Panetta Visits Latin American Partners

first_img “This is a way of making contact and dealing with the region (…) to handle the threat posed by transnational crime and, specifically, drug trafficking organizations,” said Steve Johnson, a former Pentagon official specializing in Latin America, according to news site VOA. After giving a speech in a Military academy in Rio de Janeiro, Secretary Panetta will travel to Chile, where he is expected to meet with Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and President Sebastián Piñera. The U.S. is interested in the Chilean Military’s response to natural disasters, a topic which will be on the agenda at the upcoming Defense Ministers of the Americas meeting slated for October in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, said AFP. By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Panetta then headed to Brazil on April 24 for similar meetings with his counterpart, Celso Amorim and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Among the topics of discussion is a pending large-scale contract to equip the Brazilian Air Force with 36 new jet fighters, for which U.S. firm Boeing is competing, reported AFP. For the first time since he assumed his position, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on his way to South America on April 23, as part of a U.S. effort to build regional partnerships in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. Panetta’s agenda includes visits to Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. In Bogotá, the U.S. representative met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón to further discuss the bilateral agreement signed a week earlier by the South American country and President Barack Obama regarding Plan Colombia. last_img read more

Lenders were taking too long to approve mortgages with buyers forced to extend their settlement as a result

first_imgOnce buyers made a decision on a property they were keen to get through the process as quickly as possible.LENDERS have been labelled old fashioned and too slow, with borrowers revealing they were forced to extend their property settlement as a result.When taking out a mortgage, 37 per cent of respondents to a survey of buyers, said they had experienced delays on the part of the lender.The survey by online lending platform Tic: Toc found more than three-quarters of Australian property buyers thought lenders were too slow, held up the process and were old fashioned. The survey of 1000 buyers found 84 per cent believed it took too long to assess, process and approve a loan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt found Gen X were almost twice as likely as Baby Boomers to be faced with delays on the part of the lender.Tic:Toc CEO Anthony Baum, said buyers were already under stress from ever increasing property prices.He said lenders could do more to improve the home loan experience including making the most of digital and on line services.Once a decision to buy had been made, buyers were keen to get through the process quickly.About a quarter of respondents waived the cooling-off period in their purchase contract or had a shorter-term settlement.They were also fast to make a decision to buy with 44 per cent making an offer on a property on the same day they inspected it.last_img read more

Syracuse pulls away from Morgan State after defensive switch in 90-61 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman turned to his right and one-by-one plucked Abby Grant, Cornelia Fondren, Julia Chandler, Maggie Morrison and Bria Day off the bench to substitute in.Just around 30 seconds had elapsed at the start of the second half, but Hillsman was already sending in a complete team of subs.“We got some minutes spread out,” Hillsman said. “That was important for us going into this game to try to really deepen our rotation so we can play a little bit faster.”Syracuse’s starters weren’t getting it done. Morgan State, a team that Syracuse center Briana Day said the Orange should have killed, took a lead into the second quarter and was still hanging around until the final frame. Finally in the fourth quarter, with the help of a man-to-man full-court press made possible by a revolving door of players coming on and off the bench, No. 25 Syracuse (2-1) pulled away in a 90-61 win over Morgan State (1-3).Morrison, Bria Day, Grant and Chandler — all SU reserves — each logged season-highs in minutes. The Orange scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, its highest mark in a quarter through three games this year. Eighteen of the 31 came from the bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Once we got to the fourth quarter and we’re able to apply our pressure it really changed the game,” Hillsman said. “Once we started to turn the ball over and started getting easy baskets, that was the difference in the basketball game.”The game initially looked to be an immediate blowout. Two Brianna Butler 3-pointers highlighted a 15-2 start for SU just four minutes in and Hillsman began to reach into his reserves.The Bears then turned to guard Braennan Farrar on the outside and found success. Morgan State forward Lexus Spears set a pick on Peterson at the top of the key, giving Farrar enough space to sink an open 3. Peterson turned around and yelled out, “come on,” in frustration.It was the third 3-pointer in a row for Farrar and gave the Bears a 21-19 lead with 16 seconds left in the first quarter.As Peterson walked off the court a few seconds later, Hillsman wagged his finger disapprovingly at her.SU countered to outscore Morgan State by 17 in the second quarter, but the Bears kept clawing back to within single digits.“Teams that we’re supposed to kill, we have to kill them,” Briana Day said. “We can’t just skate through it.”In the second half, Hillsman traded Syracuse’s zone full-court pressure in for a man-to-man press. He saved it until after halftime, he said, so that Morgan State couldn’t go into the locker room and make an adjustment.The result was passes thrown out of bounds, several backcourt violations for the Bears and, on occasion, Syracuse players like starting guard Brittney Sykes and Peterson diving into seats to save a ball knocked away on the press.Each time Hillsman sensed a player was tired, he subbed her out for a pair of fresh legs. The Syracuse players rotated in and out so quick that at one point Morrison was standing on the court with her white warm-up shirt still on.“We kept throwing fresh bodies at them and they weren’t really subbing as much as we were so it really allowed us to keep the same defensive intensity,” Peterson said.In a span of less than a minute and a half in the fourth quarter, the Orange racked up four steals, 10 points and conceded none. A fast break 3-pointer by Peterson capped the scoring burst for the Orange and boosted its lead to 85-54 with 3:34 remaining — its largest lead of the night.Hillsman said the team came out flat, possibly because of an emotional hangover from nearly pulling off an upset against No. 4 Tennessee on Friday. And though it took until the fourth quarter, the Orange was eventually able to put the Bears away for the 31-point win.“I thought our kids came out of the locker room and really responded in that fourth quarter,” Hillsman said. Comments Published on November 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more