Share this article View post tag: americas Members from CNRSW’s Federal Fire Department set up an information booth and provided Sailors and civilians with CPR techniques and hands-on training using manikins.Sidewalk CPR Day is national campaign by the American Heart Association, said Chief Mary Anderson, emergency medical technician-paramedic.“Its goal is to teach as many people as possible how to save a life by using Hands-Only CPR. San Diego County’s goal this year is to train 3,500 people,” said Anderson.Anderson explained that Hands-Only CPR is a safe, effective and easy way for people to learn. It is a method of applying chest compressions without giving mouth-to-mouth breaths. Hands-Only CPR can be used on anyone who is unresponsive and not breathing.The lessons required no appointment and only took between five and 10 minutes.According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, each year this emergency affects the lives of 424,000 people in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those victims die. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR before medical help arrives, 40 percent of the victims survive.[mappress]Press Release, June 06, 2014; Image: US Navy Authorities Sailors and Civilians assigned to Commander, Navy Region Southwest (CNRSW) received free Hands-Only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training during Sidewalk CPR Day, June 5. View post tag: CNRSW June 6, 2014 View post tag: CPR View post tag: sailors CNRSW Sailors Get CPR Training View post tag: get View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Training Back to overview,Home naval-today CNRSW Sailors Get CPR Training
I’ll lose many friends tomorrow. Or maybe just a few with multiple personalities. It’s hard to tell when I’ve not met them.The Ocean City Daily announces a policy of signed and fully moderated comments effective immediately. That means if you want to comment on a story, you must use your first name and last name — the real ones. The Daily will post only items that are signed, constructive, relevant and interesting.It’s not without a great deal of sadness and ambivalence that I bid farewell to the likes of the immortal “Sam Samstie,” the morbidly obese mock City Council candidate who favored “perfect and cost-free government” and ran a write-in campaign entirely within the confines of online news story comments — lampooning everything and everybody in the city along the way.We’ll miss the anti-establishment “Duffer” and “Beachy Keen,” and “Wyatt,” the “shoobie” with an unrelenting persecution complex. We’ll miss any number of former Ocean City Beach Patrol members conducting petty catfights under pseudonyms.Some of these commenters were among my first loyal readers when I started what turned out to be a three-year experiment in community journalism as editor of the Ocean City Patch.At its best, the online commentary offered a wonderful snapshot of the community. The comments often contained background, insight and perspective that made stories much richer.The measure of Patch’s rapid success as part of the fabric of the community came during coverage of a campaign to allow “Bring Your Own Bottle” restaurants in the dry town. Literally hundreds of comments accompanied each article — the word count of comments exponentially exceeding the actual news coverage. The policy allowing user names made it easy to post quickly and impulsively.There were some wonderfully crazy comments. But over time, anonymity emboldened many commenters (they grew “anonymuscle”). Reasonable readers began to shy away.The crazier trumped the crazy. Then the craziest drove away even the crazier. Until the cast of commenters became very small — offering a mostly dull mix of repetitive bile and drivel.And so the new Ocean City Daily turns to an innovative model for its online comments policy: newspaper letters to the editor.Newspaper editors do something novel — they read letters before they publish them. They choose which ones are most interesting. They edit them and they confirm the identities of authors.So it’s back to the future for the Daily. We take pride in our hard-earned credibility as a reliable daily news source for Ocean City, and our new comments policy will reflect that.The policy is designed to encourage and welcome the return of a wide variety of commenters. We invite you to share your opinion. And we certainly ask you to comment here on our new comment policy. Doug Bergen Editor OCNJ DAILY COMMENTS POLICYCommenters must use real first and last name.Commenters must include real email for potential verification of the same.We encourage brevity for both effectiveness and the demands of space.We encourage a sense of humor.We encourage any comment that takes issue with our news coverage.We encourage any comment that takes issue with a well-established position — informed dissent being a foundation of any worthy public forum.We encourage relevance — stay on topic.We won’t allow profanityWe won’t allow personal attacksWe won’t allow accusations against individualsWe won’t allow you to use copyrighted materialWe make no promise to post any comment
Early in the afternoon of Sept. 23, 1642 — the first Commencement at Harvard College — all nine graduates lined up in front of President Henry Dunster. He conferred degrees on the group in order of their parents’ prominence, which made Benjamin Woodbridge Harvard’s first graduate. After delivering an address in Latin, Dunster handed each new scholar “a Booke of Arts,” wrote one witness. But after the ceremony, Harvard took each book back.It was not until 1813 that Harvard College graduates received something at Commencement they could keep: a uniformly sized, textually common diploma in Latin. (Medical diplomas were first given out in 1817, and law diplomas in 1827.) Before the era of printed diplomas, any graduate who needed a document attesting to a Harvard degree (usually for travel overseas) hired a local calligrapher to pen an inscription on parchment. Then he — always “he” in those days — paid the Harvard president to sign it. When it came to 17th- and 18th-century diplomas, you “rolled your own,” wrote historian Samuel Eliot Morison.Because of this practice, surviving Harvard diplomas from that time come in all shapes and sizes. They have only one thing in common: Latin text, including names and signatures. The first Harvard graduate to have a diploma made was James Ward, a minister’s son who earned his A.B. degree in 1645, despite an earlier public whipping by Dunster for burgling a local residence. He moved to England, and used his Harvard degree to gain admittance to Oxford. The earliest known diploma in the Harvard collections is that of George Alcock, who received his A.B. in 1673. Dated 1676, it is Puritan-plain and conspicuously small, about 10 inches by 6. Many archived examples, however, are elaborately inscribed, fitted with ribbons and seals, and ostentatiously large. For his 1769 A.B., Thomas Kast ordered up a flashy sheepskin 24 inches wide.None of the 29 Harvard diplomas from those early centuries — despite bursts of fanciful filigree — could be called fine art. Even strictly as documents, they have limited utility for historians since they merely confirm identities and dates of graduation, which were already recorded in the Triennial Catalogs of that era. (The first catalog was printed in 1674 on the press at the Indian College — as a broadside. Not until 1776 was Harvard’s list of graduates large enough to merit a pamphlet.)But there is undeniable magic to the originals, penned on paper or skin and anchored by the ornate signatures of people from Harvard’s resonant far past. Urian Oakes, Harvard’s fourth president, signed Alcock’s diploma. He steered the College through the bloody years of King Philip’s War. Increase Mather, Harvard’s last resolutely Puritan president, signed his son Samuel’s 1701 master of arts diploma. In 1839, legendary law professor Joseph Story, who taught at Harvard while a justice of the Supreme Court, signed the diploma of LL.B. graduate Henry Mason. So did Harvard President Josiah Quincy III, who had a sound head for business and an iron fist for student discipline.Vintage diplomas and other Commencement documents may also reflect dramatic historical realities. The Triennial Catalog for 1682, which lists 1665 College graduate Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck as an “Indus,” also reveals the demographic fragility of 17th-century Harvard. There are no graduates listed for 1644, 1648, and 1672, and only one each in 1652 and 1654. (The 17th century produced only 439 graduates, about one-quarter the number of the Class of 2014; of those 17th-century graduates, 132 — 30 percent — died before the onset of the next century.) Soon came the era of “general degree diplomas,” published in lieu of Commencements cancelled because of war, disease, or economic depression. The earliest general diploma at the Harvard University Archives is for 1752, the year of a smallpox outbreak in Boston.Other diplomas in the Harvard archives signal other kinds of drama, like the one for Gertrude McDonald, whose A.B. was granted in 1894, the first year of the new Radcliffe College. The Schlesinger Library has in its vaults three proofs that women belonged at Harvard all along: the diplomas given to Ruth Lansing — for a bachelor’s degree in 1908, a master’s in 1909, and a Ph.D. in 1914. “It’s not just a piece of paper with a name,” said Schlesinger research librarian Sarah M. Hutcheon of each old diploma. “There’s a story behind it.”— Corydon Ireland 11The remains of the 1849 A.B. diploma of Edward Lorenzo Holmes. Tucked into a safe, it survived the fire of 1871 — although “it is clearly evident,” wrote heir and donor Randolph W. Holmes in 1929, “that the ‘sheep skin’ has turned to a substance analogous to glue.” 3This is an 1840 replica of the honorary LL.D. bestowed by Harvard on George Washington — “Georgium Washington” — on April 18, 1776. 2Puritan minister Increase Mather, Harvard’s sixth president, signed this 1701 Master of Arts diploma for his son Samuel Mather. 14The elaborate and large diploma commissioned by Thomas Kast on the occasion of his 1769 graduation from Harvard College. 5Grace Rebecca Canfield’s subsequent A.B. degree from Radcliffe College in 1894, its first year. 15The Latin-text LL.B. diploma of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr., who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1951 and taught there from 1976 until his death in 1983. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, an ambassador, a professor, and an author. 8The 1855 diploma of William Gouverneur Morris, who earned an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School. It was signed by Harvard President James Walker, under whose regime (1853-1860) Harvard constructed its first sciences building, offered its first music course, and hired its first black staffer, boxing instructor A. Molyneaux Hewlett. 4An 1883 certificate from the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women attesting that Grace Rebecca Canfield had completed coursework equivalent to a bachelor of arts degree at the school better known as the “Harvard Annex.” 7Harvard’s 1682 Triennial Catalog, an early example of a traditional list of all graduates, living and dead, printed as a broadside starting in 1674 and posted at every Commencement. By 1776, the list of graduates was long enough to merit a pamphlet. A five-year publication interval was adopted in 1875. The last number of the “Quinquennial Catalog” appeared in 1930. 17A detail from the 1951 LL.B. diploma of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr., which shows the bold, clear signature of James Bryant Conant, Class of 1914. His regime (1933-1953) marked the beginning of the University Professor program, need-blind admissions, the predecessor of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Graduate School of Design, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, women in Harvard classrooms, and general education courses. 9Harvard College’s general degree diploma dated Oct. 3, 1775, signed by President Samuel Locke. At the time, the College was exiled to Concord, Mass., while Harvard was an armed camp housing the Continental Army. 12A phony medical diploma, dated 1865, designed by the Medical Faculty Society (“Med. Fac.”), a covert group founded in 1818 to perpetrate elaborate pranks. For generations Med. Fac. specialized in fractured Latin. The diploma is “signed” by Harvard President H.B. Parker (fictitious) and granted to Joseph Wheeler Reed (an actual member of the Class of 1867). 1This diploma for George Alcock, A.B. 1673, is the earliest known example in the Harvard University Archives. It is dated April 19, 1676. 10The earliest Harvard Law School diploma in the University’s collections, from 1839. It memorializes an LL.B. degree earned by Henry Mason. 16An 1864 honorary Master of Arts degree diploma for Marshall Train Bigelow, signed by Harvard President Thomas Hill. This represents an era — 1860 to 1902 — characterized by extra-large Harvard diplomas. 18The 1827 A.B. diploma for Cornelius Conway Felton, a classics scholar who was president of Harvard from 1860 (when he presided over the first graduating class of more than 100 students) until his death in 1862. 13Radcliffe College graduate Ruth Lansing’s 1914 diploma, memorializing her Ph.D. in Romance philology. 19Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. — Class of 1861 graduate, Union Army officer, and future justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1866. His diploma, pictured, is part of Harvard’s collections. 6The “general degree diploma” of 1752, the earliest of its type preserved in Harvard collections. Such diplomas, listing all graduates, were printed in years when Commencement was interrupted by war, disease, or economic depression. In 1752, Boston suffered an outbreak of smallpox. 20A sample Harvard bachelor’s degree diploma from 1989. It was in 1963 that graduates of Radcliffe College first received diplomas jointly with graduates of Harvard College.
EMILY McCONVILLE | The Observer Dean of the First Year of Studies Hugh Page reads an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Loving Our Enemies” at a prayer service Monday in the rotunda of Main Building.Jenkins said the late Nelson Mandela, who led the fight against South Africa’s oppressive apartheid system and later became the country’s President, embodied King’s vision.“It’s interesting to think of Nelson Mandela with Dr. King,” Jenkins said. “Dr. King began life committed to nonviolence but died a violent death. Mandela started in armed resistance but renounced it and became the leader of his country. Today we remember these two men and their legacy of freedom, equality and dignity.”The service, which was open to the public and standing room only, involved members of the community, as well as Notre Dame students, faculty and staff. Emmanuel Community Church pastor Shirley Gaston, who read a passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, said she has attended the service in past years.“I appreciate the fact that we still remember [King] at Notre Dame,” she said. “[University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh was a person that really knew him, and for Fr. Jenkins to keep that tradition going, I’m very pleased.”Student body chief of staff Juan Rangel, who read a petition, said the prayer service remembered King appropriately.“I loved [the service],” Rangel said. “I thought the service did a good job of bringing the spirit of Dr. King in a peaceful and joyful way, and I liked especially how the community was involved, because you don’t see that a lot on campus.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Martin Luther King Jr., Prayer service Throughout his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stressed the importance of nonviolence and love in ending racial discrimination. This legacy was the theme of a prayer service in the civil rights leader’s honor, held Monday in the rotunda of Main Building.The service consisted of a scripture reading, an excerpt from King’s sermon “Loving Our Enemies,” read by Dean of the First Year of Studies Hugh Page, a reflection from University President Fr. John Jenkins, and petitions and music from the Notre Dame Celebration Choir. It was followed by a reception on the building’s third floor.In his reflection, Jenkins said King visited Notre Dame in October 1963. His address,which he delivered in the same year as his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, concerned economic discrimination.“He warned of dangerous notions among urban whites in the community and said it’s torturous logic to use results of segregation and discrimination as an argument for the continuation of it, instead of looking at the causes,” Jenkins said.
Just a few days before the rest of the student body pours onto campus every August, incoming first-year students begin one of Notre Dame’s most renowned traditions: freshman orientation. For a few days, students participate in small-group bonding experiences and larger community events to welcome them to their dorm and the Notre Dame community at large. Even before this program takes place, however, another orientation is held: international student orientation.According to Rosemary Max, Director of International Programs for International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA), 380 international undergraduate and graduate students will be attending international student orientation this year, which is consistent with numbers in previous years.Max said international student orientation differs from regular orientation in more than a few ways.“Not only are we welcoming students to Notre Dame for the first time but often to the United States for the first time,” Max said. “Students are very far from home and in need of extra support. Also, international students learn about all of the immigration rules and regulations that are a part of their stay in the United States. It is a lot to take in for students who are new to the U.S.”Events including workshops on maintaining one’s immigration status, the American healthcare system and adjusting to American culture and classrooms took place Aug. 17 and 18.Max said that above all, she hopes that international student orientation will allow students to “feel welcome, to help them to make friends and to have them understand the great resources that are available to them on campus and in our community.” She said she considers it a valuable perspective for faculty, staff and fellow Notre Dame students to “appreciate the long journey these students have undertaken to come here both logistically and culturally and to give them a warm welcome to our campus.”“Certainly being in a place very far from home where everything is new — the language, climate, country, food — is a challenge,” Max said, “But international students are courageous and talented and they will be successful here at Notre Dame.”Max has also acted as a host mother to international students, including Fatou Thioune.Thioune, originally from Senegal, had dreamed of coming to the United States for her undergraduate education since she was a child. She said she wanted to “broaden [her] perspective beyond the French education system and to get a very good higher education in one of the world’s most renowned institutions.”“It became possible when I got the opportunity to study in an international school in South Africa where I got the opportunity to get into the English system and be fluent in the language,” Thioune said in an email. “I did not know much about Notre Dame before coming, because I couldn’t visit the school, and I didn’t know it growing up. But I chose it mainly because it is a Catholic institution and I attended three Catholic schools in Senegal and like the quality of education and their dedication to social service. I also decided to come because there are a few students from my high school here, so I already had a small community and a support system.”Now a junior, Thioune is able to look back and recall the anxiety Max described.“Coming to Notre Dame was my first time coming to the U.S., and my first time attending such a big school where I would be a minority,” Thioune said. “So I was anxious about every single aspect of my new life: social, academic, cultural. I was afraid I would not fit, that I would not make friends, that the new academic system would fail me, that I would face a severe culture shock, that I would be homesick for the next four years of my life and so on. I was afraid I would not be able to cope with all these challenges.”Thioune found that international student orientation helped assuage her fears when she arrived on campus.“International student orientation was a moment for me to let go of my anxiety by seeing so many people with whom I shared the same fears and confusion,” Thioune said. “Getting lost with other people, sharing the same thoughts, questions and concerns as other people, and most importantly, getting help and support from the International Ambassadors and the Notre Dame International office at large showed me that I wasn’t alone, that there were people I could relate to and people who would be there for me.”Thioune said international student orientation was her introduction into the community spirit of Notre Dame.“I particularly enjoyed meeting … the few students in our smaller group because that’s when I started knowing people on a personal level,” she said. “We did some icebreakers and from there, it was easy to just approach people and ramble about anything. That’s when I met my closest friend at Notre Dame now.”Thioune said she believes the success of international student orientation lies in its ability to create a “support system” comprised exclusively of international students who are all experiencing the same challenges and new encounters at the same time.“As much as freshman orientation offers the support as well, it doesn’t give much room for international students to ask questions and get answers about the simplest ways of life in the U.S., like why the bathroom doors are not closed off or how to get a phone plan,” Thioune said.As far as advice for incoming international students, Thioune said she simply encourages them to “seek help.”“People here are always willing to help, so you just have to go get that help,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to ask those questions about the simplest things ever, those simple things matter a lot to get adapted to the new way of life.”Thioune also recalled a piece of advice her host mother imparted on her upon her initial arrival to Notre Dame.“She told me that the key to having a great time in college is finding the right people for you,” Thioune said. “If you surround yourselves with the right people, you will feel comfortable, be inspired, have fun your own ways, resist peer pressure and, most importantly, make unforgettable memories. International orientation is an opportunity to find those right people for you. So [sieze] that opportunity and the many others coming.”Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, international student orientation, International students
After a year of hard work and dedication, close to 150 Georgia 4-H youths were named state winners at the Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia.Georgia 4-H members earn an invitation to compete at State Congress through hard work and dedication. At the beginning of the year, students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement (DPA), and participate in service and leadership events in their communities throughout the year.Then the regional first place winners compete at State Congress in a variety of categories including history, horses, performing arts, and public speaking. Each student gives a 12-minute presentation before expert judges and is interviewed about their portfolio that details their research, leadership and service projects.Arch Smith, state leader for the Georgia 4-H program, calls State 4-H Congress is “the annual capstone event” of the program’s year. “Learn by Doing is a slogan of 4-H, and Georgia 4-H members who have been involved in the Project Achievement process competed for the honor of being named state winner last week,” he said. “We recognized nearly 150 state winners at the annual banquet in 4-H educational programs from agriculture to performing arts to food preparation and healthy living. We are proud of these young people who have reached the highest level of attainment of over 238,000 4-H participants during the program year that ended in July.” This year’s winners, listed by home county, are:BACONMason McClintock, General RecreationBERRIENLeAnn Beville, Fashion RevueBIBBLarry Howard, Food for FitnessBLECKLEYCaleb Moseley, Food Safety and PreservationBULLOCHWilliam Gatch, Outdoor RecreationBURKEHannah Eckerman, PhotographyCHATTOOGAMary Anna Bentley, Dairy and Milk ScienceLily Thibodeaux, Human DevelopmentCOFFEESavannah Cothern, Dairy FoodsEvie Woodward, Performing Arts – VocalCOLUMBIAEmma Wurst, SafetyCRISPKayla Stephens, Workforce Prep and Career DevelopmentDOUGHERTYTandria Burke, Companion and Specialty AnimalsDOUGLASRhiannon Perrien, EntomologyEFFINGHAMOwen Mercer, Plant and Soil SciencePayton Mercer, HistoryELBERTEmma Williams, Fruits, Vegetables, and NutsEMANUELSavannah Reynolds, Food for Health and SportFULTONAdin Burwell, Environmental ScienceGORDONOlivia Forrest, InternationalGRADYAsher Childs, Pork ProductionLily Norton, Sheep and Meat GoatsLizzy Thompson, Festive Foods for HealthHALLGracie McBride, SportsHARALSONJozie Mize, Food FareHARTRachel Tellano, Arts and CraftsBen Tellano, CommunicationsHENRYAshlyn Donaldson, Forest Resources/Wood ScienceHOUSTONAllen Brooks, Performing Arts – GeneralEvelyn Day, Veterinary ScienceJACKSONAndie Ellett, Performing Arts – DramaJASPERKeri Roach, Family Resource ManagementLOWNDESDaniel Peterson, Poultry and Egg ScienceMADISONDonovan Nelson, Public SpeakingClayton Adams, RoboticsMITCHELLAbi Pace, Performing Arts – DanceMONROEAustin Wiggins, BeefMORGANSusan Bishop, HealthLeah Wall, Performing Arts – PianoNEWTONLavendar Harris, Wildlife and Marine ScienceOCONEEDavid Han, Physical, Biological and Earth SciencesAmelia Sale, Housing, Equipment and EnvironmentKalani Washington, Performing Arts – Other InstrumentalPAULDINGNicholas McKinley, Engineering and MechanicsSPALDINGJhaycee Barnes, Computer Information TechnologyTHOMASMichaela Falconer, Dog Care and TrainingTIFTLydia Connell, HorseTOOMBSHannah Page, Flowers, Shrubs and LawnsTREUTLENTrevor Byrd, Target SportsWEBSTERSavannah Matthews, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of David R. Fenster as Addison County State s Attorney. David is replacing John T Quinn who retired last month. Fenster has been in private law practice in with the firm Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver, Saltonstall & Fenster, PC, in Bennington, Vermont since July of 2005. Before joining the firm he was Deputy State s Attorney with the Bennington State s Attorney s office for more than eleven years. Fenster was educated at the University of Vermont where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Psychology. He received his JD degree Cum Laude from Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. I am pleased to announce the appointment of David to this position in my home county, said Governor Douglas. I believe his eleven years in the Bennington State s Attorney s office as well as his years in private practice give him the experience necessary to keep Addison County a safe place to live and raise a family. I want to thank Governor Douglas for having the confidence in me to do this important job, said Fenster. I am committed to working as hard as I can with my partners in the law enforcement community to ensure that the people of Addison County are safe.David has served the state and his community as a member of the Board of Managers for the Vermont Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Vermont Association for Justice, past President of the Bennington Bar Association. He also serves as Secretary of Norshaft Little League and is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.David is married to Katree Fenster and has two children, Riley age 11 and Ian age 9. ###
By Dialogo May 29, 2012 The Colombian Military and police increased from 300,000 to 446,000 men between 2001 and 2012, and they will have a budget of nearly 23.2 trillion pesos (around 12.9 billion dollars) this year for their work, President Juan Manuel Santos stressed on May 23. According to the president, “thanks to the budgetary strengthening of government forces, a modernization has been carried out in the Air Force; the Army has become more effective and professional, and the Navy has increased its equipment and its fleet.” Santos spoke at an academic ceremony in Bogotá, attended by top military commanders and high-ranking officers. The president highlighted the fact that “from a defense-sector investment budget – at 2012 constant prices – of 1.4 trillion pesos ($ 764.4 million) in 2001, we’ve gone (…) to a budget of 3.4 trillion ($ 1.86 billion) in 2008 and 3.2 trillion ($ 1.75 billion) in 2009, and this year we’re maintaining an investment budget of nearly 2 trillion pesos ($ 1.09 billion).” The budget for government forces operations “went from 11.8 trillion ($ 6.44 billion) in 2001 to 21.2 trillion [Colombian pesos] ($ 11.58 billion) in 2012, enabling an increase in force strength of 146,000 men,” he added. Santos specified that between 2001 and 2012, the Army went from 147,000 to 230,000 men; the Navy from 21,000 to 35,000; the Air Force from 11,000 to 14,000; and the National Police from 121,000 to 167,000 men. The Colombian Military has confronted leftist guerrilla groups for nearly 50 years and extreme-right-wing paramilitary groups, drug-trafficking organizations, and criminal gangs working for them more recently. For the fight against guerrilla groups and drug traffickers, the country has received around 8 billion dollars from the United States since 2000, through Plan Colombia. According to a report by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), that organization’s 12 member countries devoted 126.11 billion dollars to defense spending between 2006 and 2010, with around 17 percent of that amount corresponding to Colombia, the country with the second-largest investment in the sector, behind Brazil. LONG LIVE THE SOLDIERS OF COLOMBIA What’s the use of so many boots on the ground if they don’t have good machinery to fight crime and drug trafficking. Without good technology, there are no good results.Stop buying so much old stuff and get new things. New equipment, better results in the defense of our national territory. What the government should do is raise the salary of the military forces. I mean soldiers and lower ranks who are the ones who truly work in the military forces. They are the ones who stand up for and even give their lives to the public mess we are living through in our beloved Colombiaâ€¦
By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff February 21, 2020 The booming bilateral relations between Cuba and Venezuela have raised concerns in the South American country and in the region, due to the influence Havana could exert over Nicolás Maduro, experts say.Hugo Chávez’s rise to power in 1999 meant a qualitative and quantitative leap for Cuban-Venezuelan relations, says expert in international affairs Carlos Luna. This was especially the case in the oil sector. Luna says that with the Maduro regime the relationship has grown and diversified in several areas of society.“Cuba has provided advice not only in terms of professors, in terms of sports and of people who have come to advise the Venezuelan public administration, but also with military participation — a participation in terms of intelligence, which has infiltrated the civil service, which means that we should be talking about a Cuban occupation,” the expert told Voice of America (VOA).That is evidenced by the strengthening of relations with Havana. In late January, the Venezuelan regime called for the inclusion of the Cuban ambassador in Caracas in meetings of the executive cabinet.“The ambassadors, who are practically part of the cabinet, the Cuban ambassador here, needs to have open doors in each ministry to coordinate, revitalize, move forward,” Maduro said.This decision will affect the country in a negative way, community activist Luis Marques told VOA.“This is high treason, a betrayal of the citizenry, and when they tell us that we are betrayers of the homeland for demanding democracy, in fact they are the ones giving the country away,” Marques said.The Maduro regime’s Economy Vice President Tareck El Aissami said that more than 1,400 projects have been signed in recent years in different areas of bilateral cooperation, and that these will surely continue to increase.Amid this controversy, the country’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, who went on an international trip in late January, said that Cuba “is also responsible for the crisis in Venezuela.”“We have denounced Cuba’s ongoing interference in the Venezuelan State and the Armed Force,” he added.
Mobile payments are gaining traction. Though new products like Apple Pay speak to user experience more than fast payment settlement, the adoption of mobile payments is going to create an expectation of speed. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Samantha PaxsonLet’s just say it: Faster is better. And better still, 2015 may be the year for real-time payments. According to The Fed, 69 percent of consumers and 75 percent of business payees already want accelerated payments. Intuitively, those numbers seem conservative. Given a choice, who wouldn’t want their payments to post instantly?Beyond the obvious consumer demand, though, there are market forces driving fast adoption of real-time payments.The Fed is looking to speed up the ACH process. Though the Fed is admittedly not known for rapid technology rollout, it is exploring the feasibility of a faster payments system. When and if this materializes, look for expectations to accelerate across the board.