NATO Committed to Working with Partners Around the World Who Share Values and Interests

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati / Diálogo January 28, 2020 In May 2017, Colombia became the first Latin American nation to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 countries based on the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949. Colombia, however, is a NATO global partner, not a member. To find out more about this agreement and the possibility for other Latin American countries to follow suit, Diálogo spoke with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.Diálogo: Can you please make a distinction between a NATO partner and a member?NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller: Founded in 1949 with 12 members, NATO now counts 29 member nations in Europe and North America. The Alliance exists to protect the people and territory of its members, founded on the principle of collective defense: meaning that if one NATO ally is attacked, all NATO allies are attacked. For example, when terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, all NATO allies stood with the United States. NATO members benefit from and sign up to all of the rights and responsibilities flowing from our founding Washington Treaty.Over the years, NATO has developed a network of over 40 partners on five continents, in order to strengthen security beyond allied borders. Partners contribute to NATO in many ways for our mutual benefit. This includes deploying forces in support of our missions and operations, sharing education and training, working on research and development, and exchanging expertise. Partners do not share the same rights and responsibilities as NATO members, notably the commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.NATO is committed to working with partners around the world who share our values and interests. We fully respect that our partners are free to choose the relationships they want, and only ever offer support at their request. The 29-nation NATO alliance reached a partnership agreement with Colombia back in May 2017.Diálogo: Did the peace agreement signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia play a major role in this decision?Gottemoeller: The achievements of Colombia in its peace process are a lesson to the world. The process has helped to transform the country. NATO’s cooperation with Colombia has been developing steadily since 2013, and we proudly welcomed Colombia as our first partner in Latin America in 2017.Diálogo: Why is it important to have Colombia — and maybe other nations from Latin America — as NATO’s global partner?Gottemoeller: Since our cooperation began in 2013, Colombia’s Ministry of Defense has participated in NATO’s Building Integrity initiative, which helps build transparency and accountability in defense institutions. Colombians have also participated in courses at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, and the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. In 2015, Colombia contributed a vessel to NATO’s operation Ocean Shield to counter piracy off the Horn of Africa — a great example of the alliance and Colombia working side-by-side to address an international security challenge. Earlier this year [2019], Colombia’s International Demining Center joined a NATO network, allowing for more mutually beneficial exchanges of expertise.In the future, we will look into joint work on cyberdefense, maritime security, terrorism and its links to organized crime, promoting the role of women in peace and security, and good governance in defense and security institutions. NATO could provide expert advice to help Colombian forces develop the ability to work more closely with allies. Colombia also has a lot of experience to offer NATO, including in countering improvised explosive devices, counternarcotics, and counterinsurgency. NATO works with all of our partners to advance international peace and security, for the mutual benefit of all.Diálogo: What needs to be done for a country to be officially designated as a NATO global partner?Gottemoeller: NATO cooperates with a number of countries that are not part of regional partnership frameworks. We call these countries “global partners,”, and they currently include Afghanistan, Australia, Colombia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, and Pakistan.In order to become a global partner, a nation must request such a designation from NATO. If all NATO allies agree to pursue the partnership, NATO experts sit down with officials from the nation concerned to discuss areas of potential cooperation. This process eventually leads to the development of an Individual Partnership Cooperation Programme, setting out areas where the partner wishes to work with NATO in a spirit of mutual benefit and reciprocity.Diálogo: If a country becomes a partner, does it mean it would have to take part in collective military action?Gottemoeller: NATO allies join the Washington Treaty, which has at its heart a commitment to collective defense. Our strength is our unity, and NATO has shown time and time again that we stand and act together in defense of our shared security — from the Balkans to Afghanistan and Iraq. That said, allies retain sovereignty over their armed forces, and decide how and when to contribute forces and capabilities to NATO.NATO partners are not party to the Washington Treaty, and it is always up to each partner to decide how they wish to cooperate with NATO. The alliance does not compel partners to take part in collective military action, or to do anything that runs counter to their interests. Our partners choose the areas where they want to cooperate with NATO, for the benefit of us all.Diálogo: With the current global environment, do you foresee a new arms race with Russia and even a new Cold War?Gottemoeller: NATO does not want to isolate Russia. We do not want a new arms race or a new Cold War. Russia is our neighbor. However, for our relationship to improve, Moscow has to respect its international obligations. Russia has used force against its neighbors, and engages in hybrid action such as cyberattacks and interference in democratic processes. Russia is also in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.Dialogue with Russia is difficult, but that is exactly why it is so important. NATO has a dual-track approach to Russia: strong defense, and dialogue — and we are making progress on both.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chaired a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in January, the ninth since 2016. He regularly meets with [Russian] Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov for political dialogue, and I regularly meet with Russian counterparts. NATO and Russia maintain open military-to-military lines of communication at a high level, in order to promote predictability and transparency in our military activities.last_img read more

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Multi-vehicle crash in Endicott

first_imgIt happened at the intersection of West Main Street and South Page Ave around 8 a.m. Tuesday. According to witnesses at the scene, one of the cars slammed into a telephone pole head-on. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Multiple emergency crews are on the scene of a three-car crash in Endicott. No word yet on what caused the crash to begin with or if there are any injuries. Stay with us for updates as this story develops.last_img

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All Pennsylvania school districts to close temporarily over COVID19 concerns

first_img(WBNG) — Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne counties will close schools due to concerns over the coronavirus. (WBNG) — Pennsylvanian Governor Tom Wolf announced that schools in the state will close for a two week period in the state. Abington HeightsBlue RidgeCarbondale AreaDunmoreElk LakeForest City RegionalLackwanna TrailLakelandMid ValleyMontrose AreaMountain ViewNorth PoconoOld ForgeRiversideScrantonSusquehanna CommunityValley ViewWallenpaupack AreaWayne HighlandsWestern Wayne —— The following is a list of the 20 affected districts: The suspension begins March 16. 3:07 P.M. UPDATE: For more coverage on the coronavirus, click here. The 20 school districts will be closed for one week beginning March 16.last_img

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Outbreak to hit iPhone output if China extends Foxconn factory halt

first_imgFoxconn could see a “big” production impact and shipments to customers including Apple face disruption if a Chinese factory halt due to the coronavirus outbreak extends into a second week, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes smartphones for Apple and other brands, has halted “almost all” of its production in China after companies were told to shut until at least Feb. 10, the source said, adding that an extension of the stoppage could disrupt shipments to clients including Apple.Taipei-based Foxconn, which is the world’s largest contract electronics maker, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Apple declined to comment. The source told Reuters on Monday that Foxconn has so far seen a “fairly small impact” from the outbreak as it was utilizing factories in countries including Vietnam, India and Mexico to fill the gap, adding that the company will be able to make up for the delay if factories work overtime after the ban.In Eastern China’s Suzhou, one of its largest manufacturing hubs, companies have been told to stay shut until at least Feb. 8 and in Shanghai until Feb. 9. Factories in the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan in export-oriented Guangdong province have also been told not to open before Feb. 10.The outbreak of coronavirus, which the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, threatens to disrupt swathes of Chinese manufacturing.The source said a halt beyond Feb. 10 could disrupt Foxconn’s shipments, highlighting concerns about production hubs in the southern province of Guangdong and the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province where key iPhone plants are located. “What we are worried about is delays for another week or even another month. The impact would be big,” the source said. “It definitely will have an impact on the Apple production line.”“The tricky question is whether we will be able to resume production (on Feb. 10)…It’s up to the instructions given by central and provincial governments.”Foxconn has asked employees and clients in China’s Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, not to return to factories and told workers to report their health condition to managers on a daily basis, an internal memo reviewed by Reuters shows.The company also said employees who follow the rules will be paid as usual and those we fail to do so will be “severely” punished, although it did not elaborate.A hotline was set up to encourage employees to report those who had broken the rules, with a monetary award of 200 yuan (US$29), the note dated Feb. 1 said.Morningstar analyst Don Yew sees “limited” impact on Foxconn’s supply chain, saying its four subsidiaries in Hubei only accounted for 1.8 percent of the firm’s overall revenue in 2018 and vendors such as Apple maintain a diversified supply chain.However, a spread of the coronavirus to major smartphone manufacturing hubs such as Guangdong may lead them to revise financial estimates for companies including Foxconn, Yew said.Topics :last_img read more

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Cineworld brings down curtain on US, UK theaters; 45,000 jobs hit

first_img“From a liquidity point of view, we were bleeding much bigger amounts when we are open than when we were closed,” Greidinger said.Cineworld’s statement on Monday, confirming leaks over the weekend, spelt out the scale of job losses from its move, which affects thousands of ancillary staff including cleaners and security as well as its own employees.Shares fell as much as 60 percent to an all-time low within ten minutes of the opening bell on Monday as the group, which is carrying heavy debt due in part to its acquisition of Regal in 2018, said it was looking at all ways of raising additional funds.By 0915 GMT, they were 30 percent lower, taking their loss this year to more than 90 percent. Cineworld’s statement follows a grim evaluation by ratings agency S&P on Friday of rival AMC Entertainment, owner of the Odeon chain, which said the US-based group may run out of liquidity in six months unless it can raise more capital.The entertainment industry has been among the heaviest hit by social distancing and other restrictions, with Walt Disney last week announcing plans to lay off roughly 28,000 employees, mostly at its US theme parks.Cineworld began reopening in July after virus-related restrictions started to ease, but the further postponement of the James Bond film “No Time To Die” and others including Marvel’s “Black Widow” have left the months ahead looking bleak.”Without these new releases, Cineworld cannot provide customers in both the US and the UK… with the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theatres,” it said.While some cinemas in China, the world’s second largest movie market, have reopened with strong audiences, there is a lack of major movies to watch on the big screen.Studios have chosen to release some of this year’s major planned blockbusters on Netflix or the Disney Plus streaming platform, and have canceled others until 2021.The boss of rival chain Vue cinemas Tim Richards told BBC Radio: “Our problem right now is we have no movies, and this was a big blow for us.””We are likely going to make it through. I’m concerned about the independents and the small regional operators right now that are going to really struggle, and when they close, they may not reopen.”Britain has slid into a fresh round of lockdowns and tightened social restrictions in the past month.”Although the delay of the latest 007 blockbuster prompted the decision, Bond isn’t the villain in this piece,” Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Susannah Streeter said.”The spread of COVID-19 around the world has been a horror movie for the industry and the fresh wave of infections is the latest installment in what’s been a devastating story for cinema chains.” Cineworld, the world’s second-biggest cinema chain, will close its UK and US movie theaters this week, leaving as many as 45,000 workers unemployed, as it fights a coronavirus-related collapse in film releases and cinema-going.The company said the reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases such as the new James Bond film had left it no choice but to close all 536 Regal theaters in the US and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the UK from Oct. 8.Cineworld Chief Executive Mooky Greidinger told Sky News that the operations might resume in “two months, or a bit longer”. Movies including the superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” are slated for a Christmas Day release.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Carina family fortress hits the market for first time

first_imgThe house at 22 Bernecker St, Carina, is for sale.THIS Carina house was built with luxury family living in mind.Adrian Rete moved into the 22 Bernecker St house 18 months ago, after he and his wife had spent time designing the contemporary residence themselves. The kitchen has Statuario Venato benchtops.“My wife and I developed a design and spent countless hours on the plans before giving that to the builder,” Mr Rete said.“During the construction we worked very closely with the builder to ensure attention to detail was achieved for our family home.”The two-level house has a contemporary, angular exterior and a monochromatic colour scheme. The bathroom is to die for.When asked if they would build again, Mr Rete said plans were currently up in the air, but the idea of constructing another home fit for their family appealed to them.“It was very challenging, but it was very exciting at the same time,” Mr Rete said. Bi-fold doors create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.Upon stepping inside, polished timber floorboards flow through the common areas of both levels, and the kitchen has Statuario Venato benchtops paired with matte black tapware. There is matte black tapware.Mr Rete said they had also enjoyed living in the area, often going for bicycle rides at the nearby Minnippi Parkland.center_img The main living area is open concept.He said in the back yard was a place his three children loved to play, although not as much since turf had been laid.“I remember for them it was more exciting before we put the turf down.“They got out there and played in the dirt.” The master bedroom at 22 Bernecker St, Carina.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020This area, which is part of an open concept living space, is what Mr Rete believes is a family favourite.“It’s the most used and it’s got the living out to the back alfresco and the garden,” he said.“This is where we mostly live.” The backyard is low maintenance yet functional.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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‘Child abuser’ lands in jail

first_imgAcita was caught on the strength of an arrest around 12 p.m. on June 15, it added. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in Cadiz City dated June 20, 2016.The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Cadiz City police station. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a man in Barangay Zone 6, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.Resident Emmanuel Acita Sr., 30, faces a charge for violation of Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, a police report showed.center_img A P200,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

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Abelson’s third straight BMS North Central Region title complemented by tour, special events success

first_imgAlong with a third straight BMS North Central Region crown, Chris Abelson (left) topped the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds this season. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Chris Abelson wanted to concentrate on winning his first Hawkeye Dirt Tour crown and hitting more special events this season.He accomplished both goals, while racing to a third straight BMS North Central Region title.“Following the Hawkeye Dirt Tour was my goal for the year. That and racing at more specials were the extent of my plans,” said Abelson, from Sioux City, Iowa, and the defending Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified national king. “To get better, you need to race against better competition and I knew a lot of those drivers would be in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour and at the bigger shows.”“I wanted to become a better driver and see how I measured up,” he continued. “When you can race with drivers like that and be a top four car, you’ve got to consider that a success.”Largely a one-man team this season, Abelson ended with 31 wins in 70 starts – at 19 different tracks in three states – and paced the points at Buena Vista Raceway.His 10 Hawkeye Dirt Tour starts included a win and six more top five finishes.“Living on the other side of the state, I remember looking at the schedule and thinking to myself that there were races at a lot of tracks I’d never even seen, like Benton County, West Liberty, Dubuque and Tipton,” Abelson said.The winner at West Liberty, Abelson led the point race from July 21, after running second in the Knoxville show.“I battled with Joel Rust in the beginning of the series and Kelly Shryock was right there at the end,” he said. “There were a lot of good guys I had to beat to win the tour.”There were also a lot of good drivers he beat to win the region.“I missed some nights at my weekly tracks and it’s hard to even make the national top 10 without a track championship,” Abelson noted. “What saved me in the region was Buena Vista Raceway. I won enough races and with the bonus points from Alta I was able to win the region.”Abelson now has 139 career wins in his eight IMCA Modified seasons. Ninety-two of those checkers have flown in the last three years.“I got started racing later than most drivers but I’ve gotten more patient and learned to wait for things to come instead of pushing the issue. I’m as on top of my game now as I’m going to be,” he said. “More guys will get faster next year. I’m excited for a lot of them and look forward to racing with them.”Starts: 70Wins: 31Additional Top Fives: 21HIS SPONSORS: Afco Racing Products of Boonville, Ind.; Razor Chassis of Platte Center, Neb.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; Speedway Motors of Lincoln, Neb.; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn; Shayne Hin­keldey and family of Ida Grove; Beck’s Hybrids of Colfax; and I-State Truck Center of Sioux City.last_img read more

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City Council once again denies funding request to GHA

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Monday evening, Milissa Ashley, Executive Director of the Greensburg Housing Authority, along with Board Members made a second request for additional funding by the city to pay the debt to the Department of Housing and Urban Development embezzled over 15 years ago. Ashley informed the Council, since the last council meeting, she as well as Susan Beard have been able to raise $14,330.00 in letters of intent, checks, and cash from various sources including the County and private donors.Council President Jamie Cain stated that in conversations with both Donna Taylor of Human Services Inc. and Jennifer Charles from HUD that he learned that there are many local housing authorities being closed and no assurance can be given that Greensburg will remain open even if the debt is repaid. Cain continued by saying that he was informed that if the local housing authority closed, it can voluntarily reallocate their vouchers to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and then reallocate the vouchers to Human Services Inc. in Decatur County. Human Services Inc. would then be responsible for the city in addition to its current mission in other areas of the county. Ashley stated that this information was totally false. In a letter from Bruce Nzerem, Director of HUD in Indianapolis, he states that “ the program is not transferring nor has there been any decision to voluntarily transfer the program at this time as  HUD is looking at being able to stay in the community and enter into a repayment plan.”The newest Councilmen, Rick Emsweller, made a motion to pay, not to exceed $12,949.00, over 3 years. The motion failed due to the lack of a second. Mr. Cain made a motion not to provide funding with Kevin Fleetwood seconding the motion. The motion passed 4-1.last_img read more

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Kompany back in training

first_img City published a picture of Kompany back in training online at cityblog.mcfc.co.uk on Thursday. Kompany’s return raises the possibility that he could feature against Swansea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, although Pellegrini might prefer to hold him back to face Bayern Munich next Tuesday. City’s home clash with the German giants is a vital one, with the Premier League winners needing a positive result to maintain interest in the Champions League. In four games in the competition so far, City have claimed just two points and they have little room for error heading into their penultimate Group E fixture. City are also hoping playmaker David Silva can recover from a knee injury in time for the Bayern match. The Spaniard has been sidelined since suffering the setback in last month’s Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle but returned to light training last weekend. Striker Edin Dzeko and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are both expected to be out until next month with calf injuries. The influential defender took a knock in City’s Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on November 5 and then missed the 2-2 draw at QPR in the Barclays Premier League three days later. Manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed hope the problem was not serious but Kompany did also pull out of Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales last week. Press Associationcenter_img Captain Vincent Kompany has boosted Manchester City by returning to training following a calf injury, the club have revealed.last_img read more

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