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Offshore Patrol Vessel “Amazonas” Transfers to Operative Sector of Brazilian Navy

first_img On November 14, at the Southern pier of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro, the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “Amazonas” was transferred from the Material Sector to the Navy Operative Sector, during a ceremony led by the Commander of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld. The OPV “Amazonas” completed its route bound for Brazil on October 5; it arrived in Rio de Janeiro after a two-month journey along the coasts of Europe, Africa, and America, after its incorporation to the Navy on June 29, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The ship was built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, and named after the class to which it belongs, the “Amazonas.” This class will be acquiring two more ships by 2013: OPV “Apa” and OPV “Araguari,” both are names of important rivers in Brazil. The OPV “Amazonas” started its construction in February 15, 2008, and the keel laying happened on June 15 of that same year. It sailed on February 10, 2009, and was completed in September 2010. The acquisition of the three Oceanic Patrol Vessels brings important value to the Navy, allowing it to intensify the Naval Patrol and Inspection activities, focus on the waterway traffic security, environmental pollution prevention, and also to increase the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability along the course of an extensive maritime area under the responsibility of Brazil. During the journey to Rio de Janeiro, the ship docked at ports of Lisbon (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Cotonou (Benim), Lagos (Negeria), Sao Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil), Salvador (Bahia – Brazil), and Arraial do Cabo (Rio de Janeiro – Brasil). On the African Continent, it performed demonstrations on antipiracy exercises and maintenance trainings between ships with the Cape Verde Coast Guard, the Naval Force in Benin, the Nigerian Navy, and the Coast Guard in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as protocol and public visitations. By Dialogo November 16, 2012last_img read more


Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion

first_imgToday, a round table on the topic was held at HUP “Stimulation and development of the economy through the role of private health care in the Republic of Croatia” organized by HUP- Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions. In front of the interested audience, along with other participants, Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić, Assistant Minister of Economy Zvonimir Hodak, President of the HUP Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions and a member of the Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina Jadranka Primorac, owner and founder of the Svjetlost Special Hospital Nikica Gabrić and Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic, discussed the possibilities of strengthening health care in Croatia, primarily the tourist offer through strengthening health tourism.Cappelli: Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion “One of the biggest challenges is to provide tourists with competitive tourism products based on new experiences and unique experiences – where health tourism is one of the most prominent tourism products with a long tradition and history in Europe and is therefore singled out in the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy until 2020. one of the ten key products on which the development of Croatian tourism will be built”, Said Minister Cappelli, noting that Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion a year, and that today 15 percent of all trips in the world are motivated by health reasons.”Given the aging trend of the population, but also the growing orientation towards ‘healthy living’ and health prevention, it is expected that health tourism will be one of the main motives for travel in the future.”, Said the Minister and stressed that the mandate of this Government for the first time regulated the legislative framework, through amendments to the Law on Tourism Services, the Law on Catering and the Law on Health Care, which allows catering, in addition to special hospitals and spas , and other health care institutions, companies registered to perform health care activities and health care workers who independently perform private practice, in accordance with special regulations governing health care. By the way, the mentioned Act came into force this Saturday.Photo: HUP”There are places for a private health care system in Croatia. The basis is to preserve public health, accessibility and quality of the public health system, but this does not mean that there is no space for private, especially with an emphasis on health tourism where there is space and untapped potential to be used.”Said Milan Kujundzic, Minister of Health. “While at the same time all patients spend up to 15% on public health insurance and use private health services, the question arises as to why there is no stronger synergy between the private and health systems. Private service for the state is the cheapest because it does not have to invest in equipment, staff or sick leave or anything else. We make a distinction between public and private in everything, and that needs to change, because the most important thing for the patient is to get an appropriate and quality service. It is necessary to continue to generate the involvement of the private sector in the health system. ”  said Jadranka Primorac, President of HUP – Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions”Waiting lists are too long. Anything that waits longer than three months should be focused on private health care and will certainly reduce that burden on the public sector.”Said Nikica Gabrić, owner of the Svjetlost Special Hospital and added:”It is normal to expect a private investor to invest in projects so that he can use the profit later for the further development of his institution, and the current Law on Institutions does not allow that.””We lack speed, private healthcare is more agile and we need to work together. We need one person in the Government to start things up and give us open arms to start doing good things – this roundtable is therefore a call for help, we need you, but we need you to be faster. We can’t wait any longer, people are leaving us and they will leave more and more if some things don’t change. Great people are leaving us and we will soon become a country of average people, I do not want to live in such a country. ”Said Ognjen Bagatin, owner of the Bagatin Polyclinic”We need to enable private healthcare institutions to invest in their own development, the equipment they use is expensive and without proper investment they will not be competitive enough in a rapidly advancing market. Public institutions should be allowed to have access to EU funds and all other incentives that are currently unavailable to them, and they would certainly have a larger number of newly opened institutions and employed people who pay into the health system.”Said Davor Majetic, CEO of HUP”The question is why are we treated as second-class citizens and why can’t we buy the appliance we need like entrepreneurs in agriculture can? This is an entrepreneurial aspect where not all entrepreneurs in the country are treated equally.”Said Nikica Gabrić and added:”Doctors are leaving us because their salary is currently too low, and it is too low because of the high fees and contributions that entrepreneurs pay. It is necessary to reduce the wage burden as soon as possible in order to raise the salaries of these professionals and not to go to Austria and other countries.” “We are waiting for the issue to be resolved with the Law on Institutions so that private health care institutions can be fully included in the tourism sector. In the last two years, we have done what was expected of us as Ministries and it provides what healthcare currently allows us. ”  concluded Gary Cappeli, Minister of Tourism.RELATED NEWS:/ / / IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLY/ / / DR. MILJENKO BURA: WITHOUT QUALITY AND PRESENT HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WE CANNOT BUILD A YEAR-OLD TOURISM/ / / NEVENKA KOVAČ, SB MEDICO: WE HAVE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT STRATEGIES AND POSSIBILITIES OF HEALTH TOURISM, AND TOO MUCH WORK IS IN THE FIELDlast_img read more


Bond set at $2M for man charged in fatal crash

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN – Charges were filed against Jeb N. McGeorge stemming from a fatal crash that occurred on June 27 in the area of US Highway 50 and Gatch Hill Road in Dearborn County. McGeorge has been charged on allegations of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Reckless Homicide, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury, and related charges.At the accident scene, the investigation by officers with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department determined that two vehicles had been involved in a head-on collision and that a 2013 gray Chevrolet Malibu had been traveling the wrong way down the westbound lane of travel. The Chevy Malibu was registered to McGeorge, who was transported to High Point Health Hospital with minor injuries.Carlos A. Solis and Alejandra Aguero-Vazquez, of Aurora and occupants of the other vehicle, were air cared to UC Hospital in Cincinnati. Aguero-Vazquez, Solis’s fiancé, died from the crash.Implied consent was read to McGeorge and a blood sample was obtained. The Indiana Department of Toxicology tested the blood sample and it demonstrated the presence of controlled substances, Xanax, and THC in McGeorge’s system.An Indiana State Police accident reconstructionist, in addition to finding McGeorge’s car traveling the wrong way, determined that the car had been traveling in excess of the speed limit, at approximately 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash.last_img read more


Bailey: Ennis brings crunch-time composure, team value unparalleled by Parker, other freshmen

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Much debate has been made of this year’s class of talented freshmen. Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Duke’s Jabari Parker are two of them – arguably the two best – and Daily Orange beat writers Stephen Bailey and David Wilson make their respective arguments for the two rookies. See David’s case for Parker here.The strong contingent of Syracuse fans in Joel Coliseum let out a collective gasp late in the second half Wednesday night. Tyler Ennis had turned his ankle.Not the cold-blooded, courageous freshman. Not the horse SU has rode through all but 31 minutes of its 13 games against power-conference teams. Not the Orange’s golden ticket back to the Final Four.Ennis stood with his hands on his knees, teammates circling around him at the free-throw line. Jim Boeheim asked the referee to check on him.Did he need to come out?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis lifted his head toward the official, held up his right hand and shook his head. No.But for one brief moment, the same thought crept through everyone’s head — what would Syracuse do without him?“It’s hard to say,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “It’s something that we really haven’t been able to think about because he’s been there the whole season.”Said C.J. Fair: “He’s the most important piece of the team.”Ennis turned in his third straight heroic performance with 16 second-half points against Wake Forest. He gave No. 2 Syracuse (20-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) a chance for its best start in program history when it hosts No. 17 Duke (17-4, 6-2) and fellow stud rookie Jabari Parker on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.Parker is touted by many as the ACC’s best player, but flash and flair and scoring ability will only get you so far in the college game. Great players have the ability to raise their individual performance, but the best players have the ability to raise their team’s performance.In the last five minutes of games this season, Ennis hasn’t committed a single turnover and is shooting nearly 50 percent.“Tyler Ennis is having as good a year as any freshman,” Boeheim said after the St. John’s game on Dec. 15.That was back when Ennis was still getting going. He’s since proven more than a court general. He’s the team’s best crunch-time option.Against Pittsburgh on Jan. 18, he tallied the go-ahead bucket, another layup and two free throws in the final 1:48 as part of a 14-point second half. Against Miami last Saturday, he scored a crucial three-point play and the go-ahead jumper. And against Wake Forest on Wednesday, he had two more field goals in the second half alone than any of his teammates had all game.Parker, who shoots 46.5 percent, hasn’t made more than half of his shots in a game since Dec. 19. His rebounding numbers have been staggering, but Ennis counters with the most steals per game in the conference.“He’s smarter than I am,” Boeheim joked.Even during the other 35 minutes of each game where Ennis hasn’t been superhuman, he’s been Syracuse‘s only capable ball handler.Without him, SU would have at least a few conference losses.Junior Duke transfer Michael Gbinije’s attempted transformation from small forward to point guard has been a failure, and Trevor Cooney isn’t much better against pressure. The point guard depth is so bad that even freshman Ron Patterson could be considered the next-best option.“Without Tyler this team would be totally different,” Fair said. “I think coming into Syracuse, he knew what the challenge was going to be and he did a good job prospering in the system.”In the locker room after the Wake Forest game, Grant cut me off before I could even finish the question.Which freshman is more val—“Our freshman is more valuable than theirs,” he said.Why?“Because he’s better.”Ennis said he doesn’t like to compare himself to other players on an individual level, especially when they play different positions. But he brought the conversation back to a player’s ability to help his team win.This Saturday, Ennis said, the final score will prove who wins the individual matchup between him and Parker.Said Ennis: “So as far as matchups, I think whoever wins the game is going to be the one who wins the matchup.”Stephen Bailey is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. You can contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Bailey1. Comments Published on January 31, 2014 at 4:48 amlast_img read more


Throwback: C. K Akonnor scores a delightful chip for Wolfsburg [VIDEO]

first_imgCurrent head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Charles Kwablan Akonnor scored a beautiful chipped goal to hand the German side, Wolfsburg a 2-0 win over Schalke 04 on December 2nd, 2000 in the Bundesliga.Akonnor’s side had not recorded a win their last five games with four draws and narrow defeat to Borussia Dortmund prior to the game against Schalke 04.The Ghanaian midfielder scored one of Wolfsburg’s two goals that night to end their winless streak in the leagueC. K Akonnor, who is now 46, picked up a pass from his team, dashed from behind the centre line, picked up the pass, and hit the ball one-time with precision and accuracy to help his side to victory.The ex-Black Stars midfielder played for VfL Wolfsburg from 1998-2003 and featured in 121 games for the Wolves, scoring 13 goals in the process.Watch Akonnor’s delightful finish here:last_img read more