By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 04, 2018 The spate of natural disasters that Latin America and the Caribbean experienced in 2017 keeps the air forces of the region busy. Heavy rains, massive hurricanes, and high-magnitude earthquakes, which leave hundreds of victims, unrecoverable material losses, and security threats, prompt air forces to unite and prepare. More than 100 commissioned and non-commissioned officers and other regional leaders came together in the third Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium, organized by the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA). The symposium was held March 12-16, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. The goal was to share best practices and lessons learned on humanitarian aid and disaster response, maintenance and upkeep of aircraft, command and control of airspace, and operations against narcotrafficking. “Welcome to IAAFA. IAAFA is all of us,” said U.S. Air Force Colonel Isaac Davidson, IAAFA commandant, during his opening speech. “This symposium will generate conversations and allow us to learn best practices to handle resources for the population during an emergency situation, among other issues.” The symposium was marked with events celebrating the institution’s 75th anniversary, which included a gala dinner, a student athletic competition, and a tour of the academic facilities, among other activities. Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, a delegate from the countries of the Caribbean Regional Security System, and several U.S. military organizations participated in the international event. The Ecuadorean Air Force knows the importance of the issue firsthand. “The symposium allows us to analyze the issues that affect the region, for example, risk management, earthquakes, and floods that affect us all. These conferences help us visualize the best way to unite,” said Ecuadorean Air Force Brigadier General Marco Rubio Brito Jurado, commander of the Education and Doctrine Command. “When the earthquake happened in Ecuador, we knew we weren’t alone, we were with our sister countries.” Cooperating on natural disasters “This symposium allows us to experience that, instead of being closed off to the world and mistrusting our neighbors; we trust that our neighbors will come to help us in times of crisis,” said Peruvian Air Force Colonel Jaime Chávez, chief of Operations of the Air Force General Staff Operations Command. “It allows us to trust that, when a natural phenomenon occurs, we have a neighbor that thinks like we do and will be the first to arrive to help.” Argentine Air Force Major General Oscar Emilio Palumbo, general director of Military Aerospace Operational Security, said, “The symposium facilitates the exchange of experiences shared by countries of the region. [We can] draw conclusions that allow us to increase our efficiency throughout the area of operation in natural disasters, among other matters.” “Cooperation among countries is the key to responding to questions that are addressed during presentations at the symposium… No country can do it alone,” said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Albert Nieves, commander of the 837rd Training Squadron of IAAFA. “These forums help us recognize the strengths of partner nations and the areas in which they can contribute to our shared vision.” A shared history “Many of the generals and commanders of the air forces that are here were once IAAFA students,” said Brazilian Air Force Major Allan Buch Sampaio, an IAAFA guest instructor. “My students are leaders whose countries identified as having a bright future. Without a doubt, they will be at the highest levels when the time comes.” IAAFA opened its doors in 1943 at the Albrook Air Force Station in Panama. Since then, it became the first academic institution for regional air forces to offer technical and military instruction, mainly in Spanish. It also created a shared forum to learn, debate, and plan in cooperation with other air forces. “I took the leadership course in 1997. My experience at IAAFA was enriching and helped me a lot in my military and personal career,” said Brigadier General Timo Hernández Duarte, commander of the Guatemalan Air Force, as he pointed to a photograph of himself with the class of 97C. “Today in my capacity as commander, I want to express my gratitude for the benefits we received from this institution. I represent the voice of the commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the Guatemalan Air Force who came and benefitted from the academy.” To be part of the history of IAAFA, a prestigious academy with a long tradition that builds international and long-lasting partnerships, is a great honor for many. “It’s been an excellent opportunity and a gratifying experience,” said Colombian Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy and IAAFA student Víctor Alexis Pinzón Pérez. “It’s important for my family that I be here. [You are introduced to] different cultures and learn a lot.” “IAAFA has been a second home for me,” said Panamanian National Air and Naval Service Second Lieutenant Carlos Javier Salazar Díaz, also an IAAFA student. “They don’t receive us as foreigners, but as just another member of their air force where friendship is shared.” After an intense day of debates during the symposium and IAAFA anniversary activities, participants returned to their countries with new knowledge. “We analyzed various issues that are important to our countries,” said Major General Ivan Guillermo Pérez Rojas, general commander of the Bolivian Air Force. “You take experiences with you that can be used in each of our systems.” For Lt. Col. Nieves, the anniversary of IAAFA represents a regional achievement. “It has been 75 years of a hemisphere that has united to fight against our shared challenges. Throughout these last 75 years, a history of success prevailed throughout the region,” he concluded.
Published on March 28, 2013 at 2:16 am Contact Ryne: [email protected] Syracuse faces top-seeded Indiana on Thursday in the Sweet 16 in Washington, D.C. The Hoosiers spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation while the No. 4-seed Orange was up and down for much of the year. The Daily Orange had a chance to ask Indiana Daily Student columnist Michael Norman about this year’s IU team:The Daily Orange: Indiana finished the year ranked third in the nation in scoring (80 ppg) and third in 3-point percentage (41.1 percent). How do you think the Hoosiers will handle SU’s 2-3 zone with so many weapons on the perimeter?Norman: Overall, I think the Hoosiers will be able to have success against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone because of the ball movement and penetration that IU gets. One of the strongest tools that IU possesses is the ability to get dribble penetration with Yogi Ferrell, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey off ball screens from Cody Zeller and Christian Watford. I think that if IU can get a lot of penetration off the dribble, passing lanes will open up and perimeter shooters like Jordan Hulls, Watford and Sheehey will get open looks.The D.O.: Syracuse hasn’t seen a big man like Cody Zeller all season. What makes him tough for opposing teams to handle, and what has been the key to slowing him down?MN: The hardest thing to account for when playing against Cody Zeller is his ability to get out in transition against teams. His transition game is remarkable for a 7-footer. Not only is he faster than most big men, he has unbelievable instincts when running in the open floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTeams that have had success guarding Zeller have done it by physically beating him down, preventing him from running in transition and by forcing him to catch the ball below the block.The D.O.: In addition to Zeller, Victor Oladipo emerged as a star this season. Who do you think he’ll match up with defensively and how important has he been to the Hoosiers’ run?MN: Who Oladipo will match up with is a great question because it is not as cut-and-dry with Syracuse as it is with other teams that IU has played. If you look at how Oladipo stacks up against Syracuse’s players physically, my initial answer would be to say that he will guard Brandon Triche because both are about the same height and weight.But the thing that makes Oladipo unique is his ability to guard guys that are taller, longer or heavier than he is. For this reason, I see Oladipo matching up with Michael Carter-Williams for the majority of the game. You might disagree, but to me, Carter-Williams is more important to the success of Syracuse’s offense because he can score and set up other players.The D.O.: What is the biggest individual matchup Indiana will be focused on defensively? Is there an SU player who could give them problems Thursday night?MN: As I alluded to in the previous answer, I think Michael Carter-Williams might present the toughest matchup for Indiana. Carter-Williams has the tools to give any team nightmares, but the thing that I expect the Hoosiers to take advantage of is his inconsistency. When IU has gone up against some of the best scorers in the nation, the Hoosiers have allowed these guys to get points, but nothing comes easy. They force these guys into taking a lot of shots that can stop an opponent’s offensive flow.The D.O.: Three years ago, Indiana went 10-21. Now, this year’s senior class is leading a No. 1 seed and one of the favorites to win the national title. How did that dramatic change, from such a low point to now, happen in the program?MN: There’s a number of factors that play into why Indiana has been able to go from that 10-21 season to where we are at now. You obviously can’t overlook the addition of Cody Zeller. Besides all of the things he brings to the court, people can’t account for how much he has changed the Hoosiers because it’s not just his impact on the court that matters. Essentially, he made it “cool” to be a Hoosier again, which led to other prospects wanting to come. The D.O.: What do you think is the key for Indiana to advance to the Elite Eight? What would SU have to do to pull the upset?MN: Personally, I think the biggest key for IU’s success in the Sweet 16 will come down to how much dribble penetration the Hoosiers can get to hopefully collapse the defense to free up shooters along the perimeter. After that, IU will need to knock down shots. Sounds like an easy task, but Syracuse’s zone allows nothing to come easy.If Syracuse can eliminate easy transition baskets and force the Hoosiers into consistently playing a half-court offense, I think Syracuse’s length and quickness can give IU trouble. 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New Delhi: At a time when the global air passenger growth is decreasing, Indian domestic air passenger market clocked an 8.9 per cent growth in July this year when compared to the same month last year, international airlines body IATA said on Friday. Moreover, India’s July RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometre) growth at 8.9 per cent was higher than what was observed in June this year at 8.2 per cent. RPK measures actual passenger volume and is calculated by multiplying number of passengers to the number of kilometres travelled by them. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn India, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its analysis, “The market has not yet returned to the double-digit growth rates that were the norm in the past 4-5 years.” “Yet it seems to be adjusting well to the disruption caused by the demise of Jet Airways; capacity is also back on track (7.1 per cent year-on-year in July vs 3.4 per cent in June),” it added. The full-service carrier Jet Airways had shut down its operations on April 17 this year due to a lack of funds. This led to a sudden decrease in total number of flights in India, leading to a decrease in passenger growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIATA represents some 290 airlines, comprising 82 per cent of the global air traffic. On Friday, it said global passenger growth slowed in July. “Total (global) RPKs rose 3.6 per cent, compared to the same month in 2018. This was down from 5.1 per cent annual growth recorded in June,” the airlines’ body added. Chinese domestic air passenger market recorded an 11.7 per cent annual growth in July this year when compared to the same month last year, said IATA. read more
HALIFAX — A Gord Downie tribute sculpture has been unveiled at Halifax City Hall, in a room that aims to foster conversations about Indigenous history and reconciliation.The sculpture was created by artist Al Hattie using recycled metals that emulate a microphone stand and Downie’s signature hat, complete with feathers.On a wall behind the sculpture — titled “The Last Show” — is the shadowy profile of the Tragically Hip frontman.The piece is situated in city hall’s Legacy Space, the first municipal building in Canada with a room dedicated to reconciliation.The concept of legacy rooms is the brainchild of Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Morley Googoo, and he worked with Downie to make it a reality before his 2017 death.Googoo, who represents Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, says the sculpture allows the public to participate in reconciliation.“The art and the beauty of this statue is actually having Canadians step up and do something. The call is being answered in such a beautiful way with this statue,” said Googoo after the unveiling.“Change is happening. People are hearing the story. People are being moved and trying to created a new narrative with beautiful things, and the statue unveiled today is absolutely beautiful and will hopefully get more people talking.”The legacy spaces initiative is part of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which honours the 12-year-old Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont.“(The) program is an opportunity for corporations, government, organizations and educational institutions to play an important role in their communities,” the fund’s website says.“They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.”There are several legacy rooms in the Halifax area, and a number of others across the country.Downie died in October 2017 of brain cancer, but spent his final years raising awareness about Canada’s dark history of residential schools through the story of Wenjack.The plight of the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy inspired Downie’s “Secret Path” multimedia project.The Canadian government launched the residential school system in the 19th century.Over decades, about 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and sent to religious boarding schools.Away from their families and culture, many students lived in horrific conditions and endured severe abuse. The impact of residential schools continues to be felt today.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press read more