Guatemala and U.S. Plan to Supply Drinking Water to Remote Communities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 23, 2017 The Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (known as the Seabees), participated in the Water Well Drilling Course. The course was part of a training program for infrastructure projects that the engineering corps will carry out in August to provide drinking water to remote communities in Guatemala. Members of the Honduran Army and the Colombian Army also attended the course, held from April 9th to the 15th in Gulfport, Mississippi. U.S. specialists shared their knowledge and advanced skills on deep-well drilling for groundwater extraction. Participants learned how to operate high-tech equipment and well-drilling vehicles to collect pure water, as well as how to optimize resources for the purpose of achieving larger and better objectives using the fewest resources possible. “This course was a refresher for us mainly in the handling of rotary drilling machines. This is bigger equipment with greater capacity, and it’s more complex than the percussion drilling equipment that we have in our service organization,” said Second Lieutenant Alfonso José Jiménez Dubon, an engineering officer and commander of the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers’ Water Squad, who attended the training. During the course, service members shared information and experiences about the features of the area where the infrastructure projects in their respective countries will be implemented. For example, the Colombian Army will be working in a strategic desert area, the Honduran Army will be drilling wells in a mountainous area, and Guatemalan service members will be in a region that is close to the sea. In addition to fighting transnational organized crime organizations, drug trafficking, and gangs, the Guatemalan Army cooperates on supporting domestic development activities. In the 1970s this service branch started to explore underground hydrological resources through well drilling to supply Army units and civilian populations located farthest from these services. Since that time, the water table in Guatemala has dropped to approximately 520 meters. Before, underground water could be found at 130 meters, according to the report “Scarcity of Potable Water in Guatemalan Cities,” published by the Science and Technology Research and Forecasting Institute in 2015. In addition, the report “Water in Guatemala,” issued in 2014 by the social service foundation Archdiocese Charity of Guatemala, indicated that 90 percent of surface water sources are polluted and close to 40 percent of the population does not have access to potable water. “This has us in a bit of a bind because we only have drilling equipment that can reach 122 meters. Having modern drilling systems would help us revitalize all the water sources that we have and those that we opened up [years ago]. Currently, those wells aren’t in use because they are too deep to be useful to us,” Colonel Gustavo Méndez Morán, second commander of the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers, told Diálogo. “Because of the reduced supply of surface water and the pollution of many of more shallow aquifers, extracting underground water to provide clean water to the people is vital,” Col. Méndez added. During the second week of August, a Seabees detachment will travel to Guatemala to extract underground water through wells. To carry out drilling projects in the municipality of Puerto Barrios, in Izabal department, service members will take high-tech machinery that can drill to a depth of more than 305 meters and support equipment that will be transported on board a U.S. Navy vessel. In this assignment, both of the Guatemalan service members who took part in the drilling course will assist the U.S. experts in the infrastructure projects in Puerto Barrios. “We are ready for this assignment. Once again, we will have the opportunity to learn and to exchange knowledge with U.S. specialists in civil engineering and construction.” Second Lt. Jiménez noted that a well is not simply a hole that has been dug. It is a structure that must meet technical, environmental, economic, and health specifications, among others. It must have a durable, efficient, and high-quality infrastructure. “A couple of wells will provide potable water to outlying communities on the Atlantic coast of Guatemala and to the military unit [Marine Brigade] in Puerto Barrios. All of the water tables in that area are totally polluted,” Col. Méndez stressed. “This cooperation and training will really improve our capabilities as an engineering corps.” For years, the Guatemalan and the U.S. armed forces have cooperated on education, training, security, and defense matters. In 1999, officers from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) documented the general situation with water resources in Guatemala, so they could provide accurate information to U.S. military researchers, plan various joint engineering exercises intended to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilian population, and help ensure that the Guatemalan government could maximize its use of water resources. “For Guatemala, the support we get from the different branches of the U.S. military means a lot. Thanks to their cooperation, we have taken a number of actions that contribute to community development in the most remote communities with major problems of the country,” Col. Méndez said. “According to the planning, the U.S. military group will work directly with the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense on two wells, and with other Guatemalan government agencies or municipalities on other [wells] around the country,” he concluded.last_img read more

Feravino exports to as many as 15 countries, and aims to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales

first_imgNew labels of the Dika and Miraz lines, new wines, numerous international awards and revenue growth of 15 percent – in short, a great year for the winery from Feričanci.Apart from excellent results, last year in Feravin will be marked by the presentation of new labels for the Dika and Miraz lines, numerous awards, including gold at the international wine evaluation Emozioni dal Mondo: Merlot e Cabernet Insieme in Bergamo for the first coupage of the winery from Feričanaca – Cuvée Miraz, vintage 2015As Feravino winery points out, this significant increase in revenue is the result of a sales policy focused on wines of higher quality and value. “We currently export to 15 countries: Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, the USA, Mexico and Japan. Exports accounted for just over 13 percent of our revenues, which is an excellent result considering that until two years ago, our share in this segment was only three percent.”, Says Luka Vrga and adds that from their cellars the world goes mostly Frankovka, a variety that has become a kind of trademark of Feravin.The winery from Feričani also plans to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales, which is certainly a great success, so activities in foreign markets are in full swing, and the last was in Amsterdam on January 9 and 10 at the international fair Wine Professional, intended for experts and professional audiences. Every year, the well-known winery from the heart of Slavonia sells new wine, and in a few months it will present sparkling wine from a new plant prepared according to the Charmat (tank) method, of course the focus is on exports.Related news: CROATIAN WINES ARE INCREASINGLY RECOGNIZABLE IN EUROPElast_img read more

Dredging Operations in Manila Bay About to Start

first_imgThe Philippines’ Public Works and Highways Secretary, Mark A. Villar, has announced that the dredging operations are set to begin in Manila Bay, following the completion of data gathering activities of the DPWH-Bureau of Equipment.“Our Bureau of Equipment has conducted bathymetric or depth measurement survey, water quality test, and ocular inspection at Manila Bay and Navotas River. The result of these surveys will be the basis of dredging activities in the coming weeks,” said Secretary Villar.Citing a report from DPWH-BOE Director, Toribio Noel Ilao, Secretary Villar said that dredging will be the major mechanism for the removal of the accumulated pollutants in Manila Bay and the bathymetric survey is necessary to estimate the amount of material to be removed and specify the areas that must be given focus during the clean-up.To achieve the dredging goals, DPWH will use the following equipment: amphibious excavators, dumping scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, street sweepers, and vacuum sewer cleaner that will be strategically deployed starting by the last week of February to the first week of March.DPWH will also procure this year additional spider excavators and trash skimmer to assist in the rehabilitation efforts.last_img read more

Vonnie Mae Mayes

first_imgVonnie Mae Mayes, age 93 of New Point, Indiana passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Morning Breeze Healthcare Center in Greensburg, IN.  The daughter of John William and Minnie Belle (nee: Haynes) Allen was born on October 24, 1923 in Benton County, Tennessee.On March 1, 1945 Vonnie married Troy B. Mayes in Parsons, TN.  Vonnie retired from K.B. Specialty Co. in Greensburg in June 1988.She is survived by her son Robert (Norma) Mayes of Batesville, two daughters Helen (the late Richard) Williams of Batesville and Betty Mollaun of Murray, KY; two grandsons, five granddaughters, 15 greatgrandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Alice Marie Mayes who died as an infant, two grandsons, her sisters Ruby Boyd, Carloda Conrad, Gladys Baugus & Helen Tubbs and brothers Covie, Jessie, Wilson, Patterson, Lexie & Edward Ray Allen.Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from 1-3pm with funeral services immediately following at 3pm, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Dan Wolford officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.last_img read more

Solskjaer challenges Pogba to show leadership for Man Utd

first_img The three-month coronavirus suspension has also allowed England international Marcus Rashford to recover from his back injury. United are unbeaten in 11 matches and pushing for Champions League qualification as well as FA Cup and Europa League glory. The Norwegian manager said the break had been good for Mason Greenwood, 18, who has scored 12 goals in 36 appearances during his breakthrough season. Read Also: Premier League restarts as players take knee in racism protest “Sometimes earlier on you could see he was a kid,” he said. “Now in training he can use his strength better and he has done really well over the three or four weeks we have been training now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Paul Pogba to show leadership at Manchester United as the midfielder seeks to put a wretched season behind him. Paul Pogba could play a key role for Manchester United after the coronavirus lockdown The World Cup winner has managed just eight appearances in all competitions due to foot and ankle problems and has not played since December. United’s record signing could make his long-awaited return when their Premier League campaign resumes at Tottenham on Friday, where Pogba would face former boss Jose Mourinho. United manager Solskjaer said he was confident that Pogba, linked with a move away from Old Trafford earlier this season, would recover his best form. “Paul is one of the best midfielders in the world, so of course we expect him to gradually improve as he gets more and more game time,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s 45 minutes this time, is it 60, is it… so gradually over these next few months we can work him up back to his best. “Paul has had a very, very good career. Of course he is a World Cup winner and we want to have that leadership on the pitch as well.” United’s midfield has improved markedly since the 27-year-old last played due to the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes, and the potential of the pair playing together is an intriguing prospect. Loading…last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: MDI notches two shutouts

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Three different Mount Desert Island girls’ soccer players scored to help lift the Trojans to a 3-0 victory over the John Bapst Crusaders on Tuesday.Ally Bender opened the scoring with 29:05 left in the first half when she followed in on a rebound and tucked the ball near post.Just under 10 minutes into the second half, Ellie Bridgers connected on an Opal Curless cross when she touched the ball from 15 yards out. Five minutes later, Curless sent in a shot from 20 yards out to round out the scoring for the 9-3 Trojans.MDI goalkeeper Keely McConomy stopped nine of 11 shots while Kayla Massey stopped seven of 15 shots for John Bapst (6-6).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Bar Harbor, a total of eight different Trojans scored in their 14-0 shutout over Washington Academy (5-5-2).Curless and Darcy Kanu each had hat tricks for MDI.Central 3, Bucksport 2Bree Coombs and Belle Cyr netted a goal each for the 2-6-4 Bucksport Golden Bucks in their loss at Central (8-4) on Tuesday.Hermon 5, Ellsworth 0Hermon (9-0-2) rolled past Ellsworth (1-7-2) to remain undefeated on Monday at Hermon.Callie Hammer made 22 saves on 27 shots for Ellsworth.Sumner 1, Bangor Christian 1Sumner (3-4-4) and Bangor Christian (2-7-1) battled through two overtime periods to finish tied on Monday at Bangor.Jasmine Brown opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game to give Bangor Christian the early lead. Taylor Merchant tied the score for Sumner at the 24-minute mark.Mariah Kinghorn came up with 13 saves for Sumner.Searsport 1, Bucksport 0Melinda Ogden scored a first-half goal for Searsport (7-4) en route to victory over Bucksport on Wednesday.Tessa Soloman stopped 10 of 14 shots for the Golden Bucks.GSA 1, Ellsworth 1Kira Kennedy scored for Ellsworth to tie the game and send it into two scoreless overtime periods on Wednesday at Ellsworth.Elinor Haldane scored the goal for George Stevens Academy (5-1-4). GSA’s Elisabeth MacArthur made 13 saves.Callie Hammer finished with nine saves for Ellsworth.last_img read more

Club explores financial technology

first_imgChris Hailey, a sophomore majoring in computer science, founded Fintech Innovation Group with Armand Sarkisian, a sophomore majoring in business administration. They developed the club after meeting in a student group on Facebook. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)Last month, sophomores Chris Hailey and Armand Sarkisian connected over their interest in financial technologies. From there, they launched Fintech Innovation Group on campus for financial technology enthusiasts to convene, innovate and network. Under the guidance of Anthony Borquez, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship, FIG aims to develop industry events, group projects and community outreach opportunities for its members. “I think this club is important because it shows how we’re continually evolving as a university,” Borquez said. “We’re staying relevant in emerging technology trends that are happening in the industry, and we’re showing a collaboration on how faculty and students could come together and provide solutions and be able to expand this industry with our collective partnering.” Fintech covers payment technologies, financial services and algorithmic trading, according to Hailey, the president of FIG. He developed his passion for Fintech this past year, but noticed a lack of community at USC. “I know a lot of people who are in finance, I know a lot of people who are in technology but this is my chance to bridge the two together,” Hailey said. After Hailey posted in a student group on Facebook, Sarkisian, who is majoring in business administration, contacted Hailey, a computer science major. “We’re both pretty passionate about [financial technology] so it combines pretty well,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll be prepared to take on clients within the community and offer them fintech consultancy solutions. This will be anything from suggesting potential sources of financing all the way to developing a dynamic fintech platform that might solve some kind of unique problem for them.”Once they met, they approached Borquez, the founder of multiple firms including Grab, Blue Label Games and Spacient Technologies. Borquez currently teaches a business entrepreneurship course on creating a tech start-up, covering financial technologies and services in the curriculum. “I was excited because once we see these type of student organizations start to take initiative, it’s a sign that this is something we need to be doing at USC,” Borquez said. “This is something the students are interested in. I think it also matches with the trends we see happening and evolving in the industry right now.”Borquez said he will be providing guidance and will bring in educational speakers and companies hiring interns and full-time staff. During the process of connecting with different companies in the industry, FIG is scheduled to host four guest speakers in the future, including professionals from digital currency exchange platform Coinbase. While there are Marshall School of Business organizations that offer business consulting and Viterbi School of Engineering programs that offer project-based technology, there’s nothing that shares the two, according to Sarkisian.“A lot of students are excited about what’s in between,” Sarkisian said. “Because that’s where all of these new ideas are coming from, this interdisciplinary, polymathic study. We created this club to fill that gap.”last_img read more

USC special teams kept the Oregon game close

first_imgIf it felt like Oregon running back Kenjon Barner kept his jersey clean most of Saturday night and ran his 38 carries with little resistance, it’s because he did. Barner gained 273 yards before contact against USC — 12 more yards than he registered in that category in his previous five Pac-12 contests combined.Records galore · One week after setting the Pac-12 receiving record, Marqise Lee broke another Pac-12 mark with 251 kickoff return yards. – Sean Roth | Daily Trojan“It’s disappointing after playing them so well last season for three quarters,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said of the disastrous defensive performance.Despite the latest humbling figure to emerge out of the 62-51 loss to the Ducks, Kiffin, in his weekly conference call with the media, praised two overshadowed facets of the game: the Trojans’ containment of all-purpose weapon De’Anthony Thomas and special teams play.Thomas carried the ball three times for just only yards and caught five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.  The game marked the third fewest combined receiving and rushing yards Thomas has posted in 2012, behind his 29 yards at Arizona State and his 59 yards against Arizona.The Trojans’ kickoff coverage against Thomas was arguably even more impressive. USC clearly schemed to kick the ball deep into the end zone for touchbacks in order to keep the ball out of Thomas’ hands, but on the three occasions he did return the ball, the former Crenshaw High School star averaged only 22.7 yards.“We did a great job of coverage with obviously a very dangerous returner in De’Anthony — to limit him to 136 yards combined on offense and special teams,” Kiffin said.Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee — Thomas’ counterpart — set a Pac-12 record with 251 kickoff return yards. Of course, the record represents a double-edged sword, because it’s mostly the product of his fielding several kickoffs after touchdowns. Still, in 2012, Lee leads all Pac-12 kickoff returners with a 29.43 yards-per-return average, which is nearly three yards more than second-ranked UCLA wide receiver Damien Thigpen’s 26.86 average.Amazingly, Lee has recorded 877 total all-purpose yards in his last two games.“I don’t know that you can ever imagine a kid having two games like we’ve seen,” Kiffin said. “I don’t think Reggie [Bush] ever even put two games back-to-back together like that.”Lee could have added eight yards to that total when senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw him an eight-yard fade to the back of the end zone on a first-and-goal on the Trojans’ second offensive series. Unfortunately for USC, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu intercepted Barkley.A day later, Kiffin was still perplexed that Ekpre-Olomu was not flagged for pass interference on the play.“We can’t turn the ball over, though I’m sure everyone that was watching saw pass interference on the interception,” Kiffin said.When asked about the play after the game at the press conference, Lee hesitantly remarked that it was “great defense,” to which Kiffin brusquely responded, “Quit it with the ‘great defense.’”last_img read more

Nigerian Champions Vow to Defend Access/Lagos City Marathon Titles

first_imgThe top Nigerian finishers at the 2017 edition of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon, Iliya Pam and Olude Fadekemi have both promised to do all within their reach to retain their number one positions in Saturday’s 2018 race.While Pam has been training hard for the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in Jos, Olude is in the national camp in Port Harcourt where she is simultaneously preparing for the Commonwealth Games and the Lagos Marathon.Pam who finished ahead of all his compatriots with a time of 2hrs:23mins but ended in 17th position overall said he would raise the bar at the forthcoming event.“I have been training hard for a long time and I am very happy with my shape, my goal for this year’s marathon is not just to finish as the number one Nigerian but to at least make it into the Top 10 overall.” Pam declared. “I know it will be tougher this year but I am ready for the challenge as I look forward to run a good time to qualify for the Commonwealth Games,” Pam added.On her part, Olude who shocked many to emerge as Nigeria’s first female runner with a time of 2hrs:16mins said she was raring to go for the race.According to her, the increased prize monies is extra motivation for her not only repeat what she did last year but even do much more.“The N1m I won last year was quite helpful for me, now that it is N3m, I have been training even harder,” she revealed.According to Olude, this edition of the competition would be tougher compared to last year’s race as many people who did not reckon with her now know what she can do.“Of course, I expect the likes of Olamide, Deborah Pam to give me a tough fight but I know it will bring out the best in me,” she said.As already announced, Saturday’s full marathon will start 6.30am at the National Stadium and end at Eko Atlantic City.The 10Km road race will start at 8.30am at the Lekki end of Ikoyi-Lekki Bridge and also end at Eko Atlantic CityShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d’Or for Record Sixth Time

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga.Virgil van Dijk was second – one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth. Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, was third in the voting.England defender Lucy Bronze was beaten to the women’s award, finishing second behind Megan Rapinoe, who was Golden Ball winner as USA claimed a second successive World Cup in 2019.Liverpool keeper Alisson won the inaugural Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, ahead of Barcelona’s Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Brazilian compatriot Ederson of Manchester City.Defender Matthijs de Ligt took the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best under-21 player and selected by former Ballon d’Or winners.The 20-year-old, who joined Juventus this summer after helping Ajax reach the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League, beat Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho to the award.Messi’s win means the Ballon d’Or award has been won by a player from Spain’s La Liga in each of the last 11 years, including last year’s winner Luka Modric, who broke the 10-year Messi-Ronaldo monopoly on the prize.“Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or. It’s a completely different moment, lived with my family and my children,” Messi said.“As my wife said, you must never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I am very lucky, I am blessed.“I hope to continue for a long time. I realise that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will ring. It will be difficult.“But I still have beautiful years ahead of me. Time goes very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family.”The Argentine forward recently notched up 700 appearances for Barca, during which time he has scored a phenomenal 614 goals while winning 34 trophies, including 10 La Liga and four Champions League titles, and a host of other records and awards.His superb displays for Barcelona enabled him to hold off the challenge of Champions League winner Van Dijk, who was aiming to become the first defender to win the award since Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.“It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural,” Van Dijk said of Messi and Ronaldo. “So you need to respect greatness as well.“I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better.“I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and Holland, and hopefully we can do that again this year. But that will be tough with those guys around here still.“I never thought that I would be up for a Ballon d’Or until I was actually nominated. It shows a lot about how my career has been. My career has been different from the winner here, I came late, but I never gave up on my dreams.“I had to work hard every step of the way, so to be here makes me very proud. And I want to work hard and be here again next year.”BALLON D’OR 2019 RANKINGS1 -Lionel Messi (Barcelona)2 -Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)3 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)4 – Sadio Mane (Liverpool)5 -Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)6 – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)7 – Alisson (Liverpool)8 -Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)9 -Bernardo Silva (Man City)10 – Riyad Mahrez (Man City)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more