24Hendrick MotorsportsJeff Gordon 17Roush Fenway RacingRicky Stenhouse Jr. 39Stewart Haas RacingRyan Newman Robust roster of 35 Sprint Cup teams set for three-day test Car No.Team NameDriver 16Roush Fenway RacingGreg Biffle 21Wood Bros RacingTrevor Bayne 55Michael Waltrip RacingMark Martin PRESEASON THUNDER BROADCAST SCHEDULESprint Cup Series testing; all times EasternLive stream: Watch Preseason Thunder morning sessions on SPEEDtv.comThursday, Jan. 109 a.m.-noon – SPEEDtv.com1 p.m.-5 p.m. – SPEEDFriday, Jan. 119 a.m.-noon – SPEEDtv.com1 p.m.-5 p.m. – SPEEDSaturday, Jan. 129 a.m.-noon – SPEEDtv.com1 p.m.-5 p.m. – SPEED The entry list, which includes defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, was released Tuesday by NASCAR in advance of Thursday’s opening day of the three-day test at Daytona International Speedway.The test session features seven hours of testing each day, providing teams the chance to shake down the sixth-generation Sprint Cup car that will make its competition debut on the 2.5-mile oval next month. A select number of teams will participate in the newly renamed Sprint Unlimited (formerly the Budweiser Shootout) on Feb. 16 as a prelude to the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 — NASCAR’s crown jewel race.The test, which includes a fan festival and autograph session for spectators, will mark the first laps for the Gen-6 car on a restrictor-plate track since October’s one-day session at 2.66-mile Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. SPEED will broadcast live coverage of testing on all three days from 1 to 5 p.m. ET, and have live streaming coverage here from 9 a.m. to noon ET each day.Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing will have the most representation at the three-day event with four teams each in attendance.While the Hendrick contingent will comprise its four full-time drivers from last season, the Childress bunch will include an extra entry for Austin Dillon, last year’s top rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.Dillon is scheduled to make his Daytona 500 debut and compete in a handful of Sprint Cup races this season in preparation for a full-time ride in NASCAR’s premier series in 2014.While Keselowski returns with the same crew chief, car owner and car number all intact, the Roger Penske-owned championship team will continue to bond with new teammate Joey Logano and adjust to a switch in manufacturers. Penske changed from Dodge to Ford in the offseason, returning to the blue oval fold after a 10-year absence.See below for the complete preliminary entry list: 88Hendrick MotorsportsDale Earnhardt Jr. 99Roush Fenway RacingCarl Edwards 95Leavine Family RacingScott Speed 42EGRJuan Pablo Montoya 5Hendrick MotorsportsKasey Kahne 36Tommy Baldwin RacingDave Blaney 11Joe Gibbs RacingDenny Hamlin 20Joe Gibbs RacingMatt Kenseth A total of 35 cars make up the preliminary entry list for this week’s Preseason Thunder, the first on-track activity for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. 31Richard Childress RacingJeff Burton 47JTG-Daugherty RacingBobby Labonte 33Richard Childress RacingAustin Dillon 9Richard Petty MotorsportsMarcos Ambrose 83BK RacingTravis Kvapil/David Reutimann 14Stewart Haas RacingTony Stewart 15Michael Waltrip RacingClint Bowyer 10Stewart Haas RacingDanica Patrick 18Joe Gibbs RacingKyle Busch 29Richard Childress RacingKevin Harvick 43Richard Petty MotorsportsAric Almirola 51Phoenix RacingRegan Smith 38Front Row MotorsportsJosh Wise 48Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie Johnson 22Penske RacingJoey Logano 56Michael Waltrip RacingMartin Truex 27Richard Childress RacingPaul Menard 78Furniture Row RacingKurt Busch 2Penske RacingBrad Keselowski 1Earnhardt Ganassi RacingJamie McMurray 13Germain RacingCasey Mears
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 14, 2018 An important job of the Mexican Defense Department (SEDENA, in Spanish) is coming to the aid of other countries hit by natural disasters. Procedures for Plan DNIII-E are designed for both domestic and international operations to ensure the safety of people facing unexpected dangerous events. “Humanitarian aid is provided under a coordination and cooperation scheme with the authorities of the affected sister nation,” said Army Major Juan Manuel Corral Hernández, chief of the Risk Management Group under the Civil Protection subsection of SEDENA’s general staff. “Either the Mexican government offers the support, or the president of the affected nation requests it directly from our country,” he told Diálogo. The natural disaster relief plan in support of civilians is connected to the Mexican National Civil Protection System. The plan sets general guidelines and arranges for the deployment of Mexican Army and Air Force personnel and assets for timely help to populations affected by a disaster. “We contributed with search, rescue, and assistance tasks, debris removal, helped civil authorities, managed shelters, reestablished lines of communication, evacuations, and medical aid,” Major Gabriel Medina Zamora, Mexican Air Force (FAM, in Spanish) pilot, told Diálogo. “Mexico always responds immediately with humanitarian aid to our sister nations.” Plan DNIII-E, in effect since 1996, has three phases: prevention, aid, and recovery. Its relief force is made up of two components: the land component, comprising engineers, specialized personnel, and state-of-the-art heavy machinery; and the air component, comprising fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. “To date [May 2018], our specialized personnel lent support on 42 occasions in 20 different countries,” said Maj. Corral. “The Mexican government sends response teams from the Navy, Army, FAM, Federal Police and Civil Protection, along with equipment to provide support to countries hit with disasters, particularly earthquakes and floods.” Give and take The Mexican Armed Forces are always ready to help partner nations or any country in need. “We don’t pay attention to a person’s nationality; if requested, they are provided the help we can provide,” said Maj. Medina. “We do it with pleasure through the procedures of Plan DNIII-E, in coordination with the armed forces and other authorities of affected nations.” Mexico deployed its civilian and military personnel on humanitarian aid missions after the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010. It was also there after the tsunamis in Indonesia in 2004 and Japan in 2011, Hurricane Katrina in the United States in 2005, Hurricane Mitch in Central America in 1998, as well as during the recent forest fire in Nicaragua in April 2018. On that occasion, Mexico sent a FAM helicopter with two Bambi Buckets with a 2,000-liter water capacity, along with their respective crews, at the request of the Nicaraguan government. The teams supported the extinguishing work in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, where a fire destroyed more than 5,000 hectares of forest. Mexico also showed its solidarity to the Ecuadorean people. In 2017, Mexico sent a Boeing 727 belonging to the Federal Police, along with a contingent of Federal Police officers, troops from the Army, FAM, and the Navy, and personnel from the Mexican Red Cross and Civil Protection. The teams supported victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Andean nation on April 16th. “Every aid mission is a new experience; it’s difficult to describe because you see people suffering a lot. What matters is to show solidarity to those who need it at times when your strength is put to the test,” Senior Airman Rafael Cisneros, a FAM pilot, told Diálogo. He participated in the search and rescue efforts in Ecuador after the 2017 earthquake and performed reconnaissance work and damage assessments. The international community also showed solidarity with Mexico after the earthquakes in September 2017. More than 20 partner nations assisted in rescue work with specialized professional units and heavy equipment. Military and commercial airplanes contributed with transport so equipment and support could be used promptly. “Giving and receiving is a show of solidarity,” said Maj. Medina. Joining forces “Since natural phenomena don’t respect borders, we have to join forces and be prepared,” said Senior Airman Cisneros. The number of natural disasters greatly increased over the past decade. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, each disaster puts the lives of millions of civilians in danger. The training and education allow for standardization of tasks so that national and international institutions can operate efficiently and jointly. “Those of us who participate in humanitarian aid missions operate under international standards,” Senior Airman Mario Alberto Rosas García, a member of FAM’s Human Rescue Team, told Diálogo. “Military units that help during natural disasters are certified. They are in excellent physical condition and know how to work under pressure as a team.” “Mexico trained, organized, and prepared personnel and armed forces to provide assistance to the civilian population, whether domestically or abroad,” Maj. Corral concluded. “Often, officers from other countries are trained in the application of Plan DNIII-E and in the Civilian Protection Course at the Mexican Army College.”
82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointThe lower level of the property is dedicated to leisure and entertainment, featuring an open-plan living space with a kitchenette, and glass doors to a covered balcony looking to the water. From here, there is access to an infinity pool and landscaped gardens, and the bay beyond.Further highlights of this modern residence include Crimsafe windows, an alarm system, solid timber internal doors and an established shed with space for kayaks, water skis and other equipment.Place Bulimba agent Shannon Harvey said the Wellington Point property captured 180-degree views of paradise and was positioned on a 923sq m block at the end of a cul-de-sac. CH 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointFive bedrooms with rich timber floors are spread across the floorplan for space and privacy, with the main bedroom residing on the upper floor. This luxury space boasts a walk-in dressing room, an elegant ensuite with dual vanities, and glass doors to a waterfront deck. A walkway with glass balustrades connects the main suite to a landing with two other bedrooms. Serviced by a central bathroom, each has built-in wardrobes, while one also offers access to a private balcony. 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoInside, the kitchen also shares the open-plan space and contains granite benchtops, quality appliances, two-pack joinery, a walk-in pantry, double sink and a ‘floor flap’, which allows swept-up spills to be taken into the ducted vacuum system. 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointTHIS tri-level contemporary residence at 82 Douro Rd, Wellington Point, sits along the waters’ edge and offers uninterrupted scenic vistas of Moreton Bay.Constructed only six years ago, the house has a clean, contemporary design encompassing five bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as plenty of space for living and entertainment.A set of double doors invites entry into a foyer and an atrium on the middle level. Beyond, the main living hub is light and airy with porcelain floor tiles, high ceilings and extensive glass, with the water views providing an impressive backdrop. From both the lounge and dining areas there is direct access to a covered balcony, ideal for outdoor dining with its glass balustrades and bay orientation.