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Diálogo: What is the benefit of regional cooperation, not only with the United States, but with other countries in the region in order to wage the fight against common threats to security? That experience was followed by the battalion deployed in the Sinai, where it’s the longest-serving battalion in the area. There’s no other battalion in the Sinai that has served longer in carrying out that mandate in the complex situation of the Middle East, no other battalion that’s served as long as the Uruguayan one. Subsequently, Uruguay deployed blue helmets to Cambodia, Mozambique, the Congo, Haiti; finally, there’s a very rich experience, which not only helps the Ministry of Foreign Relations, but also increases the preparation of our troops. The particular character and the way of being of the Uruguayan people also set an example, one that’s acknowledged by the countries where they’ve deployed. Our soldier, who is the most important resource the Armed Forces have, always goes beyond the training he formally receives; he also has the particular character that the Uruguayan carries with him, his way of acting, his relationship with the citizens. We have very direct attitudes that we achieve through that rapprochement: delivering medicine, providing services and aid to the population, organizing sports events; a very profound rapprochement that helps and facilitates our mission abroad. Nevertheless, diminished investment in the Armed Forces results in decreased operability. In Uruguay, there was a major public debate about the role that the Armed Forces should play, and Law 18650, passed by the previous administration, defined what our national defense is. This concept includes the budget, sovereignty, independence, guardianship of strategic resources, and acting for the benefit of society, so that it can develop and live freely within a sovereign state. Since this law, the concept of national defense is better understood by the public. By Dialogo May 12, 2011 Gen. José Bonilla: We’re in the middle of studying that. Right now, we’re analyzing all the work that is involved in order to advise the National Defense Council. Once we have a defense policy, and on the basis of the threats defined in this new vision of the Armed Forces, [we’ll have better determined our direction] … keep in mind that this isn’t only the case in Uruguay. [It’s a change that] the whole world is making; it’s the same situation in Brazil, Chile, Japan, China, Germany … it’s the same thing. The Armed Forces are moving toward that new path. Gen. José Bonilla: Peace missions are a very significant point, because they’ve historically been a component of foreign policy and of preserving peace throughout the world. In Uruguay they began in 1935, when the country found that it needed to deploy observers in different areas in the Americas. Air Force Gen. José Bonilla was named the first Chief of the Uruguayan Joint Staff in October 2010, coinciding with the creation of the country’s Joint Staff as an institution. As his chief responsibility in his new post, General Bonilla must submit a report on the modernization and restructuring of the Uruguayan Armed Forces. Diálogo: Where do you see the Uruguayan Armed Forces in five years? Gen. José Bonilla: As part of this law, a new body called the Joint Staff was born within the Defense Ministry. This is a body that provides advice and planning in relation to the military policy set by the defense minister, which after approval, gives the order to carry it out to the three branches of the Armed Forces. Diálogo: Uruguay has supported UN peace-keeping operations for more than fifty years. What are the peace-keeping experiences that Uruguay can share with other nations? Diálogo: What are your priorities, and what are the chief areas on which you would like to focus with respect to the development of the Armed Forces? Diálogo: In October 2010, you were named to the position of head of the Joint General Staff, after serving as commanding-general of the Air Force. What is the significance of the creation of this position, and what objectives have you set out for your new post? Recently, General Bonilla spoke with Diálogo about subjects including the importance of the new Joint Staff, the threats currently affecting Uruguay, and the country’s longstanding participation in peace-keeping operations around the world. Gen. José Bonilla: Internationally, we don’t see any short-range or mid-range possibility of foreign forces wanting to enter our country. Internally, working hand-in-hand with the different actors who form a society, our great threats are drug trafficking, all kinds of smuggling, trafficking of organs, drugs, which are the big ones that today are plagues affecting humanity. Diálogo: What are the chief threats to Uruguayan security, and what measures are the Armed Forces taking to combat those threats? General Bonilla: The armies of the world, the armed forces of the world in general, and the governments more than anyone have seen that the role for which the Armed Forces were born has been gradually changing. Just as the different threats have changed, so also the role in which [these forces] are used is changing. Given that the countries of the Americas no longer fear the occurrence of clashes between countries, many people question why the Armed Forces exist, if no one is going to attack them. Why continue spending on the Armed Forces in a world where education and social spending are ever more sensitive issues, if every investment along those lines is seen more favorably by society? Gen. José Bonilla: Governments today are seeking bilateral or regional accords. It’s the first time (in March 2011) that there’s talk of a strategic accord with the United States. Normally, there are exchanges of skills development, training, finally everything that has to do with the tactical, operational part of a force. Today, benefits that go a little further are now visible. We have a great deal to gain from U.S. experience, just as Uruguay also has experience to share with the United States, in peace missions, among other things, as Deputy Secretary [Frank] Mora (U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for western hemisphere affairs) said when he was visiting here. But also with Brazil, insofar as Brazil is going to have much more peace of mind if it knows that Uruguay has control over its borders, whether sea, air, or land. Of course it’s going to have much more peace of mind, because its security also depends on Uruguayan security. Likewise, we also have to have peace of mind that it’s more difficult for something to come in by way of Brazil or Argentina.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When Marc Schaefer steps down as CEO of Truliant Federal Credit Union at the end of 2019, he doesn’t want the focus to be on what he did as an individual.Instead, he wants people to remember what the $2.6 billion asset credit union in Winston-Salem, N.C., did for its members.“It’s about the member,” Schaefer tells the CUNA News Podcast. “We improved a ton of peoples’ lives over the 25 years I was CEO. Just think of all of the car loans to help people get to work and home loans to help people build wealth and have a place to live. Everything we’ve done, we’ve done to improve members’ lives.”Schaefer also talks about his upcoming retirement, what’s changed during his 25 years of leading the credit union, his advocacy efforts, and more.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — This week, the Endicott Water Department is facing two separate water main breaks. Call Endicott’s Water Department with questions or concerns at 757-2443. Tuesday’s water main break on DouglasDrive has been repaired. Thursday morning at approximately 9:30a.m. a line broke on Cheryl Drive. Area residents who areexperiencing discolored water should run the cold water until it runsclear.
Pension funds have launched three new mandate searches on IPE Quest in recent days.An unnamed pension fund based in central Europe has tendered a €50m-80m distressed debt mandate, Argauische Pensionskasse (APK) in Switzerland is interested in corporate private placement expertise, and an unnamed Swiss pension fund has a CHF1.5bn (€1.4bn) core bond mandate up for grabs.Distressed debt searchAccording to search QN-2607, the central European pension fund is looking to invest in European and/or US distressed debt. Asset managers should have at least €500m in assets under management for the asset class. No minimum track record is specified.The deadline for applications is 15 May at 5pm UK time.APK’s PP huntArgauische Pensionskasse (APK) has a $100m (€90.6m) corporate private placement mandate to award.According to search QN-2606, the Swiss pension fund is searching for a single manager solution “with the idea of building up a strong and long-term partnership”.The focus within private placements should be on corporates, investment grade or equivalent, a long-term investment horizon, and preferably co-investment solutions. The strategy would be for US investments or global.APK said it would not consider any other kind of private debt solutions. It is after a segregated account with an evergreen structure.Interested parties should have at least $200m in assets under management for the asset class, and $10bn as a firm. They should have a track record of at least 10 years.The strategy should be US or global. The benchmark for pure US solutions, for example, would be the Bank of America Merrill Lynch AAA-A US corporates gross US dollar index plus 50bp.Managers should have originated at least 25 transactions, and should already have at least one segregated account with a Swiss or other European client.Applicants should state performance gross of fees to 31 March 2020. The deadline is 5 May at 5pm UK time.CHF1.5bn core bond mandateIn search QN-2608, an unnamed Swiss pension fund is looking for a manager for a Swiss-franc denominated global “core bond” strategy.Managers should have at least CHF3bn in assets under management for the asset class, and CHF10bn as a firm.As much as possible, the pension fund would prefer to have applicants answer in German.It said the strategy should be close to the benchmark, and that the final mandate will have about a 10% limit for off-benchmark positions. Derivatives are allowed mainly for duration management.The closing date is 8 May 2020.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LNG tanker GasLog Seattle (Image courtesy of GasLog)Monaco-based LNG shipper GasLog on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $8.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year ago.The shipping company posted revenue of $128.3 million in the quarter as compared to $104.4 million the year before.“GasLog had another active quarter, achieving record revenues and EBITDA for the company,” GasLog’s CEO Paul Wogan said.“In the short-term shipping market, spot rates fell from the highs seen during the Northern Hemisphere winter. We believe this rate sensitivity to seasonal changes in demand demonstrates that the market is tightening. We expect the current marginal vessel oversupply to be absorbed in the coming months as new liquefaction projects come online, leading to a recovery in rates in 2018,” Wogan said.GasLog Skagen charter deal amendedOn April 28, 2017, the group signed an amendment to the GasLog Skagen seasonal time charter agreement, replacing the seasonal charter of the vessel by a continuous time charter for a duration of 2.4 years ending in August 2019.The amended continuous charter will cover the same number of fixed days as the previous seasonal charter and will eliminate redelivery risk at the beginning and end of each seasonal period. In addition, the amended charter will provide assurance of revenue through August 2019.GasLog additionally has three newbuilds on order at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy and two at Hyundai Heavy. Together with the newbuilds and ten LNG carriers owned by GasLogPartners, the company’s fleet includes 27 vessels.
Image source: USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, is currently conducting dredging operations at the Back Basin in Chesapeake City, Md. Jade Creek Construction won the $2.19 million contract to dredge the basin to a depth of 10 feet earlier in October.Additional dredging is being conducted east of the basin in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, said USACE.This cleanup scheme represents the culmination of a long-term effort between the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of the Environment.The project is expected to be completed in late January, 2018.Image source: USACE
A new £2 million joint UK-China offshore wind research centre has opened on Thursday in Yantai City.The TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC) will act as a renewable energy technology research and development centre with links into both the UK and China to support the growth of their respective offshore wind industries.The Centre will develop collaborative research programmes, support market entry and incubation for UK businesses in China, provide commercial support for Chinese offshore wind developers and support the demonstration of new technologies on a 300MW wind farm in the Shandong Province.ORE Catapult’s chief executive, Andrew Jamieson, said: “Our new research centre, in partnership with TUS, will support UK businesses as they take advantage of a new wave of opportunities to engage with one of the fastest-growing offshore wind markets in the world – and present a fantastic opportunity to develop a supply chain that can compete on a global scale.“With more than a decade of experience and expertise in this sector, and global exports expected to be worth £2.6 bn a year by 2030 for UK companies, now is the time for innovative companies to act and establish themselves at the heart of the Chinese market.”The Chinese Government is investing $100bn in wind power projects by 2020 and aiming to install 5GW of offshore wind in the South China Sea, with a further 10GW in planning.Tus Clean Energy’s senior vice president, Charlie Du, said “The TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre is an important project established under ‘The Belt and Road’ initiative. China’s ocean economy is increasing by 7.2% per year and the province of Shandong’s abundant resources has been enlisted by the State Council as a ‘comprehensive test area for new and old kinetic energy conversion’.“Following the development of TORC, I believe the government will provide more favourable policies to UK companies seeking to enter China to create real benefit to both sides, furthering the technological cooperation between China and UK and creating significant opportunities and reliable incubation service for UK companies.”The UK is the global leader in offshore wind power, with more offshore wind farms than any other country in the world. By 2030, it is expected that offshore wind will generate one third of the UK’s total electricity requirements.
Kurhade – whose company makes industrial sheds – said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver. (AFP) PUNE, India – An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country. The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune. “It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP. “I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added. When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogram, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand. Shankar Kurhade wears his face mask made out of gold as he poses for a photograph amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pune, India, July 4, 2020. Kurhade claims the mask weighs 50 grams and costs around $3870. REUTERS
The Greensburg Pirates hosted the East Central Trojans and fell 15-0 at home.In what was the last home game of the season for the Pirates, Greensburg fell to a 2-0 deficit and could never recover. The Pirates were without senior captain Chase Springmeyer (shoulder) and junior goalie Mason Ponsler (finger). This meant Greensburg had to move Vincent Pavy (arguably the Pirates best two-way player) back to goalie, leaving a hole in the midfield. East Central was able to capitalize and scored 15 goals against the Pirates, the most goals allowed by a Pirate defense over the last 3 years. After seeing upwards of 50-plus shots, Vincent finished in goal with 23 saves and was one of the lone bright spots for the Pirates.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.