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The Sellers have sold! Guild parent firm buys website and lead gen platform Starberry

first_imgHome » News » The Sellers have sold! Guild parent firm buys website and lead gen platform Starberry previous nextProptechThe Sellers have sold! Guild parent firm buys website and lead gen platform StarberryEpropservices has bought the proptech market leader for an undisclosed sum from founder brothers Ben and Rus Sellers.Nigel Lewis2nd March 20210646 Views Guild parent company Epropservices has bought estate agency website and lead generation platform giant Starberry, which will now be offered to its Fine & Country and Guild estate agency networks.The acquisition has the financial backing of City investment firm Toscafund, which owns 85% of Epropservices following a shares acquisition two years ago.“Starberry’s services will be available to Guild members over the coming months as part of bespoke packages should members look to increase their digital footprint,” Jon Cooke, CEO of Epropservices (left) tells The Negotiator.This will include providing agencies with digital strategy, branding, website design and development, video content, SEO, social media marketing, online advertising, email marketing and content automation.Lead generationFounded in 2001 by brothers Ben and Russ Sellers, Kent-based Starberry has gained popularity as agents have realised their websites are more than just digital shop windows and can be significant and cost-effective lead generation engines.Starberry CEO Starberry, Ben Sellers (pictured, top image), says: “We’re delighted to join forces with the Epropservices family. It’s an incredibly exciting time for us as we help the whole property industry to embrace the power of digital.“Together, we can offer our customers a wealth of new innovations and multichannel services to accelerate growth and take things to a whole new level.”Matthew Siebert (pictured), a Toscafund and epropservices director, says: As a leading investor in the fintech and proptech sectors, we believe that the acquisition of Starberry strengthens the group’s leading position as a digital enabler to the property industry and will provide its clients with a superb suite of products and services.”starberry Matthew Siebert Epropservices ben sellers The Guild of Professional Estate Agents Toscafund March 2, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Evansville City Ordinance sets fireworks guidelines

first_imgConsumer fireworks may be used within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville ONLY under the provisions of this section.No person shall use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville except during the following times:Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on June 29th, June 30th, July 1st, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 5th, July 6th, July 7th, July 8th, and July 9th; andBetween the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4thNo person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any PUBLIC STREET or in any PUBLIC PARK or PUBLIC AREA within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville at any time.No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks in a manner which causes them to land upon property owned or occupied by another person.Residents are not allowed to use, ig nite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any city property, INCLUDING THE AREA OF DRESS PLAZA DURING THE COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAY.Residents are permitted to use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on their own property or with the permission of the property owner. The fireworks must land on the property from which they were used, ignited, or discharged.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Concern about coronavirus spike in letter to Elkhart business community

first_img (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) An open letter to the local business community from the Mayors of Elkhart, Goshen and Nappanee, county commissioners and top business leaders expressing concern about a spike in coronavirus cases as Elkhart County is now the fifth highest in the state when it comes to the number of cases. ThThe following is a letter signed by Elkhart County Mayors Jeremy Stutsman, Rod Roberson and Phil Jenkins, Commissioners Frank Lucchese, Suzie Weirick and Mike Yoder, as well as Elkhart County’s chambers of commerce and Economic Development Corporation Presidents Nick Kieffer, Levon Johnson, Jeff Kitson and Chris Stager:June 1, 2020To the Business Community of Elkhart County,We are reaching out to you to share our concerns about the spread of COVID-19, particularly as it relates to Elkhart County.In March and April, our community did a great job working together to slow the spread of the virus and assure that we could medically test and treat those who were infected. We expected a peak in mid-May in northern Indiana, but numbers in the past week in particular are troubling. As of June 1, Elkhart County had a total of 1,322 positive cases from 9,849 tested and 28 people have died from the coronavirus.The State of Indiana is decreasing the percentage of new positive cases in comparison to the number of tests given. The temporary shut down and actions of people as we open up seem to have been successful statewide. Our county tells a different story. In the past week, Elkhart County received national attention when it became the 10th most likely in the entire country to have the next COVID-19 outbreak, based on data collected by the New York Times. This has since changed and we are no longer on the high end of the list, but only because other counties are doing worse.As of today, we expect to see our total number of cases double every 12.5 days. Our county is testing a significant number more people than we have in the past which means our total number of positive cases will rise. The problem is our percentage of positive tests to total tests given is rising dramatically. This shows that we have a spread issue. The first couple of months we saw a daily positive test percentage of 4% to 9%. Since the economy has reopened, we have seen that jump to 16%, and the last week the percentages of positive tests rose to 20% to 25%. By comparison, Indiana dropped from 18% to the current 7.5% daily positives.If you look at Indiana’s data of positive cases by age, it is clear people ages 20 to 60 are the ones spreading the virus. This is us and this is our work force. As we have returned to work, the number of people who are getting sick is growing. Since we appeared on the national list, state and federal agencies have started looking closer at Elkhart County and we are at risk of them taking action to shut us down again. The CDC, OSHA, State Board of Health, or the Governor could order Elkhart County to again stay home entirely if we don’t act now to slow the spread again. The best solution for all of us is to do this voluntarily rather than be told to shut down. We cannot afford to shut down again if we can avoid it, but we can afford to take the time to reinforce our efforts and precautions. Companies with outbreaks have suffered work shut-downs, morale issues and community embarrassment. We need to not allow anyone outside Elkhart County tocontrol our ability to manage this pandemic. We will work with each and every one of you to support your efforts. We just ask that you stand beside us as well. We are all in this together.We want to remind everyone that social distancing, masks and handwashing are just as essential now as they have been over the past two months. If we become complacent and relax our personal or workplace protocols and behaviors, we could see the disease spread in even more deadly ways.These are not fun times, but we can take steps to slow the spread of the virus and keep our community safer. We need to work together, possibly slow output, and both implement and enforce safe practices. We are now seeing record volumes of COVID-19 patients in our Urgent Care facilities and our hospitals have more patients than ever due to COVID-19.We are a team here in Elkhart County. We all rely on the other. In the time of a pandemic, the actions of a few can have a large effect on all of us, our health and our economy.Thank you to all of you who are already taking the appropriate steps and thank you to those who will step up again as you have in the past. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Concern about coronavirus spike in letter to Elkhart business community Facebook Google+ Twitter Google+ By 95.3 MNC – June 2, 2020 1 475 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleNotre Dame home opener relocated from DublinNext articlePeaceful protest held Tuesday night outside of South Bend Police Department 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

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More than 1.1 Hoosiers have received their first COVID-19 shot

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) More than 1.1 million Hoosiers have received at least their first COVID shot, and nearly 704,000 people in the state are fully vaccinated.More than 12,000 people have received their shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway mass vaccination site since Friday.Additional vaccination clinics are planned this Friday and Saturday at the Ivy Tech in Sellersburgt.Some appointments are still available for the Notre Dame vaccination clinic on March 26-27.A clinic also is being planned in Gary the weekend of March 20. Facebook Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleFBI: Whitmer kidnap plotters attended BLM rally to protect protestersNext articleElkhart County no longer issuing mask order fines Network Indiana WhatsApp By Network Indiana – March 9, 2021 1 187 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter More than 1.1 Hoosiers have received their first COVID-19 shotlast_img read more

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News story: Public urged not to bring plant pests and disease into the UK

first_imgProtecting our plants and trees for future generationsThe UK is blessed with a magnificent and diverse range of plants and trees. They beautify landscapes, public and private gardens and urban areas providing habitats and food to support our wildlife. Yet the threat to the health of our plants and trees from pests and diseases is real and increasing, and we need a strong response.We must do all we can to reduce these threats and the ‘Don’t Risk It’ campaign aims to protect our country by asking you to not bring back plants, seeds, flowers, fruit or vegetables into the UK from your travels abroad. Pests and diseases can be present on plants, seeds, flowers, fruit and vegetables, even if they look healthy, and on soil clinging to the roots of plants or on plant products, like root vegetables.We have invested more than £4.5 million to strengthen our border security, recruiting new plant inspectors and enhancing training. The UK Plant Health risk register is the most comprehensive in the world, containing over 1000 pests and diseases which are regularly reviewed and prioritised for action, by government and industry.But we cannot eliminate all risks and we all have a part to play in protecting our plants and trees for future generations to enjoy.One of the biggest threats to the UKOne of our big concerns is Xylella, one of the most dangerous plant disease worldwide. Although Xylella is currently not in the UK it is present in regions of Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. Its presence causes major economic and environmental impacts.Any outbreak in the UK would lead to widespread destruction of plants and trees, the restriction of horticultural trade and the use of pesticides to control the insects which spread the disease. In Italy it is estimated that impact of Xylella on olive trees alone has so far amounted to a loss of €390 million in the past three years.Xylella has a very broad list of plants and trees that are capable of being infected and carrying the disease, some of which are seen as higher risk than others. At present Polygala myrtifolia, Olive, Lavender, Rosemary, Almond and Nerium oleander are considered the most significant threat to the UK, but the host list is changing frequently, which is why our advice relates to all plant species.More information and advice on Xylella can be found on Defra’s UK Plant Health Portal.How you can play your partBased on known threats, there are already restrictions or bans on bringing some seeds, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and live plants back into the UK. More information on these can be found on the food, plant and animal product imports page.But to help protect our nation’s plants and trees we ask you to avoid unnecessary risks by not bringing back any plants or seeds, flowers, fruit or vegetables to the UK. In this way you can play your part, alongside the actions of government and industry, by avoiding, unwittingly, bringing back something which may be infested or diseased.If you have enjoyed seeing a certain plant or tree on your travels and want to enjoy it in your own garden then always buy from a UK garden centre or supplier. This is the best way you can be sure that they have been sourced responsibly and gone through the necessary processes to ensure they are free from pests and disease.If you want to learn more, check out the Plant Health Portal, including if you have concerns that your plants are infected with Xylella. If you need to report a suspect pest or disease finding, please contact your relevant plant health officials. for England and Wales, contact APHA’s Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate on0300 1000 313 or [email protected] for Scotland, contact the Scottish Government’s Horticulture and Marketing Unit on [email protected] for Northern Ireland, contact DAERA Plant Health Inspection Branch on 0300 200 7847or [email protected]last_img read more

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RockyGrass Festival Reunites David Grisman Quintet’s “Hot Dawg” And Old & In The Gray For 2018 Lineup

first_imgPlanet Bluegrass has announced the preliminary lineup for the 46th annual RockyGrass Festival, held July 27-29, 2018 in Lyons, CO. Among the many highlights are a reunited Old & In the Gray (featuring Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Keith Little & Samson Grisman), a special David Grisman Quintet reunion of the 1978 “Hot Dawg” band (featuring David Grisman, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips and special guest Wyatt Rice), a ‘grass ceiling-shattering quintet of female IBMA instrumentalist of the year winners (featuring Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines & Molly Tuttle), and Hot Rize‘s festival-closing set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the festival that they were the host of in the 1980s, as well as the only-at-RockyGrass appearance of the Sam Bush Bluegrass Band. Additionally, performances from the Jeff Austin Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Balsam Range, and more complete an exciting first phase.The festival was founded by the father of bluegrass music Bill Monroe and the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society in 1973. Planet Bluegrass moved the festival to its current Lyons location in 1992. In recent years the RockyGrass Festival has been named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Bluegrass Event of the Year” and the “Best Music Festival” by Denver Westword.In addition to music on the main stage, RockyGrass also hosts instrument contests on 5 bluegrass instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro), the prestigious band contest (2017 winners Meadow Mountain play a full set on the 2018 main stage), and workshops in the intimate Wildflower Pavilion.Tickets are currently on sale, with 3-day passes, Friday and Sunday single-day tickets, and camping passes for 3 different campgrounds are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.2017 RockyGrass Lineup* Hot Rize* Old & In the Gray* Sam Bush Bluegrass Band* The David Grisman Quintet presents “Hot Dawg”* Steep Canyon Rangers* Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines & Molly Tuttle* Peter Rowan* Balsam Range* Jeff Austin Band* Robbie Fulks* Richie & Rosie* The Cleverlys* Jeff Scroggins & Colorado* Grant Gordy Quartet* The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys* Bill & The Belles* Meadow Mountain* and more to be announced…last_img read more

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The Public Theater’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire Extends Again

first_img Joan of Arc: Into the Fire This Broadway.com Save the Date pick seems to be popular! Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, which was extended prior to its world premiere at the Public Theater, has extended its run again. Penned by Oscar and Grammy winner David Byrne and directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, the off-Broadway musical began performances on February 14 with Jo Lampert in the titular role. Opening night is scheduled for March 15, and the engagement will now run through April 30. (The show was originally set to close on April 2 before being extended until April 16 prior to its first performance.)The cast also includes Emmy winner and Tony and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham, Terence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Sean Allan Krill, Mike McGowan, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, Michael James Shaw, Dimitri Joseph Moïse and Mary Kate Morrissey.This one-of-a-kind rock musical concert from the creative team of Here Lies Love explores the meteoric rise of Joan of Arc, who spoke to God, built a nation and was executed for it. Jo Lampert(Photo: Tammy Shell) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 30, 2017last_img read more

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Governor Jim Douglas on Aviatron

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas on AviatronGovernor Jim Douglas congratulates a Vermont aviation firm, Aviatron of South Burlington, for landing a $6.2 million aircraft maintenance contract.last_img

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MEMIC acquire’s Granite Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company

first_imgWorkers’ compensation insurer The MEMIC Group of Portland, Maine, announced today it has acquired Vermont-based insurer Granite Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company. MEMIC also said in a statement that it plans to expand its operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2012.MEMIC purchased Granite Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company of Barre for an undisclosed sum and will rename it MEMIC Casualty Company. The company will operate under the parent brand MEMIC as part of The MEMIC Group. According to company president and CEO John T. Leonard, the acquisition will give the group another vehicle to continue its impressive growth in the commercial workers’ compensation insurance market.According to Michael Bourque, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Granite Manufacturers Mutual was inactive and under the control of the Vermont Department of Insurance. As for how the Vermont entity will operate going forward, he said in an email: “We are still forming our business plan for this company. We certainly plan to continue to write workers’ compensation in Vermont, as we have for the last 10 years through MEMIC Indemnity Company (which is headquartered in Manchester, NH). At this point, we’ll be looking to see where our growth happens and that will dictate where we need to hire.” “The addition of MEMIC Casualty will help us implement our growth strategies in the Eastern US,” Leonard said. “This acquisition is a great opportunity, and gives our agents even more options when they look to place business with MEMIC. We’re excited about the prospects for this new subsidiary.”In addition, The MEMIC Group announced that it will open offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2012. While the company remains the dominant market share holder in Maine through its mutual company, Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, it has also executed a careful growth strategy across the Northeast over the last few years. In 2010, The MEMIC Group was the fifth largest underwriter of workers’ compensation business in New England and was among the fastest growing in New York. Growth in 2011 has reinforced that position, according to the company.”At a time when some companies are continuing to shrink, our MEMIC Indemnity Company unit has grown by more than 25 percent this year,” Leonard said. “That is a clear indication that there is a strong desire in most markets for a service-oriented insurer like MEMIC. Our expansion into the mid-Atlantic is a natural progression for our company. Even before we open our offices, we’re getting great response from independent agents in these territories.”About MEMIC Specializing in workers’ compensation insurance, MEMIC insures more than 18,000 employers and their estimated 200,000 employees. Based in the Northeast, MEMIC is the leading workers’ compensation insurer in Maine through Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company which is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best. The company is the parent of MEMIC Indemnity Company, rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, with offices in Manchester, NH; Glastonbury, CT; and Albany, NY. MEMIC Indemnity Company is licensed to write workers’ compensation in 45 states plus the District of Columbia.MEMIC 12.20.2011last_img read more

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MICADEN: All for One to Support Natural Disaster Relief

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2013 Extremely interesting article, hopefully it supports an involvement of worldwide assistance in front of the natural disaster, among the nations concerned with its population. Why don’t you mention the name of the association? That’s also good for our work and helps us more, thanks.-Alexis Montalvo It almost doesn’t say anything of what he occupied :/ please investigate more or if you know more post it please, thanks.-Alexis Montalvo:) I am requesting dialogueson prevention Natural disasters are an inescapable reality. In order to prevent and respond to these phenomena, countries in the region have organized national systems for civil protection, from which they coordinate and employ all state resources. Among these resources, the most important are the use of the Military and Security Forces under civilian control. Furthermore, virtually in all cases in recent years, local authorities have had to resort to the help of other regional countries. This led Chile to gather the many existing initiatives in the world – particularly in the Western Hemisphere – and develop a new initiative called “Information Exchange Mechanism Support Capabilities for Natural Disasters” (MICADEN). The Chilean initiative was approved during the X Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), held in October 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and it is now in the hands of Peru, the interim CMDA president. MICADEN takes into consideration the available models at global, regional and subregional levels, and creates a centralized mechanism that coordinates scattered resources. Precedents The United Nations (UN) heads the international efforts in this field. The resolution on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance issued by the UN states that military resources should be utilized in accordance with International Law and humanitarian principles. The UN should also approve the 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), mainly aimed at reinforcing the resilience of nations and communities in case of disaster. The document was a result of the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Hyogo, Japan, in January 2005, and became the first plan to detail the type of assistance needed among all areas and actors in order to create a common management system to reduce disaster losses. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is responsible for civil-military coordination, and implements the guidelines for the use of foreign military and civil defense resources during disaster relief operations. At the regional level, the Organization of American States (OAS) coordinates international cooperation during disasters through the Inter-American Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR). The Declaration of San Salvador on Citizen Security in the Americas is one of the OAS documents reaffirming that states are responsible for and have the obligation to provide humanitarian assistance in order to protect the lives, integrity and dignity of people in case of natural or man-made disasters. Moreover, the OAS also emphasizes the need to strengthen regional and subregional organizations, such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC), the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Relief (CAPRADE), and the Regional Humanitarian Information Network (RED HUM) for Latin America and the Caribbean. During 2012, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), part of the OAS, approved the “Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response, and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance.” Moreover, the institution requested the use of a mechanism to collect experiences and good practices, based on the database of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (IAND), also from the OAS. At the subregional level, the role of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America produced the Policy on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management in Central America (PCGIR), the highest level of regional guideline in this field. Other important organizations are the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, responsible for CARICOM’s subjects; the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention, the Conference of American Armies (CAA), the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC), and the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA). In cases of subregional or related to defense, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), has delegated the tasks related to this area, which are reflected within the axis of “military cooperation, humanitarian actions, and peace operations” to the South American Defense Council. The Conference of Central American Armed Forces has a Humanitarian Rescue Unit, which played an outstanding role in 2000, during the dengue outburst in Honduras; in 2001, during earthquakes in El Salvador; and in 2007, with hurricane Félix in Nicaragua. Within the Americas, there are organizations or conferences that classify the military institutions based on their similarities, constituted by the CAA, the IANC, and the SICOFAA, from which the following information was obtained, according to the topic of study: CAA emphasizes the development and distribution of the 2009 “Procedure Guide for Assistance Operations in Case of Disaster”, during the XXVIII Conference of American Armies. The IANC, on the other hand, prepares the “System of Cooperation for Inter-American Security and Humanitarian Assistance,” manual where processes for the active, timely and coordinated participation among naval members are established. With regard to SICOFAA, it highlights the “Multilateral Agreement of Military Aircraft Overflight in Humanitarian Assistance Missions in Case of Disaster,” coordinated by SICOFAA itself, in addition to the publication of its 2011 “Manual of Combined Air Operations for Humanitarian Assistance and Disasters”, where all aspects related to the coordination of air means during disaster situations are detailed. This manual was used during Exercise COOPERATION. The Initiative Reality shows that the best way to deal with a disaster is by using a cooperative mechanism, articulated at the level of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. Regarding roles and responsibilities, it was decided that administrative responsibility would be assigned to the interim secretary of the CMDA for two years in order to optimize performance, which in turn, would select a general staff coordinator to perform an initial evaluation to integrate the existing capabilities. Furthermore, each member nation should assign the respective points of contact to facilitate coordination. MICADEN was designed to facilitate direct contact between countries, organizations, and users registered in the system, where each member nation will report their support capabilities, as well as the resources they are willing to dedicate. Experiences gathered from civil and defense/existing security organizations have been used in the structural and conceptual design. It is a mechanism that recognizes and builds on the relevant work carried out, as well as the lessons learned throughout the years. MICADEN is a system that contributes to the collaboration and planning of means, while the affected nation is in charge of the operational part, according to its own system of protection. An information exchange tool was designed to make this initiative operational, integrating and relating member nations and organizations and facilitating the response to the needs of an affected country. After a disaster occurs, the national/political authority in charge of emergencies in the affected country will work along with the CMDA to coordinate the necessary support required. Once the request has been received, the interim secretary will assess the situation and contact the collaborating country or countries that are able to contribute aid to the affected nation, according to the capabilities stated in the system. The legislation of affected nations will always be respected. Once collaborating nations are contacted they will approach the affected country’s authorities directly to make the committed collaboration effective, keeping the CMDA’s interim secretary constantly informed about the results, as well as if further coordination with other nations offering support is needed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, people and units participating in support of emergency tasks must comply with the international standards accepted by the United Nations member countries regarding the use of military resources and the civil defense of foreigners in rescue operations conducted in natural disasters, as well as the guidelines for complex emergency situations. The mechanism was designed to link member nations of the CMDA in order to integrate capabilities in assisting populations affected by disasters and emergency situations. Finally, the initiative seeks to unite different structures from existing regional, subregional, or national capabilities to provide humanitarian assistance under a common criteria. Lieutenant General Jorge Robles Mella is the president of the Chilean Air Force’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he participated in the development of the Information Exchange Mechanism Support Capabilities for Natural Disasters (MICADEN), approved during the X Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, in October 2012.last_img read more

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