Navy Launches Architectural Bid to Rebuild Antarctic Station

first_img The selection process will be open to the participation of Brazilian professionals in the field, as well as foreigners linked to national offices. The option for an international tender, according to the Navy, intends to “promote the exchange of knowledge between architects from many countries and stimulate a new technological innovation.” The exercise, which started last October, also has the objective of assisting scientific research. In a one-year period, the Navy will support 21 projects selected by the MCTI and by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. The proposal is supported by the Brazilian Antarctic Program’s Congressional Support Front (Proantar) and it involves the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and the Ministry of the Environment. According to the Navy, the costs for the reconstruction will be approximately 50 million dollars. The construction is scheduled to begin in the next Antarctic summer, in November of this year, and concluded between 2014 and 2015. The new base will have 3,000 square meters of construction – 15% more than the previous station. The Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, struck by a fire in early 2012, will be rebuilt through a public architectural project. The proposal, announced by the Brazilian Navy on January 22, will select the best bid for the new facilities of the scientific and military base in Antarctica. This Naval Force initiative is a partnership with the Architecture Institute of Brazil. The technical requisites for the proposal documents will become available online at, starting on January 28. One of the requirements was already announced, which is to form a multidisciplinary team to be coordinated by the winning architect. center_img The Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station was created on February 6, 1984. Due to the fire that destroyed 70% of the base facilities, the Navy has been working to remove the debris from the cold continent through Operation Antarctica XXXI (OPERANTAR XXXI). The operation relies on three vessels from the Brazilian Naval Force. By Dialogo January 28, 2013 This month, Proantar turns 31. Throughout this period, the program trained hundreds of scientists and developed a large collection of studies in different fields, such as oceanography, biology, maritime biology, glaciology, geology, meteorology, and architecture. last_img read more

The differences between strategies and tactics

first_imgStrategic planning sessions are critical to your financial institution’s success. But all too often what starts as time devoted to examining big picture issues turns into a discussion about the minutia. This is the classic challenge of going from 30,000-foot issues to 5,000 (or lower) foot issues. For example, rather than discussing your five year branching strategy you start talking about the colors in the lobby.The bottom line is there is a difference between strategies and tactics. While they are both important you need to make sure that when you are “doing strategy” you do strategy. Keep the following differences in mind when it comes to strategy and tactics:Strategy is long-term, tactics are temporaryStrategy focuses you, tactics distract youStrategy stays, tactics changeStrategy inspires, tactics overwhelmStrategy sets direction, tactics veerStrategy gives vision, tactics give headachesStrategies are big, tactics are smallYou can even use the above list as a tool in your planning session. For example, give this of simple bullet points to everyone ahead of time. Or even have it displayed on 3×5 cards at people’s seats. But use it as a visual reminder.The above list may give the impression that tactics are not important. That is not the case at all. The point is that it’s all too easy for strategic sessions just to become glorified tactical discussions. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UEFA set date for Champions League, Europa League draws

first_img Loading… UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that the draws for the remaining rounds of the Champions League and Europa League will take place in July 10 in Nyon. UEFA set date and time for Champions League and Europa League draws The historic headquarters of the governing body will play host to the event which is due to start at 12:00 CET on the aforementioned date. There will be no seedings or drawing regulations with regards to teams from the same country, and anybody will be eligible to play everybody else. In addition to this, there will be a further draw to determine which team will be the designated home side for the final match in both tournaments. The footballing world is excited by the prospect of a rather unique end to the 2019/20 European tournaments which will see all matches played in one country and in one-off matches. Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw The round that was not yet completed will take place on August 5 and 6, although ties that didn’t start will now be restricted to a one-off match in accordance with the agreed format change. So, Inter and Getafe will now be a one-off encounter, whilst Manchester United and LASK will be forced to play a second-leg after they completed their first leg prior to the COVID-19 spread into Europe. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lisbon is set to host the Champions League climax, whilst the Europa League final stages will head to Germany. From August 12 to August 23 there will be a procession of matches at both Benfica and Sporting’s stadiums, though there are a couple of unfinished two-legged ties that need to be finished first. Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain had all officially qualified for the quarter-final of the Champions League, but there is yet to be a definitive result from the following ties: Real Madrid-Manchester City, Chelsea-Bayern Munich, Juventus-Lyon and Barcelona-Napoli. Cologne, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Dusseldorf will all play host to the Europa League matches that are left in the season.last_img read more

ECOWAS’ Founding Fathers

first_imgH. E. Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire, The first effort at integration in West Africa dates back to 1945 with the creation of CFA franc that brought the francophone countries of the region into a single currency union. Then in 1964, Liberian President William V.S. Tubman proposed an economic union for West Africa leading to an agreement which was signed in 1965 by the four states of Cote d’Ivore, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.However, nothing concrete emanated from these consortiums until 1972 when Nigerian head of state General Yakubu Gowon and his Togolese counterpart Gnassingbe Eyadema toured the region in support of the integration idea. Thanks to the drafts that emanated from their efforts as they formed the basis for the emergence of the Treaty of Lagos in 1975,  ECOWAS was born. The Treaty of Lagos was initially limited to economic policies but emerging political events led to its revision and therewith the expansion of its scope and powers in 1993.H. E. Leopold Sedar Senghor, (Senegal)ECOWAS is meant to foster interstate economic and political cooperation. History is on its side in this regard. Dating back to pre-colonial times, West Africans have been among the world’s most mobile populations although much of the migration had been intraregional.About 7.5 million West African migrants (3 percent of the regional population) are living in ECOWAS countries other than their own. The 1.2 million other migrants are dispersed mainly in North America and Europe.Estimated at about 149 million in 2013, women constitute over 50 percent of the region’s population. The cross-border migration of women as traders and business persons places them as potential champions for promoting integration, even though this is a reality that is yet to be fully exploited.Refusing to take all the credits for the formation of ECOWAS in 1975 and for chairing the Group of Eminent Personalities that revised the organization’s Treaty in 1993, Gen. Gowon, who is 80 this year, paid tribute to all his peers, especially the late Togolese President Eyadema, government ministers, diplomats and senior civil servants of member States for their roles and contributions to the birthing of ECOWAS.H. E. Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d’IvoireH. E. William Tolbert Jr., LiberiaH. E. General Yakubu Gowon, NigeriaH. E.  General Gnassingbe Eyadema, TogoH. E. Dawda Kairaba Jawara, The GambiaH. E.  Ahmed Sékou Touré, GuineaH. E. Moussa Traoré, MaliH. E.  Lt-Col Seyni Kountché, NigerH. E.  Leopold Sedar Senghor, SenegalH. E.  General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, GhanaH. E.  Mathieu Kérékou, BeninH. E.  General El hadj Sangoulé Lamizana, Burkina-FasoH. E.  Luis Cabral, Guinée BissauH. E.  Moktar Ould Daddah, MauritaniaH. E Dr Siaka Stevens, Sierra LeoneShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA missing Derry pensioner, thought to have been in Co Donegal, has been found safe and well.A spokesman for the PSNi and Gardai confirmed that 86 year old William Doherty, who has been missing since the 20th August, was found this morning.No details of where he was located have been released William, who is from the Culmore Road area of Derry, had been seen at a service station at the bottom of Glenshane Road at around 4.15pm on the 20th August 2014.He was driving a silver E320 Mercedes registration BUI 6000 and police believed he may have travelled to Belfast and then to Fermanagh, possibly crossing the border at Pettigo. GARDA AND PSNI SEARCH ENDS AS PENSIONER FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more