Kate Steinle’s Illegal Alien Murderer Goes Free

first_imgKate Steinle’s Illegal Alien Murderer Goes FreeWritten By Dr. Richard Moss, Candidate For CongressJasper, IN: Dr. Richard Moss, candidate for Congress, had sharp words for so called “sanctuary” cities.“We should call them ‘rogue’ or ‘lawless’ cities or ‘criminal sanctuary’ cities because they provide sanctuary for illegal alien criminals who prey upon American citizens.”“Jose Zarate is a criminal illegal alien. He has been deported five times. He has been convicted of seven felonies since 1991. ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) officials asked San Francisco authorities to release him into their custody, but because San Francisco is a so-called ‘sanctuary’ city, they refused. Instead he was sent out into the streets and killed Kate Steinle.”“The San Francisco jury, which was not told of the seven felony charges, found him not guilty of murder and not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. They found him guilty of possession of a firearm. Because he had served 2 years in a county jail awaiting trial, he may be released for time served.”“Can American citizens get justice in this country? Why are criminal illegal aliens who have already committed a crime upon entering the country illegally, and then go on to commit other more serious crimes as Zarate did, given every protection and safeguard while Americans are treated as second class citizens?”“It is a scandal and a stain on the federal government and the Republican Party that 16 years after 9/11 we have not secured our southern border. This is a law and order issue. It is a national security issue. A government’s first obligation is to protect its citizens, but not apparently when it comes to illegal aliens.”“It is time to help American dreamers. It is time for American citizens to step out of the shadows. It is time for illegal aliens to be deported. We must secure our southern border and build a wall. We must implement e-verify, visa tracking, and employer sanctions. We must defund lawless, criminal, ‘sanctuary’ cities and deputize local and state law enforcement to help ICE enforce our nation’s immigration laws not skirt them. If necessary, we should federalize the national guards of states like California or send federal troops in to impose federal law as has been done multiple times in the past including by President Eisenhower who sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce the Supreme Court’s ‘Brown’ decision. We must end the scourge of illegal immigration. We are obligated to American citizens not to illegal aliens.”“Kate Steinle died in her father’s arms because an illegal alien who had been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies shot her. She said to her Dad, just before expiring, ‘Help me, Daddy.’ Kate and hundreds of other American citizens have died at the hands of illegal aliens because Democrats want more votes and Republicans want more money (from the cheap labor lobby). They are unwilling to defend this country. They cover themselves in shame.”Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.FOOTNOTES: For more information visit RMoss4Congress.com. Contact us at [email protected] Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.This article was  posted by the City County Observer without opinion, bias or editing?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: UK-Southern African trade: boosting UK and African economies

first_imgTrade Minister George Hollingbery said: this support can take the form of loans, guarantees and insurance to help UK exporters win, fulfill and get paid for exports, and offer their overseas buyers attractive financing terms alongside high-quality goods and services UK Export Finance, the UK’s export credit agency, provides export finance support, to ensure no viable export fails due to lack of finance or insurance from the private sector this announcement follows substantial increases to UK Export Finance’s appetite for 10 African markets over the last 18 months, as well as the introduction of support in 16 African countries About UK Export Finance: This week’s visit with the Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of the UK increasing trade with our partners in Southern Africa, through transitioning existing trade arrangements, supporting exporters and reducing barriers to trade. Our trade relationship with the region is already worth £10 billion, and trade is a key driver of economic growth for both Southern Africa and the UK and will support UK producers and value chains, as well opening up new markets for UK exporters. Today’s announcement is the most advanced statement of progress to date with around 40 existing EU trade agreements that the UK is transitioning, and an important step in positioning the UK as a global champion of free trade and development. Strengthening our partnerships with Southern African nations demonstrates that the UK is committed to deepening our relationships across the world as part of our Global Britain vision. The UK-Southern African Economic Partnership Agreement is a key element of a package of measures to boost African growth outlined by the Prime Minister, who highlighted that Africa’s long-term success matters to the UK, so it is in the world’s interest to help secure African jobs and growth.Trade Minister George Hollingbery, who is joining Theresa May for her Africa visit, met with his counterpart from Botswana, who represented the trade ministers from the 5 Southern African Customs Union countries (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini (Swaziland)) and Mozambique.Today in Cape Town, Minister Hollingbery and Minister Kenewendo signed a joint statement confirming that our trade agreement will be ready to enter into force as soon as the EU deal no longer applies to the UK. This means that UK consumers will be able to continue to enjoy Southern African wine, tea and fruits, among other popular goods, helping to support Southern African producers and exporters.Further, UK businesses will continue to be able export goods including cars, motor parts and pharmaceutical products into Southern African economies – the overall trading relationship between the UK and these countries is worth nearly £10 billion annually.This is one part of a package of trade measures to bring the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK to Africa, a continent that is home to 16% of the world’s people but just 3% foreign direct investment and 3% of global goods trade.Other measures, which are all part of the UK’s new and distinctive offer to work alongside, invest in, and partner with African nations for our mutual benefit, include: the UK government has made an extra £5.5 billion in support from UK Export Finance available to 8 markets across Africa, supporting UK-Africa trade – this includes Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia a new Prosperity Fund programme of up to £8 million will support implementation of the new UK-Southern African Economic Partnership Agreement – the funding will increase trade with and within Southern Africa by helping to remove barriers to trade, and in doing so expand import and export opportunities for UK and African businesseslast_img read more

Twiddle Adds Third Set With Robert Randolph To 4/20 Show, Announces Free Webcast

first_imgUpcoming Twiddle Dates4.20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel4.21 State College, PA – The State Theatre4.24 Columbia, MO – Columbia, MO (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)4.25 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)4.26 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)4.27 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)4.28 Omaha, NE – Slowdown (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong)5.2 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Kitchen Dwellers)View Tour Dates Twiddle is gearing up for their 4/20 show at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel this upcoming Saturday, and has sweetened the deal for both those who can and cannot make it.Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Word) has been added to the show as a guest for an extra special set. So, fans will be treated to three sets during the “Weed Day” throwdown.Additionally, fans at home are invited to join the fun with a free webcast. While the live stream is free, there will be a digital “Donation Button” so viewers can show their support for the band’s non-profit organization, the White Light Foundation. Currently, the WLF is focusing efforts on helping those on the front lines of the opioid crisis.For tickets to Saturday’s show, as well as a full list of upcoming Twiddle dates–including next week’s Road To Red Rocks with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

Harvard encourages community to shop local this season

first_imgHarvard University and the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) are teaming up again this holiday season to encourage the Harvard community to “think Harvard Square” and shop locally.Harvard President Drew Faust, members of the Harvard community, and the Harvard Square Business Association will kick off the annual Crimson Shops Local effort on Thursday, Dec. 2 , from 5 to 7 p.m. at Forbes Plaza outside the Holyoke Center.“The heart of Harvard Square is its unique, local stores and restaurants,” said Faust. “By shopping locally this holiday season we can support neighboring businesses and do our part to ensure our community remains vibrant.”The event will feature information and discounts to Harvard Square businesses, live music performed by Harvard students, hot cider, free Oggi’s pizza, and more.The Crimson Shops Local effort is supported by Harvard Public Affairs and Communications and Campus Services groups, in collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association.The kick-off event, ads promoting local vendors in local and campus publications, and outreach across the University are all designed to encourage the Harvard community to shop locally. Harvard Square merchants rely on people who work and study in the area for approximately 40 percent of their business. Through the combined purchasing power of thousands of staff, students, and faculty members in the area, the Harvard community can have an important local impact.In addition to the Crimson Shops Local event, other holiday events will take place in Harvard Square during the month of December. For more information, go to http://www.harvardsquare.com.last_img read more

Mouthwatering science

first_imgThe researchers and chefs who make up the science and cooking team at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences bring an analytical perspective to the food we eat.“The way we usually talk about food is about what we should or shouldn’t eat, what companies are adding to foods that are terrible for us, and the nutrition aspect,” said Tim Roth, a chemical biology graduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a content developer and teaching assistant for the HarvardX course “Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science.” “But let’s take a step back and see just what the roles of the ingredients are and how we can understand what these chemicals do.”Mixing oil, egg, and garlic to make creamy aioli — or cooking eggs to turn them from a sticky liquid to a pliable solid — is a scientific process. And SEAS, along with HarvardX and the Harvard Ed Portal, is helping clarify that process.“One of the most responsible ways to avoid hype or trends in food is to look at ingredients that you may not be familiar with and try to understand the mechanics of what these chemicals do,” Roth said. “This sets the groundwork for understanding the fuel that goes into our systems.”To get a better understanding of what makes a tasty dish, Roth and chemistry and chemical biology graduate student Charles Margarit recently transformed the Harvard Ed Portal into a lab. Attendees at “The Science of Cooking: Ice Cream & Aioli” on June 7 became familiar with not just the ingredients in the recipes they tried, but also the components of those ingredients.The workshop, taught by Roth and Margarit, was an extension of “Science & Cooking,” which is led by researchers along with prominent chefs from around the world. The free online course teaches the underlying scientific principles of food, bringing cutting-edge experiments into the kitchen. In its third offering, more than 30,000 online students are registered from more than 180 countries.At the Ed Portal, the instructors promised an evening that would “fill up all the senses — smell, sight, taste, touch, and understanding.” Attendees sat at large tables equipped with utensils, cutting boards, mortars and pestles, graduated cylinders for accurate measuring, and premeasured ingredients.Before they started cooking, participants learned about viscosity, volume fractions, and molecular structure. Instructors used diagrams of molecules and foods to shed light on ingredients, and peppered the audience with questions. Why does bread turn brown when it toasts? Why does salad dressing separate? Does dissolving more or less salt lower the freezing point to make ice cream?“We love ingredients and we love how they go into our food, but to understand how to manipulate them we need to know what they’re made of, so we look at a molecular level,” said Margarit. “The other way to know about the components of food is to know how food changes as we cook it.”Participants had the opportunity to cook collaboratively, exploring the ways ingredients come together in a stable emulsion (aioli) and a frozen emulsion (ice cream). Each 30-minute interactive lab explained the physical changes that occur within the structures of these two foods.The experiments were difficult. To create a creamy emulsion requires a tremendous amount of arm strength, Margarit said. When he showed an image of a perfect aioli made by renowned chef Nandu Jubany, one audience member sighed and said she would have to go home and try again.Leslie Heffron, a manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere YouthZone after-school program, cooks daily with her students.“We’ve made ice cream in the past but I don’t know anything about the science of making it and I want to enhance the kids’ knowledge base,” she said. “I don’t want to just have a cooking lesson, but also have a science lesson so I can experiment with ingredients and see what works, and this class is a great start.”SEAS launched its science and cooking course in 2010 for science and non-science concentrators. Its popularity inspired HarvardX to develop an online version in 2013. Casey Roehrig, project lead for HarvardX, said registrations exceeded 79,000 in both 2013 and 2015.“We have learners who are interested in how science applies to cooking, we have professionals in the food industry who utilize the course to help them think about recipes in a rigorous way, and we have people coming to the Ed Portal for an opportunity to make something and think about the science behind it,” she said. “Cooking is very experimental. People have been cooking for millions of years, but now science has brought us a different approach.”last_img read more

Financial aid help

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaPreparing for that first year of college can be overwhelming for students and parents. A free program can help make filling out the financial aid paperwork a lot less confusing.The College Goal Sunday program will take place Feb. 10 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 17 different locations across the state. To find a location near you, go to the Web site www.collegegoalsundayga.com.Parents and students should bring their latest tax information or last paycheck stub from 2007. Students 23 years old or younger should bring a parent or guardian.last_img

Tomatoes susceptible to herbicides for turf and pastures

first_imgHome gardeners often inadvertently and unknowingly damage their vegetables with herbicides. Tomatoes are especially sensitive to herbicide damage, which has become very common in recent years.Broad-leaf herbicidesHerbicides applied to lawns and hay fields contain compounds that selectively affect broad-leafed weeds, such as dandelion and thistle, but do not kill the grass. Tomatoes, grapes, peppers and other broad-leafed plants are damaged when the herbicides move from the lawns and fields into the vegetable garden. These herbicides — 2,4-D and pyridine compounds — cause the most striking damage on sensitive plants by short-circuiting the plants’ hormonal system and ability to regulate growth, said Elizabeth Little, a University of Georgia Plant Pathologist. Parallel veins and cupping are some of the symptoms in the new growth of plants affected by these herbicides.Because Georgians love tomatoes — and hate weeds, this is an issue that Extension personnel at the UGA see again and again. “People often do not understand how the herbicide was able to move into their gardens and will swear up and down that no herbicides were used, but the symptoms are distinctive,” said Little. “Unwanted herbicide can come from different sources.”Means of exposureSome of those sources are obvious. For example, herbicide sprays to the lawn can become airborne and harm plants within close proximity. Even with barely a breeze, compounds applied as sprays can drift quite far from the site of application. But there are more subtle avenues for accidental damage. In hot weather herbicide compounds on lawns can volatize, or become a gas, and eventually affect vegetables around the home.Gardeners using grass clippings as mulch should be mindful that the clippings could have been treated with herbicide.Herbicide in manureWhile most lawn herbicides will break down within a few months, some of these herbicides, especially those applied to hay fields, will persist in the environment for several years. Pyridine compounds — such as picloram, clopyralid and aminopyralid — appear to be causing the most damage in home gardens. These herbicides can reach home gardens through composted manure from animals fed with treated hay, said Little. “Horse manure is a very common source of unwanted herbicide because the hay that horses eat is very often sprayed with these persistent herbicides,” said Little, who is an Extension specialist in integrated disease management with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Growers need to be mindful about the origins of their compost and mulch. Organic farmers can even lose their certification by accidentally introducing contaminated compost from off-farm sources.“Many gardeners have stopped using horse manure, which is a shame,” said Little. She points out that horse manure is often easy to obtain and has a balanced nutrient composition. Although likely free of 2,4-D and related herbicides, poultry manure can create problems with nitrogen and phosphorous if used in excess. Ask about pasture treatmentsLittle suggests that gardeners who buy manure should ask what herbicides were applied to the pasture and to the hay that the animals consume. Anyone who grows hay should be able to provide a list of his or her herbicide treatments. Hay field herbicides are used so commonly because the farmers can have persistent problems with tough perennial weeds such as thistles and dock.“With more and more people wanting to grow their own food, I think it is something that we all need to be aware of,” said Little.Glyphosate has different symptomsGlyphosate, another herbicide often used around the home, causes different damage on tomatoes. It affects the whole plant, not just new growth, and can be identified in bleached, yellow leaves. For information on how to manage weeds in your vegetable garden, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Tainted Water

first_imgWith the summer heat and sporadic rainfall, conditions are right for farm ponds to become inundated with harmful algal blooms.Each summer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension receives reports of dogs, cattle, people and other livestock being sickened by contact with pond and lake water contaminated with cyanobacteria, an algaelike bacteria. This summer, given the drought conditions affecting much of north Georgia, Extension agents and researchers are expecting to see an uptick in harmful algal blooms. They’re asking farmers to be on the lookout.“The conditions are right to see a number of ponds with blue-green algae blooms in them,” said Dennis Hancock, a UGA Extension forage specialist. “When you have a winter with lots of rain, then no rain and then lots of sunshine, this is to be expected. … There’s not much that can be done. Farmers are going to have to let nature take its course and get their animals out of there.”In 2012, the last time Georgia experienced serious drought conditions, the death of some Gwinnett County cattle was tied to cyanobacteria bloom. Lawton Stewart, a UGA Extension animal scientist, said animals affected with the liver toxins often appear weak, exhibit muscle tremors and convulsions and have bloody diarrhea.Harmful algal blooms need sunlight, stagnant, warm water and nutrients to develop. This winter, when rain was plentiful, there were lots of nutrients — everything from lawn fertilizer to cow manure — flowing into small bodies of water. Without rain, these nutrients have only become more concentrated, making the ponds the perfect home for algae and cyanobacteria.While cyanobacteria produce toxins that are dangerous to animals and people, all algal blooms have environmental impacts, said Liz Kramer, an ecologist and water quality expert with UGA Extension. They deplete the oxygen in standing bodies of water, causing foul odors and fish kills.Cyanobacteria blooms ruin farm ponds and are hard to control. Using chemicals to kill the algal bloom will actually lead to the release of more toxins into the pond, rendering it useless as a water source for weeks or months. Likewise, high daytime temperatures can cause inversions in ponds, forcing the cyanobacteria blooms to the bottom of the pond and releasing toxins.Blooms of algae and cyanobacteria often look like green, blue-green or reddish-brown paint floating on the surface of small bodies of water, usually near the shoreline. Any color change in a pond should be regarded as suspicious.If farmers notice this type of bloom in their ponds, they should remove their livestock from the area immediately to avoid harm to the animals, Hancock said.UGA Extension recommends that farmers use clean water provided in a trough or waterer. This could be well or municipal water or water piped out of a pond that is inaccessible to the livestock. This reduces the risk to water quality, but it makes economic sense, too. Animal performance and the health of the animals are improved when water is provided in a trough, but not all farmers have adopted that practice.All members of the public are invited to report any algal bloom sightings in farm ponds, neighborhood retention ponds or lakes to UGA water quality researchers through the CyanoTRACKER app, which was developed by a team led by UGA geographer Deepak Mishra.The app, available for iPhone and Android phones, allows everyday Georgians to help track cyanobacteria blooms. Researchers can then map the topography, land use conditions and weather conditions that lead to the development of harmful algal blooms.Georgians can also submit photos and location information via Facebook and Instagram by visiting CyanoTracker.uga.edu. Researchers will then use satellite imaging data, water level data and, sometimes, site visits to investigate the bloom further.Kramer, who works with Mishra, is hoping to partner with UGA Sustainable Food Systems Initiative interdisciplinary graduate student Sam Webber, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Needs Fellowship Grant Program, to track the blooms and plot the land use and climatic conditions around each bloom site to develop a set of best practices and, ultimately, a predictive model to help farmers and water source managers avoid the blooms in the future. Being able to quantify the risk could make it easier for farmers to take on expenditures that protect their ponds, like leaving vegetative buffers around the ponds or fencing them off from livestock.“We can help people understand the risk of their land management choices to their ponds and to water quality in general,” Kramer said. “We want to say, ‘If these conditions will be present, you will more than likely see an algal bloom,’ or ‘If these conditions are present, this might not be the best time to spread chicken litter on your field.’”For more information on strategies for coping with drought on the farm or in your yard, visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Senate kerfuffle leads to impasse on tax bill, May 7 adjournment doubtful

first_imgby Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external), April 22, 2011 Senate discipline broke down last night. Instead of voting out a final version of the miscellaneous tax bill out and reading through the health care bill as planned, members engaged in a polite floor fight and went home early.After three hours of hemming and hawing in committee and private meetings over a controversial hike in the cigarette tax, the Senate gathered on the floor and went through the parliamentary motions to begin what was supposed to culminate in a debate and vote on a new cigarette tax proposal. But within the space of 20 minutes, that plan went up in smoke, along with the introduction of Sen. Anthony Pollina’s surtax on wealthy Vermonters and the second reading of the health care reform bill.The situation devolved into arcane parliamentary procedure and then premature adjournment so quickly that the turn of events even took veteran statehouse observers by surprise.One minute, the 30-member body was set to vote on what was purported to be final version of the long-awaited the tax bill. The next, a minority group of senators blocked suspension of the rules to move the legislation forward. (Sen. Ginnie Lyons, D-Chittenden, moved to reconsider H.436, the tax bill. Sen. Mark MacDonald reminded the body of Rule 73: A motion to reconsider cannot be made on the same day of consideration without a suspension of the rules. The majority needed three-quarters of the vote to suspend the rules: It failed to muster the necessary 22 votes.)Meanwhile, Sen. Anthony Pollina, D-Washington, attempted to introduce his ‘surtax on the rich’ amendment and was told he was out of order (it was a rookie mistake ‘ he didn’t realize he was inadvertently elbowing Lyons’ amendment out of the way).Once Lyons’ motion on the tax bill failed, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell tried to get the situation under control by insisting that the body move forward with the second reading of the health care reform bill. Another minority group spontaneously formed (including a number of members of Senate Finance who were angry that the tax bill was passed over) ‘ expressly to scuttle action on the health care legislation.Campbell responded by calling for immediate adjournment, an early morning floor session on Good Friday and a rare Monday Senate session. Members interpreted this declaration as a form of retaliation and at that point balked openly.Privately, senators accused Campbell of driving them too hard. (Senate Appropriations met on Monday, and each night this week, the Senate has held late sessions, after long days in committee.)Several members said they couldn’t possibly meet on Monday. ‘We are a citizen legislature maintaining day jobs,’ Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, said.‘People aren’t talking to each other,’ Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, said. ‘Communication has broken down.’Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, chalked up the kerfuffle to a disgruntled bipartisan minority. Campbell’s reaction, he said, was appropriate. ‘It’s quite normal for the parliamentary leader to control the schedule,’ Galbraith said.But did he? That remains to be seen. A number of the members came out of the Green Room sputtering or headed for the exit.Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, said the dissension is between liberal and conservative Democrats over taxes. Earlier in the day, the Senate in a 16-14 vote rejected a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase.In a statement on the tax issue, Shumlin said: ‘I am pleased that the Senate voted to reduce the increase in the cigarette tax from the initial proposal of $1 per pack to 53 cents per pack ‘ a step in the right direction — and rejected a call to raise the income tax. I continue to believe that Vermont’s problem isn’t that taxes are too low, but that taxes are too high.”‘It’s hard to control a super majority,’ Mullin quipped. ‘Unless they get their act together, we’re not going to get out of here before May 7.’ Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

IAAFA Hosts First Female Dominican Republic Combat Pilot

first_img Taking a break from catching drug dealers, Capt. Maria Tejada-Quintana came to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to attend the Inter-American Squadron Officer School (ISOS) at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), graduating on December 12, 2012, with 278 fellow IAAFA students. Tejada-Quintana claims the title of the first female combat pilot for her country, the Dominican Republic. She is well trained for flying interdiction missions aimed at stopping narcotrafficking over the Caribbean Sea, while monitoring the border with Haiti in an Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Her instructor said that she was at IAAFA for a reason, and highlighted that she was one of the top students in her class. “She is a trailblazer, opening roads for others [aspiring pilots] while overcoming challenges,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Omayra Genao, Professional Military Education instructor and ISOS program director. “It’s been an honor to have her here as a student, to be a part of history and witness it.” The ISOS curriculum prepares officers for further responsibilities as they move up in rank, and is professional military training required for promotion. Students are taught theoretical aspects of leadership, critical thinking, team building, and mentoring techniques, and are provided opportunities to practice those skills throughout the training. Tejada-Quintana decided to pursue a career as a pilot and become combat-rated during her third year of college at the Dominican Republic Air Force Academy “Batalla de las Carreras.” Her brother, Dominican Republic Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Juan Dario Tejada-Quintana, was also studying at the academy. She said it was he who inspired her to be the first female to join the all-male combat pilot corps. She followed in her brother’s footsteps and graduated in 2005, securing a slot in the Dominican Republic’s Air Force Pilot Training School. Currently the Dominican Republic’s Air Force has six women pilots flying: three in the Transportation Squadron, two in the Search and Rescue Squadron and one in the Combat Squadron. There are a total of 178 pilots in the country’s Air Force. Tejada-Quintana explained that she had to sacrifice free time to study and prove herself throughout her training. “There are no obstacles that cannot be overcome with strength, will, and a lot of studying. The reason I have made it this far is because I made personal sacrifices and concentrated on my goals,” she said. “From here, she will go back to her squadron and continue flying the Super Tucano,” Genao said. “But what she learned in this course will help her pursue leadership goals well beyond the airplane. It is about being a team leader, understanding the mission, and demonstrating an unwavering commitment to her fellow airmen, her senior leaders, and her country. In addition, in her unique position as Dominican Republic’s first female fighter pilot, Tejada-Quintana is a role model.” By Dialogo February 12, 2013 Maria Tejada, an example to follow in our nation… Congratulations! My grandfather Juan Tejera, General pilot of the FAD, my uncles instructor pilots, my father, mechanic of aviation; I have seen all this since I was a child and I love aviation… I will complete my university studies and I will register in the Academy of Aviation immediately!last_img read more