Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-SOUTHCOM Conduct Security Cooperation Training across Central America

first_imgBy U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Corporal Melanie A Kilcline August 16, 2017 U.S. marines with the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) are conducting training with host nation militaries while deployed in Central America, from June-November, 2017. Working in detachments ranging from five to 12 marines across Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize, the GCE’s purpose is conducting tailored training with the partner nation forces. “We are teaching three blocks of infantry skills: basic, intermediate and advanced courses,” said U.S. Marine Corps Captain Andrew J. Beck, the officer in charge of the Belize Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “The first block is structured for enlisted soldiers and coast guardsmen; the second block is structured for noncommissioned officers and junior officers; and block three towards senior NCOs and officers.” The purpose of the security-cooperation training is to build a stronger partnership with the host nation militaries and to increase the proficiency and professionalism of their forces, so they can continue to improve the security of their nations. “Our primary focus is on the basic infantry skills course,” said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Bryan J. Ashton, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Belize Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “We teach things like patrolling, basic marksmanship, land navigation, and some elements of mixed martial arts.” The host nation military forces also request specific tactics and courses to be taught by the marines, which influences how each detachment actually structures each course. “Here in Honduras, they want more Military Operations in Urban Terrain, or MOUT, and short-range marksmanship training,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Travis R. DiPiazza, an infantry trainer with the Honduras Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “Since that is what they would focus on for security purposes, we are trying to give them a better security posture as a whole.” In addition to the marines, each team has an independent U.S. Navy corpsman assigned to them, who is also a certified combat life saver instructor. “Working with the local nationals, we have been doing weapons training, mixed martial arts training, and some basic first aid classes,” said U.S Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James Robertson, the hospital corpsman with the Honduras Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “Interacting with the host nation military members and learning their culture, as well as seeing how their military operates as a whole compared to ours, has been an amazing experience for our corpsmen and marines.” Not only does this training benefit the host nation militaries to make them more advanced and proficient, but it also forces the marines to improvise, adapt, and overcome challenges they have never faced before in training, such as language barriers. The majority of the militaries in Central America speaks Spanish, and know very little English. “Language is a huge challenge we have come across here in Honduras,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant David Gaudette, the senior noncommissioned officer in charge for the Honduras Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “Most of the Honduran marines do not speak English, but we have completed extensive language training with one of our marines who is a fluent Spanish speaker.” Regardless of the challenges they may face, the marines are looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with their host nation counterparts to overcome them. “The language barrier is a constant struggle,” said U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Benjamin T. Um, the officer in charge of the Honduras Detachment, GCE, SPMAGTF-SC. “But my marines have shown vast improvements in their language capabilities since they arrived in Honduras. The marines are here to train, and they show their willingness and ability to train hard every single day. I am very proud of them.”last_img read more

Women, babies at risk as COVID-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns

first_imgMillions of women and children in poor countries are at risk because the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting health services they rely on, from neonatal and maternity care to immunizations and contraception, a World Bank global health expert has warned.Monique Vledder, head of secretariat at the bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF), told Reuters in an interview the agency was gravely worried about the numbers of children missing vaccinations, women giving birth without medical help and interrupted supplies of life-saving medicines like antibiotics.”We’re very concerned about what’s happening – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa,” Vledder said as she unveiled the results of a GFF survey, one of the first seeking to assess the impact of COVID-19 on women’s and children’s health. The number of GFF countries reporting service disruptions nearly doubled from 10 in April to 19 in June, and the number reporting fewer people seeking essential health services jumped to 22 in June from five in April.GFF found that in Liberia, for example, fears about COVID-19 were preventing parents from taking their children to health clinics. In Ghana, some pregnant and lactating mothers were opting to postpone antenatal services and routine immunizations for fear of contracting the pandemic disease.”We are seeing declining vaccination rates among children. We’re seeing women accessing services less for ante- or post-natal care. We’re seeing a decline in babies being born in health facilities. And we’re also seeing a slide in outpatient services – for treatments for diarrhea, malaria, fever, pneumonia for example,” Vledder said.Rapidly declining access to reproductive health supplies is also a key worry, Vledder added. The GFF estimates that if the situation does not improve as many as 26 million women could lose access to contraception in the 36 countries, leading to nearly 8 million unintended pregnancies.  Topics :center_img “Many of the countries we work in are fragile and so, by definition, already have very challenging situations when it comes to health service delivery. This is making things worse.”From late March, the GFF has conducted monthly surveys with local staff in 36 countries to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services for women, children and adolescents.Sharing the survey findings with Reuters, GFF said that of countries reporting, 87% said the pandemic, fears about infection or lockdown measures designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, had led to disruptions to health workforces.More than three-quarters of countries also reported disruptions in supplies of key medicines for mothers and babies, such as antibiotics to treat infections and oxytocin, a drug for preventing excessive bleeding after childbirth.last_img read more

Iconic pop artist, ‘Indiana’ dies at 89

first_imgBy Photo: Whgler, Sculpture: Robert Indiana [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia CommonsVinalhaven, Me. — Pop artist Robert Indiana, known for his iconic “LOVE” sculpture died at his seaside Maine home over the weekend, he was 89.A native of New Castle, Indiana, he was born Robert Clark in September of 1928. “Indiana” became frustrated with the New York City art scene and moved to Maine in 2009.last_img read more

With Osimhen in Napoli’s attack, Gattuso can go to bed, says Giuntoli

first_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Loading… read also:FIFA hails Osimhen for record breaking African transfer record “With him, our attack is complete. We will part ways with Arkadiusz Milik, as that is what both parties want, to take our separate paths.” There have been reports Chucky Lozano will be on the market too, but Giuntoli seemed to agree with the Marca Claro suggestion in Mexico that he would be given another season to prove himself. “If it were just up to me, then Lozano would stay. He has taken longer than expected to adapt, but we are seeing some flashes of quality in these final games of the season.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Napoli director, Cristiano Giuntoli, is confident that with Victor Osimhen in the Napoli’s attack, the technical crew will definitely not be under pressure. He however maintained that their ‘attack is complete’ with the arrival of Osimhen, although Hirving Lozano has ‘taken longer than expected’ to adapt. Osimhen completed his transfer from Lille on Friday, with President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the deal is worth around €80m. However, it’s believed the cash element is only €50m, plus €10m in very difficult to achieve bonuses, and the rather inflated evaluation of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team players make up the other €20m. “Osimhen is young and has huge potential, but also different characteristics to the other forwards that we already have in the squad,” director of sport Giuntoli told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chic enjoys Dundalk good times

first_img “I’m very pleased with her. I thought fitness-wise she might be a bit short and I’m very happy with her. “She really needs fast ground so up here suits her at this time of year. You couldn’t run her on the grass the way it is at the moment.” Tooreen Legend (2-1 joint-favourite) attracted significant support ahead of his comeback in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap and having been prominent throughout, showed excellent resolution to collar Sparanai in the shadows of the post. Cappadocia (9-2) showed his appreciation for the return to six furlongs by landing the Easter Dining At Dundalk Handicap, in the process reversing last week’s form with Shabra Emperor, who could only manage third. On Location (8-1) was reported to be coming into season prior to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Race & Stay Package Maiden, but the former Canadian-trained filly was at the top of her game to claim the scalp of odds-on favourite Torpedo Alley by a comfortable four and a half lengths. Press Association Tracey Collins has an eye on a share of the big money on offer at Lingfield on Good Friday, and Chiclet (9-2) showed the team is firing on all cylinders with a comprehensive Dundalk success.center_img The daughter of Dandy Man had been given a break since landing a Navan maiden in the autumn but she has returned a much better filly, judging by her impressive two-length defeat of Oor Jock in the Light Up Your Night Apprentice Handicap. Collins, who will saddle Captain Joy in the All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Race on Friday, said: “That’s great. It’s my first runner of the new season so may they all continue in the same suit! last_img read more

Mark Coyle was 1 of 100 candidates to be Syracuse athletic director

first_img Published on June 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 The search committee started with close to 100 candidates. Sitting athletic directors, deputy athletic directors and non-traditional candidates were all part of the pool. They were charged to cast a wide net.Then they narrowed it down to resumes that they looked at in detail. After that, the committee selected six to 10 people to interview. The final two to three were recommended to Chancellor Kent Syverud.At the end of it all, Mark Coyle was the man left standing.“We came up with a list of 11 key, must-have attributes and when you go down the list and at the end of the day you look at Mark Coyle, you say ‘Wow,’” search committee chair Steve Ballentine said. “We joked at the beginning of the process when we had that list like we’re looking for a superhero. Who could possibly meet this list of 11 attributes, it doesn’t exist. And then you come to the end and you find somebody who hits on those key attributes.”The process to find the next Syracuse athletic director started with the nine-person search committee talking to people in the community to find the qualities that people thought were necessary in someone who would hold the position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBallentine said Coyle didn’t come in to his interview with a list of solutions to fix the problems that are ailing Syracuse, that’s not what the committee was looking for. Football was a factor in his hire, Ballentine said, though not a disproportionate one. Success in football doesn’t come without success in other attributes and you can’t have one without the other, Ballentine said.“We  would like to see football be better,” Ballentine said. “I don’t think that’s a surprise.”Ballentine said that Coyle was very prepared and had “done his due diligence.” He didn’t offer any solutions, but he pledged to listen, come in, and eventually make decisions. That’s part of what attracted the committee to him.Coyle has spent the past several days getting acclimated to the community and meeting people. His family was in attendance on Monday, decked in Syracuse colors. It felt clear that the search committee had found the person they were looking for when they started a process that started with 100 different resumes.“He’s been there, he’s done that,” Ballentine said. “Past success are the best predictor of future success. He’s done it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFL pro days don’t tell the entire story

first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Michael at katzml@usc.edu Wednesday afternoon, dozens of NFL scouts were on campus to watch former Trojans work out in an effort to raise their positions in April’s draft. It’s really the last chance for these athletes to make an impression on the scouts and millions of dollars are at stake. However, I don’t buy it.Though it’s important for teams to know a player’s measurables, such as their height, weight and speed, scouts are looking too deep into the numbers. If a player can play, he can play and no number quantifies a player’s heart and desire to be the best.Beyond numbers · Though players such as redshirt junior defensive end Nick Perry are tested on measurables, they should be examined for their play. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanSure, a player can skyrocket in the draft if he runs particularly well or if his bench press is extraordinary, but not every star has had great measurables. Jerry Rice, arguably the best receiver in history, ran a less-than-stellar 40-time at around 4.70. Anquan Boldin, who has been among the league’s most consistent receivers since he entered the League in 2001, ran a 4.75, slower than many defensive ends. They turned out OK, didn’t they?But perhaps you are a firm believer in numbers and believe that no matter how good your mental attributes are, you still need to have strong physical ones to complement.Well, why does the NFL hold an entire combine and insist on schools holding pro days as well? If the point of the combine is to measure the measurables, what is the point of a pro day? Especially when the pro day is just two weeks after the combine.People train months for the combine (which really doesn’t have that much to do with football, anyway). Is a player going to be that much better in a workout two weeks later? And if he does perform better, wouldn’t you be skeptical, especially if the results were significantly better than they were before?But more importantly: Does one become a better football player in that short time frame between the combine and the pro day? Many players decide not to workout in positional drills while at the combine, saying that they want to work with players they are familiar with on their home turf.But at the next level, quarterbacks aren’t going to have the luxury of throwing to “their guys” on “their field.” Their rosters will constantly change, players will get released and they will be throwing to different players frequently.Linemen, you are not going to have the same coaches you had in college telling you what drills to run. There will be no scripting — it will be about learning on the fly.Robert Griffin III for instance, the star quarterback from Baylor University, decided not to throw at the combine because he wanted to be with his receivers.What are we possibly going to learn about him when he throws to receivers he has been throwing to in practice for nearly five years in a set of drills that have been specifically designed for him to look good?What did scouts likely learn about star USC tackle Matt Kalil at pro day? He probably looked athletic and ran good times considering his size. But did anyone really learn about him as a football player? I doubt it.The combine does not measure a prospect as a football player. For the most part it measures athleticism, which is important, but it is by no means the end all, be all.For me, pro day is overkill. It’s scripted. It’s performed by the coaches of the player’s alma mater. It is done in almost too comfortable of an environment. And it happens right after the combine; does the player in question really become a better NFL prospect in 13 days? If scouts think so, maybe they should take another look.A great athlete is an asset for an NFL team and will always be envied, but I will take a great football player over a great athlete any day. If the player happens to be both? Well, I guess you hit the jackpot.I will always take a player’s tape more seriously than a 40-yard dash time. I will always take a player’s heart more seriously than his vertical jump.Football is not won with numbers, as everyone in the NFL is talented; it is won with what players possess mentally, emotionally and in their hearts. Nothing at a combine or a pro day can quantify that.last_img read more

Mike Hopkins leaves behind a shocked Syracuse community by joining Washington

first_img Published on March 19, 2017 at 11:30 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Mike Hopkins said he had always wanted to be a head coach. Now he’s fulfilled that goal a year earlier than he would have at Syracuse.The Orange’s former head coach-designate left SU, the school he played at for four years and coached at for 22, to become Washington’s head coach. Instead of serving as Jim Boeheim’s heir for another season before taking over in 2018-19, he shocked the Syracuse community on Sunday by becoming the one tasked with turning around the Huskies.“I can’t express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance,” Hopkins said in a UW press release. “The timing is right for me and my family to make this move.”The right timing for Hopkins became precarious timing for the Orange. On March 18, 2015, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Boeheim planned to retire after the 2017-18 season. On June 25, 2015, Syverud announced Hopkins would succeed Boeheim as SU’s head coach. Hopkins leaving for Washington nullified those plans and Boeheim subsequently signed a contract extension, reportedly through 2021-22.Hopkins had been linked to other head coaching jobs prior to that, including fellow Pac-12 opportunities with Southern California (2013) and Oregon State (2014). But with just a year left until the chance to take over the Orange, his move to Washington came as a surprise.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just think it was a sudden thing,” said Gary McKnight, who coached Hopkins at Mater Dei (California) High School. “… I think he was looking for the right situation.”The program awaiting Hopkins at Washington is one in need of a fresh slate. The Huskies just finished its season with 13 straight losses, a 9-22 record and went 2-16 in the conference. UW hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2011.Washington’s roster this past season featured freshman Markelle Fultz, widely projected as the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Its 2017 recruiting class included Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 ranked player in the country according to ESPN. But he may decommit after the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday.In comes Hopkins, who received the backing of UW’s administration with a six-year contract, according to ESPN. He’s back on the west coast, significantly closer to where he grew up. Washington bolsters its well-regarded athletic program with Hopkins, who has plenty of tools at his disposal for a successful rebuild.“When I first started coaching, my goal wasn’t to be the head coach at Syracuse,” Hopkins told The Daily Orange in a 2015 profile. “My goal was to be the best coach on the planet. I just wanted to be the best.”What he leaves behind is a program that adored Hopkins enough to entrust its future, until Sunday, in him. He’s played a major role in recruiting since 2000, worked closely with SU’s bigs since 2011 and helped develop numerous centers like future NBA players Fab Melo and Rakeem Christmas.Hopkins’ fingerprints are all over the Orange. And on the day he departed from SU, the community he left behind responded.“He’s been everything for Tyler, really,” Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon’s father, Tim, said.“I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for (Hopkins),” SU graduate assistant Katie Kolinski wrote in an Instagram post.“Washington got a steal,” former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams tweeted.While Boeheim served an NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension last season, Hopkins stepped in as the Orange’s interim head coach. At the time, his 4-5 record provided a small glimpse into SU’s planned future.Now it’ll go down as the only glimpse.“Mike received a great opportunity,” Boeheim said in a statement, “and we thank him and wish him the best.”— Senior Staff Writer Connor Grossman and Asst. Sports Editor Sam Fortier contributed reporting to this story. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Klopp expected to make sweeping changes for tonight

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes to his side for the visit of Leeds to Anfield in the EFL Cup. Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is out for six weeks, while the likes of Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are all carrying knocks. Tonight’s other game is at the K-Com Stadium, where Hull entertain Championship leaders, Newcastle.  Both games kick off at 7.45.last_img

Cameron: Murray Deserves Knighthood

first_imgPrime Minister David Cameron says Andy Murray deserves a knighthood after becoming the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men’s singles since 1936.Murray won the title with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 triumph against world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday.“I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more,” said Cameron, who watched the match from the Royal Box.But Murray said: “It’s a nice thing to have or be offered but I don’t know if it merits that.”Cameron said Murray’s win had “lifted the spirits of the whole country”.The prime minister cannot personally award an honour to the 26-year-old, stressing that they are awarded independently. People are nominated for their achievements by members of the public and whether they are given an honour – and the type of honour – is decided by a committee.last_img read more