Honduras Hosts Regional Training Program for Air Forces of Five Countries

first_imgThe goal of the training is to prepare pilots to respond to emergency situations, avoid accidents, and maximize their efficiency and effectiveness, and all Military pilots are required to participate in refresher courses. “This flight, given to us free of charge, is a big help that has been facilitated to us from La Mosquitia, because we are very poor people, and it was impossible for us to travel,” López Martínez told the national newspaper La Tribuna. “Thank God we have been brought.” “The exchange of experiences is important,” Honduran Air Force Captain Gerson Ramos said. “This communication allows us to learn from each other and we end up better equipped to handle situations we may be involved in.” By Dialogo August 13, 2015 I don’t see what the fuss is. They think they’re Einstein. A vest adapted for Breasts and done. Respectfully. I want to know about a Honduran woman who died in Guatemala Honduras is hosting a regional training program for the air forces of five countries. The Conference of Central American Air Forces (CEFAC in Spanish) provided security training to close to two dozen pilots from the air forces of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic from July 30 to July 24.The Honduran Air Force is very well regarded internationally During the three-week seminar, pilots shared their experiences and engaged in instrumental and air navigation procedures, skills that are crucial in adverse weather conditions. “This type of training is vital so we can successfully complete our missions and not make mistakes in the future,” Capt. Ramos said. “We do not have a margin of error. Errors are tragic. We can’t afford the luxury of committing them.” Reducing accidents and improving efficiency A humanitarian mission to Tegucigalpa The Conference of Central American Forces (CEFAC) provided safety training for about two dozen pilots from the Air Forces of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic between June 30 and July 24. The pilots responded positively to the training and the security standards, concluded Capt. Ramos.center_img One of the patients the pilots transported, Ana Ivis López Martínez, was grateful. “We have a program called Alas para la Salud — Wings for Health,” Capt. Ramos explained, with which the Air Force transports (by plane or helicopter) sick patients who may not have the means to travel and are usually from remote areas throughout Honduras to main hospitals in urban centers as well as during emergencies. “We have teams, always ready, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for situations like these.” Such safety precautions are an important part of the humanitarian missions the Honduran Air Force carries out, sometimes on very short notice. CEFAC’s safety training is particularly relevant for missions in the Honduran capital, because Toncontín International Airport (TGU) in Tegucigalpa is a challenging facility for pilots to land in. The airstrip’s approach is considered difficult under the best weather conditions and even more challenging in inclement weather. “We are reaching almost 6,000 days without an accident,” thanks to strong security measures on the ground and in flight, Capt. Ramos added. “We always expect the unexpected. When it happens, our reaction needs to be immediate. We assist with search and rescue operations in open seas or when there are severe vehicle accidents in any of the nation’s highways. The lives of the people we transport also depend on our constant training.” Honduran Air Force pilots conducted the training, which was part of an ongoing CEFAC program at the Honduran Air Force’s Hernán Acosta Mejía Base, in Tegucigalpa, to help Military pilots in the region hone their skills in safety procedures. The organization holds training programs in different countries and conducts training in Honduras annually. In June, Air Force pilots flew 15 people from La Mosquitia to Tegucigalpa, where they underwent eye surgery before being transported back to their home. “Pilot training is one of our strengths,” Honduran Armed Forces spokesman, Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, said. “Our Air Force’s history dates back to 1934, so we have the necessary labs, equipment, and schools to hold these training sessions. Furthermore, because of the relationship we sustain with the U.S. Armed Forces, our instructors have studied in the United States and have the credentials to provide the training. Our aim is to increase the proficiency of our pilots and that of our guests.” last_img read more

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Premier League.. United’s flexibility serving them well in top-four race

first_img(REUTERS)-Manchester United’s tactical flexibility continued to serve them well as they extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 15 games with a 3-0 win at Leicester City yesterday to ramp up the pressure on their rivals for a top-four finish.Arsenal and Liverpool have faltered in recent weeks to slip out of title contention behind runaway leaders Chelsea but United have found some momentum and now trail the fourth-placed Gunners by two points and the Reds, who are fifth, by one.After a poor start to the season United have gone under the radar in their 15-game unbeaten run. Led by master tactician Jose Mourinho and a squad of adaptable players it is the Old Trafford side’s tactical flexibility that is aiding them.Where Arsenal and Liverpool look devoid of a ‘Plan B’ if their slick, quick-passing style fails, sixth-placed United can successfully adapt if their initial plans prove fruitless.United started lethargically against Leicester and struggled to exert any control during the opening 35 minutes before a system tweak produced immediate results.Forward Marcus Rashford moved out to the wing and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was deployed in a central playmaking role behind central striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Thereafter United were irresistible, with Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata in particular picking Leicester apart with ease as the visitors scored three goals in seven minutes either side of halftime.TACTICAL NOUS“We went with 4-4-2, the same system as they play,” Mourinho, whose tactical nous has been attributed to many famous victories in the past, told Sky Sports.“We tried not to give (central defenders Wes) Morgan and (Robert) Huth a two-against-one fight and target against with Zlatan. We tried to give more freedom to Zlatan by playing with Marcus Rashford.“We were fine, we were quite stable but without the quality of possession and control we normally have. We changed and started finding more spaces and then the first goal comes.“And when the first goal comes everything is easy for us.”Mkhitaryan was the main Having been peripheral for the first 35 minutes the Armenian went on to produce a man-of-the-match display like those that made him such a highly sought after player at Borussia Dortmund.“When we are playing football, one-two passes are very easy no matter which position,” Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.“We tried to change the formation during the game and that’s not something that is new for us.“In this game the manager thought it was better I play behind the striker. It was his decision and I agreed and I was t aving been peripheral for the first 35 minutes the Armenian went on to produce a man-of-the-match display like those that made him such a highly sought after player at Borussia Dortmund.“When we are playing football, one-two passes are very easy no matter which position,” Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.“We tried to change the formation during the game and that’s not something that is new for us.“In this game the manager thought it was better I play behind the striker. It was his decision and I agreed and I was trying to do my best.”rying to do my best.”benefactor of the tactical change.Having been peripheral for the first 35 minutes the Armenian went on to produce a man-of-the-match display like those that made him such a highly sought after player at Borussia Dortmund.“When we are playing football, one-two passes are very easy no matter which position,” Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.“We tried to change the formation during the game and that’s not something that is new for us.“In this game the manager thought it was better I play behind the striker. It was his decision and I agreed and I was trying to do my best.”last_img read more

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Trojans top George Mason at North Gym

first_imgThe No. 2 USC men’s volleyball team beat visiting George Mason University Patriots in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21 in front of a raucous crowd in the North Gym on Friday.“The first set was sloppy but we picked it up,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “We’ve been focusing too much on the score and not the quality of play. We talked about our internal scoreboard after the first set and it showed in how focused we played.”Never in doubt · Senior middle blocker Steven Shandirck and the Trojans swept George Mason in straight sets at the North Gym. played its home matches there until 2006. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanThis was the Trojans’ first time playing in the Physical Education Building’s North Gym since 2006. It was the team’s original gym from 1970-1988 and sporadically from 1997-2006. The Trojans will play their next two matches in the North Gym.“It’s important that we got used to the venue and got closer to our roots,” Ferguson said. “I had a mile-long email chain from a bunch of alumni after they found out we were returning to the North Gym sharing old pictures.”The Trojans won their 11th straight match to improve to a 16-4 overall mark, 13-4 in-conference, while the Patriots fell to 7-12 overall.The Trojans rested starters junior opposite hitter Maddison McKibbin and sophomore libero Henry Cassiday.“We had a good level of focus and we were careful not to take them lightly,” senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick said. “It was important that the reserves held themselves to the same high standard as the starters would, and it was good that we could beat them in three.”Senior outside hitter and co-captain Tony Ciarelli led the charge with 13 kills and two aces. Redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Tanner Jansen followed with nine kills and three aces.“It’s been good working on connecting with the guys better and I feel like our team chemistry has improved,” freshman setter Micah Christensen said.The Trojans won in dominating fashion offensively, defensively and from the service line. The Trojans hit .273 and held the Patriots to a .014 clip, had 10.5 blocks to George Mason’s six and served 10 aces to Mason’s four.“I’m pleased with the serving and our overall focus,” Ferguson said. “But we need to get [freshman middle blocker Robert] Feathers and Shandrick the ball more because they had only five and three attempts, respectively.”Ferguson was also presented before the game with an honorary game ball to commemorate his  100th career win from the March 16 match against UC Santa Barbara.last_img read more

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