Brazilian Operation Combines Defense Training with Medical Assistance to Citizens

first_imgMore than 90,000 people live in the municipality of Cáceres, which is surrounded by the Paraguay River. In Operation Celeiro, the part of the population furthest from the city center received medical and dental treatments from the Navy, which used the Tenente Maximiano Hospital Assistance Ship. During the 19 days of Operation Celeiro, authorities inspected 340 vessels, 25 of which were issued citations, mainly because the pilots did not have all the necessary documents. Three vessels were seized: one for not having lifebuoys and an unlicensed pilot, and the others because the vessels weren’t licensed to operate as transportation vehicles. Another operation along the same lines is being planned for the second half of the year in Mato Grosso do Sul, according to RADM Petronio. “The intent is for it to be even larger, involving more service members and covering a greater area.” After they departed from the municipality of Ladário, Mato Grosso do Sul, on March 29th, the ships and service members headed to Cuiabá, Cáceres, and Santo Antônio do Leverger, in Mato Grosso state. During the trip, they performed patrol activities and ship inspections, with the goal of preventing crimes and saving the lives of those who work or travel on the rivers, or use them for recreation. For the security portion of the event, service members were divided into two groups on the shores of the Paraguay River between Brazil and Bolivia. While the “Red Team” represented an enemy occupying a portion of the river’s shore, the “Blue Team” portrayed Brazilian forces that were required to devise and execute a plan to retake control of that territory. But there was also a civic assistance element that provided free medical services to the local populations. The confrontations were performed with real weapons but using blanks. “Training is accompanied by a monitoring group, which acts as a sort of judge, analyzing each side’s impacts and engagements,” RADM Petronio said. “Based on this evaluation, we can learn lessons from the positive and negative points on the actions conducted by our Troops. This is done during and primarily after the operation.” By Dialogo May 10, 2016 During the exercise, the group playing the enemy role was formed by Marines, using two ships and one aircraft. Those representing the national forces consisted of Marine and Army personnel, using seven ships and one aircraft. center_img “We are always holding this sort of training, but this was the first time that we have combined Troop training with navigation security actions and medical assistance all in one operation held at the same time,” said Rear Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, Commander of Brazil’s Sixth Naval District. “It was excellent in terms of its productivity. We were able to do more with fewer resources.” Operation Celeiro was divided into four sub-operations: “Celeiro Sul” trained Troops on how to retake territory; “Celeiro Norte” focused on patrols and inspections of ships on rivers in the Pantanal; “ASSHOP Cáceres” provided medical treatments to riverine populations; and “Navegação Segura” (Safe Navigation), which is ongoing, carries out readings to update nautical maps for a 100-kilometer stretch of the Paraguay River. Personnel also scheduled to fix or replace any damaged signs along the stretch of waterway by May 9th. Sub-operations Nearly 600 Brazilian Navy and Army personnel with the Navy’s Sixth Naval District Command executed a multi-faceted training exercise called Operation Celeiro from March 29th to April 16th. Headed by the Sixth Naval District Command, the combined initiative took place throughout Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul states, located on the country’s western border with Bolivia. Medical treatments “We provided 625 medical and dental treatments,” RADM Petronio said, adding that primary illnesses impacting the population were hypertension, skin infections, and viruses, as well as dental cavities. Authorities also distributed 11,000 doses of medication.last_img read more

Yaya Toure blames increase in stupidity for football racism

first_imgRACISM in football is getting worse because “fans are more stupid than before”, according to former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.Several incidents throughout Europe have been reported in recent months, with many high-profile cases occurring in Italy’s Serie A.“I’ve had a chat with FIFA because this is something very important,” said the former Ivory Coast international.“It will be difficult because the way to win this case is going to be long.”He added: “Fans, people, now are more stupid than before.”Last month, striker Mario Balotelli, Toure’s former City team-mate, called fans who shouted racist abuse at him during a match between Brescia and Verona “small-minded” and “imbeciles”.Cagliari fans made monkey noises towards Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku earlier in the season, and recently Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport was criticised for the headline ‘Black Friday’ alongside images of Roma defender Chris Smalling and Lukaku.There have also been incidents of racism in British top-flight football, with a man arrested after this month’s Manchester derby for allegedly making a racist gesture.Toure added: “Of course it is shocking because we are in 2019. In 2020, 2025 we have the kids coming through – what are we going to do? You can’t continue like that.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

We have the power to ensure conservation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHere is the point: When you flush a toilet today, you use far less water than you would have 20 years ago. You do this not because you are an environmentalist, but because the machine takes care of it for you. For electricity conservers, think motion-sensor light switches that turn themselves off when you leave the room. Here’s another example: For many decades, the state Department of Health forbade the use of “gray water,” even for irrigation. Gray water is much less expensive to produce than “reclaimed water.” Gray water comes off your shower and your washing machine, goes through a home-based filter system, and can be used for your home landscaping, including fruit trees. In 1994, during a major drought, the city conducted a comparison of contamination in the soil where gray water was used with that of soil where potable water was used. Guess what: all the sites were equally contaminated, the result of squirrels, birds, cats and other animal life. So the state approved the program, and a month later lifted the ban statewide. Today freeway landscaping is routinely watered with recycled water rather than the potable stuff. Gray-water systems are not quite as user-neutral as low-flow toilets, but they’re close. And during that last major drought, private entrepreneurs created a whole industry, offering gray-water systems of varying complexity. But then some idiot declared the drought over, and, within months, the gray-water industry died. My system, part of the demonstration program, is still in my yard, but there is no one to call for maintenance because the company went out of business – taking its technology with it into oblivion. The best tools for conservation are the ones we don’t have to think about because a device does it for us. Consider, for example, the lowly toilet. Until the 1990s, your average household toilet used up to eight gallons of water per flush. In the early 1990s, with Los Angeles in the midst of a housing construction boom, I introduced an ordinance to require that all new residential toilets be the kind using no more than three gallons. (Today they are down to less than two.) The toilet manufacturers went nuts. But they eventually complied with the new law, and today “low-flow” are the only toilets on the market. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discovered how much water would be saved, and thus how much “new” supply it would not have to create. That, in turn, resulted in one of the most creative programs the city has ever run. The DWP bought low-flow toilets in bulk, and hired community-based organizations to retrofit existing housing for low- and moderate-income families. The DWP and its community partners replaced well over 1million water-guzzling toilets. While government can still play a major role in encouraging conservation through demonstrations like the gray-water project, government is no longer alone. The private sector, moved as always by the desire to make money, is champing at the bit. Consider the waterless urinal, which requires government approval but not government development. Where government used to have to be the innovator, today government officials need only regulate to ensure public health and safety. In Southern California, the drought is never over. It is time to revive the gray-water industry and turn entrepreneurs loose to invent and sell us other tools that will make us conserve – no matter how we feel about the environment. Ruth Galanter is a former member and president of the Los Angeles City Council, on which she served for 16 years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more