first_img The U.S. Government awards this medal in recognition of the institution’s efforts to demonstrate commitment, collaboration and coordination in the fight against the misuse of air space, not only in Colombia, but also in other Latin American countries that have interdiction agreements for the fight against drug trafficking. THE AMERICANS AREN’T INTERESTED IN HELPING COLOMBIA FIGHT DRUG TRAFFICKING. THEY HAVE OTHER INTERESTS. By Dialogo April 17, 2013 This honor makes Colombia more committed to accomplishing its constitutional mission and continuing its work to counter the misuse of air space through new technologies and training to remain at the head of Latin America’s fight against this scourge. Air Force General Tito Saúl Pinilla Pinilla, Colombian Air Force Commander, was honored with the ‘Legion of Merit in the Degree of Commander’ award at a military ceremony in Arlington Air Force Base, Virginia. At the ceremony, the Air Force Commander General was acknowledged for the daily organization and training of crews that are responsible for safeguarding their national territory’s sovereignty, as well as for performing high-standard security operations, which make it possible for the Colombian Air Force to become the most operational institution in the continent, with cutting edge technology capable of operating 24/7 in order to guarantee the security of Colombia’s territory. The United States recognizes the efforts made by the Colombian Air Force in strengthening its professionalism and training offered to crews taking a daily part in operations to counter insurgency, which has allowed them to be recognized internationally in recent years, particularly as seen by their participation in air combat exercise “Red Flag” last year, as well as in upcoming international cooperation strategic exercises, such as “Green Flag”, “Maple Flag” and “Angel Thunder”. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Derby boss Lampard wants reaction against Southamptonby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby manager Frank Lampard wants to see a reaction from his team.After losing to Leeds United on Friday, Derby are hoping they can get back to winning ways in the FA Cup replay.The clash against Southampton is a great chance for the Championship side to progress into the fourth round.Lampard said to reporters: “It’s a good ‘reaction’ game for us, to show that what you saw on Friday night was not what we’ve seen this season.”It’s important for us. We love the FA Cup, and the fans do, too.”It’s another opportunity for the players to show what they can do against a good Premier League team.” last_img read more

first_imgPhil Steele ranks his most experienced teams heading into the 2016 CFB season.Phil SteeleOhio State is the least-experienced college football team in the country heading into the 2016 season according to Phil Steele. The college football expert released his annual preview magazine earlier this week and in it is a ranking, No. 1 to No. 128, of every college football team based on experience. Steele’s formula:I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A 100 would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. A 0 would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep. Just as in years past the first number is where each team ranks in the NCAA.Here’s his top 25:Kent StateCharlotteTennesseeBYUEastern MichiganOklahoma StatePittsburghLSUColoradoUCFPurdueConnecticutNew MexicoLouisvilleIdahoSouthern MissOld DominionWake ForestSMUAppalachian StateKansasBall StateWashington StateMiamiCentral MichiganAs you can see, some of college football’s expected best teams are not among the most-experience. We talked about Ohio State, ranked No. 128, being the least-experienced team in the country, but they’re not the only power near the bottom of the list. Alabama (No. 116), Michigan State (No. 117), Notre Dame (No. 121) and Stanford (No. 122) are also pretty inexperienced heading into the 2016 season. They’ve got a ton of talent, though. And that’s usually what matters more than anything. You can view Steele’s full ranking here.last_img read more

first_img The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector.“We are pleased to be signatories to this MOU, which will allow for us to develop strategies to address the constraints affecting women in business,” said Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.“The agreement is designed to promote sustainable and productive entrepreneurial activities to generate income among disadvantaged women, particularly among those persons living in poverty,” she added.She was speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Agriculture Ministry at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 1).Ms. Grange said the Ministry is concerned about the gender imbalance when it comes to opportunities for entrepreneurial pursuits.She noted that historically, female entrepreneurs have faced many social and financial challenges in starting businesses, and many struggle to stay afloat.She said that while there are no visible barriers to women’s access to the financial sector, too many of them, particularly rural women, are unable to access specific types of financing that are required to be successful entrepreneurs.“The challenge, therefore, is to ensure that financial entities provide services which women can access freely, ensuring that there is a level playing field. Women need to have a voice… and an enabling environment to become successful entrepreneurs,” she pointed out.Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans.“Statistics indicate that women tend to be more consistent at loan payment. This is true particularly of women in agriculture, who have a good track record in paying back agricultural and credit loans,” she noted.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, for his part, said the opportunities to be provided for women under the MOU will redound to the country’s benefit.“It will strengthen (our women), whose role in the family is paramount, and have influence in building the maturity and responsibility of youngsters… who will contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” he said.As it relates to opportunities for financing, Minister Samuda said, “we are doing everything in our power to ensure that, through dialogue with our banking sector and the Development Bank of Jamaica, that the women play a prominent role as recipients of assistance in their businesses”. The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector. Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans. Story Highlights The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In an attempt to allay fears of depositors and customers of Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC), its suspended managing director Joy Thomas has claimed that the lender holds enough liquidity to meet all liabilities, and every penny of the public is secure. Asserting that all its loans are fully secured, Thomas stated that one large account – HDIL – was the sole reason for the present crisis that led to the regulatory action on Tuesday when Reserve Bank of India (RBI) superseded its management and placed it under an administrator for the next six months. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Despite repeated attempts HDIL could not be reached for comments. The regulator has also capped cash withdrawal at Rs 1,000 per customer during this period and banned the bank from any fresh lending during this period. Though Thomas did not disclose the exposure to HDIL, which he described as the largest and one of the oldest customers, he said all other accounts were safe and fully-secured. “All other loans are more than fully-secured and there is no need for any customer to panic,” Thomas told PTI in an interview Wednesday evening. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “We have enough liquidity and back-up securities for all what we have lent. As a cooperative bank, we never do unsecured lending and our loan coverage ratio has always been 100-110 per cent,” Thomas said. He said the bank has a cash liquidity of around Rs 4,000 crore in the form of statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) and cash reserve ratio (CRR), while its liabilities are around Rs 11,600 crore. One of the reasons for the RBI action is the highly under-reported non-performing assets (NPAs), which according to sources are in high double-digits, while as per its FY19 balance sheet, it stood at a low 2.19 per cent, which though was more than double of 1.05 percent in FY18. Thomas admitted that the problem rose because of under-reporting of NPAs from the HDIL account. The slum redevelopment company, which has landed in cash crunch, has already gone to the bankruptcy now, has been delaying payments for the past few years. “The divergence was only on HDIL. There was a difference between what we were reporting and what the actual numbers were. There was a delay on repayment for the last two-three years and we have been under-reporting that,” Thomas admitted. He, however, declined to quantify its exposure to HDIL, saying the loan is fully-secured. Explaining that the problem is the delayed repayments by HDIL, he is sure of returning to normalcy sooner than later as the loan is fully-secured and the bank is in talks with HDIL for sell of its assets and recover the dues. “We have been working with HDIL for the past many months and we know they are in advanced stages of monetising their assets. That’s why we are saying that we will be out of the problem soon,” he said. Describing HDIL as an old customer and the largest and has been supporting the bank for years, Thomas said, “when we were a single unit bank, they supported us, they also supported us when we were facing problems. When nobody was depositing even a penny with us, they had put in Rs 13 lakh way back in 1988. “Nearly 40-50 percent of our turnover used to come from them only. We have earned a lot of profit from them…otherwise how can a young bank like ours would have grown and come among the top five,” he averred. Thomas said HDIL has been facing problems for the last three-four years after they had lost some of the projects, including the their key slum rehabilitation projects near the Mumbai airport and other bankers stopped lending to it. However, he exuded confidence that the bank will be out of the regulatory restrictions much ahead of the RBI’s six months period, say in two-three months. He said the focus is to safeguard the interest of small depositors as it is the festive season and they would want money. “We have already approached the RBI for increasing the withdrawal limit to Rs 15,000. We have enough liquidity to serve that demand,” Thomas said.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Seven operational trade unions have called for a 12-hour bandh in Darjeeling on October 4 over the tea garden bonus impasse. On Friday, tea garden workers will abstain from attending work as well.Incidentally, a series of meetings in Darjeeling and Kolkata failed to resolve the tea garden bonus issue. While the trade unions have demanded 20 percent bonus, the management is unwilling to climb up from 15 percent. The Labour minister, government of West Bengal, has called for another round of talks on October 17 in Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWith bonus talks having failed and for the first time with no bonus being disbursed in the Hills before the festive season, the workers have switched on to protest mode. “On Friday, we have appealed to all businessmen, shopkeepers to close down for 12 hours. Even taxi drivers and vehicles should not ply, expressing solidarity with the workers. The latter will also take mass leave and abstain from work on Friday,” stated Karuna Gurung, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWorkers and trade union leaders will take part in a rally in Darjeeling on Thursday which will culminate in a symbolic hunger strike. “Two leaders from each of the seven trade unions will take part in this symbolic hunger strike on Thursday. The hunger strike will be held from 9 am till 6 pm. In each and every tea garden trade union, local unit supporters and leaders will also sit for hunger strikes on Thursday and Friday respectively,” stated S K Lama, secretary, Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union. On Wednesday, a massive tea garden workers’ rally was held in Darjeeling. After the rally, leaders of the seven trade unions held a closed-door meeting where the agitation programmes were chalked out.last_img read more

first_imgPune: The Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the ruling BJP, has fielded Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan, from Phaltan Assembly constituency in Western Maharashtra. The RPI, led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, has been given six seats as part of the seat-sharing deal between the BJP, Shiv Sena and other smaller allies for the October 21 state elections. Athawale announced the candidates in Mumbai on Wednesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Nikalje, who has been with the RPI for several years, had earlier unsuccessfully fought assembly elections from Chembur in Mumbai on the party’s ticket. “This time he expressed willingness to fight the election from Phaltan since he hails from that area and has a good network there,” said a senior RPI leader. Other five seats where RPI would be fielding candidates are Malshiras in Solapur district, Bhandara and Naigaon in Nanded district, Pathri in Parbhani and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.last_img read more

first_imgSrinagar: Over 100 journalists took part in a silent protest on Thursday and asked the government to lift the communication blockade which has been put in place since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370. They said the communication blockade, which was put in place on August 5 and is set to enter its third month, has severely affected the working of journalists in Kashmir. More than 100 journalists working in international, national and local media outlets took part in the silent protest which started from Kashmir Press Club. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The communication blockade, which is set to enter third month now, has severely affected the working of journalists in Kashmir. Even the local newspapers have not been able to publish properly while their internet editions are defunct,” president of Kashmir Press Club Shuja ul Haq said. He said all the media associations have come together to press the government to lift the communication blockade so that they can freely discharge their professional duties. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Holding placards, some of the protesting journalists later carried out a peaceful march from Polo View to Press Colony on Residency Road here. The journalists later dispersed peacefully. Jammu and Kashmir government has established a media facilitation centre in a private hotel here. However, the journalists feel that the facility is inadequate as there are only 10 computer terminals for nearly 400 strong press corps.last_img read more

first_imgKabul: Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has appointed Andy Moles, who has been a key influence in the rise of the national team, as their director of cricket. The 58-year-old, who is an English cricket coach and former cricketer who played first-class cricket for Warwickshire and Griqualand West, has also been appointed as their chief selector. “Andy Moles appointed as Director of Cricket and Chief Selector. Mr. Moles served as interim head coach of Afghanistan in the recently concluded tour of Bangladesh. He has a vast experience of over 25 years in the sport and is a Level-4 Coach as well,” ACB tweeted on Thursday. Last week, former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan for a tenure running up to 2020. Klusener had replaced Phil Simmons, whose 18-month stint with the national side ended with their last-place finish in the World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A parliamentary panel headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has decided to examine the security and privacy of the citizens’ data and review the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Lok Sabha Secretariat said on Friday.The parliamentary standing committee on Information and Technology headed by Tharoor has selected various subjects for examination including policy issues on information technology including cross border data flows, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe committee will also review the functioning of the telecom regulator TRAI, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and the country’s preparedness for 5G. “Review of the functioning of UIDAI, Citizens’ data security and privacy, and digital payment and online security measures for data protection,” are the subjects selected by the committee for examination,” the Lok Sabha secretariat said in its bulletin. Safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social or online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women security in the digital space, will also be examined.last_img read more