first_imgRick John, Principal Broker/Owner, R. JOHN & CO. Real Estate announced that Suzanne King has joined the firm as a REALTOR Associate and will concentrate on residential properties in Windham County, VT and later plans to get her NH license as well.Suzanne has been in the mental health field for many years and most recently was Community Director with the March of Dimes in Brattleboro, Bellows Falls & Springfield Area. Suzanne lives in Vernon VT with her husband and two children. Rick John also has been hired as an instructor with Around VT & NH, a real estate education company in MT Holly, VT and is teaching the pre-licensing course in SVT & SNH.John is currently serving as President –elect of VREIN in Williston,VT. VREIN is the organization that operates the MLS function for most of the REALTORS in VT. Mr. John has been a Director at VREIN for the past two years.last_img read more

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo August 01, 2018 Service members of the Brazilian Armed Forces took part in the first basic response course for chemical incidents. The Assistance and Protection for Portuguese-Speaking Participants course—per the training schedule of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)—took place May 21st–25th in Rio de Janeiro. Service members and civilians from seven Portuguese-speaking nations, as well as members of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Police, and the state of Rio de Janeiro Military Fire Brigade—all agencies associated with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense (CBRN)—participated. The Biological, Chemical, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Center of the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) coordinated the course. Service members from MB, the Brazilian Army, and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), served as instructors. “Fifteen service members attended the course, in addition to a team of instructors consisting of 33 service members from the Brazilian Armed Forces,” said FAB First Lieutenant Gustavo Messias Costa, head of the Aeromedical Subdivision of FAB’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IMAE, in Portuguese). IMAE focuses on education, research, development, and training in aerospace medicine, as well as pre-hospital medical care and missions such as aeromedical evacuation and aircraft and personnel decontamination involved in CBRN incidents. In total, 38 students, among Brazilian and foreign nationals attended the course. Intensive training “FAB assigned six IMAE service members and eight members of the Puma Squadron to conduct the aeromedical evacuation training for victims of CBRN agents,” said 1st Lt. Costa. Trainees conducted a drill on contaminated victims and practiced aeromedical evacuation with isolation and onboarding of the Puma Squadron’s H-36 Caracal aircraft that transported them to the hospital. “This training is crucial for operational maintenance and integration between the many teams that will participate in response operations,” said FAB First Lieutenant Jaison Lopes Garcia, the helicopter commander. “The medical staff and crew must be well bonded, as timing for the victim’s stabilization and evacuation can make all the difference in a real life event.” In addition to the aeromedical evacuation, the weeklong course included lectures and practical workshops on assessment and clinical management of victims of chemical attacks, decontamination, and interagency response to chemical incidents. “The course schedule was five days, totaling nine hours of daily instruction,” said 1st Lt. Costa. “The students attended the demonstration of a terrorist attack with chemical agents, including first response, rescue and screening of victims, chemical agent detection, and decontamination.” Brazil’s CBRN experience Brazilian troops intervened in at least two CBRN incidents. In 1987, in the city of Goiânia, state of Goiás, scrap metal scavengers broke an X-ray machine found at an abandoned clinic, exposing thousands of people to cesium 137, a radioactive material, and causing the largest radiological accident in the history of the country. Specialized teams of the Armed Forces spearheaded transport operations—FAB conducted aeromedical evacuation to hospitals—and provided medical care to victims. They also focused on processing and insulating tons of generated waste. In 2013, in the city of Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande do Sul, an acoustic insulation foam at a nightclub accidentally burned, producing cyanide and killing hundreds of young people. The Brazilian military’s experience with chemical agents was further enhanced preparing for CBRN in major events of the last decade: the 2007 Pan American Games, 2011 Military World Games, Earth Summit 2012, World Youth Day 2013, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup, and 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. “These events increased situational awareness of possible terrorist attacks due to the large number of foreign nationals, and the presence of foreign officials in the country, representing potential targets,” 1st Lt. Costa said. “Another important point is that among the various national energy sources, Brazil has nuclear power plants in Angra dos Reis with a constant warning system and emergency, evacuation, and containment plans in the event of an accident due to reactor failure. The country’s road and railway systems also transport numerous industrial products, which in the event of an accident, could cause chemical catastrophes. All of this promotes constant preparation to face events with CBRN agents, and for the training of specialized troops to be made as professionally as possible.” Brazil hosted the Regional Assistance and Protection Exercise for Member States of the Latin American and Caribbean Region in August 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, bringing together representatives of chemical emergency response agencies from the civil and security defense sectors of Brazil and 18 other countries. The event marked the inauguration of the Regional Chemical Weapons Assistance and Protection Center for Latin America and the Caribbean at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense of Brazil, bringing together the Brazilian Armed Forces’ funds, equipment, and human resources.last_img read more

first_imgThe Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board presented a new tourist promotional film – The Art of Travel, in which the narrator takes us through the tourist story of the Osijek-Baranja County through 04:11 minutes.The new promotional video was recorded in both the English and German versions, and later short videos will be easily extracted from the entire material.ENG versionNJEM version In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”last_img

first_imgThe other night I was watching a commercial on TV.  A young girl dressed in her softball uniform was just walking on to the ball diamond.  Oh, how this brings back memories for any of us who ever played the sport of baseball or softball.  I know young boys usually envision that they are really walking onto a major league baseball diamond.It is good for young children to be encouraged to get out and exercise.  It is also very good for them to get involved in activities outside of the house at their age.  Here is where parents walk a fine line.  All parents should encourage their kids to get involved with something.  It doesn’t have to be sports.  It could just as well be music, dance, theater, or art.  The parents’ big decision is that fine line between encouraging and pushing.  Watch your young child.  They will usually indicate (maybe not in language, but in actions) whether they are enjoying it or whether they are doing it just for you.  Here is where you need to take your wishes out of the equation.  It is your son or daughter, not you.  Maybe “pushing” is not the answer!last_img read more

first_imgMargaret J. Land, of Sunman was born on February 10, 1928 in Vevay, Indiana, a daughter to Holman and Nellie Rider Land.  She married Donald Land and he preceded her in death on January 17, 2008.  Margaret worked at U.S. Shoe Factory in Osgood for over 25 years.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and growing flowers.  Margaret loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her four-legged pals.  On Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the age of 91, she passed away at Our Hospice in Columbus, Indiana.Those surviving who will cherish Margaret’s memory include her daughters, Donna Land of Sunman, Mary Ann Wright and Caroline Bohlke, both of Milan; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one sister, Emily Givens of Aurora, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Clifford W. Land, and brothers, Elmer, Luther, William and Maurice Land.Private services will be held at the convenience of the family and burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to PAWS in Lawrenceburg, 200 Charles A. Liddle Drive, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Margaret J. Land.last_img read more

first_imgIn lower Margibi County, at least 13 candidates, including incumbent Senator Clarice Jah of the Unity Party; Saah Gbollie, former Margibi County representative and National Patriotic Party in the 52nd legislature; and UL Prof, Dean Ansu Sonii, were all vying for the single senatorial post. Prof. Sonii ran as an independent candidate, while Jah and Gbollie were seen as the front runners for the county’s senatorial seat.At the Rock Church School, about a mile from the Camp Edward Binyan Kesselly Military Barracks, polling got off to a very slow start. Voters from the surrounding communities, including Dwazon, Gbengba town, and the barracks, trickled in to cast their ballots.Few hours later, what appeared to be chartered vehicles, began bringing voters in. One of the bus drivers, Mustapha Kamara, told the Daily Observer that he had taken some of the voters from Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville City, Montserrado County.“I was parking in Redlight when they came to charter me to bring their partisans to vote here in Margibi,” he said.Kamara’s admission validates complaints made earlier this year in some quarters that people were being trucked in from other parts of the country to register and increase the voting population of certain candidates.  This was widespread in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, which President Ellen Johnson won for her second and final term.Our reporter further observed that some of the voters, who were brought in to cast their ballots, were drinking a white creamy substance. One of them told the Daily Observer: “We have to get in zico (a Liberian slang among young people, meaning ‘high’ or ‘tipsy’) before we can go and cast our vote.” However, the election officers did not allow them in until they had left their bottles behind.Further up the highway, in Margibi, is a very small community school at Marshall Junction, where another polling center comprising five rooms, was located.The election officers, even though they had no police officers to help them properly organize the process as was the case at Rock which had at least four police officers, still managed to keep the voting process orderly.  Voters were seen observing the ‘2-3 feet apart’ preventive distance between voters put in place by the National Election Commission(NEC) against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has so far killed more than 3000 persons in Liberia. The election had to be postponed twice for fear of the disease further spreading.It was the same slow turnout and cars bringing voters in, one of the polling officers who didn’t want to be named told the Observer. He, however, couldn’t say where they were being transported from.Off the highway and deep into Lower Margibi County, in Folley Town, the issue of health measures was thrown out of the window. Voters were “skin on skin” as they stood in the queue.At all of the centers our reporter visited, none had any of the 4700 thermometers and 10,000 hand sanitizers which Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, head of Incident Management System (IMS), announced would be available at all the polling centers around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more