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Partner Nations Train to Combat Criminal Organizations

first_imgA sub-regional Military organization with the mission of contributing to the region’s security, development, and military integration, CFAC was founded by the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua founded on November 12, 1997. It has sustained an ongoing and systematic effort of cooperation, coordination, and mutual support for the joint analysis of issues of common interest and providing an optimal level of defense against threats to democracy, peace, and freedom. By Dialogo October 19, 2015 “Our work focuses on jointly reflecting on the need for the Military to act in situations of armed conflict and missions to maintain public order,” said Pascal Pinot, the ICRC liaison to the Armed Forces and Security Forces of Central America. Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Marenco, FAES representative at the training, said these exercises demonstrate the ways illegal armed groups operate. The combat “We had the opportunity to learn details about how these groups are trying to move throughout Central America, threatening the security of our nations,” said Lt. Col. Marenco. “This exercise has allowed us to incorporate this knowledge in order to defend the civilian population from the threats they pose.” “When the population is able to see how we operate – as professionals who always aim to protect their rights without violating them – they then understand that we are not just prepared for a war,” said Dominican Republic Armed Forces representative Lieutenant Angelita Peña. “We are ready to protect them from serious threats such as the illegal armed groups.” “The officials have reaffirmed their understanding of human rights to protect civilians during operations against illegal armed groups,” said Brigadier General Mauricio Villacorta, director of the FAES Doctrine and Military Education Command. “This technological exercise also helped strengthen command and control, decision-making, and operational planning.” Officers from four Armies of Central America and the Dominican Republic recently tested their ability to make tactical and operational decisions during clashes with illegal armed groups by using simulators at the Computerized Tactical Training Center (CETAC) of the Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES). Forging ties with the civilian population There, from September 21-25, forty participants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic attended the Conference of Central American Armed Forces’ (CFAC) first Computer Simulation Exercise Applied to the International Law of Armed Conflict. There, amid staged high-pressure combat situations, officers led Troops and managed Military resources to combat illegal armed organizations similar to those operating trafficking networks in the region. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegates guided the Soldiers during the joint exercises. Since building a rapport with civilians was one of the training’s key components, Military officials learned to show civilians, through their knowledge and skills, that they are staunch allies of peace and security. Troops engaged in simulated combat scenarios in different environments, weather, and situations involving threats and Troop deployments, since conducting exercises in the real world with Troops on the ground would be far more costly. costlier. Promoting cooperation At the end of the computerized workshop, Derek Spranger, ICRC’s representative in El Salvador, spoke to the participants about the importance of the teamwork fostered through the CFAC. “The conference is an important forum within the framework of cooperation, the exchange of best practices, training, and brotherhood among those who devote their lives to the militaries of each of their countries.” “The teams undergo combat simulations – some without prior planning, with evolving scenarios, working together,” said Colonel Andrés Zamora of El Salvador, an engineer who served as one of the workshop instructors. “Crisis management and civilian assistance training exercises were also designed.” last_img read more

Calls from CUs to members still being erroneously blocked

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Calls from credit unions and other legitimate businesses are still being blocked or mislabeled as spam, CUNA and other organizations wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Monday.The letter was sent in response to the FCC’s rulemaking implementing the TRACED Act, which requires the FCC to ensure robocall blocking services are provided with transparent and effective redress options for callers whose calls are erroneously blocked.“Consumers are harmed when outbound calling numbers used by lawful businesses are mislabeled, or calls from those numbers are blocked, because they may not receive lawful calls affecting their health, safety, or financial well-being. These calls include, for example, safety alerts, fraud alerts, data security breach notifications, product safety recall notices, healthcare and prescription reminders, power outage updates, and other necessary account updates and reminders needed to maintain financial health,” the letter reads. “Some calls placed to consumers are required by federal or state regulators, such as certain mortgage servicing calls. It is critical for consumers that these calls be completed without delay.”last_img read more

Mourinho takes credit for McTominay in attack on critics of his attitude to youth

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has hit back at criticism surrounding his development of youth players by taking credit for the progression of Scott McTominay and Raphael Varane.The Tottemham boss has regularly been criticised for opting to spend big money rather than develop some of the younger players at the clubs he’s been at.4 Mourinho worked with McTominay during his time in charge at Old TraffordCredit: AFP or licensors4 Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane was another Mourinho coached as a youngsterCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho responded to the criticism in sarcastic fashion: “Yes, it’s very important.”Scott McTominay only the best player at Manchester United.”Raphael Varane is one of the best players in the world. It’s fair criticism, yeah.’During his Real Madrid stint, Mourinho signed Varane when he was 18 and the French defender has gone on to become one of the best centre-backs in the world.McTominay, 23, was given his United debut by Mourinho and is now a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.SunSport exclusively revealed this week that the Red Devils are ready to double his salary with a new contract.4At the time of McTominay’s debut, Mourinho said: “I always say that for me there are not young players or old players.”It is just about the quality of the personality and this kid has everything that I want.”So I think that it is good for the younger boys in the academy to look at him as an example of player.”McTominay has said of their relationship: “I feel Mourinho saw something in me at a time some people did and some people didn’t, and I’m grateful.”Mourinho has given opportunities to the likes of Casemiro, Alvaro Morata, and Mario Balotelli during his managerial career and he is keen to give the youngsters at Spurs a go as he looks to remove the reputation he’s got of not giving youth a fair chance.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsTottenham beat Burnley 5-0 last weekend and Mourinho gave a Premier League debut to 17-year-old Troy Parrott and also brought on Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessengnon who are both 19.Since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino last month, Mourinho has won four of his five games in charge.Spurs travel to Bayern Munich tonight in the Champions League but have already secured qualification into the last-16.4 Mourinho gave Troy Parrott his Premier League debut against BurnleyCredit: AFPJosé Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for Barcelonalast_img read more