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U.S. Army South Conducts Joint Humanitarian Exercise In Nicaragua

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2010 U.S. Army South, along with U.S. Navy engineers, are working together with the Nicaraguan National Assembly to construct three water wells in Los Sanchez, Samaria and La Noria until May 21 as part of U.S. Army South’s Beyond the Horizon mission. Beyond the Horizon is a humanitarian and civic assistance mission in Nicaragua, providing focused medical and engineering support to the people of the region. The mission provides an opportunity to work in partnership with the Nicaraguan military, as well as provide a real-world learning environment for U.S. military service members. The engineering projects for this Beyond the Horizon mission are being conducted by U.S. Navy engineers, better known as Seabees, from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 25, out of Ft McCroy, Wisconsin. The engineers arrived in Nicaragua March 11 to begin preparations for the digging and construction of the three wells. “The digging of these wells are important because they provide the community with much needed potable water in a central location,” Navy Ensign Joe Neal, the officer in charge of NMCB 25. “By digging this well we provided the town of Samaria with a fresh water source within the town. Prior to this the locals had to walk to the river for potable water which was some ways out.” Nicaraguan army Lt. Rodolpho Otero, a force protection officer providing security for the Seabee’s, spoke with many Nicaraguan locals who stopped by to talk with and both the military and the civilians engineers. “Everyone agrees that this well was very much needed for this village and the people living in the surrounding area,” said Otero. “The locals are all very happy to see Americans working with the Nicaraguan military on this project.” Since construction began on March 21, the engineering detachment, along with support from Army South and the Nicaraguan army, has completed the well at Samaria and has already be-gun construction on the well in Los Sanchez. Though the timeline is tight for the construction of three water wells, Neal also points out that this is a great opportunity to meet the people of Nicaragua. “This mission gives us opportunities to interact with local people and the Nicaraguan Army while at the same time getting real world training for future missions,” said Neal. “It also gives us chances to interact with the local populace showing that both countries are working together.” The construction of the final water well in La Noria is scheduled to be complete in May. The three water wells constructed in partnership with Army South, NMCB 25 and the Nicaraguan army will bring lasting benefits to the local community. “The Nicaraguan army welcomes the help being provided for this community and has a very positive outlook for this project and the future,” said Otero.last_img read more

‘Explosive situation’: German minister fears a constitutional crisis in the U.S.

first_imgWith incumbent President Trump already claiming victory with millions of U.S. election votes uncounted, a top German official warned of an “explosive situation.”- Advertisement –last_img

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

first_imgTopics : At least 3,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a commission set up to examine claims estimated Wednesday, adding that the real number may be much higher.The commission’s president Jean-Marc Sauve said preliminary figures suggested some 1,500 clergy and other Church officials carried out the abuse.The commission was set up last June at the request of French bishops after a series of pedophilia cases that rocked the Church in France and abroad. A hotline urging victims to come forward has received 5,300 calls over the past year, Sauve told journalists in a video conference.The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past seven decades.”I am deeply convinced that there are many more victims,” Sauve said.”What we do not know is how to consolidate these two sources” of potential cases — the hotline and the commission’s own inquiries, he said.  The call for witnesses has been extended to October 31 and reviews of Church archives have resumed after being suspended during France’s coronavirus lockdown.Pope Francis has vowed to confront criminal offences in the Church’s ranks, including several cases in which top officials knew of sexual assault but failed to inform the authorities.Last year, Francis passed a measure obliging those with knowledge of child sexual abuse to report it to their superiors, a move that was expected to bring numerous new cases to light.The commission headed by Sauve, a high-ranking civil servant, includes legal experts, doctors, historians, sociologists and theologians.It is expected to produce a final report next year with recommendations on how to prevent abuse. Payouts planned Victims’ associations have applauded the French Church’s pledge of transparency, having long accused its senior officials of covering up pedophilia cases to protect priests from prosecution.In the most recent high-profile case, a defrocked Catholic priest was given a five-year jail term in March for sexually abusing boy scouts in his care several decades ago.Bernard Preynat, 75, had confessed at his trial in the southeastern city of Lyon to “caresses” he knew were forbidden after victims testified of the abuses they suffered at his hands.He faulted the Church hierarchy, saying “They should have helped me… They let me become a priest.”The scandal became the subject of an acclaimed film last year titled “Grace a Dieu” [By the Grace of God] by director Francois Ozon, who worked with some of the victims.But in January, an appeals court overturned the conviction of Preynat’s superior, Lyon’s former archbishop Philippe Barbarin, for not reporting the abuse despite knowing about it for years.The court said that while Barbarin should have informed the authorities, he was not criminally liable for his lack of action.French bishops agreed last November to provide financial compensation to victims of sex abuse by priests.The potential sums were set to be discussed in April, with priority for victims from several years ago whose cases are beyond the statute of limitations for prosecution.But the coronavirus lockdown halted such meetings until further notice.last_img read more

UN summit to discuss post-pandemic global governance

first_imgNiger, the current president of the UN Security Council, said Tuesday it will organize a September 24 videoconference between heads of state to discuss the future of global governance following the coronavirus pandemic.The summit will debate “post-COVID-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Niger’s UN Ambassador Abdou Abarry told journalists while presenting the Council’s program for the month.The session will take place during the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders, which will take place this year mainly by videoconference due to the pandemic. Topics : “This will be an opportunity for our leaders to have political discussions on the need to adapt the current international system embodied by the United Nations and the Security Council in order to effectively face traditional threats to security such as conflicts, but also new threats such as organized crime and pandemics,” Abarry said.Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou will chair the summit, with participation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Abarry said.When asked about the attendance of US President Donald Trump, who often opposes multilateralism and cooperation with international organizations, the ambassador said “we expect the participation of all heads of state and they will all receive an invitation from the president of Niger.”last_img read more

Arsenal squad baffled by Unai Emery’s tactics and faith in Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgArsenal squad baffled by Unai Emery’s tactics and faith in Shkodran Mustafi Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Apr 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link322Shares Advertisement Comment Emery has made a number of half-time changes this season (Picture: Getty)The win in Naples was seen as a springboard for the Gunners but they lost at home to Crystal Palace just three days later in a error-ridden display.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery made a number of changes for the game against the Eagles, selecting Carl Jenkinson at right wing-back and playing Mohamed Elneny in midfield with Mateo Guendouzi.Those decisions reportedly ‘baffled’ the Arsenal squad, who felt they squandered a golden opportunity due to results elsewhere to solidify their place in the top four, according to the Telegraph.center_img Unai Emery’s team selections have left the Arsenal squad ‘confused’ (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is facing growing discontent within his Arsenal squad with the players said to be increasingly confused by the Spaniard’s team selections and tactics.Leicester consigned the Gunners to their third consecutive defeat with a comprehensive 3-0 win at the King Power stadium on Sunday.Those defeats have left Arsenal’s top four hopes hanging by a thread and the Gunners now need Chelsea to slip-up in their final two matches to qualify for the Champions League via their Premier League position.Arsenal take on Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals and entered their three-game losing streak with a confidence-boosting win away at Napoli earlier this month.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Mustafi was to blame for Zaha’s goal (Picture: Getty)Palace’s win was largely down to a poor defensive display from the Gunners and Shkodran Mustafi was slated for his performance.Members of the Arsenal squad lost confidence in the German a long time ago but have been baffled by Emery’s continued faith in the defender.The squad are also reportedly bemused at Emery’s tendency to focus on seemingly-inferior teams instead of looking at his own side’s strength.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 ArsenalArsenal had just 18% possession in the first 20 minutes against Leicester and that was before Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.The Gunners now face the possibility of missing out on the Champions League and their uncertain future has put Emery off making decisions about transfer targets this summer.One player who will not be there next term is Denis Suarez, as the midfielder confirmed today that an injury will prevent him appearing again for he club.‘I am sorry for all the effort and sacrifice made to come to Arsenal hasn’t come to fruition as hoped and you can’t even imagine how angry I am about it, but health comes first,’ said Suarez.MORE: Chelsea join Arsenal in race to sign Bournemouth star Ryan Fraserlast_img read more

Talented girl golfers target national final

first_img23 Jul 2012 Talented girl golfers target national final Talented youngsters from across the country are heading to the national final of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers. The 21 girls have all qualified for the final on the basis of handicap reduction. They will aim to succeed 2011 winner Ciara Kelly of Worcestershire when they play off for the England Golf title at Delamere Forest Golf Club in Cheshire on Sunday, July 29. They include 12-year-old Amelia Williamson of Royal Cromer in Norfolk, whose mother, Tracey, won the Abraham Trophy in 1983. The Abraham Trophy immediately precedes the English girls’ U13 and U15 championships and is played on the same course. The finalists are: Bedfordshire – Clare Wilkie, 15, of Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Cambs & Hunts – Jade Guest, 11, of Gog Magog Derbyshire – Aimee Wilson, 16, of Mickleover Devon – Emily Morey, 14, and Maddie Stone, 13, both of East Devon Durham – Alexandra Stevenson, 11, of Beamish Park Lancashire – Rachel Morgan, 14, of West Derby Norfolk – Chloe Rowswell, 11, of Eaton and Amelia Williamson, 12, of Royal Cromer Northamptonshire – Millie Billson, 13, of Northamptonshire County and Thalia Martin, 15, of Peterborough Milton Oxfordshire – Victoria Hart, 12, of Hadden Hill Shropshire – Molly Barker, 13 of Horsehay Village Suffolk – Lottie Whyman, 17 and Lily Kent, 17, both of Ipswich Sussex – Fenella Buss, 13, of East Brighton and Anya Olsen, 12, of Worthing Worcestershire & Herefordshire – Alice Brooks, 13, and Phoebe Stanley, both of Gaudet Luce Yorkshire – Bethany Acey, 15, of Sandburn Hall, Kirsty Beckwith, 15, of Moortown Image shows 2011 Abraham Trophy winner, Ciara Kelly of Hagley (Image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

How To Balance Your Family’s Balanced Nutritional Needs

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Spark You UpMaking a healthy meal for your family can be as difficult as keeping up with each and every one of their needs! With AdvoCare you can find easy ways to help supplement your family’s nutritional needs. AdvoCare OmegaPlex is a great supplement which Supplies 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving; Contains both EPA and DHA fatty acids; Plays an important role in the transportation of nutrients; Helps support normal blood flow and healthy blood pressure; Promotes cardiovascular health in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise; Helps promote healthy metabolism; Helps maintain a healthy immune system and Promotes maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. Also recommended for the family is AdvoCare CorePlex Chewables which are chewable multivitamin/mineral in great tasting orange and cherry flavors; this helps support healthy growth and development in children; Encourages immune health; Supports healthy bone, muscle and connective tissue for all ages; Great multivitamin/mineral for the whole family (ages 4 and older).For more family health products please visit our website at www.SparkYouUp.Net .last_img read more

Local golfers slow out of the gates at the B.C. Junior Golf Championships

first_imgKootenay golfers did not get off to great starts on the home track at the B.C. Amateur Junior Golf Association Championship Tuesday at Rossland/Trail’s Birchbank course.Brenan Moroney of the home course heads the nine-player West Kootenay Zone One Junior Golf contingent shooting a 4-over-par 76 to sit eight strokes behind the leaders — Kevin Kwon of Pit Meadows and defending champion Adam Svensson of Surrey.The two leaders opened with a 5-under-par 67.Moroney had his round going in the right direction, starting on hole 10 and playing the first nine holes 1-under-par.However, the round fell apart as Morony bogeyed the first six holes of the back nine to finish in a tie for 45th spot.Kevin Bennett, also of Rossland/Trail, is one back of Moroney with a 5-over-par 77. Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake is tied for 74th at 79 followed by Alexander Rugg of Champion Lakes and Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake tied for 89th spot with 80.Braden and Tyler McKay of Rossland/Trail sit in 120th spot with 82s while Garrett Underwood of Champion Lakes and Kevin MacDonald of Salmo are 128th and 136th, respectively.Round two goes Wednesday when the field will be cut for the final two rounds of the 72-hole tournament Thursday and [email protected]last_img read more

Championship Weekend is set as Nelson City Soccer season winds down

first_imgCo-op edged out Old Dogs FC 1-0 to advance.Innkeepers and Co-op finished in a tie for top spot during the regular season. However, Innkeepers were handed the crown on a tiebreaker.In the Finley’s Ladies Rec League, Dirty Dozen and Leo’s Titans advanced to the final by surviving narrow victories Sunday afternoon at Lakeside.Dirty Dozen edged Red Dog 3-2 while the Titans outlasted the Wild Cats 2-1 in semi final action.The two victors meet for all the marbles Sunday at 2:30 p.m.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, two unlikely combatants meet in the final after Jackson’s Hole and Red Dog escaped with one-goal victories Sunday. Jackson’s Hole, missing starting goalie Tad Lake, got a solid showing from back up Rob McRory en route to a 2-1 win over Ted Allen’s.Meanwhile in the other semi final, Red Dog outlasted regular season champ Club Inter 5-4.Red Dog and Jackson’s Hole meet in the league playoff final Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside Pitch. The finalists are set in the Nelson City Soccer League following semi final weekend at the Lakeside Pitch.In the Leo’s Men’s Open, regular season champ Innkeepers had little trouble with the U18 Nelson Selects, posting a 4-0 victory.The Innkeepers scored two quick goals midway through the first half en route to the win.Mike Precious, tested a handful of times in the Innkeeper nets, registered the shutout.The Innkeepers meet rival Kootenay Co-op in the final.last_img read more

PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_img“I think its important that you’re able to motivate yourself. We always believe in the triumph of the competitive spirit. Now that we’re getting support from the government, it’s important for us to give back to those who help us,” he said. “We’ll try our hardest, and if not, we’ll still try to achieve sporting excellence, inspire our countrymen, and bring honor to God and country.”RELATED VIDEOPH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games222 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Filipinos will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, and wheelchair basketball in the regional games set from September 17 to 23.Woodpusher Menandro Redor will serve as the country’s flagbrearer after winning four gold medals in the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants for chess in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games.He will also spearhead the chess team’s quest for seven golds in Kuala Lumpur as they gun to improve the six-gold harvest from Singapore.Also expected to strike gold are Paralympic bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis.Though still lacking in support, Barredo believes that the paraathletes are more than ready to  make the country proud.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 164-man strong Philippine team will feature 111 athletes competing in 12 sports with the goal of faring better than the country’s the 16 gold medal haul in Singapore two years back.The paraathletes also have a chance to turn things around for Philippine sports, after the country just managed 24 golds—way below its target of 50—in the 2017 SEA Games last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhilippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo is proud of how differently abled athletes have grown through the years since the association’s inception in 1997.“It’s been 20 years and we’ve had participation in five Paralympic games, five Asian Paragames, and this is the ninth edition of our ASEAN Para Games. If you could see, this might be our biggest contingent that will join outside of our country. We’re getting bigger and it’s because we’re showing our might,” he said. Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo by ITTF websiteLooking to surpass the gold medal haul of the country’s able athletes, the Philippine delegation is settingthe bar high for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“The team is in high spirits, and if our estimation is correct, we have a strong chance of winning 27 golds, perhaps more,” said chef de mission Ral Rosario during the sendoff at the Dad’s in Mandaluyong City on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more