first_imgBy Dialogo October 05, 2010 First, SL and MRTA were not the “freedom fighters”, they were murderous hordes that cowardly imposed terror. Secondly, there was NEVER an internal war; that is a fallacy: what happened was the defense of the state (through its Armed Forces and Police) against the criminals and enemies of Peru. Third, those that fought to restore order were and are being punished…and for those that wish to opine, read, analyze and conclude…the means to achieve this exist…”there was no freedom of speech”, they say; during Fujimori’s government: go to the newspaper archives at the National Library and you will find out that it wasn’t so..Taking everything into account…up to now I have yet to find “honest” people that can seriously discuss this. Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori’s right hand man, Vladimiro Montesinos, two top ex-generals and a major were sentenced to 25 years in jail Friday for ordering murders during Peru’s so-called dirty war in the 1990s. Montesinos, former armed forces chief Juan Hermoza Rios, army chief Julio Salazar Monroe and major Santiago Martin Rivas were found guilty of ordering the Colina Group, a secret army hit squad, to kill 24 people in two massacres in 1991 and 1992. They were also found guilty in the disappearance of a journalist in 1992. Twenty other members of the Colina Group were sentenced to 15-25 years behind bars. The massacres took place during Fujimori’s 10-year fight against the leftist Shining Path guerrillas, in which atrocities were committed by both sides. Montesinos was Fujimori’s intelligence chief. He was privy to government policies and strategy in its campaign against leftist insurgents until both men fled the country amid corruption charges in late 2000. Montesinos is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for delivering weapons to Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel group, but under Peruvian law will only have to serve the longer of the two sentences, which in this case is 25 years. Fujimori was also sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for authorizing the Colina Group massacres. Later that same year, he was sentenced to 15 years for paying 15 million dollars to Montesinos, and in 2007 he was given a six-year prison sentence for ordering a raid on Montesinos’s wife. Before sentencing at the Callao Navy Base, Montesinos was all smiles as he presented reporters with two books he wrote in prison about Chilean espionage in Peru and his fight against the Shining Path. During the sentencing by judge Ines Villa Bonilla, former Colina Group members defiantly stood up and sang the Peruvian army’s anthem. After the court proceedings, Montesinos and the other convicted criminals filed appeals through their lawyers.last_img read more

first_img Guatemala international contributions to public safety are not limited to Haiti. Guatemala recently sent a fresh group of military police agents to Haiti to help the United Nations Stabilization Mission’s (MINUSTAH) efforts. By Dialogo November 13, 2014 “With this action, the government is displaying a strategic institution with highly-trained staff,” said Francisco Jimenez, coordinator of the Security and Justice Program at Interpeace, located in Guatemala. Other countries contributing military personnel to the mission are Algeria, Belgium, Bolivia, France, Russia, and Uruguay. International Aid to Haiti “The goal of the mission is to protect civilians, humanitarian workers, and defenders of human rights who are in imminent danger of physical violence and to support the Government of the Congo in its initiatives to stabilize the country and consolidate peace,” the statement said. MINUSTAH is a cooperative UN effort to provide security and stability to Haiti launched in 2004. The mission’s mandate was originally scheduled to expire in October 2012; but in 2010, UN authorities extended it after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck the country that year. The disaster killed about 160,000 people and destroyed or severely damaged 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings. The mission is comprised of 7,000 military personnel from more than a dozen countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, the United States, the Philippines, France, Guatemala, Italy, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay. Guatemala also helping stabilize the Congo “The goal of the mission is to protect civilians, humanitarian workers, and defenders of human rights who are in imminent danger of physical violence and to support the Government of the Congo in its initiatives to stabilize the country and consolidate peace,” the statement said. Guatemala also helping stabilize the Congo The contingent, which arrived in Haiti on October 14, is relieving a team of officers who was in the Caribbean country for nine months.. They are scheduled to stay in the country for nine months. Among the 133 security personnel are seven senior officers, 17 junior officers, 38 support specialists, six translators, and 65 military police agents. Since 2000, the UN has maintained some 19,000 military personnel, 391 police officers, and 760 international observers in the DRC, according to the official website of the Guatemalan federal government. Guatemala international contributions to public safety are not limited to Haiti. Guatemala recently sent a fresh group of military police agents to Haiti to help the United Nations Stabilization Mission’s (MINUSTAH) efforts. The contingent, which arrived in Haiti on October 14, is relieving a team of officers who was in the Caribbean country for nine months.. They are scheduled to stay in the country for nine months. Among the 133 security personnel are seven senior officers, 17 junior officers, 38 support specialists, six translators, and 65 military police agents. In May, Guatemala sent a contingent of Special Forces troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help in the United Nations Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO). The Guatemalan mission will remain in the DRC for nine months. The group is comprised of 150 members, including officers, specialists, and soldiers, six of whom are women, according to a statement issued by the Guatemalan Army. While they are in Haiti, the Guatemalan Military Police officers will help provide security for the civilian population — a task which includes planning crime-prevention activities, helping to control civil disturbances, and directing traffic. “International aid in Haiti has created conditions of stability and security in the country. The presence of the UN multinational force in the country is still important,” said Jimenez. In May, Guatemala sent a contingent of Special Forces troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help in the United Nations Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO). The Guatemalan mission will remain in the DRC for nine months. The group is comprised of 150 members, including officers, specialists, and soldiers, six of whom are women, according to a statement issued by the Guatemalan Army. International Aid to Haiti “With this action, the government is displaying a strategic institution with highly-trained staff,” said Francisco Jimenez, coordinator of the Security and Justice Program at Interpeace, located in Guatemala. “International aid in Haiti has created conditions of stability and security in the country. The presence of the UN multinational force in the country is still important,” said Jimenez. MINUSTAH is a cooperative UN effort to provide security and stability to Haiti launched in 2004. The mission’s mandate was originally scheduled to expire in October 2012; but in 2010, UN authorities extended it after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck the country that year. The disaster killed about 160,000 people and destroyed or severely damaged 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings. The mission is comprised of 7,000 military personnel from more than a dozen countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, the United States, the Philippines, France, Guatemala, Italy, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay. While they are in Haiti, the Guatemalan Military Police officers will help provide security for the civilian population — a task which includes planning crime-prevention activities, helping to control civil disturbances, and directing traffic. Since 2000, the UN has maintained some 19,000 military personnel, 391 police officers, and 760 international observers in the DRC, according to the official website of the Guatemalan federal government. Other countries contributing military personnel to the mission are Algeria, Belgium, Bolivia, France, Russia, and Uruguay. The Guatemalan army does a lot with what little it has. More interest in the army is needed Very good excellent what is being done, in addition to doing exercises they take care of the nation GOD says if he isn’t watching over the city the guard does so in vain. Therefore no matter how hard they try if GOD is ignored, any mission will fail. The nation’s bestlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old Riverside woman who had been reported missing was found dead in the Pine Barrens on the East End over the weekend, New York State police said.Authorities began searching for Jean Taber after she was reported missing Friday from Riverwoods complex, police said.Despite interviewing witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, calling in specialized Blood Hound Units from Troopers upstate as well as deploying aviation units and volunteers around the clock, the victim was found dead at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.Taber was found in the David A. Sarnoff Preserve near her home on Riverleigh Avenue, police said.last_img

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What and how a leader communicates can make the difference between an average leader and a great one. When we talk in front of our employees or deliver a presentation to a room full of people, those listening will take to heart not only what we say, but how we say it.This is why we need to be constantly aware of what we say. I came across an article listing seven phrases that a great leader should never say, and I wanted to share some of them with you. The list includes:– Because I said so. This statement will only shut down any kind of collaboration and creativity among your teams.– It’s not my fault. As a leader, it’s our job to come alongside our employees and lead and guide them to success. Remember, the buck stops with us.– I’m too busy. We always find time in the day to accomplish our priorities.– Failure is not an option. Failure shouldn’t be seen as all bad. It can be an important step on the path to success. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgI am going to tell you a secret I recently discovered about credit union chartering that (almost) no one else knows. Federal SEG based credit unions can serve larger communities than practically any other charter, including virtually any state charter. The largest credit unions could serve multiple entire states under a federal multiple common bond or SEG based charter.To explain this secret, the secret of underserved rural districts, requires me to go into an overview of a lot of credit union chartering jargon, the United States’ demographics, and summarization of what happens when you apply math and computing power to the federal charter field of membership rules. It is a long read, but I believe you will find it worthwhile.Chartering & Field of MembershipCredit unions benefit from a dual chartering system, because the NCUA and state regulators compete for credit unions to operate under their respective charters. Each regulator periodically modernizes its charter to make it more attractive. Federal credit unions may have a slight edge as they benefit from a broader tax exemption and federal preemption, which generally means they pay lower taxes, aren’t subject to some state regulations that conflict with federal regulations, have an easier time engaging in multi-state branching and FOMs, and only answer to one regulator. However, historically, the perception has been that state charters have benefited from having more liberal field of membership rules. However, that is about to change.The Key: Underserved Areas (Rural Districts)My favorite characteristic about this strategy is it rewards credit unions that serve the communities most in need of additional access to financial services – underserved areas and underserved rural districts in particular. However, this strategy is only available to credit unions with a multiple common bond charter and likely most valuable to federal multiple common bond-chartered credit unions. While a Community Charter serves a single community that meets one of the above definitions of a community, a Federal Multiple Common Bond Charter can serve an infinite number of underserved communities as long as they have the ability and intent to serve them.Each community that a multiple common bond credit union adds to its field of membership must meet the NCUA’s definition of a community as well as an underserved area. You can read a lot more about each of those definitions by following their respective links, but generally speaking that means that the area must meet the following criteria:Be “economically distressed,” meaning:   The unemployment rate is at least 1.5 times the national average; or   At least 20 percent (20%) of the population lives in poverty; or   The Median Family Income (MFI) is at or below 80% ofFor units within a statistical area: either the MFI of the corresponding Metropolitan Statistical Area or of the national MFI for Metro Areas, whichever is greater; orFor units outside of any statistical area: either the corresponding state’s Non-Metro MFI or the national MFI for Non-Metro Areas, whichever is greater;Be “underserved by depository institutions,” meaning:    The concentration of depository institution facilities among the population of the proposed area’s “non-distressed’’ tracts— which sets a benchmark level of adequate service—is greater than the   concentration of facilities among the population of all of the proposed area’s census tracts combined.   If all of its units are within counties designated as “underserved” by the CFPB.AND either qualify as well-defined local community or a rural district:   Local Well-Defined Communityo   Single Political JurisdictionORo   Statistical Area, or a portion thereof, with a population of 2.5 million or less people.   Rural Districto   The total population of the proposed district does not exceed 1,000,000.ANDo   Either more than 50% of the proposed district’s population resides in census blocks or other geographic units that are designated as rural by either the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the United States Census Bureau,ORo   The district has a population density of 100 persons or fewer per square mile;Identifying qualifying areas is very complicated so, up until now, underserved areas that credit unions have identified and added to their field of membership generally represent a portion of a community that a credit union could add as a community charter. Take Augusta, Georgia for example:That all changed when we started using computers to draw the maps for us.The Strategy, Math, and ComputersWe discovered the secret value of underserved areas, and underserved rural districts in particular, when we were working on a proposal for a prospective credit union. We had a prospective client that wanted to expand. However, they already served an entire CBSA and many of its immediately adjacent counties and had been told by multiple experts that they already had the largest possible community under a federal charter. Their market crossed two states, so going state-chartered wasn’t an option. Also, their board, understandably, did not want to give up the majority of their existing community simply to be given the flexibility to go into a new market, where they would also only be able to serve a single small, underserved portion of the new market. Our goal was to give the credit union the flexibility a multiple common bond charter provides, without losing the credit union any part of their existing community. This is how we figured out that they could keep their entire existing market and have the freedom to expand further as a federal multiple common bond.After looking at a map of the target market for a while, we realized how it could be done. We could use multiple underserved rural districts, which collectively would cover the entire market and more. This strategy would allow the credit union not only to expand into surrounding areas but also the freedom to enter entirely new markets, merge with credit unions outside of their existing market, and even potentially buy banks.Under this strategy, the number of branches, or service facilities, your credit union has, and their location down to the census block group has a significant impact on your potential field of membership. For each service facility a credit union has, it can have a separate underserved area. The more branches a credit union has, the more variations and unique areas can be used to obtain the entirety of a target market.If you look at the map of the United States below, this strategy will work for almost the entire country except for New England and the Midwest, which present possibly insurmountable demographic hurdles (depending on what area you are trying to prioritize).Another problem we faced implementing this strategy we call the “outer ring” problem. This problem arises when an outer ring of units (census tracts or more likely now census block groups) present a bottleneck that prevents the use of enough underserved rural districts from being used to obtain a desired community. Take Phoenix, Arizona, for example.Inside the highlighted ring of census tracts, there are 2,456,176 residents who live in non-distressed areas. You would need 17 separate underserved rural districts to cover the entire market. However, you can see that there are only 12 different census tracts that make up the “outer ring” so there aren’t enough paths to leverage qualifying underserved rural districts from the surrounding areas to pick up the residents in the “non distressed” units in the community.There are two things you can do to solve this problem. First, define the area by the smallest possible permissible units: census block groups, which opens up a few more paths into the market. Second, use local well-defined underserved areas to reduce the number of residents that need to be picked up by surrounding underserved rural districts. This way, the 12 different entry points to the market ends up being enough to get the entire CBSA and ultimately allows a credit union to get the whole state of Arizona under a federal charter.Here is a map that provides a quick cheat sheet to the value that this strategy offers to credit unions in each state: Green- CUs can serve the whole state, Yellow- CUs can possibly serve the whole state, Red-CUs cannot serve the whole state.While not as groundbreaking, the federal multiple common bond charter and underserved areas still provide a lot of value and growth opportunities to credit unions in New England or the Midwest and should not be discounted.ConclusionThank you for reading this much. It was a long read. I hope you found this interesting. Discovering this secret was a labor of love for me. I hope you find it valuable to your credit union or at least that it makes you reexamine things that you have been told are impossible, because when it comes to field of membership anything is possible as long as you have the ability and intent to do it (unless you are in New England or certain states in the Midwest – Sorry!). Also, please remember that while this strategy unlocks dramatically larger communities under a federal multiple common bond charter, your credit union would still need to have the ability and intent to serve the areas you apply to serve. So don’t waste your time or the NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion applying for a larger area than you actually plan or have the ability to serve. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sam Brownell Sam has worked in the credit union industry for over ten years. He thinks every American should be a member of a credit union. 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first_imgThe European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is looking to fill two newly opened positions to support its marine energy testing activities.The center is seeking a Performance Test Engineer, and a Project Officer to join its Orkney-based facility for testing wave and tidal energy technologies in the sea.As Performance Test Engineer for EMEC, the successful candidate will be required to develop and maintain test software and equipment, analyze and interpret test results, and prepare technical reports for clients.The position also entails providing technical input into the development of testing and certification schemes for the sector, EMEC noted.The second open position is that of Project Officer, whose job responsibilities will include supporting project management activities, developing and monitoring schedules and reporting on project progress.The Project Officer will also be tasked with supporting EMEC’s consents process, to ensure the fulfilment of statutory consents requirements for both EMEC and its clients.The deadline to apply for either of the positions has been set for April 20, 2018.last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton-based Williams Shipping has started transporting MHI Vestas’ 82-metre-long offshore wind turbine blades built at the Isle of Wight factory in the UK.According to Williams Shipping, a special design of blade transport barges was created since the blades cannot be transported by road and are instead transported by barge from the Isle of Wight to the painting facility in Fawley and then to international docks for shipping overseas.The 76-meter-long barges are self-powered and capable of working in the shallow waters around the Solent, with an unloaded draught of 0.65m and a loaded draft of 0.75m, the company said.Besides managing the operation of the vessels, Williams Shipping will be managing the stevedoring with cranes installed at local sites on the Isle of Wight, Fawley and Portsmouth Docks. The company said it has positioned cranes and site offices at each site to manage the stevedoring.Williams Shipping won the contract in early 2018, while the blade transport barge was delivered to the company’s marine base at the Southampton Dock at the beginning of April.Philip Williams, Director of Marine at Williams Shipping, said: “We’re really pleased to get started on this contract. We have spent some time getting all the equipment and people set up and the arrival of the blade barges was the final stage. MHI Vestas’ ongoing investment has been great for the area and we are glad we can play a part in building the wind energy industry on the south coast.”In November 2017, MHI Vestas announced it will repurpose part of a decommissioned power plant in Fawley into a painting and logistics facility for the blades, which are used for the V164 offshore wind turbines with a nameplate capacity of up to 9.5MW.The blades have been manufactured at the Isle of Wight factory since 2015, with serial production commencing last year. The facility is expected to produce around 150 blades yearly, according to MHI Vestas.Images: Williams Shippinglast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Franklin County Historical Society WebsiteBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Historical Society will hold a picnic pitch-in on Monday, August 20 at 6 p.m.Stephanie Ison from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present, “The History of Brookville Lake” at 7 p.m.Residents are asked to meet At the Brookville Overlook Shelter at 10064 Overlook Road and bring a friend and a covered dish.last_img

first_imgBy Dana Royer/34 RacewayWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (May 10) – Shane Watts has been racing stock cars for eight years and never won a feature. That changed Saturday night when Watts held off Jason Cook to get his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory at 34 Raceway. Watts took the lead from John Brockway on lap five while there was a three and sometimes four car battle going on behind him. With five laps to go, Cook moved into the second spot. Watts and Cook passed the flagstand nearly bumper to bumper with just two laps to go. On the final lap Watts was able to get some breathing room and took the checkered flag for the first time. Despite having a fire in his car during heat race action, Cook was still able to make the field and moved up from his sixth row start to finish second.Rich Smith was the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature winner. Bobby Anders topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.last_img read more