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SOUTHCOM Fosters a Hurricane of Ideas on Climate Change and the Military

first_imgBy Dialogo August 22, 2012 With melting glaciers, furious hurricanes and implacable droughts under the magnifying glass, military, defense and civilian leaders from over 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere are gathering in Miami to brainstorm solutions to mitigate the impact climate changes might have in the military around the world. Organized by the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Engineering Division, the “Environmental Variability and Sustainability: Challenges for Military Resiliency and Readiness” conference is focusing on topics such as how rising temperatures will impact cold-region installations, the pressure to reduce the size of the Air Force carbon footprint, and how more efficient military vehicles can save soldiers’ lives by reducing the need of fuel convoys that are such an easy target for the enemy. “While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. And when you get factors of instability, you are talking about security issues that could put our national interests at stake,” said Major General Joseph DiSalvo, USSOUTHCOM’s Chief of Staff, during his opening remarks. Maj. Gen. DiSalvo stressed that military forces should look at ways to adapt to changing missions that may require different expertise, training and equipment, protect their installations and training areas, and make investments in finding technology solutions to an inevitable problem. One of the highlights of the first day of the event was the presentation by keynote speaker Timothy K. Bridges, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Environment and Occupational Health. Bridges spoke of the urgent need for action and collaboration across the board. “The scale of these international climate challenges will require regional and multilateral responses making use of regional and international organizations. In this sense, the All Partner Access Network (APAN) can foster information exchange between one country and another, with organizations and other agencies that may not have access to traditional Department of Defense systems and networks,” he insisted. As part of his presentation, Bridges also offered real live examples of what several military facilities in the United States are doing to respond to future and present climate changes. Among those, he mentioned the Langley Air Force Base, one of the oldest continuously working air bases in the U.S. According to estimates, by year 2100, 40 to 50 percent of the installation, including much of the runway, could be at risk for inundation. The air base is working closely with the Oak Ridge National Lab to prepare for this possibility. One of the most interesting sessions of the conference was the panel “Perspective from the Region”, where representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Defense, the Colombian Navy and Army, as well as El Salvador’s Armed Forces, explained what their countries are doing to prepare for and react to climate changes. “This conference offers us the opportunity to showcase what we are doing in Colombia and learn from what others are accomplishing in their own nations”, said Commander Silvia Rondón, who heads the environmental efforts by the Colombian Navy. On the last day of the conference, August 23, the discussions will move from SOUTHCOM’s Conference Center of the Americas to the field, at the Everglades National Park. There, among what seems to be a picture perfect wilderness paradise, the participants will have the opportunity to see, feel and smell an actual example of what climate change can do to the environment. The tour will include a briefing on the Everglades Restoration Project, an overview of how climate is affecting the Homestead Air Force Base, south of Miami, and closing remarks by Colonel Steve Williamson, SOUTHCOM’s Command Engineer. I write this comment when the event has not even reached half of the time, which will be the 23rd of the current month. I think that the contributions of countries such as Colombia, Chile and El Salvador will be of great benefit for those who continue the event in this way. I regret not having the pdf papers of the referred countrieslast_img read more

Twenty-eighth Edition of NAVANTAR Course Held in Argentina

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo October 27, 2017 The School of Marine Sciences hosted the 28th edition of the Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici course. From August 28th to September 8th, Argentina hosted the 28th edition of the consolidated course Antarctic Navigation Captain Vicente Manuel Federici (NAVANTAR, per its Spanish acronym). Various Argentinian agencies — the School of Marine Sciences (ESCM, per its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Defense, the Naval Hydrographic Service (SHN, per its Spanish acronym), and the National Directorate for the Antarctic of Argentina — organized and taught the course. Ten regional and international navies participated. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), NAVANTAR is already considered an essential course for those who navigate polar waters. The incorporation of the Ice Module into the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator was among the novelties of the course’s 2017 edition. Civilian and military personnel from Argentina’s SHN, a unit of the Ministry of Defense, participated as instructors. Students comprised 52 Argentine and foreign merchant marine officers, including navy officers from Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Peru, Italy, India, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States. One of the core objectives of the NAVANTAR course is to teach students compliance on applicable international laws —to enjoy safer navigation — and train them on environmental pollution regulations. The course revolved around concepts relating to “nautical safety” in polar waters and environmental pollution prevention, issues the Argentine Navy has extensive experience with. The NAVANTAR study plan included sessions on International Relations, Antarctic Legislation, and nautical safety. The content of the course was developed in accordance with IMO recommendations. “The aim of NAVANTAR is to be identified as an IMO model course. That’s why it covers topics relating to applicable requirements for ships navigating in polar waters,” explained Rear Admiral Gustavo Jorge Iglesias, the director general of Education for the Argentine Navy. “We’re increasingly aware of the relevance of sharing the precious knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over more than a century in those icy waters with future crewmembers of ships sailing south,” he added. Among other aspects, the course covered the importance of Antarctica in the history of Argentina and the country’s connection to the sea. Since 1904, Argentina, through its Navy, maintains an uninterrupted presence in Antarctica. Rear Adm. Iglesias added that the Argentine Navy and SHN have contributed to the development of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, an international set of regulations of the OMI, since 2014. Argentine Navy Commander Gustavo Daniel Ferraro, the assistant director of ESCM, noted that the course was named after Captain Vicente Manuel Federici in memory of the late naval officer who was the Antarctic nautical advisor of SHN for many years. “Captain Vicente Manuel Federici is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive experience in Antarctic operations,” he said. The 2017 edition of the course inaugurated the addition of an ice module to the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator. “This module lets us recreate scenarios in which marine and land ice is present, allowing the participants to visualize, through simulation, what it’s like to navigate in different kinds of ice fields,” Cmdr. Ferraro said. In addition, Cmdr. Ferraro noted that according to amendments adopted in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers — signed in 2010 in Manila, Philippines — the annual NAVANTAR course might soon become mandatory to work on ships that navigate in polar waters. “An operational training course on the ice module, taught by Associate Professor Christian Hempstead, a Transas Americas instructor, was also part of the instruction,” Cmdr. Ferraro concluded.last_img read more

Browns looking into twitter photos posted by WR Bess

first_imgDavone BessCLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Davone Bess has posted a potentially incriminating photograph on his Twitter account that could jeopardize his future with the team — and possibly lead to NFL discipline.Bess, who capped a disappointing first season with Cleveland by missing the final two games for personal reasons, posted a photo on Thursday morning on his Twitter page of a small package containing what appears to be marijuana. Some of the green-and-brown colored substance is out of the bag and on a table. The photo has since been deleted.A Browns spokesman said the team “is aware of the photos and looking further into the situation, and will deal with the matter internally.”NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment beyond saying the league was aware of the photo.This is the second time a photo associated with Bess has brought him under scrutiny.Last month, a photo posted on his Instagram account showed Bess sitting on an outdoor deck and lighting a cigar or possibly a marijuana joint while he sat next to a picture of reggae legend Bob Marley and with a Rastafarian flag draped around the wide receivers’ shoulders.The Browns traded for Bess on draft day last year, swapping picks with Miami to acquire the dependable slot receiver. Cleveland’s front office immediately signed the 28-year-old to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension through 2016. That deal includes $5.75 million guaranteed and Bess is scheduled to make $3.06 million in 2014.Touted as a sure-handed receiver, Bess finished with career-lows in catches (42) and yards (362) for the Browns, who went 4-12 and fired coach Rob Chudzinski hours after the season finale against Pittsburgh. Bess also hurt the Browns with several drops and he muffed a punt in Kansas City that snuffed out a possible upset of the then-unbeaten Chiefs.When Bess didn’t appear at practice on Dec. 19, Chudzinski said the player was dealing with “a personal matter.” Two days later, the Browns placed Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list, citing personal reasons.The likable Bess was always accessible to the media during the regular season and willing to discuss not only his struggles but the team’s as well.Bess spent five seasons with the Dolphins. He caught at least 51 passes each year and had his best season in 2010, when he had 79 receptions for 820 yards and five touchdowns.___AP NFL website:  www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

New Cell Tower Raises Concerns in Little Silver

first_imgThe installation replaced and greatly increased the height of an aging tower of approximately 60 feet and will serve the borough’s emergency services and public works and the state police and county hotlines. Verizon, which had previously proposed a tower atop a downtown commercial building, instead funded the construction of the tower in exchange for a reduced rent for placing its antennas there. The estimated cost to install the tower, had the borough funded it, would have been $150,000. “It’s not a beautiful thing,” said Mayor Robert Neff. He added that he had tried to get the word out during the discussion and planning stages of the tower, but even he hadn’t expected the tower to be quite so prominent.Prior to the installation, the police chief said he had brought an independent company in to do a study on the potential health effects associated with the tower. “The fact that our governing body thought this was the best look is insane,” Holmgren said. “At this point, I think what everyone wants is for Verizon to not be part of it. The second thing is, if they need to keep it erected then they need to make it prettier.” By Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – Concerned residents are urging borough officials to find a way to rid their neighborhood of a newly erected cellular tower many of them deemed an eyesore and a potential health concern.During a workshop and council meetings that lasted late into Monday night, angry residents lambasted the mayor and council for agreeing to let Verizon install a bulky cellular tower close to residents’ homes and Markham Place School – and for not accurately notifying them of what the new construction would entail.“I support a regular communications tower for the safety of our town,” said Alicia Holmgren, a borough resident whose property is 200 feet from the tower. “But that is not for the safety of our town at all. That is for Verizon and that is for revenue. I’m very disappointed in every single person who looked at those plans and thought that this was a good decision.”Verizon installed the 95-foot communications tower Wednesday, May 17 as part of an upgrade meant to address some of the “dead spots” in town that had been an ongoing issue for first responders, according to Chief of Police, Daniel Shaffery. Yet residents were less thrilled with the savings and more worried about the safety, aesthetics and location of the tower. Several pointed out the unknown health risks associated with radio waves and how that could affect children at the school or in the homes nearby, while others said their property values would suffer from the proximity. Most, including the mayor and council, agreed that the tower was ugly.center_img Residents who measured the distance of the tower from their yards and homes said it was built 448 feet from Markham Place School and about 80 feet from homes with children.June 2015 photo of the Little Silver Town Hall with former cellphone tower.Holmgren, who spoke to a lawyer, said she suspected the town was buying time, and that once Verizon goes live at the tower there would be no way to get it turned off. “I’m trying to get an emergency meeting scheduled for next week so we can plead our case one more time before the tower is turned on,” she said. “We work here,” Shaffery said. “Obviously, that was a concern of ours. If it was built by me (my house) I’d probably be upset about it as well. But we do work here and there is nothing definitive that says this causes (health problems).”Neff and members of the borough council agreed to move forward with residents’ requests to pay an independent third party to monitor radio waves from the tower to ensure they are within the limits agreed upon with Verizon. They also agreed to have the borough attorney look over the contract with Verizon to find out what the penalties would be to sever ties with the company. Holmgren, who started the Facebook group “Little Silver Citizens Against the Cell Tower” in hopes of getting more people involved, said she and others felt misled by the public information that had been released about the tower and disappointed in the decision-making that lead to it. One example, she noted, was a plan approved in Sea Bright where the cell tower and base resemble a sailboat mast and lifeguard stand.Borough officials were not sure what options were available, but assured residents they would explore their concerns and requests.“Please come back to the next meeting,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon, who noted that many of these discussions had happened before, but with less public participation. “I really wish you were all here a year ago.”“We’ll try to be responsive,” Neff added. “Honestly, I don’t think any of us expected this. We’ll see if there’s something that can be done.”This article was first published in the May 25-June 1, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

ReadWrite Poll: Are You A Fan Of Photos On Our Facebook Page?

first_imgnick statt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Here at ReadWrite, we’re constantly experimenting with different social channels and how to best present ourselves to you in these different contexts. So we’d like to take a moment to ask you as readers, fans and followers what you most want to see on the ReadWrite Facebook page.In recent weeks and months, as part of this exploration, we’ve deliberately taken a fairly broad approach to our Facebook page. On any given day, a visit will turn up not only links to many of our stories, but also the occasional Internet meme, comics, and tech-related quips.Unexpectedly, some of the biggest responses we’ve seen to date have involved beautiful images. Whether awesome tech-related photos or astonishing natural images, many of these pictures those strike a chord with us — not to mention with others who share them widely across not only on Facebook, but also Instagram, Flickr, Reddit, and many other photography-centric communities.And that’s all pretty awesome. But we are a tech news website, and we want to make sure that you don’t feel we’re distracting you from the things you care about most at ReadWrite — in particular, the tech news, features, analysis, and opinion that ReadWrite delivers every day. You may not want our core coverage overshadowed by off-topic photos, or to see the ReadWrite editorial voice diluted across various social fees with non-tech-related postings.So we wanted to ask you all what you think. Please take a moment to vote in the poll above and then, if you like, sound off in comments as to what you’d like to see more of (or less of). Consider this your chance — and not your last one, either — to help us figure out how to best shape our ReadWrite social presence. Thank in advance for your help.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#Poll#ReadWrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Messaging-Based Sales: 4 Reasons Businesses Should Leverage It

first_img Messaging-Bassed Sales Caters to Customers’ Preferred Communication Method. Reintroduce Sales and Customer Service to the Shopping Experience. Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… If you’re getting your business off the ground, it’s this kind of concierge-level service. Using messaging as a service can set your company apart. Customers — especially Millennials — will prize your excellent customer service. One challenge that businesses face is being able to provide this level of customer service cost-effectively. Messaging-based sales square the circle of needing top customer service. But, messaging will need to stay in budget by enabling fewer support agents to serve multiple customers at the same time. Since chat is real-time but not instantaneous like voice communications, one agent can serve multiple customers at the same time, cutting down on support costs. Chatbot technology also can be combined with live agents, further extending the number of customers a support agent can serve at the same time. Shopping cart conversion can be pretty abysmal. According to Smart Insights, conversion rates barely reach three percent in many cases. In spite of attracting potential buyers through online marketing, businesses often don’t close the sale even when they win with their marketing efforts. Messaging based sales improve conversion by turning a “maybe” into a “yes.” Better service in the critical moment can make a sale happen. Whereas a potential buyer might browse away to do further research without chat, with messaging based transactions, they can get their questions answered at the moment and make the purchase then and there. These quick and easy purchases are arguably the most significant reason businesses are adopting messaging based sales en masse.Chat is the fastest growing communication channel for businesses today. Smart companies realize this, and they are capitalizing on it for better conversion and better customer support. There’s a reason that so many websites now have chat boxes hovering somewhere on the page. It works. It works well. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Enables Support Capabilities Without High Support Staff Costs.center_img JT is a business consultant and freelance contributor for sites like Business Insider, Entrepreneur, The Guardian, Tech Radar, and ReadWrite. JT Ripton People have grown accustomed to using messaging apps, and not just for personal communication with friends and family. When it comes to reaching out to a business for any support, people would instead use a chat app than an 800 number. After all, who wants to be placed on hold forever or talk to a stranger at two am?Messaging-based sales are about being where the customer is when the customer needs support. Email messages often go straight into a spam folder and don’t support real-time communications. Meanwhile, no startup has the bandwidth for speaking to thousands of leads per day or offering around-the-clock phone support (ok, maybe the unicorns).While there still is a role for self-serve portals, email, and even phone support, chat has become the primary channel consumers choose when given a choice. Chat has become the most important way to talk with customers. According to Facebook, 62 percent of people in the U.S. say they find it most comfortable to speak with businesses via chat. Facebook also reports that more than eight billion messages are exchanged between people and businesses each month. This statement is only covering the Facebook channel. Messaging-based sales have four reasons businesses should leverage it. You may have heard about messaging-based sales (also known as conversational commerce). Since messaging-based sales are now critically important for business, it means businesses can sell via chat platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp. You can embed chat on your company’s website, as well.If you’re a startup looking to position yourself as customer-centric business (and you should be), messaging-based sales are your next significant sales channel for doing just that. Here are four primary reasons why your business should focus on messaging-based sales right now. Improves Shopping Cart Conversion. Customers aren’t just communicating online; they’re doing everything else online, too. Before customers buy, they now often search online to learn more about product options. They also review customer comments and perform brand comparisons. Other customer’s comments is in stark contrast to the time when buyers previously went to brick and mortar locations to buy stuff. Current shopping habits even differ from when buyers inspected products in store before ordering online—now most consumers go straight to online shopping. With both research and purchases taking place online, there was minimal opportunity to speak with customers to respond to questions or encourage a sale. With messaging-based sales, businesses once again have the opportunity for assisting the buyer mid-sale. Chat can even serve as a form of concierge-level service in many cases. With just a click of a prominently displayed live chat button, shoppers can get answers to their questions or assistance selecting the right products. Shoppers can feel luxe if you implement the system correctly. Related Posts last_img read more

10 months agoBerg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd job

first_imgBerg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHenning Berg insists former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can handle the job.Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday morning after meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.And Solskjaer, who flopped at Cardiff City, is set to leave Molde to take charge of United to the end of the season.“It was a completely different type of job. This will be one similar to training Molde. It’s a team to win,” Berg said.“It’s great for Norwegian football, but first and foremost it’s great for Ole himself.”United’s next game is away to Cardiff this Saturday.“He has a very big status in the club and trained the reserve team with great success,” Berg added.“He has good contacts in the club so it seems logical as a transition solution, and maybe it’ll go so well he’ll carry on.“It’s rare that there’s smoke without fire. He has the profile, the experience and status that makes him fit to lead the team until the end of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadershipby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed the leadership Karim Benzema is showing this season.The French striker shone in victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.On Benzema’s performance, Zidane said: “The leadership role of Benzema? It comes naturally to him. “He knows he’s a captain and he takes it naturally. We are all in the same boat and everyone has to contribute in their own way. “Karim does it in his way of playing and giving instructions.” last_img read more

No guaranteed prison time for Wilmington Trust defendants

first_imgDOVER, Del. — There’s no guarantee that four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program will be sentenced to prison for fraud.But even if a judge orders prison time for the former Wilmington Trust officials later this month, they won’t be led away in handcuffs.In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors say they won’t oppose the defendants’ requests to be allowed at least two months, possibly more, to “self-surrender” to prison.The defendants also are asking that any prison sentences be put on hold until their appeals are resolved, a process that could take a year or more.The defendants were convicted in May of misleading regulators and investors about the bank’s massive amount of past-due commercial real estate loans.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

With polls coming Gurugram police cracks down on drugs illegal liquor

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram police are cracking down on drug mafia and illegal liquor cartels as the election nears. According to law enforcement officials, the mafia involving in this form of illegal trade becomes active as they can make big profits during this time. The millennium city is apparently witnessing a rise in the illegal trade of marijuana with the police have seized 60 kgs of the banned substance worth around Rs 80 lakh in March. “We have registered 19 FIRs linked to the trade and transportation of contraband. Of this, 17 are linked to marijuana export”, said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe law and order challenge posed by drug mafia posed in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that in 2017 over 2,000 criminals involved in the crime of drug trafficking were arrested. Being the richest district of the state the drug mafia along with illegal liquor trade is now posing a major law and order challenge to law enforcement officials. On Tuesday there were seven drug traffickers that were arrested. In one of the incident, a person was arrested with 35 kgs of the sulpha drug. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNot only are the officials from Gurugram police but now even the special task force (STF) has become involved in curbing the drug mafia in the city. According to sources most of the big criminal gangs that are operating in the city are now shifting their focus from illegal land deals, extortion to transportation and supply of drugs. While Synthetic drugs like Ganja, Sulfa are in high demand other forms like charas, Opium and heroin are also gaining popularity. In the recent arrest made by Gurugram police, seven people have been arrested for trafficking methadone drug that is believed to be the new addition.last_img read more