Following a longstanding tradition of bilateral cooperation in support of world-wide peacekeeping operations, on 14 December, representatives from the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) were honored to attend the inauguration of a refurbished conference center in Uruguay’s National School for Peacekeeping Operations – the Escuela Nacional de Operaciones de Paz del Uruguay (ENOPU) in Montevideo. The Governments of Uruguay and the U.S. contributed the funds for a long-term project to upgrade the ENOPU infrastructure including the conversion of a gymnasium into an auditorium. The new building is a multimedia-capable facility that enhances ENOPU’s capability to host conferences, seminars, courses and classes on topics relating to peacekeeping operations and allows for a wide range of interactive activities. Among the distinguished attendees to the inaugural ceremony were the Commanding General of the Uruguayan Army Jorge Rosales and U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay David Nelson. During the ribbon cutting, Ambassador Nelson highlighted that Uruguay has the highest per capita troop contribution to the United Nations’ overall peacekeeping operations and confirmed the U.S. commitment to support the South American country’s peacekeeping forces. For his part, Uruguay’s General Rosales confirmed the positive relationship to the U.S. and recognized the positive impact that the new building already had on the country’s ability to offer training. “Since finalizing the construction, this building has already housed more than 300 people, civilian and military, from countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, both exhibitors and students who participated in different courses and symposiums organized by ENOPU”. In order to satisfy the high demand for professionals dedicated to peacekeeping operations from the United Nations, Uruguay instituted the Army’s Center of Instruction for Peacekeeping Operations (C.I.O.P.E.) in 1995. This commitment to peacekeeping was furthered in 1998 with the creation of the country’s Army School for Peacekeeping Operations (E.O.P.E.), and expanded to integrate personnel from the country’s three military forces with the modern-day ENOPU in 2008. Uruguay’s Peacekeeping forces currently have over 2,500 members deployed throughout 11 countries, the largest of which are in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The country’s detachment in Haiti is the second-largest contingent to the Peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation. By Dialogo January 19, 2011
By Joe ChapmanTHE inaugural Linden Mayor’s Cup football championship got off to a solid start with 2-0 wins by Capital FC over Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Blueberry Hill United putting away Hi Stars to open the tournament at the Mackenzie sports Club ground Sunday night.Both Capital FC and Blueberry Hill United, by virtue of their wins, have advanced to the quarter-finals in what is a straight knockout championship. Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arrendell, was there for the kick- off.The wins followed the opening ceremony of the twelve participating clubs and after the initial exchanges in the first game involving Capital FC and Amelia’s Ward Panthers, things were generally even.But Capital FC got early chances within the first five minutes before both sides settled down but were unable to hit the back of the net. However, before the first-half whistle Capital FC were rewarded with the first goal of the tournament.Capital FC got a play which developed from a right side cross and Johnny Waldron relayed to his teammate who, in trying to chest the ball, saw it being partially touched by the Panthers defender. However, Waldron was there and intercepted to control the ball and get off a surprise right-foot shot from the edge of the right side of the six-yard box which flew past a dazed Amelia’s Ward Panthers goalkeeper for a 1-0 score.That 1-0 score would remain at the end of the first half.The second goal would come late for the Capital FC and it was when Andre Mayers received a long pass from Lewis Franklin which he ran on to and eluded the on-coming Hi Stars goalkeeper to nudge it home to the last post for a 2-0 winning margin.In the second game, things were even until Blueberry Hill got the breakthrough they were trying for throughout the game, after the scores at half-time read 0-0. However, this would change and in the 61st minute as Mark Andrews slipped the ball for the darting Roydell Archer who, from just inside the 18 yards box, found the back of the net to make it 1-0 for Blueberry Hill.The second goal would come with the confident Blueberry Hill side now in full flow and Mark Andrews entered into the opponents half and was fouled.The free-kick awarded from beyond 25 yards was taken by Wayne Wilson and the ball soared high and landed over the Hi Stars goalkeeper’s head, surprising all, to score in the 77th minute to make it 2-0 in favour of the side from Blueberry Hill.This score remained unchanged and ensured the Blueberry Hill boys a safe passage into the quarterfinals where they will face Net Rockers.Come Friday, two more matches will be played with the first between Silver Shattas and Coomacka Mines at 19.00hrs and the second bringing together Milerock Select and Topp XX from 21.00hrs.