Uruguayan Armed Forces Assist Victims of Flooding

first_imgThe division, which also is charged with updating any and all records, reports, assessments, and plans that deal with emergency responses nationwide, also works with the 3rd Department of the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Army Education System on how to instruct Military personnel. Uruguay’s Armed Forces, working with the National Emergency Response System (SINAE) and the Ministry of Social Welfare (MIDES), provided crucial assistance to civilians during a recent period of heavy rains and flooding. Of the country’s 19 departments, 11 – Artigas, Canelones, Colonia, Durazno, Florida, Maldonado, Rivera, Rocha, Soriano, Tacuarembó and Treinta y Tres – experienced flooding in August and September. And as of late September, authorities in Artigas, Durazno, Rivera, and Soriano were still searching for missing persons. Representatives from the Armed Forces, Joint Technical Commission of Salto Grande, the Red Cross, the Commissariat of Salto, the Regional University of the North, Hospital de Clínicas, the Interior and Public Health Ministries, the Medical Federation of the Interior, and other invitees participated in the course. SINAE and the U.S. cooperate on training course The SINAE, Armed Forces conduct humanitarian efforts The humanitarian relief operations were conducted efficiently and effectively by the Armed Forces in cooperation with SINAE. That government organization was established by Law 18.601, “which is what allows us to perform these humanitarian efforts in conjunction with the Military,” said Colonel Gustavo Gil, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of SINAE, in an interview with Diálogo. SINAE organized the course and received instructional support from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), which is an organizational unit within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its main objective of the course, directed by government and private organizations, was to educate citizens on prevention and how to prepare to respond to emergencies, such as the recent flooding. “Among the functions that come into the Defense and Civil Protection Division’s purview is that of planning and coordinating the training of citizens, either collectively or individually, regarding the behavior and procedures necessary to face emergency situations, such as the recent flooding.” By Dialogo October 22, 2015 The Army began helping evacuate victims in Durazno – one of the departments hardest hit by the flooding – on August 13, after authorities activated the National Emergency Response System. It dispatched five vehicles in support of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 13th Infantry Battalion and also established a refugee tent camp in a sports complex for the evacuees from Durazno; additionally, the Armed Forces provided trucks and light and amphibious vehicles to help evacuate flood victims, with the Army establishing two field kitchens, which provided about 1,100 meals for 4,879 displaced persons. Part of this training included a course organized called “Administrative Bases for Risk Management,” which was held September 14-16 in Uruguay as part of a comprehensive education program dedicated to promoting competence among those responsible for managing responses to emergencies. SINAE’s mission is carried out by government organizations whose objectives include working to prevent the risks linked to natural and man-made catastrophes. It also plans on how to respond to such events and to mitigate their impact and participates in post-disaster recovery efforts. Meanwhile, the Army’s efforts to help civilians affected by the flooding in Durazno and Treinta y Tres were organized in cooperation with the Defense and Civil Protection Division. Uruguayan Undersecretary for National Defense Jorge Menéndez visited Durazno on the day the Army launched its relief efforts there to supervise the humanitarian mission, surveying the area by air and land, speaking with the department’s civil authorities, and visiting the missions coordinated by the Armed Forces and the SINAE. “The course aimed to offer the tools necessary to improve the development of all those who deal with tasks linked to emergency and disaster risk management and reduction,” Col. Gil said. “The tools provided to the participants deal mostly with administrative processes and are based on planning, organization, and logistical techniques. This way, the various tasks [of emergency response] can be modified with a simple scientific approach adjusted to meet the unique challenges presented by the distinct nature of each emergency.”last_img read more

US Government Donates Equipment Worth More Than $80,000 to Peruvian Migration Superintendence

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Peru September 21, 2020 On August 25, the U.S. government delivered personal protective equipment and passport readers to Peru’s Migration Superintendence, which will be used to enforce proper passenger controls in Peruvian airports. The modern units are particularly important to save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The protective equipment and passport readers will help migration personnel to process the influx of international travelers in a more agile, secure way, thereby mitigating the risks of COVID-19 infection. The 40 modern passport readers will reduce queueing time and the exposure of both inspectors and passengers. In addition, the readers will help increase the ability to detect authentic documentation and facilitate legitimate traveling. This donation is valued at more than $80,000, reflecting once again the U.S. government’s support for Peru to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its institutional capacity.During the handover ceremony, Denison Offutt, chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Peru, highlighted that the help the United States has been providing to Peru to fight the COVID-19 pandemic so far exceeds $23 million. This includes 250 modern mechanical ventilators recently delivered to Peru for distribution in different regions of the country and “EpiShuttle” medical isolation units for transporting patients safely.Chargé d’Affaires Offutt said that Peru and the United States “continue to work with determination and optimism and face the COVID-19 pandemic together. Our ties are of cooperation and, above all, of friendship. Together we will overcome this challenge.”last_img read more

Hotel Esplanade Zagreb crowned with the title of the best Historic hotel of the year

first_imgBack in 1925, Hotel Esplanade with its luxurious interior, impressive architecture and modern facilities even attracted travelers to the famous Orient Express, and today Esplanade, based on the tradition of superior service, with its timeless charm and elegance, cultural and historical significance continues to enchant arriving guests. to Zagreb, said Ivica Max Krizmanić, General Manager of the Esplanade Hotel and added: “This award proves once again that we are at the very top of the European and world scene of selected hotels, widely known for its luxurious history that makes the Esplanade so unique. What I especially appreciate, as a person who has spent almost three decades in this hotel, is that the Esplanade has long been and remains a temple of excellent gastronomy and a hotel of refined taste, sophistication, excellent service and special, sincere connections with Zagreb, fellow citizens and to every guest. The Historic Hotel of the Year is a great honor. Congratulations to the entire hotel team on the valuable years behind us. ” Krizmanic points out. These days, the European Hotel Awards 2019 was held in Switzerland, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski by Lake Geneva. The European Hotel Awards are given to people in the hotel industry who, with a passion for their profession, excellence in their work and human qualities, contribute to promoting the image of the European hotel industry, while the winners of the European Hotel Awards by Références 2019 At the ceremony, awards were presented in a dozen categories. Among the laureates was the luxury Zagreb hotel Esplanade, which was recognized as the Historic Hotel in 2019.  Also, Ivica Max Krizmanić was previously awarded a world recognition for his personal contribution to the business of the Esplanade Hotel – Five Star Diamond Award for excellent hotel management, while the world’s oldest gourmet association Chaîne des Rôtisseurs presented him with the ribbon of honorary membership in Croatia at a recent inauguration ceremony. . last_img read more

PREMIUMCan Indonesia lead global war against religious intolerance? Scholars discuss

first_imgGoogle Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Indonesia may be active on the international stage in promoting interfaith dialogue, but current conditions at home raise questions whether the country can take the lead in the global fight against growing religious intolerance.The aspirations and the confidence exist that the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, and with a functioning democracy, has what it takes to lead the global campaign for religious moderation to fight against radicalism and extremism.Scholars in a discussion last week agreed that Indonesia was well positioned to take a leadership role, but they tempered their expectations factoring in Indonesia’s domestic situation, where intolerance has been on the rise, and where radicalism and extremism always lurk amid poverty and growing wealth inequality.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, a Muslim scholar, joined the chorus of scholars i… Topics : Forgot Password ? #Islam Islam #religiousintolerance Indonesia #Indonesia radicalism #radicalismlast_img read more

Dutch pension funds’ coverage ratios plummet in January

first_imgDutch pension funds’ coverage ratios plummeted in January, pushing many schemes into funding shortfalls, consultancies have warned. Average funding, according to estimates by Aon Hewitt and Mercer, fell by 5 percentage points over the period, due to persistently low interest rates, the criterion for discounting liabilities.Aon Hewitt concluded that average funding at the end of January came to approximately 103%, while Mercer, drawing on slightly different figures, placed the ratio closer to 104%.The consultancies also attributed the sudden drop in funding to a new accounting method for calculating coverage ratios. Since 1 January, when the Netherlands introduced its new financial assessment framework (FTK), schemes’ funding has been based on actual interest rates while applying the ultimate forward rate (UFR), rather than the three-month average of interest rates plus UFR.In addition, the new FTK came with a ‘policy funding ratio’ – meant as a criterion for rights cuts and indexation – consisting of the average coverage of the previous 12 months.According to Aon Hewitt, policy funding stood at 109% at January-end, while Mercer placed the figure at 109.6%.Explaining the difference between actual coverage and policy coverage, Edward Krijgsman, monitoring team leader at Mercer, pointed out that policy funding still contained an entire year of the three-month average.Krijgsman – together with Frank Driessen, chief commercial officer for retirement and financial management at Aon Hewitt – predicted that the policy funding ratio would fall if the actual coverage failed to improve.Pension funds with less than 110% in policy funding are currently prohibited from granting indexation.Driessen said the ECB’s recently announced quantitative-easing programme had led to a further slide of interest rates and predicted that rates would remain low for “a long time”.Aon Hewitt also noted that the value of Dutch pension funds’ fixed income allocations increased by 5.2% in January, while equity increased by 5.7%.European equity increased by 7.2% over the period.Mercer’s Krijgsman said investors from the euro-zone invested outside the area also benefited from currencies appreciating last month.The US dollar, the British pound and the Japanese yen rose by 7%, 3% and 9%, respectively, against the euro he said.However, the 5.6% increase in the average Dutch portfolio in January was offset by an increase in liabilities of more than 10%, Aon Hewitt said.last_img read more

Wynnum house is the heart of the neighourhood

first_imgThis Wynnum beauty is on the market for $2.65 million through Ray WhiteBeing stuck in isolation will be no hardship for whoever buys this glamorous bayside family home.Owned by Gaylene and Mark Beitz, the four-bedroom property at 12 Alverna Close in Wynnum has a tennis court, home cinema, 12.5m swimming pool and cabana, billiards room and a wine cellar. The house has been tastefully decorated by the ownerThe owners describe it as a private mini resort and unless they’re travelling overseas, there’s very little reason for them to want to leave the house.“You can just lay down with a book by the pool and pass the days away. The estate is gated and very quiet. You never hear the neighbours, but it’s still a very friendly community,” Gaylene says. Many parties have been held by the pool under the cabanaThe Beitz family bought the house about seven years ago and set about bringing it into the 21st century by giving it a lick of paint and modernising the interiors. “We ripped up the carpet and put wooden floors down. They’re so easy. There’s always people coming in and out of the house and the floor has held up so well. The house also has a billiards table in the games room“The original owner was a builder, so everything was already finished to a really high spec. He didn’t skimp on anything. For example, there’s two big water tanks under the tennis court, which helps us with the maintenance of the garden. He thought of everything.”Positioned on an elevated 2045sq m block the house spreads across two storeys with the kitchen and living areas, which include a games room, media room, study, powder room and There are several living areas throughout the hometerrace, on the ground floor, and the main bedroom and en suite, three further bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level. The interiors are all down to Gaylene, who admits to having a keen interest in decorating. “Sometimes a girlfriend will come over and we’ll pour a glass of wine and potter about the house changing this, moving that,” she said. When it came to putting the house on the market, Gaylene was adamant that the images reflected its homeliness. Hunker down for a box-set marathon in the cinema room“I’ve been to a lot of open homes where the property has been staged and it can seem a little bare. It is important to me that people see this as family home, one that has been lived in.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoDespite its cavernous proportions, Gaylene struggles to remember a time when 12 Alverna Close has felt empty. Between their three children, visits from friends, social gatherings and momentous family occasions, she said the house has always been full of people, activity and laughter.“I have so many memories of celebrations here, 18ths, 21sts, parties in the cabana. It’s the place that everyone wants to come to. It’s a house that feels alive.” If you’re feeling active you can play a game or two of tennisNow that the Beitz children have left home, Gaylene says it is time for the couple to move on to the next phase in their life. “It’s just the two of us now and that’s why it’s not practical to stay, but I’ll be devastated when it comes to the day that I have to go,” she says.The couple intend to build a smaller three-bedroom house in the area.“We’re definitely staying local, we love the area so much. You can walk to the dog park down the road, everything is so close and there’s some nice little bars and cafes. Everyone knows everyone. My husband Mark grew up in Manly, so we have many established friendships here. We wouldn’t live anywhere else,” Gaylene says.Despite the present uncertainty in the property market caused by coronavirus, the Beitz are quite grounded about the situation. “Look, this is devastating. We’ve not seen anything like it in our lifetimes, but life goes on. We will get through this.” The house, on the market for $2.65 million, is open for private inspections.last_img read more

MOL Secures Green Loan for Its Bunkering Vessel

first_imgJapanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has signed its first green loan, which it plans to use to partially finance the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel, believed to be the world’s largest. The loan is provided by BNP Paribas (BNPP) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), with both banks acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers and BNPP acting as Sole Green Structuring Advisor.“LNG bunkering vessels have a key role to play in meeting the shipping industry’s growing appetite to use LNG as a cleaner fuel alternative. With the IMO2020 SOx regulation and the upcoming IMO2050 framework on GHG and CO2 emissions, BNP Paribas is pleased to have acted as Mandated Lead Arranger and Sole Green Structuring Advisor to help MOL in financing one of the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessels. This is clearly a milestone transaction as it is the first green loan worldwide financing this vessel category,” Matthew Forrest, Head of Shipping, Southeast Asia, BNP Paribas, said.“CEXIM advocates the idea of green credit and green finance, and endeavours to place greater emphasis on supporting green vessels that are compliant with the trend of sustainability and environmental protection. It is CEXIM’s aspiration to improve the ecological environment by lending support to green transportation,” CEXIM said.The 18,600cbm LNG bunkering vessel, which will be operated in northern Europe to supply LNG as a fuel for LNG-fueled mega containerships is set to be delivered from Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in early 2020.The vessel will be used in particular to supply CMA CGM’s new build LNG mega container ships, following the 10 years contractof 300 kt per annum signed with Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) in December 2017.last_img read more

Raul Castro proposes term limits in Cuba

first_img Share News Raul Castro proposes term limits in Cuba by: – April 18, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Fidel Castro left Raul Castro Right. photo credit:weblogsRaul Castro proposed term limits for Cuban politicians on Saturday, a remarkable gesture on an island ruled for 52 years by him and his brother, but one unlikely to have a major effect on his own future.The 79-year-old president told delegates to a crucial Communist Party summit that Cuban politicians and other important officials should be restricted to two, five-year terms. Castro officially took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, meaning he’d be at least 86when his second term as Cuban leader ended, depending on how the law is written. The proposal for two terms of five years each was made at the latter stage of a long speech in which the Cuban leader forcefully backed a laundry list of economic changes that together represent a sea change for the country’s socialist system, including the eventual elimination of the ration book and other subsidies, the decentralization of the economy and a new reliance on supply and demand in some sectors.Still, he told party luminaries that he had rejected dozens of suggested reforms that would have allowed the concentration of property in private hands. Castro said the country had ignored its problems for too long, and made clear Cuba had to make tough decisions if it wanted to survive.“No country or person can spend more than they have,” he said. “Two plus two is four. Never five, much less six or seven — as we have sometimes pretended.” As with the proposals on  economic changes, the idea does not yet carry the force of law since the party gathering lacks the powers of parliament. But it is all but certain to be acted on quickly by the national assembly.Fidel Castro was not present for the speech, but a chair was left empty for him near his brother.MSNBC  Newslast_img read more

Early Morning Fire Damages Business In Versailles

first_imgUpdate (12:15 p.m. April 4.2014)Investigators are on the scene of a business fire that occurred during the early morning hours Friday.Fire crews fought the blaze at Downtown Mower Shop on U.S. 50, across from the Southeastern Career Center for approximately five hours.Six fire departments responded to the scene including, Versailles, Osgood, Milan, Holton, Friendship and Aurora.Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding said the inventory at the business is most likely a total loss. Damage is estimated at 50 percent of the building.The fire forced traffic to detour as U.S. 50 was closed for about five hours before reopening shortly after 7:00 a.m.Investigators hope to determine what sparked the fire on Friday afternoon.First Report ( 7:30 a.m. April 4, 2014) Fire crews have been working the scene of a business fire in Versailles Friday morning.The fire is at the building of a lawn mower shop on U.S. 50 between David Lane and Gaslight St.Since the overnight hours, firefighters from Versailles, Holton, Milan, Friendship and Osgood have been on the scene and Delaware and Aurora are on stand by.The fire is now under control but crews remain at the scene. U.S. 50 was reopened around 7:20 a.m.  Friday.Dispatchers say no injuries were reported although the building may be a total loss.last_img read more

Leicester City striker ‘offered’ to Premier League rivals

first_imgCity striker, Islam Slimani, has reportedly been offered to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Slimani has been out of the first-team picture at the King Power Stadium and spent this season on loan at Monaco. The Algerian international has is entering the final year of his contract with the Foxes. And according to ESPN, Spurs have been given the opportunity to sign Slimani during the summer transfer window. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is said to be looking to bring in back-up for Harry Kane in attack, with Napoli’s Fernando Llorente also mentioned as a possible target, having previously had a spell at the club.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging Loading… center_img The London outfit were linked with Slimani in January, along with Manchester United and Aston Villa, but he ended up staying with Monaco. read also:DStv and Gotv to screen key Leicester City-Man United game The French side are reported to have decided against taking up an option to make the deal permanent, despite the frontman impressing on the pitch. Marseille and Lille are also said to be keen on the 32-year-old. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more