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Central America Becomes Certified in Aquatic Rescue and Humanitarian Aid

December 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo June 07, 2017 Central American Humanitarian Rescue Units (UHR, per its Spanish acronym) certified teams in specialized aquatic rescue equipment and humanitarian aid. Thousands of communities situated in flood-prone areas raise the alarm every year before the arrival of winter. The certification took place within the framework of the “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course I,” taught April 25th–May 19th at the Regional Humanitarian Aid Training Center of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CARAH-CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The winter season always challenges the region’s armed forces to heed the population’s call to deploy their resources to save human life and evacuate individuals from rain-damaged homes, farms, and workplaces. “These officers are now prepared to pass on their newfound knowledge in their countries and to react quickly to emergencies. In Central America, the chance of a flood or landslide is always imminent,” Honduran Army Colonel José Luis Mendieta, director of CARAH-CFAC in Tegucigalpa, told Diálogo during the certificate ceremony. For four weeks military members were immersed in intensive classes in first aid, aquatic rescue in enclosed spaces and open water, as well as supply delivery, damage evaluation, and needs analysis. For Salvadoran Army Captain Jorge Alfaro, interim commander of the Salvadoran UHR, these new skills are invaluable in a country where almost two million people live in places affected by winter weather. “We are bringing new skills related to aquatic rescue, not only in enclosed spaces but also in open water, which will definitely allow us to provide better assistance during floods or other emergencies. Our people trust our soldiers, and for that reason, we train constantly as a way of returning that trust,” he told Diálogo. The Salvadoran Secretariat for Security Issues and the General Directorate for Civilian Protection confirmed that over one million Salvadorans live in areas at risk for landslides and that the majority of the country’s population lives in flood-prone areas. In Guatemala’s case, residents of seven departments were put at risk of flash floods, downed trees, and property damage by rain and strong winds in early May. “The knowledge acquired by the officers will help them to better serve the victims of floods, landslides, overflowing rivers, and other phenomena [such as volcanic eruptions]. Also, what we learned will help with prevention and mitigation of disasters during the winter season,” Guatemalan Army Colonel Miguel Ángel Orozco, commander of the Guatemalan UHR, stressed to Diálogo at the close of the workshop. Additionally, the Guatemalan UHR has already planned a local training so course participants will be able to put what they have learned into practice. High-performance center CARAH-CFAC motivates, prepares, trains, and educates the UHR personnel of the CFAC member countries to form specialized aid units to provide support during natural disasters and other emergencies. Since it began operations on January 14, 2014, this specialized center has trained more than 200 officers in various rescue and humanitarian aid themes. During the April workshop, 26 men and women from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras were trained. “Top quality human resources, plans, and knowledge are provided by CARAH-CFAC in Honduras for humanitarian aid during natural or manmade disasters. We are raising the level of professionalism with respect to the protection of human life and the pursuit of sustainable development in the region,” Col. Mendieta added. The second phase, “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course II,” will be taught in July. The course will expand on applied knowledge and experience in topics such as aquatic rescue, first aid, needs analysis, and damage evaluation. Honduras currently serves as president of the CFAC Superior Council, and through these types of activities is fulfilling its mission to increase the operational capability of all the nations in the region.last_img read more

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Hempstead Home Invasion Victim Tied Up by Gunmen

December 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yvkwizsuw.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man was tied up by a pair of gunman during a home invasion Thursday night, Nassau County police said.The 40-year-old victim was entering his home on Stewart Avenue when two men armed with handguns forced their way inside and tied the victim’s hands at 9:40 p.m., police said.The attackers stole the victim’s wallet and a computer before they fled the scene in the victim’s Chevrolet.The victim was not injured. There was no description of the suspects.The case comes after three men were charged with an attempted home invasion in Elmont last week and as the 12th Suffolk armed home invasion in six weeks was reported Tuesday.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Dies at 80 After Cancer Battle

November 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_img– Advertisement – The longtime television personality, who began his stint on the game show in 1984, publicly revealed in March 2019 that he suffered from stage IV pancreatic cancer.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” he announced in a YouTube video on March 6. “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”The ABC series thanked its fanbase for their support two days after Trebek’s announcement. “The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming,” the tweet read. “Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.”Robb Cohen/Invision/AP/ShutterstockAlex Trebek at the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame Awards in Las Vegas on April 9, 2018. Robb Cohen/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died on Sunday, November 8, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the game show’s official account tweeted on Sunday.- Advertisement –center_img Nearly two months later, the Canada native told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts that he was doing his best to stay strong, despite his setbacks, which also included kidney stones and ruptured discs.“I’m used to dealing with pain,” he said in the interview, which aired on May 1, before admitting that it hasn’t been easy to remain optimistic. “But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss.”Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and their two children, Matthew, 30, and Emily, 27.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Synergy of tourist boards in action, not just on paper. Bravo for the tourist boards of the island of Pag

November 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.

first_imgThe most important thing is that the directors of Pag’s island tourist boards agree and are a quality example of project associations that can only bring good to everyone – a satisfied guest who does not know or is interested in some imaginary boundaries, but the whole destination as the island of Pag. Such joint projects give us the wind in our sails because there are more of us with more ideas, and it is wonderful that our goal is the same: to promote our wonderful island of Pag, our moon island as an ideal destination for active vacation, points out the director of Pag Tourist Board Vesna Karavanic. Embrace of stone and wind “, a very attractive path was traced from the Pag gate to the top of Kiršin, there are also paths for Nordic walking. We have a different offer in each place and when we combine everything, we have an excellent and attractive tourist product. This project Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend is the beginning of the signing of the Agreement on long-term development of Outdoor tourism on the island of Pag, which was approved by the Ministry of Tourism and we are all happy about it.”.  And that the synergy is not only on paper, the proof is Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend !. Trainings are adapted to age groups with carefully selected concepts that will be offered by coaches and are adapted to current conditions with regard to the current situation. All participants pay a registration fee in order to have complete control and security at the trainings and records of members. “Five years ago, we started the Life on Mars, Pag Island Trail, meanwhile developed miles of new trails along the island, educated guides, organized a series of races, gained long-term sports partners such as Run Croatia, Kissa, Trekking League, extended before and post-season and jointly involve other tourist stakeholders of the destination. It is time to discover all the faces and backs of the lunar island of Pag this summer and choose an active stay in nature.”, Rizner pointed out. In the island’s tourist boards, they are satisfied with joint projects, especially this year when almost all events have been canceled, but opportunities have been opened for an ideal active vacation for which the island of Pag has phenomenal prerequisites.  Synergy of tourist boards in action, not just on paper The tourist boards of the island of Pag continue to work together on joint projects during this year’s tourist season. Bravo, bravo and bravo for the tourist boards of the island of Pag on the synergy and joint program that is certainly the motive for coming, and perfectly positions the entire island of Pag as a destination for active vacation. The next step should be one promotional platform for the entire island of Pag. Currently, the tourist community certainly has its own website as well as social networks, which is not effective in the domain of branding one destination – the island of Pag. This is especially pronounced in this case because it is an island. Likewise, this does not a priori mean that tourist boards should be shut down, it is a matter of market decision and other discussion, but outwardly they should act as one brand. Five years ago, people in Croatia laughed at him when he suggested that a running race be held on Zrće, and today the island of Pag is the first island in Croatia to have sports activities throughout the summer. ”In one day, only one sport can be held in one place on the island. In this way, active tourists are encouraged to explore the island, they are encouraged to take a dynamic vacation. This means that on Sundays Mandre have a run, and Pag kayak, Metajna SUP…. Run Croatia has provided a registration platform on which tourists register for training for 70kn. For that money, they get refreshments after training in local gastronomic centers, such as Boškinac or Na Tale. In this way, the gastronomic exploration of the island with autochthonous quality refreshments is encouraged. Records are also kept of who and where trained, so that in time in the event of COVID can react”Points out Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia. By the way, the Run Croatia platform is one of, if not the best, racing platform in the world. World, and ours. COVID19 closed festivals, so the usual summer party destination had to be quickly and deftly reoriented into a sports-recreational or active holiday destination. Thus, on weekends during July and August, a handful of sports events will be organized throughout the island such as cycling, Nordic walking, trail, sea kayaking, SUP (windsurfing), windsurfing, running, walking, quad riding (  Program active summer on the island of Pag – Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend! This time it’s about a project Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend i.e. the concept of active weeks to be held with licensed and experienced trainers in various forms of active tourism. Irena Trcol, director of TZM Stara Novalja pointed out that the Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend project was created for their island, which is so different, and yet unique that they can offer each guest a rich selection of outdoor activities. From the program itself you can see how many organized activities are offered with licensed guides so that everyone will choose something for themselves and spend, we believe, an unforgettable vacation on our island.” Namely, it was signed on the island of Pag last month Agreement on project association of local tourist boards on the island of Pag. It can be said that this is a historic moment in which all the island’s tourist boards have signed such a multi-year joint project for the first time, which is important for tourism and quality offer of the entire island of Pag.  “The island of Pag has a specific shape with many bays, fields, karst, freshwater lakes, ancient olive groves. Povljana is surrounded by stone karst, along a fertile field, near the lake and separated from the main island road and has ideal areas for sports activities such as Nordic walking. running, cycling, and due to westerly winds it is extremely suitable for surfing, sailing”, Said Neven Tičić, director of the Tourist Board of Povljana and concluded:”  That is the reason why we got involved in the project, hoping that as soon as possible the sports component will gain in importance on our beautiful and contrasting island. ” This facilitates communication, positioning and branding of the entire island of Pag as one tourist destination. That Pag is natural. We’re talking about an island. Tourism does not know the borders, especially our city, municipal or county. That is why branding of tourist regions is important. Kristina Alaburić from the Kissa Association and Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia devised the concept of active weekends on the island of Pag, which include 6 sports (running, cycling, Nordic walking, SUP, kayaking, mountaineering). He is of the same opinion Sara Čemeljić, director of TZO Kolan which emphasizes that this is the beginning of recognizing the island of Pag as a sports island. “Given that the island of Pag is known for its many gastronomic events, this is a unique project that reveals all the diversity of the island, with an emphasis on sports activities. We believe that this is the beginning of recognizing the island of Pag as a sports island, where every guest eager for recreation can find something, it was a sport on land or in the sea and introducing guests to many undiscovered beautiesSaid Čemeljić. Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend is a logical continuation of the cooperation of all communities of the island and arrives at the right time, when safety and the factor of the natural environment is first on the list of priorities of today’s guests, he points out. Marina Rizner, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novalja and adds that taking into account the growing trend of outdoor activities, reduced number of races this year, and the desire for them, the specific lunar natural environment of Pag combined with sun and sea and excellent transport links, lead to the island of Pag. Author of photos: Posada Agencylast_img read more

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