CHDS Opens Sub-Regional Conference on Security in the Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo July 22, 2011 This conference is especially important for the Inter-American Defense System, the respective countries’ national security and the principals of national progress that guaranty democracy, due to alleged and hidden challenges that threatens society on all continents. There is hope in the meeting with Chile. An unfolding effect in the resolutions and recommendations to raise awareness among Latin American countries’ main politicians. Manly the responsible parties who make the policies for the public defense. With an introduction by Chilean Minister of National Defense Andrés Allamand, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) of the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C., opened its 2011 Sub-Regional Conference, the seventh in the series, in Santiago, Chile, on 20 July 2011. Under the heading “New Security Environment, New Defense Alternatives,” the forum brings together around 350 military personnel, academics, and civilians from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The event, sponsored by the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies (ANEPE) of the Chilean Defense Ministry, has the aim of responding to the challenges defined at the Ninth Conference of Ministers of Defense of the Americas, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in November 2010. This opportunity “is especially relevant,” CHDS director Richard D. Downie emphasized, “because it enables us to bring together the political leaders who design policies, the military personnel who execute them, and the academics who study them in order to create a new reality.” The conference, which will continue until 22 July, is focused on three main topics: consolidating peace, confidence, security, and cooperation in the Americas; democracy, Armed Forces, security, and society; and cooperation in regional security and natural disasters. “Security is a task for everyone,” Allamand stressed in his opening speech. The minister also highlighted the importance of jointly addressing the topic of security, due to the borderless nature of the threats that states are facing today. “The dividing lines between internal and external security have been dissolving,” he affirmed. The event included the participation of former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, who spoke about the new security environment and new defense alternatives. “We have the great challenge of building modern democracies,” he said, and he emphasized that democracies depend on their security policies, on the freedoms of their societies, and on states established on the basis of independent institutions, both for their progress and for their decay. As part of his speech, Uribe enumerated the enormous riches of the Latin American people and also mentioned the great social chasms that need to be closed in order to create these democracies. last_img read more

World champ Sally Pearson on the hunt for her next tenant

first_imgSTILL got it! Sally Pearson won gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships last weekend. Picture: Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesAUSSIE golden girl and world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has multiple titles to her name including landlady, with the superstar on the hunt for her next tenant.A four-bedroom house that she and husband Kieran Pearson bought five years ago has come on the rental market, with the property available from mid-September.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThey had bought the two bathroom, double car garage Parkwood property off his parents for over $430,000 and had it rented out ever since. Rents have grown substantially in the five years they’ve held the property, going from $450 a week in mid 2012 to the Pearsons now asking $575 a week.The pair have thrown in lawn maintenance as part of the rent. The home was a two minute walk to Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and even closer to the Gold Coast University Hospital.Bond was set at $2,300 for the 613sq m block and the world champ will even allow her next tenant to have pets in the home.The Pearsons also own a second property on the Gold Coast in their beloved Helensvale, where they had met many years ago as teenagers.last_img read more

DIGICEL Junior Caribbean Squash Championships

first_imgGuyana, Barbados battle for title todayTHE Land of Many Waters and the Land of the Flying Fish will vie for supremacy in the DIGICEL Junior Caribbean Squash Championships today at the Georgetown Club, in what is shaping up to be yet another very tight race.Following yesterday’s morning session the two countries were tied with 12 wins in the Boys’ competition, where Guyana are the defending champions. However, over in the Girls’ division Barbados have the edge, having won nine of their ten matches, whereas Guyana have only won eight of theirs.Both countries have much to prove as the competition concludes today. Guyana will try desperately to maintain their title, while Barbados would like a taste of victory – a privilege they’ve been denied since 2004.Guyana took a major hit when they finished 3-2 against the Jamaicans on Thursday afternoon, losing their slight advantage over the Bajans, which they had, after grabbing a 5-0 against Trinidad on Wednesday.However, both sides still stand a chance to improve their fate when matches continued yesterday as Guyana Boys took on the Cayman Islands, while Barbados played Jamaica.In yesterday morning’s session, both Barbados and Guyana won 4-1, in the Girls’ division, when they played Trinidad and Cayman Islands, respectively.After Guyana’s Kirsten Gomes had a quick 11-0, -2, 11-0 win against Sigourney Williams, things were looking bright for the Golden Arrowhead side.But all that changed as Rebecca Low faced off against Girls Under-19 semifinalist Marie-Claire Barcant. After Low seized the first four points of the match, Barcant held her at bay and equalized.They traded points and rallied until Barcant became the first to touch 10 points, but with Low just one point behind the set was far from over, and Low knew it.Low dug herself out of the hole and Barcant managed just one more point before the Guyanese took the set. But that was her last set win, Barcant wrapped up the next three 11-3, 11-5, 11-4.Taylor Fernandes, Makeda Harding and Madison Fernandes, however, made sure that was Guyana’s only loss. Harding and Madison had 3-0 wins against Jinan Alrawi and Chloe Walcott, respectively, while Taylor blanked Amanda Yearwood 4-0.In the Boys’ Guyana-Jamaica battle Benjamin Mekdeci, Shomari Wiltshire and Michael Alphonso won their matches, while Daniel Islam and Alex Cheeks suffered losses in theirs.last_img read more

As Slovakian native Marek Dolezaj improved, so did his English

first_img Published on March 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 OMAHA, Neb. — As Marek Dolezaj reflected on his first year in the United States, he thought about how he became more assertive in the paint. He thought about how he overhauled his jumpshot, refined his passing and went from reserve to starter.He also thought about how he arrived at Syracuse without having been to campus or having met head coach Jim Boeheim.But Dolezaj said the most difficult barricade he encountered was something else: English. He looked back to his first college classes, in August and September, when trying to understand professors was “bad.” Dolezaj understood basketball terminology in pickup games and practices, such as drill descriptions and non-verbal cues, but he played catch up in school.“It was really hard when I came here,” Dolezaj said after Syracuse’s season-ending to Duke in the Sweet 16. “Everybody knew that. Class was bad. Some tutors helped me a lot. It’s really helped on the court. It was like zero communication and now it’s so much higher.”As SU enters the 2018 offseason, Dolezaj tied his better understanding of English with his growth as a player. He said it may be no coincidence that he broke into the starting lineup a few months into the season, once he began to communicate and understand teammates more.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-9 freshman from Slovakia is one of three SU players who was born overseas, along with junior center Paschal Chukwu and freshman forward Bourama Sidibe. Chukwu and Sidibe went to high school in the U.S. and have lived here for years. Each improved his English over the course of the season, enhancing the ability to communicate on the court. Dolezaj had to learn the language basically from scratch.“It is almost unbelievable what they have done,” junior point guard Frank Howard said. “I couldn’t imagine going to another country, being thrown in the fire, expected to keep up verbally and mentally. That’s a tough, tough thing.”Dolezaj said he meets nearly every day with tutors that SU Athletics provides. He walks in Manley Field House after class, pulls out his books and completes his assignments, while recapping what his professors said in class that day. The sessions last a few hours per day, Dolezaj said, and are geared to both boost his understanding of his second language and improve his grades. He has taken a language class in each of his first two semesters on campus, he said. After the tutoring sessions, Dolezaj goes to practice, another platform from which to learn.“I understand more basketball terms, understood coach (Jim Boeheim),” Dolezaj said. “I didn’t understand what teammates would talk about in normal life, off the court. I had no idea what they were saying.”For example, Dolezaj did not understand what teammates planned to do on the weekend or what they planned to eat. His progression in learning the language began with basketball, because he spent so much time on the court and he heard the same terms over and over.“Then I understood, but I never talked,” Dolezaj said, referencing the midseason point.During the offseason, Dolezaj said he will benefit from having less practice and game time and more free time, some of which he will utilize to study and improve his English. After finals, he will return home to Slovakia for a few weeks. Then he’ll come back to campus for the second summer session to train in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center and take classes.Later this year, Dolezaj looks forward to helping his good friend from Slovakia, Mario Ihring, transition to the U.S. Ihring is “really good, better than me,” and will soon commit to a Division I program, Dolezaj said. They have not spoken much, but Dolezaj hopes he can teach Ihring a few things about English when he arrives.“When Marek first got here, you could barely hear what he was saying,” Chukwu said. “Now you can kind of understand him on the court. When you’re around a lot, we get to understand the way he pronounces certain words.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AUDIO: Why I Returned To Enyimba – Paul Aigbogun

first_imgAccording to Aigbogun, Enyimba’s ambitions were responsible for his return to the club for a third stint.“It’s a club (Enyimba) that I had a relationship with and we finished on a good note last time regarding our relationship,” he said.“Here in Nigeria, it’s a club with great ambition which is in line with me; I’m very ambitious too as a coach. It is very important for me to join a club which also has that ambition in them,” Aigbogun disclosed. Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Paul Aigbogun has exclusively told why he returned to 7-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba as Technical Adviser for a second stint.The former Warri Wolves coach was on Thursday announced as the new handler of the Aba Landlords, a club where he previously worked as an assistant to Salisu Yusuf and as head coach in 2016, leading Enyimba to the group stage of the CAF Champions League last year. The soft-spoken tactician is returning to Enyimba after leaving the club in October, 2016, and told that he used the break to upgrade his coaching badges.“It was important for me to take some time out for a few months last time because I needed to really upgrade and re-activate and upgrade the licenses that I had,” the former FC Cape Town of South Africa coach stated. “It is important as a coach to continue to educate yourself.“So the break out for a while, even though I was doing some stuff on and off in the UK (United Kingdom) and in America while I was away, kind off revitalized me and I am ready to go.”Aigbogun is expected to lead Enyimba in their quest for success in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup as well as in the NPFL and Aiteo Cup next season.RelatedAigbogun Quits Enyimba For ‘Personal Reasons’ – Anyansi Agwu (Audio)July 23, 2018In “Nigeria”Aigbogun Explains Why He Left EnyimbaJuly 29, 2018In “National Team”NPFL: Abd’Allah Agrees New Enyimba DealJuly 18, 2019In “NPFl” read more