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.
NEW DELHI: Football Delhi sendeavour to bring back the golden days of the game in the national capital got a boost when a top official from the German Bundesliga extended a helping hand to the officials who run the game here.Speaking recently at an e-summit organised by Football Delhi, Peer Naubert, the head of global marketing for Bundesliga international, said: “We can extend our expertise and support to football in the capital city to assist the development of football. By engaging with the local football fans, we will have the opportunity to increase the fan following of Bundesliga in Delhi. “Clubs must have some social responsibilities to connect with the society. Top tier football must be connected with local football.” The state association has been trying to engage at every level of the football pyramid and its activities have increased 10-fold in the last 30 months. Bundesliga’s promise, which comes at the back of the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju’s pan-India scheme to scout talent, thus comes at an appropriate time. Shaji Prabhakaran, President of Football Delhi, said: “It is vital to have a collaborative approach not only at the local level but at the national and global levels. This approach would bring the best out of our local clubs and then Delhi would lead by example.” Delhi once hosted two of India’s most prestigious football tournaments – the Durand Cup and the DCM Trophy. Top corporates speaking at the e-summit wanted a “good product” that would attract sponsors and the media. Siddhant Narayan, head of marketing, OnePlus, said: “If you have a good mix of players then it would be better to bring the corporates for investment.” (IANS) Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, Sec. General Administration, Gov. of Assam, Dispur