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DIÁLOGO: What is the future of Integrated Action in Colombia? What is its strategic perspective? Deputy Minister Bedoya: The role of Integrated Action in a post-conflict scenario will be to facilitate and support state presence throughout the nation, by using a sustained and inclusive social offer that generates the conditions for free active citizen participation, the reinforcement of civil power and rural development as a thriving force. Post-conflict Integrated Action will demand the Public Forces – among other actors – to be devoted to developing permanent infrastructure projects in remote and difficult-to-access areas in the nation with the help of the current Central Office of Military Engineers, which will become the Corps of Military Engineers, with disaster assistance, humanitarian demining and construction brigades. DIÁLOGO: Deputy Minister, we are aware that the Colombian war plan is under revision in a process of improvement; could you tell us about the current role of Integrated Action in the development of the ‘Sword of Honor’ war plan? How is it connected to the Colombian consolidation policy? DIÁLOGO: How do you think that other countries with conflicts or violent scenarios may learn from the Colombian experience? How can Colombia benefit from this situation? DIÁLOGO: What is the importance of the coordination of Integrated Action with the civil component in the consolidation? Deputy Minister Bedoya: The ‘Sword of Honor’ plan states that 40% of the military effort should be aimed at kinetic action, while 60% should be aimed at non-kinetic action, making Integrated Action a fundamental tool for the Armed Forces to design and apply social, political and economic strategies that are consistent with the National Policy of Territorial Consolidation and Reconstruction PNCRT. Therefore, Integrated Action as the non-kinetic component of the war plan allows a strategic alignment of actions aimed at winning the minds and hearts of populations where it is enforced, keeping them away from the Total Terrorist Threat SAT-T. As a result, a general, coordinated and decisive Integrated Action will allow the application of territorial consolidation in strategic areas where this threat is concentrated and keep it in isolation. Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy, Jorge Enrique Bedoya: The revision of the ‘Sword of Honor’ war plan concluded in a series of recommendations for the Armed Forces and the Police High Command, issued by the Strategic Revision and Innovation Committee (CREI II) in September, under a joint, coordinated and interagency approach. CREI II favored the support of state policies and efforts, in order to guarantee a permanent state presence in areas where it is absent, by strengthening the relationships between civil population and Public Forces. As a result, with regard to Integrated Action, this war plan is intended to achieve short- (early victories), mid- and long-term (transformation) goals. Early victories include the development of infrastructure projects that will benefit populations in strategic areas where the influence of the Total Terrorist Threat System (SAT-T) still persists. The Ministry of National Defense has invested $100 million that is being used by the National Army’s Central Office of Military Engineers in road, aqueduct and basic sanitation, electricity, and social infrastructure projects, bringing benefits to the population of these areas. Integrated Action uses tools such as those developed by Integrated Action Companies, Demobilization Support Groups, Commander’s Assessing Team, and the National Police’s Prevention System. In regards to mid-term goals, the strengthening of liaison offices with ethnic groups is a very important tool of unarmed capabilities that Public Forces use to build relationships with ethnic communities (indigenous, African descendants, Raizals, and Palenqueros) within a culturally diverse state, reinforcing strategies to generate trust and familiarity between special populations and the Public Forces. In the long term, a transformational process will take place within the Forces, to gain a greater impact in the coordinated interagency work that will allow Integrated Action and the Prevention System to become a main tool to disseminate governance. Therefore, incentives for the Integrated Action personnel will be created, promoting specialization in the field. Deputy Minister Bedoya: Currently, Colombia is offering its knowledge and expertise with subject matter expert exchanges in Integrated Action and Civil Affairs. We are especially interested in increasing this cooperation, considering that this knowledge is supported by the construction of legitimacy, trust, and identity of citizens towards their Public Forces in the process of reconstruction and consolidation of territories. Security Forces of other countries are interested in learning the doctrine used by Colombia, the way in which it is developed and how Integrated Action plans are designed. During 2013, we conducted two activities in Guatemala, which were coordinated between the governments of Colombia and the United States. The former was a meeting of Integrated Action experts held on April 22 – 26, 2013, and the latter will be conducted on November 3 – 10 with a meeting of experts to make an action plan (working route) official, as well as an integrated strategic proposal in the cooperation framework between Colombia and Guatemala. DIÁLOGO: If Colombia becomes officially a post-conflict scenario, what do you think Integrated Action’s role will be in this process? In 2012, Colombia created Operation Sword of Honor as a counterinsurgent strategy to confront guerrilla violence in the country, by which the list of military targets and locations where the Armed Forces would confront guerrillas was increased, with the aim of undermining the FARC not only in the military field, but financially as well. President Juan Manuel Santos announced the second phase of Sword of Honor, a military offensive against the FARC in seven departments in southern Colombia, on October 11. As a result, the ‘Comando Conjunto Número 3 Suroriente’ with over 50,000 members was created. During Colombia’s internal conflict, the South American nation developed unique strategies and capabilities, which can now be used as an example by other countries that are experiencing similar conflicts. This is the case of ‘Integrated Action and Consolidation’ (Acción Integral y Consolidación,) two strategies that promote a solid state intervention in rural areas swamped by illegal armed groups, and foster development. During a recent visit to Bogotá, Diálogo had the chance to speak with the Colombian Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy, Jorge Enrique Bedoya, who told us about the role of Integrated Action in the development of operation Sword of Honor, as well as the current and future role of Integrated Action towards peace, among other topics. Deputy Minister Bedoya: Due to the security problems that Colombia has faced for over 50 years, especially in the fight against international drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, terrorism and other threats, the Public Forces have gathered experience and knowledge that created human potential and top-notch capabilities to support the improvement of internal processes, as well as reinforcing capabilities in countries that confront similar threats. Therefore, Colombia can provide and share its knowledge through cooperation mechanisms, training, technical and legal assistance, expertise exchanges, defense and security courses and assessments, so that these countries can confront transnational threats more efficiently. The results obtained by the Public Forces and the higher effectiveness achieved in land, air, and maritime interdiction procedures show the great potential of the country to support and assist institutional reform processes, and to provide assessment in building security knowledge and doctrine, as well as operational and coordination capabilities in security institutions of those nations. Colombia will be able to strengthen its domestic capabilities even more, by becoming a strategic partner to confront regional and international security challenges on technical cooperation in security and defense. This is a joint effort that will allow strengthening friendships between the regional states, and increasing their cooperation by making the fight against common and organized crime more efficient. Deputy Minister Bedoya: The coordination of Integrated Action with the civil component of consolidation is represented in a coordinated, joint, and interagency effort conducted between the Armed Forces and the State, which is represented by its Ministries and the Social Action Department (DPS). State policies are enforced through the Special Administrative Unit of Territorial Consolidation (UAECT), an organization that works jointly with the state in order to create development projects in order to reinforce institutional legitimacy. This interaction with the Public Force also requires the private sector’s participation through consolidation initiatives and projects (economic, social, cultural, infrastructure, etc.) in the quest for a more thriving country. By Dialogo February 07, 2014 DIÁLOGO: What is Colombia’s current role as a cooperating partner with other nations that work jointly with the U.S. (for instance, the CENTAM case)?
(REUTERS)-Three former England captains united on Saturday to condemn the one-match ban given to South African paceman Kagiso Rabada.He will miss the second Test starting on Friday after receiving a fourth demerit point in 24 months for what the International Cricket Council called “inappropriate language” towards batsman Ben Stokes in the first test at Lord’s on Friday.The three previous points were all for “deliberate physical contact” against Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella in February.“It seems a nonsense to me that those two things combined have resulted in a test match ban,” Michael Atherton told Sky Sports viewers after watching film of both incidents.“Three demerit points for that slight bit of contact with Dickwella and then yesterday when it’s hardly directed at Ben Stokes.”“For me it’s ridiculous,” said one of Atherton’s predecessors Ian Botham.“It’s a physical game and you’re talking about heat-of-the-moment exchanges. That’s just a nudge.”A third former captain, David Gower, agreed.“It’s highlighted by the fact that those points from a previous offence mean he’s not going to be playing in the next test match of the series. It is a very, very harsh punishment.”South Africa are already missing paceman Dale Steyn for the whole series with a shoulder injury and on Saturday fellow seamer Vernon Philander was taken to hospital for an x-ray after being hit on the hand during his innings of 52. The x-ray showed no bones were broken.He was last man out as South Africa were dismissed for 361, 97 behind on first innings.
Record-breaking Josh Hill has admitted his historic victory in a professional event aged just 15 could be the first of many success stories for English golf because of the growing strength in depth at amateur level.The England Boys’ squad member rewrote the record books with his victory in the Al Ain Open by Arena at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.At the tender age of 15 years, six months and 27 days, the English teenager became the youngest ever winner of an Official World Golf Ranking event.Hill’s achievement trumps that of Japanese prodigy Ryo Ishikawa who was three months older when he set the previous record in 2007.His story has created headlines across the golfing world with superstars of the game lining up to acknowledge his feat.Six-times major winner Sir Nick Faldo hailed his victory as did former Master champion Danny Willett who described his closing round of 62 for a two-shot victory as ‘seriously impressive’Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter has added his congratulations by calling Hill’s triumph ‘beyond impressive’ and adding ‘this is awesome.’Hill is flattered to receive so many mentions from players he admires and hopes one day to follow them to the top of the game.However, he’s also well aware that he is just one of a batch of young English players with the potential to go right to the summit of the sport if they keep working on their game.This week some of Hill’s England Boys’ squad colleagues were together at the National Performance Centre at Woodhall Spa to begin their preparations for the 2020 season.Hill will join up with them later in the year and he knows that while the headlines are his for the moment, there is so much strength in depth that the game in England that others are capable of emulating his breakthrough performance.“I got quite a few messages from my England team-mates,” admitted Hill as he tried to take in the enormity of his victory and the headlines his win had generated.“They were probably just a bit jealous that I was playing in the sunshine while they were in the rain at Woodhall Spa!“But seriously they were having fun as a team in England and they are a good group of boys.“The strength of the players coming through the England levels right now is amazing.“Although I live in Dubai I’m always immensely proud to represent England when I can and I’m always happy to wear that shirt with the England badge.“You can see that there are a lot of players emerging from the England Golf squads to make a name for themselves.“Another English player – Robin Williams – won before me on the MENA Tour. To shoot 16-under to win on a tough course in Jordan was some going from him.“You see the exploits of Conor Gough last season in the British Amateur and also Ben Schmidt who was winning just about everything he played in.“Max Hopkins too has been playing well and you are starting to see more and more English names at the top of leaderboards in boys’ and girls’ events.”Hill was born in Dubai and still lives and trains in the Emirate although he is fiercely proud to be the youngest member of the England Boys’ Under-18 squad.His world became a little crazy for a few hours on Wednesday night as word filtered through that he had re-written the record books with his two-shot victory over another Englishman, Harry Ellis.Hill added: “It’s not really sunk in yet.“How did I celebrate? I just got a KFC – nothing special. I didn’t get on wifi until I got home and then I realised that something unusual was going on.“I had around 120 WhatsApp notifications and 250 more on Instagram and I knew then that this was a bit different.“I felt in control of my game as the round progressed – to be honest I wasn’t sure how I was doing until I got to the 16th hole of my final round.“At that point people started appearing on buggies to watch and I knew then I was leading.“The drive at 16 is tough with a lot of water on the right but I hit my drive perfectly and took it from there.“My dad was in the galleries to watch too and that was special.“I still have two events on the MENA Tour and I want to make sure I play well in them. Then I can practise and chill over the winter ahead of next season“Ultimately I want to get a Tour card and make my way in the game.“Like any young golfer the dream is to win a Major, but that’s a long way away and I just have to keep working hard at my game.“Tiger Woods is my hero – I think everyone loves Tiger and watching him win the Masters again was inspiring.”Hill and his England team-mates are planning for key team events in 2020. These include the European Boys’ Team Championships in Uppsala, Sweden and the Boys’ Home Internationals which will be staged in August at Killarney Golf Club in Ireland. Photography credit: MENA Tour/Leaderboard 24 Oct 2019 Record-breaker Hill hails strength of English golf
By Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – What began as a “three-ring circus” for Judy McMaster ended more than six hours later as a graceful, elegant showplace filled with holiday décor.The Garden Club of Fair Haven’s Judy McMaster was the coordinator of holiday decorating at the governor’s official residence.McMaster of Rumson was this year’s coordinator of holiday decorating at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s official residence. As a member of the Garden Club of Fair Haven and a board member of the Garden Clubs of New Jersey, McMaster recruited garden club members from across the state to fill the mansion at 354 Stockton St. (Route 206) in Princeton with gorgeous greenery and sparkling trees.She even suggested this year’s theme: “Drumthwacket Sings the Songs of the Season.”Each of the six first-floor public rooms in the white Greek Revival mansion was dressed to the nines in holiday finery in accordance with popular holiday songs and Christmas carols. The front porch was decorated with the idea of There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. The entry foyer, stairway and landing took on the musical and decorative notes of Deck the Halls. The music room took its cue from The Nutcracker Suite and the library, Winter Wonderland. The parlor was the embodiment of The Holly and the Ivy. Jingle Bells was the song used for the governor’s study and the dining room took on the look of Silver Bells because it is the place where the formal silver service from the battleship the USS New Jersey is displayed year-round.The volunteer job was a joy for McMaster who has loved to decorate since she was a child. As a Fair Haven garden club member, she has been part of the crew several times which has volunteered to decorate the mansion.Each year the workers arrive at 9 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving – this year it was Nov. 26. They spend about 45 minutes unloading their materials – dried, fresh and faux – and then each team goes to work on the room they have been assigned and designed to celebrate the holidays.The decorating of the mansion had a little something special this year, occurring only four weeks after Super Storm Sandy. Among the garden club members who agreed to decorate were members of the Garden Club of Keyport. “They were decimated but they didn’t back out,” McMaster said. They designed and installed the décor in the parlor. The club from Toms River, “also decimated, did the entry foyer.” The other clubs that participated were from Shrewsbury, Warren, Basking Ridge, and Mountain Lakes.The materials used were all donated by the clubs and an event planner who decorated the front porch. Some of the money for the decorations each year comes from the clubs’ treasuries and sometimes from the designers’ pockets. “It’s getting to be expensive,” McMaster said.Because of the duration the decorations are on display, the garden clubs have been using some faux materials along with the greenery and fresh flowers. Among the items used this year were magnolia branches “which dry well,” orchids in pots, birch and white-painted branches along with holly, ivy and evergreens plus pinecones, ribbons and ornaments.The decorating of the governor’s mansion is a longtime service project for the Garden Clubs of New Jersey. As this year’s coordinator, McMaster invited various clubs to volunteer their talents, made sure they understood the perimeters of the job and then organized the decorating day. She also will supervise the dismantling of the decorations on Jan. 2.“The house is used throughout the season for events – political and social events,” McMaster said. “Last year, the Christies used the house pretty much from the time the kids got out of school until they went back. They hosted family and friends and I think that’s the plan again this year.”The dining room of Drumthwacket.McMaster’s favorite Drumthwacket room is the dining room. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m guessing that table seats 24.“I like the whole house,” she said. “I think it’s a gracious home, not overdone. I think it’s a comfortable home.”McMaster was very pleased with the results of this year’s decorating. “I think this was, if not the best, than one of the best ever,” she said. “Every room was really elegant and tastefully done.“I just like doing this,” she said. “I like the planning stages, the concept, in my mind’s eye of what it needs … It’s a lot of fun.“It’s great for all the garden clubs to get together and do something cooperatively,” McMaster said.Construction of Drumthwacket began in 1835. The estate’s name means “wooded hill” in Scottish Gaelic. The property was purchased by the state in 1966 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the New Jersey Historical Society raised the funds to begin converting the property for use as the governor’s mansion.
Santa Anita will offer a $1 million guaranteed all-stakes Late Pick 4 on Opening Day, Dec. 26. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2016)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which opens Monday, Dec. 26, will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners. Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day. Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5) -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day. -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation. -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required). -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start). -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race. -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be offered on the final six races each day. -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card. -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout. -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will be offered beginning with the first race each day. -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day. For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The Arcata High baseball team is off to its best start in more than a quarter-century after downing Fortuna 9-1 in a game which was called after six innings due to a lack of light, Tuesday evening at Fortuna High“This is our best start in my 25 years of coaching,” Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti said. “I’ve never been 11-0. But our kids just have to stay focused. Wins and losses come and go.”Merick Sears started at pitcher for Arcata and went five-and-two-thirds innings with 10 strikeouts, …
“That was … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. TORONTO — Drake wasn’t the biggest name in the house Sunday. Former President Barack Obama attended Game 2.The former president and the Canadian rapper had a warm exchange before the game.Obama grew up a fan of the Chicago Bulls, the team on which Warriors coach Steve Kerr played for three championship seasons. Obama hosted a White House visit for the Warriors after their 2015 championship.
RELATED ARTICLES Making Room for a PV ArrayAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemJust How Big Should a Photovoltaic Array Be?Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint It may sound strange, but a market to sell or trade RECs can be extremely useful. California, for instance, has a mandate for its utilities to generate 33% renewable power by 2020, but some parts of the state have little sun or wind resources. Still, utilities in sunny or windy spots can produce more than their requirement and then sell the extra RECs to areas where it would be much more costly, or impossible, to hit the target. Thus, the RECs market allows a utility in one region to finance additional green energy production in another where it is cheaper, supporting more carbon reduction at a lower cost to consumers.That seems sensible enough. But something’s wrong if the buying and selling utility companies both claim that green power as their own. And that’s essentially what’s been going on with solar rooftops. Most new systems are owned by third partiesToday about 70% of new solar systems are owned by third parties that typically resell the associated RECs to a company with a well-publicized goal of being “carbon neutral” or to a power company that wants to claim it’s delivering a high percentage of green energy. (Homeowners are notified of this in the fine print of their contracts, which they probably never read.)One might see this as a creative way to make both the solar homeowner and the REC buyers feel good about saving the planet. But the Federal Trade Commission is a real killjoy when it comes to such double counting of virtue.The FTC recently issued legal guidance stating that if a solar company sells its certificates, it is deceptive to tell homeowners they are getting “clean,” “renewable,” or maybe even “solar” electricity with their lease or power purchase agreement. The FTC guidance uses this illustration:A toy manufacturer places solar panels on the roof of its plant to generate power, and advertises that its plant is “100% solar-powered.” The manufacturer, however, sells Renewable Energy Certificates based on the renewable attributes of all the power it generates. Even if the manufacturer uses the electricity generated by the solar panels, it has, by selling renewable energy certificates, transferred the right to characterize that electricity as renewable. The manufacturer’s claim is therefore deceptive. Severin Borenstein is a professor of business and public policy at the University of California Berkeley. This was originally published by The Los Angeles Times. Read the fine print in your contractTo be clear, there is nothing necessarily wrong with installing solar panels in one location and letting someone in another location claim credit, as long as everyone understands that this is happening. But many individuals who signed up for a rooftop solar system might be unhappy to learn that they were enabling some fossil-powered company to claim it has gone green.The lesson here is that if you choose to go solar, find out what will happen to the RECs. If they are sold to someone else, you get to use the electricity, but you have to give back the halo. If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now.In most states (including California), rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, which quantify how much clean electricity they produce. But if panels are leased or installed under a power purchase agreement, it’s the “third-party owner” — not the homeowner — who gets those certificates. Most then turn around and sell the RECs, a process that magically turns brown electrons green.Here’s how it works: Joe’s Solar puts panels on your roof that produce 7,500 kilowatt-hours a year, and Joe sells you the electricity under a power purchase agreement. Because Joe still owns the panels, he gets credit — in the form of RECs — for that renewable electricity. Meanwhile, Bob’s all-fossil utility wants to “green up,” so it buys RECs from Joe. That allows Bob to relabel 7,500 kilowatt-hours of his coal- or gas-fired power generation as “renewable energy.”