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Dixie State Baseball Routs Adams State Friday

first_img Tags: Dixie baseball Written by March 7, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Baseball Routs Adams State Friday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Jake Engel and Drake Benner homered as the No. 24 Dixie State Trailblazers routed Adams State 9-1 Friday at Bruce Hurst Field in the Rocky Mountian Athletic Conference opener for both squads.Benton Hart earned the win on the mound for Dixie State, improving to 3-0 on the season. Dixie State is now 12-3 and 1-0 in RMAC play headed into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Grizzlies.Noah Befus had an RBI in the loss for Adams State, as the Grizzlies fell to 5-10 and 0-1 in RMAC play. Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Trail of Two Cities 5K Set for Nov. 4, 2017

first_imgThe Trail of Two Cities 5-kilometer run/walk will be held for the 22nd time on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The popular 5K (3.1-mile) race offers spectacular views over the length of a point-to-point course from Ocean City to Somers Point. The route travels the length of the Route 52 causeway in the lanes usually reserved for cars.Registration is open now and long-sleeved race T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 500 to sign up. Pre-registration fee is $25, and participants can sign up by mail until Oct. 28 and online until Nov. 1. Forms for both can be found at www.ocnj.us/race-events.Race-day registration runs at 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center (10th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City). The race starts there at 8 a.m. and finishes at Kennedy Park in Somers Point.Buses will be available at the finish line in Somers Point to transport runners to the start in Ocean City before the race from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Buses also will be available transport runners back to Ocean City from Somers Point after the race. The awards ceremonies will be held at JFK Park after all participants have completed the course.Awards will go to the top overall male and female finishers, as well as to the top male and female runners in the following age groups: 8-and-under, 9-11,12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, & 80+.Packet pick-up will be available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) and at the Transportation Center until 7:45 a.m. on race morning.Immediate families up to four people can register for $75. Separate registration forms are required for each family participant. Families must pre-register and all registrations must be from the same household and mailed together.No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller blades are permitted. Event is held rain or shine. Course is police-controlled, and the causeway will be closed to inbound traffic that morning.For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9300.last_img read more

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Humane Society of Ocean City in Contest to Raise Funds for Animals

first_imgDog trainer Ryan Parker takes a rest with Dusty, who is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Ocean City. The HSOC hopes to win a contest that could help them with the care and housing of homeless animals. (Courtesy of HSOC) By Maddy VitaleThe Humane Society of Ocean City is in the running for a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize that would provide funds to feed the shelter animals for a year, plus pay for some medical expenses and help with renovating the dog kennels.Phil Belluccio, director of operations and development for HSOC, emphasized that the shelter needs the community’s support to beat out more than 100 other nonprofit organizations competing for the money.“We need your help,” he said in a direct appeal to the Ocean City public. “Here is a great opportunity to help raise money for our shelter. The more we raise, the more we can win for the animals. Any donation will help.”All donations should be made to the HSOC Oceanfirst Charity Challenge page at www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/humanesocietyofoceancity-oceanfirstchallenge2018.As of Tuesday afternoon, the HSOC had raised $4,085 thanks to donations from 45 people in 26 days. But the shelter is a long way from its target goal of $9,500 and time is running out. They only have until June 12 before the contest ends.“We are in fourth place. Even if we are not first, there are many chances to win grant money.” Belluccio said. “Out of all the nonprofit contestants, we are the only one from Ocean City who is participating in this challenge and one of only a few in Atlantic and Cape May counties. We are really hoping the community comes together to help out our animals.”Last year, thanks to community support, the no-kill shelter raised $9,000 in the same contest, Belluccio said.“We want to exceed that. We are really hoping to get the support and donations rolling in from our community,” he said. “We would like the community to know the importance of our organization and all of the benefits we offer.” This black beauty is up for adoption at the Humane Society of Ocean City. (Courtesy HSOC)The HSOC often has at least 100 cats up for adoption and anywhere from three to more dogs available for forever homes. Of a dollar donation, 93 cents go directly to benefit the shelter animals. Hundreds of cats and kittens and anywhere from three to six dogs are available at a time from the shelter.  Prospective owners are interviewed to make sure they are good fits for the animals. Each year, the HSOC adopts out 150 to 200 animals, provides over 800 affordable spay/neuters and fixes more than 250 feral cats. The HSOC animal cruelty investigators respond to more than 200 calls a year. (Courtesy HSOC)The shelter provides affordable spay and neuter services. All adoptions include micro-chipping, spay/neuter and vaccinations.In addition to excellent care, Belluccio said the HSOC dogs receive top training from three highly skilled dog trainers on staff. The employees also include six certified animal control officers. Two of them are also certified as animal cruelty investigators. Belluccio said he knows how hard his staff works. He added that the community has always been very giving and supportive of the shelter and its goals of helping unwanted animals.This is a time when he really hopes the community will come out and show its love for all the good the shelter does for the homeless animals.“We are hopeful, and with the help and support of our community, we can make a pretty good and respectable run,” Belluccio said. “As advocates for the animals, we are hoping that we are able to give it everything we’ve got, for the benefit of these amazing animals.”The Humane Society of Ocean City is located at 1 Shelter Road in Ocean City. For more information visit www.hsocnj.org or call 609-398-9500.The Humane Society of Ocean City is always looking for volunteers to help at their shelter, 1 Shelter Road in Ocean City. (Courtesy HSOC)last_img read more

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Sixty-three per cent choose sandwiches

first_imgAccording to research commissioned by global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, 63% of adults who have bought food-to-go in the last month have chosen a sandwich.Lunch is still the most popular eating occasion for food-to-go purchases, and 36% of consumers say they buy more food-to-go now than three years ago, according to the research.“Only the coolest-looking sandwiches make it to social media,” the company said in a statement, “and 41% of consumers who upload photographs of their food interact in some way with the outlets they buy from.”It added that 89% of these people post their images on Facebook, and the most popular method of serving food-to-go is in a paper sandwich box.Becci Eplett, UK marketing manager of Huhtamaki, said: “Choosing to custom-print single-use packaging with a particular message keeps a brand front-of-mind.”last_img read more

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Day One Of The NOLA Crawfish Festival Serves Up Epic Jams And Tasty Vittles [Photos]

first_imgThe NOLA Crawfish Festival returned yesterday to pack the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest weekends with rare musical collaborations that could only happen in this music mecca. When something as good as the NOLA Crawfish Festival is on the menu, you can’t help but go back for seconds. Luckily Shaggy, the NOLA Crawfish King himself, had plenty of goodness, musical and culinary, on the packed stages and groaning tables, all ready to serve the ravenous horde that descended on Central City BBQ yesterday for day one of the festival.While the thousands of pounds of crawfish served started cooking in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, plans for this year’s festival have been in the works since the last notes from last year faded. Pairing legendary talent for curated jam sessions and rare side projects imbued with the spirit of a backyard boil takes much preparation, and, as it turns out, the same man who excels at filling our bellies is just as good at filling the air with song.No promoter or chef wants to simply repeat success. For this year’s Crawfish Festival, several of the same ingredients were used, though plenty of new and exciting components were thrown in the pot. The new venue—Central City BBQ—opened its gates yesterday to welcome guests for a first serving of food and the deeply funky sounds from Khris Royal & Dark Matter.Khris Royal is considered one of the best sax players, if not the best sax player, in New Orleans. For the uninitiated, considering the sheer amount of incredible horn players in this city, that is akin to being Michael Jordan on the Olympic Dream Team. Whenever he isn’t getting the call to play bands like the legendary Meters or any of the hundred other renowned acts forged in the Crescent City, he is getting his friends together to make his patented fusion of past and future funk that locals can’t get enough of. With his running partner Terrence Higgins on skins and guests like vocalists Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Dwayne “JuBee” Webb, the set was long on incredible moments and far shorter than fans wanted, judging by the calls for more when the group finished. Luckily for old fans and new alike, Dark Matter has new material on the way, like the new track “Insomnia,” which is being released on iTunes this Friday. Judging from the reception the track received yesterday, it is safe to say the future is bright for Dark Matter.Accidents happen in all phases of life, and a live music event is no exception. When the power went out temporarily to the front of the stage at the start Good Enough For Good Times, the battle-hardened production crew at the Crawfish Festival snapped into action. Thanks to the endless parade of shows the city sees, the people behind the scenes who make the music happen are among the most-seasoned and savvy problem solvers, quickly fixing the snafu in moments.Good Enough drummer Simon Lott took an extended solo that doubled as a clinic for syncopation and slow-simmering intrigue. His heroics, as well as those of the crew, were well rewarded by a massive cheer that went up from the audience following the brief outage. The deadly duo of Jeff Raines and Rob Mercurio showed just how tight their decade plus of getting funky with Galactic had made them. Utilizing their borderline telepathic connection, they played with a seemingly effortless funk that looks far easier than it truly is.Keyboardist Joe Ashlar was all infectious smiles and gorgeous organ swoops and swirls. Like life itself, Good Enough For Good Times’ set was made even more wondrous by its brief existence. Their shows are rare, but the memories they make are as precious as gold to those lucky enough to catch them.While jazz, funk, and zydeco may be the first genres that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans, Eric Lindell and his mix of country and boogie grooves gave the lucky audience a sonic palette cleanser from the dripping funk and soul that had dominated the day up to that point. The mixture of pedal steel, organ, and keyboards might have looked odd on paper, but for more than a decade now, Lindell has been making the unlikely into the irresistible.Lindell’s sound is a curious blend, but like the crawfish boil, the different flavors complement each other and were equally well received by the audience. The second stage was the place to be as heads bobbed and the air filled with guitar twangs and wailing saxophone peels. His set went by in the blink of an eye, and though the fans were sad to see him go, they made a mad dash to the main stage and the day’s big closing jam. Load remaining images Chef Shaggy took great pride in introducing the closer for day one of the NOLA Crawfish Festival—the stellar pairing of Ivan Neville and Cris Jacobs. The duo has is at the forefront of some of the freshest music out of the city in a long time. The interplay of Dumpstaphunk founder Neville’s dense organ sound and Jacob’s crispy guitar is sonically intriguing, though the magic is in the blend of their voices and their songwriting talents.Over the course of their two hours at the Crawfish Festival, they dominated the main stage with a mix of stellar originals and classic covers. There is new material on the way and talk of an actual tour from what was once considered to be just a fun jam between friends. As the fans begged and chanted for more at the end of their set, it was clear that any future work from these huge talents is certain to be gobbled up as greedily as the contents of Shaggy’s massive pots.The NOLA Crawfish Festival was founded with the hometown crowd in mind—the show ended early enough for those who had to return to work in the morning to make it with some semblance of rest. For those lucky enough to have the next few days off or who are just visiting the Crescent City, there are two more chances to come down and delight in a pure New Orleans experience and the biggest backyard boil you’ll ever see. Come on down and get your fill before the last plate is served! Additionally, you can check out more photos from Jeremy Scott in the gallery below!last_img read more

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Heralded author to speak at Notre Dame

first_imgAward-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak at Notre Dame on March 19, the University announced in a Wednesday press release. The event is part of the Sr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P. Distinguished Lecture Series.Adichie is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur “Genius Grant,” the release said. She is known for her novels “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Purple Hibiscus,” as well as the essay “We Should All Be Feminists,” which was adapted from her 2012 TED Talk of the same title. Her books have won awards including the Orange Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.“We are grateful to bring such a renowned, accomplished author to speak to the Notre Dame community,” associate professor of theology Fr. Paulinus Odozor said in the release. “Ms. Adichie uses her work and platform to advocate for the best in humanity, and we look forward to learning from her experience when she lectures on campus.”The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Adichie’s talk is free but ticketed.Tags: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, debartolo performing arts center, Kathleen Cannon O.P. Distinguished Lecture, We Should All Be Feministslast_img read more

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Campus Inclusivity Committee seeks to give support to underrepresented Belles

first_imgThis year, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) created the new Campus Inclusivity Committee to build community among traditionally underrepresented Belles.Committee co-chair and junior Adriana Salgado spoke about the importance of fostering inclusivity on campus. “The mission of Campus Inclusivity is to work towards creating a more welcoming and united campus,” Salgado said. “As a student of color, I struggled a lot finding my place at [Saint Mary’s] and know I am not the only one who felt this way. The issue of inclusivity has become prominent not only on campus but globally. I believe this committee has the potential and power to allow students to find their place and truly feel a part of the Saint Mary’s community.”Co-chair and junior Akpedze Balo said the committee was first started last year as the Community Justice Committee.“It was kind of hard to get our feet off the ground since we are a fairly new committee this semester,” Balo said. “I believe it was not made until last year when it was called Community Justice [Committee], so it was hard to figure out what we wanted to do exactly when it came to events. But we have the wonderful support of interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Jenkins and executive director for inclusivity and equity Dr. Redgina Hill.”Salgado said she wants people to engage with the committee, beginning with the group’s introductory event Friday.“My goal this year is to gain exposure for the committee as it is new and has not really had the chance to gain popularity,” Salgado said. “Our upcoming event on Friday, Mug Mania, is to establish ourselves and show that we are here to help students de-stress and have fun. I want to provide a judgment-free zone for students to come and feel relaxed, especially since this week is already stressful for multiple reasons.“According to Balo, the committee also worked in cooperation with other groups this fall.“Luckily we were able to sponsor events for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and La Fuerza, which was great during this semester,” she said.Next semester, the committee plans to host events that lift up the experiences of historically marginalized groups.“We plan to have a speaker series or panel next semester and are hoping to draw attention and awareness to minorities on campus,” Salgado said. “For example, we want to have a speaker for Black History Month and an LGBTQ+ speaker to come and talk to students who feel underrepresented.”Balo also wants to launch an Instagram page that gives resources and a platform for students to share their experiences of discrimination.Salgado hopes that she can gain a better understanding of how to advocate for minorities as a leader of the committee.“One of my personal goals is to gain a better perspective on how minorities on campus feel and how we can improve on their college experience,” Salgado said. “I want to be able to take action against bullies and oppressors.”She said she recognizes the relevance of the committee’s role during a very tumultuous time in the world.“I believe this committee is important due to all of the events going on around us,” Salgado said. “We have found ourselves in a really difficult year, and like many people, I find myself scared of what the next few months hold. I think that it is important to show the SGA cares about all of the students at Saint Mary’s and is willing to listen to their concerns and take action against inequality.”The committee invites all interested students to join the organization on Belle Tower and attend their Mug Mania event.Tags: campus inclusivity committee, inclusivity, Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Student Government Associationlast_img read more

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Alysha Deslorieux Begins Performances in Hamilton

first_img from $149.00 Hamilton original cast member Alysha Deslorieux is saying “Yes” to center stage! She steps into the roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds full time beginning on December 16; Jasmine Cephas Jones played her final performance in the dual role on December 8 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Deslorieux’s other Broadway credits include Beautiful and Sister Act; she also performed in the national tour of the latter. Regionally, she has been seen in Found.The current cast is led by Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Nicholas Christopher as George Washington, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jordan Fisher as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George and Okieriete Onaodowan as James Madison and Hercules Mulligan.As previously reported, Onaodowan takes his final bow on December 24; J. Quinton Johnson will play Hercules Mulligan and James Madison beginning on January 6. Bryan Terrell Clark is set to play George Washington, taking over for Nicholas Christopher on January 10. In addition, Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam will take over as King George on January 17, 2017. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Alysha Deslorieux(Photo: Sam Rudy Media Relations) Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia

first_imgGeorgians who didn’t get a chance to visit the Flavor of Georgia 2014 this March have another chance to sample some of the best new food products in Georgia. The Buford Highway Farmers Market hosts its fifth annual UGA Flavor of Georgia showcase from noon to 5 p.m. April 25-27. The market’s Flavor of Georgia Showcase helps highlight its commitment to stocking locally produced goods and introduces its customers to new products, said Bill Schroeder of the Buford Highway Farmers Market. The showcase will include several winners and finalists from this year’s Flavor of Georgia competition and from past competitions as well. Winners set to be at the showcase include JudiCakes, Weeks Honey Farm, King Louie Special Blend Seasonings, Dirt Road Barbecue Sauce, Causey’s Barbecue Sauce, Byne Blueberry Farms, the European Wine Table, Alta Cucina, Loose Sugar bakery and Honeysuckle Gelato. “Some of these are companies that have expanded and grown, and we like to think we had some part in helping them along,” Schroeder said. “Their attendance is also a way new Flavor of Georgia entrepreneurs can interact with folks who have been through what they are now experiencing and exchange ideas and solutions to problems. Over the years the showcase has become a reunion of sorts for Flavor of Georgia contestants.The annual Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is held each year in March and provides a chance for food businesses to highlight new or innovative products. For more information about this weekend’s showcase, visit the Buford Highway Farmers Market website at www.aofwc.com and click on the “Cooking Classes and Demos” link. For more on Flavor of Georgia and to view a directory of entries, visit www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu/.last_img read more

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General Douglas Fraser Highlights Role of Brazil as Regional Leader

first_imgBy Dialogo August 02, 2012 Q: Is there the possibility of creating a kind of JIATF-S (Joint Interagency Task Force-South in Key West) in the region (Southern Cone)? What is the purpose and the importance of this force? *Kaiser Konrad is a Brazilian journalist specializing in defense topics and an independent collaborator of Diálogo magazine. A.: We have very close and enduring relationships with the Brazilian Armed Forces today. We routinely conduct exercises with one another. In fact, last year Brazil hosted part of “Peacekeeping Operations – America,” an annual exercise we conduct with many of our partners around South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Brazil hosted this exercise. And this is an exercise that brings together those countries that contribute to peace keeping operations. And, it’s a way that they can coordinate and prepare for their missions for peacekeeping operations wherever they support those operations by the United Nations. We have an exercise called UNITAS, which is the longest running maritime multilateral exercise in the world. It’s been held for over 50 years, and Brazil hosted this exercise last year as well. And, we have very good cooperation again as we work with our respective navies. CRUZEX, a Brazilian exercise, as you know better than I do, that the U.S. participated with F-16s and also KC-35s last year as well. So, we are not only supporting U.S.-sponsored exercises, we are supporting Brazilian exercises as well. The Brazilian Navy also supports our diesel-electric submarine program with the U.S. Navy. This helps us work with submarines that we don’t have in the U.S. Navy. And, as you look beyond exercise programs, you look at the mission to support the detection and monitoring of illicit trafficking as it moves through the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Brazil is also supporting those activities by coordinating ships that are in the eastern part of the confluence of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. This is an area where we don’t have a lot of ships. We see a lot of great exercises and we are always looking for more opportunities. Allow me to add that Brazil’s Air Force has also participated in our exercise called “Red Flag.” They flew to Las Vegas and participated in this training exercise. I see great opportunities already and we will continue to pursue more in the future. Q.: Could you elaborate on the cooperation that USSOUTHCOM has with the Brazilian Armed Forces and how this can be improved? Regarding the joint operations and exercises performed between our Armed Forces, what is the importance of this integration? A: I’ll expand. Look at the entire Atlantic Ocean. It is an important strategic region for both of our countries. There are a lot of commercial trade routes that use the South Atlantic. Brazil has a very good understanding of that maritime traffic today. But, as we watch the concerns with illicit trafficking, we are seeing more of that traffic going across the Atlantic from South America to Africa. We are also seeing some of it move from the Caribbean through the Atlantic into Europe. I think that together with our interest in the Northern Atlantic, Brazil’s interest in the Southern Atlantic and the fact that we trade with one another, and with Europe and Africa, coupled with the importance of sustaining security in the Atlantic is critical to both our countries and the entire Western Hemisphere. So, the way we conduct that regional and bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Brazil, but also internationally – for instance with the Dutch and the UK, there’s a lot of international interest in sustaining security in both parts of the Atlantic. From my standpoint, that is an area of increasing opportunities for cooperation between not only our navies, but our air forces, and others; as we look for mutual concerns for the security of the Atlantic. Q: South American countries, like Brazil, have been using unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) for Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) missions with the intent of identifying illicit activities, such as smuggling and drug trafficking. The counter insurgency airplane Super Tucano has been utilized by the Brazilian Air Force, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and the Dominican Republic for patrolling missions in their national airspace to intercept illegal flights of drug trafficking aircraft. Would you, as a combat pilot, be able to evaluate the importance of the use of these new technologies toward the fight against illicit activities in the region? Q: Because Brazil has borders with almost all of the South American countries and its largest territory, do you believe it can be a regional leader in the war on transnational crime? A: Brazil has to be a leader just because of its geographic proximity and size. Also, the potential impact of trafficking in Brazil, plus the relationships and agreements Brazil makes with its neighbors and other regional organizations will be critical. I see Brazil as the natural leader. It will have an interest in all illicit activity because of the potential of it moving through Brazil. We also talked earlier about the Atlantic, so there’s a natural connection with Brazil. We have a very good relationship with Brazil. We have common security interests. A secure, stable Western Hemisphere is in both of our country’s interests. I believe [that] through Brazil’s leadership, and in working with the U.S., this is a natural way to strengthen two key and capable countries. It’s critical and very important to the future that we strengthen our relationships. A: The F/A-18 is a very capable and combat-tested aircraft. From my point of view there is no better option for the Brazilian Air Force than the F/A-18. Also, I think the importance of Brazil choosing the F/A-18, is that with this purchase comes aircraft support, and it really helps us continue the relationship, and the training, and the awareness of how one another operates. And, as we found during our responses to the Haiti earthquake, the better we understand one another, the better we operate during a crisis. It’s a natural fit. As you mentioned earlier, the security of the South Atlantic, Brazil’s potential involvement in other crises in the future, all make a natural linkage when our systems support one another. From a commercial standpoint, Boeing is a global company, and they have a lot of business and technology connections around the world, so I see them as a “door opener” for Brazilian companies into a global network in a way that may not be open with other competitors. Brazil will get to decide that based on their merits and based on their needs. The transparency of our acquisition system and the training and support that comes with that is very well known as well. And, the U.S. has put together a very attractive technology transfer capability; however, not as much as Brazil has been asking for, but this is due to propriety and security issues. It’s the same kind of package we offer to other countries, there is no difference. Putting all those pieces together, I think it is a very good fit for Brazil and the U.S. because I think it will help enhance security. Q: Brazil is slowly becoming the natural regional leader. What is the importance of having our countries follow common goals in the field of Hemispheric Defense, especially on the safety of the South Atlantic, which is a strategic zone for the 21st Century? A: Brazil’s role in MINUSTAH is critical to the success of the response on an international basis. I see MINUSTAH as the core that a lot of the international efforts rally around. MINUSTAH, under Brazil’s leadership, was the organization that sustained security within Haiti during a critical time and allowed all the other international support to flow in. We’ve talked frequently about the relationship between General Floriano Peixoto, the commander of MINUSTAH at the time, and General Ken Keen, who was my Deputy Commander at the time. The fact that they had trained with one another and were familiar with one another made a natural link. Brazil’s leadership, their example for other contributing countries in Latin America and across the world, has played an important role throughout MINUSTAH. They have helped with the support, coordination and speed of the response. They’ve helped with the rest of MINUSTAH to sustain a secure environment. They’ve helped support the growth of the Haitian National Police. So I have nothing but complimentary things to say about Brazil’s role in supporting the UN, MINUSTAH and the U.S. armed forces as we came in to support that relief effort. That doesn’t end with the response effort. We still have a very close relationship with MINUSTAH, we still work on an annual basis with them and the government of Haiti to discuss our plans in case there is another disaster that impacts Haiti in the future. That planning is still coordinated very, very deliberately so our relations continue to be very, very close. Also, I would like to continue to say that I have great admiration for General Floriano Peixoto and I consider him a personal friend. center_img A: To be successful against illicit trafficking we’ll need to apply constant national and international pressure across the Hemisphere on transnational criminal organizations, coordinate our efforts and programs to disrupt their operations, and support holistic efforts that address the root causes that allow these organizations to thrive. It will require more than just military support to law enforcement. It will require whole-of-government approaches that emphasize building resilient communities, enhancing socio-economic opportunities, and enhancing the civilian capacity and presence of the State. Our collective efforts will require long-term commitments. Brazil is already a regional leader in countering transnational organized crime. For example, Brazil played a pivotal role in facilitating improved trilateral counterdrug efforts with Bolivia and the U.S. Its extensive military and interagency capacity-building engagement with the U.S. and the region is demonstrative of the country’s steadfast commitment to working with the international community to counter Transnational Organized Crime (TOC). Q: With respect to the narcotrafficking, what are the measures that the region needs to become effective in a better fight against it? What is the importance of Brazil in this? Q: Since 2004, Brazil has been sending troops to and has commanded the military force in MINUSTAH. Since you have been following this work closely, especially during the earthquake in Haiti, can you evaluate the military participation of Brazil and the command of MINUSTAH? A: I think there is a role for UAVs for missions that require a lot of endurance. They have a very applicable role for ISR missions. I think there needs to be a deliberate place where we use them. Within missions, we have pursued opportunities to use UAVs. We have used an experimental UAV with a maritime search radar on it. We call it the Cassador program. We flew it in conjunction with the government of Panama, off the coast of Panama for a three-month period and found it had considerable utility to provide awareness of maritime traffic. The UAV itself and the information it provides is just one piece of an entire system. That piece provides support, but the information it receives must be delivered to an organization that can take advantage of the information and then direct forces to respond to the information. There’s a benefit from this aspect. As you look at working with UAVs in jungles, for example, they are pretty good for seeing activity on rivers but not for seeing through jungles. So, the U.S. is working on developing one that can have fully penetrating capability that allows us to see inside the jungle canopy. There are opportunities for the UAV. I think it plays an important role in supporting counter illicit trafficking. Congratulations to General Douglas Frases, for his wise words to Brazil,an allied country, and the way he expresses the interests and needs that America as a whole needs to grow, to put an end to the scourge of organized crime, about the importance of the union of Nations for this purpose by joint training. The only thing I wish for America as a whole is that wise people like you get unity as tight as possible between all these countries that make up our great and wonderful continent. Wars go and come, and they only bring misfortune, but the biggest victory would be the common approach of all the countries that make up America. This would be the greatest achievement of the United States. This would be the greatest achievement of all AMERICA. In March, a journalist from Brazilian military magazine Tecnologia & Defesa, one of the country’s most prestigious publications, took part in the Senior Editor’s Conference organized by Díalogo magazine at the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Journalist Kaiser Konrad, who specializes in defense topics, took advantage of the opportunity to interview General Douglas Fraser, Commander, SOUTHCOM. During almost one hour in his sunny office in Miami, Florida, Gral. Fraser discussed the relationship between the Brazilian and U.S. armed forces, Brazil’s role in the fight against Transnational Organized Crime, the use of unmanned aerial aircraft for military missions and the possibility of having the South American giant choose Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet for its Air Force, among other topics. Kaiser Konrad captured that conversation into a piece that Tecnología & Defesa highlighted in its latest edition. Diálogo reproduced it below. A: From a U.S. perspective, JIATF-S has been a very successful organization. It focuses on a very specific part of this mission with a lot of other coordination. They are only responsible for the detection and monitoring of maritime illicit trafficking, not for any of this activity on land. So, they work as an interagency with U.S. law enforcement, U.S. intelligence organizations and U.S. military, with liaisons from 13 different nations, to include both law enforcement as well as military. They would not be able to carry out their mission if it was not for each of these organizations contributing to its success. The intelligence information comes from law enforcement organizations determining the vessels and aircraft to monitor. After that, the information is passed to a group and they then assign capability to monitor that traffic until it gets to a location where a ship or a host nation can intercept that vessel, stop it, and retain individuals for prosecution. Each interception is done by a military vessel with a law enforcement authority on board. This is because the military does not have the lawful capability to stop and arrest. The only way that all those pieces can be put together is through a joint interagency task force. I think this model can work beyond the U.S. but, it will be very complex. As you know, [in] working within government structures there’s a lot of authorities and coordination that must occur. My understanding is that Brazil is looking at establishing a similar organization to JIATF-S to coordinate their activities within Brazil and that they intend to link with the JIATF-S model. I think that’s a good model and that’s probably the best way to start the formation of a regional JIATF because every government needs to be able to put those pieces together themselves. Once they have established that capacity, being able to link it to other organizations and potentially putting in or overseeing a JIATF would make sense. From our standpoint, JIATF-S has become a model for interagency operations within the U.S. government. A: The Super Tucano has proven itself an excellent multi-role, light air support aircraft. It has been successfully used by Colombia against narcoterrorist groups like the FARC and by the Dominican Republic to significantly reduce illicit air tracks entering Dominican airspace. Embraer has also helped our two countries build important and mutually-beneficial connections. Two thirds of Embraer’s products come to the U.S. and two thirds of the inputs for Embraer products come from the U.S. Those facts speak loudly of Brazil’s growing contributions to technology cooperation in our hemisphere. It is one of the areas of cooperation we hope to deepen with Brazil as we work to strengthen our partnership further in the coming years. I had an opportunity to fly in the Super Tucano in December and was impressed. I found the Super Tucano to be a nimble, strong, responsive, very maneuverable fighter with refined, well designed controls and displays. I easily adapted to its feel and the ease with which it flies. Although I didn’t get the chance to fly tactical maneuvers with the Super Tucano, I was very impressed. Q: The F/A-18 “Super Hornet” by Boeing is being offered to the Brazilian Air Force modernization program. Our fighter aviation has been using U.S. made aircrafts for decades, and we can highlight the F-5, which after almost 30 years of operation was modernized and currently represents the top of the line of Brazilian Air Force aviation. In 2008, it showed its value during the Red Flag exercise held in the U.S. What are the benefits for the Brazilian Air Force, and for the integration of the future technological projects of the Brazilian defense industry, on choosing the Super Hornet and in continuing with the use of a U.S. aircraft? Since you have been following this subject closely, what is the magnitude of the U.S. offer from the strategic point of view of the relationships between both countries? Q: The Super Tucano aircraft currently has been used by many Air Forces including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and the Dominican Republic for surveillance and border protection to intercept narcotrafficking aircraft. You are a fighter pilot, what is your evaluation about the use of this specific aircraft for this mission? Did you fly the Super Tucano? Are you able to talk about this experience and what you think about the aircraft? last_img read more