Intense winter surface melt on an Antarctic ice shelf

first_imgThe occurrence of surface melt in Antarctica has hitherto been associated with the austral summer season, when the dominant source of melt energy is provided by solar radiation. We use in‐situ and satellite observations from a previously unsurveyed region to show that events of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf occur frequently throughout the dark Antarctic winter, with peak intensities sometimes exceeding summertime values. A regional atmospheric model confirms that, in the absence of solar radiation, these multi‐day melt events are driven by outbreaks of warm and dry föhn wind descending down the lee side of the Antarctic Peninsula mountain range, resulting in downward turbulent fluxes of sensible heat that drive sustained surface melt fluxes in excess of 200 W m−2. From 2015 to 2017 (including the extreme melt winter of 2016), ∼23% of the annual melt flux was produced in winter, and spaceborne observations of surface melt since 2000 show that wintertime melt is widespread in some years. Winter melt heats the firn layer to the melting point up to a depth of ∼3 m, thereby facilitating the formation of impenetrable ice layers, and retarding or reversing autumn and winter cooling of the firn. While the absence of a trend in winter melt is consistent with insignificant changes in the observed southern hemisphere atmospheric circulation during winter, we anticipate an increase in winter melt as a response to increasing greenhouse gas concentration.last_img read more

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Professor (65314)

first_imgBREAST IMAGING RADIOLOGISTUNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLEThe Department of Radiology at the University of Florida isactively recruiting to fill a full-time breast imaging radiologistat the rank of of Clinical Assistant Professor/Associate Professoror Professor. This is a non-tenure track position with primaryassignments at UF Health in Gainesville. There is flexibility withthe work schedule including a 4 or 5 day work week, with no call orweekend responsibilities. Options are also available for additionalearning potential with volunteer shift and weekend work with thebody division. Full benefits apply with health, disability and lifeinsurance, malpractice insurance and sovereign immunity in theState of Florida.’Clinical responsibilities include patient care, teaching of housestaff and medical students, and leading interdisciplinaryconferences. A commitment to education is desired, as theUniversity of Florida has a large training program with residentsand students rotating in mammography daily. The department offersresources and support for research and innovative educationopportunities.Requirements include MD or equivalent with BoardCertification/Board Eligibility in Radiology. Candidates must beeligible for licensure in the State of Florida. Current fellows andnew graduates are encouraged to apply. Expertise in all aspects ofbreast imaging, including digital tomosynthesis interpretation,ultrasound, and MRI is required. The ability to performimage-guided procedures using tomosynthesis, stereo, ultrasound andMRI is also required. Completion of a mammography fellowship isrequired.If you are interested in a rewarding position in a friendly,state-of-the-art environment, please apply via Careers at UF(jobs.ufl.edu). Attach your C.V. and three letters ofrecommendation to your application. Salary is negotiable.Application deadline for this position is February 15, 2021 with ananticipated start date of July 1, 2021 or earlier.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Week at the Union – Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand

first_imgby Heather Ryan  Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Yasser Arafat, Helen Clark… try spotting the odd one out. The Prime Minister of New Zealand is perhaps one of the lesser-known politicians to have graced the Oxford Union with their presence, but her achievements suggest such obscurity is undeserved. The first female Prime Minister of New Zealand to win office at a General Election, Clark has overseen radical changes to her nation’s welfare system. In her speech – surprisingly well-attended given that it was on Monday of 0th week – these were outlined: 8 increases to the minimum wage in as many years, an increase in employment levels, and a reduction of unemployment to 3.6%. Her government is as notable for its positions on international affairs and green issues as it is for its commitment to social justice, and much of Ms. Clark’s talk focused on the themes of her foreign policy.While the somewhat uninspiring delivery detracted from my enjoyment of the speech, the content itself was interesting, centring on the themes of New Zealand’s foreign and environmental policies. The country’s commitment to nuclear disarmament was discussed, as was the active role in international peacekeeping played by the New Zealand army.Clark described New Zealand as “clean and green”, and also advocated her government’s support for human rights, interfaith dialogue and international aid. She concluded by contrasting the UK and New Zealand, suggesting that while we share many values and beliefs, due to geographical separation the focus of our diplomatic and trade relationships is different. Several insightful questions followed, including a criticism of her government’s rejection of nuclear energy, which Clark rebutted confidently and fluently. I was left in no doubt that the Prime Minister is principled, articulate, and a liberal through and through; it’s just a shame that her public speaking skills undersell her.last_img read more

North End Project Update – January 28, 2019

first_imgNorth End Neighborhood Drainage ProjectWORK TO BE COMPLETED IN THE WEEK OF JAN. 28 to FEB. 1Feriozzi Concrete will continue work on the west side of Bay Avenue between Third Street and Fifth Street. They also will be doing restoration on Fourth Street between Bay Avenue and the bulkhead.Pipe crews will continue installing 18″ force main down Sixth Street from Bay Avenue to the bulkhead.Project Design A crew is pictured working at 3rd & Bay. See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

Avoiding a ‘fiscal train wreck’

first_imgHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., portrayed the United States as a “fiscal train wreck” and sketched the stark choices that Republicans consider necessary to fuel the nation’s sputtering economic engine during an address Thursday (Feb. 24) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Cantor, 47, has been a central conservative figure in the debate over the nation’s future since his election in 2001. A founder of the conservative Republican group Young Guns in 2007 and co-author of the 2010 book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” Cantor became new House Speaker John Boehner’s top deputy on Jan. 3. Seventeen days later, the House passed Cantor’s bill to repeal President Obama’s 2010 Health Care Law.Cantor described America’s crossroads as a choice between contrasting images of the future. Long-term, it either will reflect Europeans seeking more benefits from their governments or Americans in town meetings “demanding an end to the explosive growth of government.”“Our people want the government to do less. Our businesses want us to stop spending money we don’t have,” he said. “We all assume everyone deserves a fair shot at success. Yet many Americans are wondering what happened to their fair shot in life?”Individual freedom to succeed in business is the bottom line of that fair shot, Cantor said. “We’re entrepreneurs. Our culture is built on opportunity. If we want to preserve America as the crucible of innovation, the home of Google, Facebook, and Apple, we have to focus on success in our private sector.”Among the measures required, he said, are reducing spending, lowering unemployment, reassessing regulatory reform, and finding a better way to accomplish health care reform, starting with cost containment.The Republican budget, expected in March, will prescribe containing the costs of such entitlement programs as Social Security. Cantor warned the mostly undergraduate student audience that fiscal discipline in that area “won’t affect those 55 and over. But for the rest of us, those programs will have to change.????Trey Grayson ’94, director of the Institute of Politics and a former Kentucky secretary of state, initially welcomed Cantor to the podium as chants wafted in from John F. Kennedy Street, where student groups protested against proposed Republican spending cuts.About 250 protesters lined the sidewalk, including members of the national Student Global Aids Campaign and Students for Choice, as well as supporters of Planned Parenthood and students angered by cuts to AmeriCorps and other programs.“Thanks for providing the live music,” Cantor said to Grayson. “I can’t think of a better place to debate the future of our country.”Later, the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum’s signature “unfiltered” question-and-answer session prompted a pointed discussion. A dozen people wearing “HIV Positive” T-shirts and displaying a banner that read “Fully Fund Global Health” demanded to know if Cantor would “save a million lives” by restoring the $1.5 billion Republicans had cut from spending on international health.“We all want to see AIDS eradicated. But we have to hold ourselves accountable. It’s absolutely painful. We don’t have the money,” Cantor replied. To a similar challenge from student supporters of Teach For America, he said, “Americans are great philanthropists. Our wealth can create health in the world. But now we need other countries to know we can pay our bills.”Hoai-Mi Vu, an HKS student from Lawrence, Mass., asked Cantor, “How do you make sure businesses don’t export our jobs to Mexico?”Hoai-Mi Vu, an HKS student from Lawrence, Mass., who is studying for her master’s in public policy, expressed many young people’s bill-paying concerns. Lawrence was left at the crossroads of America’s industrial and post-industrial economies. “It’s full of abandoned textile mills. How do you make sure businesses don’t export our jobs to Mexico?” she asked.Cantor offered her a longer view. “Businesses may hire and find a way to produce elsewhere, but their capital comes back to the U.S. It benefits their shareholders and many others. That’s how we’ll reposition the U.S. to breed prosperity and success,” he said.Cantor’s talk was co-sponsored by the Harvard Republican Club, the Kennedy School Republican Caucus, and the Kennedy School Electoral Politics Professional Interest Council.last_img read more

Why a Strong CFO-CIO Relationship is the Key to Success in the Digital World

first_imgWhy a strong CFO-CIO relationship is the key to success in the digital worldFor the last 32 years, I have carried out financial roles within the field of technology. In other words, I’ve been juggling figures and analyzing bottom lines in a fast-changing world. Among the many trends and hype curves I’ve encountered, there is one thing that is irreplaceable: a frank and open chat at the coffee machine. As a CFO, I heartily recommend entertaining that tradition with your CIO colleagues. Let me explain …CFO and CIO, bound for a win-winIn many ways, the digital age has made it easier for me to fulfill my duties. I am amazed at the way all my devices can sync to deliver the latest reports at my fingertips, allowing me to make important decisions in near real-time. That’s another reason you can find a natural ally in your CIO. He/she is the go-to person if you want to leverage new technologies and, more specifically, to make figures speak out in a rapidly evolving business context, anytime and anywhere. Now more than ever, CFO and CIO need to combine technical acumen with business expertise. For the CFO, the most obvious way to understand how a company can adapt to the new digital world is to get briefed by the CIO. And the CIO needs the buy-in of the CFO to realize  IT transformation.The time of working apart together is over. And luckily so, most CFOs and CIOs are aware of that. As a recent survey on IT Transformation conducted by Forbes Insights and Dell EMC indicates 96% of the C-suite see close CIO/CFO collaboration as being important or even critical to business success. Though this partnership has improved in recent years (to the extent that it is now described as excellent by 36 percent of CFOs), a large majority of respondents (89 percent) acknowledge that significant barriers still exist: conflicts arising over traditional reporting structure, CIO’s lack of business expertise and outdated attitudes from the CFO about the primary role of the CIO make up the top three spot of the Forbes survey.In my experience in working with different customers and partners, I feel that the traditional stereotypes have not yet completely disappeared. The CFO continues to see the CIO as someone who has no good control of cost and spends lots of money on fancy new toys with no clear return on investment. On the other side, the CIO still tends to consider the CFO a risk-averse individual, blocking any attempt to innovate. By the way, let us not forget that in most companies, the CIO still reports to the CFO, and they are not exactly on a peer level, although this is becoming less true in companies that have set forth on a digital journey heavily investing in IT assets. But even in these more digitally-driven organizations, there is enough room for improving the partnership or each party to benefit from one another’s strengths.Start from the same pageIn fact, the entire executive team needs to operate as one if they want their company to succeed on their digital journey. But I am convinced that CFO and CIO have a special responsibility within that mission. If they are not on the same page, the CFO will not necessarily approve what the CIO advises to spend, and the propensity for a breakdown will increase.So how do you avoid this?The first step is to define what business value actually is before aligning with CFO and CIO. As a (digital) business, what is the ultimate goal we want to reach? Where do we want to go in terms of technology? Do we take all the bells and whistles at once, or do we want more of a phased approach over a longer period? All of these key questions will generate trade-offs at the start that will be conditions for success in the long run.As a CFO in a tech-savvy environment, I invite my peers to contribute to a definition of business value that is not purely built around cost control. In other words, every new technology should not be looked at as a luxury item, but from the point of view of its long-term ROI.The ability to start from common ground will also largely depend on the combination of short and long-term metrics. CIO and CFO should sit together to answer a few basic questions like:Do we have enough Capex budget for this year?Do we have an expense problem for this year?Do we need to buy new technology with free maintenance period?This will help to build a common framework for the year to come that makes sense to both. Goals aligned from the start, based on a clear allocated Capex budget and a cohesive strategy, will facilitate practical day to day decisions for both a CFO who needs trustworthy reporting (P&L and Capex metrics in a given timeframe) and a CIO who wants to roll-out projects as soon as possible.If this synchronization does not happen (with the backing of the whole management team, led by the CEO), the collaboration between CFO and CIO may still look fair, but the major risk is that the CFO will not really buy into the CIO’s plans and drip feed the required approvals, which will, of course, slow down the roll-out and, in the end, lead to runaway expenses, making both unhappy.  This going off the track happens quite frequently.My 5 tips for the CFO:Take the first step to overcome barriers. Given that he/she is often the more senior of the two, this honor usually falls to the CFO to reach out to the CIO. Otherwise, he/she will be left behind in a rapidly changing marketplace.Have a regular chat with your CIO at the coffee machine, at least once a fortnight. Do not hesitate to ask “silly” questions.Initiate discussions with customers and partners about their technological challenges and opportunities.Take part in (external) conferences around emerging technologies, such as AI, IoT and robotics. There are formats aimed at non-technical people, showing you how to leverage technology and to grasp the concepts. Afterwards, the CIO will be able to help you implement these new technologies.Read. There are some good books out there, including some that explain “digital transformation” and new technologies clearly and concisely. For example, I am currently reading “Big Data Demystified”, by David Stephenson (FT Publishing). I highly recommend it for any CFO.Following the above steps and reaching out to the CIO will certainly help to keep the CFO abreast of new technologies. The modern CFO does not need super powers, he/she just needs to surround himself/herself with the right people and technologies if he/she wants to be a gatekeeper who is open to innovations, as well as a driver for growth.last_img read more

State Regents Exams Canceled Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Alberto G. / CC BY 2.0 ALBNAY – New York State’s Regents exams that were slated for June have now been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The state’s Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa announced the news Monday in a statement.“The COVID-19 pandemic has put a tremendous burden on many New Yorkers and our schools and children are no exception,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “The regulations passed by the Board today will allow schools, students and professionals much-needed flexibility while they adapt to this rapidly evolving situation.”A series of amendments address numerous issues resulting from the interruptions districts, institutions of higher education and licensed professionals are experiencing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, officals said. We have listed the changes below: ProfessionsAmendments to the Commissioner’s regulations will allow the Department to excuse the continuous experience requirements for speech language pathology, audiology, and occupational therapy where such continuous experience cannot be completed due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Further, the Department will accept passing examination scores from Public Accounting applicants that are outside the required 18-month examination window where such examinations could not be completed within 18 months due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Additionally, the Department will be authorized to modify professional educational program requirements for licensure, to the extent authorized by law, and grant an exemption for in person supervision experience requirements for licensed clinical social work, licensed master social work, mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, creative arts therapy, and psychoanalysis where such requirements and/or in person supervision cannot be completed due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.School and District AccountabilityThe federal government has provided New York State with a one-year waiver from provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) pertaining to State assessments and school and district accountability determinations due to the unique circumstances that have arisen as a result of the COVOID-19 crisis.  Therefore, the Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to specify that the Commissioner will not conduct a review of school and district performance using 2019-20 school year data. The accountability status of public schools and districts for the 2020-21 school year will remain the same as for the 2019-20 school year; and 2018-19 school year results shall be used in any instance where 2019-20 school year results would have been used as part of the process of making 2021-22 school year accountability determinations.Additionally, the proposed amendment provides that the Commissioner may, upon a finding of good cause, modify timelines for the 2019-20 through 2021-22 school years [any required timelines] pertaining to notifications, plans, reports, or implementation of activities required of schools and districts because of their accountability status during those school years.Special EducationThe Commissioner’s regulations are amended to ensure that State approved private schools, State operated schools, Special Act School Districts, State supported schools and preschools will not be penalized because they are unable to provide instruction or operate for 180 days where such schools are closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor.  The amendments also permit impartial hearing officers to conduct special education due process hearings by video conference during the COVID-19 crisis.  Additionally, the amendments allow hearing officers to extend cases up to 60 days rather than 30 days while schools are closed pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor.In regard to requirements that preschool providers make-up missed services within 30 days of the missed session, the amendment allows providers to not include days that the school is closed pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order(s) issued by the Governor. Additionally, the regulations extend the time period to arrange for special education programs and services to be provided where a school is closed pursuant to an Executive Order issued by the Governor.Bilingual EducationThe Commissioner’s regulations are amended to not include any day(s) where a school is closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor to count toward the following timelines:English language learner identification process timeline;parental notification and information timeline; andthe English as a New Language/Bilingual Education placement timeline.The amendments will also provide an exemption to students from the unit of study requirements where a student is unable to meet such requirements due to schools being closed pursuant to an Executive Order and otherwise achieves the learning outcomes.Additionally, the amendments provide that for the 2019-2020 school year, there will be no English language learner annual assessment due to such assessment being suspended as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.Curriculum and InstructionThe Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to provide an exemption to students from the unit of study requirements where a student is unable to meet such requirements due to schools being closed pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor and where such student otherwise achieves the learning outcomes of such portion of unity of study completed.Charter SchoolsThis amendment will permit the Commissioner to excuse delays of up to 30 days in required reporting and payment by charter schools to public schools for the length of time a school closure is ordered by an Executive Order of the Governor.The Commissioner’s regulations were further amended to require charter schools to provide notice on their website of the date, time and place of lotteries for the random selection process for charter school student applicants if such lottery is provided during a school closure ordered pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor. Additionally, amendments to the regulations will permit these lotteries to be held remotely, provided that the public has the opportunity to view or listen and such lottery is recorded and later transcribed.Home InstructionThe Department will amend the Commissioner’s regulations to provide that an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction, in lieu of an annual assessment, will be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.Higher EducationThe Department amends the Commissioner’s regulations to:permit the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) training to be conducted entirely online during the time period of the State of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis;create an edTPA safety net for candidates in registered educator preparation programs whose student teaching or similar clinical experience in spring 2020 was impacted by COVID-19;extend the Statement of Continued Eligibility (SOCE) application deadline for special education teachers who teach a special class in grades 7-12 from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021; andextend the time period by which full-time, acceptable teaching experience must be completed for the SOCE or limited extension from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021.State AidThe amendments permit public school districts, public schools and charter schools to operate for less than 180 days without a reduction in State Aid if a school  is closed pursuant to the terms of Executive Order(s) of the Governor. This amendment also permits missed instructional hours for any day that a school is closed pursuant to the terms of an Executive Order of the Governor to count toward the minimum annual instructional hour requirements.Early LearningThe regulations are amended to permit prekindergarten programs to operate for less than the 180-day requirement for a full-year program and the 90-day requirement for districts who started a half-year program using their Expanded Prekindergarten Grant, where such programs were scheduled to operate, but the school where the program operates is closed pursuant to the terms of an Executive Order of the Governor.  Additionally, regulations will permit Department staff who are unable to conduct their annual visit of nonpublic nursery schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic to do so as soon as practicable when they reopen.310 Appeals to the CommissionerThis amendment will permit service of pleadings and supporting papers for appeals to the Commissioner by alternative means during the time period of any movement restrictions or school closures directed by the Governor.Part 83 and Part 87 AppealsRegulations are amended to excuse the filing timeframes where required submissions are late due to a State of emergency declared by the Governor relating to:appeals to the Commissioner of a hearing officer’s determination of good moral character;due process procedures for prospective employees’ clearance for employment; andappeals of the Department’s determination to deny prospective school.Additionally, the definition of “prospective school employee” is amended to include any individual who will reasonably be expected to provide services which involve online communication or interaction directly to students under the age of 21 during the period of a school closure ordered pursuant to an Executive Order of the Governor.Office of State ReviewThe amendment to Commissioner’s regulation allows the State Review Officer to authorize certain filings through electronic means during the State of emergency declared by the Governor.last_img read more

Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The silver screen has The Brave Little Toaster, but off-Broadway has talking night lamp Wally Watthead! Innovative children’s show Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow opens January 14. Conceived by Finnish performer Janne Raudaskoski, who also stars as Wally, the new experimental production will play New World Stages’ Stage Two. The new production features magic by Raudaskoski and Tatu Tyni, video by Sanna Malkavaara, light and sound design by Petri Mikkonen, costumes by Kaisa Kemikoski and set design by Kemikoski and Raudaskoski. Wally Watthead originally premiered at Unga Teatern in Helsinki, Finland on August 28, 2008. The show has been performed in English, Swedish, Russian and Chinese—the New World Stages production is Wally Watthead’s American premiere.

 Directed by Sami Rannila, Wally Watthead features a script by Raudaskoski and Rannila. In a new theatrical experience combining magic, clowning, mime, black lights, video and special effects, the show stars Raudaskoski, Tuija Nuojua as Polly Picture and Jonathan Hutchings as Simon Simcard. The new production tells the story of Wally Watthead, a night lamp who loses his glow. Simon Simcard, a smartphone, helps Wally regain his glow and the pair go on a series of adventures. But when Polly Picture comes to life, Wally and Simon’s friendship is put to the test.

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NYSDOT to conduct survey at Lake Champlain Bridge

first_imgSource: NYSDOT, August 19, 2009.### The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that, as part of a large-scale project to address the condition of the Lake Champlain Bridge (also known as the Crown Point Bridge), an origin and destination survey will be conducted. The bridge spans Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont.The survey is being performed to obtain a better understanding of users of the bridge and where they travel. It will be completed by consultants assigned to the project. Motorists waiting at the red light to cross the bridge will be surveyed.Surveyors will ask questions related to the origin and destination of the motorist’s trip and the purpose and frequency of their trip. The information obtained during the survey will assist the agencies involved in the project in developing project alternatives and potential alternate routes during construction.It is anticipated that the survey will be conducted on Saturday, August 22 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with a rain date of Saturday, August 29. The survey will also be conducted on Wednesday, August 26 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a rain date of Thursday, August 27.Repairs are being made to the bridge, which incorporates the use of the temporary signal system to control one-way, alternating traffic operations. Travelers will be surveyed while stopped at the signal and are not expected to experience any additional delay because of the survey. An additional survey is tentatively planned for the fall season.A project either to rehabilitate or replace the bridge is being developed by both NYSDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation under an agreement between the states. The project schedule calls for construction to begin in 2013.last_img read more

Brazilian President Welcomed Military World Games Medal Winners

first_imgBy Dialogo August 02, 2011 In the Noble Hall of the Palácio do Planalto, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff welcomed approximately 70 medal-winning athletes from the 5th Military World Games – Rio 2011. Defense Minister Nelson Jobim also participated in the event. During the reception, President Rousseff made a point of personally greeting each of the athletes and highlighted the unprecedented first-place showing by the Brazilians during the competition. “You gave your country an example of perseverance and success,” the president said. President Rousseff also congratulated the defense minister and the Armed Forces for the quality of the organization of the Games and stated that this is an important moment in Brazilian history. According to the president, helping athletes is part of Brazil’s mission. She also affirmed that the success of the Rio 2011 Games proves that the country is prepared for the upcoming sports events. “We can indeed put on both a good World Cup and good Olympic Games.” In the name of the medal winners, Air Force Capt. Eduardo Utzig da Silva, a gold medalist in the pentathlon, expressed the athletes’ thanks for the support provided by the government. President Rousseff was presented with a picture showing the gold, silver, and bronze medals and the commemorative coin of the 5th Military World Games. The commanders of the three branches of the Armed Forces and the military authorities who were part of the organizing committee of the Games were also present at the event.last_img read more