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US Navy goes green

View post tag: US Navy Authorities The U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Agriculture kicked off the Great Green Fleet January 20, with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, USA.The Great Green Fleet is a Department of the Navy initiative highlighting how the Navy and Marine Corps are using energy efficiency and alternative energy to increase combat capability and operational flexibility. At the close of the ceremony, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) left the pier to begin its deployment, becoming the first U.S. Navy ship running on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations.Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, said: “When it comes to power, my focus has been about one thing and one thing only: better warfighting. The Great Green Fleet shows how we are transforming our energy use to make us better warfighters, to go farther, stay longer and deliver more firepower.”The blend fueling the JCS CSG’s surface ships contains alternative fuel made from waste beef fat provided by farmers in the Midwest. It was purchased at a cost-competitive price through a partnership between the Department of the Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) aimed at making alternative fuel blends a regular part of the military’s bulk operational fuel supply.JCS CSG, the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet, deployed using energy conservation measures (ECMs), including stern flaps, LED lights and energy efficient operational procedures, and alternative fuel in the course of its normal operations. Other ships, aircraft, amphibious and expeditionary forces and shore installations using ECMs and/or alternative fuels in the course of performing planned mission functions will be part of the Great Green Fleet throughout 2016.Stockdale is the first surface combatant to receive alternative fuel as part of its regular operational supply. Following the ceremony, Mabus and Vilsack flew out to the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) to witness it replenishing its tanks with alternative fuel from fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). The remainder of the CSG’s surface ships will receive fuel from fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), which will take on over 3 million gallons of the alternative fuel blend in Washington state before joining the CSG on deployment.The advanced fuel blend was produced by California-based AltAir Fuels from a feedstock of beef tallow – waste beef fat – provided by Midwest farmers and ranchers, and traditional petroleum provided by Tesoro. Pursuant to Navy requirements, the alternative fuel is drop-in, meaning it requires no changes to ship engines, transport or delivery equipment, or operational procedures. The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a contract to AltAir Fuels for 77.6 million gallons of the alternative fuel blend, at a cost to DLA of $2.05 per gallon, making it cost competitive with traditional fuel.Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) are part of the JCS CSG.Sailing the Great Green Fleet (GGF) in 2016 was one of the five energy goals Mabus set in 2009 for the Navy and Marine Corps. It was named to honor President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, which helped usher in America as a global power on the world stage at the beginning of the 20th Century.[mappress mapid=”17609″] January 21, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy goes green View post tag: USS John C. Stennis US Navy goes green Share this article read more

Third Annual Warrant Compliance Day in Vanderburgh County

first_imgTwitterFacebook Third Annual Warrant Compliance Day in Vanderburgh CountyJULY 25TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe third annual Warrant Compliance Day was held in Vanderburgh County from 8 a.m. to noon.Residents were able to appear in front of a judge to have their misdemeanor warrants lifted.According to Prosecutor Nick Hermann, there are more than 13,000 active warrants in Vanderburgh County.Individuals wanting to participate in next years warrant compliance day should note the following:Warrants must be MisdemeanorBring a Form of Government IdentificationGo to Court Room 110 to Sign in During Designated HoursParticipants will appear in front of judge that same dayAfter an appearance in front of a judge, then your warrant is liftedClick here if you have any questions about your case. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Police Beat Compiled by Marilyn Baer

first_imgJersey City man charged with child endangermentAnthony Monteleone, 46, of Jersey City was arrested on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. He was charged with harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of marijuana.Officers were dispatched to the area of Newark and Sinatra Drive and spoke with a victim who said Monteleone allegedly approached her from behind and lifted her child up from the ground. She took the child away from him. Monteleone allegedly tried to pick up her son a second time but he was stopped. The child wasn’t harmed and Monteleone allegedly left the scene as bystanders approached.The officers were given a description of the alleged perpetrator and Officer Tyrone Huggins located Monteleone who matched the description and he was confirmed as the alleged perpetrator.He was placed under arrest and a search of his person found him to allegedly have two small bags of suspected marijuana. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center. Alleged package thief caught after struggle with officersHoboken resident Edwin Sierra, 48, was arrested on May 6 at 2:12 a.m. He was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest, and receiving stolen property.Officers Harry Montalvo and Fabian Quinones were patrolling Monroe Street when they saw Sierra allegedly carrying a backpack and tote bag over his shoulder. Because of the numerous reported package thefts in town, and because of a prior arrest of Sierra (according to the release) related to package thefts, the officers closed in.As they got closer, they saw the bag to be full of items. The release says that Sierra then began to walk at a faster pace. Once stopped, Sierra was allegedly evasive when answering the officers’ questions and would not provide details as to where the packages in his bag were from.Quinones saw that one of the packages had a label from a Clinton Street address and was addressed to someone other than Sierra. The officers advised Sierra that he would be placed under arrest for receiving stolen property.As they attempted to place him under arrest, Sierra allegedly pushed Montalvo and fled the scene. Quinones was able to grab Sierra’s shirt as Montalvo struggled with Sierra. After a brief struggle, he was safely placed under arrest. He allegedly had several more packages belonging to other residents in town. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center. The officers did not sustain any serious injuries and were able to continue their duty. Man allegedly tries to use fake gift card for restaurant billAnthony Hyatt, 23, of Hillside was arrested on May 6 at 9:30 p.m. in a restaurant inside the W Hotel. He was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, hindering apprehension, theft of identity, and theft by deception.Officers William Bullock and David Dimartino were dispatched to the waterfront restaurant on the report of someone allegedly using a fraudulent credit card.The staff said the man allegedly tried to use gift card he had in his email to pay the restaurant bill. When confronted by the officers he allegedly said his name was Tyler. During the officers investigation they determined his real name was Anthony Hyatt and that the gift card was a fake. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in court. Man caught with alleged EcstasyClifton resident Alexander Guitierrez, 31, was arrested on April 30 at 1:37 a.m. He was charged with possession of Ecstasy, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, defiant trespass, and failure to turn over drugs.Officers were conducting a building check at 320 Jackson St when they encountered Guitierrez exiting the building. They smelled marijuana allegedly coming from him and asked him if he lived in the building. He said yes and gave the officers an apartment number. The officers knew the building didn’t have that apartment number and upon questioning him further, Guitierrez allegedly said he did not live in the building.Officers placed him under arrest and searched him. The officers found that he allegedly had one red pill of suspected ecstasy and suspected marijuana. He also allegedly had a grinder used for marijuana. He was transported to headquarters and later released with a summons to appear in court. Wrong way down a one-wayHaledon resident Denis Shakjir, 29, was arrested on April 30 at 1:55 a.m. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a car, wrong way on a one-way, possession of an open container in a vehicle, failure to exhibit documents, and reckless driving.While the officers were patrolling the area of Fourth and Jackson streets when they saw a 2009 Nissan allegedly heading the wrong way on a one way street. The officers stopped the vehicle and saw an open bottle of vodka along with other closed alcoholic beverages allegedly in the vehicle. They also detected a strong odor of alcohol allegedly coming from the inside of the vehicle.Shakjir, who was driving, was allegedly not able to produce his driver’s license for the officers. As the officers attempted to confirm he was a licensed driver, they saw him moving items around in the vehicle’s cabin. He was asked to exit the vehicle for a Field Sobriety Test. Officers Brandon Fitzgibbons and Matthew Isler arrived to assist. As officer Fitzgibbons conducted the test, Officers Michael Aviles and Mark Mullins walked over to the vehicle to retrieve the open container. Officers were able to smell burnt marijuana allegedly coming from inside the vehicle. Mullins located a clear tube, which allegedly contained suspected marijuana cigarettes. Shakjir was placed under arrest. At headquarters he provided a breath sample, which found him to allegedly be above the legal limit of .08 percent. He was later released to a responsible party with a summons to appear in court along with several motor vehicle summonses. Car stolen while making a quick errandHoboken resident Ismael Maysonet, 36, was arrested on May 12 at 9:26 p.m. He was charged with eluding, burglary, theft, bail jumping, and several motor vehicle offenses.While office Tyrone Huggins was on patrol in the area of Fourth and Jackson streets he saw a man running after a car. He told Huggins that his car had just been stolen.Huggins began to follow the 2008 Nissan on Harrison St. The driver allegedly failed to stop the car when instructed, and the pursuit was terminated for safety reasons, according to a press release from the Police Department.The victim told Huggins he had left his keys inside the car when he ran inside a store to purchase something.The car ended up in an accident in Weehawken. The Weehawken Police Department notified Hoboken police and said the driver was in custody. He was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment. He was identified, charged, and found to have an outstanding warrant from the city of Lyndhurst.Weehawken police then took custody of Maysonet to process him for their charges. He was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center. ×last_img read more

Community residents fight to reopen bakery

first_imgA group of local residents are looking to reopen a former bakery in Chapelfields, Coventry, which had been earmarked for demolition.The Craven Crusts project group plans to launch its share offer on 7 June, which it hopes will raise the necessary funds to buy, repair and fit out the Pail’s Bakery on Craven Street.The plans are for a bakery and small café to be located downstairs, with the upstairs given over to an artist’s studio and space for community events.The building itself is in a local conservation area, and the local community would like to see the characterful property restored as they said it was an important part of the history of the area.Local residents Carole Donnelly, Ellie McCann, Dave Condron, Simon Mulholland and Adam Hussain have been working towards securing the purchase of the bakery from its current owner and gathering interest from people in the area.It is thought the majority of funding will come from donations and community shares.The shares will cost £1 each, with a minimum purchase of £50-worth set. The maximum anyone can buy is £20,000. The shares will only be available for four weeks, and are available to buy on its website.For more information visit www.cravencrusts.com.last_img read more

Grocery prices see largest drop in over a year

first_imgFood prices saw their biggest fall for over a year last month as prices continued to drop, according to market analyst British Retail Consortium-Nielsen (BRC).Grocery prices fell 0.8% in June, in an extension to the 0.3% fall seen in May. This marked the deepest deflation in food for over a year.Shop prices overall, including non-food items, fell 2% year-on-year, marking the 38th consecutive month of decline.BRC said it was an “extraordinary run of deflation”, but added that it eventually expected prices to rise again.Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “The time it takes for any price increases to make a reappearance will depend on a combination of factors, including the future value of the pound, commodity prices and any eventual impact of the Brexit vote on input costs.”The sharp fall in the pound, which has plunged about 11% against the US dollar since the outcome of the EU referendum vote, has led several analysts to warn that the price of groceries could rise longer-term.Some 40% of food consumed in the UK is imported, meaning any long-term shift in exchange rates could lead to higher food costs. But Dickinson said the continuing fierce competition between retailers meant raising prices “may not be viable for some retailers”.This comes a week after research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported like-for-like (LFL) grocery prices fell 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 19 June compared with a year earlier, marking the 23rd consecutive period in which prices have fallen.last_img read more

Eyes on the future

first_imgTo Leila Fawaz, Harvard isn’t just where she launched her academic career in Middle Eastern studies; it’s also where she learned to swim in the waters of Blodgett Pool under the eye of a Harvard Swim Team member.To Robert Shapiro, Harvard isn’t just the source of his bachelor and law degrees; it’s a place where he experienced the turmoil of the Vietnam War era as an undergraduate and where, through his continued involvement as an alumnus in very different times, he has never really left.Fawaz and Shapiro today are decades removed from their student days, but they remain important members of the Harvard community. The two are among the 30 alumni elected to sit on the Board of Overseers, one of Harvard’s two governing boards. Fawaz, Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University and a recent Carnegie Scholar, is the board’s current president. Shapiro, a lawyer at the Boston-based international law firm Ropes & Gray, is vice chair of its executive committee.Unlike many universities led by a single board of trustees, Harvard’s governing structure, dating to the University’s early days nearly four centuries ago, consists of two boards. The smaller of the two is the President and Fellows of Harvard College, also known as the Harvard Corporation. The larger — and slightly older — body is the Board of Overseers, whose membership is selected by graduates of Harvard’s Schools.Over their six-year terms, Overseers contribute significantly to Harvard, exerting broad influence over the University’s strategic directions, counseling University leaders on priorities and plans, and exercising the power of consent to certain actions of the Corporation, such as the election of Corporation members (including the president). Board members also watch over the external review of the University’s Schools, departments, and selected other programs through more than 50 visiting committees that bring together Overseers with experts from elsewhere.Serving as an Overseer, Fawaz said, is exciting to her because of Harvard’s place in history and its impact on the wider world.“As a historian, I’m fascinated to be part of a board that has been in existence since the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony,” Fawaz said. “As a Harvard graduate, I’m honored to be part of a board that brings together such an extraordinary mix of people and that aims to be a continuing force for assuring academic excellence and supporting thoughtful change. It’s an experience that combines the opportunity to explore intriguing issues with the sense of helping guide an institution that means a great deal to all of us, and to the world.”Three of Harvard’s newest Overseers attend a recent board meeting at Loeb House: (from left), Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Nicole Parent, co-founder and managing partner of Vertical Research Partners, and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University.Being an Overseer demands both time and travel. Five times a year, including four weekends and Commencement week, Overseers gather in Cambridge. Additional trips are needed to attend visiting committee meetings. Time is required to prepare reports, read background material, participate in conference calls, and pursue other activities. On a typical Overseers weekend, the board’s executive committee meets Saturday afternoon, and the full board then has dinner and participates in a panel discussion on a topic of importance to the University. Sunday sees more committee meetings in the morning, followed by a plenary session at which Corporation members are welcome. These sessions touch on topics that range from innovation in teaching to interfaculty collaboration to campaign planning to international strategy. Joint Overseer-Corporation committees meet Sunday after the plenary session.Current members of the board are accomplished in many fields, including academia, health and medicine, the arts, government, business and finance, law, even the exploration of space.Past Overseers have included an array of prominent people, including John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, Gov. Deval Patrick, former Labor Secretary and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, actor John Lithgow, authors Michael Crichton and Frances FitzGerald, former National Institutes of Health Director Bernadine Healy, Nobel laureate scientists Michael Bishop and Torsten Wiesel, current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and current Food and Drug Administrator Margaret Hamburg.“I love Overseer service,” said Diana Nelson, director of Carlson Companies, who received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1984. “The diversity of perspective is remarkable and I am very energized by the opportunity to work with a broader group of people than I otherwise do.”Pictured at a session of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development (from left) former Overseer and current Corporation member Susan Graham, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita, University of California, Berkeley, Karen Nelson Moore, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Flavia Almeida, head of the Sao Paulo office of the Monitor Group, and Walter Clair, medical director of cardiac electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Board members’ diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expertise are best leveraged through the counsel given to the president and the Corporation, according to Shapiro, also a former president of the Harvard Alumni Association.“At our best, we’re a group — neither vast nor tiny — committed to bringing a great range of insight and experience to the president and the Corporation. [We are] first a sounding board for the president and Corporation, and work in close colleagueship with them,” Shapiro said. “It doesn’t always break down neatly to specific tasks and duties, but it’s a tremendously important role.”That role has been enhanced in recent years by a growing collaboration between the Corporation and the Board of Overseers. The two bodies have made significant efforts to work together more closely, with Corporation members attending and participating in the Overseers’ plenary sessions, with occasional joint dinners, and with more informal interactions.In 2010, this enhanced relationship was strengthened through a new joint committee of the two boards, focusing on alumni affairs and development, bringing the total of joint Corporation-Overseers committees to four: inspection (audit), alumni affairs and development, appointments, and honorary degrees.One of the Overseers’ most vital and distinctive roles is that of visitation, the term used for the periodic, in-depth reviews of Harvard’s Schools and departments.The visits are conducted regularly by committees of experts in relevant fields. The visiting committees usually include Overseers and are sometimes headed by them. Committee members typically spend two days talking to deans, department heads, faculty members, and students. The goal is not only to ensure the department or School is functioning properly, but to assess teaching and research, morale, emerging priorities, and how Harvard’s efforts compare in quality and scope with those of peer institutions.“It’s an intense experience and an intellectually exciting one,” said Fawaz, who has served on six visiting committees. “It’s both an education for us and a chance to make a difference for Harvard.”Walter Clair, medical director of cardiac electrophysiology and an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School, has been an Overseer since 2009 and serves on the visiting committees for the Psychology Department, the Medical and Dental Schools, and the School of Public Health. Clair said he has been impressed by the commitment of visiting committee members, even those from competing institutions.Violinist Lynn Chang (from left) and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof talk during a break at a recent meeting of the University’s Board of Overseers.“People on those committees really want Harvard to succeed, even those who are competitive with us,” Clair said. “They really genuinely put an effort into our institutions.”To Clair, the visiting process may well be the most interesting part of the job.“Visitation is a deep dive into what the Schools are doing, what the departments are doing,” Clair said. “We get beyond the headlines when you visit a School or department and get into what you have to do to strengthen the academic mission.”Other Overseers echoed Clair’s belief in the benefit of the regular visits and his enthusiasm for the experience of visiting a School or department.Nelson said the recent visit to the Harvard Graduate School of Education was “a fantastic experience” and that Dean Kathleen McCartney embraced the review as a way to help push the School into the future.“Dean Kathy McCartney views us as important thought partners.  It was a very interesting group to be part of,” Nelson said. “There is a sense that Dean McCartney is looking to build the most effective education school of the 21st century. She fully embraced the experience of the visiting committee.”Eight candidates for the Board of Overseers are nominated by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) each year. Five are elected in a vote by Harvard alumni and serve six-year terms. HAA Executive Director John Reardon said that the candidates are selected by a 15-member HAA nominating committee that includes three sitting or recent Overseers. Candidates can also petition to be on the Overseers ballot.Though Overseers are lending their skills to improve Harvard for tomorrow, many have taken note of the changes from yesterday. Overseers who graduated decades ago say they are struck by how diverse the institution has become, how the number of women and minority students has grown. Others say Harvard is a much more international institution than before, both in student representation and in the outward-looking stance the University takes in its research and teaching.Others have seen changes that have resulted from the efforts of Overseers, like actor John Lithgow’s emphasis on Harvard’s arts community and his leadership in founding one of Harvard’s rites of spring, the annual Arts First celebration.Overseers also reach out to the Harvard community and the greater community beyond. For instance, Overseer Walter Isaacson, head of the Aspen Institute and biographer of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs, recently co-led a January “Wintersession” offering for undergraduate writers, for which one of the guest speakers was Overseer Anne Fadiman, an author and Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale University. Fadiman and Isaacson are also taking part in the Boston and Cambridge library lecture series created to mark Harvard’s 375th anniversary, the John Harvard Book Celebration, which will also include two Overseer colleagues, Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, and Nicholas Kristof, a Times columnist.“The library series is a great idea. What a wonderful way to integrate us into the community,” Fadiman said. “I said yes on the very day I was invited.”When asked why they’ve chosen to dedicate significant time to Harvard in their already busy lives, Overseers talk about the institution’s leadership role in higher education, about the cutting-edge research being conducted, and about the students being educated as global citizens and future leaders.“I like to think that Harvard is and will remain an enormously important institution in setting the standard for education in the United States,” said Overseer Richard Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975. “There are a lot of initiatives under way that show that Harvard is not just a stodgy institution that does things because they’ve always been done that way. It’s changing, and it has its eye on the future.”Overseer Paul Finnegan, co-CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners and a graduate of the College and the Business School, talks about his admiration for how the University has weathered difficult financial times and about the growing excitement in playing a role that will help Harvard choose new directions for the years ahead.“We’re at an inflection point,” Finnegan said. “Harvard is in a position to really move forward.”last_img read more

Beer Blog: Whiskey Wednesdays

first_imgWinters are tough around here. The days are short. There’s too much rain and not enough snow. Mountain bike rides are choked with mud. Road rides are freezing. Runs are lonely and cold. It’s a bleak time if you live for the outdoors. Sure, you can still look forward to those infrequent, but epic days when the snow piles up in the backcountry–the days that are so cherry, you call in sick to work and spend hours touring pillowy snow over trails and slopes, eating jerky and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while giggling to yourself because you were fortunate enough to be able to catch the storm in the sweet spot.But those routine adventures–the regular ride or group run that gets you through the middle of the week—are tough to find during winter. Enter “Whiskey Wednesdays,” quite possibly the best idea my buddies and I have had since the Great Bunny Hop Contest of 2008. Picture four dudes filling up flasks with booze, piling into a mini van, and heading for the tiny ski resort outside of town. The goal is to ski as many laps as we can, drink just enough to keep us warm, and shake off some of the stress from the work week.The terrain at our home resort isn’t outstanding. It’s probably best known for a mild vertical drop and questionable grooming practices. You spend most of your time skiing through snow guns at night. It’s not high adventure by any means, but the whiskey helps; little nips of Roundstone Rye (one of Virginia’s finest) on the slow chairlift to the top of the mountain. We always take it easy on the first run, getting our legs under us, but soon we’re racing, trying to see who can barrel down the mountain fastest lap after lap. It’s mid-week and late, so there’s no one else on the hill, which means we can let it out. There’s some light pushing and the occasional full tackle (Chinese Downhill rules are in effect).After the skiing, there are beers and pizza and maybe a screening of something classic, like Hot Dog: The Movie, if we have enough energy. As the season progresses, the skiing will get better. The mountain’s base will get deeper, they’ll open more terrain and some of us might even have the balls to enter the terrain park. But Whiskey Wednesdays are only a little bit about the skiing. Mostly, it’s about making the most of a situation, and maintaining a semblance of adventure to help battle Winter-induced ennui. Okay, mainly it’s about the whiskey.last_img read more

Unified Military Humanitarian Assistance

first_img Diálogo had the opportunity to discuss regional humanitarian and disaster coordination with six chiefs of defense in attendance at the conference. BOLIVIA “Assist, aid, cooperate with a country facing natural disasters—I think there is no thinking twice about helping. We have to take immediate action. We [Bolivia] have also made attempts to cooperate. It is not only about receiving [aid], but also about providing it.” Admiral Armando Pacheco Gutiérrez, commander in chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces “Deploying the Chilean Army during disaster situations is capacity-based. It is not based on the use of military force for action during a catastrophe, but rather to utilize and select a group of capabilities for the situation at hand in a given place. Since Chile is a country where all types of natural disasters occur, our military has vast experience in this respect, and it is very good to be able to share this experience with the rest of the countries in the region.” Army Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command ECUADOR “Ecuador provides humanitarian assistance through the presence of military troops in many countries, including Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Ivory Coast. Nationally, we [the Ecuadorean Armed Forces] are the main support mechanism in case of disasters. Ecuador believes that all the countries in the region should have specialized military units to heed and provide humanitarian assistance, meaning dedicated units that are organized, equipped and trained — specially and technically — for this type of contingency. The sum of all these units will allow us to better manage these risks.” BRAZIL “Brazil is one more partner in this area [humanitarian assistance]. We have many countries in South America that are in very advanced stages of preparedness and deployment of military forces in case of natural disasters and humanitarian response. The conference proved that we have many possibilities and options for joint participation in situations of extreme need. The consensus is that we are missing a process that will enable the interaction of all those options. And this will be achieved in the near future.” Air Force Major General Marco Aurélio Gonçalves Mendes, chief of strategic affairs of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense CHILE URUGUAY “Historically, Uruguay has had a strong calling for humanitarian assistance. Despite the country’s size, we have the best resource to offer others, the human resource. For example, after the earthquake in Chile in 2010, we were the first country to arrive with aid. We have also been present in Japan, Haiti and at many other humanitarian assistance missions. We have to be prepared because it is less costly and the only way to take immediate action when the forces of nature speak.” Air Force General José Bonilla, chief of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff During the opening address, Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand said that Latin America has a high risk of natural disasters. Similar to the majority of countries present at the conference, the Chilean Armed Forces mission includes a role in humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation operations. Minister Allamand described a recent example of joint rescue humanitarian assistance operations, which Chile has participated in for many years. “A Chilean Army patrol unit marched for miles in the snow to rescue 37 foreigners trapped in a bus due to a strong snowstorm in the northern region of Colchane, on the border with Bolivia.” Minister Allamand also took stock of lessons learned after the February 2010 earthquake. In his opinion, the communications system must improve as a whole in the country, as must the mass alert systems and logistics capabilities. The country must work with risk and likely demand scenarios as well. Likewise, among Chile’s strengths, Minister Allamand highlighted the multiple functions of the country’s rescue units, its organizational capacity, the military commanders’ leadership and the Chileans’ civic commitment. One of the conclusions reached was the need to create an organization to centralize all regional activities related to humanitarian assistance. center_img By Dialogo October 01, 2011 Army General Luis Ernesto González Villarreal, chief of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces PARAGUAY “We have been carrying out many humanitarian assistance activities, mainly within our country and with the help of SOUTHCOM. We are capable of offering assistance in case of natural disasters, which in our countries are generally cyclical, and thus virtually programmable, so that gives us time to prepare. The creation of a regional humanitarian assistance organization would allow for the standardization of procedures that would be helpful in providing aid, especially to the neighboring countries.” Army Brigadier General Jorge Francisco Ramírez Gómez, interim chief of the Paraguayan Joint Staff Command Immediately following the earthquake that rattled southern Haiti on January 12, 2010, hundreds of organizations from around the globe traveled to the Caribbean nation to offer humanitarian assistance. The biggest challenge in the first few hours and days after the tragedy included organizing all the help coming in. Just a few weeks later, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Chile on February 27, 2010. The Chilean government requested the support of the military, but it also encountered logistical conflicts in administering all the welcomed aid coming in from around the globe. “It’s worthless to have tons of tomato sauce if the spaghetti never comes,” said chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command, Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, while illustrating the problem at the 3rd South America Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) in Santiago, Chile. The conference, which took place August 31 to September 2, 2011, was co-hosted by the Chilean Armed Forces and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). It brought together chiefs of Defense from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. SOUTHDEC covered military support to humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters, but mainly focused on the search for a joint effort among the countries of the region. “Each of our militaries brings a wealth of experience to provide the immediate and extensive response of our hemisphere to help the thousands of victims who are affected by natural disasters,” said General Douglas Fraser, SOUTHCOM commander. “This demonstrates the importance of being prepared to work together to support these missions, because unorganized assistance can counter the desired result.” last_img read more

Military’s Duty to Protect Human Rights Discussed at SOUTHCOM

first_img This story includes extracts from the U. S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office press release. Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 Western Hemisphere nations met at the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Aug. 26-28 to discuss the military’s duty to protect human rights in the region. “If you are in this room, and if you are in uniform, you [generally speaking] understand human rights better than most people,” said United States Southern Command Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly when he addressed the participants on the second day of the event. The conference, titled “The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Officers’ Workshop,” included the participation of defense, government, academic, and non-governmental organization representatives from Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, the United States and Uruguay. “The countries were extremely willing to participate, in particular the ones that are participating actively in the human rights initiative. They are eager to show everybody else what they are doing,” explained Leana Bresnahan, Chief of the Human Rights Office at U.S. Southern Command, department responsible for organizing the conference. A common topic discussed among the participants was a possible punishment for those who are a part of any military branch in the region that violate human rights. Most countries have mechanisms to guarantee the individual will see some form of repercussions for their acts. Colonel Juan Perez Richiez, Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate from the Graduate School of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights of the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, explained that in his country, “The Attorney General of the Armed Forces transfer what are consider to be the common offences to the civil jurisdiction. Everything that is outside the military jurisdiction, if required by the civil justice, this person in uniform is put at the disposal of civil justice and the process takes its normal course.” During his presentation, the Lieutenant Coronel Juan Carlos Méndez Menjívar, Advisor to the director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the National Defense for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights in El Salvador introduced the CETAC software, developed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the local Government and, according to him, it is only in the Central American and Caribbean region, “CETAC software was designed to carry out exercises of international humanitarian law and we are always updating it with facts and occurrences that may breach human rights.” HRI is a program initiated by SOUTHCOM in 1997 that seeks to bring together representatives of military, security forces, civilian government and civil society to develop a model human rights program for military forces focusing on four areas: doctrine, education and training, internal control systems, and cooperation with civilian authorities. SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office supports, or has supported in the past, the efforts of 10 countries-Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay, and one regional organization, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). All of which have made a formal commitment to implement HRI within their armed forces. The discussion regarding human rights which was promoted at SOUTHCOM´s headquarters establishes a magnificent event for the Americas. Undoubtedly, it is an iniciative that should be done in other regions, once Africa and Asia are embarassing examples where the Armed Forces lack doutrinary education and a more humanly training to perceive, understand and attend the social needs of poverty-stricken populations. I congratulate Admiral John F. Kelly for the opportunity and success of the meeting which stregthens the friendship among the Americas defense forces. Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Vice-Deputy of the War College Graduates Association (Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra) – São Paulo, Brazil I do agree that these countries should comply with everything agreed upon, particularly Colombia, because I am a victim of the National Police in the Department of Sucre, in a matter of extortion and threats against my person. It is very interestingcenter_img By Dialogo August 29, 2014last_img read more

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