Beyond the Horizon Exercise Begins in Honduras

first_img U.S. Army South and the Honduran military kicked off the Beyond the Horizon Honduras (BTH) 2012 exercise April 16 in a ceremony at a remote forward operating base near Naco, Honduras. BTH Honduras 2012 is an Army South exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to Honduras for training, while providing services to rural communities. BTH is part of U.S. Southern Command’s annual humanitarian and civic assistance program. Working closely with host nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams participate in a valuable training opportunity and provide medical, dental and engineering support. “We are making steady, positive progress to partner with the Honduran military in order to help the people of Honduras. And I know we will benefit greatly from this exceptional training opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Robert Jones, Partnership of the Americas Collaboration and Coordination Element (PACCE) commander. The PACCE, also known as Task Force Tropic, is the command and control element responsible for executing the BTH mission in Honduras. It is comprised primarily of Soldiers from the Missouri Army National Guard. According to Jones, there will be a daily average of approximately 250 military personnel participating, totaling more than 1,000 overall. During the BTH exercise several smaller events called medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETEs) take place, which consist of a team of military medical and dental professionals who, while providing medical services to people in need of treatment, gain valuable real-world training. Jones expects the MEDRETEs will be able to treat thousands of Hondurans during the BTH. The BTH exercise also consists of engineering support where service members build or repair schools, clinics, roads and other vital facilities. During BTH Honduras, two schools will be built, one school renovated and two clinics constructed. Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, the commanding general of Army South, whose command is the coordinating authority for the overall planning and execution of the exercise, spoke at the opening ceremony. “BTH is the kind of partnership that fosters the trust and interoperability that will sustain our friendship in the face of future adversity, whatever that adversity may be,” said Trombitas. The BTH Honduras opening ceremony included such dignitaries as Lisa Kubiske, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras; Maj. Gen. Rene Arnoldo Osorio Canales, the Honduran chairman of the joint staff; Marlon Pascua Cerrato, the Honduran secretary of national defense; as well as the Honduran service chiefs of the army, navy and air force. “I am immensely proud of Task Force Tropic and the troops who will support this BTH,” said Trombitas. “They have volunteered their own time away from family and civilian jobs to work with Honduran forces to provide assistance.” After the ceremony concluded and the dignitaries departed, the Task Force Tropic Soldiers broke ground on a new construction project, building the first school. By Dialogo April 25, 2012 How do I get in touch with youlast_img read more

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This property market is tipped to take off

first_img9 Pryde St, Woodend in Ipswich is listed for $369,000.“The Ipswich area did deliver a slightly below average price growth relative to the Greater Brisbane and Australian benchmarks over the past five years,” Mr Peleg said.“This is likely a result of its geographic distance from central Brisbane and the coastline, where most of the housing demand is centred.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“But that bodes well for those looking for affordability and the area has a house price-to-income ratio of 5.2 which is well below that of Brisbane and the rest of Australia. For investors the area has a high median rental return of 5.2 per cent for houses and 5.8 per cent for units.He said changes in the area will translate into a growth in median house prices in the medium to long term.While there had been a lot of housing built in the area in the past few years Mr Peleg said it had been quickly absorbed.“There are nice and very modern and comfortable, pleasant homes for a very decent price,’’ he said.“It is really hard to compete (with the Ipswich market).’’“It ticks all the boxes.’’Property analyst Michael Matusik’s latest Matusik Missive said Ipswich was going through a period of intense urbanisation.He said there were a number of things the property market in the region had going for it.“Most of Ipswich’s housing types are in the recovery phase of the property cycle. All should peak sometime over the next twelve to 18 months,’’ he said.He said sales volumes had more than doubled in the last five years and he tipped it to grow by another 20 per cent before the next peak.The Missive said at present both new and resale housing supply were struggling to keep up with sales. Ipswich’s property market is still affordable. This home at57 Fernvale Rd, Brassall is listed for $499,000. Picture: realestate.com.auTHE Ipswich property market is tipped to take off following the awarding of a massive defence contract to the region.The $5 billion contract for 211 hi-tech armoured vehicles announced earlier this year, is tipped to create defence jobs for the region for about 40 years.Analysis by RiskWise Property Research tipped that over the medium to long term the region would deliver strong returns.CEO, Doron Peleg, said other state government commitments to spending on infrastructure and roads in the area would also help create a construction boom.Mr Peleg said with a reasonably low median house price in the area of just $371,000 it was a more affordable option for many buyers, particularly when compared to Brisbane’s median house price of a much higher $530,000.last_img read more

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Concerns raised over fudged police figures

first_imgOneNews 13 July 2014A report has emerged outing fudged burglary statistics has Police Minister Anne Tolley assuring the public that it’s an isolated case.The report shows the statistics were manipulated over three years in Counties Manukau.Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says the situation warrants more than a verbal assurance from the Minister.“We are absolutely reliant on crime statistics to give us an accurate picture of the level of crime in New Zealand, and whether progress has been made in certain areas,” she said.“To find that these statistics were deliberately manipulated undermines the entire system, not to mention the work of other police districts who have recorded their crimes accurately.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/concerns-raised-over-fudged-police-figures-6026306last_img read more

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