Leaders from U.S. Army South engaged with Colombian army counterparts during bilateral staff talks at the U.S. command’s headquarters in Texas, from March 18-21. The Colombian army fought in Korea; the US commander of the 24th division army 8 said the following concept about the performance of the Colombian battalion.” I HAVE FOUGHT IN THREE WARS, I HAVE COMMANDED AND SEEN THE BEST SOLDIERS OF THE WORLD FIGHT. I THOUGHT I HAD SEEN IT ALL IN THE FIELD OF HEROICS AND HUMAN BRAVERY, BUT WATCHING THE COLOMBIAN BATTALION FIGHT I WITNESSED THE GREATEST AND MOST SUPERB THING OF MY LIFE – MAYOR GENERAL BLACKSBEAR BRYAN” Commander of the 24th division KOREA> October 1st, 1951 By Dialogo April 04, 2013 The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions between respective armies. The program seeks to promote bilateral efforts in order to develop professional partnerships and increase interaction between partner nation armies. “The staff talks are a continuous process where we are able to coordinate and plan engagements to strengthen capabilities and build capacity,” said Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, the Army South commanding general. “We discuss ways in which we can enhance our security cooperation, as well as contribute to regional stability and constructive relations.” The army-to-army relationship between Colombia and the United States is strong. In this past year, the two armies worked together during humanitarian exercises in Guatemala and Honduras and during the PANAMAX 2012 multinational exercise.
Gov Wolf: Medicaid and CHIP Recipients’ COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Resources are Covered Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state’s Medicaid program, Medical Assistance (MA) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment for recipients and is lifting some prior authorization requirements to ease access to necessary testing and treatment. There are no MA or CHIP copayments for laboratory tests for COVID-19. For those services that do have copayments, MA providers may not deny services if a beneficiary is unable to pay the copayment.“We are prepared to mitigate COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth, and part of this mitigation includes ensuring that anyone who needs to be tested for COVID-19 can access the test,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “No Pennsylvanian should forego testing for any reason, if deemed medically necessary, including fear of what it might cost.”The MA and CHIP programs will pay for COVID-19 testing when a health care practitioner determines it is needed, and prior authorization is not required. While there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, the MA and CHIP programs cover a broad range of services that help relieve symptoms.The Department of Human Services reminds Pennsylvanians that Medicaid enrollment is year-round and if anyone is currently uninsured, they should go to compass.state.pa.us to see if they qualify for Medicaid.“We are pleased to make this announcement today and thankful to our partners at the Centers for Medicare for Medicaid Services and our managed care organizations for working with us to ensure that anybody who needs to be tested for COVID-19 will have no barriers to the test,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller.Providers and patients can consult the Medicaid FAQ and CHIP FAQ for more information and answers to common questions related to medical assistance coverage and COVID-19 and information on who to contact if consumers need more information.The Wolf Administration recently released guidance through the Pennsylvania Insurance Department outlining resources available and coverage for COVID-19 testing through commercial health insurers. Read more on common questions related to commercial insurance coverage and COVID-19 here.Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 11, 2020
Speaking at the Innovation Second Pillar conference in Lucerne earlier this week, the question was raised whether funds should be forced to rewrite their lending agreements so their securities are with them during the AGM season.When a security is with the borrower, the lender cannot use it to vote.Barbara Heller, managing director of proxy advisory SWIPRA, said she believed those funds that wanted to ensure they could vote should not lend.“If you want to be sure you can vote at AGMs, then you mustn’t be involved in securities lending – but the law does not forbid it,” she told delegates.Speaking in a personal capacity, Zihler added that he did not view large-scale securities lending as compatible with VegüV, saying it was important to avoid a situation where pension funds were seen as “systematically” trying to circumvent voting requirements by lending their holdings.“You can’t say that if you have leant some or a part of the shares, potentially over a longer horizon, that you won’t be forced to recall the shares ahead of an AGM,” he said.However, Dominique Biedermann, chief executive of Swiss proxy voting foundation Ethos, stressed that pension funds should not be lulled into a sense of false security over engagement, believing that their only role was to cast votes.“The most important thing is not to attend the AGMs, but in advance to engage in a dialogue with the companies and, potentially – it is not impossible – to organise a campaign ahead of the AGM to communicate one’s concerns.” Large-scale securities lending by Switzerland’s pension funds will probably be impossible under legislation requiring the schemes to exercise their shareholder rights, the industry has been warned.Florian Zihler, a lawyer working at the Ministry of Justice (BJ), said he acknowledged that pension funds were financially compensated for lending out parts of their portfolio and therefore benefitted from it, but added that the activity could not be used as a reason for domestic funds to fail to vote at the AGMs of domestic firms.His comments come after the Swiss public last year overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Minder Initiative, requiring a change to the country’s constitution.The resulting law on excessive executive pay (VegüV) also requires the country’s pension funds to vote at the AGMs of companies either headquartered or listed in the country.
SEATTLE — People have a right to privacy in the text messages they send from their phones, even if they can’t know for sure who might be reading them after they’re delivered, Washington’s Supreme Court held in two related cases Thursday.In separate 5-4 opinions, the justices overturned two Cowlitz County heroin convictions in cases that hinged on text messages a detective read on someone else’s phone.“People have an expectation of privacy in their text messages,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the cases. “People have a right to have those messages delivered without fear of government intrusion or interception, and if the government wants to intrude or intercept them, they have to get a warrant or a wiretap to do so.”The cases arose from the arrest of Daniel Lee in Longview in 2009. After obtaining Lee’s cellphone, a detective started going through the text messages on it without a warrant. He found drug-related messages from Jonathan Roden, then responded, set up a drug deal and arrested Roden for attempted heroin possession. The detective also noticed texts coming in from Shawn Daniel Hinton and similarly arrested him.Writing for the majority in both cases, Justice Steven Gonzalez said the men had an expectation of privacy in the content of their text messages, just as they would have if they sent a sealed letter or made a phone call, and that Washington state residents have an expectation that their text messages won’t be read by police without a warrant.