Central American and Caribbean Air Chiefs Visit Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern)

first_imgBy By Maj. Joost Verduyn, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs December 16, 2018 Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference with participants from Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama, November 6-8, 2018. Eight countries participated in the three-day conference, which focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and how to leverage air force partnerships in those areas. “It’s about partnerships,” said Lt. Col. Roderick Rowe, Jamaican Defense Force Air Wing commander. “In these conferences, you build bridges; you can call on a partner nation to say we are willing to assist in an endeavor. So, if a partner can supply an aspect of need, we can better share and leverage our resources to the benefit of our fellow man.” Each participating air force representative shared information on their own unique capabilities as well as past challenges and successes. “Ultimately, unions create strength,” said Brig. Gen. Juan Dario Tejada Quintana, commander of the Dominican Republic Air Force. “We’ve seen that shared help from different nations has been very valuable to those countries affected by natural disasters.” The air chiefs or their representatives also received information about the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA) and the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA). Representatives from state Air National Guard units partnered with South American Air Forces through the State Partnership Program also attended the conference. “We can do things alone, but together, we can reach greater success,” stated Gen. Quintana. Additionally, participants discussed the importance of the enlisted force to air force operations and visited the 612th Air Operations Center and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group during the conference. The conference is an example of 12th Air Force’s (Air Forces Southern) enduring partnership with Latin American Air Forces. It reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas.last_img read more

Covid-19: Cancelled London Marathon charities set to lose out on £70m

first_img Asked about testing for coronavirus, Brasher added: “If anyone catches it, they can’t run. We are starting the testing in the country before they leave.” Organisers are encouraging those who had entered the 2020 race to download a Strava-type app and run the 26.2-mile wherever they are in the world. If they cover the marathon distance at some point on October 4 they will receive a Finisher’s T-shirt and medal in the post. The 2021 race was set to take place on Sunday April 25 but that has been moved to Sunday October 3 instead. This is sent to be a one-off move – thus allowing governments enough time to eradicate the virus or find a vaccine – and the 2022 event will return to springtime in the capital. Runners and charities will also be able to defer their place to a future London Marathon – in 2021, 2022 or 2023. In 2019, the London Marathon raised a world record £66.4million for good causes. It is understood the charity sector faces a funding shortfall of £10 billion in 2020. Brasher added: “The London Marathon has become a world event. We believe it’s the greatest marathon in the world, the greatest athletes in the world are still coming. read also:Arteta hails ‘world-class’ Mourinho ahead of London derby “It shows the passion Britain has for the London Marathon. “We are one of the crown jewels of British sport – FA Cup, Grand National, Boat Race, Wimbledon. The London Marathon is one of those. “All of those events are over 100 years. This is our 40th race. To be in that position, well we are enormously grateful.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 2020 London Marathon mass race has been officially cancelled due to the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic – and the 2021 event will be moved from April to October next year. More than 45,000 runners had hoped to take part in the rescheduled 26.2-mile event on Sunday October 4 but SunSport can reveal today their hopes have been dashed by government lockdown rules. There will still be a 40th staging of the race but it will only involve elite runners and wheelchair stars. There will be a looped circuit held behind-closed-doors at St James’ Park in London in a biosphere bubble – with Kenyan superstar Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s fastest man, taking on Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. The winner will still finish along The Mall, it will involve 19.8 laps of the Royal Park and allow marathon stars the chance to qualify their spots at the Tokyo Olympics. Event director Hugh Brasher said: “Today is a day of sadness, but also I think it’s a day of certainty. “It’s a day where we’re announcing what is appropriate – we think – for the 40th race. It’s certainly not something we ever expected to do. “We hope people get inspiration from the Gods of our sport still battling it out over those 26.2 miles in the only world marathon race that is taking place in the Fall. “If we can’t be there in body we definitely can be there in mind and in spirit and it is that spirit that the London Marathon has always, always been – it is exemplified over the years. “Those are the stories, the incredible stories that come out every year that surprise us, that has engaged the world in what London uniquely does. “So, I never expected to be here saying the 40th race was not one from Greenwich to Blackheath, but I think the world has not expected the last seven months. “It has been a difficult journey for everybody and everyone’s journey has been different.” A world record attempt on a level course in autumn conditions is possible – Kipchoge ran a World Athletics-ratified 2:01:39 in Berlin in 2018. Hugh Brasher, the race director, said: “It’s a very fast course. We will be running the event under World Athletics rules. Absolutely the course will be eligible for world records.” Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches10 Inventions That Prove Humanity Is Failing BadlyWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

Suspect’s suicide ends long pursuit

first_imgCRIME: The alleged `Armada Bandit’ bank robber was suspected in a string of holdups. By The Associated Press A man suspected of at least a dozen bank robberies shot himself to death in Dana Point after a 35-mile chase and a police standoff, authorities said. Michael Buller, 53, of Riverside, was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday, according to Deputy Leslie Meader of the Orange County Coroner. Buller was believed to be the so-called “Armada Bandit” who was wanted for a string of holdups since May in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. The robber was nicknamed the “Armada Bandit” because he often wore a Navy hat, authorities said. The bandit struck at around noon at a Washington Mutual branch in Anaheim and fled with a large sum of money, authorities said. Police spotted the man’s pickup truck on a freeway, leading to a chase. During the pursuit, “he saw police and alternated putting a cell phone, then a handgun to his head,” Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre center_img “It was clear he wasn’t going to pull over.” “He apparently called family members and said he didn’t want to go back to jail,” Amormino said. The chase ended at the Dana Point harbor, where the man jumped out of the truck. During a standoff, an Anaheim police negotiator tried to get the man to surrender. “The guy was just standing near some picnic tables and I could see about 10 cops nearby with their guns drawn,” bystander Warren Willson, 17, told the Orange County Register. After about 10 minutes, the man shot himself in the head, authorities said. Investigators found a Navy baseball cap and cash in the truck.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img