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December 20, 2020

Panama, U.S. Praise Importance of PANAMAX Drill

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2010 Panamanian and United States officials announced on August 27 that the recent PANAMAX military exercises – which took place from August 19-26 – have boosted the security of the Panama Canal against potential threats, according to Xinhua. The multi-national drill took place in Panama and served as valuable training for some 2,000 troops from 18 participating countries to face fictional threats common to the 21st Century, including, illegal trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism and natural disasters, announced Commander Douglas Fraser of the U.S. Southern Command. Appearing at a news conference with Panamanian Vice Security Minister Alejandro Garauz, General Fraser announced that the exercise served as a guarantee for regional and the canal’s security, adding, “the canal is vital to guarantee the sustenance of the current global and hemispheric transportation,” reported Xinhua. Garauz, for his part, said, “We have always said that Panama is the owner of the Canal, but the partners are the rest of the countries,” according to Xinhua. He highlighted that 5 percent of the international trade uses the canal and stressed the need for the international community to be involved in its security. While Germany participated as an observer, Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, Uruguay and the United States participated in PANAMAX 2010.last_img read more

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Uruguayan President Supports Peruvian Idea of Reducing Military Spending in Region

first_img On 25 January, at the end of a state visit, the first by an Uruguayan president to Peru in twenty-five years, Uruguayan President José Mujica said that he “will take very much into account” the proposal by his Peruvian counterpart, Alan García, to reduce military spending in South America. Mujica, who was traveling on to Venezuela the following day, was received with military honors at the Government Palace in Lima, where he signed a joint declaration with García and where they were present at the signing of eight bilateral cooperation agreements. “Our countries need resources in order to address the needs of populations that are in situations of poverty,” the Uruguayan president said, after his Peruvian colleague asked him to “take up the banner of peace and disarmament among our South American countries.” “The president is doing a good thing, that we should stop being idiots and spending money on arms when we have to spend a lot of money on other things and raise up so many people who are still left behind, crushed, subjected, and ignored,” Mujica added. Likewise, “I thank the president, and I’m going to take his advice very much into account,” he declared. García said that he was sure that “Uruguay’s voice, in the person of Mujica, will have profound consequences in the Union of South American Nations” (Unasur, which is made up of twelve South American countries). “I’m sure that the call that we cease our suspicions and that peace reign in our countries will be heard,” he added. The demand for reductions in military spending is one of the central foreign-policy aims of the Peruvian president, who maintains that some governments in the region, Chile and Venezuela among them, spend excessive amounts of money on the acquisition of sophisticated weapons. The two presidents met for an hour in the presidential palace, where they reviewed the state of bilateral relations and discussed items on the international agenda. Following the signing of a variety of cooperation agreements, Mujica showed himself to be in favor of improving Peruvian-Uruguayan relations in a meeting with journalists. He invited Peruvian entrepreneurs to invest in his country. “There’s room for entrepreneurs, there’s room to live. We’re almost empty; we have three and half million inhabitants and a fertile land.” “The Americas are one; don’t just stay in Argentina and Buenos Aires, take a little side trip,” he noted. Mujica was characterized by García as a “fighter for democracy and social justice, someone looked to as an example in Latin America.” In a note of modesty, the Uruguayan president said that he did not deserve “so much noise, because the pigeons get frightened,” in allusion to the twenty-one-gun salute that startled the pigeons in the Plaza Mayor, where the seat of government is located. He also denied that the fourteen years he spent in prison for his revolutionary activities make him a hero. “Sometimes we need to behave heroically because there’s no other choice, but we’re just like any guy from the neighborhood,” he said. Subsequently, at a meeting with businesspeople at the Lima Chamber of Commerce, upon receiving a decoration from the business group, Mujica said, “I’m a country boy; I don’t deserve this decoration.” Eight cooperation agreements on issues of migration, ports, health, trade, and diplomatic training were signed in connection with Mujica’s visit to Peru. Mujica was also received at ceremonial sessions of the Lima municipal government and the Congress. By Dialogo January 27, 2011last_img read more

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Bolivia and Brazil Inspect Locations for Installing Radars for Anti-Drug Fight

first_imgBy Dialogo July 31, 2012 The Bolivian Government and Brazilian embassy personnel have flown over regions of the border between the two nations in order to evaluate the future installation of radars to detect drug trafficking by air, Bolivia’s Deputy Social Defense Minister Felipe Cáceres said on July 27. “An overflight was made to identify strategic locations, in order to install radars in the area in the future,” stated Cáceres, the politician with primary responsibility for the fight against drug trafficking, as reported by the Government news agency. He said that “these maneuvers and these exercises have been conducted in complementary fashion by the Bolivian Air Force and the Brazilian Air Force,” but he did not reveal the date on which the installation of the radars is expected to begin. The two countries share a border of 3,133 kilometers, chiefly in the Amazon, taken advantage of for drug trafficking by air, land, and river and for smuggling weapons and stolen cars. In January, Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States signed an agreement to support La Paz’s efforts in the fight against drug trafficking. The two pillars of the agreement among the three countries are monitoring of the approximately 31,000 plots of land planted with coca (according to the UN) and air traffic control. Brazil also offered a batch of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the same purpose. Bolivia produces around 115 tons of cocaine a year, according to the United Nations, the majority of which is sold to Brazil and then to Europe.last_img read more

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Better Understanding of Human Brain Supports National Security

first_imgBy Dialogo May 09, 2013 “The President’s initiative reinforces the significance of understanding how the brain records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves vast quantities of information,” explained DARPA Director, Arati Prabhakar. “This kind of knowledge of brain function could inspire the design of a new generation of information processing systems; lead to insights into brain injury and recovery mechanisms; and enable new diagnostics, therapies and devices to repair traumatic injury.” DARPA plans to explore two key areas to elicit further understanding of the brain. New tools are needed to measure and analyze electrical signals and the biomolecular dynamics underpinning brain function. Researchers will also explore, abstract and model the vast spectrum of brain functions by examining its incredible complexity. On April 2, at a White House event, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize the understanding of the human brain. As part of this initiative, DARPA intends to invest roughly $50 million in 2014 with the goal of understanding the dynamic functions of the brain and demonstrating breakthrough applications based on these insights. center_img Like all potentially powerful new technologies, this research can lead to societal questions about its use. DARPA plans to engage a broad set of experts to explore these issues. DARPA’s planned investment includes new programs to address the areas outlined and ongoing efforts designed to advance fundamental understanding of the brain’s dynamics to drive applications (Revolutionizing Prosthetics, Restorative Encoding Memory Integration Neural Device, Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery, Enabling Stress Resistance), manufacture sensing systems for neuroscience applications (Reliable Neutral Interface Technology, Blast Gauge), and analyze large data sets (Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals).last_img read more

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U.S. Army Officers Earn Colombian Certification

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo January 02, 2019 In early November, a delegation of 25 U.S. Army officers traveled to Colombia to take part in the Comprehensive Action and Development International Certificate. The course took place November 8th-20th at the School of International Missions and Comprehensive Action (ESMAI, in Spanish), in Bogotá. The course seeks to pass along the Comprehensive Action and Development doctrine, whose strategy is based on the concept of synchronization, coordination, and integration among government institutions, private organizations, and civil society to achieve stability in the country. The U.S. officers’ goal was to get basic knowledge on the Comprehensive Action systems to prepare for an imminent deployment in Colombia. “It’s like an introduction to what Comprehensive Action is, so that they can learn about this subsystem and the country’s current situation,” Colombian Army Captain Rubén Eloy Ramírez Sánchez, instructor of ESMAI’s Comprehensive Action and Development course, told Diálogo. “[It’s] for them to be able to plan and help us execute our missions in the future.” Six-month mission The delegation that took the course is part of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s E Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Officers deployed in Colombia will conduct a six-month mission to support Comprehensive Action and Development in different regions of the country. “In my opinion, the best part of the course was the relationships created,” U.S. Army Major David Carattini, commander of the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, told Diálogo. “When our group deploys in December [2018], we will basically already know the leaders of the different areas with whom we’ll be working.” Crucial instruction The course covered general issues about Colombia, such as culture, different regions, population, causes for instability, as well as the structure of the government and the Armed Forces. The focus was also on the Damasco Doctrine, which combines the main principles of the Military Forces and guides their actions to support national objectives. Taught in Spanish, the course also enabled participants to improve language skills before the deployment. “I’m improving my Spanish and learning a bit about the culture,” U.S. Army Captain Matthew Vishnevsky, Civil Affairs officer who attended the course, told Diálogo. “It’s important to know the language, so that we can communicate not only with the population, but also with the Colombian Army.” Other important aspects of the course were the Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the post-conflict, and its repercussions in the country. Also, U.S. officers learned about institutional services—the set of plans, programs, and projects available for victims of violence—and the program Faith in Colombia, which seeks to improve living conditions of vulnerable populations, among other essential programs. “We receive training that is crucial to understand how Comprehensive Action affects, helps, and improves all areas of Colombia through its operations,” Maj. Carattini said. “This information helps us set strategies that will enable us to complement the Comprehensive Action and Development efforts everywhere in Colombia.” Enduring collaboration This is the second course with international attendance. In the first one, carried out in September 2018, 26 soldiers of the Honduran Armed Forces graduated. Although the most recent delegation is the first U.S. group to take this course, the combined work between the United States and Colombia, as well as the exchange of knowledge and experiences, is long-lasting. “This is not new, the deployment of U.S. Army’s Civil Affairs units,” said Capt. Rodríguez. “They’ve been in Colombia for about 10 years. The [ESMAI] school, as the alma mater of Comprehensive Action, saw the need to assemble this entire group before its deployment, so as to show them our doctrine and also update them in terms of our operational environment.” Upon their return, the U.S. officers will become multiplying agents, passing down their experiences to colleagues. For Colombia, the course and mission strengthen the future of a modern army with high interoperational capabilities. “Colombia isn’t a country where we stand still,” Capt. Ramírez concluded. “We have a vision for 2030, as an army of multi-mission heroes that can interoperate and perform combined operations with other armies anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

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December 19, 2020

Language snafu snares relocating lawyer

first_img Language snafu snares relocating lawyer Senior EditorWhen friends ask Lydia Boesch, a California-licensed lawyer who moved to North Carolina in 2001, if she’s taken the bar exam in her new home yet, she has a rueful answer.“I say, ‘No, and you don’t want to know why,’” Boesch said.The problem is Boesch was once licensed in Florida, although she never actually practiced in the state. She allowed the license to lapse since she had no plans to practice in Florida, but now a glitch between Florida Bar and North Carolina rules is hampering her application in North Carolina.On December 12, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order saying under Bar rules it lacks the authority to help, although justices were troubled by the matter. Two called on the Bar to clarify its rules, and two others dissented, saying the court should issue a certificate that would help in her quest to be licensed in North Carolina.Here’s what happened: Boesch, a 1975 business graduate from Florida State University, worked as a CPA in Florida for several years before attending American University in Washington, D.C. She graduated in 1986 and joined The Florida Bar the same year.But she went to work as a staff attorney for a judge on the United States Tax Court in Washington, and then moved to San Francisco in 1989 and went to work for a law firm. She joined the California bar the following year.In 1991, she was given a pro bono award by the San Francisco Bar Association for her aid to the homeless, and in 1992 her work was included in a pro bono video prepared by the ABA on the direction of then-President Sandy D’Alemberte. The city of San Francisco honored her with a “day” for her pro bono work. She had a clean disciplinary record there.“I love practicing law and to be told I can’t practice. . . . I can’t talk about it, I’ll start crying,” Boesch said.Around 1993, Boesch determined she was unlikely ever to practice in Florida and decided to let her membership expire. As contemplated in Bar rules, she could do this by not paying annual membership fees for five years. Accordingly, her Florida Bar membership lapsed in 1998.In 2001, Boesch moved to North Carolina and late that year applied to join the bar there. And her problems began.North Carolina section. 0501 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Practice of Law requires that the applicant be in good standing in any state or jurisdiction in the U.S. where he or she has been licensed to practice law. That can include being an inactive member.No problem for Boesch and her California membership. But that’s where the “glitch” in Florida Bar rules entered.Even though rules contemplate that it’s perfectly acceptable to resign from the Bar by not paying dues, Rule 1-3.2(a) specifies that members in good standing are only those who are licensed, who have paid annual fees for the current year, and “who are not retired, resigned, delinquent, inactive or suspended members.”Technically, because Boesch left the Bar by becoming delinquent on annual fees, she cannot be designated as in good standing.When Bar officials were approached by Boesch, they were sympathetic, and Bar General Counsel Paul Hill wrote two letters pointing out the Catch 22 of Bar rules. He also noted that under existing rules, there would be no impediment to Boesch applying to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for readmission to the Bar.But North Carolina officials remained adamant.“The North Carolina rule is that the person must be in good standing in any bar in which he or she has ever been a member,” said Fred P. Parker III, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners. “The information we had received was she [Boesch] would have to go back through the whole process again to be in good standing [in Florida].“Our rules provide that a person can go inactive and be in good standing and that’s fine, but if a person just quits paying dues and is not in good standing, that doesn’t meet the North Carolina rules.”Parker said the North Carolina board notified Boesch about six months ago that she had six months to get in good standing with The Florida Bar.The Florida Bar suggested to Boesch that she seek a certification from the court that she is in good standing with The Florida Bar.In a December 12 two-page order, the court declined. Four justices — Charles Wells, Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince, and Raoul Cantero — said the Bar rule was clear — and they lacked the authority to grant the request. In a one-page concurring opinion, Justice Barbara Pariente, joined by Cantero, called on the Bar to address the rule problem, and for North Carolina to reconsider.Justice Leander Shaw, joined by Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, wrote a 13-page dissent, saying the court traditionally broadly construes such Bar rules, and under a broad reading the court could and should help Boesch.Shaw noted while one rule prohibits members who have been delinquent for five years from being administratively reinstated by the Bar, the rule also provides such members “must be readmitted upon application to and approval by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.”“Although Ms. Boesch no longer was eligible for reinstatement, she nevertheless was in good standing with the Bar in terms of applying for readmission, for the slate had been wiped clean of fee arrearages and outstanding [CLE] course requirements,” Shaw wrote.The court could certify, he argued, that Boesch is in good standing to seek readmission to the Bar, and owes no fees, has no outstanding CLE requirements, and has an unblemished disciplinary record.“This court, in denying Ms. Boesch’s petition, is perpetrating a double injustice. First, the court is working an injustice against Ms. Boesch, for the court is barring an extraordinarily gifted and passionate member of the legal profession from contributing to society in a manner that is commensurate with her abilities and expertise,” Shaw wrote. “Second, the court is working an injustice against society, for the court is depriving society of the substantial services of this highly skilled and nationally recognized advocate of the poor and underprivileged. Instead of interposing a procedural bar that effectively will prevent Ms. Boesch from practicing law ever again in many states, this court should be lauding her exemplary devotion to the legal profession.”Boesch said even though the court technically turned her down, she hopes the order and attached opinions will help. “I’m disappointed this isn’t over, but I’m optimistic I’ve got something to work with,” she said, adding language from Justice Pariente’s concurrence might be enough.Pariente wrote: “The majority has made it clear that the sole reason that this court cannot certify that Ms. Boesch is in good standing with The Florida Bar is because her membership lapsed as a result of nonpayment of dues after a period in excess of five years. Hopefully this will not serve as an impediment to Ms. Boesch’s ability to seek admission to the North Carolina Bar, and I urge the North Carolina Bar to recognize that for its purposes, this court order is a limited certificate.”Parker, of the North Carolina law examiners, said he hadn’t seen the order and the opinions as of Bar News deadline. “When I get a copy of it, I’ll furnish it to the board and let them decide,” he said.If Pariente’s concurrence, and Shaw’s dissent aren’t enough, Boesch said she and her lawyer will likely go to federal court.“This is a violation of my federal civil rights on equal access and due process,” she said. “The U.S. Supreme Court said there has to be a good reason [to deny someone bar admission] and the reason has to be related to fitness to practice.” January 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Language snafu snares relocating lawyerlast_img read more

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first_imgBenchmarks Judge Thomas E. Stringer, Sr., of the Second District Court of Appeal, the first African-American to graduate from Stetson University College of Law, was recently honored by Stetson University for his contributions to minority students. The Black Law Students Association at Stetson University College of Law celebrated the Fourth Annual Judge Thomas Stringer Youth Day with a luncheon and awards ceremony. Judge David L. Levey of the Third DCA has been reappointed to Florida International University’s Legal Studies Institute’s Advisory Council. He also serves as an instructor in the paralegal program. Donald E. Horrox was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Pinellas County Court, and is assigned to criminal court in Clearwater.Brevard County Judge Cathleen B. Clarke recently received the Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – Florida, which recognized her “tireless advocacy efforts” on behalf of people with mental illness. Judge Clarke played a key role in establishing Brevard County’s first mental health court. December 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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December 18, 2020

Shirley Man Wanted for Escaping Police Custody

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Michael GrecoA suspect escaped Suffolk County police custody over the weekend and authorities Monday released the man’s photo in a plea for the public’s help in finding him.Michael Greco was arrested Sunday on non-violent charges of drug possession and resisting arrest, authorities said.The 25-year-old Shirley man was being processed at the Fourth Precinct station house on Veterans Memorial Highway in Smithtown when he escaped, police said.Greco is described as a white man, approximately 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 110 pounds with a thin build, brown hair, brown eyes and dark facial hair.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8452 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

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Nor’easter Dumps 20 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The fourth nor’easter forecast to hit Long Island in a month dropped 20 inches of snow—with a foot falling in four hours in Islip Wednesday night into Thursday morning, meteorologists said.The National Weather Service lifted the winter storm warning and coastal flood advisories for Nassau and Suffolk counties, although a special weather statement was still in effect for eastern LI as the last bands of snow went out to sea. The highest snowfall amount recorded on the Island—and the tri-state area—as of Thursday morning was 20 inches in Patchogue. Hundreds of schools and businesses were closed, and thousands of flights were canceled as the cleanup got underway and PSEG Long Island worked to restore power to more than 5,000 customers.“With breezy conditions following the departing system and below-normal temperatures in the lower 40s, it will feel as if temperatures are in the low to mid 30s for most of the day,” Upton-based NWS forecasters said in a statement. “Below-normal temperatures continue into the weekend as Arctic high pressure builds to the north.”The latest storm, which arrived after Tuesday’s vernal equinox, follows nor’easters on March 2, 6 and 12 left snow, flooding and power outages in their wake.Here’s the latest snowfall reports from the NWS:Nassau CountyPlainview 16.0 741 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterMassapequa 14.0 745 AM 3/22 CoCoRaHSEast Meadow 14.0 546 AM 3/22 PublicEast Williston 12.1 645 AM 3/22 PublicSeaford 11.4 600 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterWantagh 11.1 700 AM 3/22 Trained Spotter1 S Merrick 10.2 500 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterOyster Bay 10.0 727 AM 3/22 Fire Dept/RescueWest Hempstead 4.0 510 AM 3/22 NWS EmployeeSuffolk CountyPatchogue 20.1 852 AM 3/22 NWS EmployeeTerryville 19.7 724 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterPort Jefferson Stati 18.9 640 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterNorth Babylon 18.7 655 AM 3/22 PublicIslip Airport 18.4 756 AM 3/22 FAA ObserverSayville 16.4 842 AM 3/22 NWS EmployeeCommack 16.0 630 AM 3/22 Public2 SE Smithtown 15.3 600 AM 3/22 PublicStony Brook 13.7 628 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterSouth Huntington 12.6 450 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterUpton 10.8 742 AM 3/22 NWS OfficeSound Beach 9.0 700 AM 3/22 NWS EmployeeWest Hampton Dunes 4.0 500 AM 3/22 Trained SpotterEast Hampton 3.5 640 AM 3/22 Law Enforcementlast_img read more

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5 ways to give back throughout the year

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kristen HicksIt’s the giving season. For about two months, everyone’s encouraged to think about giving: giving thanks for the ways in which we’re fortunate, giving gifts to those we love, and giving back to our communities. It’s easy to get swept up in the season.The people, animals, and causes that need us don’t go away on January 1st though. While we all intellectually know that all those causes and needs exist year-round, it can be easy for them to slip our minds once the holiday season ends and we’re no longer in active giving mode.We’ve compiled a list to help you make giving back a more automatic habit.5 Easy Ways To Give Back This Year1) Use Goodshop for your online shopping. Do you often buy items online? Goodshop works with many of the stores you’re probably already shopping with and convinces them to commit to sending a percentage of each purchase to charity.The next time you’re browsing the Internet for a new sweater or tablet, take a minute to check and see if the store you’re checking out is on Goodshop. Or better yet, make it a habit to start all your online shopping there. continue reading »last_img read more

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