Peru Inaugurates Warehouse to Aid Efforts During Natural Disasters

first_imgSOUTHCOM contributed US$670,000 for the facility’s construction. Additionally, the COER, which is also in Tacna, was also financed and built with assistance from the Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) in 2013. Since 2009, SOUTHCOM has supported Peru with more than US$20 million for infrastructure projects, equipment, and the training of operational personnel. As part of its ongoing support for Peruvian security efforts, a group of SOUTHCOM specialists will conduct a training session for Civil Defense technicians and COER personnel on how to manage the warehouse because it “is not just any warehouse. It requires special handling that they (SOUTHCOM) have developed,” said Tacna’s regional governor, Omar Jiménez Flores, in a video disseminated on December 10th. Through the HAP, SOUTHCOM provided US$1.25 million to the first COER in the region of Lambayeque, which opened in March 2013 and includes an operations center, a training center that prepares service members for search and rescue missions in collapsed buildings, and equipment. HAP officials generally work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to facilitate the implementation of these projects in Peru. The Peruvian Army, Navy, and Air Force “greatly appreciate Southern Command’s support. This shows the concern that the United States has for strengthening the Peruvian state’s capabilities to respond to natural disasters,” Lt. Gen. García Esquerre said. “This warehouse will be extremely useful in compiling humanitarian relief materials because communication lines are interrupted at times during situations that result from the [meteorological] phenomenon of El Niño. Large storage capacity “The USACE seeks bids from contractors, many of whom are Peruvian businesses,” LCDR Storer said. “The contractor is responsible for providing the USACE with a final design and the construction of the facilities. The USACE provides supervision and quality control for the project.” In addition to helping strengthen its response capabilities before natural disasters, the HAP has also funded the construction of schools, clinics, and bridges nationwide. “HAP funds minor-scale projects, such as donations of medical supplies and construction projects in regions far from Lima that benefit communities that are susceptible to the influence of drug traffickers and terrorists,” LCDR Storer explained. The facility has a storage capacity of about 3,500 cubic meters, enabling it to house humanitarian supplies, such as food, blankets, and tents, to aid up to 1,000 families. Contributing to the warehouse’s construction reflects the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to work with Peru to “achieve development with social inclusion, better access to services, and better preparedness to prevent natural disaster events,” LCDR Storer said. Since 2009, SOUTHCOM, through the HAP, “has supported Peru’s health, education, disaster management systems, and facilities similar to those that have been or are currently being built in 18 regions throughout the country.” The relief warehouse will help the Armed Forces respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters, which are an ongoing threat. Peru’s geological, tectonic, topographic, meteorological, and oceanographic characteristics make it extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. Earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding, and landslides in the Tacna region alone compromise the safety of the population and developing infrastructure. Peru prepares for natural disasters “Aid needs to be on the scene in advance in order to be distributed,” he stated. “This gives us both flexibility and the possibility of being more efficient while transporting humanitarian aid.” The Regional Center for Emergency Operations (COER, for its Spanish acronym) inaugurated the Civil Defense Regional Humanitarian Relief Warehouse during a ceremony on December 10th that was attended by local authorities and representatives from the Armed Forces, the National Police, and SOUTHCOM. The warehouse covers more than 1,130 square meters at the COER’s headquarters in the district of Gregorio Albarracín Lanchipa. To the Peruvian Armed Forces, this donation represents “an ideal way to provide immediate humanitarian aid during emergencies and natural disasters,” said Lieutenant General Rodolfo García Esquerre, Commander of Operations for the Peruvian Air Force, in an interview with Diálogo. Ongoing cooperation “[The warehouse] forms part of a management model that is sustainable and participatory,” explained U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert Storer, with SOUTHCOM’s Military Assistance Advisory Group in Peru. “Authorities and citizens can coordinate prevention efforts, prepare themselves to face potential disasters, and conduct training that is needed in such situations. “This warehouse belongs to Tacna’s regional government (GRT, for its Spanish acronym), which is responsible for provisioning it with personnel from the Civil Defense and humanitarian relief supplies that can be distributed to affected communities in case of disaster or can even be sent to municipal warehouses with the aim of enhancing the response capabilities of the local authorities,” LCDR Storer added. With the support of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the Peruvian government recently inaugurated a warehouse in the region of Tacna dedicated to storing equipment and other supplies that will aid the Peruvian Armed Forces and other government agencies in responding to natural disasters. By Dialogo January 12, 2016 Specialists from Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and the executive office of GRT’s National Defense warned that an earthquake of 9 on the Richter scale could affect 60 percent of the population, Diario Correo reported on December 10th. Given this prospect, the GRT – with the help of SOUTHCOM’s HAP – started building the warehouse on April 16, 2014. SOUTHCOM cooperates with countries in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America on a wide array of security issues. “Another large contribution of Southern Command can be seen in the areas of security and defense using technology, training, and the exchange of experiences with the Armed Forces,” Lt. Gen. García Esquerre said. “All of these actions strengthen the ties of cooperation and friendship between the United States and Peru.”last_img read more

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Spacehog Launching First Tour in Decade on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SpacehogBritish neo-glam rockers Spacehog, best known for their 1995 hit “In The Meantime,” are launching on Long Island their first North American tour in more than a decade to support their new, down-to-earth album.The quartet’s fourth release, As It is On Earth, picks up where the band left off with a more mature sound reflecting the real-world strife the members have experienced since they last hit the road in 2001, opening for Oasis and the Black Crowes.“I think our experience in life has softened the edges of that particularly glittery thing that we had when we were 21 year olds running around the East Village freebasing our own underpants,” lead singer/bassist Royston “Ray Sprinkles” Langdon told the Press. “Today, it’s less import that I look glittery.”Langdon formed the band in New York City with his guitarist brother, Anthony, drummer Johnny “Corky” Cragg and guitarist Rich Steel, all of whom are from England. Timo Ellis, a multi-instrumentalist also in The Netherlands, replaced Anthony—who’s pursuing a cinematic career—for the reunion.Fueled by combined influences of David Bowie, Queen and T. Rex, they quickly reached ‘90s stardom as a reaction to the popularity of grunge. But, it’s a long way back to the top of the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks list.“To get this record was a hell of a lot of work logistically, in terms of making it happen,” Royston said. “It’s been a struggle to do that, just to get off the ground again.”Their debut album, Resident Alien, proved their most commercially successful. The Chinese Album, their artsy sophomore effort recorded as a soundtrack to a movie that was never made, was their last on Elektra Records. They released 2001’s The Hogyssey on independent Artemis Records before the band mates went their separate ways.“It was a very fast rapid thing for us,” Royston said, recalling how the band inked their first deal on a napkin before rocketing to the airwaves a year later. “I didn’t have a lot of tools for living generally…especially in the bustling cut-throat world of Manhattan. I literally was an alien.”It was another world when Spacehog last toured in ’01: Apple had just released the first iPod; My Chemical Romance formed; Joey Ramone was the first of The Ramones to die.Royston later married Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, moved to Woodstock and had a son. Although the couple separated five years ago, they performed a duet, “You Can’t Go Home Again,” during a recent benefit for the David Lynch Foundation First Responders Initiative.“There’s a heck of a lot of suicide among first responders,” Royston said, counting them among his friends. “We expect so much of these people… I think it’s really important for our community to support our firefighters, policemen and in a sense bolster our communities.”After their hiatus, Spacehog got back together for a gig on Corky’s birthday around the time Royston was auditioning to replace Scott Wieland as singer of Velvet Revolver. Spacehog played a few reunion shows in the run up to their latest albums released in April. Now back form their European tour, they’re co-headlining dates across the Northeast and Canada with another ‘90s favorite, Sponge.Despite the long road back, Royston jokes that it only adds up to tea time. “We never really stopped…we kind of just had a big holiday,” he said.Spacehog is joined by Sponge and supported by Lionize, and Trapper Schoepp and The Shades and The Red Paintings at The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $17-$20. 6:30 p.m., Weds., Dec. 5.last_img read more

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Facing stiff sentence, Trump advisor Stone seeks new trial

first_imgBut Stone’s supporters recently accused one of the jurors of having been prejudiced against Stone before the trial began.Earlier this week Trump himself tweeted in support of his longtime political advisor.”Now it looks like the foreperson in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” Trump wrote.The judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, told both sides to file their arguments on the motion on Tuesday. Topics : Convicted of lying to Congress Stone, part of Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, was arrested in January 2019 on charges brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation.He was accused of lying in testimony to Congress about acting as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which released hacked documents that embarrassed rival Hillary Clinton during the White House race. Stone was convicted on all seven counts in November, and was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.Stone’s supporters alleged on social media that the head of the jury, Tomeka Hart, had not been truthful about alleged anti-Republican biases when interviewed during jury selection.”This juror should get the same treatment that anyone deemed a Trump supporter would get for committing perjury,” Trump’s son Donald Jr wrote Thursday on Twitter.But the court transcript depicts Hart providing straightforward answers to questions about her political leanings and prior knowledge of the Mueller investigation.It was not clear whether Stone’s lawyers were aware of her social media postings strongly critical of Trump, but she told them she could judge Stone’s case with an open mind.Given a chance by the judge to strike Hart from the jury list, Stone’s defense team accepted her with no objection.In a Facebook post this week Hart, who lives in Tennessee, defended her role.”As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts,” she wrote.The post is no longer online but was confirmed with Hart by the Daily Memphian newspaper.Furor over Trump tweets Stone’s push for a new trial came after a week of turmoil that shook the Justice Department.On Monday prosecutors recommended a stiff seven-to-nine-year prison term for Stone, saying he threatened a witness in the case and implicitly threatened the judge as well.After Trump called the proposed sentence a “miscarriage of justice” in a late-night tweet and Attorney General Bill Barr intervened for a lighter sentence, the Justice Department attorneys who prosecuted the case resigned in apparent protest.Barr called the sentence proposal “excessive” but denied allegations that he was doing Trump’s bidding and politicizing the justice system.Barr said Stone’s case was a “righteous prosecution” and that he was “happy that he was convicted.”But he also criticized Trump’s comments.”I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said in an interview with ABC News.”I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”center_img Republican political consultant Roger Stone requested a new trial Friday just days after President Donald Trump’s criticism of his proposed jail sentence sparked an uproar over political influence in the justice system.Six days before he was to be sentenced, Stone filed a motion to the federal district court in Washington for a new trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness intimidation.The motion was sealed so his arguments for a new trial were not clear.last_img read more

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“Anthony Joshua: Joshua, Klitschko Set to Unify Boxing Heavyweight Division

first_img   Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will contest the biggest fight in British boxing history when the pair collide for the IBF and vacant WBA world heavyweight titles in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium tonight.  Anthony Joshua will attempt to unify the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he faces Wladimir Klitschko in the biggest fight in British boxing history at Wembley Stadium tonight.The Londoner can become just the third Briton to hold multiple crowns in boxing’s blue ribbon division, after Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury, should he beat the Ukrainian legend who is looking to become a world champion for a third time.Only six fighters have previously won world titles on three separate occasions – a list which includes Muhammed Ali, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir’s older brother Vitali – and the 41-year-old Klitschko faces arguably the toughest test of his career if he is to rise to the summit of the sport once again.‘Dr Steelhammer’ is 519 days removed from his last competitive bout, a fight he plodded through and lost to Fury in Dusseldorf. The result arguably hinges on how quickly Klitschko can shrug off any ring-rust and recapture the sharpness which saw him dominate boxing for over a decade.The manner of Klitschko’s defeat to Fury in November 2015 was particularly ignominious given how he was out-boxed by the Briton. Yet aside from his reputation, he possessed a body of work which surely give him the edge should the fight enter the so-called championship rounds. The clash at the home of the England football teams will be the 69th of Klitschko’s career, during which he knocked-out 53 opponents – a number greater than the amount of rounds Joshua has faced in his short career.Despite the obvious chasm in experience, what Joshua might concede in know-how he more than makes up for in superstar quality and punching power. All 18 of his contests have failed to go the distance and though the caliber of opponent ratchets up several notches this weekend he has sent a daunting message to Klitschko and the rest of the division.In the wake of the war of words between David Haye and Tony Bellew and the unedifying build-up to Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora’s clash last year, a refreshing characteristic of the public exchanges between the fighters has been the respect Joshua and Klitschko have for one another. Though their boxing styles might appear to be different, there are few differences between the pair. Both, for example, are former Olympic gold medallists.Much has been made of the brief sparring sessions the pair engaged in prior to Klischko facing Kubrat Pulev in November 2014 and while it gave the veteran an insight into what to expect from Joshua he must be wary that the IBF champion is an altogether different animal just under three years on. Wins in 2016, while Klitschko was let down by Fury, came against Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina; challenges which were dismissed without alarm.Though Breazeale held out until round seven last summer, only Whyte has taken Joshua into deep waters and though a predictable knock-out followed the Watford-born fighter was noticeably shaken. Joshua may have the physique that suggests he has trained for 12 hard rounds at elite level, but conducting them in a competitive environment not least against someone knows how to slug at the top level – is an altogether different proposition.On a day when history will be made records will also be smashed, Joshua vs Klitschko is expected to break box office sales and help generate a total revenue of £50m – the most of any fight in Britain. In excess of 140 countries will take in one of the few fights to be held in the United Kingdom with genuine global appeal. Meanwhile, Wembley will play host to the biggest post-war British boxing crowd ever, and equalling the 90,000 who watched Len Harvey and Jock McAvoy at White City Stadium in 1939. What they say:Anthony Joshua: “Even though this is such a great event, I always try to strip it down to what it really is and just focus that it’s just me and this man coming to blows and the best man will win. I’m not only prepared physically but mentally as well for any battle. April 29 is just another stepping stone towards greatness.“Any fight is the right fight. I’ve never shied away from any fight, any opponent. I started boxing in 2008; in 2009, ’10, ’11 I was in the World Championships, and in 2012 I was representing Great Britain competing to be the best in the world in the Olympics. It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just enjoy what I do and I just embrace every opportunity. I don’t underestimate any opponent. Through my mistakes I have learned and made myself right.” Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m the challenger again. I feel young, hungry, humble and totally obsessed with my goal to raise my hands again. I’m so obsessed with winning. I realized that life is a circle, and I see myself in AJ. I do believe I know how he thinks, how he goes, and how the actual fight is going to be.“The belts are very important. I’ve been attached to these belts for a very long. I had those belts in my past fight, and I’m fighting for these belts in this fight. The only difference is in my last fight they went to the opposite corner. So my goal and obsession is for those belts to land in my corner, in my hands.“Obsession is love in extreme shape. I’m in love with my goal. Defeat? I’ve been there, I’ve done that. I got up, shook it off and came back stronger. Just a little help (for Joshua) – there’s nothing scary about it.” RecordsJoshua: 18 fights, 18 wins (18 knockouts)Klitschko: 68 fights, 64 wins (53 knockouts)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Freshman pitcher shines in 1st start at Goodman diamond

first_imgKristyn Hansen could have been nervous.She could have been unprepared.And Hansen certainly couldn’t have been expected to pitch so well.Yet, pitching on the biggest stage of her young career Sunday, Hansen showed the world just what she could do in the circle.Just minutes before the start of Sunday’s second game between Wisconsin and Indiana, Hansen found out she was going to get the start.“She had to run out [to the bullpen] and finish warming up,” assistant coach Julie Wright said. “I don’t even know if she was completely warm when she got in there, but she was mentally warm.”Hansen impressed, pitching a complete game three-hit shutout in front of a national television audience on the Big Ten Network.“I really wasn’t looking at the number [of hits], but I was pretty happy to hold them to only two or three,” Hansen said. “Of course, a no-hitter would have been fun too.”In the fifth inning, Indiana finally broke through with a hit. Following a walk, Hoosier first baseman Stephanie Pellerito beat out a ground ball up the middle off the glove of Hansen. Hansen later loaded the bases before retiring pinch hitter Brittany Devitt.“At first, I felt a little threatened,” Hansen said. “After a little bit, I knew that my defense was right behind me. They were the first couple innings, so I had a lot of confidence in them.”Wisconsin’s defense stepped up behind Hansen to help keep the Hoosiers off the base paths. Especially impressive were shortstop Lynn Anderson and third baseman Theresa Boruta.For Hansen, the game was one of many firsts, including her first complete game and shutout. For the Badgers, it was their first win in seven games.“It’s just amazing having my team and all of us up after a win,” Hansen said. “We haven’t had very many of those in a while, so we’re all pretty pumped about it.”With the victory, Hansen improved to 3-1 in 12 appearances with a 4.25 earned run average. As the season progresses, her confidence seems to go up with every pitch she throws.“She just went out there as a freshman who hasn’t had any innings in several games … in a Big Ten start, not in relief, a start … finds out 15 minutes before the game and goes out there and throws tremendous[ly],” Wright said. “If that doesn’t vault anyone into serious confidence I don’t know what will.”Hansen is not the only member of her team who feels confident in her ability to pitch the ball. Fellow pitcher Letty Olivarez has believed from the beginning that Hansen could do great things.“I was highly impressed, but I knew she could do it,” Olivarez said. “It wasn’t a surprise because she has showed us before that she had the ability.”Hansen’s win could not have come at a better time for the Badgers. After giving up a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning of Sunday’s first game, the team finally got its first conference victory and managed to come away with one win in its first weekend at home.“This is a real victory and a moral victory,” Hansen said of the weekend. “We now know that we can overcome things. We were able to come back and just fight [in the first game], and I think by people starting to hit and people starting to field amazing plays it just boosts the whole team. We’re ready for the next game.”Including two high school games last June, Hansen’s lifetime mark at Goodman Diamond is now 3-0 with three complete games and a 0.75 earned run average.Making things extra special for Hansen was the fact that it was her first home appearance as a Badger and Sunday’s crowd included many familiar faces.“I’m going to see friends and family and have fun tonight,” Hansen said. “We’re going to celebrate my first [home] win together.”last_img read more

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