UNASUR Aims for Transparency Among Militaries of Member Nations

first_img CEED: Promoting information ‘transparency’ Protocol aims to cut red tape in event of future natural disasters Meanwhile, Peru is preparing the protocol for a unified CDS humanitarian response to future natural disasters. One contentious issue involves the need for militaries to secure permission to enter the airspace of another country; the protocol would eliminate this problem. UNASUR officials say it is loosely based on an agreement between Peru and Ecuador to remove landmines along their common border. Under the protocol now in place, Peru’s military may enter Ecuadorian airspace without getting prior permission in case the demining team is having an emergency. UNASUR is poised to form a 10th council, this one focused on citizen security, justice and the fight against transnational crime, as well as a South American Defense College. That idea was proposed by Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim, and Brazil heads a working group within the CDS — one of 12 such groups within the council. At the Lima meeting, Amorim said the college wouldn’t be a physical, bricks-and-mortar campus but rather a system of courses that could be offered throughout the region. “The Brazilians will be organizing an ongoing forum to reflect on defense issues in South America,” said Acosta, though he and Huerta dismissed the notion that the CDS could replace the Inter-American Defense Board, which brings together nations throughout the hemisphere. Acosta said regional groups like CDS could help “revitalize the Board, which is lacking a clear direction right now. I think the CDS is a good complement to the Board.” Huerta said the CDS would not become a NATO-like institution because the council is inward-looking — focused on issues facing South America and how the armed forces of each country would tackle them either individually or jointly. He said it has consolidated a “first-generation” relationship of mutual trust and must now move to the next stage. “We need a second-generation relationship, similar to the coordination among the armed forces in the European Union, which identifies common threats and works to address them while respecting the sovereignty of member states,” Huerta said. A key component of transparency in military spending and inventories is the CDS-created Center for Strategic Defense Studies (CEED), based in Argentina and staffed by representatives from the armed forces of Unasur’s 12 members. Presidents attending the Lima summit approved the formal operating statute for CEED. Huerta said the center, to be fully operational in January, is not meant to “establish military doctrine for the region, but to promote transparency of information and analyze threats and problems involving the defense sector that affect member countries.” Not all countries agree on funding for CEED, however. Argentina is providing the headquarters and each country pays the salaries of its representatives, but Acosta said members must devise a payment system. For the moment, the plan is for each country to provide CEED with an amount similar to what they contributed to Haiti after that country’s January 2010 earthquake. UNASUR itself donated $100 million for Haitian relief efforts and brokered a $200 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank on Haiti’s behalf. center_img LIMA, Peru — Military cooperation in South America could get a boost in the coming year if a series of projects on the drawing board works out as planned. The South American Defense Council [Consejo de Defensa Suramericano] (CDS), set up in 2008 as part of the Quito-based Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), aims to enhance military coordination among UNASUR’s 12 member states. “The CDS is a model for the other UNASUR councils,” said José Huerta, a retired Peruvian general who headed that country’s CDS delegation until mid-2012. “We have made concrete decisions that go beyond the lyrical declarations that tend to be produced at regional meetings.” Andrés Acosta, another retired general from Peru, said he had his doubts about the CDS when asked to serve as its executive director. “I was a skeptic, but I have been surprised by the willingness of member countries to make this work. My skepticism is now optimism,” he said following a meeting of defense ministers during the annual UNASUR summit, held Nov. 29-30 in Lima. One of the council’s key objectives in 2013, he said, will be to come up with a standard formula for measuring defense spending. UNASUR member nations have agreed to report military expenditures, but until now, each country has followed its own methodology, with varying degrees of transparency. “One thing is a report on how much we are spending, another is providing details on exactly what that spending is for,” Acosta said. “This is where we are moving.” That project will be complemented with the launch of a new Registry of South American Military Inventories in early 2013, with the system operational by 2014, said Acosta. By Dialogo December 17, 2012last_img read more

A winning strategy

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit unions take a leap of faith when it comes to developing prospecting strategies. But effective marketing strategies are developed from deep analysis with clearly identified objectives. They are constantly evolving—no setting and forgetting. So, what are the basics of optimizing your prospecting efforts?Establish GoalsUnfortunately, far too many discussions begin with establishing targeting criteria before program goals are set. This leads to confusion.Developing targeting criteria is kind of like squeezing a balloon—when you restrict one end, the other tends to expand. Imagine the effect of maximizing response rates when soliciting new loans. If no other criteria are considered, you could end up targeting high-risk individuals who cannot get approved elsewhere.Obviously, we’re not interested in increasing originations at all cost; risk must be understood as well. But this is where things get complicated. Lower-risk consumers tend to be the most coveted, get the best offers and therefore have lower response rates and margins.last_img read more

This house is all business at the front and party at the back

first_imgThe kitchen is to the left and the master suite to the right.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The outdoor living area can get a breeze from east to west.Mr Olds said the deck could also be opened completely to allow breezes from east to west.At the very tip of the extension is the master suite, which allows for privacy from the rest of the family.Mr Olds said he found himself often gravitating towards the deck.“The deck has some step down platform sections and we found ourselves sitting on that lower section and having a beer.” More than 90 per cent of the original house has been retained.Mr Olds, a builder by trade, designed and constructed the addition, as well as restoring the original part of the property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We really didn’t want (the extension) to be visual from the front because it is just a nice little home,” Mrs Olds said.“We didn’t want a big, looming extension from the front, we just wanted it to be tucked away.” The couple moved the kitchen to a new area of the house.So while more than 90 per cent of the original house was retained, two rectangular structures were added out the back.“Our main goal was to be connected with the elements,” Mr Olds said. “In winter, the extension is bathed in the sun … and travels around during the day, warming up the whole house. In summer, when the sun rises, the louvres act as ventilation and the 3.2m ceilings allow the house to cool.”center_img The house has an ultra-modern extension on the back.Michael and Cath Olds bought the house at 15 Ontario St, Holland Park West, more than six years ago, and lived in it for some time before undertaking any work.“We lived there for three-and-a-half years, just becoming familiar with the property so we could understand the house and exactly what was needed to achieve the right lifestyle,” Mr Olds said. The house at 15 Ontario St, Holland Park West, has a quaint facade.FROM the front of this house it simply looks like a quaint character residence.But off the rear is a custom-made modern extension, designed not only as extra space for family living, but to make the most of Queensland’s wonderful weather.last_img read more

‘Oplan Disiplina’ lessens road mishaps Antique town

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The intensifiedimplementation of municipal traffic ordinance and Republic Act 4136, or theLand Transportation and Traffic Code resulted to lesser road accidents andtraffic violators which also improved discipline among drivers in thismunicipality, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca said.  Darroca, chief of San Jose police station,added that the number of road mishaps from 82 in January to September 2018 wasreduced to 19 of the same months this year. “We willenforce the law without fear or favor. The law applies to all, including us,the law enforcers.” Darroca said.       “Bring your license, registration, helmet, andcomplete and functional accessories. Modified mufflers are not allowed. Obeytraffic signs and warnings. Read signs before parking. National Highway is NoParking Zone.” Darroca said.  From July to Sept. 23 this year, the “OpanDisplina” impounded a total of 1,048 vehicles including 993 motorcycles; 47tricycles; six Sedan/SUVs; and two trucks. center_img Darroca also urged the public to obey the lawand report violators to the police. The operation also led to the confiscation ofaround 2, 511 driver’s licenses from motorcycles (1,830), tricycles (515),Sedan/SUVs (158), and trucks (8). “Please cooperate in our anti-criminalityprograms and activities and we will have a peaceful and secured San Jose thatis a better place to live, work and invest. God bless us all,” added Darroca./PNlast_img read more

Dripps outruns Smith at BVR

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeALTA, Iowa (June 24) – Corey Dripps returned to Buena Vista Raceway Wednesday night and en­joyed a much more successful outing.  Dripps showed up incognito with a small, enclosed trailer as opposed to the super-sized tow rig that adorned the infield a week earlier.He started on the front row and led all 15 laps of the Mark Hansen’s Rex Chevrolet IMCA Modi­fied feature although Dustin Smith gave him a good run for his money.  Smith trailed by not more than a couple of car lengths for most of the race as he and Dripps checked out on the rest of the field.All three of the Stock Car racing Smiths led portions of the 15-lap North Central Line Service IMCA Stock Car main event. Donavon Smith led the first four laps until Devin Smith drove past.  Devin led through lap nine before giving way to David Smith who came from the back row. The win was the third for David Smith, who continues to lead the point standings.The Pizza Ranch of Storm Lake IMCA Northern SportMod feature also had a couple lead changes. John Briggs led the first two laps but faded after Shane Hammen got by. Hammen led through the fourth lap when Tim Rupp got by.  Rupp then had to stand on the gas as Doug Smith closed in over the final laps.  Smith was racing in a ride borrowed from Sioux City driver Kaleb Kennedy.  The win was Rupp’s second.Brandon Nielsen took over the lead on the fifth lap of the Rasmussen Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature en route to his second win. Merle Bass led the first four laps. Nielsen survived a green, white, checkered finish challenge from Cody Nielsen.The amazing points battle between Cody Nielsen and Justin Nehring continues as Nielsen has a one-point lead. They have remained within a point or tied for five consecutive weeks.Tyler Thompson had a brief battle through the first two turns of the KCHE Radio IMCA Sport Com­pact feature before grabbing the lead and running with it for all 10 laps.  Thompson’s win was his second.last_img read more

Smith in a groove at I-90

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (July 11) – Colin Smith of Sheldon, Iowa is in his first year of racing IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars but it’s taken him very little time to get comfortable behind the wheel.Smith came up through go-karts before getting involved in micro sprint racing in Iowa. The opportunity to move up another rung came when veteran racer Bill Boles sold his car to the Smiths. Boles has been there all the way to provide advice and encouragement and Smith won his first IMCA RaceSaver feature in just his third start at I-90 Speedway.He has been the points leader for much of the season and, on Saturday, won his second feature in a row and his third overall after leading all 20 laps – just another example of how Smith is finding his groove in the new class.last_img read more

Twin Highbanks Hustle this Thursday, Friday at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – A pair of $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features for IMCA Modifieds are on Twin Highbanks Hustle cards this Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $500 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win both nights. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State points will be given each night with track points at stake as well on Friday.IMCA Late Models vie for a top check of $750, plus IMCA national, state and track points, on Friday.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing to follow both days.last_img read more

Hearts claim win over Shelbourne

first_img Press Association Defender Alim Ozturk was substituted 26 minutes into his first pre-season game following a minor stomach operation but the club revealed the move was only a precaution because of a tight thigh. Gary Oliver, Sam Nicholson, Jordan McGhee and Juanma Delgado were on target for the Ladbrokes Premiership newcomers. Hearts continued their Irish tour with a 4-2 victory over Shelbourne in Dublin.last_img read more

Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 8

first_imgBLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy will host the sixth annual Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament next Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Blue Hill Country Club.Parents, students alumni and friends of the school will take to the golf course in pairs of four throughout the day to help raise money for the school’s annual fund and to pay tribute to Duane B. Gray. Gray, GSA’s 1964 class valedictorian, passed away in 2012.To pay tribute to Gray, who worked as a pharmacist in the Blue Hill community for many years, Community Pharmacy will sponsor the event once again this year. Other tournament supporters include hole-in-one sponsors Stanley Scooters and Darling’s, numerous local businesses sponsoring various holes and contributing a variety of prizes and services, loyal golfers, friends of the Gray family and a group of dedicated volunteers.Rob Clapp, Mark Clapp, Homer Lowell and and Ebb Walton won the morning title at year’s tournament with a gross score of 51. John Richardson, David Taylor, Ed Volkwein and Percy Zentz combined for a gross score of 53 to be crowned afternoon champions.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information about the tournament, visit www.GeorgeStevensAcademy.org.last_img read more

Arjuna Award nomination will motivate to perform better: Harmanpreet

first_imgBENGALURU: Indian men’s hockey team defender Harmanpreet Singh, who has been recommended by Hockey India for the Arjuna Award, has said it is an honour for him and this nomination will motivate him to perform better in the coming years.”I was extremely delighted to hear the news. It’s an honour to be nominated for the Arjuna Award and I am sure the nomination will motivate me to perform even better in the upcoming years,” Harmanpreet said.Women’s team captain Rani has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while her compatriots Vandana Katariya, Monika and Harmanpreet have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.”All of us have received tremendous support from Hockey India over the years and I was extremely happy to know that Rani has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Vandana Katariya and Monika have been nominated for the Arjuna Award. They have put up some brilliant performances in the recent past and I would like to extend my congratulations to them,” he said.The dragflick sensation stepped up his role in the team and shouldered the responsibility of vice-captain with aplomb. As a defender-dragflicker, he was instrumental in the team’s winning performance in the FIH Series Finals in Odisha.At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event, he captained the team to victory in the absence of Manpreet Singh who was rested for the tournament. Singh was also part of the Indian team that won the Olympic Qualifiers against Russia last year.The 24-year-old said that he has been able to perform for the team only because of the support he has received from his teammates.”I am very happy with the way I have been contributing to the team in the last couple of years. However, I have been able to come up with the goods only because of the way my teammates have supported me. Hockey is a team sport and all of us ensure that we are contributing to the team’s cause in some way or the other. If we score a goal, then it’s not only the goal scorer, who takes the credit, but the entire team is credited for a particular effort,” said the defender.The 24-year-old added that booking a place in the Tokyo Olympic Games was the biggest achievement for the team in 2019.”It was simply amazing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in front of our home crowd last year. I will cherish the memory forever. The balance of our side was fantastic and everyone chipped in to make the tournament a memorable one.”Now, we will give everything we can to come up with great results at the Olympics next year. It’s our sole target at the moment and all of us are up for the challenge. Hopefully, we will become a much better side once we play our first match in Tokyo,” said Harmanpreet. IANSAlso watch: Miani D Shira, Cong MLA, Ampati, Meghalaya in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more