By Dialogo September 15, 2009 More than 4,500 personnel from 20 countries began a 12-day exercise here Friday to train in a joint, multinational effort to ensure the security of the Panama Canal. U.S. and Panamanian officials held a formal opening ceremony Fuerzas Aliadas (Allied Forces) PANAMAX 2009, co-sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and the Government of Panama, in Panama City, Panama. Representatives of the 20 participating nations joined Jose Raul Mulino, Panama’s Minister of Government and Justice, and U.S. Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Gerald W. Ketchum, Director of Stability for U.S. Southern Command, at the ceremony. FA PANAMAX 2009 is one of the largest multinational training exercises in the world, and is taking place in the waters off the coasts of Panama from Sept. 11-22 with the participation of civil and military forces. More than 20 vessels and a dozen aircraft are involved in the exercises. Participants are focusing on a variety of responses to any request from the Government of Panama to protect and guarantee safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensure its neutrality, and respect national sovereignty. Simulated ground forces are also participating at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. “This year’s exercise will continue the tradition of strengthening partnerships and building real operational capability,” said Ketchum. “It is important to all participants, that this unique engine of regional and world economic activity remain safe, secure and prosperous. “In 2009, we will collectively exercise maritime interdiction, security operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Ketchum added. Minister Mulino also emphasized the importance of creating the legal, institutional and operational framework necessary to ensure the safeguarding of the Panama Canal. The multinational forces protecting the canal approaches will be organized under Multi-National Force-South and commanded by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Keith M. Huber, commander of U.S. Army South. The FA PANAMAX 2009 exercise scenario includes sea-based training devoted to maritime interdiction operations, including visit, boarding, search and seizure. Virtual land-based training in San Antonio, Texas, will focus on command and control, stability operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief operations. FA PANAMAX 2009 participating nations include: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States and Uruguay. France and Mexico are scheduled to participate as observers. The Conference of Central American Armies, the Organization of American States and the United Nations will also participate. Honduras withdrew from the exercise Aug. 10. PANAMAX began in 2003 with three countries: Panama, Chile and the United States. Exercise participation has greatly expanded every year since. In 2004, nine nations took part; in 2005, 15 nations were involved; in 2006, 18 nations participated; in 2007, 19 nations took part and last year 20 nations were a part of PANAMAX 2008.
The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) wants to be considered a preferred diversity, equity, and inclusion partner for the credit union system, says Adrian Johnson, chief financial officer at $1.2 billion asset MECU Credit Union in Baltimore and AACUC chairman.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, recorded during AACUC’s 21st annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., Johnson discusses the organization’s unique role within the credit union system, opportunities that await AACUC, and his experiences at MECU.Plus, Adrian’s wife, Zelda, shares the story of a health scare she experienced in 2017, and how that event changed her and Adrian’s lives. Adrian Johnson, CFO at MECU Credit Union and AACUC Chairman continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
RelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Bundesliga top game against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich’s coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.This came to light after the playmaker, who had already missed Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, failed to recover from a muscle injury. “Thiago did not train today,” Flick told a virtual news conference. “Unfortunately he will miss the game (at Dortmund).”Bayern Munich are top of the table on 61 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund, with seven matches remaining in the campaign.Victory in Dortmund would send them seven points clear and put them within touching distance of a record-extending eighth consecutive league crown.“It is a completely different game from the first one (which Bayern Munich won 4-0 earlier this season),” Flick said ahead of the game which will be played in an empty Dortmund stadium that normally sits 80,000 fans.The Bundesliga restarted 10 days ago with a strict medical protocol banning fans from the stadiums to minimise the risk of infection. “We are on a good run and have lost only twice in the last 23 games and drawn once. We relish this game. It’s what this job is about and that motivates the players more,” Flick added.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichBorussia DortmundBundesligaHansi FlickThiago Alcantara
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LETTERKENNY Institute of Technology have been handed a home draw in the quarter-finals of the Umbro Colleges Cup.The draw took place at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown yesterday.Shane Byrne’s LyIT were given a home tie against Colaiste Stiofan Naofa. The teams have met before in the competition with LYIT being victorious in the past in 2006, most notably, winning the finals that year 2-0.LyIT’s Paddy Gallagher is the Competition Secretary and was present for the draw, alongside Colleges FA Chairman, Padraig Carney and the Third Level Colleges League Coordinator, Mark Scanlon, were present to make the draw with Paddy Gallagher, LYIT, present in his capacity as Competition Secretary.LYIT’s nearest rivals in the competition, IT Sligo, secured a bye to the semi finals stages.In the run up to the cup competition , which will be played on the week commencing 6th February 2017, LyIT will also have a league quarter final against NUI Galway, and that game will proceed on the week before, – 28th January 2107 LyIT again willl have a home tie, courtesy of topping the league Division 1 table. Home draw for LYIT in Colleges Cup quarter-final was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYIT