US Trains Salvadoran Armed Force

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 28, 2018 The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) provided training to troops of the Salvadoran Army’s Sumpul Command through the Border Legislation course. The course is designed to increase the operational and response capabilities of Salvadoran military components. The training was conducted in San Salvador, September 24th-28th. “The advice and knowledge DIILS provided enabled the command’s personnel to combine the different legal instruments used in the international arena for border control, and how those should always strive to respect human rights,” Salvadoran Army Colonel Walter Jacobo Lobato Villatoro, commander of the Sumpul Command, told Diálogo. The most important aspects of the training were compiled in a document submitted to the Salvadoran Armed Force’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sharing strategies U.S. service members shared their knowledge and experience on border security and control, international law, the importance of human rights, the worldwide drug problems, and the role of the military in internal armed conflicts with eight units of the Salvadoran Army and one of the Salvadoran Navy. They also addressed the use of force, port security, maritime law, and terrorism. “Modern terrorists learned how to exploit global connectivity. Terrorism is no longer one country’s problem, but a worldwide problem,” said Col. Lobato. Through simulations, participants observed how terrorist organizations could influence El Salvador with money to permeate and corrupt some institutions. These bribes can lead to breaches in security and national defense and could also disrupt the nation’s normal operations. As part of efforts to keep Salvadoran borders secure, participants learned more about strategic angles of cooperation among the armed forces, internal and external security agencies, and partner nations to contribute to the fight against terrorism and narcotrafficking. The training included service members’ support tasks to law enforcement for security, with full respect for human rights. Among the topics that caught participants’ attention was human trafficking, “a worldwide problem and one of the crimes that deprives millions of people of their dignity, in which criminal organizations reap large sums of money by deceiving women, children, and men and subjecting them to sexual exploitation, forced labor, serving as drug mules, child begging, slavery, and organ trafficking,” Col. Lobato said. “All the lessons that [the United States] learned and kindly passed down help us change the way we act and protect our borders.” DIILS instructors not only shared knowledge and experience, but also strategic day-to day tools. “They gave us one of the most important tools to implement procedures or seek intelligence information: knowing how to win people’s hearts and minds as public servants,” said Salvadoran Army Second Lieutenant Kevin Avilar Cordero, a Sumpul Command member who attended the training. Training and international legislation prospects The Sumpul Command monitors 30 unauthorized border crossing points along the Salvadoran land borders to reduce and prevent narcotrafficking, human trafficking, and illegal trafficking of goods. From 2015 to October 2018, troops seized more than $2.6 million in illegal goods and dozens of weapons. “These positive results are due to training and the planning of patrol and surveillance routes,” 2nd Lt. Avilar said. El Salvador and the United States work hand in hand. So far in 2018, the U.S. military trained 80 members of the Sumpul Command in different areas, such as human rights, border security, narcotrafficking, and cybersecurity. Salvadoran authorities trust the cooperation will continue. “We held meetings with U.S. Southern Command to continue with this training next year, so as to maintain our units’ high level of operational readiness, wherever required. We also hope that international law prospects will expand, as well as the application of that law to the different scenarios we face,” said Col. Lobato. “We finished the document for border legislation training, in which we deal with important matters that our unit could implement. We anticipate that the Salvadoran Armed Force’s Joint Chiefs of Staff will approve it at the end of November [2018],” Col. Lobato said. Once the document is approved, orders will be passed down to Sumpul Command’s border units. “The outcome of this knowledge and experience will help us see different ways of obtaining information, reaching people, and being more strategic and operational,” 2nd Lt. Avilar said. “The Salvadoran Armed Force is always happy to cooperate in international security. We think this is one way to do it: protecting our borders and preventing these threats [terrorism, narcotrafficking, and human trafficking] from entering our country and spreading into other areas,” Col. Lobato said.last_img read more

Iloilo farmers welcome loan aid as ‘palay’ prices plunge

first_img“Our mayor is planning to buy theirproduct similar to the buying price of NFA,” he said. If farmers will rely ontraders, then the latter will just freely decide on the buying price of palay, he added. Under the SURE Aid, rice farmers who aretilling a hectare of rice land or less can avail of the one-time, zero interestloan program of P15,000, payable up to eight years. Lambunao Municipal Agriculturist RichardCatedral said Wednesday that monthly, the town’s agricultural technicians meetwith farmers’ cooperative and federation, and one of the concerns always raisedis the low buying price of palay andthe high cost of farm input. He said that engaging in farmingnowadays is very expensive. He lamented that when he sells his produce, thetraders only priced his palay betweenP10 to 14 per kilo. If the loan program goes full swing,more or less 4,000 of the 6,000 rice farmers in Lambunao are eligible to avail. He said that within the week, the localgovernment unit will start buying the palayproduce of rice farmers in Lambunao. He said the Sangguniang Bayan has approveda P1.6-million budget intended for the program. In the past weeks, the farm gate priceof freshly harvested palay was at P8per kilo and between PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN P9 to 10 per kilo when brought totraders in the poblacion. This week,the buying price for freshly harvested palay was at P13 a kilo. Nancy Lastimoso, 64, a farmer fromBarangay Maite Grande, Lambunao said that they welcome any intervention fromthe government. She has been into farming for more than 40 years and shelamented the low buying price of palay. ILOILO – The government’s Expanded Survival and Recovery AssistanceProgram for Rice Farmers (SURE Aid) can be of big help to farmers who are nowreeling from the impact of the Rice Tariffication Law, a local governmentagriculturist here said.center_img Currently, her palay is already on itsvegetative stage but already she has spent more than P10,000 starting from landpreparation and other farm inputs. From land preparation and farm implements,he spends around P20,000. Good for him because he has his hand tractor so he nolonger has to pay for labor. “We will have an orientation about theloan program this Friday,” he confirmed. She has less than a hectare of riceland, which during the favorable condition, produces around 30 to 35 sacks forevery cropping. However, if the weather condition is not good, her producecould not even reach 15 sacks in one cropping. The more than two-hectare rice land thathe tills can produce up to 150 sacks of palay during good weather but could noteven reach 30 sacks when the weather is unfavorable. David Evasco, 62, of BarangayTranghawan, Lambunao, expressed his difficulty being a farmer for more than 40years. While the buying price of palay is low,yet the price of rice is still around P2,000 per bag or equivalent to 50 kilos. The rice farmer said that if the buyingprice of palay will increase, then itis going to be a welcome development. Around 12,000 hectares of the land areaof the municipality are considered agricultural area. Some 50 percent of theagricultural lands are utilized for rice farming. (With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Rodgers admits defensive issues

first_img Press Association While the misfiring Balotelli, with just one goal in 10 appearances, is creating a cause for concern up front in the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, the real worries are at the other end of the field. The introduction of £20million centre-half Dejan Lovren and £12million left-back Alberto Moreno appears to have had no effect on the Reds’ vulnerability, particularly in the air, but Rodgers insists it is an issue which is relative to the whole team. “Defensively we need to be better as a team, not just the defence and goalkeeper,” he said ahead of the visit of Hull. “We all pride ourselves on clean sheets but we need to be more competitive and aggressive in those moments as a team. “That was the disappointment against Real Madrid (a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday) and also with the goals we have conceded – a large number of them have been soft and it is our job to improve that quickly. “We need to work harder and make it better. We need to reinforce key principles in that organisation and then it’s you as a player on the field showing that competitive spirit. “The great competitors don’t get done so easily in those situations and that’s something we need to improve upon.” Balotelli is likely to keep his place for the visit of Hull as Rodgers has limited options up front. Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli’s spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool’s real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored. The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and a summer overhaul of the defence has not rectified an increasingly worrying issue. This season Liverpool have conceded 19 times, two more than they have scored, and a weakness at crosses and set-pieces has contributed to some inconsistent performances and indifferent results. The 24-year-old has scored just once in 10 appearances but with Sturridge still sidelined by a calf problem the Italy international will probably start ahead of Rickie Lambert. Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a starting place after impressing as a substitute in the midweek defeat to Real Madrid. Injuries have hit Hull hard in the past week, meaning big changes for the trip. Third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is in line for only his second Premier League start with Allan McGregor (shoulder) and Steve Harper (bicep) both out, while striker Nikica Jelavic (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (ankle) are both missing for at least a month. Left-back Andy Robertson has a knock that is set to keep him out too, but Tom Huddlestone should be fine to play through discomfort for the third game in a row. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous ‘why always me?’ statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a “whipping boy” by his critics. Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now he is with Liverpool. He has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances following his £16million summer move. The Italy international was placed firmly in the spotlight after the 3-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, with manager Brendan Rodgers apparently among those unimpressed with his decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time. But with Hull heading to Anfield on Saturday, Bruce spoke of his sympathy for Balotelli, who once celebrated a goal in the Manchester derby by unveiling a t-shirt with the slogan ‘why always me?’. “It’s not for me to comment on other people’s players but from the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment,” said the Tigers boss. “That’s always a bit unfair. There’s always a scapegoat and he seems to be the one at the minute that the media are on to, and everyone else too. “I think it’s a bit unfair on the lad. “There’s always one that people pick on. I suppose the changing of the strip (didn’t help) but I thought he did okay in that game. “There’s lots been made of the changing of shirts but we’ve seen it for years haven’t we? “It’s maybe not in our DNA in the English leagues but abroad they all do it and they think it’s nothing.” last_img read more

Syracuse seniors kickstart blowout win against Colgate ahead of NCAA tournament

first_imgBefore Syracuse buried Colgate 19-6 on Saturday, the team honored its nine seniors with a pregame Senior Day ceremony.The Orange formed two lines in front of the tunnel by its bench, and each senior walked through with family escorting them to handshakes from head coach John Desko, athletic director Daryl Gross and lastly, director of operations Roy Simmons III.By the time seniors and parents posed for a group shot between the 30- and 40-yard line, Dominic Lamolinara, Derek Maltz, Matt Harris, Drew Jenkins, Billy Ward, Pat Powderly, Kyle Henry, Scott Loy and Chris Daddio had walked through the line as a prelude to an easy victory at the Carrie Dome.Every senior saw time but Powderly, who sported a blue jump suit and sat with an injury.“It was weird,” said Lamolinara before starting in goal. “But it was a great feeling going out with a group of guys that I’ve gotten so close with.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Other than that it was just a game and I’m glad we came out with the win.”The seniors made the most of their final regular-season home game.Daddio jumpstarted Syracuse by winning 10-of-15 first-half faceoffs — and 15-of-21 overall — before being pulled for Mike Iacono in the third quarter. Lamolinara allowed three goals in the first two frames. Harris and Jenkins were key cogs in a defensive effort that held Colgate to just six goals and none in the third. Loy netted a goal to push the Orange ahead 17-3 just before the fourth.And even Henry, a reserve attack that has seldom seen the field this season, got some playing time when Desko rolled out his bench for the last 18 minutes of play.Syracuse will have a quick turnaround before gearing up for NCAA tournament play beginning next weekend. This senior class has yet to capture a national title, and had one last chance to celebrate before making that final run.Said Daddio: “It was a good feeling, it’s nice to win on Senior Day.” Comments Published on May 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

PEGI YOUNG SINGER MARRIED TO NEIL YOUNG FOR OVER 3 DECADES DIES

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Pegi Young was the inspiration for some of Neil’s love songs, including Such a Woman, Unknown Legend and Once an Angel.With great sadness, we confirm that on Jan 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young- mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School- passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native CA. https://t.co/14bElPjCsI— Pegi Young (@pegiyoung) January 3, 2019She began as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the course of 20 years.She had released five solo albums since 2007 and toured extensively on her own, occasionally with Neil on guitar.In a Rolling Stone interview in 2016 to promote her last release, Raw, she admitted despite some struggles late in the marriage, she was surprised by its sudden end.“I never would’ve thought in a million years we would be getting divorced,” she said. “So, yeah, there was a bit of a shock value there.”Pegi and Neil Young, shown at a 2012 charity event in Los Angeles, founded a California school to cater to children with severe disabilities, inspired by the struggles of their son, who was born with cerebral palsy. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)In his 2012 book Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young credited his wife for her support through the successes and difficulties during their marriage, which included each undergoing brain surgery at different points for separate ailments.Pegi Young also founded the Bridge School with her former husband, for children with severe disabilities.He said his wife was the “catalyst” for the series of Bridge School benefit concerts that began in 1986 to help fund the school.“She just blurted out, ‘Why don’t we just call your friends and put on concerts to raise money and start a school? We could get Bruce Springsteen!’” he wrote. “I just looked at her, dumfounded by this audacious idea.”Springsteen would indeed perform at the benefits through the years, as would performers across genres, including Elton John, Nine Inch Nails, and Canadian artists Arcade Fire, Diana Krall and Sarah McLachlan.There were over two dozen such benefits before it was announced that the 2016 edition was the final show.NO!!! That’s so awful! She’s such a kind lady! ??— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 3, 2019center_img Pegi Young performs with the Survivors on April 24, 2015, in Indio, Calif. Young has died at age 66 after a year-long battle with cancer. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach) Advertisement Advertisement Pegi Young, a U.S.-born singer-songwriter who was married to Canadian artist Neil Young for 36 years, has died at age 66 after a battle with cancer.In a Facebook post late Wednesday, her family said she died in her native California on New Year’s Day following a yearlong cancer fight.Pegi and Neil Young separated and divorced in 2014. Their two children are daughter Amber and son Ben, a quadriplegic who at a young age was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.last_img read more