Region XVIII Championship Game Roundup: 4/10

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballRICHFIELD, Utah-Deng Dut posted 28 points and 9 assists on 8-15 from the field and KT Raimey added 23 points on 3-6 behind the arc as the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles got past Salt Lake Community College 94-84 at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday to clinch the Region XVIII tournament championship. The Golden Eagles next advance to the NJCAA Tournament April 19-24 at Hutchinson, Kan. Southern Idaho is presently 21-3 and concludes the SWAC portion of its schedule with a 14-2 mark in conference play.Bendji Pierre’s 14 points and 6 rebounds on 5-10 from the field led the Bruins (20-4, 12-4 in SWAC play) in the loss.Snow shooting guard Matt Norman (17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds per game in the tournament made the all-tournament team. He also shot 53 percent (8-15) from behind the arc in the tournament.  Here is the men’s all-tournament team joining Norman as follows:All-Tournament TeamTournament MVP: Deng Dut-Southern Idaho (17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds per game in the tournament)KT Raimey-Southern Idaho (17 points, 4 rebounds per game, 50 percent shooting from the field and the 3-point line in the tournament)Madit Lueeth-Southern Idaho (10 points per game, a perfect 4-4 from the field in the tournament)Marvin Price-SLCC (18 points, 3.5 rebounds per game, 50 percet shooting from the field and 3-point line in the tournament)Jackson Last-SLCC (12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds per game, 70 percet shooting from field, 50 percent from 3-point lie in the tournament)Jesse White-USU-Eastern Utah (15.5 points, 4 rebounds per game)Women’s BasketballRICHFIELD, Utah-Jordan Todd posted 15 points and 6 rebounds on 6-8 shooting as the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles routed Snow 83-57, winning the Region XVIII title Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center.Kaitlin Burgess, who was named the tournament MVP, added 14 points and 6 rebounds for Southern Idaho as the Golden Eagles improved to 19-5 and 12-4 in SWAC play. Burgess averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in this tournament for CSI.Danielle Ross had 15 points on 5-10 from the field in defeat for the Badgers, who end the season at 17-7 and 10-6 in SWAC play.Two Badgers were named to the all-region XVIII team. They include freshman guard Kennedy Eskelson, who averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in this tournament and freshman guard/forward Ashlee Edwards (14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game in the tournament).Southern Idaho next advances to the NJCAA Championship Tournament April 19-24 at Lubbock, Texas.The all-tournament team for the women is as follows:MVP: Kaitlin Burgess-Southern IdahoAll-Tournament Team:Awa Sidibe-SLCC (24 points, 11 rebounds in the Bruins’ only game of the tournament)Kinlee Toomer-USU-Eastern Utah-(11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game, 53 percent shooting from the field, 87 percent shooting from the foul line in the tournament)Courtney Stothard-Southern Idaho (9.5 points per game, 58 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent shooting behind the arc in the tournament)Kennedy Eskelson-Snow (12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds per game in the tournament)Jordan Todd-Southern Idaho (11 points, 6 rebounds per game, 64 percent shooting from the field)Ashlee Edwards-Snow (14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game in the tournament) Written bycenter_img April 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Region XVIII Championship Game Roundup: 4/10last_img read more

JASOLOSKY-SAXTON, LORRAINE “Carol”

first_img72, of Fort Myers, FL., formerly of Bayonne and West Milford, NJ, passed away on May 29, 2017 at home. Lorraine was born on November 4, 1944 in Bayonne, the daughter to the late Charles Jasolosky Sr. and Gloria (Colacino) Jasolosky. Lorraine was a home maker. She was a mother to Christopher, Peter, and Lori Saxton. Grandmother to Nicholas Houlihan and Rachel Hollerback. A sister to Mary Jane Jasolosky, Charles Jasolosky Jr. and his wife Mary, and Matthew Jasolosky and his wife Rosalie. Lorraine was predeceased by her sister Margaret “Peggy” Drygza. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral arrangements by AFFORDABLE CREMATIONS AND HORIZON Funeral Home, 1605 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL.last_img

Coffee#1 reports 30% sales increase

first_imgSA Brain & Co, parent company of Coffee#1, has announced a 30% rise in sales compared to last year for the coffee shop. Coffee#1, which contributes to around 10% of total group sales for the company, expanded by nine outlets this year, with plans to open its 50th in Fareham next month.SA Brain chief executive, Scott Waddington, said: “When we bought the business, our first target was to get to a milestone of 50, which we will achieve in April.“We have already mapped out a target of cities and towns where we want to be over the next five years, which will take us to 100 outlets.”Waddington said the new outlets would open in places where it already exists, as well as new market town locations. However, it would not move towards the Thames Valley.The Cardiff-based firm will employ 380 people in the Coffee#1 outlets when it opens its 50th store.last_img read more

Watch The Disco Biscuits Perform “Cyclone” At Last Year’s Dominican Holidaze [Pro-Shot]

first_imgSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/1/16Set One: Floes, King of the World-> Cyclone-> Little Betty Boop (inverted)-> Run Like Hell-> Spraypaint Victory (ending only)Set Two: Spraypaint Victory-> Digital Buddha (inverted)-> Confrontation (inverted)-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only) On December 1st of 2016, The Disco Biscuits helped kick off Dominican Holidaze, the tropical vacation turned music festival in Punta Cana. Now, the festival has released new pro-shot footage from the festival’s first night featuring the Philly-born jamtronica outfit. The new video shows The Biscuits tearing up “Cyclone,” a track that was situated in the first half of the Biscuit’s first set after set opener “Floes” and a direct transition from “King of the World.” You can watch the video and check out a setlist from The Disco Biscuits’ Holidaze performance below.last_img read more

Hayley Jane Welcomes Members Of Twiddle, moe., & More At The Adirondack Independence Music Festival

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.[cover photo by Marcy Duniga] Hayley Jane & The Primates had an action-packed performance at The Adirondack Independence Music Festival in Lake George NY on Sunday. Their 75-minute set welcomed a multitude of special guests, including members of Twiddle, moe., Mike Gordon Band, and Funky Dawgs Brass Band. The first surprise of the set came during “Mama” and “Man Acrylic,” featuring Mike Gordon Band percussionist Craig Myers. Later on in the set, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle and Vinnie Amico of moe. came through for an extended version of “I Can Do It,” which you can watch in the video below. To close the set, Funky Dawgz Brass Band saxophonist Tommy Weeks added flavor to “Make It Alright.”Setlist: Hayley Jane & The Primates | The Adirondack Independence Music Festival | 9/3/17In My Mind, We Found Out, Garden Of Eden, Mama*, Man Acrylic*, Lose You, Cosmic Katrina, I Can Do It**, Hurricane Jane, Make It Alright***, Madeline > Creatures*w/ Craig Myers on percussion**w/ Mihali Savoulidis on guitar and Vinnie Amico on drums***2/ Tommy Weeks on saxophoneHayley Jane brilliantly heightens the energy when she joins a band as a special guest, and that was proven continuously throughout the day at The Adirondack Independence Music Festival. Hayley Jane joined Barika for an improvised version of Rob Base‘s “Joy And Pain,” Gratefully Yours for a soulful rendition of “Tennessee Jed,” and closed out the festival with Twiddle for a cover of “What I Got” by Sublime.Check out Twiddle’s set below, as uploaded by edmund.edwards:Hayley Jane is hosting a sold-out music/yoga retreat called “Unleash Your Wild Woman” this weekend in Vermont. Hayley Jane and The Primates perform next at Wormtown Music Festival in Greenfield MA. The band’s new album, We’re Here Now, drops on September 29th.For fans of Hayley Jane and Vinnie Amico, don’t miss them at this month’s Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 23 & 24. Hayley Jane will lead a tribute to female rockers of the 1990s, dubbed Bitch!, where she’ll be backed by Tim Palmieri, Chris DeAngelis, and Adrian Tramontano from Kung Fu and Richard James of Pink Talking Fish. Hayley Jane will also join Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven) for a wild drum-and-keys project, dubbed Oktopus.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsVinnie Amico will participate in a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, alongside his bandmate Al Schnier, Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), GAB bassist Brett Bass, with special guests Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. Vinnie and Schnier will also be teaming up with Mike Gantzer, Dave Loss, Evan McPhaden, and Rob Houk of Buffalo’s Aqueous for an unforgettable set of moe. songs, Aqueous songs, and choice covers, dubbed “moe.queous.”Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Michael League, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!last_img read more

A church rises again

first_imgHAYNEVILLE, Ala. — One afternoon this week, George Thampy ’10, a chemistry concentrator, joined four other Harvard undergraduates on a low scaffold at a nearly completed church in this small south-central Alabama town. Their task was to screw a heavy wood panel onto the rafters.Thampy stretched both arms wide. When the board still wobbled, he did what any good Harvard student would: He used his head.The Mather House senior won’t always be working on scaffolds. After graduation, he plans a career in finance. But this week he is one of 22 Harvard undergraduates using their Alternative Spring Break to do finishing work on a new Hayneville Church of Christ. The original burned down, an arson target, in 2008. Said Thampy, “I’m irrepressibly happy to be here.”Marcel Moran ’11 (from left), George Thampy ’10, Nworah Ayogu ’10, Rachael Goldberg ’12, and Kennedy Mukuna ’12 offer numerous helping hands.The Harvard workers are along on one of 10 domestic public service trips sponsored this year by the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). They made the 21-hour drive to Alabama in three PBHA vans.Along the way, Emmett Kistler ’11 stopped in his native New Jersey to renew his license so he could help with the driving. “For us, this is grounding,” said the Eliot House junior. “You get down here, and it’s revitalizing.”There’s more, too. “Before I got here, I didn’t know how to swing a hammer,” he said.“It’s fun to do something tangible,” said Marcel Moran ’11, one of four co-leaders on the Hayneville trip. “It’s using your brain in a whole new way.”This week, students are tackling a wide range of construction work, painting, staining, tiling, putting up sheet rock, installing siding, and building scaffolds. “We’re at the finishing steps of this church,” said Moran, a pre-med student on his third service trip. “So precision is the key.”There were three volunteer experts on site Tuesday (March 16). “We do the work,” said Moran, “but they’re showing us how to do it.”Standing nearby in the carport was William “Bill” Gorsline, an Illinois information technology consultant and volunteer carpenter. “They send us pretty talented kids,” he said of the PBHA workers. “They can’t get enough of this. They want to learn it all.” He was working with two other experienced construction mentors, Joe Piekos and George Holtz.Gorsline, who volunteers on behalf of St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, recognizes that other kinds of learning are going on too. He took his own children on a work trip to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. “They were in tears for the whole week, “ he said.Joseph Gaspard ’12, a government concentrator, was cutting tile on a wet saw. It buzzed and whined, and a cloud of mist shot from the back. “This is more hands-on than I’m ever going to get,” he said. Careful and intent at the saw, Gaspard wore an Adams House T-shirt, old jeans cinched with kneepads, safety glasses, and a dust mask.This is better than a standard break, he said, because, “I’ve done the whole sitting-on-the-beach thing before.”Will Quinn ’10 of Winthrop House braced his feet and lowered a portable cement mixer into a 5-gallon bucket. It was his second PBHA alternative spring break trip, he said, but his first time using a cement mixer. Quinn pressed the trigger, and a sheet of gray slurry sloshed over the wrists of Trevor Bakker ’10, who had crouched to steady the bucket.Bakker has applied to Oxford, where he plans to pursue a one-year master’s degree this fall before embarking on a career of human rights law. Meanwhile, he is learning how to lay tile. Does that compare to studying governments? “Certainly, there is little room for error in tiling,” said Bakker.This is the 12th PBHA service trip Tim McCarthy has directed, all in the South and all to rebuild churches. McCarthy, who is a lecturer on history and literature, works with Harvard students from the Phillips Brooks House Association’s Alternative Spring Break program.Tim McCarthy ’93 looked in on the cement mixing. This is the 12th PBHA service trip he has directed, all in the South and all to rebuild churches. McCarthy, a big man in a tails-out white shirt and a ball cap, is a lecturer in history and literature and public policy at Harvard and director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center.He started taking such trips as a graduate student at Columbia University. “I was really transformed by the experience, and found my herd, so to speak,” said McCarthy.In the spring of 2001, he led Harvard’s first Alternative Spring Break trip, and has since squired hundreds of undergraduates — “some of Harvard’s best souls,” he said — on similar work trips. “I’m on my own spiritual journey,” said McCarthy. “This is part of it.”There is time on these trips for intellectual engagement too. At one point, McCarthy stood in the unfinished carport for an animated conversation with three students. “We were trying to solve the affirmative-action problem,” he said later of the discussion, while heading back to work. “Now we’re going to put up a ceiling.”To get to Hayneville, population 700, you drive down Lowndes County Route 26. Two lanes of blacktop cut through a screen of sticklike trees hung with Spanish moss. Just beyond the trees are placid creeks, pale yellow dirt driveways, neat doublewides, sparkling ponds, and rolling acres of pasture for goat, cattle, and horse farms.But Hayneville wasn’t always a crossroads in picture-book farmland. It is a former Ku Klux Klan stronghold, 20 minutes by car from Montgomery, the first capital of the Confederacy. It is a few minutes south of where the Selma protest march broke the back of Jim Crow segregation in 1965.Before then, said 57-year-old Martin McCall Sr., “I was scared to come to Hayneville because of the KKK. We got people shot right in the street here.”McCall, pastor at Hayneville Church of Christ, said most church burnings in the South even today are racially motivated. But the 2008 fire that burned down the old church was “a break-in that went bad,” he said, set by a black man later convicted of the crime.“They saved only the front porch,” said McCall of local firefighters, who kept running out of water. “It was horrible to watch.”Building a new church  — brick and wood, like the old one — has cost about $260,000 so far, said McCall, a mason and carpenter who did much of the work himself. Insurance money helped, but so did $100,000 donated by local residents, “white and black,” he said.The PBHA volunteers help too.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said McCall. “It’s like the angels from heaven came down and blessed the congregation.”last_img read more

Social Work Students Determine Homeless Youth Count Methods

first_imgSeven Saint Mary’s seniors in professor Frances Kominkiewicz’s social work class will be assisting the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County in its research  concerning the best possible way to determine the number of homeless youths in the South Bend area. The students are seeking out and contacting agencies who can provide information on youth, and in turn finding ways to better count homeless youth, Kominkiewicz said.“If we are unable to effectively locate the homeless youth, we will be unable to determine their specific needs and then work at meeting those needs,” Kominkiewicz said. “This research has great importance to the community as well as nationally by finding the best practices to locate homeless youth.”Students conducted qualitative interviews to learn more about the methods of local and national agencies for counting homeless youth, what services had been provided to the youth and what legal procedures were part of the process, senior Meghan Thornton said.“The individuals and organizations/agencies were selected because they are indirectly or directly in contact with the homeless youth around the nation,” Thornton said. “They are the experts in this field. They all have one goal in mind and that is ending the homeless youth population.”Senior Kelly Key said she and her classmates are aware of the fallibility of these research methods. Other agencies have run into problems conducting similar surveys, including double counting, trying to locate the homeless youth, volunteer bias and the length of the survey, Key said.Thornton said working in tandem with the Youth Service Bureau will help her and her classmates determine how to find the best methods of research, as well benefit the growing homeless population in the surrounding community by raising awareness.“Youth homelessness is a growing concern in the United States,” Thornton said. “… There are approximately 1.6-2 million homeless youth in the United States.”Senior Kelly Crooks said she interviewed four of the 11 confidential informants and was responsible for writing literature reviews and researching lifestyles of homeless youth. The Saint Mary’s students also learned how to complete an IRB proposal and analyze data — valuable skills in the social work field, Crooks said.“This process was extremely valuable for me,” Crooks said. “I think it prepared me well for what I will experience in graduate school.”Research is one of the 10 competencies required for the social work major, Kominkiewicz said.“We are teaching students social work research methods on a graduate basis since the research methods course can be used to meet graduate social work requirements,” Kominkiewicz said. “Students must be able to be producers and consumers of research. To most effectively achieve this, students need to actually have an opportunity to conduct community-based research.”As a former member of the research committee at the Youth Service Bureau, Kominkiewicz said she recognizes the significance community-based research has in higher education.“The Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County has served as a Social Work field practicum site for many years with Shotunus Peterson serving as the field instructor,” she said. ”Shotunus and the Youth Service Bureau have always worked with us, and have consistently been at the forefront of social work education.”Key said the research began in November and its findings will be shared with the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County in December.“I hope that our research project will educate the South Bend community and that the community will become aware of this growing issue,” Key said. “I also hope that this will help promote Youth Service Bureau and all of their services that they provide for the community.“The more information we have on counting and serving homeless youth, the better Youth Service Bureau will be able to serve them, thus bettering the community. We desire to publish this study to contribute to the greater research community, so more individuals and organizations can utilize this information.”The Youth Service Bureau will be working with the SMC college community as well as other community resources to locate volunteers.For information on how to volunteer at The Youth Service Bureau contact Christina McGovern at 574-235-9231 or [email protected]: social work, Youth Service Bureaulast_img read more

Chautauqua County DMVs Remain Closed Amid Confusion From Albany

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – The date when DMV locations in Chautauqua County will reopen to the pubic still remains unknown.Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says that even though New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that DMVs in the state would reopen last Tuesday, he says that only applies to state-run locations.“They opened on Tuesday to do drop box and mail-in work as the county operated DMVs have been doing all along,” said Barmore in a news release. “There are no in-person visits allowed in New York State.”The Clerk says currently vehicle registrations can be renewed by drop box or mail as well as plate surrenders and new vehicle registrations. When DMVs re-open, he says they those services will continue to be done remotely.Services that require an in-person visit, like CDL testing, licensing, driver’s license renewals and upgrades are currently unavailable.The Clerk says that when reopening happens, in-person visits will require an appointment.“We have already been told by NYS that permit testing for Class D licenses will not be available until a later time,” said Barmore. “Driver’s licenses that have expired on March 1, 2020 or later are extended indefinitely so there is no need to worry if your license has already or is about to expire. You can renew your driver’s license online if you desire.”He says those who need to get an eye test should have the results sent to DMV electronically.“If you received a license renewal in the mail, you can mail it to the state, but the eye test form enclosed must be filled out by an optician,” furthered Barmore. “The federal government has announced that New Yorkers will not need a Real ID compliant license to fly domestically until October 1, 2021.”Currently, the local DMV is under orders to work at 40% staffing, so the Clerk asks residents to be patient when mailing or placing drop box requests.He says when the locations are ready to re-open for in-person visits, the news will be announced on the local DMV Facebook page.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force E-99 Planes Undergo Modernization

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 04, 2017 E-99 planes were used during Pope Francis’s visit to Brazil in 2013, and they were also employed in the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games. Now they are in service in one of the largest air defense operations ever conducted by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym), Operation Ostium. “These are extremely strategic planes for the FAB, because they enable us to extend our decision-making capability further. “In relative terms, it’s as though the E-99 were an advanced aerial CINDACTA,” Brigadier General Márcio Bruno Bonotto stated, comparing the plane’s surveillance capability with that of the Integrated Air Traffic Control and Air Defense Center (CINDACTA, per it’s Portuguese acronym), which are ground-based FAB units that monitor and control air traffic across Brazil. Brig. Gen. Bonotto is president of the Coordinating Committee of Combat Aircraft Program, which operates in the aeronautics re-engineering area, and is at the forefront of the fleet modernization process of five Early Air Warning and Control aircraft, called E-99s. He stated that the first of them to be withdrawn from operation is now at Embraer’s facilities. Embraer is the Brazilian company responsible for fulfilling the FAB’s modernization contract. In the city of Gavião Peixoto, in the interior of São Paulo state, the plane’s electronic warfare, command-and-control, electronic countermeasures, radar, and air defense systems are being upgraded. “The body on our E-99 planes is quite new, but the sensors wear out and become obsolete more rapidly due to technological advances,” Brig. Gen. Bonotto explained, discussing the reasons that justify the need to modernize the planes. It is projected that work on this first unit will be completed in early 2019, and that by 2021, all five planes will have their capabilities upgraded. Through this process, it is anticipated that the equipment can be used for two more decades. “When this kind of modernization is done, folks expect that it should be useful for 15 to 20 years, because it is a very large financial investment,” Brig. Gen. Bonotto asserted. The E-99 planes are flown by the Guardian Squadron, headquartered in Anápolis, in the state of Goiás, due to its strategic location. “From that city, it is possible to deploy rapidly to any point in Brazilian territory,” the FAB Public Affairs Office stated. Systems and capabilities When they began development in the 1990s, today’s E-99 planes were called R-99A. R-99s, then called R-99Bs, were also acquired in that era, according to information from FAB Public Affairs. Both models were commissioned to integrate the Amazon Surveillance System equipment set, a branch of a larger program, the Amazon Defense System, whose purpose was to defend and guarantee Brazil’s sovereignty over that region of the country. The first E-99 aircraft units were delivered to the FAB in 2002, and they initially focused their operations on the Amazon region, but the FAB later saw that they could be used in many other missions due to their high sky-scanning capacity. What distinguishes the E-99 model is its antenna attached to the upper part of the fuselage. This radar is important for overcoming the deficiencies of fixed radars, which often have blind spots due to a bulkhead that limits their view. “Radar is nothing more than an electronic eye. If something is covered up, people can’t see it. This plane increases our capacity to defend our airspace because it’s mobile; our personnel place the radar at the location and distance where it’s needed,” explained Brig. Gen. Bonotto. The radar on the E-99 currently has coverage of over 300 miles. By upgrading the equipment, its range capacity can be doubled, exceeding 600 miles. “This may vary according to the target’s profile and altitude. If the radar detects a fighter plane, what we see is a small image,” Brig. Gen. Bonotto stated. “But if it’s a larger plane, our personnel are able to identify it from a greater distance, because the object has a larger profile. For some target profiles, the radar will be capable of doubling its range with this upgrade.” The FAB’s five E-99 airplanes will also have their electronic warfare, command-and-control, and electronic countermeasure systems upgraded. “Electronic warfare systems are technologies that prevent another aircraft from interfering in our data reception,” explained FAB Public Affairs. Similarly, electronic countermeasure systems are capable of preventing an opponent from jeopardizing the progress of a mission. “For example, if my opponent interferes with my radar so that I can’t see what it’s showing, he is using electronic measures. I have to be able to block his action. That’s why we use what are called electronic countermeasures,” Brig. Gen. Bonotto clarified. Command-and-control systems are those that “cause the information to flow from the highest decision-making level down to the executor,” according to Brig. Gen. Bonotto. “Command and control is, in fact, the capacity to manage what is occurring and be able to make the correct decisions at the right time,” he concluded. Planning systems When it was signed in 2013, the modernization contract for these five E-99 units was estimated to be an investment of about $137 million. This figure included the acquisition of six mission-planning and analysis systems. This equipment enables step-by-step operational planning and the transmission of all that data to the aircraft’s systems. Additionally, it allows everything that happens during the flight to be logged for later review and analysis by the crew. E-99 airplanes come equipped with this capability, but now it will be improved and used in the service members’ training.last_img read more

Jean Chatzky: Find the high yields

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How’s this for a riddle? What’s high yield, liquid and low risk? Nothing, you’re probably thinking — not in this market, anyway.But, in fact, a checking account may be the answer. According to new Bankrate research, the average high-yield checking account pays 1.66 percent. And Bankrate found 20 checking accounts that pay an interest rate of 2 percent or more. The accounts are offered by banks and credit unions, and nearly half are available nationwide.With the average 5-year CD yielding 0.86 percent, high-yield checking might appeal to you as a savings alternative. Locking your money up in a CD when interest rates are poised to increase in the not-too-distant future might be unappealing, as well. In fact, one of these checking accounts may well be an offer you can’t refuse, but first you should consider the fine print — and alternatives. Read on. continue reading »last_img read more