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Colombian Vice-President Highlights His Country’s Aid to Peace-Keeping Missions

first_imgBy Dialogo July 21, 2009 Jerusalem, 20 July (EFE).- The vice-president of Colombia, Francisco Santos Calderón, emphasized his country’s international vocation in carrying out peace-keeping missions today, after visiting the Sinai Peninsula to celebrate the Twentieth of July – Colombian Independence Day – with the Colombian contingent stationed in that region. “You feel very proud. The majority of the soldiers who are here have very significant operations in their service records; these are the best people,” the Colombian vice-president told EFE by telephone from southern Israel. Santos Calderón was touring southern Israel this afternoon to become acquainted with various technological projects related to solar energy and farming in arid regions. During the morning he visited the 350 men of Battalion Colombia, part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, responsible for monitoring the fulfillment of the peace accords between Israel and Egypt. The Colombian contingent is the second largest in the Sinai, after the United States, with 700 men, and ahead of Fiji, which has 250. “They’ve spent five, seven, nine years in the jungle, and they come to spend a year here representing Colombia,” explained the vice-president, who celebrated the 199th anniversary of Colombian independence with an official ceremony. This contingent “demonstrates that Colombia is a country that collaborates in peace-building at the international level.” During the official events the vice-president was accompanied by the Colombian ambassadors to Israel, Juan Hurtado Cano, and Egypt, Guillermo Vanegas. Tomorrow in Jerusalem Santos with meet with President Shimon Peres and with the Ministers of Regional Cooperation, Silvan Shalom, and Strategic Affairs, Moshe Yaalon, as well as with the head of the opposition and former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni. He will end his trip on Wednesday after visiting several manufacturers to try to give a boost to trade relations between Israel and Colombia.last_img read more

Rio de Janeiro To Host Next CISM Day Run

first_imgBy Dialogo January 27, 2011 I want to participate Every year in February, soldiers from many International Military Sports Council (CISM) countries get together to celebrate CISM’s anniversary and to promote the practice of sports in the military. On that day, soldiers of many countries are invited to participate either in a running or skiing event for peace. Last year’s CISM Day Run gathered more than 300.000 soldiers from 42 participating countries. The aim this year is to see 500.000 military running and celebrating CISM Sport for Peace. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host next February 20th the CISM Day Run – the Run for Peace. It has been held since 2006 in many cities in the world. The organization was founded in 1948 after World War II with the purpose of integration and peace among nations. This year, there will be a worldwide announcement of the 5th Military World Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, on July 16-24 2011. Along the CISM Day Run – Run for Peace- there will also be the Walk for Peace in Rio de Janeiro. Both events will be held in Flamengo Park, with start and finish at the World War II Memorial Monument. Entries are open to the civilian and military public and will take place from January 25th to February 16th, on the official website of the Rio 2011 Games (http://www.rio2011.mil.br). It will have a 10 km run, while the Walk for Peace, will have 3 km, both starting at 9 am. In order to get the gear, the participant must take 1kg of non-perishable food or cleaning items and toiletries that will be used for the victims of the storms in Rio de Janeiro mountainous region. The event is supported by the Athletics Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro, CISM, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Ministry of Defense and Federal Government.last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer suffers shock defeat in ATP Finals, in danger of not qualifying for semi-final

first_imgNew Delhi: Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.   The Swiss, who has won the season-ending event a record six times, produced an uncharacteristically error-prone and fractious display in the round-robin match on Sunday as the Japanese seventh seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.  The result means Federer is now in danger of failing to qualify for the semi-finals for just the second time in 16 appearances at the event. Read More |  Messi scores brace, Barcelona suffer first home loss in two years”I felt we both struggled, you know, throughout the first set,” he said. “You could tell it was sort of a first round. I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did.Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep the lead that I got early. That was important, I think, at the end. That was the key of the match.”   Read More | Manchester City beat Manchester United, Liverpool continue winning runFederer, 37, has beaten Nishikori in Shanghai and Paris in recent weeks but despite having the backing of a full house at the O2 Arena, he never really settled into a groove.  The normally cool Swiss was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after Nishikori produced a staggering backhand winner down the line.  The Swiss great made 20 unforced errors in the first set and Nishikori capitalised, forcing a tie-break in which he raced to a 6/1 lead before sealing it 7/4.  Federer, showing real urgency, broke Nishikori immediately at the start of the second set but it proved a false dawn as he lost his own serve immediately Nishikori broke again in the sixth game and kept his nerve, serving out for victory.  Read More | Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, Max Verstappen involved in punch-up”I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set. There were some lucky points but I played well today,” said Nishikori.  Overall the statistics made grim reading for Federer, who made a total of 34 unforced errors against 19 winners.  Federer denied that cutting back on his schedule increased the pressure on him to do well at the tournaments he did play.  “I don’t think, per se, I’m playing worse because of it,” he said. “I think I’ve had that pressure, not going out early, most of my career.”   Anderson win The ATP Finals is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season separated into two groups, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.  Earlier, Kevin Anderson made an impressive ATP Finals debut in the same Lleyton Hewitt group, beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 (12/10).  The Wimbledon finalist, who stands at 2.03 metres (six feet eight inches) tall dominated the early exchanges and secured the crucial break in the fourth game.  Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and forced a tie-break, but Anderson saved two set points and converted his fourth match point.  “I definitely felt a little bit nervous,” said Anderson. “But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my serve games nicely, created quite a few opportunities on his serve.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Herman named Teacher of Year

first_imgHe teaches Advanced Placement calculus and algebra and serves as an instructional coach. Principal Stacy Bryant said Herman is a “forward-thinking” teacher who believes every child can learn. “He believes it is his job to take a student from where they are at in their ability and move them forward. He meets the child wherever they are at,” Bryant said. Bryant recalled her first encounter with Herman four years ago when she visited his freshman algebra class. “He was doing his first day’s speech to the class. It was a bunch of freshmen and they were scared to death,” Bryant said. “He said, `You will not fail this class. I will not let you. I will do everything I can to help.’ PALMDALE – A 23-year veteran in education, Highland High School math instructor Eric Herman never meant to make teaching a career. When he took his first job at a Los Angeles junior high school, where he taught in a wood shop because there was no classroom available, his plan was to make enough money to go to graduate school and study history. “I fell in love with teaching after that first year of teaching and decided that’s what I was going to do,” said Herman, 45, of Quartz Hill. Herman, who last week was named Antelope Valley Union High School District’s 2007 Teacher of the Year, began teaching at Highland 17 years ago when the school opened. “He has turned a lot of people into lovers of math, and the kids love him.” Former student Mario Salguero, who graduated in 2004, said Herman’s “passion to see you learn and understand the subject matter is what sets him apart in my memory, and causes me to regard him as one of the best teachers I had in 12 years of schooling.” Math department chairman for a decade until two years ago, Herman also is credited with getting teachers to give common assessments, which helped determine student performance levels and improve achievement. As a result, students’ pass rates on the math portion of the high school exit exam went from 46 percent the first time they took it to 78 percent the following year. To get students, especially those who struggle, to learn math, Herman said, a teacher has to break the cycle of failure. “The kids who don’t like math generally don’t like it because they haven’t been successful. You have to teach them to believe first they can be successful,” Herman said. With some freshmen performing at just a fourth-grade level in math, Herman said his goal is to start them at a low enough level that they can succeed. “They can take home a paper with an `A’ on it to show Mom and Dad. It makes them want to come back the next day. It takes humor and human contact,” Herman said. The son of a preschool teacher and a mechanical engineer, Herman grew up helping other kids with their math and history homework. The pattern continued in college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in history. After graduation, he needed a job and was hired at a job fair by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which had a math teacher shortage. “I showed up. They said, `You’re breathing,’ and that’s how I got started,” Herman said. He began at Virgil Junior High in downtown Los Angeles, where his brother also taught. “That’s where I really learned how to teach,” Herman said. His classroom was a wood shop, and lessons were interrupted when someone would come in, turn on the buzz saw and cut a piece of wood. Herman’s wife, Laura, taught calculus at Highland before becoming vice principal at Quartz Hill High School. The couple have two sons, Nathan, 13, and Daniel, 12. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img