‘You have to give back’

first_imgPortia Kwartema Botchway thought her high school days were behind her when she set her sights on Harvard back in 2006. Little did she know she would spend much of the next several years in that realm, first as a mentor for the Crimson Summer Academy (CSA), then as a Boston schoolteacher.A native of Clemson, S.C., Botchway, who graduates from Harvard today (May 27), said she spent her first weeks on campus feeling a bit out of sorts. The New England culture was new. Like many incoming college students, being away from home was lonely, and Harvard at the outset was intimidating. Then, while dining one night in Annenberg Hall, she noticed a flier that said CSA was looking for undergraduates to mentor underprivileged high school students.“I just thought about how lucky I’d been,” she said. “I had parents who really emphasized college. I had good teachers. To be able to give someone else that kind of environment was really attractive to me. These kids are very smart. They just haven’t had the same kinds of opportunities and prepping that I did.”Founded in 2004 as part of an initiative to improve access to college for talented, economically disadvantaged students in the Boston and Cambridge areas, CSA brings students to campus for three consecutive summers in a rigorous academic program. Students live on campus and attend classes for five to seven weeks, and receive financial support in the form of laptop computers, stipends to replace lost summer earnings, year-round mentoring, and $3,000 scholarships to the colleges of their choice on completion.One of the cornerstones of CSA’s success is the close relationships that the children develop with Harvard students, such as Botchway, who serve as CSA mentors. Made up of Harvard undergrads as well as graduates of the program, Harvard mentors serve as teaching assistants, role models, and tutors, helping students with everything from course work to navigating relationships with their roommates.While Botchway thought she would be the one providing guidance, she was surprised to find that mentoring proved a two-way street. She gave her mentees help with homework or advice on the college selection process, and they helped her acclimate to her new home, guiding her through various neighborhoods, teaching her to navigate public transportation, and introducing her to Red Sox Nation.“They gave me as much as I gave them,” she said. “CSA became an integral part of my experience at Harvard. No matter what else was going on, it was the one thing that was unceasingly amazing.”Botchway enjoyed her role so much that she spent each undergraduate summer working for CSA, and will return this season. And as CSA has grown, she has been a key part of expanding the mentoring, which now includes tutoring for Crimson Scholars throughout the year.Mentoring came naturally to Botchway. While some struggle with the challenges of overseeing students just a few years younger than they are, Botchway was able to balance being supportive of her students with the responsibilities of a role model.“She exemplifies the kind of mentor that CSA strives to provide its scholars,” said Maxine Rodburg, who directs the program. “She’s always understood, admired, and supported the goal of CSA to help students reach their full potential. She has a deep sense of commitment and incredible passion for helping young people.”An organismic and evolutionary biology student and member of Dunster House, Botchway originally planned to go to medical school. But her time with CSA inspired her to continue working with Boston students. This fall, she’ll start teaching at the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a charter school in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.“My father emphasized from a young age that when you’re given something, you have to give back,” she said. “It’s not about how much you have. It’s about how much you give away.”last_img read more

Colombian Air Force Ramps Up UAV Program

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo June 18, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) brings forth a program designed to increase the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which provide real-time information to a ground-based team. FAC activated the UAV squadron as an essential component of the Hércules Task Force, a military unit created to cover the department of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia. The ceremony marking the activation of the UAV squadron and its launch facility took place May 14, 2018, at the Marco Fidel Suárez Military Aviation School of the 7th Air Combat Command in Cali, Colombia. FAC plans to implement UAV bases and squadrons throughout the country by 2030 as part of a project that includes manufacturing the aircraft. “We stepped up intelligence and reconnaissance maneuvers in the southwestern part of the country with the support of the U.S. government,” FAC Major General Rodrigo Alejandro Valencia Guevara, chief of the Aerial Operations Command, said during the ceremony. “The crews will put all their skills to the test as they work as ScanEagle and NightEagle aircraft operators and as video analysts.” Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance Colombia entered the UAV era in 2006 with the purchase of ScanEagles from U.S. firm Insitu. With training from U.S. Southern Command, FAC acquired experience and skills in handling and operating the UAV, as well as knowledge of the small aircraft’s capabilities. The ScanEagle is 1-by-3 meters and weighs 19 kilograms. “Each branch of the Armed Forces has some level of capability. The Army uses it for tactical missions; FAC at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels; the Navy for operations at sea; and the National Police at the tactical and operational levels,” FAC Major Adolfo Salamanca Guzmán, deputy director of modernization for the Department of Capabilities of the Office of Special Operations, told Diálogo. UAVs proved their efficacy on anti-terrorist, anti-narcotics, and anti-insurgency missions in sensitive areas of Colombia’s interior and along the border. The aircraft can even be used to fight forest fires and prevent natural disasters. “Having this tool allows us to be more effective in each operation. Having sufficient range and instant information allows for rapid decision-making,” FAC Colonel John Jairo López Oviedo, head of the UAV Department, told Diálogo. Great autonomy and lower costs Two hundred specialists organized into teams of five run the operations, each with a mission commander, an operator, an image analyst, and two technicians. “Missions using UAV offer a great deal of autonomy. For tactical, operational, and strategic purposes we have models that can perform well in each theater of operation. We can fly for 25 to 30 hours straight; no manned aircraft could give us that kind of range,” Col. López said. Their advantage lies in efficiency, coverage, safety, and cost. They can fly day or night at altitudes of 6,000 m. “They can’t be spotted, which makes intelligence work easier. With this tool, we don’t have to put personnel in the air, which always involves some sort of risk. We estimate the cost to be 40 percent less than what would be spent on an operation with manned aircraft,” Col. López added. “We improved our techniques and procedures, and we are the first military in the world to fly UAV out of international airports,” Col. López told Diálogo. “This means sharing airspace with manned commercial aircraft controlled by the civil aviation authority, made possible through the development of a strong operational safety component. The use of this type of aircraft in our Air Force is a significant experience for aviation. This tool represents the future of world aviation.” Quimbaya, Atlante, and Coelo FAC’s fleet of UAV comprises the ScanEagle and Hermes 450 and 900. These aircraft carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, as well as advanced air control, emergency and natural disaster monitoring, and protection of critical national infrastructure. The capabilities the fleet acquired led FAC to develop its own models through the Ministry of Defense and in partnership with the Colombian Aerospace Industry Corporation (CIAC, in Spanish), which move the Quimbaya, Atlante, and Coleo projects forward. “The design and development phase of the Quimbaya project is complete, and the prototype is ready. We will run tests in July [2018] and begin manufacturing the aircraft in 2019,” Retired FAC General Flavio Enrique Ulloa Echeverry, director of CIAC, told Diálogo. “It will be a tactical UAV for the Air Force and the National Police used mostly for surveillance of the country’s critical infrastructure.” Atlante II is a fiberglass aircraft weighing 750 kg with a flight ceiling of nearly 7,000 m and a flight range of 200 kilometers. FAC and the Spanish Army plan to use it to reinforce their surveillance capabilities in the next 20 years. Lastly, the Coelo project will serve the Colombian Army, Marines, and Jungle commando units of the National Police. “It is a light UAV weighing approximately 6 kg, so troops can carry it as part of their equipment and launch it by hand. It monitors a 10- to 15-km area during an operation,” Gen. Ulloa said.last_img read more

Chilean Army: Committed to Capacity Building, Interoperability

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook July 22, 2019 Since assuming command in March 2018, Army General Ricardo Martínez Menanteau, commander of the Chilean Army, has focused on an institutional challenge: to continue professionalizing his personnel to confront future challenges. Transforming the curriculum of officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) and continuous capacity building are his priorities. Diálogo spoke to Gen. Martínez to learn about his goals, the institution’s interoperability, and participation in regional training events, among other topics.Diálogo: What is your most important challenge as chief of the Chilean Army?Army General Ricardo Martínez Menanteau, commander of the Chilean Army: Leading an institution of more than 40,000 men and women who joined the Army to serve their country as their professional vocation. The most relevant capability of the Chilean Army is not its weapons or operations systems, it’s the quality of its human resources. The capability officers, NCOs, and soldiers have to meet the demands they’re entrusted with is our institution’s greatest value. Likewise, it’s important to me that Chileans respect and value the institution.Diálogo: You’re committed to institutional modernization and good practices. What developments have you made in this respect?Gen. Martínez: The Army initiated a process of transformation and modernization almost two decades ago; the structure of the land force was consolidated and we now have a professional army with an updated doctrine. The professionalization of officers and NCOs is one of my main objectives, that is why we updated the training curriculum in the main academies for officers and NCOs to train the type of officers and NCOs needed for future decades. Similarly, the Chilean Army is committed to having better control over its human and financial resources to assure the nation that our resources are used properly, thus raising the levels of integrity and transparency.Diálogo: What type of interagency work does the Chilean Army conduct by way of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, in Spanish)?Gen. Martínez: EMCO is responsible for the joint training of the Chilean Armed Forces, and the Army cooperates with means to achieve those objectives. We’re part of the National Humanitarian Demining Commission, which coordinates demining efforts according to Chile’s agreements in the Ottawa Convention, under which the military is committed to clearing the national territory of antipersonnel mines by 2020. Additionally, we support EMCO in assisting the population and advising civil authorities in a catastrophe.Diálogo: How are you organized to confront these catastrophes?Gen. Martínez: We have more than 1,000 soldiers ready to deploy from Arica to Porvenir, for example, to respond to forest fires. We have 34 relief and military rescue patrols; 35 fundamental emergency units; command posts ready to be deployed for use by civilian and military authorities, who are responsible for responding to these emergencies; a modular field hospital; and medical posts.Diálogo: In addition to peacekeeping missions, in what other international efforts is the Army involved in?Gen. Martínez: The Army, like Chile’s other institutions in the Armed Forces, cooperates with military observers in the India-Pakistan conflict, in the Middle East or wherever Chile has commitments. In that sense, we have a standby force ready to deploy in a joint and combined way with Argentina known as Southern Cross, with land, naval, and air components in order to undertake peacekeeping missions.Diálogo: What type of combined efforts does the Chilean Army conduct with the U.S. Army, specifically with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH)?Gen. Martínez: The United States is our main ally. Our relationship has been very solid for many years. We coordinate through EMCO, but we also work directly with ARSOUTH. We participate in Exercise Southern Star, and we have a training agreement with the U.S. 7th Special Forces Group. We also participate in PANAMAX, Fuerzas Comando, and Rim of the Pacific, among others. And this year, we will be at the Leapfest parachute competition for the first time. We also have scientific exchanges with the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command. In sum, a large part of our instruction and training budget is with the United States.Diálogo: What are the benefits of working with the United States and countries of the area to combat common threats?Gen. Martínez: The importance of these combined and joint exercises is having a common doctrine to consolidate a common language. Having different countries understand the same thing in order to conduct any activity is very relevant. Being able to conduct exercises in Chile, the United States, or in other countries of the Americas helps us update the doctrine, verify what the training is, establish parameters with equipment, and standardize procedures.Diálogo: What’s your message for regional army commanders?Gen. Martínez: The Chilean Army considers all armies of the region as comrades in arms who have the great responsibility of instructing and training our soldiers for the needs of the state and the region, and particularly of supporting citizens in case of a catastrophe.last_img read more

Branding lessons from The Amazing Race

first_imgMy oldest daughter and I recently auditioned for The Amazing Race at one of their casting calls. For those of you not into reality TV, The Amazing Race is a show where teams of two compete by racing around the world performing various tasks and challenges. While the audition was a total blast (and hopefully one day we’ll get the opportunity to compete), the show itself reminded me of several branding lessons.When it comes to building a successful brand at your credit union or bank, remember these Amazing Race principles:Think fast—In our tryout we had 90 seconds to tell the producers our story and why we would be perfect for their show. That’s not a ton of time at all. And when it comes to your financial institution’s story, you also don’t have much time to tell it. What is your unique selling/value proposition to consumers? Why should they choose your financial institution over all the others that are out there? You have to be able to answer those questions quickly (try about 30 seconds or less) and uniquely. When the cameras turned on, Elizabeth and I had to give a compelling short story and when consumers turn to you, your financial institution has to give quick answers for how you can help consumers achieve their financial goals.Involve a team—The Amazing Race is not like Survivor, where you compete as an individual. Rather teams of two run around the world. When it comes to running your brand, you can’t do it in a silo or a vacuum. It will take a total team approach. We remind our branding clients regularly, that great brands are built by people: by visionary leaders, by engaged employees and by loyal consumers. Your brand will not succeed without everyone working together to make it a success. Elizabeth and I made the audition a team effort rather than the “Mark Show” and you have to make your brand about others and not just marketing. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stonington Eagle Handed Over to Eagle Bulk

first_imgConnecticut-based operator of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of M/V Stonington Eagle, the third ship of the recently bought nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels from Greenship Bulk Trust.The 63,500 dwt Stonington Eagle, previously named JS Garonne, was built by Chinese shipbuilder Dayang Shipbuilding in 2012. Currently, the ship has a market value of USD 17.06 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The bulker joins the company’s fleet of 43 vessels on the water, including five Ultramaxes.The remaining six Ultramaxes are expected to be handed over to Eagle Bulk over the coming months. Following their delivery, the company’s owned fleet will consist of 49 bulkers.Under the deal, which was first unveiled in late February 2017, Eagle Bulk Shipping agreed to acquire six Crown-63 Ultramaxes, while an additional three ships were contingent upon final approval from Greenship’s unit holders. The approvals for the additional vessels were granted in March 2017.The company acquired the nine ships, to be renamed after Connecticut coastal towns, for a total of USD 153 million.last_img read more

Irish Continental Group scraps ferry deal with FSG

first_imgDublin-based maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) has terminated a contract with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for the construction of a new vessel for ICG’s subsidiary Irish Ferries. Posted: 4 months ago FSG files for insolvency Posted: 4 months ago The termination follows the financially-troubled yard making an application for insolvency in Germany earlier this year. Business & Finance No details on the potential alternative shipyard have been disclosed by ICG. center_img Commenting on the contract cancellation, ICG said: “As part of the original contract with the yard, ICG paid a deposit on this vessel for 20% (€33 million) of the purchase price with the remaining 80% due on delivery of the ship. This deposit was protected by third party guarantees and has now been returned to ICG.” The court has approved the application and ordered a provisional self-administration. The process is said to allow the company’s management to remain in control while the company restructures financially. Categories: The ship, intended for the Dublin-Holyhead route, was originally planned to be handed over to its owner in 2020. However, the delivery was subsequently delayed. Capable of transporting 1,800 passengers and crew and 1,526 cars or 300 trucks, it would have been the largest capacity vessel on the abovementioned route. In 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided €155 million to finance two eco-friendly new passenger and vehicle ships for Irish Ferries. The first ship, W.B.Yeats started service in January last year and the second, yet unnamed vessel, has now been cancelled.last_img read more

PCSS wins Universal Children’s Day Secondary School’s Debate

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 58 Views   one comment Share EducationLocalNewsSecondary PCSS wins Universal Children’s Day Secondary School’s Debate by: – November 25, 2011center_img Share Tweet Winners of the debate Donnell Defoe and Almira Lewis (L-R)Almira Lewis and Donnell Defoe of the Pierre Charles Secondary School (PCSS) are winners of the Universal Children’s Day 2011 Secondary School’s debate on the topic “Be it resolved that Dominican society is doing enough for the prevention of violence against children”.The debate which was organized by the Welfare Division was held at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday where the PCSS proposed the topic while Makeda Victor and Reena George of the North East Comprehensive opposed it.First speaker of the proposing side Donnell Defoe noted that while there has been a decrease so far for 2011 in the cases of violence against children, the society has been playing a pivotal role in that regard.“From the year 2008 there were 130 cases of child violence, in 2009 it increased to 177, in the year 2010 it soared all the way to 216 (that is an increase of 39 cases) in child violence and lastly in 2011 the number of cases went down to 183”. Despite the decrease in the year 2011 the numbers are still too high but something is being done about it.Opposing team from the North Eastern Comprehensive School, Reena George and Makeda Victor (L-R)Makeda Victor of the opposing side however argued that not enough is being done and that many instances seem to go unseen, un-reported or just simply fade away. Her colleague Reena George further emphasized the point that often violence towards children happens within the homes especially those with step parents.She explained these incidents often occur where a step father has violated his wife’s child and later said “she can’t be eating in my house just so”, and that the mother of the child said nothing. According to statistics quoted by George, there were 18 cases of incest in January of 2007. The teams were judged based on their analysis of proposition (10 points), use of evidence (10 points), soundness of arguments (10 points), organization of material (10 points), effectiveness of delivery (10 points), submission (10 points) and team effort (5 points).The proposing team won with a score of five hundred and twenty-eight (528) points while the opposing team scored five hundred and eighteen (518) points.Reena George of the opposing team copped the prize for best speaker.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Chelsea boss Lampard speaks on Abraham’s injury after Arsenal draw

first_img Chelsea boss Lampard refused to dampen down links with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on Monday, and injury to Abraham could increase the Blues’ need to recruit a striker in the January transfer window. Olivier Giroud reportedly wants to join Inter Milan to link back up with ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte, while Chelsea also have Michy Batshuayi as their other frontline striker. Read Also: Chelsea handed major injury blow after Arsenal draw Lampard reiterated that the club are more likely to look at loan deals than permanent transfers this month, as he plots his long-term strategy. “I know and I feel where we need strengthening,” he said. “It’s not going to be just January, this is more of a short-term window for us. “This season has given us some answers on the pitch in where we need to improve. But that’s not so much for this window.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea vs Arsenal| 2:2 All goals pic.twitter.com/j7DohlmZ2a— D.d-Sports (@Digyare4) January 22, 2020 Promoted Content6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Frank Lampard says Chelsea can cope without leading scorer Tammy Abraham after the England striker suffered an ankle injury scare in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with 10-man Arsenal. Abraham hobbled off the Stamford Bridge turf at full-time as Chelsea failed to capitalise on old boy David Luiz’s red card, thwarted by Hector Bellerin’s late equaliser. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham (centre) is helped off of the pitch at Stamford Bridge Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had scrambled Chelsea to victory with a neat finish only to see Bellerin steal a share of the spoils, after Gabriel Martinelli’s breakaway goal had cancelled out Jorginho’s penalty. Abraham has 13 Premier League goals for Chelsea in his breakthrough top-flight campaign with the Blues but boss Lampard was adamant his side could cope even if the England star faces a spell on the sidelines. Lampard said after the match that Abraham had had ice on his ankle but he was unaware of the severity of the injury. When asked if Chelsea could cope without Abraham, Lampard said: “Yes, yes, and we have the players there to do that. “I hope he’s not (out for several weeks) but then if he is, then yes we do have the players.” Loading… last_img read more

DOH probes case of possible coronavirus in Cebu City

first_imgThe DOH is also monitoring three otherindividuals from China who had flu-like symptoms when they landed at the Kaliboairport in Aklan, he said.  According to Dr. Ferchito Avelino,director of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the child arrived in Cebu City lastJan. 12 “to make arrangements to study English. The child was confined at ahospital the same day, he added.  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says they are currently investigating a pneumonia case of a five-year-old child in Cebu City for suspected novel coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. ABS-CBN NEWS The child “is still experiencing coughbut is currently stable,” he added. MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH)is investigating the case of a five-year-old child from Wuhan City in China aftertesting positive for a non-specific pancorona virus.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press conference on Tuesday thechild was recently admitted at a hospital in Cebu City for “manifesting fever,throat irritation and cough.” A new strain of coronavirus was recentlydiscovered in Wuhan and has infected 218 people.  The trio had no history of travel toWuhan or contact with any patient of the new coronavirus or sick animals, saidDuque.  Coronaviruses were previously thought tobe transmitted between animals and people. However, the new China virus iscontagious among humans, its health officials confirmed.  Common symptoms of coronavirus infectioninclude cough, fever, shortness of breath and breathing difficulty. In severecases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure andeven death, said Duque.  Pancoronavirus is a test that detectsany coronavirus, but cannot identify the particular strain. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold tomore severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) andSevere Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), according to the World HealthOrganization.   “Samplesfrom the boy, who experienced fever, throat irritation and cough, testednegative for MERS-COV and SARS, but tested positive for “non-specificpancoronavirus,” Duque III told reporters.  Specimen from the patient in Cebu Citywas sent to specialists in Australia to identify which coronavirus strain hecarried, said Duque.  The public should wash their handsfrequently, avoid contact with wild animals and people with flu-like symptoms,and cover the mouth or nose when coughing and sneezing, he said. (With a report from ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more