Provenance and sex ratio of black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys, breeding on Campbell Island, New Zealand

first_imgSmall numbers of Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys, breed on Campbell Island, New Zealand. Their dark brown irises had previously been used to distinguish them from the more numerous Campbell Albatross, T. impavida, which has light irises. Blood samples were collected from dark-eyed birds and their partners on Campbell Island to determine their provenance and whether a sex imbalance caused them to breed with Campbell Albatrosses. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA revealed that dark-eyed birds were of three genetically distinct groups: T. melanophrys, Falkland Islands T. melanophrysand T. impavida. The majority of both types of T. melanophrys on Campbell Island were male, hence none was paired with the same taxon, but most of the more widespread form chose dark-eyed mates. Other individuals had a succession of light-eyed partners over several years. Dark-eyed T. impavida may have been hybrid progeny of femaleT. impavida× male T. melanophrys pairings. One of these birds was banded as a chick in 1970, suggesting that hybridisation has occurred on Campbell Island at least as early as that date. Their presence suggests a low rate of interchange between the island groups or recent immigration of T. melanophrys to Campbell Island and neighbouring island groups.last_img read more

Equinor secures consent for exploration drilling in North Sea

first_img Equinor has secured consent for exploration drilling in the North Sea. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay.) Equinor is the operator for production licence 878. We have now given the company consent to drill pilot hole 30/2-U-1 using the West Hercules semi-submersible drilling facility.30/2-U-1 is located north-west of the Huldra field in the North Sea.The geographical coordinates are:60° 56′ 11.23″ N02° 37′ 18.83″ EWater depth at the site is 142 metres.Equinor estimates that the drilling will take three days, starting in early 2020.The pilot hole will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrill. West Hercules is a sixth-generation, semi-submersible drilling facility built in 2008 at the Daewoo Shipyard in South Korea.The facility was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in 2012. Source: Company Press Release The pilot hole will be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility, which is owned and operated by Seadrilllast_img read more

Sink estates will rise again

first_imgThe British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed proposals from the Government to regenerate some of the country’s most run-down housing estates, praising the Government for ensuring that “binding guarantees” will be put in place for tenants and homeowners, to ensure that their right to a home is protected.The government has launched a package of measures to transform 100 housing estates across the country, including a £140m fund and the launch of an Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine (left).Ian Fletcher, director of policy (real estate) at the British Property Federation, said, “There are some very old council estates that are in need of regeneration, but that process must treat existing residents fairly. The Government is therefore right to put some sorts of guarantees at the forefront of its policy and encourage a partnership approach.“Communities need not only homes, but jobs, schools and green spaces and other leisure opportunities to create places people want to live in. If the Government gets this right it could be some of the best use of £140m it has ever spent.”The Prime Minister’s announcement comes ahead of a report from property advisor Savills which will show the approach to regeneration could be a catalyst to the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes in London alone.Mr Cameron said, “For decades, sink estates – and frankly, sometimes the people who lived in them – had been seen as something simply to be managed. It’s time to be more ambitious at every level.The mission here is nothing short of social turnaround, and with massive estate regeneration, tenants protected, and land unlocked for new housing all over Britain, I believe we can tear down anything that stands in our way.”Yolande Barnes (right), Savills Research Director, said, “Savills research shows is that housing estates can deliver more homes and be made into better neighbourhoods by re-integrating them into the wider street network and creating or repairing the streetscape.“This creates more highly valued neighbourhoods. The signs are that new developments of ‘complete streets’ cost less to build than conventional estate renewal.”However, not everyone is so supportive. Shadow Housing Minister John Healey said, “Any extra to help councils build new homes is welcome but Conservative ministers have halved housing investment since 2010 and are doing too little to deal with the country’s housing pressures.“People simply won’t see this small-scale scheme stretched over 100 estates making much difference to the housing problems in their area.”Brian Robson, policy and research manager for housing at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity, said it was true that poor housing and run down estates could trap people in poverty.But he said he worried the government was relying too much on private investment, which risked “pushing people out of the places where they have roots.”Lord Heseltine sink estates housing regeneration The British Property Federation BPF Yolande Barnes January 14, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Sink estates will rise again previous nextHousing MarketSink estates will rise againThe Government announces estate regeneration plans to protect residents.The Negotiator14th January 201601,045 Viewslast_img read more

UE Win Streak Reaches Five With Road Win At Green Bay

first_imgAces defeat Phoenix inside Resch Center GREEN BAY, Wisc. – DeAndre Williams recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds while John Hall and Noah Frederking also reached double figures to lead the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to a 72-62 road win over Green Bay at the Resch Center.Williams was 7-for-8 from the floor and had the same finish from the free throw line.  He also tied for the game high with three assists.  Hall hit five baskets, two coming from outside.  Frederking hit three triples in the UE (8-3) win.“I thought we did really well, our guys were engaged.  We did a great job playing these guys defensively,” Aces head coach Walter McCarty said.  “In the second half, we let them start hitting from outside to make it close.  This is a really good road win for us, I will take it.”“The Kentucky win really helped us on the road; we showed that we could play and win in any environment.  That really gave our guys a lot of confidence.”Leading the Phoenix (3-8) was Amari Davis, who scored 17 points.  He was 6-of-15 from the field.  Kameron Hankerson and PJ Pipes scored 13 apiece.Evansville took advantage of an early shooting slump by the Phoenix, opening up an 11-4 lead in the first six minutes as Green Bay made just one of their first 13 attempts.  DeAndre Williams got UE on the board before John Hall drained a triple to make it a 5-2 game.  Hall added another bucket to help the Aces extend the lead.Up by a 14-8 score, the Aces reeled off the next ten points as they pushed the lead up to 16.  Hall got it started with a dunk before Noah Frederking scored five in a row.  Evan Kuhlman capped the stretch off with his first triple of the night to extend the advantage to 24-8 as the game reached the midpoint of the half.With just over two minutes left in the opening period, Green Bay got back within 11 points at 36-25 before an 8-2 run gave Evansville its largest lead of 44-27 in the final minute.  Frederking and Hall each had 3-pointers in the run.  The Phoenix added the final bucket of the half to trail by a 44-29 margin at the break.Green Bay would cut the UE lead to just 10 at 48-38 in the opening four minutes of the half before senior K.J. Riley made a huge play.  Riley made an unbelievable spin move and converted the ensuing attempt while drawing a foul.  His and-one set the lead back at 13 points.  Up 51-41, another big run saw the Aces take a game-high 19-point lead at 60-41 with 12:32 on the clock.  Sam Cunliffe got it started with a jumper before Williams dunked it on a beautiful feed from Cunliffe.  Shamar Givance connected on a long ball before another Williams basket completed the rally.The Phoenix responded with a run of their own, keeping the Aces off the board for a stretch of six minutes while scoring 13 in a row.  Green Bay drained five out of six attempts in the rally while holding UE to eight consecutive misses.  With under seven minutes remaining, a pair of Williams free throws ended the stretch and made it a 62-54 game.Evansville missed 11 shots in a row over an 8-minute stretch before Dendre Williams put a quick end to it.  His triple with 4:24 remaining gave UE a double figure   once again at 66-56.  Both teams went scoreless over the next three minutes before Sam Cunliffe scored on an inbound pass from K.J. Riley that made it a 12-point contest.In the final minute, the Phoenix would get back within eight points before the Aces cemented the 72-62 win.  Evansville is a perfect 3-0 on the road after winning just two road games last season.  The defense for the Aces was spectacular, holding Green Bay to just 27.3% shooting.  The Phoenix were held 18 points below their season average.  Evansville shot 46.9% while outrebounding Green Bay by a 44-40 final.It is a quick turnaround for Evansville who is set to travel to Jacksonville, Ala. to face Jacksonville State on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Closed medical facilities could reopen to help with anticipated surge of Indiana patients

first_img By Tommie Lee – April 1, 2020 0 277 Twitter Previous articleHoly Cross graduation postponed to SeptemberNext articleMichigan reports more than 1700 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; 78 additional deaths Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Closed medical facilities could reopen to help with anticipated surge of Indiana patients Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook A doctor shows the lungs of Covid-19 patient on a computer screen at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Indiana health officials are expecting a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and are preparing to open vacant hospitals.An increase in cases means more hospital visits, an the surge in patients would be overwhelming to local health departments.WSBT reports the surge, which is expected between mid-April and mid-May, has those departments seeking to make sure beds will be available. That could include the reopening of the old St. Joseph Hospital near downtown Mishawaka, which could help treat less-critical patients during a surge. The St. Joseph Health Department says a lot of work needs to be done before the facility would be ready. Facebooklast_img read more

Improving the world is a serious business

first_imgThe premise of the President’s Challenge is simple: You don’t have to wait until graduation — or become a Zuckerbergian dropout — to change the world.The inaugural competition is part of the University’s attempt to both promote and harness innovation happening across Harvard, and to encourage students to work together across disciplines to address pressing social problems with entrepreneurial solutions.The 10 finalists, selected in April from a pool of more than 170 teams, will present their work to a panel of judges and the public on May 18. There’s much at stake: $100,000 in prize money (to be split among up to four teams), dedicated space in the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) for the summer, access to Harvard mentors and resources, and, not least of all, a chance to make a real difference.Below is a look at four of the remaining teams:Balanced KitchenValerie Scheer and Amalia Torres Carmona’s business idea was inspired not by a social problem, but a personal one. Both Europeans new to Cambridge, they quickly became friends last fall — and just as quickly learned their lesson about American food.“We went out to dinner a lot, and we actually gained a lot of weight,” Scheer, a Harvard Business School (HBS) student, said with a laugh. She and Carmona, a lawyer and girlfriend of an HBS student, saw a need for a hip-but-healthful full-service restaurant in Boston.“A lot of people tell you they want to eat healthy, but they have this connotation that it’s not as tasty as normal food and that healthy restaurants are just not cool,” Scheer said. Balanced Kitchen would overcome that reputation by offering patrons interactive iPad menus that help people customize balanced meals from a range of American comfort-food options, like no-lettuce salads and baked sweet-potato fries.“It’s not a typical social enterprise — we’re not operating in emerging countries helping the poor,” she said.Instead, they’re tackling obesity right in HBS’s backyard. In addition to working with a third team member, Seattle-based chef and nutritionist Rebecca Cameron, they’ve consulted with two doctoral students at the Harvard School of Public Health who helped to develop the new Healthy Eating Plate.The restaurant industry is notoriously tough to break into. But Scheer is heartened by other HBS grads’ success with quirky food startups (both Clover and Finale were conceived by Harvard M.B.A. students) and by her peers in the i-lab, where Balanced Kitchen has a long-term residence.“Sometimes, you have those days where you’re like: This will never work,” said Scheer, who’s now starting to meet with angel investors. “And then you just go there and have these amazing people tell you they love your concept and are here to help you.”Revolving Fund PharmacyBetween graduate school and a 7-month-old son, Kristin and Yi-An Huang appear to have enough on their plates. But first-time parenting isn’t the couple’s only major project. Kristin, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, and Yi-An, an HBS student, are tackling Kenya’s drug-distribution problems head on.They’re partnering with the Kenya-based health care nonprofit AMPATH, where the couple worked last year, to create a back-up pharmacy system that can fill in the gaps when government health facilities run out of life-saving medications, an all-too-common occurrence.Yi-An Huang (left) and Kristin Huang of Team Revolving Pharmacy.In the past year, their team, which includes local Kenyan pharmacies, has opened three pilot sites that collectively see 600 patients a week. “To scale it more quickly, the President’s Challenge funding could make a really big difference,” Yi-An said.The idea for a revolving fund pharmacy has been floated in policy circles for more than a decade, Kristin said. “It exists in the literature; it’s just not very common to see it.”Many global health organizations discourage charging poor customers, especially for expensive treatments such as those for HIV/AIDS. But generic drugs such as antibiotics are cheap enough that “charging a small co-pay actually does make the pharmacy sustainable,” an important consideration as international aid budgets shrink, Yi-An said.The couple’s interdisciplinary approach has worked so far, they said. “She leans toward the data. I’m more from the business side of ‘Let’s figure out from a common-sense perspective what works,’” Yi-An said. “I think it works out well.”SPOUTS of WaterA third of Ugandans lack access to clean water, and most production technologies employed by NGOs in the country are imported. SPOUTS of Water, a nonprofit run by a group of Harvard College students, is working to expand access to inexpensive water filters while giving Ugandans the opportunity to produce the product themselves.The filters — developed by junior Kathy Ku, an engineering student who spent a summer volunteering in Uganda — are effective at removing bacteria. They are easy to build and use, and they mimic the terra cotta taste of the traditional ceramic jugs used by Ugandans to store water.Stephanie Choi (from left), Kyongdon Kim, Esther Cheng, John Kye, and Seul (Kathy) Ku of Team SPOUTS.Kampala University, SPOUTS’ on-site partner, donated a plot that, if all goes well, will house an up-and-running factory by the end of next year. The operation will provide jobs and keep any profits from sale of the filters in the community.SPOUTS’s board is currently staffed entirely by undergraduates (though Ku has taken a year off from Harvard to spend more time in Uganda). But junior Kyongdon Kim sees the group’s relative inexperience as a unique advantage.“We’re not bound by any kind of pessimism about what wouldn’t work in the field; we don’t have any preconceptions,” Kim said. “It gives us that let’s-try-it-out attitude.”“Because we’re still young, this is the time we can take the risk to make our own ventures,” said Stephanie Choi, a junior. “There’s a lot of interest in that at Harvard right now.”EssmartJackie Stenson graduated from Harvard in 2008, ready to apply her training as a mechanical engineer to design technologies for the developing world. But after spending two years in Africa, she realized that creating the products themselves — cook stoves, solar lanterns, water filters — wasn’t the challenge.“The actual design of these technologies isn’t the biggest bottleneck,” said Stenson, now a preceptor in technology entrepreneurship and innovation at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “It’s getting them into the hands of people who can benefit from them in a scalable and sustainable way.”Enter Essmart, a middleman service that aims to connect producers of inexpensive, essential goods and the world’s billion “dollar-a-day” consumers. The goal is to partner with village mom-and-pop stores and offer a catalogue of life-improving technologies. Customers can place an order, and Essmart will deliver to the stores, ensuring such goods can reach more remote communities than ever before.“We know these stores have little space, so we’re not going to give them 30 products to sit on a dusty shelf,” said team member Rob Weiss, an M.P.P. student at Harvard Kennedy School. The team is currently running a pilot in southern India; its first run of 17 items sold out in a week.The Essmart team is hoping to receive President’s Challenge prize money to invest in more inventory and pilot in new locations. But regardless of the outcome, the process has been inspiring, Weiss said. “If you do or don’t win in the end, it’s hard to feel bad about it with so many worthwhile teams in the competition.”last_img read more

Healthy Habits at Home

first_imgOur nutrition and physical activity behaviors are not just the result of our personal choices. The environment or setting in which we live and family cultures and customs can also influence our choices and behaviors.Parents can help encourage youth to adopt healthy habits through making small changes in the home and family setting that are supportive of health.Making good food choicesWith so much time spent at home, you may find that you are having more family meals than ever. This is good news — eating meals as a family has been linked to increased fruit and vegetable consumption.Involving children and youth in meal planning and preparation can help increase their interest in trying new or healthier options.Shake up the monotony of eating at home by planning a fun theme dinner, eating outside or even dressing up.Avoid using food as a reward when possible and consider what non-food ways could be used as a celebration. Doing a fun activity together, small non-food rewards like stickers or earning “points” towards a bigger future prize are all good non-food options. Model positive attitudes about food in both your behavior and your language. One easy way to support healthy food choices at home is to make healthier choices easily accessible. Try storing fresh cut fruits and vegetables in a designated space in the fridge where youth know they can go for a snack, or keep easy-to-eat options like clementine oranges and apples displayed attractively on the counter.Staying active Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Consider how your family’s routines have changed. If school or sports activities were providing most of the physical activity opportunities for the youth in your home, it may be a good idea to look for some activities to add to your at-home schedule.In other cases, youth may be getting more activity than ever, as a less strict schedule can afford time for play, walks and activities with siblings. Caregivers can support physical activity for youth by providing movement breaks during school-at-home activities, limiting screen time when possible and making physical activity a family activity.Remember that for young children unstructured play can be a great source of physical activity. On a rainy day, online resources can be a good place to find fun, follow-along physical activity videos for younger children.For older youth, offer opportunities for physical activity like family walks, practicing for a sport they enjoy or gardening together, but recognize their independence and do not force physical activity.Find online nutrition and physical activity resources from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and other recommended programs at georgia4h.org/about-us/resources/activity-resources/#healthy-living.last_img read more

Denmark Eyes 2030 for Complete Coal Phaseout

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:DENMARK—The government has announced plans in its new energy policy to require at least 50% of its energy needs to come from renewable sources by 2030. Danish wind capacity covered 43.4% of the country’s total electricity consumption in 2017.The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate also unveiled proposals to phase out coal for electricity production by 2030.The government plans to invest DKK15 billion (€2 billion) to implement its energy policy and DKK4.2 billion (€560 million) out of this will help to ensure the continued development of a number of renewable energy technologies, including wind power. The funds will be allocated during the period 2020-2024.The ministry set out plans to “harmonize and simplify” its subsidy system for renewable energy technologies. Denmark currently has 35 different types of subsidies and under new plans, these will reduce to between four and six. The average level of direct support for subsidies is expected to go from around DKK0.22/kWh (€0.029/kWh) to DKK0.10/kWh (€0.013/kWh).The government has also proposed an “ambitious” green reform to “relax” energy taxes for the heating and electricity markets.More: Denmark Moves To Strengthen Renewable Energy Goals Denmark Eyes 2030 for Complete Coal Phaseoutlast_img read more

Xcel Energy completes construction of 522MW Sagamore wind farm in New Mexico

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:A mammoth wind farm covering 156 square miles in eastern Roosevelt County will begin generating enough electricity later this month to power up about 194,000 homes.At 522 megawatts, Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Farm is by far the largest to come online in New Mexico, offering at least 40% more generating capacity than any of the next-largest facilities operating in the state.The company invested about $900 million to build the facility, employing about 500 workers at the peak of construction, which began last December. It will become fully operational by the end of the year, with 240 wind turbines cranking out electricity for Xcel subsidiary Southwestern Public Service’s 385,000 customers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas.The wind farm will employ 25 permanent workers and will generate about $234 million in local economic benefits over its 25-year life. That includes $44 million in gross receipt taxes, $89 million in lease payments to landowners where the wind farm is located, and $101 million in property taxes.The Sagamore facility caps a three-year effort announced in 2017 to boost SPS’ regional wind-generating capacity by 1.23 gigawatts, or enough electricity to power about 440,000 homes annually in the SPS service territory. Last year, it inaugurated a 478-MW wind farm in Hale County, Texas, just north of Lubbock, and it signed agreements to purchase another 230 MW of wind generation from NextEra Energy. It also buys power from four other wind farms and six solar plants in New Mexico.The Sagamore facility, outside Dora – about 17 miles south of Portales – is expected to save SPS customers about $110 million annually by offsetting fuel purchases for natural gas and other fossil fuel generation, according to the company.[Kevin Robinson-Avila]More: Xcel Energy inaugurates NM’s largest wind farm Xcel Energy completes construction of 522MW Sagamore wind farm in New Mexicolast_img read more

Uruguayan Army Trains Personnel for Deployment on the Sinai Peninsula

first_imgBy Carlos Maggi/Diálogo August 21, 2017 A pre-deployment course held at Uruguay’s National School for Peace Operations (ENOPU, per its Spanish acronym) concluded on July 20th for the Uruguayan Army special engineers group, which will be traveling to the Sinai Peninsula. A total of 33 military members received relevant training, addressing different issues related to the work of the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) members during their deployment: technical training, legal issues, transport, driving vehicles, finances, rules of engagement, personnel security, threat detection, and proper conduct in convoys. English classes, training on military drills, and physical education were also offered. Background After a drawn-out land dispute, a peace treaty between the governments of Egypt and Israel was signed on September 17, 1978 by president Anwar el-Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the urging of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who committed the United States to taking the necessary measures to ensure that, if the United Nations did not establish and maintain a multinational force, it would create an alternative one. This situation persists today. Uruguay joined the multinational force in 1981 and it is, therefore, the South American country’s oldest Army mission. In the course of the past 36 years, Uruguay has developed a great deal of experience in peacekeeping work. ENOPU conducts training every year for personnel deploying to that region of the world. During training, different speakers participate from the Israeli government diplomatic corps and the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Uruguay, along with instructors from the Uruguayan Army and the Central Hospital of the Armed Forces. “The National School of Peace Operations is where we prepare our contingents for different United Nations missions, as well as those who will relieve the military personnel who are in the Sinai Peninsula under the MFO mandate next August 22nd,” Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, the ENOPU commander, told Diálogo. Participating in the mission are contingents from various countries, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Fiji, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. They work together on a foundation of mutual respect and brotherhood. They carry out tasks such as transporting personnel, supplies, fuel, water, and food between different bases, some of them in remote areas. Engineers, meanwhile, work on maintaining roads. “Keeping in mind what tasks are to be done, like observing, reporting, and checking that the peace treaty is being complied with, they are instructed for three weeks in different areas for a complete training,” Col. Pereira said. “Our contingent has a lot of experience even though the missions have been evolving and the threats have been changing.” Current situation: unstable and unpredictable The area of engagement of the multinational force, which the Uruguayan military members are a part of, can be considered unstable. Therefore, they have stepped up security measures. “In the last few years, the situation in the region has evolved unfavorably, becoming a very unstable and unpredictable area in terms of the evolution of future events. The MFO takes the protection of its personnel very seriously, and it has invested a lot in that, increasing security and response measures in a dangerous situation, trying to minimize any direct or collateral damage to them,” said Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo Rodríguez, the commander of that country’s Transport and Engineering Unit. Lt. Col. Rodríguez noted that the specific functions of the soldiers under his command are fundamental to the mission. The first function is land transport and the second is the support of the specialized engineering personnel, which according to what is laid out in the peace treaty, includes air, land, and sea route monitoring of the roughly 60,000 square kilometers known as Zone C, in the vicinity of the Israeli border. “The work of the transport unit is basically moving supplies and personnel to different MFO sites located throughout the Sinai Peninsula. On the other hand, the engineering unit is responsible for maintenance and improvement of roads, since they are constantly obstructed by the movement of sand dunes in the desert, and also responsible for building any fortifications the force requires,” Lt. Col. Rodríguez explained to Diálogo. Lt. Col. Rodríguez expressed that he was honored to command an army contingent from a country with a long history of contributing to world peace. “Without a doubt, it is a source of pride to represent my country in this multinational force, and it is also a constant challenge to ensure that my personnel stay efficient since the situation here is very dynamic and different every day. Without a doubt, I trust that our nation’s contingent will continue to aim to maintain the highest level of professionalism on the part of each and every one of its members, and raising the prestige of our country, which has characterized it these past 36 years of permanence in these arid lands,” he said. The timeframe for their stay in the mission area continues for the period of one year. Once that time is up, the so-called rotation flight takes place, where military members with a similar training arrive to relieve those who finished their year-long deployment. Some of them have already been in several missions in the Sinai Peninsula.last_img read more