faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes A judge who in February ruled mostly in favor of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County in a petition brought against District Attorney George Gascon over a series of new directives he handed down after taking office last December put the case on hold Tuesday while the county’s top prosecutor appeals.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the union on Feb. 8, finding that Gascon cannot order his prosecutors to ignore laws that the union says protect the public, including three-strike allegations and sentencing enhancements.The case was back before the judge to set a date for a trial on whether the injunction should be made permanent. But after discussing Gascon’s appeal with the lawyers, Chalfant accepted the agreement made by lawyers on both sides that the case should not move forward until the appeal is decided.“The court hereby stays the case in its entirety,” Chalfant’s clerk wrote in a minute order.The union contends that the directives — handed down the day that Gascon was sworn into office Dec. 7 — violate state law.But lawyer Robert E. Dugdale, on behalf of Gascon and the District Attorney’s Office, said the judge did not put a stop to Gascon’s policy prohibiting deputy district attorneys from filing most sentencing enhancements in new cases.Gascon has drawn criticism from some crime victims and prosecutors over the directives and is facing a potential recall effort. Organizers announced last week that signature-gathering has been approved for the recall effort.The city councils of at least 14 of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities have passed votes of no confidence against Gascon, including Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Diamond Bar, Santa Clarita and Lancaster. Business News Subscribe More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Case Filed by District Attorneys Union Against County’s DA Put on Hold Pending Appeal CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 7:49 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
By Kay Valle/Diálogo June 14, 2017 Honduran aviation first took off in 1921 with the acquisition of its first warplane. Its time as a military aviation school began in 1931 when the Ministry of Navy and Aviation was founded. “The history of the institution is illustrious, and combat aviation in the Honduran Armed Forces (FAH, per its Spanish acronym) began in 1936. Conflict during the Second World War triggered the purchase of more airplanes that would be used to fly over the Pacific and Atlantic coasts,” Honduran Air Force Colonel José Luis Sauceda Sierra, general commander of FAH, told Diálogo. Aerodromes used to be more common because there was little highway infrastructure. Thus, when Honduras joined the war against the Axis powers, FAH’s functions were diversified and reconnaissance patrols were increased along the borders. “From 1942 to 1944, the aerial patrols carried out by the Stinson F2 were increased to three times per day. On July 24, 1942, a submarine was detected, which FAH troops bombed,” Retired Honduran Air Force Captain Jurgen Hesse Joya, a historian at the Honduran Aviation Museum, told Diálogo. “This confrontation made Honduras the only Central American country to participate in combat during the Second World War,” he said. Sustained development Edgardo Mejía, a security analyst and professor at the National Police University, told Diálogo that although FAH is the smallest branch of the Armed Forces, it has had continuous and sustained development since its founding. “The training of its personnel, to include specializations like handling rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing, combat pilot, airplane maintenance, radars, aerial intelligence, and other activities, have improved the institution’s operational readiness,” he said. For him, FAH had several golden ages worth highlighting. The first was in 1977 – advancing from the turboprop to the jet era with the acquisition of its still-active F86 and A37B Dragonfly aircraft. Later, in 1983, the Air Defense Squadron was created, allowing for a defense shield which is used in the fight against international organized crime. “The last [stage] arises from the need to lay the foundation for what today is the Training School of Intermediate Command. And of course, their most significant achievement has been the acquisition of the F5,” Mejía said. Gender equality To join FAH, a person must be over 18 years of age, and no gender difference exists. In terms of study, that means that choosing the flight cadet, technical officer, or air safety tracks are open to anyone. “Since 1996, female students began to be accepted, and FAH became the first air academy in Central America to allow their access. Currently, there is a total of 198 students. Of these, 23 are women,” Col. Sauceda said. Young people who are admitted obtain their degree in Aeronautical Sciences in four years, and the military rank of second lieutenant with their chosen specialization. “At the end [of the program], those who choose flight cadet will become FAH pilots,” he said. These cadets can begin their careers at any of the four FAH bases. The transport squadron, helicopters and VIP, and the presidential squadron are assigned to the “Hernán Acosta Mejía” Base in Tegucigalpa. The Military Aviation School and the Officer Squadron are located at the “Enrique Soto Cano” Base in Comayagua. The “Armando Escalón Espinal” Base, founded in 1969 as the Northern Command, is located in Lima. The “Héctor Caraccioli Moncada” Base in La Ceiba, Atlántida is the headquarters of the supersonic F5E and F5F airplanes. Rescue-and-assistance work It is also important to highlight the acquisition of helicopters as an important achievement because they support civilians and institutions that send aid, especially to places affected by natural disasters. The delivery of provisions to flood-stricken areas, the rescue of missing persons, the patrols to determine the location of areas that have been damaged by illegal logging, the extraction of cultural heritage objects, and the location of clandestine landing strips are everyday tasks for FAH. Other work highlighted by Col. Sauceda includes the fight against forest fires. The most recent one occurred in Tegucigalpa in March 2017. That fire consumed over 200 hectares of pine forest. FAH deployed several helicopters to fight it. They supported the firefighters for three days until it was extinguished. Aerial rescue is another FAH task. During this interview, Col. Sauceda received an urgent request to initiate a search for two Honduran citizens and one Italian who were reported missing in the Caribbean Sea. FAH immediately started the search, found the shipwrecked individuals a few hours after they began tracking them, and proceeded with the rescue work. Wings for Health In 1962, FAH began “Wings for Health,” a program created to transport civilian and military patients with medical emergencies. The transport to hospital centers is conducted by the directors of these institutions, and it is not only for areas without access but for the entire country. “To conduct this mission, FAH uses two Cessna 208 Grand Caravan airplanes that were donated by the United States government, with a value of $4 million. The doctors and nurses belong to FAH. They are specialized in transporting patients by air, where conditions are different than on land,” Col. Sauceda said. “Decade after decade, FAH renews itself as an institution. The partnerships with air forces throughout the Americas are productive. They also offer young people a place to become more professional, to demonstrate their love for their homeland, and to serve the people,” Col Sauceda said.
A 16-year-old kweku Addo from the Tesano Sports Club made history on Sunday when he shattered Kofi Anku’s 50m freestyle national swimming record at the University of Ghana swimming pool.The previous record, 26.69 seconds, was set in 2012 at the same venue. After a breath taking performance in the 50m freestyle, the 16 year old swimming prodigy reduced the time to 25.09 seconds.“This means a lot to me, because just after two years of competitive swimming and hard work I have broken the record,” the softly spoken kweku Addo said.When asked about how he was able to achieve this feat, the teenager explained, “training has been intensive for the past few weeks and our manager (Kodwo Abbiw Jackson) really pushed us”.Abbiw kodwo Jackson, Tessano Dolphins Team Manager and coach, foresees a brighter future for the new sensation. “Kweku is the discovery of the year. I believe he will reduce the time and might be the first Ghanaian to make it to the Olympics (swimming) and possibly the second round”.The Loya Open Championship was sponsored by Promasidor Ghana in collaboration with the Swimming Association of Ghana, to spot and groom talent for the national swimming squad. According to the General Secretary of the Ghana swimming Association, Williams Kyei, Kweku Addo and Ophelia Swayne have made the required time to participate in the 4th FINA World Junior championship in Dubai, from 26th August to 31st August, 2013.“However, Abeiku Gyekye Jackson, 12, and Zenobia Addo, the younger sister of Kweku Addo, are within range of qualification to Dubai; don’t count them out yet,” said William kyei.Participants in the competition were drawn from Lincoln community school, Tessano Sports club, Association International School and the French school.Lincoln community school had the most number of entries in the competition, which included mostly foreigners. The main competition was between Tessano Dolphins and Lincoln community school as both teams gave good account of themselves in the pool, by winning the medals on offer.Lincoln dominated the medal haul, Tessano Dolphins decided to enter a lower number of swimmers in the competition and rested some of their key swimmers ahead of their trip (in two weeks ) to Germany, Arnsberg ,where they will be knocking horns with other swimming clubs from around the world in the 45th International Shswimfest competition. During the competition, teams supported their swimmers by roaring them on to victory amidst local ‘Jama’ music provided by NASAD (National Sports for All, Developers and Agency) Supporters union of Ghana.Click here for the detailed results