Oxford’s elite: privately educated

first_imgSenior positions within the University are dominated by privately-schooled pupils, a Cherwell investigation has revealed.About 60% of JCR Presidents, 70% Society Presidents and 80% elected Union members are from private school backgrounds.The inequality is most obvious in The Oxford Union. Out of this term’s twenty-two students elected to the secretaries committee and the standing committee, eighteen were privately educated, with only four attending a state secondary school.The privately educated Union’s President, Stuart Cullen, reacted to the news, saying, “I believe the problem arises from the fact that with several notable exceptions, the opportunities to debate in state schools remain severely limited in comparison to those available to privately-educated children.”These figures do not help the Union’s elitist reputation though, and has left some to feeling alienated from the private school-heavy committees.Cullen is looking to tackle the issue this term, with a series of outreach programs aimed at attracting those without the opportunity at school, to participate in debates at the Union.“This term I’ve invited two hundred state school pupils from forty different schools to attend Union debates, receive debating workshops from our world champions, and access information from OUSU.“We are also running a debate in third week on the motion “This House believes that Private Schools are bad for the education system” which I hope might raise the profile of the issue.”There are, however, those who claim that there is pressure in elections to use their private school contacts to win votes. One anonymous source said, “When I ran for the Union, I was encouraged by members of my slate to make use of the number of Oxford undergrads from my old school and to contact them for votes. It was implied that the old school network was an important source of votes.” Last year 55% of those admitted to the University came from state maintained school with less than 45% coming from independent schools. The fact that, nationally, only 6.5% of schoolchildren are privately educated still causes concern for many.Once at the University, the survey reveals that the social make-up becomes even more blurred, as the minority of privately educated students go on to take the majority of senior positions.According to Cherwell’s figures, fourteen out of twenty-four JCR presidents went to private schools, while nineteen out of twenty-eight students who lead political clubs or edit newspapers have a private school background.The majority of JCR Presidents insisted that students’ schooling played no part in their achieving their positions at Oxford. Others noted the inclusiveness of elections within college and said they felt no secondary education divide, unlike in some societies.Emma Hall, a state-schooled modern languages student said that, “in applying for a JCR presidential position, I wouldn’t feel disadvantaged having come from a state school.”She did, however, express doubts over whether this would be the case in society elections. “It seems that coming from a private school means that you are more likely to know people in societies, such as the Union.”One ex-officer, who asked to remain anonymous, commented that they could see private school pupils having an advantage in elections. “Elections where an image of leadership skills, i.e. impressive public speaking abilities, are required, often favour candidates from private schools”Society Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other senior positions, such as newspaper editors, remain dominated by those whose parents paid for a secondary school education.“Perhaps having previously held a position of responsibility at school might make students feel more confident about putting themselves forward for committee positions in Oxford, but I don’t think it’s necessary,” said privately educated Emily Baxter, President of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats.“Oxford has such a fantastic range of societies to get involved in that there are plenty of leadership opportunities for any student who wants to give it a go,” she said.Ayo Ajanaku, privately educated ex-Labour Club President, commented that, “the only scenario in which background may play a significant role is in organisations that quite frankly do not even pretend to seek a broad appeal and such groups are in the minority despite the impression that some people give.”A spokesperson for the University explained that Oxford would not play any role in University elections, no matter how large the inequalities.A spokesperson said, “Students are democratically elected by their peers to hold titles such as that of JCR President. It is not for the University to determine how students vote for such positions.”last_img read more


first_imgBRYAN FOX TO WRITE RESTAURANT, CONCERT AND MOVIE REVIEWS FOR CITY COUNTY OBSERVERStarting later this week well known free lance writer BRYAN FOX  shall be publishing articles of the entertainment nature.  He shall be writing Restaurant, Concert and Movie reviews for the City County Observer.Bryan Fox. has lived in the Newburgh area for most of his life. He graduated from Castle High School and from USI with a major in political science and a minor in economics.He enjoys reading, debating, and writing about political issues.  He publishes a blogwww.moviesorpolitics.blogspot.com where he does review s about current movies.  As a new Entertainment writer for the City County Observer we expect Bryan to bring a new and exciting twist to the overall content of the CCO.Bryan states ” he look forward to giving readers his input on local issues and sharing information that will be beneficial to the community. I hope you will enjoy reading my articles and that you will find them informative to your daily lives. Evansville/Vanderburgh and Warrick County area are a great place to live and my goals are to provide you with news that you’ll enjoy reading and with information that will be useful to you”. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Blue Sky and Lower Tides Return to O.C. on Monday

first_imgHuge surf generated by days of northeast winds and by distant Hurricane Joaquin is hitting the coastline of Ocean City on Monday. Even on Monday, the bay approaches the top of the bulkhead at 11th Street in Ocean City during high tide. But while the flood waters stretched beyond West Avenue over the weekend, 11th Street was dry on Monday.High tide passed on Monday afternoon without any significant street flooding, and it appears that Ocean City has finally weathered four-day northeast gale that eroded beaches and left many roads underwater during the highest tides in two years.The sun returned, the wind faded and the temperature reached a seasonal 65 degrees on Monday afternoon in Ocean City.The forecast calls for more sun on Tuesday with a high of 69 degrees and a north wind that will fade to just 5 to 10 mph by the end of the day.Ocean City was in a weather pattern that generated extremely strong northeast winds for about two weeks, intensifying between Thursday and Sunday.A wind gauge at the top of the beach at 59th Street in Ocean City shows gusts that peaked between noon and midnight Saturday, Oct. 3.In one stretch from noon to midnight Saturday, the sustained winds never dipped below 40 mph and gusts not below 50 mph at 59th Street in Ocean City. The high tides were exceptional but so were the low tides, with the water never truly draining from the back bays.On Monday, the bay was still high but not near the levels of the previous four days.With the wind turning a bit from the northeast to the north, wave heights increased through the morning hours on Monday, likely assisted by swell from distant Hurricane Joaquin, which is spinning toward the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.The surf should continue to improve with lighter north winds on Tuesday and possible shift to the west on Wednesday.Blue sky returns to Ocean City for the first time in a week.last_img read more

Kid Rock Confirmed His Senate Run Is A Joke, So That’s Good I Guess

first_imgAll good things must come to an end. Also, all terrible things must come to end. Objectively, Kid Rock’s puzzling Senatorial campaign falls in the latter camp, but at least it’s finally over (we hope). On Tuesday morning, the Michigan Senate hopeful and Pimp of the Nation took to SiriusXM’s Howard Stern and clarified his political intentions, noting that his recent campaigning was a joke and promotional tactic for his upcoming album, Sweet Southern Sugar.Kid Rock Might Be Running For U.S. Senate Because Everything Is TerribleBack in July, Kid Rock announced a potential bid for Michigan’s Senate with the hilarious website, www.kidrockforsenate.com, which didn’t have much on it except for a gift shop for campaign gear, an unsettling picture of Kid Rock with a taxidermied deer, and a GIF with some shitty turns of phrase around the double meaning of the word “party.” At the time, Consequence of Sound looked into the website and saw that it was hosted on Warner Bros.’ website, meaning it was most likely that “the rocker [was] parlaying recent speculation into a marketing opportunity for a new music project.”Pimp Of The Nation: Watch Kid Rock’s Ridiculous Senate Campaign SpeechNow, months later, after Rock has collected an unknown but probably stupid amount of money from fans stoked to see him in office, the wannabe cowboy formally confirmed that his senatorial campaign was a joke. Despite being a marketing ploy for his new album, Rock’s fake campaign did gain a lot of attention, earning actual endorsements from the White House, bigoted melting cheese curd Steve Bannon, and former New York Governor George Pataki. However, Rock definitively told Stern, “Fuck no I’m not running for Senate. Are you fucking kidding me? Who fucking couldn’t figure that out?” He continued to say that announcing the run was “the worst advice that I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done, and I got to see everyone’s true colors.”However, while Rock says that it’s clear that his political campaign was a joke, legally, the waters were muddied when he began collecting money for campaign gear and directly stated that he was running for Senate (so pretty much immediately). As it turns out, you can’t pretend to campaign for political office ironically. As noted in an article by Vanity Fair, Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonpartisan political watchdog organization, Common Cause, explained, “Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101.”During Rock’s interview with Stern, he also shed some light on how the idea for him to pretend to run for office came to be, noting that a fan told him to run earlier this year. With the idea incepted into his mind, he elaborated on what came after, noting he thought, “fuck it, let’s get some signs made… we start going with it. Everyone gets their panties in a bunch. I have people who work for me, they’re on the in, I’m like, ‘fuck no we’re not doing it, but let’s roll with it for a little while. This is awesome.’”[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Group addresses GLBTQ inclusion

first_imgIn its first meeting of the spring semester, Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed the continuation of last semester’s efforts to expand inclusion, improve school spirit and create a safer campus.  Student body president Pat McCormick first invited members to voice their opinions on the possibility of a peer support group for a gay-straight alliance on Notre Dame’s campus. “Is there a foreseeable future for a gay-straight group if it took place within the bounds of Catholic moral teaching?” he asked. “The work of Campus Life Council has focused on expanding inclusion, and this is one set of recommendations that has evolved, notably with the 4-5 Movement.” Sr. Sue Dunn, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, said the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students is currently the main venue through which the University’s Spirit of Inclusion is upheld.  “It is a blend of students and administrative types. We have someone representing Student Affairs, the Gender Relations Center, the Counseling Center and Campus Ministry,” she said. “We also have eight students, most of whom identify as GLBT and some heterosexual allies, who build a network and programs.” She said the issue is that many students perceive the Core Council to be directly aligned with Notre Dame’s administration.  “Certainly, there has been at times a tension, but more and more student-run activities happen, especially now that we have a space,” Dunn said. “We feel that certainly there is a greater growth in understanding on campus.” Dunn said if a gay-straight alliance were recognized and kept with the mission of the University, it could join the coalition created by the Core Council. “The coalition consists of like-minded groups we can work with, so people can be more involved,” she said. “I certainly think there is the opportunity for a formal group, but were it not there, it would still exist informally through reaching out.” Fr. Tom Gaughan, rector of Stanford Hall, said if a group were approved, it should work within the existing structure the University has created to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community. “There’s always been the logical code of sexual conduct guided by natural law, but the Church has always lived with the pastoral response,” he said. “Coming from the standpoint of pastorally, what are the needs? If what exists now doesn’t meet the needs, we should work within the system to make what we do meet the needs.” Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said she would not want to see a gay-straight alliance become a part of Core Council. She said a completely student-run organization would allow more opportunities for leadership, and would allow the group to branch out more. “Having a club on the student level changes the culture. It’s where we get involved and know what’s going on,” Arastoo said. “This isn’t just a tutoring or interest club, it’s part of their person.” McCormick said the Faculty Senate expressed strong support for the proposed group and that CLC would request a meeting with representatives from the 4-5 Movement to discuss the possibilities further. “We need to work out how we could contribute constructively to inclusion and recognize the sensitivities on all sides of this,” he said. CLC also discussed the incorporation of a student advisory council into the Athletic Department. Jay Mathes, co-chair of Hall Presidents’ Council, said the council would offer opportunities to students who might be interested in pursuing a career in sports. The council would also work as a sounding board, he said. “We could see how people on campus feel about things like playing music in the stadium turf fields and a megatron,” he said. McCormick said the group would incorporate residential life through work with Hall Presidents’ Council and other groups such as the Leprechaun Legion. “It’s an exciting opportunity for students interested in athletics,” he said. “It would be an ideal venue to relay our concerns and work on pep rallies and school spirit. CLC wrapped up its meeting with a quick discussion on safety. Chief of staff Claire Sokas said Notre Dame Security Police is working on providing a mobile app that would be available to students. McCormick said working with local law enforcement on projects such as this one helped build relationships and create a sense of accountability on all sides. “We all have an interest in keeping the community safe and take pride living in it,” he said. “We’ve been in conversation to mitigate anything getting out of hand.”last_img read more

J. Phil Campbell Sr.

first_img “The acquisition of the Campbell property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the University of Georgia to continue the important research that has been conducted here for decades,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead at a dedication ceremony for the center Tuesday.Having served as a USDA Agricultural Research Service research station for 76 years, the 1,055-acre farm and laboratory complex was transferred to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in fall 2013 to expand the college’s education, research and outreach programs. The agricultural research that UGA faculty will conduct at the center is key to feeding the world’s growing population and keeping the U.S. food supply safe and secure. With the dedication of the J. Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville, the University of Georgia is carrying on a legacy of agricultural and environmental research and outreach. “This project will allow for vital agriculture research to continue here in Georgia while saving federal tax dollars,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, who helped to dedicate the center. “Agriculture accounts for one out of seven jobs in our state and $76.9 billion annually for Georgia’s economy. It is a natural fit for UGA to continue leading in agriculture research to protect our safe, abundant, and affordable food supply.” In addition to being a hub for sustainable agricultural research, the Campbell Center will also serve as a model for how academic institutions can conduct cutting edge research while engaging and serving their surrounding communities, said J. Scott Angle, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “While the center has a long legacy of pioneering research, it is also ideally suited for use as an outdoor classroom for UGA students and for Extension programs, such as the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Partnership and other workshops,” Angle said. “It will offer a model for integrating agricultural research, teaching and community engagement that will be the first of its kind in Northeast Georgia.” While the center has always played an important role for Oconee County and Northeast Georgia farmers, its new role as both an education and outreach center will expand the center’s reach in the community, said Melvin Davis, chairman of the Oconee County Commission. “This facility, with the research and public service educational outreach conducted here, through the Cooperative Extension Service, will do much to enhance sustainable agriculture throughout Oconee County, the northeast region and the state,” Davis said. “Farmers will be better-informed, young people—through 4-H or FFA activities and school tours—will see and gain a better understanding of the importance of agriculture.” “Our state’s agricultural practices of tomorrow are shaped by the research completed today at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. “Since the founding of this land grant university, the research conducted by the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has led agriculture in our state to become a $80 billion industry and the leading job provider in our state.” UGA gained management of the facility—formerly the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center—as the USDA was moving to close similar sites around the nation. Congress approved a provision specifying 10 land-grant universities could take ownership of such facilities, provided they agree to utilize the property for agricultural research for a minimum of 25 years. UGA is the first land-grant university to complete the transfer process and take over management of a former USDA facility. The center was founded as the Southern Piedmont Research Conservation Center in 1937 at the urging of Georgia native and then assistant chief of the Soil Conservation Service J. Phil Campbell Sr. Campbell played a vital role in establishing the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia before taking his role with the USDA in President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. The center was renamed for Campbell in 1997. center_img “Today’s dedication of the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center serves to remind us of Mr. Campbell’s outstanding contributions to education and agricultural research,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. These projects will produce results that can be put into use immediately on Georgia’s farms to make agriculture in Georgia more profitable and more sustainable. “The addition of the J. Phil Campbell Research Center to the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences inventory of research facilities will allow UGA to continue its long and much admired research mission for many years to come,” said Terry England, chairman of appropriations for the Georgia House of Representatives. “The center has a longstanding legacy of research in herd management, soil protection and conservation that has greatly benefited not just Georgia but our entire nation. I am pleased that this partnership is continuing and that the agriculture community will benefit from the work done here.” For more information about the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center and the role it plays as part of UGA and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see Visit www.caes.uga.edu/center/campbell.html. The center’s fields, pastures and labs will allow UGA faculty to continue research into sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation. It currently houses about 20 ongoing UGA research projects on sustainable grazing systems, nutrient cycling, water quality, organic production and forage variety trials. last_img read more

Fall Soil Testing

first_imgEven experienced gardeners often put off testing their soil, but a basic soil test from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension can provide a wealth of information and help to ensure better results from all those hours spent planting, weeding and harvesting. This year, UGA Extension and the Food Well Alliance, a non-profit, local food advocacy group, teamed up to help community gardens in metro Atlanta test their soil. As part of the partnership, UGA’s Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL), the state’s only non-profit soil and water laboratories, tested 45 soil samples from 35 different gardens in the Atlanta area. Soil tests are important because they show the soil’s nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content and soil pH level, all of which are vital for healthy plants. They also tested for heavy metals, which can be present in urban soil. “In urban areas, we definitely see an elevated concentration of certain heavy metals, especially lead (Pb),” said UGA soil scientist Jason Lessl, also the program coordinator at the AESL’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory. “Not to worry though, health risks can be mitigated by taking a few precautions like thoroughly washing your hands and produce.” Most urban farmers take good care of their soil, incorporating compost and using cover crops to boost its structure and nutrient content, but many of the gardeners in the partnership were surprised to find out what their healthy-looking soil was missing, Lessl said. “People are usually most surprised to learn that soil is a living entity that requires a certain level of nurture in order for it to function properly,” he said. “Soil is a vital component of our ecosystem and should never be called ‘dirt.’” Calvin Sims, of the Chapmans Mill/Redan Park Community Development Corporation, had soil tested through the program. Sims has been organizing the Redan Nature Preserve Community Garden in Lithonia, Georgia, since 2009, and he’s had good results. This spring the garden’s participants paid to have some rich topsoil trucked into the garden, but this summer’s harvest was lackluster, Sims said. “We had new soil brought in, but we weren’t seeing the yields we thought we would this summer,” Sims said. “So we wanted to have the soil tested. It said that we were low in phosphorus.” After receiving his results, Sims incorporated some organic phosphorus amendments into the soil and plans to plant his fall vegetables this week. It may be hard to think past tending that final crop of fall vegetables or putting your gardening tools away for the winter, but fall and winter are the best time to test your garden soil, said Lessl. Some soil fixes, like adding phosphorus, are pretty quick, but others, like lowering or raising the pH of your soil, can take weeks or months. Testing in the fall allows gardeners to make adjustments and have them take effect before spring planting. UGA Extension offers soil testing and an array of other testing services through the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories. A basic soil test costs $6 and takes a few days. For more information about soil testing through UGA Extension, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit aesl.ces.uga.edu or extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Green Mountain Club goes 100 percent renewable

first_imgThe Green Mountain Club today unveiled a first-in-the-state, wood-burning heat and hot water system.  This small-scale, exterior system is part of the club’s new 100 percent on-site renewable energy portfolio for its Waterbury Center campus. ‘As the stewards of the Long Trail, its important that the Green Mountain Club walks the walk in promoting efficiency and small-scale renewable energy,’ said Will Wiquist, executive director of the club.  ‘We must take responsibility for our own impacts on the environment if we are going to expect others to help protect Vermont’s hiking trails and the mountains and forests they cross.’ With a $67,000 grant secured by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and administered by the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, the Green Mountain Club has installed an innovative exterior wood gasification boiler on its seasonal staff building.  This prefabricated boiler system provides a clean and renewable source of heat and hot water for a facility which is not large enough to house an interior boiler system like the club uses for its main visitor center and headquarters nearby. Sen. Leahy said, ‘The Green Mountain Club is a Vermont original that has reached a chronological and service milestone.   I was pleased to be able to help showcase these renewable energy systems at the Club’s high-profile campus on Route 100.’ The club also showed off four new solar trackers to go with its three previously-installed trackers and a rooftop array.  Along with the energy efficiency decisions incorporated into the building of its 2-year old headquarters, the club is now net-neutral and expects to produce more than it consumes. David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables, said, ‘”The Green Mountain Club has smartly taken control of their energy future.  By investing in their energy needs now, this Vermont institution is both doing the right thing for our environment and protecting their financial bottom line.  Both are vital for their organization’s future. We are proud of the schools, towns and non-profits that took advantage of our financing option.  It’s was great example of public/private cooperation.”  AllEarth helped make the club’s solar power systems affordable for a non-profit with its innovative Power Purchase Agreement. This arrangement allows businesses, organizations, and homeowners to lease the All Sun Tracker system for a small down payment and small monthly lease payments. To fuel its two gasification boilers, the club primarily relies upon sustainably harvested wood from club-owned land at the base of Belvidere Mountain in Lowell, Vt.  In order to maximize its use of the heat and hot water, the club stores hot water in large tanks which it can later tap into for heat and hot water ‘ essentially serving as batteries.  Bob DeGeus, wood utilization forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, said, ‘What GMC has done is significant. They have an integrated energy system that includes building thermal efficiency, wood combustion equipment that is based on their own fuel supply, combustion technology that is modern and efficient, and the solar-electric array. I’d say this puts GMC in with NRG as providing a real life example of how to address energy use in a systems-based way. Towns and commercial and industrial property owners can gain a close, operation look at the GMC system as part of a process of learning about options.’ The club is also installing a clothes dryer for its season field staff ‘ summit caretakers and trail workers ‘ which uses the heat from the wood boiler instead of propane to help clean the dirt off the cloths of the kids that keep the Long Trail in good shape. Another notable feature of the GMC campus is its composting toilets.  Use of this technology in an office building and visitor center embodies in a workplace the same ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic that the club highlights on the trail. To watch a video tour of the GMC campus renewable energy portfolio, click here. WATERBURY CENTER, Vt., November 17 ‘last_img read more

Technical Assistance Group Trains Panamanian Security Forces

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 20, 2017 From August 28th to September 20th, 70 fourth-year cadets from the National Police of Panama’s Dr. Justo Arosemana Officer Candidate School (ESOPOL, per its Spanish acronym) received leadership training through a course taught by five experts from U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT). The training was held at the facilities of the Panamanian National Police’s National Training Directorate in Panama City. “This training is a condensed course from what is taught at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation[WHINSEC located at Ft. Benning, Georgia],” Colonel Jorge Luis Escobar, the director of Training for Panama’s National Police, told Diálogo. “Together with the TAFT team from the U.S. Embassy in Panama, we adapted the leadership course in 2015.” “This course helps bolster our capacity to fulfill our leadership duties in defense or national security operations, above all, due to the high level of professional qualifications and experience that it offers in this field, as well as the knowledge it provides on operational personnel management,” Second Lieutenant Erick Yoiner Guillen González, of the Cadet Battalion at ESOPOL and a student in the course, told Diálogo. National Police students as well as members of the Panamanian Air and Naval Service, the National Border Service, and the International Defense Service received training on leadership, exercises, ground navigation, and first aid. In addition, they trained on basic procedures for customs and immigration, personal defense, communications, weapons maintenance, and day and nighttime firing on a firing range. “In the course, the students learned to identify problems that a commander might have in addressing a difficult situation with his group, and they also identified rivalries within a tight-knit group, learning how the commander should manage that under pressure,” Col. Escobar said. “The students were taught under a lot of pressure.” Participants planned small operations to protect a larger unit. In the General José Domingo Espinal Counterterrorism Unit, they simulated the takeover of a facility by terrorists, during which they neutralized the criminal suspects in order to protect the lives of hostages. “Our task and the way we do our operations must not disrupt the regular lives of the people or impact their rights,” Col. Escobar stressed. People need to feel that our uniform is a guarantee of liberty, not oppression.” ESOPOL indicated that from January to September 2017, more than 1,263 new police officers have graduated from the institution and 700 additional students are in the process of being trained. “The interaction with the TAFT group’s tactical personnel was professional, since they have an organizational doctrine of always adhering to laws and regulations, and those aspects are worthy of imitation,” 2nd Lt. Guillen noted. Reinforcing the teachings at WHINSEC As part of their academic training, when they finished the leadership course, the cadets did a tour of studies in the United States and Canada for approximately one month, in order to reinforce what they had learned from the TAFT group. From September 23rd to October 15th participants were at WHINSEC to learn how the structure of the U.S. Army functions, about small unit operations and how to coordinate with a larger operation. This reinforcement included a leadership course in operational leadership training, with a visit to the Paratrooper Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia, in order to learn about the organization and how to use paratroopers in tactical operations. During their stay, they also visited the Pentagon, the Inter-American Defense Board, and U.S. police departments. “This educational trip gave us the chance to learn that the institutions that prioritize the needs of citizens, in the full knowledge of national, regional, and global realities, are better equipped to provide people a first-class level of civil security and services,” 2nd Lt.Guillen said. “This training is one-of-a-kind in our region. No other police force in our region sends students to the United States,” Col. Escobar noted. “We are trying to provide the highest level of education, getting people to see that the best Panamanians are those who enter the arms profession.” After reinforcing their learning, the students will carry out a set of activities prior to their graduation as second lieutenants and being deployed across the nation to complete the missions assigned to them. Afterwards, they will take courses to specialize in the area of service that has been assigned to them. Better training for national security Since 2015, the Panamanian government has also been teaching a leadership course to second lieutenants, first lieutenants, and captains who have graduated from ESOPOL in order to enable them to build their teamwork. The Panamanian government expects graduates to complete this leveling process by the end of 2018. “It’s important that different generations come away with a shared set of knowledge due to changing contexts. National security and defense have been crucial to this nation over the last seven years,” Col. Escobar said. “There is a real motivation by TAFT to work with Panama’s National Police.” “Bolstering all aspects of police service can help Panama project itself toward a future in which it is a pioneer in developing a culture of international cooperation on security issues,” 2nd Lt. Guillen said. “TAFT’s military and police training for Panamanian students is the result of a comprehensive and fraternal relationship for reinforcing our completion of missions,” Col. Escobar concluded.last_img read more

Team Trump is hurling accusations as Georgia recount stays on track to confirm Biden’s win

first_img– Advertisement – Donald Trump’s refusal to admit that he lost fair and square has Georgia in the middle of the largest hand recount ever in the United States. President-elect Joe Biden won the state by 14,000 votes, a much larger number than is likely to change in a recount. So far, 48 counties have finished counting, with only very minor changes. Four of the counties didn’t find even a single vote changed.The state has a deadline of 11:59 PM Wednesday for finishing the recount, which is being done county by county—with the counties stuck absorbing the cost. In DeKalb County, that cost will be $180,000. If we were talking about a couple hundred votes statewide, it would be worth spending the money, because counting every vote is important. But of 31 statewide recounts conducted in the U.S. between 2000 and 2019, just three changed the results of an election. The most famous case, of course, put Al Franken in the Senate after a recount moved him from trailing by 215 votes to winning by 225. Those numbers, though, show how big Biden’s 14,000-vote lead is when it comes to the possibility of a recount changing the result.- Advertisement – ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13: Gwinnett county workers begin their recount of the ballots on November 13, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The difference in votes between US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden is about 14,000 as of right now. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)last_img read more