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Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Borders are not Barriers

first_img Interview with Admiral José Cueto Aservi, Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Peru In an exclusive interview with Diálogo, during the IV South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC 2012), held in Bogotá, Colombia, from July 24 – 26, Admiral José Cueto, Chief of the Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces, discussed issues of national security and the need to create a regional body to fight drug trafficking, among other topics. Diálogo: What is the main challenge that Peru is presently facing, as it relates to national security? Admiral José Cueto: We support public safety during events, such as social or pro environmental movements that unfold every day in more complex ways around the countrydue. More directly, our Armed Forces are bound to providing a solution to a targeted area called the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley (VRAEM), in the center of the country, where some remnants of terrorists groups remain, and who have been associated with drug traffickers. If you take into account the difficult geography of the area, our operations there have great magnitude and complexitynot only of the military but all levels of the state. Diálogo: But is there an exception in the constitution, like in other countries, such as Brazil and El Salvador, that allows the Armed Forces to assist the police in certain cases, if the president requires it? Adm. Cueto: Yes, our constitution provides that only with the authorization and request of the president, will the Armed Forces act in support of the police. Or if it totally exceeds or surpasses the Police Force, which for example is happening in the VRAEM, where the Armed Forces are already taking complete control and the police are coming to support them, which in this case, are handled by the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. Diálogo: You said in your presentation that you believed it is important to have a regional body to combat drug trafficking. Can you relate to this issue? Adm. Cueto: I have tried to make it understood, that in the same way as those involved in drug trafficking and transnational organized crime recognize no boundaries, we should have one single body that could be integrated with the goal to establish policies, and thereby have real mechanisms of action against this organized struggle. It is not just, for example, in the case of Peru, where we are fighting against drug trafficking, illegal logging, and illegal mining, which is devastating the environment, but these crimes, have no borders, and they should be dealt with by the entities comprised of all the involved countries, working side by side, without looking at “borders”, and always respecting the sovereignty of every nation. But this has to be well articulated, so that borders are not a barrier to combat these transnational crimes, terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal mining, illegal logging and others which now are in collusion, not only here but also in Colombia and Bolivia, etc. Now, this not only requires that the military establishments think alike, but also that the political classes basically think alike, I know it’s hard, but at some point it has to happen. Diálogo: Would it be something like the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S)? Adm. Cueto: I mentioned to General Fraser [Douglas Fraser, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command] that it would be a type of JIATF-S, which could take the lead, or any other interrelating mechanism, such as the ones we are now managing in South America, through UNASUR, CARSI, CARICOM. Let there be a convergence of views in a possible meeting, where the only common theme is the fight against organized crime. I don’t think this is difficult, and no one in their right mind would object to that, but this then allows an operational level to create a great information reception center in an automated, digital form, allowing different organizations to activate, whether local, a particular country, or transnational, against such scourge. I see no other way, but we will still carry on with what we have, each country will try to do things in its own way. I’ve been impressed with the pictures presented by General Fraser on the amount of illegal movements. Sure, there are results, but they are few, because if there was a movement of 120,000 tons of drugs and only 20,000 tons have been caught, we still have a lot of work to do. Diálogo: The Peruvian Armed Forces conducted amazing humanitarian work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Can you talk a little about this humanitarian “gift” that Peru has? Adm. Cueto: It’s not only Peru that is doing it, we are doing it reciprocally. We also have had natural disasters. We are part of the Pacific chain where earthquakes visit us from time to time, and we’ve had disasters where we’ve received help from other countries. Similarly, within the limitations of a country like Peru, which is still in development, it provides help when it is feasible, and not just to countries that are in South America. We may provide aid by air or, as in the case of Haiti, even send some ships that can carry this type of humanitarian aid. Peru has always responded. Diálogo: Why not also create a regional organism for this type of assistance, to prevent the disorganization of the early days? Adm. Cueto: When there is a natural disaster, the first days are very hectic, although there are mechanisms to support multinational natural disasters. The chaos in the early days starts with communication problems. The first thing to do is agree to have a single system of communication, so the communication is not lost. If there is no communication, then yes, there is a disaster! We were there in the flesh during the last earthquake, the communication systems went away and it was difficult to re-establish a network that would allow us to manage the media to support the disaster area. By Dialogo September 03, 2012last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Record Cocaine Seizures for Costa Rica

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo May 14, 2020 The fight against narcotrafficking in Costa Rica doesn’t let up, and the first quarter of 2020 has yielded historic results. Through constant operations carried out with the support of partner nations, the success of the Police forces of Costa Rica not only disrupts trafficking cells that receive, store, and transport drugs, but also weakens the finances of criminal groups.According to data from the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security, so far this year, authorities have seized more than 19 tons of cocaine estimated at $532 million in the international market. Of this amount, 5 tons were found in a single operation in mid-February.The operation, which the ministry described as “the largest drug seizure in Costa Rica’s history,” took place in the port of Moín on the Caribbean coast, where Narcotics Control Police units found the stash in a container storing ornamental plants bound for the Netherlands.Another major seizure happened on March 8, when police forces found 3 tons of cocaine in a boat manned by three Colombians and a Nicaraguan, navigating in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cahuita, Límon province.Then in mid-March, security agents seized 2 tons of cocaine in the community of Moín, Límon province, in operations that involved a car chase.According to international organization InSight Crime, which specializes in threats and security in Latin America and the Caribbean, the large seizures Costa Rica has carried out in 2020 indicate that authorities have redoubled their efforts in the fight against narcotrafficking. According to the Ministry of Public Security, counternarcotics agents seized more than 35 tons of cocaine in 2019. The Central American country found almost 34 tons of the drug in 2018.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Costa Rica is an important country for the transit of drugs from South America to the United States and Europe, due to its geographical location and maritime territory in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.The Ministry of Public Security told Diálogo that the success of police forces is due to the training and formation its officers receive, both in the country and in partner nations such as “Colombia and the United States,” which have “led to strengthening their knowledge and skills in the fight against organized crime and common crime.”Intelligence exchange among countries of the region, as well as the joint work carried out under multilateral agreements, such as the 2017 consolidation of the Southern Triangle (that includes Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama with the support of the United States) to develop new strategies to fight narcotrafficking, have contributed to the latest results.“Some strategies that we implemented enabled us to modify seizures,” Costa Rican Minister of Public Security Michael Soto Rojas told the Costa Rican newspaper El Observador. “What have these strategies been? Joint patrol, basically among Panama, the United States, Colombia, and Costa Rica.”The ministry told Diálogo that Costa Rica’s goals for the rest of the year include “further strengthening partnerships with other countries, in addition to [strengthening] the information exchange and joint work […] in the fight against narcotrafficking.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2020

Ex-State Sen. Jack Martins Announces Run for Nassau Executive

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jack Martins, a former Republican New York State senator, announced Wednesday his plans to run for Nassau County executive while the indicted GOP incumbent hasn’t said if he’ll seek a third term.Current Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges last fall, joined two of the three Democrats running for his job in criticizing Martins, although Mangano’s spokesman again ignored questions about whether he would run for re-election.“Today I stand before you as I launch my campaign, formally, for county executive of Nassau County,” Martins told reporters during a rainy news conference outside Mineola Village Hall, where he previously served as mayor. “The challenges in Nassau County are just that, they are challenges, but they’re not insurmountable.”He spoke of restoring the county’s reputation, recalling its role in World War II and legacy aiding manned missions to the moon.“Our county was the preeminent county in the entire country,” Martins said, vowing to tackle public corruption. “We must ensure that that public trust is restored and renewed.”Several dozen supporters were on hand for his announcement.Martins served three terms as a state senator representing western Nassau County until last year, when instead of running for re-election, he ran for a vacant congressional seat, but lost to now-freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a former Nassau executive.After Newsday reported Tuesday that the Nassau Republican Committee plans to nominate Martins, most of the candidates for county executive were quick to pounce on him. The Nassau GOP did not return a call for comment.“I have no comment on this election season nonsense other than to wonder how Jack Martins will explain his support of an indicted Albany colleague and his failure to support tax assessment reform when he had the authority to correct it,” Mangano said, referring to disgraced state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who is appealing his conviction for his role in a Nassau contract rigging scheme.Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran, the Democratic nominee in the county executive’s race, lumped Martins in with Mangano, who is accused of a bribery scheme and rebuffed calls to resign.“There is a culture of corruption in Nassau County and the last thing we need is another career politician like Jack Martins who stood silently by, until it was politically convenient not to, as Ed Mangano sold out taxpayers,” Curran said. “As a foot soldier of the corrupt Albany establishment, Jack Martins did nothing as crooked politicians stole taxpayer money and stifled ethics reform at every turn. We need wholesale change in Nassau County and Jack Martins is just more of the same.”New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), who challenged Curran to a Democratic primary in September, also jumped into the fray.“That last thing Nassau County needs to do is replace corrupt County Executive Ed Mangano with Dean Skelos lapdog Jack Martins who the [New York] Daily News called part of the corruption caucus,” Lavine said.George Maragos, the county comptroller who switched parties from Republican to Democrat last year and also challenged Curran to a primary, did not respond to a request for comment on Martins’ announcement.Martins’ campaign spokesperson E. O’Brien Murray shot back at the critics.“Jack Martins stood up for honesty and integrity in county government and called on the county executive to resign 188 days ago,” Murray said. “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Legislator Curran and Assemblyman Lavine to play politics with this issue now, particularly when Legislator Curran has failed to say a word about corruption in either party and Assemblyman Lavine sat idly by as the Assembly Ethics Chairman when there were sexual harassment scandals, cover-ups and bribery in that chamber.”Curran’s spokesman, Philip Shulman, returned fire.“This is typical double speak from a typical career politician,” Shulman said. “State Senator Jack Martins is woefully uninformed about county issues if he doesn’t know that Laura Curran and her colleagues have filed numerous reform measures that the legislative Republicans refuse to bring to a vote, and Curran has already rolled out five sets of specific reform proposals that she will enact as County Executive. As for State Senator Martins calling on the current County Executive to resign, that’s not surprising since he clearly wants the job.”Lavine’s camp also responded to Martins’ statement.“Re-stacking the deck will not fundamentally change county government to make it work for the people of Nassau,” Lavine’s spokesman said. “Jack Martins offers nothing more than we already have. Nassau county families deserve better.”Featured Photo: Former New York State Sen. Jack Martins announces his run for Nassau County Executive outside Mineola Village Hall on April 26, 2017. (Long Island Press / Rashed Mian)-With additional reporting by Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2020

What do we stand for?

first_imgAmong everything we collectively find abhorrent about George Floyd’s death and the injustices that so many fight against, we must also consider what we stand for.Economic inequality drives a deep and real wedge between the haves and have-nots. This goes well beyond someone’s financial position. Wealth influences whether or not someone’s voice is heard. And it means that no matter how hard and how high some people pull their bootstraps up, the deck will always be stacked against them. The global pandemic has only exacerbated problems that already existed.As credit unions, we fight against economic inequality and injustice. If we consider what we stand for, it boils down to this: Financial Democracy.This isn’t a new idea. The tenets of Financial Democracy are otherwise known as the “Cooperative Principles”. But it’s not always clear what those principles mean and what our commitment is to uphold them. Some see the Cooperative Principles as something that’s optional or not related to business. Seldom do we take time to reflect on how they influence our choices and our actions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Istralandia named the 5th best water park in the world

first_imgThe European bronze medal emphasizes the values ​​of quality and is another in a series of confirmations of excellent international positioning, which sees Istria again in the European Top 10, the only Croatian park on the scale of the Old Continent. Election passenger ratings are processed based on the Tripadvisor algorithm that compares different parameters, including the ranking, quantity, and quality of reviews published by the international user community. “The third European destination for Istria is a sign of growing public respect and comes at the center of a particularly complex season for the sector, fitting in with the task of aligning the entertainment offer and respecting new safety protocols and epidemiological measures.”Said Silvio Kraljević, head of the Istralandia aquapark. Today, the Travelers Choice scale was published, dedicated to theme parks and water parks, and the great news is that Istralandia is once again in first place in Croatia and the only Croatian excellence in the Top 10 European water parks. Photo: Istralandiacenter_img “The award restores employees’ hope that quality always wins because it recognizes effort and constant investment in staff training, kindness and professionalism, care for greenery, entertainment and variety of animation programs, order, cleanliness and quality of pool water, rich and varied gastronomic offer, new adrenaline attractions of the latest generation, always high standardized levels of services, rich sports offer and at the same time great readiness to accept innovative entertainment programs”Says Kraljević and emphasizes that he thanks all the employees of Aquapark Istralandia for this important new achievement and great international success, which is also a great tourist success for the destination of Istria and for Croatia in general. The Travelers’ Choice 2020 ranking dedicated to the category of water parks, published today by the most important internet portal for quality excellence ratings in the world, confirmed that the Istralandia water park is 3. the best European water park in the competition of more than 300 European water parks, and at the same time Istralandia is classified as 5. the best water park in the world. The goal that Istralandia has perfectly achieved by using attractions and services based on a few, clear and simple “rules of the game”, preserving the original formula of the park, says Kraljevic, and these are: a perfectly successful combination of fun and entertainment for all lovers of water attractions. cleanliness in accordance with the highest hygienic standards and of course impeccable safety for all visitors and lovers of water pleasures.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

Auction man

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Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2020

​Illiquid loans preferable to high-yield bonds, pension funds say

first_imgItalian defined contribution provider Arca Previdenza intends to grow its exposure to Italian minibonds, as it sees value in the asset class’s illiquidity.Speaking in the upcoming issue of IPE magazine, Marco Vicinanza, deputy investment director at the €2.6bn institution, says it views the nascent market for the funding of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as more attractive than high-yield bonds or bank loans.“To us, a good example of value in illiquidity is Italian minibonds, an asset class that has shown strong growth, with many small to medium-sized issuers coming to the fore in recent months,” Vicinanza says.“We see investing in SME credit as an important opportunity. It represents both a chance to provide structural support to the Italian economy and a way to provide our clients with the benefits of long-term investments that match their profiles.” Industriens Pension, the Danish pension provider, sees greater value in high-yield bonds and bank loans – to which it has allocated more than 10% of its portfolio – but portfolio manager Fredrik Frei Rast is uncertain how much it will grow exposure in future.He says both markets have been “particularly crowded in [recent] years”, which has presented the fund with hurdles when investing.He also sees the more illiquid spectrum of the fixed income market as attractive.“They carry a premium compared with the more liquid side, and the floating rate is attractive in a low interest rate environment,” he says. For more on high-yield bonds and loans from Vicinanza, Frei Rast and Pierre Jameson, CIO of the Church of England Pension Scheme, see the October issue of IPElast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

Cosy Coorparoo cottage hits the market for the first time in almost a decade

first_imgThe kitchen is modern.Polished timber floorboards flow through the lower level of the home, which has an open-plan and modern kitchen, living and dining area.The master suite is on this level, as well as a separate bathroom, laundry and study. The floorplan of 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 Enjoy city views from the deck upstairs.On the second floor are two bedrooms, a bathroom and another living room, along with a veranda that has expansive city views.“Upstairs of an evening watching the sunset is another one of my favourite places in the home,” Ms Carroll said. The home at 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo, is up for sale.A QUAINT Coorparoo cottage has been the place Paula Carroll has called home for nine years.Built in 1947, the two-level brick residence at 12 Stoneleigh St has the charm and history of a 71-year-old home, while still having all the mod-cons.“It’s a very homely house and has that cottage feel,” Ms Carroll said. “Walking down the front stairs through the garden is just beautiful.”center_img Cosy up by the fire with a book.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020It is the formal living space that’s one of Ms Carroll’s favourite places to spend her time, with an open fireplace the room’s focal point.“Certainly I love the room with the fireplace,” Ms Carroll said. “The sun flows into there during the day and it’s a beautiful place to sit and read.” One of the bedrooms at 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo.Outdoors are manicured gardens and rolling lawns over the 731sq m block.Ms Carroll said the home would be suited to a growing family, due to its size and “lovely” location.“It’s in walking distance to schools down the road, as well as shops and cafes,” she said.“You can also go for a bit of a hike up Whites Hill if you want.”Ms Carroll described her neighbours as supportive but not overbearing.The home has close access to both the Gateway and Pacific motorways.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Former Chelsea forward Pedro signs three-year Roma contract

first_imgItalian side, Roma, have officially confirmed the signing of former Chelsea forward, Pedro. Pedro, who was a free agent after his Chelsea deal expired, has signed a three-year deal running until the summer of 2023. He now moves to the Italian capital and said: “I am happy to be here in Rome. “I am excited about this new challenge and to compete for our goals in the coming seasons. read also:Chelsea pay glowing tribute to their most decorated star Pedro “I thank the fans for the welcome I received and I hope to make them happy.” Roma chief executive Guido Fienga said: “It’s a privilege for us to be able to welcome a player of Pedro’s quality to the Roma family. “The hope we have, for both him and for us, is that he can continue to add to his extraordinary list of achievements with AS Roma.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pedro: “I am excited about this new challenge and to compete for our goals in the coming seasons.” During his time at Stamford Bridge, Pedro helped the London club win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, while his CV also contains five LaLiga titles and three Champions League successes from his time at Barcelona.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

India’s Australia tour likely to begin either in Adelaide or Brisbane

first_imgMELBOURNE: Indian team’s tour of Australia, slated to begin towards the end of the year, will begin either in Adelaide or Brisbane and not in Perth after Western Australia state government said that there won’t be any relaxation in quarantine rules in their territory.According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Adelaide Oval is prepared to host back-to-back Tests, including a day-night match as well as the Boxing Day against India later during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in case the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is not available because of rising coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria. “We didn’t think it was acceptable to have the team return from a high-risk overseas location and then take part in normal training activities outside of quarantine, before flying out to another state to play games.” Mark McGowan, the Premier of the WA state government, was quoted as saying in the report. “There were just too many risks in the model put forward by Cricket Australia. We need to remain vigilant and do the right thing by all Western Australians and not take unnecessary chances.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested Cricket Australia (CA) to allow their players to train during the quarantine period inside the bio-bubble, but in Perth that won’t be possible. “We acknowledge the WA government has a firm position on quarantine and border arrangements,” a CA spokesperson said. “The Australian men’s team will not be quarantining in Perth upon their return from the UK,” he added. IANS Also Watch: GMCH Superintendent: No Shortage of Beds at GMCHlast_img read more