SOUTHCOM Donates Fire Fighting and Rescue Equipment to El Salvador

first_img“We are grateful to SOUTHCOM for their donation, since now we have protective equipment and new tools to respond to all emergencies,” Sergeant Rosales added. “We thank SOUTHCOM for their cooperation and aid to this service agency, because this is the first time that we have received a significant number of totally new equipment, tools, and accessories,” said Fire Department Major José Joaquín Parada, CBES’s director, at the delivery ceremony on November 13th. The donation consists of 31 pieces of compressed air equipment used with a breathing system that protects firefighters from gas, smoke, and vapor while they battle blazes. In 2015, the CBES responded to 3,181 emergencies including fires, traffic accidents, and destruction caused by swarms of bees. That year, there were 917 more emergencies than the agency handled in 2014. In addition to having firefighters with a high degree of training and skills, the CBES requires that its equipment be in excellent condition. “We have been responding to an average of between 10 and 20 emergencies per day,” explained CBES Sergeant Douglas Rosales. “But this past weekend, we broke that record due to the strength of the winds. If we hadn’t had adequate equipment and [taken] precautions in our work, we would have run the risk of getting burned.” SOUTHCOM also donated protective equipment for 31 firefighters, including helmets, coats, boots, Nomex caps that protect the head and face from the heat of a fire, 351 protective gloves, and 12 hydraulic hoses. The victims, between tears and hopelessness over the losses, thanked CBES for their quick response, which enabled some residents to salvage their homes. “In my house, only one room was damaged by smoke because the firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly,” said Eulalia Zepeda, a 70-year-old retired teacher. “If they hadn’t come, maybe I would have lost everything, like my neighbors whose six homes burned down.” SOUTHCOM also donated six hydraulic cutting and expansion tools, which are indispensable for traffic accidents where people are trapped in a vehicle; cords to perform vertical rescues; and three multi-gas gauges that measure the level of hydrocarbons, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfate at a site where hazardous materials are present. During one fire on February 6th, 20 firefighters battled a blaze in the neighborhood of Lourdes – in the historical center of the municipality of San Salvador. An electrical short-circuit at a residence ignited the fire, which spread to at least five other homes. center_img “The population trusts the work we do – they trust our skills and abilities, Maj. Parada explained. “This donation is very important. This protective equipment and rescue tools provide the best possible service in any emergency.” The CBES’s equipment is continuously deteriorating due to the nature of their work. For example, CBES responded to 42 fires related to the strong winds that swept through the country during the weekend of February 6th. El Salvador’s Fire Corps (CBES, for its Spanish acronym) has received more than $400,000 from the U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in equipment, tools, and modern accessories to put out fires and rescue victims of traffic accidents and hazardous substances spills. By Dialogo February 16, 2016 “It is gratifying to be able to support an institution like the Fire Corps, which is committed and disciplined in its work, often risking their lives to protect the people of El Salvador,” said Colonel Robert A. Wagner, Senior Defense Official for the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. But the protective equipment is not the only gear SOUTHCOM provided to the CBES. Arduous worklast_img read more

Freeport Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot dead in Freeport over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting gunshots fired on Colonial Avenue just east of North Main Street, where Lyreek Crawley was found in a backyard with a bullet wound to the head at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Direct lenders see profits in hemp where big banks fear to tread

first_img continue reading » With banks steering clear and the industry surging toward $22 billion in sales, hemp and its trendy ingredient known as CBD could be the next lucrative frontier for direct lenders.Earlier this month, Mile High Labs — which says it’s the largest extractor of cannabidiol in the world — closed on a $65 million term loan from MGG Investment Group, a New York-based lender to lower middle-market companies with $10 million to $40 million in earnings. Mile High is using some of the proceeds to pay farm partners who grow the hemp it needs to produce CBD, which doesn’t give a high and is said to be a natural way to ameliorate health issues from anxiety and insomnia to inflammation.It’s the latest example of direct lenders stepping up where more traditional banks have been hesitant. While federal lawmakers in December opened the door for banks to get involved in the hemp sector, most remain reluctant for fear of accidentally running afoul with regulators. Direct lenders in the past have swooped in to provide capital to out of favor businesses or smaller companies in the tech and consumer spaces, as well as during bouts of volatility in more liquid credit markets. Even though some direct lenders were hesitant to be first into the hemp industry, strong interest suggests others will soon be hot on MGG’s heels. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Honor Flight treated vets like heroes

first_imgI was a hero, if just for one day, all because of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.Buses full of Vietnam-era veterans pulled up to the Albany airport escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders. Inside the airport were a band, speeches and more greeters. What a send-off. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We flew to Baltimore and boarded buses to tour the monuments in D.C. Traffic was no problem because a motorcycle policeman ahead of us used his lights and siren to move the cars to the shoulders and let us pass. At the intersections, a police cruiser stopped traffic. We never had a red light all day.First stop was the Vietnam Memorial, where we laid a wreath and “Taps’ was played; then we looked for the names of soldiers we knew who had fallen. From there we were taken to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Don’t make a sound if you go there. We stayed the longest and took the most pictures at the World War II Memorial. Each monument evokes a different emotion. The grand tribute of the World War II Memorial celebrates a victory. Long perfect rows of markers at Arlington turn your thoughts inward. The black granite of the Vietnam wall reflects the futility of everything that went wrong in Vietnam.To visit all of them in one day would be impossible unless you were on the Leatherstocking Honor Flight. The planning and execution was unbelievable. For 90 of us, the first group of Vietnam-era veterans, the Honor Flight gave us a day we will always remember. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to see us off in the morning and greet us when we returned.Thank you to the Leatherstocking Honor Flight organization for giving us this gift and to all the donors who make it possible. “Thank you for your service” was the phrase of the day, the day we were heroes.Paul DonahueNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Viral videos show Indonesian crew pleading for help aboard Chinese fishing vessel

first_imgThe sailors said they had worked on the ship for ten months and had yet to receive any payment“Our contract ends in November 2021, but we can’t wait that long. We could die here,” one of the men said.“Please help us, Pak,” they said multiple times.The video, first posted by Instagram account @infogeh, has been shared numerous times and has garnered hundreds of comments, mostly condemning the apparent abuse and similar incidents aboard other Chinese fishing vessels. The Foreign Ministry said it had received a report and was looking into the matter.Read also: Indonesia reiterates concern about alleged mistreatment of crewmen on Chinese vessels“[We] have coordinated with the Transportation Ministry and the Manpower Ministry, which issues permits for Indonesians to work as crew members on ships abroad,” Foreign Ministry director for the protection of citizens and legal entities overseas Judha Nugraha said in a statement on Wednesday.Judha said the ministry had not received any response from PT Raja Crew Atlantik (RCA), the recruiting agency mentioned in the caption of the viral video.According to data from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Liao Yuan Yu 103, the fishing vessel mentioned in the post, is owned by Liaoning Kimliner Ocean Fishing Co. Ltd. in Dalian city, China.Judha said the ministry had coordinated with the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing to seek confirmation from the fishing vessel’s owner and Chinese authorities.“We will keep trying to call the first party that uploaded the video on social media to get more detailed information,” he said.This incident is the latest in a string of alleged abuse aboard Chinese fishing vessels. In July, an Indonesian crew member was found dead in the freezer of vessel Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117. In May, a video appeared on Facebook showing a group of sailors on Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623 throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage at the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.According to Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) data, at least 30 Indonesian crew members were victims of exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 to June 2020, seven of whom have died and three of whom are missing. Videos apparently showing four Indonesian crew members begging to be rescued from abuse aboard a Chinese fishing vessel have gone viral on social media, the latest in a series of alleged abuses aboard such vessels. “Please get us off this ship immediately. We are being physically abused here. We were kicked, beaten, and they even threatened to stab us,” one crew member said in the video. Another said that the crew was being punched and kicked every day.“We are only given four to five hours to rest, and we work for more than 20 hours every day. If we don’t work, they will not give us any food. We are starving,” the man said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ministry aims to finish 1,000-hour B40 biodiesel road test this year

first_imgRead also: Indonesia’s B40 biodiesel plan back on track after palm oil prices improve“Gaikindo asks to be given time to prepare for the implementation of B40,” he told The Jakarta Post.The ministry tested the previous B20 and B30 biofuels by driving vehicles thousands of kilometers, but both Gaikindo and Indonesian Bioenergy Expert Association (IKABI) greenlighted the static test method, considering the country was still partially locked down.Read also: After five-month road test, B30 implementation gets green light“For the time being, we won’t test on the road. That’s rather difficult. There are still concerns,” said ministry research head Dadan Kusdiana on Wednesday, adding that his department was also conducting early B50 tests. “We are now testing the two engines’ durability [when using B40],” she said during a virtual media visit.The government plans to make the use of B40 biodiesel mandatory starting in July 2021 to cut Indonesia’s oil imports, which is a major contributor to the country’s overall imports bill.The ministry is testing two B40 variations: one being regular diesel mixed with 40 percent fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) – a substance derived from palm oil – and the second being mixed with 30 percent FAME and 10 percent distilled FAME, which is hoped to reduce damage.However, Indonesian Automakers Association (Gaikindo) chairman Jongkie Sugiarto previously signaled that carmakers were not on board with the B40 plan.  Topics :center_img Indonesia plans to complete two key tests for its domestically produced palm oil-based biodiesel by November this year, as the world’s top palm oil producing country prepares to move ahead with the 40 percent biodiesel blend (B40).The test involves running two static diesel engines on the lower-emission fuel for 1,000 hours inside the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s research and development lab, said lead researcher Sylvia Ayu Bethari on Aug. 26.She and her team are testing the engines’ fuel consumption, emissions and power levels, among other performance indicators. The biofuel is notorious among commercial vehicle operators for damaging engines. last_img read more

Mesut Ozil not spotted with Arsenal squad boarding plane before BATE Borisov Europa League match

first_img Video Settings / 1 min. story struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Coming Next by Metro PLAY Aaron Ramsey, whose summer transfer to Juventus was confirmed earlier this week, is still nursing a knee injury and hasn’t travelled but there is a place for January loan signing Denis Suarez who is in line to make his full debut.Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League by winning five of their six group stage matches and finishing above Sporting Lisbon.The Gunners reached the semi finals of the same competition last season before losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid and will be hopeful of going one better under Unai Emery who won the tournament three times during his Sevilla tenure.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Top articles 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Full Screen Skip Granit Xhaka is back in the Arsenal squad having recovered from a slight knee injury (Picture: Getty) Read More New signing Denis Suarez could make his full debut (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos also trained yesterday but appears not to have been risked having only just recovered from the ankle injury he suffered during last month’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read More Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Feb 2019 3:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link833Shares Lucas Torreira celebrated his 23rd birthday earlier this week (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil appears to have been left out of the Arsenal squad ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against BATE Borisov on Thursday.The former Real Madrid star missed Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, officially through illness, but took a full part in first team training yesterday and was listed as being available for selection by the club’s website.Ozil, who has featured just twice since Boxing Day, posted a video on his Instagram account of himself driving his car while his teammates were photographed boarding the flight bound for Belarus at Luton airport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Mesut Ozil not spotted with Arsenal squad boarding plane before BATE Borisov Europa League match Read More Advertisement SPONSORED Skip Adlast_img read more

Professional footballers to boycott social media for 24 hours today

first_imgPROFESSIONAL footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours today, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter. And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”HOW IS FOOTBALL TACKLING RACISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football”.“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse.”The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association, starts at 09:00hrs BST today and runs until 09:00hrs BST tomorrow. Players have been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.Manchester United defender Chris Smalling added: “The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”The PFA said the boycott was the “first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football”.“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.Young was abused after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Accounts identified in this case as violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy have been prevented from posting again until the offending tweets have been removed.INCIDENTS OF RACIST ABUSE IN 2018-19December: Banana skin thrown on to the pitch during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for ArsenalDecember: Raheem Sterling suffers alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballersMarch: Chelsea lodge a complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo KievMarch: England report racist abuse of players during their 5-1 win over Montenegro in PodgoricaApril: Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Raheem SterlingApril: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the ChampionshipApril: Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social mediaApril: Young targeted on Twitter. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Catena gains racing vision with acquisition

first_img Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Henrik Persson Ekdahl – Catena MediaStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has moved to expand its services and inventory for horseracing acquiring UK legacy racing portal – the market, Catena undertakes its latest affiliate acquisition for a total cash payment of £2 million, acquiring all racing related assets outright.One of the most trusted racing/betting communities, offers racing punters daily tips, race cards and information. Furthermore, the website offers exclusive insider content from a number of expert racing and its related assets will be added to Catena’s growing UK market inventory, which now includes the websites of, BETFREEBETS.UK,, and football portal Squawka.“Catena Media has a strong strategy for growth and an outspoken ambition to break into new online services. It is our firm belief that this small yet strategic and very well-known site enjoys vast opportunities for growth. Catena Media will be the partner that delivers on these opportunities,” detailed Henrik Persson Ekdahl, CEO of Catena Media on the acquisition.Catena continues its aggressive acquisition growth strategy in 2018, in which the company has moved to expand its industry network within the US, UK, French and German markets. Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Registration opens for 2019 Greenway Cycling competition

first_imgRegistration for the 2019 edition of Greenway National Cycling Competition has been launched in Accra.The competition, which is being organised by Greenway International Foundation, an environmental protection organisation working for a carbon-free environment and oceans free of single-use plastics. This historic event which will take place on January 15 through to July 21, 2019, is open to the public from who are between 19 – 45 years.About 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the five-laps competition in the various regions and cover a distance of about 300 kilometres.Executive Director of the Foundation, Michael Olusegun Olusanya who performed the official launch on Monday, said the Greenway National Cycling Competition is in active partnership with the Greater Accra Cycling Association chaired Kofi Boakye-Yiadom.Mr. Olusanya said the ultimate aim is to create awareness among people to mitigate the effect of climate change and progressively, to reduce greenhouse gases in all 10 regions of Ghana. He urged those who wish to participate in the event to log on their website to register. Winners in the race stand to take exciting prizes worth over ¢100,000 to the potential winners and other amazing prizes.He said the registration continues till December 31, 2018.PrizesThe overall winner will take home a cash prize of ¢15,000, two pure gold medals, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras. The runner-up will receive ¢10,000, one pure gold medal, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.Third Prize winner will get ¢7,000, one pure gold medal, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.Fourth to 10th winners will take home silver medals, trophies, a brand new bicycle, National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.last_img read more