Armed Forces of Argentina and Chile Bolster Ties at Bilateral Meeting

first_imgBy Dialogo July 13, 2015 Additionally, they established planning protocols for the Civil Protection Operation Joint Exercises, which is known as ANDES. The purpose of ANDES is to train Troops to conduct search and rescue patrols in mountains and in extreme climate zones. Argentina and Chile have been engaging in joint exercises to improve natural disaster response training since 2001. For example, in October 2014, Chile and Argentina participated in a simulation of a natural catastrophe in the city of Valdivia as part of their “Solidarity Exercise 2014.” Simulation systems Chile’s delegation was led by International Relations Director Brigadier General Juan González and included 25 high-ranking officers, including the director of the National Military College; meanwhile, the Argentinian group was led by Army Brigadier General Carlos Alberto Podio, and included five colonels and a lieutenant colonel. “These periodic meetings bring our visions together regarding the global, regional and bilateral realities,” said Juan Belikow, a foreign affairs, defense and international security professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, adding that the Mutual Confidentiality Measures (MCMs) they’ve established “have been key to creating trust between the Armies of Argentina and Chile.” “The exchange of knowledge and experiences between the two neighboring Armies allows us to enrich and deepen our professional knowledge on topics…faced by the Armed Forces of the two countries,” the Chilean International Relations Directorate reported, adding that it also creates opportunities for “joint projects that reduce costs and need to employ fewer people for a specific task.” Such joint Military operations are crucial in the fight against regional concerns such as transnational criminal organizations. Bilateral and Multilateral relationships and combined training events such as those promoted by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are key to effectively countering shared threats. According to Belikow, “Transnational organized crime organizations are looking today for a south-south route to enter northern countries, leaving through Africa and Asia…thanks to the effective efforts of SOUTHCOM and the cooperation of the region’s Armed Forces, the north-south route is now more difficult.” increasing cooperation between the Chilean Army Combined Arms Units (UACs) and Argentina’s Large Battle and Combat Units; managing their contingents of reserve Soldiers; and best practices to communicate and verify functions and control between the Armed Forces of the two countries; center_img increasing intelligence functions in support of civil protection operations (in response to natural disasters and other catastrophes). One example of this cooperation is the Joint Combined Peace Force known as Southern Cross, which is a Brigade composed of Armed Forces personnel from both countries that is at the disposal of the United Nations. Southern Cross is the result of an MCM. The meeting also strengthened ties between the Argentine Army’s War College (ESG) and the Chilean Army’s War Academy (ACAGUE). Officials from both Military colleges agreed to study their respective master’s programs for future officer exchanges. Bolstering cooperation The two countries also agreed to conduct various Engineering Corps exchanges and apprenticeships involving both Armies. During the meeting, Military officials from the two countries created several Bilateral Working Groups (GTBs), which worked out understandings and treaties on a range of topics, including: They gathered in Santiago from June 15-19 for the XV Bilateral Meeting of the Army Staff Offices of Chile and Argentina to “discuss topics of mutual interest and exchange experiences on their views of the professional sphere” the Chilean Army International Relations Directorate told Diálogo — in particular, to discuss training approaches for Soldiers learning to to provide public safety for civilian populations. The meeting was also held to establish “a cooperation program between the two Armies for 2016, with a view to generating new agreements and initiatives.” Military representatives from Argentina and Chile bolstered ties between the two countries when they met during a recent bilateral meeting. last_img read more

Kukulkán Again Patrols the Pacific Ocean

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo January 18, 2017 The Pacific Ocean is the strategic center of gravity for multiple global concerns, such as security. It is against this backdrop that the naval academies of several countries train their future officers to meet new defense challenges at sea. In late November 2016, the Guatemalan Naval Academy fired up the engines of the warship Kukulkán with 41 crew members aboard, including officers, petty officers, cadets, and technical staff from the Guatemalan Navy. One of the main academic goals of the exercise was to expand the students’ knowledge by sharing experiences with their counterparts from other navies in the region. In December, the training ship moored at La Unión Naval Base, to the east of the city of San Salvador, as part of its final exercise for 2016. Frigate Captain Maynor Joel Perdomo, commander of the Kukulkán training ship, highlighted the importance of that type of training. “Training our future navy sailors on how to maintain security along our shores, and knowing how other nations such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, or Panama do that, is a priority because we have the joint regional task of combating threats, and all of us need to be prepared and know how to work as a team.” The security of the Pacific coasts is the first order of business for the service members of this Central American isthmus, as organized transnational criminal organizations use its waters as a corridor to move shipments of drugs from South America to the United States. “The development of these cruises benefits both countries [Guatemala and El Salvador], because it allows us to refine all of the logistics that we set in motion in cases where teamwork comes into play. Our naval forces in this region are in coordination to fight problems as serious as illicit trafficking,” Captain Exón Ascencio Albeño, commanding officer of La Unión Naval Base, explained to Diálogo. “It was very meaningful for us to learn the procedures for bringing a cruiser into port and attending to the technicalities of its arrival, putting our logistics into action,” said Navy Cadet Eduardo López, a representative of the Naval Academy of El Salvador. “We also heard about certain lessons that our colleagues have had on the high seas, and that gives us a frame of reference for launching our own cruise.” For his part, Capt. Albeño added that “the good relations between both countries and our technical cooperation in fighting against these emerging threats keep the Salvadoran cadets motivated. Our cadets are always interested in learning how our neighboring countries’ navies meet security challenges on the high seas.” Lighthouses in the Pacific The experience of welcoming their foreign peers fuels the students’ confidence in the skills learned in the classroom. “It is important to practice all kinds of navigation — dead reckoning, coastal, electronic, and astronomical navigation — because we use different equipment for each one, and they are all key to getting from one point to another,” said Cadet Carlos Castillo, a representative of the Guatemalan Naval Academy. Members of the crew aboard the 105-foot-long Kukulkán explained to Diálogo how they put their sky navigation into practice, as well as the skills of electronic navigation, equipment operation, diesel mechanics, gunnery, alarm control, and the laws as they apply to the onboard search and rescue vessels and in maritime interdiction and boarding. “We have spoken with our Salvadoran colleagues about the importance of practicing all kinds of navigation, depending on your specialty, because you might be called on to use it at any time,” said Navy Cadet Manuel Guerra, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. “Teamwork is essential, especially because different naval specialties come together aboard ship, and each person carries out a special function.” The instructors allowed them to be in control of the machinery so they could better assess the cadets. “It is a huge challenge for all of us to be here facing these conditions at sea, which can change from one moment to the next and where you can show what was learned in the classroom,” said Navy Cadet Cecilia Castillo, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. For the students, each deployment represents a new learning experience about the various naval technologies at their disposal. “This visit is hugely important because we can learn other nations’ academic curriculum of the high seas. And we take in those new bits of learning, which can reinforce our own experience,” Capt. Albeño noted. The excellent relationship between both military institutions allows for these kinds of activities to be developed. The Naval Training and Education Center of the Salvadoran Navy is already planning cruises for 2017 that will no doubt offer a new opportunity to show their mettle against the ocean and meet the responsibility of ensuring security in their waters.last_img read more

HHS to share $225 million for pandemic readiness

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was expanded Jul 13 to include additional information on how the HHS funds can be used and when they will be awarded.Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced plans to distribute $225 million to states for pandemic influenza preparedness, the second round of grants for that purpose this year.The money will be apportioned to all 50 states, four urban areas—New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles County—and US territories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The money comes from $350 million in emergency money passed by Congress in December, HHS officials said. In January the agency announced it would pass out $100 million in the first round of grants from that appropriation.Congress approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic preparedness in December, in response to President Bush’s request last fall for $7.1 billion. Lawmakers authorized another $2.3 billion in June.The $100 million in grants announced in January was intended to help states prepare and test pandemic response plans and identify gaps in preparedness, HHS said. The $225 million is to be used to begin addressing the gaps, the agency said.For some examples of how the money will be used, states will plan and test how they will make decisions about school closings, manage bans on public gatherings, and run mass clinics to give vaccinations or dispense antiviral drugs, according to Von Roebuck, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is administering the grants.States and other jurisdictions are currently receiving guidance from the CDC, and they are required to submit a plan for how they will use the money in line with the guidance, Roebuck told CIDRAP News.”August 31 is when their information is due back to us, and that’s also the award date for the funding,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a plan for how they’re going to use the money, but the availability is almost immediate in August.”In announcing the grants, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt referred to the pandemic flu “summit meetings” he attended around the country earlier this year. “These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local, tribal, territorial and state public health officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” he said.The new grants range from $832,392 for Wyoming to $17.6 million for California. Amounts for the urban areas range from $859,299 for Washington, DC, to $6.98 million for Los Angeles County.See also: Jul 11 HHS news releaseHHS table of grant amountshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/allocation.htmlJan 12, 2006, CIDRAP News story “States to share $100 million for pandemic planning”last_img read more

Bracknell retail plan delayed by feud

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Euroseas Buys Containership Quartet

first_imgGreek ship owner and operator Euroseas has entered into agreements to acquire four secondhand 4,253 TEU containerships.As informed, the vessels will be bought from companies controlled by Synergy Holdings Limited for about USD 40 million.According to Euroseas, the acquisition will be financed by bank debt, existing funds of the company and USD 6 million raised in private placements. As a result of the private placements, the company will have issued approximately 8.45 million new common shares at a price of USD 0.71 per share representing about 19% of the Euroseas’ ownership after the acquisition.Built in South Korea, the ships in question are the 2009-built Synergy Busan, the 2008-built Synergy Antwerp, the 2009-built Synergy Oakland and the 2009-built Synergy Keelung. The company will also assume the charters the vessels are currently under.As part of the transaction, the company has agreed to acquire certain management services of Synergy Marine Limited for the next three years. Andreas Papathomas, Chairman of Synergy Holdings Limited, has joined the Board of Directors of Euroseas.Euroseas has also agreed to issue an additional USD 0.5 million in shares of its common stock to Synergy Holdings Limited if certain conditions are fulfilled in one year.One of the vessels was handed over to Euroseas on November 18 while the remaining three are expected to be delivered within a week subject to certain closing conditions being met.“Euroseas believes that the addition of the four vessels will add in excess of USD 5 million to the company’s EBITDA over the next twelve months and reduce the average age of its fleet by approximately 2 years,” the company said.Following the completion of the ship quartet acquisition, Euroseas’ fleet will reach 19 units which are all, except one, feeder and intermediate containerships. “We are very pleased to announce again today another transformative transaction for Euroseas following the four vessels we acquired in August 2019. This time, we have agreed to acquire four additional vessels of average age of about 11 years, not only expanding our fleet but also renewing it by reducing its average age by about 2 years,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, commented.“This is a significant transaction for the company as it takes a meaningful presence in the Panamax markets. The transaction validates our strategy to become the only publicly listed platform to consolidate feeder and intermediate containerships.”“We remain optimistic about the prospects of the feeder and intermediate containership markets due to favorable supply developments provided that trade demand growth does not falter because of current trade uncertainties related to the US-China trade tensions,” he added.In parallel with the vessel acquisition, Euroseas announced that its 5,600 TEU Akinada Bridge, which has been drydocked in connection with its special survey, faced delays in completing the needed work resulting in the loss of the previously secured charter. The company has replaced the charter with another charter of similar rate and duration of three to five months which is expected to commence in early December 2019 when the remaining work on the vessel is expected to be completed.last_img read more

UWP says arrest someone for GON Emmanuel case already!

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Hon. Edison James (file photo). The Opposition United Workers has submitted that by now, someone should have been arrested in connection with the Christmas “fire-bombing” attack on a former magistrate GON Emmanuel.Leader of the UWP Edison James said “even after someone confessed to the crime,” to date no one has been arrested.In December 2010, the Goodwill home of GON Emmanuel was allegedly fire-bombed while he and his wife slept.According to James, police indicated that the matter is a special issue of high profile crimes, “however no one has yet to be arrested”.He told a press conference recently that the police use their intelligence to penalize several other criminals on the island, except in this matter.“In my constituency (Christmas time) there was a murder and three people were put behind bars by the police. There was a robbery at the Marigot Credit Union, within a short time, four people were put behind bars because the police used the knowledge and got to know who did that”.James further stated that police are quite aware of what to do in this matter but “for some reason” are unable to do crack the case.Emmanuel has previously indicated his disappointment that the investigation had yielded very little to date, with no one arrested or charged for suspected arson.The police chief reported earlier this year that the confession from the individual was fishy and that investigations into the matter are continuing.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share LocalNews UWP says arrest someone for GON Emmanuel case already! by: – April 17, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Featuring in Arsenal first team is a dream come true – Saka

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Bukayo Saka has revealed he never thought he could make it to the Arsenal first team, adding that it was a dream come true playing now with the big names in the squad.Advertisement The versatile player signed his first professional contract after turning 17, following impressive performances for the youth team.The wing-back was then promoted to the senior team and made his debut for the Emirates Stadium outfit in their Europa League game against Vorskla Poltava back in November 2018.Saka has since been a key figure for Arsenal and this season he boasts of three goals, his nine assists across all competitions is the most from any Gunners’ player this campaign.The 18-year-old recollected how he started his journey to stardom, praising his Nigerian parents for their support.“To be honest it all really started a long time before that. From the age of three or four I would be playing football at home in the garden with my dad, and my elder brother, Yomi,” he told the club website.“I just enjoyed playing, but I don’t think I ever really thought I was going to make it to the first team until I actually signed my first professional contract when I turned 17.“You go through the youth teams, year by year, and you see all these great players around you – some of them could be the best in the year – and slowly they are all let go, to other clubs or even stopping completely.“So you could never be sure that you would make it, but what I said to myself is that I would always give my best in every single session. I always wanted to learn to get better, I always watched a lot of football to see how I could improve.“But we had a big group at Hale End, and even though we had so many quality players, the coaches would always say, ‘Look around the dressing room, only maybe one or possibly two of you will make it to the first team one day.’“We would look at each other and wonder who it would be. I was always determined for it to be me, and so I wanted to do whatever it took to achieve that.“My mum and dad always encouraged me. They never stopped me from playing football, they just wanted to see a balance and that I was also interested in my education.”The England U19 winger is eligible to play for the Super Eagles, given he has not featured for the Three Lions at the senior team.Saka, who admitted back in December he is yet to decide on his international future, revealed he has visited Nigeria along with his parents. Loading… “I was lucky enough to travel a lot when I was younger as well. Every year my mum and dad would take us away,” he continued.“We went to Nigeria of course, where my mum and dad are both from, we went to Dubai, and to America a few times because my cousins live there. I remember going to Chicago and LA, and a few other places too.”Read Also:Neville, Lineker laud impressive Bukayo SakaSaka will hope to play a key role when Arsenal take on take on Olympiakos in the second leg Round of 32 of their Europa League game on Thursday night.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

NegOcc guv reiterates trust in police force

first_img“We are also coordinating with the LGUsfor support to the PNP in implementing different approaches to minimize, if nottotally eradicate, crimes,” he added. He said that for policing activities tobe effective in the localities, proper coordination among the police force, thelocal government units (LGUs), and the citizenry is imperative. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental renewed his trustand support for the provincial police force on Tuesday.  Still, Baleros said, NOCPPO is coping byengaging the assistance of non-government organizations and force multipliers,such as village watchmen and members of the Barangay Police Action Team. “(We have) shortage of manpower,” hesaid. “I would also like to express myconfidence and trust to the Negros Occidental Police. I know that together, wecan make Negros Occidental a place where crimes are prevented, where peace andorder are upheld, where basic services are delivered, and most of all, wherepeople are secure,” Lacson said. “As an advocate of consultativeleadership, I want to assure you that the provincial government will do itsbest to support the programs of the Philippine National Police (PNP), toformulate together with the stakeholders more ways to progress and improve,” headded. In 2019, NOCPPO reported a notabledecrease in index crime volume of 22.35 percent among the eight focus crimes —murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, car, and motorcycletheft. (With a report from PNA/PN)center_img Meanwhile, Baleros acknowledged Lacson’sconcern on the need to improve police visibility operations, although he notedthat this could be hampered by insufficient police personnel.  In Negros Occidental, which has apopulation of more than two million, the ideal number of police personnelshould be about 4,000, compared to only 1,900 at present. “For more than the promotion of law,order and public safety, the PNP is also mandated to assist our LGUs in thedelivery of public services,” he added. Moreover, Lacson cited the need forpolice visibility in all 31 cities and municipalities of the province, sayingpolice presence in the community creates trust and connection to the people. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PHOTO COURTESY OF PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL He delivered his message during the NewYear’s Call of the officials of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office(NOCPPO) led by provincial director, Colonel Romeo Baleros, at the CapitolSocial Hall on Tuesday.last_img read more

FSSA accepting 2020 Golden Hoosier Award nominations

first_imgMichael Stephens of Osgood, a past award winner.Statewide – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, in collaboration with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Aging, has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award. “Every year it amazes me how many thoughtful and selfless Hoosiers we have in our state,” Crouch said. “The best thing about Indiana is her people, men and women who often look to their neighbors and find ways to offer a helping hand. I look forward to honoring these Golden Hoosiers for their service to their communities later this year.”Crouch said that the award began in 2008 and annually honors older Hoosiers for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities.To be eligible for the Golden Hoosier Award, the nominee must currently be an Indiana resident, aged 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years.The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2020, and you can access the electronic nomination form by clicking here. Details about the ceremony honoring those selected will be forthcoming.last_img read more

Pardew remains resolute

first_imgAlan Pardew is even more determined to turn things around at Newcastle after finding his family and friends caught in the crossfire amid a furious debate over his future. The manager admitted in the immediate aftermath of the game that he expected to hold discussions with the billionaire – who, it was revealed on Thursday, has increased his stake in Rangers to almost nine per cent – this week, although club sources later insisted there would be no “crisis” talks. Pardew said: “I spoke to Mike and the chief executive [Lee Charnley], and the message is very much, ‘How can we support you?’. “I would not expect any different, even if they were thinking differently privately. They have been very solid and I appreciate that. “It’s getting lost in the wash a little bit, that I’m here out of arrogance or Mike’s being stubborn about it to annoy people. “We’re not. We’re just trying to get what is right for the team and it’s obvious that the team isn’t functioning very well at the moment. “But there is no lack of fight and that is something which is important. There have been some harsh words on the training ground and that is where they’ll stay. We need a bit more.” Asked if this is the most difficult period he has had in his managerial career, Pardew replied: “Yeah, it probably is. But I have had difficult periods before.” The Magpies boss at least received a boost on Thursday afternoon when midfielder Cheick Tiote re-affirmed his commitment to the club after quotes emerged in his native Ivory Coast suggesting he would seek a move in January. Tiote, the subject of a rejected summer bid from Lokomotiv Moscow, told Newcastle’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: “I saw the quotes that appeared yesterday, but they are not accurate. “Yes, there was some interest in me over the summer and that can be a bit distracting, but nothing came of it. “I’m back to full fitness and only thinking about doing my best for the team. We are not in a good position in the league right now and I want to get us up to where we should be. “I am as committed as I have ever been to Newcastle.” He said: ‘It’s not something that I’m used to, in the past two or three weeks. I’m going about my business as I normally do. “My family and friends worry me a little bit, because it’s started going past football media a little bit at times. That’s not nice. “But that makes me more determined and that’s just the make-up that I have. I don’t shy away from it. I’ve been out and about all week. I’ve been out in town and I will continue to do that.” Pardew, who revealed he has had fans express their hope that he will fight his way through as well as some who have been less supportive, heads for Swansea on Saturday knowing another defeat would further fuel the fires of his increasingly vocal critics. However, he is refusing to walk away from a job he insists he treasures. He said: “You have to understand that this is my business. I love this football club. “The players are feeling a little bit of the stress and the heat that is upon them. They are a young group and I need to help them. I will do that until such point where it comes that I can’t help them anymore.” Owner Mike Ashley, whose tongue-in-cheek threat to sack Pardew if he lost at the Britannia Stadium prompted fresh headlines last week, was there in person to witness the latest setback to a team which was substantially, although perhaps not as extensively as it might have been, remodelled during the summer. The 53-year-old remains in charge at St James’ Park despite a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Monday evening which left the club second from bottom in the Barclays Premier League without a win this season and having collected three points on only five occasions in 2014. Pardew has had to endure vitriolic calls for his head from sections of his own club’s support in recent weeks and while he admits that has been tough, he is unhappy that others have been affected too. Press Associationlast_img read more