Thursday, April 12, 2007Governor Urges Senate to Restore Funding for MentoringInitiativeHouse Cuts Funding for ‘Vermont Mentors!’Program Governor Douglas said the contributions of dedicated mentors make adifference in communities by volunteering time to help meet the needs ofunderserved children. “Across ourstate, many Vermonters have responded to the call of community service bychoosing to mentor a child,” the Governor said. “By offering their friendship, guidance,and encouragement, mentors put hope in children’s hearts, and help ensureopportunities for the future.” The controlling majority of the House chose to cutfunding for the Vermont Mentors! program—first funded in the 2006budget with an appropriation of$250,000—is a partnership between the Agency of Human Services and the PermanentFund for the Well-Being of Vermont Children. The partnership awards mentoring grantsand is increasing the quantity and quality of mentor matches throughout thestate. Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today said the decision of theHouse to cut funding for a mentoring partnership “makes no sense” and said hewould urge the Senate to restore the funding. Thepartnership’s original goal of using the funding to fund new programs and create250 new mentor matches has been exceeded by 43%, which translates to 358 youngpeople being matched with caring adults across the state, the Governorsaid. A study by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and Public/PrivateVentures show that a young person who meets regularly with a mentoris: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin drinking alcohol; 52% less likely to skip school; 33% less likely to engage in afight. “At a time when our state is working to reduce crime, combat substanceabuse and be sure the next generation of Vermonters gets off to the bestpossible start, cutting funding for this program makes no sense,” the Governoradded. “There are thousands ofchildren in Vermont who need or want a mentor. Yet at most only 3,000 Vermont youth arein mentoring relationships, while many more children sit on waitinglists.” “Mentors serve as positive role models, and help to set goals, instillimportant values and encourage the development of skills,” the Governoradded. “And they help youngVermonters become more confident and develop the character necessary to make theright choices and accomplish their goals. I look forward to working with theSenate to restore funding for this important program.” “Mentors are friends who support young people who mayface challenging situations,” the Governor said. Statistics show that at-risk children with mentors demonstrate improvedacademic performance and are less likely to be involved in destructiveactivities such as substance abuse and violence. ###
No aircraft takes off by itself to fight in CRUZEX V. Twice a day, up to forty airplanes arrive together at the start of the Natal Air Base runway for one more mission in this simulated war. These are the so-called “packs,” groups of aircraft that will combine their capabilities to defeat hostile forces. “A pack makes it possible to optimize resources and maximize results,” summarized Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos, commander of the 1st/16th Aviation Group (GAV), the Adelphi Squadron. According to him, at the same time that attack aircraft take off to destroy targets on the ground, high-performance fighter planes confront possible enemies in the air, while others act to destroy radars and anti-aircraft defenses. A pack may bring together aircraft ranging, for example, from planes that reach twice the speed of sound, like the Mirage 2000, to the turboprop Super Toucan, more suitable for combat close to the ground. In one of these fighter planes, a pilot will have the task of commanding all the aircraft. He is the so-called pack leader, responsible for fulfilling the entire mission and also for maintaining the safety of each aircraft. “We dream of having this responsibility,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos confessed. For him, this is one of the greatest experiences that a fighter pilot can have during an exercise like CRUZEX V. “There’s no such thing as the worst or the best plan: there’s the suitable plan,” he explained. With the experience of someone who has participated in three prior CRUZEX exercises and one Red Flag exercise in the United States, Lt. Col. Sérgio Bastos highlighted the fact that each year the pilot’s challenge increases, and so does the knowledge he gains. “With aircraft capable of carrying better weapons, mission preparation has evolved a great deal,” he states. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the air force. We can interact with other countries, obtain knowledge, and exchange experiences,” he concluded. By Dialogo November 19, 2010 And the Argentine airplanes???? Like they were telling me in a forum that they were the best and they werenâ€™t even able to launch. How embarrassingâ€¦
Oregon State University has just received a grant of $121.88 million from the National Science Foundation to spearhead the construction of a new class of research vessels for the United States Academic Research Fleet.This grant will fund the construction of the first of three planned vessels approved by Congress for research in coastal regions of the continental United States and Alaska.When funding for the next two vessels is authorized, the total grant to OSU could increase to as much as $365 million.The first vessel is slated to be operated by OSU for research missions focusing on the U.S. West Coast. The NSF will begin the competitive selection of operating institutions for the second and third vessels later this year.“Oregon State University is extremely proud to lead this effort to create the next generation of regional ocean-going research vessels funded by NSF,” said OSU president Edward J. Ray. “Our exceptional marine science programs are uniquely positioned to advance knowledge of the oceans and to seek solutions to the threats facing healthy coastal communities – and more broadly, global ecological well-being – through their teaching and research.”OSU was selected by the National Science Foundation in 2013 to lead the initial design phase for the new vessels, and to develop and execute a competitive selection for a shipyard in the United States to do the construction. Gulf Island Shipyards, in Louisiana was chosen and will conduct the detailed design verification over the next year. Officials hope to have a keel-laying ceremony for the first vessel in the spring of 2018, with the ship delivered to OSU for a year of extensive testing in 2020.The ships will be equipped to conduct detailed seafloor mapping, to reveal geologic structures important to understanding processes such as subduction zone earthquakes that may trigger tsunamis. The PacificThe new ships will also be equipped with sensors that will be used to detect and characterize harmful algal blooms, changing ocean chemistry, and the interactions between the sea and atmosphere.“This class of ships will enable researchers to work much more safely and efficiently at sea because of better handling and stability, more capacity for instrumentation and less noise,” said Clare Reimers, a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and project co-leader. “Oregon State is expected to begin operating the first of the new ships in the fall of 2021, after a year of testing and then official Academic-Fleet designation by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), according to Demian Bailey, also a project co-leader for OSU.
Source: Yahoo.com Former Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has signed with Al-Saad, the Qatari club has disclosed.The club said on Twitter it “reached an agreement” with the former Spain international and he will “soon” arrive in Doha to “complete the formalities and join the team.”Al-Saad is coached by former Barcelona great Xavi Hernández.The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.Cazorla missed several seasons because of a series of injuries that threatened his career.