Air Force Academy Has First Female Flight Instructor for T-27 Tucano

first_imgBy Brazilian Air Force Public Affairs Office / AFA / Edited by Diálogo March 03, 2020 Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) First Lieutenant Juliana Santos de Souza became the first female flight instructor for the T-27 Tucano, an aircraft used for cadet pilots in their fourth year of basic training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), in Pirassununga, São Paulo.February 3, 2020 marked the beginning of classes at the 1st Air Instruction Squadron (1º EIA, in Portuguese) for the Chronos senior class, which is in its last year of what is known as AFA’s Eagles Nest.On February 3, 2020, 1st Lt. Juliana began flight instruction to Air Force Academy cadet pilots in their fourth year. She hopes to inspire other women to seek a military aviation career. (Photo: Air Force Academy)First Lt. Juliana, assigned to Air Transport, also has trained in the C-95 Bandeirante and the C-97 Brasília, with the 4th Air Transport Squadron – Carajá Squadron, and the C-97 Brasília, with the 1st Squadron of the 2nd Transport Group – Condor Squadron. In 2019, she returned to AFA and became an instructor for the T-25 Universal.The transition from the T-25 to the T-27 is more than just technical, such as an increase in speed and attention to detail. The method of instruction is also different. In the Tucano, the instructor doesn’t sit next to but behind the cadet, has no visual contact, and can only connect through the communication system. “One must pay special attention when giving instructions to the cadet, to provide a visual of what must be done and to reach the expected level at every stage of the instruction,” explained 1st Lt. Juliana.The flight phases in 1º EIA are different from what cadets have experienced before, such as navigation, night flight, and formation with two and four aircraft.The mission of the flight instructor is among the most noble in FAB, with ties that go back to the creation of the Brazilian Ministry of Aeronautics. “It’s very gratifying to be able to participate in the training of our young cadets and, at the end of this four-year process here at AFA, to present FAB with military pilots who are qualified to continue in the operational aspect of their careers. I hope to continue to perform well in my role as instructor and I also hope to inspire other women to seek the military aviation career,” concluded 1st Lt. Juliana.AFA offers women the opportunity to join the Aviation and Quartermaster personnel. This is a four-year class, held in the city of Pirassununga.last_img read more

Govt expects onion surplus as West Nusa Tenggara enters harvest season

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry reported Thursday that the onion supply was estimated to exceed consumption by 5,745 tons between May and August as producing provinces experienced the harvest season.Farmers on Sumbawa Island in West Nusa Tenggara, the country’s third-largest onion-producing province, had produced at least 1,300 tons as of Tuesday. In 2019, the island, a key onion-producing region in the province, produced around 24,100 tons, a 4.3 percent increase from a year earlier.“I am ordering the executives of the Agriculture Ministry to work with the regional administration in order to make West Nusa Tenggara a cornerstone of the national food [supply],” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday. However, the price of onion has yet to fall to its previous level. In May, onions sold for an average of Rp 53,450 (US$3.65) per kilogram, 43.8 percent higher than the average price over the same period last year, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS), the government’s tracker of key commodity prices.Although the price increase might affect consumers, it was deemed helpful for farmers as it could allow them to prosper, said Indah Damayanti Putri, the regent of Bima, another key onion-producing region in the province.“We really hope to have the support from the Agriculture Ministry for our farmers in terms of seeds, fertilizers or agricultural tools and machines, and we are also grateful for the support for us and our farmers,” Indah said on Thursday.The Jokowi administration has committed to providing Rp 300,000 in cash assistance per farmer to help 2.7 million farmers stay afloat during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.Topics : “Therefore, the agricultural performance should improve so that the production of the province’s main commodities like onion, corn and rice will increase.”West Nusa Tenggara’s onion supply is important for the government as it seeks to stabilize prices and avoid shortages of key commodities during the coronavirus pandemic. But the unfavorable dry season may hinder efforts to stabilize production.In late April, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that only one province faced an excess demand of onion.last_img read more

SA, Namibia cross-border park

first_img12 August 2003South Africa and Namibia have signed a treaty establishing one of the largest conservation parks in southern Africa.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa and his Namibian counterpart, Philemon Malima, signed the agreement establishing the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in Windhoek last week.The move virtually takes down the border fence between the two countries, and creates a massive tourism hotspot.The park spans about 5 086 km² of some of the most spectacular scenery of the arid and desert environments in southern Africa. It merges Namibia’s |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs Game Park, which incorporates the famous Fish River Canyon, with South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park, which is owned by the Richtersveld communities but contractually managed by South African National Parks.Besides the Fish River Canyon – often likened to the Grand Canyon in the USA – and the |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs, the Richtersveld is situated in one of the most species-rich arid zones in the world, making the transfrontier park an undisputed biodiversity hotspot.The Richtersveld National Park is also regarded as a role model for a new approach to conservation, which incorporates local people into management. Because of these assets, South African National Parks will soon be applying for the Richtersveld National Park to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.Bisected by the Orange River, which forms the border between the two countries, the transfrontier park offers enormous potential for development as a viable conservation area.In particular, the Namibian section of the peace park could in future be expanded to include the entire Namibian coastline and to link up with the Iona National Park in Angola. An expansion on both sides along the Orange River, to link up with the Orange River Mouth Transfrontier Conservation Area to the west and the Augrabies Falls National Park in the east on the South African side, is also a possibility.Orange River Canyon, Augrabies Falls National Park (Photo copyright Reinhardt Hartzenberg)Combining all these areas could lead eventually to the creation of the third-largest protected area in the world, spanning over 19 million hectares.The Namibian and South African tourism authorities will encourage public and private investment in the park, and cross-border tourism is expected to grow from 660 000 to a million tourists per annum.Conservation authorities from both countries are due to meet soon to thrash out plans to set up a joint management board to oversee the running of the park.Among the potential tourism projects are guided tours by vehicle, hiking trails and overnight camping, specialist botanical, geological, ornithological, photographic and cultural tours, and river rafting and canoeing.Other projects to be undertaken include mountain biking, horse and camel trails, angling, overnight accommodation, campsites, a shop and information centre, and visits by educational institutions.Parks that transcend bordersThe |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is the latest development in one of the boldest cross-border initiatives currently unfolding in southern Africa – the development of transfrontier parks and transfrontier conservation areas.The programme is being pioneered by the department of environmental affairs and tourism together with SA National Parks and the Peace Parks Foundation. In terms of the programme, boundaries separating conservation areas and other protected areas are removed in favour of integrated, jointly managed parksThe |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is the third-largest in the region after the 35 000 km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – the largest wildlife park in the world – and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which comprises the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa.Poor communities to scoreNama communities living in and around the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park are set to reap the benefits of the treaty.The disadvantaged Richtersveld population, comprising the Kuboes, Sanddrift, Lekkersing and Eksteenfontien communities, heavily reliant on a mining industry which is scaling down, is set to reap sustainable jobs from tourism growth.Peter de Wet, a community leader from the Richtersveld National Park – which is owned by the more than 400 local households and managed by SA National Parks – hailed the new transfrontier park as a golden opportunity for development. “This is a great opportunity for development and job creation for our people. We are excited to have a bigger project in our area”, De Wet said.Minister Valli Moosa said the park provided a platform for the establishment of community-owned tourism facilities and joint ventures between community and private companies, which the government would support by providing the necessary infrastructure.President Thabo Mbeki said the park reflected the direction Africa was taking in integrating and unifying its communities towards prosperity. “We are doing this because we have understood very well that all of us are interdependent, that the success of any one of our countries depends on the success of the others”, he reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Confluence Supports Google’s Open Social, Microsoft Office 2007

first_imgalex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Attachments may dragged and dropped into the Confluence environment. The idea being that Confluence can act much like a desktop application.Support is now provided for Microsoft Office 2007. Users may view attached Office 2007 documents, such as PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets within the Confluence wiki page. Users may search inside files and edit documents.Confluence is one of the leading service providers in the Enterprise 2.0 space. The service demonstrates how 2010 will see the continued integration of the open web within enterprise environments.As Bill Arconati of Atlassian said in an interview: “It’s all about interoperability.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Confluence now supports Open Social, allowing users to pull in gadgets to check Salesforce contacts, Gmail, Google Calendar and other items.The new features in Confluence 3.1, an Atlassian product, show that dashboard environments are certainly in vogue as the social web becomes a pervasive part of the business user’s daily work life.Wikis, though, are not a marketing term that has as much resonance. Enterprise collaboration is the holy grail. The release from Confluence shows the importance of open, collaborative services that provides the ability to stitch together different data sources into one environment.With its new release, Confluence is adding a number of new features.Open Social gadgets may be added by pointing and clicking. The upgrade to Confluence 3.1 includes two gadgets. Confluence Activity Stream displays a list of recent updates from a Confluence site. Quick Navigation provides Confluence search capabilities and suggests results while typing.Here’s an example of how a gadget is pulled into Confluence.last_img read more

2014 World T20: Women team’s debacle leaves a lot to ponder

first_imgThe Indian women’s team qualified for the 2014 World T20, but the three successive losses that sent them out of the tournament left a spate of questions in its wake. It was not just an abject batting failure that let India down in Sri Lanka, but there are areas that need urgent attention and improvement at home, say some of the bestknown players of the country. Meagre payments (each player at the World T20 is said to be getting just Rs 1,00,000 while Rs 2,500 per international), lack of sufficient tournaments, particularly for juniors, absence of large and enough number of grounds, proper selection, and lack of tournaments with multiple-day matches are some of the problems that they point out.The most amazing fact, which they underlined, is that India haven’t played a Test match for six years, the last one being in 2006 in England. While no team member was willing to speak – they pointed that their contract prohibits them from talking to the media – stalwarts like former captains Shanta Rangaswamy and Sandhya Agarwal and former pacer Shashi Gupta minced no words in telling the sad story of women’s cricket. And Diana Edulji, who wants the BCCI to give a one-time benefit purse to women too, said: “I’m so disgusted with the performance that I don’t want comment.””Our team combination was not proper. Our batting performance was very, very poor,” Sandhya told MAILTODAY, referring to India’s scores of 104/8, 116/6, 98/9, and 102/1. India batted first against Australia and England, and barely crossed 100-run mark. And against Pakistan, they fail to chase down 98 runs. The lone consolation win came against Sri Lanka, and it helped Mithali Raj’s team to qualify for the 2014 World T20. Shanta said that “a combination of factors” were responsible for all this. “The number of tournaments, particularly of longer duration, should be increased so that a good team could evolve. Then, we are not concentrating on the technique. We’ve to analyse the reasons for this failure. We must encourage under-16 players, but the u-16 tournament has been discontinued,” she said.Shanta is no more involved in the running of the game, but she said: “I’ve no locus standi, but as a well wisher of the game I’ll write to the BCCI about these issues.” A few years ago, the ICC made it mandatory for all national women’s cricket boards to merge with the men’s. Shashi Gupta, who often raised pertinent issues with the BCCI, said smaller grounds and lack of proper pitches add to women’s woes. “The problems persist in all the states. Last year, I pointed out that India hasn’t played a Test series since 2006, but got no reply,” she said. While the BCCI was good enough to arrange three series before the World T20, officials say that women can’t be equated with men.”See the Indian (men) players are getting all these facilities after 75-80 years (of BCCI’s formation); the women’s wing wanted (the same) within two years. They want to be treated on the same lines as a Dhoni and a Tendulkar,” said a top official on condition of anonymity. “Within bounds and reasons they’ve been given everything. But we cannot duplicate the men’s wing for them. Men’s wing got it after 75 years, after delivering so much on the field.”advertisementlast_img read more

Authorities raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Fallbrook

first_img Posted: October 25, 2018 October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Authorities raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Fallbrook FALLBROOK (KUSI) — Authorities raided an illegal Fallbrook marijuana dispensary Thursday, shuttering the business and seizing its stock.Deputies and county code-compliance officers served an abatement warrant at Jah Healing, 1236 Main Ave., about 7 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.During the operation, the personnel seized “a large amount” of processed cannabis, edible products containing the drug, paraphernalia and business equipment, Sgt. Patrick Yates said.“The dispensary was staffed by four employees,” the sergeant said. “However, no arrests were made.”The county personnel secured the premises by boarding up all the doors and windows.In March 2017, the Board of Supervisors banned marijuana businesses in all unincorporated San Diego-area communities, though two existing medical- cannabis dispensaries — one near El Cajon and another in Ramona — were granted waivers allowing them to operate for five more years before closing.The vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting against the prohibition. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

How to Be Invisible Online Without Going Off the Grid Infographic

first_img Companies and organizations are getting their hands on our data and using it for a number of reasons we don’t even know about. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to minimize your presence online and protect your privacy, without having to ditch the internet.Related: No One Is Safe From the Data Breach Epidemic (Infographic)For starters, turn on incognito mode in your web browser. This disables the tracking tools in your browser and prevents websites from collecting your personal information. You can also block third-party cookies — cookies are small pieces of data that enable information about you to be remembered by external sites.Related: How You Can Protect Your Business From Online ThreatsIf you’re a social media user, you’ve got a 46 percent higher risk of an account takeover or fraud compared to non-social media users. So it’s important to set specific settings for your posts. For example, on Facebook you can limit access to your future posts to make sure they are only visible to your friends. You should also update your privacy settings to hide your personal information from your pages so random people can’t access things including your email address or phone number. Lastly, make sure to block external apps from accessing your personal data.Related: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From HackersTo learn more about hiding your personal information and protecting your data, check out Cashnet USA’s infographic below. 2 min read September 16, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more