Civil Air Patrol Marks 4th Straight Year Saving 100+ Lives

first_imgThe Civil Air Patrol marked its 100th and 101st save Aug. 4, when CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team provided a high-priority area to focus search efforts for two lost hikers. Courtesy/Civil Air Patrol CIVIL AIR PATROL News:MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, Civil Air Patrol has passed the century mark in lives saved, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, conducts approximately 90 percent of all search operations within the United States as assigned by the AFRCC.The 100th and 101st save occurred Aug. 4, when CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team provided the Wyoming Joint Operations Center with a high-priority area to focus search efforts for two lost hikers in Big Horn County. Using cell phone forensic information gathered by the team early that morning, local searchers found the hikers alive and returned them to safety later in the morning.“And with that, we moved to 101 lives saved to date in fiscal year 2020,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations, who said the two saves related to cell phone forensics were typical of most of those credited to CAP in recent years. “More than 90 percent of our saves occur with the support of the cell phone team using technology that Civil Air patrol created using source data provided cellular carriers.”CAP totaled 158 saves in fiscal 2018, a new record for lives saved in a fiscal year. In 2019 and 2017, CAP was credited with 117  and 110 saves, respectively, by the AFRCC.“What especially makes Civil Air Patrol a strong Total Force partner is how they complement the efforts of the other partners to serve our country,” said Maj. Gen. Bryan Radliff, reserve advisor to the commander, First Air Force, Air Forces Northern. “Closely aligning resources to the mission requirements and maintaining operational readiness — even during the COVID pandemic — is something we rely on and CAP delivers.”Desmarais said the 100-plus saves trend over the past four years reflects CAP’s continuous advances in technology and training in one of the Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions — emergency services.Since its inception in late 1941, Civil Air Patrol has traditionally performed search and rescue missions by operating the world’s largest fleet of single engine piston-powered aircraft to search for missing people and overdue aircraft. More recently, it is CAP’s innovative technology, like cell phone forensics and radar analysis, that have enabled the organization to be even more efficient. Saves resulted from a wide variety of search scenarios that included plane crash survivors, missing persons, lost or injured hikers in remote locations, stranded boaters offshore, and more.“Our technology has evolved as we have adapted and developed our tools and our training to make performing search and rescue and other emergency services missions more efficient,” Desmarais said. “Leveraging tools like cellphone forensics and radar analysis make it faster and easier to help find people and planes, even in situations where it is not possible to launch one of our aircraft due to poor flying conditions, remote locations or other factors.”Saving lives never gets old, as every successful CAP search and rescue mission is celebrated with an alert from Desmarais to the organization’s national command team.The alerts always elicit a response from members of the team, as was the case following this past week’s rescue in Wyoming, “This is outstanding in every way,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert M. Dandridge, CAP’s national command chief. “Over a hundred saved lives and counting … with many thankful and happy families reunited. Great outcome, CAP.”About Civil Air PatrolEstablished in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 110 lives in fiscal 2019. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.last_img read more

US institute inducts Barbadian superstar into ‘Wall of Fame’

first_img Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Apr 20, 2020 Sep 10, 2020 “New York music producer Evan Rogers heard Rihanna perform while vacationing on the island and brought the then 16-year-old to the United States to record demos and shortly after, Def Jam’s acting president – Jay-Z, signed the young Barbadian. The Barbadian pop sensation is now the recipient of eight Grammy Awards from 24 nominations. Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Rihanna named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados(Barbados Government Information Service) Government has appointed international pop icon, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stated that Government was honoured to be able to confer the title on this outstanding…September 20, 2018In “Barbados”Four-time T&T Olympic medalist, Ato Boldon, inducted into ‘Wall of Fame’(June 16, 2019 CMC) – The Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted four-time Trinidadian Olympic medal winner Ato Boldon into its “Wall of Fame.” Boldon holds the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the 50, 60 and 200 meters events, with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds…June 17, 2019In “Featured”Jamaican-American Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph Inducted Into Wall Of FameWASHINGTON,  CMC – The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Jamaican-American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph into its “Wall of Fame” in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Ralph was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Ivy, a Jamaican fashion designer, and Stanley Ralph, a college…July 3, 2018In “In the Diaspora”Share this on WhatsApp WASHINGTON, CMC – The Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) on Saturday inducted Barbadian pop icon Rihanna into its “Wall of Fame” as Caribbean nationals here celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage month. ICS said that Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is “one of the biggest pop stars to emerge from the 2000s.” Born on February 20, 1988, Rihanna grew up in the parish of St. Michael in Barbados, and began singing in primary school. Jul 12, 2019center_img You may be interested in… COVID-19: An Opportunity to Rethink Caribbean Diaspora… CDB allocates US$100,000 for COVID-19 Emergency Relief… Saiku Andrews’ Pillow Could Speak Jul 13, 2020last_img read more

TNSC among new investors in VELO3D

first_imgSource: VELO3DSapphire AM PrinterNew investors Piva, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, and TNSC joined the round, along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Playground, and Khosla Ventures.VELO3D, headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded five years ago, has now raised $138m in financing in total. The new funding, which comes during a time when global manufacturing has slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be used to expand VELO3D’s product portfolio to include more machine options, compatible alloys, and enhanced software and hardware capabilities.“With the VELO3D integrated solution of Flow™ advanced pre-print software, Sapphire™ printer, and Assure™ quality management software, companies can finally break free of the constraints of existing metal additive manufacturing processes,” said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of VELO3D.“Customers in industries such as aerospace, oil and gas, and power generation are now able to achieve part quality for their mission-critical applications with performance levels that weren’t possible before with 3D metal printing.”VELO3D signed an exclusive distribution agreement with TNSC in December 2019. As part of that deal, TNSC represents VELO3D in Japan through sales and service of VELO3D‘s integrated solution of hardware and software – the Sapphire® machine, Flow™ pre-print preparation software, and Assure™ quality control and assurance software.Buller said in December, “Our mission is to enable OEMs in our key market verticals to gain trust in 3D metal printing as a dependable manufacturing technology. Our end-to-end solution enables users to adopt additive manufacturing without extensive redesign, increasing the viability of 3D metal printing of existing parts. We believe TNSC is the best representative of this message in Japan, based on their unique expertise in welding processes, heat treatment and gas optimisation.”In the first year of commercialisation of the Sapphire printer in 2019, VELO3D generated nearly $30m in sales and gained seven new customers, according to VELO3D.Piva is the largest investor in the new round and has a strong heritage in industrial markets, as they are backed by Malaysia-based PETRONAS.last_img read more

US charges Dewey & LeBoeuf five with $150m fraud

first_imgUS authorities today charged five former executives with international firm Dewey & LeBoeuf for their part in an alleged $150m (£90m) fraudulent bond offer.The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleges that the five turned to accounting fraud ‘in a desperate grasp for cash’ to survive the 2008 financial crisis. The New York-based firm, which employed more than 1,000 lawyers, filed for bankruptcy in May 2012 after experiencing financial difficulties.The SEC says the firm’s leading professionals devised ways to artificially inflate income and distort financial performance, fearful that declining revenue might cause its bank lenders to cut off access to the firm’s credit lines.The allegation is that the firm then resorted to the bond markets to raise ‘significant amounts of cash’ through a private offering that seized on fake financial numbers.‘Investors were led to believe they were purchasing bonds issued by a prestigious law firm that had weathered the financial crisis and was poised for growth,’ said Andrew J Ceresney, director of the SEC’s division of enforcement. ‘Dewey & LeBoeuf’s senior-most finance personnel used a grab bag of accounting gimmicks to create that illusion, and top executives green-lighted the decision to sell $150m in bonds to investors as a desperate grasp for cash on the basis of blatantly falsified financial results.’The SEC’s complaint filed in the federal court in Manhattan charges the following executives: chairman Steven Davis, executive director Stephen DiCarmine, chief financial officer Joel Sanders, finance director Frank Canellas, and controller Tom Mullikin.In a parallel action, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against Davis, DiCarmine, and Sanders.According to the SEC’s complaint, the roots of the fraud date back to late 2008 when senior financial officers began to conjure up fake revenue by manipulating various entries in Dewey & LeBoeuf’s internal accounting system. The firm’s profitability was inflated by approximately $36m (15%) in its 2008 financial results through this use of accounting.‘As Dewey & LeBoeuf’s revenue was falling and the firm was struggling to meet commitments, its top executives and finance professionals brazenly looked for ways to create fake income and retain their lucrative salaries and bonuses,’ said Andrew M Calamari, director of the SEC’s New York regional office.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Sanders acknowledged in separate email communications: ’I don’t want to cook the books anymore. We need to stop doing that.’ The Financial Times reported on Friday that lawyers for Davis, Sanders and DiCarmine have said the trio strongly deny the charges.The SEC investigation, which has the assistance of the FBI, continues.last_img read more

China – Serbia service delivers railway equipment

first_img 1/3 show caption Previous Full screen in popup SERBIA: A train with 28 wagons carrying 500 tonnes of Chinese-made equipment for use in the upgrade of the Beograd – Novi Sad line has arrived in Beograd.The equipment had left the Chinese city of Jinan at end of September, travelling 10 500 km via Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.The arrival of the train in Beograd on October 24 was watched by President Aleksandar Vučić, Minister of Construction, Transport & Infrastructure Zoran Mihajlović, China’s deputy Minister of Commerce Qian Keming and Chinese ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo. Nextlast_img read more

AFD commits to funding geothermal plant

first_imgLocalNews AFD commits to funding geothermal plant by: – June 25, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 35 Views   2 comments Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Roosevelt SkerritThe Agence Francaise Development (AFD) has given a commitment to finance the construction of a megawatt plant in Dominica, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced. The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon following discussions with AFD in Paris, France last week Thursday.“AFD has said to us very clearly that they are prepared to finance the construction of the 15 megawatt plant in Dominica, of course, subject to a formal request by the government of Dominica for the financing,” Mr Skerrit said.This 15 megawatt plant will be for domestic consumption and it is expected to significantly reduce the cost of electricity. The Prime Minister led a four member delegation; including Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmoore, to Paris after French company, Electricite de France (EDF) withdrew from the project.The Dominica government and EDF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue the best options for the construction of a plant for domestic supply and another 120 megawatt plant for export to Guadeloupe and Martinique via undersea cable in January, 2013.The aim of the project is to provide 50 megawatts to Martinique and 50 megawatts to Guadeloupe, thus reducing their dependence on fossil energies, while at the same allowing Dominica to be supplied entirely with green energy.Mr Skerrit also revealed that the French Government has confirmed that they will purchase energy from Dominica and as such will play a “very critical role in the construction, management and financing of the bigger plant [120 megawatts]”.According to Mr Skerrit, ADF also committed to providing the Dominica Government with technical assistance, by paying for legal experts to further review the geothermal bill and with the drafting of regulations for these legislations.The AFD also negotiated with the European Union on Dominica’s behalf for over $1.1 million Euros to go towards providing technical assistance for the creation of a project development unit. The Prime Minister noted that the technical assistance which will be for a period of about 5 years “will be very critical to us, as we do not yet have the capacity and the human resources and the technical skills to deal with all issues relating to geothermal energy”.He said ADF further indicated that they are prepared to assist with providing training to train Dominicans in first degree, master’s degree and even PhD level.This training will help “to create this critical mass within the country to properly manage and develop the geothermal resource in our country”. It is anticipated that by 2014 the construction of the small plant will commence. To date, the Dominica Government has invested in excess of $33 million in the exploratory and preparatory phases of the geothermal project.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Dominica Labour Party wins 15-seat victory

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics Dominica Labour Party wins 15-seat victory by: Dominica Vibes News – December 8, 2014 The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has recorded a historic feat by winning a fourth consecutive term in office.The DLP won the 8 December 2014 general election with fifteen (15) out of 21 constituencies while the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) won six (6) seats.The DLP won the following seats;1. Castle Bruce Constituency by 154 votes,2. Grand Fond Constituency by 12 votes,3. Cottage Constituency by 836 votes,4. Portsmouth by 1032 votes,5. Soufriere by 506 votes,6. Paix Bouche by 916 votes,7. Vieille Case by 902 votes,8. Roseau Valley by 102 votes,9. Petite Savanne by 673 votes,10. La Plaine by 154 votes,11. Mahaut by 397 votes,12. Grand Bay by 1060 votes,13. Salybia by 729 votes,14. Colihaut by 484 votes,15. St Joseph by 197 votesThe United Workers Party won the following seats;1. Roseau North by 578 votes,2. Roseau Central by 45 votes,3. Roseau South by 243 votes and4. Salisbury by 304 votes5. Marigot by 636 votes and6. Wesley by 132 votesThe Dominica Labour Party is headed to Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth to celebrate the victory.– / 7 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 1224 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE: OECS Authority Meeting to be hosted in Dominica

first_img Share OECS flagsDominica will from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 November 2015, host the 62nd OECS Authority Meeting at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.According to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, this “important meeting”, will a number of serious matters taking place in the world to include the upcoming COP 21 Summit in Paris on climate change as well as other matters relating to the economies of the OECS.“It’s a very critical meeting at a very crucial time for us and we’re very happy to be able to host that meeting,” Mr Skerrit said.He informed that his colleagues, Heads of Government, insisted that Dominica host the meeting “so they can continue to show solidarity and support for Dominica” post Tropical Storm Erika.The OECS Heads will also visit Petite Savanne on Thursday 19 November 2015. Share LocalNews UPDATE: OECS Authority Meeting to be hosted in Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2015 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 166 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Custom MMIC Receives Outstanding Performance Award from Lockheed Martin

first_imgLockheed Martin awarded Custom MMIC an outstanding performance award for their exemplary work in helping Lockheed deliver crucial missions to their customers. Lockheed Martin recognized 27 small business suppliers that made exemplary contributions to its Missiles and Fire Control business area’s products and services in 2018. For more than 20 years, Lockheed Martin has celebrated small business suppliers’ successful efforts in providing quality goods and services and outstanding support.Paul Blount, President and CEO of Custom MMIC, and Charlie Trantanella, Chief Scientist, attended the award ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the Custom MMIC team. Custom MMIC offers both hands-on design through testing services, and a growing library of system-ready designs. They are experienced in GaAs, GaN, SiC, InP, and InGaP HBT and have established relationships with the leading foundries in these technologies. They specialize in RF through millimeter-wave circuits for satellite communications, radar systems, cellular infrastructure, consumer electronics, VSAT, and point-to-point radio systems.last_img read more

Tour de France: Thomas up to 2nd as Alaphilippe splits peloton

first_imgAlong with overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe,Thomas benefited from a late split in the peloton that caught many race rivalsby surprise. Britain’s Adam Yates, who moved up to eighthin the GC, and Movistar’s Colombian leader Nairo Quintana also finished in theleading group, one minute and 40 seconds in front of a chasing pack that alsoincluded Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte. PARIS – Britain’s defending champion GeraintThomas moved up to second in the Tour de France after a dramatic conclusion tostage 10. The 33-year-old had started out fromSaint-Flour to Albi – the final stage before the first rest day – in fifth. The stage had passed without incident untilaround 40km from the end when Rigoberto Uran’s EF Education First teamattempted to take advantage of the crosswinds. Thomas, who is hoping to be the first ridersince Miguel Indurain in 1992 to successfully defend his title as a first-timeTour winner, said: “I had a really good day in the end. We had a little goearlier but it was not the right conditions. We were always attentive and readyfor anything.” Geraint Thomas (right) leaves Julian Alaphilippe (center) trailing in his wake in a steep closing stages of the Tour de France’s sixth stage. GETTY IMAGES Belgian Wout van Aert edged out Elia Vivianiin a thrilling sprint finish.center_img The riders have a rest day on Tuesday beforethe race recommences on Wednesday when the Tour travels 167km from Albi toToulouse. (BBC) Tour de France: Thomas up to 2nd asAlaphilippe splits peloton Setting an unrelenting pace, Alaphilippe againlit up the race before Ineos took over to press home Thomas and his co-leaderEgan Bernal’s advantage. However, they and a clutch of generalclassification (GC) contenders, including Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot andAstana’s Jakob Fuglsang, were caught out as Alaphilippe initiated a devastatingcounter. Bernal’s performance saw him earn the whitejersey for the best young rider in the race, the pervious wearer, Italy’sGiulio Ciccone, being another to drop back overall. According to Thomas, “From our point of viewwe had everyone bar two guys [in the front group] so we were fully committed.There were plenty of guys turning and you could tell behind that they had gonefull out [to catch up]. They ran out of gas and the elastic snapped. You wouldnever expect it today. But a positional error from them and they lose a minuteand a half.”last_img read more