Paraguay Participates in NCO Expert Exchange Program with the United States

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo July 22, 2016 On a typically cold and clear winter day in the Southern Hemisphere, our group began a day filled with visits to Paraguayan Military institutions as part of a week-long period of events, workshops, conferences, and presentations comprising an exchange program between Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) from the United States and Paraguay. The first stop was a visit to the Peacekeeping Joint Operations Training Center, in Asuncion, where General Oscar Luis González, commander of the Paraguayan Army led the opening ceremony together with U.S. Army Colonel Barbara Fick, Liaison Officer with the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy-Paraguay. The U.S. NCOs also visited other institutions throughout the week, among which were the Logistics Command, the Military Academic Institute Command (CIME, for its Spanish acronym), the Engineering and Communications Command, and the NCO Training School of the Paraguayan Navy. Together with other partner nations inLatin America, Paraguay is taking part in a program focused on professionalizingand empowering the work of NCOs in the national armies. The program issponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and has been in development sincethe beginning of 2016, under the direction of U.S. Army Sergeant Major KarimMella. Changing the Way of Thinking As in the case of partner nations such asEl Salvador and the Dominican Republic, where the NCO professionalizationprogram is already underway, Paraguay is on its way to adapt the current mindsetabout NCOs and the relationship between officers, sergeants, and future NCOs. “We must change the mindset amongstofficers, mainly, and among them, commanders in particular. From there, we mustcontinue to work to engrain the concept I am trying to instill in the officers’minds. An officer’s first responsibilityis taking care of the personnel under his command. Having said that, it isworth noting Paraguay has no differences other than financial resources. Socialand cultural conditions are very homogeneous among the population, and that isreflected in the Armed Forces. Paraguayan officers do not discriminate againstNCOs for any other reason than the different ranks. This is due to disciplineand the vertical nature of the hierarchies in every army and which must bemaintained. In that regard, and to begin with, we have that advantage, becauseI understand that in other countries this is not so,” said General Gonzálezto Diálogo. SM Mella considered it would be appropriate to conduct an exchange program where NCOs from the three services in the U.S. Military could meet their counterparts from Paraguay to better explain the change in mindset that took place in the United States over 200 years ago. “It’s not only important, it’s vital. More and more joint and combined operations and training are taking place throughout the Western Hemisphere. Also, consider a natural disaster, for example, the devastating earthquake in Haiti or the most recent event in Ecuador where multiple countries came together. When two or more nations come together to provide support, enlisted members naturally gravitate toward each other. By having the same attributes of professionalism, this group can align themselves more quickly, organize effectively, develop plans, and execute their mission,” said U.S. Air Force Sergeant Major Heriberto G. Diaz Jr., Superintendent at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, located within Lackland Air Force Base in Joint Base San Antonio. For the U.S. NCOs that participated inthe exchange program, it was clear that in addition to contributing, they alsogrew personally with the experience. “I learned the importance of the NCOCorps within the Paraguayan Armed Forces and the high-level of professionalismin which they operate. The capability of their respective NCO Corps was trulyimpressive. I also learned that Paraguayans are truly gracious hosts and thatthey truly value friendships and partnerships,” commented U.S. Army CommandSergeant Major Anthony S. Torres, from the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade. But maybe the most appropriate person totalk about the topic of similarities and differences among NCOs from differentcountries is U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Cesar Infante. His perspective in theexchange was illuminating because, with a Peruvian-American background, heserved in the Peruvian Armed Forces before moving to the United States, wherehe is now serving as chief of supplies at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South.”I believe the level of professionalism of the NCOs from Latin Americancountries still has a way to go, because in many places, the NCO position isrelatively new. Currently, the armed forces of many countries are on their wayto becoming professionals, and I would say they are on the right path toachieving that goal.” Joint Work Just like their U.S. counterparts, theParaguayan NCOs that participated in the exchange program are members of allthe services. “Any relationship with servicemen from other countries isbeneficial, especially when it has to do with education,” said NCO AntonioDuarte from the 1st Air Force Brigade of Paraguay.” We have thisvision of improving the quality of education, from the beginning, with NCOs andsergeants, to the end of the curriculum. As soon as theycan have a training course for command NCOs, it will be a very valuableachievement,” said Command NCO Victor Alcaldes, from the Paraguayan Navy. It is also important to conduct expert exchangesin the United States so the program can be more comprehensive. For that reason,there are currently Paraguayan NCOs attending courses in the United States. “Iam a guest NCO at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC),in Fort Benning, Georgia. I know enough about the relationship between officersand NCOs in the United States. With this experience, I believe NCOs in Paraguayhave to have the opportunity to lead a platoon or a group to carry out theirduties, and have officers trust that they have what’s necessary and are readyto perform as such. They need that space so they can develop based oneducation. Education is vital for an individual’s development, and thereforefor institutions,” said Cavalry NCO of the Paraguayan Army Digno Galeano. Next Steps Continuity is very important for thesuccess of the partner nation NCO professionalization program. Specificallyregarding Paraguay, “the very next step is maintaining the information flowwith the Paraguayan Armed Forces and tracking their process,” said U.S. ArmyMaster Sergeant Luis O. Perez, Sergeant Major of Operations at WHINSEC. “We must maintain these open lines ofcommunication, and conduct a follow-up with our counterparts as soon aspossible in order to help them in the future.” All participants agree that the world haschanged, and the military service members from every country must adapt to facenew threats in the best possible way, therefore having a better prepared NCOcorps is a must. “Our enemies are not in front of us or behind us, but ina line. We now have missions in which small armed or unarmed groups causedamages everywhere. Having a dynamic NCO force that is prepared and isprofessional would help us reach further and carry out our missions in a moreprecise manner,” concluded Sgt. Major Mella.last_img read more

Learning the business side of practicing law

first_img September 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Learning the business side of practicing law Learning the business side of practicing law Associate Editor True confession from Hollywood attorney Alan Steven Bernstein: “I am not the most organized man in the world.” So when a client questioned the amount of his bill, Bernstein didn’t have the black-and-white facts to prove he was correct. “I knew I’d put the time in, but it was a question of how I ran the books,” recalled Bernstein, a solo practitioner handling mostly drunken-driver defense work. After the client filed a complaint with the Bar, Bernstein was ordered to undergo an evaluation of his office systems and procedures from The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS). The resulting recommendations, including an investment in time-management software, are paying off, he said, as he continues to learn to be better at the business side of legal practice. “Unfortunately, I was focusing so much on practicing law that I was delegating too much about the business of my law practice. And I used to take whatever came through the door. I learned you have to screen clients. [LOMAS] helped me a lot and gave me perspective. Did they teach me these things in law school? Not at all. I was really unprepared to work on the business side,” Bernstein said, of graduating from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in 1981. These days, Nova does offer a non-credit, four-week workshop to second-year and third-year law students called “Small Firm Practice/Management.” Students do a detailed business plan, plan a law office, learn about trust accounting, and general survival techniques, including how to advertise without breaking any rules. The debate has rumbled for decades: Whose duty is it to prepare law students for the business side of running a practice? Law schools? The Bar? Both? “It’s an old-school attitude,” said Nova law professor Debra Moss Curtis, of law schools’ general reluctance to get into teaching the practical, non-theory side of being a lawyer as part of the curriculum. She pushed to create the workshop at Nova when the dean wanted to create a series of career development workshops, such as “Spanish for professionals.” “I’ve often heard the quote: ‘This is law school, not lawyer school. This is an academic pursuit, not a vocational pursuit.’ But the reality is that this law school is a vocational school, too. If we don’t teach it to them, they won’t learn it,” Curtis said. “We have an obligation to provide it. We’re not breeding people to sit in law libraries. We are sending them out in the world to be business people.” Curtis has watched her non-credit workshop at Nova grow from two students in 1997 to more than 60 students this year. “What I think my students find most shocking is how many hats you have to wear in small firms. You have to decide everything from what kind of computers to who’s going to buy the legal pads. I think they are confounded by the depth of trust accounting rules.” While philosophies differ on whose duty it is to teach law students practical nuts-and-bolts business sense, there’s no question that too many lawyers have learned their lessons the hard way. “When we break the statistics down, we believe that well over 50 percent of Bar disciplinary complaints emanate from poor business practices and have nothing to do with the legal essence of being a lawyer. And malpractice statistics related to poor business practices are even higher, ” said J.R. Phelps, a legal administrator hired by the Bar 21 years ago to begin LOMAS. It was the first such Bar program in the country, and since then 18 other states have followed Florida’s lead. It was the late Sam Smith, 1981 president of the Bar, who convinced the Board of Governors in 1979 to add the LOMAS position, when the discussion centered on adding more prosecutors. “LOMAS should be the ounce of prevention that prevents this expensive pound of cure,” Smith liked to say. For two decades, LOMAS has been offering services to lawyers who ask for help voluntarily, as well as those involved in disciplinary proceedings. In his role conducting LOMAS disciplinary consultations, RJon Robins has seen “a grown man and woman shut the door and break down in front of me over the heartache and feelings of inadequacy and failure they have secretly harbored because no one ever taught them how to keep track of a calendar or tickler system. Or because they never really understood what their staff does for their law firm until the secretary called in sick for a week and the entire office ground to a halt. Or they never thought about establishing policies for their staff to follow to help them avoid troublesome clients who end up reporting them to the Bar for discipline because they were unable to achieve some sort of unrealistic goal. Or they are just flat broke, even though they work 60 to 70 hours a week and now their families hate them, too.” As Phelps says: “Competence as a lawyer is a two-part equation – technical competence and the ability to perform competently, that is deliver legal services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Law schools and CLE programs emphasize the technical aspects of being a lawyer. It’s the ability to perform competently that LOMAS addresses in its seminars, telephone consultations and on-site consultations. “Client complaints are generally related to performance issues rather than technical mistakes. The complaints range from ‘My lawyer missed a hearing’ to ‘My lawyer never really did anything.’ Law school doesn’t teach you to be organized.” Why not? Jay Foonberg, a California attorney who wrote the popular ABA book, “How to Start and Build a Law Firm,” responded, “In my opinion, there are two reasons: The larger firms, which hire out of the law schools, don’t pay a premium for this. There is no big demand. And there is a prestige factor for the law school. The priority is to the big law firms because they are the ones buying 10 seats to the alumni dinner. “The second reason, I think, is there is no one to teach the course. No course is ever taught in law school, unless it gets through a curricula committee, and the tenured professors jealously guard their own jobs.” Walter Crumbley, an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration in Tampa and chair of the Bar’s LOMAS Committee, has also experienced that law school reluctance. “This is one of the things that has bounced back and forth for years: What is the role of the law school and what is the role of the organized bar as far as preparing people to practice?” Crumbley said. “I think every law school is this way: They see their role as teaching you to research and think like a lawyer and write like a lawyer. That other stuff you’ll learn when you get out. The assumption is that you’ll go to a firm, and you’ll learn to do that from them. Unfortunately, the people out there may not know how to do it very well, either.” In 1985, Judge Crumbley, who has a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in public administration, approached Stetson about teaching a law practice management class. “They told me, ‘We’re not interested in that, but we’d like you to teach administrative law.’” Eventually, Stetson agreed to let Crumbley teach the course, which he did until last year. “We put aside the legal part and deal with day-to-day business operations,” including how to set up an office and hire good employees, Crumbley said. “In law school, they say the statute of limitations is four years. But they don’t say you need a system in your office to make sure you don’t miss that date. “I think there’s not a great recognition yet by lawyers in the field how important practice management is,” Crumbley said. “It can really and truly make a big difference in the bottom line, malpractice prevention and better quality of life. If you understand the concepts of how to attract good clients and manage that lawyer client relationship well, you’ll have a practice that is not only financially successful, but personally satisfying, as well. “What made teaching it worthwhile is when a student comes back a few years later and says, ‘You saved my life!’” At Florida State University College of Law, more is being offered regarding professionalism and ethics issues, said Dean Don Weidner. But when it comes to practice management issues — “like the nitty gritty of how to do billing records” — Weidner acknowledged: “We could do more in that area.” Mostly, FSU students learn such things in non-credit workshops conducted by practicing attorneys. Clinical programs also provide hands-on experience. “A small percentage of our students hang out a shingle. In part, it’s something that we can provide outside the curriculum. Practitioners are delighted to come in and do it for free,” Weidner said. “And the thought is that The Florida Bar helps bridge the gap. The Young Lawyers Division is active in this area. And there’s the sense that it’s not an academic discipline.” YLD President Liz Rice said: “With some of the larger law schools, especially, it’s not seen as ‘intellectual enough.’ Their philosophy is the students will learn these things when they’re out practicing.” Because of time constraints, Rice said, the YLD’s “Practicing with Professionalism” seminar “only hits the highlights, the tip of the iceberg.. . . Would it be helpful for law schools to offer it? Yes. But can the Bar do more, too? Yes,” she said. Stressing that while LOMAS does a great job, she believes it’s underutilized, and perhaps Bar sections could put on more related seminars, too. What Donna Goldman, a solo family law practitioner in Ft. Lauderdale, didn’t learn at the University of Miami law school, she sought out voluntarily from LOMAS. “On television, the attorney never has a problem finding and keeping qualified staff. They never worry about the amount of the bill they give the client, and rarely — except when showing this laid-back beach bum type of attorney — does the TV show a lawyer asking the secretary what checks have come in,” Goldman said. Robins, of LOMAS, spent the day at her law office, she said, and she found his advice both interesting and useful, including a form book to supplement her knowledge of office-type forms and documents. “RJon told me, and I couldn’t agree more, that it is important to be able to delegate responsibility. That is huge. However, this goes to the inherent problem of finding competent and affordable staff to delegate these responsibilities. Oh, the horror stories!” Goldman said. “I was always known as an efficiency expert. A problem, of course, is what about when those around you aren’t as inherently efficient. How do you find the time to train?” Sometimes, the best advice on how to keep clients happy seems commonsensical. “I would say to every lawyer in America: Take a course in how to listen,” said Foonberg. “Like my daddy always used to say: ‘If you are talking more than one-third of the time, you are talking too much. If the Lord wanted us to talk two-thirds of the time, the Lord would have given us two mouths and one ear.’ Clients don’t want you to talk until you listen to them. The Golden Rule of marketing is dead. The Platinum Rule is here: Treat others as they would want to be treated.” James Pruden, 47, knew all about customer service from having an MBA and spending years in business before he went to Nova’s law school at age 40. He has launched his second career as a lawyer, opening a solo practice in Boca Raton. “When you open a practice for yourself, you have to realize you are running a business first, a law practice second. I had a long career with IBM, which was very service-oriented,” Pruden said. “And the practice of law is a very service-oriented business. It frames how you treat clients. One of the biggest complaints you hear about law offices is something as simple as how quick you can get your phone call returned. Clients don’t want to wait three days to get someone to call them back,” Pruden said. “And there are simple things I do with my billing practices. I have attorneys shriek at what I do. I leave a lot of money on the table. People complain about law offices that charge $1.50 a fax. It doesn’t break my back, and it doesn’t cost much. I don’t charge for faxes. And I get a tremendous amount of good will from my clients.” Even though he was very familiar with the business world, Pruden still took Curtis’ workshop at Nova. “Law school is not there to give people MBAs and certainly can’t give them 10 or 20 years of practical experience,” Pruden said. “But it’s a matter of nuts and bolts and what tricks they can tell you. If you’re a self-starter, you can take these good points of advice and apply it into getting a running start at a business. “It gives people an insight into things as simple as the costs of a telephone. I had a detailed plan of how to run this business. But there are challenges you don’t know until you get in there and do it. Just dealing with the telephones. It took me a while to get the phones right. I had multiple lines, where if one is busy it rolls into another line. I had voice lines rolling into the fax lines,” he said laughing at the hassle. His biggest fear was that he’d have no clients — but he didn’t have to worry long. “If you do a great job for somebody, you’ll get three or four new clients by word of mouth. If you do a bad job, you’ll never see anybody again,” said Pruden, who has not spent a dime on advertising and says he has enough clients to keep him busy. He invested in a great law library, instead. And this advice comes from Bernstein, who admits he learned a lot the hard way when he left a large law firm, sold his condo, and moved back home to pay for opening his solo practice, bringing with him two clients, one who didn’t pay: “Competition is deadly. Make sure you are organized in what you do. And keep your eye on your back.”last_img read more

Cop, criminal defense lawyer work to combat AIDS

first_img September 1, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular News Cop, criminal defense lawyer work to combat AIDS Cop, criminal defense lawyer work to combat AIDS Assistant EditorWhen street-savvy ex-cop Antelmo “Andy” Terrades met criminal defense lawyer Robert Pelier, he was in need of legal services. He would get more than he bargained for. The unlikely pair forged a friendship, an alchemic relationship formed from two similarly tempered pasts.Terrades’ brother-in-law had been infected with HIV/AIDS and died from the disease in December 2000. Being around the disease was nothing new to Terrades, who had lived in Peru throughout the early 1990s, where he said the disease was not accepted. He said nobody told their families if they had acquired HIV, for fear they would be ashamed. Inspired to make a difference and to promote awareness, Terrades began fighting the imminent epidemic.In the summer of 2000, Terrades was contacted by a German company called Gei Fer, an organization that promoted and provided rapid diagnostic testing programs for infectious diseases. The company had gone belly-up due to lack of funding and Terrades was asked to continue the programs.That August, Terrades began his own organization called International Public Safety Associates. Funded by The Global Fund, a reserve organized by the United Nations, and through secondary resources such as hospitals, IPSA has started rapid diagnostic testing programs throughout Latin America, including in Brazil, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.Pelier partnered up for the cause having lost a family friend to the disease. He said he saw the opportunity as one of both personal importance and professional possibility.“We are in Miami, which is a prime location to really help adopt a hemispheric approach to the war on HIV,” said Pelier.Evidence indicates that migration, immigration, travel, tourism, and social/sexual behaviors allow the disease to transcend the geographical parameters in both Latin America and the Carribean nations. As Miami is often referred to as a gateway to Florida, AIDS could have a more significant state impact if measures are not taken to educate these specific areas.The first of these measures involves outreach. With support from organizations such as Christian Children in Action and Corrazones Unidos, a nonprofit group that helps administer the tests, Terrades and Pelier go into target countries and perform what they call voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).An educational element is administered on the importance of such things as abstinence and condoms. Then they provide testing kits, purchased by the host government after a pilot program, and wait for the 15-minute results.Representing Hema Diagnostic Systems, IPSA administers a rapid diagnostic testing process similar to a home pregnancy test. The test, a demonstration of which can be viewed at, is both simple and cost-effective at under $12 per kit.If a negative result appears, those tested are on their way, better educated on the disease and ready to inform others in the communities. If positive, testees begin a nutritional program which emphasizes the necessity of protein in a daily diet.“They need a special diet, a high protein diet,” said Terrades. “I’ve seen it through my brother-in-law.”With a primary staff of seven and as many consultants, IPSA uses technology that came into testing about five years ago.“We’re not just reinventing the wheel,” said Pelier. “These are tried components and principles espoused by the UN and CDC.”The Center for Disease Control, which estimates around 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, indicates a growth rate of 510 new cases per day in the areas where IPSA is testing.With no other similar organization in the world, Terrades and Pelier agree that part of the reason for IPSA’s success is their outreach capability. Terrades said that standard testing for the disease, which is virtually unaccessible to rural areas, requires two weeks for results, after which time many people just do not return. The rapid testing allows help to be administered almost immediately.Another reason for the partners’ success is what each brings to the table. Terrades, formerly of the City of Miami Police Department, has had experience in implementing public safety programs, has seen first-hand the poverty-ridden areas of South, Central and Latin America, and has a familiarity with government officials, a qualification that “helps cut through the bureaucratic red tape,” said Pelier.“Robert brings in more of the intellectual capacity and handles all the corporate matters,” said Terrades. “He is the public speaker for the company.”Working with host law firms such as Meloe Associados, in the Dominican Republic, Pelier presents a formal aspect of the organization with structuring and negotiating agreements, and brings to the table a vital knowledge of privacy and health laws.Despite their differences in backgrounds, Pelier’s intellectual ability and Terrades’ street mettle have galvanized to wield a staunch sword against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.last_img read more

Cops: 2 Shot at Deer Park Gentlemen’s Club

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police First Squad detectives are investigating an early-morning shooting at a Deer Park gentlemen’s club Saturday that injured two men. Police said 26-year-old Andre Thompson and 27-year-old Jaleek Battle, both of Brentwood, were shot at Illusions Gentlemen’s Club on Saxwood Street at 3:25 a.m. Both victims transported themselves to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Their injures are not considered life threatening, police said. The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img

UBS pays $445 million to settle NCUA claims

first_img continue reading » UBS Group AG has paid $445 million to settle National Credit Union Administration claims that the bank contributed to the collapse of corporate credit unions by selling them faulty mortgage-backed securities, the regulator said in a statement on Monday.NCUA said the settlement — which Zurich-based UBS agreed to without admitting or denying wrongdoing — closes a lawsuit filed in 2012 and is the latest in a series of deals struck with banks accused of improper sales to five corporate credit unions that failed. The agency had already recovered $79.3 million from UBS last year in a related claim.“With today’s settlement, another legacy matter has been resolved,” said Peter Stack, a UBS spokesman.The settlement is tied to losses at U.S. Central Federal Credit Union and Western Corporate Federal Credit Unions, institutions that provided loans and other services to customer-facing credit unions before they were taken into conservatorship in 2009 and later shuttered.In similar cases against a long list of big banks, NCUA has recovered almost $5 billion in settlements that have provided “a measure of accountability for the firms that sold faulty securities to the corporate credit unions,” NCUA Acting Board Chairman J. Mark McWatters said in a statement. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What I learned on my summer vacation…

first_img continue reading » I just returned from 10 days traveling aboard an RV through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with my family. It was an off-the-grid trip that recharged my batteries and gave me enjoyable, quality time with my wife and kids. This time off also lead to several breakthrough business ideas and lessons that I thought I would share with you.1. Rip-off and Duplicate: “R&D” is a widely-used term in entrepreneurs’ organization. Instead of the traditional meaning of research and development, it stands for “rip-off and duplicate.” The idea is that, rather than trying to figure it all out on your own or reinvent the wheel (which many entrepreneurs are known to do), it’s better to find process and best practices that have proven successful (and unsuccessful) and then modify them to fit your needs and circumstances. This is exactly what my wife did in planning for our Wyoming trip. She collected itineraries from several friends who had taken the same trip before and learned what they liked and what they regretted doing/not doing. By adapting their experiences for our trip, we saved a lot of time and were able to pack in a lot of wonderful adventures in our 10 days together.Read six more insights from Robert Glazer’s summer vacation in the full version of this article on the myCUES app. Find it under “Spotlight.” 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

17 Hospitalized for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Hauppauge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seventeen workers at a Hauppauge-based pen-and-marker manufacturing company were hospitalized Wednesday for carbon monoxide poisoning believed to be caused by a broken air conditioning unit, Suffolk County police said.Officers and Hauppauge Central Islip Rescue emergency medical technicians responded to a report of a woman complaining of a headache and nausea at Liqui-Mark on Davids Drive at 2:45 p.m., police said.Upon arrival, carbon monoxide detectors alerted officers and EMTs to the presence of high levels of carbon monoxide, police said. Out of 30 employees, 17 tested positive for carbon monoxide exposure, police said.The initial patient was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life threatening conditions. The other 16 victims felt no symptoms but were taken to various hospitals for treatment.The business is closed pending the repair of the air conditioner and additional detectors are also being installed, authorities said. The Smithtown Fire Marshal also responded to assist in the investigation, which is continuing.last_img read more

Indonesia late to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, former VP Kalla says

first_img“We are way off in terms of conducting COVID-19 tests on the public. Therefore, not many people have tested positive for the disease while there is a huge potential [for further infections],” Jusuf said.Indonesia, the fourth-most-populous country in the world, has only tested 1,592 people, which resulted in 309 people being declared positive according to the Health Ministry’s latest data.In comparison, South Korea has tested over 290,000 people and identified over 8,000 infections according to Reuters.While the former VP calls for quick action, bureaucratic red-tape has slowed down the import process for 500,000 COVID-19 rapid testing kits from China by state-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia.State-Owned Enterprises Ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga on Wednesday said the company was still waiting for the Health Ministry to give them clearance to import testing kits from China, despite having submitted the import request on March 10.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for widespread nationwide rapid testing on Thursday, but it is unclear when such tests will be available. (mpr)Topics : Former vice president and chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Jusuf Kalla criticized the government’s slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for mass testing to prevent further spread of the virus.“Just like several other countries, our initial response to the outbreak was slow. However, in the last few days the government has understood the problem and is acting based on the proper procedures,” he said during an interview on national television show Mata Najwa on Wednesday night.He also urged the government to ramp up its effort to identify the spread of COVID-19 by conducting mass tests on “hundreds of thousands of people” using rapid test kits.last_img read more

Arsenal chiefs send message to Lucas Torreira over January transfer

first_imgTorreira has found himself back in the side under Ljungberg (Picture: Getty)However, Arsenal are unwilling to entertain the possibility of him leaving in January and his agent was told by the club’s hierarchy that he is not for sale, according to the Daily Star.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt is not thought he is currently agitating for an exit from the Emirates and he is contracted to the club until 2023.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 ArsenalHe has enjoyed a run in the side since Freddie Ljungberg took charge on a temporary basis and he may wait to assess his options until the end of the season with a new manager – expected to be Mikel Arteta – coming in.AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are among the other admirers of the Uruguay international.Should Arsenal sell Lucas Torreira?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother unhappy with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta moveMORE: Arsene Wenger backs Everton’s move to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as manager Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 10:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link901Shares Advertisement Comment Arsenal chiefs send message to Lucas Torreira over January transfer Advertisement Torreira has been linked with a move back to Serie A (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs have told Lucas Torreira’s representatives that he is categorically not for sale in January, amid speculation Napoli are looking to sign him.The Uruguayan has been in and out of Arsenal’s starting XI this season, starting eight times and appearing as a substitute on a further six occasions, and it has been rumoured he would be interested in a return to Serie A.Napoli are thought to have made a £2.5million loan offer, with an option to complete a permanent £22.5m transfer in the summer of 2021.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Restore Pennsylvania Benefits in Blair, Clearfield Counties

first_imgGovernor Wolf Touts Restore Pennsylvania Benefits in Blair, Clearfield Counties May 29, 2019 Infrastructure, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Altoona, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by local leaders on a walking tour of Altoona to observe blighted business fronts, including the condemned Penn Central Place, to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could assist with revitalizing Pennsylvania’s communities.“My vision for Pennsylvania includes vibrant towns and cities with new development, opportunities in rural and disadvantaged areas, and a modern, interconnected commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania is the only way to properly invest in the people, and the future, of Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax, will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.The infrastructure plan will help communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.“Like many municipalities in Pennsylvania, the city of Altoona is doing what we can with the current resources available to us, but lack of funding has prevented us from truly addressing our infrastructure needs,” said Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico. “We are thankful that the governor is working on a solution, like Restore Pennsylvania, to truly help us address our needs instead of placing the financial responsibilities solely on our residents.”Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.“Establishing new sources of funding for critical economic development projects remains a priority for all organizations like Altoona-Blair County Development (ABDC) Corporation,” said Steve McKnight, President & CEO, ABCD Corporation. We are open to all ideas to make that happen and appreciate being a part of this ongoing discussion”Later today, the governor will visit Clearfield Area Jr./Sr. High School in Clearfield County to learn about broadband issues there that affect students and parents in this mostly rural district.“Our children need access to affordable high-speed internet to build a better life for themselves, stay in Clearfield County, and compete with people around the world,” said Superintendent Terry Struble. “In today’s global economy, broadband is essential to accessing information, building a business, and achieving a quality of life these young people expect. It’s not a privilege; broadband offers the opportunities that our students deserve.”Nearly one million Pennsylvanians, many in rural areas, lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet.Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more