Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations Trains Military Personnel and Civilians

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 17, 2017 After seven years in operation, the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is today an international model for training service members and civilians operating under the direction of the United Nations. Also known as the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Center in homage to the Brazilian diplomat who died while serving in Iraq in 2003, the center has trained more than 3,500 people, including service members from partner nations such as Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, and the United States. “CCOPAB is sought after by various nations, whether for visits, for sending instructors, or for receiving students,” the center’s press office reported to Diálogo. “We might say that we are considered a model center.” Participants may receive different kinds of training, from the Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders to the Military Translators and Interpreters Internship. There is an ever increasing demand and the annual number of students has jumped from 433 in 2010 to 611 in 2016, including contingents from Brazil (the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force, civilians, police, and firefighters) and from abroad. “The reason why CCOPAB has become a benchmark is because of the integrated work that has been done in the presence of service members from the three military branches as well as the participation of military police and civilians in planning and giving the courses,” said Brazilian Army Major Anderson Félix Geraldo, an engineering officer who is a CCOPAB instructor and coordinator of the Training Internship for Journalists and Press Advisers in Conflict Areas. “That integration allows for the development of comprehensive and multidisciplinary Academic Subject Plans that align the hands-on experiences gleaned during the mission (i.e., lessons learned) with the theory taught in the classroom,” Maj. Felix explained, “As a result of that, CCOPAB has obtained certification from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the Joint Staff of Peacekeeping Missions Internship, the Military Observer Internship, and the UN Police Training Internship.” Courses and internships Brazilians and foreigners take the same course at CCOPAB’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. “UN training is the same throughout the world. So, be they service members, police, or civilians, they all acquire the same knowledge,” CCOPAB said, “We have courses given in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.” Among the main courses, the following stand out: Training Internship for Joint Staff and Commanders of Military Organizations: Marks the beginning of training for conducting activities related to the use of a troop contingent in a peacekeeping operation. For one week students learn how the UN operates and learn about specific issues for the mission where the troops will be deployed. Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders: Trains service members for specific duties as unit and platoon commanders during peacekeeping operations, while also qualifying them as instructors. It includes the tactics, techniques, and procedures used during missions, as well as the rules of engagement and training modules standardized by the UN. Preparedness for Peacekeeping Missions Internship: Trains interns to act as Joint Staff officers, military observers in peacekeeping missions, or as United Nations police on peacekeeping missions, all in a multicultural environment. Course on Humanitarian Demining: Expands the training of engineering officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and sergeants to perform the role of international monitor or supervisor during humanitarian demining missions. Military-Civilian Coordination Internship: Taught in English, the course trains service members who will perform duties related to military-civilian coordination, officers of partner nations who will participate in peacekeeping missions, and members of civilian partner agencies. CCOPAB also offers the Military Translator and Interpreter Internship, which trains volunteer service members to perform the duties of translator and interpreter while on peacekeeping missions. “They develop linguistic competency in English, French, or in the native language of the host country in order to carry out the duties of a translator and interpreter,” the center said. And, as part of the Logistics and Reimbursement during Peacekeeping Operations Internship, the center trains officers and noncommissioned officers from Brazil and partner nations to perform duties related to the Administration and Logistics of Peacekeeping Operations. “In addition to that, CCOPAB trains journalists on how to operate in conflict zones,” Maj. Felix said. “This year we trained 38 press professionals from every region of Brazil.” The reporters learn about human rights, international humanitarian law, first aid, firefighting, what to do in collapsed structures, reacting to mines and explosive war debris, communication and negotiation, risk analysis and mitigation in journalistic coverage, and moving through at-risk areas. “We also have lectures by professionals who pass along their experiences,” he concluded. CCOPAB’s trajectory Created in 2010, CCOPAB evolved from other agencies. The first of these was the Brazilian Army’s Center of Preparation and Evaluation for Peace Missions, founded in 2001 within the Land Operations Command’s Division of Peacekeeping Missions. Its purpose was to direct the training of all Brazilian service members designated for peacekeeping missions. “In 2005, the Brazilian Army created the Peace Operations Training Center (CIOpPaz, per its Portuguese acronym), which trained what was then the Haiti Brigade, 3rd Contingent, comprising the School Units Group, 9th Infantry Brigade,” according to the center. Since then, these contingents have been used pursuant to Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, which covers operations related to threats to peace, breakdowns in peace, and acts of aggression. On June 15, 2010, a Brazilian Ministry of Defense decree assigned CIOpPaz to train Brazilian and partner nation military members and civilians to serve on peacekeeping missions. The decree also changed the organization’s name from CIOpPaz to CCOPAB. The challenges of peacekeeping missions Today, the training for peacekeeping missions involves significant challenges. “Peacekeeping operations are multidimensional and have immense cultural diversity. Communication, respect for diversity, different cultures, and languages, and respect for all genders are concepts that must be very well conveyed,” CCOPAB said. “In this respect, we have already acquired a sound methodological basis.” In the coming years, the center will attempt to further consolidate and expand its experiences in this field. “CCOPAB has the goal of becoming a center of excellence in areas related to military, civilian, and police training for peacekeeping and humanitarian demining missions,” the center said. In addition to contributing to the training of international contingents, Brazil has historically participated in peacekeeping missions. Brazil has sent more than 50,000 service members on nearly 50 UN missions. In 2014, the country assumed the coordination and military command duties in the operations of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym), and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), in 2011. “MINUSTAH highlighted just how essential our participation was for achieving political stability in Haiti,” the Ministry of Defense said in a press release. “And UNIFIL already stands out for putting Brazil in a leadership role over the only naval force operated by the UN in the world.”last_img read more

WINAIR announces summer schedule

first_imgWINAIR has advised that for the peak part of the summer (July 13 – August 31) they will increase their flights from regularly scheduled 4 flights per week, to 6 flights per week into Dominica.The announcement was made on Thursday 21 May 2015, that flights will now operate daily, except Tuesday. There will be new times with the flights to accommodate this schedule.New Times:WM 103;PTP – DOM – 07.00 – 07.30DOM – SXM – 08.00 – 09.00WM 104;SXM – DOM – 17.30 – 18.30DOM – PTP – 19.00 – 19.30 Tweet Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsTravel WINAIR announces summer schedule by: – May 21, 2015 210 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Pro Bowl solution finally discovered

first_imgI have been warned.With the Herald Sports curse now in full swing — per Adam Holt and Jordan Schelling in yesterday’s PCP – I’m staying away from any proclamations, predictions, projections, picks or profiles. No thoughts on the Super Bowl, no expectations for the rest of the NBA season and, for my readers’ sake, no reflections on the Badgers. You’re welcome.Instead, I would like to divert my thoughts to this weekend’s Pro Bowl. To be honest, if this column space follows the current trend, and the jinx rears its ugly head again this Sunday, very few will care. While I’m a big fan of Roger Goodell and his actions in three-plus years as NFL commissioner, the Pro Bowl has remained stagnant in its present format. Defenses care less about the game than Allen Iverson does about practice. Offenses run up and down the field easier than Usain Bolt. And, in the week leading up to the event, players drop out quicker than Angelina did on the “Jersey Shore.”Perhaps Goodell and his cronies have shared some of these sentiments. This year, for the first time ever, the Pro Bowl will be played at the site of the Super Bowl, one week before the big game. For that, I commend the commissioner. Previously, the NFL’s “all-star game” was held the week after Super Bowl Sunday in Honolulu, HI. Having the Pro Bowl held the week after the Super Bowl never made much sense; as America continued to digest its beer and hot wings, interest in pro football was generally waning.Every other professional sport has seemed to figure out that regardless of its overall success, all-star events belong in the middle of their respective seasons, when interest in the sport is at its peak. In my opinion, baseball does it best. The MLB All-Star break garners significant interest in essentially all of its major events; the Home Run Derby — despite continual debates over the best possible format — is always a hit, the Futures Game has seen rapid growth in popularity and the All-Star Game itself is consistently successful. As a result, Goodell and the NFL have taken a good first step in bumping up the Pro Bowl.Yet, more steps lie ahead in the quest for Pro Bowl prominence. For one, the NFL needs to continue to radically revamp its calendar. For the past few years, there has been frequent discussion about adding a game or two to the regular season schedule, which would bring the total to 17 or 18 games for each team. That’s ridiculous. Football is already the most grueling sport in America, and injuries already derail the majority of teams’ seasons every year.Furthermore, this week leading up to the Pro Bowl has seen a seemingly countless number of nominated players drop out with injuries — many legit, many not so much. If the best players in the league find themselves physically unable to participate in the Pro Bowl, does expanding the regular season make any sense? If those same players also find themselves unable to get motivated to play, imagine them after playing 19 games before the postseason even begins. Many proponents of an expanded schedule cite the number of injuries in meaningless preseason games in support of increasing the length of the regular season. Such expansion would allow for the elimination of one or two preseason games, but a better solution exists.This past season, preseason play began on Sunday, Aug. 9 with the Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Making up a solid package with the Hall of Fame enshrinement the day before, the HOF Game should stay where it is. The rest of the NFL, meanwhile, began preseason play the following Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.Drum roll, please.Here’s my grand idea for fixing the Pro Bowl: play it the day after the HOF Game, in Canton, on Monday night. Imagine the entire football world has its eyes on Canton as the all-time greats are welcomed into the pantheon of football history. Saturday belongs to those greats and their accomplishments, while Sunday will give fans their first taste of NFL action in the HOF Game. The next night, the Pro Bowl will mark the beginning of the Monday Night Football season, making every football fan’s favorite day of the workweek even better. ESPN would have a field day with the “Is It Monday Yet?” promos, and all would be good in the football world.In summary, the Hall of Fame Game weekend would feature two games supplementing the enshrinement ceremony. Saturday to Monday, all football. Later in the week, when the current preseason format has regular preseason games beginning Thursday night and going through the next Monday night, fans would be given the best week of the year: eight days of football in approximately a week-and-a-half. In addition, there would be no conflict with player availability for the Super Bowl teams, as currently is the case. Now, channeling my inner “Entourage” obsession, is that something you might be interested in?Making this one move would revitalize the Pro Bowl and give the sports world a jolt of energy. However, football fans, I’m not done yet. My last step to restoring the relevance of the event involves the selection of those who actually get to play in the game. Presently, Pro Bowl voting is divided into thirds; coaches, players, and fans each have equal say. While I love my opportunity to vote, coaches and players need to have the majority of the voting power, solely because they know the NFL better than anyone. As a result, I propose voting be divided into fifths: two-fifths for coaches, two-fifths for the players, and one-fifth for fans. That way, everyone stays happy.Voil?, the Pro Bowl is fixed. Unless it actually is my turn to impose the Herald Sports curse, that is.Mike is a sophomore planning on majoring in journalism. Love his blueprint for fixing the Pro Bowl? Think he should stick to his cereal bowl? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.comlast_img read more