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Director, Nursing Programs

first_imgJob SummaryThe director will provide the vision and leadership required tosupport and enhance the mission of the Nursing Programs (AssociateDegree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing). Primaryadministrative responsibilities include programdevelopment/management, continuous review, planning, budgetadministration, general effectiveness of the programs,accreditation, and providing supervision/mentoring to part-timefaculty. Instructional responsibilities require a broad-basedknowledge of the nursing in the health industry. The Director is amember of the full-time faculty and reports to the Dean of HealthSciences. In addition, the director is responsible for supportingstudent success by creating an optimum learning environment,responding to student needs, managing effective instructionalactivities, developing curriculum courses, modeling employabilityskills, demonstrating professionalism, developing cooperative workrelationships with other faculty and staff, supporting collegeadministrative requirements, and maintaining competency in theirinstructional field. He/she will be responsible for qualityinstruction and for effective participation and interest in thetotal affairs of the college. The director serves as teachingfaculty and is required to instruct one class/year.Education Required- Master’s of Nursing degree in Education from a regionallyaccredited post-secondary institution – Current unrestrictedlicense or multistate license privilege to practice as a registerednurse in North CarolinaEducation Preferred- Doctoral degree in nursing education administration oreducation from a regionally accredited post-secondaryinstitutionExperience Required- Minimum 3 years of full-time experience in clinical nursingpractice as a registered nurse within the past 10 years. – Minimum3 years of full-time post-secondary teaching experience in a boardapproved nursing program – Progressive administrative experience ina post-secondary, board approved nursing program within the last 5years. – Participation in implementing requirements for state boardof nursing approval and national accreditation standards -Experience with faculty supervision including performanceevaluation – Experience in budget development and management -Experience with enrollment management, curriculum/programdevelopment, and academic assessment – Experience with onlineLearning Management Systems and technologyExperience Preferred- Greater than 3 years of full-time experience in clinicalnursing practice as a registered nurse – Greater than 3 years offull-time post-secondary teaching experience in a board approvednursing program – Community college teaching and/or administrativeexperiencelast_img read more

Top 10 Greatest Cricketing sledges

first_img1. Richard Stobo to Danny Waugh, brother of Steve and Mark A Sydney grade game between Gordon and Bankstown. After Stobo beats Waugh’s outside edge a few times in succession: ‘Mate, are you fucking adopted?’ 2. Glenn McGrath to portly Zimbabwean chicken farmer Eddo Brandes ‘Hey Eddo, why are you so fucking fat?’ Eddo Brandes: ‘Because every time I fuck your mother, she throws me a biscuit.’ 3. James Ormond & Mark Waugh Ormond had just come out to bat on an Ashes tour and was greeted by Mark Waugh. MW: ‘Fuck me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.’ JO: ‘Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family.’ 4. Glenn McGrath & Ramnaresh Sarwan McGrath to Sarwan: ‘So what does Brian Lara’s dick taste like?’ Sarwan: ‘I don’t know. Ask your wife.’ McGrath (losing it): ‘If you ever fucking mention my wife again, I’ll fucking rip your fucking throat out!’ 5. Mark Waugh & Adam Parore Waugh standing at second slip, the new player (Parore) comes to the crease playing and missing the first ball. Mark: ‘Oh, I remember you from a couple years ago in Australia. You were shit then; you’re fucking useless now.’ Parore (turning around): ‘Yeah, that’s me. And when I was there you were going out with that old, ugly slut. And now I hear you’ve married her, you dumb cunt!’ 6. Fred Trueman & Raman Subba Row Fred Trueman bowling. The batsman edges and the ball goes to first slip, and right between Raman Subba Row’s legs. Fred doesn’t say a word. At the end of the over, Row ambles past Trueman and apologises sheepishly. ‘I should’ve kept my legs together, Fred.’ ‘Not you Raman, your mother,’ Fred replied. 7. Waugh & Jamie Siddons In a Sheffield Shield game between NSW and SA, a Waugh twin (not sure which) was taking an eternity to take guard, asking the umpire for centre, middle and leg, two legs – the whole lot. Then he steps away towards leg side and has another look around the field, before re checking centre. Jamie Siddons is at slip, and decided enough is enough. He yells out. ‘For Christ‘s sake, it’s not a fuckin’ test match.’ Waugh replies: ‘Of course it isn’t: you’re here!‘ 8. Healy & Atherton Michael Atherton, on his first Tour to Australia, was adjudged not out on a caught behind appeal. At the end of the over Ian Healey walked by and announced ‘You’re a fucking cheat.’ Athers replied very politely ‘When in Rome, dear boy…’ 9. W.G.Grace & Umpire Once, when the ball knocked off a bail, he replaced it and told the umpire: ‘Twas the wind which took thy bail off, good sir.’ The umpire replied: ‘Indeed, doctor, and let us hope thy wind helps the good doctor on thy journey back to the pavilion .’ 10. Ian BothamIan Botham arrives in Australia The cheeky customs official asks him ‘Do you have a criminal record?’ Botham: ‘I didn’t know that was still a requirement.’last_img read more

Vectren Reveals Electric Generation Diversification Intentions

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Vectren reveals electric generation diversification intentions during public  meeting on Integrated Resource Plan; details finalized next year.During its final integrated resource plan (IRP) stakeholder meeting, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren, NYSE: VVC) proposed a pathway to modify its electric generation portfolio over the next two decades, which if implemented will result in the diversification of the generation fleet in the coming years. The discussion on the utility’s future generation plan took place during Vectren’s third and final public stakeholder meeting, which was conducted as part of the integrated resource planning process that is overseen by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Vectren’s IRP, filed every two years (moving to three years) with the IURC, illustrates how the company plans to generate and deliver safe, reliable and reasonably priced electricity to its southwestern Indiana customers through a forecast spanning 20 years. This is the first plan, with input gathered at three public stakeholder meetings throughout 2016, which points to a future that is likely less reliant on coal.“When looking at the energy mix Vectren will use to meet future electric demand, we considered a broad range of potential conditions and variables throughout this IRP process,” said Carl Chapman, Vectren’s chairman, president and CEO. “Over the next several months, we will finalize our generation plan with steadfast consideration for customer bill impacts. To speculate on exactly what that will look like and the timing is premature, but it will likely include natural gas and renewable energy options, as well as our continued offering of energy efficiency programs to ensure customers are focused on using energy wisely. We would anticipate still having some reliance on coal-fired generation, albeit substantially less, which will in turn lower the carbon footprint of our generation portfolio.”Vectren must comply with a slate of federal mandates over the next several years, the compliance costs of which have driven the IRP process to consider alternative fuel sources. Some of these regulations are:Coal Combustion Residual (CCR): Provides guidelines on coal ash handling and disposal regulations around the use of ash pondsEffluent Limitations Guideline (ELG): Includes more stringent limitations on wastewater discharges from coal-fired plants; this rule resulted from previous mandates related to airThrough the IRP stakeholder input process, Vectren communicated it would be required to spend roughly $250 million to comply with the CCR, ELG and other related rules, which spurred the consideration of other options due to the age of some of its coal-fired generation units.“Over the next year, we will work to develop a transition plan that takes into strong consideration the economic impacts of each step, while evaluating possible modifications to current regulations that may be implemented under future administrations including those beyond the newly elected president,” continued Chapman. “Our plan will be focused on ensuring we have a reasonably priced, reliable generation portfolio as well as a diverse energy mix to alleviate the risks associated with choosing only one fuel source. Likewise, we will expect to incorporate more renewable energy resources, such as solar, as costs are expected to continue to decline in the coming years.”The official IRP will be submitted to the IURC in December. The IURC will then respond to all of the state utilities that filed their IRPs this year, including Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (Nipsco) and Indianapolis Power & Light, by releasing a director’s report likely in the summer of 2017.Vectren delivers electricity to approximately 144,000 customers in all or portions of Gibson, Dubois, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.About VectrenVectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Ind. Vectren’s energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to more than 1 million customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and about 20 percent of Ohio, primarily in the west-central area. Vectren’s nonutility subsidiaries and affiliates currently offer energy-related products and services to customers throughout the U.S. These include infrastructure services and energy services. To learn more about Vectren, visit www.vectren.com. About the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)The practice of conducting an IRP is a biennial process but will soon be moving to a three-year process. Vectren’s IRP takes into consideration the public’s interest and is formed with respect to federal and state energy and environmental policy, both of which are rapidly changing for utilities. The utility conducted three public meetings during the course of 2016, taking input from many key stakeholders. Learn more at www.vectren.com/irp.last_img read more

Savvy Senior How SSI Can Help Low-Income Seniors and the Disabled

first_imgDear Savvy Senior,What can you tell me about the Supplemental Security Income program and what are the eligibility requirements? My father is very low-income, so I’m wondering if this is something he may qualify for. Searching Daughter                                                                    Dear Searching,Supplemental Security Income (or SSI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash benefits to people that are disabled or over 65 based on financial need. Currently, more than 8 million people are receiving SSI benefits. Here’s what you should know.Eligibility RequirementsTo qualify for SSI your dad must be either age 65 or older, blind or disabled, and must be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident. He must also have limited assets and income.His assets must be less than $2,000 or $3,000 for couples. This includes cash, bank accounts, other personal property, and anything else that could potentially be converted to cash. His home, household goods and one vehicle, along with life insurance policies and burial funds valued under $1,500, do not count towards countable assets.The income limit to qualify for SSI, however, is much more complicated. Countable income includes wages or any other kind of money your dad earned from working, plus money he gets from other sources like unemployment, Social Security retirement, or gifts from friends, but also, free food or shelter.In 2019, the SSI allowable income limit is $771 a month for an individual or $1,157 a month for a couple. So, if your dad’s countable income is over the SSI allowable limit (this is based on a complex set of rules and calculations – see SSA.gov/ssi/text-income-ussi.htm) he would not qualify. But if he’s under it, he would qualify for some benefits depending on his countable income.To help you determine if your dad is eligible for SSI, help him take the Social Security Administration’s benefits screening test at SSAbest.benefits.gov. This online questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and screens for a variety of benefits, not just SSI.You should also know that most states – except Arizona, Mississippi, North Dakota and West Virginia – supplement the federal SSI payment with payments of their own. In some of the states that pay a supplement, your dad may qualify for the state payment even if he doesn’t meet the federal SSI eligibility criteria. How to ApplyIf you think that your dad is eligible for SSI, call 800-772-1213 and set up an appointment to apply at his local Social Security office.To help make the application process go quickly and smoothly, your dad should bring his Social Security number; birth certificate or other proof of age; information about the home where he lives, such as his mortgage, or lease and the landlord’s name; payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records and other information about his income and the things he owns; his proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status; and if he is applying for SSI because he is disabled or blind, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals and clinics that have information related to his condition.For more information visit SSA.gov/ssi or call Social Security at 800-772-1213 and ask them to mail you a copy of publication 11000 “Supplemental Security Income (SSI).” You can also read it online atSSA.gov/pubs/EN-05-11000.pdf.Other Assistance ProgramsDepending on your dad’s income, needs and location there are other financial assistance programs that may be able to help him like Medicaid, prescription drug assistance, food stamps and energy assistance. To find out what he may be eligible for go to BenefitsCheckUp.org. This is a free, confidential Web tool that contains more than 2,500 programs.Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.last_img read more

Allied pancake supply at risk from strike, says union

first_imgAllied Bakeries workers in Belfast are set to take strike action in a dispute over pay.Union Unite has warned that a strike at Allied’s factory in Castlereagh Road, Belfast, could hit supply of pancakes ahead of Shrove Tuesday, as the site is the only one that produces jammy pancakes for the UK market.Allied responded by saying it has contingency plans in place and does not anticipate that supply of core Kingsmill and Sunblest pancakes would be significantly impacted by the strike.Three-quarters of Unite members voted for strike action. They are seeking a 5% pay increase after the company offered 2.2%.“Strike action is set to proceed after an overwhelming vote of 75% for industrial action,” said Unite regional officer Sean McKeever.He added that management had been informed pickets were going up, which meant 250 workers would be on strike immediately following the seven days’ notice period.“The strike is set to commence two weeks before Shrove Tuesday and will shut down production of pancakes at the Castlereagh Road site.”McKeever said the 2.2% pay increase offered to workers was barely enough to keep pace with the current rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index.“This situation is untenable and is putting huge pressures on these workers. The current pay offer was an insult to Allied Bakeries’ workers.”Allied Bakeries said it was “disappointed” that some employees had voted for industrial action over pay.“All those involved within this ballot are paid at rates above The Living Wage Foundation’s recommended UK hourly rate and provided with a range of in-work benefits, including life insurance and pension provision that, for some long-serving colleagues, is based upon their final salary.“As in previous years, we have committed to increasing our annual rate of pay this year and our hope remains that we can resolve this situation without disruptive industrial action.”News of the Allied strike comes two weeks after Hovis bakery workers cancelled a strike over pay, accepting a 4% increase.Update: The strike action at Allied Bakeries’ Castlereagh Road site in Belfast has been paused after an improved pay offer was made by the company.last_img read more

Professional athlete discusses humanitarianism

first_imgRuth Riley, a 2001 Notre Dame graduate and former Notre Dame women’s basketball player, came to the Eck Center last night to give the lecture “From Professional Athlete to Humanitarian: How I Became involved in the Fight Against Poverty and Disease,” an event organized by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.         “It’s up to us as individuals how much we want to be engaged,” Riley said. “I learned very quickly that I wanted to utilize the platform I have [as an athlete] to make a difference.“People ask me what makes me different than most professional athletes — why do I spend time doing what I do? I would say it’s simply how I prioritize my time.”Riley said seeing the lives of those living in malaria-stricken countries left her overwhelmed after her time as a spokeswoman for Nothing but Nets, a charity dedicated to preventing the spread of malaria.“I’m in a clinic and there’s a mother there who is holding a child who is dying of malaria,” said Riley. “She told me she already lost one of her children.“For me, I’ve never been a mother. I didn’t know what it felt like, and I felt so inadequate in that moment to help her.”On a trip to Nairobi as a spokeswoman for a Global Business Coalition for tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria, Riley said her experiences opened her up to the terrible social impact of disease.“Nothing can prepare you for the reality of what life is like in the slums of Nairobi,” she said. “I got a crash course in the feminization of AIDS.“Women were being raped by a rate of 50 percent or more, largely by the rumor that raping a virgin [would cure AIDS], so women were being raped at a very young age. Women had no rights.”   There is a disconnect — a “spoil factor” — between those who are able to help and those who need aid keeping progress from going as quickly as possible, Riley said.          “A lot of professional athletes surround themselves with people that aren’t directed on the path of giving back to others,” she said. “We have things like health care and talk about things like movies.“Mothers [in these countries], they don’t expect their kids to live beyond the age of five. The leadership in a lot of these countries is so corrupt, and information and knowledge is power and they don’t even have access to that.”Even with the multitude of obstacles and countless variables in these countries that require consideration, Riley said maintaining optimism is vital to maintaining progress.“There are so many factors like corruption and ignorance that keep the cycle of crime and poverty in place,” said Riley. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the obstacles and the contributing factors when you’re working with HIV…so it’s really necessary to focus and celebrate the small steps you make on the way.”Tags: Athlete, Eck Center, Humanitarianlast_img read more

Siegfried residents raise money, awareness for homeless through Day of Man

first_imgDespite the forecasted high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit this Wednesday, the men of Siegfried Hall will be wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their 14th annual Day of Man fundraiser for South Bend Center for the Homeless. In fact, the colder the better, sophomore Sean Butler said. Photo courtesy Sean Residents of Siegfried Hall pose outside South Dining Hall during the 2019 Day of Man. The men of Siegfried use the annual event—in which they brave the cold in shorts and t-shirts—to fundraise for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“Last year it was in the 40’s and we were disappointed with that … we like the challenge,” Butler, one of the students involved in coordinating the fundraiser, said.Day of Man marks the start of a fundraising effort that continues online through the Notre Dame Student Shop until the end of February. In the past 13 years, Siegfried has raised over $145,000 for the Center for the Homeless. After raising over $15,000 last year, the hall hopes to increase that number to $20,000 this year. Senior Jess Hatfield, who has led the event since his sophomore year, said the personal nature of the fundraiser is part of its appeal.“The success of the event is really about getting as many Siegfried men as possible outside begging for money,” Hatfield said in an email. “It’s a really cool event this way because there is a direct correlation between the amount of participation we have from each and every resident and the amount of money we raise.”Despite the convenience of Venmo, the Student Activities Office has historically resisted its use in fundraisers due to security concerns. “Our rector, Deacon Joe Peterson, and other rectors are trying to push for hall Venmos for upcoming years so we’re hoping that comes through,” Butler said. “This year is probably more of a transition year.”Butler said he felt the focus of the fundraiser is on coming to a better understanding of the experiences of the homeless and emphasizing solidarity.“They [the homeless] have busy lives, too. Just like we have busy lives, they have busy lives, but they have to go through their lives without a lot of basic needs met,” Butler said. “I think at the core it’s a cause that everyone can get behind and recognize that, you know, we’re all so fortunate to be here at Notre Dame.”In the future, Hatfield said, Siegfried residents hope to expand their fundraising to companies that can contribute monetary or product donations. Last year, Patagonia donated winter clothes to the Center for the Homeless in response to Siegfried residents’ efforts.“In the future, getting winter clothes companies, or any companies, for that matter, to match donations could really improve total money raised,” Hatfield said. “This is a pretty unique event, so I think if we worked hard enough, we could definitely get some good sized corporate donations.”Throughout the rest of the year, Siegfried Hall has an active relationship with the Center for the Homeless, with residents volunteering every weekend in whatever capacity they are most needed.“We work with them a lot, so it’s more than just writing a check and then being done with it,” Butler said.The fundraiser allows for community members, whether living on or off campus, to get involved in different ways, from designing t-shirts and posters to creating hype videos. Small variations, Hatfield said, can be enough to increase excitement and awareness before the fundraiser.Day of Man has retained roughly the same form since its inception. Hatfield said the simplicity of the event combined with the light-hearted and yet sincere attitude of the participants makes it effective as both a fundraiser and community building event. The sense of purpose and community drew him to the fundraiser as a First Year.“Dorm spirit and a sense of camaraderie is huge,” Hatfield said. “The spirit is contagious and definitely necessary to get all of us to stand outside half naked in the freezing cold.”Tags: Siegfried Hall, Siegfried Hall Day of Man, South Bend Center for the Homelesslast_img read more

Sutton Foster Tapped for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Revival

first_imgSutton Foster(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Tony winner Sutton Foster has booked a trip to Stars Hollow. The Younger star will appear in the upcoming Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, according to TVLine. Foster has a history with the series’ creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino: she starred in her short-lived ABC Family (now Freeform) comedy Bunheads.No official word yet on exactly who Foster will play, but it’s not impossible for the Broadway favorite to reprise her Bunheads performance as Michelle Simms. When she stopped by Broadway.com for Role Call, Foster revealed that was the role she would most love to do again. Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut hamlet where much of Gilmore Girls takes place, even has its own dance studio, run by fan favorite Miss Patty LaCosta (played by Liz Torres).A handful of original Gilmore Girls actors are lined up for the series’ next chapter, including Lauren Graham, Tony winner Kelly Bishop (who also starred in Bunheads), Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale, Sean Gunn, Keiko Agena, Milo Ventimiglia and Matt Czuchry. Foster is the first addition to the cast who did not appear in the original WB (and later CW) incarnation.A Tony winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster’s additional stage credits include Violet, Shrek, Young Frankenstein and The Drowsy Chaperone. Fans can currently catch her as 40-year-old-but-pretending-to-be-26 Liza Miller on TV Land’s Younger (and in GIF form in Broadway.com’s recaps). View Commentslast_img read more

Walmart Goes Solar in Alabama

first_imgWalmart Goes Solar in Alabama FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Alabama NewsCenter:After months of construction, one of the state’s largest solar energy facilities, built in partnership with Alabama Power, is up and running in Chambers County.The 72-megawatt Alabama Solar A project sits on 1,400 rolling acres, just south of LaFayette. Seventy-two megawatts is an amount of energy equivalent to what is typically needed to power about 18,000 homes.Most of the renewable energy attributes from Alabama Solar A are going to serve Walmart through a long-term contract, to help the retailer meet its renewable energy goals. Alabama Power is marketing the remaining energy and renewable energy attributes from the project to other customers interested in supporting new renewable generation in the state.The project is operated by Boise, Idaho-based Clenera and was built by Swinerton Renewable Energy, based in San Diego. Alabama Power has a long-term power-purchase agreement with the primary owner of the facility, Houston-based Centaurus Renewable Energy, to receive all the energy and environmental attributes from the solar farm, which it can then use for its own customers or resell to others – as in the contract with Walmart.The long-term agreements make the project cost-effective for Alabama Power customers, while also supporting Walmart, one of the state’s most important retailers and employers.“This project is great for Alabama Power customers because it puts downward pressure on rates. It also helps our partner, Walmart, meet its sustainability goals. And it supports the local economy in Chambers County. It’s a win-win-win,” said John Kelley, Alabama Power’s director of Forecasting and Resource Planning.Work began in February on the $140 million project, which began generating electricity a few days ago. More than 450 people were employed at the site during peak construction, many of them local workers. The facility’s permanent employees also are being hired locally.More: Chambers County solar project now serving Walmartlast_img read more

Defense by Doctrine

first_img Staff On September 6, 2010, then-Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim appointed General José Carlos de Nardi as the first chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces. The position was aligned with the new National Defense Strategy and was created after the Ministry of Defense’s reorganization. The new position is hierarchically equivalent to the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force, but has oversight for joint activities. This means that Gen. De Nardi is responsible for deploying the Armed Forces on joint exercises, while it is the commanders’ responsibility to train each of their respective forces. In March 2011, during his first visit to the U.S. Southern Command since he took on his new role, Gen. De Nardi spoke with Diálogo. Diálogo: How do you see the participation of the Brazilian Armed Forces in actions such as the retaking of some of the shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro? By Dialogo October 01, 2011 General José Carlos de Nardi: The Armed Forces’ participation in retaking slums in Rio de Janeiro is provided for in the Federal Constitution, in Article 142: to secure law and order. In keeping with recommendations, their use in activities of this kind should occur episodically and in a restricted and predetermined area. This is precisely the context in which federal troops are acting in underprivileged communities in Rio de Janeiro. Diálogo: What is a key factor for the success of the Armed Forces’ support for the police? Gen. De Nardi: In Brazil there is a constitutional mandate to secure law and order, within predetermined parameters of time and space, without the Armed Forces taking on police functions. In other words, keeping their focus chiefly on homeland defense, the fundamental role of any armed force. In Brazil, police activity is limited to the country’s public-safety agencies. Along the border, the Armed Forces assume police powers only to support actions that may have to be carried out in fulfillment of their constitutional mission, and not in order to replace other public-safety actors operating in the same area. Diálogo: How can Brazil help other countries in the region to coordinate military and police operations, in regard to partnership in the fight against drug trafficking? Gen. De Nardi: There is no concept of cooperation among the Armed Forces of South America on matters of a police nature. What is in place is the possibility for the Armed Forces to act along the border, in constitutional situations and without trying to replace other public safety agencies. The approach to issues linked to drug trafficking is directly linked to the Ministry of Justice. Integration of the South American nations via an international cooperation plan that aggregates police technology and intensifies intelligence actions is the model that will be sought for the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime between Brazil and neighboring countries. Diálogo: What is the situation in the countries where Brazil has a peacekeeping presence, such as Haiti and now Lebanon? Gen. De Nardi: Initially, it is important to emphasize that Brazil only acts with peacekeeping forces and not with peace-imposing forces, in observance of the provisions of the Federal Constitution and always under the aegis of international organizations, such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States. The situation in these countries, according to the U.N., requires stronger support from the international community, which is being provided through the presence of peace forces, including Brazilian forces. Diálogo: Why is it important for Brazil to participate in contingents like the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)? What is Brazil’s role as a regional and international power, and how do the Armed Forces contribute to this? Gen. De Nardi: Participating in contingents like MINUSTAH plays an important role in increasing troop training and participation of the Armed Forces in peace operations, thus joining U.N. peace forces or those of regional multilateral organizations. Fulfilling international commitments is a valuable instrument of foreign policy, which positively projects Brazil’s image on the international scene. Aside from these aspects, it can also be considered a demonstration of dedication and responsibility in contributing to preserving world peace and security, reinforcing the principles of multilateralism and the peaceful resolution of disputes. I would also emphasize the important aspect of relating and integrating with Armed Forces of other countries. Brazil understands that because of its role as a regional power, its participation as a member in the joint and regional efforts of all the South American countries is much more important. In this way, it is seeking to establish itself in a higher regional position in several aspects, among which is its relationship to the defense of the subcontinent. Diálogo: What is going to be the participation of the Brazilian Armed Forces in events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in terms of VIP security in the streets, stadiums, etc.? Gen. De Nardi: The Brazilian Armed Forces will participate as an integral element in a larger context in which various other actors will be equally involved. Their use in security activities will be strictly within the anticipated constitutional and legal limits, seeking to collaborate in the success of all the events mentioned. The experience already acquired through participation in large events like the 2007 Pan-American Games will serve as an important base for the activities carried out. The participation of the Armed Forces in both events, however, will still be a subject to be decided by the Brazilian government in future agreements on the matter. center_img A very good interview. General De Nardi presented the constitutional principles that guide the Brazilian Armed Forces (BrAF) acting on Law and Order Enforcement Operations domestically in Brazil, as well as the principles that guide the BrAF deployed abroad.last_img read more