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first_imgBy Andréa Lemos/Diálogo April 12, 2019 Brazil takes part in operations with the United Nations (UN) to contribute to peaceful conflict resolutions in different regions since 1947. According to UN data, as of February 28, 2019, Brazil contributed 275 military and police service members, mission experts, and Staff officers to the 21 missions around the world—of those, eight (2.9 percent) were women. The objective is to multiply the number by 2020 for female participation to reach 15 percent of the Brazilian contingent. The challenge isn’t limited to Brazil. “UN Security Council resolution 2242 (2015) established quantitative goals for contributing countries with military and police personnel. This outcry for female participation goes beyond the matter of representation,” said Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Commander Adler Cardoso Ferreira, commandant of MB’s Naval Peacekeeping Operations Academy. The institution under the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center created the Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women, in partnership with the UN’s Information Centre in Brazil. “Women’s presence in peacekeeping missions is essential. I can mention some reasons, for instance, a better ability to conduct activities to counter gender violence, or to facilitate the approach with cultures that value women’s roles in certain social tasks,” said Cmdr. Adler. As such, the internship’s goal is not only to attract volunteers for missions, but also to qualify women to participate so that they can take up leadership roles, strengthen female empowerment, and prevent violence against women. Preparation The first edition of the Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women took place December 2018. Its positive results led the organization to conduct a second edition, March 13-22, 2019. Thirty women participated, including 21 MB officers, two from Rio de Janeiro’s State Military Fire Brigade, and seven civilian academics. Class activities were mainly focused on presenting the core pre-deployment training materials guide to students. The curriculum consists of essential knowledge required from all personnel working in peacekeeping operations, whether they are service members, police officers, or civilians. Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Priscila Maria Frank Braz Guimarães was studying UN material online, when the opportunity for the internship came up. “It was very interesting, especially because of the hands-on activities,” said the officer, who currently attends the Brazilian Air Command and General Staff Academy. During activities, students simulated situations that can occur daily during missions. “We learned how to identify possible mines and explosive remnants, how to conduct ourselves on those grounds, and how to move on foot and with an armored vehicle,” said Lt. Col. Priscila. Students also attended the military observation workshop, where they simulated military troop crossings to report what happened. They also attended a workshop to become familiar with weapons—often present in conflict regions—which the majority of internship attendees don’t handle in their daily roles. Lt. Col. Priscila has volunteered to participate in peacekeeping operations with FAB since 2016. Now that the increase of female personnel is a priority, aspiring women participants anxiously await the UN call. “I think it will be the experience of a lifetime, because I believe that, as a service member, I can carry my country’s flag during a mission and contribute toward improving the lives of other people,” she said. The desire to help others was also an incentive for Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Carla Araújo, who took part in the first Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women. The officer is close to achieving her dream. In late April, Lt. Col. Carla will join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. The officer has been a CFN dentist for about 15 years and heard many stories from service members who traveled to serve in peacekeeping operations. “Sometimes I feel as if I’m not making a difference here, as if I’m not doing all that I can to contribute to a better world. This is what moved me to apply for a position in the peacekeeping mission,” said Lt. Col. Carla, who will take on a role with the gender council, to observe and report matters related to women in conflict areas.last_img read more


first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (June 27)  – Ramsey Meyer, the point leader in the Mach-1 Sport Compact divi­sion, added to his advantage in the standings with his second local feature win of the season at Off Road Speedway.After starting toward the back, Meyer spent the race working his way through traffic toward the front. With three laps remaining he then took advantage of the race’s only caution, which sent the cars into a single-file restart, to pass Lance Mielke coming out of turn four on the final lap for the win.Max Anderson finished in third.Kyle Prauner won his sixth Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature in as many attempts after starting in the sixth row. Jason Wilkinson picked up his third win of the season in seven local IMCA Sunoco Stock Car starts.Jeremy Hoskinson prevailed in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock tilt.last_img read more


first_img Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment Group finalises Argyll takeover July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Submit Newly Nasdaq-listed online gambling group Esports Entertainment Group has signed a ‘letter of intent’ (“LOI”) to acquire the competitive gaming live and digital events and tournaments organiser Esports Gaming League (EGL).This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.The UK-based esports company, founded in 2010, serves a rapidly expanding community of gamers in Europe, Middle East, and the Americas with over 350,000 registered users. The growing user base and demographics of EGL’s audience was a major factor in Esports Entertainment Group’s decision to purchase the firm.Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, said: “At our IPO we committed to having a tournament platform up and operational before the end of the calendar year, and with this transaction, we have delivered on this commitment.“EGL generated approximately $1.3 million in revenue last year and is positioned for triple-digit growth moving forward. Their complementary platform, large user base, excellent team, and marquee advertising partner relationships are key drivers behind this transaction. Together, I believe we can accelerate growth both in the US and internationally.”EGL’s services include full turnkey esports events, live broadcast production, game launches, and online branded tournaments. Moreover, the company provides brand owners and advertisers with the opportunity to promote products and services to a 18-35 core demographic.“We are extremely excited to be joining the Esports Entertainment Group family, it will give us an opportunity to push our technology and resources to further grow our client roster,” added Glen Elliott, CEO of EGL. “The vision Grant has around building an esports ecosystem is visionary for the industry and EGL is a perfect fit.”Esports Entertainment Group’s latest acquisition adds to its previous letter of intent to purchase certain assets of mobile games studio Flip Sports last month. Additionally, the firm has also recently completed the purchase of online betting and gaming operator Argyll Entertainment along with its operating subsidiaries.last_img read more

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