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Brazilian Officer Returns To Brazil With Unprecedented UN Award

first_imgBy Taciana Moury / Diálogo August 21, 2019 In early July 2019, the officer was assigned to the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, in Rio de Janeiro, and will be working at the Naval Peacekeeping Operations School, which trains MB service members for UN peacekeeping operations or MB international commitments.UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented Lt. Cmdr. Márcia with the award on March 29, 2019, for serving as military gender advisor in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French). The officer visited the Central African Republic (CAR) from April 2018 to April 2019.In an interview with Diálogo, Lt. Cmdr. Márcia attributed the award to her dedication to the work carried out in MINUSCA. “It was a personal battle. I had never dedicated myself to anything as much as I did to protecting the civilians,” she said. “There was no better way to close the cycle of my mission in CAR. It’s very good to be recognized, and to have it done on an international level is beyond my wildest dreams.” The activities were carried out closer to the local community and projects were developed to mitigate threats. “I believe that whenever service members are on the ground, we can avoid abuses. The patrol, preferably comprised of men and women, the engagement, and listening to the community are fundamental for the protection of civilians.”The small number of women working on MINUSCA was among the main challenges Lt. Cmdr. Márcia faced. “I had 3.7 percent women. The average for missions was 4 percent, including military observers, team, and troop workers. [It’s a] very small amount, when considering the importance of mixed patrols to get closer to women, especially those who have been victims of sexual violence,” she said. “Language was another obstacle to approaching the community. There were battalions that did not speak French, which is predominant in the region.”Despite the challenges, Lt. Cmdr. Márcia said the experience in a UN mission is unforgettable. “At each obstacle, I increased my strength to continue working toward helping people. I was the happiest I had ever been. I miss Africa. It’s part of me now, part of my history,” she concluded. United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial: Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection A main part of the work Lt. Cmdr. Márcia developed was to assess and understand the region’s more sensitive areas and the  locations of groups. The goal was to document characteristics of the terrain to be able to advise military commanders on the best troop positioning.“The gender advisor must be on the ground, with the locals and the contingent, not working from an office,” she said. “If I know about armed groups recruiting children in an area, I need to pay more attention to the kids’ routine, to understand how abuses occur and alert the troops to the need for intervention.” Lt. Cmdr. Márcia encouraged interaction with children during the mission. (Photo: United Nations)The officer also received the Victory Medal from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, on April 5, 2019, which President Jair Bolsonaro presented. “This shows that, like the UN, Brazil recognizes the importance of gender equality and the protection of civilians,” she said.The goal of her mission was to apply gender perspectives within the military component, to avoid human rights violations. Until then, no such work had been performed in MINUSCA. “I created an action plan from scratch, from staffing to the engagement of locals.”According to Lt. Cmdr. Márcia, five steps were defined in the line of action: development of the workforce; service member training, which included visiting sectors and battalions to explain the importance of using the gender perspective on a day-to-day basis; information exchanges; inclusion of gender perspective in documents and guidelines produced in the mission; and engagement and deployment within communities. “It was a full cycle. It was gratifying to see the mixed teams of men and women working to protect the local population,” she said.last_img read more

Lady AquaTrojans Win Tri-Meet At Milan

first_imgThe Girl’s Swimming and Diving season is off to a fast start for the EC AquaTrojans.  East Central traveled to Milan to face the Indians and the Raiders from South Ripley.  East Central came away with two wins.  The score was EC 99, Milan 53, South Ripley 18.Individual winners include: Mackenzie Schantz-200 Freestyle, 500 Free; Grace Crane-200 IM, 100 Free; Alexis deLong-100 Butterfly, 100 backstroke.EC won all 3 relays to bring home the victory.Both male and female AquaTrojan teams are in action on November 28 hosting their EIAC rival, Greensburg Pirates at 5:30pm.Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Lakers receive permission from Golden State to interview Luke Walton

first_imgWalton quickly became an attractive option for a few reasons. He has strong ties with the Lakers as a former reserve (2004-12). Walton also guided the defending NBA champion Warriors to a 39-4 record this season as interim coach while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Walton also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Once his 10-year NBA career ended after the 2012-13 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Walton became a player development coach for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. That soon parlayed into a position as an assistant coach with the Warriors once Kerr became the head coach in 2014-15. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers are completing the beginning steps of their coaching search by pursuing someone both familiar by name and intriguing by potential.The Golden State Warriors have granted the Lakers permission to interview assistant Luke Walton on Wednesday once their first-round series ends against the Houston Rockets. Later that evening, the Warriors accomplished just that. That makes Walton’s schedule relatively more flexible before Golden State faces the winner of the Clippers-Portland first-round series. With Portland leading that series 3-2, the Warriors would face the Trail Blazers on Sunday if they close out their series in Game 6 on Friday. If the Clippers force a Game 7 on Sunday, the Warriors would face the winner on May 3. Golden State generally allows its assistants to interview for head-coaching positions even before the NBA playoffs end so long as it does not interfere with their current job. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans were granted permission to interview former Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry in mid May last year before the Warriors’ eventual title run. last_img read more

Iowa farmers nearly complete corn, soybean planting

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, putting them nearly a month ahead of last year and almost three weeks ahead of the five-year average.Farmers had planted 86% of the soybean crop, also nearly a month ahead of last year and three weeks earlier than the average. They were helped by good weather that made for 4.3 days suitable for field work.last_img read more