Uruguayan and Peruvian Troops Provide Security for Haitian Elections

first_imgThe Uruguayan and Peruvian contingent maintained ongoing oversight before, during, and after the opening and closing of the polls, which included conducting patrols and ensuring security at polling centers and for those who voted. To ensure direct technical coordination with the Chief Military Liaison Officers (CMLOs), the Haitian National Police (HNP), UNPOL, and electoral authorities who worked under and reported directly to the Force Commander of the UN Mission, Liaison officers were also deployed in the departmental capitals. The URUPERBAT is protecting the Haitian voting process while MINUSTAH is aiming to consolidate peace nationwide, with the goal being a gradual and phased reduction of the mission’s Military component, in accordance with UN Resolution 2180, of 2014. “As part of the security strategy, Peruvian and Uruguayan Troops in Haiti have been leading efforts since July 15 to obtain the necessary information to facilitate the fulfillment of the mission to ensure security for the presidential and parliamentary elections,” Col. Gentini told Diálogo. Uruguayan and Peruvian Soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are cooperating through the Ecclesia plan to provide security throughout the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections. The 410-member URUPERBAT, which began deploying the Ecclesia plan in mid-July, started monitoring and improving security at polling stations primarily in the Northeast and Central departments during Haiti’s first round of parliamentary elections on August 9. They established a Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in the village of Hincha, in the central part of Haiti; it was operated by about 100 Soldiers from the Uruguayan contingent’s Combat Team Alpha. Meanwhile, Bravo Combat Team which is made up of the Peruvian URUPERBAT troops, assumed its role in the Northeast department. During the voting on October 25 — and again on December 27, if the presidential election goes a second round — the Uruguay-Peru Battalion (URUPERBAT) will maintain public safety throughout Haiti, contributing 246 Uruguayan and 164 Peruvian Troops to the total of 2,300 Troops and 2,339 police officers participating in the effort. By Dialogo October 13, 2015 It’s a good newspaper it has everything Time of transition “The military presence during the first round of parliamentary elections acts as a deterrent, and no incidents were reported. The military operation was rated as a success by national and international authorities. The Ecclesia plan was put to the test in this first round of elections.” “There will be centralized planning for the elections, with significant autonomy and opportunities to take the initiative within the guidelines provided by the military commander,” Colonel José I. Gentini, URUPERBAT’s Battalion Commander, told Diálogo. “A tiered strategy involving the participation of local authorities, the United Nations Police (UNPOL), and the military components from Brazil and Chile will be employed as part of the Ecclesia plan.” Within this context, the UN proposed that Brazil and Chile lead the final phase of the Military operation in Haiti, which will begin to wind down in 2016, after the completion of the presidential election. Protecting voting centers “We are proud to be part of the contingent that has led to the development of a democratic life in Haiti that will allow its own authorities to take charge of their country,” Col. Gentini said.last_img read more

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Zoe Wilson leans on national team experience to adjust at Syracuse

first_imgFor Zoe Wilson, the differences between her home in Ireland and her new home in Syracuse go down to the smallest detail.What she always called “the goal” has become “the cage.” Wilson is familiar with “leading it home” but must become accustomed to “cutting” here in the U.S.It’s not an easy transition from Ireland to the United States. While most of the language stays the same, subtle differences in vocabulary between the countries have proved to be an obstacle.And while adjusting to a new country has been difficult, she’s using field hockey to ease her transition to college and the U.S., and wants to help Syracuse vie for a national championship after the Orange fell one win short last year.“I know what to expect,” Wilson said. “… It’s given me a sharpness and edge that I can bring into the team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson represented the U-18 and U-21 Irish national teams, serving as the captain of her U-18 team and playing up with the 2014 U-21 team as one of the youngest players on the roster. In two games for the U-21 squad last summer, Wilson scored three of Ireland’s 10 goals in that time, tied for most over that span.Wilson has a familiar face in Syracuse senior forward Emma Russell, a fellow Ireland native and former U-21 teammate. Syracuse’s star player has taken Wilson under her wing.SU head coach Ange Bradley expects Wilson to contribute though she isn’t sure what role she will initially hold.“To put expectations upon a freshman is really difficult to do,” Bradley said. “But for her first time, I want her to do the things she does well — step up, pressure the ball and organize people and move into the attack. We’re really going to try to keep it simple and expand her role.”In the team’s first preseason scrimmage against Bucknell, Wilson created offense from the back of the formation. Bradley praised Wilson’s aggressive defense and ability to push the offense from that spot.Wilson admitted that she’s had to adjust to how quickly the game moves in the U.S. over the past few weeks. She described field hockey as much more “static” in Ireland and that she’s had to work hard in practice to play more fluidly on the move.Work in “ball drills,” where players sprint after a ball far in front of them before pushing it up the field, has helped the freshman midfielder play and make decisions on the move.“I feel more at home every day,” Wilson said. “It’s taken an adjustment, but it’s still hockey.”Russell has been impressed with how quickly her teammate picked up the slight differences and said Wilson picked up the movement on the back line of the defense faster than she did for the front-line movement her freshman year.Both Bradley and Russell think that no matter what Wilson’s role is at the season’s start, she has a bright future ahead of her in Syracuse.Said Russell: “She’s landed on her feet and even though she’s still learning, you can tell she belongs.” Comments Published on August 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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