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

Burundi Takes 18 Suspects in Failed Coup to Court

first_imgBurundi took 18 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza to the high court on Saturday, relatives of some of the accused said.Earlier, about a hundred demonstrators took to the streets of Bujumbura to protest against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, defying the president’s call the previous day for an end to the weeks-long protests.The east African nation was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced he was running for another five-year term, with clashes between police and protesters stirring memories of an ethnically driven civil war that ended a decade ago.“A lot of us citizens do not want the constitution to be violated as he is not allowed to lead for the third term…. We will demonstrate until he steps down,” said Nduwimana Belamie, one of the protesters.Opponents say Nkurunziza’s decision violates the constitution and the Arusha deal to end the war that pitted rebel groups of the majority Hutu population, including one led by Nkurunziza, against the army which was then commanded by minority Tutsis.The army is now mixed and has absorbed rival factions, but the coup attempt exposed divisions.The fate of General Godefroid Niyombare, who had announced the president’s ouster on Wednesday, was still not clear on Saturday. Loyalist troops calmed the streets of the capital on Friday following clashes between the two factions.Speaking on condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisals, family members of two of the 18 men taken to court told Reuters the suspects had raw wounds on their bodies and one of them had lost hearing in one of his ears due to a beating in the cells.One of the men, identified by onlookers as Juvenal Niyungeko, a senior officer, was escorted into the court without shoes and restrained by handcuffs.It was not immediately clear what charges they were facing.Christella Harerimana, a lawyer representing three of the suspects, said one of her clients had been walking barefoot since he was arrested, and that he had been held in a house rather than a police cell, contrary to legal requirements.“They have violated their human rights,” Harerimana said, adding it was not clear what would happen next to the men.The president’s spokesman declined to comment on the claims of abuse when contacted by Reuters.Residents of Bujumbura said they were planning to come out in large numbers on Monday to protest against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.More than 105,000 people have already fled to neighboring countries, including to Rwanda, with the same ethnic mix as Burundi and which was torn apart by a genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000 mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.last_img read more

KBC contestant Prerana uses 50:50 lifeline for question on Michael Phelps worth Rs 40,000

first_img LIVE TV Mrigank Pandey A confused Prerana chose option D which turned out to be wrong. Sonam Kapoor made her debut as a lead in ‘Saawariya’ from 2007. It was Deepika Padukone who made her debut as a lead in Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’ from 2006. She later went on to make her Bollywood debut in 2007’s ‘Om Shanti Om’. Perhaps, had she answered the sports question without using a lifeline, she could have at least taken double the amount home. 9 months ago Amitabh Bachchan shoots for 18-hrs non-stop for KBC 11’s last episode, pens emotional note 9 months ago KBC 11: Taapsee Pannu speaks about her contribution in ‘War’ on the show ALSO READ | KBC 11: Jitendra Singh failed to answer this Rs 6,40,000 question on Big B’s showPrerana looked confused as she could recognise the names but was not so sure about their sporting disciplines. Her main confusion lied between Option B and Option C and she almost edged towards the option B. KBC host Amitabh Bachchan interjected and reminded Prerana of the helplines, which were at her disposal. Prerana did not hesitate then and immediately opted for the 50-50 Helpline. The helpline took out option B and a confident Prerana immediately went with option C. Prerana was right and she successfully went on to win ₹40000. Bachchan went on to inform her that Michael Phelps is indeed not a golfer. The legendary American is a record-breaking swimmer, who is the most successful Olympian of all-time with 28 medals.ALSO READ | KBC 11 Written Update: Pratik’s inspiring story of self-sustainable villagePrerana takes home Rs. 3 lakh 20 thousandPrerana went on to win take home ₹3 lakh 20 thousand and was eventually beaten by the ₹6.40 lakh question. The question was “Which actress made her debut as a lead actress in a movie titled ‘Aishwarya’?”. The options that Prerana got were – FOLLOW US COMMENT A. Lionel Messi – Football B. Usain Bolt – Athletics C. Michael Phelps – Golf D. Roger Federer – Tennis 9 months ago KBC 11: Jitendra Singh failed to answer this Rs 6,40,000 question on Big B’s show First Published: 21st November, 2019 11:42 IST Written By 9 months ago KBC 7 Crore question: How cricket stopped Ajeet Kumar from winning ₹7 crores in KBC ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ Season 11’s Episode No. 68 saw a contestant from Rajasthan, Prerana take home a sum of ₹3.20 lakh. Although the contestant could have gone on to win a lot more, she could have also gone home with much lesser than that. On the seventh question, Prerana almost made the wrong choice when her knowledge of international sports was fully challenged. Have a look at what happened.ALSO READ | KBC 11: Jitender Singh Chouhan, a teacher from UP loses 6,40,00050:50 to the rescuePrerana had been going pretty well and had only used the ‘Audience Poll’ helpline in her journey till the sixth question. Having already won ₹20000, Prerana faced the seventh question for ₹40000.The question was “Which of the mentioned athletes have been matched with the wrong sport?”The options were ALSO READ | KBC 11: Taapsee Pannu speaks about her contribution in ‘War’ on the show 9 months ago KBC 11: Taapsee Pannu jokes about her contribution in the success of Hrithik-Tiger’s ‘War’ A. Aishwarya Rai B. Deepika Padukone C. Priyanka Chopra D. Sonam Kapoor SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 21st November, 2019 11:42 IST KBC Contestant Prerana Uses 50:50 Lifeline For Question On Michael Phelps Worth Rs 40,000 Prerana from Rajasthan was on the hot seat when the 7th question of her game almost made her take an early exit. Read more about what happened in KBC Ep. 68. WATCH US LIVElast_img read more