The United States National Guard State Partnership Program

first_img How to participate in the State Partnership Program: Nations interested in joining the SPP can contact the United States Southern Command State Partnership Program office by telephone at +001-305-437-3352. Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking personnel are available to handle queries. A government wishing to participate should submit a request to the U.S. ambassador in that country. After receipt of the request, the process usually takes seven months to one year to complete. The United States National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) partners U.S. states with foreign nations to promote and enhance bilateral relations. Sixty-two countries worldwide are linked to 48 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam) and the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 15 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., help increase the capacity and capabilities of 20 partner countries. The SPP reflects an evolving international affairs mission for the U.S. National Guard, promoting regional stability and civil-military relationships. State partners actively participate in numerous engagement activities, including bilateral familiarization and training events, exercises and leader mentorships. These activities include support to other security cooperation activities such as emergency management, disaster response, border and port security, leadership and noncommissioned officer development, medical capacity, and developing the capabilities of peacekeeping operations. Examples of this cooperation include the New Hampshire National Guard assisting El Salvador in improving its disaster relief capabilities, the New Mexico National Guard working with Costa Rica on drug demand reduction, and the Louisiana National Guard partnering with Belize in support of reconstruction efforts in Haiti. The SPP enables the National Guard to further define and fulfill its role as a good will ambassador around the world. Guard members apply military and civilian skills to foster democracy, encourage economic development and promote regional cooperation and stability. Counter Illicit Trafficking: Costa Rica: The Central American country estimates that 180,000 residents out of its population of 4.5 million are drug users and that 27 to 50 people die each year from overdoses. Costa Rica is a transshipment country for cocaine and heroin from South America. Illicit production of cannabis in remote areas and domestic cocaine consumption, particularly crack cocaine, is rising. The New Mexico National Guard assists Costa Rica with counterdrug efforts. Peacekeeping Operations: Through SPP, the National Guard has contributed to the training of more than 3,500 partner personnel who are contributing to the following United Nations peacekeeping missions: MINUSTAH (Haiti), MONUSCO (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and UNIFIL (Lebanon). Humanitarian Assistance: The Louisiana National Guard joined forces with its partner, the Belize Defence Forces, to fulfill four engineering projects in Haiti as part of the New Horizons 2010 exercise. Other partnership projects include: By Dialogo July 01, 2011last_img read more

Israeli exit polls show election victory within Netanyahu’s grasp

first_imgTopics : Victory in a cliffhanger Israeli election on Monday seemed to be within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s grasp, with exit polls showing him just one seat short of a governing right-wing bloc in parliament.Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, responded to the projections by tweeting “Thank you” and a heart emoji. He fought Israel’s third election in less than a year under the cloud of corruption charges, which he denies.The four-term prime minister, who heads the right-wing Likud party, had failed to secure a governing majority in the legislature in elections held in April and September. Opinion polls in the final days of campaigning had predicted further deadlock. But polls broadcast by Israel’s three main television channels after voting ended showed Likud pulling ahead of the centrist Blue and White party led by former general Benny Gantz.All three exit polls gave Likud and like-minded parties 60 of parliament’s 120-seats, just one short of a majority. During the campaign, right-wing and religious parties had pledged to join a Likud-led coalition government.Actual results, which have differed in the past from exit polls, will be released on Tuesday.last_img read more

Simeone hails Carrasco’s impact in Barcelona draw

first_imgRead Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid drawThe 26-year old returned to the club in January on loan from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, with his deal subsequently extended until the end of the restarted 2019-20 season.Los Rojiblancos now look well placed to secure a Champions League spot in the coming weeks, with a seven point lead over fifth placed Getafe, with five games to go.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has singled out midfielder Yannick Carrasco for praise, following their 2-2 La Liga draw at Barcelona. Yannick Carrasco The Belgian international caused problems for Quique Setien’s side right from kick off at the Camp Nou, with the home defence struggling to contain him. He won a 14th minute penalty following a foul by Arturo Vidal, with Saul Niguez converting, after a retake was ordered following Diego Costa’s miss.Advertisement The former AS Monaco star continued to pose a threat after the break, winning a second spot kick just after the hour mark, and Simeone was impressed at full time. “Carrasco did a good job tonight. He has found it difficult since coming back, and he put in a huge effort here,” he told a post match interview with Marca. “He played a decisive role tonight. Against Bilbao he played well, but tonight was his most complete game.”center_img Loading…last_img read more

Hammam to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA Presidency this year

first_imgMohamed Bin Hammam has announced that he’ll challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA Presidency this year.The current Asian Football Confederation president will campaign ahead of the elections at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on June 1.In terms of what he would bring to FIFA if elected president, one of Bin Hammam’s biggest points was to increase the FIFA Executive Committee to 40 members whilst renaming it the “FIFA Board”, if elected.The Qatari also called for “greater transparency” within the organization and will attempt to achieve this with the establishment of an appropriately-named “Transparency commitee”.When asked about his chances of unseating Blatter from his throne, Bin Hammam said he rated them as “50-50”.His announcement at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur ends recent speculation sparked largely by suggestions from the Qatari that he would run against Blatter for football’s top job. Over the past few months the 61 year-old has dropped hints but also at times distanced himself from talk of the presidency.Long seen as the heir to Blatter’s throne, Bin Hammam’s decision to nominate himself now rather than wait for his opponent’s expected retirement in four years is perhaps the biggest decision he has made during his FIFA career.It was 15 years ago that he became a member of FIFA’s 24-man executive committee, a position which he has had to fight for recently within his own confederation.Elected president of the AFC in 2002, Bin Hammam has reformed football on the continent, elevating standards of professionalism and strengthening the sport financially.However, he has also divided opinion within his confederation with a perceived authoritarian style and the ruthless and somewhat uncouth manner in which he has run election campaigns in the past. If he is to end Blatter’s reign as president, he will need to win over a majority (two-thirds) of FIFA’s 208 member national associations who will vote in June.Bin Hammam’s assistance was key in Blatter winning the 1998 FIFA elections but the relationship between the two individuals has grown frosty, with Blatter failing to openly defend the Qatari’s place on the executive committee when it was under threat in 2009.The Swiss national also reportedly reneged on a personal agreement with the Asian chief to retire from his post so that he may be succeeded, instead opting to stay on for another term.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more