Scoreboard roundup — 3/19/19

first_imgMarch 20, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/19/19 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPittsburgh 3, Detroit 1Chi Cubs 6, Seattle 4Texas 3, Milwaukee 2Cincinnati 6, Chi White Sox 5Kansas City 8, Chi Cubs 6LA Angels 9, Colorado 7Cleveland 4, LA Dodgers 2Philadelphia at Houston 1:05 p.m., canceledAMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 2Toronto at Boston 1:05 p.m., canceledMinnesota at Baltimore 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL LEAGUEWashington 3, Atlanta 2San Diego 4, Arizona 3NY Mets at Miami 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 118, Charlotte 114Houston 121, Atlanta 105Milwaukee 115, L.A. Lakers 101Golden State 117, Minnesota 107Brooklyn 123, Sacramento 121L.A. Clippers 115, Indiana 109NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUESO Carolina 3, Pittsburgh 2Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1Detroit 3, NY Rangers 2Boston 5, NY Islanders 0Washington 4, New Jersey 1Colorado 3, Minnesota 1St. Louis 7, Edmonton 2Nashville 3, Toronto 0Dallas 4, Florida 2Calgary 4, Columbus 2NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL FIRST FOUREAST REGIONBelmont 81, Temple 70WEST REGIONFairleigh Dickinson 82, Prairie View 76NIT TOURNAMENTColorado 78, Dayton 73Texas 79, S. Dakota St. 73UNC-Greensboro 84, Campbell 69Lipscomb 89, Davidson 81NC State 84, Hofstra 78Arkansas 84, Providence 72Indiana 89, St. Francis (Pa.) 72Clemson 75, Wright St. 69Memphis 74, San Diego 60Creighton 70, Loyola of Chicago 61CIT TOURNAMENTOT Robert Morris 98, Cornell 89Marshall 78, IUPUI 73CBI TOURNAMENTUtah Valley 92, CS Northridge 84Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Revealed: how Viewber’s pricing and agent payments work

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Revealed: how Viewber’s pricing and agent payments work previous nextMarketingRevealed: how Viewber’s pricing and agent payments workDaily Mail journalists signs up to be a Viewber agent and reveals many details of the firm’s model.Nigel Lewis22nd May 201706,524 Views Details of how Viewber, the outsourced property viewing company, works have been revealed within an article published by a national newspaper today.Daily Mail online property reporter Myra Butterworth (pictured, below) turned sleuth and signed up to join Viewber even though, apart from writing about property, she has no experience as either an estate agent or of showing people around properties.Myra’s report on how she fared as a Viewber agent make for amusing reading – particualry as she locked herself out of the building for her first appointment – but do reveal more details of how the Viewber model works.Ed Mead, one of the co-founders of Viewber and to date its main spokesperson, has always been keen not to give too many details away about its service, but the Daily Mail article does.Viewber expects agents to turn up 15 minutes prior to a viewing to ensure the property is showcased in the best possible light.In Myra’s case she was also hand-held by an employee from agent Aucoot, which was established last year by a former sales director from upmarket agent The Modern House, John McDavid. But in most cases agents will be flying solo.Bank accountViewber also requires its agent to register their bank account details and provide a passport or driving licence.In return the company pays between £10 and £20 a viewing plus a travel allowance of up to £4 per viewing in London and up to 25p per mile outside the capital.The article reveals a little about how much it makes from each viewing, as Myra reveals that it charges agents £30 for each visit, although there are discounts for multiple viewings of the same property.Myra Butterworth Daily Mail Ed Mead Viewber May 22, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean

first_img View post tag: Navy June 20, 2011 View post tag: air Back to overview,Home naval-today Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Lynx A Fleet Air Arm Lynx has flown across the Atlantic to support the war on drugs in the Caribbean.Admittedly, it was in the back of a C17 transporter. Had it tried to make it on its own, the little helicopter would have run out of fuel about 120 miles off Land’s End…The Mk8 from 815 Naval Air Squadron spent 11 hours in the back of the giant Boeing jet before being offloaded at NAS Mayport in Florida ready for a seven-month deployment.The Yeovilton-based helicopter will spend the summer and autumn in the Caribbean using tanker RFA Wave Ruler as her launchpad.There she’s taking the fight to drug-runners and will also be on hand, as will the tanker’s ship’s company, should natural disaster strike the many islands in the region during hurricane season.A 12-man team – including two Royal Marine snipers, aircrew, maintainers and controller – has deployed with the helicopter to form 206 Flight.Once embarked on the fleet tanker, the first task was to get through Directed Continuation Training provided by a mobile FOST team who travel the globe to ensure ships on deployment are ready for any eventuality.As well as the standard fire and flood exercises, the Rulers were tested on their ability to cope with a natural disaster, with the US naval air station providing the disaster zone.The Lynx was used extensively to transfer personnel from ship to shore, carry out aerial surveys and carry stores and medical supplies, slung beneath the fuselage.“It was a demanding and challenging exercise, but it also highlights the essential support that the RN, RFA and Fleet Air Arm can provide to hurricane-stricken communities,”said pilot Lt Adam Rudkin.206 Flight’s home for the next seven months is deployed as Britain’s Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) with a dual role to support the international effort to prevent drugs reaching US and Europe from Central and South America and to provide assistance in the event of storms wreaking devastation.RFA Wave Ruler has a full medical team and sick bay, carries 2,000 emergency relief supply packages and can provide around 100 tonnes of fresh water every day should it be required by a community.The tanker has recently been in Kingston, Jamaica to show off what she can offer in the event of a disaster, discuss the counter-narcotics mission with local defence forces and appear on local TV (watched apparently by four out of five Jamaicans).[mappress]Source: royal-navy , June 20, 2011; View post tag: Caribbean Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Drugs View post tag: Arm Share this article View post tag: Support View post tag: War View post tag: fleetlast_img read more

Drinks tonight, war tomorrow

first_imgPartying, politics and pessimism Laura Pitel goes in search of the young people of LebanonIn most places in the world it might seem distasteful to lose yourself in hardcore trance on the site of a former civil war massacre. But this is Beirut and every Friday night, dancing on hinged wooden coffins, the city’s young and up-and-coming do just that. BO-18, the city’s longest standing club, is packed full of Lebanon’s wealthy students from the American University of Beirut, who turn up in Ferraris and flash their cash with an extravagance that the Bridge’s VIPers can only dream of. As Anthony Haddad, a 22 year-old political science student, tells me, “Partying is absolutely crazy here. Whether it is an incredible resilience or a desensitised hedonism that allows the Lebanese to party even under showers of bombs it is awe-inspiring.”But whilst this breed of wealthy Lebanese may be able momentarily to forget about their country’s problems, a reminder of the instability is never far away. Just a mile across the city, tenacious supporters of Lebanon’s political opposition camp out in tents under one of Beirut’s busiest highways, watching the revellers walk past on their way to the pubs and clubs of Rue Monot.The predominantly Hizbollah protesters are there in an attempt to force the government to call early elections because they feel that some sectarian groups, namely Shia muslims, are underrepresented in the Lebanese parliament. “We are here to demand full participation of all different groups in the political decision-making of our country,” says Mohammed, a 24 year-old taking part in the protest.  The beginning of this year saw huge protests in favour of both Hizbollah and pro-government factions, but it’s been almost five months since the opposition set up camp and Lebanese politics has reached a standstill. Rather than feeling invigorated by their nation’s lively affairs, many of Beirut’s young people are pessimistic and disillusioned. “I feel crippled by the sit-in,” says 18 year-old Roula Hajjar. “Even though the people in the sit-in are my fellow Lebanese, they are a constant reminder of how much my future in Lebanon is not in my hands.” The sit-in is badly damaging the economy as well as virtually closing off Beirut’s popular Downtown district, which is encircled by barbed wire and armed soldiers. “Here politics dictates whether school will be closed down the next day, whether there’s a quarantine, or areas you have to avoid going through because of an assassination or a dismantled bomb sighting,” says Anthony. “Politics has the unfortunate effect of paralysing daily life here. It necessarily consumes the Lebanese, students included.”British university students would find the level of participation in politics amongst their Lebanese contemporaries unrecognisable. At the American University of Beirut, one of the Middle East’s most prestigious institutions (and the first in Lebanon to get onto Facebook) the charge around elections for the Student Representative Body puts the fervour of Union hacks to shame.Affiliations with the country’s real-life political factions (including, rumour has it, large amounts of funding) make elections highly pertinent as results often predict and mirror events on a national level. “When a political party wins at the student level the party at the national level boasts it,” explains Lynn Zovighian, editor-in-chief of Outlook, AUB’s student newspaper. “Results of student elections are printed in all national newspapers and are taken very seriously.”Like Oxford, the University acts as a practice arena for Lebanon’s political players, and many of the country’s big names over the past forty years – Walid Jumblatt, Samir Geagea and George Habash – were AUB-educated. For the days surrounding the elections security fears are so high that the army is brought in: last November saw 350 armed soldiers turn out to patrol the university campus. Their concerns are not unfounded. During the civil war the University became a political target, with kidnappings, assassinations of members of staff and a bombing of one of the main buildings. But despite being necessarily engaged in current events, many young people are frustrated and feel that important issues are being overlooked amidst the obsession with politics. Unemployment is one such problem. Although the Lebanese are fiercely patriotic the majority of rich, well-educated twentysomethings feel compelled to move abroad, allured by higher salaries and greater stability. As Khaled, a 23 year-old currently living in Canada puts it, “I was born and raised in Beirut and there is nothing I would like more than to live in Lebanon. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that it is virtually impossible to make a decent living there. How sad to know you can never make your way in your own country.”“Why is everyone is trying to do things their own way?” asks 19 year-old Ziad, a student from South Lebanon. “We are living together, in a country that is smaller than a village in the western world and yet we have so many sections and leaders that tear us apart rather than uniting to build a better Lebanon.”Unity is the word on everyone’s lips. Tiny Lebanon is home to eighteen different sectarian groups and it is viewed as crucial that they put aside their differences in order to avoid another civil war. Sadly, even attempts to unify the country become a political competition. In February, amidst tension surrounding the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, a striking poster campaign was launched. ‘I love life’, read huge red posters written in English, Arabic and French, dotted across the country. The group behind them claimed to be politically neutral and non-religious but, like every other message in Lebanon, the posters were politically loaded. Funded by the pro-government Sunni/Christian/Druze coalition, the ‘I love life’ slogan was a stab at Hizbollah leaders’ gung-ho warmongering and repeated claims that they do not fear death. Unsurprisingly, retaliation followed, with an “I love life, undictated” campaign quickly following suit; the opposition’s dig at the government’s bowing down to the wishes of America and the West.Roula is not convinced by the campaigns to unite the country. “Although Christians, Muslims and Druze interact now more than ever, the sectarianism and prejudice is always there,” she says. “In Lebanon you are always categorised according to your name and where you’re from.”Alex, a 21 year-old student from northern Lebanon, sees hope for the future. “The older generation is more inclined to promote divisions between groups here,” she says. “Younger people, in theory at least, want to put aside their differences.”But Anthony is reluctant to attach significance to any outward signs that may present the illusion of unity or consensus amongst young people in Lebanon – the spending, the clubbing, the beach parties. “I think that is wishful thinking of Western observers and the thin, privileged class of Lebanese that can afford to participate in Beirut nightlife,” he says. “The sad reality of the matter is that while a Sunni and a Shiite wouldn’t mind clinking wine glasses at a bar one night, if push were to come to shove they probably wouldn’t hesitate to take up arms against each other the next day.” It’s a pessimism shared by many. The only thing that seems to unite people here is a tired, world-weary attitude towards the current political wrangling and a genuine dread at the thought of another civil war. “I have a very bad feeling for the days to come,” says Hussein Abbas, a 23 year-old shop keeper, with a sad smile. “I pray to God, for the sake of my beloved Lebanon, that I am wrong.”last_img read more

Crowds Pack Boardwalk for Gillian’s Anniversary Celebration

first_imgThe Ocean City Boardwalk was jammed on Thursday — on a school night in early June.The crowds came to see fireworks and enjoy discounted rides as part of an 83rd anniversary celebration at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.David Gillian opened the Fun Deck on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Plymouth Place in 1931. David’s son, Roy, opened the Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in 1965. The Pier is now owned by a third generation, Mayor Jay Gillian.Wonder Bear’s Birthday Bash is an annual event in Ocean City. Wonder Bear is  the park’s mascotClouds and rain cleared on Thursday morning to make way for a cool and clear evening for the event.last_img read more

OCBP Announces 2018 Rookie Class

first_imgProspective rookies must compete for limited openings on the Ocean City Beach Patrol, as did this group. Photo Credit: City of Ocean City The Division of Fire/Rescue and the Ocean City Beach Patrol are glad to announce the 2018 OCBP rookie class.The follow individuals have been offered a spot in the 2018 Rookie School following a two-day competitive tryout June 9 and 10 in Ocean City.Alexander Reynolds, Erin Murphy, Justin Wray, Michael Prior, Andrea Teofanova, Evan Denn, Kevin Berry, Nick Brady, Artur Simoes Meneses, Evan Nathan, Kyle Booth, Nina Nguyen, Carley Rossiter, Grace Curry,  Kyle Friel, Sean Rixon, Corey Besz, Jack Bell, Kyle Noseworthy, Tanner Driscoll, Cristian Bell, Jack Branin, Liam Garbutt, Thomas Zanaras, David Grimm, Jacke Brogan, Liam Millar,  Valerie Speirs, David Hickman,  John Hladun, Louis Galeano, William Tracey, David Johnson, John LeNoir, Matty Loguidice, Dylan Fiogaus, Jonathan Azelznick, and Michael Cipollone.   Mark JamiesonOperations ChiefOcean City Beach Patrollast_img read more

Frank Zappa Documentary And Tribute Performances Announced For Asbury Park Music In Film Festival

first_imgHaving just received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the newest Frank Zappa film is making its next stop in New Jersey for the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival on April 9th at 7:30pm at the new House of Independents. Following the film, musicians will gather to celebrate the life of the famed iconoclastic composer and bandleader with performances from Project/Object and We Used To Cut The Grass.Entitled Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, the film features footage from performances and interviews, with a specific focus on what it means for Zappa to be creative. Filmmaker Thorsten Schutte recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the movie, “In a time lacking controversial, outspoken and polarizing iconoclasts, the life and art of Frank Zappa connects to the universal questions that so many can relate to: How can an artist stay true to his art and ideas? How does one handle rejection and the limitations of a creative output? And what is the ultimate price to pay for the freedom of expression?” Watch the trailer and find out next month at the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival. Following the film, the celebration of Zappa will continue with very special performances from New York’s own Project/Object and New Jersey’s We Used To Cut The Grass.Project/Object is the longest running alumni-based Zappa tribute in the world and was founded in the mid-90s by guitarist André Cholmondeley. Over the past twenty years they have proudly hosted more Zappa alumni onstage than anyone, other than the composer himself. Their legendary tours of the USA, Canada, and Europe have made them a household name among Zappa fans and helped pave the way for a rich variety of excellent, contemporary Zappa tributes. The group will feature original band members Ike Willis, Frank Zappa’s longtime vocalist and guitarist best known for his work on “Joe’s Garage,” and Don Preston, original keyboardist and pre-eminent fixture in the Mothers of Invention.Asbury Park’s own avant-garde large ensemble, We Used to Cut the Grass, will follow up with a look into the past, present and future of Frank Zappa as they perform a set that contains not only a wealth of complex Zappa pieces such as “The Black Page,” but also a study of the music that inspired him, including works by Edgar Varése and Igor Stravinsky, in addition to some of the ensemble’s original work. Lead by Cody McCorry, the group regularly features five horns, two drum sets, guitar, bass, and vibraphone, performing a vast repertoire of contemporary pieces, including the group’s own experimental music. The ensemble will be joined by multiple guests, including Ike Willis, who has toured with the ensemble twice in the past, guitarist Tom Monda and violinist Ben Karas of the nationally touring North Jersey-based prog band Thank You Scientist, and more to be announced as the show draws closer.Tickets for the screening and the concert, as well as for the concert alone, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

University announces change in contraceptives policy

first_imgIn a letter emailed to University employees Wednesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced further changes to the policies regarding access to contraceptives via University health insurance plans to take place within the year.“I write to announce steps based on Catholic principles that nevertheless provide access to some of the coverage that members of our community seek,” Jenkins said in the e-mail.The new system will involve abandoning a third party, government-funded plan used by the school to provide contraception as dictated by a federal regulation, as this plan covers abortifacients.However, so as not to “burden” those who use contraception but rely on the University for health insurance, the school will cover some contraceptives in its insurance policies. The change follows a court ruling exempting Notre Dame from the aforementioned regulation.“I have reached the conclusion that it is best that the University stop the government-funded provision of the range of drugs and services through our third party administrator,” Jenkins said. “Instead, the University will provide coverage in the University’s own insurance plans for simple contraceptives (i.e., drugs designed to prevent conception) … The University’s insurance plans (as opposed to the government-funded program) have never covered, and will not cover, abortion-inducing drugs.”University plans will also pay for “natural family planning options,” the letter said. To further keep in line with the Church’s teaching, the University will not cover “sterilization procedures for the purpose of preventing conception.” Community members who sign up for health benefits through the University will receive a statement on Catholicism’s teachings regarding contraception.The policy change for employees will be implemented July 1, 2018 for employees and in August 2018 for students.Jenkins explained that in recent years the University had joined a lawsuit against a Federal mandate requiring the school to provide various “contraceptive drugs and services.” The mandate differed from previous regulations in that it did not exempt certain religious institutions, namely universities and hospitals. Jenkins said the school joined the suit to protect its identity and values.“The University of Notre Dame joined other plaintiffs in challenging this mandate to protect its ability to act in accord with its religious mission,” Jenkins said.After a lengthy legal battle in which a court initially ruled against the school, the suit was resolved “favorably” for the University in October 2017, Jenkins said. In the time period between the two rulings, the school had provided the contraceptive services in question through the government funded program. Jenkins initially proposed continuing this arrangement“When I delivered my Faculty Address in November, I thought it best, having established our right to decide, to allow the government-funded provision of these drugs and services to continue so that our employees could have access without University funding or immediate and direct involvement in their provision,” Jenkins said.However, Jenkins noted that abortifacients covered by the plan are “gravely objectionable” from the perspective of Catholic social teaching.This consideration ultimately led him to reconsider his earlier decisionHe acknowledged that health care coverage is a thorny issue for a Catholic University with 17,000 people, including employees, students, and family members of the two groups, rely on the University for health insurance, according to the letter. Balancing consideration for non-Catholic community members with the University’s Catholic mission is difficult, Jenkins said.“That tension is particularly pronounced in the area of health care, where the University recognizes its responsibility, grounded in its Catholic mission, to provide health insurance to employees, their families and many students, and most of those covered have no financially feasible alternative but to rely on the University for such coverage,” he said.Tags: contraceptives, Fr. John Jenkins, Health Insurancelast_img read more

Soil Erosion

first_imgThe key to successfully growing delicious vegetables is maintaining high-quality soil.We sometimes neglect to protect our soil, then rainfall comes and erosion carries our crops away. Erosion control is something that must be considered in gardens because it can protect the precious soils.For 20 years I grew my vegetables near my home in a quarter-acre garden on land that had a slight slope. My wife, a U.S. Department of Agriculture soil conservationist, warned me to protect this garden spot. Luckily, because it was always planted in either cover crops or actual vegetables and the slope was moderate, I never really had a problem with erosion.When I bought a larger farm several years ago and began a new garden site, I witnessed how severely erosion can affect a garden. While this new garden area had much better soil, it also came with much more slope. I knew I was going to need to do something to keep this garden site from washing out in heavy rains. More than once my rows of sweet corn were destroyed by a river of water flowing through the garden.Soil erosion is directly related to several factors, including the type of soil, how much cover is holding the soil, the amount of irrigation or rainfall the soil receives, and how much slope the garden and surrounding area have.When choosing a garden site, it is best to secure an area that is as naturally level as possible. As little as a 2 percent grade can cause nutrients and soil to wash down the slope.The soil makeup can also affect the amount of erosion that can occur. Soils containing large amounts of clay that are not well amended will hold more water and also have the potential to erode faster. Heavily amended organic or sandy-loam soils drain much better and will be more resistant to erosion.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has several recommendations to preserve your garden soil.Consider planting on a contour or creating small, bedded terraces. If you drive through the countryside, you will often see large farm fields with terrace burns strategically running along the contour of the slope. These are designed to slow the impact of water and carry it to a safe location.While you may not build expensive terraces in your vegetable garden, you can at least plant along a contour to help hold the soil. If you have a soil-bedding implement for your tractor, this will create many terraces that will help control the direction of water flow.Another method of erosion control is to keep some type of crop or cover crop in the garden at all times. In the fall, I plant a cover crop to help build the soil with a “green manure” while at the same time cutting down on erosion. As we get into the planting season of spring, I plan to leave a cover crop between the rows to protect the soil.In my large garden, I also have a grassed waterway which serves as a permanent cover crop in the area where most of the water drains.Tilling the garden can potentially increase the risk of soil erosion. Through the use of mulches and weed fabric or plastic, you can protect against the impact of hard rains and soil erosion.Organic mulches, such as pine straw, wheat straw or partially formed compost, make excellent mulches around plants. They provide moisture control as well as weed protection.Garden soil can also be improved by the addition of organic matter. Particularly in clay-based soils, adding a 4-inch layer of some form of organic matter will increase the infiltration of water in the soil. Organic matter in the form of compost, good top soil or composted manure loosens up hard clay and allows the plant’s root system to spread out further to help hold soil. Be sure to till organic amendments into the soil forming a uniform mixture 8 to 10 inches deep.Moisture also influences erosion. Control the amount of supplemental irrigation you apply. Overhead sprinklers put out a large volume of water and cover both target and nontarget areas in the garden. This can cause erosion when the system runs for too long or too frequently. Consider using soaker hoses or drip irrigation to conserve moisture and prevent excessive buildup of water in the soil.It’s easy to forget to protect the soil from erosion, which can occur quickly and have devastating effects. By following these practical solutions, you should be able to plant a garden and enjoy your harvest of vegetables without the fear of it all sliding downhill.last_img read more

Partnerships + Tools Of The Trade = Mission Success

first_img Containment of insurgent groups and the ability to carry out humanitarian missions can go hand in hand with modern military equipment. States can also fend off other criminal entities. NIGERIA: Seeking to protect its natural resources, Nigeria strengthened its naval capabilities by acquiring four 54.86-meter buoy tenders from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in the early 2000s. These vessels are used to patrol the Niger Delta and protect against oil theft. An additional 15 response boats were acquired to patrol the oil rigs off the coast. Most recently, the Nigerian Navy acquired Thunder, a 115.21-meter high-endurance cutter complete with a helicopter flight deck. The Nigerian Sailors received U.S.-based training prior to sailing the cutter back to Nigeria. By Dialogo January 01, 2012 Beyond the Middle East battlegrounds, William J. McKeever, deputy chief for the Americas division, U.S. Air Force international affairs, also sees the use of similar equipment as a key component to military collaboration. “It is a very strong link from pilot to pilot and technician to technician, very important to security cooperation,” McKeever told Diálogo. “Without common factors, how would we know their tactics, how would they know ours?” The use of the same equipment during operations also leads to a common logistics capability. If a need arises during an operation, spare parts are easily accessible to borrow or buy from partner nations. “Equipment commonality is the cornerstone of cooperation,” said McKeever. While McKeever underscored the importance of having common equipment, he also stressed the value of military-to-military interactions, such as military exercises and exchanges where the equipment is put into practice and relationships are fostered. STATE SOVEREIGNTY AND DISASTER RELIEF Militaries worldwide face a challenging array of responsibilities. Fighting insurgencies, securing national resources, protecting borders and carrying out humanitarian missions are some of the tasks they are charged with. When trusted allies use the same tools, military gains can be magnified exponentially. A COMMON FRONT In the fights in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, key coalition partners have found success by using the same equipment, often made available by grants from the United States: CANADA: Modernized its lift capability with U.S. Army Chinook (CH-47D) helicopters. The purchase included training and support to help transition from Iraq to Afghanistan alongside other coalition forces. center_img UNITED KINGDOM and AUSTRALIA: Enhanced their aviation programs with unmanned aerial vehicles purchased from the U.S. as well as night vision capabilities. Australia’s forces also boosted its ground capability to protect its troops by using U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks. “This capability will be increasingly important as widespread proliferation of cheap, high-tech and lethal anti-armor, anti-personnel weapons could pose an increasing threat in any future conflict,” said Australia’s former Defence Minister Brendan Nelson. One of the biggest advantages to using similar equipment among partner nations is the exchange of knowledge between armed forces. “There is a common knowledge on the battlefield,” said Keith Webster, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for defense exports and cooperation, during an interview with Diálogo. “Military-to-military engagement leads to discussions about common operating tactics in the battlefield.” SAUDI ARABIA: The Military modernized its helicopter fleet with an investment in three helicopters from the U.S. Army. This will give its Military and National Guard a modern helicopter capability, with U.S. programs support, until the program is retired in the next 30 years. SINGAPORE: Its current Military capability serves as a stabilizing force to support the autonomy of the state and for humanitarian purposes. A long-standing partnership and military base agreements between Singapore and the U.S. allow for a portion of Singapore’s CH-47 fleet to be stored in the state of Texas. After Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., Singapore assisted with evacuations in New Orleans by deploying its Chinook (CH-47) helicopters to the area. SRI LANKA: In 2004, the Military acquired a 64-meter medium-endurance cutter, the Samudura. The ship’s size enabled the Sri Lankan Navy to extend its reach off the coast and stop the influx of weapons that the terrorist organization, the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam, was bringing ashore. The ship also has been able to help stranded fishermen. m UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The country expanded its air missile defense capability through the Patriot Missile Program. The multibillion dollar program includes training, maintenance and assistance from U.S. forces in setting up the capability in a long-term military-to-military relationship. YEMEN: Its Coast Guard fleet was modernized to better patrol territorial waters. The USCG has supported the Yemen Coast Guard in advising, training and providing assets during the past decade. In 2011, the USCG transferred two 26.52-meter patrol boats to Yemen. Yemen Coast Guard crews received U.S.-based training on specific systems on the patrol boats and general training and sea trials in the state of Louisiana, where the newly acquired boats were built. Sources: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, www.news.com.au, Sri Lanka Navy The Tools to Combat Maritime Threats Diálogo spoke with Rear Admiral Joseph W. Rixey, director of the U.S. Navy International Programs Office (IPO), about how his office supports the region against the common maritime threats in the Americas. Diálogo: What are the shared maritime threats in the Americas and how does the Navy IPO help address some of those? Rear Admiral Joseph W. Rixey: Most of them are obvious, counternarcotics and counterterrorism, freedom of the seas, counterpiracy, counter illicit activity, protection of the economic activity zone, and the fifth, which we like to highlight, is the humanitarian crisis and natural disaster. We assist them [partner nations] in acquiring whatever equipment and training and capabilities they need to address these threats; we facilitate partner capacity. We coordinate with the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard acquisition commands to meet our ally requirements. Diálogo: What are the most important factors of maritime partnerships? Rear Adm. Rixey: The first thing you start with is trust, and mutual respect for each other’s capabilities. We know the threats, and we identify common objectives. What ends up happening is that you come to a design or a capability that meets that, and of course, what is important about maritime partnerships is interoperability. So that when a threat emerges, any emergent situation, they can expect assistance right away, and that assistance would be seamless and coordinated. Diálogo: How are aircraft and ship transfers facilitating interoperability with Latin American and Caribbean partners? Rear Adm. Rixey: The mechanism is that if you trade like products, if you use similar communications data links, interoperability can occur with common military equipment. Mostly, interoperability is associated with the ability to communicate and develop joint interoperable tactics, techniques and procedures in coalition operations. One such example is in humanitarian relief that we saw in Haiti, the ability to establish communications; that is an interoperability mechanism. Diálogo: Can you explain what “cooperative development” looks like in the Americas? Rear Adm. Rixey: We use a mechanism called a master information exchange agreement between the countries, and what these master information exchange information agreements permit is a reciprocal, or bilateral, exchange of research and development information. So, what we do is exchange information, engineers and scientists exchange programs, and basic discussions which lead sometimes to cooperative development of products. We have been doing a lot of information exchanges. [For example,] a cooperative program with Brazil, with green energy, the way that they do green energy, the way they use their biofuels and manufacture their biofuels and we want to learn from that.last_img read more