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Colombia Takes Part in Exercise Red Flag 19-2

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo May 09, 2019 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) took part in international exercise Red Flag 19-2, March 6-23, at U.S. Air Force Nellis Air Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conducted several times a year, Red Flag is the most important air combat training in the world. During the exercise, participants conducted in flight refueling training for aircraft of the U.S. Navy’s EA-18 Growler Squadron. The Colombian delegation focused on the Jupiter, an FAC Boeing KC-767 tanker that carried out three daytime and four nighttime exercises. The mission was to conduct in flight refueling for U.S. aircraft. “We know that if we encounter the Jupiter, it will be a reliable and professional partner to interoperate with if necessary,” U.S. Navy Commander Chris Nesset, commander of Electronic Attack Squadron 134, told the press. “It’s not common for a country to participate two years in a row. This is very significant,” FAC Colonel Kerly Sánchez, commander of the FAC delegation for Red Flag 19-2, who also took part in the 2018 exercise, told Diálogo. “The air forces of many other nations are on the waiting list to participate in the exercise. Our presence this year showed U.S. interest in making us part of this activity.” Capable of interoperating Red Flag demands intense training to carry out all assignments safely in an enclosed space, where several aircraft interact at high speeds, with air combat maneuvers in different roles. Participants fulfill different missions in a fifth-generation war simulation, based on strategies and technology aimed at suppressing the enemy’s electromagnetic spectrum. Twenty-one squadrons from 10 countries took part in the exercise: Belgium, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. FAC’s 811th Tanker Squadron was invited to participate and lead the refueling component for the Blue Air Force, which represents the coalition of partner countries in Red Flag. This is the first time Colombia holds that position. A 25-unit squadron represented FAC, including officers and noncommissioned officers specialized in hydraulic, electric, structure, pneumatic, avionics, and in flight refueling systems. The Colombians demonstrated knowledge about procedures and standards of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for interoperability. “We received our invitation for Red Flag 19-2 three months in advance. We barely trained, which shows that our interoperability capability with coalition countries is real, sustainable, and permanent,” said Col. Sánchez. “We’ve got it integrated and processed in our procedures.” Refueling operation During the training, the Jupiter tanker crew had to do a 5,000-liter refueling for three U.S. EA-18 Growler aircraft, in good weather conditions, FAC told the press. “[It’s] an operation that we frequently conduct in real operations with Cessna A-37 aircraft,” said Col. Sánchez. “We have many aircraft, and we conduct missions to guarantee fuel supply. Our tanker has 10 hours of autonomy.” The squadrons were able to conduct in flight refueling under strict security and efficiency standards, in a simulated theater of operations in Europe, where the objective was to undermine the rival forces’ anti-air system capabilities. The exercise was conducted in different stages, including planning, a task FAC deems just as important, if not more, than the flight itself. Three or four hours of flight require many days devoted to mission planning. Red Flag used two combat wings: red and blue, which joined more than 62 aircraft that flew over Nellis Base’s airspace at the same time. Participants conducted intelligence and command and control missions, in flight refueling, and combat and attack on land and air targets. Compatible system The Colombian tanker crew analyzed different variables that might come up and defined time, altitude, and speed of aircraft to be refueled, and guarantee interoperability in 10 aircraft groups of different countries. They also considered hypothetical situations and alternatives, as in the event of changes during the mission, the operation would still have to be carried out, even if pilots and squadrons had not worked together before. “The capability to operate with NATO and coalition partners in the same training environment enables us to overcome border, cultural, and language barriers,” said Col. Nesset. “In Red Flag, we were able to overcome these obstacles and get positive results, which will facilitate communications when we do real operations.” According to Col. Sánchez, Red Flag is a great opportunity to learn techniques and practices of participant air forces. “In this scenario, participants test their capabilities and strengthen interoperability among the most advanced and powerful air forces in the world. It’s an exchange of experiences that will produce better results in real international cooperation operations,” he concluded.last_img read more

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MacQuarrie seeks Bar reinstatement

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News MacQuarrie seeks Bar reinstatement MacQuarrie seeks Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, Christopher John MacQuarrie has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.The court suspended MacQuarrie from the practice of law for an indefinite period of time effective August 17, 2005, as the result of being hospitalized under the Florida Mental Health Act.Any person having knowledge bearing upon MacQuarrie’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jan K. Wichrowski, Chief Branch Discipline Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 32804-6314, (407) 425-5424.last_img read more

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Be on the alert for financing schemes

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Money laundering and terrorist financing schemes might seem like activities you’d only see on television. But they can, and do, strike credit unions.The criminals conducting these activities don’t discriminate against financial institution type, asset size, or location. Anyone can be a victim.That’s why credit unions must closely observe member activities to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing from inflicting damage on members, communities, and your reputation.For credit union staff who live and breathe the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) protocols, identifying suspicious activity is second nature. But staff not exposed to these guidelines on a daily basis might have a more difficult time. continue reading »last_img read more

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Channel Tunnel Rail Link gets Royal Assent

first_imgON December 18 the Act authorising construction of the 108 km Channel Tunnel Rail Link to St Pancras in London received Royal Assent. London & Continental Railways, which won the concession to finance and build CTRL in February 1996, is now free to acquire land, undertake detailed design, and prepare for flotation next year.Time-critical works should be ready for tendering by the end of this year, allowing construction to start in the second half of 1998. The line is due to open in 2003.Latest estimate for design and construction of CTRL is £2·8bn. LCR will use future profits from Eurostar (UK), the subsidiary operating the British end of existing London – Paris/Brussels services from Waterloo, to provide an income stream during construction. The government will make substantial grants available once the line is two-thirds complete.Early in 1998, LCR has to raise around £1bn in equity and £1·4bn in loans. Chairman Sir Derek Hornby insisted that the November 18 fire in the Channel Tunnel, which has cut Eurostar services from 52 to 40 a day and extended journey times, would cause ‘no alteration to plans for the flotation’.LCR Chief Executive Adam Mills expected a quick return to the 100000 passengers a week being carried before the fire. He believed Eurostar was still ‘on course to profitability’, and said CTRL would bring London within 2h 15min of Paris and 2h of Brussels. John Armitt, responsible as head of LCR subsidiary Union Railways for getting CTRL built, stressed that the design speed was 300 km/h, and trains could run at this speed provided noise and vibration experienced by lineside residents was ‘no worse than figures in the environmental assessment’. Open access provisions meant that ‘you could have German or other trains’ as well as Eurostar.Asked about using the eastern part of CTRL to speed up Waterloo services prior to completion of the 20 km London tunnels, Armitt replied ‘the Act allows us to open early – it would be silly not to.’CTRL programme1997 Transport & Works order sought for Stratford Station and better WCML connection. Time-critical works designed and tendered1998 Flotation of LCR. Start of construction1999 Boring of London tunnels begins2001 Laying of permanent track begins. Tunnel boring completed2002 St Pancras Station completed. Trackwork completed. Fixed equipment installed. Start of testing and commissioning2003 Commissioning completed. Permit to Use issued. CTRL openslast_img read more

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Testing the Brexit downside: MSCI’s best and worst-case scenarios

first_img“Markets would price in new perceptions in a short period of time,” he added.The “rough” Brexit scenario imagines the UK failing to conclude new agreements and custom rules with its major trading partners before the end of the two-year period for exiting the EU once Article 50 is triggered. Scotland voting to leave the UK also “fits into this scenario”, said MSCI.Other assumptions include the pound weakening 16% against the dollar and the euro, and sharp falls in equity markets in the UK and the EU.If such a scenario were to materialise, a globally diversified multi-asset class portfolio could lose as much as 7.8%, according to MSCI. A risk-parity portfolio with enhanced exposure to global bonds might mitigate the impact, losing 5.8%. Global equity portfolios were expected to lose as much as 11% on average.If the UK were to successfully conclude trade deals with the EU, but with fewer benefits than before, portfolio losses would be lower, MSCI said.In such a “smooth” Brexit scenario, the data provider said a globally diversified multi-asset class portfolio would lose “as much as 1.6% of its value”, while a risk-parity portfolio would lose 1.1%.The third scenario envisaged the UK being perceived as “an island of safety” due in part to bilateral trade relations with the US and China, while anti-EU parties were propelled to power across Europe. Assumptions include sterling gaining 16% against the dollar, UK equities gaining while European stocks fall, and investors pricing in a higher risk of defaults in Europe.If this were to occur, the same portfolio as tested for the other scenarios could gain as much as 3.5%, while a risk-parity portfolio could lose 3%, according to MSCI. Institutional portfolios could lose nearly 8% of their value under a ‘hard’ Brexit scenario, according to analysis carried out by MSCI.On the flip side, a positive outcome in the UK’s favour would add 3.5%, the data firm’s risk tools indicated.MSCI examined three scenarios that it described as “rough Brexit”, “smooth Brexit”, and a Brexit that benefits the UK.Thomas Verbraken, vice president of risk and regulation research at MSCI, said that each scenario imagined a series of shocks, which MSCI applied to a globally diversified portfolio (60% equity, 40% fixed income).last_img read more

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Ironman Matt Poole on why he calls the Gold Coast home

first_imgIronman Matt Poole loves living on the Gold Coast.NUTRI-GRAIN Ironman Series champion Matt Poole shares his dream home and why he loves living on the Gold Coast. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME I love the ocean and warm weather, it’s a huge part of my lifestyle.If I was to leave Australia one of my favourite areas to travel is Newport Beach in California. I would love a mega house on the beach there at Newport, perfect for summer parties and always plenty of night-life and action. CURRENT HOME The first home I bought was in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, it cost $550,000. I had moved to the Sunshine Coast to further my ironman career and compete for Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club. This was the best place for me to be for training, plus I loved all the local restaurants and cafes close by. My current house is in Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast. After seven years on the Sunshine Coast I moved to the Gold Coast to compete for Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club. Broadbeach Waters was central to me for all my training facilities and I love the area with Pacific Fair, Star Casino and plenty of great restaurants all close by. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMatt Poole at Kurrawa Surf Club. Photo: Richard Gosling. I really love the Gold Coast and can’t see myself moving anytime soon. My dream home would have to be something on beachfront with a really nice clean and modern feel to it.Some of my favourite areas are Broadbeach, Burleigh and Palm beach. FANTASY HOME FIRST HOMElast_img read more

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Cricket News Adaptability on tough wickets key for Australia success in India: Usman Khawaja

first_imgUsman Khawaja has played in India during the IPL and World T20 in 2016.Australia has not won a series in India since 2009.Australia has not won a bilateral ODI series since 2017. “I played in that T20 (World Cup) and the wickets were really nice. I found there was probably one wicket that spun a fair bit in Dharamsala, the other ones in Mohali (twice) and Bangalore were pretty good batting surfaces,” Khawaja said.Despite the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Khawaja believes there are good players in the side who can contribute at vital times. “There’s a lot of good players in this team, which is awesome. It’s good to have options. A lot of guys that are in this team are quite flexible on where they can play so whatever happens moving forward I think everyone will do quite well in whatever role they have,” Khawaja said.Australia’s series against India begins on February 24 in Vizag with a Twenty20 International followed by another T20I in Bangalore on February 27. The series will end with five ODIs and this will be India’s last bilateral assignment before the IPL and the World Cup. highlights New Delhi: Australia have not won a series in India since 2009. The team has lost two consecutive bilateral series, including their first-ever bilateral ODI series loss at home when they lost 1-2. Heading into the contest, Australia face an uphill task against an Indian side who have conquered Australia and New Zealand. Virat Kohli is back and the Indian team are building momentum ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England in May. The Australian cricket team’s ODI fortunes are also on the wane, having not won a bilateral ODI series since 2017 against Pakistan but Usman Khawaja believes the team can turn around their fortunes in the upcoming contest against India.“You just have to adapt to whatever you get here. As the Australian cricket team, a lot of guys have had some really good performances in India in the past, so I think we can draw from that,” Khawaja told Cricket Australia’s official website.Khawaja said the nature of the pitches in India are good for batting but they will have to encounter spinning conditions, a factor that has hurt Australia tremendously in the recent past. The left-hander has had experience playing in India, having featured in a couple of Indian Premier League games for Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL and in the World T20. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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AFCON Qualifier: Senegal Tackle Struggling Sudan

first_imgSenegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate has stressed the importance of securing a victory against the Falcons of Jediane.“We will not hide – we will play a difficult game. It’s up to us to please our fans because we come a long way with them,” Kouyate said.“After elimination in the first round of the (FIFA 2018) World Cup, we want to start on a new foundation. But we will not succeed by talking.“We must work. The Senegalese (people) are frustrated with our performance which we have displayed. Now we want to make a difference. It starts with a victory on Saturday.”Aliou Cisse’s side will look to Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane, who has the ability to inspire Senegal to victory against a struggling Sudan side.Meanwhile, Sudan remain winless in Group A having lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea away in their previous game last month.The defeat left the East African side placed fourth in the group standings without a single point from two games. They are three points behind third-placed Equatorial Guinea.Sudan head coach Zdravko Logarusic has insisted that his side will play without pressure against a much-fancied Senegal side.“It’s football, anything is possible, but we know that Sudan’s chances are minimal. We are aware that Senegal are the favourites, but we will do our best to honour ourselves,” Logarusic said.“We are here to enjoy without any pressure. It’s a chance for my players to play against such a big team like Senegal. My players will have fun.“We will fight to represent Sudan with dignity. Now, if the results arefavourable to us, we will be much happier – all of our players are locals, we have no foreign-based players.”The Falcons of Jediane will look to their inspirational captain Muhannad El Tahir, who netted against Madagascar in the 2019 AFCON qualifier last year.The return leg between Senegal and Sudan will be played at the Khartoum Stadium in Khartoum next week Tuesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Senegal will take on Sudan in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group A match at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar today.The Lions of Teranga extended their winless run to three games in all competitions when they surprisingly drew 2-2 with Madagascar away in their previous Group A match last month.The draw left the West African giants placed at the top of the group standings with four points from two games. They are only above second-placed Madagascar on goal difference.last_img read more

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Professor Glass delivers last lecture

first_imgProfessor Wayne Glass said goodbye to 10 years of teaching international relations on Monday in The Forum with a lecture called “Looking Back to the Future,” highlighting important lessons from his past as well as advice for students in the present and future.“I’ve sort of formulated a series of rules,” Glass said. “I really do think that some of the things I say, I hope you’ll take them with you.”Retiring · Wayne Glass, a professor of international relations, delivered his last lecture at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Monday. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanGlass came to USC in 2002, ending an extensive civil service career in Washington, D.C. that saw him holding positions with the State Department, Congressional Budget Office and as senior defense policy advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman.Despite his brief tenure, Glass quickly became a legend among students, making his mark as more than just another professor, said Chris Yon, a senior majoring in international relations (global business).“He is the most influential professor I have ever known,” Yon said. “He is a true motivator. He really knows how to reach out to students.”Glass’ first piece of advice was to “never pass up an opportunity.” He shared stories of how he came to learn this from getting a scholarship to Princeton University to getting his first job at the Pentagon to meeting his wife, and told students to apply this advice to their own education.“USC is a special time and place in your life,” Glass said. “Don’t miss any opportunities. Discover what a great place USC is and take opportunities to see the world.”Glass created a summer program that takes a delegation of students to Washington, D.C. to research nuclear security and meet with experts and officials to get experience in the field. Glass said he still plans to facilitate the program for as long as possible despite his retirement from the school.Clara Purk, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she met Glass last summer through the Washington, D.C. program. She said part of the experience is spending a few weeks with Glass himself.“He’s so comfortable and amazingly fun to be around,” Purk said. “He also just provides a lot of valuable insight into being in D.C. It’s one of the most unique experiences. He’s so positive and so giving.”Glass also advised students to set and achieve high standards and acquire as much knowledge as possible but to also have a sense of humor in their work. He cited an experience with the Pentagon, when he gave a deputy secretary a speech titled “The Five Pint Program for Improving Defense Acquisition” instead of “The Five Point Program.”“I saw the ‘Five Pint Program,’ and I thought to myself, ‘Now, I can fix it, but I don’t think the deputy secretary gets a good laugh, so I’m going to let it run and see what happens,’” Glass said. “The draft of the speech went up to the deputy secretary of defense and came back with corrections. One of them was to circle the pint and write, ‘Make mine Jack Daniels.’”Looking to the future, Glass told students to aim for success, but it is more important to aim for happiness.“Go to the beach and throw the crystal ball Frisbee that you won in one of my classes,” Glass said, referring to a simulation he conducts in class that allows students to predict who will win upcoming sporting events.“Everyone gets to guess scores for sports. When you guess the score right, you get a prize. I won a calendar,” said Hanjun Chung, a junior majoring in international relations (global business). “The whole point was like in foreign policy, nothing is certain. You have to make those choices and try to guess based on the stats and history. [Glass] is really insightful about it.”Glass cited networking as a major factor for much of his success in Washington, D.C., and said he utilizes Facebook to keep in touch with former students and help them make professional connections with other students. He encouraged current students to stay connected with him.“I love postcards,” he said. “So I want you to stay in touch with me and send me postcards from the most obscure places you can find.”last_img read more

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Golf – Abu Dhabi Championship resumes

first_imgThe world number three began his 2016 with a round of 66 yesterday that leaves him two shots behind overnight leader Bryson Dechambeau – the American amateur hit a superb 64 for his first round.McIlroy says that he’s hoping to pick-up where he left-off after yesterday’s round.last_img

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