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Female Brazilian Navy Officer Makes a Difference at UN Office in New York

first_imgFor the officer, this was one of the most valuable professional and personal experiences. “I feel so honored to be a female service member, a Blue Helmet, and even more to have the Brazilian flag on my sleeve. Countless times I’ve been stopped on the streets, [at the] airport, [in a] cafe and heard, ‘Thank you, Brazil!’ I have so many pictures and memories that have a special place in my heart,” she said. Cmdr. Carla Daniel believes the experience in Lebanon supports her current role with DPKO, since knowledge of peacekeeping missions encompasses practice and theory. “When I have to ask for information or give guidance, I know what it’s all about,” she said. Her completion of the UN Female Senior Police Officer Command Development course in South Africa in 2015 was also a decisive factor for her training. UN Security Council Resolution 1990 established UNISFA on June 27, 2011. The mission’s main focus is to promote dialogue between countries of the region and, above all, provide security for Abyei, guaranteeing civilian protection and facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid. In addition, service members monitor the region’s demilitarization efforts. By Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 09, 2018 Women continue to be trailblazers in the Brazilian Navy. For the first time, a female officer took on a position in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York. Brazilian Navy Commander Carla Cristina Daniel Bastos Peixoto serves as a desk officer for the Current Military Operations Service (CMOS) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), a region disputed between Sudan and South Sudan. She is the liaison between UNISFA, the Office of Military Affairs, and the troop contributing country, which, in this case, is Ethiopia. According to information from the UN, UNISFA has a total of 4,841 professionals responsible for local security, including 4,791 service members and 50 police officers. UNISFA also receives support from civil institutions. Since 2011 UNISFA’s presence greatly improved the relationship between Abyei’s rival tribes, the Mysseria and Ngok Dinka, as well as their quality of life, said Cmdr. Carla Daniel. Trailblazer in Lebanon The commander is proud to be the first Brazilian female service member to hold a position in DPKO, even though it requires a lot of responsibility. “To be a pioneer in any activity is already something that attracts a little more attention from others. Additionally, if this doesn’t go well, I could close the doors for other women or slow down the process,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. Cmdr. Carla Daniel stressed the importance of an increased female presence in areas of conflict and peacekeeping missions. For her, the violence against women became a weapon of war because it destabilizes the communities she works with, which resonates with her as a woman. “I once heard a former peacekeeping force commander say that it was more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in a region of conflict, hence the importance of female service members in areas of conflict who support, welcome, and serve as a support system for those who suffer,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. The officer has been a pioneer throughout her career. In 2014, Cmdr. Carla Daniel was the first woman to deploy with UNIFIL’s MTF as an assistant for the force commander, a Brazilian admiral. At the time, she was in charge of MTF staff and served as a civil-military coordination officer for activities in support of the local population. center_img Cmdr. Carla Daniel joined the Brazilian Navy in 1998 as a midshipman. She worked primarily in communications. She was a public relations assistant at the Marine Corps General Command in Rio de Janeiro and at the 2nd Naval District Command in Salvador, Bahia. In Brasília, she worked in the Navy’s Public Affairs Office and the Presidential Security Cabinet. She then went to Lebanon in 2014, where she worked on UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force (MTF). When she returned to Brazil in 2015, Cmdr. Carla Daniel took on responsibilities for the 1st Naval District Command’s Public Affairs Office in Rio de Janeiro. Her mission at DPKO started in December 2017 and will last for two years, under a temporary request. She is deployed in CMOS, which falls under the Office of Military Affairs which in the UN hierarchy. “Activities range from daily monitoring of the mission’s military actions, preparation of a daily situation report intended for DPKO’s military leadership, to counseling and advising military leadership in New York about operational aspects of UNISFA,” she explained. “It was an unforgettable experience. MTF’s importance for security on the Lebanese coast and, consequently, its economic stability is very well known. I never felt so much joy in showing that I’m Brazilian. I’m of Lebanese descent, and this experience makes an incredible difference for the Brazilian-Lebanese female community, with whom I keep close contact. I always get emotional when I talk about this,” Cmdr. Carla Daniel related. Importance of women in peacekeeping missions The officer met the position’s requirements: rank of lieutenant colonel/commander, degree in liberal arts, knowledge of English and other languages, previous participation in a peacekeeping mission, and completion of all career courses. “I graduated in Communications with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and I served in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL),” Cmdr. Carla Daniel said. “Selected candidates have to take a written test on UN issues in English. Those who pass that phase take an oral English test based on competency and the institution’s primary values.” The United Nations made several efforts to increase female participation in missions but the increase, she said, isn’t happening as quickly because a military career requires preparation, time or a promotion for the position. In mid-July, female security forces will have the opportunity to earn additional knowledge. The Female Senior Police Officer Command Development course that targets senior military police officers, will take place in Brazil from July 10th to 16th in the city of Belém, in the state of Pará, and will include representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

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UK institution backs Invesco’s pan-European long-lease strategy

first_imgInvesco Real Estate has bought a portfolio of four mid-market InterCityHotels in Germany for a UK institutional investor as part of a pan-European long-lease strategy.The €80m investment is, Invesco said, a long-term play for the client, with average leases of between 15 and 25 years.The hotels, in Darmstadt, Mainz, Rostock and the Frankfurt Airport, come with 30-year hybrid leases to operator Steigenberger Hotels.Long-lease strategies have been very popular recently with UK pension funds pursuing liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies, but most are focused on the UK property market. Invesco told IP Real Estate last year that it had been devising a pan-European long-lease strategy.The fund manager was unable to reveal the identify of the UK investor behind its new mandate.According to Mark Socker, senior director of hotel fund management at Invesco, the German hotel market is a “relatively stable and attractive marketplace”.Invesco said it had a number of mandates with an allocation to the hotel sector and was assessing other opportunities across Europe – with a focus on mid-market (3-4 star) hotels.“This part of the sector offers the optimal risk/reward balance,” Socker said.Global hotel consultancy HVS London estimates that total hotel transactions across Europe reached a value of €7.7bn last year – up 39% on 2012 and at their highest point since 2007.last_img read more

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Ancelotti accused of tax evasion in Spain

first_img The charge concerns revenue from image rights during his time in La Liga as manager of Real Madrid in 2014-15.Advertisement According to the BBC, the Madrid Community Prosecutor’s office claims Ancelotti concealed revenues “intending to avoid his tax duties towards the public treasury with no justification”. read also: Ancelotti: Why coaching Zidane was unique The 61-year-old Italian has yet to respond to the charge. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is in hot water in Spain after being accused by prosecutors of not paying around €1m in taxes. Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Two Bit Operation Arcade Finds New Home in Downtown Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —Bob’s bullpen has acquired the rights to the “Two Bit Operation” name and is set to open the new arcade on December 14. All of the machines are brand new but are replicas of the originals. They also have over 2,600 games collectively. Owner Bob LeFevre says that if you were to play a different game each day for seven years, you wouldn’t play the same game twice.LeFevre says he hopes that the nostalgia of the retro arcade will resonate with the community of Alpena. “I think it’s just something that people have a lot of connection to, that grew up around here,” he said. “Over the years, Alpena has lost a lot of things that we really loved as children, so I’m trying to bring back some of those things through the Bullpen.”The arcade will have all the classics including Pac-Man, Rampage, Galaga and much more. There was previously a Two Bit Operation on Washington Ave. decades ago, and also in the mall. Bob says people who are familiar with the old arcades will recognize some similarities, including wizard decorations.A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on December 13 and the grand opening is on December 14 at Bob’s Bullpen.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Bob’s BullpenContinue ReadingPrevious Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583 on a mission to give Christmas toys to kids in needNext Suite Salon Spa organizes fundraiser for five-year-old’s heart transplantlast_img read more

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