do our part to deliver solutions for these urgent needs.”
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An audit of the NCUA’s four permanent funds received a clean audit opinion for 2015, according to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General Tuesday.The audited financial reports included the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, the agency’s Operating Fund, the Central Liquidity Facility and the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, and was prepared by independent auditor KPMG LLP. continue reading »
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Omnichannel is more than just another popular marketplace buzzword, and unfortunately, even the biggest names are doing it all wrong.When Heather and I started our company, we chose the name OmniChannel Communications because it reflects what we believe in as marketing professionals. Just as omnichannel in the financial services space is about delivering a consistent user experience across all delivery channels, our goal is to deliver a consistent message for each of our customers across all communication channels.So what does omnichannel mean to your FI? Is it just a branding play – making sure your logo appears in the same location on every device? Is it about making the fonts the same on your mobile app and ATM screens? If you think omnichannel is just about look and feel, you’re missing the whole point.I said it earlier. Omnichannel is about creating a consistent user experience. And the most important component of user experience is functionality. All the pretty colors and matching fonts won’t mean a thing to consumers if they can’t accomplish what they want on whatever device they choose to use. Your goal in pursuing an omnichannel strategy needs to be delivering the same functionality across all channels. continue reading »
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43/208 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auOld doesn’t always mean old fashioned. In fact, some of the more impressive properties on the Brisbane market at the moment started out life long before many of their owners did.Looking for offers of more than $2.75 million is a four-bedroom penthouse at 43/208 Adelaide St, Brisbane.The 309sq m, heritage-listed penthouse, which is listed through Ben White of Place – New Farm is described as a “New York’’ inspired home.Nothing old fashioned about 43/208 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has a single level layout, high ceilings and intricate parquetry flooring made from mahogany.There are touches of marble and granite throughout, formal and casual living and family areas. The penthouse overlooks Anzac Square.It has two Juliet-style balconies with full length french doors.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by At Kangaroo Point, an apartment at 2/110 Main St is listed with an asking price of $3.3 million, through Drew Davies of McGrath Estate Agents – New Farm.The four-bedroom apartment is within The Residences in the heritage-listed Yungaba, which underwent a massive restoration and conversion.Inside the heritage Yungaba building at Main St, Kangaroo Point. Picture: realestate.com.auEach of the bedrooms has an ensuite and there is an open plan dining and living area. The building has 100m of river frontage and 3000sq m of heritage-listed gardens, as well as direct access to Brisbane’s Riverwalk.At the more affordable end of the scale, but still within a heritage building is a two-bedroom apartment at 64 Macquarie St, Teneriffe. The two-bedroom apartment is listed for $635,000 through Glenn Gracie of Glenn Gracie Real Estate – New Farm.It is within the Ansonia Woolstore and is on the second floor with views of the Brisbane River from the living area windows.64 Macquarie St, Teneriffe. Picture: realestate.com.auOn entering the apartment, there is a large room which would be suitable for use as a study or a second living area.Stairs lead from here to the mezzanine level which houses a bedroom and bathroom with a full-size bathtub.Some of the original features retained in the apartment include polished hardwood floors, exposed red brickwork and exposed wooden roof trusses.
As we debate the abortion issue in New Zealand, the Unplanned movie and its message is a gift to us. Let’s use it!The movie is based on a true story. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the US, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counselled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.Until the day she saw something that changed everything…See the movie that two of the largest film distributors in Canada refused to distribute. (It was eventually shown after an independent distributor picked it up – similar to NZ).Family First is hosting the very first screening of Unplanned in NZ next Monday night – but it’s sold out! Fortunately, there are many screenings happening throughout NZ. Be quick. Many have already sold out. Watch the trailer….Screenings:Monday 16th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Manukau* Host: Family First NZ SOLD OUTMonday 16th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park* Host: Marina Young (Buttons Project) SOLD OUTTuesday 17th September, 8:15pm Roxy Cinemas Wellington NZ* Host: Voice For Life Wellington SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 6:30pm Rialto Cinemas Newmarket NZ* Host: Family Life International SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc. SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Cinemas Sylvia Park, Auckland* Host: Family First NZ SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Botany Downs * Host: New Conservative SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Paraparaumu* Host: March For Life PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Palmerston North* Host: Unplanned Manawatu PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 6pm Whakamax Movies, Whakatane* Host: They Ministries PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc. SOLD OUTWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park, Auckland* Host: Hangyul Cho SOLD OUTThursday 26th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Voice For Life Hawkes Bay SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas Tauranga* Host: Pro Life SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas St Lukes, Auckland* Host: Hope Restorations PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: Whangaparaoa Baptist Church PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:30pm Suter Theatre, Nelson* Host: Voice For Life Nelson PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 1st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Whangarei* Host: Family First NZ PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 8:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Truth For Humanity NZ PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 3rd October, 5:30pm Roxy Cinemas, Wellington* Host: Lobby New Zealand PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:00pm Event Cinemas, New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Movie Max Digital, Timaru* Host: Discover Life PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Westcity* Host: Family Life International PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00pm Event Cinema, Blenheim* Host: Family Life International PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00 Pm Hoyts, Wairau Park* Host: March For Life Auckland PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Monterey Cinemas, Upper Hutt* Host: Voice For Life Hutt Valley Branch PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 15th October, 8:15pm Cathay Cinemas, Kerikeri* Host: Family First NZ SOLD OUTWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:00pm Penthouse Cinema & Café, Wellington* Host: Family Life International NZ PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Prolife Hawkes Bay PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 7:30pm Rangiora Town Hall Cinema* Host: Local Focus PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 17th October, 6:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Unplanned PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 5:30pm Anzac Theatre, Dargaville* Host: Sacred Heart Gospel Group, Dargaville SOLD OUTMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30 Pm Dome Cinema, Gisborne* Host: Grace Church Gisborne PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30pm Regent 3 Cinemas, Masterton* Host: Heidi Hendrikse PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 8:00pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Love PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 6:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: The Truth PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 7:30pm State Cinemas, Motueka* Host: The Jeremiah Trust PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 6:30pm Rialto Cinema, Dunedin* Host: Voice For Life Dunedin PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 7:00pm Metro By Hoyts, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned Waikato PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 14th November, 7:00pm SIT CentreStage, Invercargill* Host: Amelia Norfolk PURCHASE TICKETSFriday 22nd November, 7:30 PM Maungatapere Community Church* Host: Nicola Van Lune PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 25th November, 6:30 pm, Event Cinemas Westcity* Host: Hope Restorations PURCHASE TICKETSIt is important to note that screenings are confirmed once a certain number of tickets have been sold. So book yours today to ensure that the screening happens!You can also apply to have the movie shown at your local theatre. Please consider doing this. It’s very easy to do.
Jack L. Bryan, 81, of Batesville, Indiana, passed away peacefully surrounded by members of his family in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.Jack was born on the family farm in Chester, West Virginia on September 1, 1935. He was the second son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Sayre) Bryan.Jack graduated from Chester High School in 1953. He then attended Marshall University where he enjoyed playing football and baseball for the University’s teams. On March 17th, 1956, Jack married Phyllis Balmenti at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chester, West Virginia. Just over a decade later, in 1968, Jack took a position at the Batesville Casket Company, where he moved him, his wife and five children to Batesville, Indiana. He retired from Batesville Casket Company back in 2002 with 34 years of service to the Company.Jack was a giving and kindhearted person. He was also a true friend to all, never too busy to help others. Jack would give anyone the shirt off his back, and to help anyone in a moment’s notice, whenever the need arose. On any given day, you could find Jack in his garage, amongst his friends, enjoying each other’s company. He had a true passion for sports and athletics, which came naturally to him. Jack was an avid sportsman, he enjoyed playing golf and hunting throughout his adult life, sharing this pleasure with his children and grandchildren. He was man of few words and modest actions as he grew older, and was always a man who you could go and talk to.Survivors include Jack’s wife, Phyllis (Balmenti) Bryan and five children: Michael Bryan of Batesville, Indiana, Michelle (Manuel) Linhares of Las Vegas, Nevada, Daniel (Amy) Bryan of Batesville, Indiana, Christopher Bryan of Batesville, Indiana, and, Stephen (Danielle) Bryan of Whitewright, Texas. Jack is also survived by his nephew Brian (Kathy) Nesselrode of Jacksonville, Florida.Other survivors include Jack’s fourteen grandchildren, Marc Linhares, Daniel (Katharine) Bryan, Michael Bryan, Dominic Bryan, Anthony Bryan, Emily Bryan, Dustin Powell, Jordon Bryan, and Holly Bryan. Also, survived by Jack, are his step-grandchildren, Sarah Linhares, Dylan, Rachel, Heather, and Caleb Kennemur.In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by siblings, Richard Bryan, Janet (Bryan) Nesselrode, and Joseph Bryan.Jack was loved by his family and friends, and will be dearly missed. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
BLUE HILL — Glenn Daigle of Surry was crowned men’s champion at the fourth edition of the At Home Tennis Round Robin at the Blue Hill Country Club.The Sept. 16 event served as a fundraiser for At Home Downeast, a program that supports aging in place for residents of Hancock and Washington counties. More than 40 players participated in the four-round tournament, the winners of which were determined via point tallies after all matches had concluded.Sponsors for this year’s event were Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Camden National Bank, First National Bank, Stanley Subaru and Harmon’s Tire and Service Center. The women’s championship was won by Cheryl Hathaway of Winterport.The next edition of the tournament has been scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018. To participate in or sponsor the tournament, contact At Home Program Manager Kara Janes via email at KJanes@WHCACAP.org or via phone at 374-5852.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Badgers forward Tom Gorowsky scored an empty-net goal on Friday to add on to Wisconsin\’s win over UMD.[/media-credit]For the second series in a row, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team let an opportunity slip through their grasp as they failed to sweep a WCHA opponent.After winning Friday’s game 3-1, the No. 16 Badgers fell to No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 Saturday at the Kohl Center.Considering a victory would have left UW in a tie for first with Denver, the weekend split may sting even worse.“For some reason — we talked about it in the locker room — we just haven’t been able to put together a good Saturday night after a Friday,” senior forward Tom Gorowsky said. “If you want to be a championship-caliber team, you have to play at least two good games in a row, if not three, and we haven’t been able to put that together after Christmas break.”On Saturday, the Badgers found themselves stuck with a 0-0 tie heading into the final period. Some of that can be chalked up to strong defense on the Bulldogs’ part, but UW also failed several times to capitalize on obvious scoring chances. Most notably, when nearly halfway through the first period, Gorowsky missed an empty net from close in the slot.“I thought our energy level was real good in the third period,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “What concerns us as coaches — we told the boys after — is in our second period, where did we go? We didn’t give up a lot, but they probably had the puck more than we had (it).”Trying to ratchet up the intensity at the start of the final period, junior captain Blake Geoffrion picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty before the puck had dropped. After being removed from the faceoff circle for tussling with his Bulldog counterpart, Geoffrion continued to talk to the referee, earning himself two minutes in the penalty box.“Blake is trying to provide us with emotion,” Eaves said. “Did he go too far over the line? It takes two to dance, and just in my view of that, I thought the other young lad was involved as well.”“I’m not really sure — I gave him a love tap, and I got a penalty,” Geoffrion added.Though UMD failed to score on the resulting power play, the Bulldogs tallied the game’s only goal 4:32 into the period. UW sophomore Podge Turnbull turned the puck over in the Badgers’ defensive zone, and UMD’s Jack Connolly was able to find Jordan Fulton in front of the net for the game-winner.“That is definitely a strength of Duluth — they have good quick forwards,” sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “They cycle the puck down low, and I think tonight we were just one second too late in picking guys up and closing down on them, and it’s definitely an area we need to work on and get stronger.”Though Eaves was disappointed with the final result, Wisconsin’s coach chose to look at the positives at the end rather than dwell on the shutout.“We will break down the game and we will say, ‘We did a lot of really good things,’” Eaves said.Friday, UW fell behind early when Connolly recorded his seventh goal of the season 5:26 into the game. That was all the Badgers would allow, however, as UW held UMD to 21 shots for the game, including a mere four in the third period.“It was a point of emphasis that we were working on this last week,” defenseman Jamie McBain said. “Our up by a goal forecheck, as far as making sure that we have that third guy back all the time, and to make sure that we have numbers back. It may be boring because we aren’t going quite as hard, but its effective and gives us a chance to play solid defense all the time.”Wisconsin junior Michael Davies found the back of the net on a power play in the first period to tie the game at one. McBain picked up the primary assist to give him a league-leading 20 assists on the season.McBain picked up his second assist of the night when sophomore Sean Dolan slapped home a rebound for the game-winner midway through the second period.“We said going into this game — playing against young Stalock — that he is a very good goaltender and if we are going to have chances, they are going to be on rebounds,” Eaves said. “He is good with the first shot; If can see it, he is going to make saves. … It was about who is going to find a way to get to those pucks, and tonight, Sean Dolan got to a loose puck and whacked it in.”Gorowsky was able to put in an empty netter to give the Badgers a final score of 3-1.With the mixed results on the weekend, UW is choosing to look at this as a learning experience to help for the rest of the season.“Playing at the same level on Saturday has been a challenge for us right now,” Eaves said. “We talked about that after as a team, we brought it to a level of awareness and its like we say, every game is a riddle and we have to solve these Saturday games.”
Last month, University of California system President Janet Napolitano proposed a tuition hike for undergraduates. If approved, the cost of attendance could rise by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years if the state does not increase funding for the system’s budget.Currently, average costs for a full-time undergraduate California resident living on campus is $33,100 per year, with the number jumping to $55,978 for non-residents in the same situation. The proposed hikes could raise those figures by an estimated $3,000 by 2019, according to the Los Angeles Times.Napolitano defended what would be the first rise in tuition in four years for the statewide system to help cover mounting pension costs and keep the schools competitive in terms of hiring new faculty and admitting more students. A portion of the funds would also be used to increase financial aid for students.University administrators said that financial aid at USC has stable funding.“Costs will always be a primary factor, financial aid also does play a large part, and especially here at USC since our aid packages are very generous. Our need-based aid averages $43,000 currently. It also helps that we have stable funding so there is no uncertainty about if our financial aid will or won’t continue,” said Thomas McWhorter, dean of financial aid at USC.Nearly two-thirds of UC system students receive some sort of aid while attending school, with an average award of over $16,000 according to the University of California system website.USC, a private institution that doesn’t charge students based on geography, estimates its yearly costs are $64,761 for a full-time undergraduate student living on campus at present time.Tuitions and fees at USC are set by the Board of Trustees and have increased an average of 4.28 percent annually over the past five years.“Any time an institution significantly increases its costs, that is going to have some sort of an impact. However, we aren’t going to be changing any of our recruitment practices or our messages based on that,” said Timothy Brunold, dean of admissions. “The increase will also contribute to the continued discussion that many people are having about the affordability of college.”Newly re-elected Gov. Jerry Brown, who also serves as the official president of the Board of Regents for the UC system, voted against the tuition hike at the meeting. Brown is in the process of forming a committee to analyze current UC spending and reforming the current curriculum to help students graduate faster in a way to stem the proposed tuition increase. According to the Campaign for College Opportunity, 84 percent of students graduate from the UC system after six years.On Tuesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers proposed an alternative to Napolitano’s measure. The proposition would cut funding for a newly established scholarship program focused on middle-class students and simultaneously raise tuition for out-of-state students only.Napolitano added insight on the recent measure.“The bill introduced today is a promising first step toward making sure that public higher education benefits Californians today and for generations to come, and we look forward to working with Senate Democrats and other elected officials to secure the state funding essential to this end,” she said in a statement.