South Carolina Guard JAGS and Colombia Discuss Military Justice Systems

first_imgBy By Capt. Tammy Muckenfuss September 26, 2018 A team of legal advisors from the Colombian Army met with South Carolina Army National Guard leadership and Judge Advocate Generals to discuss the transformation of the Colombian Military Justice system August 27-31, 2018. This particular engagement and exchange of information was intended to give military legal advisors and lawyers from the Colombian Army’s strategic planning department the opportunity to observe civilian and military judicial systems in the United States. The Colombian Army and the South Carolina National Guard have collaborated through the State Partnership Program (SPP) since 2012. Through the SPP, National Guard and partner countries conduct engagements in support of defense security goals in cooperative, mutually beneficial relationships. During their five-day trip, the team visited the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, met Supreme Court judges with the Court of Appeals, went to the U.S. District Court to observe a trial by a U.S. magistrate judge, and met with South Carolina’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr. “It’s an honor to host our Colombian partners here in South Carolina,” said Maj. Gen. Livingston to Colonel Francy Ayala, the director of Planning and Legal Policies for the Colombian National Army during the meeting. “It’s truly been incredible to observe the military transformation and peace process as it has evolved. Every person in Colombia has been touched personally by the internal transformation and it’s amazing how gracefully you’ve accepted former combatants into your country.” “One goal of the visit was to identify some of Colombia’s current legal reform efforts that South Carolina may be able to support,” said U.S. Army Major Matt Pinckney, Subject Matter coordinator for the SPP Legal Team. “Our guests were particularly interested in our recent efforts with some of their colleagues to provide a legal foundation for a reserve component similar to the National Guard’s. They were also interested in the unique talents and continuity of personnel that the SPP legal team offers.” The state partnership between the Republic of Colombia and the South Carolina National Guard has been a model of an efficient international relationship for the past six years that directly aligns with the 2018 National Defense Strategy. During the National Guard Association of the United States Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in August 2018, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis stressed the importance of strengthening alliances with our current partners and allies, while working to create new partnerships and allies. “Our Colombia partners are one of our most capable, and certainly most reliable partners, both in Latin America, and even in the world in many ways,” said Mattis after his most recent trip to Colombia on August 17, 2018. “And we are working with them. Colombia, for its part, has built very capable police and military forces that set the regional standard for operational effectiveness and for respect for human rights.” “The visit was an absolute success,” said Maj. Pinckney. “Immediately upon their return to Bogotá, the delegation reached-out and invited us to discuss specific plans during our follow-on visit to Bogotá.”last_img read more

COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths

first_imgThe trend of men constituting the highest number continued with 63 of the cases being male while 35 are female. The youngest COVID-19 patient was a 9-year-old while the oldest was a 75-year-old.In the latest cases, Nairobi recorded 32, Mombasa 20, Meru 8, Kiambu 5, Machakos 4, Kilifi 2, Uasin Gishu 8, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Taita Taveta 2, Murang’a 2, while Garissa, Embu, Samburu and Nakuru counties had one case each.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAOut of the 47 counties, Nairobi continues to lead with the number of confirmed cases at 20,253, Mombasa 2,775, Kiambu comes third with 2,647 cases, Kajiado fourth with 1,929 cases while Machakos is fifth with 1,298 cases.Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties as of Sunday had the lowest number of confirmed cases with both having 7 cases each.Busia County is at number six with 1,197 followed by Nakuru with 985. Others are Uasin Gishu with 567, Migori451, Kisumu 395, Garissa 350, Kericho 298, Nyeri 293, Kitui 273, Laikipia 258, Kisii 255, Narok 249, Kilifi 209, Murang’a 186, Turkana 185, Taita Taveta 166 and Makueni with 164 cases.Also Read  Survey: Displaced persons profoundly hit by CovidThe country also recorded 62 recoveries over the last 24 hours with 44 drawn from the home-based care program while 18 were from various health facilities. The latest numbers bring the cumulative number of recoveries to 23, 949.Two fatalities were also recorded on Monday bringing the cumulative number of deaths resulting from the contagion to 650. Kenya recorded 98 new COVID-19 cases on Monday bringing the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 37,079.The positive cases derived from a sample 1,644 pointing at a possible deepening of the curve even as Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman raised concern over high COVID-19 attack rates in Nairobi and Mombasa counties.Speaking during the COVID-19 daily brief, Aman said the two regions continue to record the highest number of attack rates at 460.6 and 229.7 respectively per every 100,000 people compared to the national average of 77.7.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities Of the 98 cases reported on Monday, only two were foreigners with 96 being Kenyans.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more