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Brazil Celebrates its First Female General Officer

first_img I confess that, although I, many times have had the curiosity to know the result of some interviews, I’m discouraged with the questions made, most of the time they are idiotic, empty and repetitive and, as a consequence, the answers have the same nature. What happened this time was exactly the opposite. Objective and pertinent questions were made, and the answers were up to them. In conclusion, in the referred interview, there were intelligent questions and equally intelligent answers. Congratulations for the interviewer and for the interviewed. Congratulations to Rear Admiral Doctor Dalva, Your Excellency represents the Brazilian Women drive and competence. I took a test for the Brazilian Navy in 1992, I was approved but not classified. Time passed by and I did the CAEPE from ESG in 1994 through Uff/IBGE (I was released). Destiny allowed my sister Lieutenant Colonel R1 Nurse Heloisa Alves da Silva to be on the First Group of Officer Women of FAB (HCA), very close to the Naval Polyclinic. We’ve been at CAB Washington, the White House, the Brazilian Embassy, Annapolis Naval Base, when I went to the 27th IGC to defend the SAr for the Amazon (1992). I treasure when I go to DHN on the Cartographer Day, and when I can honor the Brazilian Navy in my work, as well as IBGE and our ESG. As Tijucanas we are all very proud of you!!! www.amiranet.com.br(since 2001),www.ufmg.rededemuseus.br/…/crch/…/SILVA_ELIANE_ALVES_2pdf Interview with Rear Admiral Dalva Maria Carvalho Mendes Rear Admiral Dalva: The career of an officer in the Brazilian Navy ends at captain, and after that it becomes optional. When I was selected, I too had made my choice. Therefore, this is basically a marriage, or a renewal of vows at a wedding, because of such great loyalty that one must have for the job. Rear Admiral Dalva Maria Carvalho Mendes: Any time that something is done for the first time it results in a change of paradigm, and it forces people to understand that paradigms are here to be changed, since this is indeed a positive thing, it may bring improvements to all. Prejudices must be eliminated regardless of what they are. Rear Admiral Dalva: Because, just like for the males, this is a career. When women began to join the Brazilian Navy, they were not assigned to the same positions as males. An organizational chart just for women was created so we had to prove we were capable. From the moment the authorities noticed that we were capable of doing the same things as men in the professions for which we were selected, we were put into the same organizational chart as men. But that did not happen until 1997, when women actually began to perform the same duties as men, and to fight for the same jobs. It takes approximately 30 years before a man can be considered for admiral, and the only reason why it changed for women is because, like I said, it was a change in paradigm, but the length of time was no longer than that required for a man to reach the rank of admiral. Diálogo: What is the significance of being the first Brazilian woman to reach the rank of general? Diálogo: You became rear admiral by having entered the Navy as a doctor. Do you think that one day the same will be possible for women who graduated from the Naval Academy? Diálogo: What is your opinion on allowing women to fight in combat for the Brazilian Army? Diálogo: What are the main challenges that you expect in the new role? Rear Admiral Dalva: I think this is a sign of the times. Perhaps 50 years ago we could not even think about it. After the wars, when women were effectively recruited, and they proved that they could resolve issues and command – after all, we have always been in the command of our homes and families – this move out of the house is simply a sign of the times. Of course, our president is an icon in this direction. She is one of the strong women who know what they want. Diálogo: Do you think that your promotion opens doors for other women, including women from other forces? Diálogo: Do you think the fact that the Brazilian president is a woman influenced the possibility of this promotion? What is your opinion regarding other women in key-positions in Brazil? Dalva Maria Carvalho Mendes is a widowed mother of two who always wanted to become a doctor, even against the wish of her mother, who wanted her daughter to become a teacher. Dalva realized her dream and, in 1981, she joined the Brazilian Navy. In December 2012, Dalva left her administrative position at the Policlínica Naval Nossa Senhora da Glória hospital in Rio de Janeiro to accept a position at the Escola Superior de Guerra war college, as a result of her promotion to rear admiral. This means she also became the first female general officer of all the armed forces in Brazil. Diálogo: Why did you decide to join the Brazilian Navy Women’s Auxiliary Corps? Diálogo: When you were promoted, you stated that you felt “as if you were renewing the vows with the Navy and your country.” Why? Rear Admiral Dalva: I am part of the first graduating class and I consider this an opportunity that must not be wasted. I always say we must grab the opportunities upfront, even if later on we find it was not the best choice, but if we don’t try, we will never accomplish things. Therefore, when this opportunity opened up for me, I grabbed it. It has been a very good experience ever since, very important. Rear Admiral Dalva: The main challenge really is to prove that the choice was correct. The rest are the normal challenges of this career. I do not believe that there is anything different than what we are already accustomed to. To celebrate International Women’s Day, herewith is Diálogo’s interview with Rear Admiral Dalva. Rear Admiral Dalva: Absolutely. This is a career. Besides doctors, only engineers can become admirals. By the time women are admitted in the Naval Academy it will be a part of their career. This is a natural evolution. Rear Admiral: I cannot say whether it will open doors, but it certainly will make people think more seriously about it. The first thing needed for any job, position or anything for that matter, is to believe in ourselves. We must keep trying. If we stop trying we will be failing ourselves. The worst enemy we have is ourselves. Diálogo: Why do you think it took so long for a woman to be promoted to the rank of general in Brazil? Rear Admiral Dalva: I believe that having the aptitude, the desire to join the Navy, the Army, or the Air Force, is more than simply a gender choice, it is a personal choice. The person must have the aptitude regardless of the gender. By Dialogo March 08, 2013last_img read more

How raising a puppy is like branding

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “We’ll never get another dog.” Those were the words my wife and I shared after our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels passed away earlier this year. As you can imagine, that pledge lasted less than four months.After researching, researching and researching some more we are now in possession of a brand new Golden Doodle puppy (named Abbey for “Downton Abbey”). I know: what were we thinking? Sleepless nights, crate training and constant chewing are just a few of the challenges.And when it comes to your credit union or bank’s brand, you may be feeling some challenges as well: sleepless nights, staff training (no, don’t put your employees in a crate) and constant complaining that branding is too big of an initiative to undertake.But as my wife and I remind ourselves daily, we need to take a deep breath and remember the big picture when it comes to raising a puppy. And branding is no different.last_img read more

How Europe’s football media keeps fans occupied during virus

first_imgIn Italy, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, the football media have been focused on boosting national pride.Sky Sports have already broadcast Italy’s matches on their way to victory in the 2006 World Cup.The schedule for Monday was “a whole day spend together with Italian coaches who have left their mark in England”.There were segments on Claudio Ranieri, who masterminded Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, Roberto Mancini, who won the title at Manchester City, and Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner at Chelsea.In Spain, La Liga club Leganes live tweeted their game that wasn’t against Valladolid and newspaper AS did a match report on it, while Cadena Ser also broadcast commentary of the “goal”.Manolo Lama from Cadena Copa, Miguel Angel Roman from Movistar and Antoni Daimiel from Cadena Ser — three of Spain’s most famous commentators — all commentated on La Liga’s playstation tournament over the weekend, which was won by Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and drew over 170,000 online fans while raising money for charity. Topics : Match of the Day was screened as a panel show rather than highlights on Saturday, with Lineker, Shearer and Wright debating the greatest captains of the Premier League era.For once there was no talk of VAR as ex-Newcastle and Blackburn star Shearer detailed his memorable battles with Manchester United’s Roy Keane and former Arsenal striker Wright described his use of “Franglais” to make conversation with team-mate Patrick Vieira.In what was due to be FA Cup quarter-final weekend, the BBC also filled the void of what would have been live games with classic last eight matches from the competition’s past.Linker, 59, has since gone into self-isolation after his 28-year-old son George told him he may have contracted the virus. From impassioned debates around the kitchen table to detailed reports about matches that never happened, Europe’s football media are working overtime to give fans a welcome distraction during the coronavirus crisis.Former Tottenham, Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker, a keen amateur chef, even opened up his home in a bid to satisfy the British football public’s appetite for sports talk.As the presenter of long-running English top-flight highlights show Match of the Day, Lineker, ignoring social distancing guidelines, played host to regular studio guests Alan Shearer and Ian Wright around his kitchen table last week. Nostalgic highlightsMuch of the weekend’s French sports coverage was given over to the big clash between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, which was meant to be played on Sunday.Sunday morning’s edition of leading sports daily L’Equipe had a front-page photo montage of current PSG defender Marquinhos giving chase to Chris Waddle in a Marseille shirt. Inside, the paper pitched together a dream team for each side (Marseille with Waddle, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba and Jean-Pierre Papin et al, versus PSG with Rai, Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and George Weah among others).Nostalgia has been a recurring theme and on Sunday night Canal Plus filled the slot that should have been dedicated to live coverage of Marseille v PSG by showing highlights of games between the teams in the last decade.BeIN Sports showed France’s 2018 World Cup final win against Croatia at the same time.Sky’s Germany television channel spent the weekend re-running Bundesliga compilation packages featuring great goals and dramatic late winners. Streaming service DAZN have put up every single Champions League Final since 1992. Newspaper Bild summed up the desperation for some sporting drama the best.They teamed up with the Chess24 website to livestream the World Chess Championship Candidates Tournament from Russia, under the headline: “Finally, some sport!”last_img read more

France rules out ‘total lockdown’ in case of new COVID-19 spike

first_imgBillions of euros have been promised for investments as well as measures to limit job losses in an economy expected to shrink around 10 percent this year. “We are going to protect people, but above all we are going to invest in the ecological transformation, in our country’s recovery,” Castex said.He also confirmed he had increased a proposed wage hike and budget boosts for hospital staff by around one billion euros in negotiations with unions this week, bring the total envelope to 7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion).But union leaders say that would lift monthly pay for nurses, technicians and others on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight by only 180 euros a month, far short of demands for a 300 euro raise.The outbreak has killed nearly 30,000 people in France since the first cases were reported in January. Instead any business closures or stay-at-home orders would be “targeted” to specific areas, he said.”The coronavirus is still here,” Castex warned, adding that he would travel Sunday to France’s South American territory of French Guiana, which is reeling from a surge in cases.Officials reported 124 new cases in the territory on Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly 5,200, and the government has dispatched dozens of health workers from the mainland to reinforce hospital staff.Castex was named by President Emmanuel Macron last week to lead a new government tasked with orchestrating the country’s recovery from its worst health and economic crisis since World War II. The French government said Wednesday it is preparing for a second wave of COVID-19 cases that could emerge in the coming months, but will not respond with another nationwide lockdown to contain the outbreak.”My aim is to prepare France for an eventual second wave, while preserving our daily life, our economic and social life,” new Prime Minister Jean Castex said in an interview on RTL television.”But we’re not going to impose a lockdown like the one we did last March, because we’ve learned… that the economic and human consequences from a total lockdown are disastrous,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

First UK Offshore Wind Farm Disappears from Horizon

first_imgE.ON has decommissioned the two-turbine Blyth project, the first offshore wind farm built in UK waters.Source: E.ONThe Blyth offshore wind farm features two 2MW turbines commissioned in December 2000, which were at that time the most powerful units.According to E.ON, wind farms usually have a lifespan of 20-25 years and Blyth has reached the end of its time.One turbine is expected to be recycled and reused for spare parts within E.ON’s onshore wind project, with the other to be used by the Port of Blyth for training purposes.E.ON UK Renewables developed the 4MW offshore wind project in a consortium with Shell Renewables, Nuon UK and AMEC Wind.last_img read more

Choose Life! Baby operated on while still in mother’s womb

first_imgNZ Herald 1 August 2015A baby’s life was saved by a pioneering operation carried out when she was still in her mother’s womb.Michelle Cannon had been advised to have an abortion after receiving the devastating news that her unborn daughter had a rare and usually deadly condition.Fluid was building up in the baby’s chest and crushing her lungs, but at 22 weeks she was too premature to be delivered.Yet her 31-year-old mother refused to abandon hope, and after hours of online research came across “in-womb surgery” – a procedure which has been carried out only a few times in the world.“There was no way we were going to give up on her,” said Miss Cannon, who lives in Doncaster with her partner Gareth Dawson, 24. ‘I burst into tears when I was told the news. But one thing was for certain, we were adamant we were going to keep this baby.”The couple approached doctors at the nearby Sheffield Teaching Hospitals maternity unit to ask if they would carry out the risky operation – which can potentially cause a miscarriage or trigger a premature labour.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11490510last_img read more

Franklin County Schools Names Educator of the Month

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County School Corporation Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell announces Mrs. Katie Schneider as November’s Educator of the Month.According to Howell, the Franklin County High School Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor embodies everything an educator should be.Howell also says that Schneider is passionate about agriculture education and invests in her students as well as the community.Mrs. Schneider was nominated by Grace Moster, the Franklin County FFA Secretary.Nomination forms for “Educator of the Month” can be found on the school corporation website at www.fccsc.k12.in.us.last_img read more

Allen aces Arlington foes in Sprint Series of Minnesota

first_imgBrandon Allen put on a passing clinic in topping the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature. Brandon Allen won Saturday’s Sprint Series of Minnesota main event at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Holli Reimers) ARLINGTON, Minn. (May 25) – A former tour champion was back in victory lane following Saturday’s Sprint Series of Minnesota main event at Arlington Raceway.  Clint Hatlestad won the MN 93 IMCA Modified feature and the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car features saw Chad Schroeder hold off Matt Schauer for the checkers.  The Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact feature saw Marschall Robinson in victory lane after leading the last two laps. center_img Cory Probst paced the Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stocks and 10th starting Eric Larson topped the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods. Allen, the 2015 tour king, took charge after an early restart, checking out of the rest of the 17-car field before taking the win ahead of Neil Stevens and Billy Johnson. Feature results – 1. Brandon Allen; 2. Neil Stevens; 3. Billy Johnson; 4. Brett Allen; 5. Michael Stien; 6.  Justin Allen; 7.  Zach Glaser; 8. Trevor Serbus; 9. Javen Ostermann; 10. Jesse Cripe; 11. Nathan Showalter; 12. Jeremy Schultz; 13. Nick Carlson; 14. Bruce Allen; 15. Brett Geldner; 16. Karlee Becker; 17. James Weber.last_img read more

Construction to affect routes to four State Park properties

first_imgBrookville, In. — Four big construction projects starting this month will affect guests traveling to Brown County State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Hardy Lake and Brookville Lake for part or all of the summer season.The project affecting Brown County State Park could start as early as next week.The most current information about alternative routes can be obtained at stateparks.IN.gov/7881.htm or by calling the respective property office, as listed below, before traveling.The projects include:BROOKVILLE LAKE: Fairfield Causeway Road will be closed from April-October, for major reconstruction. Access to Mounds State Recreation Area is still from State Road 101. Quakertown SRA can be accessed from S.R. 101 on Dunlapsville Road. At least one pier of the Fairfield Causeway bridge is expected to remain open to boat traffic during the project. Call 765-647-2657 before visiting.BROWN COUNTY: The north entrance into Brown County State Park, 2 miles east of Nashville, on State Road 46, will be closed from April 8 – May 9, while repairs are made to the park’s historic Ramp Creek Covered Bridge. During the time that the bridge is under repair, park visitors must use the park’s west entrance 2 miles south of Nashville on S.R. 46. Horse campers can continue to use the south entrance into the equestrian campground. Call 812-988-6406 before visiting. NOTE: The bridge is the only surviving “double barreled” covered bridge in Indiana, and one of only six in the nation. It is also the oldest surviving covered bridge in Indiana. Originally built in Putnam County in 1838, it was moved to its present location, spanning the north fork of Salt Creek, by the Indiana State Highway Commission in 1932.CLIFTY FALLS: Beginning in early April, State Road 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road-widening project. This is the primary access to Clifty Falls off I-65 for guests traveling from the north. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit (S.R.56), and head east toward Madison, then take S.R. 56 east all the way into Madison to access the park. An alternative route is to take S.R. 56 to S.R. 203 north to reach S.R. 256, then head east to Clifty Falls State Park. Call 812-273-8885 before visiting.HARDY LAKE: Beginning in early April, State Road 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road-widening project. This is the primary access to Hardy Lake off I-65 for guests traveling from the north. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit, and head east toward Madison, then head north on S.R. 203, crossing over S.R.256, and continue north on Hardy Lake Road to the property. Call 812-794-3800 before visiting.A map of INDOT’s Next Level Roads current and future construction projects is at https://www.in.gov/indot/To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more