first_imgBy Carolina Contreras/Diálogo March 31, 2017 “There will no longer be areas that are off limits to women,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said, upon announcing Public Law 21001, which establishes the Chilean Army Service Career Ladder. The law allows men and women to serve together with the same professional opportunities in their military careers and to rise up the ranks to the highest levels of the military. In this way, Chile opened the possibility that, “a female combat officer might rise to the rank of general and even become commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army,” the president announced during the ceremony commemorating International Women’s Day, organized by the Ministry of Defense in Santiago’s Plaza de la Ciudadanía on March 9th. The event was attended by Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez; the commanders-in-chief of Chile’s three services; Aviation General Arturo Merino Núñez, chief of the Joint Staff; and Minister for Women, Equality, and Gender Claudia Pascual. In 2016, the Army’s Infantry and Armored Cavalry divisions included women in weapons handling and heavy vehicles, such as tanks. So with this new regulation, which eliminates the Female Service Career Ladder, the Army has taken the final step to integrate all of its active duty servicewomen, a process that began in 1995. “We have been able to broaden the scope of women’s military careers and completely entrench the process of female inclusion,” noted Javiera Ascencio, legal counsel and gender advisor for the Ministry of Defense. As a result, there will no longer be any kinds of restrictions keeping women from performing in any service and any areas of career development, just the same as their male counterparts. They will now be able to rise up to the rank of brigadier general, not just colonel. “Being a soldier is challenging; being a woman soldier, even more so. And the Army has made positive strides for us in that regard,” Lieutenant Colonel Paola Pérez acknowledged. She is section chief of Budget Assessment and Analysis in the Office of the Director of Army Accounting, and comprises that 15 percent of women serving in that service. With a 23-year military career, she has witnessed the steps that her institution has taken on the gender issue. Lt. Col. Pérez was among the first group of women to enter the Military School in 1995, along with 21 other women and 600 men. “The institution has undergone a re-education process. It has learned from our experiences and capabilities,” she added. Since graduating in 1996, she has gone on to a fulfilling military career, first as an officer in the Quartermaster Corps and later as an instructor at the Military School – the same academy where she trained. In 2003, she traveled to Ecuador as a guest instructor to train the fourth generation of women entering that country’s Army. Returning to Chile in 2005, she assumed administrative duties as the director of Accounting for Beginners Courses. And in 2007, when the Polytechnic Institute opened its classrooms to women, she studied Systems Engineering. She recently was promoted to lieutenant colonel and is now in charge of overseeing and managing the Army’s annual budget. “In military life, you go all in. Men and women carry out the same duties, and we even have the same remuneration,” Lt. Col. Pérez said. Women in the Chilean Air Force The Chilean Air Force (FACh, per its Spanish acronym) is the second service branch in the country to solidify a process for integrating women into its ranks. In April, women will be welcomed into the barracks of FACh for the first time, and in 2018, they will be able to enter that service’s officer corps. “It has been a huge challenge incorporating women into our institution. We had to evaluate many cases to avoid mistakes,” said General of the Air Force Jorge Robles, commander-in-chief of FACh, at a press briefing. FACh opened its career ladder to women in 2000, with the entry of the first 40 women into the Air Force Academy. Three years later, it had commissioned its first female line officers. Today women represent 17 percent of the total personnel in this service branch, a number that has held steady over time. “We have excellent female instructors, doctors of engineering, women who have participated in peacekeeping missions, and who have lived outside the country as part of their military work. There are also female pilots flying the president or deployed to Antarctica,” Gen. Robles noted. Flight Captain Daniela Godoy, chief of Staff and commandant of the Education Squadron at the FACh Technical and Helicopter Training Center, is among the group of women Gen. Robles is referring to. “We are fully integrated within this institution,” Capt. Godoy acknowledged. “Clearly, there are fewer women but the idea is that little by little the female contingent should keep increasing.” She graduated from the academy as an officer in 2006, and in 2007 studied aeronautical engineering. In 2010, she began training as a military pilot. Over the next two years she completed flight training with instrument qualification and graduated as a helicopter and combat pilot. She is now in charge of FACh training for helicopter mechanics and crew members, as well as periodically certifying the work done in all of the units across the nation. As a FACh helicopter pilot, she also has assisted the population during natural disasters. The last experience to leave an impression on her was a deployment of more than 15 days to Chile’s northern zone, following the 2015 floods. There, she carried out rescue operations in isolated areas and in the mountains, transporting babies in incubators and sick and injured people from the regional hospital to other cities around the country. “Seeing the excitement and joy in peoples’ faces when they were being rescued from far-flung places was the best reward for the effort,” she said. The Navy is not far behind The inclusion of women in the Navy is now underway. The Naval School opened its doors to women in 2007, and the first 27 officers graduated in 2010. The NCO Academy opened its doors to a female contingent in 2009. Two years later, the emblematic training ship Esmeralda welcomed for the first time the first co-ed crew aboard on a training cruise around the world that included officer instructors from the academy. This year, the Navy will work on a plan to incorporate more women into military service by 2018 and in its officer corps by 2019. Gender work The proportion of women in the Chilean Armed Forces has reached 14.4 percent. Even though female inclusion dates far back, it has been only in the last decade that it has seen its most substantive advances – such as women being able to move up a career ladder that had traditionally been occupied by men – thanks to the combined work of the three service branches, government officials, and civilian experts on the issue. The first action plan to deal with the issue of female participation in the military was put into action in 2005, during President Michelle Bachelet’s first administration. Called the Policy on Integration and Participation in the Armed Forces and Public Safety and Security, it was coordinated by the Ministry of Defense. It is worth noting that President Bachelet was also the first and only female Minister of Defense (2002-2004) in the history of Chile. “That’s seen by many as a milestone that positively drove the issue of integration,” Ascencio said. “[President Bachelet] opened up greater opportunities for including women in command positions within the Army, and in other roles as well,” Lt. Col. Pérez added. The issue of cost was the main hurdle that had to be overcome in the process of integrating women into the Armed Forces, due to the need for appropriate infrastructure, or facilities reconfigured for women. Women’s integration also involved new management models. But the biggest hurdle is the cultural aspect, both within the military and in society. That is why “a different cultural model has to be internalized,” said Aldo Meneses, Ph.D., a sociologist who serves as assistant director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile. “Women think and do things differently than men. Appreciating that difference helps enrich our perspectives and our outlooks so that we are even able to take up issues like state security,” he added. Accordingly, the gender agenda at the Ministry of Defense created an Inclusion and Non-Discrimination Desk which, among its other activities, has held seminars, talks, and training with all of the actors involved in issues of gender, equality, and inclusion. On a parallel track, President Bachelet’s first administration also included women in international issues, based on the 2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security which called on nations to increase female representation in peacekeeping operations. “Women are able to establish closeness with the community, with their environment, something that is not so easy for men. This helps us intervene better in areas that have been torn apart, such as in our international [peacekeeping] missions,” Gen. Robles said. To date, 230 servicewomen have participated in Chile’s peacekeeping missions around the world. Haiti is the country with the largest female contingent. Meanwhile, through the second National Action Plan launched by the Ministry of Defense in 2015, the number of women in the military and in peacekeeping missions will increase.last_img read more

first_img Comment Advertisement Romelu Lukaku set to miss Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Wolves Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 2:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link64Shares Lukaku missed two key chances in Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOle Gunnar Solskjaer is without several first-team players for the trip to Wolves as Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones are all sidelined.Mason Greenwood, who was given his senior debut against PSG last week, is also a doubt after suffering from an illness this week.Solskjaer is also without Ashley Young against Wolves as he misses the game due to suspension.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Romelu Lukaku is sidelined with a foot injury (Getty Images)Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves due to an ankle injury.The Belgian striker suffered the injury during a tackle from Marquinhos in United’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain last week.Lukaku was able to play in United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last Sunday but aggravated the injury and is now expected to miss the clash with Wolves on Saturday.According to The Times, United are concerned that Lukaku will be sidelined for a few weeks.ADVERTISEMENTLukaku will also miss the upcoming international break with Belgium in order to recover from the injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 25-year-old has been in excellent form for United in recent weeks with six goals in his last four appearances.last_img read more

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ben Williams couldn’t see the scoreboard from the sideline for the entire game, but he used the celebration context clues to figure out when Syracuse finally, fully erased its five-goal deficit to tie the game with about a minute to go.  Then, after winning the only faceoff in overtime on a violation, he spilled onto the field with the rest of his teammates after redshirt senior midfielder Sergio Salcido’s game-winner. Williams had given SU the only offensive possession in OT before, on March 18 at Johns Hopkins which set up a Salcido game-winning assist. On Saturday, Syracuse’s senior faceoff specialist won nine of the game’s final 13 chances at the X and provided the top-ranked Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) the possession time it needed to beat No. 17 North Carolina (6-6, 1-2), 12-11, in overtime at Fetzer Field. “He’s been the reason we’ve come up with these wins,” sophomore defender Tyson Bomberry said.Williams has now won 51 of his last 78 faceoffs, a 65 percent mark, turning his season once bogged down by a nagging injury into his most productive stretch since last year. Williams’ return to the Tewaaraton Award nominee of years past has helped lift Syracuse to its No. 1 ranking and ride its eight-game winning streak. “I feel great,” Williams said. “The warm weather gave me a tan, healed me up a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina faceoff specialist Stephen Kelly won six of seven during one stretch in the middle of the game, setting up the first of UNC’s two, four-goal runs. At the start of the second quarter, Williams and Kelly battled for 21 seconds. Three times, the pair gritted out for 10 seconds or more. The pair traded wins at the X equally into the third quarter.Williams knew Kelly would try to use his body, the quickness and athleticism, to get a jump on him. But Williams hoped to win on strength, so he slammed the ball into the ground with his stick-head backing on every faceoff to slow the pace. He countered speed with power.“(Kelly) wasn’t going to be able to keep up with us all game if we did that,” Williams said. “Then again, our wings started making some huge plays and started beating them up a little bit, so it was good.”When Williams couldn’t pick up the ball himself, he pushed it out into space for the wings. Luke Schwasnick picked up two goal ground balls, Austin Fusco nabbed three and Cal Paduda added one. Williams scooped up seven on the ground and led the Orange, which had 35 grounders to UNC’s 23. After winning a season-best 76 percent of faceoffs against Cornell on Tuesday, Williams appeared to have fully recovered from the injury that sidelined him from SU’s only loss of the year on Feb. 25 against Army.“There’s not anything lingering in his injury,” SU head coach John Desko said. “It’s been more of a form issue. … He had good form today and won some big ones for us.”In the five games before SU’s win over Hobart on April 5, Williams had won more than half of his chances only once. Against Duke on March 25, he went a career-low 4-of-18 and was replaced by freshman Danny Varello in the fourth quarter. Since, Williams has posted a 17-of-28 outing against the Statesmen, a season-high 19-of-25 against Cornell. Saturday, he took 15-of-25 chances from the Tar Heels. With about 11 minutes to go and SU still down four, Williams dueled Kelly for several seconds. In a scramble several yards away from the X, Williams laid out to spray the ball to the nearby wing. Almost two minutes later, senior attack Nick Mariano finished the long possession with his second goal to cut North Carolina’s lead to three. It sparked a run of five unanswered goals. As his team pushed its run further, Williams said he felt no extra pressure to keep winning faceoffs, to keep his team’s chances alive. Partly because he couldn’t see the scoreboard, he said, but also because he never gets fazed by the situation outside the X. “You’re just trying to go out and win every one,” Williams said. “You’ve got to keep at it, and eventually you’ll come out on top.” Comments Published on April 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Delhi Metro was the choice of Delhiites trying to reach the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was responsible for ferrying more than 70 per cent of the total number of spectators. According to official Metro ridership figures, 45,000 people used the Metro to reach the stadium. On Thursday, the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Jangpura and Jorbagh Metro stations recorded a total ridership of 45,000 people.The stadium’s Metro station recorded the maximum ridership of 22,000 spectators while 18,000 and 5,000 commuters used the Jangpura and Jorbagh stations respectively. Unlike the day of the opening ceremony, the glitches on the Metro lines were minimal on Thursday. An equal number of people used these stations for getting back to their homes after the closing ceremony.The Delhi Metro had made elaborate arrangements to handle this rush with full support from the Central Industrial Security Force and the Delhi Police. Officials said they ran trains at an all-time high frequency of less than two minutes on the Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar (Line-6) section.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Very young Guendouzi offers many thingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with the impact of Matteo Guendouzi.Guendouzi was booked for the fourth time this season in the feisty 3-1 win over Burnley.That was the 19-year-old’s 15th Premier League appearance of a season which began with him excelling even in defeat to Manchester City and has seen him establish himself as the latest youngster to take Arsenal by storm.“I am very happy with Matteo, he’s improving a lot and helping us,” said Emery. “He gives us a lot of moments in the team with combination and quality, with the possibility to play with our style.“He needs to improve more, to continue his progress with us. He’s very young.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd winger Daniel James admits drawing inspiration from Eden Hazardby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United winger Daniel James admits he draws inspiration from Eden Hazard.Hazard established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelsea – his movement in behind, when to go and when to stay – he’s so quick, but the way he stops people and goes, and little one-twos, getting shots off quickly is something he’s done his whole career,” he said.”Getting in the box for tap-ins is something I need to improve on.“When Hazard does a one-two you can’t get anywhere near him.”When I was younger, people said to me you won’t always be able to rely on speed. I used to just kick it past players and run – but nowadays that won’t happen, especially when people bank up on me.” last_img read more

first_imgOn to statement from Media lawyer Daniel Coles. He is here to tell court that media consortium intends to apply to have cameras in the courtroom to broadcast/webcast #MengWanzhou trial.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. She has been free on $10 million bail, wearing an electronic tracking device and monitored by a security company.READ MORE: A timeline of events in the case of Meng WanzhouMeng is accused of misrepresenting Huawei’s ownership of an alleged subsidiary, Skycom, during a meeting with a bank in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran. Howes denies the allegations.He says the bank had knowledge of the nature of Skycom’s business and operations in Iran, and it understood the relationship between Huawei and Skycom.Tensions between China and Canada have escalated since Meng’s arrest. Just days after she was arrested, China imprisoned two Canadians.Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor’s arrests are widely seen as retaliation for the Huawei CFO’s detention.China accused the pair of acting together to steal state secrets just days after Ottawa announce it would proceed with a U.S. extradition request for Meng. However, Trudeau has dismissed the reports, saying it’s unfortunate China is continuing with the “arbitrary detentions.”Meantime, China has also banned shipments of canola and some pork imports in what is widely seen as economic retaliation for the arrest. – With files from the Canadian Press VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Chinese telecom executive accused of fraud and on house arrest in Vancouver says she’s a victim of a politically motivated “abuse of power” and wants her case thrown out.Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was back in court Wednesday, where her lawyers argued she was illegally arrested and detained at YVR Airport on Dec. 1, 2018.“The RCMP intentionally delayed the presentation of the arrest warrant, in order to carry out the unlawful detention and search against Ms. Meng. This was done under the pretense of a routine border check,” Huawei VP of Canadian Media Affairs Benjamin Howes said outside the courthouse following proceedings.He says Meng’s charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran are not a basis for extradition from Canada.“Canada does not impose sanctions on financial services in relation to Iran. Because of this, the allegations she faces is not a crime in Canada. Therefore, the extradition request does not satisfy the double criminality requirement,” he argued. “Political factors at play during the extradition process may lead to a serious violation of justice. Ms. Meng’s legitimate rights may also be harmed. Thus, Ms. Meng intends to apply to this Court for a stay of the extradition proceedings.”The lawyers say they will apply to have prosecutors disclose more information about the case, specifically Meng’s arrest.Wednesday’s court proceedings largely focused on when the disclosure application would be heard in court. A date was set for Sept. 23-Oct. 4 in B.C. Supreme Court. A date for a preliminary hearing for the legality of the extradition was not set, but Meng’s lawyers have requested a delay until at least mid-January 2020.None of these decisions will be made today. Today’s hearing is to schedule future court dates to make decisions re: abuse of process & disclosure. Defence says those 2 things should happen before extradition hearing because could lead to tend of litigation against #MengWanzhou— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019Meng was also granted a change in her bail conditions allowing her to move from the $5-million home she’s been staying at in the Dunbar neighbourhood to another home in Shaughnessy, which is worth twice as much. Her lawyers argued the home in Shaughnessy is larger and better protected — including a gate.On to bail changes: defence says #MengWanzhou needs one of her sureties to sell her home and she will move into her Shaughnessy residence. Defence argues Shaughnessy home is better protected. Property is larger and gated, allowing security company @lionsgateSS to do better job.— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) May 8, 2019last_img read more

first_imgWinning Play$: Black Women, Feminism, & Empowerment will be held Monday, June 26th 2017 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.During the course of this transformative evening, a group of extraordinary women from multiple generations will share stories, history, insights, experience, and ideas that will benefit all who share this event and beyond. Panelists will help the audience move beyond limiting perceptions and conditioning through an examination of how black women have transcended barriers from the feminist movement through modern day.The event will be moderated by Stacey Tisdale, award-winning financial Journalist & author, and Founder of Winning Play$ financial empowerment program. Michelle Miller, CBS News Correspondent, will be the mistress of ceremonies.Panelists for the evening include: Gloria Steinem, Feminist icon, author, and activist; Carol Jenkins, Award-Winning journalist, writer, producer, and activist; Angela Yee, iheartmedia, Power 105.1 FM, and Breakfast Club host; Grace Vandecruze, Founder, and Managing Director, Grace Capital LLC; and Rianka Dorsainvil, President, and Founder of Your Greatest Contribution for Millennials.There will also be a special performance by the iconic alternative rock, and R&B trio BETTY.Content from the event will be shown on theGrio – which means storyteller in Africa – a digital video-centric news community platform providing compelling stories and perspectives. Focused on breaking news, opinion, entertainment, health, sports, business, politics and events that have an interest and/or pronounced impact within the African American community. The platform, recently purchased by entertainment and media titan Byron Allen from NBC, has monthly site page views 11.6M, and monthly mobile page views of 4.7M.For more information, click here.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes is inviting 91st District residents to meet with her during office hours in Norton Shores, Moorland Township and Montague on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and in Blue Lake Township on Wednesday, Aug. 31.“The most important responsibility I have is representing my constituents in Muskegon County,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “That’s why I schedule multiple office hours throughout the 91st District every month, to talk with everyone about our state government and make sure Lansing knows what my fellow Muskegon County residents have to say.”The office hour events are as follows:Tuesday, Aug. 308 – 9 a.m., Toast ‘N Jams, 3462 Henry St., Norton Shores10-11 a.m., Moorland Township Hall, 12416 East Apple Ave., RavennaNoon-1 p.m., Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., MontagueWednesday, Aug. 3110-11 a.m., Blue Lake Township Hall, 1491 Owasippe Road, Twin LakeThe office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by calling Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331. Rep. Hughes can also be contacted by email at [email protected] or mail at N-1195 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 17Aug Rep. Hughes schedules office hour events for Aug. 30-31 in Muskegon Countylast_img read more