Chilean Armed Forces Celebrate Amidst Debate on Future Military Investment

first_img The Chilean Armed Forces celebrated on September 19 with a massive parade of over 9,000 personnel and warfare exhibition in Santiago, while Congress is debating the future of a law intended to guarantee weapons investment. The Military Parade was held in the enormous central O’Higgins Park, to commemorate the 202 years of existence of the Chilean Army with a parade featuring Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel, as well as Carabineros (Militarized Police.) Representatives of the Armed Forces from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and France also participated this year, as well as the Argentine-Chilean Joint Peacekeeping Force ‘‘Cruz del Sur’‘, created in 2011 to support UN peacekeeping missions in different countries. This year, the military parade, officially celebrated since 1915, did not include heavy artillery equipment, since it was centered on ‘‘the human factor’‘ with the deployment of over 9,000 personnel, assured Defense Minister Andrés Allamand. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera led the parade and was accompanied by the Military High Command, officials and foreign guests, such as the Chief of Staff of the French Army, General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, and the Chief of Staff of the Argentine Army, General Luis Alberto Pozzi. Thousands of people came to the event and enjoyed the uniformed parade, mainly the deployment of three F-16 fighter jet squads escorted by Puma and Cougar Assault helicopters, as well as other aircrafts from the Chilean Air Force. The Chilean Armed Forces are considered one of the better equipped in the region, after the Chilean government started an armament renovation in 1998, buying F-16 fighter jets, leopard tanks, helicopters, frigates, and Scorpene submarines, considered the most modern in Latin America. By Dialogo September 21, 2012last_img read more

Board stakes out legislative positions

first_imgBoard stakes out legislative positions Board stakes out legislative positions Senior Editor The Florida Bar has adopted four basic legislative positions for the 2002-04 legislative biennium.Legislation Committee Chair Jesse Diner told the Board of Governors at its August 16 meeting that under Bar policies all legislative positions are automatically sunsetted every two years, consistent with the legislative biennium.He said the committee had reviewed those prior positions and recommended four as new positions for 2002-04. The board unanimously agreed.The four positions are:• Opposing any constitutional amendment that would alter the Supreme Court’s authority to regulate the practice of law.• Supporting the state paying Bar annual fees and CLE expenses for its lawyers.• Supporting continuation of the Civil Legal Justice Act, with adequate funding for legal aid agencies providing services to the poor.• Opposing the Federal Trade Commission’s interpretation that provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act apply to lawyers. Diner noted the New York State Bar Association has sued the FTC over its interpretation that some lawyers are “financial institutions” who must provide privacy notices to clients. The ABA and state bars have argued that lawyer ethical codes provide much more stringent protections than the federal law.The board also reauthorized a dozen positions taken by the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee over the past two years. Those range from opposing the elimination of the husband-wife privilege in capital felony cases to supporting changing state laws to conform with the Federal Evidence Code relating to certifications and declarations. (See notice, page 3.)Legislatively, Diner said the Bar faces uncertainty. He noted although lawyers and the legal system were under attack in recent years, last year the Bar and lawmakers worked together to approve the Civil Legal Justice Act. That marked the first time state funds have gone for noncriminal legal aid programs.“Our honeymoon may or may not be over with the legislature. We’re going to have to work very, very hard,” Diner said.He urged board members and Bar members to participate in the Bar’s key contact program, which has lawyers working with their local legislators to educate them about the legal system.Steve Metz, chief legislative counsel, said the fall elections will add uncertainty to the next legislative session, but, “In terms of a crystal ball for the next session, I think our issues are all going to be on the table again,” he said.President Tod Aronovitz urged board and Bar to get involved in legislative activities. “We, the lawyers of Florida, are in trial right now, and we’re in trial with the House and Senate,” he said. “This is the year that Jesse and Steve need our support.” September 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Humpback Whale Found Dead in Lloyd Harbor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-foot female humpback whale that was found dead in Lloyd Harbor over the weekend may have died of blunt force trauma, marine biologists said.Huntington town bay constables towed the whale, which was found floating 150 yards offshore near Woodland Drive, to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Eatons Neck, where experts performed a necropsy Sunday, experts said.“There is evidence of blunt force trauma on the right side of the whale’s body,” said Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. “It will take several weeks for the exact cause of death to be determined.”This is the seventh large whale that has washed up in New York this year, five of which were humpback whales.The whale is likely one of those seen swimming within the last six weeks near Hempstead Harbor, Bosworth noted.The Riverhead Foundation asks that anyone who has images of the tail, chin or dorsal fin of the recently spotted whales call them at 631-369-9840 or email images to These will be extremely helpful in identifying the deceased whale, the group said.The group also reminded the boating public to stay at least 50 feet away from all marine animals, for the safety of the public and the animals. To report a sighting to the Riverhead Foundation, call 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Missing overseas for 73 years, an American POW who perished in World War II is finally going home.In January, the Pentagon officially identified the remains of Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder, who died as a Japanese prisoner in the Philippines in 1942. After the war, the U.S. government buried him and thousands of others as “unknown” soldiers in a war memorial cemetery there.The identification is vindication for Kelder’s family, who had discovered evidence pointing to which gravesite contained Kelder’s remains and then spent years trying to persuade the Pentagon to investigate. John Eakin, Kelder’s cousin, finally sued the Defense Department in late 2012.ProPublica and NPR wrote about Eakin’s struggle last year as part of an investigation into the Pentagon’s failing efforts to find and identify long-lost MIAs like Kelder. Our investigation found that the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command was mired in problems, failing to embrace the latest science and paralyzed by poor management. Infighting, overlapping bureaucracy, and excessively risk-averse policies also contributed to meager results. On average the Pentagon has identified just 72 men a year out of the tens of thousands missing from Vietnam, Korea and World War II—despite spending about $100 million a year to do the job.After our investigation last March, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced sweeping changes. Advocates are watching closely to ensure that those changes are more than superficial bureaucratic shuffling.In August, the Pentagon also reversed course on Kelder’s case, finally agreeing to exhume the grave that the family believed contained his remains of Kelder and those of nine other soldiers to identify the remains with DNA. Eakin had used historical and medical documents to track down the location of Kelder’s body after he died at the Cabanatuan prisoner camp.Meticulous records kept by the POWs themselves show that Kelder had initially been buried at the POW camp in common grave 717. After the war, the U.S. military dug up the common graves. The government identified four of the 14 men from grave 717 and sent their bodies home to their families for burial. But it was unsuccessful in identifying Kelder’s remains as well those of more than 900 others from the camp. They were all re-buried as “unknowns.” Eakin figured out that Kelder was likely in a grave labeled as unknown “X-816.”Eakin’s cousin said it’s been an emotional roller-coaster since he got word about the official identification.“It’s relief and anger that it has taken this long, and at the same time we know that we have to start planning a funeral,” Eakin told ProPublica.  “Maybe the worst part is knowing that the government doesn’t care and isn’t doing this for the right reasons. They simply want the lawsuit to go away.”The Army casualty office plans to formally present the family in February with the evidence that led to the identification. At this point, Eakin is dissatisfied with the government’s work. He doesn’t dispute the identification but rather how much of Kelder’s remains will be returned to the family.The Pentagon has identified pieces of Kelder’s skull, his left humerus, right fibula, and left tibia. Eakin is concerned that more of Kelder’s skeleton could be identified but the Pentagon is avoiding doing so because it would reveal that past identifications from grave 717 were incorrect.Last summer, when the government exhumed Kelder and the other nine victims’ remains associated with grave 717, they found bones from at least 11 people, not just the 10 they expected.The Pentagon has not said yet whether any of the other men exhumed this summer have been identified.Kelder won’t be formally checked off the MIA list until the family accepts the identification, said Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman.Should the family accept the identification, Kelder will be buried in the family plot outside Chicago.Related coverage: Read our original investigation into how the military is leaving the missing behind, and how European authorities identified the remains of a long-lost American soldier after the U.S. military demurred.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Legal boost for new parents

first_imgNZ Herald 10 July 2014Employees on paid parental leave will be able to return to work occasionally on so-called “keeping in touch days” without losing their entitlement under the moves to increase the flexibility of the scheme.The Government’s Budget policy to extend paid parental leave from 14 to 18 weeks went out for public consultation yesterday and it includes the proposal to allow employees to work limited days during that leave period.Under present law employees could in theory lose their paid parental leave even by returning to work for a few paid hours to complete a handover or attend a training session.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Simon Bridges said data on how many people had lost entitlements in that way had not been kept but the issue had been the subject of complaints.Under the Government proposal, which is based on the “keeping in touch days” offered as part of the UK’s paid parental leave regime, employees will be able to do five days paid work during their paid parental leave beginning four weeks after the birth of their child. read more

Invest Dominica Authority targets investors in the neighbouring French Islands

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 218 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Invest Dominica Authority targets investors in the neighbouring French Islands by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! In photo: Executive Director of Invest Dominica Authority, MrsRhoda Letang. Photo credit: Investdominica.comOfficials of the Invest Dominica Authority expect to see the strengthening of cooperation and increased investment activities between Dominica and the French Islands of Guadeloupe following a visit to the islands by an IDA delegation last week.The delegation led by Executive Director of the IDA Rhoda Letang held talks with current and potential investors and others who have interest in doing business in Dominica.The visit is part of an IDA strategy to conduct targeted investment promotions in areas where the country has a comparative advantage.According to team leader Rhoda Letang the visit marks a significant step forward in the IDA’S efforts at promoting investment in Dominica.Invest Dominica Authority is the Government Agency responsible for promoting and facilitating both local and foreign investment into Dominica.GIS Newslast_img read more

U. S. Baseball Academy Spring Training Coming To East Central

first_imgThe U. S. Baseball Academy will be coming to East Central.    It will be on Sundays, February 21st & 28th and March 6th & 13th.East Central HS U. S. Baseball AcademyU.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training 2016 is a unique concept that provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching, fielding/baserunning, catching training programs and instruction by some of the area’s best coaches.Courtesy of Tom Steuver/Sunman-Dearborn Youth Athletic Association.last_img

Football News Lionel Messi powers Barcelona into UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

first_imghighlights Lionel Messi has now scored 108 goals in the UEFA Champions League.Cristiano Ronaldo has 124 goals in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona thrashed Lyon 5-1 with Messi providing two assists. Barcelona: Lionel Messi came up just short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick a day earlier but still scored twice and set up two more as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. After Ronaldo’s treble on Tuesday for Juventus sent Atletico Madrid packing in Turin, Messi delivered his own symphony on Wednesday at the Camp Nou, where Lyon were outplayed save for a very brief period in the second half when they threatened a comeback in this last-16 tie. “Cristiano yesterday was impressive,” Messi said afterwards. “It was a big surprise because I thought Atletico would be stronger but Cristiano had a magical night.” A 0-0 draw in France in the first leg last month meant Lyon always had a chance to make Barca nervous, but Messi’s sumptuously chipped penalty and a simple finish from Philippe Coutinho looked to have finished them off before half-time.Yet Lucas Tousart’s volley left Lyon one goal away from putting Barcelona out, only for Messi to take charge again. He scored once more, before teeing up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the victory. Messi now has 108 goals in the Champions League, behind Ronaldo’s imperious 124, but his latest double takes his team one step closer to the trophy they crave the most. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “When he is at that kind of level, he is almost unstoppable,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “We did what we could.” Barcelona go into Friday’s draw for the last eight as the sole Spanish representative, along with Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Porto and Ajax.The last time Spain only had one team left at this stage was 2010 and after defeats for Atletico and Real Madrid, it was up to Barca to avert a first Spanish blackout since 2005.Coutinho had been whistled off by his own fans last weekend but was picked to start, preferred to Dembele who had just recovered from a hamstring strain. The Brazilian was bright, enjoying one of his best performances in weeks.”In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well,” Coutinho said. “You never know what the future holds but I am happy with my performance today. He has come in after not such a good run,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “It was an important match for him and he played very well.”Lyon could barely escape their own penalty area in early exchanges as Messi got to work. He fired one shot towards the top corner and then latched onto a Sergio Busquets pass but Anthony Lopes sprung out to intercept.ExquisiteJason Denayer was not as quick in the 16th minute. By the time he had twisted to follow Messi’s pass, the excellent Luis Suarez was a step ahead. Denayer slid but was nowhere near the ball and Suarez dragged his foot to make the contact clear. A penalty was given, although Messi was made to wait while VAR checked, but there was no sign of tension. His chip down the middle was exquisite. Lyon improved and Moussa Dembele’s shot needed a strong block from Clement Lenglet before Lopes collided with Coutinho and had to be replaced, in tears, in the 34th minute by Mathieu Gorgelin. That was not before Barca had scored a second as the faultless Arthur Melo played an angled pass into Suarez, who wriggled clear. With only Lopes to beat, he tapped across for Coutinho, who had an open net. Lyon looked dead and buried but found a way back in. It came from a corner, which Barca three times failed to clear. Amid the scramble, Tousart had time to chest and volley into the corner. For 10 minutes, Barcelona were edgy but while Nabil Fekir lashed over, Lyon failed to step forward. Their momentum subsided and Messi finished them off in a late flurry. First, his dummy sent Denayer and Marcelo flying and his shot was too strong for the weak hand of Gorgelin. Then, he twice tore away on the counter-attack, picking out Pique at the back post and finally Dembele, who made it five.last_img read more

Luna and Cabrera to go to trial

first_imgThe husband and wife charged in the hit-and-run that killed a USC student and injured another will stand trial, a judge said Tuesday at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing that began Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.Claudia Cabrera, 30, and her husband Josue Luna, 33, will face trial at the end of the month. Cabrera was allegedly driving the car that struck and killed USC freshman Adrianna Bachan and left freshman Marcus Garfinkle in critical condition.Prosecutors say Luna, the passenger pulled Garfinkle from the windshield and left him on the side of the road before getting back in the car and fleeing the scene.Garfinkle testified at the hearing that he briefly saw the man who pulled him off the windshield before the car drove away.“I wake up on the side of the road,” Garfinkle told the judge. “I see a man hop in a car and I stare at the license plate, but it immediately fades from my memory … It sped off quickly.”Cabrera is charged with one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter. Luna is charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.“It’s apparent they did nothing to render aid,” said Judge Mary Lou Villar, commenting on evidence presented during the preliminary hearing. “They left the scene.”Garfinkle, who is back at USC after undergoing three surgeries and spending more than a month in the hospital, said though he was pleased with Villar’s decision, he had mixed feelings about the hearing overall.“I’m happy that it looks like more justice will be served,” Garfinkle said.He added, however, that testifying was an emotional experience.“I went to court for the first time last Friday to testify and, emotionally, it was tough for me,” he said. “I saw these two people for the first time face to face. I’ve never been to court before and it was a very, very draining process.”Garfinkle described the atmosphere of the courtroom as a combination of “uncertainty, frustration and hope.”Reliving the experience as he testified brought up feelings of “extreme sadness,” Garfinkle said, adding that he remains extremely appreciative for his life.Garfinkle said he had not intended to testify, but he was subpoenaed the day before the preliminary hearing began.Garfinkle gave his testimony in front of a courtroom filled with his and Bachan’s friends and family members.“It was beautiful to have all the positive energy in the room fighting such a bad circumstance,” Garfinkle said. “I felt like there were so many people on our side.”Friday was also the first time Garfinkle met Bachan’s family.“It was emotional, it was satisfying to meet them,” he said. “It was nice to finally connect with them.”Garfinkle will testify again at the trial, an experience he expects to be just as emotionally straining. He said, however, he is willing to do what it takes to see that justice is served.“My main goal is to get justice for Adrianna,” Garfinkle said.Cabrera and Luna are due back in court Sept. 29 for the trial.Cabrera was arrested April 2 as the result of a tip that came after $235,000 in reward money was announced. Luna was arrested April 18 coming back into the United States from Mexico.The two are being held on $1 million bail each.last_img read more

UW headstrong in opener

first_imgASHWAUBENON — There may be something magical about the Resch Center that brings out the best in the Wisconsin Badgers.Whether it’s Joe Pavelski’s hat-trick against Bemidji State, Jack Skille’s triple-overtime goal that propelled Wisconsin to the Frozen Four or the fact that Brian Elliott has never allowed a goal in the building, the stars are usually aligned for Wisconsin when they make the trek north to Ashwaubenon.But when Elliott was given the night off in game two of Wisconsin’s season opening series, the Badgers desperately needed some of that magic, because from the get-go, the Wisconsin offense took the night off as well.Luckily for Wisconsin, their offense woke up just in the nick of time, with a little help from Jake Dowell’s noggin.Down by two goals late in third period, Wisconsin came charging back Saturday night scoring a power play goal that bounced off Dowell’s helmet and a short-handed goal by Davis Drewiske in the final three minutes. The Badgers stole the victory from Northern Michigan and earned a 3-3 tie, one night after Wisconsin shutout NMU 3-0.With the Badgers down 1-3 and on the power play with just under four minutes to go, a shot by freshman Jamie McBain bounced off Dowell’s facemask and into the back of the net to close the UW deficit to one.”I’ll take them any way I can get them to help this team win games,” Dowell said.With the Wildcats on the power play and less than two minutes to go, Wisconsin received a gift via a Wildcat turnover in their own zone. The turnover went to senior Ross Carlson, who found a wide-open Drewiske streaking towards the net. Drewiske buried the puck past Northern Michigan goalie Bill Zaniboni to bring the game to an improbable tie.”We made a bad mistake on the power play where we turned it over and they get a short-handed goal on it,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. “Nothing changed from last night. They are still one of the best teams in country, and we played them [tough].”Even before the puck dropped, UW head coach Mike Eaves wanted to give Shane Connolly some time in net for the Badgers in order to prepare him for next season. “Shane’s in his second year now and when Brian was in his second year, Bernd Brückler was an All-American goaltender,” Eaves said. “We needed to get Brian (Elliott) some action because we knew that next year, he would be the guy. That’s where we are with young Shane. We’re going to have to look at our schedule and see where we can get him in the games and get some experience.”Much like Friday night’s game, Wisconsin finally shook the off-season rust off after the first period and got on the scoreboard. Already down 2-0, Wisconsin freshmen Michael Davies, who registered two goals the night before, and McBain combined to put a shot on goal that went off Zaniboni and right at Dowell. Dowell whiffed with his stick but hit the puck with his forearm into the Wildcats’ goal for his first of two goals on the night.Even when the Badgers were down 1-3 with just less than five minutes left, Wisconsin wouldn’t quit. According to UW head coach Mike Eaves, all it took was getting back to the basics that won this team a championship a year ago.”They simplified it, got back to the basics, started winning some more puck battles, got the pucks to the net and as a result, gave ourselves a chance to get back in the game,” Eaves said.Friday night, senior goalie and Hobey Baker finalist Elliott looked on top of his game and Davies scored two goals as Wisconsin won their fourth consecutive season opener, beating Northern Michigan 3-0.Just two minutes into the second period, junior Matt Ford took a shot from the left face-off circle that deflected off Zaniboni. The loose puck found its way to UW freshman Davies, who rifled the puck past Zaniboni for his first collegiate goal. Davies would add his second goal of the season and Drewiske added his first to cap the Wisconsin scoring.”I’ve never started any of my seasons at the next level by scoring two goals,” Davies said. “I thought it would take me a couple games to get a point or two, but this is great to contribute.”Davies’ first goals were more than enough support for Elliott, who looked as comfortable between the pipes as he did at the end of last season. Elliott found himself in very few tough situations Friday night and made 23 saves for his 12th career shutout.”He looked comfortable, he looked patient, he looked in control and he’s playing well when he does all those things,” Eaves said.last_img read more