Utah Baseball Drops Season Opener at Texas State

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN MARCOS – Utah dropped its season opener to Texas State 8-3 in San Marcos, Texas on Friday, February 15.Erick Migueles led the way at the plate going 2-4 and having an RBI. Dominic Foscalina also had an RBI for the Utes.Utah got to the Bobcats early scoring two runs in the second to tie the score and then took the lead in the third scoring one more run. Oliver Dunn doubled in the beginning of the inning and Migueles singled up the middle to bring him home.After taking the lead 3-2, Utah had trouble getting anything going after that. Texas State didn’t give up a hit after the third inning and took the lead back in the fifth for good. They added some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings.Kyle Robeniol got the start for Utah and went 4.1 innings. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits. Ian MacIver, David Watson and Zac McCleve made appearances out of the bullpen.For the game, Utah totaled three runs on four hits.The Utes are in a tournament at Texas State and will play Missouri State next at 11 a.m. MT on Saturday, February 16. Riley Pierce will be on the mound for Utah. February 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Drops Season Opener at Texas State Robert Lovell Tags: Utah Utes Baseball Written bylast_img read more

‘Game-changer’: Rapid, daily virus testing coming to Pac-12

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe Pac-12 could be playing football and basketball sooner than expected.The conference announced each of the 12 schools will soon have the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes.Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott called the deal with Quidel Corporation, a diagnostic testing company, a “game-changer.” He said the ability to test athletes daily and receive results in 15 minutes could lead to the Pac-12 getting back in the game before the Jan. 1 date set by the conference’s university presidents when they postponed the fall sports season on Aug. 11. September 3, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local ‘Game-changer’: Rapid, daily virus testing coming to Pac-12 Written by Tags: Pac-12/Utah Utes Associated Presslast_img read more

US Navy Recognized with Eight Historic Preservation Awards

first_img View post tag: Recognized The US Navy won eight 2014 Historic Preservation Honor Awards May 30 at the 40th anniversary celebration held at Dole Cannery Square, Honolulu, Oahu. June 3, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Eight View post tag: Navy View post tag: historic Authorities View post tag: News by topic US Navy Recognized with Eight Historic Preservation Awards View post tag: Preservation View post tag: awards “We are very pleased to be recognized for our efforts in preserving important historic elements that are located throughout Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH),” said Capt. Jeffrey W. James, commanding officer, JBPHH. “The Navy and Air Force understand its responsibility and the need to continue to work closely with our historic partners making sure future generations have the means to appreciate what happened here in the past.”This special event included a dinner, the celebration of Historic Hawaii Foundation’s 40th anniversary and the presentation of numerous Preservation Honor Awards which have been given annually since 1975. The awards are Hawaii’s highest recognition for preservation, rehabilitation, restoration or interpretation of the state’s architectural, archeological and cultural heritage.[mappress]Press Release, June 03, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Recognized with Eight Historic Preservation Awards last_img read more

A Tiny Indiana Town Saw Promise In Virtual Charter Schools. Then Things Started To…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Stephanie WangDecember 29, 201When Indiana’s largest charter network collapsed earlier this year after an enrollment scandal that triggered state and federal investigations, the resulting mess left hundreds of students scrambling for transcripts, dozens of teachers unpaid, and $40 million still owed to the state.The downfall of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy also placed under the microscope Daleville Community Schools, a tiny rural district that runs just two brick-and-mortar schools serving fewer than 1,000 students in total.Despite having no experience as a charter authorizer, Daleville took on an oversight role when Indiana Virtual School opened in 2011 and, over the years, accepted more than $3.2 million in state funding to monitor them and ensure their success.When Indiana’s largest charter network collapsed earlier this year after an enrollment scandal that triggered state and federal investigations, the resulting mess left hundreds of students scrambling for transcripts, dozens of teachers unpaid, and $40 million still owed to the state.The downfall of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy also placed under the microscope Daleville Community Schools, a tiny rural district that runs just two brick-and-mortar schools serving fewer than 1,000 students in total.Despite having no experience as a charter authorizer, Daleville took on an oversight role when Indiana Virtual School opened in 2011 and, over the years, accepted more than $3.2 million in state funding to monitor them and ensure their success.Daleville officials saw it as a unique opportunity to help students who were failing in traditional schools or those who had medical conditions and needed flexible schedules. But the district struggled to rein in the fast-growing, low-performing virtual charter schools, which in July were found by auditors to be artificially doubling their enrollment and collecting state funding for thousands of students who they weren’t educating.A Chalkbeat review of thousands of pages of charter records and multiple interviews with the authorizing school district show that, until recently, Daleville relied largely on informal or undocumented conversations to monitor Indiana Virtual School.“Call us naive, but I think we were trusting educators to do the right thing,” Daleville Superintendent Paul Garrison said in a recent interview, referring to the charter operator.“We were working with people that we trusted, that had the same love and outlook and concern for the kids that they were serving that we had,” Garrison explained. “Well, that’s how we looked at them. We assumed — maybe falsely.”Virtual school officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. They have previously denied wrongdoing through an attorney. That attorney also didn’t respond to requests, and it is not clear whether she is representing the schools anymore.Daleville’s inability to prevent the alleged abuse of public dollars has become a cautionary tale for charter authorizers, and for small districts with ambitions that exceed their expertise or bandwidth. The situation has led to a new state law this year that prevents districts from being in charge of virtual charter schools and has prompted state leaders to call for more safeguards.Marcie Brown Carter, executive director of the Indiana Charter School Network, criticized the district for letting problems persist for too long, leading to the schools’ sloppy shutdown: “That’s inexcusable. It’s been horrible for the students and families and employees involved.”Daleville officials say they did the best they could in uncharted territory. In defending their oversight, they pointed to their data analysis that uncovered the schools’ alleged misdeeds and called on the state to better regulate virtual schools, including defining what virtual attendance should look like.The district says it raised concerns about academics with the virtual school from the start. But emails show Daleville administrators brushed off concerns raised in a 2017 Chalkbeat investigation into how Indiana Virtual School was spending little on teachers while pumping public dollars into lucrative contracts with businesses tied to the school’s founder and his son —  financial arrangements that are now being investigated by state and federal agencies.Daleville’s first formal evaluation of Indiana Virtual School later flagged those same issues and raised several others, prompting the district to create a school improvement plan. However, it wasn’t until early 2019 — three years after the virtual schools allegedly inflated enrollment — that Daleville took steps to shut down Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy.An Optimistic But Troubled StartSituated about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, Daleville is a quiet rural railroad town, home to fewer than 1,700 people. Those driving along I-69 might notice it as an exit on the highway, offering gas stations and fast food. Its own residents have described Daleville as a place that “lacks an identity.”The Daleville school district offices are inside a converted house with front windows looking out onto the junior-senior high school, home of the Daleville Broncos. A C-rated district, Daleville serves almost all white students, and just under half of them qualify for free or reduced-price meals.Four out of five school board members have served in their roles for at least 15 years; two of them have been on the board since the 1980s. Garrison, the longtime superintendent, sometimes signs emails with, “Blessings.”Daleville is not the kind of district that would usually attract statewide attention. Critics would later argue, too, that it wasn’t the kind of district that had the capacity or the knowledge to effectively monitor such large and unconventional charter schools — schools without walls and with students scattered across the state taking classes online.Back in 2011, Daleville had “a natural interest” in helping to launch Indiana Virtual School, Garrison said because officials could see from its own schools how some students needed an alternative to traditional classrooms. Enthusiastic about pioneering a new way of learning, Daleville administrators wanted to be part of the growing national conversations on virtual schools. Across the country, virtual schools — where students take all or most of their classes online — were becoming increasingly popular options, even as they were linked to poor academic outcomes.Indiana Virtual School also provided another benefit: money. The district wanted to use its oversight fees to upgrade its technology and provide supplemental online courses for students at its two district schools — perks that administrators said also helped them monitor Indiana Virtual School.But Indiana Virtual School experienced problems from the start. There were operational issues, such as occasionally missing teachers’ paychecks and administering state exams incorrectly, and there were academics ones, including consistently low state test scores. Virtual school officials have in the past publicly contended that those results were a reflection of its unconventional students, many of whom had fallen behind at other schools. Online schools, they said, shouldn’t be judged by the same metrics as traditional ones.Beginning in 2011, Daleville had checklists to evaluate Indiana Virtual School’s academics, finances, and operations. Daleville officials said they were concerned about the school’s academic performance and were constantly pressing for improvements. But there’s little documentation of these efforts or the issues they brought to light.In 2015, despite its reservations about weak academics, Daleville renewed Indiana Virtual School’s charter for five years. No public document explains how they assessed the school’s performance or their decision to renew the charter, though Daleville officials say they were optimistic after the longtime Indiana educator Percy Clark signed on to lead the virtual school.Optimism aside, Indiana Virtual School wasn’t showing significant academic improvement by 2017. Its statewide enrollment had grown substantially, but passing rates on standardized tests remained far below state average. The school had the lowest graduation rate out of all public schools in the state that year. It had received two consecutive F grades from the state and was about to earn its third.That’s when virtual school officials came to Daleville with a plan to open a second school.Ballooning ProblemsThe second school, Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, was supposed to fix the problems at the first school. It would provide alternative education pathways through internships and industry certifications, which officials hoped would re-engage struggling students who had grown disenchanted with the school.The school board unanimously approved the proposal in 2017, making Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy the second virtual charter school under Daleville’s oversight. Meeting minutes don’t describe any discussion on the matter prior to the vote.Garrison said he had been hopeful that Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy would solve the academic issues. Even now, he still thinks the model could prove the potential of online education: “Our thought process at the time was, wow, if they do all of this, in our best guess, this is going to succeed. And I still believe that.”A few months later, Chalkbeat published an in-depth investigation into Indiana Virtual School. It highlighted the school’s academic problems and raised questions over the school’s spending of millions in state funding.In emails to the virtual schools, Daleville officials discounted the story.Garrison praised Clark, the virtual schools superintendent, for sending an email to the staff calling the investigation an attempt to “smear us.”“I applaud you on your message,” Garrison wrote to Clark, asking for student success stories to send to the Daleville school board to “expose a totally different view of the school” than what the Chalkbeat investigation had described.Around the same time, Daleville conducted its first formal evaluation of Indiana Virtual School. It paid a Fort Wayne company to develop a customized rubric to fit the nontraditional school, weighing factors like the personalization of education, not just test scores.The review raised many of the same issues as the Chalkbeat investigation. But it also revealed more significant concerns, according to documents, including that Indiana Virtual School wasn’t regularly checking which students were inactive despite knowing many students were habitually truant.Daleville officials, while publicly supportive of the schools, say behind the scenes, they were growing increasingly skeptical of Indiana Virtual School’s rosy claims about how their students were flourishing. They wanted to know how many credits students were earning, and emails show they campaigned for access to the school’s data.“As we look back, you got a lot of different excuses and reasons, and the difficulties in doing this or that were explained pretty heavy,” Garrison said.Daleville officials have often portrayed their relationship with the online schools as one of uneven power. They said they were bound by their contracts with the schools — and their requests for more data were ignored.“We had nothing available except what they gave us,” Garrison said. “That was our frustration that whole time — getting information that we could check out and verify.”Charter experts say such a dynamic could signal a weak charter contract. It also shows one of the disadvantages of small or inexperienced authorizers, who can feel overpowered by lawyered-up charter operators.When the district finally obtained the information it had been requesting last year, officials were alarmed to see just how few students were completing courses and how hundreds of students on its rosters weren’t enrolled in classes at all.Meanwhile, huge numbers of Indiana Virtual School students had switched to Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, with some 7,000 students statewide reportedly enrolled at the two schools. It wasn’t clear whether students were being shuffled between schools without parent permission, but Daleville noted the suspicious timing of the transfers partway through the year. Because they spent part of the year at each school, students’ test scores wouldn’t count toward either school’s state grade.But the first year of Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy wasn’t going as planned. The extras it was supposed to offer — such as internships and individualized support — never came through.Now, instead of one troubled school under Daleville’s purview, there were two. A Tiny Indiana Town Saw Promise In Virtual Charter Schools. Then Things Started To Unravelcenter_img Picking Up The PiecesMany of Daleville’s critics are charter supporters who say the district wasn’t paying enough attention to red flags, and because of that, it failed to protect students and taxpayers.“There are some portion of closures that happen across the country because authorizers are asleep at the wheel,” said Karega Rausch, acting president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, speaking broadly about charter oversight. “Authorizers need to do their job, because they do have incredible power and responsibility in this space.”Daleville officials point out that they sought guidance from national and local groups on both virtual education and charter authorizing. Online schools add a layer of complexity, because it’s harder to see how students are learning, and states across the country are still trying to figure out the best way to run these institutions.In light of the school scandals and criticism of Daleville, state lawmakers have prohibited all school districts from overseeing virtual charter schools. But Daleville officials don’t think larger or more experienced authorizers would have identified the schools’ wrongdoing any sooner than they did.Daleville officials took their data analysis to state officials. In February, citing the high numbers of enrolled students who weren’t attending or completing classes, the district started the process to revoke the virtual schools’ charters — which ended up extending over seven months.Virtual school officials largely evaded having to publicly answer to the controversy. They struck a deal with Daleville for a three-month wind-down without having to publicly respond to the allegations against them. And when the state took action over the alleged enrollment fraud in July to recoup the $47 million it determined the virtual schools received in overpayments, it was Daleville that had to stand up and explain how this could have happened.While Garrison weathered the criticism from the state board of education members, Clark, the virtual school superintendent, watched from the audience without saying a word.When Chalkbeat reached Clark by phone for this story, he hung up on the reporter.The virtual schools’ closures didn’t go smoothly. Despite the deal with Daleville, the schools didn’t properly notify students and families of the closure. Thousands of students and teachers were left in limbo when, months before they were scheduled to close, the virtual schools slowly pulled services and stopped answering calls.At one of the Daleville district’s final board meetings on the virtual school closure, a Muncie couple showed up, frustrated after they said Indiana Virtual School lost their daughter’s records. Going to Daleville felt like their only recourse, they said.“We think that Daleville is trying to do the right thing,” Becky Gregory said.In the end, Daleville took responsibility for wrapping up student services at the schools, processing transcripts after Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy abruptly closed in September and immediately disbanded their boards.During the two years of public controversy, Garrison said he felt the most betrayed when he saw virtual officials “walk away from the kids” when it was clear that the schools would shutter. His voice broke, and his eyes teared up.“And then we’re just left to pick up the pieces,” Garrison said.The virtual school saga isn’t over yet. No results have been released from a federal inquiry and a state audit. The state only recovered about $7 million from the two online schools before they closed, and it’s not yet clear whether the state education department will pursue the remaining $40 million.State lawmakers are already pledging to pass more regulations on virtual education, concerned that students still aren’t learning enough and too many aren’t engaged in online coursework.In an interview with Chalkbeat this month, state schools chief Jennifer McCormick suggested that the state should review the same course completion data that revealed problems at Indiana Virtual School.“That needs to be monitored closely,” McCormick said. “I feel like we’re letting [virtual education] just continue down a track that isn’t productive, and it’s not going to lead to student success.”Despite the scandal, many education leaders see virtual schools as a critical option in a sector that will only continue to grow. Even Garrison remains staunchly supportive of online education, although Daleville’s foray into virtual schools is over.“If we were doing it again, would we do things differently than we did, as far as evaluation and all of that? Sure we would,” Garrison told Chalkbeat. “We’ve learned enough that I think we could do it very well now, but we’ve also learned enough that I think we don’t want to venture another try, either.”last_img read more

Speech: Stability in the Great Lakes Region

first_imgThank you, Mr President. And thank you, Personal Envoy Djinnit for your briefing today, for the SG’s report and for all your very diligent work and your strong personal dedication on these issues since 2014. We appreciate everything you’ve done and we wish you the best of success for the future.It was particularly welcome to hear today both about your recent successes and to be reminded of all you’ve achieved over the last five years. We particularly welcome your success in securing the voluntary repatriation of fighters from Rwanda and also of M23 fighters from Uganda. That is an important achievement and as you said, it shows that we can make progress on these really difficult issues.You also, in setting out the six areas that you’d focused on over the last five years today, I think you helped set the agenda for your successor when he takes over. And I’d like to highlight three of those in particular:First, we warmly welcome the emphasis you have placed on promoting the participation of women in political life and in peace processes, and we strongly agree with the call you made just now to support the region’s efforts to achieve a minimum quota of 30% of women’s representation in political processes by 2020 – in time for the 20 year anniversary of 1325.Second, very much agree with you about the importance of the rule of law and human rights. And in this regard, we strongly support your plans for a high level conference on justice and good governance in May and you will have our full support for that conference.And then third – and this is a point that my US colleague touched on as well – we very much agree with you on the importance of tackling the exploitation of natural resources, in particular by armed groups in eastern DRC. It’s very good that you have initiated political discussions with the countries in the region on this issue and I think it will be very important that that dialogue continues under your successor.Mr President, let me just touch very briefly on three of the country-specific issues that are mentioned in your report:.On the DRC, of course we we join the Special Envoy in our commendation of the Congolese people for exercising their democratic right to vote in a peaceful manner in the recent elections.But we all know that democracy is a process, not an event, and it will be vital that all stakeholders in the DRC remain focused on supporting a more stable and inclusive political environment in the DRC. And we fully agree with the conclusions in the Secretary-General’s report on the importance of resolving the issue of foreign armed groups and their dependents in the DRC and regional issues involving refugee populations. Regional dialogue will be vital in finding solutions that respect the fundamental human rights of all those involved in or affected by conflict.Second, turning to the Central African Republic, we attach great importance to ongoing efforts by the parties to implement the political agreement for peace and reconciliation and would encourage all stakeholders to consider what role the PSCF may be able to play in supporting this process.And then finally, on Burundi, we think an inclusive dialogue will be a vital precursor to credible and inclusive elections. We welcome all the work you have done on this issue. All international partners should continue to support the EAC in their efforts to end the political crisis in Burundi and preserve the Arusha Accords.Again, we encourage all stakeholders to consider whether the PSCF can play an enhanced role in promoting dialogue in Burundi and to coordinate their efforts with the PSCF in this regard.Finally, in conclusion, we look forward to hearing your successor’s plans to engage further with regional heads of state and government, picking up on the six themes you’ve outlined – in particular the three I think I’ve focused on. And as you have shown in your tenure in this role, the Special Envoy role has an invaluable part to play in supporting and strengthening the partnerships that will underpin greater regional stability. Thank you for everything you have done.Thank you.last_img read more

Carlos Santana To Play National Anthem At NBA Finals Game

first_imgWatch Flea Deliver A Bass-Only National Anthem Before Kobe Bryant’s Final GameSantana had the honors of performing last year as well, when Golden State won the championship. Watch official footage of that performance, below. With the NBA Finals underway, the second game in the series is getting some serious star power to start things off right. Longtime Golden State Warriors fan Carlos Santana will be performing the National Anthem, tonight, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Not only will Santana be shredding it up, but his wife Cindy Blackman Santana will be on hand for the performance as well!The series started last night, with Golden State beating Cleveland 104-88. Tonight’s game starts at 8 PM Eastern, and fans can tune in to coverage on ABC to watch the Santana couple open up the ceremonies.last_img read more

Event raises funds for Riley

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s cheerleading squad gained a new member during Wednesday’s basketball game against Adrian College when 14-year-old Keondia Woodley joined their ranks.  Woodley, a cancer survivor who received treatment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, relished the opportunity to be a part of the Saint Mary’s cheering squad. “[Cheering] was so fun,” Woodley said. “I felt close to all the cheerleaders when I met them.” The Dance Marathon-sponsored “Cheer Your Heart Out” event at Wednesday’s game raised funds for Riley and provided Woodley with the opportunity to cheer with the Belles and share her story with the crowd at halftime. “I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August of 2008,” Woodley said. “But Riley Hospital for Children, along with the love and support of my family, is why I’m here today.”  Students, faculty and fans in attendance were invited to contribute spare change to red Miracle Minute donation buckets at halftime, and all proceeds from the buckets benefitted Riley as well. Juniors and fundraising executive co-chairs Kate Kellogg and Liz Kraig planned the event with two goals in mind. “Cheer Your Heart Out was a unique opportunity,” Kraig said. “It was a time to show school spirit by supporting our fellow Belles as well as a great reminder of the importance and impact Dance Marathon is able to make to the families at Riley.”  Senior and Dance Marathon president Becca Guerin said she enjoyed collaborating with other Saint Mary’s clubs and activities in support of Riley.  “The game was especially cool because we were not only showing support for Riley, but cheering on our team as well,” Guerin said. “It was great school spirit, but we also had the special connection with Dance Marathon through having Keondia cheer at the game.”  Although final collections were not tallied at press time, Kellogg said she was pleased with the returns from the Miracle Minutes.  “Every bit counts,” Kellogg said. “We really want to raise awareness because a lot of people have heard of Dance Marathon, but don’t see where the money goes. Having Keondia cheering here on campus just goes to show why Dance Marathon is so special.”  Junior Lauren Berry said the event, especially Woodley’s presence, forged a strong connection between Saint Mary’s, Dance Marathon and Riley.  “I think it’s great to hold personal events like this to let [Woodley] shine,” Berry said. “It’s one single event, but it makes such a difference. It shows the impact that Dance Marathon has on Riley patients firsthand.”  Woodley, now three years in remission from cancer, said she is healthy, happy and settling into her freshman year at Elkhart Memorial High School. “This really meant a lot to me,” Woodley said. “I loved cheering with them and I love all the support everyone has for Riley.”  This year’s Dance Marathon will be held March 31 in Angela Athletic Facility.last_img read more

U.S., Honduras Continue Collaboration, Bolster Responses to Natural Disasters

first_img Preparing jointly for natural disasters “This airplane has raised our level of operational preparedness,” Brigadier General Jorge Alberto Fernández, FAH commander, told La Tribuna. The Cessna was the first of three the United States will deliver as part of its ongoing collaboration with Honduras. The second is scheduled to arrive in November, and the third by February 2016, as the acquisition of the Grand Caravans is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program. The planes were acquired through the U.S. Air Force Assistance Command’s Foreign Military Sales after being requested by the FAH in January 2014. “We trained two pilots and two (non-commissioned officers) for maintenance,” Brig. Gen. Fernández stated. The FAH will deploy the aircraft to help civilians in jeopardy because of natural disasters and other emergencies. Aircraft will bolster emergency relief efforts The FAH uses the Wings of Health program during natural disasters and other emergencies, such as large fires, to bring medicine to civilians and, if necessary, evacuate them to safety. The Cessna aircraft can transport 13 persons — 11 passengers and two pilots — and it’s designed to facilitate operations in remote regions, taking off and landing on unpaved short airstrips and flying for five consecutive hours without refueling. It’s also equipped with weather radar and modern electronic equipment to meet modern aviation demands. “On behalf of all Soldiers in the Armed Forces on land, at sea, and in the air, I extend my gratitude to the government of the United States for this gesture,” Maj. Gen. Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces said. “Rest assured that this gift will be used in accordance with the agreements we have in place with the United States and the doctrine practiced by the Honduran Air Force.” “This acquisition will help bolster the Honduran Air Force’s program, Wings for Health, so we may come to the aid of the population in the event of some disaster or emergency, because this plane can be used as an ambulance and to transport persons and cargo,” Gen. Díaz explained. “In this case, the Cessna Caravan was chosen to perform multiple functions, among them humanitarian assistance and search and rescue, because this plane is versatile, durable, and compatible with the environment in Honduras under current conditions,” Major Samuel Sterlin, U.S. Air Force Section Chief at the Office of Security Cooperation in Tegucigalpa, added. Fighting organized crimecenter_img As a consequence of climate change, Honduras is vulnerable to hurricanes and floods in the mountains and coastal areas during the rainy season, and to extreme drought in the summer, according to the website of the National Climate Change Directorate (DNCC) in the Central American nation. “This new security technology will help support the tasks to protect the Honduran air shield, so the Armed Forces can prevent landings and entry of drugs by air into the country,” said Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Providing the aircraft is part of the ongoing cooperation between the Honduran Armed Forces and the U.S. Military on security issues, which includes preparations for responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. The Honduran Air Force’s (FAH the Spanish acronym for Fuerzas Aereas Hondureñas) disaster response times are set to improve thanks to a new aircraft added to their fleet: a Cessna C-208 Grand Caravan EX, delivered to the FAH by the United States on August 6. The partner nations are working together to ensure FAH pilots are trained in flying the Cessna and Honduran mechanics are taught how to maintain and repair the aircraft. The Honduran Military will also use the Cessna to fight drug-trafficking groups, as Honduras and the U.S. continue to work together to combat transnational criminal organizations. By Dialogo September 10, 2015 Transnational organized crime groups use Honduran territory to smuggle drugs, humans, and weapons, as about 90% of the cocaine that’s transported into the U.S. passes through Central America, according to the United Nations. Iris Amador contributed to this story.last_img read more

3 questions with PSCU’s Chuck Fagan

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Chuck Fagan, President & CEO of PSCU for a quick interview with just 3 questions:(0:36) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(2:53) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(6:38) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about PSCU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

COVID-19: Jokowi calls on task force to accelerate swab tests, rapid tests

first_imgTopics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to improve and accelerate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and mass rapid testing across the country.“I have asked for people at high risk, doctors and their families, people under monitoring and patients under surveillance be prioritized in the PCR and rapid testing,” Jokowi said during a limited meeting on Monday.“We should accelerate the examinations in laboratories, so we can detect [COVID-19] cases faster,” he added. COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said his team had handed Rp 14 billion (US$848,000) to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta, one of the research agencies conducting lab tests for COVID-19.“We hope the Eijkman Institute can quickly increase its capacity to conduct examinations,” Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said after the meeting with Jokowi.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaIn addition to conducting PCR swab tests, the government is also attempting to gain a clearer picture of the coronavirus spread through rapid testing, and has so far distributed some 400,000 rapid testing kits to regions across the country, with priority given to the hardest-hit areas such as Greater Jakarta.center_img A number of regional administrations have record hundreds of coronavirus cases using rapid testing kits over past few days, although experts warn they are less accurate than PCR tests.The Jakarta administration has recorded 589 positive cases from the 24,015 people who have undergone rapid tests as of Monday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that of the 22,000 rapid tests conducted using blood samples in at least 27 regencies and cities, 677 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the province.The official figure includes only cases confirmed using PCR tests, with Indonesia recording 2,491 confirmed cases and 209 deaths as of Monday.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts sayThose who have tested positive for coronavirus using rapid tests could be required to go into immediate isolation, but still need to undergo PCR screening to confirm their status.In addition to testing kits, the government has distributed some 390,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions across the archipelago with 105,000 more to be distributed soon.Jokowi said during Monday’s meeting that authorities needed to supervise the distribution of PPE to ensure it arrived at hospitals.“We will prioritize distribution to regional hospitals,” Doni said, adding that the government would also focus on deploying volunteers to regional hospitals that lacked medical personnel.last_img read more