By U.S. Southern Command August 28, 2019 Comprised of both Atlantic and Amphibious phases, UNITAS exercise includes participants from Naval Forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, and the United States.This year’s exercise is hosted by the Brazilian Navy and will conduct operations off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, focusing on demonstrating regional maritime cooperation in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) response scenario, as a means to develop a multinational maritime task force.USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), embarked with approximately 350 sailors and marines, arrived August 18 to support UNITAS.During opening ceremonies U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, gave the troops a message.“It’s an honor to be here, seize this opportunity,” said Adm. Faller, “Trust is the building block of our ability to work together as a team. When I look at you, when I see the ships, the staffs, I know you are professionals that represent democracies that fight for freedom.”UNITAS is designed to train navy and marine corps to conduct joint operations and increase interoperability among partner nations. Fourteen surface vessels, eight helicopters, five fixed wing aircraft, and one submarine are participating.“This is a professional experience that will make each one of you stronger and better. Take every advantage of the opportunity to learn, to teach, and to make new friends. This is how we are going to fight, as like-minded democracies, and as friends,” said Adm. Faller.UNITAS, which is Latin for “unity” was conceived in 1959, first executed in 1960, and has been held every year since. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of our partners’ maritime forces to achieve common goals. This annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation, and understanding between participating navy and marine corps.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train in Syosset during the Wednesday evening rush hour commute.The victim was hit by a non-passenger train at the Robbins Lane crossing at about 4:30 p.m., according to the MTA.Several trains were canceled or delayed on the Huntington and Port Jefferson branches while investigators were on the scene.MTA Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the incident.
Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost the final of 55kg freestyle event at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.The Ondo-born wrestling sensation lost to Japan’s Haruna OKUNO 5-4 in a keenly contested bout to settle for the silver medal.55kg Gold: Haruna OKUNO (JPN) vs. Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) https://t.co/OYl8RjtsrF #Lutte2017 pic.twitter.com/o5H9MXp9R1— World Wrestling (@wrestling) August 23, 2017Adekuoroye, who became the first Nigerian to reach the World Wrestling Championships final, won bronze in the competition two years ago in Las Vegas.RelatedBREAKING: Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Reaches World Wrestling Championships FinalAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Team Nigeria’s Performance At World ChampionShips Excites IgaliAugust 25, 2017In “Nigeria”WRESTLING: NWF Plans Improved Preparation For Upcoming Championships – Igali (AUDIO)August 28, 2018In “Africa”
SIOUX CITY — The parks director in Sioux City says damage to the Flight 232 memorial on the city’s riverfront was caused by nature — not vandalism.Two pieces of the monument have toppled over and parks director Matt Salvatore says there are underlying issues in the area.“The Flight 232 memorial was underwater last year with flooding. There is a utility issue in there — so the issues that we are having are not necessarily linked to the flooding that occurred last year,” Salvatore says. “There seems to be a utility issue in the area so the sidewalk leading to the monument snapped in about four different places.”The monument celebrates the heroic efforts by the community when a damaged United Airlines plane crashed at the Sioux City Airport on July 19th in 1989. There were 112 deaths in the crash — but 184 people survived.Salvatore says the city has been assessing the damage and what they need to do to repair the monument. “Our staff removed the sidewalk, relocated some of the stones along the walkway. Relocated those out of the way,” according to Salvatore. “The sidewalk itself was replaced with fill. And we’ve been keeping an eye on it. The fill continues to settle.”He says they are working with the utility department to fix that issue. “Once we locate the problem, we are going to pack that area, pour back the sidewalk, relocate all the stones, and we are going to do some landscaping repairs from the flooding last year. We are going to have everything back in order by the anniversary date of 232.”The monument features a sculpture of Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Nielsen of the 185th Air National Guard carrying young Spencer Bailey from the crash wreckage. A photo of Nielson carrying Bailey from the wreckage gained nationwide attention.