Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Stressed social worker wins £140,000 compensationOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today A council’s failure to listen forced a residential social worker to retirefrom stress-relates illnessA former residential social worker with Worcestershire County Council whowas forced to retire after developing a stress-related illness through work haswon £140,000 compensation. Thelma Conway had worked for the council for 20 years and was backed in herlegal action by Unison. Conway began work as a residential social worker at a home for people withlearning difficulties in Redditch in July 1994 and subsequently blew thewhistle on bad management practices. Her manager resigned after aninvestigation, after which there was an 18-month period with various actingmanagers in charge. In September 1996, Conway was put in sole charge of the home but received noadditional training and was working up to 80 hours a week. This led her tobecome depressed. Social services inspectors recommended the home needed a permanentexperienced manager, but the council failed to act. Conway took 45 days off sick in the year before finally leaving for goodbecause of ill-health in February 1998 and retiring in December 1999. The council admitted liability and her settlement was based on the injuryshe suffered, claims for loss of earnings, loss of pension, medical treatmentand retraining costs. Hugh Robertson, head of health and safety at Unison, said the Conway casehighlighted the need for employers to stop thinking of OH departments as aperipheral part of their organisation. Appropriate OH intervention could havenipped the case in the bud, he argued. “An OH department needs to be linked to the ability to intervene in theemployers’ working practices.” Related posts:No related photos.
Market sentiment improves55% of agents optimistic for 202052% expect stock supplies to start meeting demand40% are diversifying services to bolster revenuesZoopla’s rather grandiosely-named report says that agent confidence in the market has reached a three-year high, having surveyed 6,000 people and 650 agents across the UK.It found that agents’ confidence levels are up, with 55% feeling ‘very confident’ or ‘somewhat confident’ in the strength of the market during the next year after a three-year consecutive decline in agent confidence, down from 79% in 2016 to 51% in 2018 – from the last market peak to the tangible slowdown that has characterised the market in recent years against a backdrop of protracted political uncertainty.Agents in the north are registering the highest levels of confidence in market performance for 2020 at 57%, while agents in the south come in at 53% – up from 46% recorded 12 months prior.Over half of agents (52%) expect to see an increase in the supply of stock coming onto the market over the next 12-18 months – a net increase of 20% since 2017. 45% of agents believe that there will be an increase in the number of property transactions that take place across the year ahead.Diversification of revenue54% of agents expect to derive increased income from property management fees, 50% from property sales and 45% from lettings fees in 2020.The report also signals that agents will continue to benefit from diversifying their revenue streams and that securing relationships with third party suppliers bolsters the core business proposition. 43% of agents believe that there is scope to increase earnings by recommending mortgage lenders or brokers, and 42% by recommending legal services.Greatest market challengesThe economic and political landscape, as well as current stock levels, were cited as immediate market challenges; however, the ‘Boris Bounce’ may reshape market dynamics.There remains a tangible nervousness around prospective legislative changes, with 47% of agents unclear on the realities of the new government’s housing policy.Meanwhile, lower fees and discord around Stamp Duty penalties are affecting business performance for a third of agents.‘Green shoots’“The annual State of the Property Nation findings bring a compelling insight into all facets of the market,” says Andy Marshall, COO at Zoopla. “The study provides a barometer of agent mindset, and our findings show, on the whole, that agent confidence in the market is on the up for 2020.“It’s little surprise that the so-called ‘Boris Bounce’ has already started to reshape the market in the immediate term – particularly amidst reports of improving consumer confidence following the decisive election outcome.”State of the Property Nation survey market challenges Andy Marshall revenue Sheila Manchester Zoopla January 20, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Zoopla unveils its annual ‘State of the Property Nation’ survey previous nextHousing MarketZoopla unveils its annual ‘State of the Property Nation’ surveyReport says that agent confidence in the market has reached a three-year high, having surveyed 6,000 people and 650 agents across the UK.Sheila Manchester20th January 20200994 Views
View post tag: Damage Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nitze’s Damage Control Program Receives Makeover Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) put its new damage control program to the test while underway Dec. 9.Nitze recently adjusted its damage control program in an effort to better fight the ship in a multi-mission environment.With the implementation of the Rapid Response and Isolation (RRI) team, Nitze is innovating the way their Sailors respond to damage, to any part of the ship, while the ship is performing any of its myriad missions.“With the increase in multi-warfare platforms and technology and decrease in personnel, reorganizing the remaining Sailors to complete missions of increasing complexity is key to success,” said Cmdr. Christopher Nerad, Nitze commanding officer. “Nitze Sailors are now functionally aligned to fight the ship and to save the ship. This organizational approach maximizes both combat readiness and our ability to sustain operations when deployed.”Sailors on the RRI team are distinguishable by their red coveralls, setting them apart as personnel whose primary responsibility is the combating of fires, toxic gas and hull damage, which could occur at any time.“On other ships, when a casualty is called away, sometimes Sailors may be delayed while waiting for watch relief for whatever station they may be at,” said Lt. j.g. Dirk Wooten, the damage control assistant aboard Nitze. “Using our method, the only other watch a Sailor on the Rapid Response and Isolation team might be standing would be an under instruction watch, meaning they can report to the assigned repair locker immediately and not have to wait for someone else to take over that station.”The primary team is made up of Sailors with a higher level of damage control training and experience. They are the first to respond to any casualty that may be called away. These Sailors are constantly on standby to fight the ship, making damage control readiness their watch station.If the initial response team cannot combat the problem on their own, one of three specialized and functionally aligned “attack” teams will be called in to assist. Attack team alpha specializes in fighting fires, while team bravo responds to hull damage, from flooding to burst pipes, and team charlie is responsible for crash and salvage on the flight deck, as well as toxic gas leaks. Attack team bravo is also the primary rescue and assistance crew. “Normally, Sailors assigned to a certain repair locker will respond to any type of casualty that occurs as long as it happens in the area assigned to that locker,” said Wooten. “We have teams that cover the entire ship, but only respond to their team’s assigned casualty type.”Organizing Sailors with this method leaves plenty of time to train the Rapid Response and Isolation team for all possible variables, while leaving the rest of the ship with an adequate number of Sailors to maintain a three-section watch rotation.“As far as I know, we’re the only ship that has our watchbills set up to the point that we can run full damage control drills during other major evolutions, like a replenishment at sea,” said Damage Controlman 1st Class John Pogue, the Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) coordinator.The RRI team keeps the ship from going to general quarters for anything less than a simulated combat emergency with multiple casualties, or a situation determined by the commanding officer. The DCTT runs multiple casualty exercises daily to keep the RRI and attack teams prepared to work together and, ultimately, discover the best way for all teams to repair any casualties as a cohesive unit. “We’ve been using this system for around six to eight months, and after we started getting the initial kinks worked out, we’re seeing a big improvement in our abilities to maintain the ship,” said Pogue. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see this type of damage control organization get picked up by the rest of the Navy.”Nitze is currently underway preparing for an upcoming scheduled deployment as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 14, 2011 USS Nitze’s Damage Control Program Receives Makeover View post tag: Nitze’s View post tag: Navy View post tag: program View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Industry news View post tag: Makeover View post tag: receives View post tag: control View post tag: USS December 14, 2011
Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Carter Hall Arrives in Port Victoria, Seychelles View post tag: Hall August 26, 2013 View post tag: Arrives Share this article View post tag: Carter View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: port USS Carter Hall Arrives in Port Victoria, Seychelles Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) arrived in Port Victoria, Seychelles for a port visit, Aug. 25.The port visit serves to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with East Africa nations like Seychelles in order to enhance regional stability.While in Seychelles, the ship will host a reception for dignitaries and military officials. Sailors and Marines will also have the opportunity to experience the local culture and conduct a community service project at a local school.“Seychelles is looking forward to having us and we are very much looking forward to being here,” said Cmdr. Gregory D. Blyden, commanding officer of Carter Hall. “Seychelles is an opportunity for our Sailors and Marines to relax and enjoy some well-deserved liberty.”Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, August 26, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Victoria View post tag: Seychelles View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: USS
Most people in the industry have always referred to the National Asso-ciation of Master Bakers as the NA. With the organisation entering its 125th year in 2012, it looks certain to drop the ’MB’ for good in a bid to update its image. At a time where locally sourced, crafted products are in the ascendancy, how does National Association of Craft & Artisan Bakers sound?That was the suggestion of National Doughnut Week organiser Chris Freeman, of Dunn’s of Crouch End, who proposed a name change at the recent NAMB AGM in Blackpool. “The press is all about artisan and craft in all sorts of different fields. The word ’master’ puts off some people,” said Freeman, who was also chosen as president-elect. “We also have the problem when you put the words ’master’ and ’baker’ together and say them too quickly… we all know what it sounds like. We need to move away from this and project a more modern image.”While the NA consults its members over the name change, it reported back on a busy year and it has never been more active on the PR front, getting involved in a raft of television productions that are doing wonders for the profile of baking. It has also listened to members to shift the date of National Craft Bakers’ Week, which, this year, will coincide with the harvest festival.”Following consultation with our members, this event will now take place from 19 September,” said chairman Mike Holling. “The aim of the week is to allow independent craft bakers to promote themselves and make the consumers more aware, to build a customer base. We have also retained the services of Dame Kelly Holmes, who will be the face of National Craft Bakers’ Week, making that link with the Olympics.”The objectives of the week will be to:l raise the awareness that products are baked that dayl promote craft skillsl encourage community baking and enterprisel showcase craft foods made with passionl support traditional values over the mass marketl and, most importantly, increase footfall into high street bakers’ shops.Once again, there will be a co-ordinated programme of bakers going into schools and children’s visits to bakeries, so if you’d like to get involved this year, contact the NA.Rarely has the need for the craft bakery sector to promote itself been more acute, with challenges coming from all angles. “We’re all fully aware that the economic outlook is challenging, due to the squeeze on consumer spending and the effects of high commodity prices,” reflected Holling. “This coupled with extreme weather conditions in November and January make the economic recovery fragile.”Throughout the year, the association has written to the government to promote our concerns regarding the Localism Bill, to protect the high street, where most of our members trade. We need to see the rejuvenation of the British high streets we need vibrancy and strong footfall.”There was news of a revamp of the NA website to make it more user-friendly. “A great deal of thought has gone into making it easier to navigate, to be more up-to-date, and to offer more information at your fingertips,” said Holling. “It also gives us the opportunity to develop our online shop, with links to our suppliers. More importantly, we’ll be able to offer links to our bakery members’ websites, Twitter and Facebook.”With CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican set to retire next year, Holling reassured delegates that succession planning was under way. “The board are very much aware of this and are working towards a timetable of the end of 2012,” he said. “As you will know, it is very difficult to replace staff with the wealth of experience that our chief executive has got. If any member has a view with regards to the job description or profile, send it to the NAMB, marked for my personal attention.”Meanwhile, treasurer Chris Beaney reported that the NA’s finances were “in a healthy condition”, and subscriptions remained frozen for the fourth year. Chairman of Trustees Graham Nash urged people to make the most of an oft-overlooked resource: the NA’s Benevolent Fund: “If anyone knows of anybody in the baking trade who is in distress or in need of help, we have the funds and we are willing to look at anything. There are a lot of people out there who are a little too proud to ask for help, so please let us know.” Presentations Is bakery nutrition an oxymoron?”We shouldn’t consider that bakery and patisserie are at the fringes of things, like five-a-day fruit and veg messages, any more,” Kevin Binns of Puratos told delegates. “As an industry we’re right at the centre of this. We need to take care that we recognise that. Taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive they go together.”He said that bakery was well placed to capitalise on digestive health trends. “I don’t believe we can do much around probiotics in bakery,” he said. “But at Puratos we’re doing some research into prebiotics the functional fibres that feed the good bacteria in your gut to introduce functional fibres into bread in the next year to 18 months.”It’s interesting for us as an industry to note that fibre is recession-proof,” he added. “People understand fibre, they recognise it, put it at the top of their list and won’t forego on price.”He offered a top tip to tap into healthy product labelling by way of Weight Watchers’ recently introduced online points calculator. “I know some retailers are using this calculator to put Weight Watchers’ points on to their packaging,” he explained. “It’s not endorsed by Weight Watchers, and they say that on the packaging, but it’s a great way to inform consumers and help them with weight management. I thought that traffic light calorie labelling would put me out of job because people wouldn’t eat cake again. Actually, it had a different effect: once people understood the calories in a product, they could manage their diet around that and it didn’t do the industry any harm. Providing information is nothing to be frightened of.”Indulge me”With the escalations in cost this year, it’s going to be one of our toughest years yet,” said speaker John Slattery, of Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier. “We have to try very hard and we cannot rely solely on our craft skills. We need to look at what customers want from talking to them. We work on a very short development chain; we can get it in the shop the same or next day and our customers like that. We also need to learn from our competitors, the chains and supermarkets, because they spend huge amounts of money on research.”One such example is staying on-trend with products such as cupcakes. “I was very slow on the uptake with cupcakes and we didn’t start doing them until the middle of last year. I wasn’t sure it was going to last. I was wrong. We decided to make six distinct flavours, slightly bigger, between a cupcake and a muffin. They work well for us and we’re selling steadily 150 a week at £2.65, which is a good price for a bun!”Success is all about maintaining choice in the bakery, but finding lean ways to produce a wide range of products, he urged. “It’s better to make up to quality rather than down to price,” said Slattery. “We’ve created a range of 18 tarts that we make every day. We pale-bake pastry cases and, for example with a treacle tart, we make a treacle filling that keeps in the fridge for several weeks and bake it off. We may only sell three of those a day, but it’s easy to make and it has a two-day shelf-life.”
Modern business applications require flexibility, enabled by a hybrid cloud that delivers consistent infrastructure and operations. Customers view hybrid clouds as a way to gain flexibility and speed to respond to changing business needs, accelerate innovation, and align costs to business requirements by managing upfront expenses, operational support, and TCO. However, if an organization wants to seamlessly harness the power of the hybrid cloud in an integrated manner, there are several requirements that need to be met. Some of these challenges include: operational inconsistencies, different skillsets & tools, disparate management tools and security controls, inconsistent application SLAs, and incompatible machine formats.Sonali Desai, Product Marketing Manager from VMware, Ken Smith Sr., Product Marketing Manager from VMware and Kenon Ewing, Systems Engineer for Data Protection from Dell EMC, recently presented about moving to the cloud and maximizing customers’ VMware investment with Dell EMC Data Protection.As two powerhouses and leaders in private and public cloud, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) jointly deliver a truly differentiated and compelling engineered solution to customers – the VMware Cloud™ on AWS. Delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and its partners as an on-demand service, VMware Cloud™ on AWS integrates VMware’s entire enterprise-class software-defined data center (SDDC) and optimizes it to run on dedicated elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal infrastructure that is fully integrated as part of the AWS Cloud. VMware Cloud™ on AWS enables organizations to take advantage of a rich set of benefits with rapid time to value including: consistency and familiarity of VMware technologies, easy workload portability, seamless access to native AWS services, and container and VM support. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can now accelerate their cloud migration in the simplest, fastest, and lowest risk way with compelling TCO from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience.However, there are certain obstacles preventing companies from going to the cloud, requiring companies to maintain their on-premises infrastructure. Data sovereignty issues, including regulatory and privacy requirements, sensitive data located on-premises, custom security standards, and need to prove compliance to auditors prevent organizations from moving to the cloud. Additionally, workload and data proximity issues such as low data latency requirements, workloads with local data processing, and data center workloads that are tightly integrated with backend systems require data to remain on-premises. Even some customers who have moved some of their data into the cloud feel that they do not have the same transparency and control over their data and struggle to keep control over their critical workloads, leverage existing IT environments, and maximize the value of existing talent and processes.To combat these challenges, Dell EMC and VMware co-engineered and delivered the VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC: cloud infrastructure delivered as a service on-premises, fully managed by VMware. VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC is built on Dell EMC VxRail infrastructure, and runs on the VMware’s SDDC to handle compute, storage and networking processing. This all-inclusive service also offers a hybrid control plane to provision and monitor resources as well as a monthly subscription-based pricing model. VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC offers customers support for multiple use cases such as: data center modernization, switch from CapEx to OpEx financial models, and hardware refresh. Another use case is data latency and sovereignty, where the infrastructure stays onsite and can be employed by companies with low data latency requirements, data sovereignty requirements, and data governance and security. Application modernization, including development agility, Kubernetes, and traditional application deployments are all instances where customers can utilize VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC.Whether customers’ data and applications reside on-premises or are moving into the public cloud, Dell EMC provides cloud protection across the protection portfolio. Dell EMC’s software-defined data management (SDDM) empowers organizations to simplify and automate their data protection. Dell EMC offers data availability, data management, and data analytics on a single SDDM platform, enabling customers to choose their consumption model between multi-dimensional appliances, software, or SaaS.Dell EMC’s SDDM offers integration, which helps drive the value of data protection and enables ease of consumption. Specifically, the native application UI integration streamlines the data protection process with out-of-the-box supported integrations. Infrastructure managers provide tenant control, including governance, compliance, and legacy application protection. There are multiple form factor deployment options that are cost-effective for organizations including software defined, public and private cloud, appliance, and IoT/edge. Additionally, application admins can manage data protection through native interfaces such as vSphere, Oracle and SQL databases, cloud automation interfaces (REST), and Kubernetes.Dell EMC data protection supports four use cases today with our cloud data protection strategy: long-term retention, disaster recovery, backup to the cloud, and hybrid/cloud backup. Dell EMC is a trusted data protection provider, providing comprehensive coverage, flexibility, and powerful architecture, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs and simply powerful data protection.Dell EMC’s data protection automation provides companies with an easy and seamless way to ensure their data is always protected. Specifically, infrastructure automation is attribute-based inclusion and exclusion, where IT admins can set rules to be used for VM discovery and inclusion, as well as flexible and powerful REGEX matching. It can be auto deployed by either SDDC deployer (auto deploy backup, target and join vSphere), auto deploy proxy data movers, and auto deploy in AWS or other marketplaces. Additionally, Dell EMC offers orchestration automation to move data directly from the VMs to the intended storage target, both on-premises and in the cloud. Dell EMC’s data protection solution is Networker-based, comprised of workflows that enhance the existing catalog with Networker data protection provisioning and job status checking tasks. Using vRealize Orchestrator, Dell EMC’s data protection solution are easily integrated into the VM environment, ensuring simplicity and ease-of-use in a familiar UI environment.The data protection approaches discussed in the webinar provide customers with the performance and simplicity that they need to address the operational and compliance requirements for their hybrid cloud environments. Organizations see hybrid cloud capabilities as a combination of data center, public cloud, and edge infrastructure. Customers benefit when their data center integrates and works seamlessly with their public cloud and edge infrastructure while utilizing their existing teams, skillsets, tools, and processes. With VMware, Dell EMC offers the full spectrum of data protection solutions for any cloud environment. Learn more.Additional Resources:Watch an on-demand recording of the webinarLearn about Moving Disaster Recovery to the Cloud – When Does it Make Sense?Learn how Dell EMC and VMware Simplify, Automate, and Protect your OrganizationLearn more about Dell EMC VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure
In addition to Kudisch, the cast features Kelly AuCoin, Jon DeVries, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Rebecca Henderson, Jenn Lyon, Lizbeth Mackay, David McElwee, Ismenia Mendes and Will Pullen. View Comments The Wayside Motor Inn Related Shows Outside Boston, 10 people—some strangers, some not—struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to the Wayside Motor Inn. With old grudges and new feuds threatening the travelers’ peace, the play examines the tenuous space between loneliness and connection, and the fragile framework of the American Dream. A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn begins performances off-Broadway on August 12. Lila Neugbauer directs a cast that includes Tony nominee Marc Kudisch. The play will open officially on September 4 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. As previously announced, the play will run on extension through September 21. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014
Sometimes an important function of your landscape is to screen off objectionable views or create a space for privacy. Plants used for screening are usually evergreen and 15 to 20 feet tall or taller. They should be tough plants that thrive on neglect once established.Here are some choices: Leyland Cypress. It’s widely available but grows to 120 feet and is susceptible to canker diseases and bagworms in stressful weather. Ice storms can be a problem, too. With its size and disease problems, it’s slowly falling from grace. There are better choices. Burford Holly. A durable plant, it grows to 30 feet with an equal spread. Dwarf Burford Holly. Somewhat smaller, it’s still not really a dwarf, growing to 15-20 feet with an equal spread. Little Gem Magnolia. A dwarf magnolia, it reaches about 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It’s a great evergreen screen that tolerates drought. Osmanthus Fragrans. A tough plant for tough sites, it grows 30 feet tall with an equal spread, so it needs lots of room. It has fragrant blooms in November. Yoshino Cryptomeria. A fast-growing evergreen with soft foliage texture, it grows to 40 feet with a spread of 15-20 feet. There have been reports of bot canker and other problems in stressful sites. Foster Holly. This upright, evergreen holly has narrow leaves and brilliant winter berries. It grows up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Nellie R. Stevens Holly. A tough holly, it grows to 25 feet and 15 feet wide. Loropetalum (white and pink forms). Most cultivars reach 15 to 20 feet at maturity and make a great background plant with showy spring blooms. Small Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum). This tree grows in sun or shade, but tends to be more compact in the sun. It reaches 15 to 20 feet tall, but requires irrigation during dry periods. It’s a tough, pest-free plant when it’s well-established. Wax Myrtle. This is a great plant in south Georgia, particularly in a moist site. It may have occasional cold damage in north Georgia. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Canadian Hemlock. University of Georgia horticulturist Mike Dirr calls it “one of the best evergreens” in his book. It’s a great screen for moist, shady sites, lending a soft texture to the landscape. Thorny Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens). This plant prefers to be used as a background screen plant, since it grows a foot a week in summer. It’s one of the toughest plants going and grows 15 feet high and wide. It’s best left alone, since pruning to maintain a size or shape is futile.Many other evergreens can serve as screens. Pines, for instance, make a fast-growing screen when young, but their lower branches will thin out with age. Pines can be kept as an evergreen hedge with pruning.Bamboo makes a great screen if you select the clumping forms and avoid the more invasive running types.Native red cedar makes a tough screen plant, too. But with a female tree that fruits heavily, seedlings can be a nightmare. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 12 By Gary L. Wade Georgia Extension Service
It is definitely not just a phrase; it is a philosophy. The campaign finds support through the protection that the military brings to the civilian population. Whether in times of peace or in times of war, they are going to be there. “We see how the population is really beginning to recognize the efforts undertaken by their Military Forces, which, was the government representative in many places for many years,” explained Lt. Col. Moreno. ” The government brought the capabilities to improve the quality of life of our inhabitants through [the presence of] its Military Forces. And we are currently in that non-kinetic effort phase.” Cocoa, Coffee, Rice, and Dairy Products The non-kinetic effort Lt. Col. Moreno refers to is an effort that does not require the use of weapons. Soldiers are supporting the development of remote areas by building roads, schools, hospitals, and other facilities, through military engineers with state funds, through other ministries, and with the help of the private sector. Two examples of this inter-agency cooperation are the oil infrastructure projects developed in the departments of Arauca and Putumayo with the participation of the private sector and international cooperation. For their part, the Military Forces were able to achieve significant rapprochement with indigenous communities to teach them ways to grow legal crops such as cocoa, coffee, rice, and dairy products. For example, the department of Cauca is a large exporter of coffee produced by the indigenous Naasa community, while Caquetá department supplies almost 60 percent of all the cheese distributed in the country nationally. “So that is the result, that is how that inter-agency cooperation has led us to a process of stabilization and consolidation,” said Lt. Col. Moreno proudly. “This is the strategy reflected in the campaign: remaining in the hearts of Colombians, providing them a better quality of life, leading social development, and rebuilding the social fabric, and in response, there is support for the Military Forces from the community, from the population for this honest task.” Artists for the Cause The campaign has even reached the hearts of famous Colombian artists, such as popular singers Fonseca, Andrés Cepeda, and Jorgito Celedón, who have given free concerts in which they promote the ideals of the program to the people. “The truth is that we are proud to know that there is credibility in the execution of these projects. The population feels at peace when they see that the Military Forces are leading, supporting the government agencies or private agencies, and that peace that the population feels upon seeing the leadership of its Military Forces is our primary point of reference. That is how we define being and truly remaining in the heart [of the population] and providing that social development,” said Lt. Col. Moreno. For General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, Commander of the Colombian Military Forces, the institutional campaign We are in the Hearts of Colombians, and That’s Where We Will Stay, which the General Command is conducting under his leadership, carries a very important philosophical meaning. “It means that Colombians really value the effort, sacrifice, [and] heroism of all members of the Military Forces, of all our land, sea and air Troops, as well as of our police. They know that having made such a great sacrifice is precisely what brings us today so close to achieving that very important goal for all Colombians, which is peace”. That peace, as General Rodríguez has mentioned on several occasions, “is due to the effort, [and] heroism of all Soldiers and police” who, even at the expense of their own lives, have given their all to reestablish security and protect Colombians throughout more than 50 years of a bloody war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Faith in the Cause “In that sense, this campaign seeks to thank the Colombian people for the support they give us every day. This campaign seeks to highlight patriotic values and wants to remind Colombians that there were many heroes who offered up even their own lives, many heroes who are wounded, many heroes who are currently suffering from the deep wounds inflicted by war, but who, in spite of all those sacrifices, that price they paid, did it with much patriotism. Today we see how this Colombian homeland has changed, how it has grown stronger, how its rule of law has been strengthened, how its democracy has been strengthened, and we stand, as I told you initially, at the threshold of achieving a very important goal, which would be to bring an end to the conflict with the FARC and the ELN and to begin to build a stable and lasting peace,” General Rodríguez told Diálogo. Aside from remaining in the hearts of Colombians through their participation in these civil action projects, the country’s Military Forces are initiating the process of adapting to what will be their new post-conflict reality. “We are visualizing that our primary role will be one of integrated action. Surely, from the military side, safeguarding our borders, peacekeeping, and international exchange operations will be strengthened; but the primary role within the country will be to generate development. All this inter-agency capability, that is where we are headed,” concluded Lt. Col. Moreno. Marine Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Moreno, who currently works at the Joint Integrated Action Headquarters as advisor to General Rodríguez, explains that the current campaign is a continuation of its predecessor, Faith in the Cause. “More than a slogan, a real command policy has been developed by the Military’s leadership: Army, Navy, and Air Force, and when we were at a defining stage in the conflict, that faith of believing in what we are doing, of believing in where we are going, of materializing all that development and military capacity was cemented in the hearts of our soldiers. Now that we are at this stage of signing an accord with the FARC and the ELN, our primary internal threats, when we stand at the threshold of that stage of transition into post-conflict, we can say that we are in the hearts of Colombians and that is where we will stay.” By Dialogo May 24, 2016
By Kay Valle/Diálogo November 12, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) continues to support rescue and humanitarian relief efforts of the governments of Honduras and Guatemala in the Wake of Hurricane Eta devastation.Among its latest missions in Honduras, on November 10, JTF-Bravo troops joined the Honduran Armed Forces, the Red Cross Honduras, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Humanitarian Assistance in transporting more than 1,800 kilograms of humanitarian supplies aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to the department of Gracias a Dios. Two days prior, JTF-Bravo units delivered more than 1,200 kg of supplies to communities in five áreas of Choloma, Cortés department, which were isolated for 96 hours following the hurricane.Members of JTF-Bravo partner with the Honduran Armed Forces, the Red Cross Honduras, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Humanitarian Assistance to load more than 1,800 kg of humanitarian supplies aboard a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook in the Toncontín International Airport, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on November 10, 2020, to take them to Puerto Lempira, Gracias a Dios. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Captain Rachel Salpietra)In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Honduras donated a cold storage room to the Regional Office of Forensic Medicine in San Pedro Sula, Cortés, to support the work of doctors and other specialists who identify the bodies of victims.The Permanent Contigency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) also announced that it would begin coordinating efforts with JTF-Bravo to continue saving lives in the Sula Valley, a region in the north of the country that was submerged in waters. In addition, COPECO units will join members of the U.S. force to assess the damages and provide humanitarian assistance in Gracias a Dios.According to November 10 data from COPECO, more than 16,000 people have been rescued throughout the country and more than 20 died to the effects of the hurricane.“When our family is in need, we have the obligation to help,” said U.S. Army Colonel John D. Litchfield, commander of JTF-Bravo, noting the long partnership between Honduras and JTF-Bravo, which headquarters are in Comaguaya. “We look forward to continuing the rescue and humanitarian aid efforts,” he added during his visit to the Regional Emergency Operation Center in San Pedro Sula, Cortés, from where rescue efforts for this area will be coordinated.Support to GuatemalaIn Guatemala, the work of the JTF-Bravo team has been concentrated in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Quiché, and Zacapa, providing strategic transportation, transfer of rescue teams, transportation of emergency supplies, and support in rescue missions. For example, on November 10, JTF-Bravo joined the Guatemalan Army to transport 4535 kg of supplies in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to the town of Cobán, Alta Verapaz.“The invaluable support provided by JTF-Bravo’s aircraft in Guatemala […] has made it possible to transport 86,424 pounds [39,201 kg] of food to Alta Verapaz in three days, from where it will be distributed through civil and military aircraft […] to the affected communities that are cut off by the flooding of rivers and damage to the country’s road infrastructure,” Army Colonel Rubén Antonio Tellez, Press director of the Guatemalan Defense Ministry told Diálogo. “On the other hand, they have also provided evacuation for 30 people in Alta Verapaz and Huehuetenango.”Col. Tellez explained that the rescue work in Alta Verapaz is particularly difficult. “It is an area prone to landslides and rescue work is difficult for rescues and canine teams because they sink up to their waists in the terrain.”According to November 11 CONRED data, the hurricane affected more than 639,000 people in Guatemala and 46 died.