Hoboken mayor announces new city spokesman

first_img× HOBOKEN– Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced Friday that he has appointed Santiago Melli-Huber as the city spokesman, beginning March 28. He is the younger brother of former city spokesman Juan Melli. His official title will be communications manager.Melli left his role on March 5 and has since joined Mercury, a global, bipartisan public strategy firm, as a vice president.“I welcome Santiago to my administration and I thank him for stepping up to serve our community,” said Bhalla. “Santiago will play a key role in connecting city government with the Hoboken community at large. I look forward to him helping move the city forward.”Santiago Melli-Huber most recently worked as an on-air TV reporter for an NBC affiliate. He earned a B.A. in Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and a Masters in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.Melli-Huber’s prior experience also includes freelance reporting for the Washington Blade and managing communications for the national non-profit Hispanic Heritage Foundation.“I am looking forward to serving the city of Hoboken and bringing new ideas for improving communications with residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Melli-Huber.last_img read more

IAAFA Extends Courses to Central and South American and Caribbean Countries

first_img It is obvious and indisputable the amazement of Mrs. Romero from Honduras regarding the life experience in Texas. The experience of touching ground, living the weather, breathing the air, interpreting the signals and listening to the voice is above any well illustrated document. With regard to infrastructure, because Honduras not only lacks this type of services, without doubt, it covers all the Central American Region and much of the Southern Cone. Good evening, I belong to the military personnel in the Argentinian Air Force and would like to know the courses available to take at IAAFA and how I can apply for a vacancy.Thanks in advance. I look forward to your prompt reply. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED AND THE DATES FOR EACH KIND OF COURSE Good afternoon. I belong to the Colombian Army’s Aviation unit and I would like to know if there are courses at the IAAFA for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponry and inspectors. I would appreciate if you would let me know in which countries of the world these courses are held for this personnel. Thank you very much.Course for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponryCourse for inspectors of aerial weaponry I am in the Argentine Air Force and would like to know about the catalogue of courses available to take in the IAAFAThanking you in advance. I await your quick response. Training managers from 15 Central and South American and Caribbean countries attended the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) Training Manager Conference on July 16-17 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. IAAFA works to foster enduring engagements with Latin American countries through education and training in fields such as aircraft structural maintenance and others where military service members may need capacity building. Military students from more than 20 countries in the Americas routinely attend courses at the IAAFA campus, thanks in part to the guidance their countries’ training managers, who coordinate any sort of capacity building their respective military forces may need. The conference, with 20 training managers in attendance from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay was critical in presenting an in-depth picture of the 34 courses offered, course overviews from each instructor, and briefings to better explain the IAAFA experience. “Attending this conference has given me a better idea and more thorough explanation of what IAAFA can offer us,” said Ritza Romero, a training manager from Honduras. “Without coming here, I can read a course description in the catalog, but I can’t explain to them what to expect as students,” Romero said. “I now know exactly how to prepare students when they are sent to an IAAFA course – from what to anticipate getting off the plane, to courses and simulators, to hospitality,” she said. “We were able to experience everything that our students will when they come here.” Romero said as a training manager, part of her job is to understand IAAFA course descriptions, help match students with needed courses, and even help prepare them for travel to the U.S. Attending this conference makes those aspects of her job much easier. “Although we provide a catalog, an interactive website, and are open any time for questions, the work the training managers provide can’t be duplicated,” said Col. Marc Stratton, IAAFA commandant. “Seeing first-hand each of the courses, talking to the instructors and actually handling some of the training aids that we use cannot be done virtually.” The last training manager conference was held in 2008. Since then, IAAFA has moved into a new facility, acquired different training aids, an additional aircraft, and modernized several courses. The conference served as an opportunity to update the training managers on improvements and changes that have taken place at IAAFA in the four years since. “There is a huge difference in IAAFA,” Romero said. “With the new building and improvements… I wish we had something like this back home for training. This was a very rewarding opportunity to see what IAAFA has to offer.” By Dialogo August 03, 2012last_img read more

Newcastle hopeful of swift progress

first_imgNewcastle are in a hurry to tie up their top summer transfer targets after signalling a new era at St James’ Park. Press Association The Magpies had been putting out feelers long before Steve McClaren’s appointment as head coach was confirmed on Wednesday evening, and they are hopeful of making swift progress. Press Association Sport understands the club is closing in on top target Charlie Austin, although the QPR striker, who is currently on international duty with England after scoring 18 Barclays Premier League goals last season, will be much sought after. He told the Chronicle: “Every club has their heroes and past legends. I came from Derby and they had Cloughie (Brian Clough), and you must never forget them. You aspire to that. “Newcastle has terrific history and tradition and at every club, I used to tell the players the aim was to get your photos up on the walls with people saying, ‘You were the team that did that’. “You want to be the ones that people talk about through the years. I tell the players, ‘We want you there on walls’.” No deal is yet in place, but there is optimism on Tyneside that agreement can be reached. Attacking options are high on the Magpies’ list of priorities, with strikers and a left-sided midfielder understood to be their main focus after owner Mike Ashley signalled his intention to loosen the purse strings. West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Hull midfielder Tom Ince are among the names which interest them, while former frontman Andy Carroll has never been very far from their thoughts since the day he left St James’ Park. But while there will be a greater emphasis on men with experience of British football, chief scout Graham Carr will not abandon the continental market completely, and reports from the Netherlands have linked Newcastle with Wolfsburg’s Holland international frontman Bas Dost, while PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is also figuring in their thoughts. In addition, there have been positive noises from Moussa Sissoko’s camp in recent days after months of speculation that the France midfielder could leave the club during the close season. McClaren, who arrived without fanfare but is hoping to make an early impact with a statement of intent, is also keen to have his coaching staff in place within days after the departures of John Carver and Steve Stone earlier this week. Paul Simpson, with whom he worked at Derby, has been tipped to follow the 54-year-old to Tyneside, but compensation could yet prove an issue, while the former England boss is also looking at young coaches with successful playing careers behind them who can inspire his new-look squad. But whatever the make-up of his staff and squad when the transfer window closes, McClaren has challenged his players to make history at a club which has not won a trophy since 1969 and not tasted domestic success for 14 years longer. last_img read more