Childs’ double-double leads BYU past Northwestern St. 82-57

first_imgNovember 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Childs’ double-double leads BYU past Northwestern St. 82-57 Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Yoeli Childs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Yoeli Childs scored 18 points and collected 15 rebounds and BYU beat Northwestern State 82-57 on Tuesday night.Laterrance Reid’s jumper brought Northwestern State within 20-19 before Connor Harding buried a 3-pointer, Childs threw down a dunk and Jashire Hardnett buried a 3 as part of an 8-0 BYU run. The Cougars closed out the first half with a 10-0 run, led 42-25 at intermission and were never threatened. BYU started the second half with another 8-0 run for a 25-point lead.BYU shot 48 percent from the field to Northwestern State’s 31 percent.Dalton Nixon started and tied a career high with 15 points for BYU. Connor Harding’s 11 points and Gavin Baxter’s four blocks were also career bests.Ishmael Lane scored 18 points for the Demons, John Norvel scored 13 and Larry Owns added 12. Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

Adjunct-Respiratory Care

first_imgRequisition ID: req3045Job Title: Adjunct-Respiratory CareDepartment: Allied HealthLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $52.88 per contact hourSchedule: Hours vary depending on course assignment; day,evening, or weekend hoursJob Description:The CollegeCommunity colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at severalregional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from anengaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewardsinnovation and vision.We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, andprofessional development opportunities. We are dedicated toensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staffreflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be acentral part of a community that embraces differences andcelebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that defineCentral Ohio.The CityColumbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential job functions described in this positiondescription.Since every duty associated with this position may not be describedherein, employees may be required to perform duties notspecifically spelled out in the job description, but which may bereasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of theirduties just as though they were actually written out in thisposition description.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Respiratory Care position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students.The Adjunct role provides instruction and monitorsteaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach, Planningand OrganizingESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSInstruction and Student LearningTeaches assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primaryresponsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum inconjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both the rigorof programs and the quality of instruction. Considers individualdifferences of students in order to design and support a range ofappropriate learning activities.Participates in the identification of students with academic orother needs and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Usestechnology in a manner appropriate to the nature and objectives ofcourses and programs and communicates clearly to students theexpectations concerning the use of such technology.Keeps accurate and appropriate records in accordance withdepartmental policies. Maintains attendance records, determines andsubmits grades timely, and in accordance with established policiesand procedures of the College, and communicates progress feedbackas well as other relevant information to students throughout thesemester.Distributes and maintain accurate syllabi that incorporatesdepartmental, college, cross-college, and instructor requirements.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeetingschedule. Employs appropriate assessment techniques to measurestudents’ performance in achieving course goals and objectives.Engages in periodic meetings with the department, Lead Instructor,and Chairperson relative to teaching duties and professionaldevelopment.Student Engagement and AdvisementCreates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction, and support for learners.Maintains posted office hours in accordance with departmental andpolicies of the College. Uses technology to assist in communicationwith students. Encourages a sense of community among students forlearning both inside and outside the classroom.Advises potential or current students within the discipline aboutthe program, career, or transfer options available to assist withdegree completion. Refers students to appropriate student andacademic support services available at the College or in thecommunity.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend all department meetings and required trainings. May observeand evaluate Respiratory Care students in field practicums.*Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job, the employee regularlyexhibits digital dexterity when entering information into computer.The employee regularly sits, stands and walks for extended periodsof time. Employee converses verbally with others in person and bytelephone. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbsor balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsTypical office, classroom and clinical environment. Regularexposure to moderate noise typical to business offices. May berequired to travel to offsite locations.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: onlineinstruction techniques and methods; Microsoft Office; Blackboard;internet research; online communication and record-keeping. Skillin: providing quality instruction; learning technologies and theuse multi-media technology to enhance student learning;instructional planning and presentation; incorporating criticalthinking, effective communication and other general educationoutcomes in course content; effective time management; proficiencywith online communication record-keeping. Ability to: effectivelycommunicate and use interpersonal skills; create engaging learningenvironments that respect a wide variety of viewpoints; besensitive to the needs and concerns of a diverse studentpopulation, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds andstudents with disabilities; work independently without ongoingdirect supervision; meet deadlines; perform student learningoutcomes; maintain confidential and sensitive information,including FERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Associate’s Degree from an accredited program in the discipline.2-3 years as a Respirator Care Therapist (RCT); RegisteredRespiratory Therapist credentialed through the National Board ofRespiratory Care (NBRC) and licensed to practice by the OhioMedical Board. Knowledge of Learning Management System (LMS), suchas Blackboard, Intermediate Office Suite familiarity.State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability togain access to work site(s).Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s in the specificdiscipline with an additional NBRC, Specialty Credential; CriticalCare Experience 1 Year Additional Information: This position is temporarilyremote; however, incumbents may be required to travel to hospitalsites within the Greater Columbus Area, including: OSU, OhioHealth, Mr. Carmel and Nationwide Children’slast_img read more

Miracle on the Avenue / Christmas in Downtown Drew an Amazing Crowd…

first_imgChristmas in the Downtown drew huge crowds. They clearly enjoyed the carolers, a string band quartet, appearances by the Phillie Phanatic, Martin Z. Mollusk, and  performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Michael Hartman served as the emcee. The climax of the evening came when Santa Claus emerged from the rooftop of City Hall, climbed down an Ocean City Fire Truck’s ladder and then joined Mayor Gillian in the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree.Santa descended the roof with the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck. Photo Credit: Melissa WilsonThe annual event is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, and it brought crowds of shoppers and visitors to Ocean City on what turned out to be a beautiful Friday evening in November.Some lucky children had up-close access to some of Ocean City’s most popular friends.Holiday events in Ocean City continue with:(Nov. 26) SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: The City and Chamber of Commerce are again celebrating this national event to promote the city’s outstanding, independent small businesses. It will be an ideal day to visit our shops and restaurants.(Nov. 26)  TURKEY TROT SURF CONTEST, 9 a.m. on the 7th Street Beach. No Wave Date, Nov. 27. Divisions include 13 and Under, Junior Men 14-18, Men 19-30, Masters 31 and Over, Longboard and a Women’s Open. Awards 1st, 2nd, 3rd  in each category.  Wave of the Day Trophy. Fee $10 per person. Sign up online until Nov. 23, 4 p.m. at www.ocnj.us/recreation under recreation activities. Day of event registration begins 8:30 a.m. on beach.(Dec. 2) DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH: A one mile race on Asbury Ave. starting at 12th St.  Day of registration is 4:30 p.m. at the 12th St. parking lot.  Sponsored by the Ocean City Track and Field Boosters.  Proceeds benefit the boosters and the Food Cupboard. For more information on pre-registering and other questions please call (609) 398-8277.(Dec. 2) CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. on Asbury Ave from 6th to 11th Streets.  Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. The parade will include: the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, The Original Hobo Band, Collegiate Miss Majorette of NJ and Featured Rutgers University Twirler Erica Reichert and an array of other entries, including, of course, Santa Claus.  For more information call, (609) 399-6111.(Dec. 3-4) TRAIN SHOW: One of the City’s most popular holiday attractions. NEW LOCATION:  Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Features include trains, train parts, holiday train decorations for home displays and memorabilia for sale. Large running displays by the Garden Railroad Club and S-Gaugers will entertain visitors and offer photo ops. Train repairs will be available from technician Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children (10 and under).  For more information, call (609) 399-6111.ACT NOW AND SAVE! FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS are now available for $15 at City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. and the Roy Gillian Information Center on the Causeway. The event offers 70 family entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve plus an impressive fireworks display at midnight. On December 15 the price for buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best holiday entertainment value on the Jersey Shore. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non alcoholic environment. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com where you will be able to find the entire entertainment schedule and order buttons online.(Now through Nov. 23) WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE by the Ocean City Board of Realtors.  They are collecting coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more.  The Winter Drive will gather new or gently used items to be donated to the Ecumenical Clothes Closet for needy families. Of special need are children’s coats, children’s snow boots, and ladies and men’s sweatshirts and pants. Funds will be accepted to purchase items – we will shop for you! Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. (Office Hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) For pick up please call the office (609) 399-0128 or Vicki Heebner, [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .(Dec. 10) POSTAL SERVICE FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Food Cupboard.(Dec. 10) LIVE NATIVITY AND CONCERT at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Nativity is outside from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concert features the Angelus Chorus with John Taylor as soloist at 4 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken.The OCTC led the enthusiastic crowd in a variety of classics.(Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present “A Very Ocean City Christmas” at the Ocean City  Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high-energy, family-oriented song and dance tribute to Christmas. The Holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through seasonal favorites. Dec.16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under), $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. All tickets are general admission. Available at City Hall Welcome Center or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.FREE HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES are set for noon to 3 p.m. starting in front of City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for information.PHOTOS WITH SANTA will be available between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk from noon to 3 p.m. for $10. on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION – Get your button now !(Jan. 1)  5K BOARDWALK RUN, 1 p.m.  Pre-register at www.jbsportstiming.com. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.(Jan. 1) FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH featuring first dip in the ocean  at 2 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at noon.  For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.SHOP THE AWARD-WINNING Ocean City Downtown for the Holidays for value and outstanding personal service. Enjoy the many fine restaurants in the downtown and elsewhere in the City.NOTE: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. (609) 814-0308 both offer on-going free exhibits, artwork for sale and an array of interesting and helpful art classes.The crowds came out to see Santa, but the Phanatic did a great job warming them up. The crowd was visible as far as the eye could see. This view was from City Hall. Photo Credit: Tony Wilsonlast_img read more

Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgThe Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for Feb. 3-7:By the end of the day Friday, Jan. 31, the contractor’s north crew, which is progressing in a southerly direction, will have installed PVC pipe, backfilled, and temporarily paved to a point directly in front of the MUA’s 20th Street Pump Station, at the corner 20th Street and Bay Avenue. The contractor’s south crew, which is progressing in a northerly direction, will have completed the same work to a point about 180 feet south of 20th Street.On Monday, Feb. 3, the north crew will remobilize on 31st Street, about 150 feet west of Haven Avenue, where they will re-excavate and begin installing the necessary piping connection hardware that will allow the connection of the new PVC pipe to the existing force main. It is expected that this aspect of work will take at least one week. Meanwhile, the south crew will continue in a northerly direction until the connection is made at the point that the north crew left off – at the 20th Street Pump Station.Traffic:On Monday, Bay Avenue will be closed from 24th to 14th streets. Also, 31st Street between Haven and Simpson Avenue will be open to local traffic only.Intermediate School Activity:Between 18th and 20th Streets, the traffic patterns and police presence will remain unchanged for the week. That is, the contractor will set up a barricade at a location immediately south of the school’s busport entrance. This will allow school buses to approach the school by driving south on Bay Avenue, and then turn left to enter the busport without conflicting with construction work.Upon exiting the busport, buses will turn right onto Bay Avenue and proceed north. A police presence will be maintained at both the intersections of 20th and Bay and 18th and Bay to supplement the efforts of the school crossing guards. The drop-off of students from cars along Haven Avenue will remain unchanged.See full project update Construction work will cause detours on Bay Avenue.last_img read more

Jane Sanders Likes The Dead And Phish, But She’s A Total Noob About It

first_imgWith the presidential race heating up in America, one candidate has been embraced by the live music/jam community more than others: Bernie Sanders. Interestingly, it seems the Sanders family has some love for the community as well, as Sanders’ wife Jane O’Meara Sanders recently spoke about being a fan of the Grateful Dead and Phish, and even attending the Woodstock Festival, in an interview with Bloomberg.At first glance, that information is enough to make even the casual fan grin. “From Woodstock To White House?” – certainly an eye-catching headline, but a closer look at the episode of “With All Due Respect” shows a more amateur side to the fandom of Mrs. Sanders.When asked about Woodstock, Sanders recalls: “Listening to the music was unbelievable, but what was fun was they had—it was raining all the time so everyone was jumping in the mud, it was fantastic.” The hosts ask for her favorite musical moment from the experience, and she says that there were just too many to count. Fair enough. The festival was 47 years ago, and Mrs. Sanders definitely gets some street cred for being there.The hosts then ask her about her taste in music, and she replies that she likes the Grateful Dead “and now Phish.” They ask how many Grateful Dead shows she’s been to, and Sanders replies that she had kids early in life and never got a chance to see the band perform live. “A Deadhead who hasn’t seen The Dead,” they muse.It gets even rougher, as Mrs. Sanders struggles to identify what her favorite Grateful Dead song is. The hosts wind up helping her out, offering up “Ripple” and “Truckin’” before she recognizes the latter by its name. Phew. She explains that remembering song names was never her cup of tea.All in all, however, things could be much worse. At least the Sanders family isn’t listening to Nickelback.last_img read more

Drake Announces “Saturday Seder” Passover Celebration At Coachella

first_imgOn Sunday, Kanye West announced that he will bring his mysterious gospel-influenced Sunday Service series to Coachella. Kanye’s Coachella Sunday Service will take place on Easter Sunday, April 21st, and 9:00 a.m. on the festival’s Indio, CA grounds.Today, following the addition of Kanye’s special Easter Sunday Service, Drake has announced his own spiritual sojourn at Coachella 2019: Saturday Seder, a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which takes place during that same week. Drake’s Coachella Saturday Seder will take place at sunset on Saturday, April 20th, the evening before Kanye’s Sunday Service. Part-concert, part-Seder, Drake’s Saturday Service at Coachella will loosely follow the ancient Jewish Passover rituals laid out in the Haggadah.Kanye has been vocal about his Christian faith throughout his career, stretching back to the release of “Jesus Walks” in 2004. Drake, who was raised Jewish, has similarly used his music as an outlet to express his faith. For his 2011 “HYFR” music video, Drake got “re-Bar Mitzvah’d as a re-commitment to the Jewish religion.” You can watch the video of Drake’s Bar Mitzvah “remix” below:Drake ft. Lil Wayne – “HYFR” [Bar Mitzvah Music Video][Video: Drake]This new announcement could be seen simply as an attempt to ensure representation for Drake’s different religious upbringing and the customs of Coachella’s Jewish patrons. The fact that it falls just hours before Kanye’s Sunday Service can be chalked up to the Jewish faith’s lunar calendar, which dictates that Jews around the world will host their second of two annual Passover seders on April 20th this year. However, considering the highly publicized beef between Drake and Kanye in recent months, it’s not hard to speculate that Drake’s Saturday Seder is, at least in part, an attempt to one-up Yeezy’s surprise Coachella booking.A Tweet by Drake earlier today seems to add weight to that speculation:As Drake commented, seemingly addressing Kanye, “You been doing Sunday Service for a few months? My Hebrew brothers been throwing seders for millennia! Chag Sameach, homie! #SaturdaySeder”April Fools!last_img read more

Virtues of doom

first_imgBefore a standing-room-only audience of 220 at the Cambridge Public Library, Stephen Greenblatt, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, spoke about the powerful attraction of tragedy, both when we are safely removed from it, and when we are suddenly and irrevocably thrust into it.Greenblatt opened the March 25 talk with an excerpt from “On the Nature of Things,” penned by Lucretius in 50 B.C. The poem is at the heart of Greenblatt’s book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” which won both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.Lucretius observed how “comforting” it was to witness “troubles [from which] you yourself are exempt,” such as “mighty clashes of warriors who battle on the plains, when you have no share in the danger.”The observation, Greenblatt said, “hit the full force of weirdness” of a question for the ages: Why do people take comfort in tragic spectacles? Part of the answer, he suggested, lies in the sense of removal and relative safety of “looking out” at such an event. “To understand that you’re not part of that [event] — you’re not on a ship that’s foundering, but looking out from a comfort zone,” he said, is both reassuring and pleasurable.Greenblatt’s talk represented one of the many ways the Cambridge Public Library has collaborated with Harvard on programming and public talks.“Harvard has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Cambridge Public Library system,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for public affairs and communications. “And we will continue to foster this connection as a way to share some of our faculty and student expertise and resources into the library, and by extension, the community.”Greenblatt pointed out that we also reach for depictions of tragedy when we find ourselves in unexpected turmoil.Drawing from “Richard II,” the Shakespeare scholar and author of “Will in the World” quoted passages from the third act of the play, when the king realizes that he will likely soon be deposed, and then assassinated. Rather than shutting himself away, the monarch calls his men to join him: “For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground, and tell sad stories of the death of kings.”For Richard, Greenblatt said, that moment “illuminates the dance of death,” a pivotal shift in the spectacle of tragedy.“In the 1,600 years between Lucretius and Shakespeare, continuing through our own time, we have been forced to take in a lesson,” Greenblatt said — namely that “there are no safe places to stand in a disaster. We are all on a ship that is foundering.”The way we deal with the anxiety and tenuous nature of modern life, Greenblatt said, is through sharing stories — even, and perhaps especially, when the end is upon us.When things are spinning out of control, Greenblatt said, telling stories makes us feel “as if we have some shaping power that will help us get through what we must go through,” and “may even last after we’re gone.”Born in Boston and raised in Cambridge, the author said he was delighted to speak at the event.“I love the Cambridge Public Library,” he said. “I have a 12-year-old who I’ve brought here for years, and he has many books checked out as we speak … it’s a magnificent place, and I just adore it.”Library officials were equally pleased.“How wonderful that the ‘people’s university,’ the Cambridge Public Library, enjoys such a collaborative relationship with our neighbor, Harvard University, allowing us to offer outstanding scholars and writers such as Stephen Greenblatt to the Cambridge community,” said Susan Flannery, the city’s director of libraries. “It was evident from the enthusiastic attendance and the lively Q-and-A that residents of all ages and backgrounds have a desire to engage in rich intellectual discourse with each other.”To learn more about Harvard’s connection to public libraries, visit Harvard Community Connections.last_img read more

Broadway Theaters Will Dim Lights to Honor the Late Ruby Dee

first_img View Comments “Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her family and she will be deeply missed.” Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who died on June 11 at the age of 91. Marquees will go dark on June 13 at 7:45 PM for one minute.center_img Dee was best known for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in both the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun as well as the subsequent film version. Her notable stage credits include Boesman and Lena, Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. She often appeared on stage and screen opposite her late husband Ossie Davis. Her many accolades include a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award nomination, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee was also known as a civil rights activist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.last_img read more

Marines from the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service Take Territory Away from Organized Crime

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo June 26, 2017 To keep its 2,988 kilometers of coastline, and nearly 1,518 islands in Panamanian waters from being used by groups dedicated to organized crime, the National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym) created the Air and Naval Marine Corps as a tactical operational branch that has jurisdiction throughout the isthmus. “The marines’ fight against criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and contraband, among others, is no easy task if you consider the conditions on the ground in mangrove swamps and reefs, and the huge stretches of beaches that have to be patrolled,” stated Second Lieutenant Daniel Navas, of the Air and Naval Marine Corps. At the time of its creation on March 21, 2014, the unit had 100 personnel trained to face the adversities posed by their theater of operations. Today, the group has 205 marines focused on performing land patrols and carrying out reconnaissance and incursion duties in hard-to-reach areas. It also has a permanent presence at observation and security posts in areas that are far from the coasts. “The Air and Naval Marine Corps is present in the Caribbean Sea and in Panama’s Pacific Ocean region. They act as a support element for controlling sea traffic in maritime interdiction on coastal patrol boats, from which they perform security duties during vessel boardings and inspections,” 2nd Lt. Navas added. “Likewise, they conduct air operations in which they carry out the duties as tactical operational units. To secure targets in hard-to-reach zones, they use airborne rappelling, sliding down ropes from rotary wing aircraft.” A persistent struggle Panama’s islands and coastal areas are constantly in the sights of transnational organized crime groups – the same groups that use them as hideouts for their illegal transfers. In 2016, government security agencies seized a record 68.4 tons of drugs. Compared to previous years, SENAN is second among the four security services in the country to seize the most drugs every year. That is why the Air and Naval Marine Corps undergoes ongoing training, to keep the marines conditioned so they can fulfill their duties. Internationally, SENAN has agreements with Colombia, Chile, Peru, and the United States, among other nations, to receive training at home or in these allied nations. “This unit is an essential piece for the operations established in technical cooperation agreements with other Panamanian security entities,” said Deputy Commissioner Félix Kirven, the head of Panama’s Second Air and Naval Region. “We stay in communication to do combined operations and training.” Ongoing training The marines have to be trained to be in motion for seven to eight hours without rest in difficult terrain, where extreme weather conditions such as downpours and stifling heat prevail. They must also remain alert in order to deal with heavy sea swells or rising rivers, and they have to eat only from their rations while staying camouflaged in the environment. “Training a marine is quite complex because his theater of operations requires our office to be the mountain, while our offices are the rivers and the seas,” Second Lt. Navas added. “A marine has to be ready to leave his family for many days, aware that the work is hard, and the fight against drug trafficking is head-on and demands effort.” National and international exercises In addition to training, the unit also participates quite actively in national and international exercises. One of these is Panamax Alpha, a Panamanian exercise in which various state security institutions participate, simulating a variety of emergency situations. They even receive training from international instructors to reinforce plans and procedures that allow them to operate efficiently in different situations in defense of the Panama Canal. “The mere presence of [the Air and Naval Marine Corps] has the effect of dissuasion, and thanks to their presence we have struck decisive blows in our fight against drug trafficking in missions locating stashes [hidden drugs], rescuing victims of human trafficking, and detecting groups or individuals acting outside the law, placing them at the disposal of the competent authorities,” Deputy Commissioner Kirven stated. The Air and Naval Marine Corps also participates in international exercises such as PANAMAX, a multinational exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), whose objective is to ensure the security of the Panama Canal and the surrounding region. It includes armed forces from several nations across the continent, including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, among others, to coordinate among allied nations on all operations relating to the security of the Panama Canal. They are also part of other highly important regional exercises such as UNITAS, which is held annually by the U.S. Navy, and is also sponsored by SOUTHCOM. In its 57th edition, in September 2016, Panama was the host country for this exercise, with participation from the navies of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and the United Kingdom. “It’s an honor to belong to the Air and Naval Marine Corps. Not everyone can get in. The best part is the satisfaction of accomplishing your mission, seeing the achievements made and seeing that every time the bell rings, there are marines in every part of the country ready to accomplish their task,” 2nd Lt. Navas added.last_img read more

Pol Calls on Schumer, Cuomo to Secure Bay Park Outfall Pipe Funds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A year ago, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Washington D.C. to lobby federal officials for a much-needed ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway.Fast forward to today, the county is still fighting for the funding—estimated to be between $546 and $700 million—and is also trying to wrap its ahead around why $150 million in supposed federally approved funding for a nitrogen-removal system at the embattled plant never made its way into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget for this year.“We need some more financial assistance from our federal and state governments,” Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), the presiding officer of the Nassau legislature, told reporters Wednesday during a press conference at her Mineola office. She added that she does not see a scenario in which the fiscally-strapped county could help pay for the cost of both projects.FEMA has already granted $810 million to rebuild and harden the plant, but Gonsalves called on Cuomo and Schumer to follow through on earlier efforts to secure additional funding for an outfall pipe that would extend into the Atlantic Ocean, effectively discharging effluent away from vulnerable waterways. Currently, effluent from Bay Park is dumped daily into Reynolds Channel, which connects to the Western Bays. As a result, Marine life and marshlands—which act as natural barriers and protect shorelines from erosion—are suffering from high levels of nitrogen in the water.Gonsalves said Nassau deserves its fair share of tax dollars, citing a recent study by the business advocacy group Long Island Association (LIA), which found that LI gives the state and federal government an estimated $28 billion more than it gets in return.That amount of money “would really fund 40 outfall pipes,” Gonsalves said, adding, “We need more of those tax dollars here in Nassau County.”An army of local lawmakers, environmentalists and state officials, have been calling on the federal government to allocate funding for the outfall pipe for more than a year, to no unveil. Last May, FEMA told the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that it would not fund the project. That came after an aggressive lobbying campaign by local officials.Gonsalves said it was “disconcerting” when she read that Cuomo’s budget does not contain the $150 million thought to have been approved to fund a nitrogen removal system for the plant, which serves a half-million Nassau residents.Just days before the second anniversary of Sandy last October, Schumer released a list of all the projects that had been approved by the federal government, totaling $17 billion. Among them was a nitrogen removal project for Bay Park, paid for with a Community Development Block Grant, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.On Oct. 28, Schumer visited the plant with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and highlighted recovery efforts at the plant. A press release announcing the visit said the tour would have a “specific focus on nitrogen removal” and noted that the plant “will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Sandy relief aid, including funding though HUD’s Community Development Block grant program.”But, as lawmakers recently discovered, funding for that project was missing from the state budget.Brian Nevin, Mangano’s chief spokesman and his senior policy advisor, said in an emailed statement that commitments were made for the nitrogen removal system’s funding.“We continue to work with our federal and state partners to secure the funding for an ocean outfall pipe,” he said.Schumer’s office did not immediately return a call for comment as of press time. Neither did Cuomo’s office.Meanwhile, Gonsalves hopes to hold her first hearing on the issue in March. At the press conference, she said the two projects are vital to the future of the county.“Any legacy we leave should be an environment that provides for a clean and safe place for our young people to grow up in,” Gonsavles said.last_img read more