Colombia Stands in Solidarity with Haiti

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgDiálogo: What is your message to the citizens of Haiti? Adm. Santamaría: It is incumbent upon us and upon all partner nations to reach out. We are here to contribute what we can in order to support you and to somehow emerge [from this disaster] and continue this journey of life. — U.S. SOUTHCOM PAO Update on the U.S. Military Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti: – As of Oct. 12, Joint Task Force-Matthew helicopters have delivered more than 255,000 pounds of relief commodities (aid and supplies) to areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew. – More than 400 task force personnel and 12 helicopters are on the ground in Haiti. – The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is scheduled to arrive in Haitian waters today. Iwo Jima brings more than 500 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aircraft — including four MV22 Ospreys — and 225 pallets of supplies to support the relief effort. Mesa Verde will transfer aircraft, equipment and associated personnel assigned for relief efforts to Iwo Jima. By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 12, 2016  The vessel ‘ARC 7 de Agosto’ arrived in Haiti on October 11th, after traveling 660 nautical miles for 50 hours from Cartagena, Colombia. Designed to carry out such operations as patrols, maritime traffic control, search and rescue missions, peacekeeping operations, and environmental control, the ship has a helicopter, rescue team, and humanitarian aid aboard. Admiral Leonardo Santamaría Gaitán, commander of the Colombian Navy, spoke with Diálogo on October 11th about the solidarity that Colombia is showing for Haiti. Adm. Santamaría mentioned that the vessel dropped anchor in Port-au-Prince with 56 crewmembers, eight doctors, 21 members of the Colombian Navy’s Ground Search and Rescue Unit, and six members of the helicopter crew.Diálogo: What kind of aid did the Colombian Navy’s ‘ARC 7 de Agosto’ vessel take with it to Haiti? Admiral Leonardo Santamaría Gaitán, commander of the Colombian Navy: What we are providing is basically a first wave of support. The ship arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, just this morning. There are 22 tons of aid aboard, comprising food and toiletries. Practically, this is what our sister country of Haiti needs most right now. Parallel to this are the vessel’s capabilities, as well as those of a humanitarian assistance search squad. We also have a helicopter aboard, with the capacity for search and rescue missions and all the equipment necessary to do so. In addition, we also have an interceptor motorboat to help provide the assistance required right now.The vessel is also capable of carrying 40,000 gallons of water, while the onboard desalination plant is able to produce 1.5 tons of water a day. This is being coordinated with the Haitian authorities. At this moment, we are beginning to unload part of the humanitarian aid, while our available personnel are providing medical care. Diálogo: Why is it important for Colombia to stand in solidarity with Haiti? Adm. Santamaría: This is essentially a situation which no country in the Caribbean basin is exempt from. At some point, our island departments of San Andrés and Providencia were also under Hurricane Matthew’s threat.This is the part, I believe, that is natural: it is normal for sister countries to support each other in the face of emergencies and situations that impact our populations. It is almost an obligation our countries have to assist and accompany each other during these calamities. Diálogo: How does being able to support the Haitian population make you feel? Adm. Santamaría: As commander of the Colombian Navy and as a person, I think it’s very satisfying to be able to see the commitment of our sailors, the tremendously fast readiness of the ship, the ability to fine tune all of the vessel’s systems and capabilities –from the aerial component to that of the reaction boats and humanitarian assistance squad– in record time. It’s very satisfying to be able to show our Navy’s capabilities, that we are able to deploy in a very fast, timely manner as part of a multinational force, in a way that employs direct bi-national coordination with a sister country that needs help. Diálogo: What message would you like to send to the countries of the region and the world so that they might also support the Haitian people in this time of need? Adm. Santamaría: This is a greeting that is linked to cooperation, to becoming a part of this event of coordinated support, verifying which needs are the most urgent. This way, we can organize them in a very efficient manner in order to be able to best meet the needs of this sister country as it suffers through this disaster.Diálogo: How has the role of the Colombian Armed Forces evolved its national and international reaction to natural disasters and providing humanitarian assistance? Adm. Santamaría: This is a role that has always existed and, in one way or another, has been activated to a great extent over the last few years. The international role of humanitarian assistance and of participation in multinational operation in the fight against transnational crime and in humanitarian aid has improved greatly. We have received support from the U.S. government in training our personnel. We have participated in Operation Atalanta, which sought to counter international crime in the form of pirating off the Horn of Africa. We have received support from partner nations such as Spain, which allows us to show that we are, in a way, a much more mature Navy. We can perfectly align ourselves with and adapt to these multinational forces, which, of course, allows our Navy to be much more efficient while supporting these kinds of humanitarian assistance missions.Diálogo: What would you consider the most important challenge the Colombian Navy has regarding the humanitarian aid it offers other countries? Adm. Santamaría: The challenge we have experienced while working on this issue has been the importance of being able to collaborate, being able to participate with the means and resources that are available. [We have had to think about] how we can combine each country’s capabilities, so that they can be united while facing these needs. [We have pondered] how to overcome these, as I call them, “poverties” – that is, the different possibilities, capabilities, or resources of each country – in an organized, efficient manner and as a multinational task force in order to be much more efficient and to be able to be in an optimal position to provide the attention, assistance, or support that other countries might need. We are committed to this. The Colombian Army is working to continue to train its personnel and continue to be associated with these types of operations that show, in one way or another, the evolution our country has had in this type of participation.Diálogo: What lessons has Colombia learned in terms of managing natural disasters and in its humanitarian aid efforts? Adm. Santamaría: One of the most important points is the need to be organized and to have adequate planning, because you can’t necessarily provide support if you don’t really know what is needed. Extremely clear coordination is required in order to see what the person or country that requires the aid truly needs, what actual support would somehow allow those needs to be met with actual capacities, and to avoid suddenly ending up being a distortion of the support that was intended.last_img read more


Expert Harps on Accelerated Adoption of Digital Tools by Businesses

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgBayo Adekanmbi Adekanmbi said the challenge that new digital tools often face, was how to drive adoption. How to break deeply-held routines, or accepted practice.Many disruptive digital tools seek to change long-held social norms. For example, employers for years have insisted on the need for physical meetings in an office, in order to conduct business,’ he added.He, however, noted that while the video conference industry grew with the growth of digital technology, he was not sure it anticipated the kind of acceleration that took place when the pandemic struck the world.“In a few short months, employees everywhere are completely used to the concept of engaging with their colleagues remotely. Just look at the share price of Zoom, and the investments that its competitors are making in their own propositions.“It’s already clear that a significant percentage of offices will continue some level of remote working, even if restrictions are lifted.“This is true in other segments too. Visual or digital entertainment businesses have grown significantly and more and more people are going to understand the type of immersive experiences that technologies like 7D offer.“In Denmark, the football club Aarhus have introduced a ‘virtual stadium’ for spectators to attend via Zoom and showed the world how football can work without fans.“Sport being delivered through an enhanced experiential immersion experience would have been considered decades away just three months ago,” Adekanmbi said.According to him “Digital Financial Services are also expanding rapidly as they underpin all of these digital services, and many of the existing adoption challenges have been removed as people sign up to mobile financial services, or utilise agent networks in close proximity to them, out of necessity.“The tele-health industry has had to step into the gap left by restrictions on access to hospitals. How many of us will now be more comfortable than we expected engaging with our doctors remotely going forwards? How many of us will be comfortable with the idea of engaging with robots as a first point of contact at hospitals, as they have introduced in Rwanda?”Given the accelerated adoption of digital tolls, Adekanmbi said a network of Nigerian agriculture companies, invested significantly over the last few years in automating the supply chain, and ensuring they can track inputs in real time. That capability makes it much easier to manage the type of disruption that Covid-19 and movement restrictions bring.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Emma OkonjiThe Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, Mr. Bayo Adekanmbi, has said the accelerated adoption of digital tools will create long-term impact on businesses and increase their chances of survival and growth, despite the harsh global economy created by Covid-19.According to him, “We have seen an acceleration in the transition to the use of digital tools that we expected to take a decade, happen almost overnight, and it is unlikely that some of these changes will be reversed.“The new normal is here and businesses have to re-organise their core business models through backward and forward integration to maintain their relevance.”last_img read more


Irish tee off in British Masters

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgIn his second tournament as a professional, Paul Dunne will be looking to follow-up on his impressive performance at the Dunhill Championship last week as he’s among the early starters today at Woburn.Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Darren Clare are also in this week’s field.Graeme McDowell is another early starter this morning – after a disappointing 2015, the Ulsterman says he’s already firmly focused on next year.last_img


Valencia fall to first defeat at 10-man Getafe

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya Pena reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Valencia CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain on December 3, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, Dec 3 – Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday.The visitors’ disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara’s deflected effort 24 minutes from time.“Congratulations to them, they won, I don’t think it was a fair result but that is football,” Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don’t think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today.”Barca’s failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons.Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third.Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand.However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita.The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat.Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara’s powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed.Once again Valencia’s biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post.And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler’s piledriver.On a fine Sunday for La Liga’s other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1.Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark.However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year’s World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday’s draw, swung the game Leganes’ way.Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front.And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring.Las Palmas’ first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide.Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more