Uruguay Hosts COJUMA for the First Time

first_imgBy Diálogo July 14, 2016 For the first time, Uruguay co-hosted the Americas’ premier legal workshop, the Military Legal Committee of the Americas (COJUMA) from May 23rd thru 26th. Founded in 1995, COJUMA is a multilateral organization sponsored by U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. COJUMA’s mandate is to develop practical tools to overcome the most pressing legal issues facing commanders across the Western Hemisphere. Legal issues range from the use of force to responsibilities under United Nations mission mandate to protection of civilians to sexual abuse and exploitation. This year’s COJUMA focused on legal issues during peacekeeping operations. During the four-day workshop, participants from across the hemisphere dissected the legal and policy issues confronting troop contributing countries across the globe. To gain a better understanding of the issues, the participants also attended presentations at Uruguay’s National School of Peacekeeping Operations, or ENOPU, as well as a field demonstration put on by the Ministry of Defense. In an interview with Diálogo, Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, ENOPU director, said the seminar was very useful for ENOPU because of its functions and needs. “The event was successful for a variety of reasons: the coverage of topics, the quality of presentations, and the participating audience, in addition to the legal issues and possible solutions that were identified to resolve them.” Samuel Londoño, Chief of International Law at SOUTHCOM’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, told Diálogo, “COJUMA was a success. Participants recommended that troop contributing countries deploy with their legal advisors to navigate the complexities of today’s peacekeeping operations. The UN representative in attendance said COJUMA’s recommendation of using legal advisors should become a global best practice.” “The expectations of the majority of participants prior to the seminar were to establish contacts, exchange experiences with other countries, and get guidance for action, and all the objectives were met,” added Col. Pereira. The complexity of peacekeeping operations, as well as the number of operations, is expected to grow, thereby, increasing the need for a clear legal and policy framework and effective institutional control mechanisms. “For those of us working on the field in peace keeping missions, the evolution of the measures of performance, particularly in the use of force, as well as the importance of sexual exploitation and abuse topics, the approach and improvement of legal frameworks is an important issue,” said Col. Pereira. History COJUMA was born from the collaboration of eight countries in Central and South America in Panama City, Panama. Today, COJUMA counts on 24 member nations and, to date, it has produced seminal works ranging from military justice to international agreements to creating a blueprint for model military legal corps.last_img read more

A combination of cultural and historical heritage, gastronomy and sports? Well, that’s a great tourist story

first_imgHow to solve one of our main problems in tourism?The answer is simple, to offer quality, diverse, ie different and primarily authentic content. It is on this trail that a new tourist story is born in Istria – the bicycle race “My bicycle, my heritage”It is a combination of cycling tourism, gastronomy, cultural heritage as a new experience and content, ie an initiative ‘My bike, my heritage’ whose goal is for participants to learn about the history of the region and the untouched nature of central Istria through recreational sports.The Sports Association of the County of Istria in cooperation with the sports association Rog Cycling team is organizing a free MTB bike race called ‘My Sport Is Franja – My bike, my heritage’ on Sunday, 24.09.2017. which starts at 10.00 on the main square in Vižinada, and the program will be enriched by the performance of Istra Inspirita. The trail it will cross is the Parenzana route, a former narrow-gauge railway that many recreationists and nature lovers pass through today. During the route, they will be greeted by Istra Inspirit in one part, where the participants of the cycling race will be able to refresh themselves. ‘Istrian užance’ is a combination of music, dance and local ‘beside’ and Istrian customs.The goal is for the participants of the cycling race to get to know the natural, but also cultural and historical heritage of the Istrian peninsula, and for Istra Inspirit, the participants of the cycling race will revive Istrian customs in an experience called ‘Istrian horrors’. The result of this thematic cycling race will be a combination of cultural and historical heritage and sports, as a combination that will provide a different experience of inner Istria.My bike, my heritage – so simple and ingenious. It is an experience and a story that will be remembered and certainly the motive for coming to a tourist destination. It is fascinating how successful Istria is in attracting EU funds and how it packs it all nicely into a great tourist story. By the way, the entire project is organized as part of the European Erasmus + project, and other project partners are the Franja Marathon, My Sports Is Franja, the Grožnjan Mountain Bike Club and Triglav.Everything starts with the first step, so this great story about connecting trim, sports, culture and gastronomy, and I sincerely hope that this story will only grow and become a real motive for coming in the pre-season, and maybe this story and a positive example will encourage someone else to make a great blend of tourism, sports and culture, in some other way. Also, it is important to point out that not all events and stories need to be large, nor focused only on foreign tourists. Small and medium-sized events are also extremely important and make up the rhythm and soul of the tourist destination as well as those aimed at domestic visitors.You don’t always have to be terribly creative and look for some new “Big idea,” but it’s nice enough to put together and pack all the ingredients you have to get a great travel story. You know everything, content, experience and story are the main stars. Tell stories, our authentic stories.last_img read more

Many reasons not to admire Trump

first_imgThe April 15 letter, “Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies,” stated that we don’t recognize all of Donald Trump’s accomplishments. This is my assessment: I don’t like his tone of voice, his vocabulary or the words he uses, and he’s immoral and prejudiced.I hate to say this, but I’m ashamed of him. My moral values are different than his.CONCETTA CANNIZZARONiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Port Harcourt Agog for IGP Taekwondo

first_imgAll is now set for the 8th edition of Inspector General of Police annual Taekwondo Championship scheduled for between July 25 and 27 at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt under the auspices of the Nigeria Police Taekwondo Association, a member of the African Police Taekwondo Confederation and the world Police Taekwondo Federation.Chairperson of the Nigeria Police Taekwondo Association, Stella Ebikefe, a Superintendent of Police, who disclosed this in Lagos, said arrangement towards having a hitch free 8th edition of the IGP Taekwondo championship is almost concluded with the Civic Centre venue of the event already wearing a new look ahead of the commencement date.She said over 250 athletes drawn from across Nigeria and the neighbouring countries would compete for honours at the three-day exercise that would determine who carts home the IGP giant trophy. SP Ebikefe while commending the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for approving the event said she envisaged a tougher competition this year as all the zones of the Nigeria Police formation in the country are threatening to dethrone the two defending champions, Zone 11 and the Nigerian Army that won the championship in 2018.The likes of Inspector Ernest Orobor and Sergeant Femi Olawunmi, the two athletes that won bronze medals for the Nigeria Police team at the Ist African Police Taekwondo Championship held between April 25 and 28, 2019, in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire are also competing.With the U-17 Kyorugi, Poomse and senior Kyorugi as events to be competed for, the U-17 Kyorugi would attract a token N2,500 registration fee while those for team Poomse and senior Kyorugi are to register with N4,000 and N3,000 respectively.Organisers of the event have promised free accommodation for the first 100 athletes that registered with proof of payment into the its Access Bank, the official bank for the IGP championship with account no, 0700383210.International athletes are to register with $50 (N18,000) only but on or before July 25, 2019 closing date for entries SP Ebikefe warned.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more