More Than 20,000 People Attended SITDEF 2011

first_imgBy Dialogo May 17, 2011 Luis Giampietri, vice president of the Republic of Peru, presided over the closing ceremony of the Third International Technology Salon for Defense and the Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF), an event that drew more than twenty thousand attendees, who toured its installations from 11 to 15 May. For the first time, a Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi plane was put on detailed exhibit. Likewise, attendees were able to experience, using simulators, what it is like to steer submarines or practice shooting, etc., as part of the celebrations for the centennial of the Peruvian Navy’s Submarine Force. In addition, there were demonstrations of parachute jumps, the deployment of special commandos, and firefighters, among other attractions applauded by the numerous audience in attendance. The third edition of SITDEF was held at Army headquarters from 11 to 15 May. The first two days of the salon were destined exclusively for all Armed Forces and police personnel and their family members. On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th, the doors of the headquarters were opened to the general public, for the third time, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event was held in a space measuring 15,000 square meters, a much larger area than in 2009 (9,400 square meters), enabling a better display of the most advanced defense, security, and natural-disaster-prevention equipment by the more than five hundred domestic and foreign exhibitors participating. About SITDEF The International Technology Salon for Defense and the Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF) is a business and cultural event held in Peru every two years since 2007, jointly promoted and organized by the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces at the Army’s headquarters installations. The event seeks to bring together domestic and foreign firms dedicated to exhibiting cutting-edge technology in the areas of natural-disaster prevention and national defense.last_img read more


The impact of talent development on organizational climate

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “One of the challenges with talent development is that it can be really hard to measure on an organizational impact scale,” said Jennifer Stangl at the most recent CUES Symposium in Hawaii.Stangl, director of professional development at CUES, asked participants in her breakout session, “The Impact of Talent Development on Your Organizational Climate,” to stand up if they thought of talent development as an expense at their organizations. Nobody stood. She then asked participants to stand if they thought of talent development as an investment—nearly the whole room rose.This is the correct mindset if you want to foster a healthy organizational climate—i.e., the employee experience, or how it feels to work at your credit union. “When you think of talent development as an investment, you recognize that it really has an impact on the organization, including the bottom line,” Stangl noted. Unfortunately, most organizations and industries “haven’t identified a financial statement line item that helps quantify the importance of talent development.”In contrast, the impact of employee engagement is well documented. “Engaged employees are always looking for ways to become more productive and more efficient,” said Stangl. Engaged employees also have a positive impact on organizational goals, recruitment and commitment, individual development, the organization’s future leadership pipeline and member experience.last_img read more


Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

first_img“Some roads are submerged and you cannot drive through them.”In one of the hardest-hit areas, residents wrote out the words “rice, water, SOS” on the ground, while others waved towels and called for rescue and relief goods.At a nursing home for the elderly, 14 people were feared dead when water from a nearby river inundated the ground floor, leaving those in wheelchairs unable to reach higher ground.Emergency services, aided by locals in rafts, managed to rescue around 50 staff and residents from the facility, bringing them to safety by boat.Heavy rain is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a non-compulsory evacuation order for around half a million people in southwestern Japan.Up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected in the 24-hour period through Tuesday morning in the southern part of Kyushu Island, which includes areas already hit hard by the flooding, the agency said.”It’s such a mess,” resident Hirotoshi Nishi told public broadcaster NHK as he swept debris from his mud-strewn front room. “Many pieces of wood came into my house. I don’t know what to do.”Hirokazu Kosaki, a 75-year-old bus driver in the town of Ashikita, told Jiji press: “It was nothing but water as far as I could see.” Topics : Evacuation orders Evacuation efforts are also being hampered by fears of spreading the coronavirus that has claimed almost 1,000 victims in Japan, with close to 20,000 cases.Partitions have been set up at evacuation centers to keep distance between families and evacuees are made to wash their hands frequently, sanitize and wear face masks.For some local business owners already battered by coronavirus, the natural disaster has compounded their problems.Yuji Hashimoto, who runs a tourism bureau in the hot-spring resort in Yatsushiro, one of the flood-hit cities in Kumamoto, told AFP that the “beautiful tourism spot dramatically changed overnight.””The damage was beyond our imagination. It’s literally a bolt from the blue… The disaster is a double-whammy as our hot spring resort was struggling to weather the impact of coronavirus. We don’t know what will happen to us next,” he said.Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that 19 people had been confirmed dead from the floods while a further six were in a state of “cardio-respiratory arrest” — a term often used in Japan before a doctor officially certifies death.Suga said officials were investigating another 24 deaths to confirm a direct link to the floods.He said more than 40,000 personnel from police and fire departments, the coast guard and Self-Defense troops were conducting search and rescue operations throughout the night.Around 800 people had been rescued, Suga said, adding that 4,600 households were still without power and 7,000 without water.Japan is currently in the middle of its annual rainy season which frequently delivers deadly floods and landslides.Climate change is also playing a role because a warmer atmosphere holds more water, increasing the risk and intensity of flooding from extreme rainfall.In 2018, more than 200 people died in devastating floods in the same region of Japan. Driving rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan on Monday as they searched for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more torrential downpours forecast.Around 50 people were feared dead after heavy rain lashed areas of western Japan beginning early Saturday, causing rivers to burst their banks and flood low-lying regions.Bad weather was preventing some rescue efforts, local officials said, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for. “Because of the heavy rain, we were forced to cancel some emergency flights of helicopters over the disaster zone,” Tsubasa Miyamoto, an official from the Kumamoto region, told AFP.Although the rain has eased from its peak, the floods washed away roads and bridges, leaving many in isolated communities cut off.A local firefighter in the western region of Kagoshima told AFP they had deployed boats to rescue 11 people, but conditions were making it hard to reach others stranded. “Calls came from people telling us that they wanted to flee their home but they could not do it on their own,” he said.last_img read more


Relocating Sydneysider snaps up bayside beauty

first_imgThe kitchen at 14a Palmtree Ave, ScarboroughMr Cattanach said having a sole bidder at the auction was not indicative of the interest in the home. “We had about 35 groups come through the property and there were other buyers, but they weren’t in the position to bid at auction,” he said. “There is not a lot available in Scarborough at the moment so people are waiting for quality listings in the area.“That’s why we had so many groups come through Palmtree Ave in two weeks. “Properties that are listed predominantly sell within two to three weeks.” The Scarborough-based agent said buyers were looking for blocks of 500-600sq m. “Most buyers aren’t interested in anything that would require too much work,” he said. The home at 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough sold under the hammerONE bidder was all it took for a renovated home in Scarborough to sell last weekend. The property at 14a Palmtree Ave went under the hammer on February 11 and sold for $690,000. Forty20 Property marketing agent Trent Cattanach said a group of about 20 people attended the auction, despite the heat. The open-plan living area at 14a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough“We had one registered bidder,” he said. “Bidding started at $650,000 and progressed from there. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The vendors were happy with the result, having already bought a home in Brighton. “And the new owners were pretty happy as well. “They’re from Sydney and are moving to Scarborough to be closer to their adult children.” last_img read more


Breeze in for gorgeous bayside lifestyle

first_imgThe backyard and gardens are low maintenance.The downstairs living area opens through sliding doors to the back deck, which looks out over the fully-fenced, low-maintenance back yard and gardens. The double lockup garage has a built-in workshop area and the property comes with a water tank and solar panels, which provide a rebate each quarter. Mr Davidson said: “All the neighbours get on. They all talk to each other and look out for each other.”The property is being marketed by Margaret Vote and Chris Vote of Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly for offers over $799,000. The home at 18 Cobar St, Lota.ENJOY sea breezes and ocean glimpses from this two-storey bayside home. The property at 18 Cobar St, Lota, has four bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. Owner Michael Davidson bought the home eight years ago when it was just 12 months old. “I liked the layout of the home and how big the master bedroom was with a full walk-through wardrobe,” he said. “Though I’d have to say my favourite part of the home is the north-facing front deck.“We always eat out on the front deck and we’ve got lovely breezes and slight water views.” The home is set up with the master bedroom and main living areas on the top floor. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The dining and living area at 18 Cobar St, Lota.Internal stairs lead to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, which flows out through bi-fold doors to the front deck. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, slide-out pantry, a breakfast bar and white cabinetry, while timber floors feature throughout the upstairs living space. The master bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe with his and hers doors, and an ensuite with bath, shower, dual basins and a separate toilet. Downstairs there are three more bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a laundry with extra storage, a toilet and a second bathroom with separate bath and shower. last_img read more


Family First launches High Court appeal against being stripped of charitable status

first_imgStuff co.nz 26 September 2017Family First Comment: Hold your horses, Charities Board!Controversial conservative lobby group Family First is appealing against being stripped of its charitable status by the Charities Registration Board.The board’s decision was made public in August. It was the second time it had tried to deregister the group.“Family First will appeal this decision as far as we need to because of the threat it places on us and other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their supporters in a civil society,” national director Bob McCoskrie said in a statement on Tuesday.The group has lodged an appeal in the High Court at Wellington to fight the deregistration.McCoskrie said the group had also successfully applied for an order that the board be restrained from deregistering the group until the appeal was heard.The board can direct charities to be removed from its register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.The group promotes traditional family values, is anti-abortion and considers marriage to be only between a man and a woman.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” a statement from the board last month read.In 2013, the board made the decision to remove the group from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.Family First appealed against that decision to the High Court.In June 2015, the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of the 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97276959/family-first-launches-high-court-appeal-against-being-stripped-of-charitable-statuslast_img read more


Are We Too Critical In Our Remarks?

first_imgAs a follow-up to yesterday, I was thinking about all the TV and radio shows where sport authorities talk about current athletic teams and/or players.  Just as those sports personalities from yesterday’s blog were suspended, most call-in shows on radio tend to criticizeplayers and teams rather than talk about the positives.  An example is Tracy Jones on WLW Radio.  His show elicits callers who want everyone traded, released, or run out of town.  In my opinion, he seldom disagrees with them.There are several programs on ESPN that do the same thing.  They usually are hosted by ex-pro athletes who may or may not have been top players in their sports.  They now consider themselves experts in the field as they criticize the coaches and players in today’s sports world.   I personally avoid watching or listening to these shows.  They accomplish nothing and aren’t always right (again, in my opinion). That is why I try to stay positive on Coaches Corner.last_img read more


Tough hill to climb for Trojan basketball

first_imgThey happened five months and more than 6,000 miles apart.First, there was the late March press conference at the Galen Center in Los Angeles where first-team All-Pac-10 center Nikola Vucevic declared he was skipping his senior season at USC to enter the NBA draft.Just last week, in a nondescript gymnasium outside Sao Paulo, star senior guard Jio Fontan landed awkwardly after being hit on a drive to the basket late in the first half of USC’s preseason game against a Brazilian professional team, tearing a ligament in his left knee and ending his season before it started.USC’s 2011-2012 basketball season doesn’t tip off until mid-November, yet its two defining moments have already taken place.The Trojans record is still unblemished at 0-0, but it feels like they’ve already lost so much.Now, let’s spare the doom and gloom and refrain from calling this a lost season for USC basketball.It is still only August and the Trojans have some intriguing young talent.USC’s group of freshmen and transfers could end up gelling very well together.A return trip to the NCAA tournament isn’t out of the question.The season that will be, however, is overshadowed by what could have been.With Vucevic and Fontan in the lineup alongside guard Maurice Jones, the Trojans would have returned their top three scorers from a season ago.Instead, USC now only boasts two players on its roster that scored in a game for the Trojans last year — Jones and sophomore forward Garrett Jackson.Newcomers Aaron Fuller and Dewayne Dedmon would have been expected to fill their roles solidly, not spectacularly.Now, they will be counted on to shoulder a good portion of the offensive load.The leftover effects of the O.J. Mayo scandal won’t help the team cope with the losses of Vucevic and Fontan, either.“Right now, this third year, especially with Jio getting hurt, that’s when you get hit with the remnant of these sanctions where we lost two recruiting classes,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “We have a bunch of inexperienced guys that have never played. They’re going to get a lot of experience early and hopefully they respond well and turn themselves into a really good postseason team.”This could have been a banner season for recently rejuvenated USC basketball.After making only six NCAA tournament appearances from 1962 to 2000, the Trojans have qualified six times in the last 11 seasons.USC’s runs to the Elite Eight in 2001 and the Sweet 16 in 2007 marked the first time the program had made it past the second round of the Big Dance since 1954.“Our only goal is to make the NCAA tournament and try to win the Pac-12 title,” O’Neill said. “Those are our goals and I don’t think we should change those goals.”Fontan’s injury was an especially cruel blow to the Trojans, with his teammates forced to watch their leader stretchered off the floor.“In my career, I’ve never felt worse for a player than I feel for him,” O’Neill said. “The first two and a half games [of the Brazil trip], he was playing at a first-round-NBA-draft-pick level. I feel bad for him that way and bad for our team that he can’t be there to lead us and do all the things that a guy of his caliber would do.”Freshman Alexis Moore, from Long Beach Poly High, will be tasked with stepping into Fontan’s spot in the starting lineup.“He’s going to have to be a guy that doesn’t play like a freshman,” O’Neill said. “And even then, it’s going to be very difficult for a guy his age to step into his role that requires a ton of leadership, especially for what is a very young and inexperienced team now.”The schedule will do the Trojans no favors, either.With non-conference games against Kansas, San Diego State and Georgia, a potential tournament date with North Carolina in Las Vegas and a challenging Pac-12 slate, USC’s young players will be tested early and often.This season, however, will not make or break USC basketball.The gains the Trojans have made over the last decade have been substantial. The program weathered the storm of NCAA sanctions while enjoying its greatest run of success in recent history.The future remains bright for the Trojans — a talented and youthful roster, an experienced head coach and a recruiting foothold in the Southern California basketball market are all long-term assets.The short term gains of the 2011-2012 year, however, don’t look nearly as promising as how they were projected six months ago. “Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jonathan at jkendric@usc.edu.last_img read more


Gigginstown officially withdraws runners from Aintree National

first_imgThe O’Learys won’t be running Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt or Outlander in the race as their dispute with British senior handicapper Phil Smith rumbles on. Smith has released a statement rejecting any claims of an ‘anti-Irish bias’ and insists that handicapping remains ‘subjective’. Carlingford Lough is now set to carry top weight.last_img


Amputee fashion show in Japan features Paralympic athletes

first_img Written By Paralympic athletes took to the catwalk in Tokyo on Tuesday for the “Amputee Venus Show.” The event marked the date when the Paralympic Games would have opened.The Olympics and Paralympics were postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the fashion show went ahead.It featured a dozen models who came down the catwalk wearing the latest fashion and prosthetic legs. Several Paralympic athletes were among the group, including Japan’s Kaede Maegawa who finished fourth in the long jump in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.“Thanks to the show it sank in that there is only one year left until the Paralympic Games,” Maegawa said. “When I was rehearsing, I felt like I was attending the opening ceremony and almost cried. The show was such a great opportunity for me.”The Paralympics are now scheduled to open on Aug. 24, 2021, and will feature about 4,400 athletes. The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, with 11,000 athletes.“In next year’s Paralympics, safety and security are important,” said Takao Ochi, who organized the show. “One of the purposes of holding the fashion show was to overcome the coronavirus.”Tokyo organizers have said both events will happen, but they have yet to provide details on how athletes will be safe, whether fans will be allowed, and who will pick up the bill for the delay. Estimates suggest the cost of delay will be between $2 billion and $6 billion, with Japanese taxpayers picking up most of the bill.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:11 IST Amputee Fashion Show In Japan Features Paralympic Athletes Paralympic athletes took to the catwalk in Tokyo on Tuesday for the “Amputee Venus Show.” The event marked the date when the Paralympic Games would have opened SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:11 ISTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more