Colombia is ready to share efforts and personnel with neighboring countries in the fight against organized crime, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera declared on 3 February, following a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates. “Despite the successes we’ve had, we can’t feel at ease; we feel that we also have a great deal to contribute. Just as in our most difficult moments we received cooperation, we’re now not only offering, but putting forward specific cooperation,” Rivera declared at a press conference. “It’s our obligation to talk about these issues. The United States is making a great effort; so are we,” he added. A total of fourteen Latin American countries, including Mexico and Central American nations, are being advised by Colombian military or police forces on security matters, the minister recalled. “We’ve been responding to requests from those countries, on a case-by-case basis, but now we want to do so with a plan that corresponds to a strategic logic, with a portfolio of capabilities, of services, that we can make available to other countries,” he said. Rivera’s visit to Washington, his first since becoming defense minister, is taking place as the U.S. Congress and the White House are launching a fierce debate about the 2011 budget. Colombia is the region’s largest recipient of U.S. security assistance, with more than six billion dollars received since Plan Colombia was activated in 2000. The Central American countries, however, suffering under an unprecedented wave of violence, are also demanding more aid from the United States for a regional plan. Mexico, for its part, signed the Mérida Initiative four years ago, for which Washington has budgeted around 1.3 billion dollars. Rivera characterized his meeting with Gates as “very warm,” although he nonetheless conveyed to Gates his “concern” about a possible cut in funds for Colombia. “I believe that it’s a shared aspiration that all this cooperation can be maintained with a more creative, more prolific dialogue, not only in our country but throughout the region,” he explained. By Dialogo February 07, 2011
Categories: Editorial, OpinionOn this day of Thanksgiving, many face challenges, meager challenges and challenges so monumental that others among us can’t begin to comprehend how they get by.It’s so hard to be thankful sometimes when it seems the world just keeps pouring it on.But our area is full of people who truly care about others and who sacrifice a bit of themselves to help others in need.Today, for example, there are hundreds of people right in our area who are serving Thanksgiving meals to people in need or people who just need the company. These meals don’t happen on a whim. They take months of planning and organizing and solicitation of volunteers. Someone stood in a hot kitchen and precooked all those turkeys and mashed potatoes and vegetables and pies. They took time out of their evenings and weekends. Other individuals and companies donated the food for the meals, the plates and utensils, the kitchen facilities and the places to hold the meals. Others donated cash to help pay for it.Parents brought their children to help, both to impart on them the joy of giving and to remind them how blessed they are compared to others. Many are taking this Thanksgiving morning to deliver those meals to those who can’t leave their homes, leaving their warm homes for cold cars packed with packages of food.All this giving for just one event.It’s flat-out amazing when you think about what people do around here to help others and to serve their community throughout the year.During the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had people who actually took time off from their jobs and away from their families, got on a plane and went there, helping feed people or provide medical care or assist with the cleanup. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We have people serving on community boards and school boards and in charitable organizations and hospitals and senior centers and church groups for no pay, no recognition. They probably even have to put up with some grief from people. The jobs are hard, and we know what a sacrifice it can be to serve. The most gratifying high notes in our communities are those involving the acts of young people.College students venture out to help their adopted hometowns, doing everything from organizing and staffing blood drives to fixing up elderly people’s property to raking leaves at the homes of senior citizens to sprucing up historic sites to leaving homemade hats and scarves on trees for the homeless to take.The generation that often gets criticized for its selfishness is in no short supply of individuals willing to invest their time and energy into helping others. Fear not; the future is safe in their hands.Whatever you do in the community, however you serve, whatever big or little contribution you might make to bettering the lives of others, it is appreciated. People’s lives are better for what you do. Your community is better.Today, when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s make sure we remember to thank the givers. We have people around here who regularly go on missions to other countries to provide needed water, sewer treatment and medical attention.Every day, teams of volunteers go out into the community and rebuild Little League fields, clean up graffiti from bridges and buildings, rake the leaves and mow cemeteries so families can more appropriately honor the people they’ve lost.We have people raising money for victims of tragedies like car accidents and fires for medical care or to help offset the families’ expenses.We have people buying toys for children so they have a nice Christmas and people who organize trucks and volunteers to deliver the presents. We have people who regularly prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas, giving them a touch of home even though they’re thousands of miles away.Throughout the year, people donate and package backpacks for hundreds of local children who come from impoverished homes, making sure these kids have food and school supplies so they’re at their best to learn.We have people who volunteer on the nastiest nights of the year to staff emergency shelters so that the homeless have a place to escape the cold.We have people with construction skills who donate their time and effort building homes for poor families, allowing them to provide a safe place for their children and have pride in home ownership.
“I don’t pretend I’m interested. I am interested. It’s important to know who you are working with and it’s important to know why somebody is determined and motivated. “I think I need to know them. That’s what creates a relationship. They can talk to me and it’s always important.” Klopp is liked by his players because of that empathetic side to his personality and his methods have created a united mentality at Anfield. His honest approach is a bid to foster accountability among his players. The results have been impressive, with Liverpool establishing a 25-point lead in the Premier League that had taken them to the brink of a first English title for 30 years prior to the virus suspension. They also won last season’s Champions League and reached the final of Europe’s elite cub competition the season before that. “I’m always 100 per cent honest, I don’t tell always the truth, but that’s different…that means I don’t speak. If you ask me, I would be one hundred per cent honest,” Klopp said. Loading… Jurgen Klopp says his ability to build close relationships with his Liverpool players has been the secret to their success during his reign. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joked that he thinks about his players in his sleep Although the Premier League season is currently delayed until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus, Reds boss Klopp is in constant contact with his squad via the players’ WhatsApp group. That personal touch is part of a hands-on approach Klopp believes is essential to understanding what makes his players tick. The German obsesses over every detail of their lives so he can get the best out of them on the pitch, joking he probably even thinks about them in his sleep. “Apart from sleeping, I think the whole day – in fact probably when I am sleeping – about these boys. I don’t want to, it just happens because there is so much information you have,” Klopp, speaking before the current suspension was enforced, told JD’s In The Duffle Bag podcast series. “For me the most important thing is for the player to be in his best shape in the moment when it counts and we try to do that with nutrition, training and tactics. “But then there is a time when they go home and there is still a situation. That is normal life but it all influences performance. Read Also: Liverpool star Mane donates £41,000 to fight coronavirus“I never lied to a player, that doesn’t work. If I say ‘You have a chance if you do this and that’, then you have a chance if you do this and that.“But I have to remind myself these are the moments when you can lose a player or lose a team if you say something and don’t stick to it.“It is really possible you lose the whole dressing room but it’s never happened to me because I don’t do that. I try to not do things which make me feel better.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Largest Cities In The World20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’