By Honduran Secretariat of National Defense February 24, 2017 Universal norms will be integrated into the military’s public security tasks in the region’s three countries. Training is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed by the Honduran Secretariat of National Defense and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Twenty-five officers from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will attend the specialized course from February 7th-24th to strengthen their theoretical and practical knowledge on the application of international standards on the use of force. The lectures will deal with the role of the armed forces in public security, public security in Central America, the rule of law, and the use of force, and will be led by national and international guest panelists. “Participating in this type of training gives the personnel added value when they put these techniques and procedures into practice when using force. We aim to correctly apply this knowledge during operations so we can ensure human rights are respected,” said Cavalry Colonel Juan Ramón Barahona Uriarte, head of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Staff. “The ICRC as an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian institution seeks to promote the knowledge and integration of international standards on the use of force, including the use of firearms, arrest and detention, doctrine, teaching, training and equipment, and internal oversight systems of the armed forces and the security forces,” explained Eduardo Ubierna, ICRC head of mission in Honduras. The instructor training course for the armed forces and security forces is part of the ICRC activities in Central America. In the past three years, these forces have developed processes for teaching and integrating international standards on the use of force. To date more than 6,000 military members who participate in public security operations in support of the national police have been trained as a result of the instructor training and the collaboration between the Armed Forces Human Rights Directorate and the ICRC.
Competition for inner-city property in Brisbane is heating up. Picture: Chris HigginsCOMPETITION for inner-city property is heating up, with a shortage of stock seeing homes snapped up fast.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman and Bees Nees City Realty managing director Rob Honeycombe said it was becoming more common for Brisbane properties to receive multiple offers.Mr Honeycombe said there was a shortage of stock in the inner Brisbane market, so good property at fair prices was selling quickly.“We’re at an interesting point in the market where people aren’t wanting to sell but there’s still a reasonable number of buyers,” he said.When houses are selling fast, you’ve got to be faster than rival buyers.So, how can buyers compete? These three tips will help your offer come out on top.1. Get on to real estate agents’ data basesFind out what’s coming up before everyone else by contacting agents in your preferred neighbourhoods. Some agencies have weekly alerts you can sign up to which give buyers a chance to hear about and inspect new listings before they’re launched to the market. “We often have owners wanting to sell but unsure if they’re up for a full campaign, and their properties are offered off-market to our database.”“There are some excellent opportunities, often with far less competition from other buyers. “Sellers can save thousands with this method so buyers often share the benefits.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE 2. Get smarter about searching online Instead of letting an online search sort properties to the default setting of ‘most relevant’ or ‘featured’, try sorting by price order.That way you might find something that suits for less than you expected.“It’s also a great way to find out what a seller really wants when there’s an auction or no advertised price, as they have to authorise the search price in the back end of the online listing.” These are the Queensland suburbs where if you take your time you could miss out 3. Look at older listings first This tip could save you thousands. Try sorting the online search results by oldest listing first and you can often negotiate more easily with the seller.According to Mr Honeycombe, usually after 30 or 45 days on the market a new advertisement will expire and revert to standard listing, and unless the seller coughs up more money it will become harder to find in the default-ranked results. “So here’s the opportunity — when do you think many sellers adjust their asking prices if they’re not sold? Their competitively-priced listings, ripe for the picking, are tucked away in the basic web ads and missed by the vast majority of other homebuyers.”