President Santos Names New Military High Command in Colombia

first_img On September 6, the Colombian Government named a new Military high command, under the direction of Army General Alejandro Navas, who was named commandant-general of the Armed Forces, according to an announcement by President Juan Manuel Santos. Navas, up to now commandant of the Army, replaces Admiral Edgar Cely, who has been serving in that post since August 7, 2010, when Santos took office. For his part, General Sergio Mantilla was named commandant of the Army, while Admiral Roberto García will occupy the post of commandant of the Navy, and General Tito Saúl Pinilla will head the Air Force. The president confirmed General Oscar Naranjo as director of the National Police, a post he has held since May 2007. Finally, Santos named Air Force General José Javier Pérez as the new head of the Joint General Staff. The reshuffling of the Military high command follows the naming of Juan Carlos Pinzón as the new defense minister, an appointment that was announced by Santos on Wednesday. On announcing the changes in the Military and police high command, Santos expressed his assurance that “this team – who know one another very well and whom I know because I worked with them as defense minister and now as president – is going to be a first-class team that is going to be at the minister’s side and at the head of the Armed Forces, giving great tranquility to the country.” The naming of Pinzón as minister and the new Military high command is a consequence of the administration’s decision to revise its strategy in the fight against illegal armed groups, including leftist guerrillas and the so-called “criminal gangs” (Bacrim) in the service of drug traffickers, made up of former extreme-right-wing paramilitaries. Along those lines, on investing Pinzón with the defense portfolio on Monday, Santos asked the Armed Forces for innovation and audacity in order to defeat the illegal armed groups. By Dialogo September 08, 2011last_img read more

What’s in your credit report?

first_imgThe Fair Credit Reporting Act entitles everyone to one free credit report every year from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus, but many consumers don’t take advantage of it.People tend to request copies of their credit report if they are planning a major upcoming life event, like buying a house, or if they are a victim of identity theft. However, most of the time, a credit report tends to be out of sight, out of mind.Experts say that is a mistake. Here’s why: your credit report details how you handle credit. That information is then used to determine your credit score. Your credit score – a three-digit number – is designed to help lenders figure out how big of a risk it would be to lend you money.If you want to borrow money and get a fair interest rate that reflects your true risk profile, it’s worth taking the time, at least once a year, to review your credit report.Here are few things you need to know about credit reports:Annualcreditreport.com is the only authorized website for the free annual credit report that you are guaranteed by law. You can use the site to request your Experian, Equifax and TransUnion credit reports online. (Those are the three major credit bureaus that lenders use to search your credit score.) Different lenders report to different credit bureaus, so it’s important to pull your reports from all three. The process to request the reports is as simple as filling out a form online, picking the reports you want and verifying your identity. Be prepared to provide your name, address, social security number, date of birth and other information.Credit reports include four sections:Identifying information: This is where you will find your name, social security number, current and former addresses, phone number and other personal information.Credit history:This is your complete borrowing history, including every loan you’ve ever had and whether you paid on time. You’ll also find information such as creditor names, account activity, account number, credit limit, minimum monthly payment and current balance.Public Records: This is where negative credit information like bankruptcies, liens and court judgments are listed. Negative information can remain on your report for up to seven years, so keep this section as clean as possible.Inquiries: This is triggered when your credit report is pulled. Inquiries fall into two categories: Hard and soft. Hard inquiries are when potential lenders pull your report when you apply for a loan. They can temporarily lower your credit score by up to five points. Soft inquiries are when a person or company checks your report as part of a background check. Soft inquiries don’t affect your credit at all, so don’t worry about frequently checking your own credit reports. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Gareth Bale gets birthday cake as Real Madrid learn from Manchester City’s Yaya Toure birthday blunder

first_imgGareth Bale can have no grumbles about his treatment at Real Madrid after the club wished him happy birthday and presented him with a cake.Welsh Football’s poster boy made 44 appearances for the team break down into 27 in La Liga, 12 in the Champions League and 5 in the Copa del Rey.In addition, in his first season with the Whites he managed to become the squad’s third top goal-scorer, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema.The goals he scored include those in the finals of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, which were crucial to his first titles with the Whites.You may remember that Yaya Toure was the centre of a controversy before the World Cup when the Manchester City midfielder and his agent came out with a series of unusual complaints surrounding his birthday.They claimed that the club had not appropriately congratulated Toure for reaching his 31st birthday. “No. Money is not important,” said Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk in May.”If City don’t respect him, then easy – Yaya will leave. No problem.“He [Touré] got a cake, but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti.“I don’t expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said ‘we congratulate you’. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.“Of course, Yaya is upset about this. It is his birthday and nobody said anything or shook his hand, so he does not feel comfortable.” We don’t envisage anything similar coming from Bale any time soonlast_img read more

Athletic: Alić and Mešić at the World Championship in Moscow

first_imgB&H will be represented by Hamza Alić and Kemal Mešić at the 14th World Championship in Athletics, which will be held from 10th to 18th August in Moscow. Hamza Alić in June won the bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey and his perfect shape he achieved with the personal record of 20.73 m at the International meeting in Zenica. With this result, 34-year-old member of the Athletic Club Zenica achieved the A-standard to perform in Moscow.Kemal Mešić, member of the AK Sarajevo, this season, won the bronze medal at the Balkan Championship in Istanbul. Also, he will perform for the World Cup since he achieved the A-standard. His best result during this season is 20.37 mQualifications for throwing balls at the World Championship in Moscow are on 15th August, and the next day will be held the finals.(Source: Fena)last_img read more