Argentina Welcomes First Female Fighter Pilot

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo June 18, 2020 At age 26, First Lieutenant Sofía María Vier, became the Argentine Air Force’s (FAA, in Spanish) first female fighter pilot. Her inaugural solo flight — without an instructor — took place on May 27 at the airfield of the 4th Air Brigade, in Mendoza province.“This is a culturally significant event for the Argentine Armed Forces. It shows that women can fill any role in the forces,” Argentinian Defense Minister Agustín Rossi said during a ceremony. According to Rossi, 1st. Lt. Vier’s debut flight will encourage female participation in the military.First Lieutenant Sofía María Vier (center), after her inaugural flight as the Argentine Air Force’s first female fighter pilot, on May 27, 2020, in Mendoza. (Photo: Argentine Ministry of Defense)A select groupThroughout its history, FAA has trained female pilots, but always with specializations in helicopters or air transport. First Lieutenant Vier is the first woman to graduate from the Procedures Standardization Course for Fighter Pilots at El Plumerillo 4th Air Brigade, the birthplace of Argentine fighter aviation.“One of the most demanding positions in the Air Force of any country is that of fighter pilot,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “Only a few pilots get to sit in the cabin of a fighter jet. From now on, 1st Lt. Vier is part of that select group of aviators.”First Lieutenant Vier did her fighter training in the IA-63 Pampa II, an advanced aircraft trainer manufactured by state-owned Fábrica Argentina de Aviones Brigadier San Martín.Course in the United StatesThe daughter and granddaughter of pilots, 1st Lt. Vier entered the Military Aviation School in 2013 and graduated at the top of her class with the highest score in defense aerospace resource management and glider.In 2017, after completing the Joint Basic Military Pilot Course, she was selected to take the military pilot course in the United States, due to her seniority, level of English, and flight skills. She passed aircraft operation tests in English at Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas. Later, she took the Air Force Initial Flight Training program with DA20 aircraft in Colorado. Her training continued at Columbus Air Force Base, in Mississippi, where she flew T-6 Texan aircraft.“First Lieutenant Vier graduated among the top five in her class, for which she received recognition from U.S. Ambassador [Edward C. Prado] in Argentina,” the Ministry of Defense said.last_img read more

Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Draws Hitler Comparisons

first_imgIn the wake of the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 130 on Nov. 13 and the recent San Bernardino shootings, Muslim leaders here have said that spreading Islamophobia and making anti-Islam comments do nothing but incite fear of reprisal in Muslim communities while also providing terror groups with more material to use as propaganda to bolster their ranks.President Obama in his Oval Office speech to the nation Sunday urged Americans not to “turn against one another.”Yet the very opposite has happened. And once again Muslims have been thrust into the national spotlight while Republican presidential hopefuls pander for votes.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), whose unofficial job requirement includes defending his party’s GOP brand, also joined the chorus of people repudiating Trump.“Normally I don’t comment on what’s going on in the presidential election—I will take an exception today,” he said. “This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces—dying for this country—there are Muslims serving right here in the House, working everyday to uphold and defend the Constitution.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The world collectively condemned GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for his latest anti-Islam rant, in which the xenophobic real estate mogul called for an outright ban of Muslims entering the country in light of recent attacks.“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” Trump said Monday night in South Carolina.Emphatic denunciations were widespread. The White House said his ban on Muslims “disqualifies” him to be president, a major US paper ran a photo of Trump on its cover with the headline “The New Furor,” The Washington Post ran a political cartoon in which The Donald refaced the Statue of Liberty to look like Hitler, and JK Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame dubbed him a worse villain than He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.center_img And on it and on it went.Trump did not back away from his comments in several television appearances on Tuesday. In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, Trump defended his proposal by invoking Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policies during World War II when American citizens were rounded up by the thousands.“Something has to be done,” he said.“You will have many more World Trade Centers—it will only get worse,” he warned.Asked if he supported internment camps, Trump said “no,” but he continued to compare himself to FDR.“No, because what I’m doing is no different than what FDR [did]. FDR’s solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese many years ago—this is a president who was highly respected by all, he did the same thing.” Trump was referring to Roosevelt’s executive order, which allowed for the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and the arrests—and internment—of thousands of Italians and Germans.Trump’s remarks came about a week after a radicalized husband and wife duo shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino in Southern California. It was the largest terror attack in the US since Sept. 11.An angry Donald Trump glaring from the front page of France’s Liberation newspaper in September with the tagline: “The American Nightmare.”The shooting inspired heated debates about guns and terror, but the latter has dominated the discourse amid fear that the so-called Islamic State is inspiring people at home to conduct attacks on their behalf but without logistic or financial support.Also on Monday, a Monmouth University Poll found Trump trailing Ted Cruz in a survey of likely Republican caucus goers. Unlike others in the GOP field, Cruz has not ripped Trump for his proposed ban. In recent days Cruz has been more hawkish in his statements about terror. On Twitter, Cruz promised, if elected, to “direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS.” In a public appearance in Iowa he wondered out loud: “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.” The two GOP hopefuls are essentially battling for the same core of supporters.But the response from Trump’s other opponents was swift.Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who weeks earlier called for a religious test of Syrian refugees that would weed out Muslims so only Christians would be allowed entry into the US, said Trump is “unhinged.”last_img read more

Little League optimistic the season will happen

first_imgMaine-Endwell Little League President, Joe Chesna, is optimistic the season will be able to start at some point. Chesna says even if the season is canceled, the local league’s could still take matters into their own hands to play games in the future. “A lot of that is up in the air right now but once we ultimately get the green light we will determine what the most effective way to proceed is,” says Chesna. “Obviously the parade is a great day for our community and our kids so we will figure out some opportunity to make this as much about the kids and the community as we can.” “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “Maybe it happens in September, I hope that’s not the case but we are going to try and be creative and work with the other leagues. Something so that the kids have the chance to compete and allows them to have some fun despite being inside for the past few months or so,” he says. Chesna says there has been a great deal of support from the towns of Endwell and Union. The league is in good hands financially and hasn’t been affected by the delayed start to the season. When and if there is a Little League season to be played, Chesna says they will look to hold the annual parade or a play ball day to kick off the 2020 season. center_img TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) – For now, the Little League season is pushed back until May 11. Leaders around the Southern Tier are working with Little League International to put a plan in place for the season to start. The fields are currently in game shape but due to town order they should not be played on. This includes any practices or everyday use of the fields. As both a coach and a parent, Chesna understands the frustration but urges town residents to stay off the fields. “It’s frustrating just as a parent and as a coach seeing the kids who usually want to be outside this time of year playing with their buddies.” “It gets a little tough being inside or more distant but there are bigger issues out there but we’ll make something work at some point in time,” he says. “If Little League International doesn’t sanction a season we could always do something local to make sure these kids do play and we get our season,” says Chesna.last_img read more

State Police arrest Endicott man for pointing gun at motorist

first_imgAuthorities say troopers and Broome County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate the vehicle in Endicott and perform a traffic stop where a “loaded and illegal” handgun was found. Police say Wurth was processed and virtually arraigned then released on his own recognizance. Police say troopers were dispatched to a report that of a person pointing a gun at the driver of a Lopke dump truck. The complainant told troopers Wurth did this while traveling on State Route 17 in Binghamton. He was also charged with the misdemeanor of menacing in the 2nd degree.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — State Police say an Endicott man was charged with multiple felonies after pointing a weapon at another driver. The New York State Police Department says 28-year-old Adam S. Wurth was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, both felonies.last_img read more

People moves: Janus Henderson hires quartet for global EM equities

first_imgJanus Henderson is currently under review by London CIV, the asset pooling company set up by the UK capital’s public sector pension schemes, following the departure of Finegan and his team. The company was appointed to run an emerging markets mandate in 2017.UBS Asset Management – Ulrich Koerner, head of the Swiss group’s €682bn asset management business and president for the EMEA region, is stepping down from these roles, it was announced today. Suni Harford, currently head of investments for UBS Asset Management, will replace him as president of the division, while Sabine Keller-Busse will take on the role of president for EMEA in addition to her current role as group chief operating officer.Harford joined UBS in 2017 in her current role after a 24-year career at Citigroup, the last nine of which she was regional head of markets for North America. The expansion of her role at UBS will see her joining the group’s executive board, becoming the second woman on the 13-strong board. Koerner joined the UBS group executive board more than 10 years go and was appointed head of the asset management unit in 2014. The group credited him with turning what was a fragmented multi-boutique structure into a globally integrated busness. He is to remain with UBS as a senior adviser to group CEO Sergio Ermotti until at least the end of March next year, the company said.UBS also today announced that Martin Blessing would be stepping down as co-president of the group’s global wealth management business, to be replaced by Iqbal Khan, previously CEO of Credit Suisse’s wealth management business. All changes are effective 1 October.Elo – Finland’s third largest pensions insurance company Elo has appointed Tiina Helenius as chief economist. She previously worked as chief economist at Swedish bank Handelsbanken . Elo told IPE that Helenius will join the firm in mid-September and will report to its CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo.Alma Property Partners – Hüseyin Meric, former senior portfolio manager within global real estate and infrastructure at Danish pension provider Sampension, has been appointed head of Denmark at Swedish property investment company Alma Property Partners. He told IPE that this was a newly-created role.UNJSPF – Rosemarie McClean has been appointed pension benefits administrator of the $64.8bn (€58bn) United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). Most recently she was chief operating officer at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and before that senior vice president of member services. BMO Global Asset Management – Dominic Delaforce has been appointed director with responsibility for the asset manager’s UK pension fund clients. He joins from Aberdeen Standard Investments where he was the head of UK institutional client relationship management, working with UK corporate and local government pension fund clients across all asset classes. He joined Aberdeen Standard in 2005, having previously been at Deutsche Asset Management. Quantum Advisory – The independent financial services consultancy has hired Julian Fox as principal consultant, based in its Birmingham office. According to Quantum, Fox has more than 30 years’ experience in the pensions industry, having worked in various consulting and client relationship management roles at JLT, Aon Consulting and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes. He has also held pensions manager positions at Tarmac Group, part of listed corporate CRH, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a charity.Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – Mirjam Groten will join the GRI as chief business development officer on 1 September, responsible for services supporting organisations to disclose their environmental, social and governance performance and prepare sustainability reports. Her previous role was business development director of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand. Janus Henderson Investors, UBS, Elo, Alma Property Partners, Sampension, UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, BMO Global Asset Management, Quantum Advisory, Global Reporting InitiativeJanus Henderson Investors – The €287bn asset manager has made four hires to appoint a global emerging markets equities team, replacing five staff who left earlier this year. Daniel Graña will lead the efforts, joining as portfolio manager. He was previously at Putnam Investments, which he joined in 1999. Before that he worked at Merrill Lynch where he spent four years in the Latin America investment banking group.The three other hires were: Matthew Culley as assistant portfolio manager and research analyst, and Matthew Doody and Peter Li as research analysts. All three were previously at Putnam Investments. Like Graña, Culley and Doody are based in Boston, while Li is based in Singapore. The analysts will collaborate with the investment and research teams across the firm’s investment platform, reporting into and as part of the central research team.The appointments follow the departure of Glen Finegan, head of emerging markets, and four of his team. Their departures were announced in April and they will officially leave Janus Henderson on 30 November 2019.last_img read more

AP preparing for final bow

first_img Press Association Not one for reflecting during his brilliant career in the saddle due to his obsession with future success, from next week McCoy can now begin to look back at his incredible achievements, some of which may never be matched. The pinnacle of National Hunt racing is the Cheltenham Festival, a stage on which McCoy rode 31 winners, with Uxizandre his final success in last month’s Ryanair Chase on a day McCoy will never forget. “There was a little bit of mixed emotions pulling up (on Uxizandre) as I had such a thrill riding a horse that was so exuberant and jumped so well, thinking that this isn’t going to happen any more,” he said. “I love riding horses that can go out like Uxizandre did and dominate a field the way he did. Those are things that are irreplaceable. “Life’s over as far as Cheltenham’s concerned . It’s not a pleasant thought but you’ve just got to get on with it. “It’s all right, I’m happy enough. I’d have liked a few more (Cheltenham winners). It’s a fantastic meeting, fantastic people, great horses – it’s where the best of it happens.” McCoy’s last ever ride will be aboard the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Box Office who, like Mr Mole, carries the colours of his retaining owner and close friend JP McManus. The legendary champion admits it is likely to be an emotional afternoon at the Esher venue. “It’s never going to be easy and when the time comes, that’s what is going to be most difficult, living without that. It’s not something I ever wanted to do but I know it’s the right thing and I’m just going to try to enjoy what’s left of it,” said McCoy. “It’s tough as I really enjoy what I do. What I’m going to replace that kind of buzz and those kind of adrenalin rushes with, I don’t know. It’s irreplacable, so I just have to make the most of it when I do.” While Saturday will undoubtedly be tinged with sadness, not least for McCoy himself, there are some changes he will be able to make to his daily routine for the better. “I’ve had the greatest way of life for the last 20-odd years that anyone could ever have,” he told RTE. “But I am looking forward to certain things: having breakfast every day and not standing on a weighing scales every day; not getting in the car some days for seven or eight hours regularly, a couple of times a week; not spending seven days a week literally travelling. Things like that, I’m not going to miss. “But I’m not complaining, because I also wish I could do it for another 20 years, that’s for sure.” Tony McCoy is trying to prepare himself for the inevitable void that he will have to fill when he brings his astonishing career to an end with two rides at Sandown on Saturday. McCoy left the racing world stunned when announcing that this would be his final season in the saddle after steering Mr Mole to success at Newbury in February and the Paul Nicholls-trained chaser is poignantly one of his mounts on the final day of the National Hunt campaign. He will officially be crowned champion jockey for the 20th successive season before riding Mr Mole in the race named in his honour, the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase. last_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu Offers Prayers In Tirupati After Winning World Badminton Championship

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Tirupati: Newly crowned world badminton champion PV Sindhu on Friday offered prayers at the famoushill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in nearby Tirumala. An ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, Sindhu was on a thanksgiving visit to the ancient temple after becoming the first ever Indian to win the world title at the championships held in Switzerland on Sunday. The 24-year-old ace shuttler accompanied by her parents arrived at the sacred Tirumala Hills on Thursday evening after offering prayers at the Goddess Sri Padmavathi temple in Tiruchanur near here, a temple official told PTI. After overnight stay on the hills, she visited the LordVenkateswara shrine paid obeisance to the presiding deity Friday morning, the official said.     Later, speaking to mediapersons, Sindhu said she was on a thanksgiving visit after winning the world championship title. With the divine blessings of Lord Venkateswara she wouldcontinue to excell in future also, she added.Sindhu was welcomed exuberantly on her return to the country and promised to work harder to clinch more medals. The Olympic silver-medallist, who out-played Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final. Despite the hectic schedule she has endured, the 24-year-old had a smile on her face as she acknowledged supporters and the media at the airport. “I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to questions that were thrown at her almost at the same time.   The Hyderabadi has had little time to reflect since her historic triumph. She has had a breakfast meeting with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day. “I will work more hard and win many more medals,” she said on questions about the plans from now given that the Olympics is less than a year away. highlightscenter_img PV Sindhu won the gold medal in World Badminton Championship in Basel.PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara in the final.Sindhu had secured two silver and two bronze medals in previous editions.last_img read more

Klitschko’s Camp Favours Las Vegas for Rematch with Joshua

first_imgJoshua retained his IBF title and gained the WBA and lesser-regarded IBO belts after stopping the 41-year-old Klitschko in the 11th round in the British capital.But yesterday, Sky Sports reported that Klitschko’s Manager, Bernd Bonte, has had discussions with the Promoter of the fight, Eddie Hearn, and all feelers from that meeting points at the American gambling city getting the nod to host the mouth-watering rematch.“I have been in talks with Bernd Bonte and the team. We’re getting close now to identifying the real options in terms of venues and locations,” Hearn revealed in the Sky Sports report.“Vegas has taken a little bit of a frontrunner in those (talks). I know the British fans would love to do a trip out there for Joshua-Klitschko.“Nigeria is still in the mix, Dubai as well, and of course Cardiff. But like I said, Vegas has probably got its nose in front at the moment.“I think in the next week, we’re looking to present all those opportunities to Wladimir Klitschko and his team. Speaking to Bernd Bonte this morning (Wednesday), I feel like it’s going to take that special event to make this fight.“I would like to keep it in Britain. The fans have been incredible to Anthony Joshua, but if it means travelling to make sure this fight happens for world boxing, and it means taking a few plane loads to Las Vegas for a night and an experience they won’t forget.“Anthony Joshua is the world heavyweight champion, he’s not the British heavyweight champion. He wants to break boundaries and so do we.“To see Anthony Joshua’s name up in lights on the Las Vegas strip is certainly something that appeals to us all.“I would say the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking to make a decision in terms of the venue and location,” concludes Hearns to Sky Sports.Joshua who has his roots in Sagamu in Ogun State has strong support base here in Nigeria. His victory over Klitschko has sort of boosted his followership in the country, most especially boxing aficionados.He’s expected to pay a visit to Nigeria before the rematch with the Ukrainian.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportNigerians expecting to see a world title boxing bout in the country may have to wait longer to assuage their hunger as Wladimir Klitschko’s camp favours Las Vegas for the heavyweight title rematch with Nigerian born British World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua.Nigeria, Dubai and Cardiff have been on the card as possible destinations for the rematch after Joshua defeated the classy Ukrainian to claim the unified world heavyweight titles in Wembley Stadium in London last April.last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast: men’s and women’s lacrosse beats discuss weekend success

first_imgBoth the No. 3 women’s and No. 8 men’s lacrosse teams won on Sunday in come-from-behind ways. The women beat No. 8 Notre Dame after junior Emily Hawryschuk scored two late goals for the win. The men played No. 2 Duke and the game went into overtime where Brendan Curry gave SU its only lead of the game. The beat writers discuss important things to take away from both games. Published on March 26, 2019 at 12:15 am Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Bieber wins again, Lindor homers as Indians down Twins 4-2

first_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Shane Bieber corrected some unusual early control issues to strike out 10 and Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, evening the three-game series between the AL Central rivals.Bieber (6-0) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings as the Indians ended a four-game losing streak to the Twins and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the division leaders.Bieber had three walks in the first three innings — he came in with just six in 40 2/3 innings all season — but regrouped. The right-hander fanned the side in the sixth to give him double-digit strikeouts for the third straight game.Oliver Pérez and James Karnichak worked a scoreless inning each before closer Brad Hand finished for his eighth save in eight tries.For the 15th time this season, the Indians were without manager Terry Francona, who is still recovering from surgery last week for a gastrointestinal ailment.With the Indians down 2-1, Lindor connected in the sixth off reliever Jorge Alcala (1-1), who replaced starter Rich Hill to start the inning.Lindor, who has yet to go on one of those streaks where he can carry the Indians, followed a leadoff walk to José Ramírez in the sixth with his fifth homer — and maybe the biggest one for Cleveland so far in this condensed season.The All-Star shortstop fell behind 1-2 before crushing an 88 mph slider from Alcala into the right-field stands. Before the ball landed and before dropping his bat and heading toward first base, Lindor paused to scream at his teammates in the dugout.Carlos Santana followed with a walk, and one out later, pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin delivered an RBI double to put the Indians ahead 4-2.With Bieber on the mound, the Indians figured to have the pitching edge.However, Hill matched Cleveland’s ace pitch for pitch. And while the left-hander didn’t win the velocity battle, he had the volume over Bieber as every one of his loud grunts and profane outbursts could be easily heard throughout empty Progressive Field.Bieber’s control has been impeccable this season, but he was missing his spots in the second when the Twins took a 2-0 lead on Luis Arraez’s RBI double and a two-out RBI single by Max Kepler.Ramírez’s legs helped the Indians take a 1-0 lead in the first. He singled with one out and then nearly got picked off first by Hill, but beat first baseman Miguel Sanó’s throw to second. Ramirez stole third on the next pitch and scored when Santana’s grounder squeezed through the left side.FRANCONA UPDATEThe 61-year-old Francona may be away longer than expected after it was revealed he’s been dealing with some blood clotting issues in addition to a gastrointestinal condition.President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Francona is on “the path to recovery, but it may take a little bit of time for him to get back into the dugout.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) continues to rehab at the team’s St. Paul training site. He took some at-bats in instrasquad games there in the past few days and executive vice president Derek Falvey said the team is taking a conservative approach because of Donaldson’s history with calf issues.UP NEXTIndians: Mike Clevinger returns to the roster and starts for Cleveland, which has forgiven him and Zach Plesac for breaking team rules and COVID-19 protocols. The right-hander last pitched for Cleveland on Aug. 5, three days before he and Plesac ventured out of the team’s hotel in Chicago and risked exposure to the coronavirus.Twins: José Berríos starts for Minnesota.Image credits: AP COMMENT First Published: 26th August, 2020 07:50 IST Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 07:50 IST Bieber Wins Again, Lindor Homers As Indians Down Twins 4-2 Shane Bieber corrected some unusual early control issues to strike out 10 and Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, evening the three-game series between the AL Central rivalscenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more