The United States Ratifies Military Cooperation with Paraguay

first_imgBy Marta Escurra/Diálogo July 19, 2016 U.S. Air Force Major General Gary W. Keefe, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, met with Paraguayan Minister of Defense Diógenes Martínez in Asunción. During his visit, Brig. Gen. Keefe confirmed the U.S. intention to continue cooperating with the South American country. Beginning in 2001, as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), this joint effort has trained 2,000 Paraguayan military personnel.The fundamental core of these trainings and exchanges has been infrastructure aid, emergency-relief training, human rights, and dialogue between the two sides on defense issues. Global concerns, such as security from terrorist threats, transnational organized crime, humanitarian aid, and disaster response have also been discussed. The Massachusetts National Guard, for example, conducts between eight and 12 exchanges per year. Each lasts about five to seven days and includes up to five trainers. To discuss this more deeply, Diálogo talked to Minister Martínez, who explained the extent of the cooperation with the U.S. Military.Diálogo: Within the framework of the SPP, what is thehistory of this cooperation between Massachusetts and Paraguay since 2001?Paraguayan Defense Minister Diógenes Martínez: On May 30, 2001, then U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay David N. Greenlee extended an offer to participate in the Massachusetts State Partnership Program to the Commander of the Armed Forces, and it was accepted by the General Expedito Garrigoza Vera, Commander of the Army, on June 22nd of the same year.Diálogo: What does this partnership imply for Paraguay in terms of quality of work in the Armed Forces?Minister Martínez: Professional training for various Armed Forces personnel, learning new techniques, working as a team, relationships with service members from another country, understanding their capabilities in terms of human and material resources. The good thing about the program is that I  see a spirit of mutual support and shared benefit. It’s not simply “aid.”Diálogo: What final assessment have you been able to make over the course of these years?Minister Martínez: It has allowed us to facilitate and complement the training of approximately 2,000 military personnel as military observers and contingent support (men and women) in peacekeeping missions within the framework of the United Nations. These military personnel are currently deployed in various countries in Africa, as well as in Haiti, Cyprus, and also closer to home in the Republic of Colombia. They also contribute locally in various departments within our country, by carrying out multiple humanitarian aid missions for the needy.Diálogo: What specifically does this program develop among the Paraguayan Military personnel, and which division will it work with?Minister Martínez: Defending against natural disasters, catastrophes, and non-military threats to our population is what is called Civil Defense, and this is the responsibility of the National Defense. What comes out of that is peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid, exchange of military personnel, human rights, etc. They work directly with the Joint Peace Operations Training Center (CECOPAZ) and indirectly with the Armed Forces Command and individual branches of the Military.Diálogo: How many people are involved?Minister Martínez: At least 300 military personnel per year.Diálogo: What work has been done most recently within the framework of this cooperative effort?Minister Martínez: In 15 years of cooperation, there have been innumerable works received, especially in the physical infrastructure of CECOPAZ, equipping the Army’s English lab and the Multi-role Engineering Company for deployment in Haiti, among other things.Diálogo: What are the future plans with respect to the program’s renewal? What specifically will be done and with whom?Minister Martínez: We will continue training military personnel in the different areas offered by the State of Massachusetts, which is Paraguay’s friend. We will continue taking advantage of the goodwill resulting from professionalizing the components (men and women) of the Armed Forces.Diálogo: What is your opinion about the fact that the Massachusetts National Guard is collaborating with you?Minister Martínez: In my opinion, it is quite satisfactory because, in this case there is reciprocity, both in terms of the effort made and the benefits received, which, of course, is very useful. They also get to train their people in a different environment. Only by staying committed can we work together; by building alliances we can protect our interests, defend our territory, create better conditions for our society, and advance towards opportunities.Diálogo: What are the areas of most concern to your counterpart in this partnership?Minister Martínez: The social area, peacekeeping operations, civilian-military relations, humanitarian aid, civil matters, disaster assistance efforts, human rights, and others.Diálogo: Within the framework of this program, what specific proposals does the Republic of Paraguay have?Minister Martínez: To continue this relationship and strengthen it even further. Let me say it again: it’s an important complement to National Defense, and the best thing is, other than the social services, there is also and at the same time, real training for our military assets.last_img read more

O’Neill says Republic have to beat Italy

first_imgMeanwhile, in Group A today hosts France, who are already through to the knockout stages, face Switzerland in Lille.Elsewhere, Romania take on Albania in Lyon.Both games kick-off at 8pm. That’s the message from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Italy on Wednesday.The Boy’s in Green’s hopes of reaching the last 16 suffered a blow yesterday after they lost 3-0 to Belgium in Group E.But O’Neill says the focus is now on the Italian clash.last_img


first_imgDONEGAL’S greatest ever music export Clannad are to tour America later this year for the first time in two decades – with one of their shows set to be broadcast across the States on St Patrick’s Day.The Grammy Award-winning Gaoth Dobhair family will see their ‘Live from Christchurch Cathedral’ show – recorded last January in Dublin – shown on TV stations on St Patrick’s Day.And we can also reveal that TWO separate album launches will take the American market by storm. The first is a new 30-sing double CD called ‘Timeless’ which will include tracks from the past three decades.With worldwide sales of more than 10 million records, Clannad has maintained a presence on the concert and festival circuit.But after 14 years they are finally back in the studio working on a brand new Clannad album for release in September – Celtic music known in America as ‘Clannad Music.’© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on YORK, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Grammy Award®-winning Irish family band Clannad– the original Celtic artists who introduced their native Gaelic tongue into contemporary pop as far back as 1970 – will be the focus of attention on St. Patrick’s Day this year, as PBS stations across the north­east broadcast “Clannad – Live from Christchurch Cathedral.” In advance of the PBS broadcast, a new 30-song, double-CD collection has been compiled, spanning the past three decades of Clannad’s recording career. TIMELESS will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting March 6th through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.(Logo: ) The PBS special, produced and directed by Cathal Watters, premieres on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th.  Airings will continue through­out the month (please check local listings).  The concert was recorded at the ancient Irish cathedral on January 29, 2011, as part of the annual Temple Bar Tradfest.The release of TIMELESS and the broadcast of “Live from Christchurch Cathedral” set the stage for Clannad’s first North American tour in almost 20 years, to commence in September.  Dates will be announced in the months ahead via their website,’s rich heritage is as deep as their own roots in rugged, secluded Donegal, the most northwestern county in Ireland, and their hometown of Gaoth Dobhar (pronounced ‘Gweedore’).  They were originally known as An Clann as Dobhar, ‘the family from the townland of Dore,’ which was compacted to Clannad (pronounced clan-ehd).The five-member group comprises the three singing and song­writing Brennan siblings, Moya (the eldest, known for her distinctive lead vocals and evocative harp playing), Ciaran (pronounced Kieran, adept on piano, guitar and bass), and Pol (Paul, the youngest, also on tin whistles and flutes); along with their older twin Duggan uncles, Padraig (pronounced Porric, on mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and vocals) and Noel (on guitar and vocals). Between 1973 and 1980, they recorded six traditional albums, each of which helped to shape and refine the band’s now unmistakable sound.  In 1979 and ’80, they brought out 18-year old Eithne, aka Enya – the fifth of the nine Brennan siblings – on keyboards and background vocals for two albums, Crann Ull and Fuiam.  This marked the start of Enya’s multi-platinum recording career (though her first solo album did not appear until 1986).In 1982, Clannad recorded “Theme from Harry’s Game” for the Granada series of the same title set in Northern Ireland.  The song hit #5 on the Irish chart and won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Soundtrack from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the UK’s most prestigious music honor.  (The song was also nominated for the British BAFTA Award that year for Best Television Music.)  It was included on Clannad’s album, The Magical Ring (1983), which became their first gold-selling disc in the UK.  Years later the song brought them success in America when it was used in a major advertising campaign for Volkswagen.Clannad also created the music for the highly popular UK television series “Robin Of Sherwood,” which aired from 1984-86.  Their Legend album was compiled from the soundtrack music which won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Television Music of 1984.Clannad’s growing worldwide popularity brought U2’s Bono into the studio to record “In a Lifetime” with them, a top 20 UK single included on their 1986 album, Macalla.  Encouraged by Jackson Browne and members of Toto, Clannad recorded their next album in Los Angeles. Sirius (1987), co-produced by Russ Kunkel and Greg Ladanyi, included guests J.D. Souther, Steve Perryof Journey, Bruce Hornsby, and others.  The album led to Clannad’s first world tour the following year and two high-profile UK soundtrack albums: Atlantic Realm (1988, for a BBC documentary about the Atlantic Ocean) and The Angel And the Soldier Boy(1989, for a short animated film).1990-91 was a breakthrough year for Clannad, hinged on the success of their album Anam, which included “Ri Na Cruinne (King Of The Universe),” composed overnight (literally) for the global One World One Voice campaign.  Filmed and broadcast by the BBC to an international audience estimated at 200 million, One World One Voice put Clannad in the company of Afrika Bambaataa, Laurie Anderson, the Chieftains, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Gipsy Kings, Eddie Grant,Chrissie Hynde, Mali’s Salif Kieta, the Kodo drummers of Japan, the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, Lou Reed, Robbie Robertson, Dave Stewart, Sting, Little Steven Van Zandt, Suzanne Vega, and others.Released on Atlantic in 1992, Anam‘s success was assured as it added both “In a Lifetime” (with Bono) and “Theme from Harry’s Game” to the tracklist.  “Ri Na Cruinne” subsequently won the Billboard Music Award for World Music Song Of the Year.The four Atlantic album releases continued with Banba (1993, Clannad’s first Grammy Award®-nominated album, including “I Will Find You” from the movie The Last Of the Mohicans); Lore (1996, their second Grammy Award® nomination, including “Croi Croga,” originally written for Braveheart); and Landmarks (1998).  The latter won Clannad their first Grammy Award® (Best New Age Album), and was the last record they released together as a group before embarking on various solo projects that continue to this day.  In 2007, Clannad received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ireland’s Meteor Awards, comparable to the Grammy Awards®, the UK’s BRIT Awards and Canada’s JUNO Awards.With worldwide sales of more than 10 million records, Clannad has maintained a presence on the concert and festival circuit.  After 14 years they are finally back in the studio working on a brand new Clannad album for release in September. It is fascinating to consider that what today is so widely regarded as Celtic music was first called “Clannad music.”  There is perhaps no greater testament to the impact of this groundbreaking group than that simple fact.  It all begins with ClannaCLANNAD TO BROADCAST ACROSS UNITED STATES FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY – FIRST TOUR IN 20 YEARS was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:american tourClannadGaoth DobhairGweedorenew albumlast_img read more