The Navies of the Americas Meet in Mexico to Improve Hemispheric Security

first_img A naval summit organized by the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) sought to improve security in the Americas, by means of joint strategies and operations targeting organized crime and aid in the event of natural disasters. According to Semar, at the inauguration of the 25th edition of the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Cancún, Mexico, in late May, the Mexican secretary of the Navy, Vice Admiral Mariano Saynez, stressed the need to implement standardized operational procedures that can strengthen the exchange of information and cooperation in the area of maritime security. At the hemispheric naval meeting, the participants “will seek to improve the mechanisms of interoperability, with the aim of establishing security and peace among nations, as well as becoming familiar with the maritime environment, with a view toward offering humanitarian assistance,” a Semar statement indicated prior to the event. The conference’s central theme addressed inter-American maritime security “with a view toward offering humanitarian assistance in cases and areas of disaster or emergency, to countries that may find themselves impacted by the effects of some kind of natural phenomenon.” The objective is “to contribute to perfecting the systems of cooperation at the hemispheric level, through the exchange of knowledge, to promote solidarity in the hemisphere,” Semar added. The heads of the navies of Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Uruguay participated in the meeting, as well as the heads of the general staffs of Argentina, Honduras, Panama, and Venezuela. Representatives of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Inter-American Naval Communications Network also attended, among other participants. This is the first time that Mexico has hosted the Inter-American Naval Conference, created in 1959 to promote contacts among the navies of the hemisphere and exchange ideas and knowledge about maritime affairs. Among the joint operations currently being conducted, specifically in the fight against drug trafficking, Operation Martillo stands out. SOUTHCOM is participating in this extensive anti-drug and anti-organized-crime operation, which is underway in Central American waters and in which forces from 13 European and Western Hemisphere countries are taking part. By Dialogo June 06, 2012last_img read more

Governor Wolf: New Funding Will Help Break Barriers for Employment in Philadelphia

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Community College of Philadelphia to support the Pathways to Advanced Manufacturing job training program. The program will prepare participants for entry-level employment in advanced manufacturing through classroom and technical skills instruction. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“The Community College of Philadelphia’s manufacturing job training program is one of the best examples of what we want to accomplish with our Manufacturing PA initiative,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only do we move our economy forward by helping manufacturers close the workforce gap, but most importantly, we provide job opportunities for the populations who need it the most.”The grant will provide $200,000 to Community College of Philadelphia to create the Pathways to Advanced Manufacturing job training program, which will provide new job opportunities for youth, low income individuals, citizens with disabilities, ex-offenders, and other unemployed or underemployed populations. Through the program, participants will earn an OSHA 10 certification and have the opportunity to earn five more nationally-recognized credentials.The college will partner with area manufacturers to provide participants work-based learning opportunities and assist with employment placement. Partners include Packaging Progressions, Coilplus, HPT PHARMA, Computer Components, Electro Soft, Empire Abrasive Equipment Co., Weber Display and Packaging, and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation.“We are excited to receive this important grant from the commonwealth to build the talent pipeline for manufacturers in Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia. “This support allows the college to grow and enhance its advanced manufacturing offerings and provide the opportunity for Philadelphians to gain industry-recognized skills across the manufacturing spectrum to help them gain employment and the ability to earn family-sustaining wages. We are grateful to Governor Wolf for his investment in the college and this important sector to our region’s growth.”“For many people in Philadelphia, securing a good, family-sustaining job in manufacturing can be complicated by barriers to employment – whether it be their age, disability status, income level, or prior criminal record,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “I commend Community College of Philadelphia for tackling this problem head-on, and I thank the Wolf Administration for supporting this vital program that will open up more opportunities for Philadelphia’s workforce.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: New Funding Will Help Break Barriers for Employment in Philadelphiacenter_img April 24, 2019last_img read more

France 1-0 Belgium: Eight things we learned

first_imgFrance will play in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 after beating Belgium 1-0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Umtiti in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening.Here are eight things we learned. ROBERTO MARTINEZ IS REACTIVEIn the first minute, danger man Kylian Mbappe went on a dazzling run on the right flank. He just went pass Kevin De Bryune as if De Bryune wasn’t there. On paper, De Bryune was to play on Belgium’s right wing as part of a 5-man midfield in a 3-5-2 formation. After Mbappe’s daring first minute run, Eden Hazard went to the right wing as he possesses a relatively better defensive ability than De Bryune. Quick thinking there by Roberto Martinez.BELGIUM WARY OF FRANCE’S MIDFIELDRoberto Martinez’s tactical change [3-5-2] was to cope with France’s domineering midfielders. It was a great move to prevent the French from gaining total midfield control. DIDIER DESCHAMPS’S TACTICAL RESPONSEThe French set-up in a rather conservative manner. After going a goal up, the French sat deeper as they set up in an almost 6-4-0 formation. The shape varied into a 6-1-3/ 5-4-1/4-3-3/4-5-1 depending on where the Belgians had overloads. Stephen N’zonzi and Youri Tielemans were brought on at the latter parts of the game to provide more cover for the French defence.ROBERTO MARTINEZ’S TACTICAL RESPONSEAfter going a goal down, Martinez brought on Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco for Moussa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini. The idea was clear. The French were defending in their numbers which meant that the Belgians needed more men upfront as well as width.ROMELU LUKAKU FAILS TO GET INTO THE GAME As much as Lukaku tried, he just couldn’t find a way to make his presence felt. He was unable to find his way into the game and he would definitely have wished for a more dominating performance.FRANCE IS EFFICIENTFrance has proven beyond every reasonable doubt that they know how to win a football match. The sheer intelligence with which they play is remarkable. Every move on the pitch is almost perfect. They know when and how to press, drop off, defend and attack. Deschamps has really done a good job and his side progress into the finals as the favourites.KYLIAN MBAPPE IS A HANDFUL TO CONTAINKylian Mbappe has proved to be too hot to handle and it was no different today. Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele found it very difficult to cope with Mbappe’s blistering pace. Mbappe also proved to have some dirty tricks up his sleeves as he picked up a yellow card for time wasting. THE REIGNITED THREAT OF SET-PIECESHow many times haven’t we seen teams score from set pieces in this world cup? This world cup has brought back the long forgotten strategy of winning via set-piece efficiency.last_img read more