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Argentina Implements Radar System to Protect Northern Border

first_img BUENOS AIRES —Argentina is bolstering vast stretches of its unprotected skies, nearly 15 years after the idea was first proposed. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recently announced the installation of 20 radars — as well as fighter jets and more than 200 specially trained personnel — to monitor and protect the country’s northern borders with Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia. “In northeastern Argentina there are dozens of illegal flight paths, according to Air Force reports produced by pilots realizing exercises in the area,” said Roberto López, a lawyer and former advisor to the National Defense Commission of Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies. These reports indicate that 358 illegal flights were detected during a training exercise several years back. This equates to roughly 120 aircraft per month carrying more than 50,000 kilograms of illegal merchandise. The $1.8 billion rollout is part of larger national program devised in 2004, and has a dual purpose: to protect Argentine territory from illicit air traffic while strengthening technological development through the use of home-grown equipment. The radars, including one three-dimensional defense radar, were produced by Invap, a company based in the southern Argentine city of Río Negro. Invap recently collaborated with NASA and other international partners to launch the SAC-D Aquarius satellite from California. This was the first production of a 3D radar in Argentina, and its home will be a mobile base at Santiago de Estero’s airport where it will be accompanied by a manned monitoring center and several Pucará fighter jets. The plan is called North Shield (Escudo Norte), as it is focused on controlling aircraft entering and leaving Argentina’s northern frontiers with Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia. Besides Santiago de Estero — which will be the technological hub of the program — radars also will be installed in Resistencia (Chaco) and Posadas (Misiones). Existing radar detection systems are limited to aircraft terminals at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires as well as smaller airports in Córdoba, Mendoza, Mar del Plata and Paraná. This is a cooperative venture between Argentina’s ministries of defense and interior, as well as the Armed Forces and security forces such as the National Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard. The northern rollout of radars will be managed by 60 officials from the Air Force and 180 from the Army. It helps fill the void left earlier this year after Security Minister Nilda Garré ordered the National Gendarmerie — which had been protecting Argentina’s frontiers — to bring order to the crime-ridden suburbs south of Buenos Aires. “While having new surveillance methods is a good thing, it’s naïve to think that by filling the border area with radars we’re going to be able to stop drug traffickers, who just as often travel over land and water,” said Fabián Calle, defense specialist and professor at Catholic and Torcauto Di Tella universities. Argentina employs two types of radar: 2D and 3D. Two-dimensional radars offer speed and directional data, while 3D radars can also detect altitude, which makes them more useful for defense purposes, López said. The latter system also can determine if a given aircraft is friendly or not, regardless of whether its crew cooperates. López said about 11 percent of Argentina’s frontiers are monitored by 3D radars. In 2006, the government ordered more, but their production has been delayed due to irregularities in the contracting process. After years of fits and starts, the radar installations are taking place under the umbrella of a 2004 decree signed by former President Nestor Kirchner. Known as the “National Aerospace Monitoring and Control System” (Sistema Nacional de Vigilancia y Control Aeroespacial), its purpose was to revive and update a 1996 bill approved by then-President Carlos Menem. That original National Radar Plan had a budget cap of $46.3 million and was officially put on hold in 2000 by Menem’s successor, President Fernando de la Rúa. The radar system is part of Argentina’s counternarcotics and counterterrorism efforts. “Given the increase in illegal flight activity worldwide and, more specifically at the regional level, relating to smuggling and the use of the air space by terrorists,” the law says, “it is essential to have radar systems and carry out effective aerospace control.” The radars selected for the program are RASIT portable ground surveillance machines used since the 1980s to detect moving ground targets and low-altitude air targets. They are known for their ability to discriminate and classify radial velocity and sound. Invap has modernized the RASIT, giving it considerably broader capacity, a user-friendly digital interface and real-time information to track a target within a digital map synched with Argentina’s Military Geographic Institute. Besides the radars, a small unit of fighter jets will be deployed and readied to intercept suspicious flights. Not only Argentina, but also all the countries that share a border with Argentina, should do the same, and especially Brazil, since they are experiencing drug trafficking because they do not have protection on the border. By Dialogo July 29, 2011last_img read more

UNICEF Condemns Use of Children by Shining Path

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2012 UNICEF the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime delegate in Peru condemned the kidnapping and use of children in violent actions by Shining Path on April 25. In recent days, Military reports have indicated that Shining Path is using minors in attacks perpetrated against Military personnel in the Apurimac and Ene Rivers Valley (VRAE), a jungle area that has served the group as a refuge for two decades. “The use of children and adolescents by Shining Path constitutes a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and places them in a situation of extreme vulnerability that affects their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development,” UNICEF specified. The organization asserted that the CRC “expressly prohibits involving and using children and adolescents in actions of this kind, both by armed groups and by armed forces.” The use of children and adolescents is not new in Peru and goes back to the beginning of the internal war unleashed in 1980 by Shining Path, which was defeated and dismembered in the mid-1990s with the arrest of its top leader, Abimael Guzmán, who is serving a life sentence. “Shining Path has always had children, between 11 and 13 years old, whom it used to call ‘pioneer children’ or ‘little pioneers,’ whom it obtained by forced recruitment in Amazonian and Andean communities in the 1980s, with the aim of turning them into combatants,” sociologist Jaime Antezana, who studies political violence in Peru, told AFP. “Currently, what the Shining Path leaders active in the Apurimac and Ene Rivers Valley are doing is reproducing an old Shining Path practice,” he added. The expert was referring to the Quispe Palomino brothers: Víctor, Jorge, and Martín, who head the Shining Path columns in that extensive jungle valley, a coca-producing area where they act in alliance with gangs of drug traffickers, according to the government and analysts of political violence.last_img read more

Errata

first_imgErrata A notice in the On the Move section of the February 1 News about Brian G. Rich becoming a shareholder with Berger Singerman contained an error in his address. The correct address is: 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 1000, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 755-9500. April 1, 2003 Erratalast_img

3 questions your employees aren’t answering honestly

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details SaveSave We are taught to always be honest and forthcoming and our hope is that our employees are truthful with us in the workplace. The reality is, there are a few situations where you may not be getting straight answers from your staff. Here are three questions your team probably isn’t answering honestly.Where do you see yourself in ten years?When you inquire about your employee’s vision for their future at the company, your objective is to get feedback on their plans for their growth and advancement. Although, their response may include an impressive plan for their career within your organization, they may in fact be dreaming about a life at the beach sipping a cold cocktail.What do you think of Kevin?When you ask for an employee’s opinion on one of their colleagues, chances are they will be diplomatic. Don’t be surprised if they are not as forthcoming as you’d hope. Smart employees fly under the radar and avoid drama. So, although they may actually have strong feelings on poor Kevin, they may refrain from being completely open for fear of coming across as a gossip.How are things going?No one wants to be a complainer so when you ask how an employee is feeling about their role at the company, chances are they will be tactful. If they have strong opinions about a certain issue, they will probably come to you in private at a specified time. But, if you are simply checking in with them, expect a less than detailed response because more than likely than won’t want to burden you with their grievances.last_img read more

NCUA actions related to COVID-19

first_img continue reading » To: Federally Insured Credit Unions NCUA headquarters Subject: Operationscenter_img Dear Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer:The NCUA recognizes COVID-19 will impact credit unions and their members to varying degrees. I want to assure you that the NCUA is doing all we can to address the situation.The health and safety of all NCUA staff, credit union staff, and credit union members are our paramount concern. We plan to take every step to ensure that our agency’s critical mission of protecting the safety and soundness of the credit union industry will continue to be executed as effectively and efficiently as possible.In addition, it is important to ensure credit unions can continue to meet, to the extent possible, the financial needs of their members. I encourage you to review previously issued NCUA guidance that addresses business continuity, hurricane, disaster, emergency, and pandemic planning and preparedness. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Will they or won’t they? Credit unions contemplate 2nd round of PPP lending

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The nation’s credit unions have been through the wringer over the past several weeks when it comes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  They have had to make challenging decisions, such as whether or not to offer PPP loans, how to manage the volume of applications and how to ensure they are keeping up with new guidance as it comes out. While some credit unions jumped in feet first, others explored alternative methods of providing relief to small business owners.Now, that the second round of PPP funding has begun, credit unions that did not participate in the first round of funding may have another chance. And, with $60 billion of the second round’s $310 billion earmarked for credit union and community bank lending, the appeal of participating may have increased.To help guide the strategic conversations CU executives will have with their senior leadership, lending and board teams, we’ve put together a list of some items credit unions should consider prior to offering PPP loans.What do credit unions need to know about becoming an approved PPP lender?To make PPP loans, credit unions must first be approved by the SBA.  Existing SBA lenders are eligible to make PPP loans, but non-existing SBA lenders must complete the CARES Act Section 1102 Lender Agreement.  This is an expedited SBA lender agreement and allows a lender to offer PPP loans.  This agreement expires on September 30, 2020. continue reading »last_img read more

City heat

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Martin Keown ‘worried’ about Mikel Arteta being multilingual in Arsenal’s dressing room

first_img View 7 comments Advertisement Mikel Arteta addresses his Arsenal players in multiple languages during matches (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Keown praised Gabriel Magalhaes for his impressive debut as Arsenal sealed a 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.‘He’s looked a dominant figure from the off,’ said Keown.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Some talk about maybe some nervousness in his passing, I wouldn’t have thought he’d played in the middle of a three on too many occasions.‘But once he got into the game we saw the quality that he has.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Martin Keown has urged Mikel Arteta to speak only English to Arsenal’s players (Getty Images)Martin Keown has expressed his concerns over Mikel Arteta’s decision to speak multiple languages to Arsenal’s players.Arteta has been heard on the touchline giving instructions to some of Arsenal’s players in French and Spanish, although he speaks English in all group meetings and team talks.But Keown, who made 422 appearances and won three Premier League titles during his time at Arsenal, believes Arteta should be addressing his players in English at all times.‘Arteta talks in four or five different languages,’ Keown told BT Sport.ADVERTISEMENT‘That would worry me because I’d like to hear some of it in English if I was an English player. [Arsene] Wenger said ‘one language, a common language’. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Nonetheless, he’s a fantastic communicator and he’s getting that message across. ‘And when you do talk a lot, as I am now, you’ve got to get results because people stop listening.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 14 Sep 2020 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.2kShares Martin Keown ‘worried’ about Mikel Arteta being multilingual in Arsenal’s dressing roomlast_img read more

British scientists make major Alzheimer’s breakthrough

first_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle British scientists make major Alzheimer’s breakthrough by: – October 16, 2013 LONDON, England, Wednesday October 16, 2013 – A new British study has been lauded as a turning point in the search for a drug that could stop Alzheimer’s disease, following the pioneering use of a drug-like compound to halt brain cell death in mice.Published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the study was conducted at the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester and is thought to provide a major new pathway for future drug treatments.The drug-like compound blocks a faulty signal in brains affected by neurodegenerative diseases that shuts down the production of essential protective proteins, resulting in the gradual death of brain cells.Researchers tested the compound in mice with prion disease – the closest animal model of human neurodegenerative disorders – but said they were confident the same principles would apply in a human brain with diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.In brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the production of new proteins in the brain is halted by an accumulation of amyloids or “misfolded proteins.” This leads to an over-activation of a natural defence mechanism that stops essential proteins being produced. In the absence of these protective proteins, brain cells die, resulting in diseases like Alzheimer’s.In the study, the compound inhibited an enzyme, known as PERK, which plays a key role in activating this defence mechanism. In mice with prion’s disease, it restored proteins to protect brain cells, restoring some normal behaviours, arresting memory loss and “stopping the disease in its tracks.”“It’s a real step forward,” team leader Professor Giovanna Mallucci told Britain’s Independent newspaper. “It’s the first time a substance has been given to mice that prevents brain disease. The fact that this is a compound that can be given orally, that gets into the brain and prevents brain disease, is a first in itself… We can go forward and develop better molecules and I can’t see why preventing this process should only be restricted to mice. I think this probably will translate into other mammalian brains.”While the compound produced side effects in mice, including weight loss and mild diabetes, Mallucci said it would “not be impossible” to develop a drug that protected the brain without the side effects and that work towards doing so had been promising.The landmark study received an enthusiastic reception from scientists, who nonetheless cautioned that it remained a significant proof of principle and a possible basis for new treatments, rather than a guarantee of an Alzheimer’s cure in the near future. BBC Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Real Madrid: Benzema blasts Chelsea’s Oliver Giroud

first_img Loading… Now at Chelsea, Giroud has netted 39 goals in 93 appearances for France and is now behind only Thierry Henry and Michel Platini in the nation’s scoring charts, while he helped them to land the World Cup two summers ago. “You cannot confuse Formula 1 with karting, and I am being nice,” Benzema said on Instagram Live, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo, before adding, “I know that I am Formula 1. “It works because he is there, that is the only reason. It won’t be spectacular, he won’t do something amazing, but he has his thing. “Aside from that, does everyone like the way he plays? I don’t know.” Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has taken aim at Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud by stating: ‘You cannot confuse Formula 1 with karting.’ Giroud has replaced Benzema in the France international team in the past four years with the Madrid striker not appearing for his nation since prior to the 2016 European Championships. Read Also: Lautaro Martinez would only leave Inter for BarcelonaBenzema has continued to thrive for Madrid in recent years, netting 30 goals last season – his best tally since 2011/12 – while he has already been involved in 20 goals in La Liga this campaign, scoring 14 times and providing six goals.Whilst Benzema has taken over the attacking mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid, Giroud has become a fringe figure at Stamford Bridge.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Benzema has 27 goals from 81 international caps but has not appeared for Les Bleus in either of the last two major tournaments, with Giroud now the leading striker for the nation.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more