France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation

first_img France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation View post tag: US Marines February 28, 2018 Share this article View post tag: BPC Tonnerre View post tag: Bois Belleau 100 US sailors and marines have concluded two months of cooperation with their French counterparts aboard the French Navy amphibious assault ship BPC Tonnerre.Approximately 150 US personnel spent the last two months working together with the French task group composed of BPC Tonnerre and Horizon-class air defense destroyer FS Chevalier Paul in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.The deployment, dubbed “Bois Belleau 100”, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, where the US Marine Corps’ 5th and 6th Infantry Regiments fought alongside French forces for a strategic stretch located in France’s Belleau Wood.One of the first orders issued to the French Amphibious Task Group (ATG) was to participate in Alligator Dagger – TF 51/5’s premier integrated combat proficiency training for subordinate units entering the US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.Specifically, this bilateral training (held off the coast of Djibouti) enables military forces to hone their skills in amphibious operations, air defense, non-combatant and medical casualty evacuations, replenishment-at-sea, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel as well as combat marksmanship and visit, board, search and seizure evolutions.The US-French team followed up with a series of exercises throughout the Middle East, aimed at building capacity and capability with regional militaries including Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (UAE).“The deployment started with amphibious operations in Djibouti during Alligator Dagger and moved to the Arabian Gulf with Alligator Thunder,” said US Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, operations officer for the US landing force command element aboard Tonnerre. “We ended with an exercise in Kuwait during Alligator Lightning, where we employed SPMAGTF-CR-CC to conduct our first tactical use of the MV-22 Osprey aboard a French ship, which entailed deck landings and amphibious raid exercises.”Warnagiris noted that while there were many firsts during the deployment, the inclusion of a new R2LM team was one of the highlights. Although it was designed to support US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces or allied ships to perform en route emergency care, the R2LM team offered critical care capabilities during the multilateral exercises aboard Tonnerre.“We successfully integrated with the French medical team and proved that we can conduct maritime operations on a NATO-allied vessel and various medical and amphibious operations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Magajna, a R2LM emergency medicine physician aboard Tonnerre. “Even though we did business a little differently and experienced a language barrier in the beginning, we managed to work through the challenges quickly.”“Working with the US Marines and Sailors aboard the Tonnerre was a very good experience,” said French Navy Second Master Marine LePage with the information management cell aboard Tonnerre. “It wasn’t easy at first because of the language barrier, but it was great because we discovered a lot and used the occasion to improve our English and learn from each other. If I have another opportunity, I’d really appreciate working with the US again. The Tonnerre deployment was a great time and it was nice to work with the US.”The ATG operated in the CENTCOM area of responsibility from November 2017 to February 2018. The Tonnerre’s Air Task Group reported to Commander, US 5th Fleet and was under tactical control of TF 51/5 but also remained flexible to conduct multiple missions simultaneously in support of France’s national tasking operations as required.center_img View post tag: French Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation View post tag: US Navy View post tag: FS Chevalier Paul Authoritieslast_img read more

City’s foreign exchange program turns 20

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Francis Carbajal’s experience with the Sister Cities Student Exchange program prompted her to make a career change in her late 20s. Shortly after returning from a trip to Germany, Carbajal, now 38, resigned from her position as a bank employee and went into the travel industry, she said. On Tuesday, she met with a group of local students who are venturing to Germany this summer for their own part in the exchange trip. This year marks Santa Fe Springs’ 20th anniversary of its student exchange with Tirschenreuth, Germany, and Carbajal is joining city officials in reuniting past and future participants of the exchange program. “For some, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Carbajal, who has served as an adviser for student-exchange program participants. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsEleven students – including six teenagers from Navojoa, Mexico (another sister city) – will be traveling to Germany in July as part of this year’s exchange. An estimated 150 local students have been involved in the exchange project with Germany since 1986, according to city organizers. “The whole purpose is to promote peace and appreciation of the world and the different cultures,” said Marina Sueiro, director of intergovernmental relations for Santa Fe Springs. “The hope is that we’ll be able to achieve that goal by allowing students … to be actually living with families.” Via the local program, students from Santa Fe Springs or the general Whittier Union High School District may spend three weeks of their summer with a family in Tirschenreuth. “It gives them a good flavor for the culture, the language, the cooking and their lifestyle,” added Sueiro. Because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the city’s student-exchange participation with Germany, plans for a larger celebration are under way. The main festivities will begin in mid-August, when upcoming exchange trip participants return to Santa Fe Springs and host the German students locally. “We try to tell them about our government and expose them to our culture and language,” said Program Coordinator Anita Jimenez. Jimenez added that a special reunion event will be launched Aug. 18 for past and current participants of the exchange program. For information regarding the 20th anniversary reunion, exchange trip, participants can call (562) 868-0511, Ext. 7309. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

From non-tender to A’s Opening Day starter? Mike Fiers would relish nod

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Mike Fiers isn’t your prototypical No. 1 starter.He doesn’t blow you away with otherworldly stuff. He doesn’t light up the radar gun with triple digits. But for this young A’s team, Fiers brings experience and stands a good chance to get the ball for the A’s come Opening Day in Japan next month.“That would be awesome,” Fiers said. “To start Opening Day would be an honor and it says a lot about you as a pitcher. Not just your stuff but the mental side. Being able to go out there …last_img

Crowd-funding for education

first_imgMathiba MolefeMasego “Maps” Maponyane says he wants to make lasting difference in the lives of as many people as he can. So much can be achieved through active citizenship, he adds. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Maps Maponyane, the Play Your Part ambassador, entrepreneur, TV presenter and model, has set into motion an initiative to help promising students pay for their education and pursue their dreams.The Bursary Network was prompted by issues brought to light by the #FeesMustFall movement, which voices the concerns of students about the costs of education at South African universities.Many students find their road to success blocked by the cost of further education. It is this need that is at the heart of the crowd-funding initiative, which is involving the public and giving them an opportunity to make a telling difference.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund.“I think Bursary Network fits in very well with being a Play your Part ambassador because it’s a way that myself and a couple of my partners have decided to pick up whatever pieces we can and figure out a way that we can play our part in helping alleviate those issues,” Maponyane explains.HOW IT WORKSThrough the Bursary Network, students can appeal to the public for help. They upload their profiles to the website. Potential donors can then go through the list of students and choose to whom they want to donate.“What we’ve created is an opportunity for students who can’t get access to education because of funding,” says Maponyane.“It’s an opportunity for them to come on to the site, put up their profiles telling people who they are, where they’re from, what they want to study, where they want to go, how much money they need and what they’ll do with those studies afterwards.”To date, the Bursary Network has funded 10 students with the help of some 358 donors who have all contributed R100 or more.All the students registered on the site undergo background checks to ensure they are suitable beneficiaries and the money donated is paid directly to the institutions involved so the funds cannot be used for other purposes.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund. (Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele (left) and Keineloe Phakathi (right) alongside Play Your Part ambassador Masego Maponyane.) GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to help these promising students chase down their dreams, visit the Bursary Network website and register to donate.The minimum donation is R100. You can track the progress in reaching the target and how your contributions are helping to change the lives of South African youth.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READlast_img read more

Day two summary – 2009 X-Blades NTL

first_imgThere was plenty of action at day two of the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League, with Opens and 20’s starting their campaigns, while teams in the other divisions fought for finals positions.In the Men’s Opens Division, the three frontrunners, Mets, Sharks and Rebels, got their campaigns off to a great start. Defending champions the Mets were too good for the Cobras, winning 6-3. The Rebels were too good for the Hornets, as were the Suns over North Queensland, with both teams winning by 8 touchdowns. In other results In round 2, 13 wasn’t an unlucky number with the three favourites all scoring 13 tries, each easily defeating their opponents. Other winners in round 2 were Rebels over Cyclones, Rustlers defeated the Eagles and Cobras beat the Suns.In round three, Mets continued their good form, beating Cyclones by 11 touchdowns. Barbarians were too strong for the ACT, winning 11-7. Scorpions defeated Rustlers by four, the Sharks beat the Eagles by seven, the Rebels overcame Suns 9-4, and Cobras defeated Hornets by eight touchdowns. The end of day one sees the three Sydney sides, Mets, Rebels and Scorpions all equal first on the ladder.The Women’s Open Division started in round one with Mets, looking in ominous form, defeating Hornets 13-0. Rustlers had a strong win over Rebels, 7-0. The Suns beat the Eagles by nine touchdowns. Other winners in the first round included Cyclones, Cobras and Sharks.In round two, South Queensland had a big win, defeating Scorpions 11-1., while the Rustlers and the Mets overcame their opponents by nine touchdowns each. Cobras, Suns and Barbarians also had big victories. Round three started with the Mets still undefeated, with a five-touchdown win over Rebels. The Rustlers were too good for Cobras, while the Sharks beat the Suns 5-1. Cyclones were victorious over the Crusaders 7-6. The Hornets and the ACT played out a five-all draw, while the Barabarians easily overcame the Eagles 11-2. By the end of round three, the Mets, Sharks and Rustlers were all undefeated on 12 points each.In the Mixed Opens, Rebels started strongly, beating Cobras 8-0. Cyclones won in a close one, defeating Barbarians 7-6. Sharks were too strong for Eagles, winning by eight touchdowns. The Suns defeated the Sun Coast 8-4, while the Hornets overcame Crusaders by seven. In round two, Sharks defeated the Cyclones 9-4, Cobras did it easy against the Crusaders winning by 6 touchdowns, Suns and Sun Coast both beat their opponents 7-5, while the Mets and the Rebels drew 8 all.In round three, Eagles defeated Sun Coast 6-4, while the Suns defeated the Cyclones 7-5, and the Mets drew again, this time against the Hornets. The Suns undefeated run sees them on top of the ladder after day one.The Men’s and Women’s Opens also started on day two. In the Men’s 20’s, Mets defeated the Scorpions 5-2, Suns just beat the Rebels 2-1, Cyclones started off well defeating Cobras 6-4, while the Sun Coast defeated Sharks 6-0.Round two of the Men’s 20’s saw Mets continue their winning ways, defeating Sun Coast by one touchdown, Sharks posted their first win against the Suns, 7-4, Cyclones thumped the Rebels 10-2 and Scorpions defeated Cobras 9-6.In round three, the Cobras broke their duck, beating Suns 6-2, Cyclones kept on winning, defeating Sun Coast, as did the Mets, beating the Sharks. The Scorpions also beat the Rebels. At the end of the three rounds, Cyclones and Mets are undefeated on top of the ladder.In the Women’s 20’s division, round one saw the Cobras defeated the Sharks 3-1, Rebels posted double figures, winning 10-4, while the Suns kept the Hornets scoreless, winning 4-0. In round two, the Mets posted their first win, narrowly defeating the Hornets 5-4, Cobra beat Sunshine Coast 5-3 and Suns were too good for the Rebels, winning 7-5.In round three, Cobras beat the Mets 3-2, Hornets were kept scoreless again, this time by the Sharks, with the Sharks winning 3-0 and Suns defeated Sunshine Coast 6-2. Day two also signaled the start of the finals at the 2009 NTL. After six rounds of play in the Women’s 27’s, Cyclones sit on top of the ladder on 22 points, with local hopes the Eagles close behind on 20. Semi finals will be played on Day 3 before the Grand Final at 3pm.In the Men’s 30’s, day 3 brings the Semi finals featuring ACT against Canterbury and the Scorpions taking on local rivals Mets, with the Grand Final to be played at 5pm.In the Women’s 35’s, the semi’s will be played between South West Queensland against the Scorpions, while the Sharks will battle the Cobras, with their final to commence at 11am.In the Men’s 40’s, the first semi final will see Sharks versus Sharks, with the NZ team taking on SQBD. In the other semi, the Scorpions will take on the Cyclones. The final will start at 1pm.After the round games, Sharks sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s 45’s, four points clear of Suns. Semi finals will take place on Day three, before the Grand Final at 2pm that afternoon.Cobras are situated on top of the ladder in the Men’s 50’s on 12 points, two points ahead of Suns. Semi finals will see the Suns versus the Scorpions and Cobras against the Mets in their attempts to make the Grand Final, which will be played at 12pm.After six rounds in the Seniors Mixed, Wellington top the ladder on 20 points, followed by the Scorpions in 16. Just below these two teams are the Cobras and Rebels, both on 12 points. Semi finals will be played, before the Grand Final at 4pm.last_img read more

a month agoBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clash

first_imgBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says they need a shot of passion for Monday’s clash with Arsenal.United will welcome the north Londoners to the Theatre of Dreams on the back of two disappointing results, a 2-0 defeat to West Ham and an unconvincing penalty shootout victory over League One side Rochdale.”United’s game against Arsenal will be their biggest test in the league so far,” Berbatov told Betfair.“United will have some advantage of playing at Old Trafford, but when there results haven’t been going for you, you know the fans will be a little impatient, you can think too much about it, make mistakes and it becomes a difficult situation.“Sometimes when I have watched them I have noticed that United are have been too soft against the opposition, they need to be tough in their challenges, show them who’s in charge and let them know that this is f*****g Old Trafford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Adam Schefter Is Getting Crushed For Interviewing Greg Hardy, What He’s Said About It

first_imgAdam Schefter talks about his interview with Greg hardy.SchefterAdam Schefter recently had a sit-down interview with Greg Hardy. The interview (in parts and in full) has been shown across ESPN’s platforms today.You can view some of the interview here. In the interview, Hardy, who is currently unsigned after playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, says he has never hit a woman. Hardy was referencing the 2014 incident with his former girlfriend in which he allegedly hit her multiple times, causing what appeared to be significant injuries. The former Carolina Panther was charged and convicted, but the case was thrown out in 2015 after Hardy appealed. “I’ve never put my hand on any woman,” Hardy says.Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the interview. A transcript of some of what Schefter said: Schefter: What he meant by that was he feels like he should not have put himself in that situation around that woman at that time of night around alcohol, and that was his mistake he should never have done that. But in his mind he swears he never put a finger on this woman. And people can believe what they want.Patrick: Do you believe it?Schefter: Doesn’t matter what I believe Dan, right?—–Schefter: I went in with the idea that this guy is a monster. I came out of there with a very different feeling. I came out of there feeling this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong time.Schefter is now getting crushed for what he’s said about Hardy and for interviewing him. One of his colleagues, Michelle Beadle, even criticized him on-air on ESPN for giving the NFL defensive lineman a platform. For the love of f&[email protected] Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) April 5, 2016Beadle isn’t alone, either.Posting illegally obtained medical records didnt activate the integrity gene of Schefter. So a softball Q&A with a womanizer wouldn’t either— Marshall (@M_W_19) April 5, 2016Greg Hardy interview…WTF? https://t.co/JYFcmhDVkl— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 5, 2016Hardy’s comments were bad. But the fact that ESPN and Schefter gave him a platform for redemption is even worse: https://t.co/9NLFgULiuj— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 5, 2016If ESPN decided on its own to send Schefter to interview Hardy instead of Rachel Nichols or Jeremy Schapp or Bob Ley, well, that’s a problem— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 5, 2016Of course Adam Schefter bought into Greg Hardy’s bullshit: https://t.co/4vre5nvXAV— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016Schefter discussed the interview in-depth on The Dan Patrick Show today, but he’s likely going to have to further defend his position in the coming days.last_img read more

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

Jamaica and Namibia Agree Visa Waiver Programme

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa. Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action. It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob. Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.Speaking at a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, Prime Minister Holness said both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.Prime Minister Holness declared that his official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance.“You know we have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism. I’ve welcomed the announcement by your President of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans; Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians,” stated Prime Minister Holness.Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture.In addition, Prime Minister Holness stated there will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries.“I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education. We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavors. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness and Namibian President Geingob have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.“I also welcome the public support of your President to ensure that the African Caribbean and Pacific arrangement remains intact,” said Prime Minister Holness.Noting that there are some countries who feel it better to negotiate with Europe bilaterally, Prime Minister Holness believes that Jamaica and Namibia can also be efficacious in that regard.“We are stronger together and the liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter,” argued Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister is slated for a series of Government and cultural activities in Namibia for the remainder of his working visit.last_img read more