SOUTHCOM Lends Helping Hand through Humanitarian Assistance Programs

first_imgBy U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/Defense Media Activity October 01, 2018 U.S. Southern Command’s humanitarian assistance program conducts Defense Department-approved activities within its area of responsibility in conjunction with partner nations to alleviate human suffering, disease, hunger and privation, particularly in regions where those needs may pose major challenges to the civilian populace. By leveraging the combined capabilities of U.S. government agencies, partner-nation military and civilian counterparts, and international organizations, the program enables local governments to strengthen regional security and stability. Civil affairs officers play a vital role in SOUTHCOM’s humanitarian assistance program. “We are like the connective tissue between the DoD and interagency partners that are responding to a major catastrophic event,” said U.S. Army Colonel J. Frank Melgarejo Jr., civil affairs planning detachment chief. “We use our specialized skill sets in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the response.” While disaster response is a critical part of the humanitarian assistance mission, the hope is it will become less necessary. “The rapid response effort is about a quarter of what we do,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lewis, a SOUTHCOM civil affairs officer. “The other 75 percent is helping our partner nations prepare.” Close Coordination Preparation efforts have included building emergency operations centers and disaster relief warehouses, along with training emergency responders in partner nations. These projects are done in close coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Aid and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Between fiscal years 2012 and 2017, they have managed more than 3,000 humanitarian assistance projects within their area of responsibility, which encompasses 31 countries and 16 dependencies and areas of special sovereignty. “One can never underestimate the capability and capacity of the partner nation,” Col. Melgarejo said. “They might not have all of the equipment that we have, but they have the will and the desire to make things better and increase stability and security within their space.”last_img read more

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PREMIUM Urgent response needed as pandemic slows progress on SDGs: Experts

first_imgTopics : Facebook Fiscal stability and greater engagement at the local level are required for countries to stay on track in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts say, as the COVID-19 pandemic appears likely to impede Indonesia’s progress on its 2030 agenda.Economic contraction, deepening poverty and growing unemployment rates related to COVID-19 threaten the country’s achievements, said Amalia A. Widyasanti, head of the National SDG Secretariat under the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).Read also: A determined path to the SDGs in 2030 despite COVID-19The government, nongovernment institutions, agencies, the private sector and civil society must be collaborate robustly, she said.“This is a good time to start strengthening stakeholder collaboration so that we can mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the … Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account SDGs COVID-19 pandemic response bappenas ADB Linkedinlast_img read more

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Unai Emery makes bizarre Shkodran Mustafi claim after Arsenal choke against Crystal Palace

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery makes bizarre Shkodran Mustafi claim after Arsenal choke against Crystal Palace Shkodran Mustafi’s error gifted Wilfried Zaha a crucial second goal against Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)Unai Emery claimed Shkodran Mustafi ‘has been consistent all season’ after his calamitous display against Crystal Palace blew the race for the top four wide open.The Germany international was partly at fault for Christian Benteke’s opener, the former Liverpool flop’s first goal in a year, by allowing his opponent a free header before gifting Wilfried Zaha the opportunity to regain the lead after Mesut Ozil’s equaliser threatened to turn the tide in Arsenal’s favour.Mustafi made no attempt to challenge for an aimless long ball, hoping his goalkeeper Bernd Leno would clear the danger, and was horrified when he turned to see Zaha race through and beat his compatriot.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal had kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches but Mustafi’s presence – he was only playing due to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s suspension – heralded the return of familiar defensive failings.ADVERTISEMENT Emery post-Palace: Today we lost a big opportunityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:36FullscreenEmery post-Palace: Today we lost a big opportunityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-post-palace-today-lost-big-opportunity-1909956/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes he can play very well. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season,’ said Emery on the performances of Arsene Wenger’s £35million signing.‘We are, every player, helping, playing with a big performance. Today also when you can defend. Against Benteke and Zaha you can suffer more.‘If today we were better in the set pieces maybe we could win this match. In all the season I think he has been consistent.’Arsenal missed the opportunity to move into third place, ultimately slumping to a shock 3-2 defeat, after Tottenham’s defeat at Manchester City and face a difficult trip to Wolves in midweek looking to get their top four bid back on track. Wilfried Zaha gave Arsenal’s makeshift defence a torrid afternoon (Picture: Getty)‘On Wednesday we have another chance with Wolves.‘We have progressed and it gives us the chance to fight for the top four. On Wednesday, three points will give us the opportunity to be in this position.‘We lost an opportunity today. But now we finish it. If we win on Wednesday… who knows it’ll be difficult. At the moment, it’s in our hands.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Apr 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link61Shares Christian Benteke opened the scoring against Arsenal with his first goal in a year (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘Bad result. We know how to win again again, again at home, we have been doing. Today we played a team with very good players. The first goal gave them confidence. The second goal for them takes off our confidence.‘In the first half we didn’t play with control. Yes, with possession – they defended very deep and well. In the set-pieces today, usually we have done better but today it didn’t happen.‘We are being consistent but it’s difficult to be in the high level each moment. Today the result was disappointing for us. We will analyse this match. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cuba J “Bill” Anson

first_imgCuba J “Bill” Anson, of West Harrison, Indiana, passed away October 9, 2017 in Dillsboro, Indiana.He was born October 2, 1918 in Perry County, IN, son of the late Henry and Minnie AnsonBill served his country in WWII, as a member of the United States Army.He worked as a Manager for Lincoln Income Life, retiring after over 21 years of service. Bill had previously worked as a foreman on the Southern Railway.He was a member of member of Holman Christian Union Church. Bill was the President of Gideons International Bible Association in Dearborn and Ohio counties. He was a member of New Albany Masonic lodge #79, as well as a member of the Eastern Star. When he was young, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, sketching and painting. He had played bass guitar in a band. Bill also enjoyed working on lawnmowers, Most of all, he enjoyed joking and laughing.Surviving are daughter, Helena (Robert) Schildknecht of Crestwood, KY, son, Paul Badger of Sellersburg, IN; step-children, Angee (Brad) Ellis of Guilford, IN, Maureen “Jody” Ward (Ron Hanner) of Greensburg, IN, Jeff (Johnanna) McCormick of West Harrison, IN; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren special friend, Millie Craft.He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife,  Jean Lorraine Carr Badger Anson, his second wife, Thelma Kirby Anson, and his son, Gene Badger.Friends will be received Thursday, October 12, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am at Rullman Hunger funeral home, Aurora, Indiana. Services will be held at the funeral home October 12, 2017 at 11:30 am with Pastor Michael Addison officiating.Interment will follow in the Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, IN. Military services will follow the funeral services.Contributions may be made to the Holman Christian Union Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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South Florida Teacher Guilty of Selling Drugs to Students

first_imgA 37-year-old South Florida teacher has been found guilty of selling illegal drugs to two students at the middle school where she taught.According to prosecutors, Maria Otilia Rivera could face up to 35 years in prison when she is sentenced on October 16.A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began two years ago found that Rivera sold drugs to two girls who were then ages 12 and 14.Investigators say she took the girls off campus and showed them how to prepare and ingest the drugs.The report adds that on another occasion, Rivera took money from a student and promised to give that student drugs the following day.Rivera has been allowed to remain free until her sentencing.last_img read more

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‘Complete rubbish’ – Football Leaks claims slammed by Al-Khelaifi

first_imgParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has dismissed allegations made against the club in light of documents released by whistleblowers Football Leaks.The Ligue 1 champions issued a forthright denial last week following claims made via Mediapart that they engaged in a fraudulent attempt to avoid severe Financial Fair Play (FFP) punishments from UEFA.PSG and Manchester City reached settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 following respective breaches. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The club statement insisted PSG “always acted in absolute compliance with the laws and regulations issued by sports institutions” and Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Napoli that he was more concerned with Sunday’s top-flight clash against Monaco.”Honestly, I do not look at that,” he said, when asked about the Football Leaks revelations. “It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG’s quest for victory against Napoli was hindered as contentious refereeing decisions went against them and Al-Khelaifi is pleased UEFA will introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in its flagship competition next season .Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to the incident that saw Napoli awarded a 62nd-minute penalty, from which Lorenzo Insigne cancelled out Juan Bernat’s first-half goal.Bernat also felt he should have had a penalty and Al-Khelaifi added: “We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty.”But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”Napoli are top of Group C but level on six points with Liverpool, with PSG a point further back with two rounds of fixtures remaining.PSG host Jurgen Klopp’s side on November 28 in a key game in the context of the group and Al-Khelaifi has backed Thomas Tuchel’s side to prevail.”Now we will play against Liverpool at home, it will be a great match,” he added. “We have to focus on it. “The coach is doing a very good job, I am very happy. We had no luck tonight. We did what we wanted and we cannot change the result.”last_img read more

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