Bolivia’s Navy Builds a Maintenance and Training Center in Effort to Improve Capabilities

first_imgBy Dialogo August 12, 2015 The Navy spent $1.3 million bolivianos (about $180,000) to build the first phase of the center, located on La Paz’s altiplano. The Ministry of Defense will handle the second phase of providing equipment, Minister Ferreira added. Creating the maintenance center “is an important step for the Armed Forces regarding its commitment to society, training, and education to foster development,” Minister of Defense Reymi Ferreira said on July 14 at the facility’s opening ceremony, which was also attended by Vice Admiral Waldo Leonel Calla, the Navy’s Commander in Chief. The effort to improve the infrastructure and technological capacities of the country’s Armed Forces has been ongoing and is crucial as the Military confronts the threat posed by transnational criminal organizations that engage in drug trafficking. For example, in September 2009, the government opened an Air Maintenance Center to provide services to the Air Force. Bolivia’s Naval Force (FNB) is planning to build an institute to train Troops and NCOs as mid-level technicians, and will also offer this training to young students from educational institutions in surrounding areas. Building the maintenance center and the training it will provide is part of Bolivia’s strategy to improve its Armed Forces’ technological capabilities. Bolivia’s government recently opened a maintenance and training center, where service members will be trained to repair operational and administrative vehicles and ship engines used by the Navy. The facility will provide training in auto mechanics, welding, lathe operation, electronics, and car body repair and painting, as the complex will provide “skilled labor for the state’s development of society, communities, and production,” Vice Admiral Calla said. The technical school is part of a the government’s broad effort to improve the Armed Forces’ infrastructure; since early 2014, it has developed 14 infrastructure projects for the Air Force and the Army, local daily Página Siete reported. These include the construction of an ecological regiment, the Juan Maraza National Parks Protection School, in the department of Cochabamba; a Transportation Maintenance Center for the Ingavi Regiment in El Alto; a dormitory for 120 women at the Condor School in Sanandita; and another 120 rooms for male Rangers in Oruro. Improving the technological capacities of the Armed Forces The maintenance and training center will also provide training to the personnel from the Navy Improvement Center (Cepena) of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and Sergeant School. After their national service, seaman recruits and apprentices from the Navy Military Police Battalion and other units will take technical courses towards mid-level certification in a profession. last_img read more

Cops: Man Ransacked Oyster Bay Cove Home, Killed a Pet Cat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Huntington man who lost control of his vehicle Wednesday morning in Oyster Bay Cove and plowed into a snow bank is accused of ransacking a nearby residence after the crash, killing a pet cat, and menacing drivers with a kitchen knife taken from the home, Nassau County police said. The bizarre incident ended with police apprehending Nicholas Patrikis around 11 a.m., after he entered a school a bus and allegedly robbed two students for a school bag and video game, a police spokeswoman said. Patrikis also resisted arrest, police alleged. Patrikis was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and released. Patrikis will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead on at least 10 different counts, including burglary, robbery, criminal mischief, and aggravated cruelly to animals, among other charges. Police said the Huntington native was driving a 2000 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Cove Road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slam into a snow bank and a fence. After exiting the Jeep, Patrikis allegedly scaled the fence of an unoccupied home, broke the front glass door and entered the home. That’s when he allegedly ransacked several rooms and proceeded to destroy property and grab an unknown amount of jewelry, police said. Patrikis is also accused of killing a pet cat. Police did not say how the cat died. As he exited the home, Patrikis allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife, which he used to menace drivers on Cove Road, police said. Police could not immediately say which school district the students on the bus belonged to. No injuries were reported, police said. Patrikis was also charged with menacing, possession of a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle and resisting arrest.last_img read more

‘Say cheese’ with First Tech Federal Credit Union’s ‘Selfie Pay’ pilot program

first_imgJust about everybody enjoys taking a “selfie” now and then. They’re fun, spontaneous, and now secure. Secure?Well, let me explain: This recent headline grabbing pilot program from First Tech Federal Credit Union aims to use one of today’s most common past times, taking selfies, to become one of a credit union member’s security steps to ensure quick and safe mobile transactions. continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Become more nimble using ‘Agile’ methodology

first_imgAmid today’s rapid pace of change in financial services, many credit unions strive to make their operations more nimble so they can pivot their products and services to meet members’ evolving needs.“Agile” methodology provides the perfect framework for that capability, according to Melanie Gillen and Andy Schuman of CUNA Mutual Group.They’ll tag-team on a preconference workshop at the upcoming CUNA Lending Council Conferencethat explains Agile’s advantages and offers a pathway for credit unions to use it as a project management tool. Registration for the workshop remains open through Nov. 12, the day it will be held in Nashville, Tenn.“When you start with an idea and want to create value, this methodology and mindset is critical,” says Gillen, a capability leader director. “We’re approaching two years of using Agile within our Transformation area, and it has enabled our teams to bring value to our credit union clients and their members much faster. We are focusing on the right things because we’re constantly working with customers to validate and test our solutions.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton secures $481,000 in grants to support police positions, more

first_imgMayor David added the grants and funding can only be used for these purposes. The grants will provide over $481,000 in funding to support new police officer positions, expanding crime prevention efforts and their community policing capacity. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced alongside Police Chief Joe Zikuski two grants have been secured by the city’s police department Monday. Chief Zikuski says adding personnel will give the department more opportunities to connect with community. We never turn down an invitation to a neighborhood meeting if people would like us to come and speak to them so that’s going to free up more officers to attend those meetings going forward,” he says. “We have to pull details or certain people on patrol, “So obviously we have more manpower, that frees up two more body’s that we can put on a bicycle or a foot patrol, or other community events.” Zikuski says. $250,000 U.S. Department of Justice Community Policing Services$231,285 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative The grants are: The grants have to be voted by the City Council to accept them.last_img read more

Among Us Has Rolled Out an Update to Let Players Vote Anonymously, Friendlists and Bigger Servers Coming Soon

first_imgWhile the popular game has a few language translations available currently, the developers also revealed that they were planning on getting professional translations into multiple languages.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Among Us developers InnerSloth have released a patch for the game that adds options for anonymous voting, among other things. The new features are available in an update that has rolled out for Android, iOS, and PCs via Steam. Other features introduced in the update include added task bar modes, new symbols for the fix wires task, and cosmetics to meeting screen. The update also fixes various bugs. InnerSloth co-founder also revealed on Twitter that the game will soon support 12-15 players per server.Along with the updates, InnerSloth also announced a ‘small roadmap’ for the game. Among Us is expected to get accounts by December, which will let players report accounts that are hacking the game or are toxic. Players will also be able to create friendlists.- Advertisement – Players will be able to vote anonymously in the update for the game, where all votes will appear as grey. The new task bar modes include a meeting mode, which only updates the bar during meetings, an invisible mode which removes the task bar entirely, and the always mode which works as it currently does. The Among US update also contains a first pass on colourblind support.InnerSloth co-founder Marcus also confirmed on Twitter that Among Us will soon support 12-15 players per server.A new map for Among Us is currently under development, which will contain new tasks, and will be bigger than the current Polus Map. The new map will be free for all players, and is “Henry Stickmin themed,” which is an older series of games by the same creators.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tommy Tuberville projected to defeat Doug Jones

first_imgTommy Tuberville, Republican U.S. Senate nominee and former Auburn University football coach, middle, appears on the stage with his family members during an election night event in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in his bid to return to the U.S. Senate, a contest that had turned into a grudge match between President Donald Trump and his former attorney general. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement – Before Jones was elected in 2017, the last Democrat elected to an Alabama U.S. Senate seat was Howell Heflin, who retired in 1997 after three terms in office. Richard Shelby, the state’s current senior senator, was elected as a Democrat in 1986 but switched to the GOP in 1994.The Republican Jeff Sessions previously held Jones’ seat, but resigned it to become Trump’s first attorney general.After getting fired by Trump in late 2018, Sessions tried to regain his Senate seat, but was bested in a run-off primary this summer by Tuberville, who had the support of Trump.Jone massively outraised and outspent Tuberville during the campaign, by margins of more than 3-to-1.According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, as of a week before Election Day, Jones’ campaign had raised $26.4 million, compared to just $7.4 million. And Jones’ campaign had spent $24.5 million versus the $5.9 million spent by Tuberville. – Advertisement –center_img Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, a Republican, is projected to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in a special election for a Senate seat from Alabama, according to NBC News.Jones’ seat long had been considered at risk of being flipped by the GOP because the Democrat just barely beat scandal-damaged Republican Roy Moore in the 2017 special election.Out of 12 Senate seats held by incumbent Democrats that were at stake in Tuesday’s election, only Jones’ was expected to be lost to a Republican.- Advertisement – Alabama is a heavily red state. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, faced a daunting challenge in trying to turn out enough Black voters, and to peel off enough Republicans to best Tuberville.Tuberville, who was extremely well known in Alabama after having coached Auburn University’s football team for years, ran a low-key campaign and refused to debate Jones.Tuberville during the campaign closely aligned himself with Trump, who is very popular in Alabama.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Clear performance measure needed for fiduciary management – Russell

first_imgTrustees in the UK need a clearer and more objective way to measure fiduciary management performance if they are to gain confidence in the investment approach, according to Russell Investments. In a survey it conducted among 95 UK trustees about their experience of fiduciary management, the firm found trustees were using a range of different performance measurements to assess how well their fiduciary managers were performing. These included their scheme’s funding level and its performance in relation to the legacy portfolio, as well as absolute returns and the performance of individual mandates relative to asset class benchmarks, Russell Investments said. Shamindra Perera, the firm’s head of UK institutional, said: “Fiduciary management today lacks the objective metrics trustees need.  “Without clearer industry standards and more transparency from providers on performance, it is hugely challenging for trustees to evaluate services and feel confident they have made the right decision for their scheme.”In the survey, six out of 10 trustees who had implemented fiduciary management said performance was the most important consideration when they selected the managers, and 79% said performance was the most important factor when reviewing their services. Russell Investments also looked at why some trustees did not use fiduciary managers. The poll showed that 44% of trustees who had considered but rejected fiduciary management did so out of concern they would lose too much control, with 44% specifically afraid of losing touch with the investment decision-making process. On the other hand, 68% of those who adopted fiduciary management did so to be able to spend time on investment issues more efficiently, the firm said. Some 54% believed it would allow them to pursue a more ambitious investment strategy, according to the survey.last_img read more

Disney Wins “No Wait” Lawsuit Against Woman with Autistic Son

first_imgA federal judge has ruled in favor of Walt Disney World, after a disability advocate from the Orlando area sued the company on behalf of her adult autistic son.Donna Lorman, who serves as president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 to get her son immediate access to the FastPass lines at the theme parks.“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. We are pleased with the court’s decision,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement.Lorman filed the lawsuit came after Disney World changed its policy seven years ago in response to reports of tourists hiring people with disabilities and terminally-ill children to help them skip long lines and ride multiple times.Disney subsequently created its new system the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, which allows people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they do not need to wait in a line.When filing her complaint, Lorman said she wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom, so her son could ride his favorite attractions quickly by getting directly into the FastPass line.Otherwise, he would have had to get an advance reservation to come back later.The extra waiting was difficult for her son, who did not understand the concept of time, according to his mother.She accused the parks of not accommodating his disability.However, Disney argued that it is not required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Federal Judge Sides with Disney in Disability Lawsuit #disneyworld #wdw— Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) July 1, 2020 If disabled guests received two more re-admission passes, the standby line at Magic Kingdom’s popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster would increase by 39 minutes, from 69 to 108 minutes, the company argued in court documents.In a decision reached June 22, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling that it was “unreasonable” for the company to give such access to Lorman’s son. It would make Disney’s system ripe for abuse again, he wrote.“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway explained.Conway said Disney could “recover its cost of action.”“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote to a reporter after the ruling.During the trial, she testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that makes communication difficult and following a routine essential.Otherwise, her son could melt down. For example, he needed to visit the Disney rides in a particular order, she said.In response, Disney’s defense team said Lorman should have planned her visit better, in order to adjust to the new rules.last_img read more

Class C soccer season nears halfway point

first_imgBLUE HILL — The Hancock County high school soccer season is nearing the halfway point, and the George Stevens Academy boys are the only team to have traversed the early part of the schedule without a loss.GSA is currently 4-0-2 with wins against Bucksport, Searsport, Mount Desert Island and Houlton and draws against Dexter and Ellsworth. The Eagles have scored 19 goals and allowed seven and are currently third in Class C North behind Fort Kent (4-1-1) and Orono (4-0-2).GSA is at home against Orono at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 21. The game will be a rematch of last year’s Class C North quarterfinals, in which the Eagles rode a Taylor Schildroth hat trick to an upset of the top-seeded Red Riots.Elsewhere in Class C North, Bucksport and Sumner are also in playoff positions. With their win Tuesday against Sumner, the sixth-place Golden Bucks now have three wins to their name this season after going winless last year. The Tigers defeated Narraguagus 6-0 last week and are still in 10th place with a record of 1-3-1.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn the girls’ side, Bucksport (seventh) and GSA (ninth) are currently in playoff spots. The 4-2 Golden Bucks have scored in every game this season and are looking to build on last season’s appearance in the Class C North semifinals.last_img read more