The National Library in Hanoi Opens a Section of Books in Spanish

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Dialogo July 10, 2009 Hanoi, July 9 (EFE).- Today the Vietnamese National Library opened its first section of books in Spanish in Hanoi, aiming at responding to the demand for reading material in this language on part of the Vietnamese community that speaks or studies it, official sources indicated today. The Spanish section of the library, aimed at encouraging a taste for reading in the Southeast Asian country, has around a thousand books on its shelves and some 1,800 digitalized books at the moment. In a diplomatic note published by the VNA official news agency, the Vietnamese Minister of Culture thanked the Spanish embassy for its activity in obtaining the books that have made the creation of the library’s Spanish section possible. At Hanoi University, where a Spanish department was established in 2002, around 200 students are currently studying Spanish, and around another 170 are learning the language at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Meanwhile, in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City Open University (in the former Saigon) and Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities have similar numbers of students studying Spanish. In the 1970s, Vietnam and Cuba signed an agreement that allowed the Southeast Asian country to send students to the Caribbean nation to learn Spanish during a six-year period, with the result that over the course of time more than 6,200 Vietnamese learned the language of Cervantes.last_img read more

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Central American Armed Forces Strengthen Joint Patrols to Fight Organized Crime

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first_img“These joint efforts of our military forces have allowed Honduras to become hostile territory for drug traffickers. We know there is still hard work to do, but we are making good progress.” “Honduras is strengthening its maritime, air, and ground shields, joining its efforts to those of the other countries in the region,” Honduran Minister of Defense Samuel Armando Reyes said during the CFAC meeting. “This is allowing us to combat drug trafficking and organized crime more forcefully.” “We are performing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas along our borders, thanks to the coordinated operations of our intelligence units,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Manuel Augusto López said during his closing remarks at the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the High Council for the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym), held July 10 in Guatemala. CFAC’s goal is to strengthen regional military integration; its permanent member countries are Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Bolstering sea, air, and ground defenses One such step forward: the Armed Forces of Honduras and El Salvador approved planning groups for new border operations during the 15th Meeting of Commanders of Military Border Units under the CFAC, held on July 16 in the Honduran border town of Nuevo Ocotepeque. That’s a crucial component in the fight against large criminal enterprises that operate across borders: for example, there are about 1,987,000 illegal weapons circulating in the Central American region, according to the study, “Weapons Trafficking. Environment, legislative proposals, and public opinion,” published by the Center for Social and Public Opinion Studies (CESOP) of the Mexican House of Representatives. Among their traffickers: street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18), which also use the weapons to conduct crimes such as extortion and kidnapping. “We are committed to continue confronting these gangs,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés pledged at the end of the meeting. “And in order to increase our operational readiness capabilities, we are also going to continue to train our troops using modern technology, always in compliance with the laws of our respective countries.” Troops engaged in the initiative focus their efforts on combating the trafficking of drugs, weapons, and humans; they also share information on how criminal organizations operate, particularly those that are active along the Northern Triangle’s border areas. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Central American countries and the Dominican Republic are deploying elite teams from their Armed Forces to confront organized crime groups and disrupt illegal enterprises, such as drug trafficking, along their shared borders. By Dialogo August 06, 2015 Hi. Congratulations on the great job. Good luck to all of you and may nature protect you all. Very nice. I wish the Brazilian Army would control our borders. Very nice. Dealing with security is the biggest priority. Very good work integrating the Armed Forces, auxiliary forces and the 2016 Olympic organisation in Brazil. THE WORLD NEEDS TO COOPERATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN GENERAL BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS THE WORLD ECONOMY. DRUGS, WEAPONS AND CONTRABAND IN GENERAL ARE EVIL AND NEED TO BE COMBATED AROUND THE WORLD.Website Without a doubt, drug trafficking in all its manifestations, variables and ramifications and expressions is a threat to national security anywhere it operates. In that sense, all efforts to eradicate it is progress. It is also important to gradually reduce drug use in societies with very high purchasing power, thank you. In 2014, 60 percent of cocaine-smuggling flights that departed from South America first landed in Honduras – a decline from 75 percent of such flights in 2013, according to a U.S. government report. Typically, such organizations transport cocaine and other illegal substances on narco-planes from drug-producing countries such as Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, and ship the loads to Honduras. From there, organized crime operatives transport the drug loads by land to Guatemala and Mexico. That’s why Central American countries are bolstering their defenses by sea, air, and ground. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. “We want to progress further in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and gang activities along our borders. We will soon deploy our teams, and we will see results,” Cavalry Colonel Julio César Cerrato, Commanding Officer of Honduras’ 120th Infantry Brigade, said at the end of the meeting. Fighting drug trafficking and sharing information In this context of joint military strategies against organized crime, Operation MARTILLO continues to be a significant component in a comprehensive regional focus on combating the use of the Central American Pacific coasts as transshipment areas for drugs and weapons. “The key to our success lies in continually sharing more and more military intelligence information through different mechanisms of modern technology,” Aviation Colonel Jimmy Rommel Ayala, Salvadoran Air Force representative, said to the CFAC. “We must keep moving forward to continue the decreases in these groups’ activities.” Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, also traffic cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics through Central America as they make their way north to the United States, according to U.S. government reports. They transport their loads along the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Costa Rica, and often to Nicaragua. When they arrive at the Gulf of Fonseca, the drug-trafficking routes split through Honduras or El Salvador and then on to Guatemala. last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgBelgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI) – Stephan Neetens has been appointed secretary general of the organisation, starting his new role at the beginning of July. He replaces Karel Van Gutte. Neetens trained as a lawyer and joins from an advisory role within the pensions and international affairs policy unit for Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo.BVV – Heinz Laber, chairman of the €25bn German banking industry pension fund, has been reappointed for a second four-year term. He also currently serves as a board member for UniCredit Bank. Additionally, the 15-strong supervisory board elected new sponsor representatives – Carola Gräfin von Schmettow of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt and Frank Annuscheit of Commerzbank. Carsten Anlauf of Berliner Volksbank and Jürgen Tögel of Deutsche Bank were elected to represent the interests of beneficiaries.Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – Kevin Smith has been appointed to the new role of chief service delivery officer, responsible for delivering administration services to the scheme’s participating institutions and members. Smith has more than 30 years’ pension management experience, with previous roles at Aon Hewitt, Capita and Scottish Life.F&C Investments – Paul Myles has joined the institutional client management team to expand on the services F&C Investments provides to the local government and corporate pension schemes. He joins from Nordea, where he was director and head of UK and Ireland institutional business.Nordea Asset Management – Christophe Girondel has been appointed global head of institutional clients. He will take this position in addition to his role as global head of wholesale fund distribution. Girondel will now take on the two client-facing units previously run as separate business units.Vontobel Asset Management – Hervé Hanoune has been appointed head of fixed income and a member of the management committee. He joins from Amundi Asset Management, where he headed the company’s global aggregate bond team. Before then, he held various positions as a senior fixed income portfolio manager at Crédit Agricole in London and Singapore.AXA Investment Managers – Daoyu Chen has been appointed UK LDI portfolio manager. She joins from Goldman Sachs, where she traded sterling interest rate swaps and cross currency swaps for over five years.SCIO Capital – Kevin Flaherty has joined the European structured credit fund as head of syndicate. Previously, Flaherty was managing partner at Trimast Capital and head of structured product syndicate for Europe, Asia and Australia at Deutsche Bank in London.Société Générale Securities Services – Bertrand Blanchard has become country manager for the UK, joining from Société Générale’s Johannesburg branch in South Africa. Guillaume Lenoir has been appointed chief of strategic initiatives implementation, joining from EuroCCP. The Investor Forum, PostNL, Legal & General Investment Management, Belgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI), BVV, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), F&C Investments, Nordea Asset Management, Vontobel Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, SCIO Capital, Société Générale Securities ServicesThe Investor Forum – The Forum has been formally launched with the appointment of Simon Fraser as chairman and Andy Griffiths as executive director. Fraser was formerly CIO at Fidelity Worldwide Investment. He is currently chairman of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust and a non-executive director at Ashmore Group. He is also a former non-executive director at Barclays. Griffiths has 20 years’ experience as a research analyst and investment professional at Capital Group.PostNL – René van de Kieft has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees at Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL, the Dutch mail pension scheme. He replaces Peter van Gameren, who will remain on the board. Van de Kieft worked at SFB, pensions manager of the construction workers scheme, from 1993 to 1999 and served as director finance and control, CFO and COO at PGGM from 1999 to 2009. He also worked as CFO at Q-park and has been interim CFO at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce since 2013. In addition to his role on the trustee board at PostNL, Van de Kieft is on the board at ABP, AGH and the industry-wide scheme for the hospitality industry, PHenC.Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) – Sarah Aitken has been appointed head of institutional business for Europe and the Middle East, replacing Hugh Cutler. She will start in her new role in September. Until 2013, Aitken was head of distribution at Insight Investment Management. Prior to joining Insight in 2005, she was a managing director at Merrill Lynch Investment Management, where she was head of institutional relationship management. She began her career as a UK equity analyst at Cazenove and later joined JP Morgan.last_img read more

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