U.S. Army South Successfully Completes Beyond the Horizon-Panama

first_img According to Salinas, the strong support from the governments of Panama and Colombia, which sent medical professionals to support BTH-Panama, is a reason this year’s BTH exercise was a success. “Beyond the Horizon 2013 strengthened the mutual cooperation that has always existed between the United States and Panama,” said Moreno. “It’s a perfect opportunity to tighten the nexus of friendship between both nations.” Along with Salinas, attendees for the ceremony included Jonathan Farrar, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, and Manuel Moreno, vice minister for Panama’s Ministry of Public Security. By Dialogo June 28, 2013 “We are nations with common interests, proud of the progress and partnerships we have made together and ready to assume greater interactions in the future,” said Salinas of the partner nation armies working together during BTH. “When we come together and focus on a common goal, such as Beyond the Horizon, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.” Conducted annually, BTH is part of U.S. Army South and U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) humanitarian and civic assistance program. Working closely with host-nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams provided medical, dental and engineering support. “These facilities represent a very important achievement,” said Moreno. “They will allow us to improve the overall health condition of the local population. We are very happy that this took place between the governments of the United States, Colombia and Panama during Beyond the Horizon 2013.” “You saw our Panamanian and Colombian partners here making an effort to identify capacities,” said Salinas. “The positive impact made on the local population will last for years.” These types of exercises are a major part of Army South’s regional engagement efforts and afford the opportunity to train service members while providing needed services to communities throughout the region. The relationships built and sustained assist in building security and stability in the region. U.S. Army South marked the official closeout of Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013 during a ceremony in Escobal, Panama on June 18, where U.S. Military engineers and medical professionals conducted real-world training while providing needed services to communities throughout the country. “Beyond the Horizon is an opportunity for collaboration between nations,” said Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas, U.S. Army South deputy commanding general. “It epitomizes the strength of collaboration and partnership.” BTH-Panama 2013 was conducted in the Panamanian provinces of Colon, Veraguas and Darien where more than 13,600 patients were treated by military medical professionals while military engineers constructed two clinic buildings, a dormitory, bathroom facilities, breezeways, retaining walls, septic systems and water towers and made repairs to existing structures. Salinas said the exercise demonstrated the spirit of partnership and equality to which the United States is committed. During the four-month exercise, smaller medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETEs) take place, which consist of a team of military medical and dental professionals who work in austere areas to gain valuable military experience, while also providing medical services to people in need of treatment. Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2013 is an exercise deploying U.S. Military engineers and medical professionals to Panama and El Salvador for training, while providing humanitarian services to rural communities. Army South has planned and conducted BTHs since 2008 in multiple countries such as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras. The exercise is scheduled to be conducted in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in 2014. Each BTH typically involves and trains about 1,400 U.S. service members and 150 host-nation personnel.last_img read more

Lawsuit is a manifestation of greed and jealousy-Ronald Abraham

first_img Share Share LocalNews Lawsuit is a manifestation of greed and jealousy-Ronald Abraham by: – March 12, 2012 85 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dominicacentral.comFormer Chief Executive Officer of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Limited Ronald B. M Abraham has described a lawsuit which was filed against him as a manifestation of greed and jealousy.Former auditor of Marpin, Chattered Accountant Kieron Pinard Byne filed an application at the High Court of Justice which was supported by three board members namely; Dense Shillingford, Anthony Bernette Biscombe and Patricia Englis to hold the former CEO responsible for $16, 261,810.76 of the Company’s liabilities. Justice Brian Cottle ruled in their favor earlier this month stated in his decision that Abraham “carried out the Company’s business with reckless disregard” and in addition must pay $971,981.65 which he used for his personal undertakings and appointed Pinnard-Byrne as liquidator.Abraham told Dominica Vibes News on Monday that the lawsuit came as a surprise to him as he “sacrificed greatly for Marpin and put it before his own interest”.He explained further that he ensured that he always did what he considered to be “in the best interest of the company” and views “the lawsuit as a manifestation of greed and jealousy”.“How can I be responsible for the debt of Marpin when they operated under a board of directors” he asked, as the board had the “legal responsibility” for the company’s operation and “would override me at any time?”According to him the order from the Master’s Court was that both parties should consult on an agreed date for the hearing of the matter however he was never consulted, served with Court documents or notified of the hearing.He learnt of the ruling through a friend and made an inquiry from the Court by which time Justice Cottle’s order was served on him.His attorney Lennox Lawrence explained that they were “very surprised” as the case management order which precedes the trial of the matter stipulated that both parties agree to a date for trial. “There was never any consultation with Mr Abraham and to aggravate the circumstance Mr Abraham was never notified of the trial date so he could not have attended that which he was not notified of. My instructions are that the trial took place in his absence and without his knowledge.”Lawrence contends that “clearly it would have been obvious to the other side that they would have to consult with Mr Abraham before setting a date for trial” as it was directed by the master of the court.He said further that Justice Cottle’s judgment “does not indicate whether any attempt was made to serve” which is a requirement based on the Court rules and procedures that a party to a lawsuit be notified. According to Lawrence; “in our view the procedure was totally side-stepped” which therefore makes the trial an “irregular” one as the proper procedures were not been followed.He also noted that he applied to the Court last Thursday to have the judgment set aside as the trial took place in his client absence. That move he explained is also a provision in the law. Meanwhile Abraham noted that does not regret Marpin’s decision which caused the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Dominica although the company did not benefit directly from it.“I don’t regret that we have broken the monopoly because I think that is something that had to happen with time before the Caribbean could be free in telecoms so I don’t regret that but, I personally and Marpin by extension did not benefit from it, we fought the war but we did not get the benefits”. Abraham believes however that Marpin has the capability to be a leader in its industry.“I would like to Marpin in the forefront of telecoms in Dominica and in the OECS. I’d like to see Marpin get a mobile license, in the forefront of the industry and I believe that Marpin is capable of being there”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Heisler: A Happy NBA New Year somewhere, if not in LA

first_imgJeanie: Would you consider putting off retirement and coming back?Kobe: Would you consider coming up with another one of those $55 million extensions?Byron Scott: I’m cool. Would I be benching our lottery picks if they haven’t told me I’m safe? No, we’re not tanking. Lakers don’t tank, even if it has looked like they do since about 2010. We’re just rebuilding, backwards.D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle: When the Lakers took us on draft day, could we have said, “I pass?”Kevin Durant: Someone said the Lakers are hoping to land me as a free agent. They must mean in 2022 after the deal I sign in 2017 is up. Paul Pierce: It’s great to be home, but I wish I had gotten here before I retired. Oh, I’m still active?Lance Stephenson: I want to thank the Clippers for giving me another chance. Oh, I’m still here?Josh Smith: I wanted to show Stan Van Gundy what he was missing after paying me $26 million to go away. Well, at least I got to keep the $26 mill.Matt Barnes: I must look pretty good to the Clippers now. Of course, from Memphis they look pretty good to me.Doc Rivers: Whoever is running personnel is in big trouble. Oh, wait, that’s me.Steve Ballmer: Now that I think about it, maybe $2 billion was a tad high.DeAndre Jordan: This is the year I learn how to shoot free throws.Dwight Howard: Me, too. I wanted to be an icon like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. Instead, I keep getting compared to DeAndre Jordan.DeAndre: Did you ever think of trying to leap from the foul line and dunk? Back when you had hops, I mean.Dwight: I like the way you raise both arms straight up to shoot yours, like you’re being held up. Nice free-agent tour, by the way. Why didn’t you wait until the Mavericks held the press conference to introduce you and tell them, “Just kidding.”DeAndre: Hey, it gets crazy. You’ll see when you opt out next summer, assuming you’re willing to risk having to play for the veteran’s exception. At least I didn’t take $30 million less to get away from Kobe so I could play with James Harden, aka Lone Star Kobe.James Harden: Don’t worry, Dwight, I’m working on getting traded to an L.A. team to be closer to Khloe. Or maybe the Warriors if they don’t mind me taking my 19.9 shots per game.Steph Curry: Maybe you could come off the bench. That’s what we do with guys who shoot 42%.Khloe Kardashian: Oh, James! It’s such a fairy tale for me, dating an NBA star. What could go wrong now?Derrick Rose: I resolve to go back to playing basketball, one of these years.Sam Hinkie: It’s OK if my 76ers have posted win totals of 19-18-2 in my two-plus seasons as GM, we’re rebuilding. You’re right, we can’t do this forever. I resolve to try to win one of these seasons … just not this one.Jerry Colangelo: I don’t think we’ve met. I’m the new president the Sixers just hired to carry the rebuilding into the front office, starting with you.On the bright side, you’ll be leaving with a record that will never be broken.Adam Silver: Yes, it’s unusual for the commissioner to be involved with team hires, but the owners wouldn’t let me reform the lottery. So I reformed the Sixers.Phil Jackson: I turned the Knicks around, all right, from a 37-win team to a 17-win team. Now I have to do it so they’re facing forward but they tell me that’s harder.I’ve got it! What if Kobe plays one more season here? If not, how about Michael?If not, I know someone very high up in the Lakers, so maybe I can get a job trying to turn them around instead!Of course, that’s a resolution for another year.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. New Year’s resolutions for 2016, not a moment too soon for the local teams that had a challenging 2015.Jim Buss: I’d like to get us into the West Finals next season, even if I have another one or two after that. Right, sis?Jeanie Buss: I’d go all-out next season if I were you.Kobe Bryant: I didn’t forget how to play. I was just in a little slump the last three seasons.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more