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U.S. Army South Completes PKO-A 11, ‘Vital’ To Brazil’s Planning for World Cup, Olympics

first_img PKO-A 11 was designed to bring nations together to enhance regional relations, reinforce security arrangements, promote interoperability and obtain support for mutual security interests. In addition, the professional development engagements promote and improve cooperative measures and collective military capabilities, and support and enhance democracy and stability in the Latin American and Caribbean region. During PKO-A 11, participants negotiated their way through a mock election process. The scenario forced members of 16 different nations to work together to ensure the peaceful completion of a fictitious country’s elections, and also react to a simulated, mid-scenario earthquake that required the participants to plan and provide humanitarian assistance without losing site of the primary mission. “I know the friends I made here will help in the future,” said Brazilian Col. Paulo Eduardo Monteiro, a PKO-A 11 participant. “It really helps when you make a call and you recognize the voice on the other end. When you ask for help, you know he’ll come and support you.” ARSOUTH participated in the closing ceremony of PKO-A 11 in Brasilia, Brazil, May 13. PKO-A 11 is an annual, U.S. Army South-led, regionally oriented command post exercise involving partner nation armed forces from within the Western hemisphere. ARSOUTH was the executive planning agent for PKO-A 11. The Brazilian armed forces believes the U.S. Army South-led Peacekeeping Operations – Americas 2011 exercise has helped its country in its preparations to host two of the world’s largest sporting events. “The intent was for us to be able to capitalize on the abilities and the experiences of all the countries involved in terms of peacekeeping operations,” said Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, the PKO-A 11 co-director and commanding general of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command. “The key here was the exchange of ideas and to build trust in each other.” center_img “We will be able to gain from all the lessons we have learned here and move forward,” said Brazilian Maj. Gen. Fernando S. N. Ferreira, PKO-A 11 co-director. “Everything we gathered here will be vital to our ability to plan for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.” Besides the technical skills developed during PKO-A 11, a secondary goal for the exercise was to develop working relationships among the many partner nations involved. By Dialogo May 24, 2011 The two-week command post exercise, which kicked off May 2, is the capstone event in a series of professional development engagements and command post exercises. These activities increased participants’ capabilities and prepared partner nations to conduct peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations worldwide. last_img read more


Bulk annuity market set for expansion as Aviva returns, LV= looks to enter

first_imgSources close to the market confirmed to IPE Aviva’s intention to begin pricing single buy-in and buyout deals of up to £200m of liabilities.Any single deal of this size would outstrip the insurer’s total business for 2013.According to consultancy LCP, Aviva wrote £143m in bulk annuity business in 2013 and £187m in the year before.In the 2010-11 financial year, before its retreat from the market, the insurer wrote nearly £2bn in business.A statement from Aviva said the company was still working through the changes announced in the Budget.“Our business is generally targeting the smaller end of the market [up to £50m], but we will write larger business where there is a clear business case to do so,” it added.Two sources also detailed conversations with LV= regarding its entry into the bulk market, and the medically underwritten space.One source said: “LV= is looking at the market and spoken to people about offering bulk annuity deals.”A statement from LV= said: “We review our business regularly. We’re still looking at the fall-out from the Budget, and making sure we can still offer individual propositions that we think the market requires.”The move by the insurers is only the beginning of a trend according to several market commentators, in stark contrast to recent years, which saw Aviva scale back its writing, consolidation of Lucida into Legal & General, and a retreat from US insurer, MetLife.As economic conditions led to better pricing, business levels in the bulk annuity space reached record levels in 2013, with the current year expected reach £20bn, according to LCP.Improved scheme funding levels on the back of equities and rising yields have also led UK pension funds and sponsors to look at bulk annuity options for de-risking. General insurer, Aviva is expected to quadruple its limit on bulk annuity deals to £200m (€244m) as LV= is set to enter the market for the first time.Both moves come after the UK government scrapped the forced annuitisation of defined contribution (DC) pots, leading to fears of a drop-off in the individual market.Aviva in 2012 announced it would reduce its writing capacity in the bulk annuity market to £50m, having enjoyed 20% of the market (c.£2bn) in the previous two years.However, as last month’s Budget heralded a potential decline in individual annuity sales – by as much as three-quarters according to insurer Legal & General – Aviva and LV= have begun shifts into the potential £20bn a year bulk space.last_img read more


Area company gives job opportunities to disabled

first_img“I think it’s easy to underestimate people with disabilities,” she said. “But once you have the chance to see them \, it will change your views 110 percent.” About a mile away, clients at Lincoln’s flagship training center in South El Monte do everything from shrink wrapping to box assembly to landscaping. The center, located in the middle of a row of muffler shops, worn-down warehouses and other industrial businesses, is neatly kept. “We help them with job skills and social skills,” Garza said, adding that the center is made of up of a diverse population. The clients, some of whom have physical disabilities in addition to developmental disabilities, get to pick their jobs based on their skills, said Caron Nunez, Lincoln Center’s president. “What I love about the history of the center is the clients now have more choices for the type of services they provide,” she said. “Years ago, their choice was to work at the training center – and that’s it. Now, they can go out and work at a site or with a group of individuals.” Lincoln has come a long way since it first started in 1964 with a small group of parents who wanted to offer their challenged children a chance to enter the work force. Back then, clients mostly rolled newspapers for use as packaging. Now, the center contracts with more than 50 companies throughout California – and with one job site in Las Vegas – for all sorts of warehouse jobs, custodial and janitorial duties. “I like to have a job,” said client Christine Young, 35, of Monrovia. “I like to make big money.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I like my job,” the 46-year-old Montebello man said, smiling. It’s a feeling that most of the workers at Lincoln Training Center have. They are happy to offer a skill and even happier to have jobs. “At Lincoln, we feel everybody deserves a chance at a good life,” said RoseMary Garza, vice president of rehabilitation programs at the center, which provides job-skill training and employment opportunities to more than 400 people with developmental disabilities. “Work is an essential part of having a good life, feeling that you can contribute,” she added. At the Signet company in El Monte, a group of about five Lincoln clients help assemble kits and put together manuals. Their contributions helped phase out a costly contract with a printing company, said Tricia Ochoa, production manager at Signet, which makes instruments for piping systems. SOUTH EL MONTE – Some might say Andrew Gaytan has a tedious job. In a one- to two-step process, Gaytan fastens a black rubber grommet to a yellow plastic disc in assembly line fashion at George Fischer Signet Inc. Above his workstation, two small awards remind him of jobs well done. One reads: “Good Work.” The other affords him the title of “Hardest Worker.” last_img read more