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SMC choirs present spring concert

first_imgTags: bellacappella, collegiate choir, nancy menk, SMC choir, SMC women’s choir, spring choral concert The Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir, Collegiate Choir and Bellacappella will perform in the Spring Choral Concert Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Little Theater. The groups have been working on music throughout the semester and will be presenting a compilation of their works, Nancy Menk, chair of the College’s music department, said.The Collegiate Choir will sing pieces such as Telfer’s “The Source of the Waters,” and the Women’s Choir will perform works such as Raminsh’s “In the Beginning,” Menk said. There is no overall theme for the concert, senior Catherine Cook said.“It is just full of great music that covers a wide variety of interests,” Cook said, “Selections from the concert include a jazzy version of ’My Favorite Things’ by the Collegiate Choir, ’Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,’ ’The Village’ (a contemporary Korean folk song) and ‘Ave Maria’ performed by Women’s Choir.One song the audience will recognize is “Eatnemen Vuelie” by Frode Fjellheim, which was featured in the movie Frozen, Cook said.This final concert will be a bittersweet experience, she said.“So much of my Saint Mary’s experience has revolved around Women’s Choir and the girls I sing with,” Cook said, “I always look forward to performing with my peers and being able to showcase all the hard work we put in during rehearsals.“From funny moments in practice, to sight-seeing on tours, to bringing ourselves to tears over our performances, we become a big family with Dr. Menk as our mom. It will be difficult to leave this behind,” she said.Freshman Women’s Choir member Jaclyn Schramm said the atmosphere of this concert will be different since it is the seniors’ final performance. She is excited to sing Langager’s “Irish Blessing,” and she said she thinks students should attend in order to de-stress and support their classmates.“[The concert] is a good way to relieve stress before finals, and it’s really good music,” Schramm said. “I am definitely excited for this concert. We’ve been working on some really hard pieces and I can’t wait to hear how they turn out.”Admission is free for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students. More information about the event can be found at or by calling the Moreau box office at (574) 284-4626.last_img read more

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Preventing and Combating Terrorism in Brazil

first_img Intelligence work has an ample scope and an urgent need for qualified professionals to develop different activities, including collection, which is considered the simplest form of activity, and as the name indicates, is the act of collecting ostensibly exposed data from open sources (internet, media, explicit reports, etc.). The “search” implies looking for denied data and is performed confidentially. This operation has great relevance due to the large scope of activities that can be performed by many terrorist groups nowadays. Their creativity is endless and the ability to identify and anticipate the nature of an attack makes the difference. For instance, we can name the hijacking of a civilian airplane for various purposes (September 11), bomb explosions (Madrid subway), the use of chemical or biological agents (Tokyo subway), suicide bombings (numerous cases in the Middle East), the use of firearms (the murder of Anwar El Sadat, in Egypt), and others as examples of these. A nation’s first line of defense against transnational terrorism is its intelligence system. It could not be different in Brazil. The Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), tried to restructure the old Brazilian system led by the National Information Services. It is the responsibility of ABIN to promote the data flow and integration of the system which encompasses the Armed Forces, several police, and public security departments, among other actors (industry organizations). Another success factor, considering globalization, is the exchange with agencies from other countries. Currently, the Brazilian Intelligence System (SISBIN), among several functions, seeks the operational capability to neutralize terrorist threats in Brazil. There is no doubt that Brazil made the list of countries most likely for terrorist attacks within the next few years, especially during the Confederations Cup, the 2013 visit of His Holiness the Pope, the 2014 World Cup, or the 2016 Olympic Games. *Fernando Montenegro is an Army Retired Brazilian Colonel, of Special Forces, Commands, and Paratroopers, specialized in Counter-terrorism These precautionary activities are universally included in the package of anti-terrorism procedures, which cover preventative countermeasures. It is the responsibility of the chief minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Brazilian presidency, supported by the SISBIN, to promptly assist the president in the actions to be implemented during crisis situations. It is essential that decisions are made after taking into consideration the five fields of power: political, economic, psychosocial, military, scientific-technological. Brazil’s recent experience at the 5th Military World Games 2011 shows a trend in the establishment of a Special Operations Joint Task Force, which gathers the Army, Navy, Air Force, as well as the Federal, Military, and Civil Police. I entirely agree with the article and its proposition of synergy among the different national participants in fighting and preventing terrorism in a increasingly globalized scenario, where conflict and terror actions against “the major history players” may very well be performed by neutral nations that do not have specific criminal laws regarding this issue, like Brazil, for example. Therefore, it is of great importance that we have the prevention and response abilities for different terror manifestations. As a former Navy military, I believe that our contribution capacity can be implemented and carried out through GRUMEC – Grupo de mergulhadores de combate [Combat Divers Group] and Batalhão Tonelero – Batalhão de Operações Especiais do Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais [Marine Core Special Operations Battalion]. It is without a doubt that our current world is facing many challenges and threats at a global scale, the cold post-war has not brought peace, stability, safety or well-being to all the countries or nations of the world as expected. And it is very important to take measures and counter-measures to protect the groups of innocent people from certain conflicts and situations created by the ambitions or errors of others, and for that, intelligence at the level of human sources is very important as well as the secret high diplomacy to help decrease the tensions, and to dissuade and persuade, thank you.center_img It is also a very serious mistake to think that the purchase of expensive equipment and black uniforms would turn a man into a counter-terrorism specialist. The selection and qualification process of these professionals has been very strict in countries where this activity is taken seriously, with an average approval rate of 25% among volunteers. The counter-terrorism activities are performed by highly qualified professionals in damage control, and by trained and prepared Special Operation Forces; in this activity, improvising is a very dangerous risk. Recent experience teaches us that the operations which characterize the fourth generation war (including transnational terrorism) must prioritize human intelligence over intelligence signals and imagery. It is imperative that the activity is performed with great force and proactive characteristics. By Dialogo June 07, 2013 The control of actions such as dissemination of toxic gases or biological agents is extremely difficult and complex, in addition to implying high cost and a wide spectrum of activities, such as detoxification, decontamination, hospitals, trained professionals, mass vaccination of population, just to name a few of the activities. To perform all this, the Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Defense Peloton of the Special Operations Brigade needs to receive support from professionals who are specialized in the identification of threats, as well as more resources and equipment. Besides, institutions such as Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, a scientific institution for research and development in biomedical sciences located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and considered one of the world’s main public health research institutions, along with the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry, must be able to initiate short-term mass production of necessary vaccines and medication. The logistics are extremely complex, and the lack of training in this situation would cost many lives. last_img read more

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Trump says he finally wore a mask — but not for public viewing

first_imgNearly everyone at the Ford factory was wearing a face covering, in line with company policy and government recommendations on curtailing the highly contagious virus.In a statement from the auto giant, it said that company chairman Bill Ford “encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit.”Trump, pushing to get Americans to put the pandemic behind them and reopen the faltering economy, has never worn a mask in public. He previously has said that he doesn’t consider the look fitting his perception of himself as a world leader.On Thursday, he said the mask “was very nice, it looked very nice.” Topics : President Donald Trump said Thursday he’d finally overcome his aversion to wearing masks against the coronavirus — yet he didn’t want be photographed.Touring a Ford auto factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where workers have converted to building respirators and other medical equipment for fighting COVID-19, Trump held up a mask and declared he’d covered his face earlier.”I had one on before. I wore one in this back area but I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he told reporters and photographers covering his visit.center_img Skepticism about the need for masks is rife among right-wing Americans who support Trump. In more extreme circles, demands by local government or private businesses for the public to wear masks has been interpreted as a conspiracy against constitutional freedoms.last_img read more

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Minister Luhut wants stricter health protocols in place during ‘critical time’

first_imgCoordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has ordered joint forces of the military and police to monitor the enforcement of health protocols during the “critical time” over the next two to three months until the country is able to conduct mass vaccination, which is expected to take place in December.Luhut said it was essential to make sure that the protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, were implemented properly.The minister is among officials tasked by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with focusing on handling COVID-19 transmission in several provinces, according to the head of the national COVID-19 economic recovery team, Airlangga Hartarto, as reported by went on to say that the country could not limit economic activity “for too long”, but leaving citizens to carry out their activities without proper health measures in place could also lead to increasing cases of COVID-19.Read also: Jokowi forms national team to accelerate vaccine development“Therefore, we need to strictly monitor the implementation of health protocols. This is actually an art of balancing between COVID-19 handling and conducting economic activities,” Luhut said during a teleconference on Friday.He was confident that the country could control the health crisis well from December onward as it started to vaccinate tens of millions of its citizens. The government previously announced that Indonesia had secured around 300 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine until the end of next year. Among the potential suppliers was China’s Sinovac Biotech, which had been cooperating with Indonesia’s pharmaceutical company Bio Farma in conducting clinical trials of the candidate vaccine in the country.Topics :last_img read more

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Former Olympic swimmers selling luxury Gold Coast apartment

first_img MORE NEWS: Looking to buy or sell at auction? The apartment is in Benowa’s Marina Concourse.FORMER Olympic swimmers Roger and Diana van Hamburg are diving back into the property market to find a new Gold Coast home.The couple were internationally competitive in the 1960s and 1970s; Roger swimming in individual medley and freestyle relay events for his native Netherlands at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and then Diana Rickard competing for Australia in backstroke and individual medleys at the Mexico Olympics in 1968.They have listed their Benowa apartment at Marina Concourse, having bought the three-bedroom unit in 2016 and moving from NSW. MORE NEWS: QLD property confidence flatlines Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img Former Olympic swimmers Roger and Diana van Hamburg are selling their luxury Gold Coast apartment. Picture Glenn Hampson The couple bought the apartment off the plan in 2016.They rented in the area until the Sunland Group development, where they have lived for about a year, was finished.“We’ve been here since it was new,” Mrs van Hamburg said.“We love the apartment but we don’t like apartment living.“If we could pick it up and move it, we’d take it with us.”The apartment has luxury interiors and a balcony overlooking Royal Pines marina and golf course.The community also has resident facilities, including a pool and barbecue area.The couple still swim every day and teach regularly at the neighbouring Superfish Swim School. It has luxury features throughout. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAnd panoramic views.Mrs van Hamburg said the secret to keeping their passion for the water alive was not taking it too seriously.“We’ve made it a part of our lives, not all of our lives,” she said.They ran a swim school from their home for years before moving to the Gold Coast to retire and be closer to family. Their daughter, Sasha, is married to another Olympian, former Australian freestyle and butterfly swimmer Adam Pine.“Having done that for 30 years, we knew we wanted to move north because we love the tropics,” Mrs van Hamburg said.“It’s the weather. We just love it here.”The property is listed with a $975,000 price tag.last_img read more

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Kumul hires KBR for PNG hub, mid-scale LNG plant feasibility

first_imgKumul Petroleum hired Houston-based LNG engineer KBR to provide conceptual development and feasibility analysis services for an energy hub in Papua New Guinea that would include a mid-scale LNG plant.The energy hub, to be known as the Kikori Energy Hub (KEH), in the Kikori region of the Gulf Province, is an extension of the Western pipeline project scope currently being undertaken by Kumul Petroleum, the company said in a statement.Commenting on the deal, Kumul’s managing director Wapu Sonk, said that the company is “focusing on the downstream commercialization options available to produce an economically sound project.”“The extension of the Western Pipeline Project scope to now include a stand-alone downstream LNG process development, combined referred to as the Kumul LNG Project, is a natural progression,” Sonk said.Project director for the Kumul LNG project, Jason Pollock, said, “the scope of the concept feasibility study currently being undertaken to evaluate the potential KEH economics will include a mid-scale LNG liquefaction and regional export facility.”The project would help future gas-fueled electrification of remote areas and would include a 180 MW power plant, a methanol process facility and a condensate stabilisation, storage and regional export facility.KBR’s scope of work for the LNG facility includes location and technology screening studies in order to identify the most economically feasible concept, inclusive of a floating LNG plant, a gravity-based structured LNG facility and an onshore LNG plant.The concept study is scheduled to be completed later this year, Kumul said.last_img read more

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FCCF scholarship application period open

first_imgBrookville, In. — The application period for scholarships from the Franklin County Community Foundation is now open. Online applications must be received by February 28, 2019. Get more information online here.last_img

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Gomes going from the Lane

first_img Press Association Tottenham have announced that goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will be leaving the club at the end of his contract. The 33-year-old Brazilian arrived in 2008 to much fanfare in a £7.8million deal, playing a key role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League quarter-finals three years later. However, Gomes made the last of his 135 appearances for the north Londoners in November 2011 and will be leaving the club this summer. center_img A statement on the club’s official website,, said: “Heurelho Gomes is to leave the club at the conclusion of his contract next month and we would like to wish the popular goalkeeper all the best for the future.” Gomes has acted as third-choice goalkeeper behind Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel in recent seasons and made nine Bundesliga appearances on loan at Hoffenheim last season. last_img read more

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Roza wins Roger Willey 5K for 2nd time

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American’s David Roza claimed first place overall in the 5K run at this year’s Roger Willey Road Race on Saturday at the Down East Family YMCA.Roza’s time of 16 minutes, 45 seconds marked his second consecutive win in the race and was 1:14 better than that of the next competitor, Evan Merchant of Beals. Lubec’s Peter Williams was third with a time of 18:19, and Adam Murphy’s 21:48 earned him a fourth-place finish.Tricia Brown of Cherryfield was the 5K’s top female finisher with a time of 23:16. Close behind her was Franklin’s Veronica Wentworth, who crossed the finish line in 24:01 to earn an eighth-place finish overall.In the 10K race, Bangor’s Tracy Guerrette finished first with a time of 37:39. The top male finisher was Erik Knickerbocker of Hampden, who finished in 38:01. Ellsworth’s Rob Shea was third, and Kris Garcia and Chris Holt rounded out the top five.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Cricket News ENG vs IND, 1st Test, Day 1 HIGHLIGHTS: England 285/9 at stumps

first_imgNew Delhi: After losing ODI series to England, Virat Kohli-led team India will be aiming to clinch the oldest form of the game when they face the host in the first Test match at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. Virat Kohli and Co is at the top of the ICC Test cricket Rankings while Joe Root’s England is at number five. It will be interesting to see when team India braces up for a stern test in difficult English conditions.Also Read | England vs India 1st Test Preview: Virat Kohli and co face tough challenge against resurrected hostsFor LIVE updates:# After 88 overs England 285/9# James Anderson left-handed batsman comes to the crease# Ashwin is on roll; Broad has been given LBW; ENG 283/9# Left-handed batsman Stuart Broad comes to the crease# OUT! Adil Rashid LBW by Ishant; England eight down# England 278/7 after 83 overs# Adil Rashid, the right-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Stokes caught and bowled by Ashwin; England 244/7 after 74 overs# England 240/6 with Sam Curran 1(10) and Stokes 18(30), after 70 overs# After 67 overs England 224/6 with Sam Curran 0(2) and Stokes 3(14)# Left-handed batsman Sam Curran comes to the crease# Buttler walks off minutes after coming to the crease. He has been given LBW!# Jos Buttler, the right-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Umesh Yadav chops away Bairstow, England 223/5 after 66 overs# After 64 overs, England 218/4 with Stokes 0(4) Bairstow 67(84)# Ben Stokes, the left-handed batsman, comes to the crease# Run Out!! Root fails to bag century as he walks off at 80 (156)# After 60 overs ENG 195/3 with Bairstow 46 (67) and Root 78(153)# After 47 overs ENG 145/3 with Bairstow 16(24) and Root 55 (118)# Jonny Bairstow, the right handed batsman, comes to the crease# Shami to Malan, out Lbw!! # After 38 overs, ENG 108/2# After 36 overs, ENG 100/2 with Root 39 (90) and Malan 3 (6)# Left-hander batsman Dawid Malan comes to the crease.# Mohammad Shami sent Jennings back to Pavillion, that’s a Bowled out!# Its LUNCH, ENG 83/1 after 28 overs# With the completion of 25 overs, ENG 76/1 Root(31) and Jennings (31) out in the middle# After 21 overs, ENG 66/1# After 15 overs, ENG 46/1 with Root (11) and Jennings (21) at crease.# Its a MAIDEN from R Ashwin, ENG 45/1 after 13 overs# After 12 overs, ENG 45/1 with Joe Root (11) and Keaton Jennings (20) out in the middle# 8.5 Overs: Ashwin to Cook, out Bowled and Ashwin finds the first breakthrough for India. Huge wicket!! Cook b Ashwin 13(28)# After 8 Overs, England are 25/0 Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook are at the crease for England and will start the proceedings for the day. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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