By Maj. Cesar H. Santiago, Special Operations Command South August 15, 2016 Special Operations Command South hosted military personnel from the partner countries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru from July 25th to August 4th during this year’s Panamax in Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal. The exercise was conducted across multiple locations to include HARB, which served as the location for the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command (CFSOCC). The purpose of the exercise is to improve training, readiness, and interoperability through a series of scenarios designed to integrate multiple nations into a cohesive team, demonstrating their ability to train and work with participating multinational staffs from partner nations in the region. “I think the exercise provides us with excellent and on-going opportunities for growth and understanding with respect to differing institutional cultures,” said U.S. Army Maj. Steve McKnight, a civil affairs officer. Participants had to overcome cross-cultural communication challenges with a collaborative effort that rendered joint, combined and interagency support to achieve the mission, he said. CFSOCC personnel began the exercise with an academic overview of the functions and roles of the staff in a joint and combined operational environment. The execution of the scenarios provided an opportunity to the CFSOCC staff personnel to establish and perform command and control processes at the special operations component level in a challenging simulated training that addresses the interoperability and readiness of emerging and enduring partners. Colombian army Lt. Col. Oscar Mauricio Ortiz Guzman, signal officer to the Colombian Joint Special Operations Command expressed his views on the experience gained during the exercise. “Panamax is an exercise that integrates the development of joint and combined operations, which is a great opportunity for the countries participating of the exercise to expand the doctrine based knowledge,” said Lt. Col. Ortiz. The exercise fosters and enhances regional special operation forces partnership, and improves the collaboration force capability to plan and execute command and control processes in complex multinational operations “PANAMAX contributes in a great way to identify the employment of special operation forces during joint and combined operations,” said Lt. Col. Ortiz. “The exercise facilitates the interaction with different components (air, land, sea), and [further develops planning execution] with the higher headquarters and subordinate units to fulfill the required mission at the different levels.” SOCSOUTH regularly works with partner nation special operation forces in joint, combined, and interagency training exercises to continue building force readiness to protect U.S. southern approaches and vital U.S. interests in the region.
Advertisement Gareth Southgate explains Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse England snubs Alexander-Arnold, Walker and Trippier make the squad but Wan-Bissaka doesn’t (Getty)‘I’m not prepared to pick players just to stop the possibility of other countries picking them,’ Southgate explained at his press conference on Wednesday afternoon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aaron Wan-Bissaka is playing very well, and he’s really pushing to be in our squad – there’s no question. I could pick players, give them a cap, and stop them playing somewhere else but I don’t think that’s right.’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 CityAnother player with a great shout to make the squad was Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse, who has performed brilliantly since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival netting in six of his last nine Premier League games.‘We love Prowsey – I’ve been accused of being father of Prowsey over the years!’ joked Southgate, who made the midfielder his captain when in charge of the Under-21s.‘This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before and he is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set plays. But he’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton. The Three Lions boss hasn’t tinkered too much with his latest squad (Picture: PA)Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to leave Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse out of his England squad for upcoming internationals against Czech Republic and Montenegro.Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka – who actually played for DR Congo Under-20s – has enjoyed a superb campaign and has already been linked with a summer move to the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.With Kieran Trippier struggling for form for Tottenham, the Palace youngster had been expected to push for a place in the squad but Southgate has kept faith in last summer’s stars. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 3:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shares Comment Ward-Prowse has more free-kick goals than any other Premier League player this season (Getty)‘It’s not a straight forward selection this one. We’re four months from our last game, and you could look at Fabian Delph and say he’s not been playing for Manchester City, but he was our best player against Croatia.‘So trying to balance all that has been difficult this time, there’s no question, but we have qualified for a semi-final in the summer. It would be strange to make huge changes to that squad.‘But we’ve added another young player in Declan [Rice] and we know that there are some players just on the fringes that we would never hesitate to call in, both in terms of their ability but also in the case of James Ward-Prowse, his character as well. He is absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.’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 Advertisement
SAN JOSE, Antique – Forty-nine soloparents working at the provincial government here were briefed about theirrights and privileges. “There are still many solo parents whoare not aware of their rights and privileges so this orientation is conducted,”Dagumanpan added. “One of the benefits of the soloparents is the extended maternity leave which is 120 days,” she added. Diwata Dagumanpan, solo parent programin-charge of the Social Welfare and Development provincial office, said onWednesday that this was the first time solo parents employed at the provincialgovernment – permanent or job order – were gathered. She said Republic Act 8972, the lawwhich provides benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children waspassed on July 2000 yet many solo parents were unaware of it. “When they apply for their passport atthe Department of Foreign Affairs, they no longer have to register online butthat they could walk-in,” Dagumanpan said. She added solo parents need to applyfor the solo parent identification card at their respective municipal SocialWelfare and Development Offices. Solo parents and employees of the provincial government are briefed about their benefits and privileges at the Kanyugan Function Hall in San Jose, Antique on Wednesday. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA There are several categories in whicha person is considered a solo parent, such as a woman who gave birth as aresult of rape and other crimes against chastity – even without the finalconviction of the offender and parent left solo or alone due to the death ofspouse or due to physical and/or mental incapacity of the spouse.(With a report from PNA/PN)
(Source: Fena) Bosnian tennis player Aldin Šetkić is the winner of the ITF Futures Tournament in Istanbul.In the final match of the 10 000 Dollars worth tournament, Šetkić as the first holder has defeated South African Nikal Scholtz who is ranked 7th (683. position at the ATP list) with the result of 6:2, 6:3.This is the 14th title at the ITF Futures Tournaments won by the 27 year old Šetkić, currently ranked as 267th at the ATP list.