By Dialogo September 19, 2012 On September 17, in the Northern region of Brazil, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force started Operation Amazon. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Defense, the three Forces train together for the aerial defense. These maneuvers aim to develop the logistic process and military communications, as well as strengthen operational doctrine, which are vital for the Armed Forces. During the operation, the Brazilian Air Force is testing a new command and control format. The aerial command is located in Manaus, while the center responsible for the execution of the missions is in Rio de Janeiro, over 2,485 miles away. “Our goal is to use the new process during large events, such as the Confederation Cup and the World Cup”, states the Air Force Commander for the Operation Amazon, Lieutenant General Antonio Carlos Egito do Amaral. According to the Lt. Gen., the system will allow each host city to have a decentralized aerial center of operations during the games. In the operation, for instance, there will be a strategic simulated attack involving A-1 and F-5M fighters, control aircrafts, alarm and in-flight refueling. “In the new system, the guidelines for action come from the command, in Manaus. The planning is executed in Rio de Janeiro and the airplanes take off to the mission from various parts of the country, like Anapolis, Porto Velho, and Manaus, toward a simulated target”, explains the commander. The general officer is in the capital city of the State of Amazonas with the military members who are taking part in the joint training. The aerial command center is located in CINDACTA IV (Forth Integrated Aerial Defense and Aerial Traffic Control Center). The area of scope for Operation Amazon includes the states of Acre, Rondonia, Para, and Amazonas. The Brazilian Air Force is mobilizing, both direct and indirectly, almost 6 thousand military members from 16 squadrons and other 12 units from different parts of the country. In total, 36 aircrafts are participating in Operation Amazon, including helicopters, reconnaissance, fighters, transportation and refueling airplanes. Since 2002, this is the 10th exercise of such caliber in the Amazon, with the goal of improving collaboration of all military forces to act in a coordinated and efficient manner to defend this region.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to dump four to eight inches of snow on Long Island overnight Wednesday into Thursday—making it the third snow storm to hit LI this week.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the New York Metro area. The rain is expected to change to snow when temperatures drop from above freezing Wednesday down into the 20s Thursday.“Rain mixes with sleet and snow this evening…before changing to all snow by midnight,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Snow may be heavy at times late tonight through Thursday morning…before tapering off Thursday evening.”The snow is expected to reduce visibility—to as low as a quarter mile at times—and coat roadways in ice, making travel dangerous. It will also be dangerously cold, with wind chills expected to hit a low of zero Thursday night.Forecasters suggest drivers stay off the roads, only travel if there’s an emergency and if travel is necessary, pack a flashlight, food and water just in case.Once the storm passes, the weekend forecast include sunny skies with temps in the 20s Friday warming up to the 30s Saturday and Sunday.
While reading Sports Illustrated, I noticed an article on William “the fridge” Perry. Perry was a 300 lb. defensive player for Clemson and then the Chicago Bears. He became famous with the Bears as a blocking back when the offense was inside the 5-yard line. Seldom could the defense stop the running back when Perry got the leading block.Unfortunately, Wm. Perry lacked commitment and soon gained weight and drifted out of the NFL. That lack of commitment led him to a weight of 450 lb. today. He doesn’t follow his doctors orders, he walks with a walker when he is able, and basically just loafs and drinks.People, like Perry, have led the NFL in the creation of an orientation program for their rookies. They hope to instruct them in how to adjust to a new life with money and fame. Too bad Wm. Perry was not able to make the adjustment. Thankfully, Perry’s friends have not given up on him!
23 Jan 2015 Top players to become England selectors Sophie Walker and Rachel Jennings, who were top England amateurs before embarking on professional careers, are joining England Golf as selectors for the women’s and girls’ teams.They will attend championships and training sessions this season and help to pick the players who will represent England in international championships and matches.Sophie Walker, 30, (pictured top) was both the English girls’ and women’s stroke play champion as an amateur and has a degree in sports science and management. She is just starting her ninth season on the Ladies European Tour and is keen to forge closer links between the amateur and professional game, believing there should be a seamless continuation between the two.Rachel Jennings, 26, was a Curtis Cup player who won the English girls’ and French lady junior titles before turning professional. But after two seasons she decided that Tour life was not for her and is now the mother of a five-month-old daughter and works in the insurance industry. “Looking back I realise I wanted a career, while carrying on playing golf,” she said.Rebecca Wood, Women’s Performance Manager for England Golf said: ”I am so excited about Sophie and Rachel becoming women and girls’ selectors for 2015, they will add a tremendous amount of value to the selection committee and the programme with their knowledge and experience.“Sophie is an experienced LET player who is so passionate about her home country and forging links between the amateur and professional games. Rachel was a very successful amateur, loved representing England and her experiences as a professional can be used positively to educate the players in the pathway. They will both be very positive role models for the programme.“Sophie and Rachel join Anne Baines, Chris Pascall, Elaine Ratcliffe and myself on this year’s selection committee. I cannot thank these volunteers enough for their time, professionalism and passion for the role.”As well as helping to select players, Sophie and Rachel both feel that sharing their experiences with up-and-coming amateurs will be useful for those who are considering professional careers.Both are also keen to put back into the game. “I really enjoyed being involved with England as an amateur and I’ve always wanted to give back,” said Sophie, who is based in Lincolnshire and represents Forest Pines.“I know what to look for in a player and it’ll be interesting to see how good they are. I was lucky enough to play in pretty much every team I wanted, but you only do that if you’re winning or performing well.”Rachel, from Staffordshire, added: “I want to give something back, help the younger players coming along and help England to be successful. We’ve both got a lot we can tell the girls and they can ask us for advice – and they’ll know that we can remember being watched by the selectors too!”Image © Tristan Jones/LET
By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen |COLTS NECK – Holly Morgan was leaving the home of a friend she had been visiting on Raleigh Pass when she noticed people arriving with trays of food at the house next door.“I didn’t have a good feeling about that,” she thought at the time.As she later discovered, that house belonged to the Baldassare family, who had just lost their 20-year-old son and brother, Marine Cpl. Daniel Baldassare, a crew member on the KC-130 Marine aircraft that crashed in a rural Mississippi field on July 10, killing all 16 service members on board.Baldassare had attended Colts Neck High School with Morgan’s daughter, Samantha Turano, 22. Morgan would wave to him as he drove through the development of single-family homes and garden apartments in his small pick-up truck. It was dark green, she thinks.She knew his stepmother Kelley, but not his father Vincent nor his sister Felicia. She knew he joined the U.S. Marines during his high school senior year, a goal he’d had since middle school.“I wanted to embrace the family — their son was about the same age as my daughter,” she explained. “But I wanted to give them their space.”The next day Morgan noticed someone had planted small American flags around the Raleigh Pass cul-de-sac. That sparked an idea. Why not extend the flags out onto both sides of Colts Neck Boulevard which runs the length of the development, nearly a full mile?She Googled New Jersey flags makers and flag sellers, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, and U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting offices, hoping they could donate flags. She posted her plan on residential development’s website and the Facebook page.Crystal Kaplan of Exeter Pass, a volunteer who plans family social events for the community, spread the word. She had lost an uncle in a military helicopter accident and also wanted to be a good neighbor and citizen.Boxes of flags began arriving. Offers of flags began arriving. Morgan drove all over New Jersey to pick them up. Other residents of The Grande development took up the cause and dropped off flags at her apartment on Hancock Pass. She lost count of the number of flags she received.“Maybe 4,000?” she said when pressed. A friend stored the overflow at her home.Morgan also gathered about 30 volunteers and late Monday afternoon they began planting the flags at The Grande and at Colts Neck High School, where a memorial service was held Tuesday morning on the football field for Baldassare, a former member of the school’s team. Even when a thunderstorm moved in around 9:30 that night and chased away most of the volunteers, Morgan and her other daughter Terri, 10, who will be a fifth grader at the Conover Road Elementary School this fall, and a few others kept working.Maryse Markowitz of Exeter Pass was returning home Monday night from her job at the Freehold Raceway Mall, which closes at 9:30 p.m. When she turned into the development and saw all the flags, she said she choked up.“It was just so moving and it was so quiet,” she said. “I didn’t know the boy, but I have a 20-year-old daughter.“All these people wanted was to honor him,” she said. “I have a strong and powerful faith and these people proved there is goodness in this world.”Glenn Taglieri, also of Exeter Pass, echoed her sentiment.“Just when you give up on people, something like this happens that restores your faith,” he said, adding his daughter was a classmate of Baldassare. “He always wanted to be a Marine and he accomplished that goal in his short life. My wife said other people live long lives and never achieve their goals.”Morgan, who didn’t really want the attention her desire to do something for the Baldassare family has brought her, said there was a kind of selfish reason behind her effort.“I want my daughter Terri to be the kind of kid who goes the extra mile and to not expect anything in return for it,” she explained. “I want her to forget all this materialistic nonsense and dare to be like Danny. To live and be kind and be different … dare to do it.”This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. This article was corrected online to reflect the correct spelling of Morgan.
BOB BAFFERT, DORTMUND, WINNER, AND ONE LUCKY DANE. SECOND: “It’s exciting. I’ve been in this position before. You get excited when you know you have a legit contender, just like last year when Art Sherman went through it with California Chrome.“The feeling is like we’ve been here before; just enjoy the moment because the next race (Kentucky Derby on May 2) is going to be the one. It’s good to see this horse just really developing the way he has from his first start. I just love the way he ran today.“When we bought him, he looked like a really good horse, but he was just a big horse, and sometimes they don’t turn out. He’s a big, long-legged horse. When he made the lead and when he gets by himself like that, he’ll idle on you a little bit, so he had to keep going.“One Lucky Dane, he’s a good horse. He showed that last time. This distance is not going to be a problem for him. He’ll go to the (Kentucky) Derby. He qualified in Bob Baffert’s eyes (in addition to points). I don’t need 40 points. They’ve got to qualify in my eyes.“They’ll ship out of here maybe in another couple weeks. I’ll make that call later.”Asked about American Pharoah and his race next Saturday in the Arkansas Derby: “This is the time of the year where we take nothing for granted, we work hard, we have a great team and American Pharoah is doing fantastic. We want to get there in top form and healthy. That’s the battle right there. We have good horses. I can’t believe I’m so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds like I have.”KALEEM SHAH, OWNER OF DORTMUND: “Just to have a horse in the Santa Anita Derby is a thrill, but to run this well and win it, is unbelievable. Ever since the San Felipe, this has been like March Madness for me. To be going to the Kentucky Derby with an undefeated horse like this and to be compared to horses like Seattle Slew and Smarty Jones is just amazing. We have these colors (red, white and blue) because I am very patriotic. I have strong feelings about this country ever since I became a naturalized citizen (in 1989). MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “This is my first win in the Santa Anita Derby. There are a lot of ‘firsts’ with him for me. He was really comfortable. The main thing for me today was to break well and put him in a good position.“Even though he’s won all his races, he’s still learning. He can play around a bit but when someone comes to him, or I ask him to go, he becomes push-button and he just takes off.“I never had the chance to ride American Pharoah except in his first time out. But American Pharoah just drags me in the morning; wherever you want to go, however far you want to go, he drags you there. Dortmund, just gallops along, but he isn’t aggressive about it. They’re different in that way but they’re both very good horses.” NOTES: Winning owner Kaleem Shah is from San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, ONE LUCKY DANE, SECOND: “I had a good trip. No excuse. I put him right behind with the speed, but the winner was just the best. He was much the best. My horse was still running to the end. My horse ran really good, really good. He surprised me today. He made a good move at the end.(The best thing about his performance?): “This will help a lot in the (Kentucky) Derby. I think this horse can run all day. He’s still learning. He’s a big horse, good-sized for two turns. I think this race will be a lot of help.” MIKE SMITH, BOLO, THIRD: “We didn’t win today, but the good thing is that we know how talented he is on the grass. So we’ll just have to regroup and start our campaign back on grass. We couldn’t have had a better trip – it was perfect. We went three wide, but I was fine with it. I just didn’t have the horse to go with him. He just struggled with the surface.” WHAT ABOUT THE MEDIA CIRCUS LEADING INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS? “I’m looking forward to everything. Those are good problems to have. It means you have a horse in the race.” -30- TRAINER QUOTES