Army South Commander: Our Partners Are our Strength

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 14, 2018 “Our partners are our strength,” said U.S. Army Major General Mark R. Stammer, commanding general of U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), to describe his engagement with partner nation armies to strengthen regional security. In his six months in command–since October 2017–he has advanced efforts to engage with and integrate partner nation armies to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and to counter transnational threat networks (T3N). ARSOUTH is responsible for synchronizing and coordinating the land components operating within SOUTHCOM’s area of operations. Maj. Gen. Stammer spoke with Diálogo to discuss ARSOUTH’s focus, his regional security concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other topics. Diálogo: What is U.S. Army South’s main focus in Latin America and the Caribbean? U.S. Army Major General Mark R. Stammer, commanding general of U.S. Army South: ARSOUTH has two roles in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility, with different areas of focus for each role. As an army service component command, our number one priority, like the Army’s, is readiness. ARSOUTH is supporting that by planning combined training exercises with partner nations across the region. These exercises are designed to build readiness in the total force. As the Joint Forces Land Component Command for SOUTHCOM, the number one priority is countering threat networks. ARSOUTH works with both U.S. federal agencies and partner nation security forces to identify and counter threat networks. We provide training opportunities to U.S. forces in coordination with partner nation security forces, in support of SOUTHCOM’s Theater Campaign Plan and [SOUTHCOM] Commander Tidd’s military imperatives. Diálogo: What is your main goal as ARSOUTH commander, particularly after six months on the job? Maj. Gen. Stammer: My number one goal is to improve the collective value of our army and security force partnerships. We must leverage our mature relationships by integrating our unique capabilities into regional strategies for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as countering the corrosive and destructive impact of threat networks on all our populations. We are working with partner nation armies to develop regional strategies to counter threat networks and support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Diálogo: What do you expect to achieve with each country in SOUTHCOM’s area of operations you engage with, whether through exercises, key leader engagements, or other engagements? Maj. Gen. Stammer: The goal of all our engagements is to strengthen regional security. We support our partners as they develop and enhance their capacity address with their individual challenges. We utilize exercises and engagements as opportunities to build interoperability. We can rehearse mechanisms and standard operating procedures to employ a regional multinational coalition. In addition, exercises build readiness for both the United States and our partner nations. We strive to make our exercises more realistic and beneficial for all the participants. Key leader engagements are opportunities for ARSOUTH to learn more about our partner nations, their concerns, and where our mutual interests align to enhance readiness and increase regional security. Diálogo: What is your biggest regional security concern in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean? Maj. Gen. Stammer: One of the biggest concerns at this moment is Venezuela. People are fleeing Venezuela in large numbers because of a lack of resources, security, and necessities like food and clean water. It is a tremendously challenging humanitarian crisis that affects us all. Additionally, transregional threat networks in the SOUTHCOM area of operations move over an estimated $6.8 billion worth of illicit products, as well as people. All countries in our region are feeling the impact of illicit activities enabled by these networks. Threat networks can rapidly adapt to changes in the environment, shifts in market demands, and the methods law enforcement use to target them. The competitive, adaptive nature of these organizations ensure pathways for illicit traffic and product, enabling them to exploit vulnerable citizens in their voracious quest for profits. The effects of these organizations range from destabilizing institutions, increasing violence, dehumanizing people, drug addictions, to possibly moving terrorists who intend to harm civilians. Diálogo: What kind of regional strategies and engagements do you have in place now or do you plan to have to support multi-national operations to counter T3N? Maj. Gen. Stammer: ARSOUTH’s role is to directly support the U.S. country teams and law enforcement agencies that work in unison with our partner nations throughout the region. Our engagement strategy is focused on accomplishing mutual objectives that enhance the capacity and readiness of both U.S. and partner nation forces to execute their missions in support of the civilian government appointed over them. We seek to build inclusion, collaboration, and consensus with all countries throughout the region to rapidly respond to challenges and threats before they become a crisis. ARSOUTH works with security cooperation officers and partner nations to fully understand short- and long-term intelligence and operational challenges to counter threat networks by adapting engagements to address institutional changes rather than a unilateral/single, tactical approach. Diálogo: How do you leverage the efforts of the countries in the region to thwart T3N? Maj. Gen. Stammer: ARSOUTH, through the Joint Forces Land Component Command and the Conference of the American Armies, promotes crosstalk at both regional and hemispheric levels to generate cross border cooperation, information sharing, as well as collaborating on techniques and strategies for combating threat networks. We work with each country to provide as much information as possible to enable our partner nations to counter these threat networks. In many cases, their efforts result in the extradition and prosecution of high level network leaders to the United States. Diálogo: How does ARSOUTH prepare to execute rapid response and humanitarian disaster relief operations? Maj. Gen. Stammer: The key to success in contingency operations is based on training and soldier readiness. We maintain focus on the fundamentals to ensure that our team is ready to go. We exercise our concepts and programs on a frequent basis to ensure our ability to rapidly and effectively respond to need. Diálogo: What is the importance of joint regional collaboration among partner nations and the United States in order to achieve commons goals? Maj. Gen. Stammer: The United States and its partners are strategically aligned and have a very common interest: stability for growth. Joint regional collaboration is very important to stability and in turn promotes growth that occurs daily throughout our area of responsibility. Furthermore, our partners gain stability by degrading the T3N. In order to do so, we must have joint regional collaboration to simultaneously put pressure on these types of organizations. Diálogo: How do the relationships you build help you strengthen and benefit the collaboration between the U.S. Army and partner nation armies? Maj. Gen. Stammer: Relationships matter. We are always better when we work together. When we conduct combined multi-lateral exercises such as PANAMAX, we form and strengthen relationships. Partner nations participating in the exercise develop personal relationships with each other that can greatly enhance regional collaboration. Our partners are our strength. Diálogo: What message do you want to send to partner nations in Latin America and the Caribbean? Maj. Gen. Stammer: Our shared values provide a basis for strong partnerships within the region. These partnerships are vital to strengthening cooperation across the Western Hemisphere and are essential to combating transregional, transnational threat networks. Working together ensures a strong foundation of safety and security. We strive to be the partner of choice for each nation and we are committed to the safety, security, and rights of the people our militaries serve. Diálogo: Would you like to add anything for Diálogo readers? Maj. Gen. Stammer: ARSOUTH, SOUTHCOM, and all of our partner nations have common interests to defend our constitutions, countries, and our people. With confidence I can say we will continue to be successful. With the myriad professionals among our partners, SOUTHCOM, and ARSOUTH we will ensure readiness and security cooperation remain paramount while ensuring maximum effort is afforded to prevent threat networks from eroding regional security.last_img read more

Veritas returns gather pace in fourth quarter to end year at 5.8%

first_imgVeritas, the €2.7bn Finnish pensions insurer, made a 5.8% total return on investments in 2015, down from 6.4% the year before, according to preliminary results.At the end of October, the Finnish pension fund said it made a 2.4% total return on investments in the first nine months of the year, so returns appear to have accelerated in the last quarter of 2015. The pensions firm said market volatility intensified at the end of last year in liquid risk assets such as equities and corporate bonds.Niina Bergring, investment director, said: “Diversification became increasingly important, and its importance will increase further.” Bergring said real estate investments, which had traditionally performed well for the pension provider, produced good returns over the course of last year.“The Finnish real estate market really woke up in the last year, and there were a lot of transactions,” she said.The global economic cycle is approaching a mature phase and the market outlook characterised by uncertainty, she said.Bergring said the Chinese economy was continuing to cause concern, and that Veritas had taken a cautious position regarding this country.This stance has been advantageous, she said.“In 2016, we are striving for a steady return with a moderate risk profile,” she said.According to the preliminary annual figures, Veritas’s solvency capital stood at around 28%, with the solvency ratio at 2.2%For 2014, Veritas reported its solvency capital at 29.1% of technical provisions, and the ratio as 2.2%.last_img read more

Hard to bench Aguero – Pellegrini

first_img It also took their goal tally for the season to 99 and, as they average four a game at home, the century seems likely to be broken as Cardiff visit in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. For now Negredo is their most potent goalscoring weapon with the Spaniard having scored seven in his last four games. The 28-year-old has been an instant hit since his move from Sevilla last summer, which at £20million came at a fraction of the cost paid for Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao elsewhere in Europe. Pellegrini, a former Malaga, Real Madrid and Villarreal coach, said: “All of them are very important strikers, top players. “But I thought that here we had Dzeko, so if we could bring in Negredo as well we could be very strong with both of them. “I think both of them are playing the way they can. We are very happy with them and now we don’t need any more strikers. “I thought that at the beginning of the season too. They are top players.” While the goals have hardly stopped flowing this season, City have occasionally shown vulnerability at the back. Yet in that regard, City do seem to have tightened up with clean sheets in the last three games. Pellegrini, mainly due to injuries, has tried numerous central defensive partnerships but now regards the pairing of captain Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis as his preferred choice. That represents a shift in the pecking order to the cost of Matija Nastasic, who has been hampered by ankle and calf injuries this season. Joleon Lescott has also featured more prominently in recent weeks, but Pellegrini insists it is a fluid arrangement. Pellegrini said: “At this moment Kompany and Demichelis are the first choice. “But I am very happy with the whole squad – I can change them.” As City strive onwards in four competitions, there has been talk of records but that is not Pellegrini’s main concern. He said: “Of course (I would be proud) but it can’t be the most important thing to break records. “What’s important to me is that the team keep on playing in the same way. “If we carry on in this way and score over 100 goals – then perfect, but we are not trying to break a record. “We are not going to go all out attack just because we want to score 100 goals. “We will try to continue in the same way and see how many we have at the end of the season.” Pellegrini appears to have some selection issues looming as Aguero gets back into his stride after a month out injured. Aguero made a goalscoring return off the bench after an eight-game lay-off against Blackburn in the FA Cup midweek. His strike – just 50 seconds after coming on – was his 20th of a prolific campaign but it says much for City’s fearsome attack that he was hardly missed during his absence. Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, who have scored 21 and 15 goals respectively, led the line well during the Argentinian’s time out. Yet although Aguero is again set to be among the substitutes against Cardiff this weekend, the 25-year-old is soon likely to be back starting. Pellegrini said: “It would be difficult to leave him out. “We’ve got so many games to play that we need the best performances from them. “We’ll see which is the best way to start the next one. “For the moment Sergio is just coming back from an injury and he’s not fit yet to play 90 minutes.” City’s 5-0 win over Blackburn, which secured a fourth-round tie with Watford, was the latest in a series of big wins at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits Sergio Aguero will have no difficulty getting back into his team. Press Associationlast_img read more

Raphoe Community News: Betty’s special birthday raises €2,100

first_imgThe following are the weekly community notes from the Raphoe area.Fundraiser – ThanksBetty Mc Clintock would like to thank everyone who donated to the Alzheimer’s home care Donegal branch on the occasion of her special birthday. The amount raised was €2,100.  Sincere thanks to everyone who gave so generously! Raphoe Family Resource Centre Clg.Raphoe Family Resource Centre provides computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help in these areas, please call into us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.Christmas Disco!Raphoe Family Resource Centre will hold its Christmas Disco on Friday 13th December 2019 in the Presbyterian Hall from 7PM – 8.30PM. DJ Marty will be spinning the tunes and Santa himself may make an appearance!! Also some special guests have been invited!!! Should be a good night’s fun for all the family. This is a family event and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone welcome! Toddler GroupLittle Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe. Anyone who is in the care of a child parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome. Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age. A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family.Raphoe Boxing ClubA sincere thanks to local footballers “The Gym Gang” for their very generous sponsorship that helped the local boxing club install CCTV at the boxing club and this system also covers the children’s play park and houses at the bottom of St. Eunans Terrace and is greatly appreciated by all at the boxing club. Raphoe schoolgirl kingpin Georgia Mae Doherty secured her third title of the season when she was crowned Ulster 9 County Open Champion Girl One at 33KG’s in Derry on Saturday last. Raphoe’s 48KG’s schoolboy puncher Ryley Doherty featured in the 9 County Championship final in Derry on Sunday last and he turned in a very impressive display of ring-craft only to lose out to Belfast’s Jude Molyneaux on a 3/2 split decision.Helping Hands Scheme Do you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/087364150350/50 Bonus BallThe winner of last week’s bonus ball was Danny Mc Dermott, winning number 11. Congratulations Danny! To enter the bonus ball please call in!Raphoe Walking GroupRaphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!! Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Are you interested in up skilling? Would you like to learn about computers?Are you from the Raphoe area? Donegal ETB will be starting a beginner’s computer course on Tuesday 24th September from 10am-1pm in the Volt House, Raphoe. On this course you will build your knowledge and skills, and gain more confidence in working with computers. This is a part-time course, free of charge and delivered to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information call Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796 or call Georgie 0877002294 or apply online today through: http://www.fetchcourses.ieCo-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Raphoe Community News: Betty’s special birthday raises €2,100 was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityNotesRaphoelast_img read more

Press release: South Africa’s reputation has improved as perceived by “G8” countries and South Africans

first_imgAccording to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Brand South Africa awards Excellence in South African Resonance Marketing at the Marketing Achievement Awards

first_imgAll roads led to the Valley of Waves; Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, for the inaugural Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) where Brand South Africa was a partner. The awards celebrated excellence, recognised and rewarded successful marketing initiatives in the country’s marketing industry.Kicking off the day was a Marketing Summit that saw the auditorium filled with top marketers in the country to help unpack topics on;The future of marketing communicationsPan Africa, tomorrowMarketing with meaning and purposeAre South African companies innovating?Make you, or break you – reputation management in a highly responsive era,Co-creating a revised Brand South Africa strategyThe awards had ten categories one of which was Brand South Africa’s patron for “South African Resonance Marketing Award”, which recognised a brand that managed to resonate with South Africans.AB InBev for Castle Lager #SmashTheLabel  with its agency Ogilvy SA were the proud recipients of this award.Speaking on the awards, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We congratulate all entrants and we say ha la la to all the winners. We say thank you for playing a significant role in enhancing the image, identity and reputation of the country brand.One of the highlights of the night was the induction of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu into the South African Hall of Fame.last_img read more

5 things policymakers should consider when building out autonomous capacities

first_imgAutonomous transportation has been on a tear recently. Maybe it’s fascination with Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk. Maybe it’s excitement about the future. Regardless, the news flow has been a torrent. Most of the automotive majors – GM, Nissan-Renault, Jaguar, and Volkswagen, to name a few – have all made big announcements around autonomous development in the past month alone.Getting in the action, Congress has ramped up its efforts on national policy for autonomous vehicles. Specifically, the Senate has created principles to guide federal legislation on autonomous vehicles, and a bundle of bills introduced in the House would pave the way for federal regulators to tackle this area. It’s a big opportunity.As our politicians and policy makers turn toward that task, here are several key items to consider.#1: Think beyond autonomous human transportOur fascination with a future in which autonomous vehicles drive us around town diverts our attention from a broader conversation on automation.We’re over-indexed on autonomous transportation. We’re under-indexed on autonomous everything else.The robots are here already. Food Deliveries. Landscaping. Logistics. Security. Garbage collection. Car valets. And it’ll go well beyond these, to courier services, events, construction, medical devices, maintenance, repair, insurance services, media, entertainment.In tackling rules for autonomy, we need to tackle allowances and operating bounds for autonomy broadly. These “robots” will share roadways and rights of way with autonomous transport vehicles. That needs to be orchestrated, not an afterthought.Furthermore, legislation should address both ground and airborne autonomous robots. The rules for smaller grounded robots need to extend to sidewalks and even hallways. For airborne robots, the rules need to address airways above public rights of way.Understanding the stakes, several states, including Virginia, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Florida, are getting ahead of this game and have passed legislation allowing autonomous deliveries. Several others are not far behind.It’ll prove very impactful to create a national framework for autonomous vehicles that extends well beyond deliveries before the patchwork of state approaches bogs down overall progress.#2: Address the supporting infrastructureThe focus on autonomous to date has been most heavily on the vehicles themselves, without much consideration for the supporting infrastructure needed to make a reality of the smart mobility future.We need our transportation network to be informed by networked intelligence nodes that extend each vehicle’s sensor sight. We need our transportation network to support more fluid charging models that don’t require vehicles to “return to base” every time batteries get low.That means we need to address the infrastructure around transportation arteries and intersections, especially concerning sensors, communications and charging.#3: Streamline deployment of 5GSimply put, we need a higher-speed, lower-latency communications network with better coverage than we currently have.5G is going to be the smart mobility enabler. We absolutely need 5G speeds paired with tiered processing architectures to responsively handle the volumes of data that are coming from autonomous systems. Plus, we’ll need new communications capabilities to grow the new services that autonomy will uncover.We’ve failed if network latency is the new distracted driving.Reasonable allowances for, and acceleration of, 5G deployments along major conduits and roadways should be part of thoughtful legislation on autonomy. Bonus for the politicians out there — according to Accenture, 5G will be a job creator.#4: Build out the external sensor networkWe’ll want to augment vehicle information systems with stationary sensors and information systems to provide intelligence on roadways ahead.No robot is an island. External sensors and monitoring have to be part of the package. Throughways that are better instrumented, monitored, and managed should receive broader allowances for the development of autonomy.#5: Deploy ubiquitous EV chargingLastly, we need to think about public charging infrastructure for autonomous vehicles. It will be a complete disaster if every vehicle needs to return to base every time charge wanes. Unnecessary congestion and hamstrung opportunity must be avoided.The network will be the charger.Legislation should include considerations and motivations to build electric charging infrastructure along city routes and corridors — particularly wireless charging infrastructure, where bots and BMWs alike can during the course of daily routes. Federal support to further develop wireless charging would be a boon.For better or for worse, autonomy is coming. It’ll be developed domestically, or it’ll be developed elsewhere. We want to win the race to own autonomy and robots and supporting infrastructure. It’s all about seizing the opportunity ahead.We can spend our energy debating about the jobs of the past or focus on keeping the ones of the future. Autonomy is a meaty future manufacturing target for jobs and economic acceleration. Let’s grab it. 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Korea to Open up Job Opportunities for Indian Seafarers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Danny Cornelissen/Nautilus International India has signed an agreement with the Republic of Korea to open up employment opportunities for Indian seafarers on Korean ships.Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the countries said they would mutually recognize the certificates of maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness of seafarers issued by each other.The agreement was signed by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and his Korean counterpart Kim Young-choon in Busan on April 10.India and Korea are currently looking to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in shipping, ports, inland waterways, and other.last_img read more

School District 60 Band program receives 500 donation from FSJ Coop

first_imgBand is an important skill and outlet as the intrinsic reward is priceless. Learning to play an instrument and be a part of a band promotes confidence and skills to interact with a community that develops these students into dynamic people.The importance of this festival is for students to have the opportunity to cultivate and grow a students love of serious music making. As this is a non-competitive festival, its an environment of exposure to different performers and clinics.With many students to transport, house and feed for days, fundraising efforts are what help the school ensure their students can participate in such an event.  To receive such a donation from Co-op is another step closer to getting the students to the event in April 2019.Students have been fundraising for this trip to September with bottle drives, selling first aid kits, and they are planning a bigger event in the new year which will be a dinner and or dessert theatre fundraiser.To help out with the cost of the students trip by donating please contact Bonnie Anderson our band parent coordinator at [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fundraising for an upcoming Band trip to Edmonton was recently injected with a $500 donation from FSJ Co-op.Fundraising plays a big part in financing opportunities for kids to get outside of the community to learn and grow.  One such event for the SD60 Band program is the Edmonton Cantando Musical Festival.North Peace has a very vibrant and nurtured musical program that starts early in middle school and with the curriculum build and maintained by several teachers; this musical program continues with a student as they grow through their education and grades.last_img read more

Expert predicts more attacks in Egypt following Ismailia explosion

first_imgCAIRO –  Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.An Egyptian military expert on Saturday predicted more attacks against military installations, following an explosion outside an intelligence headquarters in the canal city of Ismailia.“These bombings aim to deliver a message that the State is incapable of protecting its facilities,” Alaa Ezz Eddin, the former head of the Egyptian Army’s Strategic Studies Center, told Anadolu Agency.Six Egyptians were injured on Saturday in a terrorist attack outside a military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, the Egyptian army said.Ezz Eddin is confident that perpetrators of these attacks will not achieve their goal.“We will endure for a while until we hunt down the masterminds of these attacks and stem terrorism as we did in the 1990s following the Luxor attack (in which 60 foreigners were killed in 1997),” he said.The expert linked between the attacks and protests demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.“The surge in these attacks after Morsi’s ouster is a proof on this,” he said.Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 after massive protests against his presidency.The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has denied any role in the attacks that ravaged the country following the overthrow of the Islamist leader.last_img read more