At the 5th World Military Games held in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earned a total of 114 medals in a field featuring 111 nations and 4,000 athletes. At the Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada, this past June, 123 Brazilian Military athletes earned 67 medals, accounting for 48 percent of the country’s total. “It will be very important to have such a large space in which to learn of other delegations’ participation and exchange information, knowledge, and build friendships, which is fundamental in competition,” said FAB 3rd Sergeant Bruno da Silveira Mendonça, who plays for Brazil’s Field Hockey Team that will compete in Rio. “What is important is fair play among the participants, leaving any rivalries on the field or in the competition arena.” It is important to have a club for Military athletes, one of the Sergeant’s fellow athletes observed. “I think it’s very relevant to have a place where we can meet friends and share our experiences,” said FAB 3rd Sergeant Gideoni Rodrigues Monteiro, who recently became the first Brazilian in 24 years to qualify for the Olympics in Omnium track cycling. “The CISM Club will provide an opportunity to promote Military sports and camaraderie between countries represented in the Olympics and have athletes that come from their Armed Forces,” explained Army Colonel Walter Jander, executive manager of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission. The agreement on the clubhouse facilities was signed at the beginning of February during the continental meeting of CISM of the Americas, which was held in Bávaro, Dominican Republic. Founded in 1948, the CISM, which has 134 member countries, is a transnational organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, that promotes sports within the Military. Forty-seven of the 93 athletes scheduled to compete for Brazil in the Olympics are service members participating in PAAR. The Military’s goal is to win 10 medals, which would double the number of medals that Brazilian Armed Forces competitors won at the 2012 London Olympics. The Ministry of Defense has set the goal of having around 100 Military athletes with ties to the Armed Forces (Navy, Army, and Air Force) qualify for the Olympic Games. The participation of service members in international sporting competitions has received official support since 2009, when the Military launched the High-Performance Athletes Program (PAAR, for its Portuguese acronym) – a partnership between the ministries of Defense and of Sports, with the goal of strengthening the Brazilian Military team in high-level athletic events. A meeting place Military pride The CISM Club will highlight the participation of Military athletes in the Olympics, Col. Gagliardi said. “We want to make a link here between winning a medal and the fact that the winners are in the Military, thus validating our contribution to the sports efforts in this country.” During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August, the leaders of Military delegations from 100 participating countries will have the opportunity to socialize and share their experiences at a clubhouse set up for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) on the grounds of the Air Force University (UNIFA) in the neighborhood of Campo dos Afonsos. The PAAR The clubhouse will have a media center for press conferences, meetings, and interviews with Military athletes from throughout the world, where officials will also report on the results of the Military Olympians and give them their awards and medals. Officials will renovate UNIFA’s clubhouse as part of a space “where Military athletes participating in the Olympic Games can get together to socialize, meet their team leaders, and where delegation leaders can view performances by their respective athletes,” stated Colonel Pedro Celso Gagliardi Palermo, vice president of the Air Force Sports Commission. Officials will host guests at the facility a week before the Games begin. “I think that Military athletes will have many chances to win a medal,” Col. Gagliardi said. “I’d bet our strongest chances are in judo, swimming, sailing, and the modern pentathlon, both men’s and women’s.” By Dialogo March 18, 2016 The CISM requests that all Olympic host countries share the cost of setting up the clubhouse facility. Brazilian authorities chose the UNIFA site because it is the closest Military facility to the competition venues. UNIFA, which is a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) training center, has modern facilities for track and field, volleyball, and numerous aquatic sports.
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Parking charges will drive customers awayIn response to the Nov. 18 article “City mulls successes and image problems,” I find it remarkable that local leaders in Schenectady manage a “one foot forward and two steps back “ approach.The revitalization of Proctors has been an invaluable asset to Schenectady, bringing in large crowds.This brings business to the local businesses and restaurants.The parking options were without charge; it felt very welcoming until recently.“Hamilton” came to Schenectady, and suddenly there were money-grabbing attendants in the lots which were once free.The large sandwich board signs advertise parking fees Monday through Friday, and they now have attendants shaking patrons down for $5 to $10 on the weekend matinees.One attendant explained that LAZ parking would only be charging fees for “the Big Ones,” which I assumed to be the most well-attended shows.Shame on the city leaders allowing this.As leaders attempt to figure out how best to “keep lights in downtown shining,” free parking, especially parking that offers reasonable walking distances to shops and eateries, evaporates in the name of greed.We now use the crowded free parking lots at more remote areas to attend shows at Proctors.But by doing this, we have found it is safer and easier to dine somewhere outside of Schenectady after the show.What a shame.Laura MooreBallston SpaTrump is only looking out for Number 1Anyone who accuses The Daily Gazette of being permeated with liberal bias ought to read Hugh Hewitt’s rant on Nov. 9: “Senate must not legitimatize House’s sham impeachment.”He asks what’s in the best interest of the Constitution, the Senate and President Trump?Please note that the American people and the country are not mentioned. Donald Trump and his fake “conservatives” and international oligarchs will look out for POTUS and anyone else who can fill their needs now and, in the future.But who will stand in the interest of this country?Betty PieperScotiaRep. Stefanik has her priorities misplacedElise Stefanik has, over the course of a brief career in Congress, proven herself to be a power-hungry lightweight, seeking the limelight no matter how cheap the ploy.When our local community suffered great loss of life in the horrific limo crash of 2018, Ms. Stefanik grabbed the microphone and started preaching about enacting federal legislation.She knew very well it wasn’t about lack of state laws regulating limos, but it was about the limo owner, Nauman Hussein, allegedly breaking the existing state laws.Now Rep. Stefanik has inserted herself into the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.She fans the fires of conspiracy theories involving Ukraine and Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter. Yet she ignores the fact that former Republican Congressman John Sweeney is paid over $750,000 a year (Daily Gazette story) by a Kremlin-controlled bank.Isn’t it curious that Mr. Sweeney was one of the first to endorse Trump and work for Trump’s campaign? Isn’t it also curious that Trump denies Russian interference in the 2016 election, believing Putin over our own U.S. intelligence?One wonders why Rep. Stefanik is not calling for investigations of Trump and Sweeney. Is she hoping for her own Russian windfall in a few years?Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVote out Trump to rescue the planetIt isn’t the economy, health care, nor immigration. No.The most important issue today is whether life on Planet Earth is to survive.We’ve already lost thousands of species, and human life continues to be on the Endangered Species List.Donald “coal is beautiful” Trump is the greatest threat to life on Earth as the cheerleader of the fossil fuel industry. He’s not only a climate denier, but a science denier.A statement signed by 11,000 scientists in over 150 countries, published in “BioScience,” issued this dire warning: “The climate crisis is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”Findings published in “Nature Communications” warned of global sea levels rising between two and seven feet over the course of this century. By mid-century, some 300 million homes will be threatened by flooding.Trump’s response is to relax limits on coal plants discharging contaminated waste into waterways and to give them two more years to comply with some rules.His EPA repealed curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and he intends to have the United States formally withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement by Nov. 4, 2020, a day after he hopes to be re-elected, making the United States the only country in the world not a member.Whether Trump is impeached or voted out, he must be stopped. It doesn’t matter whether you have a job or your health if you don’t have a planet.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.Glenville
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keith rowley kamla persad-bissessar PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The main opposition United National Congress (UNC) has denied any involvement in any plot to assassinate Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley or members of his administration, describing the allegations as “a last-ditch, desperate attempt to fool the electorate” ahead of the next general election in 2020.Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar, in a statement, said that the allegations were akin to those made in the so-called e-mail gate scandal, when in 2013, Rowley, then Opposition Leader, told legislators that he had received in December the previous year, a total of 31 emails, from a “whistle blower” indicating how operatives within the government had sought to undermine those institutions including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.. He said he had passed them on to the Office of the President.The police earlier this year ended their probe into the “emailgate” without laying charges against anyone.In her statement, Persad Bissessar said that Prime Minister Rowley is aware that he cannot win the next general election “fair and square” and “from the producers of Emailgate comes a last-ditch, desperate attempt to fool the electorate in 2020 with a sequel”Rowley, speaking at a public meeting of his ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) last Friday, linked opposition operatives to a plot to assassinate Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and warned the population of Trinidad and Tobago that they should not consider the threats to be a joke.“Understand what we are dealing with in this country. I tell you this not because I am being irresponsible, because I want you to know (and) you can’t say you don’t know. I want you to know because I am the Chairman of the National Security Council,” Rowley added.He also disclosed that in 2015, “on two occasions they hired a killer to kill me. The first killer refused and determined that somebody has to know this and went and told a government official. The government official came and told us. We told the police.”During the public meeting, National Security Minister, Stuart Young, spoke of a “disturbing” pattern being observed involving known members of the UNC) and the members of the criminal underworld.Young, indicating that he was coming out of the Parliament where he could have been afforded parliamentary immunity to make the statement, said that he had been informed that “very high ranking members of the opposition, the UNC opposition, at the highest, highest levels…are engaging in active conversations and communication…with the criminal elements in our society.“I stand here tonight without fear of contradiction to tell you that at the highest level of the opposition they are engaging the criminal elements,” Young, who is also an attorney said, pointing a finger also at sitting opposition members of both houses of Parliament.NEWSDAY newspaper Monday quoted Police Commissioner Gary Griffith as confirming “Al-Rawi and Rowley’s lives were at risk and the necessary precautions were taken to protect them”.He told the newspaper that he received “a few months ago”, the report of the threat against Al-Rawi.But in her statement, Persad Bissessar said that Rowley and the ruling party are “in panic mode they will throw the entire kitchen sink of lies because they believe that is the only way that they can win.“They will not speak about job creation instead they will focus on lies about emails and murder. They will not speak about the thousands that have been killed under their watch instead they will tell you that they needed special branch protection. Who protected the thousands who died under Stuart and Rowley?”The Opposition Leader said that she has no “intention of falling for these distractions and distortions whowants to go and watch Mission Impossible Rowley style good luck with that.“I wish to wholly condemn the latest round of wild scandalous allegations of an assassination plot made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on his political platform on Friday, October 18, 2019,” Persad Bissessar said, adding ”these allegations are baseless and are being made for the purpose of fear-mongering and scoring cheap political points”.She said the latest talk of assassination plots “bears the hallmark of Dr Rowley’s wild, irresponsible, ranting and dangerous style of politicking, which has long been his trademark.“It is a return to his emailgate style of politics, make wild accusations with no evidence and hope that something sticks. In the past, when he served as a mere mouthpiece for the PNM, he was easily dismissed as attention-seeking by the population”She said Rowley was moving to revive his “dying political career,” adding “the fact remains that this is the *first* time Dr Rowley has mentioned these alleged plots, even though he has been through several national elections since they were allegedly made in 2015.“The question on the lips of people, now, therefore, is simply—*why now,” she added.
John CooperJohn Robert Cooper, 81, died Tuesday, August 6 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born April 21, 1932, in Granby, Missouri to Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper.After graduating from Granby High School, John served his country in the Korean War as a communications specialist. Upon returning to the United States, he worked for Boeing for a couple years, and then began working for Beechcraft. During his time there, he helped plan and design their EMC testing facility, and once won $1,000 in a contest for a money-saving suggestion.He retired in 1995 after 36 years at Beechcraft as the test engineer in charge of EMC testing for their Engineering and Experimental Division. After retirement, John became the family cook, and enjoyed trying out new recipes like borscht and blonde lasagna. Family was very important to John. He prepared many feasts for his extended family and he rarely missed the annual Cooper cousin reunion in Missouri. He was very handy around the house and used to repair TVs in his spare time.He liked genealogy, and researching his family tree back hundreds of years. His main hobby was woodworking, and he made many pieces of furniture for family and friends that will be treasured for years to come, including barrister bookcases, jewelry boxes, and quilt racks. Another of Johnâ€™s hobbies was polka dancing, which led him to become the first president of the POLK of A Club of Kansas. John is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Mona (Cole) Cooper and his sister, Betty (Ron) Gaenzle. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Elsie; daughters Beverly (Dana) Anderson, Wellington, KS; Terri (Mike) Welch, Houston, TX, granddaughters Laura (Drew) Spencer, Roeland Park, KS, Danielle Anderson, Manhattan, KS; Tess and Jillian Welch of Houston, TX; and brothers Billy Joe Cooper and Jerry Lynn Cooper of Granby, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Via Christi Foundation. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Saturday (family present 4-6 p.m.), at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, 115 S. Seneca. View tributes at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.
12 Sep 2019 Senior men aim to double up on Euro success at Home Internationals Tags: England Senior Men’s, Senior Men’s Home Internationals England’s Senior Men’s national team will be bidding for their second piece of silverware in the space of a couple of weeks when they take on Scotland, Ireland and Wales at the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club in Northumberland on September 17-19. An English team comprising Ian Attoe, pictured, (Worplesdon, Surrey), Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding, Yorkshire), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Surrey), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire) and Rich Jones (Rotherham, Yorkshire) beat both Scotland and Ireland on their way to winning the European Senior Men’s Team Championship in Denmark at the start of the September. They are now joined by Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire) as they attempt to win the annual quadrangular round robin tournament against the other three home nations.England claimed the title at both Machynys Peninsula in Wales in 2016 and Rosslare in Ireland in 2018 but last year they had to play second fiddle to Scotland in extreme weather conditions at Southerness. England, Ireland and Scotland all won two of their matches so the title was decided on points accumulated across all three matches. Attoe, Kellock, Jones and Norton were all part of that English team.The Senior Men’s Home Internationals is an annual competition held in turn in each of the four home nations. Each individual match between the countries is decided from the results from three foursomes and six singles.Photo: Credit Leaderboard Photography