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Peruvian Army Promotes Science and Technology

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo September 07, 2018 Through the Directorate of Science and Technology (DICITECE, in Spanish), the Peruvian Army held the unprecedented Innovate Peruvian Army 2018 technological fair at its headquarters in Lima, July 4th-8th. Dozens of private and public companies, as well as local colleges, displayed their products and services side by side with Peruvian military institutions to promote scientific and technological progress in the country. More than 20,000 visitors attended the five-day fair to discover Peru’s military and civil cutting-edge technology exhibited in various booths, including land, air and maritime vehicles. Science and technology experts also gave presentations to emphasize the importance of research. “Our main purpose is to develop science and technology in the Army to contribute to national development,” General César Augusto Astudillo Salcedo, commander of the Peruvian Army, said at the opening ceremony. The event served as a platform for the Peruvian scientific community to display the potential of participants while arousing interest in science among the rural population. The fair also enabled the Peruvian Armed Forces to share with visitors some of the institutional efforts to promote national development and maintain security. “[The fair] is two-pronged: first, to promote interest in research and innovation in other schools. That is, we encourage competitiveness and continuous improvement in terms of innovation,” Peruvian Army Brigadier General Marcos de la Vega Polanco, director of DICITECE, told Diálogo. “Secondly, we got young people interested in innovation, which simply means implementing an idea and creating value for society.” Cutting-edge Peruvian technology The fair allowed the public to discover national products with cutting-edge technology developed for military and police use, such as surveillance and communication systems; virtual intelligence and robotics; weapons, ammunition, and explosives, among others. Technological advances in the medical field, such as prosthetic hands, software applications, and disaster response equipment also figured prominently at the event. Among the military products on display was a drone prototype developed by the Army’s Fourth Division to support the fight against narcotrafficking and terrorism in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley. According to the Fourth Division, the drone, with infrared cameras, has the ability to send intelligence, photos, and video in real time, and shoot hand or smoke grenades. The Peruvian Army School of Engineering of Lima focused its presentations on technology developed for military operations and humanitarian aid, such as virtual models to support search and rescue efforts in collapsed buildings. The school also highlighted the importance of technological advances in arduous operations such as amphibious military tasks and humanitarian mine clearance. “According to economic figures from relevant entities, the economic growth will be a bit slow, which will limit our military purchases,” Brig. Gen. De la Vega explained. “That’s where science, technology, and research will be our tools to update the weapons we have.” The Armed Forces displayed some of their current equipment, such as armored vehicles, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, and satellites, among others. A virtual exhibition also enabled people to experience a short trip aboard vehicles such as an interceptor aircraft. Science and technology experts gave informative talks about topics such as strategic research, the application of nuclear technology in the defense field, and the importance of scientific and technological research for the development of operational capabilities in the country’s armed forces. “We combined different topics, so the audience would understand how important research is in the Armed Forces. While it’s true that research holds a fundamental role in socioeconomic development, it can improve the organization to be more efficient and contribute to the government’s objectives,” Brig. Gen. De la Vega said. Agents of change The Army conducts nationwide science and technology contests with various academic institutions, since 2012, spurring the creation of the fair. The plan came together in early 2018. By May, the Army had more than 100 exhibitions confirmed. “We worked with [Peruvian Army] Colonel Ángel Gómez Límaco [deputy director of Technological Transfer at DICITECE],” [Peruvian Army] Lieutenant Colonel Gladys Rojas Cangahuala, deputy director of Knowledge Management at DICITECE, told Diálogo. “We did some planning and contacted universities, schools, and companies.” For DICETECE, the fair was a great success. The Army plans for a regional version in 2019, and adding exhibitors to be able to share it with more people, who will in turn become agents of change. “When cadets graduate from [the Army’s Chorrillos] Military Academy, they go to all corners of the country, to remote areas,” Brig. Gen. De la Vega said. “They will take the seed of research and innovation to cities where these concepts don’t exist; it’s a way to contribute.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 7

first_imgLet resource officers decide own protectionThe folks in Saratoga are engaged in a heated debate: Should school-resource-officers (SRO) carry firearms? The debate has been only yea-or-nay.Let’s compromise: The Board of Education authorizes the carrying of weapons. It implements a program of qualifying, recruiting and training that ensures well-trained employees. The object is to protect our children while avoiding accidents and/or mistakes. (There are myriad programs available.)The compromise: Let each SRO now decide whether to arm or not. Some may, some may not.We know SROs are there for only one reason: Our fear of an active shooter — a lunatic with a gun, intent on mass killing. SROs do not deal with unruly students or passing notes or fighting behind the bleachers. The most important thing? Deal with an active shooter.We’ve asked these individuals to put their lives on the line to protect our children. We’re asking them to face down an armed assailant. Would they rather do it by jumping up and down, waving their arms and shouting loudly or by being similarly equipped with a firearm? The Gazette has advocated for no firearms in schools. Let those risking their lives decide.I know what I would choose if it was my job. I know what I’d rather see if it was my child in the classroom. It would be interesting to see what the SROs themselves would choose.George NigrinyGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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, OpinionTrump fails to respect America’s freedomsMost people know Norman Rockwell’s iconic American paintings “The Four Freedoms” (1943) showing ordinary people enjoying the freedom and security in daily life that our country guarantees. President Donald Trump, however, does not uphold these historic American rights.Freedom from Want: Trump seeks to abolish the Affordable Care Act, even though there are more than 20 million Americans, and many more with pre-existing conditions, who before the ACA were uninsured and could not afford to get sick.Freedom from Fear: Trump pushes a massive wall at the Mexican border by provoking fear of invading hordes of dangerous criminals. But in fact, the immigrants are mostly asylum seekers who voluntarily enter into custody at normal border crossings, resigned to a prolonged legal wait for a fair hearing.Freedom of Worship: Trump has moved to block entry into the United States by people from selected, predominately Muslim countries. And the ambiguity of his words after the Charlottesville violence has helped to unleash an upsurge in anti-Semitic violence.Freedom of Speech: Trump’s statement following the Mueller investigation labels support of the investigation “treason.” But dissent without fear of retaliation in this country is enshrined in the First Amendment, and for Trump to call it treason is horrific.So as measured by “The Four Freedoms,” President Trump shows a blatant disregard for sacred American principles. He breaks the presidential oath of office whereby he swore “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”David GerhanRotterdam Church must step up on St. Clare’s pensionKudos to The Gazette for its insightful March 31 editorial regarding the St. Clare’s Pension Fund debacle. As an active, practicing Catholic, I’m embarrassed at the diocese’s handling of the entire situation. There is plenty of shame to go around. Shame on St. Clare’s for underfunding its pension program for so many years. Shame on Ellis for not making some provision to invest in the pensions of the St. Clare’s employees who would spend a considerable portion of their careers serving the Ellis community. And, finally, uber-shame on the diocese for not stepping up to the plate, especially in light of what the New York State Legislature has offered to provide.In view of the scandals the church faces on other fronts, you would think that a reasoned and rational leadership would understand one of the most basic maxims of relating with the public: Perception becomes reality.Instead of pointing fingers and seeking at every turn to explain in legal terms why the diocese has no fiduciary responsibility for the St. Clare’s Pension Fund, the diocese needs to take ownership as the shepherd takes care of his flock. Appeals and collections that fund far-off lands and macro causes seem hypocritical when we refuse to take care of our own. Frank J. CiervoNiskayunalast_img read more

Adam Silver encouraged by NBA players meeting with referees in effort to ease tension

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Adam Silver said the NBA’s players and referees have taken important steps toward an improved relationship after the sides met Saturday to air their grievances.“I think it’s fantastic that, and a great statement about this league,” the NBA commissioner said, “that these important stakeholders … think it’s important enough, and they have an obligation to the game, where they should be sitting down and talking to each other.”The sides have been at odds for much of the season, with ejections on the rise and star players increasingly earning fines for their complaints about officials. The mini-summit was announced last month as part of an effort to open the lines of communication and ease the tensions“I’ve never thought this was just about ratcheting up fines,” Silver said. “There’s a larger issue in play here, and almost one that’s a little societal in (that) we owe it to young people, fans who are watching. We owe it to young people who get enormous satisfaction out of sports to see that we truly can get along and be respectful and empathetic.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Silver also addressed the $50,000 fine assessed to Lakers president Magic Johnson in the wake of comments he made praising Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.“There is not always a simple, bright line,” Johnson said. “Context is everything. It’s one thing when you’re asking a coach a question about an opposing team right after a game. It’s another issue when a general manager or president of basketball (operations) sort of gratuitously issues a statement that is complimentary of a star player.”The two met on Friday, Silver said, and after that détente the sides “certainly understand each other.”Last summer, the league fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with Paul George when he was still with the Indiana Pacers.“In essence, what we’ve said to him, and it’s a clear message to other team executives, is ‘stop talking about star players on other teams,’” Silver said. “There’s a plenty of other issues they can address. And there is sensitivity around it throughout the league.”last_img read more