first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 03, 2019 The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is a military organization created in 1960, connecting 26 countries from North to South America. Military leaders from 18 CAA member countries gathered in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-8, 2019, to take part in a specialized conference to discuss Leadership and Military Support to Civil Authorities in Joint and Interagency Environments in Response to Emerging Threats in the Americas. “In this increasingly globalized and connected world, discussing the effects of threat networks and how to mitigate their results is absolutely fundamental,” said Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Ramos Marques, a Brazilian officer who participated in the conference. The officer, who belongs to the 5th Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, addressed current communications tools. The technology brings many benefits to society, yet criminal networks also use it, multiplying problems such as drug and arms trafficking, including terrorism. Unity is essential to fight such threats. “Exchanging experiences, developing new capabilities, and fostering interoperability among armies in support of civil authorities is key to combat networks that transcend physical borders among countries,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Day to day Specialists kicked off the CAA event with lectures on the conference’s theme. Participants learned from leaders such as General Carlos Alberto Ospina, former commander of the Colombian Army; Dr. Craig A. Deare, professor at the U.S. National Defense University; and Nathan Menkevich, from U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Cyber Center. Service members attending the conference formed three working groups. Each group discussed topics from a certain perspective. The first group evaluated threats, the second discussed interoperability, and the third focused on the interagency approach, including coordination among various agencies. On the last day of the conference, participants shared discussion results with members of CAA in a document that will serve as a draft for the Guide to Countering Threat Networks. “There will still be meetings via video conference with member countries, at dates CAA administration will determine, to improve the content updated at the conference,” said EB Colonel Fábio Serpa de Carvalho Lima, of the 3rd Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, who also attended the meeting in San Antonio. The objective is to complete the version of the guide that will be presented at the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA), scheduled for November 2019, in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Army runs activities for CAA’s 2018-2019 biennium. Once the document is approved, CAA member countries will be able to use it in different ways, as reference material. “The guide is not binding. Its relevance has to do with concept standardization that, once deemed viable, may be leveraged, entirely or partially, for manuals and regulations of those countries who see value in it,” said Lt. Col. Marques. For EB officers, the importance of the conference goes beyond reaching the meeting’s objectives. The creation of a professional environment that promotes debate and idea exchanges brings even more value to this kind of event. “The spirit of cooperation and sharing valuable experiences serve as a powerful tool to strengthen ties of mutual friendship and trust among participating nations,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Other steps CAA plans three presidential meetings in 2019 before CCAA. In April, Chile will host another specialized conference about Military Leadership of the American Armies in the 21st Century: Challenges and Proposals. The exercise on Interagency Operations on Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources, in Argentina, will happen in June. CCAA’s preparatory conference will be in August, in the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

first_imgImage source: USACEA public meeting on the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Feasibility Study for Collier County beaches is set to take place on Wednesday, November 7, in the fifth-floor training room, Collier County Administration Building in Naples, Florida, the Collier County said in their yesterday’s release. The subject of this meeting is the scoping of the Collier County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Feasibility Study related to Collier County beaches.“Two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners, City of Naples City Council, City of Marco Island City Council, Tourist Development Council, Coastal Advisory Committee or the Pelican Bay Services Division may be present and may participate at the meeting,” the county reports.The subject matter of this meeting may be an item for discussion and action at future meetings of these boards, councils or agencies.last_img read more

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is ridiculous he should be criticised for utilising loan players to supplement his squad. Last week Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger branded the system “indefensible”, suggesting loans between top-flight sides either be banned or that players should be allowed to face their parent clubs. More media scrutiny followed after Everton beat the Gunners last weekend to set up the chance to move into the top four on Saturday with a victory at bottom side Sunderland, and there appears to be a growing focus on the loan deals Martinez made at the start of the season. But the Spaniard dismissed any criticism being aimed in their direction. “I accept everyone’s opinion but the loan system has to be part of the game,” he said. “Clearly from our point of view the loan system was vital as we needed it to finish our squad and to criticise that would be ridiculous. “If you can be creative with the way you can use your resources that is part of the game. “The two young players (Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu) needed the opportunity to develop and Gareth Barry has come in and his experience has been very important. “Loanees will never be successful unless you have a strong core of players and that is what we have. “What is difficult is finding a loan relationship which works because not all of these have been successful, so it has its pros and cons.” There has probably been more focus on Everton because the players brought in on loan have all played pivotal roles this season. Press Association But there has been far more to the Toffees’ success with the rapid progress of England Under-21 defender John Stones, currently deputising for injured captain Phil Jagielka, a case in point. Martinez has also enhanced the games of 20-year-old England international Ross Barkley and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, whom he brought with him from Wigan for £13million in the summer. He said sometimes the root cause of the high number of available loans was a combination of big-spending clubs stockpiling players and poor choices by the youngsters in the first place. “You could find many examples of players who have not been treated fairly just because they are not part of the club’s long-term future and are seen just as part of a support squad,” he added. “Sometimes young players get attracted to the glamorous name of a club but you need to be realistic. “Some clubs have very much in mind the idea of developing young players and giving them opportunities and we want to believe we are one of those. “We have had, at times, four under-21s in the line up and two on the bench and that is an unknown quality. “Other teams are very much about first-team affairs and development players are completely separate so it can be very difficult for a young player to have an opportunity in the first team. “Your decision when you are accepting to be part of a club to develop your career has to be about the long-term possibilities of becoming a professional football. “You will always get the top clubs investing a huge amount of money thinking about the progress of the first team and not a young player, which is a real shame.” Matches in England this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled as a mark of respect to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, whose 25th anniversary is next week. Martinez will speak at the memorial service at Anfield, which will also be simultaneously televised live at Goodison Park. “It is a very important gesture from the whole league and everyone in world football to pay their respects to what happened 25 years ago,” said the Everton manager on the decision to delay kick-offs. “We will have the opportunity to have our own service at Goodison alongside the one at Anfield and we very much have it in mind to pay our respects and every Evertonian will have the opportunity to do that. “It is an important week in terms of showing our respect and giving all the support we can to the families and be all together in these moments.” Jagielka will feature in a behind-closed-doors 90-minute game to test his fitness before Martinez decides whether he is ready to return from a hamstring problem. The Toffees boss said it is expected the England centre-back will be ready to return in the next 10 days but he is unlikely to feature at Sunderland. last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Martin Lycka, GVC Holdings’ director of regulatory affairs, has called attention to the pending reorganisation of German gaming regulations, stating that ‘this is a gaming revolution built on sand’.Writing for Politico, Lycka explained that ‘German gambling is on the brink of revolution’ with incoming legislation paving the way for the registration of an unlimited number of sports betting providers, online casino game providers, virtual slot machines and online poker games.Since 2011, the online gambling sector has waited on the Bundestag (federal parliament) to rectify the final provisions of the Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling, allowing Germany to launch a federally approved framework regulating all gambling services.Explaining that the new measures are the result of a treaty between federal states, he suggested that the new restrictions on products and advertising are ‘far from opening up the market’ and will create ‘a wholly unfulfilling gaming experience for customers’.Lycka wrote: “Unfortunately, from the perspective of player protection, many of these requirements are neither effective nor necessary. What they achieve, instead, is the creation of a wholly unfulfilling gaming experience for customers, rendering the measures counterproductive to their stated aim of channeling players towards licensed and legal providers. Far from opening up the market, this is a gaming revolution built on sand.”The measures included in the treaty include:A ban of live streaming on betting sites.No commercial advertising on radio and internet for virtual slot machines, online poker and casino games between 6am and 9pm.A one-minute delay for customers when they switch between different games on the same internet domain, such as from sports betting to virtual slot machines.A five-minute delay when switching between different gambling sites.A €1 stake limit on virtual slot machines.In-play sports betting limited to the final score and associated markets; however, this situation remains unclear.The new measures pose the risk of driving players towards unregulated, black market sites which Lycka stated hold ‘zero responsibility, zero protection and zero tax being paid’.In addition, the new German gambling treaty will record all player data ‘in a blanket matter without any pattern of problematic behavior necessarily existing’, which under the eyes of the German Federal Constitutional Court is a ‘particularly serious encroachment on fundamental rights’.Lycka emphasised that an ‘appropriate’ level of monitoring is necessary, but pointed out that ‘the federal states fail to make the vital distinction between addicted and non-addicted players’.He concluded: “In principle, the new German measures are an important step towards modern regulation of people’s digital lives. However, Germany has missed a massive opportunity to follow the likes of Denmark, Spain and Italy, which allow all products in a competitive open permit model and is in compliance with EU law.“Efforts to criminalise and prohibit on the basis of the current legal situation, which is unlikely to comply with EU law, is misguided and counterproductive. In order to achieve the goal of the new state treaty — channelling players towards licensed and legal providers — German lawmakers must work with the European Commission to devise a safe, user-friendly and attractive gaming sector.”last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to the playing squad, the transfer period has been completed by the engagement of Semir Bajraktarevic for Celik that has been reinforced during the winter break, in order to avoid the struggle for survival in the Premier league.On the preparations in Medjugorje will also travel the experienced stopper Jovo Kojic, who is confirmed by the president of Celik, Senad Sarajlic, for“Kojic came back from Turkey and will travel with the squad to Medjugorje. I have talked with him and he said that coach from Kazakhstan is satisfied, and that the president of that club comes on Friday and if he accepts our and his conditions about the compensation, we will give him releasing papers. Until then Kojic will train with the team in case of the transfer fails because we had a lot of bad cases in past with the waiting for foreign engagements“ says the first men of Celik.Talented player from Turkey, Yunus Gulnar, will also travel with the team and we count on him seriously in the future.“Gulnar is a young player, who has a great potential and he will travel with the team in Medjugorje. We are planning for him to stay in Celik and hope that he will be useful to us because he is talented and we have seen it in the match against Gorazde, where he showed enviable technique and quality for about 30 minutes. We made a good job in the transfer period and we are expecting good plays in the further championship“, said Sarajlic for the end.(Source: photo oslobodjenje)last_img read more

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Jessie Skillen · 301 weeks ago Cool , Mike! What a great thing to do. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Representing well! · 301 weeks ago What a memorable event for a great young lady! And her teacher must be so proud to have had a part in her representing Kansas in this great way! Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 301 weeks ago Awesome Job Mikala…Always a good job by Mr. Wilmoth. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Glenda W. · 301 weeks ago Great job, Mikayla!! So glad to see that one of our Wellington students was the ONLY one to represent our great state and our great community. Hats off to Mr. Wilmoth for encouraging our students to expand their horizons! Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down BMW · 301 weeks ago I beleive this pic should be used as Mr. Wilmoth campaign photo when he runs for State Senate after he retires from teaching. “I like Mike” BMW Report Reply 1 reply · active 301 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 301 weeks ago I would be the first to vote for Mr. Wilmoth for State Senate. We need people in there with integrity. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The U.S. Constitution may rate as one of the most unique documents ever created by mankind. For one Wellington High School senior, she got to celebrate Constitutional Day in Washington D.C. as the lone representative from Kansas.Mikala Bradbury, the daughter of Lou and Tammy Bradbury of Wellington, represented not only Wellington High School but the state at Constitution Day in September. The WHS senior along with school teacher Mike Wilmoth flew to Washington D.C. for the one-day conference hosted by the Civics Renewal Network.Bradbury earned the trip based on a civic project she conducted the year before with the Ugly Sweater 5K (see story here).“Mr. Wilmoth proposed a trip to D.C. to my classmates,” Bradbury said. “Then I filled out an application and wrote an essay.” Mikala Bradbury with an aid at U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s office.She was the first student from Wellington to attend the Constitutional Day conference. It lasted for two days and involved tours of the Capitol, learning about civics involvement and presenting her project – The Ugly Sweater 5K – to the Kansas senators.The conference was held on Sept. 17. During her time she attended the Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives, and various events at the Newseum. She also presented her project to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran. She also toured the U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Capitol.The Constitutional Day representatives had a dinner that night that featured a debate on the Bill of Rights with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more