Melanie May | 15 May 2017 | News New guidelines on financial governance for trustees published ACEVO and Rathbones have published a guide to help trustees understand what is expected of them in terms of the governance of their charity’s finances.The ACEVO and Rathbones Financial Governance: a gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee is specifically targeted at new or less experienced trustees who may lack the knowledge and/or confidence of the key issues in this area. It will be distributed to around 15,000 charity trustee contacts via Charity Times, and has been written by Dorothy Dalton, formerly chief executive of ACEVO and editor of Governance magazine.Vicky Browning, CEO of ACEVO, said:“This guide is designed as a first and gentle introduction to charity finances, aimed at trustees who haven’t had experience of this area before.“By giving it to new or less experienced trustees and even experienced trustees who lack confidence when it comes to financial governance, you can steer them towards the areas where they should have informed oversight, and give them the confidence to know they’re asking the right questions to meet their duties.”The guide is free to ACEVO members and available at £9.99 to non-members. Advertisement Tagged with: Finance governance trustees About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 86 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 85 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15
Facebook The C.A.L.F. was created in 2009 to help tens of thousands of children in the area develop a lifelong love of fitness. Cowtown staff and volunteers visit approximately 400 schools across North Texas annually, training students in proper running technique and educating them about resting heart rate, the importance of hydration, proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle, according to the website.Before the races on Sunday, University Christian Church will host a pre-race morning worship service with singing, prayer and an uplifting devotional message. It will be in the stage area in the West Texas Room of the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall from 5:45-6:15 a.m. Grace is a senior journalism major and minor in business. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and loves to spend time in the sunshine with her friends. She can’t start her day without a cup of coffee and when she’s not in the media lab you can find her exploring hidden gems in Fort Worth. Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ The 2019 Cowtown Marathon will also have children’s races, a 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. Credit: Cowtown Marathon Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Facebook Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Twitter ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Water line breaks affect Moudy for third time this year ReddIt Making the first year count Linkedin Building sustainability together Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ + posts Grace Toups Marathon runner persists after being mauled by a pit bull Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printThe largest multi-event race in Texas is happening in Fort Worth this weekend.The 2019 Cowtown Marathon will begin Saturday at 7 a.m. with the 10K, and finish on Sunday, making the full marathon course open for 7.5 hours. For more than 40 years, the race has welcomed runners and walkers with all athletic abilities to participate. As long as each racer completes the race within the time cut-offs, there are no rules against those who choose to walk.The 2019 Cowtown Marathon race route takes runners through the best parts of Fort Worth. Credit: Cowtown MarathonAll of the races will start and end at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, and they will take runners around and through Fort Worth. Saturday’s races will be the Kids 5K, Adults 5k and 10K. The Sunday distances, all starting at 7 a.m., are the Half Marathon, Marathon, and Ultra Marathon.There will be about 70,000 visitors expected over the weekend, so racers, volunteers and spectators are encouraged to visit The Cowtown Health and Fitness Expo. This fun-filled two-day event will have local pop-up shops, as well as speakers to educate runners on healthy race-day and everyday habits and preventing and healing injuries. Packets for Saturday and Sunday races are available for pickup starting Friday and runner can obtain them no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of one’s race. Fluid stations are set apart at each approximate 1.5-mile mark with water and electrolyte replacements. There will be medical support and portalets at each station.As a non-profit 501©(3) program, the marathon will give the proceeds from each race to Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness (C.A.L.F.), helping low-income children in North Texas receive a free pair of running shoes and a reduced entry fee into the Kids 5K Presented by Academy Sports. Previous articleReview: Gaga soars in ‘A Star Is Born’; ‘Shallow’ may be the only Oscar the film earnsNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Podcast All-Stars Grace Toups RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years
News UpdatesGujarat HC Refuses To Drop Dacoity Charges Against Anti-CAA Protestor For Allegedly Stopping A State Bus & Taking Away Its Keys [Read Order] Akshita Saxena8 July 2020 9:06 PMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Monday refused to drop criminal charge of Dacoity against Satish Pravinbhai Vansola, who was arrested in connection to anti-CAA protests in December 2019. The charge of Dacoity was added in the FIR against Vansola subsequent to a request made by the Deputy Superintendent of Police. It was alleged that the Petitioner had forcibly taken away the keys of a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Monday refused to drop criminal charge of Dacoity against Satish Pravinbhai Vansola, who was arrested in connection to anti-CAA protests in December 2019. The charge of Dacoity was added in the FIR against Vansola subsequent to a request made by the Deputy Superintendent of Police. It was alleged that the Petitioner had forcibly taken away the keys of a State Transport Bus that was plying on the route at the time of the unlawful protest. “It appears from the record that during the course of committing theft of the keys of the State Transport Bus, the petitioner had placed the driver of the said Bus under the fear of instant death. In that process, the petitioner had also restrained the driver of the said Bus from proceeding to its destination,” the court observed. Background In the backdrop, Vasola and three others had obtained permission for holding an anti-CAA protest from the relevant authorities. A day prior to the day of protest however, the permission was cancelled and Vasola and others were detained. Allegedly, the news of cancellation of permission to protest could not reach all the protestors, leading to a huge gathering that turned violent. Subsequently, a FIR was registered against Vasola and others under Sections 143, 147, 149, 308, 152, 153, 120B, 336, 353, 427, 506(2), 341 and 395 of IPC and Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act, 1984. Proceedings for quashing of this FIR were dismissed by the coordinate Bench of the High Court on January 15, 2020. In the present case, Vasola had challenged addition of the new charge of Dacoity on the ground that his presence at the scene of offence at the said time was impossible as he was taken into Police custody a day prior. Presence of accused at scene of incident established Dismissing this submission however, the single bench of Justice Gita Gopi said that his presence at the site of incident was “evident” from observations made by the coordinate Bench in its January order, “Due to the insistence of the mob that had gathered at the meeting place, the original accused (petitioners therein) were released and were brought at the scene of offence since the mob had started to damage public property and were pelting stones at passenger buses. Such facts are also reflected in the impugned complaint. The coordinate Bench also recorded that at that time two of the accused, original petitioners in that writ petition, addressed the gathered and uttered slogans despite the fact that permission had been cancelled, which fact was well within the knowledge of the accused persons. Thus, the presence of the accused at the scene of incident becomes evident.” Application for quashing not maintainable Referring to the January order of the coordinate bench, the court proceeded to hold that the present proceedings under Section 482 of CrPC were “non-maintainable” as the Petitioner had already challenged the FIR once, in its entirety, before the High Court. Justice Gopi observed that the Petitioner could have agitated the issue of indictment of section 395 IPC in the earlier proceedings before the High Court. “However, for reasons best known to the petitioner, the said point was never agitated in the earlier proceedings otherwise the same would have found mention in the order passed by the learned single Judge,” the court observed. Having not agitated the indictment of section 395 IPC in the earlier proceedings, the bench held, it is now not open to the petitioner to agitate the same by way of the present proceedings. “The contents in the first information report could not be agitated in piecemeal. The accused could not plead that an offence under a particular section in the first information report was not pleaded at the initial stage and that he may be afforded opportunity to plead again. Such permission could never be granted and hence, in my opinion, the present petition seeking quashment of a particular section in the form of section 395 of IPC is not maintainable,” the bench said. Law in context of Section 395 (Dacoity) of IPC Notwithstanding non-maintainability of the petition, the bench proceeded to discuss the law in the context of Section 395 of IPC. It established a link from the combined act of “theft” and “wrongful restrain” to “Robbery”, which if committed by more than five persons, amounts to “Dacoity”. The court iterated the ingredients of Theft provided in Section 378 of IPC- “whoever, intending to take dishonestly any moveable property out of the possession of any person without that person’s consent, moves that property in order to such taking, is said to commit theft”; and ingredients of Wrongful Restraint provided in Section 339 of IPC – “whoever voluntarily obstructs any person so as to prevent that person from proceeding in any direction in which that person has a right to proceed, is said wrongfully to restrain that person.” In the present case, taking the allegations at “face value”, the court observed, “during the course of “committing theft” of the keys of the State Transport Bus, the petitioner had placed the driver of the said Bus under the “fear of instant death”.” This act, it concluded in reference to Venu v. State of Karnataka, (2008) 3 SCC 94, constitute a Robbery under Section 390 of IPC. “The words “for that end” in section 390 clearly mean that the hurt caused must be with the object of facilitating the committing of the theft or must be caused while the offender is committing theft or is carrying away or is attempting to carry away property obtained by the theft,” it was held in Venu (supra) In the present case, about 3000 persons had gathered at the place, the court recorded from the charge-sheet and concluded that all the ingredients for the offence of Dacoity were prima facie made out. “Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and the law on the subject, this Court does not deem this to be a fit case wherein the inherent powers under section 482 Cr.P.C could be exercised in favour of the petitioner. In the result, the petition is dismissed. Rule is discharged,” the court thus held. Case Details: Case Title: Satish Pravinbhai Vansola v. State of Gujarat Case No.: R/Spcl Crl Application No. 2414/2020 Quorum: Justice Gita Gopi Appearance: Advocates Utkarsh J Dave and Rahul Sharma (for Petitioner) Public Prosecutor Mitesh Amin with Addl. Public Prosecutor Pranav Trivedi (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
The Yidan Prize Foundation, a global philanthropic educational foundation focused on inspiring and supporting innovative education ideas and practices, today announced the formation of a Council of Luminaries (“The Council”) at this year’s Yidan Prize Awards Presentation Ceremony and Summit, held virtually in Hong Kong SAR.The council will support closer collaboration among the world’s most distinguished educational leaders, to amplify their collective voice and take practical action in educational policy and reform. Tom Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, is among the inaugural council members.“Given the number of national governments describing education as their ‘most important domestic policy challenge,’ it is striking that there are so few international efforts to stimulate and support innovation in education,” Kane said. “The Yidan Council could draw up a blueprint for future efforts to pilot and test educational innovation internationally.”Now, more than ever, there is need for urgent action to provide quality education. According to UNESCO’s ‘Save Our Future’ White Paper published this summer, 1.6 billion students’ education have been interrupted due to COVID-19. The pandemic forced school closures that have affected 90 percent of the world’s students. In a time when online learning is the only option for many, half of the world’s children cannot access the internet. More importantly, there is a gap between educational research and practices. As society begins to take small but positive steps towards a post-COVID-19 world, collaboration in education is becoming increasingly important. There has never been a better time to rethink educational practices, foster a more equitable and inclusive system, and build bridges between research and practice.“As a firm believer in the power of education, the Yidan Prize Foundation believes the world needs an open and people-driven platform which brings together the brightest minds in education to inspire progress and change in education for a better world,” said Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation, at the Summit. “All our luminaries are passionate educators who are highly accomplished and dedicated. The luminaries’ work has already brought about hugely positive changes to communities all around the world. They have made transformations possible in innovative, sustainable ways.” Read Full Story
This week, the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Campus Ministry are hosting their annual food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, marking the College’s first Food Justice Week. Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said teaching students about the principles of food justice fulfills the focus Saint Mary’s is placing on their core value of justice this year.“It’s a justice issue,” she said. “Through Catholic social teaching, we believe in the dignity of all, and one of the very basic needs of people is to eat and have access to nourishing food. If they’re ignoring those basic needs, how can they think about other needs like education or medical needs? If they can’t eat, it doesn’t matter.” One of the goals for the year was to expand the food drive into a week that provides more context as why food donation is necessary, she said. “For many years, my office has run a non-perishable food collection,” she said. “This year, one of my goals was to do more. We are still doing our non-perishable food drive, but on top of that, we have planned several events that we hope will get the students, staff and faculty to think a little more about the access issues and insecurity issues surrounding food.”DeLine said Food Justice Week will feature three main events that include a banquet, panel discussion and cooking night. Tuesday’s Hunger Banquet will focus on food insecurity across the globe, she said. “The first event is with Student Diversity Board on Tuesday, and that’s the Hunger Banquet,” she said. “That’s a global look at food insecurity and how, even in different countries, there’s more challenges with food insecurity than ever.”The Hunger Banquet will place attendees in one of three socioeconomic classes: lower, middle and upper. This aims to open up a dialogue about the disparity in food accessibility and affordability, according to an email from Student Diversity Board. This dialogue and education is what Food Justice Week aims to do on a larger scale as well, which is to give students an individual connection to the issue, DeLine said. “It’s a big part of our growing awareness. Educating each person individually helps us be able to respond better,” DeLine said. “It’s one thing to throw a can of soup in a bin, but there’s little connection to the deeper issues.”DeLine said Wednesday’s panel discussion features four experts from the community. “On Wednesday, we will have four local experts come in and discuss food access here in South Bend,” she said. “One woman is from the health department and she will talk about their work, and look at the county as a whole to find out where there are food deserts, food access issues and how they can tackle those issues. Another woman on the panel is from Unity Gardens, which is one major garden and other community gardens where they help plant and harvest food that’s free for everybody. Their approach to food access is very interesting because they’re looking at fresh food, but they’ve also come up with some programs to help people overcome the barriers when it comes to fresh food, like how to prepare it.” Emily Sipos-Butler, assistant director to Campus Ministry, said she was glad DeLine reached out to her and got her involved in Food Justice week. “This is something that is near and dear to my heart, the idea of faith in action and faith working towards justice,” she said. Sipos-Butler said Campus Ministry will be co-sponsoring Thursday’s event, which is Cooking and Conversation. “For me, the motivation is faith, but for other students it may be something else and that’s totally fine, so, from the Campus Ministry perspective, I want to help students connect their faith life with their work in the world,” she said. “One of the ways we’re doing that is on Thursday, Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring a Cooking and Conversation, food insecurity event. We’re going to prepare a meal together, we’re going to look at access of healthy food in our community through the eyes of someone who is poor. So, we’ll look at how we can prepare inexpensive, healthy meals.”This event, and Food Justice Week as a whole, gives the Saint Mary’s community a chance to increase their knowledge of ways they can get themselves involved in decreasing food insecurity, Sipos-Butler said.“The need is throughout our community and through this Food Justice Week we hope to raise awareness about food insecurity in general, and specifically how it affects our community, why we should care and how we can make a difference because Belles are great at making a difference,” Sipos-Butler said. Tags: core values, food insecurity, food justice, saint mary’s
Notre Dame will return to in-person classes in a gradual process beginning Wednesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in an address Friday.Courses in the 10000 and 20000 families will begin in-person meetings Wednesday, and deans and department chairs may choose to restart additional classes on the same day, an email following the address said. All other courses will restart in-person Sept. 7.Jenkins urged students to wear masks, maintain physical distance and wash their hands. He also asked students to continue completing their daily health checks and come in to get surveillance tested when asked.“We must do these things if we are to have a safe and successful semester on campus,” Jenkins said.Though Jenkins emphasized a few student gatherings as the initial source of infections in his last address, he said he did not intend on shifting blame solely to these students. Students who violate health precautions will be subject to the University conduct process.“Currently, hearings for 87 students are in process involving violations of varying levels of gravity,” Jenkins said.Despite the difficult start to the semester, Jenkins said he is tremendously proud of staff, faculty and students.“The virus dealt us a bow and we stumbled, but we steadied ourselves,” Jenkins said.University provost Marie Lynn Miranda and executive vice president Shannon Cullinan sent an email to the community following Jenkins’ virtual address.“Based on a suite of different data streams, we believe we have gotten past the surge that occurred last week,” they said in the email. “We have better systems in place for detecting and quickly reacting to new cases in ways that are allowing us to contain the spread of the virus on campus. We have adapted and invested more resources to ensure we deliver the care that you are accustomed to at Notre Dame.”The overall positivity rate stands at 10.8% since Aug. 3, and the positivity rate from Aug. 20 to 25 is 6.3%. The surveillance testing positivity rate is 0.8% after the University conducted more than 1,400 tests. In addition, the number of students with major COVID-19 symptoms has decreased.“Please note that not all of these cases turn out to be COVID-19,” Miranda and Cullinan said. “There is definitely something else with flu-like symptoms going around, which is typical for the start of the academic year.” Serena Zacharias | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins announces the gradual return to in-person classes beginning Sept 3.The number of students leaving quarantine is also larger than the number of students moving into quarantine.Case numbers may increase in the next few days though, the email said. The surge of cases between Aug. 17 through Aug. 19 generated a number of close contacts in quarantine and isolation currently. Students in quarantine undergo a PCR test on Day 4, and if that is positive they are isolated. If the test is negative, they remain in quarantine, and the University conducts a rapid antigen test on Day 7. If the Day 7 test results negative, the student is released.As the University begins Day 4 and Day 7 quarantine tests on close contacts from the beginning of the Aug. 17-19 peak, the number of positives results are expected to increase, as the positivity rate is higher among quarantined students.“Importantly, these students have all been in quarantine, so should not be contributing to further spread of the virus,” the email said.The University has added additional staff at the testing center in order to conduct more tests and “create more redundancy across various roles.” While the contact tracing team now currently consists of 15 people, Miranda and Cullinan acknowledge that the early surge in cases stressed Notre Dame’s contact tracing efforts.In addition, the University added a 20-person Care and Wellness Team to make daily calls to students in quarantine and isolation. Over the last month, Notre Dame added hundreds of quarantine and isolation spaces, with “the ability to add more if necessary.”“We also have a talented team making sure our students in Quarantine/Isolation are well taken care of including their meals,” the email said. “We have also improved WiFi coverage to ensure connectivity to their classes.”Additional staff has been hired in University Health Services to respond to calls and make it easier for faculty and staff to get tested.Notre Dame confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases Thursday after performing 409 tests the day before. The total number of confirmed cases since Aug. 3 was 512 as of Thursday.Tags: COVID-19, Fr. John Jenkins, in-person classes
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – Leaders in Chautauqua County are continuing to urge residents to follow guidelines to help aid in stopping a COVID-19 outbreak locally.Health officials say in the last two and a half weeks 56 employees at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk have tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak at the plant.Additionally, leaders say they are becoming concerned with increased COVID cases at SUNY Fredonia, after 22 students have tested positive for the virus.On Wednesday, county officials reported 32 new cases of the virus with 134 now active. Of those, 25 of the 32 are students at SUNY Fredonia.“With the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at Fieldbrook Foods Inc. in Dunkirk and now at the State University of New York at Fredonia, we are calling on all residents for their support by following the recommended safety precautions,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “Our public health staff has been working tirelessly to isolate those testing positive and identify and quarantine the close contacts of all positive cases so we can help contain the virus, but we need all county residents to do their part by being responsible citizens and following preventive measures 24/7. Not only are we working together, we are in this together and we need everyone’s help especially with the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.”Wendel and other leaders are calling on all at local colleges to:Limit assembling to less than 10 minutes in common areas, even outside, when face coverings are not continuously worn;Have no visitors in the residence halls; andNot attend large off-campus gatherings that are in violation of the State’s Executive Orders.Additionally, health leaders are asking the general public to continue to be vigilant and follow these steps:Stay home if you feel ill;Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you cannot maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others;Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;Avoid large gatherings;Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects;Avoid international travel or travel to states listed in the New York State Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Chautauqua County.
If you don’t have a cold frame, making one would be a great weekend project for any gardener. During winter, the cold frame will offer protection to less hardy plants and newly started perennials. It’s also an ideal place to overwinter some plants or grow a small patch of lettuce or other cool-season crop. It simplifies the storage of bulbs and plants, too, for midwinter forcing indoors. COLD FRAMES like this one can be built in a weekend. This bottomless box acts like a miniature greenhouse, protecting young or tender plants from temperature extremes. P. Sumner, UGA CAES A cold frame is simply a bottomless box with a clear glazing or covering to let in light. Some gardeners make cold frames lightweight so they can move them from one section of the garden to another. You can build frames from a number of materials. Wood and cinder blocks are the most common. Never use creosote-treated wood or wood treated with pentachlorophenol or any other material that could be harmful to you or to growing plants. Wood frames aren’t hard to build. You can buy an easy-to-assemble kit. Some kits even contain automatic ventilation equipment. Ventilation is most critical in the fall and again in late winter and early spring on clear, sunny days above 45 degrees. Partially raise the sash then to keep it from getting too hot inside the cold frame. As the fall progresses, you may have to add extra insulation to the cold frame to reduce extreme drops in temperature. Straw, bags of leaves or foam insulation boards all help control the temperature in the cold frame. Or just stack bales of straw or hay against the frame. Some people like to experiment by using containers of water to absorb solar heat during the day and release it slowly at night. They make the cold frames larger to include the water containers. While this may be useful in managing temperatures, remember that it won’t help protect tender plants, which will need to be moved indoors if they are not cold-hardy. Sinking the frame into the ground somewhat will provide protection, too. It will use the earth for insulation. To make using the frame simpler, provide a walkway to the front, leave enough space behind the frame to remove the sash, and add weights to make raising and lowering glass sashes easier. Unheated frames are useful for much of the year because they collect heat from the sun through the panes. To make the most of the heat and light, put the cold frame in a southern or southeastern exposure with a slight slope for good drainage. A sheltered spot with a wall or hedge to the north will protect against winter winds.
By Dialogo July 30, 2009 Bogotá, July 28 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of Israel, Avigdor Liberman, and Colombia, Jaime Bermúdez, today offered their countries’ help wherever it is needed around the world in the struggle against drugs and terrorism. Both agreed that these evils are the largest problems facing the international community and that, as such, they should be met with a common effort. “We will openly give help to any country, and obviously to Colombia, that tries to deal with these two problems,” the Israeli minister specified after meeting with his Colombian counterpart in Bogotá, where he began a two-day official visit today. He also indicated that Israel has “no intention of interfering in South America’s problems,” but made it clear that his country “should be more and more active in this continent.” Liberman’s visit to the Colombian capital, where he will also meet with President Álvaro Uribe today, is the last stop on a Latin American tour that began almost a week ago and has taken him to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. One of the objectives of the tour is to analyze Iran’s growing presence in Latin America, as well as the possible emergence of cells of the Islamist group Hezbollah. According to Israel, one such cell has been set up in the Colombian department of La Guajira, on the country’s northeastern border with Venezuela, where Hezbollah already has a presence, as well as in the border region where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay come together. Nevertheless, Liberman avoided speaking about this subject during the press conference he held today after meeting with his colleague Bermúdez. “Israel has struggled against terrorism for many years,” said Liberman, recalling that his country has had the “bad experience” of two attacks against targets associated with it in South America, both in Buenos Aires: the car bombing of its embassy, which left 29 dead in 1992, and the 1994 dynamite attack on the Jewish mutual-aid society AMIA, which caused 85 fatalities. “We really understand how dangerous any terrorist organization is, and we know how to deal with these problems,” the Israeli foreign minister noted. In this context, his Colombian counterpart emphasized that Bogotá shares Israel’s concerns and terrorism’s effects. “We are two countries who are convinced that the evils of drug trafficking and terrorism have to be entirely eradicated, and every tool that our two countries can share with the world in this struggle is welcome,” Bermúdez affirmed. The Colombian foreign minister observed that his country is not only asking for international cooperation, but also actively offering it, as it does with Afghanistan and Central America. Colombia, Bermúdez said, has learned from Israel’s determination to “endure and overcome” the difficulties that the people of both countries have had to suffer. “We also have a particular comprehension and understanding of the struggle and effort to combat and eradicate terrorism in that country, as in ours, and in every region of the world,” affirmed the Colombian foreign minister, who said that he shared Israel’s determination “to overcome it definitively.” Liberman and Bermúdez signed several agreements today, including one establishing a “bilateral consultation mechanism” that will entail “a permanent framework of dialogue and exchange of views.” They also made progress on negotiating a complementary agreement on tourism, another on cooperation in science, technology, innovation, research, and development, and one more on matters related to agriculture and livestock. On Wednesday the Israeli foreign minister will discuss trade matters and military cooperation, among other issues, with the Colombian Trade Minister, Luis Guillermo Plata, and the Colombian Interim Defense Minister, Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, the commander of the Armed Services.