SOUTHCOM Addresses Central American Maritime Security Strategies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 06, 2012 This initiative was organized by NAVSO, the mission of which focuses on facilitating the exchange of information and promoting cooperation with the regional navies, and the merchant-marine community of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Eastern Pacific. This SOUTHCOM component operates as an information channel focused on the security of maritime trade and the commitment to support the shipping industry. The naval division of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) held a seminar to address maritime security strategies in Central America. The forum, Central American Maritime Safety and Security Challenges: A Cooperative Response, was organized in Managua, Nicaragua, by the Maritime Liaison – Latin America of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), working jointly with the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority and the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission. The meeting’s objective was to inform and educate both government and military institutions and the private sector about immediate, potential, and long-term maritime security problems and their impact on aspects related to the facilitation of trade. The chief point of the seminar consisted in strengthening lasting partnerships based in the maritime community in order to foster shared ideas and objectives in relation to security and stability. center_img More than 120 maritime security experts, including representatives from NAVSO and other U.S. institutions and members of the Joint Interagency Task Force – South, the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority, the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission, the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force, and the Central American Integration System attended the event. The Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce; the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America; the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Response; and representatives from the maritime security authorities of Honduras and Guatemala also participated.last_img read more

Great recognition of the profession: Croatian tourist guides admitted to the World Federation of Tourist Guides

first_imgAfter a lot of work in Croatia that was recognized by colleagues at the world level,  Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) became a “Full Member”  or a full member of the World Federation of Tourist Guides (WFTGA) which brings together national tourist guide associations in over 80 countries and represents over 150 tour guides worldwide. It is important to emphasize that he is also a WFTGA, partner and associate member of the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) and UNESCO. President of ZDTVH Kristina Nuić Prka emphasized the importance of admission to WFTGA membership in the promotion of Croatia in the tourism profession  emphasizing that this is not a goal but a continuation of the struggle for rights  Croatian tourist guides within the European norm imposed on the profession and association with colleagues from other countries of rich cultural heritage. “Following the imposed norms  Foreign tourist guides can, on the basis of requests for temporary and occasional activities, the frequency of which cannot be controlled, guide and present Croatia to tourists without education, and the same is true.  exempted only in areas of protected localities. What is the area of ​​a protected site and what are the criteria for determining them, is unclear and depends solely on the interpretation of the European Commission, which wants to put as few sites as possible on this list. the country’s reputation and the large number of tourists represent our country, its cultural heritage,  history, people and tradition. ” points out Nuić Prka and adds that they have already applied to host the Convention WFTGA 2021, which would be a really great promotion for our country in the tourism profession at the global level.  The Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) was founded in 2005 and brings together 19 tourist guide associations from all regions of Croatia, and currently ZDTVH represents about 2000 tourist guides in Croatia.Kristina Nuić Prka: TOURIST GUIDES ARE AMBASSADORS OF OUR COUNTRYPhoto: ZDTVHAnd if  tourist guides  have a very significant role, if not one of the key ones,  in overall tourism, they are still underestimated, especially in the context of the development and promotion of tourist destinations. “Tourist guides are an indispensable segment in destination management and promotion. Every good travel agency will ask and consult a guide what to do and when. ”Points out Nuić Prka. We have to care about our overall performance and what story we tell tourists about ourselves. We must not allow our history, culture and way of life, identity to be misinterpreted and misinterpreted. That’s why it’s also important to use licensed tour guides. Of course, in order to reduce costs, some agencies do not use licensed tourist guides, but they are not aware of how over-complex tourism is and how the tourist product is made up of all participants, not individuals. If we perform poorly, we all lose in the long run, there is less tourist spending and a shorter tourist season. “Being a guide is an honor. It is an honor to be in a situation where you have the opportunity to bring individuals and groups from all over the world closer to their history, rich cultural heritage, sense of national identity, religion, language and the freedom we are so proud of. Because who can better show a stranger the spirit of our people, tell him about defiance and pride, which is innate in all of us, heroes, resourcefulness, wisdom from antiquities, faith, old customs, legends and folklore – from our people? We are not just narrators of history. We are ambassadors of our country, our region, our city, our culture, language and customs. It depends on us with what image of Croatia and us as a nation, tourists will go home. I also emphasize that the cultural heritage preserves the national identity of the country so as not to drown in European globalization. ” concludes Nuić Prka and emphasizes that cultural heritage represents our entire national corpus and we must do everything in our power to preserve it.More information about the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) can be found on their website official website.last_img read more

House, labor unions call on govt, businesses to protect workers from COVID-19

first_imgThe House of Representatives and labor unions are calling on the government and all companies to take measures to avoid widespread layoffs, especially in sectors that have been impacted by the social distancing practiced to stop COVID-19 from spreading.Lawmaker Obon Tabroni of House Commission IX overseeing labor said on Monday that employers should ensure that workers, especially those who are contract-based, who take leave as a precaution against the pandemic should be treated as on-duty and they should not lose their salaries.He said the government also needs to provide financial assistance through cash transfers to low-income people to maintain their purchasing power.”Workers in the tourism and hospitality sectors have been affected by the coronavirus, as well as in the retail sector. Do not misuse this time as a moment to lay off workers,” the Gerindra Party politician said in a statement on MondayIndonesia has yet to estimate potential job losses caused by the COVID-19 crisis. However, the government has allocated Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) to stimulate the economy by providing tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the pandemic.It has also issued a second stimulus package, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, which includes individual and corporate tax breaks, as well as relaxation of loan disbursement and restructuring requirementsOn Friday, the government teamed up with online marketplaces, e-wallets and education technology platforms to launch a preemployment card program amid an emergency response to support the workforce hit by the adverse economic impacts of COVID-19.Registration is to open at the beginning of April 2020. Participants are to get Rp 650,000 after three months of training. However, Obon argued that the preemployment card program was not made to prevent layoffs, but to subsidize workers who had lost their jobs.The chief of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, Said Iqbal, suggested a shift system, or partial dismissal, in a bid to keep production running without laying off workers.He said the pandemic was occurring almost all over the world and not only in Indonesia. Therefore, he encouraged the companies to start renegotiating with their buyers and suppliers, especially those related closely to the global supply chain.“If they don’t renegotiate, we’re worried that their production would decrease and it would lead to layoffs,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Indiana volunteers head to Texas

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — As tropical storm Harvey sits over the Texas Gulf Coast 40 Indiana Red Cross volunteers, including the highly trained Task Force 1 Water Rescue Team are on the way. The effort is part of a national response that includes thousands of ready-to-eat meals, truckloads of kitchen supplies, water, building materials and shelter supplies.“This is a heartbreaking and tough situation for those in the storm’s path,” said Duchess Adjei, regional communication director for the Indiana Regional of the American Red Cross. “We are proud of so many Hoosiers, hearing the call to support those who have been impacted by the destruction and devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted.”Individuals are encouraged to call: 1-888-684-1441 to find out ways to volunteer locally with the Red Cross. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on or on 1-800-RED CROSS. The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on with your check.last_img read more

Wisconsin softball splits doubleheader with border rival Minnesota

first_imgAfter snow earlier in the week forced Saturday’s doubleheader to move back 24 hours, the Wisconsin softball team split the series with a ranked No. 15 Minnesota Sunday afternoon, each adding a win to their records.Wisconsin came away victorious in the first game of the doubleheader, knocking off the Gophers in a 2-1 defensive battle.The first half of the first game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, with the only two hits coming in the first and third inning for Wisconsin until the Badgers finally landed on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Junior Marissa Mersch singled to left field, found her way around the bases on a couple groundouts and finally made it home as teammate Ashley Van Zeeland reached first on an error by Minnesota shortstop Tyler Walker.Minnesota responded in the next half inning with a pair of hits of its own but was unable to get any runners across home plate.However, the next inning the Minnesota defense was able to keep the Badgers’ bats at bay, and finally earned a run of its own when catcher Taylor LeMay homered over the left field wall, tying up the score at one with her team’s sole run of the game.Wisconsin didn’t waste any time in pulling ahead again, as third baseman Michelle Mueller reached first on a second error by Walker in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Katie Christner pinch ran for Mueller, eventually finding her way home on yet another Minnesota error.The bottom of the final inning saw Minnesota load the bases with two outs, making it look like the Gophers might make a last-minute comeback, only to have No. 3 batter Kaitlyn Richardson fly out to left field and leave all three on base, leaving the score at 2-1.On the mound for Wisconsin, Taylor-Paige Stewart allowed six hits and four free passes on a walk, three hit batsmen and threw two strikeouts. Minnesota’s Sara Moulton fanned four batters, did not walk a single one and allowed for six hits.After a short break the Big Ten rivals were back at it, starting off the second game at a much different pace with Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen striking out all three Wisconsin batters she faced in the first inning.In the bottom of the fist inning, the Minnesota offense began hot as well, hitting two infield singles off of UW pitcher Cassandra Darrah.The Gophers finally found their way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when LeMay batted in two RBIs on a single up the middle, her second and third of the day. An inning later, Richardson picked up the final RBI of the game when she doubled to left field.Wisconsin didn’t go down without a fight though, seeing two more hits in the bottom of the seventh coming from fifth and sixth hitters Van Zeeland and Chloe Miller. In the end though, the Badgers closed out the inning with a runner left on base and no runs, allowing the Gophers to shut them out 3-0 and split the series.But no one can say the Minnesota win wasn’t earned. Groenewegen struck out nine batters as opposed to Darrah’s total of five and allowed only two hits. Meanwhile Darrah surrendered a total of nine hits to the Minnesota offensive attack.The Badgers will play again this Wednesday afternoon when North Dakota (8-24) comes to town.last_img read more