Operation Ostium Reduces Illegal Air Traffic on Brazil’s Borders


first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo August 08, 2017 Operation Ostium, conducted by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) since March, has reduced suspect air traffic on Brazil’s borders with Bolivia and Paraguay by 80 percent. The operation has reinforced surveillance of the region’s air space with the temporary installation of mobile radar stations in towns near border areas such as Chapecó in Santa Catarina, and Corumbá in Mato Grosso do Sul. Aerial operations from FAB bases have also been enhanced, and military aircraft have been deployed to towns and cities such as Cascavel and Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná, and Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul, the main base of operations, located 100 kilometers from Paraguay’s border. At the beginning of July, during a visit to the town of Vilhena in Rondônia (northern Brazil), Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann told the press that Ostium had mobilized 800 military personnel and more than 30 aircraft. A-29 Super Tucano fighter aircraft, E-99 airborne early warning and control aircraft, and R-35A and RA-1 reconnaissance aircraft, as well as AH-2 Sabre and H-60 Black Hawk combat helicopters, among other models, are being deployed in this operation. The operation is coordinated by the Airspace Operations Command (COMAE, per its Portuguese acronym), located in Brasília. Monitoring also involves the TPS-B34 radar system, capable of 360-degree scanning, and of tracking several targets simultaneously. FAB considers Ostium to be one of its most important operations against illegal aerial activity in the border regions. According to the Air Force Social Communications Center (CECOMSAER, per its Portuguese acronym), 150 suspect aircraft have been intercepted since the operation began on March 24th. General Gerson Nogueira Machado de Oliveira, the commander of the FAB Airspace Operations Command, explained that Ostium is intensifying control of the airspace in the border regions. “This operation is part of the federal government’s Integrated Border Protection Program under which the Air Force is responsible for controlling national airspace. This is an interagency initiative, mainly in conjunction with the Federal Police. We have an intelligence database which we use to monitor a number of aircraft in Brazilian airspace,” he said. Intercepting unlawful aircraft One such interception took place on June 25th. A FAB A-29 Super Tucano forced a twin-engine aircraft to land in the region of Aragarças, Goiás in the midwestern region of Brazil. The aircraft, carrying 500 kilograms of cocaine, defied all orders to land. On this occasion, the pilots of the fighter fired “warning shots,” as dictated by the protocol for airspace policing measures, pursuant to the Aerial Detention Law. According to information from the Air Force Press Agency, warning shots were required after two route-modification orders went unheeded. The intention is not to hit the suspect aircraft but to demonstrate the fighter’s firepower and enforce standards. FAB also used the E-99 airborne early warning and control aircraft to aid in detecting and intercepting the twin-engine aircraft, as well as intelligence work in conjunction with the Federal Police. Aerial Detention Law Since the decree was signed in 2004, FAB has intercepted more than 2,000 suspect aircraft in Brazilian airspace. According to Gen. Machado, interception is part of the air force’s daily activities. The law stipulates that before being classified as hostile and therefore subject to forced detention measures, aircraft will be considered suspect if they enter Brazilian airspace without an approved flight plan, coming from regions that are known to be sources of production or distribution of narcotics. Another situation is when aircraft omit information necessary for air traffic control authorities to identify them, or if they fail to comply with orders from the latter, especially when on a route presumably used for the distribution of narcotics. The four phases of interception The Aerial Detention Law stipulates four phases of interception: verification, intervention, persuasion, and detention. “FAB conducts coercive measures in a progressive manner, whenever a measure is not heeded and the target is considered hostile, stronger measures will be implemented, up to forced detention of the suspect aircraft,” CECOMSAER explained to Diálogo. Once called in by COMAE, FAB interceptors can undertake verification measures, which involve, among other things, long-distance identification, confirmation of the aircraft registration, and crew interrogation via the international emergency channel, as well as visual signs, according to internationally established rules for the mandatory identification of all aircraft. If the pilot of a suspect aircraft fails to respond properly, intervention measures will be employed. In this case, according to CECOMSAER, suspect aircraft are obliged to change their routes or to land. If these orders are not obeyed, the fighter pilot moves to the persuasion phase, where warning shots may be fired, as was the case involving the twin-engine aircraft in June. The last phase of the interception procedure occurs when the aircraft is considered hostile. In this case, shots are fired to damage the suspect aircraft, a process that must follow a strict protocol. According to FAB, all radar and aircraft involved in interception must be under Brazilian Air Defense authority control, and the entire operation must be recorded in audio or video. Furthermore, interceptions may only be conducted by qualified pilots and air defense controllers, according to standards set forth by COMAE. The procedure has to be conducted over sparsely populated areas that are related to routes presumably used for drug trafficking.last_img read more

Can you trust your credit union tellers?


first_imgThat is the implicit question raised by NY”s Attorney General  Eric T. Schneiderman.  The WSJ is reporting this morning that the man who holds the position known for  its unofficial title,” Aspiring Governor”, sent a  letter to large banks on Friday  warning them that their customers are at  risk from insider identity theft and urging them to be more alert to  employee conduct.. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/bank-tellers-draw-scrutiny-1433720000).The AG’s letter is the latest in a series of steps taken  by his office highlighting the access tellers have to personal information.  For example, earlier this year his office secured a guilty plea from  a teller at a JP Morgan Chase branch in White Plains.  According to a press release,   she would target customers with common names and over $50,000 in their accounts. She would copy this customer data and smuggle it out to  co-conspirators who used it to create fraudulent checks and identification documents. These fake documents were then used to impersonate account holders and to withdraw money at bank branches in Westchester County, New York City and Long Island, as well as Connecticut and Massachusetts.The AG’s letter is a reminder that, even as the financial industry gets swamped by increasingly sophisticated and well-funded cyber  thieves,  the core of your data security still must be based on knowledgeable employees who not only know the rules but are willing to follow them. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Exec Ed Mangano Blames Hacker For Sexting Scandal


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano said investigators are looking for a hacker that he said created sexually explicit text messages sent from his cell phone to several women.WCBS-TV New York reported Saturday night that they obtained copies of the sexts, but Mangano later said a hacker had used his cell phone number to fake the messages. Hours after the report aired, police issued a news release early Sunday morning saying Mangano requested a probe into what authorities described as a “spoofing attack” 10 days ago.“I am outraged at this smear attempt and will take legal action against the sick individual who has sought to assassinate my character and hurt my family,” the married Bethpage Republican said in a statement. “While elected officials are used to being confronted with falsehoods, whoever fabricated this outrageous social media attack committed a crime.”The New York Daily News posed the question: “Is he the suburban Carlos Danger?” That was the pseudonym used by disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens), who resigned in 2011 after being caught sexting women and claiming he was a hacking victim before later coming clean.CBS didn’t name any of the women who received the messages, but police identified one of them as Karin Caro, founder of Blue Chip Marketing, a local public relations consulting firm. Police said that Mangano first learned of the situation from Caro, who investigators also described as a victim, after one of the messages was publicly shared on her Twitter page.“Caro has stated that she never had such communication with the County Executive nor does she have his cell phone number,” police said in the news release. “Both parties have no record of such text or tweet.”CBS reported that some of the sexts were too explicit to report. But they did broadcast some of the messages, including one in which the county exec appears to tell a woman: “I miss being alone with you.”In another, the woman wrote: “I want you to (blank) my brains out even if it’s in my car again,” according to CBS, which said Mangano’s apparent reply was: “Sorry left early. Something came up.”“This is totally fabricated,” Mangano tells the Press on Valentine’s Day. “It’s a lie. I’ve made a complaint with the police department.“This is absolutely outrageous,” he continues. “It’s ridiculous. It’s so hurtful.”Intelligence Unit and Electronics Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

MoD releases brownfield land


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World Athletics says ready to shift 2021 world champs for Olympics


first_imgWorld Athletics said Monday it was prepared to shift the world championships in 2021 in order to accommodate a potential move of this year’s coronavirus-threatened Tokyo Olympic Games.The world championships are scheduled to be held in Oregon on August 6-15 next year, but talks are underway now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be moved over the COVID-19 pandemic.”World Athletics welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has written to the IOC [International Olympics Committee] to share this feedback from the sport,” track and field’s global governing body said in a statement. “We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date including dates in 2021.”World Athletics said it had already been in discussion with the Oregon 21 Organising Committee “regarding the possibility the Olympic Games may move to next year”.”They in turn have held discussions with their key stakeholders and have reassured us they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary.”The IOC said Sunday it would take up to four weeks to consider what steps to take regarding the Tokyo Games.World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe said in a letter sent to IOC president Thomas Bach on Sunday that he supported the Olympics being delayed.”No one wants to see the Olympic Games postponed but as I have said publicly, we cannot hold the event at all costs, certainly not at the cost of athlete safety,” Coe said.Topics :last_img read more

Death toll rises to 18 in China tanker truck blast


first_imgThe number of people killed in a tanker truck explosion on a highway in eastern China has climbed to 18, with nearly 200 more injured, local authorities said Sunday.The force of the blast on Saturday afternoon caused nearby homes and factories to collapse, and sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the air as flames engulfed several cars.China’s emergency management department said Sunday morning there were 189 injured people still being treated in hospital, after the accident near Wenling city in the eastern province of Zhejiang. State news agency Xinhua reported Sunday that there was a second blast when the truck fell onto a workshop near the expressway after the first explosion.Emergency responders were still conducting search and rescue operations, it added.Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or not enforced.Last year, at least 36 people died and 36 others were hurt in eastern China when a packed coach with a flat tyre collided with a truck.Topics : Local authorities said the truck was loaded with liquefied gas.Dramatic video footage of the accident published by state media showed a huge ball of fire shooting into the air as people screamed.In one clip, a large piece of debris is seen flying into the air before crashing on some nearby buildings.Another video showed the remains of the tanker and several truck tyres smashed into a building, which had been reduced to rubble.last_img read more

Manchester United enter transfer race to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo


first_imgThe 19-year-old was called up to the Italy squad in March (Picture: Getty)United have spent a fortune on luring established stars to Old Trafford in the last three years, but after a host of high profile flops, Solskjaer will return to Sir Alex Ferguson’s recruitment methods.Ferguson insisted on signing outfield players aged 27 or younger, who could be developed into superstars at the club.Solskjaer has been linked with a string of young talent including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Comment Manchester United enter transfer race to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo Zaniolo is valued at around £43m by Roma (Picture: Getty)Arsenal too have been credited with a transfer interest in the youngster, who is under contract at Roma until 2023.AdvertisementAdvertisementZaniolo joined Roma from Inter last summer and the Italian’s performances this season earned him his first international call-up to Roberto Mancini’s squad.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for young talent this summer as the club aims to change his approach to signings.center_img Coral BarryTuesday 16 Apr 2019 5:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link211Shares Zaniolo is being watched by a host of clubs (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are interesting in signing young Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports in Italy.Zaniolo has become one of the hottest prospects in Italy in the last year and is valued at around £43million by his club.Although yet to nail down a regular starting place at Roma, Zaniolo featured 32 times this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists from midfield.Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim a host of clubs are monitoring the 19-year-old’s progress including United, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

This is what $3 million will get you in Brisbane: a luxury riverfront home “like a penthouse suite”


first_imgThis riverfront home at 65 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, has sold for $3.045m. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house was designed by its previous owners — an architect and his wife — who bought the property with an existing 1950s house and completely renovated and extended it.It was given the full designer treatment — from the Ralph Lauren pendant lights and Murano glass chandeliers to the European oak flooring and Carara marble finishes.The bedrooms feature Italian walk-in-robes and floating entertainment units and are lined with decadent wallpaper. This riverfront home at 65 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, has sold for $3.045m. Picture: realestate.com.auThe two storey house is on an 850 sqm block at 65 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, surrounded by million dollar homes in the suburb’s best street.Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige negotiated the sale of the property for $3.045 million to a local buyer looking to upgrade in the area. “The level of finish inside is just total six star,” Mr Adcock said.“It’s like something out of a penthouse suite at the Four Seasons.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoMr Adcock said the property sold in six weeks after attracting multiple offers.“I think it represented very good value for what you got,” he said. This riverfront home at 65 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, has sold for $3.045m. Picture: realestate.com.auTALK about bang for your buck. No wonder Queensland’s southern cousins are flocking to Brisbane. You’d be lucky to get a shoebox on the water for $3 million in Sydney, but look what it will get you in Brisbane: a designer house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, absolute river frontage — and your own personal jetty.Plus, it’s only four kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.center_img This riverfront home at 65 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, has sold for $3.045m. Picture: realestate.com.auBut wait until you see the kitchen. It has not one, but three, integrated Miele ovens, three integrated dishwashers, an Italian gas cooktop, an ‘Insinkerator’ and a marble island bench. Then there’s the landscaped backyard and gardens featuring an ironbark timber patio. Oh, and the property comes with approved plans for an inground pool.The property’s last recorded transaction was for $1.79 million in 2015.The median house price in Fairfield is $675,000.last_img read more

Surrogacy payment review urged


first_imgStuff co.nz 18 August 2014Rules around how much surrogate parents and egg donors are paid in compensation needs an urgent review, with many New Zealanders choosing to head overseas for costly fertility treatment instead.The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Acart) has assembled a group to advise the next health minister to review payments that can be legally offered to surrogate and egg donors in New Zealand.“We are looking at what are the policy drivers that are sending New Zealanders overseas for fertility treatment,” acting chairwoman Alison Douglass said.The move comes amid international outrage over the case of Gammy, the baby boy with Down syndrome born to a Thai surrogate, who was allegedly abandoned by his Australian parents who in turn denied abandoning the child, blaming the surrogacy agency. The case has sparked a government crackdown on the international surrogacy industry in Thailand.In New Zealand, Acart finished public consultation about importing and exporting embryos and gametes in March, which included seeking views about paying donors more.Many submissions raised concerns about poor compensation for Kiwi surrogates and egg donors and said it was the main reason few women were offering to do either. That meant desperate parents-to-be were forced to seek fertility services overseas.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10393540/Surrogacy-payment-review-urgedlast_img read more

Delmar H. “Hoot” Rumsey


first_imgDelmar Harry “Hoot” Rumsey, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday June 7, 2018 in Milan, Indiana.Delmar was born June 6, 1925 in Aurora, Indiana, son of the late Clarence and Della (Robbins) Rumsey.He served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII.He worked as a farmer, mechanic, and drove a school bus for South Dearborn Community Schools for over 20 years.Hoot was a member of the Holman Christian Union Church, and a member of the Moores Hill American Legion. He enjoyed being a mechanic, and working on the farm.He is survived by children, Angela Kay Turner of Milan, IN, Teresa Ann Martin of Versailles, IN, Robert William Rumsey of Aurora, IN, Rodney Gene Rumsey of Aurora, IN., sisters, Betty Seasongood of Connersville, IN. and Ada Courter of Indianapolis, IN; 13 grandchildren and 25 plus great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of almost 60 years, Barbara J. (Hayhurst) Rumsey; daughter, Sue Vornheder, sons, Tony and Richard Rumsey; brothers, Louis Rumsey, Francis “Gene” Rumsey and a sister, Evelyn Courter.Friends will be received Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at Holman Christian Union Church, 12020 N. Hogan Road, Aurora, Indiana with Pastor Mike Addison officiating.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Relay for Life, Holman Christian Union Church or Hogan Hill Cemetery. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more